The Lost Kitten

The Lost Kitten

I am not a cat person.

I’m a dog lover. Always wanted a dog, still don’t have one.
Our rental doesn’t allow pets other than fish, hamster and chickens, which we all have.
Anyway, last week we spent four nights in a rustic cabin outside of Boulder, Colorado. This trip was kind of spontaneous and not super well planned in advance. Therefore I knew there was something a bit fishy about this place when I first made an inquiry and the owners wanted to speak to me on the phone.
A woman asked me some personal questions, if someone in our family would have cat allergies and told me that if we’d stay in their cabin, we shouldn’t use any fragrances. Really? Nothing should cover up the cat smell, or what? Nevertheless, there weren’t loads of other options left and the outdoor hot tub with a view was definitely a selling point.
We spent three nights at the Sunshine Canyon Drive and it was lovely. We enjoyed the views, the hot tub and the girls their playtime with lots of cats. As it turned out, the landlords were not only cat owners, but Siberian Pearl Cat breeders. They had about 15 cats in the cabin on the other side of the property, two cat-walks and about eights kittens (3-weeks and 8-weeks old).

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Bay Area Summer Activities

Bay Area Summer Activities

Bay Area Summer Activities 2017

We’ve been living in the Bay Area for the last nine years and it’s only our second summer in which we are not going home to Germany. That’s why I made lots of plans what to do and already posted the list about 55 summer activities. Most of these things you can do at home, but I also wanted to gather lots of new places we can explore. That’s why I started a list for the best possible Bay Area summer and I asked some friends to share their ideas, too.

The following list doesn’t cover all of the Bay Area. Most of the listed activities are in and around the South Bay and in San Francisco. Therefore this list is supposed to grow and I would love your feedback in the comment section. I’m sure you know lots of other cool things to do around here and I would love to add your tipps to this list.

Take a tour. 

Bay Area Summer: Tours

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Friday Link Love #3

Friday Link Love #3

Friday Link Love #3

 

Articles & Blogs

A German article about your intuition: Intuition: So vertraust du deiner inneren Vorahnung

11 things NOT to do in Germany

And OMG, that was weird: I clicked on the blog that I wanted to share with you, read a couple new posts and copied the URL. Then I returned to this window and wrote this without thinking about it:

Einer meiner treuesten Bloggerfreunde ist Pit aus Krefeld, der nun in Texas lebt und hier viele schöne Bilder aus seinem Leben und von seinen Reisen teilt. Schaut mal vorbei! 

Which means: One of my most loyal blogger friends is Pit from Krefeld, Germany. He lives in Texas and shares lots of wonderful photographs of his life and travel adventure on his “Bilderbuch”. Check it out!

Friday Link Love: Pits Bilderbuch

© Pits Bilderbuch

And yesterday, another, similarly funny thing happened to me. While waiting for my girls to finish their swim practice, I was translating stuff and while I was doing that, I was thinking the German article die but simultaneously typed the. It felt super strange! Seems like I finally have become a bilingual middle-aged woman, lol! Continue reading

Friday Link Love

Friday Link Love

Friday Link Love #2

This is my second weekly roundup and I loved collecting all the content for it. While I was having this post in mind all week, I probably even read more attentively. And I clipped like a maniac. Do you know what clipping is?

Websites & Apps

Well, I’ve started using Evernote in May and it is fabulous! You can clip anything on the web that you like or that you don’t have time to read right away, but might want to read later. I started drafting my posts on Evernote and since I also installed the Evernote app, I can type any idea that comes to my mind in my phone and later have access to my notes on the computer. It is also fantastic for list making 🙂

Friday Link Love

© Evernote

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Painted Squares for our Bedroom

Painted Squares for our Bedroom

Painted Squares – an easy way to light up any room

I’m planning to share more DIY posts on this blog, because I love making stuff. I don’t always have the time, but now my kids are in sleep away camp,  so I finally have some more time to be creative.
I was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest. Funnily, it was a picture of a bedroom from a German furniture company. I couldn’t find it on the Hülsta website anymore though.

Painted Squares: Hülsta bedroom

@ Hülsta

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Camp drop-off Day

Camp drop-off Day

Sleep away camp drop-off

Yesterday was a big day for us, but it was not Father’s Day. We actually celebrated the special Daddy day on Saturday, because yesterday was camp drop-off day for us! Both our girls went to a sleep away camp. Each one to a different camp. My younger one went to a camp in the mountains and the older one to a surfing camp.

The anticipation was huge and super exciting and even the packing and pre-camp shopping went really well. Last Tuesday we did a trip to Costco, Target and Sports Basement and were done. I even name-tagged almost all clothing of my lil’ girl, but didn’t bother for my teenager, since the surf camp only has about 20 participants while the Mountain Camp has about 200-250 kids each week. Both girls used the packing list provided by the Mountain Camp and it was really helpful.

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Friday Link Love

Friday Link Love

What is Friday Link Love?

I saw the post format Friday Link Love on several other blogs and now I’d like to give it a try today.

Friday Link Love is a list of things, events, podcasts, articles etc. that I ❤️during last week and like to share with you, my dear readers. And it would be fantastic, if you’d leave one or two of your favorite links in the comment section.

This is my Friday Link Love #1
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55 summer activities

55 summer activities
Summer is here! No school for nine and a half weeks. Wahoo! This summer we are not going to Germany. Our family vacation is a trip to Colorado in July and our girls go to a sleep away camp for one week.  They have their usual gym & swim practices, but other than that, we haven’t planned any summer activities. If you know me, you’d be surprised, because I love making plans.

Summer activities: 55 fun things to do

That being said, this summer of 2017 is supposed to be wild, free and spontaneous. Lots of time for fun summer activities. We made a list of things we want to do. (Yay, I can’t really function without a list.) Maybe there’s something for you on this list, too. Have a great summer! ☀️

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Goodbyes Are Bitter(semi)sweet

Goodbyes Are Bitter(semi)sweet

On Wednesday my parents left and after three wonderful weeks we had to say goodbye. As you may have read in my post Best of May, we had a relaxed, harmonious time and my husband and I got to sneak away from our routine for a few days. It was a lovely time and I’m so glad they came out. 

Saying goodbye is always hard 

If you’re an expat or immigrant living away from your home country, you know what I’m talking about. It was probably about the 16th or 17th time I had to say goodbye to my parents within the last nine years. Saying goodbye is tough. It keeps being heartbreaking because you know that you won’t see each other for a long time. You are aware that you will only be able to have a few, irregular FaceTime or phone conversations. Finally you realize once more that you will miss some special moments of each other’s life. That is what living abroad involves. You might be leading a happy, fulfilled life in a wonderful place, but you just don’t get to experience all the small or big events in your family’s life like a birthday, the first day of school, a wedding, sports events, a Sunday morning brunch etc. Maybe you manage to be there for some of them, but it is just not the same like being there all the time. Continue reading

Best of May

Best of May

I had so many wonderful moments last month.

Here are my May favorites:

Instagram Challenge

One of my first May favorites was the participation in Anna Häusler’s Instagram challenge #meetthebloggerde. I had to post a picture daily for two weeks with different topics like: Who am I? Why do you blog? My biggest dreams. 3 fun facts and so on. It was fun to find new bloggers in Germany and to connect with people during this challenge. Check out my Instagram feed on the bottom of this page to find out more about it.

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