Move accomplished, but the work is far from done! I am so pleased. From the time I work up this morning, I started moving my things from the guest house to the one that is now mine. I got help from Luc, the station manager and two others who work on the station – to move furniture around – in the house and between houses. They also moved my suitcases and larger boxes. It’s great to have a pick up at times like this. Of course, we didn’t use mine since it has the tarp on the back; we borrowed Joe’s.
Then, I was going to sit and rest – after all, I am getting over a sinus infection (much better today with the new antibiotic I got yesterday). But, then, we needed to turn on the generator (not usual during the day) so I decided to try out my “new” washer. It is a Maytag from the US that I think is older than the Maytag I bought when I got my house in 1985… It works, though; what else do I need??? So then I decided to unpack some things and make the place look more livable.
Getting curtains made is a priority. I got rings to sew on, but have to first decide what kind of material. I want something that is not too dark, but do I want the same for all windows? (Don’t know yet…) In the meantime, I borrowed a couple of sheets from the guest house and put them up. I also put up other material. The problem is that these don’t open easily so the air doesn’t move well. Finding material I like will be a priority.
I am borrowing couch cushions, dishes, pots, and silverware from the two guest houses. I need to go to N’gaoundéré the second week of December, so I will get my own then. I will also make a list of niceties or art to add as well. (I have already bought a few paintings and sculptures that have made a drop in the bucket of home décor.)
Currently, I am sharing my house with mud dauber wasps. They look vicious, but don’t sting. Still, I’d rather they go somewhere else…
I want to get porch furniture so I can watch sunsets, but I will have to find someone who can make it for me, so that will wait for a bit. Curtains, first!
My parting gift clock also now has a permanent home on the table beside my bed. I like thinking of the Spring Hill friends who gave it to me and being able to tell the time in CAR and PA at the same time.
|Living Room bookshelves|
Today is the day we are celebrating Thanksgiving. Joe Troester is preparing a duck and Deb Troester has made a pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes. Esther, Danish nurse working in Gallo has come to share it with us. I was thankful before that the house was ready. Now I am even more grateful to be living in it.
So, I am tired from all I did today, but happy to be “home” – well almost. I am at Troesters for Internet (wiring to my house to come next week, I hope) and duck!