I hate ants.
In the US, I would fight ants for all I was worth.
Give me spiders or roaches, but not ants. (Well, not these tropical, flying roaches. They freak me out. THANKS, KAFKA!)
But living in a tropical society with a doors-and-windows-open policy means being at peace with the fact that even if I get rid of one batch of ants, more will come. If we see a group of ants congregating at one spot, that means something needs to be cleaned, but they freely roam anywhere. >sigh<
I am taking it to be a trade-off. Open doors and windows might mean we get ants, but it also means we get geckos! I've only seen one gecko inside the house. Up in the 2nd-floor hall by the balcony. Maybe our fans on the first floor keep them outside. From my perch at the kitchen bar-top, I get to watch our three resident first-floor geckos play on the wicker (rattan?) blind that hangs outside our kitchen window. I haven't named them, because I can't tell them apart.
The blind hangs outside, and they live outside, but they play on the window side of the blind as if hiding from the sun. I love geckos. I'm so happy to have them near!
There are many things I could be writing about today. It's our third day in this house, and each day I've performed a different cleaning task, and each day we have purchased something different for the house. Mostly, it's more space than either of us are used to, and I am relieved that I don't have a 9-to-5 job right now, because it took me all of the first day to do all the floors, and that didn't include bathrooms!
I'm learning the importance of taking breaks, because it's freaking hot, even though I try to deny it. (sweat doesn't lie.) In my daily meditation, I'm trying to train my body to think I'm cold. It's not working.
Ants and sweat. Are there any daily annoyances that you have had to come to peace with? How's it working for you? I'll try to get some pictures of the geckos one of these days.