VIRTUAL COFFEE DATE | August

If you and I had coffee…
I would like to show you a wonderful little spot I am came across in the countryside when visiting at my family’s home. It’s an revived little corner shop where I used to go shopping with my grandma and the added a little coffee shop area. They serve homemade cakes and cookies and coffee in fancy china. It’s really cute. All the older village ladies stop by for a chat. It feels a bit like being a Gilmore Girl. I would get a coffee and one piece of cake – maybe two if we stay long.

If you and I had coffee…
I would like to know what you think of temporary tattoos. I recently came across those while doing content in my day job and I feel the urge to use them as accessories. I know it’s very childish but would it be weird sporting a pastel ice cream cone on your wrist? Or some cute looking alpacas? I mean I already bought a pack. But now I wonder what people would think.

If you and I had coffee…
I’d tell you about how I spent a couple days in the workshop with my dad and crossing off #61 of my 101-in-1000-days-list. I learnt a few things while working together. On the other hand I realized how different our approaches to a project are. I am much more organized and think it through while dad just starts. Both approaches have their advantages – I don’t have to run and get every tool just when I need it and he doesn’t overthink and just tries if it works out.

If you and I had coffee…
I need to tell you about the book series I discovered by Australian writer Helen Scheuerer. It’s the Oremere Chronicles and I’ve read all three books in one week. It’s been a while since something sucked me in so completely.I didn’t even open the door when the postman rang. (Meet me on Goodreads and read the reviews)
Have you read this fantasy epos?

If you and I had coffee…
I’d tell you about my ambition to learn Spanish. I started to use the duolingo app and working my way through the levels. I try to talk a bit of Spanish to Mr. ♡ and it is hilarious. But I am proud of myself for how far I’ve come already and maybe I will be able to say a few sentences to his grandparents next time I visit. The app is really good to learn a new language in my opinion. Did you try to learn a new language after leaving school?

If you and I had coffee…
I want to hear about your favorite summer moment. While I type this is raining outside and fall is sneaking up on us. I like the cooler temperatures and enjoy the sound of raindrops hitting the leaves in the trees. But I haven’t finished my summer bucket list yet. But it seems summer is coming to an end.

This is a fun little get-together organized by Lecy and I am always happy to join in our coffee dates.
Happy Sunday to you

Tobia

One day or day One – 101 goals to tackle in 1001 days

Every time I feel a bit off I start making list. Like for everything. It makes me feel I have things under control. It makes me feel I have a goal. It makes me feel legit. While making lists is fun it should also make us move forward, challenge us, broaden our horizon, experience new things and take us by surprise. And maybe even be a bit uncomfortable.

craftaliciousme seeking creative life 101 in 1000 days bucket list

It took me around 6 weeks to compile my first 101-in-1001-days list. I never imagined it to be so tough. Some goals didn’t make the list as they felt too meaningless, other felt too personal, then there were too lofty ones…

In the end I could sum it up to the following categories:

  • Adult Things (10 goals)
  • Work Things (7 goals)
  • Travel & Explore Things (17 goals)
  • Fun & Random Things (18 goals)
  • Craft & Make Things (18 goals)
  • Personal Things (22 goals)
  • Kind Things (8 goals)

Read the full 101 things in 1001 day – my personal bucket list with goals and how this works. I am really excited to start on my 101 goals. I am sure I will loose momentum on the way. This is why I decided to do a checkup on July 14th 2020 and 2021 and share here on the blog. It’s already a reminder in my calendar.

. I am really excited to start on my 101 goals. I am sure I will loose momentum on the way. This is why I decided to do a checkup on July 14th 2020 and 2021 and share here on the blog. It’s already a reminder in my calendar.

Have you ever done a project like this? Are you planning on doing something like that? I would really like to hear, find a partner in crime, cheer each other on and keep each other accountable.

Happy list making friends

Tobia

VIRTUAL COFFEE DATE | July

Already mid July but finally I made it to our monthly coffee date. I am glad I did and due to my over all feeling I would ask if you would like to join me on my balcony for a cup. I could serve you a coffee or a blend of tea. I’ve a fast collection. If it’s hot I probably have some homemade iced tea in the fridge.

coffee date balcony craftaliciousme seeking creative life

If we’d had coffee…
I’d say I felt a bit off lately. Maybe one reason why I had to postpone our meeting a bit. It’s just not my time of year. Summer always feels depressive – too hot, too loud, too much going on. I know it’s not a popular opinion but I can’t help the feeling. I’ve been holed up in my apartment for 5 days. Tell me, what is your least favorite season?

If we’d had coffee…
I’d wonder if you believe everyone had a vocation in life. I had a talk with a friend of mine and she mentioned that she doesn’t feel that what I do for a living is done with a lot of passion. And that this might be the reason why motivation feels so hard for me. That I spent so much energy motivation myself doing the tasks instead of doing them. So she suggested I should spent more time in finding my vocation. I have spent time in trying to figure it to. I didn’t find it. So I am wondering. Does everyone have this one passion in life? The one thing to share with the world? I really am not sure about it but I know specially our generation is raised to believe it.

If we’d had coffee…
I’d wonder if you find my blog name fitting. Lately I’ve wondered if I should change it. I feel like I want to share more thoughts and ramblings and less creative and DIY stuff. Also no one can spell it. I kinda like it but it is very me focused (with the me in the end) something I never liked. I’d like to hear your thoughts.

If we’d had coffee…
I’d tell you I am planning on getting a helmet to ride my bicycle. Obviously it’s not for fashion purposes but recently there have been more bike related accidents reported here in Berlin. Maybe I am just conscious. Anyhow it’s never a bad idea to invest in your health. So if you have any good ones to recommend I am all ears.

If we’d had coffee…
I could finally tell you that I finished my 101 in 1001 days bucket list. It took me only 6 weeks to compile. I never knew it is so hard to come up with so many intentional goals. So I was wondering if I am too strict on what makes the list or just aimless? And I also wonder if you would join in the fun.

If we’d had coffee…
I’d wonder how your summer is going? Do you enjoy it? Did you travel somewhere or plan on doing so? Did you write yourself a bucket list to cross off?

As we are heading towards noon the sun is coming around the neighbor’s house and soon the balcony will be scorching hot. So we say good bye and plan on meeting up in August. You head out and I plan on hopping over to Lecy to spend a few more minutes visiting.

Happy day to you

Tobia

VIRTUAL COFFEE DATE | VOL V

Let’s have coffee again. Or maybe iced coffee as temperatures finally picked up here. I love our monthly chats organised by Lecy and I am always looking forward. Ok, let just not waste precious time and get into catching up:

If you and I had coffee…
I would ask if you made a summer bucket list. I always do and it’s just fun. And while we are talking about lists. Remember that time early 2000 when the blogging world made those 100 things in 1000 days lists? I finally made my own version. Still a work in progress but I plan on finishing before my milestone birthday comes up in three years.

craftaliciousme living creative life coffee date with friends

If you and I had coffee…
I would tell you that I made the most of my kindle unlimited subscription already by reading 6 books and just started 7th. Most of them have been on my TBR for long time. It feels good to be able to keep on reading stories I love.

If you and I had coffee…
I’d ask if you ever had a really depressing birthday. My last one was rather sad, I felt alone all day and depressed and was disappointed by a family member forgetting my birthday all together. I had dinner with hubby and my parents at night which was a good ending to that awful day but still it couldn’t quite make up for the previous hours…

If you and I had coffee…
I tell you about my experience of my first (medical) botox injection. It is done for migraine prevention and after years and years of popping pills we wanted to try out something new. While I am not too fond of needles I am not exactly scared. However getting those 15-20 shots in my face and nape was a really unpleasant experience. It actually hurt too and I am not looking forward to doing that every 3 month. Do you have experience with that?

If you and I had coffee…
I’d mention that I recently purchased an eucalyptus plant and have no idea how to take care of it. Currently it seems to like the hot weather and heat on my balcony. It’s been sprouting twigs like crazy. However I have no clue what to do in when winter comes. And can I cut those twigs for my vases? Any ideas?

If you and I had coffee…
I would wonder how you’ve been doing. What has been going on for you? Are there any struggles? What good came your way? I would like to know.

I’ll hope I see again next month for our little chat. For now I have to keep going. We’ll meet friends for dinner tonight and I want to do a few more things before heading out the door.
Happy weekend

Tobia

At the Moment #5

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Oh hello,

this post is my own little birthday celebration and if you like grab a coffee, enjoy a piece of my birthday cake and read along (and if you are interested here are my thoughts of 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).

craftaliciousme living a creative life at the moment

.I think:
… I don’t feel as old as the number is saying. I recently participated in a survey and I was falling into the group 36-50 years. Really?! I feel definitely more like 29 than 49.

.I like:
… my balcony and the new flower beds I planted. I really hope they will survive a bit longer than the rest. For now they make me happy every time I look at them.

.I don’t like:
… wasting time and yet I do it a lot.

.I feel:
… not as great as I would like. Too much tension, too much anxiety, too much noise, too much feelings in general. I’d like to scale all that down.

.I wear:
… hopefully more homemade clothes. Have sewed a new shirt and working on two more. Other than that my current color theme is still white blue blacks and greys. Missing coral in the mix but can’t find decent stuff or fabric.

.I need:
… motivation, momentum or something like that. It feels a bit like drifting. I do move into a direction but not quite sure if the path is right or if it needs correcting later on.

.I’m annoyed by:
… all the thing I’d like to change and can’t. It’s really frustrating to not know how to and not being able to find a way. Maybe I don’t want them bad enough. Maybe I just don’t see the way I need to walk because no-one has taught me to see the signs.

.I want:
… to find the perfect present for Mr. ♡

.I hear:
…too much noise. I wouldn’t mind listening to the wind in the trees or the crashing of waves.

.I’m making:
… a list of 100 things to do in 1.000 days. My plan is to achieve it when I hit my milestone birthday. When I started blogging those challenges were a huge hit. I always wanted to start one. Never got around in doing so. No time then the present, right? Feel free to follow along as I build my 100thingsin1000days-list and start crossing things off.

.I eat:
… so many blueberries. Bucketloads. Seriously it’s crazy and I have no idea where this craving comes from. But there are worth things. It’s probably time to make a blueberry cake too.

.I drink:
… coffee, earl grey with a dash of milk, green tea – in that order. Every day when being at home. Only then I start the cold drinks. Apple spritz, homemade rhubarb lemonade or iced tea.

.I smell:
… the city, the heat, the tar starting to boil. For a short little while it’s the smell of summer, of freedom of carefree days. But soon it will be of misery, fatigue, stinking with too much human odor mixed with ozone and fumes. And it will be just too much.

.I miss:
… my grandparents. The older I get the more I want to ask them. How funny is it that we appreciate the things only when we don’t have them anymore. That reminds me, I should probably listen more to what my parents say.

.I regret:
… falling into the same patterns over and over.

.I appreciate:
… being able to work from home on my own schedule. Taking a lot of time in the mornings, long walks, reading breaks and sit on my balcony for thinking. I appreciate my clients and everything I learn along the way.

.I trust.
… that my neurologist knows what’s best and that the Botox treatment she is starting for migraine prevention will not effect my looks. I am quite happy with my face.

.I dream:
… of a house by a lake. A balcony with view to a waterfront or some body of water near by. Since this has been on my dream-list twice in a row maybe it’s time to get serious about it.

.I read:
… through my kindle unlimited list. After snatching a deal for three free months I try to read as many books from that list as possible. Other than that this year wasn’t too good reading-wise. Hopefully I will pick a few good ones in the coming months.

or iced tea.

.I smell:
… the city, the heat, the tar starting to boil. For a short little while it’s the smell of summer, of freedom of carefree days. But soon it will be of misery, fatigue, stinking with too much human odor mixed with ozone and fumes. And it will be just too much.

.I miss:
… my grandparents. The older I get the more I want to ask them. How funny is it that we appreciate the things only when we don’t have them anymore. That reminds me, I should probably listen more to what my parents say.

.I regret:
… falling into the same patterns over and over.

.I appreciate:
… being able to work from home on my own schedule. Taking a lot of time in the mornings, long walks, reading breaks and sit on my balcony for thinking. I appreciate my clients and everything I learn along the way.

.I trust.
… that my neurologist knows what’s best and that the Botox treatment she is starting for migraine prevention will not effect my looks. I am quite happy with my face.

.I dream:
… of a house by a lake. A balcony with view to a waterfront or some body of water near by. Since this has been on my dream-list twice in a row maybe it’s time to get serious about it.

.I read:
… through my kindle unlimited list. After snatching a deal for three free months I try to read as many books from that list as possible. Other than that this year wasn’t too good reading-wise. Hopefully I will pick a few good ones in the coming months.

It’s always fun to read previous years once I am done answering the current one. Do you have a similar post? What’s your current mood?

Happy birthday to me and happy day to you

Tobia