I feel bad for making light of the rain day yesterday. It was record rainfall, and many roads and homes were damaged by the rain. My power was out all night, but many people upcountry didn’t have power all day yesterday. It was a bad storm.
I didn’t go out at all yesterday, because many roads were flooded. All that time inside gave me an opportunity to make cookies. And not just any cookies… I made Christmas cut-out cookies.
The decoration and frosting of these cookies is usually a social event. Since I was doing them by myself, I did something uncharacteristic: I decorated several cookies in an identical way.
After the cookies were made, I did something VERY uncharacteristic: I took some plates of cookies to three different neighbors.
I was so nervous! I almost didn’t do it, but I have wanted to be more friendly with my neighbors, and this seemed like a good way to do it – just a quick interaction, some smiling, and “Merry Christmas”. It got easier with each time. And I’m so glad I did it, even though it was scary.
We are FINALLY getting some rain. It has been forever! The timing is a little off though. We were supposed to have grades 3,4,5 sing at church yesterday morning. Since it was going to be a big service, we were planning to have it out in the courtyard area. We had to cancel.
But the rain is good. We have been in a serious drought situation for quite a while. And at least the plants are getting watered:
During the day, it kept raining and raining. At night, the rain got HEAVY. A lot of roads flooded out. The rain is supposed to go into the day today, so school is canceled.
I’m glad I went grocery shopping on Saturday. I’m all stocked up and ready for today’s rainpocalypse.
I got a new mailbox yesterday. The post office is making our condo association consolidate our many mailbox locations into fewer, larger sites. I am fortunate that my mailbox site is close to my old one.
For the memory archive, here’s the old site:
The new site is pretty.
The only drawback of my new mailbox is that it’s closer to the ground. I have to squat to look inside it. But I guess I could just think of that as extra exercise, right?
At school, I dress differently than I used to in Baltimore. Of course there is the wearing-shorts thing, but besides that, I wear brighter colors than I ever did. I used to wear mostly grays and blues.
I don’t know if it’s that I’m in Hawaii now, and people here tend to dress more brightly, or if it’s that I miss some of my crazy bright ties, and this is how I compensate.
Some of the combinations make me give nicknames to what I wear. This combination is called the watermelon. Ha!
Years ago, y cousin Marcia had our Grandma Royuk fill out a booklet that asked a bunch of questions about her life. Marcia recently made copies of the booklet and gave us all one.
I read it a couple of days ago. It was really fascinating. It made me think that maybe I should write down some stuff before I completely forget everything… but I guess that’s what this website is for.
One of the questions and answers in my grandma’s book made me laugh out loud:
Ha! I don’t remember her ever being angry either. She was so soft-spoken.