Except for the mosquito bites, it’s been a lovely day.
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks with the Multidisciplinary course, but now it’s Saturday. We woke up late and crawled out from our mosquito net…Teresa calls it her “princess bed”. After a while, Teresa had made toast from the raisin bagels one of us had bought yesterday. I say one of us, because we both bought a batch of bagels and tortillas from the man that sells them..and now our freezer is full.
I had gotten some scrap wood from a neighbor last week, and I had two projects to make. The first was a stand for our water filter (imagine two 2-gallon barrels with a filter between and a spigot) and the second will be some sort of hanging shelf for potatoes and onions.
Having started with the minimal tools I had, I realized that a handsaw and a miter box would make things easier, so I went to the neighbors to ask. After a while, I came back with two arm-loads of tools.
I had drawn out the design for the stand…an octagonal stool with 3 or 4 legs, and I got to work as Teresa prepared for school by reading through materials.
By lunch, I was halfway through the octagon. We had potato, chicken, and potato soup. No, you read that right…there were LOTS of potatoes. We enjoyed it as we picked the bones out of the chicken.
At some point, Teresa had been bitten by several mosquitoes on her face. We have a “Zapper” that we bought down in Waxhaw that puts a little electric charge into the sting. Intellectually, it seems like it must be a placebo, but it numbs the itch immediately and the swollen bumps go down sooner with the device. Anyways…she felt better and called her family on Skype.
Before dark, I had cleaned up and our filter was sitting snugly on its new stand. Now it is high enough that we can fill our water bottles easily as we do each day.
We decided to sit down and watch a movie and we snuggled in as it got dark. Partway through the movie, as if she was on cue…it was time to stop and eat. We went with some canned beef and veggies that I had picked out…not the best I’ve ever had…but it served its purpose.
After night fell, the rains blew in with a gentle thunderstorm. After she surprisedly stated “I’m cold…in Africa!”, I went and got her blanket.
After the movie, it was time for a late-night snack: apple juice and banana bread. Yum! Like I said…a good day.
Sweet dreams, Webizens.