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.
@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!
1 day, 9 hours 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!
1 week, 2 days 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.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Empathy or Sympathy; Do You Give What’s Needed?
@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.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Happy Valentine’s Day
@CarmenMPerez Thank you, Carmen, for your lovely words. Yes, it is a ritual now. With time we are all able to transform sad feelings into something positive.
Have a lovely weekend, Carmen!
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Happy Valentine’s Day
@KDillabough Thank you so much, Kaarina my friend, you are right: Valentine's Day is a day of peace and gratitude.
As we never celebrated it in Switzerland in earlier days, it has not much meaning to me, and I am all for cherishing each day and moment.
I will definitely post pictures of the tulips.
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy running (how cold is it now?)!
3 weeks ago on Happy Valentine’s Day
Hi, Alessandra, I had a simple wedding and reception. Family and friends attended and I was happy and touched by the thoughtful gesture of my friends playing some music, knowing they had invested a lot of time and I was completely taken by surprise. I never wanted a big celebration where the focus is less on the couple than on - well, yes on what? - competition and false smiles.
How lovely, Lori, that you wore your mom's wedding dress and your daughter will wear it one day.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Has Life Ever Surprised You?
@SocialMediaDDS @Late_Bloomers YES, Claudia, we will make it happen: celebrate life together, maybe even in the States. When I reach my business goals in 2014 I will be there in March 2015!
I went to Vienna last weekend and even if the weather was below dismal, it was invigorating to be in a different environment and enjoy the splendours of an empire long gone, next to sitting through a long long business meeting.
Thank you so much for your lovely wishes (and as always may they come back to you threefold), one has already turned reality: I have a new dog, a sweet puppy of 11 months who keeps me on my toes!
Big, big hugs
1 month ago on Wishing You All A Spectacular 2014!
Hi, Lori, I am really grateful this has never happened to me. And how wisely and sagely you dealt with the situation.
I think when an event of such magnitude happens it is understandable to feel anger and frustration at first. It is important not to give in to those feelings, take a deep breath and a step back, assess the situation and put the necessary steps into motion.
I am happy for you that TCP is up and running again! Have a wonderful and creative weekend, Lori!
1 month, 1 week ago on I Got Hacked! What’s the Meaning of This?
@myglassslippers Thanks for stopping by, do try the recipe and let me know how you fared! Have a great Sunday.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Florentines
@sharonoday Very true, Sharon, I should have posted pictures of the failed florentines! Temperature is a major issue (it is all about chemistry really and now I wish I had paid some attention in class!), some methods suggest you make small heaps on a lined tin = big mess flowing all over the tin or use a special florentine metal tray (no go, despite buttering it, the florentines will stick to the tray). Despite the disputed arguments I use silicone muffin trays and they do work.
Thanks for stopping by, Sharon, and a very peaceful weekend to you!
@tandysinclair Absolutely, Tandy, do make them. For years I had wanted to make them and always thought I'd fail miserably at them. And they are great comfort food on cold and rainy days!
Happy weekend in sunny SA, Tandy!
@JanineRipper Eat away, eat away, Janine!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Florentines
@Lori @Late_Bloomers @glynisj @eddyfy_ Hi Lori! Love what your sister said: "It will all be over soon." It is a lovely mantra, it has a soothing ring to it.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Are You Depressed?
@JSJ2020 The piglets are really delicious, it is the best of massepain after all! But I do not eat them, I have to post a pic of them displayed on top of some bottles in those old fashioned metallic boxes, a feast of pink, orange and red!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Wishing You All A Spectacular 2014!
@JSJ2020 Ah, Muriel, so sorry for the late reply, I thought I had written to you but this must have been on FB - shucks, this is early dementia! Let's hope that the rest of this baby year will be nice(r) to us!
I am so happy for your success in the The Times magazine and keep my fingers crossed for your literary future!
Hi, Lori, I felt my head nodding when I read your post, yes, I have been there and most probably will be there again.
When I once mentioned having a depression to a specialist I received a lecture and was told the difference between feeling sad or depressed and having a depression disorder. This did not change my feelings at the time being but over time it changed my attitude.
I will still feel sad and lack a zest for life, feeling powerless and unable to act but I know it will pass and there are ways to accelerate this process of passing through a shadow world. Like @glynisj said by adding colour and light to our surroundings, by walking or any other physical exercise. And cooking of course, being creative in any way will chase away the grey clouds.