Thursday, November 8, 2018


Last summer in July my daughter performed with her dance school in the "Theatre de la ville de Luxembourg" and we received the photos this week. 
Some of them are really cool.  

^ She loves hiphop and these two photos are her favorites.

She also dances jazz and ballet, but she likes hiphop more.
Dancing means the world to her and her mama is so thankful for this passion in her life.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Yarn Along {November}

Today I'm linking up with Ginny from Small Things

Now that autumn is finally here (love it!),
 I picked up my needles again. 
I'm making a couple of hot water bottle
 covers for Christmas. 

I used an easy 4 row repeat knitting pattern,
 which is perfect because
 1) it looks really nice and
 2) I can easily see my mistakes. 

I am currently reading The Baltimore boys
 (I read in German most of the time)
 by the Swiss author Joël Dicker. 
Although I loved 

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair

a little bit more, this is still a very good
 book and I am really enjoying it. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Stacking up firewood for winter

We have had such an exceptional sunny
 and warm summer this year and until two weeks
 ago we still had temperatures above 20°C. 

But it's getter colder and so we are stacking
 firewood for winter. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Final brocante of the season

The final brocante in Arlon of the season
Unfortunately we only went twice this summer. 
It rained a couple of times and we were on
 vacation on two "brocante Sundays". 
But we found some really nice things this time.

^ A round cake pan with lid. I think they were
 used to bake a cake on the stove in boiling water.

^ Old butter molds.

^ A cake stand for our collection. 

Unfortunately, one of the cats jumped
 on it the day after I took this photo
 and it was completely destroyed :(

^ And three small enamel pots. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Our trip to China

The last week of July until mid August we flew
 to China to visit our second son, who went there
 in April for an internship in Beijing. We stayed in
 Beijing for 6 days, where he guided us around,
 then took the train to Xi'an to see the terracotta
 warriors, then travelled to Shanghai, before
 coming back to Beijing and take our flight home.
 It was an adventure, to say the least!

It was very, very hot and very, very crowded ;).
And since they spoke only Chinese
 (almost no English), we used signs and
 gestures to make ourselves understood.
Dinner was a challenge because we ate
 in small, cheap cafés (like 10€ for the six of us),
 and most of the time there were no pictures
 on the menu list and only Chinese signs. 
But we ate well most of the time and nobody
 had stomach problems. 

Shanghai is much more modern than Beijing,
 but we liked Beijing better. 

^ The Chinese wall. I would love to say that I 
climbed up that hill, but I didn't...
 It was just too hot and climbing stairs isn't
 my favorite thing. The others did though.

^ The terracotta army, one of the most amazing
 things I have ever seen. Thousands of soldiers. 

^ Shanghai skyline.

^ The watertown Zhouzhuang was a highlight
 and very quiet on Monday morning.

 ^ We tried to avoid these (not always successfully).

One thing we didn't like was the attention 
we had as a "patchwork family". 
It was really bad, especially for our son
 who was photographed all.the.time. 
Sometimes they asked if they could take a picture
 (and I said "no, but thank you for asking"),
 but most of the time they did it secretly. 
We were so surprised because Beijing
 and Shanghai are huge cities, they must
 have seen dark-skinned people somewhere,
 if not in real life, then at least on the internet??!!

Like I said, it was an adventure, and we loved it. 
(Another three weeks before school starts 😊).

Sunday, July 22, 2018

A new bookcase

I needed a bookcase for this special corner
 between the back door and the window. 
I searched for weeks and finally found this
 Globe Wernicke style, painted, used wooden
 bookcase. As you can see it's a perfect fit,
 almost as if it was made for this corner.
I totally love it!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The first brocante this year

The brocante in Arlon, Belgium, starts the
 first Sunday in March, but in July was the
 first one we actually could go to (or it rained). 
We found some little treasures.

The buckets will be used as planters.

I have 100 great ideas on how to use this wooden box 
(but a cat bed was not one of them)

And two French enamel signs. 

Brocantes are the best!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

My Yankee Candle cabinet

I found a nice, small, old, glass door kitchen cabinet
 in the Netherlands for my candles. 
It holds all the Yankee Candles I own and as
 soon as there is no more space left in my cabinet,
 it's time to stop shopping and start burning :)

When the kids bring home their friends,
 they usually start smelling my candles.