Last year brings in productivity, new additions
By Emma Palova
EW Emmas Writings Journal
We always do most of the canning and pickling in August during the Lowell Kent County Youth Fair and beyond. We made more than 100 jars of dill pickles in all formats; spears, slices and whole. It is a family recipe. The pickles are sweet and sour. We also make our own marinara sauces and salsa.
“It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s fun,” says my husband Ludek.
In August, I started a WordPress blog for my sister-in-law Jarmila. She has a baking business in Stipa, Czech Republic. The blog is CJ Aunt Jarmilkas Desserts at http://jkarmaskova.wordpress.com.
As summer 2013 turned into fall, I traveled to Europe for my big trip covering four countries: France, Czech Republic, Spain and Switzerland. I was out of the USA for five weeks staying in different towns and resorts. I was most impressed by Brno in Czech Republic and the wine village Gevrey-Chambertin in the heart of Burgundy. The trip to Geneva happened by a chance because we were headed to Lausanne with my doctor daughter Emma instead.
“It was totally echec style,” Emma said.
I had to look up the meaning of echec several times. It means checkmate in chess. For a story on Geneva, Switzerland go to my post from Oct. 21.
In October, I experienced a major wine harvest in Gevrey-Chambertin delayed by at least three weeks, but with the best crop ever, according to the winemaker.
It was still sunny and warm when I got back to Michigan by mid-October.
A big moment in time came after a sleepless week in November. My sons’s baby Josephine Marie Palova was born on Nov. 21 on a cloudy morning. We stormed into the birthing center at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo equipped with phones, devices and gadgets to take hundreds of photos.
“Mom, this is the only time you go to the hospital happy,” said Emma.
Josephine is the fourth generation Czech-American born into the family whose members fully speak both languages, Czech and English.
And lastly to close the year in December, my brother Vas and I experienced the beauty and intricacies of social media, games and such as we played with some designs. We designed a game during the Christmas chaos. It was a relief to get a message from old country Czech Republic.
“Your cousin Olin is a grandpa,” we got the notification via facebook.
“Congratulations from Emma & Vas.”
Have an awesome 2014 and watch for a story on Great Expectations 2014 and inspiring people of the Lowell area.
Copyright © 2013 story and photos by Emma Palova