Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Thaw

Global warming has most certainly taken hold here in Siberia, to which I say ... about time!  It may eventually flood all you guys in Florida, but here it can't be anything but good! ;-)

Anyway, after a particularly warm winter (only -40s for one week!) we have had a really, really early spring.  Where we're normally just starting to melt in mid-April, this year we could see parts of the ground as early as the first week of March and the last of the snow melted by the 20th or so.  We've had sweater weather for about 2 weeks now!

All of which means we can do things like take the boys out for a walk, which we usually try to end down by the cafe we like to eat at:

And, of course, it wouldn't be spring if we didn't go outside and play a bit of footy.  Both the boys are now enrolled in a class at the local football club, where they go to practice 3 times/week.  They're both pretty new to it and still figuring out what to do, but Steven in particular is starting to get the hang of it.

Not everything can be outdoors yet, even if the weather is a bit nicer.  We still have time to have friends over for board games (and you can be lifting these two up, we spend a lot of time with their family):

Last week we even decided to have shashlik (shish-kebab-style barbecue, cooked over coals outside) it was so warm.  Of course, my business partner Scott and I were still working when the evening came (long days at work these days) so in the end we asked our wives to bring the food out there and we made a little fire in the yard and cooked there while we continued to work.

And I'll save the update on the factory and how it's coming for next time.  Suffice it for now to say that it's pretty good news; we have our first sales going out the door and are hopefully on track to start selling a few tons of nuts every month in the very near future.

As always, thanks for stopping by and thanks for remembering us!