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You Know It's Hot Season When....

You know it's hot season when...

1. Every day for three months the high temperature is between 100 and 112. People will often say it's hotter than that, but their thermometer is in the sun or on a wall that holds heat.  But ... that's 110 IN THE SHADE ... so if you're spending time in the sun, it really is hotter than that!  To make matters worse, the low temperature is around 90, so you never do cool off.  (This is an interesting website and quite accurate.  I clicked on several that were so inaccurate!  Also, for daily Niamey weather, this is a good place to check temps.)

2. The number one greeting is, "How's the heat?" or "How's the sun?"  Everybody is hot and everybody commiserates together.

3.  You have power cuts lasting from a few minutes to 13 hours, almost every day.  And when it's 95 in your house and the power cuts off and you no longer have a fan to move the air, life gets miserable fast.  (Thankfully our office building has a g…

Five Minute Friday: Miss

Yes, I realize it's well past Friday.  But we had a 13 hour power cut on Friday, so that's my excuse. :)

Every Friday Heading Home hosts Five Minute Friday where you write for five minutes only.  The word this Friday was "miss".

She was young when she first felt God’s call on her life.  She didn’t know what it would mean, what it would cost.  But she knew she didn’t want to miss what God had for her. 
She soon grew up, went to college, got a job, became a missionary, and headed to Africa.  She was still young, ready for adventure and independence, and had no idea how much she would miss her family.  Life was good as a missionary and she loved what she did, teaching children at a boarding school. 
Then “Mr. Right” came along, they married, had children and continued in ministry together.  Life was complete.  It certainly wasn’t easy.  In fact, sometimes it was downright hard and she began to realize how much she missed her mom and dad not being nearby for advice.   She …

Updating the Guest Bath on a Budget

When we moved from the village to the big city, we moved from one bathroom to two.  I don't think we'd even had a curtain at the bathroom window in the village because it had shutters on it.  The shower curtain we had there went into the master bathroom here.  During our time in the US from 2009-11, I got a new shower curtain and towels for that bathroom.

When we moved in here we needed something for the 2nd bathroom, but we didn't have a lot of money to spend or time to interior design anything for that bathroom.  We ended up using the curtains that had been in the kids' room, bought a new shower curtain, and called it done.  Our towels were mostly ones we'd received as wedding gifts and were in a rainbow of pastel colors:  pink, blue, green, and some "white".  

The bathroom was functional and I didn't hate it, but it's been exactly the same for the past eight years, so I decided it was time for a change.  I bought a new shower curtain (which turns…

12 Years a Slave and other Books Written by Former Slaves

One of the things I enjoy about having a Kindle are the number of books you can download for free.  Of course, the quality of some of them isn't that great, but there are a lot of classics for free.  And I've discovered that at certain times of year books will be free for a limited amount of time.  Several times in February I've discovered free books for Black History Month.  Last February I downloaded one called 12 Years a Slave.  It turned out to be a compilation of five biographies of former slaves plus Uncle Tom's Cabin.  I actually didn't read Uncle Tom's Cabin since I've read it in the past, but the five biographies were a real gold mine.  I'll consider them five separate books since they are also available individually.

12 Years a Slave is by Solomon Northup.  He was actually a free man living in New York State.  He and his wife owned a farm, and they also worked at a hotel to earn extra income.  Solomon was an expert fiddler and he was led to bel…