Archive for October 8, 2009

House Comes Fully Equipped with Free Watch Dog!

Can you imagine, though I had to pay extra for the kitchen sink and cabinets, the dog did not cost me a penny!  A stray that looks a bit like a big greyhound chose to live here during the time the house was being built.  He is grey with scattered horizontal black stripes.  He’s so ugly that he is almost handsome!  During the day, he is quiet, gentle.  At night, he becomes the opposite if a stranger gets near.

Today 4 young pigs were grazing near the house.  (This little development of 10 houses is surrounded by large vegetable gardens on 3 sides.)  Bogi, my dog, was walking with the piglets.  When one tried to come in my yard.  I made a noise with a metal pan, and the piglet went away. But a second piglet decided to try his luck.  As soon as that little pig got close to my yard, Bogi snarled at him, nipping in the air close to the piglet until he turned around and ran the other direction.  Satisfied, Bogi came to me for well deserved praise.

At night, Bogi sleeps right beside the front door down by the foundation.  He is there when I wake up in the mornings.  Knowing from experience that he is ferocious when a stranger comes at night, I sleep securely.  (The security lights and the double locks on the doors help too.)

So many good things have happened since I arrived here.  People continue to be kind in a myriad of ways.  Gusti and Aranka, former owners of this house, have stored their winter vegetables in my food cellar until their house is ready.  They told me that I am to use any of it that I wish – homemade jam, carrots, beets, rutabagas, onions, potatoes, walnuts, pickled vegetables, apples.

All the extra papers needed for my visa were turned in Wednesday.  The Visa Official called me by my name this time. We are finally friends.  He said to return 11 November to pick up my visa card.  Until then, the letter from the Health Minister will suffice in place of the card.

Almost everyone in this little city of 60,000 population know about the Americans staying in the apartment on Lalelei who help people improve their conversational English.  Now, they are learning that one of the women has bought a house on the other side of town.  The outpouring of kindness and thanksgiving from the citizens of Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania, is so heartwarming…a genuine testimony to the  truth of Philippians 4:19, “My God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” — Anne

Meet Bogi. He is much larger than he appears sitting down below the porch.

Meet Bogi. He is much larger than he appears sitting down below the porch.

Gusti (Hungarian for Gus), builder and former owner of my house, helped me move in Oct. 1, '09

Gusti (Hungarian for Gus), builder and former owner of my house, helped me move in Oct. 1, '09

Adolf and Gusti put together my "Ikea type" wardrobe.

Adolf and Gusti put together my "Ikea type" wardrobe.

Tibi and Gusti had to remove the fridge door in order to move it so I can easily open the door.  The delivery men somehow got it in place but then the fridge door, and the kitchen door hit each other!  The men moved it across the room for me.

Tibi and Gusti had to remove the fridge door in order to move it so I can easily open the door. The delivery men somehow got it in place but then the fridge door, and the kitchen door hit each other! The men moved it across the room for me.

God provides peaceful beauty any time of day at my new house.

God provides peaceful beauty any time of day at my new house.

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