Monthly Archives: April 2011

easter surprises

how i love to receive letters, postcards & packages! a few days ago we found a lovely surprise in our inbox – easter greetings from a friend in germany, with handmade wristlets for me & my daughter.

furthermore, we finally made it to the post office where another package has been waiting to be picked up since last week. in there was a rain coat for my daughter & some treats: mulberries & dried pineapple … yummy!

thank you so much, dear s. & a.! i guess it’s up to us to send some mail … time is running these days, with the kids’ father being here for a visit & lots of work to be done.

when you thought i wasn’t looking

found this wonderful poem by mary rita schilke korzan in paulo coelho’s blog – lovingly & inspiring!

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When you thought I wasn’t looking
You hung my first painting on the refrigerator
And I wanted to paint another.

When you thought I wasn’t looking
You fed a stray cat
And I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn’t looking
You baked a birthday cake just for me
And I knew that little things were special things.

When you thought I wasn’t looking
You said a prayer
And I believed there was a God that I could always talk to.

When you thought I wasn’t looking
You kissed me good-night
And I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn’t looking
I saw tears come from your eyes
And I learned that sometimes things hurt—
But that it’s alright to cry.

When you thought I wasn’t looking
You smiled
And it made me want to look that pretty too.

When you thought I wasn’t looking
You cared
And I wanted to be everything I could be.

When you thought I wasn’t looking—
I looked . . .
And wanted to say thanks
For all those things you did
When you thought I wasn’t looking.

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Cuando pensabas que no estaba mirando
Colgaste mi primer dibujo en el refrigerador
Y eso me hizo querer pintar otro

Cuando pensabas que no estaba mirando
Alimentaste a un gato callejero
Y aprendí a ser amable con los animales

Cuando pensabas que no estaba mirando
Horneaste una torta de cumpleaños para mí
Y supe que las pequeñas cosas son las cosas importantes

Cuando pensabas que no estaba mirando
Hiciste una oración
Y descubrí que siempre habrá un Dios con quien puedo conversar

Cuando pensabas que no estaba mirando
Me diste un beso de buenas noches
Y me sentí amada.

Cuando pensabas que no estaba mirando
Vi algunas lágrimas salir de tus ojos
Y supe que algunas cosas son dolorosas –
Pero no hay nada de malo en llorar

Cuando pensabas que no estaba mirando
Me sonreíste
Y me sentí hermosa

Cuando pensabas que no estaba mirando –
Miré …

Y te quiero dar las gracias
Por todo lo que has hecho
Cuando pensabas que no estaba mirando

finca day

a 24-hour-visit on the finca … lovely company, interesting talks. exciting ideas coming up … will my dream of a community here become true?

first step out of the door in the morning ...

it is warmer here than in the north

don't know what it is but this scenery touches my heart

in memoriam

today is my beloved grandma’s birthday. next week, on 19th, will be her 14th anniversary of death. she would become 90 years old this year … . for she told me, some years before, that she had done everything she wanted to in her life & that she would be able to go, i guess it was okay for her. me, i cried for weeks, missed her very much. she will always be in my heart … & hopefully we will meet again, anytime, anywhere. happy birthday, dear mimi!

bear-mom-project

whew! i do have the power for this project, but sometimes i don’t have the energy to communicate lovingly … how stubborn a 15yrs old can be! how much easier things have been when he was 3 yrs old … not that he behaves much different sometimes, but then i could just hug him …

siesta at the beach

playa jardín in puerto de la cruz. spent a lovely afternoon there with my daughter, enjoying the sun & the warmth. it has been noticeably warmer there than in our home where the sky was cloudy. i am already accustomed to the temperatures here & feel cold when the temperature is below 20° c. … i surely will go to the tropics; i am almost sure that this will be the ideal climate for me! … but at the moment it’s quite nice here, much warmer than in hamburg!

yellow flags at the beach. which means that the drift, the waves are quite strong & one has to be careful when taking a bath.

there are a lot of lizzards here. some quite big ones:

my daughter found these beautiful stones:

odds and ends

quality of life. is basically related to climate, nature, freedom. i feel so much better here! the sun. the warmth. the scenery. spending so much time outdoor. my skin is tanned and i have not had that many freckles since my childhood … moreover there are lots of small things bringing joy in my life:

i so much like the way houses are built here. the traditional ones, cube-like, with flat roofs, terraces on the roof, stairs around the house and painted each in a different color 🙂 … like those in malta (on gozo, where i have been about 2 years ago). only that the houses are not that colorful there. i guess it is similar to the north african building style.

i somehow like the things not to be that specified – like the timetables of the busses. or the business policy of movistar 😉

i like the guaguas with their friendly & helpful drivers & the images of mary & jesus in each bus.

i like the chickens sleeping in the tree above the canyon near here

… to be continued 🙂