It’s the little things

Like be happy when you wake up, knowing you’ll have a yummy yogurt for breakfast (creamy caramel!).


And you are happy when you find just the right socks in the drawer and they pull your look together.


And you remember you can take a bike – -so you can wear the shoes you want, because if you would have to walk, you would have to go with practical ones…


Your have fun on the seminar, and even the reclusive girl joins in on the smoke break.


You come home to already made lunch.


You know that you’ll have some time for your little pleasures tomorrow.


It’s the little things!



Drying tomatoes and canning them in oil; my first time!

Because so many tomato plants grew by their own this year, we had a good tomato year. That meant all of the sudden, we had more of them than we could eat or give to others. So i decided to preserve them.

I used two techniques.

First time, I dried them in the food drier. My problem with it is the thickness of the slices. because the trays in ym dryer are one on top of the other, you have to make thin slices. And because tomatoes are mostly water, if they are thin before you dry them, nothing is left.

So i did the second round in the oven. The plan was to just leave it on the lowest setting  – 30 Celsius – but I saw that it’s too low very soon. So I think the whole process took about three days, with about 6 hours of temp being at +/- 70 Celsius, and than half a day of just slowly drying in the closed oven, in that heath.


Than I took glass jars, cleaned them.

Peeled garlic and roasted it a bit in olive oil, let it cool down.

Went to the garden, picked some thyme, oregano and basil leaves and washed and dried them.

Than I sorted the dried tomatoes to dark and light colored ones; some dried to the almost burned condition 🙂


Next I just layered them in the glass jars; a layer of tomatoes, a clove of garlic, enough olive oil to cover; another layer of tomatoes, a basil leaf, oil; tomatoes, oil; tomatoes, garlic, oil, tomatoes, oregano, oil…etc, all the way to the top


Than I closed it and let it for a week. Because I read some very conflicting statements about how long this keeps, I started eating the first jar after one week of soaking. Delicious!!! The one I started is from the oven drying, so I can’t say if there is any difference, I chose this one because it was the biggest jar and it didn’t fill to the top.


All i can say is, this is delicious! I read how you can use this oil for other dishes, like pasta, and it makes sence…

From about 2 kilos of tomatoes, I got two 3 deciliter jars. here, I would go with the smaller jars the better logic, if you are not a large family. You can’t eat a lot of it at once, but its’ better to eat it soon after opening, like everything, I guess.


The drying of tomatoes is called a lot of things, like sun drying them, dehydrating them, etc. I just called it drying.


I find it a great way of playing with tomatoes!





means Too stupid to live, and it’s an expression in the romance novel world. It means you hated the heroine with a passion.

I am said to say I hated the heroine in An accidental birthright by Maisley Yates. I should never even start with the book, because even the storyline is just so silly…But it could have been written in different light, or maybe read with a different voice, I don’t know…What is the funniest is that the whole book he is calling her independent, and we keep hearing she is this tough lawyer…But she behaves like a shy grey mouse and does everything he tells her to. Ugh!!

Maybe somebody else, who likes wilty and vanilla stories will like this. I just like more life.

I’m busy!

As in, I have to stick to a scedual, put on nice clothes and makeup (awwwwwwww, I have been missing this!!) and do my hair and than go and attend something! Daily!


The hours are not long, but crazy, so I am having a bit of an issue with my lunch. today, i took it with me, and I’ll do it again tomorrow. They have a not nice toilet, so I would prefer not to be stuck there, my greatest fear…


But the people are nice, the once who are not nice are interesting to observe, the leading people are awesome, really good at what they do. So I’ll just try to make the most of it!


1/8th is over – even though mostly it’s not bad, I’ll be happy when it will be over. In like, 2 months.





In other news…

I have to buy newborn gift for my BFF, she’ll give birth any day now…

I’ll change my hair collor tomorrow!

I bought english english books again, I have an awful luck with that!

It was grape harvest time, we picked 4500liters of grape juice!

I have a cold.

I had long nails for like 3 days, now they are shortened again.

Tomato queen, blisters queen, library queen, traveling queen, grape queen, unemployed queen.

Hello, and welcome to my week!


This week, I canned tomatoes in oil and right now, round two is drying in the oven. I freezed some of them –  just raw and cubed, for quick use.

I went to The Big City, paid less that I thought I’ll have to for library fines (yipee), got 3 books for my thesis, got a little excited about it again, bought a new clay tea pot and clay cups for my tea time, bought fluorescent pink yoga pants and “doughnut thingie” for making buns with your hair, and even with my non growing hair, it works!

Today I went to an Official thing, and learned that I’ll have to attend a seminar in the next weeks. I have nothing against seminars, but this one looks very boring, and i hate the time table. It would be much better if it would last be longer hours and less days, instead of short hours and a lot of days!

Than we have grape picking! AND I have my ortho appointment the same day! I’ll also get x-rays, because I am pretty sure my wisdom teeth are coming, shit. But at least I’ll know!

The next day, I have Bday celebration of a friend, and I still don’t know how I’ll get there because of the wine picking, but I have several options in play. I’ll have to travel directly from her to this seminar.

I still have to get into the mind set for the seminar, I just found out today and I am a little irritated over some things.  But I have to get through it, and the last experience wasn’t that bad, so I think if I find some plus points for it, it will be easier. I think I am anxious about it because I don’t know the exact timetable and because I don’t know the people. Once I’ll attend it the first time, i will at least know more and be calmer. I guess.

I am still waiting for my period and my mom and me got sick yesterday, so I am cranky, too.

The weather changed from summer to fall, not my favorite…

I guess I am just complaining right now, but I’m like that, once I give it all out, I’m better.


I’ll say a few happy thing now; my nails are long!! This never happens! I keep scratching and tapping with them, I love the feeling of long nails! I’m very happy with the new tea pot, it was totally in my budget and I use it daily, so it was a very good buy! I can now sculpture my face with bronzer! I’ll share my secret some other day. I am in a really happy place with my BFF. I think it’s about a year since “we got back together” , and I am happy about it!! I have three empties in my body/hair products area, and that is great – I love trying out new things, but I get through them very slowly. So for me, it’s special when I finally empty something to get to the thing waiting in my closet! But as a rule, I don’t have two or three things open, because I won’t use them in time and they’ll get bad. Yep, this is what is fun for me!


Here is hoping I get through the next few days, and to a good timetable!!



Why it’s not a good idea to read old RN books

Like Linda Howard All that glitters. ((I was just about to write that I like her otherwise, but realized I only read one other book by her!) First, she marries a guy who was over 60 years old when she was 18. I don’t care for reasons, I am sure they were written convincingly, it’s just not something I want to read about. Than, the hero – he tries to have sex with her, she screams nooooo, cries tears, tries to fight him off, when he finally stops, SHE SOOTHES HIM!!!!

Ugh. Had to stop right there and then, barely at the beginning!

Than there is An independent wife. Please don’t unless you really want to suffer. I listened to it awhile ago and all I remember is that I was suffering. I don’t even know why and how I finished it.

Hello, this is me

I started this blog so I can monitor my braces experience as well as a kind of personal diary. Personal. That means that I sometimes poured my heart out and I wallowed, and because I feel much better after I rant, I’ve done that too.

I was careful to not be too revealing, but well, now a lot has been outed. I don’t mind that. I am afraid people will judge . That is just how I am. A few family complaints and I am all worried about it.

So please, don’t. That is it. I though I am hidden here, so I’ll ask for your discretion and hope for the best. Good thing i am a lousy writer anyway, who knows what would come out if I would be comfortable sharing…I shudder just thinking about it!

So  – welcome, and if you know me, shut it. And I mean that in the most kind way. This is the only way I can deal with it.

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