Still, thankful.

Last week brought a car accident, which left our car totaled but thankfully all humans more or less intact, and more (seemingly never ending) health issues for both us and the cats. Quite fittingly, the landscape has been covered in deep fog lately, which makes me feel claustrophobic and desperate for light.

I keep waiting for this year to get easier, but no luck so far. Which, yes, is depressing. But then I watch the news or even just look around me and oh boy, there´s some perspective. Buying a new car will leave us broke for years, but it could have been much worse. There´s health insurance and capable doctors to help with health issues, and vets that knock on my door on Sunday night to check on the fur balls. And the thing about fog? It makes you appreciate the sun even more.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who celebrate.


Happy Weekend.

Hello. I am sorry it is so quiet on this here blog. It seems the annual pre-winter depression has been sucking every bit of creavity out of me lately... I just can´t get myself to pick up my camera or write anything about my life (which isn´t so very happy right now anyway).

However, I have two things to share today. One, I discovered the wonderful shop Anna Emilia and you all should have a look at it. I love the print above. And the one with the bear.. oh all right, all of them.

Two, I just came across the blog Letters of Note and oh my. So, so good. Go and read and write a letter to someone you love. And have a very happy weekend.

(PS: Yay for Obama! Here´s one of his letters.)



I think I have finally convinced the husband that we need to get sheep next spring. I want sheep for three main reasons:

1. I am not going to mow the lawn for three hours each and every weekend again next year, and the husband isn´t either. Life´s too short.
2. We´re not going to get one of these ridiculous ride-on mowers. No really, we won´t, dear husband.
3. Sheep are cute.

I did some research and I think we´ll get an old German breed, the "Skudde". They are tough and smallish and wooly (see picture above). Everything I expect from a sheep. I am thinking two girls? Yes? Yes.

Photo via here.


Thinking ahead.

It´s starting to look a lot like autumn around here, if you don´t count the unusual high temperatures (not complaining!). The husband started to extend the vegetable garden this weekend. I´m so excited for next summer. It might be crazy but our goal - not necessarily for next year, but long term - is to grow enough produce to feed us two over the winter (with the help of many canning sessions, our scary root cellar and a shiny new freezer). I´m ready for the challenge!

But that´s next year.. for now, I´ve been putting away the garden furniture and making sure everything´s ready for winter in the walled garden. I have to admit I got really sad when taking the hammock down - we have not spent enough quality time together this summer. Must do better next year.

(Also, do you see my crazy daisies? They seem to like autumn!?)


House portrait. 

Here it is, my house portrait by Rebekka Seale! I love it.

Ah, the exterior of this house. We didn´t get as much done as I would have liked it over the summer. We had planned to have the gable painted, but then it turned out that the whole thing is rotten and needs to be replaced. Which is not an option right now because we just can´t afford it. Same thing for the big wooden gate which needs to be replaced soonish. Next summer hopefully. Baby steps...

Also I was going to re-paint the blue door but looking at the portrait I think it needs to stay... at least until spring! All these decisions.. I have a hard life.