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Elaine's blog, "Let it Snow", inspired this one

Saturday, July 21, 2012

For thirteen years in Africa, we never saw snow; except for furlough time. We certainly experienced heat 3 degrees north of the equator! I see many blogs about heat and I am minding it too. So...I don't like snow, I don't like heat, I guess I am hard to please.

Here, we have AC, and fans. and ice..ice cream treats etc. Our African Friends in Central African Republic just have to live with it. Well, how about swimming? Even that endangers them of snail fever and many other contamination's. No electricity except in large Cities and that can "brown out" anytime. That rules out fans and refrigeration..except in larger Cities.

Do they get used to the heat? Some may, but some run continuous fevers and that is miserable. My last visit there I had Malaria and with the heat combination, it was unbearable!

So, we can't order snow, but we can go where it has air conditioning, indulge in a low sugar cold drink, run the fan, or go swimming. And guess what? For many of us, the snow will be here before we know it! Enjoy Summer: it will soon be gone! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • v ELIZABETHRUTH
    I often thank the Lord for air conditioning! Living in Florida, it is such a blessing. (Although back in my twenties, my husband and I lived in a duplex without air conditioning for a couple of years - plenty of windows, though, and we had fans. Fans are our friends!)
    I hadn't realized that you were a missionary! I'm an MK. My parents served in Iran for 19+ years, were evacuated, then served in Kenya for about 10 years. They served in the mission office after that until "retirement" (I'm sure you know the reason for the quotation marks!), but during that time served another 6 months in Kenya and a year in Albania. (I was only in Iran with them, not the other places.)
    Thank you for all your encouragements to me. You're such a blessing, even in your own trials!
    1491 days ago
  • v THESILVERLADY
    I've talked with several "face to face friends and neighbors " since reading your excellent blog.

    You've included so many important facts here. Fact that are a reminder to be thankful for the blessings not only of A/C, but also fresh water, ELECTRICITY etc. This has made me more mindful of those that live in the impoverished areas of the world.




    1493 days ago
  • v CAROLYNVIL
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  • v PEANUT4ME
    I cannot tolerate extremes in the weather, I'm sorry to say.
    My blood boils in the heat and freezes in the cold.
    I'm not hard to please, just give me the cool, crisp air of Autumn!
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    1495 days ago
  • v RAWHIDE64
    I've felt cold in an Icelandic winter and summer heat in the far east. I was fortunate to be able to tolerate temperature extremes when I was younger but that has changed. I don't think that I ever forgot how fortunate we in the U.S. are to live in climate controlled houses.

    Lew
    1495 days ago
  • v DIDMIS
    Jane I can relate as 50 years ago I came south to work in Mexico. You do what you can with what you have and what you don't have.
    1495 days ago
  • v MRSJERRYBUSH
    'Morning friend! No, I'm not ready for snow yet. But it has been a warm one!
    1495 days ago
  • v NOTSPEEDY
    We just returned to Colorado from Florida. While we were at Animal Kingdom we made the comment wondering how people in Africa could like in that kind of heat and humidity. We are so fortunate to live in the States. Thanks for reminding us.
    1496 days ago
  • v SUSIEPH1
    I can't wait for Summer !! It is so cold here at the moment .
    Mildura in Austalia has had the coldest winter for 60 years...
    we don't get snow but the frosts are very severe..
    Love to see you blogging .. hugs Susie
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    1496 days ago
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