Saturday, October 31, 2015

Ground Peas

Sister Gaye lives near the Mission Office.  She does catering and sells at a local market.  The AP's told us that she did "ground peas" - peanuts.  So, we asked her to do us some.  She takes ground peas and washes them in salt water to rub off the shells.  She then puts them out to dry in the sun. If you look closely at the back parking lot, on the side of the small hill that is facing the sun you will see a canvas with ground peas drying.

Ground peas basking, drying in the sun.  Once they are dry she "parches" them in a big pan over a charcoal cooker.

Our ground peas are then delivered right to our desk.  They have a half raw, half cooked crunch with just a hint of salt - so good - and fattening!  We once had a batch delivered still warm!  Oh my, we ate so many we got sick!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Mission Office

I noticed that our picture of the Mission Office from our 2013 blog post has disappeared.  The Mission Office is on the first floor (the second level).  Temporal Affairs (Humanitarian, Liberia Facility Manager, CES, PEF, Records etc.) are all on the ground floor (first level).

The building is currently having what appears to be a new floor added.  In reality it is a new room.  They will put "zinc" on the slanted rafters on top.  This eliminate the constant leaking from the flat cement roof.  It will also protect the A/C units that will then be moved to the roof and give us some water again.  By putting the 1,000 gallon water tanks back on the roof we get water in the office bathrooms by "gravity feed."  While they have been working on the roof they moved the water tanks to our level on a patio roof outside.  No gravity feed + pump and generator not big enough to pump water up = NO WATER.

I do not have a proper desk but sit at a table next to a window.  This is my view out the window - I do not want a desk!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Shower Power

We moved into our apartment and I took a shower and did not notice until after I got out that there was a wall plug IN the shower! 

Elder Hezseltine used the voltage sensor that Jeff Abeyta  gave us to use to Africa (Elder Hezseltine uses it ALL the time) and surprise - the plug was LIVE!

What makes this bathroom even more fun is the fact that the light switch for the bathroom is in the other room behind a door.  I guess I could always plug in a light to shower by!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pumpkin Season

They do not celebrate Halloween here (thank goodness) so the only thing to do with these pumpkins is to eat them!  They are more like a butternut squash than a pumpkin. They make great soup and are good smashed with butter and salt.  We are coming into pineapple season and are so excited.  The only thing better than pineapple season is mango season (which we missed)!