Freitag, 31. Dezember 2010

Best wishes for 2011


Fireworks Hannover 01.01.2011

Today - firework of bloom


I do not know how each of you celebrate the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011.
Here we celebrate it with a great meal and we watch the fireworks above the city.
The fire works started some time ago but very sparingly and it will get to a big
final just after midnight.

Mittwoch, 29. Dezember 2010

Quiet time between the years

It is quiet here. Snow is on the ground. The degrees are below zero °C.
Time to be quiet, too.
Sleeping, resting...

Sonntag, 26. Dezember 2010

Merry Christmas






White Christmas 2010 in Germany

Lovely white Christmas with a lot of fun
with family and great meals...
I am happy to be able to stay with
my husbands family during the season.

Donnerstag, 23. Dezember 2010

Rain on snow

Yesterday I decided to take today off from work.
I did not feel well (headache) and thought the best way to solve that
would be to stay at home today, sleep long and take everything easy...
Well, I really slept in - until 1pm!
And I did everything very slowly.
And the best is - i am feeling much better now.
I wraped the last Christmas parcel.
And did a bit of washing
and bought some things for the dessert
I will have to make tomorrow.
Family Christmas in the Hunsrück.
Great meals, fun, family, there is nothing better...

Today - waiting for warmer days








Sonntag, 19. Dezember 2010

A snowy day (in bed)


Happily me - I went to the exhibitions yesterday.

Today I am ill - staying a big part of the day in bed.

Hope it will get better when I have had the operation.
It is scheldued on the end of January.

Samstag, 18. Dezember 2010

Today - winter solitude in the city







Hey, it is short before Christmas.
We have snow. And I stay in the city?

Yes, I do.

As you might have read before: I wanted to
attend three craft exhibitions in town today.
And I did a lot of walking through Hannover.
I miss walking actually, when I do not do it.
I started some months ago to walk five days
a week 40 minutes/day regulary.
Nothing special but I got used to it.
And you can find great spots in Hannover in
winter, too.

Today - the craft exhibitions



Yes, you read right. Today I visited three craft exhibitions.

One was designachten. They charged 3,-- € for entrance.

It is near the main train station. They had great music and a lot

of different stuff aviable.


The next was at the Faust in Linden Nord.

They charged nothing for entrance and had

nice stuff, too. And they offered me an expresso for free!

The third was a must.

I love the pics made by Sam Flowers, so I had to visit the

exhibition at Orike Muth.

It is a bit tricky to find. First time I had a bit trouble searching for the entrance.

This year I knew what I was looking for.

And I was not disappointed.

They have really great stuff.

Dienstag, 14. Dezember 2010

Sonntag, 12. Dezember 2010

Today - Bremer Weihnachtsmarkt









Bremen is a short train journey away from Hannover.
And they have a lovely Weihnachtsmarkt.
Bremen is very special at every season.
You find a lot of pretty old buildings.

Now imagine this old buildings,
christmas carols live performed,
hot wine or Feuerzangenbowle,
meeting good friends or family
having a good time.

Mittwoch, 8. Dezember 2010

Reflections




Hey, it seems I find no time for the net at the moment.


And you want to know the reason?

I am not proudly presenting: I am just lazy.

Dienstag, 30. November 2010

Howl.howl....

The wind is howling loud outside.
It is cold and dark.
I am at home now, happy me.

Sonntag, 28. November 2010

Cold outside - hot wine inside?


Today it was so cold outside I did not feel like taking pics
although i took my camera with me.

Best weather for drinking spiced hot wine.
Today I drank Glöggi, a nice fruity wine from Finnlandia.
And there is nothing as good to get warm hands as eating
roasted chestnuts on the way home.

At this moment I am watching an old film on tv and a hot soup
is cooking slowly in the kitchen.
Love it.




Samstag, 27. November 2010

Freitag, 26. November 2010

Lily alone at home

Just loving it.

I do not need to share our TV.
I can watch whatever silly I want to watch.

I can mess up our living-room without feeling
guilty. Or I can be lazy...

Sonntag, 21. November 2010

Happy birthday!


Today we had a birthday party!

Samstag, 20. November 2010

I am like my old aunts...




My old aunts speek mostly about their health issues.


Well, that is the theme here at this side,too.





Just after I felt better and went to work again on friday


I had my annual Doc appointment.


I need to get each year my skin checked for cancer.


Nothing that hurts. The doc just looks at your skin.





Well, Doc saw two pieces that needed to be cut out.


I decided to get it done ensuite.


So I live now with yarn in my body for the next two weeks.


Thanks God I know the procedere coz it is the third time


I had to get two pieces cut out. In two weeks I will get the results.





And in three weeks I will go into the hospital to get it checked if


they are able to operate my myom.

Donnerstag, 18. November 2010

Christmas shopping

I do not know how much you like Christmas shopping. I hate the crowds in the malls - special before Christmas. I am more the type for the lovely small shops or the net.

It is easy to find good stores in the net. For nice shopes in real life it is a bit more difficult coz the shops I loved have died over the years. What came now as something to replace the old fashioned nice stores are short-term-possibilities with exhibitions and the chance to buy great things.

This year there are two places in Hannover to go for shopping special things before Christmas:

One is the designachten. It starts the first time so we have to see if it will be great or not.

The other one is well known. It is the "Werkstatt-Ausstellung" bei Orike Muth. Do not miss it. It is a bit hard to find but worth the effort (17.12.: 17.00-20.00Uhr; 18.+19.12.: 11.00-20.00 Uhr).

Slowing down

Hey, I hate it when my body does not fuction how he should.
I had to stay in bed for nearly two days now. Sleeping.

Could think about something better to do.
Well, my body decided that sleep was needed.

It still hurts, but I got up now.
Slowly brewing some hot tea.
Everything takes such an amount of time.

Sonntag, 14. November 2010

Today: Hunsrück, Bruehl and driving back home

After a weekend in the Hunsrück area we drove back home today.
It is a five hours drive. Nothing to enjoy - it was rainy and dark
most of the time.
After some time on the road we decided to take a break in Brühl.
There was a market and we hoped to get something to eat.







Donnerstag, 11. November 2010

Today


Early morning, Germany 11.11.2010

Mittwoch, 10. November 2010

A rainy day in Hannover



A rainy dark day in Hannover. Late in the afternoon and me
hungry searching for something hot to eat.

I had missed lunch and nothing in my fridge.
So out into the streets for searching a nice restaurant.

I went to the Limmerstraße. It is a nice street with
shops in the northern part of Linden. And I decided I
wanted a meal with fresh veggies and spieces.

It is crazy how you have sometines only to decide what you wish and it appears.
I found the Street Kitchen, a nice restaurant with viet cuisine.



I decided to take the daily choice of chicken and wow-
see what I got for 5,-- €:





The meal was delicious and it was worth the walk through the rain!

Dienstag, 9. November 2010

A good resource

When I want to give myself something to think about in a good way one thing among others is to visit this site. Hope you enjoy it, too.

Today



Montag, 8. November 2010

The rolls

Today I have to start work late. That was the reason I asked my husband yesterday to get us rolls for breakfast today. It was more a sort of a joke - I know how much he hates to go out of his usual way (a slice of dark bread with honey). And this wish asked him to leave our flat, go to the bakery and eat rolls. Well, I heard him leave our flat today and it took longer than to get our rubbish out to the bin. And some minutes later I was getting rolls fresh from the bakery, yummi....

Sonntag, 7. November 2010

Lazy weekend

I did not do much this weekend. Sleeping, eating, reading...

And I wrote the Adventcalender cards today - now they have to wait some days before I take them to the post office.

Freitag, 5. November 2010

Reading

I am still reading Alice Miller.
And drinking a hot tea.
Nothing special - just a normal day here.

Donnerstag, 4. November 2010

About Alice Miller and my gift today

Today I helped someone to hold a door open for passing with parcels. I did not know the person but it felt good to help - my gift for today.

I read on a great blog about a book written by Alice Miller and decided to buy it. It is the german version and called "Die Revolte des Körpers" and I got it today. I want to start reading now so goodbye for today...

Mittwoch, 3. November 2010

On giving gifts

I do not know how often you give gifts. Do you wait for special occasions? Do you want something in return?

For me it is hard to give and receive thanks to my parents.

I still remember being told to be nice and give one of the blouses my parents bought for me (as presents for my birthday some weeks later) to my older sister coz she liked them so much and other humilating things related to gifts. And to getting gifts: I will never forget my parents wanting so much praise for something they had done for me I did not like their gift at all.

It took me a long time to give without a special occasion and without wanting something in return.

I started to do this some years ago: I sent postcards each week to my sister and a friend.
Both without an occasion - both without wanting something in return. I really like choosing the cards and sending them. And sometimes I send postcards to other people, too.
And today I decided to send a friend a bag I made- just out of the blue...

One day in bed - still a headache

Yesterday I stayed nearly the whole day in bed. I had a headache and did not feel well at all.
Today I went to work again and got a headache only later in the day.
I hate it when my body does slow me down.

I went to the local bookstore to browse the shelves after work. I found a great book and decided to check the webside today.

Sonntag, 31. Oktober 2010

Today


Today the weather was so warm a sweater was all
I needed to take a stroll outside.

And I was brave today.

Do you know the concept behind being brave?

Being brave: Doing one thing a day that scares you.

Samstag, 30. Oktober 2010

What makes me special?

The last years I have tried to become a grown up version of myself.
I went to therapy and read a lot of self-help books.

Why did I need all this?

I can only guess, but I think it has something to do with the genes I inherited and with my upbringing. I can not change the genes I inherited so all I can change is the behaviour and the believings I learned during my childhood.

I believe my parents wanted the best for me but they were not able to do the best. Nothing spectacular but I was not able to live my life in a good way.
And I still struggle a lot.

Therapy is a great way to learn more about yourself. It may be hard to find a good therapist but it is worth the search.

For good self-help books I highly recommend the books written by Martha Beck. She writes funny and the books are easy to follow. And a good workbook is "The Happiness Trap:Stop Struggling, Start Living" by Russ Harris.

Autumn weekend




Nothing spectacular at this side. Sleeping long, breakfast, going shopping
for food, cooking lunch ...

And time to dive into fabrics!
My hubby is away for the weekend so our living-room is a showplace
for fabrics. :-)

Freitag, 29. Oktober 2010

Today












Today I left work early. I wanted to get some sunshine on my skin.

Heck, it is still dark night when I leave home each morning and the

sun has most days allready said goodbye when I come back home.

I do not know how you feel, but I need a bit sunshine for my soul.