Sunday, August 28, 2016

Flying home

My son and his girlfriend are packing up things to
 start their long journey home. 

I'm praying for safe flights and their safe return.
On their flight from Dubai three weeks ago, 
they had a free upgrade to business class.
They were totally excited about that because they
almost didn't sleep on the first flight and they are
 both tall and were grateful for the extra space.

(If you are interested, click here for their Instagram account)

The library

Last Saturday we went to the library.

 I haven't been in a library since I left the
 Netherlands, more than 30 years ago.

When I was young, I went to the library a couple
 of times a week. I loved it!
But then I came to Luxembourg and the chance
 of finding books in Dutch or English was close to
 zero, so I started buying books in the Netherlands
when we visited my family.

After a couple of years I became fluent in
German (my husband and I speak German
 together, even after all these years), I discovered
 Amazon.de and started reading books in German.

The kids have a school library and they bring
 home a couple of books every now and then, 
but they just don't like to read (although my
 daughter loves audiobooks and most of the 
books in my Audible library are hers).

A couple of months ago I bought this book
 for my daughter, who likes to draw,
 about drawing Manga.

We saw a Manga movie or two, before she 
discovered comic Manga books.

From that moment on she started downloading
 them on my Kindle. She just couldn't stop reading.
 Every day she asked me if she could do some
 chores for me and have another book.
I was so happy that she had finally found
something she liked to read that I didn't mind.
These books are not very expensive (4€), 
but if you buy five, you have spend 20€, and
 they are very fast reads. 

So, that's where the library comes in!
We started going to the Cité Bibliothèque in 
Luxembourg-city on Saturday mornings 
and I am thrilled. We took three library cards, 
which means we can take 12 books, 
6 audiobooks and 6 movies every time.
I have so missed this all these years!

PS: Did you know these books are read from
 right to left? You start on the last page and read
 the bubbles also from the right corner of the
 page to the left corner.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday morning

The kids are still sleeping.

It's gonna be a very hot day today.
I love these slower-paced warm summer days.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

They seem to be having...

...a wonderful time on the island of Bali.

I am so jealous of them happy for them.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

This girl of mine

Almost 13.

The picture below is so funny, because she
 didn't pose for it. It wasn't the first time I saw
 her carry a basket on her head like an African woman.

And by the way, she is wearing her PJs ;).

Friday, August 19, 2016

Project Garden Shed

It is such a mess in the garden shed.

It always gets worse before it gets better, doesn't it?!
My husband thought he could do this in a weekend,
 but it is so much more work than he expected it to be.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


My second son and his girl friend...

...love to travel.

Most of the time on a budget, 
because they are both students.

 They are in Indonesia now...

...and I'm so happy for Instagram!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Printen from Aachen and My Antonia

When we go to the citiy of Aachen in Germany
 to visit the boys, we always make sure there
 are some "Printen" (somewhat similar to gingerbread)
 in our bags when we head home. 

This one with nuts is so good!

We should have brought more :(.

And I am quite excited about my new read "My Antonia".
I must admit that I had never heard of the author
 before. What a beautiful pioneer story. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Project garden shed

Looking better every day.

My sister's birthday

Today is my sister's 50th birthday and this is
 the jewelry set I made for her.

She just mailed me that she loves it. 
She has blue eyes, so I think it will look great on her.