Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I just finished washing the dishes. I had to hurry to do it before dark. The light in the kitchen is quite low and if I wait to do the dishes till after dark, I cannot see whether they are clean or not!

I had a trip to Kigali this week for a meeting, then a quick return to Byumba so I could attend a meeting with Jerome. The person who came for the meeting was from the "BEC" some sort of education group delivering good news/bad news. We will be receiving many such visitors in the next couple of months. Everything is being revised (curriculum, job categories, etc) Also, all the nursing schools are being moved from the Ministry of Health to the Ministry of Education. Thus, all the visitors/inspectors.

I have found the Rwandans love declarations. Any piece of paper on which they can affix the school seal is good. But then, the storage of all that paper is problematic. It takes one full time person! So, all these visitors will be leaving stacks of paper. Jerome has to sign every request. He explained to me that many Rwandans cannot be trusted so every request has to have a paper trail.

Our weather is still fairly cool and with lots of rain. Can't wait for May.

I don't feel that I have much to say tonight. I am buckling down to finish projects, so spend a lot of time in my office. Jerome goes back and forth from Byumba to Kigali to Byumba again. I have to catch him on the fly. He favors Kigali as that is where his home and family are. His two big boys (6 yrs, and 4 yrs have decided they want me to come for a sleepover! I will probably decline as I might have to sleep with one or both of those wiggly little guys.

Julia is continuing to grow. I've never seen an animal grow so fast.

I think my supper is ready. Cornbread and fresh green beans.

So long for now,
CA




Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013






Julia in her crib.

Carrol almost in the crib with Julia

Baby cow news! We now have a name for Julia. And I am attaching photos. The first is from outside the cow shed and you can only see her through the "slats" of her crib. The second one I took when I actually went into the cow shed and got right up by the crib. She is pretty skittish when I get that close, but will finally lick my hand with her slobbery mouth and nose. After the first several days of mostly sleeping, I went out and found Julia standing up in her crib and practicing her "moo-ing"--very quiet little attempts at sounding like a cow. At present, she can already moo like a big girl! I look for her to be climbing out of that crib one day soon.

I've been conducting more classes at the hospital of late which are mostly lots of fun. I can only understand English. There is usually someone who can interpret the French or Kinyarwanda, so that helps. I was to begin a series of ESL classes yesterday at 5PM when people get off work. (Day shift works 7A to 5P; night shift works 5P till 7A. Only two shifts.)Some of the nurses had asked me for the English classes. I was there in plenty of time and waited till almost 5:20. No one had showed up, so I left. The Dir. of Nursing called me before 8AM today asking what happened. After I told him my side, he said 10 people showed up sometime after 5:20. I don't believe him for a second--he's not a very reliable guy. I told him the reason we needed to start on time is that I have to walk home afterwards and I wanted to get home before dark. That is between 6 and 6:15. Rwandans are habitually late to everything, so I wasn't surprised that no one showed up on time. However, I'm sticking to my guns this time. It will be a massive amount of work to put on three classes/wk and they're going to have to cater to me!!

I'm writing a paper based on the interviews of the staff nurses, clinical instructors and students we surveyed soon after I got here-75 people altogether. It is turning out to be pretty interesting data. I want to get it finished up, however. It's been dragging on a bit too long.

I'm going to include some other photos here, of my Swiss Chard. It has lasted a very long time. Now, I can only stand to eat it about once/wk.
Julia said she had to see you one more time.








Gorgeous on the table, too!

















My March planting is coming along. I have Chinese cabbage, mixed salad greens, beets, and either zucchini or cucumbers (One came up and the other didn't) I'll definitely be eating these before I leave. I give a lot of chard away. No one so far has known what it was or how versatile it is for cooking.

That's all for now. Hope you enjoy the photos.
CA, G-ma, Ma, Mom, Carrol