Things are calming down. My yoga teacher, who lives in Puna, announced her engagement. She's German and her husband to be is Japanese. They will go to Germany for the wedding. His proposal went like this, she says: "We've been living together for a long time. I think we might as well get married." Now he is obviously passionately in love with her: just shy and afraid of being turned down. Is this a universal guy thing? Well, he's the quiet type, and quiet is good. I'm glad Terry is so quiet. In my experience, really sincere guys do not wear their hearts on their sleeves. And they tend to be handy.
We have been working right along.Terry has propped things up and trimmed things away, and I have done lots and lots of weeding. Before we left he went on an extermination campaign and got rid of all the termites, which spared us the inconvenience and expense of having to get the house tented. His current project is putting in drainpipes and gutters so that we don't get standing water at the side of the house during big downpours.
Today we'll go to our favorite Thai restaurant in Hilo for som tom, green papaya salad, and Kao mun gai.which is chicken and rice. These are wonderful favorite dishes: Thai Lao in origin. But it's important not to get them too spicy unless you are accustomed to eating very hot food. We got to enjoy this kind of food in Beaverton at the Tara Thai House, a restaurant run by a woman named Lavani and her husband. The restaurant was named after her daughter, Tara. Lavani came to Hilo as a student and graduated from UH-Hilo. The original owners, Lavani and her family, still operate Tara Thai Northwest. I notice that food critic Roger Porter praises this restaurant. He is the ex of my favorite professor at Portland State University, Nancy Porter. Small world dep't.
If you are in Portland and want a really excellent Thai meal, do go to Tara Thai. I order mild to medium for spice. It needs some spice!
Pix from the yard:
Tiny orchids, less than one cm across:
Chameleons at their favorite eating out spot: the fruit fly trap.