Don't worry, none of the above are related to each other. :)
Sunshine: After 3 days of non-stop rain, the sun shone bright and warm yesterday! Ahhh. Because we live on the coast of a narrow portion of the North Island of New Zealand, it takes less than an hour to drive from the west coast to the east coast. Weather changes rapidly and most of the time involves rain, but when the sun does shine, it is magnificent and the nearby mountains are a brilliant emerald green.
For those of you who care, I have a very serious PRAISE to report! As silly as it sounds, I have now had a full night's sleep for four consecutive nights . . . without waking up in an itching fest at 2AM! About 20 days ago I somehow acquired dozens of super itchy, annoying flea bites. They spread all over my body and did not go away for nearly 15 days.
I tried everything imaginable to get rid of them: allergy medicine, anti-itch creams, washing and rewashing all my clothes and bedding, drinking water upside down, and standing on my hands (oh wait, I do that all the time anyway!). Anyway, thank the Lord, the fleas are finally leaving me alone and I am sleeping through the nights. I still have a few bites, but they are decreasing in number and intensity. Woo hoo!