Sunday, February 24, 2008
Lemons, Baskets, Boosters & Crazy Americans
We have tons of lemons on a tree in the yard. We've made lemonade several times already. When God gives you lemons, make lemonade!
Today we had church in our basement. Just us and Ms. Lora. We were scared to drive 1.5 hrs south of here to attend church with another missionary family. We heard last night that all children under the ages of 13 have to be in a booster seat and we didn't have any, so we were afraid of tickets. Also, our 7 passenger van only holds..well...7 people. And there are 8 of us while Ms. Lora is here. So after church this morning, we went to rent another small car and then in search of 4 booster seats. (We brought Justices' on the plane with us) After two stops at two different Continente's (a small version of a super wal-mart) we discovered that they close at 1:00 every Sunday. Why in the world would they do that? It makes no sense to me. The other missionary family said in response to that..."Welcome to Portugal". We did end up at church this evening with the other missionary family. In two vehicles, but no boosters...sshhhhh...don't tell anyone.
The picture above, Ms. Lora took of me wheeling and dealing at the market. The market in Barcelos, Portugal has been held every Thursday for about the last 800 years, so they knew how to work me. They ended up being the ones wheeling and dealing, not me.
After being in Portugal for 5 days without a refrigerator, we were eagerly awaiting it's delivery yesterday. All day we waited, waited, and waited some more. Finally at 9:00 pm, the delivery guy shows up drunk, fussing the entire time he was here (in Portuguese...we didn't know what he was saying, but it was obvious he was upset). He even made the finger around the ear symbol for "crazy" when he saw the way we had rigged up our dryer so that it would have a vent out the window. But who cares cause WE HAVE A REFRIGERATOR!! Now, we can have something cold to drink, and I can finally go grocery shopping. Ms. Lora said if someone knocked on our door and offered her a cold Diet Dr. Pepper, she'd be willing to pay 10 Euros ($15.00) for one. I think I would too!