Monday Listicles

Hurray for summer!!

Well not around here, yet… After we were given the most beautiful warm weather in Pacific Northwest for a week, it all went away. Raining as I type this. But on the bright side it is making my weeds grow.

I called for an easy peasy list last week so that all of you spend less time in front of the computer and more time with your loved ones during Memorial day. But even a short list of ten words only can be powerful and tell a story! It was a wonderful way to get to know more about your homes. Thank you all for playing along.

Today we are writing 10 SUMMER MEMORIES.

Next week is Ellen and Erin’s turn to choose the topic. Ladies are the beauty, brains and funny bones behind The sisterhood of sensible moms. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find out what they would like us to write our lists. I had a sneak peak and it is a good one!!

First thing is first. Let me see what memories you have of summer.

Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!




1. My grandpa getting me my first camera from the summer fair at the seaside. He said I can have it at the end of the holiday. It squirted water. It made me feel like a real photographer. I was 4.
2. The first Scouts camping trip by lake Bohinj. Ten days, no parents. I shared a tent with Tamara. I was 7 years old. I remember we failed the cleanliness inspection one day. And we hiked all day every day. Still one of my favorite places on Earth.
3. Summer camps in Poreฤ. It was the highlight of my summers during Elementary school. I loved every minute.
4. Returning from summer camp when I was 12. As our bus pulled into the parking lot I noticed a very popular boy that all the girls had a crush on sitting on a bike, waiting. He came to see if I got back that day. He rode all the way downtown. He smiled at me. Later that summer he confessed he missed me those two weeks I was gone. As the summer came to an end so did his crush on me. But I remember that it made my summer of 1990.
5. Camping in 1993. It was a big deal for my parents to let me go with just a friend. We hiked along the river by the Croatian border. My dog fell into a hole in the ground. Turned out to be a 10 feet deep cave. It took us all day to rescue him. He was fine. I remember going to a restaurant we stopped at on our way home after our parents picked us up. It was the first time I saw my face in two weeks. I remember being surprised. I though I was beautiful.
6. Summer in Kenya. It changed my life. The best mashed potatoes I ever ate. The wrong turn I took and ended up in the field of elephants. The happiness on children’s faces. The gratitude. The humanity. Marta’s smile.
7. The last summer I spend with my grandpa. Taking him to our favorite spot in Bohinj. Being the driver. Feeling all grown up. His walking stick and frail body. His love for me. The tears in his eyes when we said goodbye for the last time.
8. The first summer with my husband. Laying on the beach by my family’s summer home, doing nothing. Seeing him relax and having fun. Planning our future. Having grilled calamari. Sitting by the window during a storm.
9. Little J’s first summer. The warm evenings in our back yard in England, the road trip across Europe, the first time he went to Slovenia. His first steps.
10. Every summer I spend living right here. If you ever traveled to Pacific Northwest during warm months you will understand why we never complain about the rain and the grey during the rest of the year. Nothing beats a warm summer day on our island!

Summer 2008, Koper-Slovenia

44 thoughts on “Monday Listicles”

  1. Twitter: mommy_padawan
    Wow – you have some incredible memories! Kenya and traveling through Europe would be amazing. I love this picture at the end of you and baby J ๐Ÿ™‚ Very true about warm, summer days in the Pacific Northwest as well!

  2. Twitter: runnermomjen
    Oh Stasha, your memories made me cry. You have had some amazing experiences! I wish you had a picture of that field of elephants.
    That picture is gorgeous. Little J looks so much the same as he does now…just a little bigger ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  3. Twitter: beeswithhoney
    I’m so jealous you got to go to summer camp. Always wanted to go but my parents would never send me.

    Love the photo of you and the little guy when he was a babe ๐Ÿ™‚
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  4. Amazing collection of memories. I’d like to spend a warm summer night talking with you about all those incredible experiences too.
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  5. Twitter: babspinfrance
    I have many fond summer memories of road tripping across Europe. I love that picture of you and Little J!
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  6. Twitter: profwaynewsmith
    I am trying out some new blog hops and thought this one looked like a lot of fun. What a question I came into. It is amazing how many of these memories involve camping though. Perhaps, it is a sign of how much we need to put the technology down sometimes.
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  7. Twitter: notwifezilla
    I can’t help but get choked up Stasha, especially as you mention your last trip with your grandfather. I am always amazed at the wealth of your travels and life experience! What whirl, through the world!

  8. Twitter: JenAnnHall
    I can’t decide what to say….so sweet, great memories….I love hearing about your past and I love that you feel the same way about where we live as I do. LOVE the baby pic of Little J!
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  9. Twitter: littleredhens
    Wow, what a beautiful list of memories. The one about the popular boy after camp made me ache in the loveliest way. I love the photo!! Charmed life, it’s all you. You are admirable. Now, if I could figure out how to do this….xo

  10. Twitter: bocafrau
    These memories are just beautiful and powerful at once. I love learning new things about my fellow bloggers… you grew up in beautiful country. I’ve traveled some in Eastern Europe when we were still living in Germany. And you make the Pacific NW sound absolutely lovely… visiting there is on my bucket list for sure. I want to see all that green during summer and the coast, the cliffs, the rocky beaches… that’s one of the things I so enjoyed about the Twilight movies… the landscape shots are breathtaking!!!
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  11. So many amazing summer memories, and so unique! Rescuing your dog and seeing your beauty is truly touching ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that you and your husband had that summer together, relaxing and sharing dreams!
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  12. So lovely. Your words, well-chosen, succinct paint a beautiful picture of all you memories- and what great ones. Love the picture at the end!

  13. Twitter: corp2domestic
    What amazing summers you had! I have very fond memories of summer camps as well. I’m so glad you have these wonderful moments to look back on.
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