The weather has been crummy. I've been told to be ready, that with spring, we'll be blown away by how beautiful it will get here. But right now, we are stuck inside a lot. If the sun comes out for a moment, we try to go outside. Anytime we can. The temperature stays in the 60's, but there is just lots of rain and lots of wind and lots of coolness. Everything is damp most of the time. We have to have dehumidifiers running. We have to hang these "damp rid" bags in every closet to prevent mildew/mold from growing. We don't have central heat so we depend on the fireplace in the upstairs livinf room. It's a very different existence here than I have ever experienced.
There are no malls on the island. No indoor play areas in fast food restaurants. No other inside options except for one place in the Fitness Center on Base called "Stormy's." When it rains or is incredibly windy, there is inside your house. Or inside the house of a friend. And that's about it.
How wonderful it is to have a friend like Carla who lives around the block who will walk over in her pajamas and just hang out with her kids at your house while it is raining outside. Here she is in the picture above reading with my kids on our couch. And she let's me come over to her house and do the same thing. Wonderful woman. Great sons. Beautiful friend.