Wahine forever!

From “How to Move to Kona” by Julie Ziemelis (http://www.howtomovetokona.com/), page 51:

“People come here sometimes to ‘get away from it all’ and that’s exactly what they get most days. However, spiritually, you never get away from yourself, and your problems have a way of following you here. The island has a pretty intense energy that has a way of really making you look at yourself. I’m just letting you know that coming here WILL change your life, and you get to choose how that’s going to look for you. If you don’t make an effort to get out and meet people in a variety of avenues, with an open attitude, you may be lonely.”

This quote is resonating with me tonight, after a conversation at an impromptu summer BBQ last night when a group of women (who had all moved to the island) commented on the fact that we had each managed to surround ourselves with strong, intelligent women. We were at various stages in our life: mother, wife, single, divorced, teacher, professional, and we all connected with each other and delighted in each others company. The accompanying picture to this post is of us relaxing in a tidal pool at the beach, pre-sunset.

The reason for the resonating is because one of my goals when moving here was to change my patterns, and discover who I could be when I wasn’t stuck in my habits. Don’t get me wrong, I love my mainland friends and am grateful that they have stuck with me through my move 3000 miles away. Bless Facebook for keeping us close to each other. I did have to leave them though, quite literally, and find a new tribe of women to whom I could belong. I had no idea how well I would succeed at that, because I tended to be rather reserved and an introvert. Moving to the island allowed me to take the chance of shedding that persona, and being a more open, welcoming, accepting person. As a result, I am slowly cultivating a circle of female friends who inspire me to be a better version of myself than I was previously. I aspire to have the strengths and achievements that these women have already earned and experienced; I believe that because I have their inspiration and example, I can do anything.

I’m utilizing my strengths in new ways, giving help in places I didn’t know it was needed, and being inspired to be creative in areas that were previously scary. I’m breathing the sea air, lifting my face to the sun and moon, taking more notice of my surroundings (don’t be surprised if I cause an accident on Queen Ka’ahuman because I’m staring at the sea!), and doing my very best not to say “I can’t”. Instead, I am saying “I can” or “I will”. I’m so grateful to the wahine who welcomed me to their hearts and ohana, and allowed me to make a place where I can flourish and make a contribution that benefits all. I never thought that would be important to me. Imagine my surprise at learning that I want to leave an indelible mark here!Wahine in the Water

Gecko buffet

My condo was rented to me furnished by the owners (the HOA of the complex), and that furniture is completely functional so I don’t pay too much attention to it. Well, except for when I was on a wicker couch for almost two months with a cast on my leg, then that couch was replaced.

The replacement couch is a nice sofa bed, with black wood scroll-y arms/sides, and I was told when it was brought in that it had termites. Since it was free, we decided to see how long we could beat out the termites with regular treatments before replacing it. It seems that 4 months is about all I can take of the termites, and their swarming habits. They have also infested a nightstand in my bedroom, though I don’t know if that happened separately, or if they migrated from one piece of furniture to another. We’re on the lookout for another pull-out couch now.

What does this have to do with geckos? Well, I’m pretty sure my geckos are absolutely thrilled with my infestation; at least one of them. There are large beams that run along my vaulted ceiling, and another that runs across the room over the kitchen island. The kitchen light is mounted on the side of that cross beam, and I have a small capiz shell lamp hanging from the beam nearby, over the back of the couch. More frequently recently, there have been swarms of the termites dive-bombing the shell lamp when I have it turned on at night. My first experience ended in a lot of Raid being sprayed, and then having to climb up on the counter to clean off the beam and light fixture with a cleaning spray. Then I skipped the poison and went straight for the spray. Both of these worked. One night, entirely by accident, I found the natural solution. When the swarm starts, I turn off the lamp and turn on the overhead light. The termites then swarm to the overhead. One of the house geckos started showing up and gobbling down the termites unfortunate enough to get in his range, and believe me, that guy can MOVE. Now he’s Pavlov’s gecko. When the lights switch in the evening, every couple of days, he is right there, waiting for the buffet to show up. It’s a little disconcerting to clean so many translucent wings off the counter top the next morning, but I prefer it over having to get up and spray cleaning stuff overhead then climb on the counter to wipe it all up.

Isn’t nature wonderful? 🙂