Tiny Russian Village photo day… (10/01/2016)

And Sveta was sneaking pictures of the grouches…

The car is finished. It runs like a striped ass ape and Svetochka smiles as we tool down the road. Sammy has a new sound and Boza has gotten all worried that Sammy the Volga sounds different. Boza is funny as he hears her new sounds and runs up and down the yard by the fence. I am working on the engine and when I rev it up, Boza gets all excited. Boza after a few days has learned that Sammy has a new voice…

Several issues had to be fixed, but they got them fixed and now we are ready to leave for Moscow tomorrow. I just realized, as I am sipping my cup of coffee, I get to take a hot shower tomorrow night. Haven’t had a hot shower for what? Five months, been just cold water and soap. I am clean, but something about the possibilities of hot water spraying on my head, really sounds good… 😉

Once back at Moscow, then the whirlwind starts. We have lots to do and little time to do it in. Winter is rolling in fast and while autumn has reclaimed a few days this coming week. Indian Summer is going to be short and sweet. And I have to leave the village as the temperatures rise to around +18 for two days. Oh well!

This morning I tried to be Boza, I closed my eyes and tried to walk around. Boza is in the dark and runs, plays, chases kitties and in general acts like he can see. I watch him closely and correct his movements by words, but he gets around really good. It was dark and we walked, I closed my eyes and with in a few steps, I had almost fallen down. Boza comes over to me, to see what I was up to and I realized that he could get around better than I can and he is blind. He can focus on sounds and pinpoint exactly where they are from and at. He is surefooted and rarely stumbles and if the breeze is blowing in the right direction, he can find kitties hiding in the grass. Amazing and then there is me; A stumbling, bumbling and grouchy bear…

Sveta and I have been talking and discussing life. We are trying to get the village home to the position for us to live a cheap and full life. I think she sees that life in the Tiny Russian Village is better for us in almost all aspects. I know when I see her rosy cheeks as she walks Boza and her huge smile. Svetochka is one happy girl in the village…

We have a warm village home, fresh clean water, perfect clean air to breath, good soil to grow food and freedom to express ourselves how we please. No one looking over our shoulder…

You know! I am going to make a pot of soup today. I have lots to do in the yard, packing the car and winterizing the village home and while I do that! I will simmer a pot of chicken soup with our own garden veggies in it. I bought a pack of chicken breasts 100% Russian grown and they ran 128 rubles a kilo, for boneless breasts. (About $2 per kilo and at 2.2 pounds per kilo = .90 cents per pound) Not a whole cheap chicken people! Only chicken breasts and boneless to boot! The whole chicken cost 50 cents per pound, but Svetochka makes faces at me, when she sees the whole bird and I cut them up. She is a city girl, You know? can’t image what faces I will get when I want to eat one of our chickens in the future. Do not have any now, but I wants to have chickens. Eggs are great and an occasional chicken soup sounds good. All home grown… But, Svetochka will probably not allow me to chop chop any chickens. They will be pets to her… 😉

Oh yes! The prices in the markets are dropping. I am buying milk at 32 rubles a liter, chicken as described above paragraph, bread is 19 rubles a kilo loaf, 100 grams of coffee was a penny a gram and so on and so on… It is nice to see…

One interesting thing I have watched develop; The Russians have started to produce an equivalent candy bar to almost any candy bar you can name. I tried a Russian version of the Snickers bar. A Snickers runs almost 50 rubles for a large bar. The Russian version, which is as good if not better in some ways, ran 24 rubles. Same size and to be honest, you would be hard pressed to tell the difference if unwrapped before you saw it. It has a slightly different layered internals, but it tastes like a Snickers. I have found the equivalent in most popular candy now in Russia…

coffee-yummyThen of course, no one can beat the Russians at the best chocolate bars on earth. Russians love their pure chocolate and like them at high chocolate percentages at 75% and up! I have gotten use to it and find the milk chocolate type stuff is just too sweet. Real chocolate at a high percent of coca, is the best for you and Russians have known this forever…

I got things to do, see you later and probably I will not post until I get back to Moscow!

Life is sweet and delicious with my Sweet Pea Svetochka nearby…

WtR

Sammy the Volga is home, Svetochka is coming and so much to do…

coffee-yummyLong day yesterday! Spent hours in the Big Village helping to get the Volga mostly done. It still needs several hours of work, but it is work not related to the new engine. The work to be done is little things to make the car better all the way around…

Drove home last night and for the first time ever, I had a working dashboard. I mean the gauges (except speedometer) are all working, the dash lights up and we even have ability to see the fuel level. The car has never had a working fuel gauge and now it does. One issue is that it seems to need a thermostat, but we have gained heat for once. Sammy has almost never had any heat and now she has abundant heat. We had a new heater core put in and a new heat valve. Try a Russian winter with very little heat! We have many times…

The car flies! I mean the car is three times more powerful and flies literally down the road. It is hard to keep her under the speed limit. I am use to driving a crippled car for years and now she has power. Serious power to propel itself down the road, in style…

We will see how well it starts this morning. I have to learn a new way to start and drive Sammy the Volga. She has fuel injection now and everything is completely different…

Frost...

Frost…

First frost this morning. Not a hard freeze, but our weather station shows -1 Celsius. That is why I said, we will see how Sammy starts…

I could tell that it was cold. I woke with a feeling in my bones and as Boza and I walked outside this morning at 4 a.m., the sky was crystal clear, the air was crisp and the grass crinkled under my feet. Boza had this funny look on his face as he snuffed the ground. He sneezed a couple of times, as he snuffed up some frost and then we were off and walking. The air was perfect and there was a tiny sliver of a moon. It was a perfect morning and Boza, who always checks to see if Sammy is in her spot, was a happy doggy. He found Sammy this morning, right where she disappeared from over a week ago. So Boza sniffed all the doors, marked his tires and after being satisfied that Sammy was there, we walked a little bit more…

Boza knows Sammy is family and he has been checking to see where she is at, for a week now…

Svetochka has train tickets for tonight. She will come to the Big Village and I will pick her up. Then after getting everything finalized at the Tiny Russian Village, we will leave for Moscow. Then starts the whirlwind of activity to get everything done. Boza sees a specialist for his eyes, I have to leave the country for awhile, I have a broken tooth (not cracked but broken,) I need to see a doctor for a checkup and about a million other things…

We also are looking at finding a 4×4 for the long winters in the Tiny Russian Village. I have the money set aside from donations to purchase such a vehicle. It actually does not even have to be a truck with proper papers. It will not leave the general area and the farthest it has to go is the Fish Village. That is the beauty of Russia, you can buy really cheap a vehicle with the papers messed up, off road it never has issues. My world in our Tiny Village, is all off road…

I need the 4×4 to pull cars out, get supplies in deep snow and to just have fun in general. Now if I could afford a snow plow? How good it would be in our village…

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Something that I was thinking about was that Svetochka and I need to buy at least two cases of vodka. Vodka in the boonies, like our Tiny Russian Village, is worth more than gold. Gold you can not drink, vodka is life itself. Vodka buys the main road cleared. Vodka buys anything out in my world. You want a pile of wood moved? Vodka gets it moved. Money in any form means nothing, for even if you have money, if you can not get to the store. You can not spend it…

This summer I watched people pay twice the cost for a bottle of vodka, or a loaf of bread and or anything. They do not have cars and only are able to get what comes to them. So they will pay 600 rubles for a 200 ruble bottle of vodka. I remember many people doing that stuff when I lived in rural America. The worlds are the same, well except, whiskey was the drink in America. You could buy the world with a case of whiskey in America…

Moonshine! Now that was some serious buying power and we always had a case of moonshine around the farm to entice people to do some extra work. It is all in your poison that you drink and it is just vodka in Russia….

And yes there is moonshine in Russia. The vast crop of potatoes in the small Russian Villages, makes a huge allotment of high grade moonshine. Mason Jars everywhere and the people that store the moonshine, never have to worry about getting work done…

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Well America threatened Russia over Syria and seriously people. I do not even have to try to make something up. America does a damn good job of pissing off the world, all by herself. I just have to check up and see the stupidity for myself. Yes we are full of stupidity again and again and again. Russia doesn’t give a damn what America says anymore. So if we want to push and push and push? The Russian people know that America sucks and that war is coming. The only people that do not understand this fact is the peasants in the US! Russia just rolled another submarine off the assembly line. Russia has been turning out nuclear powered, nuclear armed submarines for years now. Say what you want, but a sub with nukes, is going to be the terror of the world when WW3 starts. Subs are not for show and tell, they are for delivery of silent death, from someone’s beachfront…

I am amazed at the fact that we allow the Neocons to run amuck in America. I guess we really do not care and we will be shouting, “We are #1,” as hell rains down. Exceptionalism of America, from American eyes, has ended up pissing off the world and when the going gets tough. We are going to be crying a river and running around screaming, “What did we do?”

Want a perfect example of, The pot calling the kettle black?

https://www.rt.com/usa/360992-us-warns-russia-violence/

That is that exceptionalism that I talk about. The biggest terrorist state in the world (US,) keeps talking about other countries as if we (Americans) are all smelling like roses, when in fact we stink like a hog farm…

I said, “So if we want to push and push and push?” We will have a war! Always when pushed enough? There is war. Look at Japan in WW2. We, “So if we want to push and push and push?” Then right into a war. Yes we did…

https://mises.org/library/how-us-economic-warfare-provoked-japans-attack-pearl-harbor

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Well! Gotta go! Boza wants to walk again. It is daylight and I wanna walk also. I promised him several extra walks today, for I was gone much of the day yesterday. So walk we will do, I always keep my promises…

WtR

Coffee thoughts from a Tiny Russian Village…

Coffee-iconI have a delicious cup of coffee and a few thoughts to get off my chest. +1 Centigrade this morning and the sky is clear. Not sure it will stay that way, but a day without rain would be nice. Boza and I got up at 2:30 a.m. and walked for an hour in the dark. It was a beautiful night walk, with the stars as our light…

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captureDid you watch the debate? You know the debate of pathetic against also pathetic? You know the presidential debate in the US?

I did! We are in serious trouble in America and if you need proof that the system is rigged, then watch the debate between Hillary and Trump. But do me a favor, watch it as a bystander and you have never seen these two before…

I saw; Trump really does not care to be president and Hillary does not either!

Hillary is a puppet and her strings showed and Trump just wants and has succeeded, to increase his brand! Trump is better off losing, for he wins much more if he does. He is set to become one of the richest men in the world, not just a low end billionaire, but a high end billionaire…, if he loses and that is really what he wants. It shows…

Seriously; he never thought this game would go this far and he did it all for brand name increase. He somehow got stuck holding the bag…

Neither Trump nor Hillary really wants the job, one is forced and the other opened his mouth…

Tells me how messed up America is in almost all things….from energy use to military chest thumping…

We need a leader, a real leader!

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Drying potatoes! I am on my third batch and they are drying great. I now have apples, potatoes, turnips, tomatoes, mushrooms, and several other goodies dried to make soup with during the winter. I also need to find some powdered cheese mix to allow me to make potatoes dishes. Ones to bake in the little toaster over we have. I need to get a good deal on bananas and dry them next. I like banana chips and they are great for energy during super cold days…

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I made fried green tomatoes this morning. I love fried green tomatoes and when I eat them they remind me of Juliette, Georgia and the Whistle Stop Cafe. The place where Fried Green Tomatoes the movie was filmed and a place that I have eaten at a dozen times, or so!

I was running the food service at Georgia Military College (GMC) and would drive to eat there on a day off or even half day off. It was always good food, good conversation and soul recharging…

Georgia and GMC was a good time in my life. That was a job that I should have never let my company move me from, the college wanted me to stay and I was in my element there…

Good memories…

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The lake is being drained, they will harvest the fish in the next few days. The season is about over and the fish are big. I will try to get pictures, but I got a bunch last year… (1) (2) (3) (4)

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Sammy the Volga should be home today! I really hope it is! Please it is time to get her home….They said today! ????? They received the wrong radiator and the correct one is being delivered this morning, That is about a 15 minute job to replace….Plus I told them to replace the generator. I did not like the look of the one that was on there. It was showing weak output and they are cheap cost for a Volga…

After I get Sammy, I will call Sveta and she will get geared up to come to the Tiny Russian Village again. Then we shut the village home down and go to Moscow. She wants to have that car ride home. I told you she just loves excursions in Sammy the Volga….She is my navigator…

WtR