Apologies!! I know it’s a been a couple of months and for that I am sorry. It has been very busy lately and I haven’t had the time or patience to update you faithful followers. Because of my carelessness with my blogging, I have attempted to keep you updated through facebook. You can check my photo albums for new photos. This post will be long and will serve only as an update on daily activities, not reflection on Peace Corps service, although I have so much reflecting to do, I just don’t have the energy to type it all out in a way that makes sense. So here’s the news:
I visited Westphalia in early February. Remember that was Liz’s site. We had car trouble the entire weekend. My friends Fitzroy and Chris came to get me and we spent the entire night traveling through the bush stopping by parties. I slept all day Saturday and we missed the party that night due to the car trouble. See me here with my friends, stuck in a hole.
Car trouble in Westphalia.
For Valentine’s Day the Youth Club in Somerset had a party as a fundraiser. The theme was red and white so see me below, all dressed up.
This outfit won me a best dressed contest at the Valentine’s Dance!
I got word on March 2 that my Mamaw Pickle, my dad’s mom passed away. She had been under Hospice of Hope care so it was very expected. I flew out of the country on Tuesday, March 5, Ty’s birthday, and landing in Nashville. I didn’t even have my passport to travel because I was already in Kingston on business. I called my neighbor and begged him to go to my house and get my passport and a sweatshirt and send them on the early morning bus. I am sooo thankful that I have so many great friends who take care of me and look out for me in this country.
When I arrived in Nashville, Shel and Bradley picked me up. It was 11:00 pm and snowing. I had on a dress and slippers. Brrrrrr. The next day, I chopped off all my hair and forwarded to Flemingsburg where no one recognized me due to the haircut. I spent the week doing the family thing. It was especially good to see everyone even though it was under bad circumstances.
And I got to fly back to the rock with all thew trainees in Group 83. Two of the new environment volunteers are fellow Kentuckians. The world is so small….can you believe one of them was a freshman in the UK College of Ag when I was a senior? The next one went to Louisville but I’ll forgive her of it.
With my brother, showing off my new hairstyle.
SNOW!!! It was so cold in farrin.
Since reaching back, its been lots of work. We’ve been building the final check dam of the reforestation project and working up the hill, creating the fire boundary that will hopefully protect the trees planted for soil erosion prevention.
Vernal showing me the fire boundary.
Claearing land for the fire boundary on the hillside. Notice the smoke in the background as the other hill was blazing.
Posing on the hill….see Somerset below me there.
Posing! This is obviously not work. See work in the picture below!
Working hard at the check dam!
I’ve been helping the 4-H club at the Robert Lightbourne High School prepare for competitions. This year’s produce product for value added products is breadfruit so we’ve been baking and creating all kinds of products using breadfruit. In addition, the meat for the meal preparation contest is rabbit so the other Wednesday we practiced making a rabbit meal. It was delicious. I am most excited about helping my favorite 4-Her win the Boy of the Year Award. Wish us luck!
My favourite schooler, Rushine, with his rabbit dish.
St. Thomas Carnival was March 23. Doug,the new response volunteer, here in JA for a short term 8 months working with the St. Thomas Football Association, went with me and we danced the night away. When going to Carnival one must wear short shorts and sneakers. I will say that it is much easier to dance in shoes versus my normal slippers.
Ready to go out to CARNIVAL in Morant Bay!
After Carnival, I left the next afternoon to go to Kingston with members of the Somerset Youth Club to the Youth Empowerment Awards. This event was at Emancipation Park and was really neat because we were able to see young people be awarded for their excellence in different categories and there was lots of performances by Jamaican bands and singers.
Concert time at Emancipation Park.
Nady and Suzie enjoying the Youth Empowerment Awards
I was in Kingston last week Monday and Tuesday to attend Pre-service Training for the new group. I participated in a panel about volunteer life in Jamaica. All the volunteers seem cool and its so sweet the way they are so excited and ready to learn everything. I’ll actually have the opportunity to host one this coming Monday-Wednesday just like I did for Adri and Jackie last year this same time.
The Easter Holidcay was fun. The Wednesday before Easter I spent the day baking Easter Buns with the JAS farmer’s group women. This serves as a fundraiser for the JAS group and is an annual event.
The ladies of JAS baking buns
This last Friday my girlfriends and I went to the Heels On party at the club. I know how much you all love party photos so here we are all dressed up and ready to go. I got those heels on sale in America for $13. Yay!
Ready for the Heels On Party!!
I spent Easter Sunday at church praising the Lord and Monday I went to a play in Kingston with the Basic School. Trip included Devon House ice cream and a stop by KFC for fried chicken. That’s a big deal for us country bumpkins.
I told you I’ve been busy lately. Apologies for not keeping you all up to date and for not calling if I haven’t called you in a while. Its important for you to know that I am very happy and healthy and loving my life. Until next time….and remember, patience is a vitue!