Sunday, June 26, 2016

Picking Up Where I left Off

Yeah, I know. I haven't posted in almost a year. I have a renewed interest in it now, especially when my mother encouraged me. She has always encouraged me to write. So let me pull something together and stay tuned. Thank you to everyone who reads my blog and for your interest and support!
Nothing like riding a bicycle through a Vojvodina field.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Texas

So I'm back in Texas for a few weeks visit. I left Serbia with 39C temperatures and arrived in Texas with the same heat. Summers here are very much like summers in Vojvodina.
I miss my little Serbian village home though. Funny also that I actually had to remind myself that no one here knows what "dobar dan" means. It had become a habit to greet people with it whereas here, people really don't greet each other. And no one says "Ciao" here which I actually said to someone here by accident and they looked at me funny.
There are too many cars here, too many people, just too much of too much. It takes me a great while to adjust when I come back to Texas. The soft mattress I longed for here was really not as comfortable I had imagined it to be. I tossed and turned all night, wishing I was back on my nice fold-down sofa bed in Serbia. At night here in Texas, I hear only the hum of the central air conditioning unit outside my window. At my home in Serbia, the occasional sound of a barking dog, a cat fight, or thumping dance music from the town centar lulled me to sleep and I miss that. Mornings there greeted me with insanely chirping birds, the neighbors grunting hogs and the church bells and I miss that also. Mornings here greet me with the hum of the air conditioning unit. Or a ringing phone.
Here in Texas though, I am enjoying the sight of black colored squirrels scampering around my yard gathering nuts for winter. I guess they are. Maybe they are just scampering. One even sat confidently on my front porch, refusing to move when I approached. My first thought was maybe it was rabid. Then when he finally ran away, I figured he had made claim to that porch being that I had been gone so long. I have yet to see a squirrel in Serbia and not sure they exist there. I haven't researched that yet. A bird had made a nest on the porch light and bird droppings had collected below it. What a mess. The nest looks abandoned now.Hornets had made a nice sized nest on that front porch as well. My landscaping guy showed up and used carburetor spray to rid them which all it did was rid them for a few moments. It ruined their nest though and they were highly pissed about that.
While I am here I will try to post some interesting things about my home here in Texas. After all, I did grow up here. I realize I probably take some things for granted here and since I started traveling far and away from here, I come back seeing things in a new way.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Air Conditioning, Please

One thing I miss is air conditioning (a/c). Especially this past week when it got as hot as 39 Celsius (102.2 F). Yeah, it got hot. Many people do not have a/c in their homes and even when they do,they rarely run them. And if they run them, it never gets what I call cold. I emailed my sister in Texas telling her how hot it was and she replied that she at that moment was sitting in an office building freezing because of the a/c. I miss that. Yes, in Texas, you actually need to wear a jacket indoors due to the air conditioning but we wouldn't have it any other way.
I love sleeping with the a/c turned down to 68F (20C). Love it. Here, this would cause sickness or death. Well maybe not death, but they do believe that drafts and such will make you ill. Sorry?
At least the car has air conditioning but again, it doesn't get that cold partially because the windows are not tinted and whatever they use as freon doesn't throw down ice like it should.
You know how when you get inside a car on a hot day and cut the a/c on full blast and put your face right up to the vent? That's considered weird here. Risky behavior.Same with sitting in front of the osculating fan.
One time when we had visitors outside for a visit, I placed the fan directly on us so to cool us off. Immediately everyone covered their ears and had looks of pain on their faces. My cue to take the fan away. Which I did and couldn't imagine how hurting ears trumped the humid, hell-like heat smothering the breath out of you. ( applying the ABC's I learned in nursing school: Airway,Breathing,Circulation)
I really do respect their feelings about the a/c and wind and drafts and chills. I am not making fun of it. I'm just sayin'. Growing up, our parents and grandparents had no problem with letting the little ones put their sweaty little faces on top of the a/c vents and fans and even let us fight over whose turn it was. That kind of raisin' is impossible to delete.
So how do I tolerate the hot days? Turn off the lights. Pull the curtains. Run the fan, but keep it far away from others in the room. If no one else is in the room, set that baby directly in front of me.
 A wet washcloth helps to cool the face and neck, especially nice when the fan is directly in front. Don't move a muscle. In fact, take a nap to sleep through the hottest part of the day. Turn off the computers and TV if not being used. It actually will bring down the temp a tad to do this. And pray. Because this morning, nature turned on the a/c for me. It was sweet.