Saturday, October 25, 2014

Note To Self

Well, we now have 0 baby chicks!  Sept. 26th the hens hatched out 12 chicks, and now Oct. 25, the last one died. I'm thinking that if we would have put them under a lamp, like we did in Canada, we would have saved them. The weather right now is wet and cold, not good conditions for raising baby chicks. We will try again about the beginning of December, that way the 3 hens we have, can hatch them out about the first week in January, and they can enjoy the warm days of January and February, before the first rains in March. Now we will have to buy another Rooster as the last two are gone - one we ate, and the last one got taken by a thief before we got the guard dog!

(Note: hatch out chickens at the beginning of the dry seasons - two of them per year - Jan. to Feb. and July to Aug. - should have good crops of meat each year with that!)

On the other hand - this is the perfect weather for growing a garden. Started eating cucumbers today! All this rain is good for the cucumber plants. The green beans are being harvested as they mature, as is the kale. Planted some papaya seeds about a week or two ago and they are already up. Hope to get more trees growing, like orange, larger mangoes, and avocados, too.  The beans and maize are still growing along with the carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, and cabbage. Harvest will come for them about December or before as they mature. Looking forward to that!

Thank You God for the rains. Thank You for the garden produce. And Thank You again for Your Love and Care for us.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Story Goes

We were coming home from our Thanksgiving dinner with friends in Ryabega. We caught the taxi van from there to Nyagatare. We got in and must have waited for about 20 minutes, as we watch about 4 vans and 2 buses go past, while our driver tries to fill the van before heading down the road! At Nyagatare we got off the van, and a crowd of bikes with their drivers pull up so close to the van (as usual) that you can hardly get out! Peter and I, as usual, have smirks on our faces. It never fails that this happens. They all have their extra helmets in their hands, shoving it towards you. Peter's got his on already and I go to take the closest one, look at the chin strap and notice that it's one that you can't open, you just slid it over your face and under your chin. I've started being selective lately on that issue as I don't really want to be hanging on to the helmet all the way home when I have bags to hang on to also. The driver has to have a proper helmet, and he has to know where "HOME" is!!! Well, I give back the helmet to the driver and I hear chuckling from other drivers, and I move on to the next one. Yep, it's okay and my smirk has changed to a grin by now. I look at Peter - so has his!!! We get such a kick out of these drivers. All vying for your 'money' - 300 RWF - a total of $.50 CDN, or the prestige of driving a 'muzungu' to their destination! The two drivers drop us off at our home. Peter pays and I unlock the gate, we enter in, barely close the gate and we burst out laughing!!! Life has it's good times. 

Last night Peter went out to tie Sheila up. The night before she had done so much barking and had kept me awake, and I just thought that she was being a bit too sensitive to all the noises out there. Well, Papa Wayla (our guard - not sure of spelling) said no! So Alphonsine comes out to Peter and the story goes like this:
Papa Wayla was at the chicken pen, all was dark except for the outside lights on the four walls of the house. Sheila ran for the front yard and Papa Wayla sees a figure jumping over the fence.
"What time did this happen?" I asked.
About 2:30 am, yep, that would have been the time I checked my clock to see what time all that noise was about.
So, she's been doing her job, and there was no way that she was going to be allowed to be tied up for the night!
Alphonsine wasn't so sure about Sheila when she came back from the weekend late Sunday afternoon. I'm thinking that Sheila will be getting a few extra treats!

Love it when these kind of things happen!

Thank you Lord for little things in life that let us smile!!!

Happy Thanksgiving

Celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving with fellow  Australians, Canadians, Norwegians, and Rwandans!
A very special time of fellowship and feasting for everyone.
Chicken, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, green bean salad, corn, black olives, 
radishes, Fanta, buns, butter, Apple pie and ice cream and coffee.
I think we would have forgotten to celebrate if Fiona hadn't phoned me and asked what we were going to do for Canadian Thanksgiving - and she's Australian!
Thanks Fiona for planning it and opening your home for the event!
So much to be Thankful for this year,
God has been so good!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ah Power and Sheila

What an exciting couple of days we've had!!!
 We had a experience with our lights friday night which caused us to turn everything off.
This has happened more than once since we've returned.
I mean when the above happens, you begin to wonder if you are safe!
So we were without lights all night.
Exciting for the guard.
One phone call before bed, caused some action in the morning!
We had two guys come and one stayed till the EWSA technician arrived.
(Energy, Water, and Sanitation Association)
Repairs made and we have 'safe' power!!!

We also have been visited by unwanted visitors over the back fence.
They are stealing our garbage, that we can't get rid of by burning - things like florescent lights and fixtures and pieces of old tin roofing. Alphonsine had worked all morning in the garden and went inside to clean up and someone came over the back fence and she caught him. A 10 year old she said. Told him to give back the tin and he did, only to take it the next day when she wasn't looking!

Saturday, friends of ours come to visit (sorry no pics of the Merrild's!)
and they brought their two dogs - well one is just a pup their son found outside their yard.
 It was decided that Sheila would stay with us for a trial period.
So far she has just enjoyed being here in our big yard.
She will have to be taught not to put fear in the lives of the hens with the 12 chicks, 
and already she seems to be doing okay!
She's accepted the guard and the guard accepted her.
Yes that's Peter in the background digging out his "Horse Pit"!
We've been here for 1 1/2 months and now he's getting to it.

Well, last night was the first night for Sheila!
She barked once before midnight, around 2:30am and wasn't gone in the morning!
I think she fits in just fine!

Yep, we have a dog named Sheila.
(Keep wanting, and do, to call her 'Lucy' -
Kirk, Candace, Keelyn, Kiersten, Conner, or Katie Anne
- would you know why?)

running water,
stable power (well okay sort of),
safe yard,
beautiful sunshine,
Thanksgiving weekend,
garbage gone,
what more could you ask for!

Husband cooking breakfast!!!

Okay, I'm good!

Thank you God once again for looking after us!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Other Tidbits

Some things that I've neglected to post:
Sylvia and Rebecca came to visit us Thursday, September 25th. 
They are two fellow DTS students living in Kigali. 
We were at work in Ryabega but they wanted to come and see us. 
We were so glad to see them. 
We had a great visit and they were impressed with the work.
Our chicks hatched out on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26, 27. 14 in all, count today is 12.
 Oct. 4th, we headed to Kigali. We had been invited by Sibomana Andre to come to his ordination. What an honor to have been there. We stayed with Darrell and Laura Lee Bustin and Caleb, their son. Had a great time, and left Monday morning for Nyagatare.
 Tuesday, I stayed home and did some odd jobs, and started cutting out pants for myself in order to help teach our Tailor a few shortcuts in sewing up pants. I'm hoping to get them finished before Graduation - Nov. 7th. After grad, I'll be taking some time to fine tune some sewing skills, that I don't have, and teach Theo at the same time. We hope to have a class or two yet this year for graduates only, who want to learn to make uniforms a bit better. Mostly focusing on collars in shirts and the crotch area in pants. Two particulars areas that need to be comfortable in clothes. I'm actually looking forward to learning and teaching it.
 Life has not slowed down. 
It's as busy as it was when we left. 
We are doing great and enjoying the work. 
 We are so glad to be serving here.
God has protected us and blesses us continually.
We praise the Lord for an increase in our support and in the ATW ministry.
(We'd like to see it come up more - The Lord knows!)
(If you are wanting to give - monthly or one time - information is above under the support tabs.)
God bless you!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Introduction to the May to November 2014 Students

I was asked to teach one of the bags that Theo never taught while we were in Canada,
but he ended up doing most of the teaching anyway!
Here are the students that completed the bag! (only one student is missing of the 25).
Next week they will be starting their sewing tests.
They have six items to make in 4 weeks, and two of the items have to fit themselves.
On November 7 there will be a graduation for them.
Praising the Lord for a great teacher!
Theophile has done a great job in teaching without us.
There are a few things that I'd like to teach him in regards to
a button up shirt and pants.
Uniforms are an important part of life and every student wants to know how to make them.
Collars, buttonholes, the fly and crotch area are a few items that need attention.
So when graduation is over Theo and I are going to do some fine tuning on those areas
while Peter checks out all the machines.