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Geertrude
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I've been thinking about this a lot and I finally decided to give it a try. I'm going to intregate this blog and my dutch blog Which is scary, since my dutch blog is actually my look-I'm-a-writer-blog, but it didn't feel right until I started posting more personal stuff on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2012 at Faith of the Heart
:: I completely forgot to take any pictures because of the mess in our home (we took down the wall between our bedroom and my little work/sewingroom, I'm still cleaning and trying to work through all the things that need new places) :: I'm bending my own rules and took... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at Faith of the Heart
:: we had home-grown vegetables (I'm excited about that every time) :: we enjoyed beautiful sunrises, sunsets and blue skies :: summer finally made it's appearance :: so we could sit outside at the fire :: I bought some new chairs :: and found myself rearranging the whole living room... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2012 at Faith of the Heart
Oh, you have chickens! That's so great! I can see Maddie is doing a really good job taking care of them. She will be so proud when they start laying. Is she going to sell them? (if I lived closer I'd be her first customer. We use a lot of eggs around here and since we can't have chickens ourselves I'm looking for a small farmer to buy them from. I'd like to at least "know" the chickens they come from.)
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2012 on maddie's chickens at Bits of Sunshine
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Oh yes, that is a great summer sport! And you do need a cow, just like I need chickens (no cow, we've got some lactose intolerants here). For me the sport is not finding diner, but coming up with new ways to eat (green) endives and lettuce, 'cause that's what I have lots and lots of. Most of the seeds I just sowed "to see what would happen" came up - who knew they would do that?
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2012 on my favorite summer sport at SouleMama
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this is where I find peace. where my mind stops wandering and worrying, where my hart beats steadier and my breath slows down, where I can forget about the chaos of my right now, for just one tiny moment of bliss... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2012 at Faith of the Heart
Oh, I'm sorry to hear that! We have a house full of gluten intolerants (and lactose is acting up too), so I know what you're going through (though I'm the only one that isn't gluten intolerant here, so not from my own experience). I hope you're feeling better soon!
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2012 on 8.11.12 at Bits of Sunshine
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1. eating lettuce from my very own garden (lots and lots, since I sowed way too much) 2. watching the zucchiniplants burst all over the place (hoping it isn't too late for them to bloom and have fruit) 3. watching the corn, the endives, the carrots, everything grow 4. knowing my husband and I have three whole days of "being together" ahead of us 5. the fact that at nineteen my youngest daughter still enjoys staying over at her grandparents 6. knowing that Saturday I will drive to the airport to pick up one daughter, have my parents over for diner to bring home another and drive to the airport again to pick up the last one and then we will be all together again (for a day, until one of them takes of again for another week of vacation) 7. the joy of knitting for charity. so rewarding. Or actually, just the joy of knitting. Knowing it has a purpose gets bonuspoints. 8. looking forward to some sewing time 9. reading your blog ;-) 10. sun! Our summer isn't deep at all, but I do savor every bit of sunshine we get. Thank you for making me think hard and list these ten things. I need to do that more often.
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2012 on ten things at SouleMama
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Your garden looks great! I've started a little vegetable garden of my own this summer. We don't have a lot of space, but I'm making do with some raised beds. And I'm loving every little bit of it! I can't wander into the garden to decide what's for diner, like you do (how lovely that sounds), but I do go in to pick a few leaves of lettuce before lunch each day (to eat on sandwiches) and to notice what crop might be eaten for diner soon. Oh, and to dream about next year, when I will have more beds, more time and a little bit more experience to plan for a more efficient use of space... I'm enjoying every second of it!
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2012 on notes from the garden journal at SouleMama
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Those are great! I love pinterest too, but I have to admit that it's a lot of pinning and not really actually making something around here. But it's inspiring, so that's good. Pinterest actually inspired me to finally start finishing the kitchen (after 8 years of living here there was still some tiling, grouting and painting to tackle). Maybe when I am actually finished I will start using those recipes I pinned...
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2012 on about pintrest at Bits of Sunshine
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:: I enjoyed the wonders of having stairs down to the garden (it's a meter below the level of our house, so getting there used to be a challenge) :: we finally got some summery weather :: so I got to dry laundry outside :: the garden grew even harder... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at Faith of the Heart
:: we planted our very own corn field :: I picked up a project that I started a long time ago :: we ate lettuce from the garden (thinning out the crazy amount I sowed) - it's too little to make a salad, but we enjoy eating those small leaves... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at Faith of the Heart
That's so sweet!
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That's great! I think project like these make homeschooling so much more fun than regular school... (my girls would have loved this)
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2012 on insects with maddie and isaac at Bits of Sunshine
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Jul 13, 2012
Oh yes, we're in the same boat indeed. ;-) Good to hear from you. Have a great day and enjoy your weekend!
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2012 on hello friends at Bits of Sunshine
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Right now I am... :: feeling disconnected. Things have been really off here lately :: hoping to find my peace again soon :: posting some random pictures that I took earlier (as in two weeks ago... oh my.. where did those days go?) :: trying to remember to take some... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2012 at Faith of the Heart
Each and every one of your spinning posts makes me want to start spinning too. Which is kind of silly since I can't even squeeze more than a few rows of knitting into my days lately...
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2012 on spinning at my side at SouleMama
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Some of you may remember that last year I started renovating our backyard. We'd removed our leaking swimming pool and were left with quite a mess. I got some inspiration online and started from the middle. The plan was to have a little room to sit and use the rest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at Faith of the Heart
Oh, that's such a beautiful garden! I think that shed is cute already. I've just barely begun growing vegetables, in a very small space, just to get the feel of it. Maybe in a few years I'll move on to a bigger garden (we might be able to buy of rent the bare plot that's behind our back yard), but for now this is it and I think it's really exciting. And sort of scary too, since I have no idea what I'm doing really. I have already planted more endives than I care to eat, the lettuce is dying and I'm not sure if any of the seeds I put in last week are going to come up. And now that I think of it, if they all do, where do I put the plants? Oh my. Isn't this fun? I love gardening!
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2012 on garden evolution at SouleMama
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I enjoyed it too! I love your sunset. I can totally relate about the time I wanted to spend on this. Especially yesterday... sunset is after 10 pm here now and we've been working the garden so we were just to tired to wait for it. And in summer sunset is behind the neighbors big barn too, so this picture (from last week) is actually the reflection of the sunset on the other side of the house..
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This week my friend Elizabeth (who blogs at Bits of Sunshine) and I are doing a photo project together. We thought it would be fun to come up with a word for each day, take a photo that shows that word and post our pictures together. E's picture: Want to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2012 at Faith of the Heart
Oh, I love your picture, it really tells the story of summer. I was take pictures of us on the roof terrace, me knitting in the sun, or planting the garden or... but this morning we had rain and it was chilly, just like the days before. It's not really summer here yet (I do hope we get some summer weather this year). So I turned to the flowers. This afternoon was good though. We finished another bit of the backyard. It's finally starting to look like a garden ;-)
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This week my friend Elizabeth (who blogs at Bits of Sunshine) and I are doing a photo project together. We thought it would be fun to come up with a word for each day, take a photo that shows that word and post our pictures together. E's picture: Want to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2012 at Faith of the Heart
This week my friend Elizabeth (who blogs at Bits of Sunshine) and I are doing a photo project together. We thought it would be fun to come up with a word for each day, take a photo that shows that word and post our pictures together. (hee, we had the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2012 at Faith of the Heart