Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Summer photos




The latest two photos, from the walk with DH and our dog. I just love the nature in our only national park.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I am beautiful and I am not old :)

Some highlights from the last few weeks:

Swimming with  beloved Wolf in my favourite part of our country, in the crystal clear lake.


Today, when going for a walk, Wolf found wounded little hedgehog. He was stuck in hot sun, on the road, so I took him with me  to my vegetables garden and put him in the shadows, together with water and food. When I returned home it was gone... I was so happy! I hope it gets well soon (I think it will, it was very vivid).




 And here is the cutest story possible. I was walking to the library when I saw a young mother with two little daughters, twins, aged around two. As I was passing by one of the girls said something to her mother and pointed at me. I didn't really hear well, but then a mother repeated after a child: "Yes, the aunt is beautiful."  I smiled at the baby, thanked her and returned the compliment. (a note: a lot of times with young children they use word aunt instead of Ms./Lady/woman). Perhaps the child only liked my white dress with flower ornament. But since she was looking directly into my eyes I prefer to think that she liked my smile. Her comment made my week. Because I know that only few years back I could not smile to any child and now I can.  It feels good. 


Another kids' story.  The other day I took three kids to the swimming pool. Cousin's daughter is now eight and as I was in my swimming suits she was observing me. And she asked: "Klara, are you pregnant?"   (a note: yes, I should do push-ups more often then twice per year). 
"No, I am not." 
"But don't you want to give birth to a baby?????"
"Well, I am just too old to have a baby now." 
The child remained speechless. For the very first time she heard that there is such a thing as being too old for having a baby. 
The niece who is 9 said nothing. She just listened. 
But the cutest was the girl's little brother, aged 5. He asked with disbelief: "So Klara, you are old???". For him - his granny is old. And his great-grandmother is old.  And I am not :)


Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Magic of Not Giving a F***

Obviously I can't survive without my blog the whole summer :)

I loved this TED talk so I am sharing it:


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Goodbye for now




As always, I lack time in the summer. So I will say goodbye and will be back with the first rainy days at the end of the summer.   I am attaching some photos from Croatian seaside, it was lovely to swim for couple of days. 

I am busy growing my vegetables:





My favourite sweet is terragon potica, here I backed half of potica terragon, half with blueberries:
The traditional potica is with walnuts, but I like to be creative.
News from few weeks back: the pope asked American first lady about potica, it was nice to see how many articles were published on this topic, here is one of them:
Potica

I have spent many beautiful walks with husband and Wolfie. This Sunday we were lucky to pick up these:

Spagetti with porcinis were delicious, so was the jam that I cooked.

A new highlight of this summer: I love to swim and  my nieces and a nephew love to swim, but their parents not so much. I love taking them to huge open swimming pool for a swim. I love being their aunt.

There were also some moments in July that I felt my childnessness again.

I was invited to an uncle's barbecue and nobody bother to tell me that also a distant relative was invited with her newborn, aged 4 weeks. It was aweful, all conversation involved talking about the baby, memories of giving childbirth, breastfeeding etc. Did I have to contribute anything to the conversation?   Social gatherings like that remind me that I don't fit and that I never will.

I spent some lovely moments with our distant family from Australia. I loved talking to them. We were talking about something and I know that I was thinking how easily I bond with some people. But then there was a comment (said by couple 15 years old then me, with 3 grown up children): "Yes, the wheels of life are turning." (the remaining of the sentence had to do something about their children and grandchildren).  I don't have children, so what are my wheels of life?


I love the impact that my pen-friends have on my life. I got a book recommendation from my beloved pen-friend, I just love this book:

The Last Lecture

 

Some quotes from the book that I liked: 






“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”


“The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have." 


“Time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think.”


“When we're connected to others, we become better people.”


This is all for now... enjoy the summer! (or if you are from the opposite part of the world, enjoy the winter ;)




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Beautiful sea

I am off for couple of days. We are going to our favourite summer destination: Croatia.


If you are interested to learn more: 
http://croatia.hr/
http://croatia.hr/en-GB/experiences/beaches
 
We are lucky that Croatian seaside is less then 2 hours driving away from our home.



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A rainy day

There are days when I just feel different.

I was invited to a 25th anniversary of finishing secondary school.  How easy would it be to go to such a reunion if I had children.

I just couldn't face all the small talks. And noisy questions. And the feeling that I always get on reunions like that - that my life is worthless. 

Usually a long walk or cycling lifts my spirit. But today it is raining cats and dogs, so I preferred to stay inside after work.

Luckily I had a lovely novel to read:

The Japanese Lover

I have always loved Allende's novels.

“You only have one life, but if you live it well, that’s enough. The only reality is now, today. What are you waiting for to be happy?”
Isabel Allende, The Japanese Lover