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

Ramblings from the sickbed

I have to admit I am having a hard time today to come up with a post. I planned to create some DIYs yesterday and shoot so I can share with you. But then I was knocked out by some mean food poisoning. That is no fun let me tell you. So instead I felt miserable yesterday, slept lots and today I took it slow and caught up on my latest shows I watch.

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Right now I am struggling between feeling all right for taking some me-time and feeling lazy for not toughen up and get stuff done. Does anyone else feel like that sometimes?

So here I am trying to get at least my blogpost in even though I can not tell you much right now. Well I can tell you I am thankful for hot water bottles and tons of tea. Thankful for Mr. ♥ for taking a detour late last night after work to get me watermelon in the middle of the winter. It seems like that is my comfort food when I feel sick. Do you have food that always helps?

Anyway, I really didn’t want to complain about feel bad. So on another not I have already gathered my list of Christmas cards I want to write. I think its a few more than the last years. I don’t have an idea exactly how they will look. But maybe I am using the artwork I created for the #100daysofcraftaliciousdrops. Also I am wondering why the end of the year always comes up so fast and then flies by. It’s only a 5 weeks till Christmas.

Well so much for my rambling today. Thank you for reading until now. I hope I have more to say tomorrow.

Have a good night,

Tobia

My Favorite Books 2018 – Part II

[Advertising – unpaid, post contains affiliate links] I have talked about my most favorite books of 2018 already in an early post. Here is the second part with series I read.

One & Future Series by Meredith R. Stoddard

The book is about a college girl who is collecting songs from her thesis which are connecting her to her past. Of course it is much more than that when she starts to realise how close it is all to her real life, that her mom had a huge secret and how it starts to catch up with her. The first book is a bit slow and and I felt like the story started when the book ended but I was intrigued enough to keep on reading and book too was much more interesting. I like it when a book gives and insight to a culture I know nothing about. I am sure I’ll continue reading this series.

#1 The River Maiden ✭✭✭ – eBook english || paperback english
#2 Cauldron ✭✭✭✭ – eBook english || paperback english
#3 Thrice to Thine (not yet read) – eBook english

Getting There (All Roads Lead Home Series) by L.L. Ward

They say the way is the journey. Jesse is a lost soul and decides to travel home. On the way he meets many characters who give him perspective. Once home we learn a bit more about him. The story then changes and takes a turn more into a crime aspect. Overall I enjoyed reading this western- However I was not aware it was a series so the cliffhanger left me rather unsatisfied. But I will continue reading.

#1 Getting There ✭✭✭✭ – eBook english
#2 Forgetting There (not yet read) – eBook english || paperback english
#3 Regretting There (not yet read) – eBook english

The Wings Trilogy by Angelina J. Steffort

It starts at a cemetery so it must be good one. Teenage love story between girl and angel. I was intrigued on the different take on the supernatural (not vampire, werewolf or such). I was bit annoyed with “I need to protect” part but ok. I will continue reading as the following books are part of the Kindle Unlimited deal.

#1 White ✭✭✭✭ – eBook english || paperback english
#2 Black (not yet read) – eBook english || paperback english
#3 Gray (not yet read) – eBook english || paperback english

Mind Dimension Series by Dima Zales

New series, new author and I read two books in a row. That is a good sign.
It is a Si-Fi book where the world is dived in Mind Readers and Mind Pushers (oh and humans) and of course they don’t like each other. And then a hero comes along who might end it. Well I don’t know yet as I still have to read the third book.

#1 Thought Readers ✭✭✭✭ – eBook english, eBook deutsch || paperback english, paperback deutsch
#2 Thought Pushers ✭✭✭✭ – eBook english, eBook deutsch || paperback english, paperback deutsch
#3 The Enlightened (not yet read) – eBook english, eBook deutsch ||  paperback deutsch
#4 The Elders (not yet read) – eBook english, eBook deutsch || paperback english, paperback deutsch

 

If you are still with me and speak German here are two more books. My reading goal for 2018 was to read a few German books. Those two made it to the top.

Priesterin der Kelten (Eifel Saga) by Sabine Altenburg

#1 Priesterin der Kelten ✭✭✭✭ – eBook deutsch ||  paperback deutsch
#2 Heilerin der Kelten (not yet read) – eBook deutsch || paperback deutsch
#3 Die Königin der Kelten (not yet read) – eBook deutsch || paperback deutsch

Die Erzählerin von Arden by Carola Schierz

A wonderful fairy teile that is easy to read and entertaining. It’s perfect for a day in the spa or a cozy night by the fire. I personally would have liked to here a few stories Lilian has to tell. And I found the role allocation very “classic” and devote.

My rating: ✭✭✭✭ – eBook deutsch

 

Ok, so much for my reading in 2018. Now on to 2019. Do you have a list you work on? Do you have topics to cross off? In 2015 my goal was to tackle a few classics that keep getting a reference. I am thinking about reading a few Noble Prize or Pulitzer Winners in 2019. Can you give me any reommendations?

*If you buy a book through one of the Amazon links I will receive a small  provision. This would help me keep this blog alive and cover a few of the administrative costs. Thank you. Or maybe I just buy a new book, who knows…