Montag, 13. November 2017

One series to bring them all and in the darkness bind them~

Middle Earth is going to be made a series and everybody is loosing it.
Am I really the only one who is actually a wee bit excited? 

Yes, I share the belief that no adaption will ever beat the books - and yes; maybe the Amazon adaption won't be as grand but what if it is? 
And most importantly, what if indeed it isn't - what is the worst that can possibly happen? 

Just because something *could* be bad, is not a reason for me to hate it for that very reason from the start.

I love Tolkien's books and you know what else I love? Talking about it to other people, hearing their interpretation of things Middle Earth and drowning myself in merchandise (thehehehehe) - and this new series will probably enable all of the above.
After all, what is a movie but an interpretation of a group of people - I am excited to see how they visualize it. 
I don't see this as a threat, more as a new chance to have the LotR hype be reborn and let younger generations see how absolutely epic and fantastic Tolkien's work is - and you can bet that this will have more people read his books - look at what happened with Game of Thrones - suddenly everybody had read it.
Also more Elves, armour and Elves. Enough said.

And if it is awful, then so be it - I can always pretend once more that "there has never been a tv adaption" like I did with the Hobbit. Seriously, there has never been one *winks* 
The only person I do feel bad for is the poor soul who is going to see it with me - either way, I think I will be quite the nightmare, switching from "OH THIS IS GRAAAAND LOOK AT-" to "THIS IS A DISGRACE *looses self in details* !! "  within seconds.
I'm pre-sorry already.

Donnerstag, 26. Oktober 2017

The cat news and the battle-plan~

 Because you guys keep asking and I have been avoiding it a wee bit: what is going on with my cat? The Ginnicat will have surgery in the first November days. 

He has quite a few polyps in his ear causing the infection and is balance problems and they require removal. During the surgery, his eardrum also has to be removed (yes, he will be deaf on one ear afterwards) and if everything goes fine, I can pick him up six hours later.
It goes without saying that this does make me nervous and that I don't want to talk about it too much, because talking about it means thinking about it and thinking about it means worrying about things I cannot influence.

Talk to the paw~

Lucky enough for me, I have the most fantastic people in my life, who not only are taking really good care of my nerves (seriously, I would not know what to do without you! <3), but quite some of them are also either veterinarians, veterinarian assistants or veterinarians in training, which means that quite a couple of people with the best intentions are coming together, to gather the best ideas and opinions for my cat's health. 

Because it will be a bit of a tricky (because I don't want to say risky)  procedure, I want to take extra care to ensure my little bean is at full strength once the day arrives.

He will be prepared like a prince for coronation.

From high calorie foods over vitamin supplements and giving him as much love as humanly possible - the battleplan is on and I am doing everything elvenly possible to make him feel loved and strong.
(Even if this means sleeping on a nasty mattress on the floor because because he cannot get up the bed with his balance issues and I don't want him to sleep alone).

I hope you guys are doing fine and I wish you a wonderful wonderful autumn evening with sparkle and magic~

Dienstag, 17. Oktober 2017

A blessing and a curse~

I have very mixed feelings about smartphones.

On the one hand, I love how certain things do become easier - such as being able to check public transport on the go, have things automatized - taking pictures even! 
The same time, I oftentimes feel like they end up creating even more work, more things to do, check, set and keep track of. And it pains me when I see everybody fiddling about with their phones on public transport.

Sometimes, it is just too tempting to get something done on the spot, even if it is something random like ordering a nifty cat toy online.

Today, my battery died a few seconds after leaving the house, so I got to have some involuntary phone-free time. To me personally, this it is not a big deal - but I know that for some people, being without a phone, even for the short span of a couple of hours, is already stressful.

Why is that? 

What are we missing out on?
Putting the one case where an urgent call is awaited aside (I mean how often does that really happen when a phone runs out of juice), why is the thought of being without one of those things so irritating?

My guess, is that most people don't know what to do with themselves if all of a sudden browsing through social media/internet or chatting is not an option anymore.
I notice it sometimes in conversations that, not long after there is a short moment of silence, somebody takes their phone out and starts checking notifications.

Staying so connected at all times, that we start living more in the virtual surroundings of others than actually pay attention to what is going on around us

I challenge you to keep track of how often you are reaching for your phone for a day or so.
And then assess how often it was actually necessary. 

When you learn to handle silence, you start to live in the moment.

Montag, 9. Oktober 2017

Why not be an earth warrior? | How comfort and laziness are slowly killing the environment~

Sometimes the fact that we live in a time and age where mindlessly creating waste is a common encounter really gets to me. 

This isn't even about things like buying new clothes every season, the endless amount of plastic packagings of our toiletries or food going to waste in the fridge because we forgot about  it.

It is just about items that serve one purpose: being used one time and then thrown away. 

It is in the simple things: out of comfort we make our daily choices, oftentimes not even realizing when this actually means in the big picture: plastic cutlery is chosen over bringing one's own fork and knife from home for lunchtime, wet wipes replace washcloths because it is more convenient, a new plastic bag is purchased for groceries every single time instead of bringing a re-useable one in the first place, sample-packagings being handed out to people in the streets, coffee to go in a one-use mug every morning because who wants to bring a bulky mug int heir bag? - I could go on about this for ever! It truly breaks my heart.

Shockingly, about half of the plastic produced worldwide goes into single use items.

There are so many ways to avoid this kind of garbage, and all it takes is some effort. But sadly for quite many, this is already too much.
Beating our own laziness, getting out of the plastic castle that is our comfort zone and start making a difference! So many people want to be warriors nowadays, why not start out with being an earth warrior?

I am at a point where I am refusing single use items most of the time and getting creative when I don't  or can't (i.e. collecting the plastic bags I at some point got or bought in a drawer to re-use them as a garbage bag or to cover my desk when painting, etc.).
That being said, when I go grocery shopping and for some reason forgot my cotton bag, if I can somehow manage, I will even go as far as to carry my groceries home in my bare arms - it serves as a grand reminder to be more prepared next time.

~*What is an item you think you could go without to create less waste?*~

Freitag, 6. Oktober 2017

A little feast for a little cat (and red soup for the redhead)~


My little furball is fiiiinally getting better and because he had been such a poor little bean recently (his ear infection got so bad overnight, that he suffered from balance issued), that I decided to conjure up a special kind of meal for him to get well and strong fast!~

~Roasted chicken hearts with hemp oil and a tad of crème fraiche~

I just love cooking and especially cooking for other people...err....or cats in this case.
That way, I can make sure that what lands on my furball's dish is great quality without nasty additives. It is always important to research a little beforehand, as there are certain foods cats should absolutely not eat (like onions and garlic for example!), but other than that it is not that hard.

Just because I don't eat meat, doesn't mean my cat is going to miss out on it.
I get very angry when I hear people trying to force a vegetarian or vegan diet onto their cats - if you want a herbivore, get a bunny, they are super cute , fluffy and cuddly as well, but don't torment a carnivore.

That being said, I bought a pack of eco chicken hearts from a farm and prepared the meat (with a cat watching and licking his little lips already) by cutting them into even pieces.

After frying them with only a little oil and long enough to make sure they are evenly cooked, it was time to chop them up. My cat doesn't mind rough but mouth sized pieces, he is as much into rustic food as myself it seems~

Garnishing the dish by mixing in just a little storebough catfood that is super rich in vitamins, as well as some hemp oil and finishing off with a wee bit of crème fraiche.
 "Give it to me, I'm not gonna share"

For some reason the Ginnicat has the habit to always eat with his paws when I serve slices of meat - he just knows it is an elegant occasion.

I also made some very quick tomato soup, because I myself am still sick, but the recipe is so simple, I will list the ingredients for you very quick:

-Passata / cooked and pureed tomatoes
-1 cup vegetable broth
- salt and pepper
-as much garlic as you can handle/enjoy (I am not a measure)
-(crème fraiche; if you want a cream soup)

Just throw it all in a cauldron (yes, laughing hysterically like a mad witch as you go, you know the drill~) and let it boil and simmer for a while. adding in spices and water until your tastebuds are in awe~

~*Have you guys ever cooked for your pets before?*~