August 25, 2010

End of Summer and Growing Up

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For most parents with school-age kids summer is now officially over. It’s been a steaming hot summer here in Florida with temperatures so high that ‘they can only be compared to those from 1935,’ my friend and neighbor Linda told me.

In retrospective, there have been a lot of incredibly amazing things happening to me during this school-off season. I received some beyond-description good news in the last week alone, so good that they could easily be called miracles. And do I feel blessed for every one of them!

In the meantime, my son is growing up fast. And I am not talking about physical growth. For a change, this time around he didn’t outgrow all of his old clothes and shoes by the time we did the school shopping. But he sure did mature in more ways than I expected him to, which is very touching.

He knows very well how I’ve always been all-natural oriented – whenever I have a choice – and until recently he went along with that. Then all of a sudden he stopped listening to my opinion and advice and turned almost completely to more scientific point of view. I didn’t mind because I decided right away to back off, to let him experiment – and let him find on his own what works best for him.

However, that change caused him to start worrying about me. Our conversation in which I found out about something that bothered him, went something like this:

He said, “I know how you’re all into the natural things, I just hope you wouldn’t do something stupid.”
Me, surprised, “Stupid – like what?”
“Well, like declining a medical help in case of an emergency. If you got beaten by a snake or something like that…”

I don’t even remember if I gave any verbal response to his concern because I was looking at him and he had tears in his eyes.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, we had to do something together and it wasn’t the easiest thing in the world to do. We were standing next to my desk, talking about the task ahead. I started turning around, saying, “O.K., let’s go then!” At that second he caught my hand, stopped me and gave me a hug. That was another very touching moment I experienced this summer – and above all, the kind that I would expect from a grown, loving man, not from a fifteen year-old.

I’m pouring my heart out again here and it only happens to me when I feel like I am sharing my most meaningful life lessons and experiences with the people I can trust. Like You.

And – if you too have someone like that in your life, someone caring and loving and dear to your heart, give them a hug when you first get a chance. Hugs can do miracles. Trust me, I know… 🙂

Suncoast SNPJ Lodge 778 in Spring Hill, Florida

Suncoast SNPJ Lodge 778 in Spring Hill, Florida

Time to get back to (Suncoast SNPJ Lodge 778) “business.”

Line Dancing Lessons


I talked to my all-time-favorite line dancing teacher Catherine Feil last night. She will continue to teach all the fun line dances at our Hall this next season – on Wednesdays at 2:30 pm again, starting on November 10, 2010. Admission fee remains the same: $3.

The best thing about line dancing with Catherine is that she adjusts her choice of dances according to who shows up. This way everyone has fun and learns new things, complete beginners and more advanced dancers alike.

Besides, when I first started taking line dancing classes, I was the worst line dancer you can possibly imagine. All of my life I was used to dance with a partner so doing all those impossible, complicated steps on my own just wasn’t my cup of tea. But it all changed with Catherine. With the way she teaches, I just “get it!” Meaning, Everyone is welcome because Everyone learns to line dance with Catherine!


Harvest Dance – first dance of the new season


Our Board put me in charge of the first dance for the season on Sunday, November 21. I know I mentioned it before, now I’m just asking all of You to help me out – by showing up and having fun. And bring your friends and family and neighbors, anyone you possibly can. After a few lenghty conversations with All Star Entertainment DJ and owner Jack I have a feeling that this event has every chance to be a great success – and in that case we could do it again.

Also, to let you in on a little secret, our (food) miracle worker Eileen just might surprise us with a new kind of authentic Slovenian cake. I’m still looking and translating/converting a good recipe for her. We plan on having two more food choices: Sausages and Sloppy Joes.

All the details about every event are regularly published and updated at:

Suncoast SNPJ Lodge 778 in Spring Hill – Schedule of Events




Another new thing we’re seriously considering to implement – or better, re-implement at our Lodge is jamming after the board meetings (first Wednesday of the month, starting on October 6, 2010 at 11 am). If you play any kind of instrument, you’re more than welcome to bring it to the meeting – and use it. And if you don’t play an instrument, you’ll most likely be able to dance… 🙂


Balina – Bacci Ball


One last thing for today. I am now also in charge of playing balina (bacci ball) on the course behind our Hall. It hasn’t been used for a while so we’ll be doing some cleaning, pruning and tree-trimming on the back of the property some time soon. Let me know if you’re interested in playing – or if you have any ideas or suggestions regarding balina.

Barcelona Bacci Ball

Barcelona Bacci Ball


New Blog Post


For all who enjoy Slovenian Alps, there’s a post on the blog, with video of mount Raduha that I put together a little while ago:

Slovenian Mount Raduha

I have to admit I’ve been known to be sloppy with the phone, leaving it all over the place. So, if you call me and I don’t pick up, just leave me a message and I’ll call you back.

Wishing You plenty of loving people and happy moments!
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Daria is a SunFlower by nature, on a mission to shine the light of beauty and happiness on this world in the same way that the Sun spreads its warmth.

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