Monthly Archives: August 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

W’apow mu e, 

 

We had some excitement during breakfast this morning.  A shrew came darting into the dining area from the kitchen.  Joe had seen it last night and had set a mouse trap out, but it had not gone for the trap.  The chase was on!  It went up the curtain.  The kids kept an eye on it while Joe went to get a stick from outside.  It moved so fast.  It kept going up and down the curtain.  He finally knocked it off of the curtain, and it darted under the couch.  We moved the couch, and it headed back into the kitchen.  It went up the curtains in the kitchen and back down again.  Joe finally got it cornered under the cabinet and killed it.  Danny told Joe where it had gone.  So, Danny wanted to make sure that everyone knew that he had spotted it.

We went into town to check on the boys’ school uniforms.  It took about an hour to get into town due to the traffic.  Because the power was off yesterday, the tailor had not been able to finish the uniforms.  He said that he should have them done tomorrow.  From there, we went to the school to see if they had the school supply lists.  They even had them typed up this time.  Then, we stopped at the Lebanese restaurant on the way home.  Joe ordered while the kids and I looked around in the upstairs store for a few minutes.  They usually have some cheap little toys in there; the kids each picked out something.

After naps, we went swimming.  Then, Joe grilled hamburgers for supper while I got the fixings ready.  Danny said, “Dad, those hamburgers were so good that I could growl at you.”  I guess that means he really liked them.  : )

The kids helped me do dishes after supper.  Danny was so happy to find one that he could reject.  He thought that Mom never had rejects!


Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, August 30, 2012

W’apow mu e, 

 

The boys were busy trying to build things this morning.  Sammy came over to play.  Danny said that he needed some nails to make a boat.  He found some tiny nails and was afraid to try to hold the nail and hit it with the hammer.  So, he enlisted Gilbert’s help.  Amazingly, there were no smashed thumbs.  Danny had a thin little strip of wood that was his “boat.”  He brought it in to show me where they put the nails.  He was so proud of it. 


Our power was on this morning.  I almost got two loads of laundry washed before the power went off at noon.  It was off until 4:00.  Then, it stayed on for two hours and went off again at 6:00.  We are still waiting for it to come back on.  We read an article that said that load shedding was being intensified in some parts of the country.  In our case, it seems to be that our area is the only part where load shedding has been intensified.  We live on top of a big hill and can see lights all around us; just our little area is in the dark.


Joe went into town to run errands.  He went to pick up the kids’ school uniforms from the tailor.  The tailor didn’t do the boys’ pants or their shirt collars quite right; so, he is going to fix those.  Bonnie’s jumpers look good.  Then, he went to get our bulk meat.  We got some bad hamburger meat the last two times that we bought it.  Joe talked to Ahmed, his friend who is a grocery supplier, and he said that he had gotten some rotten meat from that guy too.  So, he went across the street to Garden Mart with Joe and had them grind some fresh meat.  While they were in the store, there two men with cameras.  They represent the grocery part of Walmart in South Africa.  They interviewed both Joe and Ahmed.  They didn’t make any promises, but maybe they will come to Takoradi someday.  There are several large grocery stores in Accra, but we don’t have anything like that here.

 

In the last load of stuff that Joe brought back from Ivory Coast, he brought some Leap Frog refrigerator magnets.  One is a barn.  You put the front and back of an animal in, and it tells you which animal it is, what color it is, and what sound it makes.  If you put the head of one animal and the back of another animal, it tells you what your combination is.  The kids had so much fun with that this evening.  They were supposed to be doing dishes.  There was a lot of laughing going on.  Danny had to come in to report each combination that they tried.  For example, “You put a horse in front and a pig behind; put them together and what do you find? A horsepig!  That’s silly!”  They thought it was funny that the machine was saying “behind.”


Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

W’apow mu e, 

 

Sammy came over to play with the kids this morning.  They were busy outside all morning.

 

I must have had too much excitement yesterday because I was very tired today. 

 

Our power went off at 7:00 AM and came back on at 6:00 PM.  When we called the electric company to enquire about it, they said that it was load shedding.  But when we asked if it was going to be a daily thing or if there was a schedule, they did not have a clue.  I am hoping that it stays on tomorrow because I need to get some laundry done.  The generator runs the lights, fans, and refrigerator but not the washer or dryer.

 

Just as our vehicle pulled into the church yard tonight, the power went off at the church.  The transformer for that area must have been damaged by the power going off and on so much.  So, it was another service by candlelight.

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

W’apow mu e, 

 

Our power went off first thing this morning.  It seems to be a Ghanaian tradition for the power to be off on my birthday.  When we were in Ghana six years ago, my birthday was the official start of “load shedding.”  The power was off for 12 hours, on for 24, off for 12, on for 48, off for 12 for months on end, and it all started on my birthday.  When we called the power company this morning, they said that it would come.  When we called this afternoon, they said that it was load shedding.  It did come on a couple hours earlier than they said it would.  So, it was off for ten hours total.  We are hoping that this stretch of “load shedding” won’t be quite as extreme as it was a few years ago.

The kids presented me with the cards and things that they had made for me.  Gilbert and Danny watched some type of a craft show, and they both made me a medal.  Gilbert made  a silver medal using the plastic band which came off of the paper box, aluminum foil, and a plastic lid.  Danny brought his in to measure to see if would go over my head.  His was a “gold medal” made with paper and masking tape.  Danny’s birthday card was full of treasures too – a rocket, a train track, and some notes.  Bonnie drew inside her card and told me what each thing was; I never would have known what all it contained if she had not enlightened me.  Gilbert wrote “I love you” with a highlighter and was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to read it; so, he wrote it in pencil underneath.  

We went into town for lunch.  We went to Planters Lodge.  Danny sure eats a lot for a five-year-old.  He had a bowl full of fries.  Gilbert said, “Mom, three seconds ago Danny’s bowl was full of fries, and now they’re gone!”  Joe ordered some pizzas that we could take home for supper.  While we waited for the pizzas, we went outside to take some pictures.  The landscape is very pretty there.

We headed back home for nap time.  I am feeling much better.  As long as I get a nap in, I can make it through the day.  

After naps, I helped the kids do some puzzles.  Bonnie brought a puzzle out first.  Hers was just a twenty-four piece puzzle.  Gilbert brought out a 100-piece puzzle.  Danny brought out seven puzzle boxes.  Joe saw Danny’s stack and told him to do them one at a time.  That could have been a catastrophe!

We had our pizza for supper.  Joe made an angel food cake.  He also made whipped cream.  We found some canned strawberries to go on top for those who like strawberries.  After cake, I opened my presents.  The kids helped Joe put the presents in gift bags this morning.  I was surprised that they were able to keep it a secret all day!  I got a sauce pan and some hangers.

Then, we played a game of Sorry.  Danny won.  Bonnie was so sad that she lost.

I had several birthday calls and lots of birthday greetings.  Thank you to everyone who made my birthday special!

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, August 27, 2012

W’apow mu e, 

 

Joe took our vehicle to the mechanic this morning.  There was something that was loose that needed to be tightened.  Then, he went into town to go to the post office.  

Tomorrow is my birthday.  The kids were asking what I wanted for my present.  I told them that I would like to have the office all clean for my present.  So, we worked on that this morning.  There was a flood while I was gone to the States, and there were lots of things that needed to be sorted.  Gilbert helped me arrange things in the cabinets, and the office looks much better.

Then, the kids worked on birthday cards for me.  I wasn’t allowed to look.  Gilbert said that he didn’t know if I would be able to read what he tried to write.  Danny will ask how to spell things, but Gilbert just tries to sound them out.  I told him that I’m sure it will be fine.

Bonnie’s arm is still bruised but doesn’t seem to be bothering her as much as it was.  

After naps, the kids went swimming.  They are enjoying their last week before school starts again.

We got some DVDs in the mail today; my dad sent some DVDs that he made of our trip to Idaho while I was in the States.  The kids enjoyed watching one of those this evening.  They thought that their cousins had grown a lot.

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, August 26, 2012

W’apow mu e, 

 

Joe and the boys had a good day at church.  I stayed home with Bonnie.  We wanted to try to keep her arm from further injury until it has healed a little.  I am also still regaining my strength after being sick for a few weeks.

The morning service went well.  Danny said that he didn’t have to chase any escapees today.  The guy who has been teaching the children’s Sunday School class will be leaving next week to go to a university up in the northeast corner of Ghana.  We will miss him.  I’ll have to find a new helper.

After lunch and naps, Joe and the boys headed back to church.  Joe said that they had a good service with good attendance.

Bonnie’s harm has been hurting a little this evening.  The swelling has gone down, but it is still bruised.

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, August 25, 2012

W’apow mu e, 

 

Joe went to the SOS Clinic this morning.  It is mainly here for oil workers and their dependents.  We had checked into becoming members there before, but it was $2,000 per person just to walk in the door.  Joe took the x-ray there this morning to see if they would just look at it.  The Dutch surgeon looked at it for us.  He said that Bonnie’s arm is not fractured.  He said it was like a green stick – bent but not broken.  He said that it will heal on its own and that it did not need a cast.  He said that he could not give us medical advice since we are not members there, but he said that if she were his child, he would do absolutely nothing.  We found out that they now have a family rate.  So, we are going to check into becoming members there again.  They have all of the equipment right there in their office.  They have a doctor on call 24/7, and it is a doctor from Europe or South Africa.  The doctors are here on a six-week rotation.  The doctor said that they could have x-ray results in three minutes and that he could have a cast on in six minutes if it were necessary.  Pray that we can figure out what we need to do to be able to become members.  It would be a big blessing to have dependable medical care.

Bonnie’s arm is bruised and very tender.  It will take time for it to heal completely.  She will have to be very careful with that arm for a while.  She supervised the washing of the dishes today; she was giving the brothers instructions right and left.

Bonnie was singing a song today about waiting until Daddy gets home.  Then, she said, “That’s a new song I learned from my brain.”  After her shower, she asked if I could put gel in her hair so that she could smell “girliful.”

The kids did some finger painting today.  The boys decided to paint some boxes to make trucks.  They had paint everywhere!  

It is starting to warm up again.  The boys had fun swimming today.  Gilbert missed some spots with the sunscreen and had a sunburn.

The kids have one more week before school starts.  They have mixed emotions about that.

I am still not back to 100% yet.  I have to take it very slow, or I end up in bed again.

 

Nantsew yie!

 

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

At Coconut Grove – Part 2

Bonnie enjoyed the catfish pond much more than the crocodile pond! At Coconut Grove   Part 2
Gilbert and Mom at the catfish pond
 At Coconut Grove   Part 2
Bonnie was the keeper of the water bottle.
 At Coconut Grove   Part 2
Bonnie was prepared for battle.
 At Coconut Grove   Part 2
Beautiful view
 At Coconut Grove   Part 2
Bonnie sneaked into the picture.
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This was as far as we ventured out because the undertow was too strong.  They said that three people had died due to the undertow in the past couple of weeks.
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Danny doing the backwards fall – Danny swam five laps around this pool.
 At Coconut Grove   Part 2
Bonnie said, “Mom, I made up a new friend – Jonathan.”
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After the kids swam, they were walking the wall that you can see pictured behind the chairs.  On Bonnie’s last lap, she missed a step and fell off of the wall.  
A day later, we found out that she has a broken left arm – a buckle fracture near the elbow.
 At Coconut Grove   Part 2

At Coconut Grove

We went to Coconut Grove, a resort by the ocean.  The kids kept going to visit the rabbits while we were waiting for our lunch.
 At Coconut Grove
They really wanted to get up close and personal with the rabbits.
 At Coconut Grove
This canoe has seen better days.
 At Coconut Grove
At lunch with the Wideners
 At Coconut Grove
 At Coconut Grove
We went to look at the crocodile pond after lunch.  Bonnie wanted nothing to do with looking at crocodiles!
 At Coconut Grove
 At Coconut Grove
 At Coconut Grove
Danny was fine until Joe came up behind him and scared him half to death.  Danny thought he was going in with the crocodiles for sure.
 At Coconut Grove