Wednesday, 29 February 2012

RIP Davy Jones – thanks for the memories

I loved the Monkees, watched many episodes while growing up. Read on Bonnie’s blog, here, that Davy Jones died. I agree with Bonnie, I too grew up in the grooviest era ever. RIP Davy Jones

Do you remember watching the Monkees?

Look what the postman brought!

Today my laptop hoop arrived all the way from the States! The postman had some difficulties delivering yesterday, but luckily my neighbour was home to accept & sign for the parcel.




I’ve tried many hoops but keep grabbing my first quilt hoop. It is about 18 years old now Happy. But Zoë’s quilt is pretty heavy and huge. So I’m now going to try the laptop hoop.

Here is a picture of some of my hoops. 


Do you want to know where I bought it? Check it out here. But you get the gist when watching this.

Yes, I now have a Barnett’s original laptop hoop. Going to give it a try tonight if I don’t have too much pain. What happened you might ask, well this morning walking to the office I slipped in the parking garage and fell. Nothing is broken but I might have gotten a whiplash. My shoulders and neck hurt pretty bad and that is not all, I kind of bruised my right side of my body too. Don’t see any bruising but I can feel where I landed. I really fell hard. I’m not having much luck at the moment body wise. When will my luck turn? Luckily I feel great mentally. I’m pretty resilient, if I do say so. This won’t get me down either Big Grin

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

A meditative moment

Beautiful text, beautiful lyrics,

…..recognize that there are ties between us
All men and women
Living on the earth
Ties of hope and love
Sister and brotherhood
That we are bound together
In our desire to see the world become
A place in which our children
Can grow free and strong
We are bound together
By the task that stands before us
And the road that lies ahead
We are bound and we are bound…..

Sunday, 26 February 2012

a Sunday meditative moment

PS – love James Taylor, love his songs, but I absolutely love the message of this song

Lots of good memories pop-up when I hear this. This vocalizes sea change for me.

Attitude for Gratitude post – week 8

I’m grateful that I’m slowly starting to understand our adaptability to change. I’m able to accept the challenges that cross my path and still remain very Zen. Change is a constant and I’m able to welcome them. I’m thankful that every challenge leaves me wiser, more skilful, more adaptive, and more loving, today and every tomorrow. I’m jocund as I finally understand I have to give myself time to view actions of ‘others’ and circumstances from different angles and perspectives. That I have to voice my concerns and ask questions to fully understand what might not be apparent to me now. But I rejoice the fact that I’m able to think long-term. Change takes time! What might be a small step today, may be a great leap in the long-run. I’m very optimistic about my future and not be diverted by some gitch. I’ve rediscovered my life purpose. I take ownership of my goals. I can accept the hurts from ‘others’ to reveal “blind spots” in my own life, and am able to see how I can benefit their lives with my new insights. I’ve made great leaps in self-discovery past couple of years and although the process has had some ups and downs I’m grateful for the challenge.

“No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.” ~ James Arthur Baldwin

I’m beaming that I found 3 co-writers to help write a book. You won’t be surprised that we will be researching / writing about the inter-relations between the following concepts: change, adaptation, diversity, group dynamics, interventions and improving processes. I’m smiling and can’t wait to start this journey.

Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life. ~ Eudora Welty

Absolutely delighted that the days are becoming longer and therefore we are able to produce our own energy. Since a couple of days our roof is filled with solar panels helping us generate our own electricity. We have become very green. Solar panels are a environmentally conscious choice for supplementing our utility bills while cutting down on the fossil fuel emissions and global warming. I’m happy we can play our part. The only thing we need now is a little more sun Smug


I’m still smiling about the happenings in my work-life. Everyday is entailed with many happenings. Some strange, some good.

Experience has ceded to a series of happenings, about which the most we can expect is information. ~ Thomas Harrison

Last but not least, I’m grateful that my health is improving slowly. I only have acute bronchitis. The blood work and x-ray of my lungs didn’t show up anything suspicious. It would have been nice if my physical resilience was a little better than it was, I then might have been able to fight off that nasty virus. Still this might explain why the 3 antibiotic therapies didn’t really seem to work. Maybe my double middle ear infection wasn’t caused by bacteria but by a nasty virus that resides in my body. I don’t believe that there is a causal relationship between my mood and lack of health. There most be another reason for the dysfunctional immune system and poor physical health as I’m pretty content with my life at the moment. I don’t need much soul searching to tell you that I feel great mentally.  The good thing about feeling a little under the weather this week is that it gave me time to watch ‘SeaChange’. At the moment I have to admit that I like Max better than Diver Dan. This is Laura (Sigrid Thornton) and Max who have finally sorted out their love life.


I’ve watched all 39 episodes past 2 months. Max is played by William McInnes. One hunk if I do say so. We are nearly the same age, he is only 3 years older Winking. I do expect he is a little taller than me!


I’m hoping to get back to quilting soon. I expect as my health improves I will have the energy to pick-up my needle and thread.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Somewhere over the rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby ii ii iii
Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true ooh ooooh
Someday I'll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me ee ee eeh
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops thats where you'll find me oh
Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
And the dream that you dare to,why, oh why can't I? i iiii
Well I see trees of green and
Red roses too,
I'll watch them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
Well I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white
And the brightness of day
I like the dark and I think to myself
What a wonderful world
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands
Saying, "How do you do?"
They're really saying, I...I love you
I hear babies cry and I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more
Than we'll know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world (w)oohoorld
Someday I'll wish upon a star,
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top that's where you'll find me
Oh, Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
And the dream that you dare to, why, oh why can't I? I hiii ?

Absolutely love this ballad! Love Eric Clapton’s version. The music was written by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. Did you know it was written for the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz, and first sung by actress Judy Garland?

I cherish it’s symbolism. Don’t we all search for sea change? In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy muses to Toto "Someplace where there isn't any trouble. Do you suppose there is such a place, Toto? There must be. It's not a place you can get to by a boat, or a train. It's far, far away. Behind the moon, beyond the rain....."

I dream of such a place, I dream of this wonderful life.



PS – Only 118 days to go Dont tell anyone

the journey to our destination

It always saddens me that people can’t let go. People are so afraid of loss that we sometimes ignore the basic fundaments of supporting life.

We are chiefly concerned with lives and only secondarily with quality of life. We have come to accept that CPR saves lives and does no harm. Sadly this assumption is wrong. CPR may be harmful, first, to the subject, second, to relatives, third, to healthcare staff and, fourth to society.  

I think it is important the care professionals and laymen that apply CPR also learn that in some situations no action should be taken. Sadly, as a society we are afraid to discus this. The primary reason for this is we are afraid of death. We have a hard time accepting that death is part of the human condition.

In 1990, the American Heart Association developed the Chain of Survival. This protocol addresses the fact that most sudden cardiac arrest episodes occur outside of a hospital, with death occurring within minutes of onset. For the Chain to be effective, quick execution of each and every link is critical. With each minute that passes, the likelihood of survival decreases 7-10%.


Time after the onset of cardiac arrest Survival Chances
With every minute Chance are reduced by 7 – 10%
within 4 – 6 minutes Brain damage and permanent death start to occur
after 10 minutes few attempts at resuscitation succeed

It angers me that journalists and doctors interviewed about the case of our Prince Friso all focus on the slim chance of recovery. No one seems to want to discuss the fact that the EMS personnel didn’t take responsibility and stop CPR after 10 minutes. No one discusses that we should have let go and accept that this skiing accident should have led to death.

Because of my research I know how family members will suffer the coming months / years. Even if he comes out of coma he will never be the person he was. I wonder how many people really know how bad this situation can be, when a severely brain-damaged person recovers. 

I hope and pray that we can learn to accept the loss of a loved one. This is part of life.

I’m hoping to start a national discussion that when you don’t know how long someone has been oxygen deprived you don’t start CPR. I also hope you will think for a minute in which situations you don’t want to be resuscitated and allow for a natural death. Voice your choice.  

I’m sorry if I’ve hurt people by expressing my view, but I just had to write this down. 

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Feeling a little under the weather – again!

I visited the GP again late this afternoon. I now seem to have developed a Bronchitis. The coughing & wheezing is getting me down. Tomorrow I’m going back to have a thorax photo and blood work taken. I'm keeping me and the doctors busy. Hopefully they can fix me, as I’m getting pretty tired of not feeling well. Just recovered from a double middle ear infection and survived 3 antibiotic treatments and now this. My immune system isn’t working well! I’m starting to wonder why?

But I got a bronchodilator inhaler, for the wheezing, isn't that cool?

Sunday, 19 February 2012

CPR re-certified!

I completely forgot to mention I got re-certified! Last Wednesday evening I followed a CPR program from the Dutch Heart Foundation. CPR certification is an established and trusted way for first-aiders to keep up to date with the latest developments, procedures and techniques for administering CPR. It provided me an opportunity to refresh my knowledge. 

WHY LEARN CPR? Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time. Nearly 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home. So a little CPR knowledge will go a long way. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. Sadly, only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. So sign-up for a class nearby and let’s help increase that percentage. A 3 hour-course can save someone you care about. 

It is real easy Happy

If you live in the Netherlands, just click here and sign-up. Your health insurance may even reimburse you!

I finally learned how to handle a AED (automated external defibrillator). It is kind of funny to know a lot about an ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) and ICD-recipients but never having practiced using an AED.

Attitude for Gratitude post – week 7

My gratefulness this week goes out to my intuition. Do you ever all of a sudden understand the cause or effect in a specific situation? Are you ever in a situation that you are able to link together apparently innocuous facts and come to a valuable conclusion? Well this is happening to me more often than I dare to mention. My skill of acute observation and deduction is developing to a new level. I sense beyond conscious understanding – that I just know this is OK or not. Well the past week I’ve been in a couple of situations that all of a sudden I realize  without the act or process of deriving logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true that I’m on the right path but I’m no where near the end. Monday afternoon I felt the vibes, and I knew this is not right, this should not be pursued any further. Tuesday afternoon I was in a situation that can only be described as a serendipity moment. I’ve been presented a situation where I should give ‘time’ a chance. My gut is telling me I might be on the right road after all. Friday morning I felt  confirmation. The only question that remains – is this all a coincidence?

"In the fields of observation chance favours only the prepared mind." ~ Louis Pasteur

Maybe William Shakespeare said it better Cool

"All things are ready if our minds be so."

act 4 Henry V

I’m gratified that my mum is able to do some home decorating. I love how her home is turning out. This is how her living room  looks like now.


When I got home Saturday afternoon, feeling a little under the weather, I was thankful that my PIL thought to give us these tulips.


I’m not the only one who likes them. Here you see Teddy drinking from the flower vase.


Last Tuesday was Valentine’s day and I had to give hubby a present too.


I appreciate the winter evenings a little more, when you can watch TV and feel the heat glowing on your cheeks from our open fire place.


The evening was even a little more enjoyable because I could admire this guy from afar.

callan Mulvey_Josh-Rush

Josh from the Australian TV-series Rush. Yes, I’m tickled for having found this series. But completely blissful, as we can watch all four seasons. This way I can contain my ‘everything-Aussie’ addiction. 

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Diary of Five

quill and watch

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I am seeing... the transition from night to day.

I am hearing… the birds chirping outside. Letting me know that spring is near.  

I am smelling….not much at the moment. After surviving a hardy middle ear infection, I now have a cold. I’m coughing like a smoker, although I’ve never smoked in my life. If I’m allowed to self-diagnose I sure I have a respiratory tract infection. My stamina is at a all time low. I don’t seem to be able to resist those bacteria this year. Tough little buggers.

I tasted….. banana with muesli and soya milk for breakfast.

I’m feeling….. all chirpy. I’m cheerful and happy.

Sixth sense – spirituality …. I’m very Zen. A total togetherness of body and mind. Zen is a way of being. It also is a state of mind. Zen involves dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by your own thoughts. I’m ahead of the transition that is happening all around me.The restlessness of the ‘others’ doesn’t effect me. I realize that the change is necessary. The ‘others’ are resisting this change. I just have to wait it out, till the ‘others’ catch up.  

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Guess what?

Oops, nearly missed the invitation in my e-mailbox. I was browsing through my inbox after posting and saw some unread e-mails. It would have been a real shame if I had ignored this one, as I've been invited as a speaker (again). Going to Munich / München end of August.


Will be giving an oral presentation. Thankfully I have all the time to get prepared. Hopefully no mishaps like last time. I’m one lucky girl.

PS – it is an 8 hour drive, so I guess I’ll be staying a couple of days and do some sightseeing as well.

Another post

On my other blog you can read about my status of the Dear Jane. Just want you to know, we had a Dear Jane Circle in Ulft yesterday. Read more here.

Attitude for Gratitude post – week 6

Tickled when I got my early Valentine’s present from hubby.


Can you read the personalized text on the label?


Isn’t this sweat?


Thankful that an Aussie friend mentioned SeaChange. Absolutely love the characters depicted in this TV-series, especially diver Dan Della Bosca (David Wenham). This is how I want to remember Australia Dont tell anyone

imageI’m a little sad that this character has left the series. I aspire to the SeaChange lifestyle. Although SeaChange was filmed somewhere else I wouldn’t mind staying at Tuross Head for a while. It is so similar! I can imagine myself sitting on the deck of my hillside cabin watching the tremendous views of Tuross beach.


Sadly, I can’t show any of the many photos that I have. They are all pre-digital. But I can show you where Tuross Heads is.

Grotere kaart weergeven

I’m lucky that we found a place, a little nearer than Tuross Heads, to experience the same feeling. Going to Snowdonia Wales gives me the same sensation. I’m still searching for the word that can best describe my feeling At wits end

I’m thankful for the letter that I received last Monday. I didn’t expect it anymore, but I was absolutely delighted with its contents. Funny, how a couple of words can change your whole perspective. Wish me luck!

Last week was a full-filled quilt week. It is hard to describe the joy that hand piecing gives me. I love the feeling of laying out a finished block and the sense of accomplishment that comes with it. I don’t mind unpicking my work, if the end result isn’t quiet what I tried to achieve. I aspire to make it just perfect for me and so I ignore the kind words of fellow quilters who think it is perfect enough. Every block is different, and it is so amazing to see my individual style shine though.

I’m pleased that I was able to resubmit a paper I’ve been working on. Fingers crossed!! I’m hoping this will be accepted for publication.

I’m amazed that I’m slowly mastering my sense of security and being able to shut out external influences creatively. Dealing with stressful situations doesn’t seem to effect me the same way as before. Finally mastering Tao.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Dear Jane club

The pictures in this blog don’t need many words. As you can see lots of piecing going on.

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Travel bear came along!!


Here are some of my baby Jane’s!


Do you recognize where I was?


Entrance to ‘Oude Bornhof’



Funny, what you see when you zoom in. It definitely needs a new coat of paint. The gold is chipping Day dreaming


Zutphen is really worth your visit. Great shot, if I do say so.  I’m talking about the picture underneath Winking.


Love! Isn’t that sweet?