As for me and my house we will serve the Lord....

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Getting ready for winter

 & Leila's birthday

This morning I had to get out of bed at 6 am to bake a chocolate cake so we could celebrate Leila's birthday at school at 8:45. All the students have been in on her present since we were at the sea, the boys helped buy the cow that sings, and pretty soon all the girls knew, except hopefully Leila.

Everyone enjoyed cake and juice after she blew out the candles and opened her gifts (clothes and the cow). Garry had to run to the store for batteries so it would be able to talk before we lit the candles and sang happy birthday, since we did not take the ones in it last month, it was an extra charge and he figured new ones were better.

Leila has a little stuffed cow she takes to work with her, and it is pretty beat up looking. This summer the girls sewed up some holes and added new button eyes. 

Everyone knew she would be excited about a new cow. She had hoped to get a cow t shirt, but I could not find one in NJ. 

Julia and Leila have known each other since they were small in the orphanage

Yesterday the students helped with the calf/ heifer pens. The boys cut and built the panels and today in class they assembled them and moved the little calves into them. You might remember the wooden calf hutches burned up in August. Luckily there were no calves in them. The calves had been tied up in the center barn with baler twine around their necks, but now they are in comfy pens and we will be able to feed them calf starter (grain.)
they have cleaned up since the fire

the pens are build from wooden panels tied together with twine 

more pens to finish this week

 I got some photos this afternoon of the pens, and the new bigger pens for groups of bigger calves that utilize the old cement manger as feeders and will have tubs for water. The students had been carrying water to tied up calves all summer.

Dima was busy building wooden boxes this afternoon in the shop for the little calves to eat grain in the wooden pens.
three done!
Soon they will be building again, a shed inside the barnyard so the heifers and or dry cows can get out of the weather with the rain and cold starting soon. Other years they have moved inside the barn to stay out of the mud, but now they will be able to stay in the barnyard. This afternoon Garry ordered lumber for it.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

back in the village

Never fear, I returned as scheduled. Garry picked me up at the train station in Dnepro at 11:10 pm Wednesday night. He thought he'd stay awake by going to a movie... in Ukrainian. He said he fell asleep, but woke up when it was over and hurried to meet me. He thinks he saw the new Blade Rrunner.

The next evening we enjoyed celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving with our Canadian and American friends in Zaporozhe. I brought the canned cranberry sauce in my suitcase. Friday evening we were in Dnepro for our SEI follow up Bible study, and Saturday night Garry had his student church meeting. I went to bed early however, jet lag exhaustion had caught up with me.

Friday night we brought two of our former students out for a holiday weekend visit, and returned them to the city on Sunday morning when we made our monthly visit to Morningstar church. Karina and Andrey have jobs in the city and an apartment. They stayed at our house and enjoyed hot showers Friday night, they only have cold water in the apartment. He is working in a machine shop as a helper and she is on her second job since August, it sounds like sewing piecework. They have been helped by an organization and visited a handicapped orphanage with them, Karina had photos.

They have to move to a different apartment soon. We sent them off with jars of jam and honey, Andrey was always hungry here and he looks thinner.

 Garry was busy Friday and Saturday building heifer pens. The corn was combined on Wednesday, before the rain came on Thursday, now they just have plowing to finish.

Nelly and three students came with us today and they spent two hours window shopping while we visited Lena's English school.

The new Sasha who came to the village while I was gone really likes singing praise songs.

Friday, October 6, 2017

keeping busy

I (Teresa) am still in the US until next week. I am enjoying hanging out with my dad. We had a family celebration for his 80th birthday last Saturday. This Saturday evening I am going to my 40th class reunion. I hope I can recognize people, I know I have changed since 1977!
With my sisters and brothers

I can talk to Garry some nights around midnight my time, when he is starting his day. Today he walked outside to head over to the barn. He was trying to find his tractor so he could start making the cows feed for the day. He said that he heard the tractors come in late last night. Hopefully they finished planting wheat. He told me there was a little rain Thursday morning, but they only had 20 hectares to plant to be done for the year., so they should be done with more rain on the weekend. Now he has to wait until 6:30 to start making feed because its getting light later as the days get shorter.

Wednesday night he was in Kamenskya and had 17 people out for the SEI follow up meeting there. He is keeping busy with renovations to the summer kitchen house so Nelly can move in. They painted the outside to match the main house.
He told me that he went to the Zaporozhye basketball team home opener Thursday evening with Steve, after spending the afternoon working on building forms for Jessica's well housing.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Driving, a compilation

On top of a Lada
While I am away, visiting my dad in NJ, I thought I would publish this set of photos I uploaded a week ago.However I could not do it over the weekend as planned because my phone quit working, and I could not use my sister's computer because I couldn't get past the security for blogger. It wanted to send a code to my other phone which was in Ukraine! These all all recent photos taken in September, while Garry was driving places.
Just a little bumpy

Clean up crew. One guy has a broom and shovel. He'd sweep, scoopand put in the wheelbarrow the other guy was pushing

Corn stalks in the side car

Like our first car in Ukraine

 up trucks are still rare

New road paving

I finallybpulled that sticker off the windshield

Mowing the median

Farmstand Ukrainian style

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Agro Expo 2017

Agro Expo 

For the last couple years, we have been talking about going to this fall agriculture show, they put up billboards for it in Zaporosia. We have been to several shows in Kiev, but never the one in Kirvagrad, even though we have heard that it is bigger and better. We planned on going this year, even ordered the passes over the internet, but did not get away until the last day of the show, Saturday.

One reason its hard to get away is the beginning of classes for the students, and we have started our evening SEI followup English groups. The show started Wednesday, when we went to Kamanskya in the evening, and then Thursday Garry had to get the hay baled, Friday we had our evening class in Dnepro, so Saturday became the day of choice.

Max, Anton and Artem (our non-student workers) could go since it was supposed to rain on Saturday. That's the other reason it's hard to get to this show, we are in the harvest, plowing and wheat planting season. The students will get their usual trip to the farm show in Kiev, with the bonus of two overnight train trips in February, but Garry wanted to take the other guys to this show.

So Friday night at 9:30 pm we got back to the village as the storm front was moving in, there was lightning as we drove out of Dnepro and it poured rain in some places on the highway. It had not quite arrived in the village, so Garry decided to make feed for the morning, he drove the tractor with the TMR and I followed him with the van to light the way.

He got wet, but the feed got made, so when we woke up in the morning he drove over and fed the cows before we went to pick everyone up. Garry was a little disappointed with the rain, it didn't look very wet outside, it rained hard for a few minutes after we went to bed but the storm was more booming thunder and lightning than rain. I had even gotten up and unplugged the televisions.

We picked up Max, ready to go shortly after six am, but the other two decided to sleep in after he woke them up. (Turned out it was a good thing, Anton put out the fire Leila accidentally started on the stove at the new house when she put water on burning oil, from the story she told at Saturday evening meeting).

So we were off to Dnepro to pick up vet student Andrey who wanted to come with us. I talked Garry into a McMuffin detour since we were just around the circle in the city before heading out toward Kirovgard (which has a new non-Soviet name which is harder for me to remember and pronounce.)

We last drove there four years ago while driving to a European area mission conference in western Ukraine, and let me say the road has gotten worse. Forty kilometers of pavement have completely fallen apart, with a lot of the traffic driving along the road in the dirt and cars and trucks crawling and bumping along very slowly.

It was exciting to find further along that they are rebuilding some of it so we had a section of newly paved road further along to drive on. There are many more miles to go that need to be fixed, I hope they don't run out of money for infrastructure before they re done.

Anyway, the 296 km drive the GPS promised took about four hours (Garry was hoping for three when we left) but we got there. You can see the new name of the city in this photo. After driving through the city we found the show complex.

beautiful church as we entered the city 

The show was amazing, we toured around looking at stuff outside for the first hour and a half, the crowd was much more like you'd see at a North American farm show like the Ontario plowing match, families walking around, even kids carrying advertising balloons.

The guys wanted to find a new sprayer to buy for next year, so we looked over a couple. We also found plastic calf hutches and they found a big generator to buy, they one we have cannot run the new farm if there is no electricity. 

I have a few more interesting farm show photos to insert here, I was taking some while the guys were busy talking to the sprayer guy. There was a whole section of booths outside selling food, crafts and household goods that we did not have time to walk through.

Patriotic equipment in the colors of Ukraine

Girls handing out brochures outside- in short shorts
and Garry said I'd be the only female  in a cap...
The guys had to look over this mini corn chopper 

how does it work?

At this point, it started to sprinkle, so the guys headed to the Agro Test Drive area:
That's what the giant blow up arch says-
Agro Test Drive

It seemed like you could go for a ride in the sprayer, it
stopped and they lined up to get in.

Our guys seemed more interested in looking at tractors
The rain drops were getting bigger as we found the animal displays. That's one thing we don't see in Kiev.

Korova! Cows! 

It started to really rain out
The rain started to be more steady, so we headed for the inside part of the show, there was not as much inside as out, and what was there had some empty booths with others packing up as we went past, however, they found a couple they were interested in with salesmen. Next time we will try to not go on the last day of the show!

What do we want to see?

We have one, its a little different, it came from Canada

the next aisle, not sure what Arnold was selling

How can we get parts here in Ukraine?

Turns out to be their favorite display

lots of cars in the back of the building

Window curtains anyone?

Still at their posts

everyone needs a photo on a tractor

or a combine

But some people are more interested in buying... if the sunflowers do well, can we possibly buy a real (non Belarus) tractor... like this Case IH 125 ? Let's check it out...

Max is hopeful

I don't think they are serious about the combine...

More girls handing out brochures 

Me with a straw cow at the indoor entrance

Garry with a fellow at the outside entrance

Looking at one more sprayer in the rain 

Then we were off on the road home, after stopping for lunch around two pm, getting home by 6:30 pm so Garry could do his Saturday evening meeting with the students. Max drove and it was even bumpier sitting in the middle seat of the van. 

It rained as we drove and when we got back, there had been more rain in the village during the day, dampening the village day celebrations, which were still on when we got back, kids were jumping on the rented trampolines. Shortly after Garry's meeting started the rain started up again, so the wheat should come up nicely. They should be able to harvest more sunflowers on Monday.