The stores are all crazy around here, they don't want to service the items they sell, so to find parts for repairs, I have to do some digging before finding them. Here is a good example: I went to buy a mop and broom for the sisters who live about 45 minutes away from town. I stopped at a hardware store that sells mops. I asked for a mop, but they only had a mop head, and no twist-on handles. So I didn't buy it there. I went to the next store, and they had mop heads that slide onto a handle, and a wooden handle, but they didn't sell the screws to attach the mop head to the handle, so I ended up at a third store just to get two screws! Talk about stupid stuff. I also go to buy bikes, but the department store doesn't carry parts (like lights, tubes, pedals, tires, etc.). Same thing goes for buying vacuums-they will sell a vacuum but no bags to replace a used bag. America, you are the BEST.
Also, the mission got permission to trade in two small cars for a couple of new vans to help move the missionaries around to new areas. The Toyota dealer here had two brand new vans on their lot ready to be sold, or so I thought. I was told it would take two weeks for them to be delivered! Can you believe that? That's not the only problem, after two weeks we still didn't have them and we needed to move 70 Elders in just one 8 seat van. Yes, Fiji time! It was four weeks before we got them. It's no wonder nobody makes any money here, CRAZY! I will not miss this part of my mission.
|This is a painting in the hall at the entrance to our office. It captures the wild jungle growth |
that is in great abundance on the east side of most islands in Fiji.
|I love this painting that is also in the hall depicting the great love of our Savior Jesus Christ|
|Monday we had a satellite broadcast for three of our zones and the senior missionaries here in the Suva area. Lunch for 80 went well with the giant pot of sloppy- jo mix sister Klingler made, chips, fruit cups a bottle of water and cookies|
|Elder Palmer and LeDoux our AP's, President Klingler, Elder Tay, Sister Klingler, |
Sister and Elder Whiting who will be heading home August 3rd, Sister and Elder Hogge
|I heard a loud noise the other day while looking out the window of Elder Hogge's cubicle.|
I saw this man standing on top of the Catholic Church, power washing the roof, it made me quezy just watching him!
|This is the view from their flat of the big river at the base of the hill they live on|
|The gold building is a Hindi temple, the blue a church and the red above it a large home. Houses here are colorful|
|In the yard by the flat I saw this orange flower I hadn't seen before next to the lighter orange bird of paradise|
|I had to include these big lacy leaves of the bread fruit|
|and of course this cute purple flower|
|We've gone back and forth to Ba so many times that it takes a bit of effort to find something new. As we hit the year mark this month I wanted to try and capture how beautiful these large rain trees are on both sides of the road|
|To the side of the trees is the daily rugby game that you see being played in many villages we travel through|
|I snapped this when the car was moving pretty fast, when the Sugar cane gets |
these lacy blooms on top it's ready to harvest
|Wouldn't you know it, this pretty shell was being occupied by a hermit crab so I had to settle for a picture of it.|
|I don't know what this fury looking creature was when it was alive, but had to take a picture of it.|
|More beautiful driftwood I can't take home|