Comment: Oh my - so pretty! Your view at the top reminds me of our Blue Ridge mountain area in SW Virginia. I love that part of our state. Your tree is so pretty, and I can just imagine how tasty the potica is!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely photos, Meri. The lockdown sounds so long...
I love the quote from the screenshot (so true!), so excited for you about the new vehicle, and the gift your daughter made for your mom is so sweet. I hope you are staying safe at this time!
Comment: Thank you for sharing. My ancestors are from Yugoslavia!!! I would love to visit there someday, we’ll at least where it use to be!! LOL. I hope the past was as good as it looked in the pictures!!!
Comment: Meri, thank you for sharing the pictures ... I loved seeing some of your country and too, the picture with your daughter and friends. She seems to have a more grown-up look on her face when she's listening to her friend, don't you think? She's very pretty! Have an awesome day and thank you again for sharing with me! 😀
Comment: Thank you for these amazing photos and telling me so much about each one. These are the kinds of places I would love to visit one day and understand more about other countries. Your girls are beautiful and I love the photo of the river. Absolutely gorgeous!
Comment: Lots on your mind, problems more than solutions. It's a hard time for all of us. I wish you have chosen to do paragraphing when you sent to a new thought -- this is STREAM of consciousness... and that's all right but it's hard to follow at times. Heart for the fact that you really let your thoughts follow one another.
Comment: I'm so happy to hear that your country has declared an end to the pandemic. In my city, unfortunately, there seems to be an uptick in cases. I love your photographs. Your daughter is adorable. I've never seen a stork nest before. Your daughters did a wonderful job baking.
Comment: Thanks, I really enjoyed our letter. You mentioned gardening, I don't garden but my daughter just called to say that so many people here are gardening she can't find the planters she wasnt anywhere. It's a good thing to do ... hiking is too.
Comment: Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Especially one about clearer picture of my social life and the people that are important to me. I have not thought about it like that but I guess you are right.Hope you, your daughters as well as your mum will stay in good health. Stay positive and keep smiling!
Comment: One pro that you had I should have thought of. Spending less money, we have actually saved in that area too since we aren't spending any on things other than food and maybe gas to take a drive. Thanks for sharing and stay safe! Great answers overall!
Comment: I am so surprised by getting this letter! I've moved like 2 times..... Thank you so much for writing to me and I'm so glad I've changed my address with the postal service each time! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU....
Comment: Thank you for your open and honest thoughts. It was very interesting to read them. I wish you and your family many moments of joy in year 2020, and a peaceful Christmas time.
You are God's precious, beloved, one-of-a-kind creation, be gentle with yourself :)
Comment: Dear Meri, thank you very much for your long long letter. I could only sympathize with you and relate to what is happening to you. I wanted to let you know that you are not alone and I am 100% with you. at least if you need someone to talk to about all of this. You are a very strong women and a model to your kids.
Dont forget it <3 I will reply to you very soon by letter. Thanks again for taking the time to tell me all by letter. Courage ! and Happy Swapping ! !
Comment: Meri, thank you for the beautiful photo. Slovenia is definitely on my wish list, along with surrounding countries. It seems like such a beautiful unspoiled area. It’s always hard when the things we hold dear aren’t appreciated by others, it can hurt a lot. 🤗
Comment: Wow, so much has taken place for you. I was excited just reading your entries. I appreciate all the extras you sent along to keep me informed of things like, prices, fashion etc. I sure hope your daughter is doing well in her 2 week class....but are you ok without her??? I am a Mom and its hard for me to let go for a week, nearby, let alone far away for 2 weeks. I really enjoyed your swap and would love to see you host something similar again :-)
Comment: Thank you so much for your beautiful postcard I love it so much. Did you read my profile before sending me this card because I love so much vintage clowns and have them on my profile. Do you know I am recovering from surgery I had on July 22nd and this beautiful card has made me feel a lot better. Thank you so much for sharing it with me and I will always cherish is =D.
Comment: Meri - I'm sorry for the delay! I think your swap came maybe four days ago. And as always, I love reading your information! You are really insightful. Thanks for the really cool Slovenia calendar - it is hanging up at my desk at work! Thanks, too, for the penpal letter that you included - I will write back as soon as I have a chance! Thanks for everything - I always love having you as a partner!
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! I was very pleased to read your card, you have found so many beautiful things to be thankful for. You seem to be a cheerful and open-minded person - one of these people I respect and like the most. Keep it up! I also love mountains. The beautiful calendar you sent me will be hanging in my and my bf's bedroom :)
Comment: Hi, thank you very much for the wonderful list with the 100 things that give you joy. Indeed some things from my country. Nice to read you like the Netherlands a bit. Can you look at 24Kitchen on your TV? That's all Dutch, I didn't know you can watch that out of the Netherlands. I can watch 24kitchen all day. And Rudolph van Veen, I love his programs! It's one of my favorite chefs! <3 And I have a few cook books of Rudolph. Thanks for sharing you 100.
Comment: Sounds like you had a very busy week! We all have our little slips sometimes so don't worry about the chocolate and at least you did get some exercise in so that is still a bonus as far as I am concerned! You rock as always!
Comment: Dear Meri,
thank you so much for your amazing, personal letter! Your story is beautiful and it's written in an extremely gripping way which did not fail to touch me. I hope that the ending for both of you is a happy one and that you're in peace with yourself and the past. I sincerely hope for the best for you and your family!
Thank you once again!
Comment: Thanks so much for your nice comments. Most of our travels to various countries are in conjunction with river cruises, and Slovenia just was never on the itinerary. Maybe some day! Thanks again, so much. Your comments were very much appreciated.
Comment: Thank you for communicating with me about sending late, and thank you for the extra postcards! (My first from Slovenia!) As for the journal, it seems silly to "rate" writing as lovely and detailed and personal as yours, so I will just say thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing yourself in this manner and I do hope that you continue journaling. :-)
Response: I am so glad you received it. Thank you for you kind response.
Comment: Meri - thank you so much for sharing your heartfelt letter. I am sure you are a great Mom and that your children will never doubt how much they are loved. Your letter had me in tears, as a person just has to wonder why the kids are the ones who seem to suffer the most in relationships that do not work out! Sending you a big hug! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Comment: Thank you for the note you wrote about your day! It sounded like a busy day for you indeed! I always cringed when I had to meet with my son's teachers, but then again it's because he was always in some sort of mischief haha. I'm glad to hear your meetings went well! Thank you also for the pretty notecard. I love it!
Comment: I am so sorry for such a long wait. Your writing really touches my heart, it is so honest. I loved to read all your moments and to learn more about you. I hope we can do more writing in the future. <3
Comment: It's been hard lately for me too. I am down overall but the last little bit I have gone up :( I really need to get off this plateau and get back into my groove! Just remembering to try to be eating healthier I think is a step in the right direction though :)
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your truths with me. I can tell they were hard for you to write and I really appreciate you took the time to sit down and write out so many honest, heartfelt things to me. Happy Swapping! -Justine
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing with me!! There were a few that hit close to home for my list!! Thanks for the little extra :) and the stamp makes me want to start collecting them!! I believe I sent to you for the make a wish swap!! And we are in a few together now that havent been assigned yet! Maybe we'll be swapping again :) Hugs!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely postcard. I like Van Gogh as well. Your week sounded like it was pretty balanced between (+) and (-). Hope the (+) always outweigh the (-). Have a good week!
the violet gypsy
Comment: Your beautiful and intriguing journal appeared in my mailbox this morning! You have clearly put forth soooo much time and effort into it and I feel so fortunate that you arranged this swap for us! I will be in touch soon! <3
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful postcard.I hope your wishes come true and that you and your girls came thrue the storm safe and sound. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season with your Family and Friends.<3
Comment: Meri, thanks for you well written and heartfelt story. I too kept diaries but I don't think they were read -- an they never had anything in them [until I went away from home] that would have been even vaguely interesting.
And thanks for the really lovely photo PC.
Response: Thank you! I appreciate your comment and I hope we can exchange more stories in the future.
Comment: Good job on your challenge. I wasn't expecting most participants to achieve their challenges 100% but to get a start and give it a try. I put up a 'I challenge myself......#2' if you'd like to continue.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful handmade notecard and the lovely message on it ! I do love mountains and I also enjoy writing, I like gardening , too , just I dont have enough space in my yard since I moved back to my parents' house now but I used to grow vegetables like you before , I really enjoyed reading your message thank you so much : )
Comment: Your life sounds so lovely and the card was beautiful, I envy you for being so close to the mountains, don't ever take it for granted, love! P.S. Would it be too much to request a picture of two of the mountains?
Comment: Thankyou for your letter! The School looks like it was so much fun to play with! I used to love wooden toys <3
Thankyou so much for the photograph,too, it is very beautiful and inspiring! I will be sure to look into more of Josip Pelikan's photos!
Comment: What a beautiful postcard! It sounds like your week was just so-so. I hope you can relax and quit stressing about the job. Everything will work out just the way it is supposed to.
Take care and many thanks!
Comment: I love your blog in threes! It's great and I enjoyed viewing your sets of three reasons for things. Hope you have a wonderful year:
1) lots of success
2) great happiness
3) lots of time with friends and family
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your note about the week. It is so true that negative people make it hard to be positive. Also, some people are just irritating and it's difficult to be patient and nice!
Comment: amazing!!! thank you so much for those postcards, just gorgeous! i showed my mom this postcards and she said that your place is so beautiful and that we need to go there sometime :) thank you so much,
Response: I am very glad they came in good condition and that you like them! If you wish to do any other private swap, let me know. No problem even if you are suspended.
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful UN-birthday gift. Your handmade card was very nice, I really enjoyed your letter and reading the highlights of where you live. The book is very nice also. Thank you again.
Comment: I absolutely adored your letter; your daughters sound like fantastic people and I admire and share your perspective on parenting. Thank you for sharing your ideas and the moments of parenting that have touched and shaped you. :0) Happy swapping to you too! Ainslie
Response: I was certain the letter got lost in the mail - I am glad it arrived!
Comment: Meri, thank you so very much for the wonderful package. I plan to give my children these gifts for Christmas - they will be thrilled, I just know it. Thanks, too, for the extras, and especially the paragraph about Slovenia. The only tidbit I knew about it before was that it was once part of Yugoslavia. Very interesting! I think I would like to visit one day.
Comment: oh what a wonderful email with so much information and interesting new artists to discover! I have just gotten back into kid lit with having a 1 yr old grandson! Thank you so much for sharing! Happy swapping & reading!
Comment: Thanks for your poems, what a clever way you presented them! And thanks for the card with the views of your country. I know Slovenia is not Slovakia -- I've been to the later, not to your counry, but the buildings and hills and forest look somewhat alike. Eastern Europe is very lovely place. I'd love to return to visit again.
Comment: Than you. your book and dvd are fantastic. You are very kind. I visited Slovenia. I went to Kraniska Gora and in the summer I went to Bled Lake, Lubjana, Skofia and Kranjii. Slovenia is romantic, green and beautiful!! If you want visit my blog!!Bye
Comment: Thank you very much for this incredible view postcard! The bridge would have been a challenge for the designers and engineers to construct. It looks like a fascinating area to visit. Hearts to you and thank you for writing such an information filled note. Thank you. I love the postage stamp, too.
Comment: Thank you for resending this. I enjoyed reading it -- I think you wrote it very well. And thanks for the letter about where you live now [it sounds lovely] and about Slovenia. I've only been to Slovakia and Czech Rep. -there's a lot of central Europe I'd love to visit and know more about.
Comment: We loved the book!!!! Brooklyn is always forgetting to put her shoes away. So this book worked out great. I also very much enjoyed your letter with the information about your country. Thank you so much!!!!
Response: I am really glad I picked the right one!!!
Comment: What a very beautifull story!
I received your package last monday, but I wasn't at home and I hadn't the time to get it at the post office, I got it thursday... the weekend was extremely busy, so I'm very sorry for the late rating
I really like the book it is super!
Comment: Meri-I was so touched by the list, which was really more like 10 little short stories!! I just had to show my husband and daughter, both of them loe your "story telling" style. thanks so much for joining the swap, I can really tell that you love your girls dearly!!
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful package of goodies -- the kids and I both loved it, especially learning more about your country! You were very sweet to send the journals and the journal pages and the information -- we really appreciated it!!
Comment: What a wonderful group of cards you sent! I love them all but do believe my favorite is the art card of the boy and girl with the Easter basket. All of the cards are very much appreciated! And, you very detailed explanation about the cards and the information about your country was wonderful to read! Thank you so much for a very special package of cards! You deserve many, many hearts!
Comment: Meri -- thank you for the lovely journal entry. I was really sad because somewhere along the way one of the mail machines ripped the envelope so there is a big hold in the middle of your lovely photo :-( It's not your fault at all and I still enjoyed it, just wish the mail had been nicer to it on it's long journey :-) Thank you!
Response: I kept a copy in my computer and can resend by e-mail and you can print it out.
Comment: Thank You Meri for the letter, it arrived in the weekend. I love how you included photos in your letter. It was great to sit down and read it over a cup of tea. I will write back in a week or so. .
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely letter. I really enjoyed the pictures you included, your country looks beatutiful, I am going to write back very soon, and look forward to becoming your freind.
Comment: Thank you so much for the goodies from your lovely country. It looks like a very beautiful place. I did not have a magnet from there so it is a nice addition to my collection and I can't wait to try the candy. Hugs & hearts, Karyn
Response: I am really glad it arrived in good condition! Also I was worried for not describing the contents for the customs office...
Comment: thank you I am all confused whose email is who,Like the name with which email,it is too many for me! ,I have too many back emails....I HAVE SAVED THEM AND WILL SIT AND CONCENTRATE I KNOW I ENJOYED ALL THE PHOTOS THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
I THANK YOU For waiting for my late RATE!
Comment: The cards are still coming in but I wanted to rate you and say thank you. For a postcard collector, I feel like I hit the jackpot! Thank you so much for the beautiful postcards of your country.
I loved reading your postcards!
Response: Apparently we both like the same kinds of cards so it was an easy pick! Although I must admit it took quite some commitment to stick to writing & sending them for a whole week! I know I will appreciate the effort of my swap-partner, too...! Thank you for the heart!
Comment: Hello... The card is indeed beautiful! And what a treat to get something from Slovenia.
Those rare flowers are lovely and I enjoy the pretty stamps from your country! Thanks so very much. ~Gail