Monday listicles

I am stumped. A little.

I tried to write a list of 10 Traditions Christine suggested we do this week and I couldn’t really think of any we observe at home. I am sure we do and it is some severe lack of chocolate that is causing me to blackout. In the mean time I will go back to my crazy Balkan roots because there were plenty of bizarre things that my grandparents did every year. As you read my list please bear in mind we lived in a fancy apartment building in the capitol. Yep. One year my grandma bought a live chicken at the market cause she wanted to cook fresh like farmers do. I think her and grandpa tried to slaughter it in the bathtub and after failing miserably (neither of them were farm folks growing up) they returned it alive and well. I kinda liked having chicken in the bathroom but luckily that did not become one of our family traditions.

Next week:

10 things that aren’t the same ( Chosen by Julia )

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



1. Fermenting cabbage heads ( kiseli kupus ) in a huge barrel in our bathroom every winter.

2. Watching the 7:30 news every evening together. Can you imagine doing that as a family these days?

3. Going shopping to Austria for Persil laundry detergent, Milka chocolate and Wrigley chewing gum.

4. Fixing the car in the parking lot of our apartment building with my grandpa.

5. Going to the graveyard on 1st November and spending crazy money on candles and flowers.

6. Roasting a pig for 1st of May. It’s odd because there were only grandma, grandpa and I.

7. Family get together every 1st of January when everyone is clearly hungover which resulted in an argument of some sort.

8. Hiring a photographer to take photos of funerals of family members.

9. Beating the carpet ( which was my chore once a week ). Odd because we had a very fancy vacuum cleaner.

10. Getting a package of home made food from relatives every year. Is it even allowed to mail perishables these days?

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  1. Lisa C March 9, 2014 at 23:17 #

    Twitter: spokesmama
    These are hilarious traditions! I remember getting a giant package of handmade sweets from my grandmother in the mail every Christmas. We also used to sit & watch the evening news together for a while when I was a kid. I think I started when I was 8 & I had homework that involved me watching the news.
    Lisa C recently posted..Listicles: Traditions We Didn’t Do

  2. Romi March 10, 2014 at 00:25 #

    We also watched the evening news together every weekday, until I entered university.
    Romi recently posted..10 Traditional Japanese Toys

  3. Leslie March 10, 2014 at 01:59 #

    The roasted pig is what gets me! That’s a ton of food for three people. We received food in the mail once several years ago. I think it was supposed to be cookies….it was more like dust. Thanks again for hosting!
    Leslie recently posted..{Listicles} 10 Traditions

  4. karen March 10, 2014 at 02:24 #

    Twitter: mrs_karenc
    love it, we had some weird traditions as a kid, now why didint’ I think of that? I remember watching the news and Jeopardy every night, wow… so different now.
    karen recently posted..Nighttime Routine

  5. Julia March 10, 2014 at 06:15 #

    I had some weird traditions growing up when I was a kid too. You definitely need to share some stories of yours though! Thanks for hosting!

    Julia recently posted..It’s a Family Tradition

  6. Christine March 10, 2014 at 06:22 #

    Your grandma sounds like a hoot. I’d love to hear more stories about her!

  7. Cathy Kennedy March 10, 2014 at 07:15 #

    I could not beat any rugs because of my allergies, even if I gently shake a rug off outdoors the dust absolutely drives me nuts. We haven’t visited a gravesite in years. The only time we are even graveside is usually when someone dies. We do not have any family in town, so all of our loved ones who have passed are laid to rest in other states. I prefer giving flowers to the living when I can. I hope others will do the same for me, instead of waiting till I’m gone. However, I know many people who decorate loved one’s graves regularly and that’s perfectly ok. But, I do know what you mean about spending crazy amounts of money on flowers. It’s really wild. Have you considered planting flowers near your loved ones headstone? I have seen this done, and I would love it if my family did this for me someday…in the far distant future. Thanks for hosting!
    Cathy Kennedy recently posted..Monday Morning Musings #18

  8. Alison March 10, 2014 at 20:53 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    I love learning more about your roots, Stasha!
    My aunt used to beat carpets too. She didn’t believe vacuum cleaners did as good a job as she did. :)
    Alison recently posted..Weaned

  9. Lisa @ Meaning of Me March 10, 2014 at 20:57 #

    What a great topic – thanks to you and Christine for great inspiration.
    I love your list of traditions – it’s amazing how varied the things we call tradition can be and what things we remember from our past. I guess it’s really all about what matters to us and makes us feel like part of something special. :)
    Lisa @ Meaning of Me recently posted..Traditions Old and New

  10. Ashlee March 11, 2014 at 10:22 #

    I love that you had family gathering on the world’s most hungover day, ha! I can only imagine the pictures you could capture.
    Ashlee recently posted..It’s The Little Things That Make The Biggest Difference

  11. Rachee March 16, 2014 at 15:57 #

    Twitter: sayitrahshay
    Number 7 could have been one of mine!
    I loved making this list. it was so fun to think back and reconnect with my family.
    Rachee recently posted..#MondayListicles Keeps the Traditions

  12. Marlene March 18, 2014 at 08:46 #

    Mmmmmmmm… Kiseli kupus!

  13. Dee March 28, 2014 at 16:47 #

    Hello, I just happen to find your Instagram and I loved looking at your dogs for the past half hour. Then I came on here trying to figure out what beautiful town you live in, then I saw kiseli kupus. So now I have to ask if you are Bosnian, like myself. :)

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