Sunday, May 3

flowers blossoming, flowerpot in spring, spring garden
spring bulbs, blooming garden, spring garden, raw soil

empty space, empty garden, spring garden, friendly garden

Poland means so many different things to me, you wouldn't believe, if I started right now I'd talk with no end so I'll spare you longer paragraphs. Above all Poland means green grass, lots of grass and fields, trees that promise shadows and are short of poise in the lack of regular trimming. Poland smells of fruit and dust, rain and cigarette smoke. It's overwhelming how many senses it activates. And there is a garden plopped tightly between acres of fences and others preserving their green space within gray lungs of a big town. It belongs to my in-laws and all the mini beasts one butterfly net couldn't hold at a time. For the first time discovered in its most vulnerable state, with barely a leaf seducing the eye. I loved it nonetheless. I loved it even more on days full of sunny spells only a gardening enthusiast in training would appreciate bringing those empty aisles to life with my imagination (what I still need to make time for is purchasing a pair of green rubber boots. Straw summer hat is simply not enough). What a shock to Nadia to find her favourite hiding spots open to view but soon she learned a steady rhythm of how to familiarize with the monochromatic landscape. You can still hide if those who seek are willing to try harder, if you happen to slump off of the wooden log dividing the plots while running - no damage is done, no flower head will curse you in silence and grandpa won't lift his arms up to the air in horror. Well, he never does it anyway.

Every afternoon back home the fun persisted. Nadia definitely made this place hers - she knew what to expect from certain behavior and how loud the door is allowed to get shut but also all the mess that got shoveled under the bed for the next day's best play was purposefully overlooked by grandma. Because finally there was a motion in slow paced lives of her grandparents, there were accidents happening, sugary drink spills and all kinds of unusual patterns of dirty hands on the walls made appearance. It was all awaited. You can even find Nadia's old toothbrush somewhere in the bathroom from when she insisted on brushing her developing teeth as grandma declined to part with it. Memories in objects, not always re-usable. Damian phoned us regularly but not overwhelmingly often, we had a deal of a breathing space. We lived for those moments like we lived for mum's pork chops. Soon the sun will focus on what has overwhelmed the eyes with emptiness and lack of shade. Soon we will experience it together with fresh produce falling to our hands eaten washed or deliberately not.

grandma's garden, spring garden, chilling in the garden, poland
chasing-butterflies, spring-garden, empty-space, garden
garden's-aisles, spring-garden, family-garden, waiting-for-spring
running-in-the-garden, spring-garden, waiting-for-spring


Friday, May 1

instagram, family, happy weekend, spring, todaymyway.com
weekend, perfect sliding into the weekend, daily events, instagram, todaymyway.com
spring, perfect weekend, thoughts on things, todaymyway.com

Existential questions, part one. So you've drank your latte, mocha or herbal tea, you've even licked the sweet foam from the teaspoon and technically are ready to leave. But you want to stay longer, maybe read an article in stained newspaper lying around and not attracting anybody or just stare out the window across the street and catch a glimpse of the good looking guy serving muffins and fresh patè. You're comfortable and warm, the speaker is filling the ears with dated sound so you can still formulate a thought and the noise of clattering crockery is not too overwhelming. It's still too early for second coffee or glass of water, you didn't really come here to digest anyway. So when do you leave? Is there general policy on how much time a genuine coffee enthusiast is allowed to claim in a café? How much time does one order cover?

Lock your plants, hide their green stems from my sight. Remove soil from the windowsill I can easily track. My green thumb has activated, I find the meaning of life in each plant kept alive so recently I've been drawn to flowerpots that are familiar or totally new to me waiting for the right opportunity to snap a sample, hide in a tissue I got with my cup of tea, thank you very much. And leave with a grin on my face only a witch mother could sport without being questioned. Muahaha!

The amount of caffeine in my system wasn't trackable until now. It was easier to find an infection rather than a trace of something so insanely delicious I'm horrified to learn its energetic powers so late.

I do not normally get crazy over a plate of pancakes. Overly excited over a powdered sugar coating the triple stacked creation with a strawberry on top. Yet picture me fighting with the crispy edge and a Greek yoghurt leaving clues in the corner of my mouth. Once a week I contribute to the local buttermilk supply and have a feeling I will not let go easily.

The strength I defend a couple of tears in my most comfortable jeans with cannot compare to anything known to a hardly stylish girl. Because I own those holes I will make a priority to exaggerate their importance in my life.

Have a great weekend, friends and a happy May to you! x 

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Wednesday, April 29

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Is it a girl's or her mother's dream to spend time nearly flying around the ballroom so light and graceful in each pose only a handful of people will experience without much struggle? Some will even dedicate a life to it. Ballet classes as we know and encourage are a part of most under five female generation. The amount of pink sheer fabric produced in a year only compares to the amount of caffeine I could have consumed to this day if I was initiated early enough. It is a trend, a modern day normalcy that boys play tennis and girls dance. Mostly for fun and to wear the rose-coloured tutu without limits. Or with just about everything that comes handy. Every once in a while we ask Nadia if she would want to continue her adventure with the overly lit dance hall. Her answer has always been positive, her ballet pumps never so comfortable. I get it, she likes it and has a good time skipping hand in hand with her friends, I have no intention of separating her from the group. Yet as a parent I always look ahead, like beyond the third grade that's for sure. I believe an activity that makes your heart pumping blood at a dangerous speed will never make you feel otherwise especially if this eager heart gets addicted to it, is trained well and evenly encouraged. When fun becomes purpose, occasional turns into regular and a struggle calls for more practice, steadily and intentionally shifting conversations towards the future. Nothing too drastically pushed forward in time but reasonably distant to have a concept of the size of tutu we need to order next.

When fun meets purpose it produces dedication. Under the ballroom ceiling heavily lit in artificial light, girls skip in various directions, hold hands showing off their skills independently or with a helping professional hand. They're all ballerinas in their own eyes, they've all been selected through their own will and their parents' financial capability. They're equally spectacular. And sometimes it happens. The potential is released and each pirouette is the most important. Some will dedicate a life to it.

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Monday, April 27

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poland, spring, spring rain, family, rain is raining, todaymyway.com

She's a friend. Spectacular and pregnant recently. She's the one I miss to share knowledge over the arsenal of shoes with or choose the right shape of jeans to complement my legs overly discouraged from showing. I miss her even more when new menu is introduced at my favourite lounge as there's nothing like sharing a meal you'd not normally order on a Monday afternoon. But I do get to see her to insane extent while traipsing through dusty bumpy Polish streets, I get used to having her on my speed dial. She's responsible for all my large bills thanks to the roaming mode and I'm responsible for her cravings and feet bunions. But she doesn't mind, walks bravely and sweet, carrying the bundle of joy she'll call her son along with her.

The sky was sympathetic today, no excess heat, not even moderate wind so we set off dressed lightly and irresponsibly. Lives lived to the full and back. So we walked up and down local Ethnographic Park presenting a range of agricultural buildings from all over Silesia, enormous open-air museum dotted with cottages, barns and a farm of flock of sheep accompanying our footsteps as they were let roam free at some point called our names and provided a morning of physical exhaustion. Not only we discovered the amount of rain our coats can take but that walking together might easily become our next best thing. If only our paths weren't divided by the English channel. But with the baby on the way I'm hoping for more unpredictable gatherings and moments of fun. After my friend's had some sleep first of course. So naturally kids are on topic and babies never leave our thought. It is the season of our lives to be less appropriate among others rolling their eyes on the amount of onesies that get mentioned in our conversation. But it wasn't like that for a long time and I'm delighted for her happiness. And sleepless nights. But also for her hands full of sweet chubbiness. 

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travel, poland, spring, spring rain, the right company, todaymyway.com
the right company, poland, spring, travel, spring rain, sheep, todaymyway.com
countryside, open-air museum, poland, spring, thoughts on things, todaymyway.com

It wasn't long enough to start cursing the rarely pleasing sky and hide under the old cottage roof just to be reminded that if it rained it won't hesitate to persist with its attitude. A warm coffee for me and a reasonably brewed tea for my friend felt just right. And a delicious piece of cheesecake Nadia helped me devour. Time stood still (I could tell I didn't take my watch with me) but also it was a moment that felt so sacred - us girls plopped down on beaten up wooden bench warming our knuckles on taupe porcelain. She's been initiated - to soon be running alone those street corners getting her thoughts right at sidewalk flower stands and stopping to get a doughnut or bottle of still water. She'll find her paths, her best shrubs of evergreen fences to come back to any given morning or afternoon. She'll like the time only a sight of a nearby lake will make her feel, she'll stop and stare at the budding trees and wriggling pair of cotton rich socks.

And on our way back to the car she skillfully operates, Nadia struggled to cope with the ever changing attitude of clouds. She left her overcoat at home trusting the sky with her five year old faithful heart not long before it decided to play around with everything in its power. I gave her my jacket leaving me only in my light white shirt but a child looking ridiculous in oversized garment is better than a frozen child with a gigantic fever first thing after coming home. We made it to the car, believe us or not and I was half expecting to hear nothing for the next hour or so due to experiencing the power of howling wind from each side. Shockingly, it didn't happen and I tick this time as the best day we could dream of or dress for or both. 

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animal world, cottages and farmhouses, spring, spring rain, todaymyway.com
countryside, open-air museum, spring rain, the right company, todaymyway.com
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girls together, old cafe, spring, spring rain, todaymyway.com
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Saturday, April 25

My skin is on a fruit diet, mostly exotic, oddly shaped and named fruit I wouldn't mind blending with almond milk and raisins. And only one brand is continually determined to provide the vitamins it needs entwining with fragrance only Mother Nature could come up with in all her feminine glory. The Body Shop has served me on vacation and in my own bathroom, sending newsletters through my inbox of what to drool over next season or just what to indulge in without occasion, without an event or outing in mind. My personal favorites change proportionally to my skin demands and the brand's marketing campaigns bu the olives and grapefruit fragranced pots need not disappear from under the sink shelf or it will be too much stress to take on an empty stomach. I need that kind of relationship with my day to day essentials that no questions are asked and no amount of ingredients is talked over.

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