Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Window Wednesdays

We had such a fantastic response from our picture post last week...we decided to try to post photos of "life in general" on Wednesdays. I like to "name" we are naming this weekly 'event' Window Wednesdays because it is kinda like looking through a window (of photos) into our life here in Nicaragua.

This week's photos are some of the things that have seemed stereotypically "missionary" to us over the years as we've heard stories from others around the world...and now they are part of our life.

Mosquito Nets: unless you want to be a mid-night snack to a host of mosquitos...a mosquito net is a great thing to have!

A Toyota Land Cruiser: it is the vehicle of choice among "missionaries"...or so it seems...and we decided to join the club. Jeff really enjoys getting off road and shifting into Low-Range 4WD, and 1 out of 2 adults along with 2 out of 3 kids agree that the bumpy ride is fun...I think it has something to do with testosterone.

The Water Filter: a necessity. Note the use of duct tape again.

The GPS: a nice handy tool in the U.S.; here in Nica--it is the tool that prevents us from driving aimlessly for hours upon hours. Creating and downloading routes on Google Earth has been invaluable for when we takes trips out into "the bush" (called "el campo" here). In the city, it is fairly accurate; however, we do receive directions like: "turn right on road from road". There is only a select handful of roads that have official "names".

The Pressure Cooker: we have used it only to cook beans. I still fear that it will explode beans all over the kitchen...which I have heard is possible.

Bobbing for apples, or Soaking the Fruit?: we soak all our produce in a natural grapefruit seed extract (GSE) which helps kill any bacteria that may be hitching a ride.