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Merry Christmas!

I love Christmas, though it seems that this year it snuck up on me before I could get ready!
The first thing to do for Christmas, of course, is to get ready! We were busy right after Thanksgiving, so we didn't decorate until the 7th of December, which was Tabaski and a national holiday, therefore a day off school. John is decorating our little, tiny tree. We LIKE our little tree, and contrary to popular opinion, it is NOT a BUSH!!!

Here's our favorite little elf. She's wearing two of our Christmas stockings, decorations that Alesha made when she was a little mite, and a Santa hat.

This year for the first time ever, I got a little string of lights and hung them on our front patio. It looks very festive.

Then, of course, there was the office Christmas party but I never got any pictures of that. It was fun, though. Very low-key and laid back.

Then there was Carols by Candlelight, or as one friend quipped, Carols by Mosquito Bite. This was for the English-speaking communit…

A Bout Trip

Luke Ardill had been in Niger almost a year and was on his way out. He was staying with us and Suzanne suggested that we do something "touristy". She, Luke, and others went to the museum. There they met a guy who asked if they wanted to ride in his "bout". He spoke fairly good English, but he kept pronouncing "boat" as "bout". Like, I had a bout of malaria. Anyway, they agreed to meet him on Saturday for an outing in his bout.

It was a lot of fun being a tourist for a day. His bout was a large canoe, or pirogue, made out of wood. It was equiped with an outboard motor. It leaked a little and he did some bailing, but it wasn't so bad that it was scary. He had cushions in the boat and we relaxed on the cushions. "We" was John and I, Luke, Suzanne, and three of her classmates: Trae, Phil, and Tam.
It was nice to get away from the noise and bustle of the city and just float along peacefully. I made a bit of a lunch and we ate…

Cake decorating

Here at the office we have a thing called "Pidgin". It is an inter-office chat line and we can message each other on our computers instead of having to go all the way to somebody else's office....I mean our offices are so far apart. Seriously, it really is nice.



Anyway, one day last week I was working away at my desk. It was one of those days when I had a lot to do and didn't know quite how I was going to get it all done. Then a message popped up from my co-worker, Doudou, asking me if I could do something for him. I hesitantly asked what it was he wanted. He said it was his fiancee's birthday on Friday and could I make a cake for him to give her.



Well, how could I say no? Anything for love! I asked what kind and he said all the cakes I make are good, so I should choose. Later in the day he asked if I could write her name on it. I said I wasn't sure about that!



I am terrible at decorating cakes, cookies, etc. Long ago when I taught at KA in Nigeria, I helped in …

Special Dinners

There have been three special dinners lately.

The first was a Mexican dinner the seniors put on for the community. This was a fund-raising dinner to get money towards their senior trip. Two of the senior's moms made Mexican food and the seniors ran a restaurant for the evening. It was every bit as nice as going to a real restaurant! The seniors worked hard the evening before and all day Saturday, and quite late Saturday night. Suzanne said being a waitress is NOT her calling in life! But the seniors did well, making about $800.00! Sadly, I forgot to take the camera.

The next special dinner was Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was just a normal working day for us. But on Tuesday night I made dough for my dinner rolls. I have this really good recipe where you make the dough and don't even let it rise. You just put it in the fridge and you can keep it there for up to five days. By the time you are ready to use it, it has done its first rising in the fridge. Then you shape it…