Vasja, live long and prosper!

Today our friend Vasja celebrates his 40th birthday. Here are some of his moments that I wish to share with you. On the morning when I turned 40 (a bit ago), my mother’s friend, who I didn’t even know very well, called me on the phone and invited me to their Group 40+, which in…

WPC: Easy peasy being green

Green is easily my favourite colour. Ask anybody. And dogs are my favourite animals. Something happened on this day in 1999, and some green things happened ten years ago. Let’s start with these. First of all, ten years ago I stopped smoking after twenty years and two packs a day, which is still the biggest…

Duba for Nika

I don’t know if all people have a village where they did all the required growing up. My first friend and I – we do. My friend Nika called Nicky, who celebrates today, was my companion as we did our growing up every August in the tiny village Duba on the Pelješac peninsula in Croatia, the all-night…

Tanti auguri, Anima

Today celebrates mom’s cousin who comes closest to an aunt I never had. Let’s have a look at a few fun facts: Her name translates as Soul or Anima. She paints and makes jewellery and then gifts her art. She has been learning Italian and was fascinated with Italian hand gestures when amore was showing…

Happy birthday, stric Matic!

Today celebrates my uncle Matic who is always ready for new adventures. Your name rhymes nicely with ‘stric’, meaning ‘uncle’ in Slovenian (pronounced roughly:  stritz Matitz). Let’s see what is waiting for you in the year to come: Cin cin and always benvenuto to your spare branco (meaning pack)! Photo: © signature mmm

Happy birthday, M+M+MLK

There are three people to celebrate today: Mr. King and two friends who were born on this day the same year as me. 1. Since today is Martin Luther King in the USA, a little tale on the subject. How happy I was to find the mural depicting MLK last winter in the middle of Ljubljana! So…

Peace, baca

Today is the birthday of Baca Zana, my paternal grandmother. Since her husband passed away on her birthday of all days, she stopped celebrating it long before she followed him. Today father visited their grave with his brother. There is a bit of snow. Peaceful. Photo: BM & MM

Happy birthmas!

Some people get Christmas presents, others get Christmas babies. You were such a baby. Another friend is due right about now – and Christmas will never be the same… How it must have been for your mother to have the first child today on all days? Yesterday we had a lovely evening in Trastevere and most…

Five drabbles

A drabble, as I do it, is an exactly 100-word story, not counting the title. Five follow. Most of them were already posted on my first blog but I wish to have them on this one as well. There is something about this limitation that fulfils my need. Set limits to your child, or she…

Almost forty is a new orange

Today celebrates my zen & funloving sister. I found a fitting card and thought of leaving it at that. Nah, cute but not true. First I’ve gathered together some of my favourite photos that you took while visiting me. I like your views, they are similar to mine but more stressless. Photo: KLU Featured photo: Vatican…

SL-WEEK 51: Happy birthday, Sylvain’s challenge!

It’s good to have anniversaries. They help me realise how time flies. It’s all one big time for me. And yet Sylvain posted his first weekly challenge one year ago. For this occasion I’ve gone through all my entries to select favourite photos from my posts. Doing this I had much fun and could not help but choose also…

Happy birthday, dad!

After having looked at my mother’s side of the family, today is the time for my father’s. After all, today celebrates the missing link between this couple and me – my father. You are responsible for all these lovely childhood images, and pretty much for the fact that I write and take photos. The sound of…

Auguri, nonno!

June the 1st was for her, today, July the 1st, is for him. My maternal grandparents, wife and husband, one half of those who started the fire that became me. Grandpa, who knows if you’d find it particularly charming that tomorrow Italy and Germany fight over a game of calcio, the sport you liked so much….

SL-WEEK 48: Silhouette

I’ve just returned from Slovenia with a slight fever (and too many photos) and I can’t brain, therefore just a few slight silhouettes. First the last one taken during our stroll around Ljubljana which is such an amazing city that you really can’t believe it until you see it for yourself. More photos coming up in…

Happy sixty-ten, mom!

Since I’m with you these days, we better not waste time on computer, right? Therefore just a selection of some of my favourite photos of you, one of your poems and my translation. The last photo is rather revealing of your preferences, which becomes obvious to all who have read your book of poems. Here is…

Thank you for the happy genes

My grandmother on my mother’s side, baca Nada, was born on this day. We always had a blast. Thank you, baca, I’m feeling the happy gene pool, and keeping on filling it. In the poem you liked reciting to me in several languages, beautiful Vida is whisked away to a foreign country. Well… how can I…