The Bare Necessities

By Kathrese McKee | ROW80

New House in Honduras

My husband helped lead mission trips to Tegucigalpa, Honduras every summer for twelve years, ending in 2011. Hurricane Mitch was the original reason our church started sending teams from Houston to Honduras, but they kept returning for many other reasons.

One of the primary tasks of the teams was the build new houses, particularly for families who had been impacted by the hurricane. As you can see from the photo, the new houses were basic, one-room homes with one door and maybe a window, dirt floors and corrugated metal roofs. My neighborhood association wouldn’t allow me to build a tool shed in my back yard with those specs. In fact, the deed restrictions require a building with a floor, coordinating paint, and a composition tile roof. However, the recipients were thrilled to move into their new homes. They were profoundly grateful for the bare necessities.

My research over the last few days has been about roofs made from palm fronds (a short YouTube video just for fun). The structures are charming and picturesque. I’ve decided homes made in this way would be fine places to live most days of the year. One of the selling points for thatched roofs is they are constructed from highly renewable resources. Think green.

I weathered Hurricane Ike by “sheltering in place.” I must withhold judgment on the ability of thatched roofs to endure hurricane force winds since I haven’t seen it for myself. Let’s not forget the building underneath the oh-so-environmentally-friendly roofing material. Even if the roof holds, will the building?

If you’ve lived in a home with a roof made of palm frond thatch, I’m interested in your experiences. Even if you haven’t, I want to hear your opinions.

ROW80 Progress

I’m on a Monday to Sunday work week, and since today is Wednesday, that means evaluating my progress at the halfway point of my week.

  • Goal 1 – Complete 4,000+ words/week for Twin Kingdoms (2,516 words so far)*
  • Goal 2 – Complete one post for Christ’s Reflections (Drafted.)
  • Goal 3 – Complete one post for (Zero.)
  • Goal 4 – Complete two posts for (One down.)
  • Goal 5 – 4 tweets/day (Check.)
  • Goal 6 – 2 comments/day on other blogs (Check.)
  • Goal 7 – Read one non-fiction book/week (I’m still reading Engagement From Scratch by Danny Iny and a host of contributors. However, I finished K.M. Weiland’s free ebook, Crafting Unforgettable Characters. )

*Word count as of today is 61,775.

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Kathrese McKee

About the Author

Texas author, Kathrese McKee, writes epic adventures for young adults and anyone else who enjoys pirates and princesses combined with life’s difficult questions. She is committed to exciting stories, appropriate content, and quality craftsmanship.

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