I do find the skies are quite beautiful at sunrise and I like all the shades of colour I find in the early morning hours.
I've been spending a lot of time on line doing an online version of "window shopping" as I continue to look for a few items to complete my household decor needs. I've been getting rid of a lot of things and still have one large item to offload, my late mom's first power wheelchair. I've found a new home for it but it won't be out of my home for awhile yet. A friend of mine is raising money to replace the chair's batteries and battery charger and to hire someone to deliver it to the intended recipient. This is a combined humanitarian gesture by my friend and I to someone who suffers from major mobility issues. Once the chair is gone it will be a huge relief as currently it is several hundred pounds of dead weight and it takes a lot of space. I'm very pleased that someone who can really benefit from the chair will get one because for her to try and buy one would be a near impossibility. These kind can cost well over 10 thousand dollars.
Once it's gone I will know how I am rearranging things. In the meantime I am looking at what I currently have, what can be repurposed and what I may need to purchase. I am naturally drawn to patterns whether in clothing or in decor. I also have very eclectic tastes. After awhile I get a hodge podge of items that don't go together very well. As I get rid of things I want a simpler, more streamlined look. I am not a minimalist by any means. Nor do I want to be one. But over a long period of time I've become more mindful of the things I have and only keep what I really need. I'm sentimental so it isn't that easy for me to get rid of a lot of things. I have to cull my items several times before I get down to a good amount. I am also one who likes things organized and so I need to consider what will work best. I have ideas for getting the kitchen and bathrooms much better organized and all on a small budget. Material things are not so important to me but of course one needs certain basic things and a home that functions well and is a haven of rest while the world is in turmoil.
I like reading and have several areas that I want to make more comfortable for that purpose. Currently I read in the living room. I can read paper books anywhere of course. Likewise with certain digital books which I read on my Kobo device.. Other digital books I can only read on my computer and laptop. In future I'll also carve out a spot in my bedroom, a cosy nook if you will.
Here is a photo of the books I've read in 2020. I have an eclectic array of interests and my reading material reflects that. Maybe you will find something of interest to follow up on.
Right now I am reading, The Island of Sea Women: A Novel, by Lisa See, Tell Tale Stories by Jeffrey Archer, The Power of Praise and Worship by Terry Law. These are all digital books. A new hardback just arrived in the mail called The Book of Signs by Dr. David Jeremiah. I saw Dr. Jeremiah being interviewed on television and immediately ordered the book. Several digital library books are ready for borrowing, including Homo Deus. I'm putting them on short pause until I make progress on the ones I'm currently reading.
Update on Kenyan Missions
I'm keeping very busy with solitary tasks and the Missions of Hope in Kenya. One widow lady in a town called Ketingia died and left no male heirs.
The other work of feeding, helping with medicines and medical follow up continues for several others including Eunice. Those of you who follow my blog and the work of our humble mission outreach know that Eunice has been in hospital in the town of Nakuru for one year and four months.. Over that period she hasn't improved significantly though at one time it was thought she would be well enough to discharge.
Once the curfews are lifted in Kenya we will see if we can get Eunice transferred to her home town. This is easier said than done but at least we will try and with God's help it may be possible. Eunice may not get the same level of care in her home town but she will be nearer to loved ones who will be able to visit her. Where she is now it is too far for people to travel. She was taken hours away in order to try and get the best care available. For most of the villagers they simply do not have extra funds to make the journey back and forth to see her. There is a lot of thinking and planning that must go into a possible move, not the least of which is getting the agreement of the doctor/hospital where she is admitted, finding an appropriate place for her in her home town, transporting her safely and making sure she has medical care and oversight once there.
|Grandmother of my friend.|
|New house is being built as funds are raised|
A young doctor friend has been busy trying to fund raise to build a home for his elderly grandmother. He is a newly credentialed doctor and his salary is very modest given that he works in a small, rural hospital to be near to his grandmother. She has been suffering from pneumonia as a result of the heavy rain and flooding that occurred in Kenya. Her original house was partially flooded and is no longer habitable. The grandmother is quite elderly. She has been mostly in good health until recently and her grandson is concerned about her being in a proper house so she can remain healthy. hospital.
Two hundred people drowned in the floods and at least 100,000 were displaced from their homes and farms in May 2020. Pastor Jonah's elder brother had a coffee plantation which was flooded. He lost his livelihood as well as the family home. He now lives temporarily with his wife, 4 children and mother-in-law (and other displaced people) in empty schools and churches. The Red Cross did provide them with a tent but it wasn't large enough to house the family. I have no idea what the future holds for this particular family but since the rains have started again there isn't any immediate hope of returning to farm the land. If a way opens up, I would really like to help them get back on their feet once rains stop. If you are feeling led to help please let me hear from you.
|An aerial view on May 3 shows flood waters near the Sigiri Bridge in Budalangi, Kenya. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)|
A young man I met several years ago from the Kenyan Boys Choir lost his mother a few days ago and she was to be buried on Thursday June 25th. She suffered from kidney problems, had a kidney transplant a few years ago and was raising funds to undergo another transplant in India. She succumbed to health complications before she could get surgery. The two sons she leaves behind are still quite young though thankfully they are now young men who have finished high school. I'm praying they will be able to manage okay though I know they will really miss the motherly love and support she gave them.
As always we covet your prayers and your support if you are able. You can find details on the side bar to the left for donations and you can also find a link to the African page to read more about the missions.
I leave you with a few garden photos. Sorry they are not that clear. I was using the wrong lens and had a very hard time getting clear, close up shots. I am happy with the colours though.
|I can't remember what this plant is called. It really grew this year compared to other years.|
|Usually I have red or pink, sometimes white geraniums. These ones are a deep salmon colour.|
|Beautiful red petunias and burgundy pansies.|
Until next time, stay safe.
Joining in with Skywatch Friday this week.