Thursday, May 31, 2012

Quote of the Day:  And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. - Jerry Chin

And still it rains--every day.  Charlini was complaining because her shoes had holes in them and the rain soaked her feet.  We bought her new shoes which made her very happy.  I gave her grandmother 10,000 Tsh (about $7) and she bought a new pair of shoes and socks with it.  She does all our shopping and is very good at it.  The rainy season is usually over around mid May but there has been nothing usual about the weather since we moved here in 2005.  This has been a particularly long and heavy rainy season.  Depending on where you live, it has been wonderful or terrible.  Villages just five miles apart have gotten ten to twelve inches of rainfall difference:  where one would get six inches, the one five miles away would get 16 inches.  One got enough for great crops, the other had their crops wiped out.  All the while, the Chinese are working on the road to Musoma and getting farther and farther behind.  I guess no one mentioned the rainy season.  We survive quite well, but the thatch roofs take a beating and have to be repaired.  Luckily, we have no major leaks this year, but we will have to repaint several walls after the stronger rains have taken the paint off, again.  Still, we have seen rainbows.  God keeps His promises.
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