Me on a post on the Piran waterfront to get a better view. {photo by Pedro}

I haven’t been motivated to blog much lately, not totally sure why. It could be that I haven’t much to say. I’m studying Spanish, tutoring at the college, and when I’m not doing that I’m trying to catch up on yard work. In Spring I like to take advantage of breaks here and there in the rain, to cut grass and haul brush and pull weeds. This year I rarely got the opportunity to work outside till the middle of June when it finally stopped raining.

In addition to that, we had that extraordinary snowstorm in April that dropped a foot of snow in a single night and that brought down a huge amount of branches that has tripled the amount of usual Spring clean-up work. So I am quite far behind in my chores and my life is a series of study, work in the yard, study, work in the yard.

That makes for a boring blog post.

You know what IS motivating? Receiving an unexpected postcard from the other side of the world! Reminding me of the links between me and a special family in Slovenia.

The postcard is a perfect choice for me: one of my favourite cities in the whole world, and a scene from that city that I instantly recognized. See the concrete posts, like the one I stood on in the above photo?
And in addition to the thoughtfulness of mailing a real postcard, she wrote it in Spanish for us. ❤

I messaged Manja to tell her I had received her postcard. It was fully unexpected and I am delighted. She sent love and hugs from her parents, with whom she is visiting in Piran right now, and herself, and her Bestia (her dog). She said she had just come in from swimming in the sea, which brought back memories of when I had also done that in Piran last September. She sent me this photo:

There is my postcard on the table, ready to be written upon, in such a setting. I can almost smell the sea breeze and feel the warmth. {photo by Manja}

And just like that, on a drizzly cold summer day in Rainier, Oregon, I am reminded that I am linked to the most romantic of cities in sunny Slovenia, and to a friend very far away in person but close in my heart.

In the times when my life is pedestrian, and filled with daily chores instead of travel, it is so encouraging to be reminded that my life is extraordinary. A life doesn’t have to be extraordinary every single day to make it extraordinary. All you need are fabulous memories, a moment to reflect on them, and friends to remind you.

17 thoughts on “Linked

  1. Such a warm post and the postcard was perfect for you and yes / I did see the white posts
    Also grat shot of you on that post with camera

  2. I love this, Crystal! Manja is a bright spot for me, too, albeit here in the ether. Your post isn’t boring at all. I love the quiet ordinary times in my life and I kind of love hearing of the things shared by others as silently tethering us to home. Happy Saturday 💚

    1. Thanks, Bonnie. I agree with you: I enjoy others’ descriptions of their daily life very much. I like the glimpses into other worlds, what people eat, what they’re doing in the garden, who they visited. I could talk about my pedestrian life more often and I’m sure it would be just fine. 🙂

    1. Ha ha ha. I was messaging Manja yesterday and was frustrated that my phone for some reason always autocorrects the word “post” to the word “list.” While this is probably based on some algorithm, I said to Manja it’s especially inconvenient for a blogger who writes the word post more often than the word list. And in this case, I stand on a list, IN my list… I mean, post. 😉

    1. It was very lovely. I receive about one postcard a year (which is probably more than many people receive), and I was absolutely delighted with this one. Slovenia is 100% worth a visit when you get the chance. Mountains, cities, gorgeous seashore, and Piran is a colorful Mediterranean town with medieval walls that I am absolutely in love with. Here’s my post from last Fall, if you want to take a quick look at some photos:

  3. So beautiful, Crystal, that the postcard came just in time to brighten up your day. 🙂 This post made me smile and feel warm inside, in the times when I also almost don’t blog (except on Thursdays). It is true, we are linked, and nothing will change that. You’ve got your family in Slovenia for sure. Much love and hope to hug you again one day. (I do hope that my Spanish attempt is not too flawed. It’s been a LONG time since I wrote anything in Spanish. About 30 years!)

    1. That is so kind to call it my family in Slovenia. I hope I can include your sister and your amore over in Italy, too. Thank you again for sending the postcard. ❤ If you hadn't insisted that sending mail to your place in Capalbio is too unreliable, I would be sending a return card now! Oooh, send me your parent's address then. Will it be safer to mail to them?

  4. Snail mail from anywhere is a bright spot in the day. Reminds me I need to do more cards again. Ferrari’s are very nice to look at. We have another thunderstorm rolling through. Never leaves much rain, just noise. Does cut down on the heat a bit. I’m not writing much either. I think about it but can’t get the things done I’m planning to blog about. I’ll send a note this week. Hugs.

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