Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Bubby and Granddaddy have "rustled" as best as they can on these hard tile floors. Here Bubby is trying to stick some tape on Granddaddy's hairy arms.
DeeDee has made 3 valances today for the curtains and I found some celery in the grocery store so Granddaddy cut it up for me so I can put it in the freezer to use in the dressing for Thanksgiving.
More later on what we have been doing...
Sunday, October 28, 2007
DeeDee has been hard at work making curtains. They brought a 1950 Singer Featherweight sewing machine with them. Everything is backwards on a Featherweight than from a regular sewing machine. After researching online we were able to get the needle in properly and get it threaded right. DeeDee thinks it sews better than any machine she has ever used.
And, of course you know you have to iron the curtains. DeeDee wouldn't dare just hang the curtains and let the wrinkles fall out from the extreme humidity and heat as I would have done.
Granddaddy has been hanging mini blinds in our bedroom. He has also taken down light fixtures for DeeDee to clean, along with helping her figure the lengths of her curtains.
Granddaddy has taken advantage of Bubby having to practice his reading. Everyone knows that Granddaddy loves to be read to and especially if he gets to hold his favorite grandson.
I will continue this tomorrow. I have more pictures to share but they will have to wait. It takes so long to upload pictures here and sometimes I have to upload them two and three times. Enough is enough for tonight.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
A few days later in the week on our way down the man was sitting outside.
I don't know who he is or if we will ever meet him and have a chance to help him. But, I do know that he is only one of probably thousands that live in conditions like these. A day doesn't go by that we aren't approached by someone wanting help, most always in the form of money. We wish we could help them all but we can't. After seeing these living conditions I am very thankful for my less than comfortable bed, for the roof over my head, and the running water and electricity that we have (which either, at any given moment can go out).
One day soon I will introduce you to Miss Water.
Monday, October 22, 2007
When they arrived in Montego Bay, Throy Durrant met them at the plane with another wheel chair and escorted them through immigration, to the baggage claim where they waited only a few minutes for their luggage. Then he took them to customs for the officials to check what was in the bags. Mama said that there were hundreds of people waiting in lines from several other flight arrivals, but they didn't have to wait in any lines because Throy took them to the front of every line and brought them all the way out to us.
When Todd brought the truck around I helped Mama and Daddy into the back with Bubby between them and I rode up front on the passenger side and Todd drove. On our way out, Mama asked Bubby if Mommy was a good driver and he told her I was. As we continued to drive along I was pointing things out to Mama and she casually said, "You better watch where you are going." I thought she was talking to Todd. In a minute she said it again, this time a little more forceful. It finally dawned on me. She thought I was driving because I was riding on the left side of the car. I told her, "Mama, I'm not driving, Todd is." So, we got a good laugh at her. We decided we need to blindfold her when she rides in the car. For those of you that don't know we drive on the left side of the road and the cars have the steering wheel on the right side.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
My brother wanted me to add the picture of me pointing
to the calendar on the wall. He has a picture for every
memory and occasion. Thanks Howie!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
They are suppose to seal tightly when they close but unfortunately they don't. Some of them have one inch gaps in them allowing any flying or crawling creature to come and go as they please. Needless to say we frequently have lizards and centipedes come in the house. One morning I went to get in the shower and as I was about to step in, I almost stepped on a lizard that was in the tub. Thankfully, Todd got out of bed and came to my rescue. Todd has been able to staple some screen on the outside of Nathan's windows. These Jamaican mosquitoes love that sweet white skin of his. So, his room is sealed fairly well.
It is my fear that one of these creatures will get in my bed if I don't make it. It would not be a pretty sight if I were to crawl in bed with one of them.
I would love to hear your reasons for making your bed. That is, if you are a bed maker.
And by the way, now that I am older and wiser, I am thankful mama taught me how to make my bed. But, I still hate any kind of housework!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Kenroy Drummond. He was my hero last week. He installed our air conditioners. Kenroy was a kind gentle man with a beautiful smile and everything he said he said with a grin. To my knowledge there is no such thing as central air here. We have no need of central heat so that is not an issue. Central air would be nice since that is what I am use to but I have found that I can survive without it. For the past few months we have had air in our bedrooms but we only run those at night. Up until last week we didn't have air in our living room and dining area. But now we do. Thanks to the sweet people at Pleasant Grove Assembly who sent us the money to purchase one. We will be forever grateful to them. Now, we can watch TV and be comfortable.
In our shopping adventures we found no store that sold window units. Here they only sell what they call split units. I don't know the names of the two separate parts but I do know that the quiet part is inside and the loud part is on the outside of the house (that is good for my nerves). But, you need the loud part in order to run the quiet part and so we are praying that no one steals the loud part. Todd had Kenroy put a lock on the outside part of the air in the guest room because it is close to the ground and could be gotten to easily.
We live on the third floor of our apartment building and it was amazing to watch Kenroy install these air conditioners. He had a very loooong flimsy aluminum extension ladder and showed no fear in climbing three floors up. When he was working on the one in the dining area Todd opened the window and tried to tie Kenroy's ladder off but Kenroy told him it wasn't necessary.
As Kenroy hoisted the heavy loud part onto his shoulder I realized he had to climb up that very long flimsy aluminum ladder and maneuver it onto the brackets he had installed on the side of the house. I stood on our walkway and snapped pictures.
While I was watching the long climb up the ladder I said, "Kenroy you are making me nervous!"
He said, "You are making ME nervous!"
"You mean taking your picture?" I asked.
I quickly added, "Goodbye." And ducked into the house because I didn't want to make him nervous which in turn might cause him to drop the loud part of my air conditioner.
Kenroy grinned that beautiful smile as he positioned the loud part on the brackets just as he had done hundreds of times before. He never doubted, as I did, that he would make it safely to the top without dropping the loud part of my air conditioner.
"Tahnks Kenroy!" (That's not a mispelled word! That's how you say "thanks" in Jamaica!)
Friday, October 5, 2007
Buying anything in Jamaica will cost you an arm and a leg and the quality will not be the best. We found that out from the first week we were here trying to find a vehicle. When we arrived, the apartment we rented was unfurnished but our landlord was gracious enough to let us use the furniture from another smaller apartment he rents furnished. This was with the understanding that we would purchase our own furniture as soon as possible.
The above picture shows Todd and the 79 year old man the delivery guy brought with him to help unload the furniture as they wait for the first drop.
The first drop was the chair and it was no problem to catch because the twine was big enough to hold ONLY a chair.
But, then there was the issue of the couch. Here we see what it looks like from our balcony as the men above start to inch it over the railing.
When the couch slipped all I could see was it crashing to the ground 3 floors down. By an act of God it swung in close enough to our balcony that Todd and the old man were able to reach out and grab it and pull it in safely.
Once we got it in the house and set it upright, the water drained down and as it dripped onto the floor made puddles. We had to set the couch on towels to soak up the water that was dripping out of it. After most of the water was dry we unwrapped the couch only to find that our brand new couch had a glaring defect on the back cushion.
A lovely cigarette burn adorns the back cushion of our couch. Someone, somehow burned through the multi-layered plastic to leave their mark forever on my couch.
Todd called Steven that sold us the furniture and told him about the burn and he said that it wasn't there when it left the store because he had inspected it thoroughly. The delivery man said that none of his guys smoke and we don't smoke so it is a mystery to us all. Steven was willing to take the couch back and send it to Kingston across the island and get it repaired. That was kind of him but I wasn't willing to try and get the couch back out by taking it over the balcony again. So, I will live with it. Such is life on the island.
Hey...maybe I can get Aunt Ruth to make me an afghan to drape across the back!!!!!!!!!
Our biggest challenge this past time was packing a grill to bring back. We came back just after hurricane Dean came through so we didn't know if we would have power when we arrived. Thank God we did but we were ready just in case. Todd found us a grill at Walmart (my all time favorite store) that had a side burner on it. Of course he couldn't find one in a box unassembled. All they had were assembled ones and the boxes had already been discarded. But that wasn't a problem because Todd and his dad took it apart and we packed the biggest pieces in a box we paid $6.99 for and I distributed the other pieces throughout the twelve suitcases.
Nathan actually took time out from playing his Nintendo to help his daddy put in a few screws and now we are able to enjoy grilled food. I was getting real tired of FRYING porkchops. I never got tired of eating them but they weren't worth the heatstroke I had to go through to get them.
Mama and Daddy are coming in exactly 16 days and we are starting to get excited about having our first visitors...not to mention helping them unpack. A few weeks ago it dawned on us all that they didn't have any suitcases to use when they come because we had them all with us. So, we had to figure a way to get some suitcases back home. It just so happened that we had a construction team here from Bonifay, Florida that said they would be more than happy to take them for us and UPS them to Mama and Daddy. Upon further review of the situation, the leader of the group said he would drive them to my Aunt Sharon and Uncle Layne's house in Tallahassee, Florida and they would take them to Mama and Daddy tomorrow to the Hinson family reunion. So, now Mama and Daddy will get the suitcases they need thanks to Pastor Jerry Moore from Bonifay and Aunt Sharon and Uncle Layne from Tallahassee.
Happy packing Mama!!!!!! Bubby and I can't wait to unpack them for you!!!!!!!
Thursday, October 4, 2007
We have accomplished a lot since my last entry. Fortunately for us here in MoBay, hurricane Dean did not cause much damage. The power was off for about 3 days, so when we arrived back we did have to throw away everything in the fridge. Our friends in the middle of the island suffered minor damage and friends in Kingston at the City of Refuge children's home suffered severe damage. Thankfully no one was injured. To my knowledge, none of them have had phone and internet service restored.
The most important thing we have done is get some furniture and other household items that make living a more beautiful thing. That day will be saved for another post. Nathan started school and Todd and I are doing the music at our humble church. Believe me it is better than singing to the beat on the microphone. Nathan has joined the football (soccer) team at his school but has only had one practice due to the afternoon rains...and the afternoon clouds...and the morning rains. Jamaicans do nothing if it even appears to be adverse conditions. They cancel practice because they think it might rain. At least that's what it seems like to us.
Well, let me go ahead and see if this will post and then I will attempt to do others with pictures. I have lots of pictures to show that will help me communicate much more effectively. Until then...