Today is just plain beautiful in TRV…

The rain is gone today and it is going to be a bright bright sunshiny day…

Going to build a door today. At “Nikolai’s Home” there is a special room that is only accessible from the outside of the house. He has it screwed shut with boards and yesterday I undid all the windows and started to undo the room. We have only peaked at the room and it is full of tools and other goodies…

Today I will mow for awhile, until it gets too hot and then I will build a door. I have to make a trip to town at one point in the next few days and get a door hasp to lock it up, but the door will be built today. I call it my treasure trove room…

I am just sipping coffee and enjoying the perfect day. No mosquitoes and horseflies right now. But, that will soon end as the heat starts, yet it is just perfect and life is good…

The new home started to come to life yesterday. It is as if it blinked after two years of being sealed up and smiled at me. What a home and as Svetochka said last night on the phone, “I am really glad we got the second home!”

I am glad also. It was a bunch of work to get through the red tape, but that is all good now. We still have to get a surveyor out and survey several sections of land. Nikolai said that the lost that is behind Svetochka’s mothers home belongs to him and we will try to get it. Russia is strange, they allow you to register just the home and you do not have to deal with the land, but I do not trust situations like that. We have the home and now we have to get the land tied and sealed to the home. Strange to me, but it is the way it is in the Tiny Russian Village…

We will have a surveyor come out and survey in the next few weeks…

A few days ago, I had to deal with the electric company. They are cracking down on theft of electricity and they are now going to the villages and are getting serious. Four guys came out and checked homes. They even had a cop with them to back the situation up. One man was a witness and he recorded everything on his iPhone….yes an iPhone….they cut locks on places that have been stealing electricity and they red lined on a sheet of address the ones who are in trouble. We are fine and they thanked me and I signed off on the check up they did…

Sveta and I try to keep things up to date, which is hard to do as the rules seem to change constantly, but in this case, 99% of the issues is that people have bypassed outside the electric meter and are stealing electricity. One guy already came out for one day and relocked his home, he was grouchy, but knew he was caught. Most homes will just sit there empty and unlocked, the people do not care enough to come out anyway. When they do come out they cheat the system as much as they can and act like we all have to pay for their indiscretions in life.Personally if you do not want to take care of your families home, sell it and let someone who loves the village have a life there…

By the way, it is always interesting to see the reactions of people when they meet an American, most of the time their first meeting of an American, in the deep situated Tiny Russian Villages. this was no different this time. It made me smile…

I am a rare bird in these parts. A very rare bird and or better yet a rare big grouchy bear…

The rain is gone today and it is going to be a bright bright sunshiny day…

WtR

kKEETON @ Windows to Russia…

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