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Sonntag, 29. März 2015

Make do and mend

Today I'm finally sorting out the mending pile. 


The favourite shirt with the shredded ribbon that I couldn't bear to throw away.





The new party top with a neckline I thought I could get away with in the changing room and didn't dare to wear in real life. Simply fixed with a piece of lace.


The bargain t-shirt with potential if only one was a proper seamstress. Well, maybe some other time... Rome wasn't built in one day after all.

Sonntag, 22. März 2015

All work and no play...

... make Wonky Heidi a very dull blogger! 

The past four weeks at the office have been manic and most weekends were spent in a total uncreative way on the sofa. 

Today was different as I finally managed to install my new toilet seat, paid a flying visit to cuddle my niece and started filling in my tax forms.



But in two weeks time I'll have ten glorious days off. My to-do list so far:

paint wall
take laptop for an upgrade
take sewing machine for an overhaul
sort out balcony
pay Ikea a long-due visit
read, read, read
relax, relax, relax
blog
go to the gym (oh no pollen alert)

Sonntag, 8. März 2015

Winter fun

Last Friday 16 of my amazing colleagues and I left the office early to travel to the Bavarian Forest. It is an area close to the Czech border and a popular holiday spot for families.
After the arrival in Bodenmais we started our hike to the Chamer Hütte, a mountain hut, managed by the local ski club.
It was a very steep climb and although I had left the kitchen sink at home I had problems lugging my day tour rucksack up the mountain. My boss, who you might remember from handing over his dessert at the xmas party,   came up trumps again and took it off me. Otherwise I wouldn't have managed the ascent.
The scenery was breathtaking, even though it was foggy and the forest dark and mysterious.



After about two hours we arrived exhausted and happy and sorted out the quarters. 





And then came refreshments...

Roast pork and dumplings 


We had the most amazing evening in the cosy restaurant area of the hut. Eating, drinking, chatting and even singing. There were instruments available at the hut and one of my colleagues entertained us with one popular song after the other. And yes, due to the readily available hard liquor, I did have a go at yodelling! I'm very afraid of compromising videos being safed on the departments server!

After a restless night we woke up to a clear and sunny morning. We had a basic but filling breakfast,  kitted up and went outside.






And now came the biggest surprise of the trip, we were to take wooden sledges to get down into the valley! As I had seen the steep piste on the way up I was a bit afraid and decided to go last, where I could take my time.
The moment my bum touched the seat however, all of this was forgotten, I transformed into a right terror of the slopes and shot of at high speed, shreeking with delight, forcing my colleagues to dive for safety. Luckily no one was hurt as we raced through the white landscape, the sun glittering on the snow like diamonds.
It was over far to quickly! On the way out of town we stocked up on the local schnapps and headed back towards Munich, chatting happily.


 





Montag, 2. März 2015

Clear-out

The spring cleaning continues. 

On Saturday a friend and I loaded up her car with junk and drove to the recycling center. I was amazed at how much broken rubbish two households can collect in the 3,5 years since I moved into my appartment. I counted 3 DVD-Players, several electric toothbrushes, countless cables and other bits and bobs. After following the clerks instructions about what to put in which industrial sized containers we drove off happily... to the mall to replace the broken goods!
It certainly felt very liberating to rid my place of all this junk that was cluttering up my basement and even the balcony.
The next project is going to clear-out my book shelves again. I did this before the move but feel the urge to do it again. Even if I don't chuck any of the books out I might re-discover some old favourites and re-read them.
The hardest clear-out for me is my wardrobe. I can hardly bring myself to throw clothes out, even if I don't fit into them anymore as I'm eternally hopeful that one day I will again.


Oops, I might have forgotten something.




Sonntag, 22. Februar 2015

A spring thing

With March nearly upon us it feels like spring is in the air. Okay, so it snowed again last night but I could swear that the birds are chirping more loudly recently.
The other day I woke up  relaxed and cheerful (it was a Saturday morning) and my first thought was: I must paint that wall!
I've lived in this place with white walls for four years now, because I couldn't make up my mind. But  I can feel a decision coming up.
Isn't that a spring thing, cleaning and updating your home? Clearing out cupboards and getting rid of stuff, browsing the Ikea homepage for inspiration?
I will sit down to make a plan which will be executed  during my week off just after easter. Volunteers are welcome!


I've also sat down on my trusted machine to produce some birthday gifts:




Sonntag, 8. Februar 2015

Serenity Prayer



Things are looking up. I have tried the gratitude journal, but found that mine might be more of a happiness journal. Over the last fortnight I have consciously noted things that made me happy.

Small things like sunshine glittering in the slowly dissolving fog - pure magic. 

Unexpected pleasures like a theatre ticket that was available because someone else was prevented from going.

Sitting down to make some presents with my trusted sewing machine - creating!

I have also consciously tried to remain calm about stuff and waiting to see what happens. These words came to my mind. However outworn, there's still a lot of truth in them...

O God, give us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed,
The courage to change what can be changed,
and the wisdom to know the one from the other...
 
 

Montag, 2. Februar 2015

The yodelling goats


So yesterday was .. like.. the best sunday ever! One of my exceptional christmas presents was a one-day yodelling course with my siblings. In the morning we took off towards a snowy, chocolate-box-pretty Lenggries, a small ski ressort in the mountains, for a great bonding experience. 
The course held by Barbara Lexa http://www.jodel-kurs.de/ in a tiny, vegetarian inn was attended by 9 participants aged between 11 and 60.


Yodelling was developed as a form of communication between mountain villagers in the olden times and was practised all-over the world, e.g. Bavaria, Africa, Cambodia, Thailand, Spain, Lapland and so on.
It is a very joyful and uplifting experience - one cannot really yodel while being sad.
It was great sitting in the cozy inn, watching the snow fall through the windows, singing our hearts out to Barbaras accordeon.
In the afternoon we went outside to be taught  "Juchzen", which translates roughly into whooping or shrieking with delight, which needs to be performed at earsplitting volume. So we went for a little walk in the snow, singing. Pure magic!



On the way back in the car we yodeled along to Barbaras cd, looking forward to the weekend workshop for advanced yodelers in May.
As for being blue: Now I'll just get my cd and notes out and practice my yodelling!