We are learning to adapt to our surroundings, use a whole new set of resources we're not used to. For example, in the US, if you want to remodel your house, you get in the car and drive to Home Depot or Lowes for hardware and supplies. Here, you go into a shop, ask around, and dig through piles of stuff. If you find something close to what you're looking for, you enlist the help of a few guys to go and find what you're really looking for and bring it back to you. Then you bring it home, modify, alter, or completely change what you bought to make it work in your particular situation.
It doesn't sound like a big deal, but just imagine working with wood here. First, you go to the market, find some decent wood, buy it, bring it home, and let it sit for 6 months so it can dry out. Then you take it to the wood planing shop or plane it yourself by hand. After that, you cut it (with a handsaw), sand it (by hand), and begin the staining/painting process. Each step takes at least a day, some up to a week. So you can see why I don't have window screens up yet :)
Throw in a bunch of other problems, like electricity, plumbing, broken car...and it takes FOREVER to get anything done. After a while, you just realize that family is more important than keeping the flies out. Spending time with my daughter is more important than digging a fire pit. Talking with my wife is more important than tinkering with the generator. So what if we have to use the wind up lantern and a few candles to see at night time. What's the big deal? There's not much else to do anyway.
Don't get me wrong, there are certain things that are pretty essential to life, like water and barricading the house from rats. But everything else is a luxury.
|Saying bye bye to daddy before he leaves for Kampala!|
|Joy sewing fabric for our couch cushions!|