Thursday, 5 December 2013

Something out of nothing.

A pot of Impatiens (not impatience), a gift from departing summer-friends. I tried to keep it blooming as long as possible. 
This was what it looked like when I departed the house for two weeks. 
November 8th.  
 It looked like THIS when I came back November 22nd. Barely alive. 
It sat in plain view on the window sill in our living room and needed just a little water every other day. 
Men! UGH!
With just a little TLC and water I coaxed 
it back to life. 
Today, December 5th.
the first bloom appeared!

That's just a little bit of our every day adventures here at home. 
That is making something out of nothing and blog about it. :))

Monday, 2 December 2013

In the Mood at Dusk

We have never been in our house longer than early November. So, this is the first time we decorate it for the Christmas Season.

We went upstairs and found long stored away cases of ornaments and lights. This is the result.
Seasonal inside and outside...
As it was gently raining/snowing I went out to take these shots. Hence the dots in the photos.

Even as I miss being in the desert southwest it does look cosy to me.
With that I can sing: "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow..."
What do you think?

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Now and then

What a difference mere there weeks can make. The leafs are gone and we made it to December.

The "season" is over us again.
When I was young I was used to go Christmas shopping in December. I went quietly around with my list and got all my errands done by Christmas Eve. The mood was full of expectation, festive.
I borrowed two photos to explain what I remember.
Now I don't go x-mas shopping any more.
Be it Grey Thursday or Black Friday.
I watched some video clips, though, and whatever you think:
people turned into a greedy, screaming crowd, manipulated by advertisements, just grabbing as many items as they could is disgusting.

I have no desire to participate in this kind of crazy frenzy.
I never did and I never will.

That is that.

Still at home, still not sure whether we will go south or not.
Today it is mild. Just 5°C (41°F) and NO wind for once.

I thought I give you an idea about how it looked like when I glanced out through my windows this morning.
November 4th versus December 1st: 
garden view early November
and this morning...
view out of my kitchen window..
view this morning...
...and out of the bedroom upstairs. 
OOPS, is J.P. going berserk on the car, or???
 I run downstairs and out of the back, he was just chopping more firewood. Whew! LOL

Windy and cold at Liberty Point.
That was a cold day, -7°C (19°F) and strong wind so that the wind chill it felt like -11° C (12° F).

After the wood chopping he was ready for his favourite German winter dish:
Kale, caramelized potatoes and smoked pork chops.

That is it for today.
Stay warm were ever you are!