Thursday, February 15, 2007

Home Improvements

Well, I'm back in Niamey, but just for overnight. The kids have a long weekend off school. Daniel will be going to Ougadougou for a softball tournament. Jeremy wanted to go along, so I brought him down. Suzanne and her roommate wanted to come to Tera, so it all worked out nicely.

We got so busy the week of Christmas and the week after that my house lady could only do the most basic chores. Things like dusting the window sills just didn't get done. Then we went to Niamey for two weeks. From Christmas until the time we returned to Niamey we had very heavy harmattan. (See John's blog for a good description: So when we got home, our house was filthy. These pictures show a window sill, our dresser, and the floor inside the kitchen door that doesn't quite completely shut. Thankfully, she has caught up on the cleaning and has been keeping up with it better.

The past three weeks have gone by so quickly. But we life has been pretty routine and I haven't thought about what to post on my blog. Or maybe it's that I've been so busy that I haven't thought much about it. Two big things that happened are that first, Joni Byker came to Tera to take pictures of our work. She has a website: I don't know if any of our pictures are up yet, but she's a great photographer.

The 2nd thing that happened is that Chad Winsor along with his wife and two children spent a weekend in Tera. Chad worked nonstop at fixing stuff that had fallen into disrepair. Two of the most exciting for me was that he fixed the floater for the water storage tank so that it will fill itself and cut off when full. That means I don't have to get up in the middle of the night to fill the tank. Because the middle of the night is about the only time we have water now. It's great to have that tank and have water all day. The other wonderful thing he did is to install more lights in our living room/dining room. That room was really dark with only one flourescent bulb. Now we have three!! We can see our food again! We can see if our Dutch Blitz cards are blue or green! We can see the layers of dust on the table!

We had two weeks of clear and therefore much hotter days. But now it is back to harmattan and cool nights. Gotta love all this dust!


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Cindy Borody said...

Thanks Nancy!! ;)

I needed the reminder about Harmattan!! All we have here is snow, snow, snow........I am trying to figure out which is the better of the two right now!!
Great site!!
Love Cindy Borody

mymeanderings said...

I am looking forward to checking out her site and am quite jealous of the opportunity she had!!!

That is very good news about the tank being fixed, details like that remind us of the difference in your life there. Chores you have that we do not have here. I cannot imagine getting us in the middle of the night!!!

journeyer said...

ah... I've been waiting, just like you said :) so glad to see your new postings. Thanks for the pictures. That's a lot of dust. But, I guess you kinda just get used to anything like that: You learn to live with it.

Dusty Penguin said...

I'm so glad you got your water tank valve fixed. When does your harmattan last till there?

Hannatu said...

We can have harmattan until the rainy season starts in June. But the worst harmattan is in January, sometimes a lot in March. Everybody is saying how unusually heavy it has been this year.