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.
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:
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.