Saturday, September 21, 2013

Random Thoughts–September 22, 2013

I know that most of you think that all my thoughts are random – and they probably are.  But this week I have had more than my usual number, and so I share.

Abbie went into the MTC on Wednesday and we waited to hear what her thoughts were in her first letter.  And what a letter it was – she packed a lot into just four days.  First she managed to find Ame in that mass of humanity and got the little bag we sent with him.  Pretty amazing that they were able to make contact.  I was so excited to hear it.

And we were touched that she was so excited and raring to go.  How cool is that?  Watch out world here she comes!

We taught our workshop on Saturday and it was exciting to see one of the sisters come out with her eyes shining and say, “Wow, I know now what we need to do!  I can put my schooling on hold for a while and I can work on a little business I have started – making gourmet cupcakes and help support my family!  Self reliance – yip!

And she told us that Cupcakes Wars had made it to Fiji, and that they love Red Velvet Cupcakes best of all.  She then went on to tell me all the creative things she has done to make her cupcakes.  Cream cheese is very, very expensive and she has figured a way to make cream cheese frosting using yoghurt.  And she tells me she loves the Cake Boss and Cupcake Wars.  It really is a small world isn’t it?

We spent the last couple of weeks working on a brochure for a company that one of our members works with.  They gave us a terrific deal on the river run we went on and we both took lots of photos.  They planned to use them to make a new brochure and we volunteered to do it for them.  What a learning experience!  It went to the printer on Friday – watch for us on a brochure in the near future!

And yesterday we were out just enjoying Fiji and we drove down a very narrow track, towards a large rock peak that we have looked at and have photographed.  It sticks up and looks like a huge shaft of rock jutting into the sky.  As we drove up this narrow track with sticky muddy puddles along both sides (once you started up it there was no turning back) I noticed that they had put dead branches into the ground and strung the fence wire along them.  So what’s so amazing about that?  Well those dead branches were growing leaves!  How amazing is that, You won’t see that in Utah!

When we finally got to the end of the track – and it just ended, out in the middle of nowhere – we managed to turn the truck around.  (Yes, we are now driving a Toyota 4 Wheel Drive truck – how I miss Little Red) we stopped to ask what the name of the peak was.  Several ladies told us and we discovered that it wasn’t Mt. Korobaba as we thought, but some other un-pronounceable name.  Mt. Korobaba is the mountain the Service Center employees are planning on climbing in November and someone in our apartment thinks he might like to try as well.

One lady said “you know, the one Sir Edmund Hillary climbed.  No, we didn’t know about that so we had to come home and look it up.  The peak is called “Joskes’ Thumb” and Hillary attempted to climb it during his stay in Fiji during World War II, but was unsuccessful.  It does indeed look like a huge thumb sticking up. 

Oh, and we have had problems with our lights going out, just ours, the other two apartments were fine, and we have also smelled a “burning wire” smell off and on.  Well this morning the smell was strong when we turned on the washer and when we checked out the power box one of the breakers was smoking.  At the same moment the landlord drove in.  Perfect timing, now maybe we will get to the bottom of our problem and won’t have to re-set our alarm clock every day.  Not to mention the possibility of a house fire.  Blessings, blessings, blessings!

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