1.I go do laundry and I wonder how much soap I should use. The box says ‘one scoop for soft water, two for hard or very hard water.” So, how many scoops for ‘ultra hard slightly crusted over city water I am using? It has a plethora of bad bacteria in it. Maybe 3 scoops.. or how about 20?
2. Brandon killed a centipede right inside our house last week. I like to think that our place is pretty secure-with lots of mire mesh, screen, door sweeps.. and yet we killed another one just outside our house yesterday. For those who don’t know.. those small suckers are poisonous. I wonder what else is lurking in here waiting to be discovered…
3. Yes, I am learning the language. But, I sometimes no matter how hard I try, I can’t get what I need. That is why, for a small window, I have a gigantic curtain. Yes, I did try twice to get a smaller one. But, the woman getting them for me still didn’t understand me-that or they didn’t have any smaller ones. And someone once told me that the definition of insanity is trying the same thing expecting a different result.
4. There are lots of bugs here. It’s just a way of life. They come in all shapes and sizes too. I used to hate the big ones, until I realized that the little ones are far worse. They are hard to see and hide more easily. Such was how I found the most recent friends. I opened a container of pancake mix and started to mix it with water. Then I remembered in this new way of life I have to always to check for bugs.. so I did. Much to my dismay, I noticed the whole thing crawling. A friend here in Haiti told me that if I were to throw out all the food that has bugs-I won’t have any food left to eat! And so, I stand alone in the kitchen debating with myself. “If I cook them, won’t all the bugs die? but will I still taste them?” or “maybe I can try to sift them out” But, in the end, there are just too many. My dislike for tiny crawly bugs outweighs my want for pancakes.
5. Since the water in our house is unclean, we buy clean water down the street. And we use that to drink, brush our teeth, etc. But, when I shower, and the water runs on my face, I can’t help but wonder. I hold my breath, close my eyes tight, and pray that no microscopic germs find their way into my eyes, mouth, nose, and ears.
6.Avocado. Just saying this word brings a smile to my lips. They are in season right now, and in abundance! How is it that after a hard, long, hot, tiring, frustrating, unproductive day that all I need is this simple fruit and all is well with my soul again.