Wednesday, May 7, 2014
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." ― Anne Bradstreet
John got back from the dentist today after having a root canal. We only have local anesthetic here, so they basically numbed his whole head. He’s gonna hurt when that wears off, but he only has to go back next August for two crowns—total cost $1,000 which is not too bad for folks with no insurance. The seasons are changing here as we go from the long rains to the long dry season. This is when we and the staff all get allergies big time. When it goes from dry back to rainy we all get colds and need medicine from the U.S. like Nyquil or its generic equivalent if anyone was thinking about sending us stuff. The picture at the right (with the zebras) a month ago was solid green but now is mostly brown. One good thing is that all our doors close properly once again. During the rainy season they all swell and are hard to close. It also means no running around closing shutters and lowering awnings to keep the hard and often horizontal rain out of the house. It also gets very hot even though we are officially entering our winter. I have said many times we never get over 85 degrees and never below 65 degrees. Well, we are still okay on the low numbers but it was over 100 degrees yesterday. Everyone stays in the shade and the umbrellas that were in such frequent use during the rainy season are now used to provide shade. During this time, our church attendance is adjusted to the number who fit in the shade areas around the trees and under the tarps since only about five of our 24 churches have buildings with a roof over them. As a family, we tend to stay indoors where the temperature is about 20 to 30 degrees lower thanks to our thick walls, thatch over the metal roof, and flow-through ventilation. We measure the hotness of the day by how many cold showers we take. A very cold night in Australia is called a “three dog night” (thus the group of the same name) because that’s how many dogs you need to snuggle with to stay warm. Here, a very hot day is a three-shower day, but happily there aren’t very many of those. Usually just one cold shower in late afternoon will do the trick. This, of course, means nothing to those of you with central air and heat—it just affects the 80% of the world that doesn’t. Count your blessings and your first-world problems.