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Sweet! The stains are gone!

vapoorizeDecent pants are expensive in Romania. I have a few pairs of blue jeans in various conditions, but I don’t have many pants I can wear for work at the school (i.e. not jeans). Two days ago, I found two of my pairs of pants got these big blue ink stains on them somehow. I quickly grabbed some soap and started scrubbing, but there was absolutely no change; the stain didn’t even smear.

Finally, I “prayed” something like, “Well, God, this sucks. I don’t have any money to buy more pants. I’ll get over it; they’re only pants, but still… You made the Israelites’ clothes last for 40 yeras, so you can make my clothes last, too. And they weren’t even trying to be faithful to you; I haven’t been perfect, but at least I’m headed in the right direction.”

And then I stuck them in a bucket of water, no soap, and thought to myself, “Maybe they just need to soak for a while… Maybe God will do something. And if not, I guess I’ll just have a couple pairs of shorts.”

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My new home

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Say “hello” to my new home, the pink one on the right.  Despite being pink (inside and out) and small (every time I bump my head on the hanging light, I think of J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous beginning to “The Hobbit”:  “In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.”), it’s actually a nice place to live.

It’s definitely a small place, just a bedroom/living room, a very small kitchen, and a bathroom.  There’s an old ceramic furnace that burns wood for heat; it’s called a soba in case you were curious.  There’s no internet access but what I can manage to get on my phone.  There’s no dishwasher, but I haven’t used one of those since cooking for Campus Life kids in my house two years ago.  There’s no oven, but I do have a double-burner electric stove thing that works great for what I need.  There’s no fridge, but I’ve been discovering just how little I need one.  There’s no washing machine or dryer, but my neighbors have kindly offered to let me use their washing machine, and three laundry lines in front of the house get my clothes dry enough.  It does have electricity, though, and plenty of hot water.  And a few cockroaches I can’t seem to get rid of completely…  😦

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