Last week I typed my letter in Word as usual, but
when I tried to copy and paste it into mail chimp it wouldn't do
it. That was rather annoying. I had to print my letter
from Word and retype it in mail chimp. Believe me, there were
a lot of things I thought about leaving out the second time!
Today I'm not risking it -- I'm typing in mail chimp.
We have two more Sundays at Bethel. Last week they had
another meeting after church, so my class met late again. I'm
still making progress, but not much. I keep assuring the
ladies (and myself) that we will finish. We may arrange a one
day Saturday seminar some day in the future.
The guys went hiking at Hell's Gate National Park with the visiting
teacher as well as some of the other missionary men and MKs on
Monday. They had fun and no one got stuck in quick sand this
time. :) I was confident that Aaron and Daniel would be fine
because Zaccheaus Rains was with them and if anything is going to
happen it usually happens to him! While they were gone we
went to town. I picked paint for the front of the church room
at Gatukuyu. It looked like a very good colour to match the
pale green the landlord had put on the doors -- dark but not too
dark. When I saw the paint spot on the top of the can I was
worried -- it didn't look very dark. We didn't want a light
colour because of cute little hand smudges that will be there by
next week -- or before. Today Gideon painted and it looked
good. Whew! :)
Daniel had an adventurous day on Tuesday. He went to the
funeral for a friend's grandmother up near Nakuru. The trip
involved a very early departure, numerous means of transportation,
and a very late return. He traveled with another friend who
is an intern at the government hospital here in Thika.
We took Chafu to the vet for her check up on Tuesday. She is
much better! She recently had another nose bleed. We
found out that those were caused by Nairobi Bleeders Disease -- a
tick borne disease that hinders clotting. She got another
shot for that and should not have that problem any more. Her
heart is much better too. All good news. :) It still
check to make sure she is breathing when she's been laying
somewhere for a while.
While we were gone Isaac started painting the ceiling in the
bathroom. There isn't a vent and the window is right by the
shower so I have it boarded up. That results in a constant
battle with mold. Isaac wipes it down with bleach every once
in a while, but it did need a fresh coat of pain. I didn't
realize that he was going to use oil based paint (very smelly) or I
would have had him wait a day or two because I had a ladies'
meeting here on Wednesday. I spent the rest of Tuesday
cooking, dusting, and finishing a lesson for the meeting.
Rick's term off from teaching in the college to recover from the
surgery is over. He's glad -- he's missed it. I took
advantage of an empty house to get computer work done. It is
an excellent day for projects. :)
The guys had college classes on Friday. Since we have two
block classes each term we don't need classes on Monday or Friday
to fulfill the standard requirements for class hours. Their
Tuesday classes were meeting again on Friday so that the college
can take a week off when we have the re-election. It is still
scheduled for 17 October, but there is talk about changing
that. The tech company says they can't save the information
from all the laptops used in the last election and get them all
ready for this one on time. So now we are planning events
with two dates -- one if the election is on the 17th and another if
it is moved. Both dates are subject to change depending on
conditions in the country at the time.
A new restaurant opened down the road. It is a small place at
the Shell station. We have visited with the owners (an older
man, his wife, and a son educated in the States) often and have
been waiting for them to open. We were actually invited to
the Grand Opening -- but it was Thursday afternoon and Rick was
teaching. Rick and I went yesterday. I think we may
have been their first customers. They don't have menus yet so
ordering was a bit of a challenge. :) They didn't have a lot
to choose from either -- but what we got was good. They had
samosas -- which can be hot depending on where you get them.
These had a bit of chilly, but not too much. Now I know where
to send Gideon to get me a snack if I want real food some Thursday.
We were at Gatukuyu again today. A lady came over to talk to
Rick. He bought poles from her when we were building Jumapili
Baptist in Ng'oing'wa. That was so long ago that it wasn't
even called Ng'oing'wa then and didn't have any houses except for
coffee farm workers quarters! Now it is a major
sub-division. Gatukuyu hasn't changed much over the years,
but change is heading that way. Rick said we had more kids
today than last week. Switching from one activity to another
is a huge challenge -- but we are working on it. We usually
take about two hours with the kids now, but will have to change
things when we switch to Sunday School and only have one
hour. We will also have to quickly switch from the kid's set
up to a church set up -- all in one small room! It will be
exciting -- especially if the kids help!
Have a great week!