Olga

Michael on January 14th, 2017

Finally. It’s been almost four years since we started the process of Olga becoming a US Citizen and we’ve just taken the final step: Olga received her US passport on Thursday. Olga and Valerie go to Russia on Tuesday. I will go a little later, on the 30th. So, we’re packing, wrapping things up here […]

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Michael on October 7th, 2013

Preparation time: 3 – 4 hours 3-4 medium sized beets 3 medium potatoes Half of a small green cabbage 1-2 chicken fillet breasts or the equivalent of beef or turkey (the meat can also be on the bone) 2 medium onions 2 medium carrots 3-4 bay leaves 3-4 pepper corns (or ground pepper) 2-3 bullion […]

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Michael on November 29th, 2012

It’s that time of year! Valerie has an ‘ouchy’ where a bully pushed her down in the park. She’s recovering nicely!

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Michael on August 23rd, 2012

Linda Bennighof visited last month, and she took a couple of very nice pictures:

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Michael on April 8th, 2011

As some of you know, Olga makes GREAT borsch, the traditional Russian beet soup. This is her recipe: Preparation time: 3 – 4 hours 3-4 medium sized beets 3 medium potatoes Half of a small green cabbage 1-2 chicken fillet breasts or the equivalent of beef or turkey (the meat can also be on the […]

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Michael on May 28th, 2010

Victor Minakhin, Olga’s third cousin once removed, has created a family tree of people who will attend our family reunion in Narva, Estonia this August. I’ve cropped the entire tree to show the part that directly relates to Olga’s line. You can read about Olga’s grandfather, Orest Maximilianovich Grootten, here; and here is more info […]

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Michael on August 16th, 2009

The other day I came home to a pleasant sight: Olga making jam from gooseberries she and babushka picked at dacha. We’ve done a lot of traveling this summer, and it’s nice to be back in Russia for a bit. We’ve recently spent time at Elama, been at dacha, and visited with teams from the […]

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Michael on January 18th, 2009

Can you tell that I’m learning how to post videos?  Here are four short videos from our visits to Olga’s grandparents’ house. The Russian summer or country house is called the dacha (rhymes with gotcha).  In usage we say things like, ‘I am going to dacha’ or, ‘how was dacha?’. These videos are pretty poor […]

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