Monday, September 21, 2009

Work Day

Although we didn't expect to find ourselves in Timu today, we got there and we got down to work. The Patrol made some funny sounds but it drove. The Lord provided safety through the 'bush' (wilderness areas). We wondered if we'd run into any trouble because the Karimojongs just raided the Turkana across the border yesterday. Nothing unusual happened. So...the objectives for the day were to clean and paint in the houses. Both were filthy from cement dust and an accumulation of dirt. I also uncovered a nest of mice. I squealed when the first ran out while I was moving a brick. I squealed in a higher octave when the second almost ran over my hand. The Ik were standing near the fence outside and burst into laughter at me. Needless to say, we either need mousetraps or a cat. Terrill helped me clean the dust off the barrier wall in our house. Ron & Beth Moe (Wycliffe friends who are staying with us while working on a dictionary project) worked on the guesthouse.

The guest house is getting a nice pistacio-green coat of paint. The four of us were exhausted by the end of the day. We left Timu at 5:30pm and arrived in Kaabong at 7pm. Thank the Lord for a little joint called Riverside. They're the only place in town we ever treat ourselves to. The food is tasty and comes out in five minutes. It's become a Timu, traveling-day tradition. After a plate of beans and cornmush (atap)...I was ready for bed. We hope to move furniture to Timu on either Wednesday or Thursday. We'll go up again on Saturday for more cleaning. Move-in date is drawing near.

Oh yes...we saw these fires along the way. The Karimojongs are burning the grass in Timu forest to make way for new grass at the first rain. When we drove to Timu this morning, nothing was burned. By the time we went home, several miles were blackened.


Tammy On the Go said...

I am still so impressed over this work in the house!

Anonymous said...

Things are looking good. We continue to pray for the Patrol and your safe travels to and from Timu. Love you guys.

Cassidy said...

What pretty windows you have. :)
It is looking lovely. I hope to stay in that guest house someday!

Janice said...

Thanks for all the pics!! Blake was quite fascinated with the pic of the roof of your house :)

Notinthewild said...

Pistachio green was an excellent choice for the guest house. That is exactly the color I would have picked. Do you think you can stencil in some chameleons as a border?

Anonymous said...

Nodoa 1. Oktober 2009

Ilakasuk'otima koteere NAB'ESUK'OTA hoike bitie nda ITS'EKETONA "nyabukue todicike"! Greetings to Ron and Beth nda "zuuk" Philipike:)!

Minesa zuuku,
Rich & Sally