April 24, 2017

a lush afternoon

it was weekend, and after a super busy week, including saturday (kids camp all day, every day) i was more than happy to take it easy and not do anything on sunday  afternoon.
we rested, reading, sitting, chatting, enjoying the bright and warm spring rays. it was not hot at all, it was just warm enough to find a wind still spot to sun bathe.

the time was right to read and look at that luther comic, i liked it. as we call it the "luther year", or "500 years of reformation", there are a few historic novels and that kind of books on my desk. i also checked out this comic, which i hope, the kids will read and learn a snippet of history while enjoying it.
i have been reading this one and liked it a lot.

i'm in spring mode, wanting to plant, clean windows, hang laundry and so many more things....
and still, there will be cold nights, i have to be patient, wait with the flower boxes for one more week. the plants are in the garage, the planting has to wait just moment longer.


April 21, 2017

the week :: through the lens

it has been on the back burner, i have not been taking a lot of photos for a while now, and that should change. so i put the "hand made" lens back on the camera body and got started this week. it touched me in a special way, as i wander and have the camera ready be it in the kitchen, or living room table... this enables me to see with new eyes and i like it. we will see if it sticks, it is a start to a new friday review of what caught my eye. there is to be said, that i was inspired by erin boyle and her blog "reading my tea leaves". she does a wonderful job and it is so inspirational to have a look at her photos...


:: 1. let's jump high and far...

:: 2. on the way side

:: 3. bringing in from a morning run

the same this week, we are super busy with a kids camp, but those photos of last weekend had to make it into my friday selection....

April 19, 2017

hiking is surprising

also over easter, we went on a quickly planned hike. joel and his brother a put their heads together and came up with a kind of a short hike, but still interesting and full of surprises. great views above the rhine valley near fläsch.

a steep incline up the mozentobel and we were blown away how great the view was. of course one could have expected, but i was just hopping along, not thinking really what i would encounter. i just asked them, if there will be some snow fields, which was a clear no. so i put my sneakers on and felt like speedy concalez, compared to the two men and their mountain shoes...
well i was fine, but had to take the long rout once, while they climbed up a very steep grassy area, i would not have been able to get a good grip, so i ran a big "zig and zag" on the steady increase of a trail. no big deal, fine with me, they didn't have to wait long for me to catch up and i felt safe this way.
of course being on the trail with joel means, being off the trail and finding interesting paths or no paths to climb or even hang on to your life. i forget this, every time we set out. he has his gps and likes to go off the beaten path...
we got kind of lost for 20 minutes, of course we knew exactly where we were, but just could not find that "off the trail, trail". i had to smile and his brother was a good sport too. it is extremely fun with joel out there in the wild. and yes i will go again this summer!!!



April 18, 2017

weekending over easter

the easter weekend was full and exciting, as we enjoyed a roth family gathering near wangs. a lower mountain range, high above the rhine valley. snow was close and some of us hiked through the last remaining snow fields. it was also snowing on sunday evening, enough to accumulate for a white dusting. the weather was good enough in the morning, for an easter fire and singing around it. and the kids enjoyed the egg roll out of doors.
braking the fast with meat, cheese and some wonderful jams (never mind the nutella on the picture... ) and of course a good way to celebrate, besides the halleluja singing is the "eiertütschis". everyone gets a cooked and decorated egg, and each round two "tütsch" their eggs against each others. (tütschen means as mutch as "hit" my egg against an others egg) the winner is the one, who's egg is the strongest and brakes the last.... it's an easter tradition, no idea where it comes from and what it means.

crafting, hiking, talking, singing, playing games and listening to my mother in laws childhood stories was making up the four days. thank you to all, who made it possible and yes i married into a very active and lively family, never tired to tell stories or eat a yummy dessert together. this sounds a bit funny, thinking about it. as i married joel over 20 years ago and the family has expanded and makes up over 20 people, what a blessing.






April 17, 2017

the week through the lens

it has been on the back burner, i have not been taking a lot of photos for a while now, and that should change. so i put the "hand made" lens back on the camera body and got started this week. it touched me in a special way, as i wander and have the camera ready be it in the kitchen, or living room table... this enables me to see with new eyes and i like it. we will see if it sticks, it is a start to a new friday review of what caught my eye. there is to be said, that i was inspired by erin boyle and her blog "reading my tea leaves". she does a wonderful job and it is so inspirational to have a look at her photos...

:: 1. looking up into the spring sky

:: o those cherry blossoms, in full bloom

:: 3. happy chickens, happy people! and lots of egg dishes being served this season!


i know it's late and not even 5 pics, but i like them and they will not really fit a the coming friday....





April 12, 2017

memories

those wonderful flowers i get delivered, by the bucket full, from a neighbor florist and artist are such a blessing. this has been almost a year now, that she drops by on saturday after she closes her shop and brings a bucket full or more flowers of what was left in the shop.
so it has become my saturday night pass time, to arrange flowers in bouquets and little arrangements. and even better i visit neighbors and friends to hand them those joys i have been given.
there is so much joy and thankfulness, and who would have thought, this possible. no, not me, it never really crossed my mind that someone has to "get rid" of flowers and want's to just pass them on to someone thankful.

i frequently think of my two weeks i was working at a florist, when i was 16 years old. i loved it and it would almost have taken me in totally. sometimes it's really, what goes around comes around......

April 10, 2017

in the garden

we spent a lot of time out in the garden over the weekend. not really carrying the camera all the time, but at some point i got a hold of it.
so much light blue, i was surprised as i looked through the lens. there is definitely a change of color, a change of seeing and feeling, when looking so focused and intentional at the world.

it has been good, to soak it all up, the sunshine and warmth, i'm so in need of it all. the days have been and will be for this week too, very full and the list of "to do's" is growing longer by the hour. and still i have two full days of school on my schedule. even tough it's a short week, as we just started into holy week, the workweek ends on maundy thursday at 4pm, and that's just about when we will heading out for the longish easter brake, including easter monday as well. yes it's supposedly time off, but as for right now it stresses me out, we have to organize and pack and be ready to jump on the train or some of us on the bike (for a 100km ride......) to join with the roth clan for a wonderful joyous time together. i'm still a bit hesitant, as there is a lot to prepare and i'm not ready at all. but it will happen, the days will pass and my list will be worked down by thursday later afternoon.

and it will be a bit of a crunch and stress to hop on the train, but we will make it and then forget all there was. i know, we will be fine and enjoy the wonderful company of extended family. and all this in the mountains, away from the usually city life!

sounds good, doesn't it.

April 7, 2017

the week through the lens

it has been on the back burner, i have not been taking a lot of photos for a while now, and that should change. so i put the "hand made" lens back on the camera body and got started this week. it touched me in a special way, as i wander and have the camera ready be it in the kitchen, or living room table... this enables me to see with new eyes and i like it. we will see if it sticks, it is a start to a new friday review of what caught my eye. there is to be said, that i was inspired by erin boyle and her blog "reading my tea leaves". she does a wonderful job and it is so inspirational to have a look at her photos...

:: 1. the type writer has seen some busy hours, french vocabulary words have to be studied

:: 2. a very special kind of daffodils. they grow by the dozens in my garden

:: 3. joel has visited strasbourg and brought home some pictures

:: 4. for once vegetable soup at the restaurant and not at my kitchen table

:: 5. spring bounty!

April 4, 2017

life in spring


spring is in full swing and it's delightful.
it is uplifting and makes me wanting to clean windows! yup, i have to find some moments to start that window project on friday, maybe while watching two kids play in the garden. that would seem a fitting "two flies with one slap" (zwei fliegen auf einen schlag). until then there is really no moment i can spare, school, german conversation class and tutoring a 5th grader, getting the reading asignement over with it. i should also start with that paper, due at the beginning of may. an appointment with thea on friday morning.
and then there are two choir rehearsals this week, as we sing bach's johannes passion on palm sunday. ups and i almost forgot thursday nights movie "taste the waste" which i helped to organize. i kind of wanted to skip that one, but feel like i can't let the other two organizers on their own....
it's all good and i love life!

April 3, 2017

it's about time

 for one or another reason, i totally forgot to plant the tomato seeds, as well as some others including flowers, into the soil by mid march. that's what we usually do. a strong sign, that i have too much on my plate. or rather said, that's what is at stake, taking classes. being back in school for one or even two days a week is taking it's toll.

so today, the first monday of this month has to be called seeding day!
thea and her friend got the seeding soil into the tray and we put the seeds of some heirloom tomatoes they are part of the "arche noah" project. as well as swiss chard and a few marigolds into the box. a good watering and then up there into the warm living room, with lots of sunshine. it will not take long for germination, but i can hardly wait.

it is really warm and spring has arrived a couple weeks back. it had been a steady mid forties during the days and some nights have been almost as warm. a bit too warm for early spring. but you know what, i don't mind it at all, never mind the winter weather in the boston area..... i can absolutely do without right now.


March 31, 2017

the week through the lens

it has been on the back burner, i have not been taking a lot of photos for a while now, and that should change. so i put the "hand made" lens back on the camera body and got started this week. it touched me in a special way, as i wander and have the camera ready be it in the kitchen, or living room table... this enables me to see with new eyes and i like it. we will see if it sticks, it is a start to a new friday review of what caught my eye. there is to be said, that i was inspired by erin boyle and her blog "reading my tea leaves". she does a wonderful job and it is so inspirational to have a look at her photos...

:: 1. the rhubarb in the pot is doing fine, i'm very much looking forward to the harvest in two months

:: 2. this made me laugh out loud

:: 3. the "see through" trees

:: 4. it is this time of year again, sitting out of doors

:: 5. bare ware will open soon in the city of winterthur

March 30, 2017

stretching in a good way

it has been and will be a bit much time, i'm spending in the city this spring. it's where my school is located... and as i mentioned, i'm taking two classes at this time so i'm out of the house either two whole days or one and a half day a week. it is definitely stretching me a bit much. though the classes are interesting and i learn a lot, there is an other paper due by may 5th. so far it is all under control, thanks to two of my friends, one takes care of the thea on tuesdays for lunch and the other one on fridays for lunch for both girls as well as thea can stay with her all afternoon! how generous is that. and the girls love this setting.
it is really helpful, as there is still a clear structure to thea's day, and that keeps her well. she is such a "hans guck in die luft" and can easy forget that she has to eat or go to school or start doing her homework. forget about sticking with a task.
the mornings are working out fine too. as joel and i leave at 7:30am, the gib kids are either already out of the house or leaving later on their own. the kitchen timer has been working fine for thea. she is usually all done with chores and brushing her teeth, sitting at the kitchen table reading or coloring until the alarm goes off. it has been going fine, which is great. she absolutely loves this freedom of hers. being in charge of her time, makes her proud! what a great little benefit.

it stretches my mama being, but in a good way, o those kids are growing up so fast!

March 29, 2017

inside :: outside

a bit of a game::
inside, with lots of mixing and melting. cooking and baking, hosting, serving and eating together. our kitchen is a melting pot and it often feels, as it is the inside of a volcano. all cooking and expecting good things to happen. well, they do happen, every day and frequently a couple times a day.
often i'm just on my own, absolutely enjoying the solitude and wonders of food being prepared. but then it's often a bee hive in the kitchen too and everyone want's to eat and bake and help and just be in the middle of the making...

an other kind of a game::
this is right beneath the kitchen window, outside in the spring sun! the first plants are in full swing and watching the "gewöhnliche küchenschelle" grow, is exciting. first it's really all just green and there are a few twisted knobs which all of a sudden will open up and popping out is one of those wonderful bells...
life is exciting, spring is so full of new things, new life and new growth.
i should expect it, it's the same thing every year....

but still it's wondrous and exceptional, eye catching the least. it is a wonderful thing and i just go with mother nature and enjoy it. running in warmer temperatures is definitely a liked by me. not that i minded the zero to five celsius temps but the five to ten is best!

March 27, 2017

life as it is now


it was a busy weekend, more like the past four days i was kept from the blog writing. once it was the decision of either go for a run or write, which was decided toward my bodily fitness. and friday was a school day, knowing saturday afternoon was occupied too. so no computer time was left, besides getting the home work done, which i had to hand in this morning.

of course there was sunday. and that was good, needed and helpful, though on sundays i stay away from the computer, just if i really really have to turn it on, i will do it. and that need was not established.

well so here i am, monday afternoon already. i dusted and cleaned our bedroom, the bathroom, went for a run, hung three loads of laundry on the line in the sunshine of this lovely spring day. chatted with the chickens. cooked lunch, today was omelettes for three kids and me. and after lunch thea and i got to practice the cello as we usually do after lunch. in the coming hours there will be a run to the post office, to the grocery store, working on some crafts for kids camp which have to be presentable next week at a meeting....

i will be busy this week, with two more school days, so if i chicken out and don't post, that's just my life right now, it will change again. but for now, that's what it is.

March 21, 2017

the drink at night


a special treat was given to joel for his birthday. a very unique kind of single malt whisky, called "tunnelwasser", a so called swiss highland brand. well it's not just about the special drink, it's much more about the people we share time and joys and burdens.

we have spent some wonderful moments with each other. it has never really been about drinking or going out for drinks. most often it's just the moment of settling down, after a wild day with the kids, some intense meetings at work or toll taking discussions in the community. the moment of each day, when joel and i sit down in our "family office", the place both of us study or write, draw or read, listen or play with the kids, or what ever else. just about at 10pm it gets quiet and sometimes there happens a little toast. maybe to cool down, to enjoy the moment or to cheer for a little success in the past day. it has been those moments, which i feel have kept us sane on busy days. as well as slowed me down enough, to realize, that our relationship has to be taken care of. of course we talk and do things together, but those late evening hours have added to the joy of sharing my life with my best friend and husband.

and yes sometimes it's good to have other people join into those precious moment.


and here is a whisky taster at work, telling us all about the highland whisky from the rugenbräu in interlaken. the "tunnelwasser" has added a few more years, being stored in the granite tunnels of the lötschberg....

March 20, 2017

weekending with friends

our friends showed up for dessert on sunday afternoon. i was full of happiness and joy, looking forward to spend sunday with them. it has been a while, as they moved across the city half a year ago and attend a local church there now. we enjoyed each others company a lot, many sunday afternoons, after church we enjoyed one another's garden or went to the woods for a big fire or just grilling this or that...
so i prepared a yummy selection of comfort food, a simple tart with a bit of white chocolate covering (the crust) and filled with vermicelli's. some rich brownie recipe and whipped creme. then there was a savory pop-over with sweet and sour sauce, all turned out to be devoured within moments.

talking and playing tichu, making music and watching the chickens in the garden, some more playing and giggling, sharing live and being together.
and the girls prepared pizza for dinner. well those pizzas turned out great, rich and cheese and full of flavors (there was a vegetarian version, one with tuna and anchovies, and one with ham, lot's of vegetables on all of them.
and to top all the color and spring feel, a florist neighbor brought a big bunch of flowers over on saturday night. life is treating us with much more than i can hope for.


March 17, 2017

the week :: through the lens

it has been on the back burner, i have not been taking a lot of photos for a while now, and that should change. so i put the "hand made" lens back on the camera body and got started this week. it touched me in a special way, as i wander and have the camera ready be it in the kitchen, or living room table... this enables me to see with new eyes and i like it. we will see if it sticks, it is a start to a new friday review of what caught my eye. there is to be said, that i was inspired by erin boyle and her blog "reading my tea leaves". she does a wonderful job and it is so inspirational to have a look at her photos...

:: 1. baking bread has not been on my list of chores of late, but this week twice

:: 2. i got a wonderful bouquet of roses, not that roses are my favorite, but i absolutely loved those

:: 3. playing in the garden is most enjoyed in the spring sun

:: 4. and mending has been on my mind a lot the past week, this and that. and some times not very professional, but rather useful and somewhat artsy....

:: 5. the week has been wonderful, the weekend will be wet and cold