Why is today so wonderful you ask? You did ask didn’t you?
Yes, it is the day the Lord has made so I will rejoice and be glad (after my cup of green tea.....so not as fun as coffee) in it! No, my kids did not go back to school although most other schools started back today. It is not even the fact that DNA testing confirmed Dannielynn’s real father.....phew, I was losing sleep over that one.
I am celebrating this wonderful Wednesday because after 3 years of living in Africa I have my first dishwasher! And lo and behold it is the same one as Heidi’s….and we have the same dog! (HA)
Yes, you heard me correctly I haven’t had a dishwasher since moving here. Kind of adds to the missionary motif don’t you think? (Insert picture of me fetching water from the river in a dry and desolate land)...Arachnid's climb our house walls, we have no heat in the winter and we daily scrub dishes by hand. Okay, beware of the lightening! And for those of you that don’t know me although all but the water thing are true I love my life here and I can be quite sarcastic at times.
Why did I not have a dishwasher til now? I am not really sure. Granted, I have Lizzy 3 days a week but that leaves over ½ the week of doing endless dishes MYSELF with minuet drying space.
So our pretty dishwasher arrives and I had to laugh as it is definitely an “African” dishwasher and in Africa they like the motto “Less is More.” Except what that means here is you pay more and get less! Most of my American glasses (huge compared to the glasses here) are too tall to fit in the upper tray. And although they show you a pretty picture of how to pack the upper tray neatly with glasses and bowls we, giants, have so many mugs and glasses I can’t fit anything else so the bowls end up in the bottom tray and we continue to use a lot of paper plates. And I won't even mention the exceptionally long wash cycle that is sure to create a spike in the water bill....oh, I just mentioned it didn't I?
Despite my miniature dishwasher that cost a lot of pretty rands (our currency and it is very pretty) I am grateful to rid myself of dishpan hands! It is a wonderful Wednesday!