30 noviembre 2014

An inspired imagination

Pilot's headphones
Flying his airplane from Chicago to Frankfurt to Jeddah to Addis Ababa and back: the globe was his compass, blocks made lots of controls, pillow for the headphones
a block camera

24 noviembre 2014

The penultimate harvest

various greens, a few turnips and a nice pile of Brussels Sprouts
kale, sprouts, turnips and the last few carrots

All that's left are some parsnips, which I'll harvest... sometime.  So long, Garden, my good friend!

Check out others' harvests at Daphne's Dandelions!

21 noviembre 2014

-a big sigh-

Ethiopia.  The kids and I had THE MOST AMAZING trip, more so than I ever expected.  It was a gift from God.

Every time that I come back, I am always so overwhelmed.  Writing an essay or a manifesto seems like what I should do, but it's just too personal and too weighted and too... everything, that I end up just recording bullet points.  Alors, allons-y.

-It was so great to come home again to Birtukan and her Morning Coffee Guesthouse.
-3-man-2-Frisbee game with Birtukan's family and friends, and otherwise resting in the warm courtyard.  Freckles!

-Walking freely down country roads, seeing THE MOST BEAUTIFUL scenery EVER

-Eating shiro wat for nearly every meal (At one point, Ty said, "This belly was made for shiro wat!") and drinking so much Ambo
-Trying false banana, in three different preparations, the Wolaitan pickle (Yowzahs!), coffee leaf "coffee", chewy peas and pineapple (feet from where it grew)
-Visiting so many new and old friends... Thank you, God!
-Experiencing the benefits of Tato Dru's amazing observational and preparatory skills: At one point I was very flustered, trying to find a pen quickly.  A moment later, there was one being handed to me.  Thanks, Dru!  Another time, as Ty was puking all over me in the back of a speeding van, Dru handed me a camp towel and new clothes for Ty within seconds.  Pobre Ty!  And then, pobre me!  And then, pobre Sara!

-Getting to play at the playground at Soddo Christian Hospital (The kids seriously needed to run around, after having been cooped up in the plane for a day and a van for six hours.) and meeting our missionary acquaintances.  Thanks, God!

-Making it over the stick bridge; not once, but twice!  I was assured that it sounded much worse than it really was.

-Visiting Mamush's home and family and being treated to riced enset, chewy peas (They are really good!) and coffee leaf "coffee", this time with butter in it (which actually helped)

-our bajaj ride/race back to Hotel Lewi (the inferior, but good enough for us), through the Awassan night
-Buying a fried pasty thing off the street... all in Amarigna!  After having Dru take an exploratory bite to ascertain the meat content, we all happily shared a lentil and jalapeno mix in fried dough.  Mm.
-Getting a great family photo of my sister and hers

-Seeing real, enormous hippos on Lake Awassa and giving Sophie-Ona her first boat ride

-Having a relaxed-ish dinner at the fancy Lewi on Lake Awassa: wind, sparks, pancakes!, Sidaman cloth
-Visiting Helimission, a group with whom we have a special connection

-Going in Wondo Genet's hot springs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Girumy said that when we move to E-thO-pia, we should go there every Monday, as we do now with the Domes here.  I agree!

-a lesson in making yemesir wat, which turns out to be much easier than I thought
-visiting old friends at an orphanage in Addis Ababa: fruit, soccer balls, friends, dreams... lots of sighs

So, again, this trip was AMAZING... all the way up till the last plane home.  OH MAN.  I don't think that I shall ever eat airplane food again.  In life.  But, was it worth it?  Yes.  Easily yes.

Thank you, God.