Unpack some. Meet Nili on the porch. Give her her order. Unpack some more, Visit with Awwey on the porch. Give her her order… and so on… and on… and on. Giyang came by for his wages for working in the clinic while we were gone. He picked up some of the new medicines we brought it with us. Abil comes by to visit and drink coffee on the porch with Bill. He passes on all the local church and political news. Bekbek shows up wanting a “second opinion” on his daughter’s sickness. The clinic workers could not figure it out, he says…
In between all this, we’re supposed to get food unpacked for lunch, dinner, etc. We often bring in one or two ready-made meals (chicken and rice from a restaurant in Puerto… sandwiches already made, etc.)
Go to bed… get up the next day… Karing shows up on the porch with her step-mother… another medical consultation. Would we please listen to her chest and give advice to the clinic workers? Abil comes by again today… yes, missed his daily coffee sessions with Bill while we were out in town.
This time coming home I faced a number of repairs needed on the house. Our water pump wasn’t working. Tracked down that problem to a faulty float valve in the water tank. Rewired and got the water pumping. (Note to self: climb up and check out that float valve sometime).
I noticed that most of the bracing on our water tank tower had fallen to the ground in a pile of rotten scrap. Ah… the termites have been busy while we’re gone. We can’t treat the water tower with the big-gun termite poison, as it’s too close to the well. So a little guerrilla warfare had to suffice. Made a list of lumber to order to repair the tower before the whole thing collapses.
Two of our lights were not working… switches has simply corroded and gone bad. Took a good while, though, to figure that out (for some reason the switches were testing out “okay” but there was no electricity getting past them to the lights.) Stole a switch from a little-used light and replaced the kitchen light switch; hard-wired the other one and we’re good to go. (Note to self: order more switches).
Almost every time we came back from a break there are issues. Critter issues. This time was no exception. One of the bookshelves in my office was infested with large brown ants (“anti-translator ants,” I’ve called them over the years.) Removed the books, sprayed, left room (ack! cough!) swept the shelves and replaced the books. Done. Everyday life here.
After a couple months on their own, the batteries in our solar electric system needed an extra dose of charge from the generator, since this is rainy season (note: “rainy” does not equal “solar.”) For the first time ever, our faithful little Honda generator was hard to start. I had a few nervous moments there until it finally kicked in.
Rat poison… we left out several kinds to help protect the house while we were gone, since Beck the cat went to Puerto with us. A couple piles had been messed with, so we’re assuming a rat or mouse ate some. So we’re glad we left the poison. But, since it’s rainy season… ah. Had to clean up the rest of the soggy, moldy piles of rat poison.
Termites… yes, more termites. Did you know that geologically, Palawan is described as “six inches of soil floating on a sea of termites”? Well, it is described that way now, because I just made that up. I had someone treat all out house posts with termite poison (all the posts not near the well) while we were gone, because the smell of the poison is not really good for my asthma. Well, apparently it was none too soon. Some termites had already gone up into Donna’s office. After our friend Indak treated the posts, those termites were “stranded” up in the house. No more reinforcements could come up into the house, but the ones already up could not get back down to the dirt. So… more guerilla warfare.
Yeah, you thought we just translated the Bible and stuff over here. Ha.