Svetochka in Moscow, Boza up at 2:30 a.m. and I sipping coffee…

Enough donations have been received to allow us to buy a 4×4. I want to thank everyone who has donated and this post is to than all who donated for a vehicle. Not a fancy one, but a workhorse that will allow us to get out of the Tiny Russian Village in emergencies and stuff…. Stuff like getting food…

I have settled on getting a LuAZ…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LuAZ

Its first original design is the sturdy and simple LuAZ-967 off-road vehicle for the Red Army. It originated after the Korean War, when the Soviets saw a need for small off-road vehicles comparable to the American Jeep, to supplement the overly-large and heavy GAZ-69s then in service. Developed at NAMI (the National Automobile Institute), the prototype, known as NAMI 049, was completed in 1958…

The three images below are what I am looking at and they run between 30,000 and 40,000 rubles as they sit. They have papers, they run and they are ugly. So ugly only a mother could love them. They are also known as the Queen of Russian snows… And or simply “The Snow Queen…”

They are very basic and very very capable of traversing terrible terrain, rivers and snow…. The price is right and the darn things are beasts as they were made for the Tiny Russian Villages and at the time the Tiny Soviet Villages. The vehicles are made in Ukraine…

Just like a Pug dog, you either love it or hate it. I love them both… 😉

Cost in dollars: $500 to $675 and thanks to all the donations for a 4×4, we have the money sitting aside and waiting for us to get the ugly Pug, I mean LuAz 969M…

I am partial to the black one with the wench. It has a hard top instead of a soft top…

The only thing I want to do to them is to put the original tires on it. They where exactly like a heavy tractor tire, with deep biting lugs…

So cool…

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Boza and I got up at 2:30 a.m. and had ourselves a nice walk. We scared up some foxes and now are home sipping coffee and writing a post. Svetochka walked out on her own. She refused to let me walk with her and told me to stay with Boza. She knows how upset Boza gets when she has to leave. I tried to fight against it, but Sveta is stubborn and she was not to have her mind changed. Svetochka is one tough girl and she walked three kilometers out to the main road and got her taxi and took a train home to Moscow…. I was a nervous wreck and when she finally got on the train, I was able to sleep a few hours…

Boza and I both miss her, but she will be back next month…

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This morning after writing this post, I will look at installing Windows Vista on the big laptop and I just finished burning it from my ISO I keep of it and will see how that does on the newer laptop. Vista was a great operating system after the two service packs get installed and was a very underrated system in its prime. I always loved it and love the look of it. I think it is what is needed to make a stable laptop…

I salvaged the big laptop after the drive died. I had an old external drive of 500 Gigs and took the laptop drive out and installed the external, after I tore it out of its sealed case. Works really good and now we are back in business with a good laptop again…

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Sveta sneaked a picture of me as I crossed the river after walking for hours to get to the Big Village. We walked to the main highway, grabbed the bus and shopped in the Big Village. Then back on the bus and walked home. It was about -10 degrees, windy and snowing. But it was fun…

I am carrying a backpack stuffed to the gills and a very heavy sack (total about 40 to 45 kilos.) Balance was an issue for me, but we made it. Made me appreciate having lost so much weight. For I weighed with backpack and sack as much as I have lost and it was hard to carry… Weight loss if you are fat, is important…

Here is Svetochka in a selfie…

That is my sweetie in sub-zero weather, as she followed my trail across the country side. This is the trail that she walked out on last night…

Love that girl…

WtR

kKEETON @ Windows to Russia…

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