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A Tribute to Jeanette Hausser

My great-aunt Jeanette went to heaven last Sunday, September 14. She died of cancer at the age of 94. When I was just an itty-bitty thing we lived in Cedarville, near Aunt Jeanette. I don't remember her from then, but I'm sure I loved her! Then when I was in 1st and 2nd grade, we again lived in Cedarville. Every Friday night her family came to our house for supper and every Sunday we went to their house for dinner. I'll have to admit I don't have a lot of specific memories of her from that time, just that I remember that Fridays and Sundays were the best days of the week!

Then I went to Cedarville University (College back then) and I lived with Aunt Jeanette for my freshman and sophomore years. Again, Sundays were my favorite day! All of her children and grandkids who lived in the area came for dinner. Even when I moved into the dorm, I still showed up for Sunday dinner.

Aunt Jeanette was such a kind, gentle person who could see the humor in every situation. She was tend…

One of Those Days

I know you've all had "one of those days". I recently had one, too. As I remember, the day wasn't so bad. Just long and tiring. It was when I started to make supper that it became "one of those days".

First, I was filling water jugs and ice cube trays with water from the filter. It takes a while to fill a jug, so I have the tendency to start doing other things while waiting. I mean who wants to stand there for five minutes and watch a water jug fill up? It's not high on the excitement scale. So, while I was doing something else, I forgot about the water jug. Sure enough, it overflowed and went everywhere. It was under the onion and potato baskets, all over the counter, and running onto the floor. So, I had to stop whatever else I was doing to mop up the water.(Here I am with water all over my stomach and the spaghetti a.k.a. pick-up sticks)

By then I was making supper. I opened the cupboard door to get something out and the entire package of s…


It's a good thing doing laundry is my favorite chore, because I do plenty of it!

As you've probably already figured out, Niger is a very dusty country. Curtains need to be washed frequently. So, whenever somebody moves out of a house or an apartment and before the next residents move in, we need to wash curtains. Same with bed spreads. We often need to do slip covers on furniture, too. And flights out of Niger always leave late at night, so the people usually end up leaving dirty sheets on their bed and a towel and washcloth that need to be washed.As you can see by this pile of laundry, I wash a lot of curtains, sheets, and towels! Good thing it's my favorite chore!

The trouble is, for the past 16 years I've had my laundry done by hand. There was usually no problem keeping up with it. Until I took over this job! It didn't take me long to figure out I wasn't going to survive without a washing machine. So I bought one for the short-term furnishings coordi…