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End of fires, Major arrives home safely, Disneyland, meeting old friends!

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Major arrived home safely in Harare, Zimbabwe on November 1st and after a night in Harare travelled home to Chidamoyo in a light rain!


He was happy to be home and was busy all week at work, working long hours to catch up.He called me over What’s App several times last week.Saturday the electricity had a fault from 11 am onwards and was not fixed as of today (Monday) and no phone because their generators ran out of diesel!Too bad we don’t have PG & E to sue or complain to-ha!Before the fault it was still 8 hours or less of electricity a day and only at night!


The day after Major left, my nephew’s wife, Derekca, took my sister-in-law Kathy and I for a pedicure at the Spa.This one you sit in recliner chairs with warm towels around you and your feet up in the air!What a relaxing 45 minutes!


After the fires ended and people got to go home on Thursday the 31st of October, my 2 great-nephews had no school for another week as all the schools had to be inspected before reopening.So, guess wha…

Fires and more excitement

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We have been having fun visiting friends and eating wonderful food.  We got to visit with our minister who used to be at our church in Sebastopol for 30 years,  Rick Hahn.  He and wife Sue are Chidamoyo alumni and now minister in Occidental. We also went to Gene and Diane Nabor's house in Windsor for dinner.  Gene is a 1993 Chidamoyo alumni.  We made ravioli's for our dinner which was great fun. A few days later they have been evacuated. On Tuesday the 22nd of October,  Major went with Gloria, Sylvia's niece, to San Francisco to see the sights.  He enjoyed a crab sandwich and a big fudge sundae at Ghiradelli's Chocolate factory.  On Wednesday the 23rd of October Major and my brother  Dennis and his wife Kathy and my great nephew Maximo and I traveled to Fairfield for a VIP tour of the Jelly Belly factory.  We were on the floor seeing how everything is made from start to packaging.  It was so fun and then we had a nice lunch and drove home. This week we have been exper…

Visitng and Eating our way through the US!

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Major and I have been busy traveling around and visiting friends and family and enjoying many meals! On October 5 we were visited by Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick, from Washington, DC and enjoyed having lunch with her and my family.  I met Lisa in Zimbabwe when she was in a post fellowship in Infectious Diseases and stayed at my flat in Harare 1994-1995 and again in 1998.  She got to know my family when she moved to Berkeley to work on here MPH.  We enjoyed seeing her after some years. On October 6th we spoke at Adventure Christian Church in Natomas, Sacramento, CA.  We enjoyed speaking for 2 services and staying for a lunch with church members.  They blessed Major and I with some spending money and we headed that afternoon for Bass Pro Shop and Major bought fishing supplies!  He had a great time seeing all of the different things in the stores and how cheap they are compared to Zimbabwe. We spent 2 nights in Sacramento so we were able to have dinner with 2 friends I started nursing with in 1…

Happy Birthday, Doctors and Shopping

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We arrived in Santa Rosa on the 24th of September and the same day I went for an Ultrasound to get ready for my proposed surgery.


On the 25th I turned 65 years old and I celebrated all day long and went to lunch with my forwarding agents Sue and Gene Beckstead and Major.They then dropped us off and Major and I had a pedicure.For dinner we met up with family—10 of us—and enjoyed a beautiful steak dinner at one of my favorite places, Cattlemen's.We came back to sister Sylvia’s house for cake, ice cream and presents!


On the 27th for lunch we met up with Amanda.  She was a Chidamoyo alumni for 2003 and 2005 and then moved to Santa Rosa to become a nurse and now works at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa.  We hadn't seen her in years so it was great to get to meet up with her!

On the 27th we went to Dr. Stephanie Huang’s office to get our ears clean and then out to dinner with her husband and twins, Lucas and Julian (all Chidamoyo alumni) Jeff Scharfen (Chidamoyo alumni) and his wife Dr. …