wooden tower near wil.
the planning was perfect, walking fast pace up the hill and the 189 steps of the tower, making it just in time to see the sunset at 5:39pm. the view was perfect too, we live in a wonderful little country and love it. those mountains: austrian alps as well as säntis, the churfirsten, glarus alps, bernese alps including mönch and eiger. in such moments as this one, i would want all my american friends to stand with me and see the gorgeous panorama. to see how beautiful this little spot is, which we call switzerland.
not that it is like this every day, we also have to deal with our share of fog and over cast, wind and rain. we also have rapidly changing air pressure and that is one thing i just don't seem to get used to, as it causes regular head aches. well i try to remember those moments of looking at the mountains and won't give in. then those mountains are part of the reason, to have the winds stop and pile up...
it's the "time in between", that we are in, and i love the days when christmas is a memory and the new year has not started yet. we just wished fair well to my brother in law and his wife, they take off later this week, crossing the atlantic, to find the adventures in the new world. we are a bit jealous as thy leave us behind, us that we tasted that new world and loved it!
embrace what you will meet, over there in america, dear B&S!
December 28, 2015
with the whole extended family we stood there and grandmama was reading maria's magnificat followed be some well known songs. it is such a blessing to be together and celebrate together.
a bit in the distance we could see the church from the town, it was beautiful and is such a good reminder, it has been the start of our union, as we got married in that church on the hill over 20 years ago.
the christmas morning was with the other side of our family. at my parents house, the whole extended family met and we ate together, played games, there was some moments for playing the flute. those moments are important, not just for the musician, but also for some of the gathered folks.
the afternoon walk, a bit out of town, across some fields, with everyone was perfect. we could even get the teenagers motivated to come along and two of them brought their soccer balls along, lots of tossing and shoving, lots of kicking and fetching, talking and even moments of sitting in the sun was in order. it is a blessing to gather and appreciate each other, life's moments have to be shared and savored. once more realizing, that our parents are getting older and especially my mom absolutely enjoying the moments when she is surrounded by all her children and grandchildren. it's the time that goes by and it's the us, having to buy it out, enjoy it and slow down to keep up with it...
December 25, 2015
so much preparation, so much expectation and so much joy, we were all busy and loving that feel of getting ready for a big celebration. expecting 20 people to come for the christmas celebration to our house. of course, there is a whole day, no even two days to get ready for...
and the day was perfect, a little ride with my bicycle around town to wish my friends a blessed christmas and i absolutely love this little tradition. it's so relaxing to be out of the house before the last minute preparations go on.
and then on our way to church, right at dusk, the skies were gorgeous and it was wonderful. i love to be immersed by the natural beauty while experiencing and living life. the depth of meaning in those days of christmas.
"Mary, did you knowthat your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you."
December 23, 2015
just so, our lord has come, he has poured out his spirit and the kingdom is growing, we await the second advent, that's what's next. we expect and yearn for it, for the crocked will be made straight and justice will rule. every knee will bow down and if we don't sing and shout to the lord, the rocks will do so.
though what i can do, i will do and a little bit of that joy and expectation is in all the making and celebrating included. it is a tiny reminder, of how much love and how much grace i receive daily and will pass on to my next and neighbor and friend and foe.
and some more, some different kind with nuts and chia-seed, and some with dried banana and almond splitters, he decided to call it banana-split...
December 21, 2015
the sun is kind of low for two o clock in the afternoon, but that's how it is in the heart of europe, just around the winter solstice. nice shadows and the light is so pretty.
the big kids didn't want to come along, well we went anyway and the girl was happy to skip along. we also stopped by for tea at our friends house. it ended up not just being tea, but eating a gingerbread house with all it's decoration and one of our sons turning up too, well that was really nice.
and it all was somewhat on the quiet side, not having to, not must think of, not needing to do. i felt it was more of being and enjoying, almost a kind of still. it was exactly what i needed.
thank you joel for getting us out of the house.
December 18, 2015
in time for winter decorations, i stumbled over a little crate with pine cones. a bit of looking around and a quick search on pinterest.... there were those dozen and more ideas how to do this. i didn't want it shiny or artificial, just plain pine cones.
a wire coat hanger and some thin wire were quickly gathered and it was fun, exciting and so quick.
my moment of pause, i didn't have enough pine cones after 20 minutes of binding and tying. well that was helped at the morning run yesterday.... a detour in the forest was all i needed. resting the still moist and closed cones on the sill above the radiator for an other day and then they were ready. so this morning i finished the wreath and it hangs now near the entrance door of our house. i like it and am happy to have done something with my own hands a bit of nature and up-cycling that wire coat hanger...
what else is going on, lots!
in not even a week we are celebrating christmas and we are all excited. there has been two weeks of events and still many meetings in the evenings for us grown ups. but this is now over and we really have an empty calendar for the next two weeks. this is so enabling and yes i like the way it turns out, that my planning is working out.
the kids are out of school for two weeks and naomi already off at my parents house for a few days, amos also visiting, we have just two kids home for the coming 24 hours.... wonderfully strange and calm.
so i'm looking forward to what ever crosses my path. of course there is a list, but i'm fine with keeping lists and love to cross off each line, when done.
December 17, 2015
we wait for the cold, for snow and ice to arrive. the garden has long been ready for winter and still the grass is growing. last week a veggie grower has harvested his carrots, which is usually done no later than mid november.
the kids are done with school for this year. we are so much looking forward to the coming days, two full weeks off, this is a treat and naomi has already planned a few days at the grandparents, amos is staying over at his god mothers house and elias is at a friends house. it's all good to be able to enjoy the relationships we have in our lives. those do not depend on the weather. we have some visits planned over christmas and are gone for our traditional family vacation. o we are all looking forward excitingly, as those times are highly treasured.
there will be some more crafting going on, baking and chocolate melting and mixing, cutting and using the ax behind the house, well some of the project will make it on the blog, others not.....
December 15, 2015
"Hilfe! die Herdmanns kommen" (by barbara robinson) put the storyline into the setting of our own kids attending the program on sunday mornings and so the story was a bit shifted and still kept it's whit and sarcasm.
December 10, 2015
we enjoyed not just a brightly lit window, but also a fire and grilling sausages for dinner, eating leek soup and having some of the neighbors over for that. it was nice, as we don't see each other as much now in the dark of winter, summer lends itself so much more to socialize. so this tradition of visiting each other during advent make great opportunities to not just huddle in our own place.
other people serve chirstmas cookies and other sweet treats, punch and spiced wine, it gives each family the opportunity to be hosts and guests and it brightens up the nights in the darkest time of year.
December 9, 2015
the girls came along to enjoy a ride on the adventsbus, an old-timer bus from the city of winterthur is doing it's rounds every wednesday and saturday afternoon and evening during the time of advent. it is very special and tonight joel and chiristina made music on the bus. there is a story and music for every ride and the bus is decorated. it's lovely and so much fun to sit in a warm and cozy old timer bus, riding through town.
so far i have not managed to upload the mp3 to going with the picture....
anyway i think the photo shows nicely, how lovely the ride was, and the irish music with a bit of advent was perfect.
thank you christina and joel.
December 8, 2015
there was nothing super special, but i needed some exercise and let my legs work for a moment not running or even longish running.
and i was hoping for a bit sun, but it was already too late for that one. never mind, we enjoyed to look at the sun lit side of the hill, just across the field. it's good in early winter, to see the sun. as it makes itself a bit rare around here.
December 7, 2015
reading the story of saint nicolas of myrna and talked about it all with the girls. such evenings are nourishing, not just to me, but especially to my mother heart. those moments in parenting, i treasure and will remember, especially when it's getting rough with our teenagers. i love the three big kids, i really do and i absolutely love how we can have good and interesting discussions. and then there are the shouting matches, and i so easily fall pray to such invitations. of course i know and am well aware, the teenagers need this kind of figuring out the boundaries and testing the love and kindness, the patience and gratitude toward them.
i will get better at it and i will try hard to not give in too quickly and loose my temper, rise my voice and and and.
and then, we enjoyed all the goods the dear nicolas has brought to our house!