Dinner Party

Dinner parties look a little different here. Actually, the people don’t really have friends over to eat, but we decided to start doing this as a way for our whole family to get to know people and learn some language. Tonight we had our neighbors over and cooked up some kaukau and kumu (sweet potatoes…

Contagions

This is Edwin, Mari, their kids and their bush knives who live about fifty feet from us. Their oldest son got measles a couple weeks ago. The other three have had measles more recently. As Edwin and I discussed this today, he told me this illness is a new kind. In the olden days disease did…

Rain Flies

Here’s something you may not know about Menya–or about all of PNG and possibly all rain forrest areas around the world: when it rains, the rain flies hatch.* And even with our sort-of-well-sealled house, we get swarmed by them. (I think some queen rain flies must have laid eggs in our walls during construction while…

Family Fun Day

Today we set up the first Menya Water Park. Kiddie pool, water slide, water canon, elegant fountain and more.

 

After a while the kids realized soaking moms is the most fun.

Here’s Penny being double-teamed by her teen-age sons.

Eventually water park became mud park.

 

 

Menyan Nuance

This week I was sitting in my office with Wati trying to understand the difference between two separate tenses in the Menyan language. They aren’t actually tenses, but we don’t have a more accurate term with which to label them. If they were a tenses, they would both be future-ish, so that wouldn’t help. And when…

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from Menya!         We enjoyed our holiday celebration! It has become our tradition to make pumpkin pancakes for Halloween breakfast.   Then we had a Halloween-themed school day, which the kids were thrilled about. Another tradition for us is carving our pumpkins on Halloween day.   The kids were pretty…

Stalling Trimmer

I have Stihl trimmer that I can’t get running correctly. I bought in America in 2010 and used it for a summer. Then I shipped it to PNG and it was stored for nearly three years (without gas.) I can get it started, but I cannot run it at full throttle. It speeds up as…