If We Were Having Coffee… On February 27

Hello my lovelies!

Welcome to this week’s Weekend Coffee Share! I’m so sorry to have missed two weeks of coffee dates, but I’m here now and can’t wait to see you again!

Well, let’s start with the two weekends I missed, shall we? Sit down, I’ll make us coffee, tea or my newest experiment: Golden Milk with turmeric and ginger.

Turmeric Milk with ginger, cayenne and cinnamon.
Turmeric Milk with ginger, cayenne and cinnamon.

From 11th until Valentine’s Day, my bestie Ronni was here for a visit. Actually, she had no idea she was coming over to see me until her husband dropped her off at the airport. It was my birthday present for her, and her hubby decided to make it a surprise. Ronni is 6 months pregnant, so we didn’t have much time left to see each other while she is still allowed to fly, and she’d said that she wanted one last Girls Only weekend over here before her little daughter is due.

So we had a Girls Weekend, shopping in my hometown, planning, stamping and we spent the Saturday on a day trip to Münster. It was a great weekend, and so good to catch up again. Saturday was market day in Münster, and we taste-tested our way across the entire thing, from cheeses, oils, sausages to honey. We went book shopping  – both of us could shop for hours in bookstores – and in an Oxfam shop we found gold in the form of English-language books! Not only did we find a copy of The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry which Ronni had just recommended to me (and I’ve read and loved since she left), I also found a really rare English-language copy of a Janosch children’s book called A Letter For Tiger from 1990.

A rare Englisch-lanuage copy of a Janosch book from 1990!
A rare Englisch-lanuage copy of a Janosch book from 1990!

Here in Germany, there’s not a child from my generation who did not grow up with Janosch. He’s an illustrator and his stories often feature a big bear, a tiger and a small wooden toy called a tiger-duck. On my very first day of school, my class was the one with the tiger-duck on the door and me and my classmates wore tiger-duck badges. Where the US had Disney Club, we even had Tiger-Duck Club (Tigerenten-Club). I bought the book for Ronni’s daughter. I fully plan on being the Auntie with the stories.

My 60 Books Challenge is going really well. I’ve read 11 books so far, got 3 more started (Good Omens, Clybourne Park, and The Museum Of Extraordinary Things), 1 audiobook in the car (The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists), plus 2 First To Read copies I need to get through (Hard Red Spring and Daredevils). I’m really getting into audiobooks. They free up so much time, because I can listen to them while driving, doing housework or cooking, time I wouldn’t usually have to read otherwise.

Last weekend I was simply busy with housework, uni stuff and my Etsy store. My lack of concentration and motivation is still a burden, I’m constantly tired. But it’s getting better, at least there’s more light. It got cold again, though, we’ve had some snow and ice on and off, and I can’t wait for summer.

On Thursday, I saw another National Theatre live broadcast, this time Shakespeare’s As You Like It. I know I’m well behind in writing reviews of my books and plays. I’m trying to catch up but uni takes priority. I quite liked the play, so I’m hoping to post the review soon. As for my 60 Books reviews, look for the hashtag #60Books – the headline will tell you how many books I’ve read (e.g. 1/2016, 2/2016 etc.)

I know I’ve had my DDPYoga DVDs for a while now, but the lack of motivation also translated to lack of motivation for weight loss. As of Monday, I’ll be doing a proper meal plan, Yoga and gym. I’m also making sure to have my light therapy, take moringa and vitamins, and will be trying more herbal remedies – like my yummy Golden Milk. This is for me a conscious shift away from processed foods and chemicals in meds. I’m actually trying to put together a sort of materia medica with an overview of herbs and plants and their properties, and a few recipes for potions, balms, and alternative medicine.

I think that’s it from me for now. I bet the other Weekend Coffee Sharers would love to catch up with you as well.

Thank you for having coffee with me. Same time, next week?

Having a cuppa at Alex in Solingen, Germany. Photo: Cornelia Kaufmann
Having a cuppa at Alex in Solingen, Germany. Photo: Cornelia Kaufmann
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