Woke up this morning in 6, as usual. It is not a woking day for me, but I like to get up early. I like to say I am morning person. But, besides that, I have an extra reason to be early this morning. My friend asked me few days ago to help him something and I am expected around 8 at his home. Drinking coffee, reading comments in Opera, looking outside my window into a gray morning.
I leave my flat in 7:40 and walk to his place. It is nice to feel freshness and cool breeze on my cheeks. Streets are almost empty, this part of Zemun is quiet and I can hear familiar sounds that remind me on times when I walked to a nearby school… so long ago.
My friend and me know each other for about 30 years now, we were in the same primary school (but different classes) and also in same secondary school. In the same class. I was his best man when he decided to marry his wife back in 1993. and our friendship was sealed with that. This is considered as a serious act in Serbia. Well, sort of, but it is supposed you will not choose someone you don`t know well for being your best man. He is realist, hard working man with both feet on a ground. Father of two daughters. Decided to make a house of his own, about 17 years ago. Of course, I was the one that helped him a lot about it – despite the fact we didn`t know anything about building a house. But he learnt a lot during the process and he payed proffesionals for things he couldn`t do by himself.
Of course, house is not finished yet, but it is a place where a family of 5 can live with full comfort. I said "of course" because there is a saying here that a house is not supposed ever to be completely finished – there is always something to do. That makes a house, and a family who live there, a safe and healthy. As long as there is someone to work around house, a family is prosperous and has a bright future. This is what people here believe in.
There are a lot of debris and trash around and behind the house, left after the process of building: pieces of brick, grouth, wires, old metal buckets, sand mixed with dirt. This is what we are supposed to remove out of his place. He ordered a big orange container, placed in front of his house now. There are four of us, my brother is already there and one of the neighbours came shortly after me.
Whoever did something on a building site, knows that ground works are among the hardest ones. All of the dirt stayed there about ten years by now and it is not easy to remove it. We are sweating a lot, I feel pain in my hands and back, but it is important not to stop until at least half of the cleaning is done. That way a lot of job could be acomplished in short time, before tiredness and pain in muscles start to slow us down. We make a short pause after 2 straight hours, drinking coffee and juices. Herbal mint tea for me because of my coughing – I drink 3 cups, enjoying the taste, relaxing. My hands are dirty, t-shirt and trousers dusty.
After one more hour a job is done. We are sitting in chairs on his porch, sipping mineral water and juices (mint tea for me again ๐Ÿ˜€ ), talking about everything and nothing. My back start to hurt more so I take a painkiller and decided it is time for me to go.
Walk back home and decide to go to barber and shorten my hair. He is an retired barber, still working from his apartment, nearby place where I live. I am an old customer there and he is always happy to see me. Maybe it is because I leave him more money than he asks, but I don`t care, it is not expensive at all. As usual, he is bragging about how much customers he had this morning, working on my hair and talking. Folk music on the radio and scent of some meal from a kitchen. Reminding me how hungry I am. At the end he is offering me a shot of plum brandy (ลกljivovica), a product of his own from some village at the south of Serbia. He is explaining that he keeps his brandy in three kinds of barrels – one made of wood of black locust, another of morus and third of elm. He is giving me a small glass from a third barrel. The colour is like a black tea and taste is undescribably nice. Never tried anything like that. I was already on my way home when I remembered I took a painkiller less than hour ago.
At home I tossed my dirty clothes in basked near washing machine, took a shower and ate enormous amount of food for lunch. Painkiller, supported with a shot of a plum brandy is warming my body in a most beautiful way and I lay in bad, spending the rest of the afternoon reading and sleeping.
In 5 p.m. I decided it is a time to get up. Washed some grapes, plums and a peach, I sat by computer and decided to write this post ๐Ÿ™‚

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99 Responses to Saturday

  1. SittingFox says:

    That sounds like a good, satisfying Saturday ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree that houses are never finished, and if you live with several animals then there's a lot that constantly needs to be repaired, too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. claudeb says:

    Sounds a lot more interesting than my own Saturday. Thanks for sharing.

  3. ellinidata says:

    I love you "live Journal":( sorry you back hurts again …my "Best man" was also the Godfather of my son.In the Greek tradition when you have a union or a baptism,you choose a trusted friends and that person becomes your relative as well…thanks for sharing Darko,*takes a note… brandy and pain killer is a miracle thing! (in moderation of course ) * :p:yes:

  4. SittingFox says:

    Well, no, I've never heard that expression here. But DIY (do-it-yourself) decorating is extremely popular!

  5. thetomster says:

    :p got a sitting job myself, I know how it feels … I could do tai chi and yoga 3 hours in the morning … it won't avoid my aching back in the evening …

  6. rose-marie says:

    That sounds like a truly nice Saturday! (Except getting up so early… :left: )I wish I lived a place where your hairdresser serves you ลกlivo!

  7. gdare says:

    Adele, it is the same in Britain? Here people believe if someone says, "I have finished a house" something bad will happen to his family. SO people never say that :)Angeliki, I was a Godfather to his first daughter, Tamara. My brother was a godfather to another one, Jovana :DBrandy and pain killer made me nap very nice, I must admit it :lol:Felix, what was your Saturday like?Dirk, as you probably know I am very fit (for my age at least ๐Ÿ˜† ) and have trainings 6 times per week – but doing such jobs make me "discover" muscles I have never thought I have ๐Ÿ˜› Also, my back was making me problems from some small accident about 20 years ago. So I need constantly to strengthen muscles there. My "sitting" job is not a big help at all :left:

  8. ricewood says:

    A day with friendship, physical work, becoming prettier and also having a slightly intoxicating drink can't be all that bad.

  9. thetomster says:

    ๐Ÿ˜€ daily life … daily Saturday life … I like this very much :eyes: and by the way … a hurting back after this day will be the usual after having passed the big "4" … but I know that is a very satisfying feeling coming home after a day like this … every day is like a little journey …

  10. sanshan says:

    I wonder what a shot of plum brandy would taste like after licking a banana slug? ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. PainterWoman says:

    Sounds like a wonderful and productive day to me. There is something about manual labor that is good for the soul. I always feel good after. Of course, the brandy and painkiller would feel good too. Yesterday, I finally was able to buy a bottle of wine. It is a Riesling by Chateau Ste. Michelle. I will have a glass tonight.

  12. gdare says:

    Originally posted by sanshan:

    Maybe it's like licking some salt and lemon before the shot of tequila?

    I seriously doubt that ๐Ÿ˜†

  13. Minenow says:

    Some people really believe there is merit to sweating out a cold or other sickness. And yea! :hat: I don't need any more of them throwing up stories. I've had my fill of them for a decade at least!

  14. Dacotah says:

    Thank you for the nice read Darko. :)Hope your back feels better now and you cold goes away soon.

  15. gdare says:

    San, so you licked it, at the end… :yuck: At least, plum brandy would disinfect your tongue :PDirk, then you should change your training :DRose, next time you come in Serbia I will buy you a bottle of that one :DAlan, it was not bad at all :happy: How are you Allan, haven`t seen you much around lately?Pam, it is well known that physical work is clearing mind off bad thoughts of any kind. This is why I like to do it sometimes. It is nice change.It is white wine I guess :cheers:

  16. Spaggyj says:

    Sounds like a most productive Saturday indeed :yes: a good mix of work and rest ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. gdare says:

    I have drank only a elderberry syrup; also a rose syrup – we usually put a small amount in a glass and then mix it with water. Elderberry syrup is excellent for hot summer days :up:Did you found someone to mow that lawn for you?

  18. Minenow says:

    I quite enjoyed this narriative, Dare, from the musings about your friendship and the things you've experienced together… to the bit about how a house is never finished…. :happy: I'm sure after that haircut, you feel like you've had a full and productive day. I have to say… The longer I read, the more concerned I got. Sick still. Worked hardPainkillerBrandy. Good amount of food. I thought it was gonna be a throw up story like Carlos's post! :insane: Anyhoo… *whew* it wasn't! :yes: And I'm mighty glad for that! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  19. thetomster says:

    ๐Ÿ˜€ I'd rather change my job ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. gdare says:

    Adele, well I guess it is strictly Balkans-thing then :DKimmie, it felt nice and this is most important ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. gdare says:

    Mina, I am a bit surprised but I feel much better today, after all that work. I will go to see a doctor in monday, of course, but maybe my body have found a way to beat this coughing by itself :)We will see.No, no throwing up stories this month, I hope ๐Ÿ˜†

  22. L2D2 says:

    Sounds like a very nice Saturday, Dare. Doing manual labor with friends can be a very bond-building occasion—and you can't think of bad things when you are both working and communicating with friends.The plum brandy sounds good! I think the best-tasting alcoholic drinks I have ever drank was some homemade elderberry wine that my sister gave me once, and some homemade rose wine that my first husband used to bring home to me in gallon jugs. Never would tell me where he got it.All-in-all, a nice day indeed.

  23. sanshan says:

    Ewww! I would never lick it at the "end" (is that what you call it in Serbia?). You have to turn it over and lick its tummy. Maybe it's like licking some salt and lemon before the shot of tequila? ๐Ÿ˜†

  24. gdare says:

    Carol, I am glad if you liked it. It was a good day today :happy:Mina, usually I am not dealing with cold that way – I am not young anymore ๐Ÿ˜› Need to take better care of my body now :DLinda, is it your son? Or some of the friends?

  25. L2D2 says:

    The avatar now is my son and his wife on their wedding day.

  26. Dacotah says:


  27. L2D2 says:

    What are you referring to Dare? Is what my son?

  28. sanshan says:

    What about the worm in the tequila?

  29. Stardancer says:

    What a great Saturday, Darko!I always feel better after doing some physical work, too. Most of my jobs have included that type of work, and I really miss being able to do that on a daily basis. I look for ways to work like that.:up:

  30. L2D2 says:

    Here is a link to Wiki article about Mezcal or mescal as we spell it. Very interesting. Tequila does not have worms—mezcal does, and various larvae are used in the mescal, which is maguey or made from the agave (a-gov-e) plant. So I have Mezcal, not Tequila.

  31. gdare says:

    Linda, you put a "Yep" in your comment so I thought it was a answer to my question "Did you found someone to mow that lawn for you?" Sorry for confusion and thanks for explanation about a photo. I thought it might be you there :)San, I have seen worm in tequila only in a movie, so I don`t know what to tell you. It is for sure I would not eat it :yuck:Star, it feels good to work, I mean to have manual work here and there. It can keep a body fit and mind clear and therefore expend a life time. My grandparents are a proof for that. Since they were retired in 1981. or 1982. they spent half of the year in a village taking care about orchard and vineyard. They are too old now for manual work but if they were here in appartment, doing nothing but watching TV, they would be both dead by now.

  32. sanshan says:

    You would if I double dog dared you. ๐Ÿ˜€

  33. gdare says:

    Nah, it looks too nasty :left:

  34. sanshan says:

    Oh, I know you would do it. Trust me, I know. :devil:

  35. L2D2 says:

    I have a souvenir bottle of Tequila that a Mexican friend brought me from Mexico when she went to visit her family. I have had it for probably 20 years now, and the worm is still intact. At one time, the crowd I hung out with fought over the worm. Apparently, it soaked up a concentrated amount of mescal and whoever got the worm got a good rush. I always let them have it. Not even drunk would I eat a pickled worm.Although I did used to like the salt on fist, lick salt, squirt lime or lemon juice in mouth then down a shot of neat Tequila. Only raw liquor I ever liked.

  36. gdare says:

    Linda, thanks for a link, it was interesting to read. I thought it was in tequila, too but Mexican authorities prohibit the use of worms or larvaes in it. So, only mezcal "con gusano". I would let others have it, for sure. I liked the salt with tequila but not a lemon. Somehow it felt bad in my mouth; I never put a lemon on fish or seafood too.San, nope, I am too stubborn to cross some limits ๐Ÿ˜›

  37. wickedlizard says:

    Sounds like a nice Saturday. ๐Ÿ˜€ :cheers:Put your feet up, you deserve it! :DI had a nice Saturday too. A Day Trip to Pico, with fellow Opera blogger Nic, my girlfriends and daughter. :happy:

  38. thaodp says:

    A nice Saturday indeed ๐Ÿ™‚ It's always great to see men's friendship – working together, joking…plum brandy :wine:

  39. gdare says:

    Just enough? :insane: :faint:

  40. thaodp says:

    I haven't tried plum brandy but some other fruit brandy (not sure if I call right ๐Ÿ˜€ ). It isn't too strong if you tasted the homemade wine here I think ๐Ÿ˜€

  41. gdare says:

    Isabel, seems that you are enjoying your time there in Azores :up: Say :hi: to Nic from me :DMit, have you ever tried it? ๐Ÿ˜€ It might be too strong for a girl like you ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. thaodp says:

    45%? Ok, so it's just enough ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

  43. gdare says:

    Girl, this one have 45% of alcohol. If this is not strong enough for you then I am afraid to ask what are you considering strong :insane:

  44. claudeb says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    Felix, what was your Saturday like?

    Well, I read a lot, slept a lot and worked on a piece of software. It was pleasant, but not much to write about. Today was much more interesting, as I got the software to work and then took a walk in the park. Great autumn day. I love to see how the neighborhood changes between my visits, too.Oh, and check this out:

  45. L2D2 says:

    That was a gorgeous photo claudeb

  46. Stardancer says:


  47. edwardpiercy says:

    Hallucinagenic worms, oxycontin, plum brandy — this post should be illegal! :p Glad you had a great Saturday, Darko. :up:

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