Winter Bucket List 2018

I have said it before and I do so again: For me winter starts with Advent. Screw the metrological calendar and the date December 21. Lets start right now and compile a Winter Bucket List. They are fun. But be before we dive head on in lets have a quick look on my fall list and how I did there.

  1. Making apple sauce. with my friend and it was fun
  2. Sewing a maxi skirt. A picture of me wearing it ended up on this blogpost.
  3. Make a tassel necklace. Do you want to see a picture?
  4. Try a new pumpkin recipe.
  5. Drink lots of tea.
  6. Read even more books. Read about my favorite books 2018 here & here.
  7. Taking walks in the park and cemetery and observe the leaves changing. See here.
  8. Go mushroom picking.
  9. Celebrate my mothers 60th birthday.
  10. Participating in a charity. Here is my blogpost about the experience.
  11. Going to BLOGST a blogging conference. Read about my experience and what I learnt about networking here.
  12. Work on my craft lab. Well, this is semi done I’d say. Not as far as I would like but you can see progress. However I won’t manage my yearly goal I am afraid.
  13. Making a floral arrangement for Sunday of the Dead. I made two arrangements however only for my grandparents grave.
  14. Sitting on the balcony listening to the rain.
  15. Reading more blogs and commenting. Definitely did that and commented almost daily.
  16. ✔ Enjoying a spa day with myself.

Wow I did not expect to have this much crossed of my list. craftaliciousme seeking creative life winter list 2018

Now lets get on with the most happiest season of the years WINTER

  1. Read a Christmas Book
    suggestions welcome, could be a classic too. If I can’t find a new one I might just re-read a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
  2. Spread Random Acts of Kindness
    It’s been on my list last year but it doesn’t hurt to re-activate: smiling to the cashier, meeting the postman half way, let an old lady in front of the line in the post office, etc. something like that.
  3. Ice Skating
    another one that keeps re-appearing on my list but it just hasn’t been cold enough to go on the lake. And no I don’t do ice rinks. This girl doesn’t like going in circles…
  4. Christmas Movies
    I’ve got 5 weeks to watch them all. Already put some on the watchlist. Suggestions welcome.
  5. Cancel all appointments in December
    Last year I read on someones blog that she never schedules doctors appointments or any “friends” meet-up in December. Because why, if you haven’t got time to do so all year why squeeze it in last minute. So I won’t do it. Instead have already planned it in January. If people ask to meet who are not too close – next year. Only things I do is stuff I like – spa days, hair cut, etc.
  6. Planning next years Christmas
    Mr. 🖤 and I want to spend a snowy Christmas in Lapland and trying to convince my family to join for two years now. Cabins are booked early so if we want to make it happen we need to book like right now.
  7. Taking a photo walk
    I love being out and seeing things when I have camera in hand. Somehow the view is different and I start hunting pretty scenes. The focus shifts.
  8. Crafting
    I want to sew, make jewellery and paint. But I set a goal to only use materials I have already at hand and not buy new stuff. It’s kind of cleaning up and making something pretty.
  9. Christmas Concert
    I would love to go to a concert maybe even the Christmas Oratorio. Maybe I can get my Mom to join.
  10. Celebrate Dads 60th
    It’s going to be a big celebration with it’s annual tradition.
  11. Find a word 2019
    I love to Unravel my Year and then set goals for the new one. For many years now I do so by setting a Word of the Year. Who else is doing that?

I am excited for the last month of 2018 however also a bit sad as it means I have only 4 more weeks to get everything done I set out to achieve in 2018. Now let me know if you compiled a winter list so I can steal a few items.

Happy December,

Tobia

And so November has passed

Wow this month you guys… I feel like I have not accomplished anything this month and then so much has been going on. I am a bit sad that I didn’t get to push through with NaBlPoMo until the end. It was a struggle. I had many more ideas just no time to realise the DIYs I wanted to share. And I just didn’t feel like writing some filler posts just to have something up. That’s how it is. Thanks for still coming along and reading.

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I am still happy on what has been put out here to read for you:

#01: 10 Things you dint know about me – Part IV
#02: Random Facts I found fascinating
#03: Homemade Avocado Scrub
#04: My Favorite Books 2018 – Part I
#05: Networking – It’s all about the mindset
#06: Grandmas Herb Soup and the discovery of unknown herbs
#07: The Fascination of Fire
#08: Fear of a Blank Space
#09: Current TV Shows I am Watching
#10: Happiness Review & Coffee Share
#11: Shortlist of my favorite Sacred Architecture
#12: All the Emotions on a Monday :: 12 von 12
#13: Scented Wall Hanging  Recycle Quick Tip #11
#14: Advent Wreath Inspiration
#15: Household Chores – an attempt at a scheduling plan
#17: Happiness Review #26 & Coffee Shares
#18: My Experience with Operation Christmas Child
#19: Favorite Books 2018 – Part II
#20: Ramblings from the sickbed
#21: Spicy Fruit Punch for Winter Days
#22: Photowalk before winter arrives
#23: Chickpea Salad with Tuna
#24: Always, Sometimes, Never

The longest to write where #1, #4, and #19. Most Research went into #11. Most scared to hit publish probably #8 and #15. Posts I wanted to share with you: My annual advent wreath tutorial. I am still making it and the light is so terrible I really don’t know how to take pictures. Now let me know what you favorite post was. And come back tomorrow for a fun winter list.

Happy Friday,

Tobia

Always Sometimes Never

I know we just had a self-entered post here but this post was inspired by Lecy and I though it was fun to read. So here is my version of it. (Also might be in a hurry to go on some road tripping this was already half done. Thinking efficiently today. Please forgive.)

I always am instantly happy when I see snowflakes.
I always get freaked out when people pop their fingers. The sound just doesn’t sound right.
I always (try) to visit my grandparents grave on “Last Sunday before Advent commemorating the Dead”
I always forgive really quick. If you say you are sorry we are good.
I always love to travel and explore and see new things.

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I sometimes wonder what it would be like to wander this world as a man.
I sometimes get overwhelmed by too many people.
I sometimes wish I was living in a remote cabin in the countryside.
I sometimes am too curious for my own good. Then people think I am nosy.
I sometimes want to emigrate to a new country. Hot contenders are Canada, U.S.A. anything Scandinavian.

I never smoked a cigarette in my life.
I never want to experience a car accident or anyone close to me have one. Heck make that no car accidents for everyone.
I never feel good asking people for help.
I never finish all the ideas I have tumbling in my head.
I never drink plain milk.

What is something you always do? Sometimes do? Never do?

Happy Weekend,

Tobia

Chickpea Salad with Tuna

Hello hello,

today I have a quick home cooked salad for you. cooked salad you wonder. Yes! I love food that is warm. I also like salad. So I often mix the best of both: cooked veggies and some cold ingredients. For today I raided my pantry and I came up with a glass of cooked chick peas and can of tuna. This is how the Chickpea Salad with Tuna was born.

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Are you ready. Here is what you need:

🖤 chopped shallot
🖤 chopped clove
🖤 glass of pre-cooked chickpeas
🖤 handfuls of chopped tomatoes
🖤 twig of rosemary
🖤 salt, pepper, lemon juice
🖤 can of tuna
🖤 handful of lettuce/spinach/chard, etc

Let’s get cooking:

  1. Preheat olive oil in pan. Add chopped shallot and clove. Saute.
  2. Add chickpeas and let simmer for a bit.
  3. Add tomatoes and rosemary.
  4. Let simmer until everything looks good but is not all broken up.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Add tuna and spice to liking.
  7. Add salad greens and serve immediately.

Next time I do this dish I will probably add a bit of avocado too.

Let me know if you give this a try and how you’ve liked it.

Happy weekend y’all,

Tobia

Photo Walk before Winter arrives

Today I grabbed my camera and went for a walk in the park and cemetery. Sometimes when I am on a photo walk a theme presents itself. Today it was “hanging on”.

Hanging on to the last bouts of fall. 
Hanging on to the last hope. parklife Hanging on with all it takes.Hanging on to the last color.craftaliciousme seeking creative life parklifeHanging on until winter is here…

Happy evening,

Tobia