Thursday, May 12, 2011

Hut 2, 3, 4!

It's my first year here to get heat rash.  It's been pretty prickly!  No wonder it's also called prickly heat.  It feels like an army of small ants are biting you underneath your skin.  Seems as though this year has been a bit more humid and hot at the same time - we all have been "misting" or sweating :) and many Africans have the rash as well.  I look at the thermometers in the evening some times- on several occasions it has been in the 90's after 10 PM.

The good news is- my rash is almost gone now!

The Africans have been helpful with advice and I've searched for many online tips.  I tried lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, desitin, hydrogen peroxide, olive oil, cornstarch, baking soda, lanolin, various cremes, and the two things that worked the best were found here at the market.

One is called Soldier Powder and the other is called Paradise (Paradis- in French).  They both work very good!  What I have found best is to apply the Soldier Powder, and then I will feel like I am in Paradise :).

I have felt a bit whiter these past few weeks :)

The powder has menthol in it and it takes me from hot and humid togo to cold as alaska with in seconds after application.  Such wonderful powder- I may just start wearing it year round!  

Someone asked me in market if I was going to turn into a soldier...  Hut 2, 3, 4 :)  This powdered soldier is off and running- 10/40 over and out!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


I have kept them up even though they are drooping.  It comforts me to know how they feel about the heat :).  This hot season has been rather warm if I do say so.  They started drooping  just a bit and then it continued.  My curiosity has to see just how much they will droop before rainy season and cooler weather arrive.

I love candles and good smells lingering through the house!  Growing up, from morning until bedtime it seemed as though we always had a candle going.  While I have been teased, the candles came with me to Togo and I am so glad!  A good cup of tea, a great smelling candle, and music can just about make a frumpy day into a party day.

This was taken early in the morning- if you can see the temperature :)  It got much hotter!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mango Mania

I love mango season!  Almost every morning, I look forward to a mango smoothie.  Oh so yummy!  It seems as though mangos are everywhere.  I have a mango tree in my yard and Callie has become a mango monkey.  I heard squeals this afternoon and looked out to see what she was making noise about.  Sure enough, I see why she is upset.  There is a long stick coming over our 7 foot wall and into our yard- specifically on high and into her mango tree.  The little neighbor boy must be craving a mango and is attempting to hit one loose.  :)  I'm for sure not the only one who enjoys mango season!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day

Mother's Day isn't a holiday here, but I wanted to make today special for our church moms.  I asked the Lord to show me what I had multiples of around the house to share with the ladies.  Votive candles, tea bags, teacups, nail polish, and candies.  They were very excited!

Our lesson was on the tongue and I incorporated the small gifts throughout to make it a bit suspenseful.  It was such a fun time with the ladies!

Moms, I so appreciate you!