Thursday, July 16, 2015

  1. Notebooks with images of lavender, strawberries, chocolate on the cover, scented. There are only few in the big pile of notebooks that I bring home but Jay spots them right away and she is thrilled.
  2. A cool breeze from the riverside when I come from around the corner.
  3. Jay’s nails with red polish are lovely, just lovely.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

  1. Coming back from the sun at lunchtime I rinse my hands up to my elbows with really cold water and then let it run for a while on the inner side of my wrists. Cool!
  2. Jay’s friend Neža comes over for an afternoon play date, hurray!
  3. Today was Em’s last day at her summer job. It was a hard working experience at a local supermarket. I am glad she suggested it and she seems happy to have taken this challenge, too.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

  1. A free mini croissant with my decaf.
  2. My new sunglasses.
  3. I catch them in the act at nearly 11 p.m.: Jay telling Em about a series she watched last night at my Mom's, Em listening and asking questions while brushing her teeth, they laugh and make jokes, and don't even acknowledge I am there.

Monday, July 13, 2015

  1. The dentist smiles and says there is no problem about not having Em’s health insurance card with us.
  2. As I wait looking towards the local park I can see a very little girl from behind, pushing her mommy on the swing.
  3. I feel restless even after my yoga class. I clean up the kitchen and vacuum at 10 p.m. Afterwards I feel better.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

  1. We all wear clothes with floral pattern to church.
  2. A short cycling tour at 7 p.m. We make a stop by the river damn, sit on the wooden bench, eat cookies and watch the fisherman in the water.
  3. As I sit on the couch and watch the international news review and then the series just like last Sunday, with Jay stretching her legs over mine on my left and Em leaning her head on my right shoulder, I think to myself how indeed this is all that matters and the rest will work out somehow.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

  1. After lunch we have ice-cream. Lots of ice-cream. One of those that my girls like best, schwarzwald.
  2. They seemed like a nice family. Only that I didn’t want anyone in the house that I had so actively participated in constructing, furnishing, decorating over a period of 11 years, not even nice people. But it so happens… I don’t think any new potential buyers will make it as hard for us at the very first ones walking through our dining room, kitchen, girls’ rooms.., looking, commenting. No, I don’t think so. And that is good.
  3. I plant another bed of beans in the vegetable garden. They say it is going to rain at night.

Friday, July 10, 2015

  1. I get a call from the agency and then I text Em. She rings me a little later and I can hear her joy.
  2. We have a nice late afternoon lunch at a downtown restaurant.
  3. A train ride home, with air-conditioning this time.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

  1. Finally, I get into action: I call the tourist agency after not having received any reply to my e-mail in weeks; in the afternoon I walk into their office and have a form filled out; now we wait for the booking confirmation.
  2. We have some yummy ice-cream outside Café Evropa downtown Celje.
  3. While we stay at Irena’s I get my book back. I am looking forward to re-reading it this summer.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

  1. I pick some melissa and mint leaves before the rain. Jay helps and enjoys it a lot.
  2. Trees, creaking and twisting in the wind. So wild, so beautiful, I can’t help but walk to my vegetable garden again to be a part of it all.
  3. Jay took a photo of the heavy clouds outside, amazed by the line on the horizon that they had created. She circles the line on the photo on the ipad screen and writes a comment to it.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  1. I don't have any flower pots in our windows this year. But I love looking at others' and the ones on the ground floor flat balcony that I pass in the morning are really beautiful.
  2. Jay's face smiling at me through the office window lifts me up. I shut down the computer and leave immediately.
  3. I should have known that Em was going to keep the earrings I had bought for myself the moment she sees them… But she says I can borrow them sometimes. And that is a good thing.

Monday, July 6, 2015

  1. A cold shower in the morning. Only a few days ago that I started with this and I feel and perform so much better.
  2. I am happy to have Em come to yoga with me so that on the way she can share about her working day at the store and her plans for this week.
  3. Jay’s mini ponytails to make her less hot at night.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

  1. When Em says she had told her best friend about our family prior to her Saturday night sleep-over and an embarrassing Sunday lunch I am relieved.
  2. In the evening the girls and I watch together the weekly international news review and an episode I really like.
  3. As I let down the window roller shutter I see the stars and suggest Em to go out in her pajamas. Jay and I join her moments later. It is a beautiful warm starry night. (I don’t remember ever leaving the house in my pj’s to watch the stars at night. There is a first time for everything.)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

  1. Our colleague buys lunch. We sit out on the porch of the restaurant and it is really nice and comfortable.
  2. The owners are kind and talkative, a happy couple. And the house they want to sell seems like a happy house.
  3. I come home late, a long day indeed. A walk would do me good. I spend the evening with my girls instead. My happy hour.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

  1. I find my shiny long earrings (…in Em’s drawer) and wear them to the office.
  2. Today was my no-more-procrastination day for sending sell-out data to two suppliers, dying my hair and writing the advertisement for the real estate site to be published tomorrow.
  3. Jay tells me about how she hasn’t exercised at all today and talks me into exercising together to an old VHS Billy Blanks’ tae-bo tape which we haven’t done in a long time. I am really happy to hear her call for daily physical activity, and to have done this mini workout together.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

  1. Usually my Sunday morning is very busy and strictly organized. Not today. I take it easy and still get things done.
  2. Jay is proud of her uphill cycling. She does remark about Em making it all the way to the house without stepping off her bike, but she agrees that she and her legs are getting stronger with every ride and every run.
  3. When at 9 p.m. the chill is spreading inside of you, threatening to freeze every positive thought, paralyzing, you just need to get up, apply a face mask, then wash your hair and be beautiful and ready for a new day, for a new start.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

We spend the day at Ljubljana. There is lots of sun and joy in the air.
  1. Drummers in front of Franciscan Church.
  2. Jay remembers the clay buttons I once bought for her in a quilt shop, and two minutes later we just happen to find the exact artist who had made them, and her booth at the street art fair in the streets of Ljubljana. Same situation, another artist: I spot lovely illustrated postcards in the shop window but the shop is closed; later I pass the artist’s stand with the same postcards. I love art that we can touch and buy and use.
  3. I am trapped in my car at the parking lot with lightning and thunder that makes the ground shake, but living through it feels liberating.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

  1. Em’s brief on the two picnics she has been to.
  2. I make it all the way to the top of the hill and back, only in two rounds: two thirds of the way in the morning, almost solo, only accompanied by birds chirping...
  3. … and the last third in the afternoon with my friend Irena and our girls, topped with pastry, right from the oven, and ice-cream.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

  1. Em returns home earlier than me. And she is cooking lunch today. Lentils soup and pancakes. Even Jay agrees that it’s yummy.
  2. First they bicker then they get to enjoy the game (of badminton) and the company of one another. I can imagine this will be the pattern for the next 70 summer days. It’s a good one though, I think.
  3. I dig and tend the last patch of the vegetable garden. No more weeds.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

  1. I pass a house that seems abandoned. It could be just for the summer. It could be for sale. A spark of hope.
  2. A glass of South African red wine at dinner.
  3. An invasion of ants in our kitchen. I take the usual measures, and I am done within a few minutes. Em helps. No long faces, no discussion, almost a fun project at 11 p.m.

Monday, June 15, 2015

  1. There are very few sprouts of my beans, so I figure I could add some to fill the empty rows in the garden, but when I remove the moist soil from the top I find that also other young seedlings have taken off, and obviously only needed rain to give them a push.
  2. When I see the disappointment on her face, I give in and take her along to the yoga class. I shouldn’t have done it, because it is adults only, but the teacher is glad to have her join and eventually it turns out to be a good experience for all. I am amazed by her discipline to stay quiet and work along. After all, she is only nine and so full of life.
  3. I finish my 7-day journaling late at night. I am so not used to handwriting anymore, so I am glad I pushed myself to do it.