At the border, entering the "country" of Transnistria. Photo taken December 8, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The house is a little quiet this morning

Well, I got Sherman all put back together. It took me all day yesterday. That was a big job. My knees are reminding me once again that I'm not 25 years old any more! And I have sore muscles in places where I didn't know I had any muscles.

But it's done. I still think there's a very minor exhaust leak coming from that side, and it's because the manifold itself might be a little bit warped. I probably should have replaced it.

But, it's far better than it was, so I'm happy with that.

Now I just have to give Sherman an oil change, and try out that windshield repair kit and he'll be ready for the trip to Ontario in a couple of weeks.

Oh, and the house is a little bit quiet this morning. Normally, there is an adolescent cat running around. But no more. Coho the cat has gone to his winter home.

Kalin is 12 years old and promises to look after Coho for the winter.

And if he loses his manhood at some point between now and then, we'd be happy to take him back next year. If he's not fixed though, we don't want him back.

This evening, we've been invited to visit one of the local Hutterite colonies. The Hutterites are similar to the Amish, but with one glaring difference. While the Amish live without electricity and modern conveniences, the Hutterites have embraced technology.

There are quite a few Hutterite colonies in both Saskatchewan and Alberta. It's a different culture, and we're looking forward to learning more about their way of life. Should be an interesting evening!

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20 comments:

  1. You are going to miss Coho but good that he has a home to go to.

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    1. Yes, in many ways we will miss him and in other ways not so much. ;-) I find myself looking around for him when we come in the door!

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  2. Enjoy your time with the Hutterites, they are really nice people, have met with them many times. They make great pies too :)

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    1. We visited two different colonies which made the experience even more interesting. We now know where to get our fresh veggies and eggs next year.

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  3. Just had a 'double date' with a Hutterite couple a few weeks ago. (My husbands has several colonies as clients) They were from a fairly progressive colony that had just had their pastor replaced (upon his death) with a much more strict pastor... they didn't get to choose the new pastor! It was very interesting evening and they invited us out to dinner at their house - I'm looking forward to having my kids go experience their culture.

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    1. We visited two colonies yesterday and the second one was definitely more progressive as well. I guess it will be interesting for your friends to see how things will move on from this point with a new pastor that is more strict.

      We found our experience very interesting as well, it's nice to see how different cultures live in amongst the rest of us.

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  4. Poor Coho did not look at all happy in the arms of his new keeper :( Hopefully the family jewels will be rightfully dealt with, and he'll be back next year.

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    1. At that point no he wasn't too happy, he just wanted down. I am sure he is enjoying himself now. Hopefully we will get a report back on his progress. He will have other kitties to play with and won't be so lonely.

      He may not want to come back or Kalin may not want to let him come back for the summer. I guess we will see when spring time comes around.

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  5. Enjoy this evening. Seems a little mean that you will not be having the cat back unless he's been neutered :-(

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    1. He's probably going around spraying the furniture, etc...marking his terrain, you know. Can't have that.

      Cat Lady

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  6. The Amish have a way of getting around the electricity thing. When we were visiting around Lancaster, PA and taking a slow ride down one of their roads, I heard a noise that sounded familiar. It seems that when they are trying to complete large farm projects around their barns in late evenings, they crank up a gas-powered generator! Technically though, they still meet their religious criteria by not having electricity lines running to their buildings.

    Dee

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    1. It seems that people always find a way around the rules!

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  7. Often it is a gas powered air compressor, they use a lot of Air Motors. Replace electric motors on table saws, planers and bridgeport mills as well as some pretty large lathes.

    They do use electric for welding and some smaller power tools.

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    1. Thanks, GMF, for the info. Very interesting; I guess there are plenty of alternatives to get the jobs done.

      Dee

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    2. Well, with the Hutterites they don't have to worry about electricity, they are very progressive and right into all the new technology.

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  8. Glad to hear you got Sherman's manifold back on and ready to go.
    What did you do about the cracked oil dip stick tube?
    Enjoy your blog and look forward to hearing about the big trips coming up. David

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    1. Ah, I meant to mention that. I ended up making a sleeve out of another piece of tubing that was lying around the shop and used a couple of tiny tridon clamps to hold the two pieces together inside the sleeve. Seems to have worked well.

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  9. I feel your pain in so many ways, that exhaust leak repair is one bugger of a job. Kudos to you for tackling it by yourself in less than idea working conditions.

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    1. Thanks Paul and Marti, and yes he did feel a bit of pain when the job was done! ;-)

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