Sunday, August 2, 2015's me.

Hey meine Lieben,

yeah, it's me. I have not posted anything in an embarrassing amount of time but the plan is to finally write something again on a regular basis. No kidding. So I hope there are some of you left and maybe even happy to read me again. I am really fond of this blog of mine and I want to give it the attention it deserves, with a greater variety of topics. Also, there is a need to change this old design so I am hoping to find time for this soon. I really do not enjoy looking at my blog. But anyway, here I am. Life went on and I tried to keep up with your blogs at least but I have to admit that I am a bit behind on that as well. But I have not forgotten about you. 

Things that are going on....

- I am currently reading "Will travel for vegan food" by Kristen Lajeunesse which is very inspiring to do something inspiring. Exactly what I need right now. I am truly enjoying this book because it's a mix of vegan food and traveling but the focus is much more on the traveling part which is a blessing in my opinion. I started this book a long time ago and had to give it a break but now I am back and almost done. Guess I will finish it today. Anybody interested in a review? Or book reviews in general? Not sure if I should give it a go. 
Update - just finished the book and loved it very very much. 

- I am weirdly fascinated by the announcement of the Full House reunion. I feel like I have to watch it once it is on tv. I truly loved that show as a kid although Stephanie was always pretty annoying....but at least there was Kimmy. And Comet, the dog. 

- I feel like I will have to buy a new laptop in the new future. Not really excited about this. 
I also need a new printer. Electronic devices do not like me very much. 

- There's a tiny brown mouse living in my backyard and once it gets dark, she comes out to get some cat food out of the bowl for the neighborhood cats. I can watch her for hours carrying cat food to her hiding place. I provided some mouse-appropriate food though. I don't think cat food is the best diet for a mouse. I named her Bertha. 

- I have not worn dungarees in many years but I feel like I want to wear one again.

- My pile of books to read is growing and growing. Also thanks to my wonderful and thoughtful friends ErinMartha and Em. I love you guys!

- I am considering to cut my hair off again. A final decision has not been made yet. 

- I love discovering new vegan goodies so I recently tried some all vegan Prinzenrolle-like cookies (basically two round cookies with a chocolate cream in the middle), vish filet (so good that I wanted to buy more but they were all sold out!), rice milk quinoa chocolate, a frozen curry (I usually do not eat frozen meals at all but I had to try this one. Never saw a vegan frozen meal in the store before), peppermint chocolate (a combination I usually do not even like but the package looked great), some nugget-y kind of things....seeing the large vegan selection in the stores nowadays really makes me happy.

- I need one of these vacuum cleaner robot things. I always get excited when I see them. 

So, what's new with you? Read you soon - I promise. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Piles and piles of books.

Hallo meine Lieben,

I know, I know. It's been forever. I have so many ideas and things I want to talk about, I just never find the time. But I do need to take the time. That's for sure. I love reading your blogs but I need to come up with some content myself. 

It's not a secret that I am a bookworm. So I am pretty ashamed to say that I am far behind my Goodreads reading challenge goal. As you can see, I do not find the time for blogging or for books. I do try to squeeze in some time here and there....for example during lunch. But it nearly isn't enough. Which means that I started a bunch of books but haven't finished many recently. 

But here are the books I am currently reading. More or less. 

This is me reading, by the way. 

Will Travel for Vegan Food by Kristin Lejeunesse

  When I heard about the existence of this book I had to get it immediately. It was impossible to get the paperback in Germany by the way so I bought the ebook. It's about a woman who travels through America in a van trying all the vegan food options she can find. So it is a book about traveling and vegan food. You could only top this by adding a feline sidekick to the story but I guess that is more than I can ask for. I am almost finished with this one ( so there is still a silver lining on the horizon for me) and I am loving it. I definitely recommend this book, even when you are not vegan. 

Verheißung by Jussi Adler-Olsen

I think this one is called "The Hanging Girl" in English and will get published in September. I love all the Department Q novels which is why it almost killed me to wait for the 6th book. So I am reading this one very slowly. On purpose. Because I do not want to be without a Carl Mørck crime novel again. That might not make sense to anybody but I guess it only has to make sense for me. I want to check out the movies, I think there are two so far. But I am scared that they might not be as good as I hope. Plus Carl Mørck does not look at all the way I imagined him. Why do they do that to me. But yeah, if you like crime novels and have not read the Department Q novels yet, then you have to start immediately. Please. 

Verwesung by Simon Beckett

This one is called "The Calling of the Grave" in English and it's the 4th book (and so far the last) of the David Hunter series. David Hunter is a forensic anthropologist who has the tendency to go on my nerves here and there but his cases are really interesting, really brutal and they also make me feel like I can learn something while reading. The third book clearly was the weakest of the series for me so I am having high hopes for this one. I am only 100 pages in so far and I surely hope that there will be a 5th book at some point but I could not find any information about it. This one is about a psychotic rapist and serial killer so it surely sounds promising. And maybe no animal has to die in this one. There are too many dead animals in the other books, especially the first one. Something that always bothers me. 

Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean by Jackson Galaxy

As a crazy cat (and bunny) lady I love to watch the show My Cat From Hell so I wanted to learn more about that cool dude who goes to the houses of strange people to help them with their cats. I want Jackson to come to my house and meet my cats.  Even though they are not from hell. That guy has been through a lot in his life and it clearly is fascinating to read about it. I definitely want to check out his book "Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat" as well. That guy wears shirts that say "Real men love cats" so what's not to love here?

So those are only 4 of the books I am reading right now. If we are Goodreads friends (add me!) then you can see that there are more. 

There also are huge piles of books in my living room and bed room which are waiting for me to start reading them. I really have no idea when to read them all plus I cannot stop myself from buying new books. So of course, if you have any recommendations, keep them coming!
The books on my piles include:
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire FullerThe Humans by Matt HaigThe Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle ZevinNorwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller and so many books more that I need to go and buy a new bookshelf as soon as possible. 

What are you currently reading?
Have a lovely Sunday!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Get to know your fellow bloggers - Lissa

Hallo meine Lieben,

today I want to introduce you to my wonderful friend Lissa, who is a fabulous artist and a fantastic, smart and incredibly great person. If you have not met her yet, you should totally check out her blog postcards from the rain

A while ago Lissa asked me if I would be willing to answer some questions for a series on her blog called "Get to know your fellow bloggers" and of course I felt very honored that she asked me. And because I loved her questions so much I asked her if she would be willing to answer the same questions for my blog (which was of course pretty lazy of me because Lissa came up with all the good questions but I thought it makes more sense to answer the same questions and not different ones). So you can find my answers and Lissa's brilliant work on her blog

But here are her questions and answers:

About your blog:

01/ How many blogs do you have that are currently active?

One - postcards from the rain - although it's another new blog.

02/ What is your blog about? Do you have a tag line?

This and that and some art and photographs and some fiction. But lately, I've been posting mostly artwork. There's no tag line but if I was to have one, it would be this: art + life + other stuff.

03/ Is your blog a reflection of you or just a place for your creative/personal outlet?

It's both but I rarely post about personal stuff and there is the occasional things of interest.

04/ How did you come up with the name for your blog?

I had a previously blog titled 'postcards from the clouds' and thought why not use 'rain'? These days, I usually like the word 'rain' somewhere in my blog title.

05/ Do you have a blogroll or a reading list of your favorite blogs? If not, then what blogs do you like reading?

Yes, I have a blogroll that I update a lot. It's here:

06/ What category or categories do you think your blogs falls under? 

I would not like to categorize my blog because whatever I post might change but I guess it would an art blog if I have to choose.

07/ Do you have a blogging schedule or do you post any time you like?

No schedule, I just post whenever I have something or when I feel there is too much time in between posts. It would certainly be easier to have a schedule but then again, I could not really stick to a schedule. I have a habit of straying from schedules because it feels like work.

08/ Do you use a blog template (brought or free from the net) or do you design your own blog? 

Once in a while, I would use someone's design but mostly I just do it myself because I'm fickle and I know I'm hard to please, so it's easier to do it myself.

09/ List 3 things that you always have on your blog. 

(1) A introduction page which I titled, 'hello', (2) a blogroll page because I like reading blogs directly and (3) a footer with a little story about a fish which I doubt people reads but I like having it there.

10/ What advice did you wish someone had given to you when you first started blogging?

There are so many things that I wished that someone had told me about but I guess one advice would be this: It is better to blog for yourself as the reader than to try to please a whole lot of readers that could easily forget about you after one visit.

About you:

01/ Do you have a nickname or nicknames? If you have more than one, do you have a preference?

I really do not have a nickname

 although I did want to be call 'rain girl' at one time but not any more.

02/ List 7 words to describe you.

stubborn, quiet, unruly, seriously unserious, bookish, neat-freak, and stubborn because I really am stubborn

03/ If you do not have to worry about time or money, what is your favorite way to spend your day?

Drawing/finishing an art piece while watching tv shows/movies and maybe in between some other activities that invovle moving about (as I sit in my chair far too much) while eating something very tasty or very bad for me.

04/ What are some of your favorite hobbies that people might not know about?

Collecting postcards - they are mini artworks to me. Plus organize and reorganize my belongings which is probably not a hobby but I do it a lot, I guess it's more like a bad habit.

05/ What is the one book that you love that you would recommend to just about everybody?

I've been answering with Postcards from a dead girl by Kirk Farber but Gathering the water by Robert Edric is another favorite that I completely love and it's vastly different from Postcards... and certainly has a more serious tone. I love this passage: 
"Starting anew, I began to discern the light and the landmarks of the possible future. There was a time in between, of cause — a period of confusion in which life went on and I acted out my part within it — but it was never starting anew, never a rebirth, merely a succession of lesser endings, during which I severed my ties one after another — my family, my work, my connection to Helen's family, to her sister, to my colleagues, and finally upon reaching the shapeless centre of that darkness, my hopes and expectations for the future."

06/ Do you have a favorite item or items that you often use and would not wish to live without? 

My laptop is one thing and maybe artworks to hang or stick to the wall or just to have around. I don't necessary can't live without art but I like having them around. What good is a room without art?

07/ List 7 of your favorite things.

(1) blue pens - especially those decorative ones with various patterns but mostly those that are blue but not necessary with blue ink
(2) Dr. Martens boots - they are more comfortable than sneakers
(3) badminton - haven't play in a long while but I still like to but sadly, there's no one to play with
(4) Ruffles potato chips cheddar & sour cream flavor and Doritos - I love to eat them but I try to limit myself
(5) egg drop soup - I haven't had them in a while because I can only get them in restaurants and I don't eat out much
(6) umbrellas - because they go with rain and comes in various colors and shapes 
(7) books with beautiful covers - I know I'm picky but I really cannot stand it if a book cover is ugly, I don't care how great the book is but if the cover is awful, I would wait until there's a good version or at least get the one that is the least ugly.

08/ When are you most creative/productive? The morning, the afternoon or night or just about any time?

When I have too much to do, it's when I'm most productive. It seems having a lot of free time makes me not want to do things. But I do find I am most productive mid­day, that is, after lunch is eaten and I no longer have an excuse not to do some work.

09/ Tell us something that you want people to know that they do not already know or simply something you wish they know.

I recently read this Erica Jong quote and it really does reflect me or at least a part of me:

"I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged." 

10/ Draw, write, photograph or use any form of communication something that represents you in some way. 

I drew the contents of my bag - things I carry now and then but of course not all together at once because they wouldn't fit and if they did fit, I would be walking around slightly slanted because of the weight.

 The contents are: an umbrella, a couple of pens, journal notebook, wallet, phone, mints, eyeglasses, camera and camera memory cards, keys with swiss gadget & knitted heart, tissue, lip balm, and a book, usually the one I'm reading at the moment.  The leaves and flower I don't actually carry but I once collected leaves and stuff them into my bag. I still have some of the leaves, they are dried of causes but they still have the same shape.

Lissa, thank you so much for sharing your answers (ans questions) and of course your beautiful artwork! I am a huge fan!

Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Bits and pieces.

Hallo meine Lieben,

it has been a while. Well, I do read what you guys have to say but I never really find the time to come up with a post myself. But since it is a new month (May already!!), I thought I should come up with some little pieces of my life here and there. Nothing really exciting but I think a sign of life is in order.  So let's start with a cute picture because cute pictures are always a good way to start anything. Plus cats do rule. All other animals rule too, of course. 

1. My laptop keyboard only works 12% of the time which is really annoying and makes typing a pain in the ass. I have no idea how to exchange a laptop keyboard plus I am known to be the one to destroy all electronics, I don't even try to fix it. 

2. Tiffie the bunny will turn 6 tomorrow. I am very excited and bought party hats. 

3. I cannot believe it but I am behind my Goodreads reading challenge schedule. Only one book but I am still embarrassed. Not that I don't read but I think I started 10 books at the same time so I really need to stick to one and finish it for now. 

4. I am really into baking. Last weekend I made a chocolate cherry cake which is delicious even though it got stuck in the baking pan and does not look all too pretty. I always drink coffee while I bake. 

5. So many things I have and want to do right now but not enough time. 

6. I am addicted to Jalapeños. 

7. I still haven't watched the Paddington Bear movie. 

8. I need to get a haircut.

9. Somebody told me that my handwriting is a big mess last week.

10. I own two laundry baskets but one of them only serves as a cat bed. 

11. I made a new kitty friend yesterday. He let me pet him and he ate my treats. The mommy of the kitty told me how surprised she was that the cat was so loving and affectionate towards me because he would usually hate strangers and would run away. Made me happy to hear that. Not that the cat hates strangers but that he liked me. The treats might have helped a bit. 

12. I think that "Everything happens for a reason" is absolute bullsh#$%.

13. I think I want to start wearing lipstick more often. Which means more than once a year.  I love the ones by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. 

14. My favorite computer game is Day Of The Tentacle. I am in the mood to play it again. 

15. I am really into anthracite walls. And anything copper. 

So, what's new with you? I really want to blog more often again. I hope I can handle that. I miss blogging. Have a great rest of the week and see you soon!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Meet The Felines.

Hallo meine Lieben,

the lovely Erin from TexErin-in-Sydneyland is hosting a fantastic link-up and this week you can Meet the Felines. So hop over, say hi and see lots of cute kitty cats. Last week I introduced my bunnies Findus and Tiffie, you can find the post here

Here we go:

Meet Lumpi & Tiger, the two cats who make my life a lot happier. They are brothers and I adopted them when they were babies and my former landlord's brother wanted to "get rid of them". Whatever that means. I don't think I want to know. We will celebrate their 8th birthday this July. Every kitty birthday is a big event and we celebrate with presents and extra treats. But I guess I am not the only one who celebrates the birthdays of their furry family members, right?

Lumpi is the black guy and Tiger the tabby cat. Their favorites pastimes include sleeping on my bed, snoring, playing with their favorite mouse toy or with random accessories  like paper balls, pens and other things that are not made for cats, eating, sleeping on my lap, entertaining the bunnies, watching the birds, sleeping on my clothes, especially when they are in the laundry basket (clean of course), sitting in the tub and drinking water out of the faucet, trying to disturb me when I read and cuddling with each other. As you can see below. 

They get along perfectly fine with their bunny brothers. As long as Tiger does not try to sleep on Tiffie's favorite chair. Then Tiffie jumps on him and scares him away. The bunnies are definitely in charge, there is no doubt. 

They are such cuddly and loving cats. When you sit down on the couch, Tiger will immediately jump on your lap and Lumpi will curl up next to you - and then you are not allowed to leave anymore. 
Tiger usually wakes me up every morning exactly ten minutes before my alarm goes off. He's the best alarm clock you can imagine, that is for sure. 
These guys bring a smile on my face every day. And I am so thankful that they are a part of my family.

And of course, here's the queen: my dad's cat Jerry who is basically my sister. She is 11,5 years old and a bit of a diva. Which means she always gets what she wants. But who can resist that pretty face?

She loves eating, sleeping, meowing and cardboard boxes. Especially cardboard boxes. Lots of cardboard boxes. Big and small. No cat beds. Just cardboard boxes. One time I got her a new cat bed as a present but she only cared for the cardboard box it got delivered in. I think she has at least 6 or 7 to choose from at any time.

So now I am curious about your feline companions. Please tell me something about them!
Have a great rest of the week! And link up with Erin, of course!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Meet the.....bunnies!

Hallo meine Lieben, 

I know, I know. I have not posted in a while but I am trying to keep up with all your blogs and I am hoping to post more regularly soon again. 
Today is a very special occasion: I am linking up with my lovely friend Erin from TexErin-in-Sydneyland! And today's topic is "Meet the canines". I guess now you are thinking that I am cheating and I kind of am...but I am not a dog mommy (yet) but Erin said that bunnies would be okay as well. And since my bunnies are super-awesome I thought you might want to read about them. Make sure to check back next week for "Meet the felines" (and link-up of course!). And of course hop over and say hi to Erin, she loves books and animals and is overall fantastic!

So here we go: my bunny family members Findus and Tiffie. 

One afternoon a friend of mine knocked on my door and when I opened her she was standing there with the tiniest cutest bunny in her hands: it was Tiffie. She rescued him (at that point I thought Tiffie was a girl though) from a really bad situation and knew how much I love animals and that I always talked about adding bunnies again to my family. So there we were, me totally unprepared but absolutely in love with the little creature and her in desperate need for a home for the bunny. So of course Tiffie moved in with me. But bunnies are very social animals and do not like to live alone. They need a bunny companion. I knew the cats wouldn't be enough (although the bunnies love their feline brothers...most of the time). The next day I checked the internet and of course there were homeless bunnies in desperate need for a home. I called the shelter, went there, saw Findus and had to take him home with me because he reminded me of my bunny Knuffi who lived with me when I was a child. 

Shortly after, Tiffie got really sick. He had a really bad infection which he probably got before he moved in with me. Of course this got Findus sick too. They both stopped eating and were in really bad shape. The first vet I talked to in the animal clinic told me that she did not see a chance for them. I requested another vet. Findus and Tiffie are fighters and I believed that they could make it. I had to feed them with a syringe every couple of hours and they had to take lots of medication. We basically lived in the animal clinics because we went there every day. Sometimes twice. The first couple of weeks of their lives were not that great...but as you can see: they made it! And they are happy and healthy bunnies who will celebrate their 6th birthdays next month!

I cannot put into words how much I love these guys and how happy they make me. Even the cats love them a lot. They like to sleep in the bunnies' room (yes, they have their own room, I had my clothes and shoes in there before but of course the bunnies deserved the room) and the bunnies are fine with that...most of the time. Sometimes Tiffie gets annoyed when my cat Tiger sleeps in his spot and then just jumps on his back to make him go away. It always works. 

Findus and Tiffie love to chase each other (and the cats), they love sleeping (especially in their bed (yes, they have a wooden bed with blankets and pillow) and eating (mostly carrots, apples, dried dandelion and other good stuff), they clean each other and hang out in the sunshine. They dislike grooming, driving in the car, going to the vet and when I go on their nerves. 

Those guys make me happy every single day.

Please come back next week to meet the cats. And of course link up with Erin.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

100 questions no one ever asks. {Part II}

Hallo meine Lieben,

I hope you are all doing well and are having a good time. I am really sorry about my lack of posts. Hopefully that will change soon. But for now it's time for part II of these 100 weird questions. You can find part I here. And of course it would be brilliant to read your answers as well. 

51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
I am pretty sure that was in Grundschule, maybe when I was 8 or 9. I do not like having my pictures taken. I always look like an idiot.  

52. Do you think musicals are cheesy?
I am not really a fan of musicals. The only one I have ever seen was Dance Of The Vampires which was good because it has vampires in it. Other than that I don't even like it when they do musical episodes of TV shows I like. Just stop singing and keep talking. 

53. Is Christmas stressful?
Not for me because I do not really celebrate it very much. 

54. Ever eat a pierogi?
Yes, I did. 

55. Favorite type of fruit pie?
Apple or cherry or coconut. Pie is always a good idea. 

56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Vet, lawyer, emergency surgeon, a ghost haunting a library. 

57. Do you believe in ghosts?

58. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
Yeah, a bunch of times. 

59. Do you take a vitamin daily?
I take some vitamin B12 supplements. 

60. Do you wear slippers?
If that means house slippers then yes. I could not survive without house slippers. Best invention ever. 

61. Do you wear a bath robe?
Hell yeah. It is white, fuzzy and has ears. I also have a pink one. I love everything that keeps me warm. 

62. What do you wear to bed?
Clothes that keep me warm. Often a couple of layers because I am always cold. 

63. What was your first concert?
Die Sterne in Trier, Germany. Actually, my mom went to a Marius Müller-Westernhagen concert when she was pregnant with me. If that counts. 

64. Walmart, Target, or Kmart?
Target. They have cruelty-free and vegan beauty products. 

65. Nike or Adidas?
Any company that provides vegan options. 

66. Cheetos or Fritos?
I never had any of those. I doubt they are vegan. I do like chips though. 

67. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
Both. I like all kinds of nuts and seeds. 

68. Name ten food items you always have in your kitchen.
Bananas, apples, carrots, vegan cheese, tea, bread, chocolate, vegan "nutella", Müsli, soy milk. 

69. Ever take dance lessons?
No, never. Maybe I should. 

70. What is your favorite word?

71. Can you curl your tongue?
I think so. 

72. Ever won a spelling bee?
I don't think we had those in Germany when I went to school. I only know them from TV shows. 

73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?

74. Own any record albums?
I own a lot of vinyls. When I was a teenager I spent a lot of time in record stores.  

75. Own a record player?
Of course. 

76. Do you regularly burn incense?
I rarely do that. Most of them smell weird. Plus they always make a mess...maybe that is just me. I prefer candles. 

77. Ever been in love?

78. Who would you like to see in concert?
Refused. The Beatles. Take That (all five of them together)

79. What was the last concert you saw?
Muse I think. Or …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. Not sure which one was the last one. I need to go to concerts more often. I went every weekend when I was a teenager. 

80. Hot tea or cold tea?
Hot tea. 

81. Tea or coffee?
Tea mostly, sometimes coffee. 

82. Sugar cookies or snickerdoodles?
I don't know what snickerdoodles are. I like peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (the Vegan Zombie recipe).

83. Can you swim well?
Oh no, not at all. I would probably drown. I am terribly scared of deep water so I never go swimming. 

84. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Yeah, but I don't do it.  

85. Are you patient?
Not at all. 

86. DJ or band at a wedding?
I really don't know. I have not been to many weddings. I don't like those hyper DJ's. 

87. Ever won a contest?
A drawing contest. And a track and field competition ( long time ago!). And one time I wrote a play which got recorded for the radio.  

88. Have you ever had plastic surgery?
No. Just boring ones. 

89. Which are better: black or green olives?
None, I don't care about olives. 

90. Can you knit or crochet?
No, but I would love to. I am trying to learn how to knit. 

91. Best room for a fireplace?

92. Actor/actress you cannot stand?
Tom Cruise. Meg Ryan. Liam Neeson. 

93. Actor/actress you really like?
Joaquin Phoenix. Norman Reedus. 

94. Who was your high school crush?
A guy a couple of years older than me. I don't think he even knew I existed when we went to school. I went on a date with him when I was 19 or 20 and it was the most boring evening ever. 

95. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?

96. Do you have kids?
I have furry kids. 

97. Do you want kids?
Definitely more furry ones. 

98. What is your favorite color?
Black. Dark green. Copper.  

99. Do you miss anyone right now?

100. A movie you really want to watch right now?

Thanks for reading! Have a lovely Sunday and talk more soon!
Please let me know if you answer these questions as well. I would love to read your responses!