11 April 1991
Friday March 22 we had a party for Micki, Jay, and Sue Buehl. I made sugar cookies. I ate so much junk food I had trouble sleeping.
Saturday (23) I woke up early for our 6:30 start for Boiling Lake. It didn’t rain all week but it did that day. Tony and I went on the hike. We were joined by a friend of Ann Mills. His name is David, who is from Liverpool. Two African RPCVs joined us, too. They turned back when it got too windy. The weather really made the trip unenjoyable. It was wet and cold. My teeth were chattering. We could hardly see the lake because of the mist. It cleared up a little and the views were better on the way back. I was sore for quite a few days after that especially my knee.
Sunday Micki, Jay, and I went to the Anchorage for lunch and a tan. It was nice to relax and enjoy the time with them. Art and Peter were also there.
Monday I said a tearful goodbye to them and left my watch, soap and facewash behind.
School was boring all week. There wasn’t much to do. Wednesday I left early (before report cards and medals were given) to meet Jay at the beach. Catherine, Don, John, and Joel were there, too. Don and John stay overnight.
I made them French toast the next morning while I began making pierogis. I finished them in time to leave for Roseau for the weekend and Maryann’s Easter dinner.
On Good Friday Catherine and I met Micki and Jay at the airport to say our last goodbye. It was sad but not enough to cry. I knew it was time to get over it. Yolanda the nun fed me meat that night.
We had a great dinner. The pierogis turned out great. We played Outburst and “Put the Tail on the Rabbit.” Before I went back to Portsmouth I helped Sue Kelly with Lotus 1-2-3. I was really happy to help her.
Tuesday I got a package from Jane. I had just enough time to listen to her tape before I left. I got most of my “office” work done before I took the plane to Montserrat. The plane was late. I missed my connection. Rick did meet me when I arrived on a later flight.
Wednesday April 3 we saw Galway’s Soufrière and Estate. We then went to the beach. I saw Air Studios in the mountains. Thursday I walked up Chance Peak. It was a molehill compared to Dominica’s mountains.
Friday I went to Antigua. I explored Shirley Heights to the fullest extent. I had a delicious meal of snapper at The Inn at English Harbour.
I made it back Saturday and luckily quickly caught a transport. I brought back quite a few groceries. I also had champagne for breakfast. It was mixed with O.J. I stayed at Dana and Karen’s. They had a breakfast for two volunteers going away. David was there.
I went to the staff party on Dec. 14. I stayed very late. I arrived home to get only a couple of hours sleep. This was postponed by Christmas carolers. I woke up the next morning for fish cakes and my ride to the airport with Earl Hector. We drove to Melville Hall.
Don and Catherine arrived minutes later and we got on our flight to Antigua. We were served with a smile and landed to meet an assigned Peace Corps driver. We then met Drew and decided to meet the next day for fascilitating [sic] lessons. Catherine, Drew, and I went shopping. Catherine and I were awed by the well-stocked supermarket.
We had our ETR on Monday. The black girl ET’d. Julie Wiggins and Yolanda were medavaced. Yolanda returned to Dominica in January. Herb ET’d after ETR to join his wife, who has cancer, in San Diego. I stayed until after Boxing Day with David Matheny and the Kochers.
The first of 1991 I had guests left over from a so-so party the night before. It rained so much we didn’t get to swim or go down Indian River.
The second term began and has been going much better. The war started on Wednesday night January 16. I found out at Bible Study. Murphy let me watch the news at his house.
My trip for a follow-up trip to the doctor in Antigua was postponed until the first weekend in February because of the war.
Carnival was good. I visited Terry in Castle Bruce and stayed with Sue Fitch, Sue Kelly, and Peter, too.
Terry visited this past weekend. Murphy drove us to Capucine and took me to Hampstead for church. He offered me free phone calls and a ride to Vieille Case.
I found out today that Jay and Micki will be leaving because she is pregnant. I was upset and hoping it was a joke.
I was robbed this year. They have the thief in custody. I have a new roommate Tony whom I first met after Christmas.