Project Casa part 1

May 20, 2009

Setting up shop in a new town, or even a different state is stressful. Yet manageable.  Making a home in a new country in the Old World is another story.  Different language. Unfamiliar rules.  Running a marathon seems easier than finding the 30mm long bolt.  One could live without power, but drilling a hole in a house without electricity is no joke.  No wonder most of the people resort to whacking nails  into concrete walls leaving stress fractures that spread like varicose veins.  Like the cancer that metastatically claims more and more of its victim. House with a tumor.

Our house shedded its old fingerprints, dust smears, spiderweb masses, and eggcases.  The furniture gleamed in the new coat of varnish.  Painted sky blue, the house glowed in a fresh look.  After a day of hunting for a solid color fabric, we resorted to paying a seamstress sew three layers of nylon fabric together to create our no-peeping-tom curtains.  The work is only half done.  Only half fully done.

The plan for skylights in the three rooms to lighten up the rooms would require a trip to Jinja; the installation of the solar panel frame needs an electric drill.  The four water drums that will hold a week’s supply of water wait for their faucets.  The two window panes scream to be replaced with the new ones, and the broken door hinge grudingly turns awaiting the mason.  Finding the numerous sundry bolts for the holes that would hold the table, the shelves, the hammocks, the mosquito net, and the clothes’ line calls for patience, bargaining, and time.  In the meantime, the grass in our front and back yard continues to grow, the floors collect dust, and the walls grow the webs.

A month in the site isn’t enough to settle when every minute thing takes many days to complete.  On the other hand, we meet people who help us find things, or other people to assist us.  When our to-do list is completed, we would have a comfy crib.  And the future residents would be happier with the brighter home.

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