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.
@SocialMediaDDS @Late_Bloomers It is such a pleasure to read your take on social media, Claudia! I still owe you and never got around to tell you at greater length what has happened in 2014 - no promises but fondly thinking of you!
2 days, 13 hours ago on Twas the Week Before Christmas
Joyous Holidays and a Happy New Year!
2 days, 14 hours ago on Twas the Week Before Christmas
@MarinaSofia8 What a lovely compliment, thank you so much. You encourage and motivate to carry on. Have a lovely weekend!
3 weeks ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?
@KDillabough How lovely to see you, Kaarina, and thank you so much! You will be next to celebrate! The good thing about human nature is that in the end we will remember the fun, the laughter, the interesting discussions (I will never forget your great A - Z series) and blend out the not-so-fun stuff! I would not want to miss the experience of blogging itself and the thrill of conquering the technical challenges ..
And the best about it is having connected and made friends that go beyond cyber space! One of these days, Kaarina, ....
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?
@tandysinclair Thank you, Tandy, and truly spoken with the wisdom of an experienced blogger!
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Thank you, Josh, killed any unicorns today?
@Julie Barrett Thanks, Julie, looking forward to seeing you at the next hangout!
@Lori Good morning, Lori! Thanks a ton, also for the shout out on FB. You are a role model for me, you hardly ever miss out on posting. I keep reminding myself that blogging is therapy but ....
So true: had we not all started blogging we'd never met - very happy for it!
Have a very productive new week, Lori!
@JanineRipper Hey, Janine, thank you so much and it means the world to me to have met you on our journey. Until we see each other in Australia or Switzerland :) xoxo
Nice one, Lori, talking about a front porch and its effect on community building. Different cultures, different habits, different times, different styles.
You know I live in Switzerland and houses here do not have front porches. I have lived in the same house for more than 30 years and we connect in our neighbourhood. When I work in the front garden, people will stop and chat, car drivers will honk and wave, it is a good feeling.
I'd love a front porch so I could invite people for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, getting to know them on a more personal level. Maybe this is a sign of our times: the front porch has moved to the back and our house shields us from the outside possibilities of community building.
1 month, 1 week ago on Where Have All the Porches Gone?
@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes So do I, Josh, thanks for stopping by!
1 month, 1 week ago on Do We Need Another Social Media Platform?
I am not enlightened, am I? I have weathered some storms and gained insights that I trust will guide me through the next storm.
I do not think it is wrong wanting to curl up in a ball (does this not mean we want to appear smaller and protect ourselves) and hide (if it is not lasting), this is the time needed to contemplate a difficult situation, it is a primeval instinct, and when we pay attention to the signal we will unfurl again, stand straight and tall and be able to face it at par.
1 month, 1 week ago on How Enlightened are You?
@JSJ2020 Not you, Muriel, you are certainly not addicted! You are doing great on tsu and I trust you have met interesting new people? Yes to give it time ...
@jpage.manuel Hi, Joy, yes and it also drives traffic to Pinterest and Twitter, less so on FB, this fact does not surprise me ;)
@Lucylastica2 Good morning, Lucy! LOL, I had to google FOMO, yes, this could be true for some, I do not think I suffer from it, it is more like the quest for the holy grail ...
@tandysinclair Good morning, Tandy! I know what you mean, my 2Cs: create an account, start with sharing your posts (automatically share on FB and twitter at the same time) and watch the ensuing activity. I am not spending more time on social media but have shifted from FB to tsu. Why not give it a try?
Have a sunny new week and send some sunshine my way, it is raining again ....
Happy anniversary, Lori, wow, what an achievement! Roco has jumped up and says congrats as well! I am so happy to be part of your journey and enjoy the hangouts so much!
What will be your wish when you blow out the candle lights?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The 4th Blogiversary of LFI and Why You Should Blog
@Lori @Late_Bloomers Hi, Lori, no way, I am only adding some facets, you make me blush.
2 months 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.
@JamesWeaver Thank you, James, much appreciated, not an easy post to write!
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
3 months, 4 weeks 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!
4 months 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.
4 months ago on 99 Things My Mum Loved
@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.
5 months, 3 weeks 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?
6 months 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!
6 months, 1 week 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.
6 months, 3 weeks 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:
8 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?
7 months, 3 weeks 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 ...
7 months, 1 week ago on Do You Know Who You Are?
Oh, dear, you had me there! It will definitely go on my list for next year!!
7 months, 1 week 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!
7 months, 1 week 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.
7 months, 2 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!
7 months, 2 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?
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Does it Feel So Good to Commune With Nature?
This is interesting information, Claudia, thanks for sharing it!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Ask the Dentist: Is Oil Pulling Safe?
@blogaks @Late_Bloomers LOL!
7 months, 3 weeks 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!