With rainy season creeping closer each day I wonder how many people prepare for the coming months. I am sure umbrella sales have grown with boots climbing along with that. I than wonder about those who might not have homes to shelter them. What about those who are now shading themselves from the suns beating. What will happen to them when the showers begin?
I was in church today and the guy up front mentioned it was greeting time. He said something about Australia and my mind wandered a bit. 🌏
Boy I would love to visit Australia. See the kangaroo and kuala. My mind eye saw the Tasmanian Devil hunting around. Yep I was a Loony Tunes fan of the wild animals. 🐾
It had been a while since I watched my favorite cooking shows. When they discontinued the station in the satalite I was sad. 5 pm was Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules hours. Watching Manu Fridel judge with such precision was inspiring. It made me want to try new foods and styles. The trio judges on Masterchef were awesome. They made healthy organic food look so tasty. The contests were adventuresome in some breathtaking locations. It made me want to travel and eat guilt-free.🍴
And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his mother called
his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called
on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and
enlarge my border, and that thy hand might be with me, and that thou
wouldest keep me from evil, that it be not to my sorrow! And God granted
him that which he requested. (1 Chronicles 4:9, 10 ASV)
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Behold, I will do a new thing; now shall it spring forth; shall ye not
know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the
desert. (Isaiah 43:19 ASV)
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The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
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Okay so I am few days early… but this is no April fool’s day post! I went to a skin doctor who has given be a few new ideas about how to deal with my dermatitis. There is a full name but it was way too long. This is something I will have to deal with forever (imagine my shock folks!). Then he asked the question… “Have you looked it up online?” I admitted that I tried to Google the symptoms but so far got ringworm and red scales. Not very promising. He showed us a picture of a man with similar symptoms. Not very pretty. So our family day out took an interesting turn with heading to a pharmacy for the treatment to be mixed and made.
As far as the utilities things are going up and down so nothing really knew except if we are prepared to charge things we have it ready at all times cause you never know when it will come on again. Huge improvement from a few weeks ago. We actually went near where the transformer blew up. Yep you read it right. See around here when the rain comes the lightning can hit the transformer. I have started a new saying, “The rain comes and the transformer shakes in its cable boots!” This is not the first time this has happened and trusts me it will not be the last time. So we are continuing praying for patience because it is a very hard thing to struggle with.
My phone and I are doing a standoff about this Viber app. Well actually, I agree with my phone because it is getting to be tough. I have not actually used the program in about a week or so. It was installed a month ago and yes, I know I raved about how I was getting in touch with people and enjoying it. Well when the server went down for some reason it told me that the password I entered was on locked. I thought great this is just what I needed. Than this week, I heard that most iPhone in the area were having similar issues. This was after a few weeks of not being able to get online. Now my phone looks at me with its puppy dog display asking for some pity. Yes, I probably sound a little nutty with this whole thing, but what can I say I am learning the word simplify. When I had been hearing all these news about things going down I was incredibly bummed. When I am in the city (Addis) things worked. I was even able to get my email on my phone. Then I realized when I got home that it went back to its not really working. So I decided to not type emails except when I could on Google, which for some reason is allowed (knock on wood).
For a while I thought I would stop blogging all together or at least take a break until something came up. Then I started making a list of things I have learned since I have been in Ethiopia. I have over 10 things so far. I am proud to be an Ethiopian American. My mom tells me that most people are envious of my being outside of Ethiopia. They may not say it… but they think it. I have let it go when most people drop the American part… but I generally let them know that I am proud of where I grew up. I had the opportunity of getting a good education. Yes, I do know more Western history than Ethiopian history. What surprises them is that I knew about Adwa, which is when the Ethiopians fought the Italians out of Ethiopia during the World War. I have followed the culture and news from a long distance. I mourned when I heard about the famine (which is still going on!) Just the fact that the two countries that the UN is looking into are Syria and Ethiopia (in that order according to SIM) is amazing.
My bucket list for my time visiting here includes going to Bahadir that is a city near Gondar and visiting my mom’s hometown of Dembi Dolo. I have always wanted to place a rose on my grandmother’s grave in honor of being those going through domestic violence. She was and will always be my hero because she raised my mother and her brothers despite a very unhealthy relationship with my grandfather. My grandmother always prayed for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. I remember the day that I got the news that she died. I was beside myself a month after my marriage to Sam. It was a few weeks after Thanksgiving when my family and I had our first holiday with Sam. I think he may have been surprised that we were not the typical African American family that he thought. My mom was sharing memories about her mom and her visit to Washington. That trip had her all over seeing all of her kids. I love you Hadda Terfa may you RIP!
So I am going to close with my hopes for the spring season. 1) Be more honest and be ready for all comments. 2) Keep on writing and post them when I can. 3) Don’t give up even when struggles get hard keep on trying. 4) Email friends how much they mean to me. 5) Keep hoping and praying for safety for everybody in the world. 6) Feel less guilty when I know I am not in control of life. 7) Keep reading Jeremiah 29:10-14. This has been a verse that my mother gave me when I first got here and my mind cleared from the fog of 2013. I challenge readers to give me their thoughts on that one. 8) Listen to music and dance like nobody is watching. 9) Write a gratitude/hope list. 10) Hope for the future and move to the beat of my heart.
So what are your hopes for this spring?
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I began my morning with some bouncy music. I needed a pick me up with all that is going on around here with the utilities. Yesterday I made a list of things I wanted to do this week. I figured sometime around Saturday I will have checked off a few things. At least that is my goal.
I miss being able to communicate my thoughts to you all. Being off of Twitter and Facebook is quite intense. I guess it was a choice given to me so I can learn to enjoy the real world. LOL that is my life for you. For those who communicate with me via Viber we are doing okay it is the network that seems to be giving off bad vibes (pardon the pun). So my social networking days are on hiatus. Have mercy!
A few weeks ago I noticed that @Opinionated Man began following me on Facebook. That is so awesome! I was thrilled to see that. He is one of the bloggers that I enjoy reading. He is quite a character and makes me feel pretty cool. He also is an inspiration to give the reader a variety of choices in reading. As of this month I have over 1,000 followers on Twitter. The numbers keep on growing daily. I am so glad to be part of a growing community of bloggers that promote their works on the intergalactic network that we call the internet.
I have continued my reading of Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. The words are so inspirational for me when I am having a tough time with my healing. Being secluded in a way is a very tough experience. I can be a prickly cactus sometimes when I am moody. My family can vouch for that. And it is not just hormones it is more than just that.
Well that is all for now I will pop in whenever I can. I will not be silenced! Ha-ha.
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Thank you for your comment on "Friday". I understand it was in your honest opinion. I will take it into consideration.
I am not there… How one visits a developing country
It’s been a few weeks since the utility struggle began. It started with electric/power, moved on to water, and has arrived to networking.
I have estimated the last syncing of my email date to Feb 29th. Yeah that is a long time. Folks here remind me that this is not irregular. Try to explain that my son and I can’t visit because of this. Now you explain to a 5 year old that mom is not able to see him. With my luck he may shrug it off…hopefully.
So no Twitter, Facebook, or Viber for me. I just have gmail to keep me in the loop. It is an adventure for me to be offline for this long. Big thank you to my bestie for allowing me to vent about this journey.
Think of me when you have Mexican food and yummy clam chowder. I have been pork-free for this long. I’ll take the Jelly Belly’s to go in a triple large container with a side of Carmel if you please.