scottishlass: (J-Men Katori Sims)
Sooo ... I might make it this year. 37835 words and counting. The story might not be the most original or even the best I have ever written (actually some of my S:AAB and Faith stuff is better than this) but as for an original story I think it is pretty okay. Still working in some narrative parts (descriptions etc.) as well as fitting in the story of the secondary OTP, oh the crazy secondary lead who still lacks motivation why she is as she is (perhaps a super huge case of hybris and selfishness??) LOL
Anyway, it is going good, which is a HUGE accomplishment on my part as usually around this time of NaNoWriMo I'm a nervous wreck and usually throw in the towel.


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Watching Monsters ... WTF? Shingo-chan is so scary with that weird smile. Yamapi is hamming again ... a far cry from his weird but cute and wonderful Akira. Watchign this jdrama is like Mr Brain on acid only much weirder and scarier (Shin-chan????)
scottishlass: (Asia Hyde twin)
Thanks to a dear friend I'm listening to "Just Kids" a biography by punk/rock legend Patti Smith about her years in NYC with Robert Mapplethorpe and one line in the audio book just moved me to tears as it so reminds me of my late step brother Andreas.
“... his green eyes, his dark locks … his voice above the gulls, the childish laughter, and the roar of waves … the boy who loved …”

It's over twenty years now that he took his life, but tonight it feels as if it has been yesterday. Good night, brother mine. Hope you will find love, peace and happiness in the next life.
scottishlass: (Sewing cupcake)
One of our ducks is sick and we have yet another feathered guest living with us in the house again.

And our dogs are so cool with it, they even ignore her (most of the time, but for Lulu stealing the lettuce).

scottishlass: (Sewing cupcake)
One of our ducks is sick and we have yet another feathered guest living with us in the house again.

And our dogs are so cool with it, they even ignore her (most of the time, but for Lulu stealing the lettuce).

scottishlass: (Sewing cupcake)
One of our ducks is sick and we have yet another feathered guest living with us in the house again.

And our dogs are so cool with it, they even ignore her (most of the time, but for Lulu stealing the lettuce).

scottishlass: (Dogs Cenour Evil Santa)
Even though I try to move slowly and somewhat gracefully through this hectic part of the year, it is a good thing that our afternoons and evenings are returning to cozy nights at home instead of either entertaining or being entertained by new-found friends. While I love that we have now started to weave all the intricate knots of friendship, at this time of the year it is essential to stay home and just breathe. And pause ... and wonder ... and soaking up all the holiday goodness.

All the moments that make me happy
- hunting for little holiday gifts on Christmas Markets.
- it's Christmas time.
- walks in the woods with the dogs.
scottishlass: (Dogs Cenour Evil Santa)
Even though I try to move slowly and somewhat gracefully through this hectic part of the year, it is a good thing that our afternoons and evenings are returning to cozy nights at home instead of either entertaining or being entertained by new-found friends. While I love that we have now started to weave all the intricate knots of friendship, at this time of the year it is essential to stay home and just breathe. And pause ... and wonder ... and soaking up all the holiday goodness.

All the moments that make me happy
- hunting for little holiday gifts on Christmas Markets.
- it's Christmas time.
- walks in the woods with the dogs.
scottishlass: (Dogs Cenour Evil Santa)
Even though I try to move slowly and somewhat gracefully through this hectic part of the year, it is a good thing that our afternoons and evenings are returning to cozy nights at home instead of either entertaining or being entertained by new-found friends. While I love that we have now started to weave all the intricate knots of friendship, at this time of the year it is essential to stay home and just breathe. And pause ... and wonder ... and soaking up all the holiday goodness.

All the moments that make me happy
- hunting for little holiday gifts on Christmas Markets.
- it's Christmas time.
- walks in the woods with the dogs.
scottishlass: (Sewing trifle)
Our internet connection is working so I need to use this to the fullest LOL

November has been an amazing month, lots of sun shine, lots of mellow golden days and cold clear star-lit nights. And the sunsets ... and sunrises ... gosh it was all so amazing. I just love November, heck I just love autumn and winter. While most folks get winter depression I seem to get winter passion :) I love to sit and relax in the garden surrounded by my dogs and watch the passing of light, the one hour between day and night when everything turns blue and then the sky is ablaze (well, on a clear day). And this particularly soothing golden light through the autumn foliage .. I love it!!!

While I write this the Eastern horizon is very gently turning from black to these amazing touches of magenta and I hope I can catch another wonderful sunrise on camera later on.

Anyway, life has been fabulous, even though it is strenuous and busy and most of the time I only remember which day it is when the garbage folks come (we have three days a week where all sorts of garbage is picked up ... Wednesdays is for bio/green garbage; Thursdays for either plastic/metal or paper and Fridays is for all the rest that doesn't fit the first two and you know what? Our trash can is tiny ... yes, TINY! It is bucket sized, well a big bucket, but still .. bucket sized. It is really amazing how much plastic and metal, but especially plastic stuff we are buying with our food. Plastic packages for sausages, meats, even vegetables and fruits. What happened to the good old newspaper or brown paper wraps?
As we are changing our way of living and especially eating, I have started to take empty tupperware with me when I go grocery shopping. First the supermarkets were a bit put off but as we are buying less and less there (during summer we got all of our fruits and vegetables from the garden and we've never eaten so healthily nor so fresh in all our lives) and go to the extra length to buy ecologically sustainable and free range dairy products and meats now. Yes, it is costlier, but then again we do not eat so much meat anymore anyway, so it doesn't affect our purses too much.
Luckily we have a couple of bio/eco farms around here so I can phone them up, ask what they have some particular offers that week and then I go there with my tupperware. And the butcher can portion all off already so you just need to label your boxes and chuck them into the freezer for further use. It's wonderful.
A couple of women here are already thinking of buying a pig or two next year and feed it for a year before having them slaughtered.I guess we have all seen the River Cottage DVDs one too many times LOL But the RC team would be proud of us. I have already asked the farmer down the road and he would offer us stabling free of charge for half a pig (no matter how many pigs we will eventually get). Another woman has re-activated her goat herd with a male goat and we have been experimenting with making goat's cheese already. Could be that we will have a couple of mini-goat's in the new year as well ... we will see.

Our dogs are striving and are still as cheeky as ever. Our two foster dogs are slowly but gradually, especially Sammy, learning to enjoy their new lives and I'm particularly proud of Lir who gave the impression to never learn how to walk on a leash, as he was so afraid of the harness and the leash itself. But he has now mastered like he had never done anything else in his life. We even can now walk through the village without me having to drag a 30 kg dog along. He even walks without a leash now when we are on the fields and the woods.

It is still very painful and frustrating to watch any progress with Sammy. At least she now walks within two feet of us and doesn't take flight immediately. Still ... she doesn't like to be touched, doesn't like any kind of harness or collar but there is progress. She now knows she is called Sammy or Sam Sam by us. If I call her she slowly approaches and waits what I have in store for her. We feed her by hand and she slowly, very slowly allows us to treat her like one of our dogs. But I don't see her moving into her forever family just yet. She will need at least another year if progress continues to be as it is up till now.

And the rest of the pack are all happy and healthy and fully demand our attention :)
Chandini, Lulu and Careto )
scottishlass: (Sewing trifle)
Our internet connection is working so I need to use this to the fullest LOL

November has been an amazing month, lots of sun shine, lots of mellow golden days and cold clear star-lit nights. And the sunsets ... and sunrises ... gosh it was all so amazing. I just love November, heck I just love autumn and winter. While most folks get winter depression I seem to get winter passion :) I love to sit and relax in the garden surrounded by my dogs and watch the passing of light, the one hour between day and night when everything turns blue and then the sky is ablaze (well, on a clear day). And this particularly soothing golden light through the autumn foliage .. I love it!!!

While I write this the Eastern horizon is very gently turning from black to these amazing touches of magenta and I hope I can catch another wonderful sunrise on camera later on.

Anyway, life has been fabulous, even though it is strenuous and busy and most of the time I only remember which day it is when the garbage folks come (we have three days a week where all sorts of garbage is picked up ... Wednesdays is for bio/green garbage; Thursdays for either plastic/metal or paper and Fridays is for all the rest that doesn't fit the first two and you know what? Our trash can is tiny ... yes, TINY! It is bucket sized, well a big bucket, but still .. bucket sized. It is really amazing how much plastic and metal, but especially plastic stuff we are buying with our food. Plastic packages for sausages, meats, even vegetables and fruits. What happened to the good old newspaper or brown paper wraps?
As we are changing our way of living and especially eating, I have started to take empty tupperware with me when I go grocery shopping. First the supermarkets were a bit put off but as we are buying less and less there (during summer we got all of our fruits and vegetables from the garden and we've never eaten so healthily nor so fresh in all our lives) and go to the extra length to buy ecologically sustainable and free range dairy products and meats now. Yes, it is costlier, but then again we do not eat so much meat anymore anyway, so it doesn't affect our purses too much.
Luckily we have a couple of bio/eco farms around here so I can phone them up, ask what they have some particular offers that week and then I go there with my tupperware. And the butcher can portion all off already so you just need to label your boxes and chuck them into the freezer for further use. It's wonderful.
A couple of women here are already thinking of buying a pig or two next year and feed it for a year before having them slaughtered.I guess we have all seen the River Cottage DVDs one too many times LOL But the RC team would be proud of us. I have already asked the farmer down the road and he would offer us stabling free of charge for half a pig (no matter how many pigs we will eventually get). Another woman has re-activated her goat herd with a male goat and we have been experimenting with making goat's cheese already. Could be that we will have a couple of mini-goat's in the new year as well ... we will see.

Our dogs are striving and are still as cheeky as ever. Our two foster dogs are slowly but gradually, especially Sammy, learning to enjoy their new lives and I'm particularly proud of Lir who gave the impression to never learn how to walk on a leash, as he was so afraid of the harness and the leash itself. But he has now mastered like he had never done anything else in his life. We even can now walk through the village without me having to drag a 30 kg dog along. He even walks without a leash now when we are on the fields and the woods.

It is still very painful and frustrating to watch any progress with Sammy. At least she now walks within two feet of us and doesn't take flight immediately. Still ... she doesn't like to be touched, doesn't like any kind of harness or collar but there is progress. She now knows she is called Sammy or Sam Sam by us. If I call her she slowly approaches and waits what I have in store for her. We feed her by hand and she slowly, very slowly allows us to treat her like one of our dogs. But I don't see her moving into her forever family just yet. She will need at least another year if progress continues to be as it is up till now.

And the rest of the pack are all happy and healthy and fully demand our attention :)
Chandini, Lulu and Careto )
scottishlass: (Sewing trifle)
Our internet connection is working so I need to use this to the fullest LOL

November has been an amazing month, lots of sun shine, lots of mellow golden days and cold clear star-lit nights. And the sunsets ... and sunrises ... gosh it was all so amazing. I just love November, heck I just love autumn and winter. While most folks get winter depression I seem to get winter passion :) I love to sit and relax in the garden surrounded by my dogs and watch the passing of light, the one hour between day and night when everything turns blue and then the sky is ablaze (well, on a clear day). And this particularly soothing golden light through the autumn foliage .. I love it!!!

While I write this the Eastern horizon is very gently turning from black to these amazing touches of magenta and I hope I can catch another wonderful sunrise on camera later on.

Anyway, life has been fabulous, even though it is strenuous and busy and most of the time I only remember which day it is when the garbage folks come (we have three days a week where all sorts of garbage is picked up ... Wednesdays is for bio/green garbage; Thursdays for either plastic/metal or paper and Fridays is for all the rest that doesn't fit the first two and you know what? Our trash can is tiny ... yes, TINY! It is bucket sized, well a big bucket, but still .. bucket sized. It is really amazing how much plastic and metal, but especially plastic stuff we are buying with our food. Plastic packages for sausages, meats, even vegetables and fruits. What happened to the good old newspaper or brown paper wraps?
As we are changing our way of living and especially eating, I have started to take empty tupperware with me when I go grocery shopping. First the supermarkets were a bit put off but as we are buying less and less there (during summer we got all of our fruits and vegetables from the garden and we've never eaten so healthily nor so fresh in all our lives) and go to the extra length to buy ecologically sustainable and free range dairy products and meats now. Yes, it is costlier, but then again we do not eat so much meat anymore anyway, so it doesn't affect our purses too much.
Luckily we have a couple of bio/eco farms around here so I can phone them up, ask what they have some particular offers that week and then I go there with my tupperware. And the butcher can portion all off already so you just need to label your boxes and chuck them into the freezer for further use. It's wonderful.
A couple of women here are already thinking of buying a pig or two next year and feed it for a year before having them slaughtered.I guess we have all seen the River Cottage DVDs one too many times LOL But the RC team would be proud of us. I have already asked the farmer down the road and he would offer us stabling free of charge for half a pig (no matter how many pigs we will eventually get). Another woman has re-activated her goat herd with a male goat and we have been experimenting with making goat's cheese already. Could be that we will have a couple of mini-goat's in the new year as well ... we will see.

Our dogs are striving and are still as cheeky as ever. Our two foster dogs are slowly but gradually, especially Sammy, learning to enjoy their new lives and I'm particularly proud of Lir who gave the impression to never learn how to walk on a leash, as he was so afraid of the harness and the leash itself. But he has now mastered like he had never done anything else in his life. We even can now walk through the village without me having to drag a 30 kg dog along. He even walks without a leash now when we are on the fields and the woods.

It is still very painful and frustrating to watch any progress with Sammy. At least she now walks within two feet of us and doesn't take flight immediately. Still ... she doesn't like to be touched, doesn't like any kind of harness or collar but there is progress. She now knows she is called Sammy or Sam Sam by us. If I call her she slowly approaches and waits what I have in store for her. We feed her by hand and she slowly, very slowly allows us to treat her like one of our dogs. But I don't see her moving into her forever family just yet. She will need at least another year if progress continues to be as it is up till now.

And the rest of the pack are all happy and healthy and fully demand our attention :)
Chandini, Lulu and Careto )
scottishlass: (Sewing Road)
... the ducks have discovered the plastic vessel I put into the ground for them to swim in




... we all enjoy the rare sun rays


... while the smoke of the power plants rise into a brilliant blue sky


It looks really nice and warm but that is not true. It is 8°C, however, the wind is so cold it feels like minus grades :s
scottishlass: (Sewing Road)
... the ducks have discovered the plastic vessel I put into the ground for them to swim in




... we all enjoy the rare sun rays


... while the smoke of the power plants rise into a brilliant blue sky


It looks really nice and warm but that is not true. It is 8°C, however, the wind is so cold it feels like minus grades :s
scottishlass: (Sewing Road)
... the ducks have discovered the plastic vessel I put into the ground for them to swim in




... we all enjoy the rare sun rays


... while the smoke of the power plants rise into a brilliant blue sky


It looks really nice and warm but that is not true. It is 8°C, however, the wind is so cold it feels like minus grades :s
scottishlass: (Sewing craft)
{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


scottishlass: (Sewing craft)
{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


scottishlass: (Sewing craft)
{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Beautiful

Oct. 13th, 2010 09:42 pm
scottishlass: (Sewing Road)
This morning, the early autumn sun rose gradually through the mist and dew of a brilliant blue sky, streaked with milky tufts of clouds. A dragonfly, its body a brilliant metallic green while its head was metallic blue, hovered over the fallen apples, seeking prey. Even a few late butterflies tumbled through the warming air, seeking the sweetness of the pears.

Only a few days left where the sun will shine. It is bitter cold when the sun is obscured by clouds, so winter is only a few days, perhaps weeks, away.

Beautiful

Oct. 13th, 2010 09:42 pm
scottishlass: (Sewing Road)
This morning, the early autumn sun rose gradually through the mist and dew of a brilliant blue sky, streaked with milky tufts of clouds. A dragonfly, its body a brilliant metallic green while its head was metallic blue, hovered over the fallen apples, seeking prey. Even a few late butterflies tumbled through the warming air, seeking the sweetness of the pears.

Only a few days left where the sun will shine. It is bitter cold when the sun is obscured by clouds, so winter is only a few days, perhaps weeks, away.

Beautiful

Oct. 13th, 2010 09:42 pm
scottishlass: (Sewing Road)
This morning, the early autumn sun rose gradually through the mist and dew of a brilliant blue sky, streaked with milky tufts of clouds. A dragonfly, its body a brilliant metallic green while its head was metallic blue, hovered over the fallen apples, seeking prey. Even a few late butterflies tumbled through the warming air, seeking the sweetness of the pears.

Only a few days left where the sun will shine. It is bitter cold when the sun is obscured by clouds, so winter is only a few days, perhaps weeks, away.

of the moment

Yozora no mukou ni wa mou asu ga matteiru

ano toki kimi ga ushinatta mono wa
yozora no mukou no hoshi ni natta
nurashita hoho wa itsuka kawaite
kitto habatakeru kara

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