New shoes!

Just around the corner is a cute little second-hand children shop, selling mostly clothing, but books and toys as well. I really like to go there, as do most of the moms here. Everybody brings things that are too small, and buys other things. It’s something existing by all the parents in the neighbourhood. In the same building is a music school, in the street is a barber shop, a bike shop and a lovely Greek couple selling fruits and vegetables. Just a small, living street.
We took some time yesterday to look for new shoes for Sara. She doesn’t walk yet, but they do get out in the garden at daycare. With autumn coming closer, it would be best to get her some rain proof shoes, preferably before she would get out in the garden after a rainstorm. So we went to this children shop, where I immediately fell in love with a pair of old fashioned looking white shoes. I know, white. Rain, mud, daycare.. I know. It just was love at first sight. What to do about that? They look like they have only been worn a few times, since the sole is almost completely undamaged. The only major thing was, that this child (probably the first time wearing the shoes) walked in to black paint. One of the soles has a big, black spot. But also the white leather had lots and lots of spots. I was doubting what to do. Love, remember?
The lady in the shop took them over from me, and started polishing them. The black was off immediately! I didn’t think a second anymore and brought them home. My €4, actually new, shoes. Ok, Sara’s new shoes..

That evening at home, I started polishing. And polishing. And polishing. I even went to the shoe maker (also in the street), and bought some new polish. But something just didn’t work. I didn’t get an equal colour. I think I spent around three hours on them (it was dark already), using different kind of polish, until I was kind of satisfied. This lasted until this morning, when I saw them at daylight. I spent another hour removing the shoe polish with alcohol (poor shoes), which was the only thing I had at home. They are definitely clean now, no black spots, no other spots. Except for some places where I did too much rubbing. Now they look like this *sigh*..

I will start polishing again today. Hopefully I can show you a pair of wonderfully polished shoes in the next days!

Enjoy your day!




As I told you in my last post, I’m in Heather’s 30 Day Vegan Workshop, being wonderful from the beginning on. She gives us around 20 recipes per week, every single one a very tasty, with lots of love documented one, including pictures. There are ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks (sweet and savory). Besides being Vegan, the recipes are based on a whole food diet. I absolutely love it, the taste is wonderful and I have the feeling, this is something good for my body at the moment. Like I needed some time off on ‘normal food’. Actually, this is the most normal food I can think of.

Heather is not only giving us ideas for meals, also she guides us through a new kind of ‘feeling in the body’. She used the quote You are what you eat, which makes sense to me. And now, with eating differently, I feel different. In the first week, she talked about detox, which was something I did feel after a week or so. I felt extremely tired, not able to do so much, for example. But this is getting less and less, and I’m feeling better and better. Heather asks us to stand still and listen to the things happening, to take time for ourselves, just to take care a little more. Who doesn’t want to take time for herself with a baby wandering around the house? I do. Still, to bring this to practice.. I have got this wonderful bath salt waiting for me in the bathroom. It has been laying there for two weeks now. I might use it this evening, finally taking this oh-so important time for me, just me. I might.. That’s what I think every night.

So, what did I cook? I can’t sum it for you, but there were wonderful things like a quinoa salad with avocado and tomatoes (lots of avocados we ate here in the past weeks), an absolutely delicious mediterranean pasta toss (which surprised not only me) with sun-dried tomatoes, olives and mushrooms, a great sweet ‘sunday morning’ bread with blueberries and a marvellous apple peach salsa, which I brought to a little party last Saturday. I got so many great comments on it, and some recipe requests.
I also brought a frozen cheese cake to the party. The ‘cheese’ was made out of cashew nuts. You should have seen their faces as I told them. They guessed it was cheese (no..), whipped cream (no.. smiling) or heavy cream (no.. giggling). The cake was filled with blueberries and raspberries, and although it was quite a cool afternoon, the cold cake was gone in an instant.

Yesterday morning I made myself a plan. This included time for my crafting on Tuesday afternoon. Now I see its time to go and pick up my girl, who’s enjoying playing with other kids more than I could have imagined. Well, this afternoon, she will have to play with her mama. I saw her awake a total of 10 minutes yesterday, because I had to go to work and afterwards, I had a meeting with somebody (I thought she wanted to have a talk with me about her kid’s lessons or so, actually she wanted to sell me something! I have never had something like this in my life! I came home, feeling just shocked.. Definitely, it wasn’t worth not seeing my child for). So we will catch up today!

Have a nice day!

Summer break

So, it’s about time.. Where did I stay so long?
Shortly after my last blog, we went on a sudden vacation. We spent a lovely time on a farm in the mountains of Germany. It was a wonderful time, filled with hikes (not really mine, I have to admit.. Never saw a road going that far down that quickly..), sun, nature, farm animals and lovely towns. On the same day we came home, visitors arrived. And there were some visits to make from our side as well. It was a very busy month!

So busy, I didn’t even come to crafting, really. There are lots of things on my needles, lots of little repairs I have to make, but it’s just piling up. Life has started here, including taking a very very long time to let Sara get used to the daycare we need to bring her to, since the teaching has started and we have some overlapping, and a new rhythm has to be found for all three of us. For two of us being more the chaotic very relaxed kind of person (this does not include the little one) this is a big thing to do, rhythm. Getting up early (enough). Have breakfast (not just feed your girl and love your cup of coffee..)! Bring said girl to daycare, eventually doing grocery shopping on the way back. Use the time until lunch (reading blogs and playing cards is actually not really using your time.. Baking cookies is better, but you could also consider to do laundry! Or prepare for University, starting in October! -Only speaking to myself right now..-). Have lunch. Pick up happy child at the daycare. Play. Cook. Have dinner. Bath child. Bring child to bed. The last part was already working quite well for us, it is the morning time that makes it difficult. But we’re definitely getting so much better!

Those kind of things have been filling my days the last three weeks. It has been a little boring, though, not doing anything really useful with my hands. So yesterday, I picked up my knitting needles for the first time in weeks. I only made it until row 4, because by then somebody decided not to want to sleep, but hey, it’s a start.

I wanted to show some pictures, but somehow my camera is not working. I might need to reload the battery. So no pictures today. How boring! Well good, maybe one. A first-birthday picture. To show you my flag line I worked on (it actually should have been a birth thing, but I didn’t finish it before she arrived).

Good, okay, a second one. Just because I love this picture..

Around her arm is our birthday present. She was very interested in it. Of course, it is not so much for now, but she will hopefully like it when she gets older. I had a bracelet like this as a girl, I just loved it.
And yeah, she obviously gets enough to eat :).

Tomorrow I will hopefully tell you about the workshop I’m in. It’s the 30 Day Vegan Workshop given by Heather of Beauty that Moves. It is just great. Tomorrow!

Have a great day!