Monthly Archives: May 2016


I did it again…  well actually I didn´t, write I mean.

I have been really preoccupied with my operation coming close and still trying to lose a bit of weight before I go into hospital… not very successfully I might add.

My weight is stubbornly moving up and down about 1 kg for the last 10 days, and it is p….ng me off severely I can tell you!!

But at least it isn´t going up any further, that´s one good thing.

Otherwise, I have not been very busy, no cross-stitch or anything else productive. I seem to have developed  an allergy, I reckon it is pollen, so I am constantly sneezing, my eyes are sore and my nose is running all the time. It is really annoying, so it looks like I have to see another doctor some time in the future. I tried some allergy tablets but all they do is knock me out, not reducing any of the symptoms. So that´s no good at all… I can´t believe this is happening, I had an allergy-test about three years ago, and I was fine, so where the hell is this coming from all of a sudden?!

I just hope it doesn´t cause any problem with the op, that would be all I need…

A couple of days ago I decided to take a photo of myself again, I took one in march but I will not show that, that is just for comparison in the future, when I will hopefully havelost some more weight. I really didn´t know if I wanted to post this, but in the end I thought what the hell, I might as well 😉


I never really liked having my foto taken, even as a child, but these days it is even worse, I try to avoid cameras wherever I can, and that is not easy, because my mum loves to take pictures wherever we are.

So there you are, that´s me, and now you can see why I have to lose so much weight.

I hope that it will become easier after the op, when I can walk a bit better and hopefully be able to excersize a bit more. I am really looking forward to that, though I was never really one to enjoy sports, but I quite liked going to the gym. I actually would love to do that again…

So, keep your fingers crossed for me, that everything goes as planned, that way I might be able to do all the things I have wanted to do for a long time 🙂

Good night




Well folks,

what do you know, I´ve got a date for my operation!!!

I had an appointment at a different hospital this morning, and the doctor there was really nice. He took one look at my x-rays and had a quick look at my knee and the next question was”So when do you want to have the op?”

My answer obviously being:” As soon as possible”, he looked at his schedule and said:        ” will next week do?”

I was a bit shocked to be honest, but now I am really happy. And I am actually glad that I waited the 2months before I went to see another doctor, I feel so much better now, than I did in March, a lot stronger and more confident, and that can make a whole lot of difference with the recovery. Losing 30kg certainly doesn´t hurt either.

I hope I will be up and about in no time, especially because I should be able to use the leg straight after the op. I will be starting physio straight away and will be leaving the hospital after about 10 days if everything goes well. Then I will hopefully go to a reha-clinic, for a couple of weeks, to learn how to exercize with the new knee and learn to walk with it properly.

God, I will probably not sleep very well for the next week or so, lol, I am always a nervous wreck before things like this…

But who cares, I´m sure it will all go well.

Good night folks




The project

Hi Folks,

I promised that I would show off the whole project, and so here it is:



As you can see,(I hope 😉 ) it is a sampler with 4 different motifs and in the middle there is a gardener´s poem.

My daughter came up with the idea a couple of months ago, when she stumbled over the poem, and she thought it would be perfect for my mum who is an avid gardener.

She spends all her spare time in the garden, and can´t resist bying more flowers all the time, even though there is no room in the garden lol.

My daughter is doing the 2 pictures on the left, I am now starting on the second one on the right. We might still add my mum´s initials left and right, depends how long it will take us to finish everything else.

I just hope that my mum will like it, but I´m pretty sure she will….

Good night folks


Finished!! :D

I used the two bank-holidays to do a bit of needlework and managed to finish the first motif on the sampler we are doing for my mum 😀


That´s the kind of thing I will be doing over the next year in the course.

I hope I will be able to improve my technique and learn a couple of new stitches in the process. Though I like the way it has come out, I would definitely like to improve my work a lot.

There is so many different stitches, I´ve only used about 10 different stitches on this.

It is a lot of fun, but I don´t want to experiment too much on this, because I want it to turn out the best possible way.

Tomorrow I might start on the second motive. I might manage to take a picture of the whole thing, so you will be able to see how much my daughter has done as well.

Good night folks!

P.S.: Today I was really good, no eating unhealthy stuff, I just stuck to my diet Yeah!


Cheatday :D !!!

Today is a bank-holiday, the first of two here in Germany, so this is my chance for a good cheat-day. Especially because the scales where more than friendly to me this morning, for the first time it showed me that I have lost 30kg!!! Yeah, I can do it!!!

So, I made a nice cake for coffee and we will enjoy it with a lovely cup of tea in a couple of minutes.


And for tea tonight we will have Roastbeef with Yorkshire puddings, yummy!

Well, what can I say, it was delicious, there is just 2 pieces left, it just about melts in your mouth…. And that´s what it looks like on the inside:


Creamy cheesecake with a meringue topping, yuuuumy! 😉

Have a great weekend



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Today I went for a hair-cut 🙂 for the first time since my birthday last october…

Had about 7inches cut off. It is really weird I can still pull them back but they are very short compared to what I had for the last couple of years. And I have even the slightest hint of a fringe, just to be fancy 😉

But spring is the time for change, so I thought there is no time like the present, since I am trying to change a few aspects of my life, might as well do it right. And I must say that I really like it, am actually thinking of having them a bit shorter next time….

My head feels really light, and in this warm weather we have had for the last couple of days it´s a relief 🙂

Losing weight is going really well, I´ve lost over 28kg so far, and I feel great. The lovely sunshine outside is helping as well, makes me much more cheerful and everything looks fresh and green, flowers are blooming everywhere, the frogs are singing in our garden, lol, I don´t know if the neighbours like it, but I for one love it.

And there is loads of birds chirping happily in the garden, it is just so much fun to watch them jump around in the trees ans bushes, fighting over the bird seed 😀

I´ve ordered all the material I need for my course, it was quite expensive but I hope it is worth it. Can´t wait to get my hands on the first lot of paperwork, to see what I have to stitch 🙂

But I will have to be patient, and we have got a bank holiday weekend ahead of us, so I will get the chance to carry on with my mums birthday present. Haven´t done anything the last couple of days, because I had some problems, looks like I am allergic to pollen, my nose is constantly runny, I´m sneezing about a hundred times a day, and my eyes feel like I haven´t slept in days. They are really bloodshot.

So I will give them a rest, and try to get an early nights sleep. Tomorrow will be busy, baking some more bread, trying to give the place a good clean, so it looks nice for the weekend, and on sunday I will make another cake.

Good night my friends




Ok, I made the decision, I have booked myself into the online course for needlework. 😀

Took me a couple of days of thinking hard, but I think it is a good idea. It will keep me busy and learning new things is always  a good idea.

That will have me busy for about a year… Now I´m really looking forward to doing it, can´t wait until I get the paperwork!

I have been really busy these last couple of weeks, that´s why I haven´t done much writing lately. Losing weight is going quite well, slowly but it is still heading in the right direction, so I have started to move around more and managed to get a lot of things done that four months ago wouldn´t have been possible.

Seems that instead of losing muscles from sitting around so much, I have developed a bit more energy, so I can stand up longer and actually do a lot of the house-work, over the last week I´ve been cleaning nearly all the windows, managed to do some spring-cleaning and baking, so I am really happy and a lot more cheerful.

Still in a lot of pain, especially after the window-cleaning. I had to take some extra painkillers so I could hobble around a bit later.

The only thing I still avoid as much as possible is climbing stairs. So the cellar is still pretty much out of bounds and my poor mum is having to do all the washing. But luckily, we have got two strong boys in the house, and they can at least carry the washing up and down the stairs 😉

The last couple of days we had a bit of trouble around the house…. A pipe burst upstairs and Sunday night my mum had water leaking through the ceiling in three rooms.

So on Monday we had to empty and dismantle a wardrobe upstairs, so the plumber could try and find the burst pipe. Not very successfully I might add. The pipe was between the kitchen and bathroom and to change it would mean that we would have to rip up the whole floor of the kitchen and maybe some of the bedroom as well. But since my brother who lives up there hardly does any cooking in there we decided that that will not happen. Too bloody expensive, especially because he only moved in there last year and had all the floors fitted with new carpets.

Well, that´s the problem with a 40 year old house, always something to repair. Today the plumber turned up very early because he was supposed to free a blocked drain pipe. That was a mess!!! He ended up taking a shower when he opened up the pipe, and everything splashed all over the cellar floor and some shelves with christmas decorations. God the smell was awful, and it took the best of the morning to mop up the mess and change the pipes.

But at least it´s done now, and the smell is nearly gone…

Tomorrow will be a bit of a day of rest, we are going to meet some friends for a cup of coffee  in the morning, we deserve that after all the hassle the last couple of days I think 🙂

That´s all for now, I want to try and go to bed before midnight, though I´m cutting it a bit close as usual, haha,

Good night my friends



Today, I got my catalogue for the anual arts and crafts show I like to visit.

Usually in September, this year it will be at the end of October. No idea if I will actually be able to go this year.Last year it was a bit difficult because I had problems walking, and the only reason we went was that it was on my daughter´s birthday and I had promised her to go. And we had booked 2 workshops each which turned out to be a lot of fun. So I was glad that we went.

Looking through the catalogue, I remembered that many years ago I had been thinking of taking up classes for needlework, but at the time couldn´t afford the fees, so I went looking online to check if there where still courses I might be able to do and to afford.

The good thing is that there is a place where you can do online classes, and they are not too expensive either. They are held by a former student of the royal school of needlework in UK, so hopefully they should be quite good.

So now I am really tempted to try at least one course, to see if I could actually do something like that. Needlework was always something I loved to do, and basically the only thing I was ever any good at…

Not sure if I could do anything with it though, like trying to teach people how to do it, so I don´t exactly know if it would be worth it.

One of the problems is that even though the  courses aren´t that expensive, at least the beginners course isn´t, but the materials are quite pricey. So I will have to think about it a bit more before I make a decision.

I better sleep about it….

Good night friends


Spring cleaning :)

Well, the weather was great, sunny and reasonably warm today, so I thought it would be perfect for cleaning windows, washing curtains ect.

With the help from my hubby and my oldest son we managed to do it and it all looks nice and clean now, ready for father´s day tomorrow 🙂

As a bonus, I took some lovely pictures of the squirrel that has been visiting our bird-feeder over the last couple of months.



Here´s our little friend 🙂

20160504_133119.jpgThe view from my mum´s kitchen, I love how the trees become greener every day 🙂 The lovely clouds are always a nice bonus…


Finally my little green window, I´m certainly getting better at keeping my plants alive 😀

And the view into the back garden is getting better every day…

Didn´t get any stitching done, but as my last job for today, I managed to bake some lovely bread and it smells great. Too bad I have to wait for breakfast tomorrow morning to taste it…

Everything considered, it was a good day today, so I guess it is nearly time to go to bed.

Cheerio my friends ,

sleep well!


Busy weekend :)

The last weekend I was really busy, that´s why I didn´t write anything for the blog yesterday. After letting the A-Z challenge slide a little bit last week, I had to catch up, because I really wanted to finish it in time. And I did :), maybe not the most imaginative writing on earth, but at least I did finish something at last.

On Friday night I finished decorating the birthday cake, so it was ready for picking up on Saturday, than I did a bit of cleaning the house, and a lot of stitching, though my neck and shoulders where really hurting in the end, so I had to take frequent brakes.

But I think I am doing well, it looks very nice, and I am sure we will get it done in time for my mum´s birthday 🙂

Here´s what I´ve done so far:


I like the design very much, and I certainly hope my mum will as well.

Once I finished my bit, I will show you what my daughter has done so far, she has been very busy indeed.

I think this will not be my last experience with needlepaint, especially because I did buy another kit when we did a workshop last year. The problem was that when I bought it, I didn´t realize that it was an intermediate project, and it looked quite a bit challenging, but after trying a few new stitches I feel a little more comfortable giving it a go.

But first I want to finish my last cross-stitch project, there is not too much to do on it and I only put it on hold for my mum´s, because my daughter asked me if I could do it so she can work on her bachelor´s thesis.

One really good thing about needlework, or any hobby really that keeps your mind busy, while I do that, I don´t feel hungry at all, so not much chance of being naughty and eating things I shouldn´t lol.

Speaking of eating, I have been doing quite well regarding that, so it is going slowly but surely, I just need to stay patient and that I will do.

So, good night friends

sleep well,