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Monday, 30 June 2014

It Does Not Do To Dwell On Dreams And Forget To Live...

Dear friends,

You may have noticed this: I am a huge fan of books and movies, and I am not afraid to admit it! So today, along with the other thousands of fans - be they young or old, fresh or long-lived - I am celebrating the phenomenon that changed a lot of childrens lives: Harry Potter! Since the release of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, on 30 June 1997, the books have gained immense popularity, critical acclaim, and commercial success worldwide.The series has also had some share of criticism, including concern for the increasingly dark tone. As of July 2013, the book series had sold between 400 and 450 million copies, making it one of the best-selling book series in history, and had been translated into 73 languages.The last four books consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history, with the final instalment selling approximately 11 million copies in the United States within the first twenty-four hours of its release.
So today I proudly celebrate the coming inside this world of the first novel of J.K.Rowling's series: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or The Sorcerers Stone, if you wish ;) I am impartial!). The book was Rowling's debut novel and she never thought it would become such a great hit. Writers are always skeptical about their work but if continuously kids cannot put the book down as they are so absorbed in the characters, I believe that is the best sign you are doing things right ;) I remember reading the book after I saw the movie, but I must admit that it was done so very like the book that all the time I was reading I was re-enacting scenes in my head from the movies. The people wo did the choosing of the cast were brilliant and I think that having an all UK cast was a brilliant idea! Not to mention that I think that Ron and Hermione were amazing - the actors just grew in those roles and I believe they will stay like a family forever.
Just 17 years ago the great journey started and Rowling had no clue in what she has got herself into.  Nevertheless I think we are all glad she did :)  It's not like I believe in dark magic and white magic. I am firmly aware that there is no such thing and there is only magic and magic is bad/wrong/evil if we look in the Bible, but hey! Who doesn't like a good story?! And I must admit that Harry Potter is one of the best series for children - and adults alike. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone brings hope and makes you think that if a child raised under a cupboard can make friends and eventually save the world, then most certainly you can make the best out of your life. With a little help (actually more than a little, considering the amount of helping hands Ron & Hermione give...) one will always defeat evil. And that is always a good thing ;)
From Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone we find that it takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. We find out that to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure and that the truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must always be treated with great caution ;) Rowling managed to drive forward a great deal of teenagers - now in their 20s and 30s - to devour each novel and wait eagerly for the next one, and next one... the next movie, and the next one... As she wickedly put it, the story goes on. The story goes on and reaches one generation after another. I am sure that my children will read it and I would be happy to re-watch the movies with them. The Philosopher's Stone was just a small step for Rowling but a huge one for mankind :) as from that moment on, thousand of children waited eagerly for an owl to bring them a magical acceptance letter from the most amazing and beloved school: Hogwarts! Of course none received that... or none told the tale :) How about you? Have you ever waited for your letter from Dumbledore? Have you read the books with a flashlight under the covers? Have you ever imagined what would be like if you would have gone to a school like Hogwarts? I did! Happy brilliant birthday Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone! Happy bday J.K.Rowling!

Yours truly,
The LadyBug - A Harry Potter / J.K.Rowling Fan 

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

April - June In VGA Size

Dear friends,

Today my lovely husband went away on yet another business trip and I will be going to the Air Show most probably so my energy is so very low that I shall just share with you a few pictures from my BB phone. I wanted to share these pictures a while back, as they make me smile when I look at them, as I remember the times when I took them. The snapshots below were taken between April and June this year in both Romania (Iasi) and Poland (Krakow and Warsaw). I could make from each a different post and tell you longer stories but my time recently is very much limited, so please forgive me :)
1. The Slowacki Theater one fine night without moon. All is dark except the well lit facade. I just loved how bright it seemed, like a beacon of light in the darkness.
2. Nobody makes better pierogi then at Babcia Malina, near Slowacki Theater - deep fried and with butter on the side, they make your mouth water even when you think of them :)
3. Mister Tic's brooche, from my lovely sister, sits gracefully on the cover of Eragon - relaxing home in Iasi, being happy with my family
4. One of the best sweets in Iasi can be found at Moo Cafe @ Palas Mall - this particular one was with strawberry and it had a mini-macaroon on top :)
5. Five small and sweet ladybugs hold hands and dance upon my desk at work - a gift from dear friends that made me smile wide :)
6. Krakow Business Park sign  at the train station - my new working place. This was taken after the interview, when I was thinking what would happen if I would be given the job. What would I do for 15-20 minutes daily in the train? Now it is so simple: I read! :)
7. Lovely sticker in Iasi, on one of the windows from the London Pub - Distance sucks indeed! I wish I could take all my friends and family with me, here in Krakow.
8. Fresh strawberries, please! The first strawberries of 2014 - not as sweet as the ones from my childhood, but close ;)
9. Tilting biker in front of the empty stage
10. Bubble Tea - the yum yum drink of summer, discovered 3 years ago and loving it still!
11. StreetArt in the Kazimierz area - the best place for zapiekanka ;)
12. Fresh watermelon - surprise done by my awesome husband ;) the first taste of the summer!
13. Fresh flowers in the basket of a bike, somewhere in Krakow. Little things like this make me smile wide and think that humans (real ones, with feelings!) still exist...
14. A Crane - or The Start Of The Making Of 2000 Cranes :) Right now we have about 1800 pieces made by both me and Marek. If you wish to know why we do this, check out Google for The Legend of 1000 paper cranes (origami) ;)
15. A funny looking door sticker in Warsaw City Center - a happy doggie flapping his ears, while listening to music :)
16. A pot of fresh flowers from Magda's civil wedding and green green grass outside the window... Love you Magda, and I am so very very very happy for you :*
17. A fresh and bloody red poppy in Krakow Business Center green zone :)  Who doesn't love a flower in its natural habitat and not in a glass/pot?! Well I love them uncut and living longer ;) 
18 & 19. Yet another festival in Krakow, yet another scene in the Main Market Square and rehearsals. But why do they need the lyrics for the songs to be displayed?! Will they actually forget it? That seems a bit... bad! doesn't it? :)
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With this opportunity I would like to thank my amazing husband for the Blackberry and the amazing memories that he gives me each moment. Kocham cie bardzo :* How about you lads/lasses? What does your phone show when you browse the pictures you take? I surely hope they are not all selfies ;)  I hope you take short and fast shots of the things that catch your eye and make you smile. What do you take pictures of with your phone? Or you just rather use the camera? What happens though if your hands are caught up and the phone is faster to reach? ;) 

Yours truly,
A LadyBug Already Missing Her Husband :)
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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Wear Your Flower Crown, Lady

Dear friends,

Last weekend in Poland there was this huge and lovely celebration called "Wianki" combined with "Fete de la Musique" :) Wianki (Wreaths, in English) is a cyclical cultural event, taking place annually in Kraków at the bend of Wisła river, near the Wawel hill.
In its current form of a mass cultural event, Wianki has existed since 1992, when the patronage of this event was taken over by the Kraków City Hall. However, the tradition of organising cultural events at this spot during the summer solstice reaches back a long time. The festival was primarily a pagan religious event - Noc Kupały. After the adoption of Christianity by Poland, the tradition did not die, however, its context was changed: the night's name became "Sobótka", or "Noc Świętojańska" (St. John's Night). Some elements of the original festival remained, such as telling fortunes, letting wreaths float on water, jumping over bonfires or burning herbs. 
When Polish territory was annexed by Austria, especially after Kraków was incorporated into the Austro-Hungarian state, Wianki became a patriotic manifestation, when Wanda, the legendary princess from the legend of Prince Krak (the founder of Kraków) was commemorated. Before World War I Wianki was organised by institutions such as Polskie Towarzystwo Gimnastyczne "Sokół" ("Sokół" Polish Gymnastic Society).
After World War II Wreaths became a "light and sound" event - a large-scale open-air performance. The event was partly a dramatic show (which featured theatre plays) and a finale firework show. In the 1970s media patronage was unknown in Poland, but Gazeta Krakowska performed a form of it over the festival.
After martial law was introduced in 1981, Wreaths were not officially organised until 1992. Starting that year, the event is the largest annual cultural event, covering music and other performances, a competition for the most beautiful wreath, firework shows and other attractions
This year was in combination with "Fete de la Musique" and all over the city, the entire weekend, there were concerts with different types of music :) For years Wianki have been the greatest musical event open to the wide audience - for the young and the old, for locals as well for tourists. I had the great pleasure of spending a few hours with a dear friend and that is when I managed to catch these photos of the Wianki. I am especially grateful for the pictures of the ladies with the flower crowns ;)
Also besides the concerts, besides the music flowing throughout the city, there was the Czerwienski Boulevard - Saint John's Fair. There were plenty of attractions: horse riding shows, dancing lessons, flag juggling shows, folk games, an executioner and an inquisitor, skirmishes of knights and many more ;) Open from Friday till Sunday at dusk it was truly a sight to behold!
“There was nothing medieval people liked better, or did better, than sorting out and tidying up. Of all our modern inventions I suspect that they would most have admired the card index.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature
“Keep practicing," he told her.
"Until I get it right?" she said. But he corrected her.
"No. Until you don't get it wrong.”
― John Flanagan, The Royal Ranger
“When we see religion split into so many thousand of sects, and I may say Christianity itself divided into its thousands also, who are disputing, anathematizing and where the laws permit burning and torturing one another for abstractions which no one of them understand, and which are indeed beyond the comprehension of the human mind, into which of the chambers of this Bedlam would a man wish to thrust himself.
[Letter to George Logan, 12 November 1816]”
― Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson
 “It is a press, certainly, but a press from which shall flow in inexhaustible streams...Through it, God will spread His Word. A spring of truth shall flow from it: like a new star it shall scatter the darkness of ignorance, and cause a light heretofore unknown to shine amongst men.” - Johannes Gutenberg
“For she is a fair maiden, fairest lady of a house of queens. And yet I know not how I should speak of her. When I first looked on her and perceived her unhappiness, it seemed to me that I saw a white flower standing straight and proud, shapely as a lily, and yet knew that it was hard, as if wrought by elf-wrights out of steel. Or was it, maybe, a frost that had turned its sap to ice, and so it stood, bitter-sweet, still fair to see, but stricken, soon to fall and die? - Aragorn about Éowyn”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
These canons scared me the first time they were fired... My heart skipped a beat!
Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives. ― William Shakespeare
“She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes. She spoke to no one. She spent hours on the riverbank. She smoked cigarettes and had midnight swims...”
― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
Lovely Maidens At The Fair :)
Love is all around you, love is there in you laughter, in your hair, love flows everywhere. Love is older than you but the light shining through makes me see your love is all new.
― Pedro Calderon De La Barca
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Unfortunately I did not wear flowers in my hair but I would have loved to... Maybe next year! This year I kept busy with taking pictures and having fun with my friend - choosing which lasses looked more pretty and which had a more medieval look about them :) How about you? How was your last weekend and what are you up to in this one? Today I am having a picnic with my new work family and on Sunday I am thinking to go and see the Air Show here in Krakow. Maybe I shall bring some pictures from there as well ;) 

Yours truly,
The LadyBug In Love With Wreaths
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Friday, 27 June 2014

Musical Friday: Summertime Sadness

Dear friends,

Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (born June 21, 1986), known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer-songwriter. Del Rey started songwriting at the age of 18 and signed her first recording contract with 5 Points Records in 2007, releasing her first digital album Lana Del Ray in January 2010. Del Rey bought herself out of the contract with 5 Points Records in April 2010. She signed a joint contract with Interscope, Polydor, and Stranger Records in July 2011.
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Del Rey released her second studio album and major-label debut Born to Die in January 2012. It debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was the fifth best-selling album of 2012. A remix of its fifth single "Summertime Sadness", produced by Cedric Gervais, became her highest-charting track on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 after peaking at number six in the country. Del Rey released her third extended play Paradise that November; three of its tracks were featured in her short film Tropico, which was premiered in December. Her third studio album Ultraviolence was released in June 2014.
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Del Rey's music has been noted for its cinematic sound and its references to various aspects of pop culture, particularly that of the 1950s and 1960s Americana. The singer has described herself as a "self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra". Musically, she draws influence from what she deems to be the masters of each genre, including Elvis Presley, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Nirvana, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, and Britney Spears, as well as from poetry and film noir.
"Summertime Sadness" is a song by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey from her second studio album, Born to Die. It was released on June 22, 2012 by Interscope Records as the fourth single of the album. Charting across Europe, the single reached the top ten in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. In the spring of 2013, "Summertime Sadness" became a number-one hit in Poland and Ukraine. Trap and house remixes of "Summertime Sadness" helped Del Rey break into the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart. There, it became a modest hit and marked Del Rey's first foray into the chart. On the accompanied Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, the single gave Del Rey her first US number-one single in August 2013. Earlier in 2012, the song also managed to become a rock hit in the US.
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In the summer of 2013, a remixed version of the track by Cedric Gervais was released to American contemporary hit radio and helped the single become a sleeper hit, debuting it at 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming the highest charting single of her career in that country with a peak of 6. Switzerland and Austria gave "Summertime Sadness" a gold certification; it reached platinum status in Germany and became a top forty year-end hit. The record also reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart. It joined BBC Radio 1's and BBC Radio 2's playlists. Gervais' remixed version won a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.
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A music video for the trip hop song features two lovers, one played by Jaime King and the other played by Del Rey. As the storyline progresses, both characters commit suicide by jumping from perilous heights. Cinematography was handled primarily by King's husband, Kyle Newman. The video gained success on video-hosting website, YouTube, and circulated through social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. In general, critics lauded the artistry of the single's music video, comparing it to Instagram. The musical arrangement was composed by Del Rey's long-time collaborators Emile Haynie and Rick Nowels, with Nowels and Del Rey writing the lyrics.
In April 2013, the Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation released a cover version of the song on their album, The Q-Music Sessions. In December of that year, Miley Cyrus covered the song on her Jingle Ball sets.

Summertime Sadness - Lana Del Rey

Kiss me hard before you go
Summertime sadness
I just wanted you to know
That baby you're the best

I got my red dress on tonight
Dancing in the dark in the pale moonlight
Got my hair up real big beauty queen style
High heels off, I'm feeling alive

Oh, my God, I feel it in the air
Telephone wires above all sizzlin' like your stare
Honey I'm on fire I feel it everywhere
Nothing scares me anymore

Kiss me hard before you go
Summertime sadness
I just wanted you to know
That baby you're the best

I've got that summertime, summertime sadness
Summertime, summertime sadness
Got that summertime, summertime sadness
Oh, oh

I'm feelin' electric tonight
Cruising down the coast goin' by 99
Got my bad baby by my heavenly side
Oh if I go, I'll die happy tonight

Oh, my God, I feel it in the air
Telephone wires above all sizzlin' like your stare
Honey I'm on fire I feel it everywhere
Nothing scares me anymore

Kiss me hard before you go
Summertime sadness
I just wanted you to know
That baby you're the best

I've got that summertime, summertime sadness
Summertime, summertime sadness
Got that summertime, summertime sadness
Oh, oh

I think I'll miss you forever
Like the stars miss the sun in the morning skies
Late is better than never
Even if you're gone I'm gonna drive, drive

I've got that summertime, summertime sadness
Summertime, summertime sadness
Got that summertime, summertime sadness
Oh, oh

Kiss me hard before you go
Summertime sadness
I just wanted you to know
That baby you're the best

I've got that summertime, summertime sadness
Summertime, summertime sadness
Got that summertime, summertime sadness
Oh, oh

Yours truly,
A Ladybug that likes Lana Del Rey :) 
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Thursday, 26 June 2014

An One-Day-Weekend

Dear friends,

Exactly one week ago we had one day off almost in the middle of the week :) Last Thursday all Polish people - actually all the Catholic people out there - celebrated one of the national holidays: The Feast of Corpus Christi. Both me and my adorable husband had the day off and we spent it out in the sun. As usual, the days of the week and sunny and gay and the weekend are 99% of the time rainy, so we decided to make the most of it and have a walk. It feels nice to have an one-day-weekend and then work another day and then have the usual weekend... it also has it downsides though: makes you have less productivity on Friday and you wish for an extra day off :)))
The Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for Body of Christ), also known as Corpus Domini, is a Latin Rite liturgical solemnity celebrating the tradition and belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ and his Real Presence in the Eucharist. It emphasizes the joy of the institution of the Eucharist, which was observed on Holy Thursday in the somber atmosphere of the nearness of Good Friday. In the present Roman Missal, the feast is designated the solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
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It is also celebrated in some Anglican, Lutheran, and Old Catholic Churches that hold similar beliefs regarding the Real Presence. The feast is liturgically celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday or, "where the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is not a holy day of obligation, it is assigned to the Sunday after the Most Holy Trinity as its proper day". At the end of Holy Mass, there is often a procession of the Blessed Sacrament, generally displayed in a monstrance. The procession is followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. A notable Eucharistic procession is that presided over by the Pope each year in Rome, where it begins at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran and makes its way to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, where it concludes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Both The LadyBug and The Moose joined us and after a walk in the Krakow Planty - one of the largest city parks in Kraków. It encircles the Stare Miasto (Old Town), where the Medieval city walls used to stand until the early 19th century. The historic Old Town is not to be confused with the Administrative District No. 1 Stare Miasto extending further east.
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The park has an area of 21,000 square metres (52 acres) and a length of 4 kilometers (2.5 mi). It consists of a chain of thirty smaller gardens designed in varied styles and adorned with numerous monuments and fountains. The park forms a scenic walkway popular with Cracovians. In summer, sprinkled with ponds and refreshment stalls, it is a cool and shady retreat from the nearby bustling streets.
The weather was so lovely and warm - and we felt so blessed and kissed by the sun - that we stopped for a beer/orange juice :) The LadyBug and The Moose fooled around and I have to tell you that The Moose does not regularly drink beer, nor does he smoke - I think Marek might have influenced him... The LadyBug wanted to give beer a chance but she thought she may get dizzy as the weather was so hot, so she turned to the orange juice - followed closely by The Moose, who wanted to check the juice as well... I think he gets too protective with The LadyBug ;))) The beer was made in Czech Republic so The Moose wanted a photo of him drinking - as a special dedication to our friend living in Brno :) See you soon Roxana :* How about you lads/lasses? Have you celebrated Corpus Christi? Did you have a day off? How do you feel about one-day-weekends?

Yours truly,
A Sun-kissed LadyBug
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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Reflexions - Take 2

Dear friends,

Last week, while we were having the national holiday Corpus Christi, we went also out for a walk in the Main Square. It's always good to stretch your legs, especially if during the week - not only the working hours - one is sitting in front of the computer more than 8 hours a day. A little walking never killed nobody and we don't plan to stop :) The weather was amazing so while we walked in the city center, next to Sukienicce and Mariacki I managed to capture a few reflexions in the mirrors of the shops around the square.
“Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you're just a reflection of him?” ― Bill Watterson
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within." ― Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"A poor self-image is the magnifying glass that can transform a trivial mistake or an imperfection into an overwhelming symbol of personal defeat." ― David D. Burns
“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul” ― George Bernard Shaw
How about you, lads and lasses, have you find any reflexion worth your while? Have you captured it? If so, I would dearly love to see it. I have named this post "Reflexions - Take 2" due to the fact that in the beginning of the year, in February I wrote to you about reflexions I have seen in the puddles after rain. In the puddles and in the mirrors of the shops... where else do you find reflexions? :) So if you wish to read the previous post you can do it here - and I will wait for you to come back and let me know what you think of it ;)

Yours truly,
A LadyBug Who Searches For Colorful Reflexions
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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

I Have Faith In Friendship

Dear friends,

There are small things in life that make you smile so wide that you don't know how to help yourself from continuously shining through the love you feel. Exactly one week ago, the postman rang at the door and I was wondering what happened as we were expecting no letter and no package. I was tired from work and regaining energy with a quick shower and when I exited and asked Marek what happened he pointed to me the package on the bed... SURPRISE! (indeed it was!) I have many friends split in all the corners of the world and I thank God for Internet/Facebook/Skype that I can get to still keep in contact with them. The package came from dear sweet Ema :) All the way from USA!
I met Ema almost 7 years back, when I went to the USA. We lived in the same house, in the same room, in the very same bed :) I miss you darling, I miss our talks in the nights and early mornings, I miss the baths in the Atlantic Ocean in early morning hours and for sure I will miss you at the wedding :* I wished you could come and I knew it was hard for you, nevertheless I wished you could be here... The package was from Ema. Ema stayed in the USA and her home is there now, with her son and with her lovely husband. I am happy for her but that does not mean I love her less :) I love her even if we are miles apart. Love and friendship, when is true, beats up miles. I had big eyes when I saw the pack and I wondered from where it could be, but when I saw USA it was clear :) I opened it up quickly and I found the most pretty wedding album with engravings of our name and the wedding date + a beautiful quote by Oscar Wilde: "Who, being loved, is poor?" - and I'm just gonna say Amen to that!
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Some people say and think that Friendship is a fickle thing, yet I believe that love is true and if you love someone truly and that person is your friend, than I have faith in friendship. It is true, you will get your heart broken and you will see friendships crumble and fall... you may think that you know one person, just to see years later that in fact people wear masks. I can't tell even now 100% of the time when they do, but that is a part of life and we live and we learn. We get burned, yet few dear sweet hearts will remain next to you no matter what. You have people, friends, with which you pass through good and bad and halfway through life they would kick you away and some will stay and some come back in time. People are fickle yet love remains. I think that when God made me he spilled too much from the Love and Friendship bottles, but also from Remembering :)) I have faith in Friendship and I believe that next to Love that is one of the things that Humans should hold dear. You get to choose your friends (not your Family) so choose carefully and look deep down inside who would you like to stand by you when in need - and the other way around, of course!
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You have Friendship when you don't judge, but you speak up your mind and you help one another. You have Friendship when you both walk at the same step, you may not be doing the same things but none of you will lead and none will follow. You have Friendship when you don't love people by halves, but you love them entirely and you would do anything for them. You have Friendship when you just look at eachother and somehow you end up on the beach at 3 AM, fighting the waves together. You have Friendship when even if you don't speak daily you still keep track of eachothers lifes and you celebrate the big events of life together :) Life would be horrible without Friendship... And life would be horrible without my dear sweet friends, no matter how close or far they are :* I miss you Ema :* I miss each every one of my friends, far far away from my hugs reach! :) Love you dear pieces of heart of mine!
Yours truly,
A LadyBug Who Believes In Friendship
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Monday, 23 June 2014

Get In Touch With Nature

Dear friends,

I know it is Monday and most of you are grumpy and/or sad and in no mood, so in order to cheer you up I wanted to share with you some reviving quotes about nature, along with some pictures I took this month. The weather was as usual lovely during the week, sun shining and all... and during the weekend it would twist and turn and rain almost 99% of the time. It's been like that since I came here 3 years ago so I am beginning to think this may be a constant for Poland :) Anyway, for me it helps a lot being in touch with nature and walking and looking at the plants and the flowers blooming so I thought maybe this would brighten up your day as well, or at least make you smile a bit :)
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein
 “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, "This is what it is to be happy.” ― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
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“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass 
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.” ― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
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Now get outside and have some fresh air! Have a look at the sky, wonder what shapes the clouds make, pick up a poppy and wonder how fresh and thin and delicate it can be... Wonder upon the wonders that God planted on this world for us to see, yet we always pass them by. Have a look and them come back and tell me what you saw, for I would love to hear that :)

Yours truly,
A LadyBug that loves Nature :)
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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Remembering: How I Celebrated 1 Year With Our Blog

Dear friends,

If you remember last weeks Saturday post, I was telling you how this very blog turned 1 year old. Now that was quite a challenge for me, I must admit: writing a blog post daily - maybe even twice a day from time to time... Yet I managed to do it and I am proud to say so! I want to thank everyone for sticking along with me in this ride and I surely hope you will stay with me from now on as well :) I may change the style a bit and not write daily, at least for a while as work seems to take a bit more of my time now as everything is very new and I want to do my best :) 
I would like to thank each and every reader of this blog: starting with my amazing and very supportive husband, to my adorable sister who is a much better word-handler than I am, to my inspirational Granny who always said that I am capable of great things, to my creating and loving mother who told me I have so much strenght and determination I could move mountains and go through brick walls if I would have to :) thanks Mum :* to each and everyone who reads this blog and cares and finds that what I say is interesting and worthwhile. Thank you everybody! :) 
Now we didn't go all fancy for the 1 year old anniversary as we agreed that we would pop-out the champagne and celebrate out when we will reach 100.000 pageviews - and not to worry, that will probably be by the end of this year, as right now we have over 73.300 pageviews ;) But last Saturday we celebrated between the 2 of us by drinking some Martini Asti 1863, while watching some M.A.S.H. and creating some more origami cranes for our collection ;)
 In case you did not know, we are planning on doing about 2000 cranes and we already have about 1800 ;) An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. Some stories believe you are granted eternal good luck, instead of just one wish, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. So as we both worked on them we figured out we should do 1000 for the both of us, as we are one, but in time we liked it so much so we thought we may double the number :) Now how about you, lads and lasses, when your blog turned 1 how did you celebrate?

Yours truly,
The Happy LadyBug :) with over 1800 paper cranes :)
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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Book Release: Mr. Tic And Other Loves From Musatini (Street)

Dear friends,

Remember when I was telling you a while back about this amazing girl called Laura, who was writing a book and gathering funds to publish it by selling dresses with a story behind them? Well guess what?! She made it! :) The book release is today - 21st of June 2014 - at 15:00 at the tea shop in Palas Mall Iasi - to be more precise, the CTS Corner.
I am so very proud of her, and when I saw the below picture with Mister Tic and the fresh bounded books I felt so happy for her and so proud of her for achieving her dreams. There are few people who still dream nowadays, and still fewer that manage to make their dreams come true, yet here she is with the fresh bounded book :) I will soon be the proud owner of one and I will be so happy having it in my hands, as all 3 of them worked so hard on it: Mister Tic had to figure out each second what new tricks he could do and ways to steal and hide each stone he would lay his little bean eyes upon, while Laura wrote the stories in a beautiful and full of feeling hand and Andrei took out of this world photos to come next to Laura's story in order to give you a bigger picture :)
I first met Laura online - through my adorable sister who told me about her and I ended up following her with a happy heart :) Only almost 2 months later I met her in person, during my trip home. And trust me, in real life all 3 of them are even more adorable than online :) You would have to see Tic running like crazy between everyone's feet, experience him running after a stone that probably "attacked" him :)))  or even frightening the cats of the house so much they would get in a few para-seconds on the top of the house, while he would be down with a huge smile on his face... I really believe that he would do them no harm, he is just all for fun :)
Here you can see one of the very first pictures Tic had with the gorgeous book. The book looks so colorful and very well build that I can barely wait to get my hands on it and read Laura's stories about Mister Tic and other loved things from the Musatini Street :) Unfortunately the book right now is only in Romanian language but who knows... Laura told me there might be a posibility that she may translate it in English one day, but there is a chance that fun stuff with be lost in translation :( as Romanian language has so many twists and turns and corners that when we say one thing it may mean 3 different things ;)
Mister Tic and one of his precious stones :)
The cute part is the fact that the very first books were given away with Mister Tic's autograph - his little cute paw imprinted on the very first page of the book. Isn't that just adorable?! I bet he was thinking something like "Why is Laura asking me to do such work? I am a star! I should just sit in a rocking chair and drink milk 24/7 now, while others come to worship me!" ;))) He may be right, you know?! He is just so adorable! You better get to Palas Mall Iasi CTS Corner today at 3PM and get your own copy ;) If you can't make it, you can order it online here. You will have 232 pages full of stories and love only for 38 lei :) I - for one - think everyone should read it ;)

Yours truly,
A LadyBug that loves Mister Tic's stories :)
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