Rainy Day, Lovely Day

IMG_1815aSee that Teddy bear on the table?  He’s waiting for Sami to get home. 

This morning, when we got up, it was raining and Sami decided he wanted to stay home.  Weekends are just too short for everyone, aren’t they.

So, as a compromise Sami and I decided that Ted would sit on the table today and wait with me for his return.  He’s such a cutie.  :)  It’s only 11h00 and I miss the kids sooo much!

IMG_1818aToday will definitely be a quiet one.  I’ve decided to read some of my favorite series some more and watch the movie If I Stay while I blog. 

What an *amazing* movie – I’m almost glad I didn’t read the book, just so I’m clueless about how it’ll all turn out.  (It better have a happy ending though!!)  And what a Crazy amazing cast!!  I’m such a fan of Mireille Enos!! :)

IMG_1822aLater, I’ll be continuing my Christmas cards.  I have about another 30 more to go.  I’ve been really lucky as my sister-in-law Julia gave me these amazing Chipboard shapes to craft with.  I love them so much! (and my sister too – ahah):)

I hope this page finds you happy and well.  :)

Thinking of you all xx



11952003_901899023179289_1723502256196478839_nI can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought of you, of writing here. 

This year has been a struggle, I won’t lie.  It’s probably been one of the most challenging ones I’ve ever had in my entire life.

I’ve had many ‘moments’ in 36 years, as everyone does, where I’ve hit Rock bottom, but I’ve never had to go through an experience that is ‘constantly’ eating at me.  That is something else.

Throughout these last 9 months, I’ve had some incredible blessings and as many heartaches. 

It’s been interesting, because as you’re suffering, you’re growing.  You’re seeing situations and people more clearly – your priorities change, you get a better perspective of what’s important to you and what isn’t.

You also get to see bovdxywieaand9o-jpg-largewhat the people in your life are made of.  When the tough ‘keeps’ going, who’s sticking around?  Who in your life can you rely on?  Lean on?  And who just bails.  Who kicks you while your down?

I’ve been through it all.  From the blessings of distant friends asking how I’m holding up and what they can do to help, to very close family members wishing me “good luck” with my situation and leaving without a look back.

It’s been revealing.   It’s been heartbreaking.

jV73vL2What do you do with ‘Best friends’ who contact you close to never since you’re ‘no-fun’ anymore?  Or a family member, as close as genetics can be, who never once asked you how you are coping – in an entire year?

I know everyone does their best, and do what they know how to do, so it’s not about attributing blame in the end. 

Things are the way they are.  It is what it is.  It’s up to me to accept reality and adapt to it.  It’s just emotionally challenging, when those who should be helping you weather the storm, are the ones throwing you into the water.













Letting Go: A Hospice Journey

Letting Go: A Hospice Journey

1996Duration unknown

Our medical system is geared toward healing patients. But what if there's no cure available? This moving, intimate documentary uses three cases to explore how hospice care prepares both terminally ill patients and their families for a gentle, safe passage. While patients are given comfort, companionship, dignity and peace, families are prepared for their inevitable loss.

Runtime Duration unknown
Release Date 9 October 1996
Movie Media
Movie Status
Movie Rating Excellent
Starring: —

journeyThis was a Raw and Poignant Documentary about several hospice individuals on their path to Transition.  Each person had their own story, their own understanding of what was happening to them, and their own way of coping with their journey.

Overall, this doco is definitely not for everyone, but I do recommend it as it is an eye-opener: it helps get a better perspective on what really matters in life.  It inspires and reminds us not to wait until the end of our journey to atone and make peace with those we love.  These stories not only teach us about Death and Dying, but also, and more importantly about Life and Living.


Take me to Church – Hozier

“Take Me To Church”

My lover’s got humour
She’s the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody’s disapproval
I should’ve worshipped her sooner
If the heavens ever did speak
She’s the last true mouthpiece
Every Sunday’s getting more bleak
A fresh poison each week
‘We were born sick, ‘ you heard them say it
My Church offers no absolutes
She tells me, ‘Worship in the bedroom.’
The only heaven I’ll be sent to
Is when I’m alone with you—I was born sick,
But I love it
Command me to be well
Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.

[Chorus 2x:]
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

If I’m a pagan of the good times
My lover’s the sunlight
To keep the Goddess on my side
She demands a sacrifice

Drain the whole sea
Get something shiny
Something meaty for the main course
That’s a fine looking high horse
What you got in the stable?
We’ve a lot of starving faithful

That looks tasty
That looks plenty
This is hungry work

[Chorus 2x:]
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife
Offer me my deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

No Masters or Kings
When the Ritual begins
There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin

In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene
Only then I am Human
Only then I am Clean
Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.

[Chorus 2x:]
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life



Recipe Card: Frankfurter Kranz

Frankfurter Kranz
Serves 8
For all of you creamy, buttery, multilayer cake lovers out there!
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr
For the Cake
  1. - 1/2 cup of butter
  2. - 3/4 cup of sugar
  3. - 3 eggs
  4. - 3/4 cup of sifted flour
  5. - 1/3 cup of cornstarch
  6. - 2 tsp of baking powder
For the Butter Cream Filling
  1. - 6 egg yolks lightly beaten
  2. - 3/4 cup of sugar
  3. - 1/2 of water
  4. - 1/2 of cornstarch
  5. - 1 cup of softened butter
  6. - 1 tsp of vanilla paste
For the Cake
  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs and mix some lemon grind (if you choose to put some in - I didn't) to the butter.
  3. Sift the flour with the cornstarch and baking powder together.
  4. Blend together the egg & butter mixture to the flour.
  5. Pour batter into the mold (usually a bunt one, but I just used a normal round one)
  6. Bake between 45 to 1h (until a knife comes out clean at the center).
  7. Cool on a rack.
  8. While the cake is cooling prepare the buttercream.
For the Buttercream
  1. Beat the egg yolks and leave to reach room temperature.
  2. Mix the sugar, water, and cornstarch into a small saucepan.
  3. Boil until it thickens (put your spoon in it and when it covers it gently like syrup, it's ready).
  4. Pour the hot mixture in a very thin strip unto the egg yolks as you're mixer is beating vigorously.
  5. Beat until it's light and fluffy and let it cool down completely.
  6. Once cool, beat in the soft butter (if the mixture separates or deflates - don't worry and just keep beating it until it looks like buttercream - it could take several minutes).
  7. Add your flavor (in this case vanilla paste).
Make your Krokant
  1. Pour your almond pieces onto a baking sheet.
  2. Get a clean small saucepan.
  3. Melt your butter with your sugar.
  4. Leave to gently, slowly, bubble on your stove.
  5. Do not over mix.
  6. Once the sugar and butter turn golden brown remove quickly from the stove and pour onto your almond pieces.
  7. Once the sugar has hardened break into pieces to decorate your cake.
  1. Leave the cake overnight in the fridge for an even yummier result!
Adapted from The German Cookbook
Adapted from The German Cookbook
Kim Dallmeier http://www.intodawn.com/

Still Alice (2014)

Still Alice

20141 h 39 min

Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.

Runtime 1 h 39 min
Release Date 5 December 2014
Movie Media
Movie Status
Movie Rating Very good
No images were imported for this movie.

One of those rare cases where the movie is as good as the book! Read it last year (I think?!) and *loved* it, so was pretty on the fence about watching the movie, but I’m glad I did! Then again, you can’t really regret anything with Julianne Moore in it, can you?! Even Kristen Stewart was well cast for this one – considering her one-note acting. Definitely recommend this one!

Broken Sword: Director’s Cut

love-letter-stationery-1Broken Sword:  Director’s Cut

From Gog.Com:

Genre: AdventurePoint-and-clickDetective-mystery

Works on:Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8)

Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish.


Released:August 26, 2008

Size:1.2 GBCompany:Revolution Software / Revolution Software

About: Uncover the identity of a jester assassin. Unlock the legend of the Knights Templar. Unravel a plot as twisted as the catacombs you’re about to prowl.
As George Stobbart, an American in Paris, you find it odd when an accordion-playing clown darts out of a cafe clutching a briefcase. Moments later, you’re sent flying, violently thrown through the air by the force of a massive explosion, right into a sinister, global intrigue. The coveted contents of that briefcase? A fiercely guarded manuscript penned by a clandestine medieval order – the Knights Templar. Reveal the truth behind a secret conspiracy and save the world from the Templars’ evil plan.

  • The original version of Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars is available as a free bonus.
  • The Director’s Cut includes an additional chapter of the story, seen from Nico’s perspective and the original version of Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars a.k.a. Broken Sword: Circle of Blood.
  • Great hand-drawn graphics, now remade with new animated cinematics and HD resolutions
  • A timeless adventure game with a conspiracy atmosphere and a big underlying mystery

Overall, Broken Sword is a pretty fun game.  The puzzles are enjoyable – neither too hard nor too easy, and pretty logical.  The dialogue is entertaining, the characters pretty decent, the graphics pretty cartoon-like.  It’s a pretty decent and fun game for a point-and-click adventure.  On sale?  Try it!

The Walking Dead (1 – 5)

4c83d34948a84b341779fe10739b531cThe Walking Dead

From Ign:

The living will have to survive amongst the dead in this game based on The Walking Dead, the widely acclaimed comic book series and television series. Across five dark and emotional episodes of gameplay, every decision and action you take can result in the entire story of the game changing around you.

Play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer him redemption in a world gone to hell.

Release Date: April 24, 2012 (Series Start)
MA15+ for Ages 16 and up: Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language
Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games

The Walking Dead Series 1 to 5 is simply Amazing.  The graphics are fantastic.  The characters are realistic.  The storyline is pretty much the same as the TV series (graphic Novels) – all about survival (with heaps of mini-quests)… but the best part of the game is the fact that every choice you make changes the course of the story.  How cool is that?  Even the ending is influenced by the way you’ve played.  So, if you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for?!

Shake it baby!

IMG_1105aHello, Hello!

How are you doing today?  Hope you’re happy and well!  I’m not too bad, though I’ve been wrestling a cold, as have done the kids, the last few days.  The babies had to miss school *again* – just so I could keep them warm and help them recuperate better.

Apart from that, I’ve been making some new Christmas cards.  As you see here, I’ve made a Shaker card with my own little watercolor painting in the background.  I painted a little kid pulling a sleigh in the setting sun looking at a Christmas tree.  :)

IMG_1104aOn the next one, I used an old Christmas picture I had in my box of paper scraps and just made a snow globe shaker card with it.  I embossed the white cardstock with a beautiful snowflake cuttlebug folder I have.  It’s SUPER simple, but effective.  I put the shaker on the edge of the card, because I really wanted to give that “snowflake” background HEAPS of space.. to make it look like a snowfall. :)

Next, I used a simple bear stamp which I watercolored:)

IMG_1107aI also used the cute Martha Stewart border punch to make that lace edge:)  Seriously LOVE it (Well, to be fair I LOVE everything Martha Stewart.  She’s my Craft Goddess!)

Oh and at the top of that Bear card is some cute red & white baker’s twine:)

IMG_1108aFinally, here’s my very FAVORITE card I’ve made this year so far for Christmas:)  I watercolored a little girl skating in the middle of nature with the sunset as a background.

Of course, you can’t really see the detailing, but I’m really happy with the result.  I’ve glittered up the trees and used some Sakura 3D pens to really make the girl’s coat POP.. and well, I can’t say enough about the beautiful pattern paper I used behind the image.  It’s just gorgeous!  Pinks, teal, grey, silver.. Just *WOW*… and it gives a real sense of patchwork:)

Hope you like what I’ve done and that you’re having a great day!!

BIG HUGS and Lots of xxx

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