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.
@Lori @Late_Bloomers Hi, Lori, no way, I am only adding some facets, you make me blush.
1 week, 3 days ago on Is Your Life like a Jigsaw Puzzle?
What a great analogy, Lori, as you know I am passionate about jigsaw puzzles, especially those my mum made with the picture glued on plywood, each piece has its individual shape and only in the end will you know the whole picture (the only details given were the title and the number of pieces).
Putting out the pieces on a big tray as they take up such a lot of space when loose, turning all of them to lie face up first, then arranging them according to colour, assembling the frame first and slowly fill in piece by piece, softly chuckling when the long looked for piece will not fit in (trial and error), then you will start to have an inkling of what the puzzle's might look like, take a break when nothing will come together and the colours and shapes will not fit and start to blur.
Sometimes it is hard to break away - only one more piece - and it becomes kind of obsessive. Discipline is needed then just as in life it will help us to step back, do something else, close our eyes etc.
In the end what has begun with a big heap of single pieces that seemed impossible to assemble will be neatly put together, the original will resurface in its rectangular form - maybe a flower bouquet, a landscape or a famous work of art - and I feel quite proud.
If my life were a jigsaw puzzle there would be no need to design it as I go along because it has already been designed and all I need is trusting its preordained course and have confidence in what I am doing.
1 week, 6 days ago on Is Your Life like a Jigsaw Puzzle?
@JamesWeaver Thank you, James, much appreciated, not an easy post to write!
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Do You Know Who You Are?
@JSJ2020 Merci mille fois, Muriel. You are right, I should take care of myself, trying to but sometimes difficult to do in the emotional turmoil.
2 months, 1 week ago on 99 Things My Mum Loved
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Thank you, Joshua, it was a pleasure to write and it had a somewhat cathartic impact.
@Lori ... even better when you follow through with it! Copy - paste is all I say!
Ah, I have so much to tell you, Lori!
2 months, 1 week ago on Do You Reflect on Your Day?
@Lori I open a new journal each month, starting with an outlook for the new month and then fill in day by day. 5 years ago I wrote about 15 pages, now it is always more than 50 pages per month.
I always wrote travel reports, those I still have and it is wonderful to read them from time to time, they date back as far as 1971 when I lived in Israel. Those were the days, baby!
Amazing, Lori, I was also given my first diary (lockable) when I was 9 years old and like you I have kept writing on and off. At first I wondered how I'd ever be able to fill all the empty pages, too bad I threw some diaries away but maybe it had a liberating effect as well.
I started keeping a daily journal again 6 years ago, reflecting on the past day's activities, adding pictures, jotting down ideas for future posts, links, etc.
@Lucylastica2 Ah. Lucy, you are the one with the great heart: I vividly remember you loving posts for your loved ones. Thank you so much, you make me feel very humble.
@JanineRipper Hugs are greatly appreciated, Janine, I feel absolutely miserable today. So much to do and I simply lack any energy.
I was very touched by you mentioning that she resembled your Nan. Maybe we should have a healthy crying session together!
Hugs right back, Barbara
@CarlyAlyssaThorne Thank you, Carly, she was a remarkable woman and I am glad I have done her justice.
@jpage.manuel Yes, Joy, she was a very brave and courageous lady - thank you so much. I do miss her very much as I have taken care of her in the last years and spent a lot of time with her.
I am happy for her to be released from the chains that old age seemed to present for her and I trust she is reunited with her loved ones gone before.
@KDillabough Thank you so much, Kaarina, you help me to chase the dark clouds: another roller coaster ride today. The rainbows were such a lovely and magical sign. Hugs, Barbara
@RAAckermanATCerebrations Thanks, Roy, in daily life it was sometimes difficult to see the richness of her personality, she was such a modest woman and also somewhat forbidding, it was so uplifting to write about her.
@Lori Good morning, Lori, and thanks for your lovely comment. There were several rainbows on Friday, it was really magical!
Ah, I remember you are an afficionada of jigsaw puzzles as well! I will have to send you some pictures of hers. So true, as we say in German "Der Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Birnenbaum", it must be genetic!
Hugs right back and thanks for your lovely support!
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.
4 months 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?
4 months, 2 weeks 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!
@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.
5 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:
6 months, 2 weeks 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?
6 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 ...
5 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!!
5 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!
5 months, 3 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.
5 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!
5 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?
6 months ago on Why Does it Feel So Good to Commune With Nature?
This is interesting information, Claudia, thanks for sharing it!
6 months ago on Ask the Dentist: Is Oil Pulling Safe?
@blogaks @Late_Bloomers LOL!
6 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.
6 months, 1 week ago on Do You Know Who You Are?
@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.
6 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?
6 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!
6 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!
6 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 ...
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Temptation And Strawberry Delight
@Lori @Late_Bloomers Fresh is best! The delight to bite into a sun warmed strawberry -ahhhh!
7 months ago on Temptation And Strawberry Delight
@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.
7 months 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.
@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?
@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!
7 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!
7 months, 1 week ago on Alegria
@JSJ2020 Hey, Muriel! My whole life is a carnevale ... ;-)
7 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?