Hoping to someday find M's brother adopted in the U.S. -
Myckola Oleksandrovych Markov - 8/26/2003

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Cloudy & Rainy with Meatballs

Food we bought at Billa
Our apartment stairwellYummy little cake @ the Coffee Shop

The weather here has been crazy. Wednesday and Thursday the high temps were 15 and 18. Friday it warmed up enough to snow a little bit and today it snowed this morning but warmed up and was pouring rain by 9am. The ground is still frozen though and the mud skim on top of it is like a sheet of ice. I almost wiped out jumping off the curb and into the crosswalk this morning.

We walk about a mile to the orphanage twice a day so the freezing cold was not fun! We aren't minding the warm up much at all but could do without the rain. The snow was pretty this morning before it melted.

We found fresh meatballs at the store yesterday and fried those for lunch today. We ate them with variniky and fried mushrooms and onions along with a pasta sauce we found that is actually very tasty. We finally lucked out with the "mystery shopping" and actually got not only pasta sauce, but a good tasting one! We've learned that just because it LOOKS like something back home, it probably is not and definitely won't taste like it... well with the exception of Ramen Noodles.

We bought some Stollen and have been eating that for breakfast or snacks. It was very expensive (50 grivnah -- about $6) so we expected it to be something super special but its pretty much raisin bread with a powdered sugar coating.

The best pastry we've had so far was a cream filled roll this morning at a little coffee shop that is on our way to the orphanage. We got 2 cups of coffee, 2 rolls, and a little chocolate cake for about $3. We saw more pastries we want to try and its a nice little spot for us to warm up going and coming. The lady who runs the place doesn't speak a lick of English though so we have to do a lot of pointing. Actually, no one here speaks much English. In Kiev it seemed that most stores had English on the menu and at least one person who spoke some English but here not so much!


Healy Family said...

are you feeling better? based on the amount of food you are eating and buying it would seem so - I hope so!!

continuing to pray for you everyday!!

Mama of 2 and Counting... said...

Yes I am, finally! I used tap water in Kiev for cooking a few times and even though it was boiled, I wonder if that caused the problems? Hubby was fine though, so who knows. We ate out a few times as well and I may have gotten something my stomach hated. We are enjoying the food here, but I will be glad to get home to American food!

Healy Family said...

I am so happy to hear that! thankfully whatever it was was relatively short lived. i will continue to pray for your health :)

are you tempted to buy a fur hat to wear on your walking trips? :)

Mama of 2 and Counting... said...

YES! My head is freezing even w/ the little hat I bought in Kiev.

Healy Family said...

about this time last year i actually found a fur hat, just like in ukraine, at a thrift store. i bought it for one of my daughters who loves all things fur. this past week it was super cold and snowy here and for fun took it to work with me and actually wore it home one night. i was so warm in it! i had not idea it was so wonderful. so, that said, i recommend you get one. :)

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life; but those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,are carried on the wings of destiny; and placed among us by God's very own hands. --Kristi Larson