Saturday, November 29, 2008
Here are Milijana, Ljubica and Sladja (Ljilja's sister) all dolled up and ready to go...And me, I am off to bed...
Friday, November 28, 2008
I had to take a picture for you of Sladja's handbags: she has 7 of them here!
Ljubica leaves on Sunday, and Sladja and Milijana will probably stay until next weekend... so I guess that makes it one handbag per day!!!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Their mom (and dad) are both deaf and dumb and never learnt sign language, yet they manage to communicate and their mom is a real teaser. I knew she would make a comment about my weight and I hadn't even made it through the door when she puffed out her cheeks and made as if she was really big and pointed at me and then wagged her finger at me!! (you have put on weight you naughty girl!). I put my finger to my lips (be quiet!!). Here we are with their mom:And me again with the Dajana and Daliborka and yes they are twins even though they are very different! They are very sweet and VERY young (only just 20): they were talking about a neighbour who looked really good for his age - you couldn't tell how old he was. Ljilja asked how old he is and Daliborka said "well he is almost 30"... Ljilja said "can I give you a hug?"... "do you know how I am almost 30, and Belinda is 34": and they couldn't believe it!!! Oh, to be young again!!!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
So tonight Dragana, Dragan and Sonja came over for some of "my" famous brownies... I made fried chicken and "bubble and squeak" for dinner and even if I say so myself it was really good. (And seeing as everyone ate a lot, I guess the consensus was the same!) And David: you missed your chance, sorry!
Here are Dragan and Sonja enjoying the brownies: I couldn't get them to stop and pose they were enjoying them too much!!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Two days ago the 3-year old 2500KM (about R15000/$2000) furnace broke. It has a 5-year guarantee, and she went for the more expensive one so it would last a lifetime: this was a very short life-time and they are now even trying to get out of the 5-year guarantee... saying it wasn't put in properly: the person who put it in said it was the person who did the piping, the person who did the piping says he did his job properly...etc etc
All this to say I have come to realise how much we are really blessed with the heating as it has been pretty chilly in the house the last two days: I mean we don't heat in South Africa, but here it is MUCH colder than there, and we didn't have any heaters in the house because we rely on the central heating so it has been sit under blankets and freeze! (now we have borrowed a heater, so we are nice and toasty at least in the lounge - thanks Mark and Cindi!)
Right now they are busy trying to see what is really wrong with it, so there is some hope that it will be fixed soon: but tomorrow is a holiday and then weekend, so it may be that we are without heat for a while: and they are predicting -6 for the weekend (that is in the teens for those in fahrenheit) so heres hoping they will actually fix it soon!!!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Just 4 more weeks and they will be finished and we will have our graduation ceremony and LOTS of pizza. The rule is that if your cell phone goes off during class you have to bring pizza for everyone: well everyone's phone (including to my shame, my own) has gone off sometime during the year, so we decided to have a pizza party (and some will bring cake instead) at the end of the year!
Anyway, today Sergej had to come and put another light fitting in the lounge as the other one was from the Chinese store and well, it burnt out (luckily without causing a fire!). This one was a little bit more expensive, but will also hopefully last a little bit more than a year!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Here we are: Dragan, Sonja, Dragana, Ljilja, me and David:When Dragan and Sonja got married, they had Dragana and I help to put the traditional "buttonhole bouquets" on the guests at the wedding. The tradition is that the guests pay for them and the money goes to the girls who do the decorating. It ended up being quite a lot of money and they were insistent on us taking it: as it is the tradition. Neither of us were happy with this... In the end Dragan suggested to me that they could take the money and use it to buy a computer for Dragana: and so the scheme began without Dragana knowing about it!
So, now Dragana got a computer two weeks ago, this week connected to the internet and is having a great time chatting with people on msn, yahoo, skype etc. I told her that I would have to warn people on my blog that she is now out there and to take care!!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
This week has been pretty busy: what with coming back from Sarajevo on Monday (and going straight to a Parents' meeting for Fida's child sponsorship project) and Tuesday is always busy as we have our team meeting in the morning and English Class and the Club from 4.30-9.
On Wednesday morning we went to Sanski Most (about an hour and a half's drive away) to a meeting with two other churches in this area to pray. It was really encouraging to be together and to pray for each other. We got back by 3pm to have a meeting with Miika's new Fida bosses. It was nice to meet them and it looks like they will be great for this region.
Thursday was me trying frantically to finish my Bible school assignment (due Friday) in between everything else. I finished it on Friday morning and then decided I really needed to winterise my car: so I ran around getting tyres changed and checking antifreeze and changing oil. I must admit that even though it is a chore it isn't too bad because I have great mechanics and a nice tyre guy: and because I trust them I know that the car is in good hands. My mechanic even managed to fix the windscreen sprayer (which is such a little thing but you really can't drive in snow and rain without it) and even though it took a while didn't charge me for that!
So, now I am ready for winter and it probably won't come until after I leave for South Africa in January!!!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
I am in Sarajevo for the weekend with Dragana and David. I will be going in on Monday to hand in the papers for my application for British Citizenship (through my mother!). David needed to come to Sarajevo to spend time with some of the EUS/IFES people down here and Dragana needed to go on Friday to Tuzla: so we combined all the trips and came together! It was a long trip yesterday via Tuzla, (almost 6 hours), but with good company it didn't feel quite so long!!
Today we just hung out with Enisa and others and David and Dragana went into town. In the evening we watched "National Treasure". Here are some pictures: Vedrana with Dragana: Enisa, David and Jessica: the EUS staff altogether: And later Vedrana's brother, Milan joined us: here they are together: I am sure we will have lots of fun for the rest of the weekend, before we head back to Banja Luka on Monday!!
Monday, November 03, 2008
Here is everyone in David's bedroom/lounge: Sinisa, Miika, Mirjam, Jijska (who came to keep Vera company) and Lea. David, Ljilja, Ira, Vera and Sergej: The girls were so cute and had a lot of fun. Here they are with "teta" (auntie) Ljilja, their favourite: In David's apartment the toilet doesn't flush like it is supposed to, so he has invented the "Flushing Duck" to solve this problem:
If you can't read it, it says in 3 languages "Flushing Duck: Push the head first then push the tail" And it works!!
Saturday, November 01, 2008
"Istinitom putem do pravog zivota"
"By the true way to the right life"
"H.O. "Most" djeluje u Banja Luci i okolini kroz socialne i razvojne programe prema hriscanskim vrijednosti sa ciljem pozitivne promjene pojedinca i društvo u cjelini."
"H.O. "Most" works in Banja Luka and the surrounds through social and development programs according to Christian values with the goal of positive change in individuals and society as a whole."
It was nice to work as a team and put onto paper something like this for our organisation. We went on to work on strategic aims and actions plans and are very fired up for the next year!!!