Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day

Shortly after 5 a.m. on a Saturday but our house is awake and preparing to head East.

Not much to report this week. Weather remained unseasonably cool and cloudy with on and off sprinkles all week seriously dampening and limiting garden work.

So Cory postponed additional visits to the various pastor's land but one did drop by yesterday with his family to buy a few trees.

Anna and I worked on school, still mostly double time but this week took extra just to finish up the week as we spent some of our time doing standardized testing. Thankful I can administer those at home.

Because of the weather my Tuesday afternoon literacy class amounted to about 1/3 normal but we had a good question answer time.

Today Anna and friends head out to what amounts to regional volleyball tournaments in Cap Haitian.

In years past they would have played some games against the larger town to our east but Anna thinks they were just discouraged and gave up.

Next weekend nationals will be played near Port-au-Prince.

Our teammates who planned to visit had unexpected visitors to their place so cannot come to visit this weekend

. So instead Cory and I are heading out to visit friends and check out some trees planted earlier in the year, good for Earth Day.

Eli will spend this weekend at college studying and having some fun with friends. Next week he will talk to his adviser about fall classes. Strange to think we are looking at his junior year already.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Happy Post-Easter Week

Anna and I focused on double-time school the last week with the goal of finishing up the year before team retreat in mid-May. I finished my own Continuing Medical Education Requirements for the year.

We also cleaned and worked to get campus looking nice as we planned to have visitors for the weekend. Living in an out-of-the-way location means that one rarely has folks stop in 'just' for a visit, especialy for a weekend!

Not only did we have teammates visiting for this weekend and to celebrate Easter with us, next Friday night we will again have teammates visiting campus along with two Wesleyan pastors on a ministry vision trip.

We attended the annual 'Seven Sayings of the Cross' service at church Friday morning. Seven different people spoke on the different sayings of Christ from the cross with singing in between.

Our teammates from LaGonave planned to arrive in time for lunch-but sadly when they arrived at the boat docks the only two small, fast 'fly-boats' were already full. So no visitors this weekend.
Cowman International School

Cleaning is done, even all our deep spring cleaning. The guest house is more then 1/2 way prepared for next weeks visitors.

We had prepped and preared food for the weekend early so not much cooking either.

So we enjoyed some free time over the holiday weekened, and colored eggs.  We headed out shortly after 5 a.m. on  Easter to Sonrise service held annually at Cowman International school followed by breakfast.

We enjoyed visiting with friends and making a few new ones. The gal who sat ahead of us also plans to move to Delice this year so maybe we will celebrate on the mountain next year.

Enjoyed Skyping a bit with Eli and my folks this weekend as well. Hard to believe that he has only a month left of his second year of college!

Over 5 inches in the last couple of nights, and weather remains cool.

Yesterday Cory and I visited and prayed with Mme. Fanny, just home from 10 days in the hospital. Praying also for Mme. Rosemary as she has a case of pink-eye.

Today Anna and I will do Stanford achievement testing while Cory works in and around the house so he can answer the door and questions.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Planting with League of Pastors, by Cory

Last week I visited the gardens across the river and trimmed the mangos grafted in late February. Looks like all but two of the 8 or so grafts took. Most of the trees are too small to climb but big enough to need a stepladder. 

Some of these are new hybrids so I hope grafting on larger trees will encourage quicker production of first fruit.

April Fruits: sapodilla, black sapote, miracle fruit, cupuasu, jackfruit

A couple weeks ago one of the Wesleyan pastors brought 5 other pastors of various denominations from the Port Margot area League of Pastors for a tour of the campus. They had a good time sampling several types of fruits and seeing the size of 8-10 year old trees

Wednesday Gener, Yvon, Djordy and I met with several of the pastors. We checked the gardens they wanted to plant fruit trees in to see which varieties would do well. We also brought a few dozen trees to plant that they purchased but we provided delivery and planting. Most of the gardens are near the sea with very good soil. Two of the larger fields are scheduled for next week with orders that depleat my supply of about 100 Malay apples (the tree they saw on campus is loaded with growing fruit and one was barely ripe enough to sample). Most of the other kinds of fruits in the nursery are also getting low in supplly or selling before they are a good size. Some are being held to bring to Delice.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wood, school, shopping...

Still smiling about my wood salvage. Went back down late Saturday afternoon to talk to the woodmen only to see the widest log on a charcoal pile!

Nope...they thought as it wasn't the normal 6-8 foot in length that it would not work for boards.

Well I know we can find some use for shorter boards, and I want the curved outside pieces and the burrs and the small pieces too.

Monday was a bit rainy, Tuesday and this morning they cut up the lumber and Cory transported into the tool shed next to the carport area. Now it can dry and wait to be used.

During the rainy Monday we accomplished a fair bit of office work in addition to school.

Cory spent most of Tuesday with John Pierre in Cap Haitian shopping for items like food, truck battery and tires, paper, as well as picking up cargo from the airport.

On of the cargo pieces is a heavy duty backpack with lots of pockets for holding medical supplies up at Delice.

Tuesday my adult literacy class learned about headaches. Only a few with questions. Then a lady asked about acid reflux. A topic I've talked about time and time again...including just last week. So I asked the students who had heard me the week prior to hold up their hands and told the lady with the question to ask them!

Time for the students to start becoming teachers. I hope that they will continue once we move, with the help of the Konsey books and their new reading skills to share the helpful health information with others.

Anna continues to focus on school, and push her self. In the last couple of weeks she's completed three weeks worth of work. In May we have meetings and travel so taking advantage of the days at home.

The weather is turning warmer. The meeting with the young man with the goats finally happened with the district superintendent, Cory and him. An understanding was reached.

One of several burls from the mahogany log

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Improved from dreary

The day started out dreary with a light drizzel and although the weather had improved a bit the afternoon still felt dreary...I'd spent hours of the day reading about hand washing [I'm close to 100 pages with lots more to go, hoping that the index covers at least 35% of the article!]

While I'm glad to have figured out how to complete my continuing education requirement for the year this topic is not real interesting.

Anna worked hard on physics all afternoon only to get stuck on a problem that I cannot help her with and so was grumbling about not reaching her goals for the day.

[Thankfully chatting with Eli tonight via computer messaging lead to her learning more about her calculator and learning how to do the problem correctly. Yeah!!]

The goat meeting did not happen...the family members were no where to be found when the time of the meeting rolled around. None of the members of the district board live on or near campus.

While we did meet with the district board last night and were able to discuss some of the campus security issues and transition plans, it is far easier to list problems than to come up with viable, workable solutions with a small budget.

No news on our adoption paperwork.

So I decided I needed some fresh air and outdoor time before struggling though another section on hand washing. Pulling weeds fit my mood so I put on my grungy clothes, bug spray and grabbed my praise music. In just a few minutes my mood started to lift as I won the battle with handful after handful of weeds.

Interesting rough and the one on the bottom-smooth.
Probably a result of being used to suport electric lines. 
Then Cory came around the cornter of the house to tell me a bit about the meetings...and in mentioning that they were building a new classroom onto the school complex he remembered seeing yesterday that a mahogany tree had been cut down.

What!! I need mahogany. So off we went to see the tree and then to find John Pierre to ask about buying it. I want the whole thing. Please! Well he had decided to cut the tree cut down so no problem. YES!!!

Years ago they had cut down some of the non-native mahogany trees on campus..but before we returned from a trip they had used the wood to make forms for cement work. Sadly I was only able to save one small piece that my folks made into a hat rack.

I've been looking at different locations that sell boards and telling Cory he sould be buying some, and asked him for a larger log laying by the road on our last trip up to Dèlice for a Mother's Day present.

Win, win, win.

  1. I did not murder a tree because I wanted some pretty mahogany for the new house.
  2. In addition to being a pretty red color mahogany is a hardwood, with straight fine even grain that darkens with time. A reddish sheen when polished and is very durable, resistent to wood rot, most insect damage and mold. 
  3. The campus and the wood cutters will benifit from our paying for the wood and work to cut it up. 
  4. The wood will not end up as charcoal.
  5. Our house in Dèlice will have a bit of Fauche campus in it. And a bit of missionary history as we know who planted the parent trees on campus back around the 70's. 
  6. Because the wood is not yet cut up we can decide the width of boards we want as well as keeping a larger piece potentally for a fireplace mantel.
  7. The reason the tree was taken down was that several burl growths caused worry about the strength of the tree. We're thinking that these may make some interesting wood pieces.
  8. Cory has my mother's day gift taken care of now.
  9. Because we learned of the wood before it was all cut up into short pieces-I didn't get upset with JP or Cory. 
  10. My mood is much improved!