Guess who is coming for breakfast on 8:8?


RAINBOW SHOWER, Aug 5, 2014 – This morning started with a bang. I just learned from Andrea, aScreen Shot 2012-08-23 at 12.14.33 AMmusician-friend and Steward of the Earth here on Maui whom you saw in a ceremony with me two years ago (right), that we will be having a noisy visitor on 8:8, the peak of the Solar Lion Stargate.  Apparently, Iselle is coming for breakfast.

Who is Iselle?

Iselle is a hurricane that currently packing 125 mph winds in Eastern Pacific.  By the time she gets here, however, she will have weakened to “only” 65 mph, according to the forecast.

I don’t normally follow weather forecasts. What’s the use when you live in a place like Rainbow Shower whether the weather can change every 10 minutes? But prompted by Andrea’s comment, I did it this morning.  Take a look…

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Guess my chainsaw work is not yet done for the summer. (Just yesterday, I finished what I thought was the last part).

Well, “the best laid plans of mice and men…” 🙂

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Iselle Plumeria precedes Iselle Hurricane

Looks like we may be headed for triple trouble this week in Hawaii. Two tropical storms and a hurricane are due to visit.

Genevieve won’t give us much trouble. She is not very powerful and is far to the west of us.

Iselle is a different story.  Currently, she is a Category 1 hurricane with 125 mph winds. But by the time she makes a landing here in Maui on Friday (8-8-2014), it is still expected to pack a solid punch (65 mph wind).

Iselle Plumeria now has a new home

This morning, I had an idea of how to squeeze a lemon (hurricane) and make a lemonade.

We have had a small Plumeria tree here at the Rainbow Shower that’s been languishing for the last five years.  I have moved it to three different locations.  It stayed alive but not much more.  Its last residence was in a large pot next to our shed which she shared with some nasty cane grass.

My idea was to transplant it to one of our new rock wells down in the gulch (see LIFE FOR A LIFE: PALM FOR A PALM, July 13).

“We’ll let Iselle water it when she comes to the Rainbow Shower later this week,” I told Elizabeth over breakfast today.

That’s what I meant by “when life gives you a lemon, squeeze it and make a lemonade.”

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And then when I transplanted that Plumeria earlier this afternoon, I decided that we should name it Iselle – in memory of the first drink she got at her new home. 🙂 Elizabeth agreed.

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Last night’s sunset was pretty spectacular, especially as it was accompanied by three rainbows.

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Tonight’s sunset was not too shabby, either. Especially as it came with a message written in the clouds.  A giant elephant crossed the sky as the sun was setting. Elizabeth spotted him first.

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“Elephant’s medicine includes strength, loyalty, connection to ancient wisdom, removal of obstacles and barriers, confidence, patience, commitment, gentleness, communicating in relationships, discernment, intelligence, compassion” (see Shamanism: Power Animals).

Whew! Can you wish for a better friend or companion?

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Two Rainbow Shower trees fall BEFORE the hurricanes arrive

Everybody knows that animals have a special sense for natural disasters.  But did you know that some trees do, too?

When I was doing my rounds of the Rainbow Shower last night at sunset, I noticed that two fairly large trees had broken and fallen down in the gulch.

Were they watching the celestial news channel?  And they panicked and decided to topple themselves before the hurricanes arrived? 🙂

I was also joking about that with my younger daughter who called from Ohio to make sure we are okay and prepared for the one-two punch Iselle and Julio are expected to deliver this weekend.

“Well, there is not much we can do other than remove all loose objects from around the house,” I said. “And I just came back up from the gulch after using the chainsaw to cut up and remove some fallen trees. They must have been watching the same TV programs that panicked the population around here to swarm Costco and Walmart stores and stock up on water.”

How stupid can people get? Here we are, expecting between 5 and 8 inches (per day) of God’s purest rainwater this weekend, and still some people BUYING (!!!) water.  Just because TV said so.

“They are making the hurricane into another Hallmark event,” I told my daughter as I also said to Elizabeth this morning over breakfast. “Someone is always trying to pick their pockets, and the gullible ones are letting them.”

How about just putting out a few buckets around the eavestroughs when Iselle and Julio get here to deliver FREE water?  Or just filling some water jugs out of the taps at home?

Bolt Hole002When I had my Bolt Hole home in Western Australia, ALL OF OUR WATER came from the sky via the eavestroughs.  I had a 30,000-gallon tank built right next to the house.  And it tasted better than any city water.

Oh, and did I mention we also had a solar panel for the water heater?  Yes, that was back in 1998.

(Elizabeth told me when she came home from town this afternoon that people are fighting each other over water at Costco and Walmart stores).

“O tempora, o mores!” What a world we live in!

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I said to Elizabeth this afternoon that we should go out to dinner tonight.  We’ll probably have to be housebound for the next few days.

“It’ll be our last supper (out) before Iselle and Julio come for a visit,” I said.

Little did we know how beautiful a ride the Spirit would lay on for us. As we were driving from the Rainbow Shower to Polli’s Mexican restaurant in Makawao, a giant rainbow popped up and stayed with us for the last mile or so.

“This will be also our last rainbow for a while,” I said to Elizabeth after taking these pictures.



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As we were chatting over a delicious steak fajitas dinner, we also realized that the only other named storm we experienced in the last five and a half years here was last year’s Flossie (Flossie: In the Eye of the Storm, July 29, 2013).  And now we have three of them around us – Genevieve, Iselle and Julio.

“Looks like the maker these hurricanes knows his alphabet,” I joked.  “They are all in alphabetical order” 🙂 (F-G-I-J…  even if they came more than a year apart).

And now, with our tummies full, all we need to do is sit and wait for Iselle and Julio.

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