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@Lori @Late_Bloomers Really and you remember! I cannot remember what was may first essential oil, probably sandalwood or frankincense!

14 hours, 54 minutes ago on Essential Oils and Surgery

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Hi, Lori! I love lavender, it really has a soothing and calming effect, ginger is great against nausea and helps your sense of balance. It is amazing how many different uses essential oils have!  

15 hours, 29 minutes ago on Essential Oils and Surgery

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@Lori Hi Lori!


Does he grow chillies as well? Or are the warm seasons not long enough in your region? It really seems like winter has a tenacious hold on you this year! And hope that you will not be flooded again.


I love chillies in practically everything, especially in salads when combined with sweet apples!


Have a wonderful new week and let spring in!

15 hours, 37 minutes ago on A Time to Sow and a Time to Reap

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Good morning, Tandy, good to hear that you do the same! You are now approaching winter while we have enjoyed glorious and ideal spring weather the last days, not today though: it is raining ... well nature needs it and I am glad I do not have to water the garden! @tandysinclair

3 days, 20 hours ago on Thai Red Curry Paste

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@thisisspain @Late_Bloomers Lol, Steve, as long as it does not take too much of your energy :-)

1 week, 1 day ago on Who Needs Customers?

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Good morning, Steve @thisisspain How annoying! I'd love to hear what will happen when you treat them with "who needs customers", does the rule of 20/80 apply as well here? We had a cynical discussion as to why should companies deal with customer requests when 80 % of their customers will never bother to address the issue and 20 % of those wo do seem to be quite negligible?  

1 week, 1 day ago on Who Needs Customers?

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Maybe not IRL? But online it is a nightmare, a friend of mine bought a Kitchenaid online, unpacking it she discovered that it did not work, contacting customer service she was given an address of their official repair service in Switzerland. "Send it to us" what? By post, the charges for mailing a 10 kg machine are astronomical. "Bring it to us" what? Driving some 200 km! Happy Friday, Tandy, good to see you! @tandysinclair

1 week, 3 days ago on All We Need Is a Little Bit of Loving

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@Jim_C_Green Hi, JIm, now this is a great idea, thank you so much. I had not thought of this, shows you once more that your emotions can put blinkers on your thinking!


Enjoy the pie and have a great new week! 

1 week, 6 days ago on Who Needs Customers?

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Hi, Tandy @tandysinclair Fortunately I did not have to resort to any stronger means as all three issues have been sorted, well, I am still waiting for a cheque from the French parfumeur ...


It seems like those companies hide in cyberspace and do not feel the same responsibilities towards their customers as if they had a shop IRL and would have to deal with customers face to face.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Who Needs Customers?

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I do not know the truth and while this was very disturbing when I was a child (I was for ever asking questions: why is milk white? why does my aunt have a moustache and normally only men grow facial hair? Do I get to Australia when I dig a hole deep enough?), as a teenager I was very convinced to have found truth and also had answers to everything, an attitude that did not make me particularly popular. 


And now? Off with the blinkers of wanting to be always right (is this not closely related to the belief of knowing everything?), take a step back and observe what's going on. 

1 month ago on How Can We be Sure of What We Know?

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Yes, Lori, it is very frustrating! @Lori 


Today I received a letter (by Email) from the Swiss marketing association confirming the termination of our relationship! They also included a lengthy survey to be kindly taken in the most positive way blablabla ...  nice try.


I have not heard yet from the parfumeur de Paris but I will (try to) call again and if not successful will write a letter by snail mail as suggested by @Penelope J


This is all very annoying as it is not only time consuming but also a dead weight on my shoulders. At least I am after them and am determined to see it through! This is the positive aspect of the whole matter.

1 month ago on Who Needs Customers?

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@Penelope J You know, Penelope, I am so fed up with people / company behaving this way: not caring, not replying, not showing up for an appointment. This is not the way I was brought up, I was taught to be polite and respectful and fulfill any promises made. 


I know publishing the companies' names is a last resort and I would not want to have to deal with their repercussions.


Thank you so much for your lovely comment, I do appreciate it and it is good to reconnect! Have a wonderful weekend!

1 month, 1 week ago on Who Needs Customers?

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Very inspiring message - thank you, Randy!

1 month, 1 week ago on A Message for Fear

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@tandysinclair Hi, Tandy, I am much better these days ;) Thanks and have a great new week! I am really happy that finally spring is on its way here, the winter blues a thing of the past and it did help a lot to spend all January in Thailand.

1 month, 1 week ago on Ready To Go On A Holiday?

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@donald_crosswebideas Good morning, Donald, thank you so much, what a lovely compliment. As for busy: always! Have a great start into spring (the weather looks so promising today, sunshine and blue skies, getting my hopes up)!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Do You Know Who You Are?

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@Micah Yongo Welcome to Late Bloomers, Micah, and thanks for your thoughts. Today I wonder as well how I managed to survive my own attitude!! And I barely ever forgot anything.

As I travel quite often I keep small bags with first-aid stuff, medication or cosmetics ready, the small bags are necessary because of airline regulations and go into my carry-on. 

You could also start with making lists for different climates way ahead of your travel date.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Ready To Go On A Holiday?

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Hi, Bob, lovely to see you here. I am now in my fourth week of a very relaxing holiday in Thailand.

A list before heading to the gym? You made me smile and I'd love to see your colleagues' faces when you go the gym (without consultung your list)!!

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Ready To Go On A Holiday?

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Commendable, Roy, you are so organized, for a moment you had me nearly green with envy!

I was never aware of the scowling looks, there is this trick of blending them out!!

3 months, 1 week ago on Ready To Go On A Holiday?

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Thank you, Lori, it's good to be on the road again!

3 months, 1 week ago on Ready To Go On A Holiday?

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Thank you, Carly, and a most wonderful year to you, blessings! @CarlyAlyssaThorne

3 months, 2 weeks ago on 2014 In Pictures

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A very Happy New Year to you, Fred, and thanks for stopping by! @FredMcMurray

3 months, 2 weeks ago on 2014 In Pictures

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@Rich Looby @Lori Hi, Rich, welcome to Late Bloomers and thanks for subscribing - appreciate it very much. Have a wonderful 2015!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on 2014 In Pictures

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@tandysinclair Thank you so much, Tandy, where words would have brought sadness the pictures somewhat take the pain away! 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on 2014 In Pictures

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Happy New Year, Josh, and a fabulously happy birthday for you! @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes True, pictures and music - this year there will be more music for all of us. 


May 2015 be a harvest year for all the seeds planted in earlier years! 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on 2014 In Pictures

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@tandysinclair Great idea, Tandy, let me know when that trip will take place and maybe we could meet up in Italy, a good reason for some more splurging! Happy 2015!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on White Gold – Tartufo Bianco

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@Lori Ah, Lori, thank you so much, I was thinking of you when I wrote this post and remembered your post on expectation and anticipation. We might have been patterned as children to have high expectations regarding Christmas and New Year but we also have a choice whether we want to continue on this path or not. 


Baby steps: years ago I decided I did not want to be part of the party crowd and instead chose to stay at home, doing what I have done today: reviewing the year in pictures and choosing the prettiest, thus lightening the sometimes sad moments but not obliterating them. It does wonders for your mood!


Do have a go at it with your iPod!


Have a wonderful 2015 filled with beautiful moments, Lori!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on 2014 In Pictures

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@Penelope J Lovely to see you, Penelope, thanks for stopping by! You were in Milan, great! What a pity you did not know at that time what to do with them. Do come again, we could meet up and enjoy the delicacy together! 

Btw never use white truffle oil, it is synthetically fragranced, hence the low price as well. Instead use truffle butter, it has real truffle in it and will keep a long time.

Only two days left in 2014 - I wonder is it a question of age that the year has seemed to fly by? - enjoy them to their fullest and wishing you a wonderful 2015 filled with love, joy and peace! 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on White Gold – Tartufo Bianco

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Happy Holidays, Lori! What a lovely gift gesture, I enjoyed reading The Happy Place and look forward to your next book!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Merry Christmas

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@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! 

4 months ago on Twas the Week Before Christmas

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Joyous Holidays and a Happy New Year!

4 months ago on Twas the Week Before Christmas

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@MarinaSofia8 What a lovely compliment, thank you so much. You encourage and motivate to carry on. Have a lovely weekend!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?

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@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, .... 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?

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@tandysinclair Thank you, Tandy, and truly spoken with the wisdom of an experienced blogger!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?

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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Thank you, Josh, killed any unicorns today?

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?

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@Julie Barrett Thanks, Julie, looking forward to seeing you at the next hangout!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?

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@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!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?

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@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

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Has It Really Been 4 Years?

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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. 

5 months, 1 week ago on Where Have All the Porches Gone?

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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes So do I, Josh, thanks for stopping by!

5 months, 1 week ago on Do We Need Another Social Media Platform?

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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. 


5 months, 1 week ago on How Enlightened are You?

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@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 ... 

5 months, 1 week ago on Do We Need Another Social Media Platform?

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@jpage.manuel Hi, Joy, yes and it also drives traffic to Pinterest and Twitter, less so on FB, this fact does not surprise me ;)

5 months, 1 week ago on Do We Need Another Social Media Platform?

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@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 ...

5 months, 1 week ago on Do We Need Another Social Media Platform?

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@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 .... 

5 months, 1 week ago on Do We Need Another Social Media Platform?

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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?

5 months, 3 weeks ago on The 4th Blogiversary of LFI and Why You Should Blog

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@Lori @Late_Bloomers Hi, Lori, no way, I am only adding some facets, you make me blush. 

6 months ago on Is Your Life like a Jigsaw Puzzle?

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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.


6 months ago on Is Your Life like a Jigsaw Puzzle?

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@JamesWeaver Thank you, James, much appreciated, not an easy post to write!

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Do You Know Who You Are?

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@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. 

8 months ago on 99 Things My Mum Loved

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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes Thank you, Joshua, it was a pleasure to write and it had a somewhat cathartic impact.

8 months ago on 99 Things My Mum Loved

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