Spring name game.

You know it’s snowing here? :O Really! How is it where you live? Anyway, I thought we could play some spring name game, so maybe the spring would finally come to all of us. Are you looking forward to this season? Below you’ll find the list of questions and my answers and just follow the instructions, and leave me your answers in the comments, I am very curious to see what yours will be. Or if you prefer you can make a pingback. And let me know if you enjoyed this game, so I’d make more of them in future. If you’re not from an English-speaking country, feel free to use names characteristic for your country, or for country(ies) you particularly like. It isn’t anything obligatory, but very welcome. Because My own favourite countries are a few, sometimes names of siblings might not be particularly matchy.

Here we go:


Name a child boy/girl using March, April, or May as either their first or middle name. Add a first or middle name to go with the name you selected and a nickname you like.

My choice: Lucy May. She may go by Lou/Lu if she wants, but I think Lucy’s fantastic without any nickname as well, if not better. Moreover, LUcy May is short enough to call her Lucy May at times. I’d surely do so.


Name siblings using the initials SP RI NG. You choose the sexes.

My choices: Saskia Philippa, Rhian Isla, Noelle Grainne.


Name boy-girl siblings. Each must have a spring themed first or middle name. A few name ideas:

  1.    Anthea
  2. April
  3. Aviv
  4. Avril
  5. Bloom
  6. Breeze
  7. Brooke
  8. Chloe
  9. Dahlia
  10. Daisy
  11. Spring
  12. Brook
  13. Keby
  14. Leif
  15. Leaf
  16. March
  17. Maxwell
  18. Rain
  19. Raine
  20. Robin
    1. Weldon
    2. Berilo

You can but don’t have to use any of these names.. They’re just suggestions and if you have any other spring names on your mind, use them!

My choices: Rhys Jacek and Elen Gwanwyn. Jacek is a Polish form of Hyacinth, while Gwanwyn is “spring” in Welsh.


What would you name boy/girl twins? Use the initials of those names and select new names for them.

My choices:

Raine Joel and Elmerald Giselle.


Rename yourself using these rules:

Your new first name:

You can select between the three names for the month you were born.

  •    January: Denver, Easter or Emerald.
  •    February: Flora, Lily or Maxwell.
  •    March – Maia, March or May.
  •    April – Meadow, Neo or Raanan.
  • May – Rabi, Rain or Rose.
  •    June – Season, Spring or Stormy.
  •    July – Sunny, Thalia or Green.
  • August – Verna, Zinnia or Hyacinth.
  •    september – Anemone, Apple or Attwell.
  •    October – Aurora, Azalea or Jarek.
  •    November – Bloom, Bluebell or  Neville.
  •   December – Bradwell, Brooke or Claribel.

Choose a middle name with the letter based on the day you were born:

  •    1-5 – R
  • 6-10 – S
  • 11-15 – I
  • 16-20 – H
  • 21-25 – K
  • 26-31 – T

Remember that your middle name mustn’t be associated with spring.

  •    My choice:

For my first name… mm, let’s choose Lily. It’s cool and quite universal, and I like it, although not love it, there are so many Lil- names popular over here right now for babies. And my middle name should start with R so… let’s be adventurous and multicultural and open-minded and choose Rhianwen. Rhianwen is a Welsh feminine name and I think it’s beautiful and goes well with Lily.

Looking forward to seeing your choices. 🙂


Question of the day.

How far back can you trace your ancestry?

My answer:

Not very far, especially on Mum’s side. My grandpa knows names of his grandparents and their siblings, while my gramma only knows first names of her grandparents on her mum’s side and says she isn’t even sure if she remembers them correctly. I think it’s highly likely they aren’t correct, because she says they were named Teofil and Teofila. I don’t think it happens often that a couple has such similar names, though of course I don’t claim it’s not likely at all, just doubtful. And that’s all for my Mum’s side. On my Dad’s side my gramma knows a lot both about her own family and my grandpa’s and she always has a new story to tell. I remember when I was in primary and making my family tree for school she has told me about my great great great grandfather, not in details, but she was able to recall some things about him from what she was told. So I think she knows a lot and if someone would work really hard on putting it all together, we could get quite far back.

How about your ancestry? 🙂

Kronos Quartet ft. Natalie Merchant – “Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier”.

Hi! 🙂

Today’s song is a traditional Irish song made by American string quartet from San Francisco, called Kronos Quartet and a famous singer Natalie Merchant. I think it’s very beautiful.

Share Your World – March 19, 2018.

What is your earliest memory?

Many people with whom I’ve shared this memory say it’s impossible to have such early memories, as I was 2 years old then, but anyway I remember it and it is too vivid and subjective to be just something I remember from what others told me, in my opinion, also when I talked to my parents about it they told me they never knew that I perceived that situation this way.

This memory is about my brother’s birth, or rather a bit afterwards. I only remember that me and Dad went to Mum to the hospital, after he was born. I remember being in the lift for the first time and being a little bit afraid, I was often afraid of such kind of motion, something moving up and down, because of my balance issues. Then we came in to the room where Mum lied, she was rather weak and didn’t talk much as she probably still was under the influence of anesthetics (we were all born through caesaeran section). She let me touch her tummy and the impresson of this moment has stayed with me for very long. I felt her stitches and it somehow moved me very deeply. I know I felt like it is my brother’s fault and it has to be very painful for Mum. I told them he had to be terrible if she now looks like this and my Dad was laughing he surely is an absolute monster. Then I remember us leaving and being n the lift again and going out of the hospital and nothing more about it. But I’ve often thought this situation had to have some significant influence on me. My parents told me, and I remember some bits and pieces myself, that I was often pretty rude for Olek, yelling at him or punching him all of the sudden and not letting him touch me, although it wasn’t a long period of time, but I guess we never had a proper/normal sibling relationship, mainly because of our limited contact as I spent most of my childhood away from home.

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?


What makes you feel grounded?

Having my feet on the ground, warmth, but not heat, touching Misha and his purr, soft, relaxing music, deep breathing, and for some reason which I don’t really get – the scent and taste of mint.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.


, progress in my languages, blogging, strengthening relationship with my Mum. I was doing a lot of self care stuff this week, much more than usual. On Monday I had a very nice morning. Dad needed to do something in the port, he delivers fuel, often to ports, and has other things to do there related to his work as well. He offered my Mum to go with him and as she agreed, I decided to go with them too. While Dad was in the port, we were at the Sea

and it was very nice and beautiful and we had a great time together, we also spent a lot of time together after we got back home. Yesterday we all were in a restaurant and had a big dinner, very yummy. It was anxiety provoking, it is always very anxiety provoking for me to go out and there was a lot of people, I also find it rather stressful to eat among many people, but despite all that anxiety it was very nice, I can’t remember when was the last time before yesterday that I was in a restaurant. 😀 I guess more than a year ago. and although overall my week was rather uneventful, it was mostly good.

This challenge is hosted by Cee

. Thanks so much. 🙂


Question of the day.

Where did your family come from, originally? Do they still live in that country, or did they emigrate somewhere?

My answer:

My Dad’s family has some far Germanic descent, most probably German. My Dad is quite interested in his ancestry and a few years ago we sat down for a while just to see how far we’ll be able to trace back our ancestry. While we didn’t get to know much more relevant info that what my gramma had, and she knows a lot, we found that it’s very likely that our far ancestors originated from Saxony. Also our surname seems to be German. I wanted to get to know what it means, but the only thing I got to know, is that besides our region of Poland, this surname is also found in Germany. My cousin’s husband though is sure we must have Norwegian origins, even though he’s not genetically a part of our family as he married my cousin. He says that for him our surname sounds Norwegian and not Polish at all and many of us look “quite Nordic-like” which is actually true, as for the latter. But I’m afraid that Norwegians or any other Scandinavians would have a little bit of a trouble even reading our surname correctly. It begins with Z and Z is not used in Norwegian. It is in the alphabet, but they have it only in loanwords and often pronounce as “s”. There are Norwegian surnames with z in them, but they aren’t of fully Norwegian origin. Plus then there is ch, a sound also a bit unfamiliar in Scandinavian languages. So no, even if we might have some Nordic roots, ’cause my Dad really looks like a Viking apparently and I often call him so and me and my sister look quite Scandinavian too in some people’s opinion, I don’t think our Norwegian ancestry could be prooved on our surname. Also my Dad’s family is Kashubian. It’s an ethnic minority, not a separate nation or anything, but thought it’s maybe worth mentioning. I though don’t feel very Kashubian myself. I don’t feel like I am one of them and I don’t find their culture familiar or like I’d resonate with it in any way. I could even say that as much as I feel Polish, I don’t feel kashubian.

My Mum’s heritage is very diverse. My maternal gramma was born in Russia. My great grandmother was partly Polish, Ukrainian and Belarussian, and my great grandfather had some Russian roots, although was mostly Polish. They migrated to Poland a few years after my gramma was born, but she and some of her siblings still have that soft, Russian accent with prolonging vowels, which some people laugh at and some say is cute. My grandad in turn was born cquite close to the Lithuanian border and has some Lithuanian descent as well as Russian.

From what I know, some people of my Dad’s family live in Germany these days, but as far as I can remember they migrated there from Poland, they weren’t there all the time.

Some of my relatives from Mum’s side live in Belarus and I met them when I was younger, we don’t have much contact with them though.

How about your family’s origins? 🙂

Bronwen Lewis – Edrych Ar ol Fy Hun (Looking after myself).

Another Welsh-language song for today. This is my favourite song by Bronwen Lewis. Unfortunately it doesn’t exist neither on Youtube nor on Spotify, so I’m sharing it via Dropbox, it will expire after a month.



I can really relate to this post and I think so many of us do. 🙂

Broken Wings

Being awake when you’re tired. When your eyes are in too much pain to stay open and yet your body can’t rest.
They tell me to stay away from everything, keep my phone away, my laptop closed.

I tell them I already did that and they don’t believe me.

Being an insomniac is something somehow people can’t fathom. They got me thinking that I deliberately keep myself awake.

Yet when I stay and count the 300th time the fan blades have completed their rotation, I realise I would give anything to just get some sleep.

Counting sheep doesn’t help, when your mind starts wondering about the 100th sheep’s family and friends. I think of situations that would make me happy, but now I start crying, thinking how they won’t ever happen.
I wonder why the sandman keeps on missing me.

The anxiety of staying awake, when you know…

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