The snow is mostly gone. The weather is balmy, close to 60 degrees. Soft, spring rain is caressing everything in its path. The chatter of Michigan birds is stretching to a fever pitch.
I know, I know. It will get cold again, it might even snow again. But it won’t last. So I will enjoy this dreary, overcast, rainy spring day in all its beauty and promise.
Yesterday, when Jeff, Joe, Branka and I took a walk around our neighborhood, we had to take our winter jackets off. And when I accidentally glanced into a pile of dried leaves, this is what I saw:
Snowdrops! These delicate harbingers of spring made me realize that there is no turning back. Even if we wanted to. Which we don’t.
So much is happening in our lives. And as always, everything is happening at the same time.
We are starting work on our new house this week. Painting the entire house. Designing and installing a whole new kitchen. Refinishing all the floors. And a whole lot of other stuff.
I am very excited and Jeff is trying to keep me calm and rational. Slow down, he says. Slow down, Nena tells me from Alabama when we Skype. Everything will get done, it always does. And I know it will. But there is so much to do and I want everything to be perfect, I am buzzing around like a busy bee wondering where to land first. So, Jeff is making a spread sheet with a detailed plan. Thank goodness that we are not all the same.
One of the reasons that I am feeling especially driven is that I want our house to be ready for comfortable habitation by the end of May. Why? Because on top of buying and renovating a house this year, I am also traveling to Europe this summer.
My niece Nicole is spending this winter semester in Ireland and will be going to Serbia in the summer. My youngest son, Sam, is joining her there. Nicole will be working on a project documenting the history of our family and how lives of Serbian women have changed in the last century. She and Sam asked me to come with them and be their guide and interpreter. And so I am going.
My dear readers, I hope you understand that it would be very hard for anyone to keep calm in these circumstances, but for a person of my temperament, it is nearly impossible.
What fun we’ll have!
First, all spring long, I will keep you updated on how the house is progressing, and all the inevitable mishaps of home renovation. Then, all summer long I will write stories of adventures with my family and friends in Serbia.
I hope you’ll join me and keep me company.