|Our new temporary home.|
These houses were formerly used by full-time missionaries with families. Since the ceiling is vaulted in the large living/dining/kitchen and all the floors are ceramic tile, we sometimes have trouble hearing each other – everything echoes! There’s a loveseat in the livingroom area and a dining table across the room but, with all that space, I’ve threatened to buy roller skates to get around in the house! The kitchen is well-stocked with black granite countertops and lots of cabinets. The stove has its issues, however; the oven is temperamental… The Region had authorized Pam Clayton to grocery shop for us before we arrived, so our fridge and cabinets were stocked with several days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches! What a blessing!
Thursday afternoon, after the thermal coupler in our oven had been replaced (Dan understands these things, not me!), I got the Gooey Butter Cake assembled and asked Dan to light the oven. Well, it would light, but not stay lit – same problem as before! Fortunately, Carlos Camacho, the handyman who’d worked on it, was in our compound and came to help. When he still had problems, I asked if I could use an oven in one of the empty houses – which I did, in Casa #3! Thirty minutes later, I checked on it and it was done! The mashed potatoes were another story – peeled, cut, boiled, then mashed with milk, sour cream and butter – in a bowl with a salad fork! Reheated before we left to return to the Regional Office comedor (the large group dining room), the potatoes were just the way I like them, creamy and a little lumpy (that way, you know they’re not from a box!)! The evening was full of great food, about 20 missionaries, and stories of thankfulness!