My once a month – bad day…. Tiny Russian Village

Ever wake up and happy you are still alive? As you get older, you will experience some of those interesting moments of life…

indexAbout once a month my body does the opposite of what it should. That is a rough day and night! Just had one of those nights and days that make me wonder if I will make it. Yesterday, no matter what I did, my blood sugar was low and I mean low. Blood pressure was very low and heart rate was to the moon. I woke early last night at 2.2 or so mmol/l it scared me. I was not sure where I was at and or even knew who I was…

I ended up taking no pills at all and this morning I woke groggy and lost also. Sugar was at 6.5 mmol/l and blood pressure at 88/40. Heart rate though was at 59 bpm. So I was over the worst. This is normal about once a month and it is a scary thing. All the previous day, I fought with low sugar and blood pressure. That is one of those up and down moments of life…

I talked to my Svetochka Sweety in Moscow and after she talked to me awhile, the food I ate a few minutes before, started to get into my system. I stopped shaking and things became clear again. Thank God for my sweety to talk to…

Svetochka is going to try to come this Friday coming up. I do not know if it will happen, the snow is getting very deep and it is treacherous around this area. But we will see…

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So therefore, that cup of coffee is so special this morning…

mugI sip it as I write this…. The wells are filling with water right now. Boza and I walked in three foot drifts to get to the main well and after pushing snow around, I got to the switch to fill the water wells with. I have to take the snow shovel next time and dig a path, for it is snowing like crazy again and getting deeper my the second…

Coffee is my vice and if living without it is the only way, I will live with it and endure. Somethings are bigger than life and to sit and sip a hot cup of coffee early in the morning, is akin to life itself. That is why coffee has been so prominent on this blog, coffee is essential…

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Boza fought the drifts with me and sometimes only his nose was showing. I have to say, Boza is one tough dog and if I go, he goes…

We will go back in half an hour and in the meantime, I gave him an extra portion of chicken and dog food. He is laying next to me on the couch as I type this and has his head on my leg. I have mainly had female dogs and the few male dogs I had, had no sense. Boza is male and will fight bears for me if we need to. I still get sad, thinking about him losing his vision and wonder about why life does things to some of us, who do not deserve it. Then I just realize that we adapt and keep going. I guess that is the difference in Boza and I & many people in this world now. We have become soft and pliable to all the wrong things…

This is Boza and I going to the well…

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Boza; since he can not see, just runs in circles and actually life is all good…

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Had to make a well run just now. I try to keep the wells at 1/3 and below from full. If I don’t, they freeze very hard and it takes a big heavy bar to crack the ice. not fun at -20 below…. Boza and I were gone about an hour and daylight is peeking at us right now. Svetochka called and she is up and bright eyed and bushy tailed…

Therefore, I had to heat my half a cup of coffee back up and now I will finish it. The wells are done for a few days…

Damn, my fingers are frozen and I can hardly type… 😉

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When it is daylight, Boza and I will walk for real. I call the well work, just that, work. It is necessary for the village to function. So, we will walk down into the valley and see what life is about. Boza and I walk about 10 kilometers a day and that is just right. It is good for us and we try to do it in any weather. It looks to be a good day and hopefully it will not snow all day…

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The graphs that I can produce from the weather station I have is above and the system gives me a few days probable weather forecast from the history I am collecting. It looks to be not too bad and we are lucky. We will have a barely freezing period during the day tomorrow. The problem is that when it does this, it snows a foot or more. The system does not see that, but I know what will happen…

Since I have the system connected to the internet, that is why I can get a forecast. It uses what our history is and uses what the internet connections give and creates a average of everything. Thus, It can be totally wrong and we may wake up tomorrow with three foot of snow on top on all we have… 😉 We will see…

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Vova and i went to the Big Village yesterday. I was not sure we would make it at times and we crawled his Niva, LADA 4×4 through the woods, at times just between trees and brush. We made it though and went to the market, that they have on Sunday. Not worth going, but Vova wants to get some Valenki boots. Did not find any. All they have are modern boots and believe you me, those do not hold a candle to a authentic Russian Valenki…

I have three pair and they are used constantly…

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My three perfect snow boots;

The tall ones are still wet, only on the surface. they are made of wool and the link above is how they are made… I like the ones with soles and tread on them. They are warm and will keep your feet happy at even -35 below…

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Oops, gotta go feed the birdbrains! They will eat the house if I do not…

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The birdbrains are happy and they only griped a little bit. I have one sparrow that almost is ready to eat from my hand. I bought sunflower seeds to give to the chickadees and really would like to get them doing that. They are flighty though. The sparrows all want to sit on my head as I fill the feeder…

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cropped-Coffee-icon.pngWell that is it for today. I need to check my sugar levels, feed Boza again and see what food I need to eat to keep me going. I am not hungry, but need to eat to keep things on track. So off to check my vitals and see what I need to do next. I know tomorrow, I will restock all the wood in the Tiny Russian Village Home…

Maybe I will split some wood today? I do have to answer a donation email today. I will do that after awhile…

WtR

kKEETON @ Windows to Russia…

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