Thursday, June 4, 2009


I'm almost afraid to announce that we once again have Those Things I've been most missing the past few days.

The great tragedy is that the restoration of those Important Things comes on the very day that the assembled Eastern Province PCVs all head back to their sites, having spent the weekend (in many cases their first time back in the capital and thus in proximity of showers and refrigeration since getting posted) stinky and in the dark.

Trevor has declared it the day of the blues, as he just learned from the NY Times website that Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor has died. She made regular sweeps through our hometown.

I'm hoping the You-Know-What holds, because yesterday I bought a kg of soybeans (that's 2.2 pounds for 3,000 kwacha-- roughly 50 cents) and am itching to try the recipes for soymilk and tofu in my Encyclopedia of Country Living and Laurel's Kitchen cookbook.


Karen said...

I hope, hope hope that your power and -- especially -- your water stay with you. I don't know if it's because I grew up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but the spotty availability of water really freaks me out. One of the first summers we lived in MO, we had that really long drought, and though I'm not much of a gardener (yet -- where there's life, there's hope!), it made me really anxious. Here's hoping you can find a relatively nearby spigot for the next time. (And if you say I should, I'll even thank my lucky stars for the Columbia Daily Tribune ; )) Hang in there!

Karen said...

P.S. I also saw that Koko Taylor died (I posted a link from the Chicago Tribune on FB). Damn dang doodle...