Landed safe and sound at our local Jasionka airport on Friday afternoon. Home, sweet home, here I am again 🙂
Very happy to see that last week’s snow has already melted by now, although of course I brought my snow boots with me, as advised by my sister (as my only pair so I am stuck with wearing them wherever I go). Today we had 65 degrees and it is going to be up to 68 for the next week or so. It is very unusual this time of year of course and while most of us here are thrilled, my dad is very displeased. Mild winter now means frost in April and May which obviously sucks for fruit and nut bearing trees and agriculture overall. It’s official – global warming has made its way to Poland as well.
My three nieces have grown at least couple of inches each, all of them as cute as a button. This year they managed to wait patiently until I settled a bit before I pull out all the gifts from my suitcase. To my satisfaction, I received three ‘thank you’ pictures 10 minutes later.
While I am using my laptop after everyone goes to bed (which is around 8:30pm), I am hoping not to do any work stuff, well, not more than a few emails a day at most, and only if absolutely necessary. This trip is quite short (only 9 days) so I hope to maximize the family time. My sister and I created a thorough ‘to do’ list for the week ahead and it will be a challenge to squeeze it all. Some of the items from the list are in anticipation of the baby boy’s arrival in late January:
- bringing 4 big boxes of baby clothing from the attic, picking out whatever is appropriate for a boy to wear, washing and ironing it all
- making a trip to the nearest town and purchasing some items that she does not anticipate receiving as ‘hand me downs’ (that would be a small, portable, plastic bathtub, reusable diapers as well as new set of baby bedding, amongst other things)
- washing and basically trying to save a stroller. My sister got it used before her first girl was born and some of the metal pieces are a bit rusty and really used up by now. We are planning on taking off all the fabric part and washing them while trying to scrub down all the rusty metal pieces. If it still looks super shabby, I will surprise her with another stroller from Allegro (Polish equivalent of Ebay)
- ‘spring cleaning’ the kitchen, including washing all the pots and pans with ashes (which I may have mentioned last year as well!)
Life is as frugal as it gets here. The last time my family went out to eat was last year when I took everyone out for my birthday. Otherwise, home cooking and baking is very much a norm. No one is complaining about that!
I am predicting a nice and frugal week ahead. I brought some money with me that I will leave with my dad to cover all his utility bills and medication for a year (that I saved up specifically throughout the year for this reason). With a dollar equaling 4.19 zloty it is a blessing to be able to make money in NYC and bring a small fraction back home to my dad. It will really go a long way. Can you believe that $1,400 will cover electric, gas, water, trash disposal, house insurance and my dad’s medication for a year? With no home payments my daddy is set with bills till the end of 2017. It brings peace of mind to both of us. #Priceless