I Can Smell!

Steph was feeling the same or worse today. She had taken a benadryl pill last night to help dry up her sinuses, but benadryl knocks her out. She was still groggy this morning and ended up spending the entire day on the couch.

I babysat the boys, did some housework, and got lunch and supper around. When I felt tired, I sat and read books to the boys for awhile.

We asked Percy and Lucrecia to go get groceries for us. They were happy to. We gave them quite a long list, but they seemed to think it was fun.

China said she’s feeling worse. She spent all afternoon in bed again. I felt a bit solitary today, but I got a few things done.

The children finished cleaning out the goat barn while I made supper. I made an American goulash with an Italian and Cuban twist.

I first made a Cuban sofrito sauce that I reduced before adding to fried burger. I then made Italian pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes. Finally, I combined the two sauces with the pasta. It was a hit. The children ate seconds and thirds.

I cut up a fair bit of onions and garlic to sautΓ©e for my sauces, and they made me cry an unusual amount. It made it a bit unhandy at the time, but I wonder if it unlocked something in my sinuses because when I served the goulash, I could smell oregano!

That’s the first smell I’ve smelled in however long. So far, I haven’t smelled anything else. I didn’t even smell the onions earlier. But this is a happy first step.

In other news, Alicia was able to go home last week. She has been feeling a bit weak since the accident and still has headaches, but she felt able to take care of her animals. Walter went back to Curahuasi earlier this week.


  • Pray for Alicia as she recovers from the accident.
  • Pray that God would send another family to live here with us.
  • Pray that I could get tracts handed out.
  • Pray for Esmeralda who is afraid to come to church because of Fernando.
  • Pray for Rafael and Elisabet who are suffering effects of Covid.
  • Pray for us as we consider a trip to Huaral.
Slowly fading away
Walter loves books.
The Cuban sofrito sauce
Making the Italian pasta sauce
These are noodles.
Finished product