Sunday, 28 November 2010

Weekend journal

Outside my window


Do you see the frost on the roof? It is 0 degrees!!!  I love this time of the year, especially when the sun shows itself and you have clear blue skies.

I am loving….. the little birds that come and feed themselves. It amazes me that I still hear them chirping. It is pretty cold outside! If I want to see them, I have to go to the window and look outside. But this is what I see.

IMG_1228 I am wearing…. my new cardigan and t-shirt with my old jeans


I bought it while I was staying at my mum’s place last week. My days as a caregiver have finished. It wasn’t very strenuous.  I had a very relaxing week. Between the chores I had enough time to relax and enjoy being with my mum. On one of my daily shopping sprees to the supermarket, I popped in one of the clothes shops in the village where she lives, and saw this cardigan. I love it. It has three shades of blue.

On another spree, I bought the wooden Christmas tree you see in the picture. At night you burn a candle behind it and you get this lovely silhouette effect of a Christmas tree. Haven’t been able to capture it on a photo, but you understand what you will see.

I am reading…… as I mentioned in a previous post, I took a lot of books with me to my mum, but to be truthful I only read a couple of pages of this book.  imageI am wondering… about nothing. Does that mean I’m living in the NOW???

I am grateful for…. that all is going well with my mum. She is practically self sufficient, only needs a little help.  She can already walk around the block with crutches. We practiced every day last week. Still it felt a little strange leaving her by herself yesterday, although I know she can take care of herself. Still, as she is housebound, she is reliant on friends and my sister for company for the next 4 weeks.  But I don’t need to worry that she won’t have any visitors, as someone is coming over everyday. Her appointment book is planned full for the next two weeks!

Have to share… this bunch of flowers I got.


I got it from my sister, who wanted to show her appreciation.

I am pondering on…. “Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.” Bernice Johnson Reagon. Well the challenges I faced this year paralyzed me for a while! I’m still wondering why it affected me so strongly. But one thing is true in this quote, I’m discovering who I am and I can truthfully say I don’t feel paralyzed any longer. I’m ready for my next challenge!!

From my picture journal…..




Last Stitching for Christmas block

Most of you have already read on one of the other blogs that this  last stitching pattern for SFC is ready to be downloaded.


If you would like to have the pattern, click here.

Barbara, from Pink & Barbara, made this stitchery block. She also was the organizer of this stitching ring. I enjoyed seeing the creativity pop-up every week, for the past 9 weeks. I also think this was a great initiative. Go Dutch Stitchery Girls, Go!

imageI hope to see some pictures of the finished Stitching for Christmas quilt soon on the blogs I read. Sadly, I won’t be posting a picture of a finished quilt soon. This year was too full with events that needed my attention and distracted me from my quilting.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Journal update

Outside my window…. see for your self.


I am loving … the early quiet mornings, when the sun is just coming up and it looks like it will be a sunny autumn day.

Today, I am going… to relax and do some thinking. Have a walk in the park, blog a little, catch up with friend on FB, do some ironing, and pack my travel bag.

I am wearing…. jeans and a baggy jumper

I am reading… nothing today. Finished the book I was reading last night. Thinking of taking these books with me to my mum:

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I am wondering…. what else to take with me. I’ll definitely be taking my work laptop with me, some books and other literature that I need to read for my research on Performance Measurement Systems in health care. Will also be taking Zoë’s quilt with me. I’m sure I will have some time to do some quilting. Which reminds me, will take my camera as well. Yes, luckily I don’t have a small car. Here is the Nissan QashQai. Love this SUV. By the way, my car is black, the only true colour for a car!!

imageNissan named its new European model after the Qashqai people. Before owning this car I knew nothing of the Qashqai!  The designers believe that the buyers "will be nomadic in nature too". Maybe that is why the car appeals to me. I’m a little nomadic too. Love wandering.

Insight……. I’m a wanderer!! (definition: to move about without a fixed course, aim, or goal).

Have to share……

I am thankful for….that my mum’s operation went well.

I am dreaming of…. Christmas season and that  the end of 2010 is approaching quickly. I’ll be happy to put this year behind me and stop my wandering. 

Thinking of my list of UFO’s…..

  • Zoe’s quilt (in quilting phase)
  • Feathered Star Quilt
  • The Medallion Quilt
  • The Log cabin Quilt
  • Star Quilt (in quilting phase)
  • Kaleidoscope Quilt

From my picture journal


Pondering on this quote…. "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” - Melody Beattie

I should get a poster of this!!

image I’m a real coffee geek.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

My mum had some surgery!

My mum had an operation last Tuesday. In total, she has had 4 operations in the last 10 years and 3 hip replacements. Sadly, she had to undergo a third operation on her left leg. Reason for this operation was to primarily alleviate the pain, replace the femoral ball and remove a large swelling. Most likely, fragments due to friction between the cup, which replaces the worn out hip socket, and the femoral ball, have encapsulated. This swelling/capsule had to be removed.  This was the cause of the pain and the difficulty sitting down and getting up. image

This time she got a cemented hip replacement. Do you want to know more about the procedure go here.  Hopefully the swelling won’t come back now the femoral ball and stem have been replaced.

The first couple of days she will be depend on others. So I’m going to be a caregiver/carer.  A Carer is someone who has the responsibility for providing or arranging care for someone else who is not able to care for him or herself. A carer is someone who is not paid for the care they provide. 

What can I expect: I will primarily assist in the shopping, meal preparation, general housekeeping, and assisting with those d…. stockings (pantyhose). I don’t think my nursing experience will be needed. Actually, she is already very independent, after only four days. Amazing how quickly one recovers from surgery and a hip replacement. Mum can already get in and out of bed by herself, go to the bathroom by herself and dress herself. She is also able to walk a short distance: up and down the hospital corridor on the orthopaedic ward.

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Sadly, she has to stay in hospital a little longer as the wound, isn’t healing as quickly as expected. Also her blood pressure was a little low the first two days. And, she felt rather nauseous and was throughing up a couple of times. I’ll spare you further details, but I was a little worried for a while. But all is well now. Monday she will be discharged and my care-giving days will start. At this rate, she will playing golf again soon.

The next couple of days/weeks I will be posting less frequently. But who knows, I might find time some time, to give an update on mine goings on. 

Second last SFC!!!

When you click here you come to The Stitch Cottage. On the right of the upper toolbar you see ‘gratis patronen’. Here you find the pattern for the 8th Stitching for Christmas block, which looks like this:


If you are curious, you can check it out Sandra’s blog here. She also has a webshop, do check-out her website, if you don’t want to visit her shop in The Hague. She has some delicious looking fabrics.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Look what the postman brought

I’m one lucky girl. The postman brought me a package all the way from Australia with lots of goodies. Sadly, I have to mention that this package contains nothing that is quilt related. So if you read my blog only for quilty stuff, you can skip this post.

In the box: Pavlova Magic, Violet Crumble, two lanyards/key cords, Vegemite, Tim Tam biscuits and a kangaroo.


I nearly didn’t get the Tim Tams, as my friend Louise couldn’t contain herself. Lucky for me, she replaced the packet. Tim Tams are just as old as me! Tim Tams were first put onto the market in 1964 by Arnott's Biscuits.

Will be trying the Pavlova Magic soon. Wonder if it tastes just as good as the one’s I make from scratch.


Love this lanyard. My Nokia E75 fits nice and tight.


Oh Vegemite, you taste so much nicer than Marmite. Had some on my cheese, as you can see. Sadly, it is not cheddar, but Dutch cheese isn’t a bad alternative.


My little Kangaroo. Messy desk! Who is that furry thing on the right. Oh that must be Teddy. He had just inspected the kangaroo. It frightened him a little!


I’m going to savour my last Violet Crumble. I shared a piece with hubby, but kept a big piece for myself. Oh Violet Crumble how I have missed you. Words can’t express the combination of coffee and Violet Crumble!!

Thanks to the Hambridges I connected a little with Australia and my childhood.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Quilting & Formula 1

I so hoped that Mark Webber would win the Formula 1 championships.


There he is on the screen and here is me quilting!

Sadly, he lost. Better luck next year.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Stitching for Christmas – part 7

Slowly we are approaching towards the end of November and then you will have all the free patterns for this SFC quilt. That is after you have downloaded this pattern.


You will only need two more and you can finish the SFC quilt. In case you were thinking of starting with the borders. You can download the instructions here.

Janine also has a blog. Just click here and you will be directed to her blog.

Have fun stitching the block.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Burglar proof

Hubby installed some extra cameras so that we won’t be surprised by burglars attempting to get in. If the burglar tries again, we will have a photo of him smiley

But before this is possible you have to improvise. The cable needs to be brought from one side of the house to the other side. So this is what my room looked like.


As I don’t like cables laying around in sight, they had to go behind the Billy bookcases. Which we had to move away from the wall a little. This is what happens, when you don’t do it properly. The books fall out!!!


And then you have to put them back in. One by one. But remaining positive. I came across some books I haven’t read yet blushing_smiley


This is what you can now see when looking at the monitor. We will be watching you, without you knowing icon_wink .


American pancakes

We haven’t had them for sometime! Hubby kept on nagging me, so I finally gave in and made some American pancakes this Sunday morning.

The ingredients!


The picture speaks for itself


The other side!

IMG_1036 American pancakes on the plate.


Hubby’s plate. He likes lots of different toppings as you can see.

IMG_1038My plate underneath. I would have loved maple syrup but sadly had to use the Dutch Stroop (a thick, viscous liquid consisting primarily of a solution of sugar in water).


I’m not the only one who is enjoying the pancakes. Teddy, the cat, is sniffing the smell and can hardly resist.