Asian woman with green eyes

“Look!”, I point at the TV, “I want that red hair. It’ll match my green eyes”.

“Your eyes aren’t green,” Daniel said quickly.

And we started to laugh.

The color of my eyes is our old disagreement.

I think my eyes are green, but Dan says they’re gray. And both statements are true.

My eyes change color depending on my clothes.

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just let me sew

Many years ago, in the pre-Internet era, I made my own outfits. I did it myself and regularly. I sewed on my mother’s hand-held sew machine, without special knowledge and elementary “zigzag”-function. With the help of creativity and imagination, I came up with how to put the parts together in a wearable product. Then, many years ago, I needed clothes and a little stand out (from the crowd). Although, who do I want to deceive?.. I  wanted to stand out a lot.

I don’t know if it worked, but I tried.

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his rarely-silent wife

-You are quiet today,- said my husband at dinner.

Quiet? Really?

I was happy when I got home, I’m always happy when I get home.

While I was fixing the dinner, Daniel lit a fire in the fireplace. He talked about the news and how his day had gone.

We were having dinner, and I could feel my face turning pink. The skin began to breathe after wearing the mask for a whole day.

At the same time, the energy was draining away, and the fatigue was slowly accumulating.

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Texas, so independent and so unprotected

I don’t know geography. No, I did well in school, and I have an A in geography, but I don’t know it at all.

Growing up, I realized that the best way to learn is to travel, but. There are two BUTs: finance (do not forget that my husband and I are an average-income family) and Covid-19.

I decided to study my new country of residence with News on TV, books and the Internet.

Today, the main topic on American TV is Texas.

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Post of pride

” I probably did something right in my life, ” I thought after reading a short post on my son’s Instagram, the eldest son.

My eldest son’s name is Slava (full name Vyacheslav). He has my face, as Daniel said,  short stature, and medium build. Slava is like me, but he is smarter, braver, and more purposeful. Maybe he’s more pragmatic. He is able to adapt to the surrounding reality and survive in our imperfect world. He liked animals, especially dogs. 

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Frost is not a hindrance to the rally

… or what does natural gas have in common with an unauthorized rally?

Russian winter

“I’m glad you have a wood-burning stove at home, because the news said that America has a problem with natural gas, ” my sister told me on Viber.

Sisters, they are such sisters.

But she made me really interested in the news. As soon as I got home I turned on YouTube*.

The main topic of the Russian media was the protest marches against the arrest of Alexei Navalny**.

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Volunteering and volunteers in Tomsk.

-I’m not rich enough to work for free,- Arina said when I suggested she find a volunteer job. 

I thought, ” typical Russian mentality”, and didn’t return to this conversation.

Volunteering is very common in the United States, unlike in Russia. I don’t remember hearing about the volunteer movement in Russia before the pandemic.

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Orthodox Christmas

Yuletide – holidays dedicated to the Nativity of Christ (January 7) – begin with the evening of Christmas Eve (January 6). Yuletide lasts until the feast of Epiphany (January 19).

The history of Christmas

In ancient times, the Christian Church celebrated Christmas and Epiphany on the same day. In the fourth century the holidays were divided by 12 days – Christmas holidays.

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The first photo in 2021

Do you take a plastic bag with you for a walk? I got into the habit.

Today was a day of typical New England weather. It was drizzling in the morning. In the afternoon, the sun suddenly came out. 

Crackle

I decided to take a nice long fat-burning walk to the park. Where I planned to take my first photo in 2021.

My husband would also be happy to see the sun if he didn’t have to go to work. 

But he asked to take our dog, his “good boy,” for a walk. I couldn’t say no.

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Fallen Сhristmas tree

...Inspired by Tatiana Spirina-Smetana .

I just wanted to translate Tatiana Spirina-Smatana’s post, but I failed to do so. Here’s what I got.

Natasha woke up at 4 o’clock. It’s legal to sleep until 4 pm on January 1.

Especially after the races of preparation for the New Year.

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