Today's picture features a Pioneer Woman from the Oklahoma Dustbowl. The picture was taken in 1936. the house looks to be an adobe house, but with the outer plaster or stucco coming off. On adobe houses a hard outer coating is needed to keep the house from eroding away during a rain.
I am happy to announce that I will be traveling to East Africa next week to visit with the lovely Ms. EAM over the Christmas Holiday. Mrs. PJM will be staying home to keep the dogs, chickens and greenhouse taken care of. I will be traveling with a group of five people for a "Deny Yourself" Christmas. The idea is that the money you would normally spend on the Christmas holidays will be used to help desperately poor orphans at Mali Saba. So, instead of giving or receiving gifts, or Christmas decorations, or food for festive events, we will be taking that money to provide desperately needed relief for these children.
If you remember my summer trip, I was able to dig these children a water well, get a garden started for them, constructed a chicken coop, and gave them a flock of chickens. The well is working nicely, and provides not only for the orphans, but for the entire surrounding village. With the water, the garden has been producing nicely. The chickens have not fared well. A neighbor bought a chicken that turned out to be sick, so the children's chickens all got sick and died. Because of this, and because the children really have no support or supporting organizations, they have been in a real struggle to have even minimal amount of food. The team I will travel with will work to try and improve living conditions for these children. I will pre-prepare blog posts for the time that I am gone, but with a little luck will be able to have good enough internet connection to periodically update you all on the project. We will leave next Saturday.