The Cats.

Now that the weather is warming up slowly but surely I get picked up from the bus stop again. By who you ask? Why, it´s our cat Marlene! I don´t know how she does it, but apparently she hears me coming up the street and meets me halfway. I know she´s partly excited because she is hungry, but it´s still nice to see her joy.

Marlene is a very kind soul. We got her from the animal shelter five years ago when she was about one year old. She was very skinny and apparently almost scared to death by the circumstances in the shelter. She got better soon thankfully and I think she´s very happy to be with us. She is kind of special looking - every vet we take her to says she looks like a lynx. I think she´s just beautiful. We named her Marlene because she is a real lady - sweet and kind, but very capricious at times!

Lulu (bottom picture) is our second cat. We got here because we thought it would be nice for Marlene to have a companion. We were wrong about that though - it turned out Marlene hated that tiny furry competitor we brought in her home (today they get along but aren´t really close). We got Lulu as a kitten from a farm, she was the last one from the litter - for a reason, because she looked really funny back then. She had a looong nose which has since grown out.

Lulu is our adventure cat. She is always outdoors* and if a cat really has seven lives, then she has used up four at least. Lulu had an awful eye accident when she was small, and she has been hit by a car once and broke her hip joints, and she has been shot (yes it´s true, there are charming people in this world. If you don´t want a cat to visit your garden, just shoot her, right?!). Oh and last summer she had a bad pneumonia (that happens when you rather sleep under trees than in the house, even if it rains). If don´t know how many hours (or euros, for that matter) we have spent on her vet visits. But you know what, it´s all worth it. This is the sweetest cat EVER. Sometimes I wake up at night because she is giving us eskimo kisses - one for me, one for M., then one for me again and so forth. She can be very affectionate especially with M. whom she loves (yes I´m jealous sometimes).

Can you tell I love our cats? Looking forward to getting picked up from the bus stop today.

*Yes our cats can go outside whenever they want. We live in a very quiet garden settlement and while it´s still dangerous obviously I do think life is so much better for them this way.


Pretty Stamps. 

I´m in the process of cleaning out my favorites on my computer and there are many lovely things I want to share with you. Like this stamp kit from Yellow Owl Workshop which I love. There are so many great things you could do with these stamps! We used custom made stamps for our wedding invitation.

(Pictures by Yellow Owl.)


Spring Cleaning.

Yes I do realize these aren´t exactly pretty pictures. But still, this is what we did this weekend (keepin´it real, right?). We have five apple trees in our garden which need to be cut back in late winter (=now). So this is what we started with, and then things got messy. See, the lady who built the house and planted the garden had a major love affair with her privacy. She planted so many bushes and trees that our garden today is very secluded and mostly not visible from the the other gardens surrounding us. While I certainly appreciate this, it got a bit too much in the last years since we moved in. If we hadn´t done anything, there would not be much garden left in the long term. So we got to work and cut back this (not yet) green wall.

As we don´t have a car we´ll need to rent one to haul away all that mess. So that´s up for next weekend. And we still have to cut back the largest apple tree, and the pear tree, and the plum tree, oh and the cherry tree as well. Fun! Actually, it really is. It´s so nice to work outside again.

PS: Yes that´s our hammock in the background. We never bothered to put it down, mostly because it´s broken anyway. We´ll get a new one at Ikea soon. But still, shame.


Summer Style.

OK folks, the first style post! Those who are following me on Twitter (my account is protected but I´ll admit everyone who isn´t a spammer - it´s in German though!) know that I´m seriously in love with the Boden spring collection. Actually, I´m just in love with Boden in general. I bought one of the dresses of their winter collection and oh my god I love this dress. I wear it whenever I have the occasion and I get so many compliments on it that it´s almost ridiculous. I have since ordered some more items and have always been very pleased. Yes they are a bit on the pricey side but very well made and high quality so I don´t mind paying a bit more.

You see, my one big new years resolution is to dress better. It may sound superficial but it´s something I need to do in order to save my self-confidence. I have lost my style (at least in fashion) during the last years somehow and I want it back. I want to feel pretty again! I watched a pretty stupid chick flick a few weeks ago and it featured the lovely Michelle Monaghan wearing even lovelier dresses and I was sold. I always loved dresses, so this will be the summer I wear dresses and dresses and more dresses.

Boden to the rescue. I ordered some of their summer dresses already and what do you know, I love them. Some of my other favorites are above (the white coat, oh my). I dig their models, too. It´s exactly the style I´m going for. Now we only need summery weather, right? And some serious funds.

(Pictures by Boden.)



Changes are happening around here. It seems we have to say good bye to some of the perspectives we had for this year, which is very sad. Just yesterday there was so much sadness in me that I had to leave work early because tears and work do not go together well. When I arrived at home, I took a short walk in the nearby woods and noticed changes happening there, too. A different light, new smells. I don´t think we´re done with winter yet but nature is definitely preparing for spring.

Which made me think that there´s so much in my life to be thankful for. For example this pretty part of the world where I live and which I truly love. Soon enough every inch of the woods will be covered with ramsons which is an amazing sight. And then there´s this tiny house and the not so tiny garden of ours which give me so much joy. I have so many plans for spring and summer already. I want to do lots of gardening. And I want to throw a huge garden party in summer making up for the summer wedding we didn´t get to have. Good things to look forward to.

Life´s all about changes, and I believe everything happens for a reason. I just need to remind myself of this from time to time.