Tuesday, May 23, 2017

sit·com /ˈsitˌkäm/

Children's day is fast approaching June 1st is a big day in Kyrgyzstan.   We usually   help out with several celebrations around the valley.  We have already had a few places contact us to see if we can help again this year .. generally we provide gifts and celebrations for about 500 kids .  What we need is about $1000 , that would give us about $2 a kid .. If you would like to sponsor a few kids, please use the link on the right side of the blog.  

Here is a children's celebration we did a couple  days ago.  We had our friend Princess Anna (from the movie Frozen ) here with us, so we went to Red river orphanage and brought the movie , pop corn and juice.  The kids loved spending a little time with Anna and especially getting their photos taken with her . there were about 120 kids that day.  It would be so cool if we could get some of the photos printed and add them to a little gift that would be an awesome Children's day gift for them. 


We also brought them enough vitamins to last until the fall.  Emma and Julie met with the nurse and went over everything with her. 

Back at the farm we are putting the final touches on many of the projects from this spring.    With the new laundry room and washroom in the middle house, we were left with a wast water pipe running above the ground.  We decided to cover it with a rock garden.  It turned out great. but there were a few places that we needed to get over the pipe so we have been building some bridges and steps.  The boys are even staring to get creative. 


We juggled things around a bit.  The sewing room that was in the middle house is now in the room that was the tool room, and the tool room is now in with the automotive shop.  This has worked out great.


Over at the main house there was an old lean too that had been uses as a garbage bin.  Several times I have gotten it all cleaned out and wanted to make a tapchan there, but would arrive with the wood only to find it full of garbage again.  so it never got done.  Then a week ago they all came to me and said that they had a great idea... They think it would be cool to make the garbage bin into a tapchan.  WOW GREAT IDEA.. I should have thought of that ..hahaha.  The timing was great , we have a couple from Germany staying at the farm right now who wanted to help around, and he is a wood worker.  So we put him on that with the boys. It turned out great.  we still need to varnish and paint it, but we will have to wait for the wood to dry a bit first .. it is a good job for some teams in the fall. 

Green house is doing great .   Now we need to go in with a paint brush and dab all the flowers to do some pollination.      Now that the garbage is moved, they came up with another idea to separate garbage and do some recycling .. WOW GREAT IDEA.. We should have thought of that hahahaha. 

The last couple days we have started eating salads at supper time with salad from the garden. 

Off the side of the new laundry room we have put up a clothes line that will hold about 5 or 6 sets of sheets at a time .  its a nice clean place to dry clothes and it has the new steps to the back door of the Laundry area. 

In the new work shop our friends visiting are working on making a fold down seat in one of the rental vans.  They have had Marat working with them.  It has been a great learning time for him. Here he is showing how the rear bed tips up so that there is access to the engine compartment. 

We have started to get a lot of bookings for the guest house's.  This has meant a hole new area of organization so that we don't get over booked, especially when we are getting bookings from Booking.com and a couple others.  We tired several on line methods, but what is the best is still the old fashion reservation book we used at our family motel when I was young.   So we made a book and had a meting with Nick and Aizada to show them how it is done. 

Marat has Just one more appointment to monitor the progress of his eyes.   It is totally amazing all the work that went into this whole process.    Acel has pages and pages of reports, tests and receipts keeping track of everything .  It is such a difficult system to navigate, we are so blessed to have her here to help.  

As we are starting to wind down now, I am sitting at the table in the second house doing internet and paper work, and I look out the window into what only a month ago was a flat empty lot with not a blade of grass that was the goose pen.    Now it is a beautiful garden that is so lush and peaceful.  

I mentioned a lot of activity in the guest house.  The Yurt had had a bit of activity as well .. Here some guests are hitching a ride with Ulukbeck back down the mountain.  I had an empty seat in the Hunter, but on a beautiful day like this the back of the truck was more fun. 

Julie loves how the Yurt top is actually a sun dial that travels around on the inside and she is now able to tell time buy its position.  We are thinking we should wood burn some numbers into the wood floor. 

 With all the guests and all the beauty that surrounds them in this beautiful land, what is for them all is the wonder family that exists on the farm.  Over and over again they tell us how the kids have made them feel so special and part of the family. 

 Each and every one of the farm family is unique and has individual quirks, but together they make up a such a special Mosaic.. Or a Tapestry ..Or maybe just the makings for a SITCOM.  Then through in some guests from all over the world and there you have it .. 

sit·com /ˈsitˌkäm/ 
 noun    informal 

A situational comedy about a group of individual characters who are involved in different funny situations.

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