Friday, March 19, 2010

always late

I am always late.

For work .. for fun .. you name it .. and I will be late.

The other night I started giving this some thought. And I realized that It was not that I sleep over .. or forget. I give myself a good two hours before I have to get anywhere.

No, it is that I am intrigued by the things that call for my attention, and I find myself giving it, while sloooowly detouring on my way to all my destinations.

Those closest to me would call this "Distracted " I myself call it
"Inspired" :)

These photographs were taken on my " Inspired way" to work on one early September morning.
Not a soul or a car , just Norah J and I.

Gazing outside my car window reached by a moment so unreal never thought to be found in Lansing Michigan. But there it was :)

I tried to stay focused on my destination. And maybe I could have been successful if I would have shut my eyes while driving.
But looking to my right and finding the early morning fog settling over the grass was simply .. well .. it was to enticing not to give in, giving this moment it's earned due of awe.

I slammed on my brakes, grabbed my camera..jumped out of my car and just started walking.

Sitting there on an old peace of wood with the only sounds being my camera and the birds making there way to a much warmer place for the winter. Captivated was I!

How could anyone have not responded to this moment's cry to be embraced and captured?
How could anyone ignore?
Does such self control exist?

I am not seeking for approval for my always predictable tardiness. Trust me running in heals to everywhere I go .. I find no pleasure in.

I guess ultimately what I am trying to say is.. that I really do want to try harder to be on time.

For all of those who have to deal with me daily.. thank you for your grace :)
Wish I had time to say a little more.. but as it is I am running late for my Saturday/ service rehearsal..

Pozdrav !!

Jadranka Isabel ~

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Josip and Croatia

People always wonder where I am from~

I look different - it's my nose that gives me away.

I talk with an accent - sometimes I even hear it, but my daughter Jazzy swears I don't have one. Fifteen years of living with me would do that to anybody!

I spell very bad English - in my world its called Cro-lish and it's excused simply because I am not American ;)

Yes.. it's obvious that I am a foreigner :))

I grew up partly in Germany .. but I'm originally from Split,Croatia where my father Josip still lives on the Adriatic Ocean.

Josip adores his home and has a very emotional connection with the Adriatic ... so much so that he named me after her. Calling me Jadranka .. ( his deep,dark and rich). I posted a picture of my father Josip sitting with his brothers, Stipe and Marko (Josip is the first one on your left). Behind them you can see our Vineyard that's been in our family for over 200 years!! My Fathers pride and joy.

I have very fond memories of this place I called home! Nights roasting lamb and fish.. singing and dancing with family and friends! Afternoon naps with the windows wide open allowing the ocean to sing me to sleep ~ Mornings waking up with the air crisp and chilly. The ground wet from the morning dew leaving my toes numb. Not sure as to why .. but thinking back I realize I spend most of my childhood barefoot! :))) Today I am 34 years old and still find myself forgetting my shoes, sometimes even on my way to church for work :)

My memories are countless and beautiful ..

Missing home today .. but mostly missing Josip ~

Pozdrav svima !

Jadranka Isabel ~

Friday, March 12, 2010

~ Cao World~

Life is full of unexpected and sometimes wonderful surprises!

Picking up a Camera for the first time was one of those moments for me ~

I never knew how much I saw until I saw through a Lens. There is something about holding a Camera, that forces one to slow down. And in doing just that I have found details missed in this busy life of mine that have inspired and moved me greatly!

The joy I find in sharing these moments with life around me has been a Journey beautiful ~

I hope you find that the ..


The countless moments captured ... touch you in some way, bringing you delight and great Inspiration ~

Thank you for allowing me to share with you and thank you for taking time to see :)

Cao moji Prijatelji
(See you around my Friends)

Jadranka Isabel ~