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 @Mark_Harai @blogaks Oh, yes, and it is really Catch 22 time!
21 hours, 56 minutes ago on Is There a Short Cut to Happiness?
@GroTraffic wise man, Mark, beyond your youth!
1 day, 1 hour ago on Is There a Short Cut to Happiness?
@Lori @Late_Bloomers @Mark_Harai @blogaks Well, that is the right question to ask. Lori!
Let me give you an example: yesterday my shipping agent called and told me that my shipment from USA was being investigated by customs and they had confiscated two items. They will let me know why but I have no right to contest their decision, the goods will be destroyed!!!
Can you imagine? Later I found out that it concerned two essential oils (rosewood and sandalwood, both of them rather expensive and it cost me a fortune). I tried to call customs twice to no avail.
Nothing I can do right now except consciously looking forward and not falling into the trap of negative speculation. Taking a deep breath and transpose myself to a beautiful spot, always reminding myself that it will come to a good end.
Admittedly, it is not always easy, the heavier the workload the harder it is to turn the noise down, I try to laugh at and about the voice. Whenever you laugh you will neutralize a situation, no?
So with you, Lori! I feel this need to silence that noise in my brain, well, the outside noise sometimes as well. This is the reason I do not read the newspaper fresh off the press or watch news on TV, why do people thrive on negative news? Why do they keep repeating the same gory stories over and over again, why incessantly complain about politicians and do nothing?
Like @Mark_Harai (hallo, my dear!) says "it takes practice to get there" and it will take some more practice to get rid of old patterns. I am sure @blogaks could well describe the process taking place in your brains!
To get into a feeling of gratitude I visualize places I feel particularly attached to (a beach in Italy, waves softly rolling towards the shore and receding, the sun rays dancing on water) or think of some happy incident, anything to get me out of the present state of mind. Take a walk, call a friend, cook comfort food (soups these days).
1 day, 2 hours ago on Is There a Short Cut to Happiness?
@JanineRipper Thank you so much, Janine, that was ages ago in our carefree days at Lake Kinnereth in Israel. Fond memories of the time spent in Israel and I nearly stayed there forever!
2 days, 23 hours ago on About Late Bloomers
@Lori Ah, Lori, you make my day! Taking pictures has taught me so much: being aware of small things existing or happening around you and memorizing them, what you see is but your interpretation of reality (that's a good one, no?) like there is not one truth.
Thank you so much and I do look forward seeing your 99 things and see what we have in common!
3 days, 4 hours ago on 99 Things I Love – The Challenge
Do, Janine, it is fun and rather revealing!
We might know even as children that Santa Claus does not really exist but we want to believe in it, the embodiment of goodness and generosity rewarding us for having been good all year long.
Here in Switzerland we celebrate Santa Claus on December 6 when he will come to children's home and either praise or scold them. I never liked the scolding part of it and I remember I was scared of this finely dressed man with his white beard fearing he could see into the depth of my soul ...
When my daughter was small we used to tell her a new story each night about Santa Claus living in the Black Forest, looking after his animals, cooking for them (yes, carrot soup for the rabbits!) and collecting wood to keep them all warm at night. Wish I had written them down, they turned Santa Claus into a warm hearted and understanding person.
6 days, 2 hours ago on A Different Santa Claus Story
@TerezaLitsa Hi, Tereza, thanks a lot! And here's to a happy month of December for all of us!
1 week, 4 days ago on Three Years Of Blogging
@Free Like Water So happy to see you here! Yes, it has been quite taxing so far but where there is shadow there is also light, glad, you liked the pink clouds.
And I wish all the best of luck with your new blog, great to see you back and here's to happy writing!
@sharonoday Good morning to you, Sharon, what a lovely story "from high tech to high taste", I'd go for that anytime!
How are you spending the long weekend?
I am off now to another event I have organised: a wine tasting in combination with my products, luckily it will be indoors as there is snow in the air ...
1 week, 6 days ago on 99 Things I Love – The Challenge
Neither Grinch nor Scrooge! How I wish for that innocent feeling of childlike joy
reveling in lit candles, mutual singing and family gatherings. What I can do without is the commercial aspect of Christmas or any other festivals of light, the shopping frenzy, the expectations forced upon us by outside values.
Yes to a time-out for introspection and quiet festivities!
1 week, 6 days ago on How Do You Get Into the Christmas Spirit?
@robindavidman Thank you so much, Robin, it was a fun thing to do and yet it is rather telling, do you not think so?
Do come in and have a glass of mulled wine! It is freezing cold here in Basel and I should be going out soon for some pre-Christmas apero ...
I'd love to read about the things you hold dear. Certainly music will be featured in your list. Have a wonderful weekend, Robin!
2 weeks ago on 99 Things I Love – The Challenge
Hi Lori! My thoughts are with you and I love your attitude of getting into the Christmas spirit!
I am not too fond of this time of the year (too much darkness and cold outside) and as a child I might have liked the holiday season for family gatherings, dinners and - of course - presents, I now long for spring ...
2 weeks ago on How Do You Get Into the Christmas Spirit?
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes LOL, I well remember your Santa Claus post, absolutely hilarious (and true!) ...
@KDillabough Too good to resist, Kaarina! We are lucky that we will be surrounded by woods (teaming with boars) and a beautiful pineta down at the sea. Ah, I can smell it!
Maybe you will make some Finnish pancakes one nice morning for the two of us?
Have a wonderful weekend and safe driving! Hope there is no snow on the road.
@tandysinclair Hi, Tandy, thanks for stopping by. 10 minutes is really not that long, I agree, best to take some time beforehand to think about all the things that you love (and I admitted to cheating above). Also, I had to resist the temptation to group my list. And now that I am going back to the other challengers I find myself nodding my head, yes I love this as well and that and that ...
Will you take up the challenge, Tandy?
@Fred McMurray Thanks, Fred, and ... cheers! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Three Years Of Blogging
@babfari Thank you so much, Barbara, and a very happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
@CarlyAlyssaThorne Blessings and gratitude to you, Carly, stout supporter and inspiring loveliness!