July 9, 2012

Fun, Funny and Beautiful

It’s been a while since I’ve last posted anything in here and I’m glad I’m not on some kind of a preplanned schedule. That’s how I’m able to write when I really have something to share and I like it that way!! 🙂

Until now we’ve all been through some heat spells and severe summer storms, and most of us are looking forward for some steady rain and pleasant days with lower temperatures without humidity.

Some things are beautiful

I’ve done quite a bit of traveling this summer and discovered a very different world while visiting Connecticut. All those hills and woods and winding, narrow roads – are not only entirely different than Florida – but they also very much reminded me of Slovenia.

Beautiful detail from Connecticut - an old plough

Beautiful detail from Connecticut – an old plough

I loved getting up in the morning and keeping the window in my room opened all the time. I loved how quiet the place was, surrounded by woods, and how far away I was from the traffic and hustle and bustle of the big cities.

One day I was swimming in a large and beautiful pool, even though it wasn’t really hot. But I had the place all for myself and I can’t think of any better way to enjoy the swimming pool.

Beautiful Swimming Pool

Picking chamomile blooms was another thing that I haven’t done in ages and the morning after that I enjoyed the heavenly scent of lipa (linden tree) that just started blooming. I was standing under that tree, breathing deeply the familiar sweet smell, while listening to the buzzing song of busy bees, having the time of my life. For a little while  I was living in my childhood once again…

Beautiful linden tree

Beautiful linden tree

Some things are fun

During one of my trips I had a chance to visit another place I’ve never been to before – the Kuzman’s bar and dance hall, where the three nice men from the photo below made sure I had two cups of refreshing green tea for breakfast that day, received the full guided tour of the place, saw all the old photos, and learned a lot about the history and fun times at Kuzman’s.

At Kuzman's

Then I received this video of Ansambel Rosa (Dew Ensemble). It was fun to see the tween brothers (accordion and guitar player) once again, and how successful they became. They come from the same little village where I lived most of my life. And I even remember the day when they were born…

But there’s more. The video was partially made at the castle courtyard (the one with the fountain), where I worked in an art gallery for a few years.

If you’re in a mood, listen to the lively polka Za vedno tvoja (Yours for ever) by Ansambel Rosa.

Some things are funny

A friend of mine, Natasha, brought my attention to a documentary Slovenians through the eyes of foreginers residing in Slovenia, aired on Slovenian national TV. A group of people who moved to Slovenia from around the world is talking about Slovenian culture and lifestyle, and how Slovenians are different in certain ways.

The one remark that struck me the most – and made me laugh really hard – was that Slovenians hardly ever say thank you. It So reminded me how that was the first thing I’ve had to learn – to say thank you more often – when I came to this country because my ways of expressing appreciation were far from sufficient.

24 minute video is mostly in English. If you’d like to watch it, click on the link below:
Slovenes – Slovenci

Some things are so beautiful they bring tears to my eyes

I find many things in life exceptionally beautiful, like this butterfly that loved a dandelion flower so much that it stayed still long enough so I was able to take a few photos of it. That makes me smile.

Beautiful Butterfly

Or a beautiful bouquet, especially when it includes cheerful sunflowers. That touches my heart…

Beautiful Bouquet with Sunflowers

Or a message, left on my blog by my daughter a few hours ago, when I least expected it:

Doroteja says:
Love you Mamca. <3

That brought tears to my eyes this morning. It’s the most beautiful online comment I’ve ever received in my life!

Upcoming season schedule

Events at Slovenian-American Club in Spring Hill, FL – Suncoast Dance and Party Center

I have a list of dates when our hall is not rented so I’m working on scheduling some dances for the upcoming season 2012/13.  I can’t give you any detailed information just yet but there are a few things that are pretty certain at the moment:

  • Our first dance should happen on Friday, November 30, 2012
  • We’re once again having our New Year’s Day Dance on Tuesday, January 1, 2013
  • Walter Ostanek and Bob Kravos on Sunday, January 27, 2013

I’ll keep you posted as there are more details arranged.

Now, if you’re in a mood for dancing or just tapping your foot, here’s one more happy polka for  you, by ensemble Novi Spomini (New Memories), singing about a shy young man, or Cagav fant. I love this group, all of their tunes are fun!

Will talk to you at or after the Slovenefest,

Daria

Daria

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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