Santa Rosita Today – The Garden

The LORD grants success to the one
whose behavior he finds commendable.
Even if  he trips, he will not fall headlong,
for the LORD holds his hand.
(Psalms 37:23-24)

Today was one of those blistering hot days. You know, the ones that are several hundred degrees outside. While honestly, the high today in the shade (and under a thatch roof at that) was in the nineties, the humidity wasn’t a comfortable factor to behold. Still –it hasn’t been the hottest day that we’ve seen, and I suppose there were will be many more much hotter ones to come.

Dorcas and Yolanda had clinic today, which left me alone on our main homestead. After I had pulled myself out of bed (rather late this morning) I worked on the normal chores around the place –feeding the chickens, gathering eggs, checking the banana trees, and playing with the kittens. The three kittens are really getting into their playful mode right now, and I have them all convinced that I’m the second best thing on two feet.

Today was spent mostly on a new garden patch. This was hand tilled several weeks ago and is currently in the composting stage.

Finally I succeeded in tearing out the chain-link fencing around back of the chicken house that will now go around the new gardin. This was a super royal mess because the bottom of the chain-link was concreted into footer. This meant that I had to go around and rewire each link at the bottom. To add to the frustration, the longest side of the chain-link was thickly intertwined in the hedge that runs around our lot, and so I was forced do a lot of bad machete work to get everything untwisted. The third frustration was getting the chain link around the corner posts and between the barbed wire fence that also runs intertwined through the hedge. All in all, I’ve fought many hours trying to get that chain-link free.

After finally finishing that difficult task, I set about pulling the old posts out and resetting them around the garden area. It involved the truck, 4×4, rope, and buckets of sweat –but finally I succeeded. The actual setting of the posts went smoothing, and I found myself once again wishing for the ease of States construction where everything is at your beck and call and there is none of this reusing of horrid material.

I had ganas (desires) to drink a soft drink tonight, so I went up and bought a warm Crush (orange soda) at the local store. Fortunately, we had three frozen cucos (little bags of frozen KoolAid) so we plopped them in our cups and used them as ice, and in this manner we had cool drinks for supper.

Our houseparent’s still haven’t made it back from the capital. There have been some insurance hassles with the mission plane and it’s been out of commission since late last week. Hopefully our houseparents will be able to fly back Thursday (our house Mom is pregnant, almost due, and recently sick, which is why they’ve been avoiding the 10+ hour bus ride).

Goodnight folks. And remember…when you get a knot in your stomach…it’s probably a knot of toads.

~Nathan

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