Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter on campus

No Easter Chicks, sorry. But I do have one Easter Dinosaur...   :)

 Little redbud trees are in full bloom.

Hans on his way to attend to very important matters.
 Hana helping to knit a cat blanket.

Thursday, April 13, 2017


A perfect day: 80F or 27C!
It is getting greener and greener by the second!
 Had to buy a new umbrella. Three days ago, it was very windy. Could have known that wind and umbrellas DO NOT mix! Found the wretched thing at my neighbors', totally destroyed. Fortunately got another one the same day, exactly the same color. Yay! (Matches blueberries!)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Eating preferences

Obviously, not ALL of us have the same eating preferences...

Since it gets warmer and now we have more fruit choices and they are all yummy and tasty, I eat lots of fruit salads and do not feel like it is boring.
So, I had this fruit salad yesterday: 

- Honeydew melon, 1 banana, blueberries, raspberries, and unsweetened coconut chips.

And this salad for breakfast:

- 1 mango, about 16 strawberries, 1/2 cup of blueberries, 1/2 cup of raspberries, and unsweetened coconut chips.

Hans, however, decided to go for a high protein meal... I love my cat dearly but does not he have any food at home? And I do not buy him just random crappy food either, so it is not like he HAS to EAT some poor bird out of hunger... But then again, born in wild, the wild you stay...


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Cherry tree

Cherry blossoms- after today's rain most of it is gone. Always feels a little sad to find so many petals on the ground. Life.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Weeds, stuff, and a visitor...

Okay, so the warm weather is really here. It gets greener and greener by a minute! Unfortunately, it also means that weeds start taking over and I should do something about it... Yeah...
Each spring I face the same dilemma. I hate chemicals and spraying but on the other hand there is no way I could keep up with the weeds the traditional way. Later in the season it gets better though. My Zoysia grass is too dense for weeds to grow. Now however, it looks awful... Blah.

So much work to do and so little time!
Camellia flowers are almost gone...

The "Jungle". Even now, we had to stop going to the woods because of infestation of ticks. The snakes are back too! In a two or three weeks this area is going to look like a solid wall of green.

My lemon tree has 3 lemons! I keep it inside though because the wind and heavy rain would destroy blossom and fruit.

And three days ago I had this cute visitor napping behind my house!
My breakfast:
Fruit salad with honeydew melon, apple, pistachio nuts, and coconut chips.


Sunday, April 2, 2017


Yesterday, I made two huge loafs of bread. They took up all the space in my oven! I used four kinds of flour including rye flour, so it has crunchy crust and tastes like an old-fashioned European bread. Since I do not eat much bread however, just a slice here and there, I cut each loaf in four and freeze. One such piece lasts for 3-4 days. That way I do not waste anything. Home-made bread is also much healthier since I do not use any chemicals for freshness, sugar, or too much salt. Well, actually I use 1/2 teaspoon of sugar for yeasts (I ferment rye flour with yeasts and sugar for 3 days before adding more flour and baking) but it is spread between two big loafs, and it is about 1/4 of sugar what you can find in regular soft "bread" at the store...
So my fridge is full and I do not have to worry about "going hungry" for the next few weeks!
And there is nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread in the air! Seriously.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Yesterday was a good day. Great actually. I passed an important examination and I did it on a first try, and without all the fuss which happens if you do not answer questions the way they wanted... If you miss something, you either have to go for an oral exam- to discuss whatever was missing, or if you fail on a greater scale, you need to redo the whole thing. And since you never know really, I was super happy to learn that I passed and can move on to... the next exam in 3.5 weeks.

Yay for me!

Do not even have time for the lengthy celebrations. However, I opened a bottle of sweet wine and had a glass.

I also removed the pile of books that I do not need anymore (two feet high) and replaced it with materials for the second examination. This pile is just about one foot, so things look promising!

Finally, I checked the weather yesterday. It is supposed to stay warm with nights above 55F/13C, so decided to take some plants outside for the summer. There is lots of cleaning to be done though. All the plants do not look too impressive YET but they survived the winter, so that's a start!
I wish I had more time in upcoming weeks to do desperately-needed garden-work or just clean the house...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Warm weather is here!

It is so nice to go outside and not be freezing! It is kind of weird though because some places still have gray winter look and you would not tell the temperature was above 20C or 71F. I took these pictures five days ago.

 And of course, cats tried to help but ended up chasing birds and each other...

I have already posted pictures of my cherry tree but camellia is in full bloom, too!