June 3. The full moon was bright and clear around 3:00 a.m. Daddy heard the rat again last night so he put the trap out. I didn’t hear the rat get caught, but I heard Daddy get up and clobber it. I certainly am thankful that creature is gone. What an awful nuisance it was! I’m thankful that the dead rat smell is finally dying down in the kitchen too. It was so unbearable!
Got up early to hang out the clothes, but decided not to hang them outside as there was a cold wind blowing, and I have been having trouble with a cough, earaches, and sore throat. Instead we hung them up in the guest room. It didn’t take long because I had already hung the hang-up clothes in there yesterday evening, and there were only two loads of clothes.
After that, I made a small batch of pancakes for my breakfast. Had cooked up part of the popo that I cut up yesterday so I had that fruit syrup to go on the pancakes.
After breakfast and quiet time, it was time for lotu. Amos covered Acts 7:1-9 this morning. There were quite a few prayer requests.
Daddy was busy getting ready to go to town. The Lord gave us a beautiful morning. Blue sky and no fog. It was a lovely day all day. Praise the Lord that Daddy finally got to town! NTM brought fuel (diesel and LP) in for us this morning and took Daddy out. Don’t know when or how he’ll get back. We just pray.
The plane came right at the end of lotu. Daddy had already gone up to the airstrip as soon as he heard that the plane was on its way. Steve and Bethuel took up his cargo right after lotu. Eron brought down the LP, and Phinehas and Bethuel brought down the diesel.
It was around 9:20 before we started classes so we moved each class up about 20 minutes and ended school a little later than we usually do on Wednesday. Sosthenes was sick and was not in school today.
Graded lessons while I was eating lunch. It was just a few minutes after 2:00 when I went for nap. Rested about an hour and then finished the grading. Gathered up all the trash and took it out to burn it. Put a pot of rice, soup beans, and uxai on to cook for supper, and then cut up part of a pumpkin and cooked it too. It was a blessing to have fresh veggies today.
While food was cooking, I started getting things ready for school tomorrow and writing things on the chalkboard. Finsihed writing exercises on the chalkboard after I ate.
The house is very quiet this evening.
June 4 and 5. Today is Friday the 5th. I only did a little work on the computer yesterday evening, intending to get back to it later and write in my journal. But it never happened.
On Wednesday afternoon, the air started cooling down early. By 4:00 in the afternoon, I had to close up the house. By early evening, I already had two jackets on. I knew it was going to be a cold night and put two extra blankets on the bed. It was already down to 57º when I went to bed. The sky was clear, and there were lots of stars, and also two bright planets in the western sky. I was thankful that it didn’t get much colder overnight. It was 54º when I got up yesterday morning.
For breakfast, I warmed up the rest of the pancakes I had made Wednesday morning. Didn’t eat them all, however, because I got too full. So I warmed them up again for my lunch.
I was happy to hear Daddy’s voice and have a few minutes to talk with him while I was eating breakfast. I had not had a chance to make a fire, but the day was fog free and mostly clear skies so it didn’t take too long for the house to warm up, especially in the schoolroom where most of my time was spent.
There was a lot of smoke around today from people burning off the mountainsides, and it kept getting in my lungs and making me cough.
I really can’t remember what I did in the afternoon besides grading lessons. Oh, yes, I got things ready to start a fire in the morning. In the evening, after supper, I made up a game plan for our math game today. Then I shut down the computer and took a bath. After that, I played the keyboard a while so I would be ready for our music practice in class this morning. Also sat there and wrote a song for the school graduation program. By the time I finished with all that, it was late and I was too tired to write in my journal.
I was thankful that it was much warmer yesterday evening than the evening before.
The sky was clear with lots of stars again. I saw the moon coming up over the eastern mountain before I went to bed last night. Some clouds built up over night, and there was fog this morning.
The first thing I did after getting up this morning (Friday) was light the fire. All the paper burned up, but nothing else caught fire. Oh, well. I went and got dressed and came back and put more paper in the fire box. Lit it again, and once again all the paper burned up. Well, that was enough of that. No time to fool around with a fire.
I busied myself getting breakfast (hot rice cereal) so I would be ready when Daddy called. About twenty minutes later, I heard a crackling noise coming from the wood stove fire box. The fire had decided to start itself. I was very thankful that it did. Even though the morning was sunny, not long after noon, the skies turned dark and cloudy, and the temperature started dropping. Before the students went home from school, it had started raining. The rain didn’t last long, and didn’t amount to much. But the wind and cool air stayed around. So the fire has been kept going all day.
I was happy to talk with Daddy again while I was eating breakfast this morning. Afterward, I had quiet time and did a few other little jobs before going off to school.
After prayer and reviewing our Bible verses, we practiced our songs. The students are ready to sing “More About Jesus” which is planned for Sunday morning. We spent a good amount of time practicing “He Cares for You” also. That one still needs more practice, especially the soprano. We went a little over time, but I only planned to do one thing in Phonics class.
Bethuel left before phonics class because he was sick. Phonics class finished a little bit early. I figured the review lesson would take them a while.
The math game was all yes or no answer. For no answers, they could get an extra point if they could make the answer correct. After that, some of the students had some math to finish up for the week, and the others could study for their spelling test or work on coloring their science picture.
After our spelling test, they finished up their science coloring. Then we had history class before the school day and week was over.
Graded some papers while I was eating my lunch and just had a couple left to do after nap. Then worked on next week’s lesson plans and finished those up this evening. Washed up the past two days’ dishes before coming to the computer.