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Traveling for five days!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thursday through sometime on Monday I will be traveling to a cabin on the beach (Atlantic ocean). I'm going with a Dr., his wife and their two children, ages 10 and 12. We'll have a fun time on the beach, playing games, reading, etc. I'll be back home sometime on Monday. MY aim for this trip is to see an elephant!!!! I've lived in Africa for over 37 years and never seen an elephant here.

While I am away on the trip, I will not have internet. I'll likely be having Internet "withdrawal" which will be good for me. I'll blog and share photos next week.

Today's Positives:
1. The test I'm giving in class today was all ready yesterday so I've not had to think about it.
2. I was able to renew my Nursing license online yesterday.
3. At the end of next week (Saturday November 8th) will be a big farewell for me, from the hospital and the church.
4. I'm making progress at getting rid of my "stuff".

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KATHYJO56 10/29/2014 2:06AM

    I can't wait to see your pictures. This will be an incredible trip for you. I can't wait to see the pics and I hope to see one of an elephant. Have fun

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JAMER123 10/28/2014 11:58PM

    Enjoy your trip to the beach and I do hope you get to see an elephant in the wild~ What a wonderful sight that must be!!
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GINA180847 10/28/2014 11:49AM

    Lucky you going to the beach with two kids that are old enough not to be little pests. Get in that water and swim, it will be cool but lovely. If you see an elephant that will be such a bonus.

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GINA180847 10/28/2014 11:47AM

    I have seen bears, moose, deer, elk, caribou, long horned sheep and wild goats, wolverine, coyote, cougar, and a lion in Mexico. I would rather not have seen the lion in Mexico, it was in a zoo and was treated lovingly but the poor thing was in a caged in area. I think the most interesting things I have seen were a variety of ducks. I never dreamt there are that many different species of ducks in this world and most of them I saw in a marsh on the edge of a small city in northern Canada.

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RD03875 10/28/2014 8:52AM

    Have an awesome trip, it sounds like fun!
We went to Kenya for a few days many years ago and saw lots of elephants but no lions, tigers, leopards, pumas etc.

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SHIRLA7 10/28/2014 7:57AM

    Enjoy your trip! Hope you do get to see an elephant. Can't wait to see pictures! emoticon

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MAMISHELI53 10/28/2014 6:10AM

    Blessings to you!

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PICKIE98 10/28/2014 5:12AM

    Enjoy the time off! How nice to be able to go there!

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Gaining/ Retreat/ Trunk/ Elephants!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Yep, I'm gaining weight, and I'm at my highest weight ever today.
I will try to do more exercise this next week as I've not been doing much of any.

Since Wednesday we've had a Bible Retreat here on the station, with a visiting Bible teaching Pastor and a visiting music Pastor. It was very good. Here I am this morning, in the front, singing.



The two Pastors are taking one of my trunks of personal items back to the States and they will UPS it to Omaha. I took the trunk over to them later this afternoon. It's a relief to have that on it's way.

Today's Positives:
1. We had a good Bible Retreat.
2. I got one trunk sent off to America. Just 29 days til I start my trek back to Nebraska.
3. Just three days until I go ELEPHANT HUNTING (for photographing)! More about that in my next blog. :-)

  
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GINA180847 10/27/2014 1:25PM

    Yikes,This is not good. You want to have an enjoyable retirement as there is still a lot of good you can do. Lucky you to be able to take pictures of elephants in the flesh.

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KATHYJO56 10/27/2014 12:51AM

    I guess this is pretty official when your things start leaving to come to their new home. I imagine the stress of moving doesn't help the weight situation. Hopefully, things will calm a lttle when you are moved and settled.

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JAMER123 10/26/2014 9:43PM

    I get the feeling you are getting more excited by the day on your return home. A hew chapter is soon to be in your life and more fun each and every day. So glad the retreat went well this weekend!
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MAMISHELI53 10/26/2014 7:09PM

    How excited you must be these days! Can't wait to see your elephant pix!

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SAISHA100CJ 10/26/2014 6:22PM

    How nice the two pastors are assisting with your trunk so it arrives in Omaha. That will be a big help.
Maybe once you get back to the states and your schedule is not so full, you will have more time to walk etc. and I bet you will notice a difference with your exercise etc. It is hard at times to be as busy as you have been. Do not be hard on yourself. You are doing well.
I am glad you enjoyed the Bible retreat.
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SINGINGLADY47 10/26/2014 4:00PM

    Sounds like you are very busy. Only 29 days? I know coming back has been a major undertaking for you. Once you get back and settles you can begin concentrating on losing the weight. We will all be here to help you in any way we can. God bless you for the rest of the week. I will be keeping you in my prayers. Hugs, Judy.
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Packing!

Friday, October 24, 2014

We are having a good Prayer Retreat this weekend with good Bible teaching. The retreat will end on Sunday noon. The two Pastors who came to lead the retreat will leave on Monday, taking along one of my suitcases to the States. Then will then UPS it to Omaha for me.

Just 31 days before I start my trek from Africa... back to the States............... and NO, I do NOT live in a country that has Ebola!!!

Today's Positives:
1. I almost got the suitcase packed now, including a packing list.
2. Our Prayer retreat is going well with really good Bible teaching.
3. Tomorrow during afternoon break I'll go to the tailor to pick up an outfit that I'm having made from material that was a gift to me. I'll leave off two more pieces of material. I'm still trying to figure out what to have made from them!!

  
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RD03875 10/26/2014 7:04AM

    I hope you had a GREAT retreat!

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MOONGLOWSNANA 10/25/2014 10:42AM

  Do you think you will ever return to Africa for a visit? It must be hard to leave when you have lived there for so long.

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 10/25/2014 6:00AM

    You sound organized. Just one more month of days to go. Much to leave behind and much to look forward to. May God richly bless and comfort as you make this move.

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JAMER123 10/25/2014 1:54AM

    So glad all is going well with your retreat and organizing for the trip home. How many hours is it in the air between countries? I have a friend who's son works in Kenya and she has gone over a couple times. But I have never asked her the air miles. It has to be exciting and tiring at the same time.
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KATHYJO56 10/25/2014 12:51AM

    I hope that you are excited about coming home to the United States. We are excited that you will be with us once again.

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GINA180847 10/24/2014 5:54PM

    Yes, I'll bet you get asked about ebola a lot. 31 days will zip by like a hummingbird.

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The Last Visitor Meal!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This evening I am having visitors over for the last time. Then I will turn my dining room into a permanent garage sale table until I get rid of everything in my house! I have chicken, potatoes and onions in the crock pot. I made a lemon loaf yesterday that will also be for this evening.

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Tomorrow evening starts a Prayer Retreat for us Americans. Two pastors from the States will be here (coming for dinner tonight). Our retreat meetings will be Wed evening, Thurs evening Friday all day, Saturday morning and evening and also Sunday morning. The Pastor who will lead the retreat has been here before and I'm sure will give us good teaching. The other pastor will lead the singing times.

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Today's Positives:
1. I keep teaching my Pediatric course but there is not much new material to teach now. Then will be reviewing, especially for those having problems with their grades. And then exams.
2. The rainy season is here now. Although yesterdays rain was not hard, it rained softly during the night. It has been very dry for a long time.
3. I have remained healthy for which I am thankful.

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SOLUCKY12 10/22/2014 11:53AM

    You are always so busy with many activities. I wonder if your life will change once you return to Omaha!

We're having the most beautiful fall weather here. Walks are really comfortable and enjoyable now.

Hope your garage sale is very successful. Ann

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KATHYJO56 10/22/2014 1:35AM

    I know that this dinner was bittersweet for you. I hope that you enjoy your prayer retreat.

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JAMER123 10/21/2014 10:23PM

    Thank the Lord for the rain you have gotten. We are also getting several short bursts of hard rains the past couple days. Renewals and retreats. So glad you are having them. Enjoy. Have a great week.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 10/21/2014 5:43PM

    Sounds great! Have a fantastic week!

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GINA180847 10/21/2014 2:20PM

    Sounds like a lovely meal. So glad you are remaining healthy.

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MAMISHELI53 10/21/2014 11:30AM

    Hope everything sells at a good price!

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NEVERORNOW 10/21/2014 9:14AM

    Sounds like a wonderful meal and a retreat that will yield many blessings. I hope the garage sale goes well!

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RD03875 10/21/2014 8:29AM

    Your dinner sounds delicious, have a good retreat!

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AUNTRENEE 10/21/2014 7:49AM

    The meal sounds great. Wish that I was there to eat. Its making me hungry.

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Who's Counting?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Another week has gone by and only yesterday did I changed from counting the number of weeks before I my move from my African Home to me counting the number of DAYS! Yesterday it was 38 days until I move so today it is /was 37 days.. (it's already almost time for bed here)............. but who's counting??

Today's Positives:
1. I went to the tailor and picked up two blouses done with African material, and also six over the shoulder bags done with the same material. I also ordered a new outfit with another piece. I still have two pieces of material to take to the tailor next week. Brightly colored material is a typical farewell gift and I have begun receiving these as gifts. I will try to have the gifts of material made up into dresses, pant suits, bags, and table clothes, etc before I leave here. I don't sew and there is an excellent tailor here who does all his sewing without using a pattern.
2. I sold more of my things today. I've not actually had my monthly salary come to Africa since June. I'm trying to live on what I sell. :-)
3. I will have my last company/visitor dinner on Tuesday and then I will start getting rid of kitchen things.

Have a good day and weekend!!

  
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PURPLEPEONY 10/20/2014 6:21PM

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KATHYJO56 10/20/2014 5:31PM

    I am happy that your retirement to the States is coming soon. I know that you will always remember your African home and friends with much love. I also love that you are getting some wonderful items made from what sounds like an incredible tailor. emoticon

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MAMISHELI53 10/19/2014 1:09PM

    Countdowns can be a good thing! I like counting down when I'm going TO Peru. Right now I'm counting months till surgery...

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ZELLAZM 10/19/2014 3:26AM

    It sounds like you're making good progress and that things are going smoothly...praying that continue for the rest of your days in Africa! Savor the days!

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GINA180847 10/18/2014 11:39PM

    You are so lucky to get African material. I just love the bright joyous African cloth and how lucky you are to find such a tailor.

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JAMER123 10/18/2014 7:50PM

    Time is certainly going fast! And you are doing well with being prepared for the move. It's got to be really hard for you as the days grow short. Leaving a place you have been for so many yrs. and having made so many friends. God bless you as you near the beginning of a new life.
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SURVIVOR61 10/18/2014 5:01PM

    Sounds awesome.... But, a little melancholy perhaps. Excited to start a new, but grieving the loss of so many friends and loved ones and what once was your home for so long.... Good Luck Carolyn and God Bless on your new adventures.. just take it one Blessing at a time sister..
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RD03875 10/18/2014 3:20PM

    Sounds like it will be a bittersweet departure. Good luck in your last 37 days

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