Thursday, February 23, 2017

Last Year and This Year

Yes, it's February, but we can still wish you a

Wow, another year has gone by!
Yes, it's true:  Time Flies When You're Having Fun!  I'm not sure we had fun every single solitary minute of every day, but I am dead certain that we were richly blessed every minute of every day!
We hope you were too!

So here's a comparison between last year at this time and now.

First of all, we're on our vacation right now!  Last year we took it at the end of March, but
this year we chose February.  We're so thankful to be able to spend time with our families
and friends and relax a little bit.  

This time last year in Nepal the roads looked like this...
...not many vehicles in the road, right?

We were in the middle of a very cold winter with a fuel crisis going on.  Did you hear about it?
Go to the Labels section, and click "Fuel Crisis" for information if you missed those posts.
You'll see pictures like this of vehicles waiting in line, sometimes for days,
yes, days, for fuel.

Now, we spend lots of time stuck in traffic since we have fuel, but we're happy to have fuel,
so...there you go!

Ramon said he's thinking of buying either a car or a motorcycle.
When he makes up his mind, I'll let you know!

 Last year was a difficult time for the country and especially those living in temporary housing
after the earthquake.  Some are still living in temporary housing, although
lots of construction is now in progress--YES!

It's so nice to see this these days
since these areas were empty last year!  Ugh!  

The restaurants, including our hospital's canteen, do not have to cook on an open fire anymore.
(This is not the canteen, it's a local restaurant.)

Did you notice the gray sky in the first picture?
This year we SOMETIMES have blue skies again like we used to before the earthquake:
I never get tired of seeing that!

  Hong Kong Adventist Hospital's ENT Team came for their annual trip for cochlear implant
and middle ear surgery.

They've actually been here already this year and Ramon worked with them again.

What a blessing they are to those in need!

This is the time of year that I start teaching the Kindergarten students how to use the library
and take care of books.  It's a fun time!

It's a new concept for most of them and they're so excited!  The new school year starts 
in April, soon after Nepal's new year, and once in first grade, they are able to check 
books out for a week like the "big kids."  They take it very seriously and besides being more than adorable, they are very responsible.  Our school has the only library in our district that allows children younger that Grade 4 to check out books!  I'm very proud of all of our students!

I don't have fines for overdue books.  Instead I give a cookie to the kids when they return their books.  It works!  Once when one of the new kids said to me, "See you tomorrow!" I said that he wouldn't see me until the day after tomorrow because I was going to go to Kathmandu the next day.  One of the kids who has been at the school for a number of years turned to him and with a voice of experience said very seriously, "Yes, she has to go to Kathmandu to get our cookies."  "Oh."  They solemnly nodded their heads.  Yes, the only reason Dr. Ramon and Kathy Ma'am go to Kathmandu is to buy them cookies!  😊

In town, then and now, and usually quite often in fact, we see Gurkha soldiers guarding buildings and in the winter they never wear coats.  At least this one has gloves on.  I do hope they can wear long underwear!  Everyone else is bundled up!

Here's a very interesting article about them:

After reading the article, I found out who this fellow was:
(photo credit:  the above article)

Lately this statue has been decorated:

Well, that's enough for now.  We trust you are having a nice year too and we thank everyone for your prayers!  Blessings to all!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

December in Nepal


December 25 is just another day here, but now and then you spot something

This December we have seen several demonstrations, which are not uncommon in Nepal.
This one was peaceful.

This one we stumbled upon, and had to turn around for, had potential to not be peaceful.
I even saw someone throw a rather large stone and you can see smoke in the distance.

While walking and driving around, you see people rebuilding their earthquake damaged buildings.


This is good news, because some people are still living and sleeping in unsatisfactory conditions.
While it's been a fairly mild winter so far, it's supposed to get cold soon.  Right now our indoor temp is a balmy 61 F. as opposed to 51 F. this time last year!  Read the photo credit to find out more.

The other day our elementary school had it's Annual Program,

and the nursing school put on a Christmas drama.

Read the photo credit under this pic to see other Christmas celebrations.
(photo credit:

This time of year is one of the designated times for weddings.  At any time you can see this:

and hear this:

Usually you hear the procession before you see it!

Next come the bride and groom in a decorated car.  This couple had an escort by Little Brother.

Littlest Brother looked like he wished he could go and run and play!
He was so adorable!

Recently we went to a wedding reception.  The bride used to be a nurse in the operating room.
Now she works in a big hospital in Kathmandu.  She was so beautiful!

There was gift giving,

and lots of food!  Here is the snack table,
Hmmm?  What to get?

...and the cooking area.

You could sit here

...or here, which is where we sat.

Ramon made a new and adorable friend.

The kids had fun dancing.

  Enjoy a lovely holiday with your family!
(photo credit:

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Celebrity Sightings! Part 4--The Best Job Interview Ever Leads to a Celebrity Sighting!

Well, "Hello!"
Finally I have time to finish this series of posts.

Anyway, I haven't posted recently and it's not just that we've been busy...
We've been really busy and our internet has been iffy--really iffy some days.
Ramon's been so busy that sometimes when he comes home, finally, even for a few minutes, he says, "Hi.  Who are you?"  (smile)

Look at him with this adorable patient, who by the way, was about 30 minutes old in this picture!
What a darling!  What a smile!  What a charmer already at age 30 minutes!

Here are some of the cuties I am blessed to see at school every day:
Also adorable!

Well now, let me finish this series of posts I decided to do about celebrity sightings.

Did you miss the first three parts of this series?
Click to find Part 1:  (Many of the celebs we've missed in Nepal...which made me think of doing this series.)
Part 2:
(The celebs we DID see in Paraguay!)
Part 3:  (The backstory--so today's Part 4 wouldn't be so long...
as well as some heroes of mine here in Nepal who work day and night with little recognition
who really should be celebrities!)

By the way, we missed another famous person recently:

Read this photo credit article to see who was here.  I'm glad she was able to come
and bring awareness to some of the issues facing patients here.
The hospital she visited is doing a great job.

OK, to Part 3, the post ended with me having quit my job in the library where I was going to school, and running to the radio station where I heard there was an opening for a
receptionist.  I ran because I didn't want to miss out on this job!
(Really, if you missed it, click above for Part 3.)

I arrived at the radio station.
(photo credit:  PrayerWorks!)

Yes, the radio station is still there and is as popular as ever!

Sure enough, the reception desk was empty.
(photo credit:

It was very quiet.  "Hello!" I said.  Nothing.  "Hello!" ...a little louder.
I started down the hallway calling out, "Hello!" every few steps.

Finally a voice called out, "In here."
I followed the voice and walked into an office.
"Yes?" the gentleman behind the desk asked.  "I'm a little busy here."

"Well, I heard you're looking for a receptionist.  Are you still taking applications?  I'd like to apply."
"No time for applications.  Can you type?"
"How would you answer the phone?"
"Good afternoon.  WGTS.  How may I help you?"

"You're hired.  Can you start tomorrow?"


(photo credit:

I started working the next day!  I answered the phone and typed!
(photo credit:

NO, the typewriter wasn't THAT old (smile), but the one I learned on was just about that old!!!

The one in my new office was more like this:
(photo credit:

Yes, after learning on the first one, the "modern" electric typewriter was a dream!!!

My other duty was to time the songs on the records (yes, that's what we had then!)
(photo credit:

so the times could be put into the new and very modern (for then!) computer system!
This gave me time to study while the songs were playing.  It was great!

One day when I was sitting at my desk and working, this lady just walked into the office--
out of the blue!
(photo credit:


Oh my!  What a surprise!  

She held her hand out, shook mine, and said, "Hi!  I'm Mrs. Jimmy Carter.
I'm here to talk on the radio since I'm campaigning for my husband."

She looked at me expectantly.  Behind her were about 3-4 of her "people"
and they looked at me expectantly too.
"Our station manager isn't here right now," I managed to say.  "I'll go ask the DJ.  Please wait here just a minute."  We had a little waiting room, something like this, and they sat down.
(photo credit:

I walked quickly to the DJ booth. which looked something like this:
(photo credit:

I had to wait for him to give me the signal that it was safe to talk.
"What?"  he asked.  He wasn't used to being interrupted while on air.
(If this had happened today, I could have sent him a text!)
"Mrs. Jimmy Carter is here with her crew and she wants to talk on air for her husband!"
"WHAT?  OK, I can't leave the booth.  Send the crew in."
"What about her?"
"No, don't let her back here.  I have to explain to the crew that she can't talk
on air unless we have her opponent here to talk too.  We have to give equal air time."
"What should I do with her?"
"Just talk to her!"

Oh man!

I went back to the waiting room and smiled.
"You folks can go back to the booth, but please Mrs. Carter, stay here and talk to me."

They went back and I sat down beside her.  I wished I had some snacks to offer her, but I didn't!

So for about 15-20 minutes, she and I talked!  
It was just a very nice and regular conversation!

She told me she missed her daughter while on the campaign trail,
(photo credit:

and we talked about her daughter's school after I told her I was studying to be a teacher.

She told me about their home and peanut farm in Georgia.
(photo credit:

(photo credit:

I told her I had an uncle from Georgia and he and my dad would banter about the sports teams
from Atlanta and Cleveland.  I mentioned that those of us in Ohio would have to plan and time our trips to Florida to make sure we would avoid Atlanta during rush hour!
(photo credit:

So it went...just a nice conversation!

I remember her stretching her legs up and down and saying something like,
"It's actually really nice to sit here and chat and relax for a bit.  We've been going and going
and I haven't had time to relax.  Thank you for keeping me company and just letting me relax!"

"Of course," I said.  "Anytime!"

Before we knew it, her crew came out with the DJ, who had put a tape on, and he told her
that he wasn't allowed to let her talk unless he could give equal time to her opponent.
She said she understood and got up to leave.  She wished us all the best and then
thanked me again for such a nice visit!  She never talked about her husband
or his campaign.  Today we would have taken selfies, but back then we just waved goodbye!

As they walked down the path, the DJ said to me, "You got her autograph didn't you?"
"Uh, no."  OOPS!  I hadn't even thought about it!  Rats!
"You're crazy you know," he said.  "She's probably going to be our next First Lady."

He was right!
(photo credit:

So that's how the best job interview EVER lead to a celebrity sighting--and meeting!

If you want to read more about her, click here:

Have a nice day, take care, and God bless.

Thanks to all those who are praying for us!