I am a Swiss, living in Basel, Switzerland, sharing my passion for food, cooking, recipes, wine, travel, family, animals, friends and life on my blog.
It would be lovely to let some silence reside in my head instead of this chaotic noise!
I do agree that we are conditioned to judge and analyze everything, from early childhood on. But we also have the choice of stopping it.
Lori, I love when you mention all the examples of a simple drive into town, do you think it is possible to tune out all the "negative" factors and focus on - well - the pretty neighborhood?
I have been a big time judge(r) and it brought me nothing except negative energy and unhappiness. Amazing that you can do this for years and be unaware of the side effects. Once I realized it, I felt relief, I cannot remember when it happened and I would not say I am the great non-judger. What certainly helps is to be more quiet, listening and watching.
1 month ago on Do You Judge?
@JSJ2020 Anytime, Muriel, give me a shout and I will come running, no probably flying! Fishing for compliments? You are not helpless at cooking at all, what about some bouillabaisse?
1 month, 1 week ago on Homemade Yogurt
@jonesbabie Thank you so much, Cathy, this means so much to me! Thinking of you and keeping my fingers crossed, good wishes and hugs across the oceans.
Do try it, it really is easy, I will be making another batch this weekend!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Homemade Yogurt
@Lori Hi Lori, lovely to see you!
Do you let your bowl sit in a warm spot? And what temperatures do you use? In short: would you mind sending me the recipe? I would love to try the Lebanese kind, it must be the same as the Indian.
I did not add any fruit this time but I am thinking of making a batch with honey. Though I really prefer the sour and unsweetened kind.
I am glad I finally wrote a post, between walking Roco and going to hospital there is little time and I want to make the most of it. I will write to you on FB messenger.
2 months ago on Homemade Yogurt
@tandysinclair Hi, Tammy! Love the idea of using your oven light but I can imagine it works, all that is needed is a certain temperature to get the milk going.
@CarlyAlyssaThorne Thanks, Carly, for visiting. It really is very tasty and I am so happy to have found this recipe!
Ah, Lori, just what I needed! Thank you so much for a very lovely post and thank you even more for giving me a kick in the butt: instead of postponing and procrastinating I sat down and wrote a post, quasi unplugged:
3 months, 1 week ago on Do You Know Who You Are?
Hi, Lori! All thoughts and beliefs are the products of conditioning and we have the ability to recondition them (or by making experiences that prove the opposite). Interesting aspect of the GPS "tool" that will reinforce thought patterns.
I am not so sure about the Sidenotes, I have to click on the bubble to see the comment, from one bubble to the other, whereas in the comment section I have a full comment referring to the post as a whole or picking out an interesting item. It seems distractive and less coherent but time will show, no?
3 months ago on How to Create Your Personal GPS
@Lucylastica2 Thank you, Lucy, it was an enormous relief at the moment itself. Not so easy to change life long habits but I am working on it. I am spreading myself thin with all the daily tasks (a young dog is great fun but also a lot of work - how we always keep forgetting it when throwing ourselves in a new adventure!) and some things will have to wait. Do you know this feeling when out of common sense you postpone projects and at the same time you hear the clock go tock - tock - tock ...
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Do You Know Who You Are?
Oh, dear, you had me there! It will definitely go on my list for next year!!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Greatest Mother’s Day Gift Ever
Ah, shucks, Joshua, so sorry for being late to the party! Many happy returns and next time when we bump into each other the drink is on me! Cheers!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on How Do You Celebrate A Birthday On Facebook?
@JustinMBreedlove Long way to go, Justin, hard to change life long behavioural patterns (do we not all experience this?), thanks so much for your lovely message and wishing you a great weekend.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Do You Know Who You Are?
Lovely to read your post, Lori, your enthusiasm and motivation shines in every word! Cannot wait to read your book, never mind the time it will take, I am sure you will keep us posted on its progress.
Out now for a long long and well deserved walk in nature and sunshine - this makes my heart sing!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on What Makes Your Heart Sing?
In summer I get up very early in the morning and - coffee cup in hand - step outside to greet the new day, enjoy the first sun rays and say hallo to my growing children (tomato, cucumber, all my herbs) - this feels so good!
As you know I spend a lot of time outside walking (time now again!) with Roco and I cherish those moments, the physical exercise, the familiar scenery with its changing cycles. It has a sense of permanency although it is in constant motion. Or spend a day in our woods, trees are full of energy and will share it with us when we hug it.
Maybe we feel good in nature as it gives us the feeling of being part of it, accepted and acknowledged but never judged?
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Why Does it Feel So Good to Commune With Nature?
This is interesting information, Claudia, thanks for sharing it!
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Ask the Dentist: Is Oil Pulling Safe?
@blogaks @Late_Bloomers LOL!
3 months ago on Do You Know Who You Are?
@blogaks and a very happy day to you, Ashvini! Thank you so much for your lovely message. I will have to wait till 100 because I do not want to offend any living people and give them cause to litigate!!! I have meant to get in touch with you for the last months re. my website, it is in dire need of renovation, can you tell me where time runs off to?
Great picture, Lori, I love that you have started using your own photography!
@rshin Hey Rula! Thank you so much for commenting on my post at Late Bloomers, for some reasons (maybe @livefyre knows?) both your comments have disappeared ... but your second comment made it into my mailbox and I want you to know how much I appreciate it. Especially when you say: "I like writing that's from the heart and mind, and your answer to this very interesting question flows easily and feels very genuine." It was raw and unplugged.
@tandysinclair Thanks, Tandy, it was like diving off a cliff without thinking too much and it did have some cleansing effect :)
Thanks, Josh, for this informative post, I had a look at Spin Sucks and it looks promising.
3 months, 1 week ago on WIll Livefyre Sidenotes Save Blog Commenting?
@KDillabough @Lori @Late_Bloomers Both of us have been out of touch, my dear friend, and I sometimes have the impression I have lost my writing hand ...
I admire Lori so much for her strength, drive and fortitude, she sets a fine example.
Thanks for your encouragement, you are so right! Oh, my book: you will have to wait some years, right now there is another baby project whining at my feet and asking for my attention .... out for a walk in rain today. But we have been so spoilt with lovely spring weather - no complaints.
I wish you a glorious Easter Weekend with lots of sunshine and new colours sweeping the white away!
@Lori Fun? Ah, Lori, I cannot call it fun yet, it was a challenge meant for me and I wisely chose to take it up! I posted the link in the comment section.
I have just realised that my share button has vanished on my site - what the heck has happened now? Ah well, I will go out now IRL and deal with it later!
@CorinneRodrigues Hey, Corinne, what a pleasure to see you at Late Bloomers and thank you so much for your appreciation of Roco! He is such an adorable dog. I grew up with boxers, they are great family dogs. Will you post some pictures of yours?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Roco – New Puppy At Home
@Tedora Liebe Tedora, das ist doch die beste Reaktion auf die Fotos! Vielen Dank und e Guete!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on About Late Bloomers Shop
@JanineRipper LOL, Janine! Of course, you have a recipe to share, let's hear about it!
Have a great Sunday and thanks for visiting!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Temptation And Strawberry Delight
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes I often wish to live in such a climate but maybe I am so used to seasons that I'd miss something?
Thanks, Josh, appreciate your visit, I am so caught up IRL - I have a lot of catching up to do ...
@Lori @Late_Bloomers Fresh is best! The delight to bite into a sun warmed strawberry -ahhhh!
@Lori @Late_Bloomers I have no clue right now, Lori, maybe part of it :( No, she is not okay, she is very fragile and hurt, with advancing age she is loosing her independence step by step and this is a major setback.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Do You Run From Your Feelings?
What a timely post, Lori! Let me share here what happened to me last Monday: the new week was off to an excellent start, lovely spring weather, the sun warming up and begging flowers and blossoms to burst open and make us rejoice in all the brilliant colours. I was happily writing away on my strawberry post when I received a phone call from my mom: on her way home somebody stole her purse from her bag. Action mode: call the police, have the cards canceled (too late, money gone) and report it in the police station.
Beneath all that action mode I was feeling so much anger (and a plethora of other feelings: impotence, hurt, pity for my mom) and yet had to shove it aside for the time being. I found a release and a way to connect with my anger etc. when I shared our story on FB. The feedback comforted me and similar stories shared made me feel stronger. I can let go of my anger now, it has turned into a feeling of empathy and compassion.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Do You Run From Your Feelings?
@Lori Good morning, Lori, and would you like a cup of coffee?
Lucky you having strawberries in your garden, I only have a few plants with Imola strawberries (that's the one with the tiny but ever so fragrant fruits) and there is always a race between the slugs and me who gets there first!
What do you do with your strawberries? Eat them fresh, jam, freeze?
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Temptation And Strawberry Delight
@Christine Donalies Thank you so much, Christine, it is one of my favourites and we spent such a lovely day on the market and in the town of Mulhouse, crossing the border to France and a mere 30 kilometers away - it feels like a holiday! Yes, I'd love to share a meal, some glasses of wine and lots of laughter with you as well!
4 months, 1 week ago on About Late Bloomers Shop
Hi, Lori, allegria = uplifting of your mood, a transformation to a state of bliss and you know, of course, what jumps into my mind: The Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven in his 9th symphony!
Like @Steve_Rice I never associated the position of my eyes with my mood but you are so right: our spirits move in the direction of our gaze. When I catch myself looking down I automatically have a limited radius, I do not meet people at eye level or open up to unlimited possibilities when star gazing!
Lovely post, my friend!
4 months, 1 week ago on Alegria
@JSJ2020 Hey, Muriel! My whole life is a carnevale ... ;-)
4 months, 1 week ago on Basler Fasnacht – Carneval de Bâle
@Lori Hi, Lori, you can have fun anywhere! No, this was my friend Esther, I was filming it! And the others were all men disguised as Indian men and women, I wonder how long they have studied the choreography - it was perfect!
Yes, we are very lucky with the weather: an uncommonly mild winter and now the most beautiful spring weather, 22° C today and tomorrow, then it will take a dive to below 10° C with rain at the weekend (of course). But I am savouring each moment and try to spend as much time as possible outside with Roco!
My cough is better, thank you, but it has decided to stay with me!
Maybe the spring weather will travel to your region now, I wish it for you, has there ever been as much snow and ice in NB before?
Hi Eddy, hi Lori,
Thanks for your lovely post, Eddy, I think it is vital to have passion in your life, but as with other things it is about dosage. Having too few or none will make you unhappy and having too many passions is - like @blogaks said - putting a lot of stress on you.
Lori has known me for quite some time and knows that I have many passions, call me the mad hummingbird dashing from one subject to the other, from food, trying out recipes, to fragrances, composing new and learning about their health benefits. But I have come to realize that there is a common bond: my olfactory sense and then it makes sense (pun intended!) again.
4 months, 1 week ago on Can You Have Too Many Passions?
@Lynn OConnell Thanks, Lynn, I really was grateful to be able to enjoy some of it, becoming wiser and appreciating each moment of fun!
@WholeheartedELO Hi, Carmen, thanks and yes, it is an unique experience. Normally we Swiss are known for being quite conservative and serious, you should see the gaiety and the colourful costumes, the wit and creativity displayed in 72 hours of Carnival.
@CarlyAlyssaThorne Thanks, Carly, already feeling much better. The glorious spring weather we are currently enjoying does wonders for my health and morale!
@sharonoday LOL, Sharon, you have to come to Basel for Fasnacht and then we will share our memories ... ;-)
@jpage.manuel Thank you so much, Joy, yes I am feeling better, I am still on medication and I wonder whether they slow me down, I take ages for the simplest things ...
You spoil me rotten with your compliments and make me very happy: I try to capture an emotion with my photos, a happy moment that will stay forever and bring us back to it. And Fasnacht really is a FEST, three days of colours, music, wit, creativity and fun, always hidden behind a mask, this makes it so special for me.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Basler Fasnacht – Carneval de Bâle
@JanineRipper Thank you, Janine, I am getting there, but it is a long and winding road! Eking out one day for myself made it very special and I appreciated each and every moment of it!
@jpage.manuel Thank you so much, Joy, he was up to his best this morning on our walk: playing with two other puppies, both twice his size, and we came home covered in mud and smiles! :-)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Roco – New Puppy At Home
@tandysinclair I knew you were going to fall for him, Tandy, I remember you once mentioned Boxers and Roco is just that mimi me of a Boxer!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Roco – New Puppy At Home
@sharonoday Good morning, Sharon, funny thing is I did not decide anything, it was my daughter. Yes, I could have said no but who can resist Roco? And you are right, they do change our focus, mine was terribly inbound ...
@KDillabough Hi, Kaarina, he is quite a charmer, is he not? Yep, my best decision in 2014 so far and he really keeps me on my toes. Thanks so much and have a great weekend, trust that winter will finally decide to leave your region and make place for lots of sunshine and brightly blossomed flowers, my friend!
@Lori @Late_Bloomers Absolutely, Lori, it's the journey that counts. And we have achieved a lot in a relatively short time as well, no?
Sitting in the garden or cooking in the kitchen are places I enjoy and the reasons are quite evident: we can touch, smell, look, listen, taste (use all our senses) and get to work, creating, safeguarding and reaping. Wonderful metaphors for wellbeing - I never thought of it your way!
5 months ago on What is Happiness to You?
Hi, Lori, what a lovely and positive post, thank you so much for sharing your happiness and well-being with us!
I have always thought of happiness being a single and fleeting moment whereas well-being is a state of mind. And Deepak Chopra says: "it is a journey", I have a long way to go yet.
Love when you say "I’ve spent so much time pulling weeds from the garden of my life and now it feels as if I am sitting in the grass enjoying the feel of the sun on my face." This is exactly how I feel when I am gardening, seeding, growing, weeding, harvesting - deeply satisfying and grounding.
Lovely post, Lori, especially the opening. You reunite the child within us, it reminds me of something my daughter once said: my mom had the flu and she went to be with her over the course of several days and "nursed" her, when she stopped I asked her why and she said: "she does not need me any longer, she is ok now." Not in my eyes but the following days she showed signs of improvements.
I agree with you and Brené Brown "nothing you can say to make it better", I had always felt a complete fake when trying to say something to grieving (or sad or depressed) friends, but being there and sharing the silence are acts of empathy. Maybe I have learnt it by going through the same experiences but also by listening and being open to others.
5 months, 1 week ago on Do You Give a Little Love?
@tandysinclair Thank you, Tandy, and they are starting to open up ... so lovely, if only spring would do the same. Each year my feeling bad about winter seems to grow, and we even did not have a harsh winter yet.
5 months, 1 week ago on Happy Valentine’s Day