Friday, July 22, 2016

With love

When you go on holidays and nobody is watering the flowers exposed in the sunny sky, the chance the flowers curled up and died is great. So we call the flowers doctor, Alfred, he talks, gives water and energizing food. Sometimes it's too late, I curse and promise not to buy flowers and plants until we have a decent watering system. And every year, I'm doomed to repeat the past. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Archeology expedition

While deep cleaning/sorting/discarding, I found those in their digital and tangible version. The most difficult decision is wether to discard them or to use them in a craft project. Need to sleep on it. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Just because...

Our Highness offered me a thank you gift for all the help and support during this fruitful year. She passed CE1 (=2nd grade of primary school), she's getting to the following year in ballet and music class. The cherry is she got accepted to a prestigious piano class-1st grade.
Good work to you, my sweetheart! 

Frogs in our asian culture is usually associated with fortune. I hope this coming year also will be as fruitful as this year.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A bit of nostalgia

The tiny apartment is about to burst from having too much stuff to swallow. So I'm in a middle of sorting/discarding/donating phase. The deadline is the end of September to get everything sorted and ready for a garage sale. A true challenge that I'm doing it with style, I wear one of my favorite t-shirt I bought 15 years ago. 

Here's the video!

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Life could be simple but we, people, tend to make it more difficult than it should be. My Dh always says it's typically women who always twist everything (what a macho remark!). 
Everyday, I try to live as the fullest. As self-appointed Queen of procrastination, a fullest day is consisting of doing everything at the same resulting in nothing is completed at the end of the day. Commitment, focus and efficiency only happen at work or when leading the work/house team. It doesn't quite apply to my own personal life: gazillions unfinished crafts projects, unplanned tour visits of now unhappy friends. 
Also, I pay too much attention to details and it can spoil my day if it doesn't turn out the way I planned. I focus more on the end results than on the process. Yes, I am a perfectionista! 
Everyday life is complicated to get through. To calm down, I take a stroll around the city, my passeggiata. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Enjoying life

Every year, we spend the summer holidays at my parent's. The kiddies don't need much to have fun, they just enjoy the diy sandbox and the inflatable swimming pool. The most important things are 2 playful dogs and the kids have their own flower pots to grow flowers and herbs. They really enjoy gardening and helping around. 

Today, we went "vegetables shopping" to our neighbour's. He's growing in his garden carrots, zucchinis, fennels, leeks, potatoes, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, ... and makes a living from his garden. It's fantastic! Tasteful and local, we also teach the kiddies what's growing on tree and what's underground, we also learn some techniques to avoid insects and other sickness destroying the crops using only natural products or grandma's remedy. A nice afternoon overall ! 

We spent the rest of the afternoon counting clouds and play around the house. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

L'école est finie. C'est les vacances!

Today was the last day of school. Our Highness and Little Mowgli are growing dark rings under their eyes, accumulated excitement to go on holidays is palpable, expectation of endless hours of playing/crafting/jumping/shouting are at the door. 
We're sitting in a middle of a cold summer (only 19°C, -8°C compared with same date previous year). It doesn't deter us from sipping a homemade strawberry/orange/grapefruit juice with a zest of lemon to drink to a fruitful year and to the well deserved summer holidays. 

Tomorrow, my nephew by marriage, who is turning 12, is coming over for a couple of days. I can't believe he's growing. To me, time is frozen with these pictures stuck in my head. 

This is a great way to begin the holidays for my kiddies. They just love to have people over. "The more, the merrier". Me, I don't like that very much, I see the other side of the curtains: dishes, cleaning scattered toys, calming overexcited kids, ... I'm getting old.

Sunday, July 3, 2016


As suffering from overweight and the teasing of others (specially my mother), I pay closely attention to my kids' diet and mine. I allow sweets, chocolate, biscuits, crisps but no soda. We drink water, milk and store-bought juice only when we have people over for dinner or it's someone's birthday. We (home)cook a well balanced meal and use olive oil instead of butter. 
Breakfast is still a matter. I eat bread with jam, the kiddies and the daddy, they like cereals. When you read the nutrition facts, sugar and salt are a major drawback if you want to follow a well balance diet on one hand. On the other hand, it's easy and quick (when we're running late, they eat in the car). I buy in bulk, never run out of stock or dispose them because they're rotten. They come in different tastes and shapes. 
I tried (maybe not hard and often enough) to bribe them to eat bread for breakfast with chocolate paste but they didn't buy it. I'll try with them to make our own granola. And you ? What do your kids eat for breakfast ?   

Friday, July 1, 2016

Help me!

My husband burst into rage because we're living in a small apartment but it holds much more it can handle, in one word= too much of toys, kids clothes, crafting supplies and stationary mostly. 

I labelled everything and have an accurate inventory stocks/memory of everything, I also know where everything stands. Do I use them? Yes! I just can't resist the urge to buy multiple  copies of the same items or all items of the range. My name is A., I'm a frantic hoarder and consumerist. 
The reasons I buy are multiple : replace broken/used items, on sales, a must have and too pretty. Even though I have to make rational decision everyday, my mind just goes gaga when approaching a toys/crafts store and sales period as if I am turning into a zombie without brain, I rather rely on primal feelings: if I buy it, I will be very happy, experience a fulfilment feeling. Sometimes, (shame), the next day when the rush goes down and my rationale is taking over, I just return the items. This is a battle between my intellect telling me "you're just slaving away to the consumerist trap" and my feeling "I must possess, it soothes me". The worst of the whole story, I'm spoiling my kiddies and above all I'm passing on the bad habit.

So, I decided after the sales period (let me slowly digest), my purchases are cutting down to twice a year and purchasing only on sale with a maximum budget of 1500€ + the entire house must be cleaned out of surplus. I'm already feeling the anxiety.