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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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Knitting & reading

still working on the sweater, didn't make a lot of progress yesterday. I am thinking about knitting a lot though. I miss knitting hats and think I'd like to challenge myself to knit 20 before 2020 (next week there are 20 weeks left in the year). I probably won't make it, but it's fun to try.

finished the book I told you about last week and moved on to another book by Maria Schneider. I love this one too. Under Witch Moon is a paranormal mystery. The main character is a witch, there are were wolfs, vampires and shapeshifters and a few murders that need to be solved. Good fun. I also like that the magic is thought through really well. Not the cliche 'everything is possible with magic' way to make the impossible happen and solve the problems in the story, but digging deeper in how spells could work and what is needed to use a magical talent.

Linking up with Kat's Unraveled Wednesday
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Sweater progress

I've been knitting a lot in the past few days. And watching youtube videos... Ahem. I don't think that's really the best thing to do, the perfection of those girls I'm watching starts out inspiring, but is always getting me down in the end. It's great for knitting endless stockinette though. (I know... audiobooks. I really need to look into that)
I tried on my sweater on Sunday morning, but I added quite a bit of length after that. I love that it fits perfectly, while I just winged the measurements.
It's long enough to be a sweater now, but I still have enough yarn to make a tunic. I'm not sure though. I do like it as a sweater, but I think I will wear it more often when it's longer (covering my hips and my butt). Since this is real wool, I'll only wear it when we visit the Netherlands anyway. But I'm going to use the basics of this pattern and cotton yarn to make tops and maybe even dresses that I can wear here.
Anyway, I'm enjoying the simple mindless knitting, so I don't mind making it longer.

Linking up with Nicole's Crafting on
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Monday, July 29, 2019

A relaxing weekend

We had the most relaxing weekend we've had since ages. It was so good.
We spent most of our Saturday on the beach with some friends and on Sunday we just stayed at the apartment, hanging out, doing nothing. I 've been reading and watched a bit of youtube (well, actually quite a lot) while I was knitting. And then we went to beach bar to watch the sunset.

I wish I could say I feel up to the coming week, but to be honest, I don't. Still a bit tired, still struggling with anxiety and stress. But I'm going to take it one day at a time. Today will still be nice and easy. Just a lot of grocery shopping to do and a bit of cleaning. I'm also experimenting with Instagram stories, so maybe I'll take you along with me while I do that (if I feel up to it, I have to keep telling myself it's supposed to be fun).

Wishing you all a great start to your week!
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