Meanwhile Back on the Farm… Pt 2

The rain is back with a vengeance.

I drove over the mountain today and the clouds sat so heavily  on the top that at some points visibility was a car length or two ahead. :(

I always see strange sight on the road, and today was no exception. I saw a flatbed truck with only a few poles around the sides carrying a large bull and a cow. I couldn’t believe there was practically nothing keeping them on the truck bed. And this wasn’t on the small back road. This was a major highway! Culture shock! yes!

I enjoyed the day in the next big city with another expat. It was my first solo trip driving  the hour south. That is the stuff that boosts confidence.

Here, I barely drive. But back home, I drove all the time. I used to drive from the East coast to California for school! In Serbia, I am less than eager to drive. I don’t have to really, everything is so close. I walk everywhere.

The rain has caused severe flooding and loss of life.

Here is a heart warming video I found that shows some amazing animal rescues.

Fast forward two weeks…

Rain has stopped and time has flown with crazy busy Slava prep  and celebration.  Stress is mounting from the looming trip and separation from Munchkin and hubby. Still, life is good.

Hope you are all well.

Dobar Dan Y’all!

We Interrupt the Regularly Scheduled Program…Epic floods in Serbia and Bosnia

I am south-east Serbia, so I am not affected, but so many are. Entire towns and regions are devastated. Photo credit: https://twitter.com/Balkanist/status/467753725587886080

I don’t know if you have heard, but there are tens of thousands of people evacuated from their towns. One report I read stated that 15,475 people were evacuated.

 

Please pray for Serbia and Bosnia. Photo Credit: Saska Bogeski

I know that some people are having some flooding on the east coast, but it is not the same at all. This is the worst flooding Serbia has seen in 120 years.  Many have died and many are missing. The PM is not releasing numbers until it is all over, and I think that is wise.

Some in the town of  Loznica are stranded and are awaiting help. They are without power, water, and medicine. A rescue attempt was made but failed.

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Sabac, a town in western Serbia was saved by 10,000 volunteers who showed up to build a levy that would keep out flood waters. If the levy broke, the waters would have risen to the third floor of the buildings.

Photo credit: Dragan Djedovic

Flooding has created mudslides. Rushing waters have hit cement homes, and those homes have crumbled and fell.

Photo Credit: Anonymous Srbija on Facebook

Help for the people is coming from within Serbia. Our town and every other town has collection venues. Cars and trucks are being packed loaded and sent off to lend aid.

Lots more help is coming from other countries. Russia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Austria,  Germany, U.S., France, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Israel, the Czech Republic, and Croatia. 

Like I said, I live in south-east Serbia, we have had lots of rain in the last month. But not such epic proportions. and we are not located on a large river. Just the little Timok River that is now high and muddy. It has stopped most of the work on our farm, but nothing else.

We are lucky, but so many families and animals aren’t.

This is truly a horrible blow to a country that is already having such economic difficulty.

I fear the flooding will have dire effects on the farmers and their crops. That will drive the cost of the food and hurt the people even more. I could cry for the people here. This is devastating.

Please help if you can.

Thank you on behalf of the many in need.

Links for new stories on the floods:

http://inserbia.info/today/2014/05/floods-in-serbia-15475-people-so-far-evacuated-sabac-secured/

http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2014&mm=05&dd=16&nav_id=90346

http://inserbia.info/today/2014/05/floods-in-serbia-sabac-loznica-cut-off-lucani-completely-flooded/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27454669

Meanwhile back on the farm…. Pt 1

We are back to work… well, we were for 3 days.

Now, a bit of a break and time for coffee with friends!

Grand Reklama ;)

Almost a month straight of rain has soaked the ground.

Weeds grew like wildfire over the land.

I had to clear weeds from the baby trees by hand or hoe, and the hubby ran the plow and the tiller over the rest of the fields.

When we were sore and tired, things looked a lot neater, and the trees will have less competition for nutrients.

One of our fields slopes down to a small creek that became more like a river after all the clouds burst like water balloons. God’s water balloon battle left the lowest trees with their feet soaking for a few days.  But all is well, unless we get too much rain again.

Mother’s day was another work day, but it was also a great family day. Baba made an awesome breakfast pizza. I love Baba’s cooking!

Munchkin stayed with Baba and Deda for a two nights, and didn’t want to come home! What a nice break for the Mommy and Daddy! :)

Dobar Dan Y’all!

Thankful in Serbia

Lately, I have been thinking of how Serbia is changing me. I hope in a good way.

I am Thankful to have found a husband who wanted to move to a country where buying land and working it is much easier than my home land.

I am Thankful to have made some awesome friends here.

I will be Thankful when I have time and energy next fall to really study the language. I regret that I am not fluent in Serbian.

I am Thankful to my warm and loving Serbian family. I am blessed to have them.

I am Thankful for the wonderful friends I have here. I wish I had more time to spend with them.

I am Thankful for the friends I have at home. They are a great support.

I am Thankful and overjoyed to be making expat friends online. I feel a lot let lonely having friends in the same time zone.

I am Thankful for the new Chinese girl I met the last week. Finally, there is another expat for me to talk to. I hope that I am helpful to her.

I am Thankful that she likes my little one and the little one likes her as well.

I am Thankful for the little girl  who teaches me how to be patient and kind.

I am Thankful that I have been able to spend so much time with my little Munchkin. Watching her grow is really amazing.

I am Thankful I have a husband who understands how hard it is to live outside his home country. It is truly challenging at times.

I am Thankful for those challenges. They make me stronger.  Hopefully I will also be come wiser and kinder as a result.

I am Thankful I live in a beautiful little town.

I am Thankful I get to work outside. The great wide open is really inspiring.

 

I am really Thankful my iPhone has a notepad for me to record ideas and thought out in the great wide open.

I am even more Thankful for the camera it has so I can share photos of the places that inspire me.

I am Thankful to God for giving me these great opportunities, challenges, and blessings. God is good.

Not so Urban Sprawl 365-23

lafemmet:

I saw more of this the other day and it reminded me of how country our town is. I love it! will have to post a part two if I can find the time.

Originally posted on Chronicles of Serbia:

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This part of town used to be out side of town. Urban sprawl took it’s toll, now what once was kinda country is now within the city limits. There is no space between this town and the next. This area has regular housing,  but barns next to the homes are a common site.

Side yard garden

Side yard garden

Gardens take the place of yards if the free space is not covered in cold hard cement. In fact, yards with grass seem a bit unusual here. I am kinda tired of seeing so much concrete. More often than I would like there is just concrete. I find it unattractive. But then, I am a country girl who enjoys big green spaces. I get the garden in the yard. In fact I think it is a super smart use of the land. The same idea is starting to catch on in the U.S. (Slowly…

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U.S. Insurance Laws and Expats

I have been thinking lately how the new insurance laws impact expats. Especially since the new insurance law has been passed.

Expats who go home for a limited time may also be interested. I found these two articles in The Wall Street Journal for anyone else who may have the same questions whirling around in their heads. I welcome any comments. It is getting so much more complicated to be an expat. Oh, and don’t get me started on taxes.  I can’t wrap my head around all that mess!

U.S. Citizens Abroad Avoid Health-Law Mandate

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/10/02/u-s-citizens-abroad-avoid-health-law-mandate/

Obama Health Law: Failure To Comply Gets Costlier by 2016

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/09/30/obama-health-law-failure-to-comply-gets-costlier-by-2016/

 

100 – Is This the Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy?

lafemmet:

I have thought this same thing so many times. Queen’s lyrics fit perfectly!

Originally posted on A Foot in Two Campos:

New routines have now become normality.  The morning bakery walk, round the outside of the village to the stunning views from the horse-trough.  Squeezing fresh oranges for breakfast.  Driving past the lake down to the coast for coffee and intercambio.  A bit of writing.  A bit of reading.  A tapas or two.   Planning an excursion.  Pointy-hooded processions and olive-spitting competitions.  Walks in the mountains.  Catching up with friends in the UK via Facebook. 

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You Know Your House is Serbian If….

Hi all! this is a repost of a blog I did last year. I think I am going to expand on it. But thought I may get some input if I posted again.

Opa Serbian Style

First of all, I know what you are thinking… Opa is something Greeks say. Well, you are right, but they also say it here. It’s a normal expression. I’ve taken it up myself. Serbs also do that circle dancing with both arms up in the air like you see in My Big fat Greek Wedding. Greece and Serbia, Pretty  similar in my opinion. Well, minus the beautiful blue-green  water.

Second. You might be thinking,,, Serbian Style?? What the French toast? Or you are Serbian, and you’re wondering where this is going. I got you.

This is my top 20 list of knowing you are living Serbian Style.

Here we gooo!

20. There is a red egg somewhere in your house. (Left over from Easter, ON purpose.)

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19. Vegeta is on your spice rack.

18. You know about village life.Image

17. You or someone you know still drives a Yugo or a car made by Zastava. (That is the company that became Yugo.)Image

16. Cervena, Plava, Bela, is the correct order of the colors.

15. You know what a Kinder Egg is.

14. You have a chair or couch  or both, that can convert into a bed.

13. You go to the store once a day to get bread. Really good fresh bread. Not sliced! and you put it in a bread box.

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12. The lightswitch for the bathroom (as well as the water heater) is just outside the door.

11. You have atleast 3 bottles of Rakija in your home.

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10. You have Slava celebrating remnants somewhere in your home.

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 They are left over from this:

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9. You have a huge space waster in your living room doubling as a china cabinet, closet, entertainment center, bookshelf, bar, etc…

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8.Your salt and pepper shaker is actually a salt and salt dispenser, because pepper is expensive. Also pictured are the typical European electric outlet and silverware drainer.

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 7. Dryer, What dryer.

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 6. Your washers directions are not in English.

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5. Your smallest drinking glasses are like little shot glasses, but they are for Rakija!

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4. Pictures around your home are actually needlepoint art your mom made and framed and/or a picture of the Serbian Royal family.

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 3. There is a Serbian flag somewhere in your home and possibly a picture of the Serbian Royal family. See pic with Rakija above.

 2. Your shoes are close to the front door. and you are wearing slippers (papuce).

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 1. There is a picture of Sv.Nikola or some other Saint in your home, somewhere.

ImageFeel free to let me know if I have missed anything vital by leaving a comment!

Dobar Dan!