Mary is in our flat cooking for some senior couples, and I already made the cake for dessert (I'm pretty good at making cake from a box, with frosting from Pillsbury), so here I am doing our blog. I got a few laughs this week, especially from an Elder who is Fijian who is serving in Labasa. He called on the phone, and you know how difficult it is for me to understand the language, so he proceeded to ask me a question, "Are we take care of ...." I tried to figure out what he was asking, flat, badges, tires, car, bike, phone, feet, sandals, hair, etc. I finally was laughing so hard he put his American companion on the phone who immediately said "grass". I never would have thought of that because the missionaries are not to do landscaping unless in a service project. I think I laughed about that all day.
We traveled to Nadi this week to rent another apartment for the Sisters who were scared because they lived in a flood zone (which happens only about every 10 years when a cyclone comes through). While we were there we invited the Elders to lunch-there were four due to transfers-and the sisters were in Suva at training. Anyway, we went to a chicken place, kind of like KFC. Two Elders ate a bucket each by themselves (20 pieces each) with a drink and a sub sandwich afterwards. The other two Elders ate two chicken sandwiches and half a pizza each! I made the mistake of saying that I would buy them lunch, not remembering it was the month end, and they hadn't received their monthly allotment. $127.00 and an hour later we were out the door. One of the Elders is a 440 lb 6'7" Fijian who has a football scholarship after his mission, the others were just normal size guys. Do you remember those days when we were younger and could eat and not gain a pound?
We got 3 new Elders in yesterday, all from Fiji. Two are headed to Papua, New Guinea but can't get their visas yet--some government hang up. We will have them for two weeks or up to 8 months, after that time they may be reassigned to Fiji or Vanuatu. Great young men willing to serve anywhere. Mary was over at the mission home helping to cook for them and other stake leaders three out of five days this week. The other two days, she went to Nadi with me on one day, and was sick in bed the other. She had a looooooong week!. She's much better now.
|You know how much Mary loves flower gardens|
|AP's moving beds for the Elders|
|An Elder who got a boil, drained for two days, his third|
|A Pumpkin cared at a FHE dinner for old people like us|
|Boy, I love Fiji|
|Mary loves coral on the beach|
|This tree will soon be covered with vines, and look alive again|
|Nadi, it looks like Brigham City|
|These are roots of a tree turned upside down,and plants start togrown in them|
|Our flat has become a temporary storage area for the mission including bikes|
|and old washers that still work for Elders|
|The Taylors are at the end of the table, the rest are senior couples|
|Mary laughs at the chicken vendors every time we past them going to church, someday she may want to buy one and start our own chicken farm|
This is the end, my friend. Hope you have a blessed week, we will! Love, Bubu and Tutu