Summer…

Summer is gone but however short, it is not forgotten.

While I am waiting for the first snow here (yaaay) I can’t forget summer. Every season has its beauty but summer is the most beautiful to me. ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I am pretty pumped up about winter and snow, Christmas, New Year…. AND I do feel veeery excited about spring because my birthday is then and everything is waking up. OK, I love every season (except autumn, cough) and I do like the exchange of them but as soon as I checked out Weekly Photo Challenge I remembered summer. Fine. First thought I had is that I don’t share nearly as enough of my photography here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This is summer to me this year. Sitting in the grass, enjoying the sun, inhaling the smell of the fresh cut grass mixed with cherry flowers and looking at bright blue sky. โค

Sleeping bee

Have you ever seen a working bee sleeping? Well you have now! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I went outside on the balcony one day this summer at my bf place. First I didn’t notice anything, but something caught my eye. I thought it was some kind of insect, because I have never seen a bee so still. My bf neighbor has beehives and he collects honey, so it’s not strange to see them there. It was raining and she hid under the column. She was sleeping (Don’t worry I asked her is she just resting, she did not answer – so she was in fact sleeping, and someone who saw me taking close-ups of a bee probably thinks I’m crazy. So, lets move on… ๐Ÿ™‚ )

This photo has a deeper meaning than just what you see. Later, I found out that it was raining during both of the periods bees collect honey (You remember how I was complaining about the constant rain? Well, it turns out I was complaining for the nature! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) So, the bees couldn’t collect honey from the flowers, and there wasn’t enough flowers to begin with with no sunlight most of the time. The result is that this year we have drastically little amounts of honey in the market – which means that the honey is very expensive and we have to import, and people who are in the business with beehives and selling honey had to make major cuts to achieve the possibility to sell honey AND to leave enough for the bees to survive the winter. Turns out, my complaining about the rain – I was complaining for the economy AND for the people also!!

So… Next time I complain here a lot about something… I advise EVERYONE to listen. :mrgreen:

p.s Did anyone notice the WP changes? I am a bit lost….

p.p.s. Have you noticed the change in my photos? wink wink ๐Ÿ™‚

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone…

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Daily Prompt:ย Youโ€™re asked to recite a poem (or song lyrics) from memory โ€” whatโ€™s the first one that comes to mind? Does it have a special meaning, or is there another reason it has stayed, intact, in your mind?

As everyone who has been to my blog to stay (hi guys/girls โค ) knows… I have song in my head almost all the time. Sometimes it is for no reason, but sometimes like today, it has some meaning.

It was sunny outside and I had to go out for a bit. As soon as I came back home, the sun hid behind the clouds and it’s not coming back. So, I’m the “she” and I “have been away” from outside a lot in the past month. Again, my beloved readers will know why. ๐Ÿ™‚ There is so much meaning in this song I am singing for the last hour.

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
It’s not warm when she’s away.
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And she’s always gone too long
Anytime she goes away…

Listen

Listen to your heart,
When it’s calling for you
Listen to your heart.
There’s nothing else you can do…

I don’t know where you going and I don’t know why
But listen to your heart…

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Hey! This song is in my head since I woke up. Listen to yourself, if you do you will always get an honest answer. That is probably the reason we don’t listen but rather ignore, because there are some answers we don’t wanna hear.

Stay well, hi from semi-cloudy but still warm capital. โค

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Nature is my medicine

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I have this WP app on my phone almost since I opened my blog and it has been awesome to write my drafts when I’m not around computer, but in the last weeks my mobile became the only screen I can look at. I am getting more into it to see what I can do… It is not the same of course, I can’t post some of the stuff that I had in mind, and I can’t put my logo on the photos, or tags and categories – I think, but it’ll make my blog blues dissapear ๐Ÿ™‚

Remember how I was sad about summer not being sunny and warm? We are having some late warm and sunny weather here and it is beautiful, I am really enjoying in it hehe, even if it’s from my bed.

I have so much ideas to share with you, from my ponderings, photographs I made, interior design DIY’s, even fashion stuff and ootd (“outfit of the day”), projects that require more energy and are waiting for me in my folders… Oh yes, I have made a peach pie that I can’t wait to share recipe for, and something I won’t give away because it was so new for me… Now you can see why I can’t wait to be back and editing, but I will take all the time I need and explore this app more. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I am getting all your comments-love and it makes me smile seeing all those dear names ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you really want to live forever?

I just watched this and… I had to make a post. ๐Ÿ™‚ Today is first day of Autumn, and I don’t like when summer ends.

No matter what are your opinions about Jay Z and Beyonce, put that aside, just look at the beauty of this video, the people who look like stars in the sky, the “Forever young” song, look at the cutie Blue Ivy is… Look at the joy in their eyes when they look at her, and please, look at the ending. ๐Ÿ™‚

Everything has an ending, but if the journey was good… It is ok. I’m ok with it. This summer was more like an extended spring, so it left me feeling like something is missing. But, I am not going to be sad for the next nine months. I will find the good and the joy. ๐Ÿ™‚ So maybe I would ask a person I just met aย whole bunch of questions, but in the end, all I really wanna know is what they can’t tell me – their passion, their kindness, their simplicity and positivity… Their enjoyment in life. Their ability to overcome problems, even the hard, scary and consistent ones.

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“Forever young, I wanna be… forever young…”

This photo is 2 years old. I wanted to find a photo of me acting silly - which I have plenty, but this is from the same day the photo in my "About me" is and since there are some changes going to happen really soon, I figured this is the perfect photo for this post. :)
This photo is 2 years old. I wanted to find a photo of me acting silly – which I have plenty, but this is from the same day the photo in my “About me” is and since there are some changes going to happen really soon, I figured this is the perfect photo for this post. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bohemian house in Croatia

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Hi! ๐Ÿ™‚ Welcome to all new readers. โค Have a seat, make yourself comfortable and enjoy. Ask if anything interest you, comment if it doesn’t. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I actually had to do a little bit of research for this week’s Photo Challenge. I spotted this “La bohรจme” house in the center of a small city near Zagreb. It immediately caught my attention. When I read the theme of Challenge – Fray, I had to ask myself a few questions.

First of all, and I am not ashamed to admit it, I had to Google meaning of “Fray”. And then I had to Google some more… And when I thought I got it, some of the entries confused me, so… I Googled some more. ๐Ÿ˜€ If I got this terribly wrong, you know who to blame. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fray; conflict, clash, wear out.

Okay!

That’s when I remembered the house I took photo of last week. I thought the sign “La bohรจme” was so strange to be placed there and yet it is so perfect. It is in Dugo Selo, on the main road. It is obvious that something was there, a shop maybe? Now, there is nothing and on the right side you can see the coffee place. On the left side however there seems to be some kind of private entrance. I have no idea, I wish I payed more attention to it when I was there, to check out what is the deal with this house. Bohemian house. ๐Ÿ™‚

I did a research on the phrase “La bohรจme”. I knew roughly what it meant and that it was French, but here is the complete explanation;ย A four-act opera by Giacomo Puccini, detailing the life of eight friends living in Paris in 1830-1831 under the struggle of poverty.

Bohemian on the other hand is;ย A person with artistic or literary interests who disregards conventional standards of behavior.

I knew that one. The only question is, why is that here? Is it a tribute for the opera in the middle of a small city whose name literary means “Long Village”? Highly doubt it.

I think it is a imprint of times gone by, was there a shop or something else. Now it is just a sign which meaning suits the tenement house so well.

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The other thing that says “Fray” to me is this photo. I took it in the park of nature Maksimir (which translates into “Maxi peace”) in Zagreb, by the 4th and 5th lake. It is actually this hill that divides the lakes who are divided only on the ground. Underground the water flows from one lake to other. Very lovely sight if I may add. ๐Ÿ™‚ I will post some photos soon, it was cloudy the day I took photos and perfect to capture the color of the lakes.

2014 Perseid’s Meteor Shower

Ok, tell me, how it was? ๐Ÿ˜€

 

I was so angry!!!! I still am, but not as I was 11, 12 and 13th of August.

My yearly event that I get excited about and care for was ruined.

Ruined by the nature, like a joke.

Big moon.

Supermoon.

I wrote about it… Bigger than average full moon and 30% brighter.

We went to place without any street light, rural area. We could see nothing! Or, should I say, we saw everything! The moonlight was so strong only few stars were visible on the night sky. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I thought, ok, maybe… Just maybe better luck in next days. But…no! Rain and clouds. So many clouds, bunch of them, covered the sky and didn’t even consider to move.

Hmmmmmm… Next year?

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I am so happy I saw at least one accidentally while I was trying to see ISS days before that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mosquitoes, Moon and Stars

If you didn’t know, my blog is called Ivy Mosquito because I am allergic to f**king mosquitoes…

Not life threatening, but lets just say that they can make me limp for few days if they bite me on my ankles.

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I did this yesterday ๐Ÿ˜€

I have been enjoy outdoor life and nature in this last 5 days. It was lovely. โค

Result: I am sitting here TRYING not to think about dozen mosquito bites I have all over my legs and hands. Effing stupid mosquitoes.

I didn’t bring the mosquito repellent because two days I was on my bike, foolishly thinking that “I’m too fast for them to bite me.” XD

Now I’m smarter when I look like I have been in a battle, and sitting super carefully because God forbid that I accidentally scratch somewhere…anywhere.

Ok, so my mission yesterday was to capture the Supermoon. It is called Supermoon because it is bigger from regular full moon and 30% brighter. The next one to come close to it will happen in September next year.

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Normally, that kind of information would excite me. But, not these days.

The Perseid meteor shower is getting close to its peak on August 12 and 13, and we have a super big moon covering all of it. Most of it.

That’s not cool.

I will despite that fact, try to see some of them tonight and tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

Some info about Supermoon: AUGUST SUPERMOON

p.s. Today’s Google Doddle is awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚

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“No I’m not lucky I’m blessed, YES!”

“Heavy weight champion me

But I could do it all alone – we”

You don’t have to be like โ“ , it’s me, you know it’s a song… ๐Ÿ˜‰

When I pause in that moment to come up with a title and turn to my mind… I know what I’m gonna find. It is quite handy to have stored lyrics for every occasion haha…

I am thankful, very much! I have been awarded again and again, but just didn’t have the enthusiasm needed to do this… I hope you forgive me, it really means a lot to me. โค

I was looking at posts where I have been nominated and found something super interesting and amusing. I have got one award for Sisterhood of World Blogger Award, one for Very Inspiring Blogger and THREE awards for One Lovely Blog!

I guess that makes my blog…. THREE TIMES MORE LOVELY!

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Bam-ts! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Okidoki, now it’s time for the mentions and praising and I have no idea for what else, but I will found out in about 30 seconds.

First, Tina The Mess from The Borderline Personality humbled me with two awards in June, Very Inspiring Blogger and One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you! I hope you are fine going on better!

Mumojay from Cookie My lifestyle cooked my lifestyle up with another One Lovely Blog Award in July. THANK YOU! โค

Vic from Shards of silence kindly presented to me another One Lovely Blog Award, and to definitely convince me that my blog is super lovely, Christina from Lifebeinggirly nominated/awarded me today. ๐Ÿ™‚

Vic, thanks so much, I hope you didn’t choose me just because you didn’t have anyone else to give the award to (not being a guy) ๐Ÿ˜›

Christina, thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you walk half feet of the ground and need a stone just to hold you how positive you come across.

It really makes me happy when you nominate me for whatever you want to nominate me for. I might won’t make a post about it, or follow the rules, but you’ll know you made my day… โค

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They are cool to look at like this, right? ๐Ÿ˜€ I had to do it…

So… Now the fun part. I think I am supposed to answer 7 things about me for every one…that is too much things about me, even for your tender eyes, my dearest. I’m just gonna say (brag) what I did (saw) today.

International Space Station is circulating over Croatia from today up until August 19. And they had mentioned that it will be visible at 21 (9 pm), but I missed that. I was sad, but then I read that it will be visible again in 22:38 (10 pm) and I went on the balcony. I have pretty good view and I was determined to see it because it has been cloudy for…. years now, and today is clear sky. And then I saw it. What, the Station? Nope, the first of this years Perseid’s meteors!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ It is a yearly event, happens in mid August for Northern Hemisphere and I enjoy in it! Specially because last year I found a place without light pollution from city lights and lied down on grass looking at stars and meteorsย passing through… Plus; I saw the Station today too! It looks like a bright star moving very fast on the sky ๐Ÿ˜€

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I love stars ans sky and you know that already. To see a meteorย is exciting to me… I feel alive and special andย extra small at the same time,living on this tiny planet compared to universe. If you want more info about this year’s Meteor Shower you can click here:ย http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/perseid.html

And if you want to see how excited I was last year, click here ๐Ÿ˜‰

Perseids Meteor Shower *make aย wishโ€ฆ*

 

p.s. About nominations, I have been a slacker in reading your blogs… I know that. I will make an effort to change it! In the mean time, if anyone feels the great need to have One Lovely Blog Award, they can take it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just tell me you did so in the comment section.

Love ya!