Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Is it spring yet?

Feb 14 2017  This post is a little late for a number of reasons, but the main one is illness. I had been quite proud of the lack of illness here in Moldova , as I has a mild cold a year ago. Foolishly, I was vocal about this and therefore, 10 days ago , I developed a nice influenza type illness that  is just now leaving, after much noise with coughing wheezing, snorting and other assorted noises designed specifically to keep a spouse from obtaining a lick of rest. Yes a man-cold is a serious illness , and can be life threatening when the noise level rises past the breaking point. I believe it is called justifiable husbandicide. Thankfully all our weapons are home, and the risk appears to be past. We also had a major dump of snow again, on a day we drove to Bălți, and so we stayed overnight for the first time in a year. It was a wise choice, as the roads were awful the next day in the daylight. Despite illness, we had to go up and check on an apartment for a senior couple coming. On Saturday , we returned to Bălți with the Alemans and got them settled into a very nice refurbished place. They thought it like a fancy hotel suite, so we did well. We still had our responsibilities, I taught a medical class on delivery, and was medicated enough to make it through. We also had some missionaries leaving this week, we had Elder Adam Jensen leave to go home on Monday. He was a great elder, hard working and great to get along with. We just got along very well and we will miss him. Even Sister Schow got to leave after thinking she would be transferred for 3  transfers. We had some memory games for FHE, and had about 55 people. Refreshments were just fresh bread and jam and of course, Nutello. There is a serious deficiency of Nutello in Moldovans, by their intake of the substance when available. Funny story this week, although not funny at the time. One of my Sacrament meeting talks slept in, as he was called, he said it was all okay, he would just give his talk in the other branch, the Russian branch, in Romanian , of course. We did tell him that was unlikely to work and we did have some fun of course . We ended up doing musical
Elder Jensen , 2nd from the L, farewell dinner at Andys, Elder Gore on his R, then Elder Hubbard, Sister Idiart covering her face , Elder Welling and Elder Gerber Kai

Sister Schow, 2nd from R, . When she goes home, it will be in the Kalispell area, was originally from Kansas

This is as close as we get to Costco. Metro is a German company, a lot of bulk. We buy a lot of bulk stuff here, especially paper products, which are all plastic.

Loads of firewood in the middle of Chișinău, ready to go to villages

FHE, with a gospel matching game, then a real matching memory game.

numbers  and it was very spiritual. Deb and I are trying to make a new vow to not get upset by the constant honking at us by rude drivers, it usually lasts for me about one to two honks. Oh, the need of constant repentance. I may need no car to fully repent of my thoughts. People are so nice, then they get in the cars and turn into something ugly. Today a guy stopped to yell at me, they truly do not know what to do when you speak to them only in English. Hard to yell at someone who smiles and speaks a language you do not understand. One day I am going to use horse Latin, a nonsense language only my children understand, it should be fun, if I live through it. Anyway, most of the illness is past. We were unable to get flu shots here, that was not a good thing. Okay, I mixed the pictures in the middle, which may be confusing. So we are mostly well and  back in the swing of things.

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