Wednesday, August 26, 2015

  1. When I got home they both come to greet me and give me a big hug. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
  2. There is a lot of sun when we come to the house. We don’t like the house, and there is a heavy silence after we get in the car, so I figure it is best we just drive on, someplace, anyplace. How about ice-cream in the sun.
  3. I bump my car. The concrete fence is just fine, of course, and my car’s rear is scratched. I think it has more of character now. Life goes on, and that is a good thing.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

  1. I love that church. It is for our kind family friend who is still very much in my heart. I stand contemplating the beauty he had left behind.
  2. Sitting on the bench by the side of the road, chatting.
  3. Giving away items we no longer need or want. Piling up old magazines and papers. Decluttering.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

  1. Jay leaves a lovely note behind for me and my mom, saying that we should be cheerful and laugh a lot while she and Em are away.
  2. After an hour of uphill hiking I come to realize that I am fine and not at all out of breath.
  3. Just as we make it to the Korošica plateau, 1803 m alt, the clouds reveal the awe-inspiring mountains high above.

    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    1. My instant decision to go for a trip to Škofja Loka with my girls is a good one. We are greeted by so much sun and have a wonderful sights-seeing tour of the town. The old stony bridge, I love it!
    2. A baby in the shade, beneath the tree, close to the castle.
    3. It takes some persuasion and compromising before Jay is ready to continue on the (longer) trail with me, but then we are both happy.

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    Away on business today and having a wonderful wonderful time:

    1. touring a dairy plant
    2. meeting great people
    3. crisp air, breathtaking views and special dishes... see for yourself! 

    A bumpy ride from Zatolmin.
    Planina Sleme pastures at 1449 m alt.
    Frika, made of potatoes and cheese, a shepherds' delight - and ours.

    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    1. We had lots of veggies for lunch today. And a fruit snack. Rice instead of potatoes. Much of the food Em has missed over the last two weeks.
    2. Today Jay wants to prepare something special. She serves ice cream with whipped cream and banana-cuts.
    3. Just as I set out on a hike, it starts raining. I make it to the top of the hill and back in ten minutes, sheltered by leafy tree tops.

    Saturday, August 15, 2015

    1. Lots of stress over a wallet I seemed to have lost. So relieved.
    2. We stop at Trojane to buy some donuts for our friends. There’s a queue outside the donut shop and Jay suggests she waits while I park. There are another 5 people in line behind her when I get in. Soon after a rain shower outside, a faraway thunder and just as we pay for the donuts the electricity goes out. So lucky.
    3. For a brief instant neither Jay nor I recognize Em walking through the Arrivals gate. A sweet reunion followed by a long drive home with Em talking all the way, and lots of fun in our bathroom at midnight. Grateful. Happy.

    Thursday, August 13, 2015

    1. I get so carried away reading that I only notice it’s time to go to work when my colleague stops her car right in front of mine.
    2. After I am done with my cycling workout I go down to our bedroom and find Jay cutting paper hearts and stars in bed. Tomorrow she will be making a welcome home garland for Em.
    3. My mind is spinning and I can’t get to sleep. Then I imagine doing a free fall jump with no parachute, no rope. It works. It totally works.

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    1. The second I stop the car in our driveway, Jay leaves her game and comes to me to give me a big hug.(And then she wants to know what activity I have planned out for the afternoon…Yep, hugging comes with a price: no napping time for parents during summer holidays.)
    2. Jay and I go on a biking tour down to the fish ponds and then cycle on to the playground next to the tennis court. A group of kids and some adults are having a training of some sort, and it turns out they are the local amateur firefighters. My cousin is among them and he is also the chef for the corn grill that follows. Jay has some sweet corn while we watch a little girl learn to play tennis. What a treat, what unexpected wonderful time we have!
    3. A late night call from Em. We are counting days to our reunion, yes, we are.

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    1. I leave Jay at my friend’s place for a long play date. She has been looking forward to this a lot.
    2. Perfect parking space, right in front of my hairdresser’s.
    3. It’s past seven when we park in our driveway. I can’t help feeling relieved we have been away from our house all day.

    Monday, August 10, 2015

    1. Jay increases the number of books she borrows at the local library for this week from 3 to 4. And I find a brand new Still Alice in English.
    2. As Darja opens the door of the yoga room to let some fresh air in, there is cat waiting outside.
    3. Jay has recently developed a great interest in shows with amateur family chefs cooking against professionals. We watch one together tonight and it’s really fun!

    Sunday, August 9, 2015

    1. My Sunday morning hike. The old trail seems different every time.
    2. Three hours at the public event watching and listening to a very popular group Modrijani, playing national music. Jay liked it, too. And I didn't even want to go.
    3. Em’s update. Spent a day in London. I am so happy she could give us a call (and I hate it that her own phone doesn’t work).

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    1. My sunflower. Bees. Happy.
    2. Vanilla ice, hot blueberries and raspberries are a big hit.
    3. I spot an episode about the Kirby family travel to India on Travel Channel. We don’t know if there’s a next one or not, but now Jay and I are eagerly waiting for next Saturday.

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

    1. I feel a little lighter afterwards, more reassured. I will be fine. We will all be fine.
    2. There is an evening breeze coming down from the forest while we sit in our driveway.
    3. We watch videos with The Beatles, Jay and I, just like I promised last night. And she says she likes them.

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    1. Jay and I glue together another donut box and it is really lovely. Then she runs off to play outside.
    2. Amid bathroom cleaning frenzy my phone rings and I know it is Em.
    3. At bedtime Jay asks me to read to her from her book about music. She suggests we find the group I once told her about (The Beatles). We read the introduction and then I promise her we will listen and watch them on youtube same time tomorrow.

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015

    1. Speaking to Em over the phone after not hearing her voice for 2 days. She is in Level 4 out of 5, one teacher commented on her good pronunciation and she has met great young people from Belgium, Czech Republic and Croatia.
    2. They seemed like the kind of people who would change the place a lot. A while later I realize I might just like that.
    3. My 4 new cd’s with music from the 80’s.

    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.