Snapshot


Nope, I'm not the only one here taking pictures of sunsets...

Not a beach or palm trees

I'm trying to break up the beach and palm tree pictures by coming up with three other subjects.
It wasn't easy ;-)

(unrelated picture)

1. I challenged myself to hide the scales and not to weigh myself for a whole month. We're half way the month and it's killing me. Yes, I have some (ahem) issues about my weight.
My plan is  keep eating sensible like I've done for almost two years now and accept whatever weight comes of that, but I had some stressful moments these past two months and ate too much comfort food. Normally I'd be all over the scales to find out how much damage that did. And then I would need more comfort food to still my nerves about gaining weight and being afraid not getting it off again.
That's not helping, so instead I'm trying to get back to eating like I did and staying away from those scales. Only two more weeks to go.


2. When things get stressful I tend to look into buying a new planner, but the truth is, I don't need one. My current system (a mix between bullet journaling and the Moleskine week with notes layout) is serving me very well. I just have to figure out a way to write down everything that's on my mind in a way that convinces me I will manage to work through it all.



3. When D. was here, we went shopping and we both bought a new handbag. I love mine, but I have a hard time finding my stuff in it (because it's narrow and deep), so I'm sometimes considering going back to my old one. Or maybe I should try carrying less stuff?

Linking up with Carole Knits' Three on Thursday


Through her eyes









We've been very busy. Work, buying a car, looking for a house. But also... having fun with our oldest girl visiting.
It all started as a joke. She posted a picture of the snow in our family group app, T. answered with a picture of the beach. Then she posted: 'Can I come to stay with you?' And T. answered: 'Of course, if you bring an air mattress.' (we're still living in a studio apartment and have only one bed).
All in good fun.
But a day later I got a private message, quoting her father. 'Can I take this seriously? I'd love to come and I can take some days off right now.' (she works as a freelance make-up artist)
Well, why not? It turned out she didn't even need to bring a mattress, as our landlord had a third bed the fits perfectly in our 'living room'. It's a bit crowded, but we can manage for a week.
The joke started on Wednesday, the private message was on Thursday, she booked on Friday and arrived Monday evening.

So this week we've been driving around the island even more than we usually do, showing her all our favorite places, the houses we didn't buy, the beach and everything else. It's so much fun to see things through her eyes. I'm still enjoying every palm tree, every sunset and every time we visit the north coast, but for us it's familiar. For her, it's all new and exciting.
We've still got a few more days ahead of us. She flies home Wednesday evening. I'm constantly trying to fit things in with work deadlines and other stuff that can't wait. But I so happy she's here! It makes us feel like we're really living here now.

Right now







Right now I am...

...feeling more positive than I have in a long time. I was on the slippery slope to depression.
...happy to be back on Curaçao
...smiling at the plant we bought immediately after arriving. I needed something to make me feel at home.
...trying to prevent getting homesick this time. I was in November. Not good.
...getting more confident about our Dutch home really being sold. We have a buyer and will close on it by the end of March. We will travel back to empty the house before that (and to celebrate my parents '50th anniversary).
...reading a lot. Currently reading: The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah. Read it before and didn't like it back then, but it's growing on me. Still think this Poirot is not the same as Agatha Christie's Poirot.
...knitting... something. A cotton rectangle. Not entirely sure what it will be. I hope to have enough of this cotton yarn to make (small) bathroom rug, but if I don't, I think I'll use it as a drying mat for dishes.
...working hard to get everything that's on my plate done in time.
...enjoying sunsets at the beach. I never, never get tired of those.
....looking forward to swimming tomorrow. We arrived Thursday, didn't get to it Friday and on Saturday T. cut his thumb, so we had to wait a few days for it to heal.
...learning to work with my new camera. I traded my DSLR (that I hardly ever used because it was to heavy to lug around) for a high level compact, but I feel clumsy operating it.
...trying to get back into the habit of blogging. Right now posts are always a good start for me to make that happen.




52 hats :: 41 - 47 ~ I give up








I know, I know. I'm so close... But 5 hats in 4 days... Well, it is possible, if I could spend all my time knitting. And that's the problem. There's so much else I need to do.
So I decided to officially declare this challenge failed. It was fun, but I don't think I'll ever do something like this again. If there's one thing I learned this year it's that setting big goals like these for a whole year is just not realistic. I had all these ideas about getting creative, writing and selling patterns, setting up an Etsy shop and growing my knitting blog. But life got in the way in every way it could. This was an extremely ridiculous year of course, but I don't think life will get any calmers soon, so no more challenges for me next year.

I think setting (and sharing) monthly goals could be fun, but I'm not even sure I'll be able to do that. Not in January, that's for sure. We'll (probably - still no real dates set) be emptying out the house in the few days we've got left before we leave to Curaçao again. I also promised my parents to handle the catering for my father's birthday on the 5th., meaning I'll be cooking and baking for 25 people a few days before we leave (I know, bad timing, but this was one of those things that I couldn't say no to). And then, once we're back on the island, we'll continue our search for that beautiful affordable home of our dreams and hopefully be moving into it.

So I think for 2019 I'll just be choosing a simple bigger project like a shawl, a cowl or a scarf (or maybe even a blanket?) that I can pick up when I feel like knitting and put everything else on the back burner for a while.

So what does a pile of 45 hats (I gave 2 away for Christmas) look like?


And spread out:


I think I'll bring them to that birthday for my family to chose the ones they like. The rest of them will be sent off to charity.

Merry Christmas!



I was planning to write a long blog post, but I ran out of time so this will have to do for now ;-)
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Yarn along :: knitting and reading



Knitting: halfway another hat. I've made a hat with this yarn before and I love it as much as I did the first time (that's why I'm going so fast, I guess). It seems my knitting mojo is back. I'm determined to finish the hat challenge despite the two-month hiatus. It may be silly, but it keeps my mind off other things, so that's good ;-)

Reading: I've read a lot of simple feelgood novels lately and I loved it. But then I read on twitter that some book bloggers were going to read War and peace by Tolstoj. That's one of those books that you always hear about (mostly how hard it is to read), but I never read it. So I decided to download it and read a few chapters to see if I would join them. Well, it's actually not that hard to read. I'm about two thirds in now (page 810 of 1270) and I'm still going strong. Even though some parts (mostly those about the battles) are boring, the main characters are interesting enough to keep reading. 

This makes me wonder... are there more of these classics that I should give a try? I've been meaning to reread Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre for ages but never did (I read them for school) and I have never read Lord of the Rings, Pride & Prejudice or One flew over the cuckoo's nest. And those are just a few that pop into my mind, there must be a lot more. Maybe I should make a list and challenge myself to read some of them next year.

Linking up with Yarn Along on Small Things