Beautiful flowers brighten our day from Kauai, Hawaii, five years ago...Building a comfortable routine...


The birth of an Alpaca "cria" while we had an amazing opportunity to oversee the births while the farm owners were away. Please click here for the story with many photos, including the main photo which is one of our favorites.
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As we look back at posts from five years ago, our current source of photos since we, like you, are stuck indoors, we can't help but smile over the wonderful experiences we've had in our travels over the past 7½ years.

It's those very photos that we're enjoying now, while in lockdown, more than ever before. They are a reminder of not only what we've cherished in the past, but what we can anticipate for the future with enthusiasm and hope.
 I squealed when I spotted this gorgeous Rhododendron at the Princeville Botanical Gardens from this post, five years ago. 
Thanks to our readers and Facebook friends for the many loving and encouraging messages we received yesterday on Easter and also each day. Many have continued to suggest solutions to our situation, but we are quite fine, both physically and emotionally.

With the number of cases rapidly rising in India, at 9240 cases with 331 deaths, we anticipate we could be here a long time. Even if the airport reopens, with more cases here, we may be forced into quarantine anywhere we'll go in the future unless we wait it out long enough.
In a shady area, we encountered these tiny mushrooms growing on the rocks.
No one knows for certain what the future holds and if, in fact, we'll be able to continue traveling for some time to come. Our hope and plan will continue to focus on leaving India at some point in the near future, whether it be in a month or four months. 

In the interim, we have no option but to patiently wait it out while doing everything we can to stay engaged, educated and informed as to what is transpiring throughout the world, not only inside our own little world.
With many bees in this area, I chose not to move the green leaves for a better view of this exquisite bloom which was the size of a soccer ball. All of us on the tour were in awe of this exquisite flower.
One thing we know for sure, our lives and yours, will never be the same as it was before the virus hit. Not a single country has avoided the virus entirely, although a few have had under 10 cases. But, at this point, their peak may be on the horizon. Only time will tell.

For us, staying busy, while cooped up in a hotel room has been vital to maintaining a good state of mind and good health. We don't overeat. We don't drink alcohol (only because it's not available!). We keep moving. We watch funny YouTube videos including our own.
Jackfruit is known for its health benefits.  See this link for nutritional details. This photo was posted at this link on April 13, 2015.
We've developed a routine we find comforting. In the afternoon when we may become hungry, we drink the instant coffee in the room, no more than two cups each (mine is decaf) as somewhat of a ritual. 

We go to breakfast each day whenever we feel like it, sometimes as early as 8:00 am and others as late as 10:00 am. Each evening at 7:00 pm sharp, we head to the dining room for dinner. We're often the only guests since most eat lunch and don't have dinner until as late as 10:00 pm.
The Noni Fruit, known as one of the world's most nutrient-rich fruits.  See here for details.
But, one of the most entertaining and enjoyable times of the day is after dinner when we get comfy on the bed with six fluffy pillows and we set up my laptop on a tray to stream two episodes of our favorite shows. 

Usually, the two shows end by 10:15 pm after which we play with our phones and then drift off to sleep. Most days, my Fitbit displays that I've slept seven to eight hours, which is better sleep than I've had in years, if ever. Tom sleeps less than I do, but on occasion will nap for 20 minutes during the day.
An Anthurium, gone wild.
It's this type of routine that has brought us a sense of comfort and security as day after day, we awaken and repeat it again. As of tomorrow, we'll have been in this hotel room for three weeks. It feels like more. 

We'll get through it. We'll all get through it if we stay safe... If we social distance... If we avoid going out... If we wash our hands... If we wear face masks... If we take care of ourselves and our loved ones... If... If... If...
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Photo from one year ago today, April 13, 2019:
Four baby warthogs taking a rest together. For more photos, please click here.

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