Friday, September 20, 2019

A hat that makes me happy

After weeks of not knitting one stitch, I suddenly got an itch to pick up my knitting last Monday. So I dug out the hat I started almost two months ago. I worked on it during the day and I had a nice window of uninterrupted knitting time at night when some mysterious orange lights in the distance inspired my husband to listen to Jeff Wayne's War of the World. Yes, we're nerds like that ;-)
But it was nice. Just half an hour on Tuesday to finish it and then I was done.
It's just a simple hat, actually, and it doesn't even really fit me (it's kind of big), but it makes me so happy.

When life is hard and stressful, knitting helps me to relax, but when I slip into a real depression (you know, the chemical imbalance in your head), I usually stop knitting. Being back at it definitely is a sign that I'm getting better.
And that's why I love this simple, oversized hat.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Progress report :: the small bathroom

I thought it would be fun to update you on the few rooms in the house that are more or less done. I'm not going to call posts 'reveals' since that would imply a lot more than we actually did. We're on a very tight budget and have a very long list of things we need to do, so there's no gutting, no design, no excessive shopping.
We're trying to make do if we can (and this bathroom was nicely tiled and probably hardly ever used) and buy the things we need at La CuraƧao and Home Plus (cheap shops comparable to the Dollar Store).
But we did come a long way from where we started.

I spent hours to clean it all thoroughly and then started adding some storage and some color. Green, of course. The most expensive part was the medicine cupboard with the mirror, but we really needed some space to put our medicines and toiletries, so a simple mirror wouldn't do. The towels are stored in the rolling cart under the sink.

We still need to install a ceiling and a real light (there's just a bulb now), connect the lights in the cupboard and do some painting. One day I'd like to replace that concrete air grate with in a real window and put in a vanity, but for now, I am quite happy with it.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Hot lunches

Since I found out I have some foodallergies, I've been struggling with lunches. I used to love my simple sandwiches (just bread and some sliced meat), but I can't eat bread anymore, since gluten is one of the things I have to avoid. Glutenfree bread is not an option though, since I also have to stay clear from soy, sugar, milk and some nuts (I'm sure about cashews and walnuts, and probably almonds too).
T. eats ricecakes as a substitute for bread, but those affect my bloodsugar too much (I have hypoglycemia).
I need something with a lot of fibres, fat and protein and not too many carbs. I can't eat eggs for lunch, since I already have two for breakfast. So it's really been a struggle.
I do eat a green salad with chicken or beef every once in a while, but I don't like it enough to eat it daily.
What I do like, as silly as it may sound for someone living in the tropics (and we're in the hottest period of the year right now), is chili con carne. Or something similar to that, because the batch I made last week has very few beans compared to other ingredients (bell peppers and tomatoes). It's more like a very thick tomato soup, or maybe a stew. But I love eating it and my body reacts very well to it.
So now I'm contemplating making other stews and thick soups for lunch. Jeannie shares some good soup recipes every Sunday, so I'm sure I'll turn to her blog first. And maybe it's time to revive my pinterest account and start pinning recipes...

What's your favorite stew or soup recipe?

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Since we last talked

... we moved to the new old house!
... we made some (but not a lot of) progress renovating the house (still no ceilings)
... I didn't knit one stitch. But I got a bit of an itch to dig up my knitting this morning, so there's hope. I don't think my 20 hats before 2020 goal will be met though.
... I didn't take a lot of pictures either, but I picked up my camera last week and now I can't stop trying to capture sunsets, birds and moments.
... I've felt happy, depressed, motivated, frustrated, energetic, tired, healthy, sick, calm, stressed out, optimistic and pessimistic. You know, life happening. I have to admit that the negative outweighed the positive, but I'm slowly digging myself out of that dark tunnel.
... I realised that I really, really miss blogging, so I guess I'm back at it again.
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Thursday, August 8, 2019


I don't feel like blogging (or being on Instagram) lately. I thought it would be good for me to keep it up, but it feels more and more like one more thing to check off the list, instead of doing something fun, so I think I'll take a little break.

If you've been reading my blog for a longer time, you know it happens every once in a while. Nothing to worry about. Just too much on my mind. I need a little mental reset and being offline (as much as possible) usually does the trick.
I'll be back ;-)

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Friday, August 2, 2019


When all other ideas fail, take pictures of plants...
Wishing you all a relaxing weekend!
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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Three on Thursday :: August intentions


I'm not really sure where July went. Well, actually I do know, I spent most of the month worrying about my parents and T. Since the reason for that won't go away, I need to learn to live with it.
I don't want to spend the rest of this year feeling as lost as I have felt this month. And I guess setting goals (or rather, intentions) for the month will help to focus on other things.

So here I three things I will be working on this month:

1. self-care
I actually wrote a long blog post about that, but I decided to just leave it at this: no matter how counterintuitive it feels, I really need to take better care of myself. Not despite everything happening with people around me, but because of it. I don't help them by ignoring my own needs and I really can't help them when I'm tired, sick and depressed.

2. homemaking
I think it will help to counteract the lingering homesickness and my frustrations about not having a lot of paid work these days if I'm more mindful of my home here. We hope to be able to finally move this month, but there will still be so much renovating to do, that it sometimes feels overwhelming. So I want to focus on the normal homemaking too. Cleaning, taking care of my plants, cooking healthy and/or delicious meals, rearranging things for the joy of making it look pretty. Just being (mostly) a homemaker for a while.

3. having fun
My husband told me to stop feeling guilty when I'm doing something just for fun and he's right. Life is too short to be busy just because society expects you to be.

Linking up with Carole's Three on Thursday

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