October 4. Rained all night and rained all day. It has stopped now, and everything is quiet except for the inverter running, the fire crackling in the firebox, and water dripping into the bucket from the chimney. I was thankful I had not used firewood on Tuesday and Wednesday because I probably would not have had enough for today. Even with the fire going all day, it has been quiet cool in the house. Have had a sweatshirt on since mid-afternoon.
Not only was it rainy, it was foggy, very foggy. The whole world around us was immersed in fog. The fog lifted a little bit, but never lifted off the mountains. Then around noon it started coming back down again. It was impossible for the plane to get in today. Consequently Daddy was not able to get home. Boo Hoo!
Since the water coming through the pipes was murky today, I filled the empty buckets with rain water that has been running from the leaks and collecting in the little buckets.
After breakfast this morning, I cleaned out the freezer, hoping that Daddy would be coming and bringing food home. Also put the last two eggs on to boil for sandwiches.
Graham was not in school today. He was sick with an earache. Quite a few of the students have colds. I was happy to get all the grading done in school. There wasn’t that much to do today. We didn’t do a worksheet in math, and they didn’t finish their English lesson. They could have finished, but I wanted to take some time to talk with them about getting things ready for the drama. I showed them what I already have for props, and they are thinking about what they can do to make the other props. Dallas and Phinehas are going to get yellow and red paint to make the fires. Phinehas said he thinks his dad can help him make a throne out of that old chair frame. They have some kind of plant in the bush too that they can use to make the statue.
After everyone left, I fixed my sandwiches, had lunch, and recorded grades. Then I filled up the firebox and lay down for nap. I guess I had a pretty good rest because when I woke up and looked at the clock, an hour had gone by. I got up and filled the firebox again. Then worked on lesson plans until supper time. I didn’t want to use the computer too much today since there was no sun to recharge the battery.
Around 3:30, I put a pot of soup beans and rice on the wood stove to cook, with extra water so I could have soup. Added some onion; and after it cooked, I added the rest of the tomato paste so it wouldn’t go bad. I got the math lesson plans for next week finished before supper, and did the English and social studies lessons after supper.
“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” II Corinthians 1:20
October 5. The rain finally stopped early last evening. It was very foggy again when I got up this morning, but it looked like the fog would lift today. It did, and the Lord gave us a lovely sunshiney morning. This afternoon was more cloudy with some sun off and on; and late afternoon, the rains came again. The rain has stopped right now.
Got up a few minutes earlier this morning so I could wash up a bit. It was too chilly to wash up before bed last night. I also had to make a fire. Didn’t get to get the fire ready yesterday or last night because I kept it burning all day. Later last evening, it turned quite chilly too so I didn’t let the fire go out until almost bedtime. At least the flying ants weren’t here last night like they were the night before. There are a few this evening, but not enough to be a nuisance like they were Thursday evening.
After I got the fire going and got my breakfast, I went and sat in the recliner. Then Daddy called so I talked to him while I was eating. Then it was time for lotu. Daniel was the first one here this morning. Then Wenera and one of his daughters. There must have been around 40 here, and they came at a good time. Tomas did a good job teaching, this time telling the story of Isaac and using that as an example to show that man is unable to save himself from death.
After lotu, Apekio, Victoria, and Espina swept the floor. Dallas and Frances cut firewood. While the ladies were sweeping, I got clean sheets put on the bed. Apekio had brought a couple little pumpkins so I had her cut one up for me before she left. I put it on the wood stove to cook. Then I put the Canon printer over on the table and plugged it into the inverter so I could do some photo copying. Afterward, I made some crackers and some chocolate cookies and had a little snack. Later, Taro came with some bananas. Before lunch, I looked for the music to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” so I could fit some verses (Romans 10:9,10,13) to the music.
For lunch I toasted the last two slices of my bread (after I cut the mold off) and mashed up the last egg with mayonnaise and mustard and made an egg salad sandwich and also a peanut butter/honey sandwich. Then I had my nap.
After nap, I emptied the ashes, washed my hair, got things ready for the fire in the morning, cleaned the bathroom, swept the office and kitchen, swept the part of the meeting room around the pulpit because I saw it hadn’t been done, covered the books, and locked the school cupboard. Then I scanned some music and a math sheet and worked at the computer until supper time. Had some of the pumpkin and some of the soup that I made yesterday, except that it was no longer soup today. All the rice, barley, and lentils had swollen and taken up all the liquid.
After supper, I did the dishes and also heated water for bath. I wanted to get my bath early while it was still pretty warm in here. Everything was ready, and I was about to get the bath water ready when there was a knock at the door. It was Matthew, and he spent a while storying about the youth camp and the trip back and forth. After he left, I reheated the bath water (it didn’t take long because it hadn’t cooled off that much) and enjoyed my bath. It was a little bit chilly in the bathroom, but not too bad yet.
“21Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” II Corinthians 1:21,22