5 little mice lay in the glue trap atop the kitchen cabinet last night. W smelled them (so they must have been trapped the previous night) and got back into street clothes to take them outside to the garbage. We'd caught 7 before a trip in July. While we were away, the helper said there were more: she threw out chewed-up bags of ketchup (sweet soy sauce here), beans, and spices. We've left a kitchen light burning at night since we were back and haven't seen any in a while ... until this.
Hopefully the rodents who lived in our ceiling are eradicated. It's impossible to keep out "shared" animals when the side or back wall of one house is the wall of their neighbor's house. Cats, rats, and more come over as they please. We provide a hostile environment to discourage them from staying.
On a more cheerful note, our dear neighbor (right in the photo) was chosen as an Indonesian Good Will Ambassador for the next year. She'll travel the country to present "clean science," along with 72 other specialists. We are always amazed by her - and proud of the recognition she is getting for her good work.
Last week, the country celebrated Freedom Day (from Dutch occupation). Everyone puts white and red flags up; there are neighborhood parties and national memorials.
|Neighbors sitting in the gazebo, finger food|
|and some sit in chairs|
|The menu, cooked by our neighbors|
|And 2 are not like the others...|
|How it's done|
I'm invited as a native English speaker to the English Studio Center down the hill. The students ask questions about life in North America and practice their English. We eat a late lunch of noodles and fruit, prepared by the owner. Yuuuum.
Our motto: "The first time, you're a guest; the second time, a friend; the third time, you're family." Make yourself at home. And they do. And they bring friends and family along.
We host another movie night. First, we disassemble and reconfigure the main room ... it will spill over with young professionals and students later in the day.
Young people seem to enjoy eating, hanging out, and watching movies with us. We love their company! So many of them are here for the last time: they've graduated and are moving to their new cities and jobs. With many hugs and promises for prayers, we send them off.
|A few of our 60+ movie friends this month: from Indonesia, Iran, Europe, Palestine, N America, Australia, and beyond|
|These two cook rice and a few Indonesian dishes, and clean up - a godsend in a home with no dishwasher!|
There's a huge pumpkin in the garden. Ibu A makes a pumpkin pie.
And when I ask her if she knows how to make apple pie, she comes up with this food art.
The more vigorous cleaner agrees to come 5 days a week and the cook will come 2 days, plus helping out for special events. This house, with its open screens and hand-built doors and windows, has to be swept and mopped a few times a week. (I do most of the cooking, but I'd be washing dishes and cleaning all day without their cheerful support.)
It's a nominal boost. Sure enough, it's not what it seems to be. The one gal waves a cheerful goodbye on Wednesday, with "See you Tuesday! But I can't be here next Wednesday either." She has a family wedding, a national holiday (the Feast of Ishmael) and a volunteer stint in the neighborhood coming up. The other will be here today (Thursday) and also not back until Tuesday, too.
Part 2 coming later today: we're off to the first meeting of the day. Be well - have a good one!