First of all, I am so thankful for having a warm home. In this very cold winter in Europe, having heaters at home that function well are really a must. This afternoon, I heard over the radio that the temperature in Germany will drop to sub-zero. Not only negative 5° Celsius (23° Fahrenheit) -10° Celsius (14° F) but it will reach to negative 20° C (-4° F). This is so far the coldest I experience in Germany since I live here.
Most of our heaters are on. We are using electric heaters and pellet oven as well. The pellet oven is running 24 hours a day unless it is being clean. Using it is cheaper than electric especially that power and electricity in Germany is getting expensive now. We also have a fireplace but we already discontinue using it. I will explain in my next post how our heaters are functioning. I will also show you some pictures of how it looks like.
To all my friends, please keep yourselves warm. Also be very careful when driving on snowy roads. Take care everyone!
We did quite good last year. There were home improvements that we accomplished. We are so thankful and happy that we did a lot of things in slowly making our home a more comfortable and better place to stay. Here are some of the home improvements we did last 2012.
New Bed– I have been complaining for back pains since years now. This is also the reason we really made it to the point of buying a new bed. It was perfect timing last month because I found a bed online which was on sale. I immediately ordered it and was delivered after two weeks. It might not be the most expensive bed but it is more comfortable than our previous one.
Total Bathroom Renovation– It is finally done! After some months of renovating it, it is finally finished today. It was a total renovation and in order to save money for labour, we did the renovation by ourselves. This was also the reason why it took us around 5 months to finish it. Besides, we only do it during weekends. We are very happy with the outcome. We just need to put a bathroom furniture and other bathroom accessories. I love the one I found at Hydrotherm. Wow, it is overwhelming when you see your own hard labour. I want to take some photos of it and share it here next times.
Patio and Garage Flooring– One of the biggest home improvements we did last 2011 was our patio/garage. It is almost 60 square metres in size. Even though it is still not fully done, we are happy that we can already use it. Half of it is use as garage and the other half is a terrace. It was only last summer 2012 when we put flooring for it. Hopefully this year, we can already put permanent glass walling on it. The one that we installed now are just temporary. I love relaxing there during summer!
|The kind of flooring that we used for our patio/ garage.
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Of all the exam preparation tools available, practice exams are perhaps the most useful, as they allow you to measure your mastery of the required materials and test your readiness for taking the formal EMC E20-522 exam.
2012 is almost ending and 2013 is about to come!
Let me greet everyone
A fabulous and more fruitful New Year 2013!
And may love, peace and happiness
reigns in our homes and through out the land!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Fruits as Offering for New Year 2013.
“Every man should be born again on the first day of January.
Start with a fresh page.
Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary,
or let down one, according to circumstances;
but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more,
with his face to the front,
and take no interest in the things that were and are past.”
~Henry Ward Beecher
It is the 4th Sunday of Advent today.
The waiting is almost over and Christmas will be here.
Let me greet everyone
a Merry Christmas
and a bountiful New Year 2013!
All the best in this holiday season..
God bless us all!
“I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.” ~Charles Dickens
Before I put up my Christmas tree, I decided to buy new sets of balls to hang on it. I decided to put shades of gold, red and also white and silver colours.
I also put up our old little Christmas tree in our patio. Christmas season always reminds me of home but I have to accept the fact that I can also celebrate it with family and friends in second home here in Europe.
For next year’s holiday season, I would love to decorate more because I bought some more Christmas balls that are on sale. What a really great deal we had yesterday.
Happy holidays to all!
Hello December! I can already feel the spirit of the holiday season. This morning when I was taking my teatime, I heard some Christmas songs played over the radio. Oh yes, I still listen to the radio everyday especially when I am cooking in our kitchen.
And finally, after some days and weeks of busyness, our Christmas tree is finally up! Last month was really a busy month. With all the home improvements that we are doing from time to time, our little home will be a more comfortable place to live in.
After the renovation of our bathroom, I started to put- up our Christmas tree. This time, I just hung red, gold and white Christmas balls. It is a simply tree but I am happy to always see it everyday before Christmas days comes. I always miss home during Christmas. There is the best place to celebrate it.
Her eis my simply Christmas tree this year! Happy Holidays!
|Christmas tree 2012.
I am asking myself sometimes if I miss my job as a banker. Do I? I can say, yes, sometimes. I actually had an early retirement that time. After around 9 years of serving Equitable PCIBank, now Banco de Oro or BDO, I have to quite my job and applied for an early retirement. I was so thankful that it was granted and I received a lump sum amount to start a new life. Oh well not really starting a new life but during that time, I was waiting for my visa to join my husband to be abroad.
That amount of money I received from my retirement was put up as a capital in a merchandising business. That way, I was able to help my family especially my siblings in sending to school.
Autumn? Oh yes, it is still autumn season in Europe! Others call it fall season. It is probably because most leaves are falling from the trees during this time.
What do you observe during autumn?
-The weather is getting colder.
-The sky is grey and dark sometimes.
-The day is shorter.
– The night is longer.
– The trees around are turning its color from green to yellow, golden brown, red, orange, pink and so on and so forth.
What I do during autumn?
-I always love to eat when it is cold. Not really good for me..lolz!
-I don’t want to go out unless needed like running errands or go grocery shopping.
-I still go for a walk sometimes when it is not raining.
-I have more time to go online and do blogging. I simply love to blog.
-I always miss the tropical weather in my home country. I truly miss the blue sky, blue sea and the sunset and of course my family, most of all!
I still see the beauty of autumn despite being cold and grey. Cheers everyone! This world is so beautiful!
|The road where I always drive.
|I took a stop when I saw this falling colorful leaves. I love it!
|In the neighborhood somewhere in Bavaria, Germany as we had a walk during a beautiful autumn day.
They are slowly dying in our garden. It is autumn time now in Europe and most trees, plants and flowers are withering especially if they are outside. I can still see some violas and roses flowering. In a couple of days, I know they will be gone.
I will surely miss these flowers in our garden. See you next year again!
Viola typically have heart-shaped, scalloped leaves, though a number have palmate leaves or other shapes. The vast majority of Viola species are herbaceous, and a substantial number are acaulescent in habit – meaning they lack any noticeable stems and the foliage and flowers appear to rise from the ground; the remaining species have short stems with foliage and flowers produced in the axils of the leaves.
Roses are best known as ornamental plants grown for their flowers in the garden and sometimes indoors. They have been also used for commercial perfumery and commercial cut flower crops. Some are used as landscape plants, for hedging and for other utilitarian purposes such as game cover and slope stabilization.