So much to do

I planned to blog more often, but failed miserably already…It’s been almost a month since my last post.

We had a week off at the beginning of January. Which we used to install LED lighting in the kitchen. I had been complaining of the lack of light on the workspaces for ages and we finally got around to install a LED strip. Which gives a huge amount of light. Works great!
This meant we haven’t gotten around to sort out the hallway yet. This will have to wait just a little bit longer.

I’ve been very busy with BookCrossing. As I blogged earlier, I’ve committed myself to a 365/365 challenge. I’ve also managed to commit myself to the 52/52 challenge. Which basically means I have to release 52 books in 52 different towns. Not sure how that happened. I think it had something to do with night shifts and the inability to cope with the severe lack of sleep…
So far I’ve released 52 books and 4 more to come on a set time. I’ve also managed to rope in my coworkers to help with the 52/52 challenge. This means I’m now up to 9 different towns all over the Netherlands.

So much to do

So, still to do is the hallway, which won’t happen quickly. My parents in law agreed to help, but my father in law has a suspected hernia, which prevents him from even moving around. His backpains are currently controlled a bit by Morphine.
Jay and I have agreed on asking a painter to do the window and door frames inside. This would take us forever and since we have a few broken doors this is quite vital. My dad has agreed to help us place new doors once the door frames are painted.

We also had a minor problem with our washing machine. The morning after my night shifts I sat watching Homes Under The Hammer when I suddenly thought I heard a tank coming through the street. This would have been unusual, so I walked up to the kitchen window to look out. I then realised the incredible amount of noise was actually coming from somewhere above me. Turned out the washing machine had decided it was time to find a better spot. It was literally jumping up and down. I tried holding it down (silly, i know) when I noticed a burning smell and some smoke coming from the machine. I figured it was time to pull the plug. Thankfully in time to save the laundry, which contained my favourite sweater and jeans. My neighbours across the street were kind enough to lend me their washing machine for a bit so I could at least get the washing done.
So now we have a brand spanking new washing machine! Which, somehow, takes way longer to wash than the old one did…

This post has been inspired by the Daily Prompt.

Desert Island Books

So, I’ve never been tagged before. So this is a first. And a very good one, so thanks Tattooed Mummy!

As you might know I love books. I’ve always loved books, as long as I can remember I’ve been reading. I’m a member of BookCrossing which gives me even more to read. And as I posted just two days ago, My To Be Read pile is massive.

So which books would I take to a desert island?

1. Lost Nation by Jeffrey Lent. A book that grabbed me from the start. The plot twists and turns like a bendy country lane. Absolutely loved it. I bought it for very little in a clearance sale quite a number of years ago and I still think it’s one of the best books I’ve ever bought.

2. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I’m so glad I’ve decided to buy this book. I’ve read Niffenegger’s Her Fearful Symmetry before and up to the third part I’ve enjoyed that book. The third part let it down for me. So I wasn’t too sure about this book, but when I started reading I couldn’t put it down. I read it every available minute. the end of the book becomes clear about half way through, but I didn’t care. Needless to say, I cried after reading this.

3. The Unburied by Charles Palliser. After reading it at least ten times, I’m still no closer to solving the riddle that is this book. The description says it’s situated in the late 1800′s, but it could so easily be somewhere between 1700 and 2020. There’s no clue to what era this book is situated in. It gives me an uneasy feeling every time I read it and yet, I love it. This is a book I picked up in a clearance shop, years and years ago. I’ve been asked to lend it out a couple of times, but I’m so afraid to lose that it stays on my shelves.

4. The Lost Book of Salem by Katherine Howe. Want a great story about witchcraft? This is it. It gets better every time you read it. I’ve been on the lookout for this book for quite some time after I saw a description of it somewhere. But it was never for sale, until I found it in a store that sells remainded books. I picked it up for much less money than I would’ve spend if I bought it second-hand.

5. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. This book was given to me by a friend as a BookCrossing book. I’ve since given it to the next reader and I can’t help but think that was a mistake. I so want to read it again. The wonderful writing really sucks you in, makes you feel like you are part of the book. Part of the lives of little Sarah that’s so desperately wants to go back to her little brother. I was so mad when I found out the truth. I remember throwing the book through the room whilst tears streamed down my face. I’ve had lots of nightmares about this book. I have picked it up as yet another Bookcrossing book. And this one might go onto my permanent collection.

6. The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman. Great story. Bone chilling, in fact. I read and reread this story so many times, the book almost falls apart. I can’t put it down when I start reading this. Never in a million years I thought this story would still grab me after reading it so many times. The story is sinister, the ending is a bit dodgy, but still good enough.

7. Birdman by Mo Hayder. This is the most chilling story I have ever read. Yet I couldn’t stop reading. I had to know why and how. I’m not going to say any more about it, as I’m afraid I’ll reveal the plot. From The Guardian: I’d read to the end what I wished I hadn’t begun.

8. The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf. This book came to me as a Ring-book. Which basically means it gets send from one person to the next until it reaches the person who send it on its way in the first place. The story is about two missing 7-year-olda. The setting is very eery. You know something bad must have happened, just not what. It kept me involved throughout the story. At the end I almost wished it was a few centimeters thicker.

9. Sacrifice by S.J. Bolton. Again, a book that’s been given to me by a BookCrossing friend. And again, one that I couldn’t stop reading. Very moving, very chilly story. The only thing that let it down for me was the incorrect use of a medicin in the book. But if you don’t know about those things, you wouldn’t know. This book will grab you and won’t let go. The time I had when reading this was just too short. I wanted to read it without stopping.

10. This is a whole series of books, de Kameleon by Hotze de Roos. My mom and dad both had books from their childhood which I read. I liked my moms books, but they were a bit too girly for me. I was more of a tomboy. I climbed trees, I built huts, I helped my dad with his carpentry. So his books appealed more to me. When I was about 7 or 8 I started reading the Kameleon books. The books are about twins who go on all kinds of adventures with their boat which is called “De Kameleon”. I loved those books. I could spend hours with them, in their boat. I was there, every step of the way. I have all 60 books and I wouldn’t go without them!

What are your 10 Desert Island Books?

I’m tagging:

Mrs Flams

All of them blog I follow and enjoy very much.

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My hopes, dreams and wishes for 2014

I’m not one for New Years resolutions. I joked on Twitter about it.

But there are some things I’d like to do.

Life, home and garden:

Lettuce and strawberries

  • I would like to visit the nearby Zoo a little more often. We went to a different, bigger Zoo last year and it really was a disappointment. We still have enough tickets to go at least 4 times this year, so I would like to do that.
  • I’d love to get the hallway done. Right now, we (still) don’t have a coat rack. We haven’t had one since we moved here 2 years ago. I’d like to try and finish that next week.
  • I hope my dad can get a Velux window for the attic. There’s a really old Velux and it’s drafty and leaky. We have talked about glueing it shut, but I like to have a new Velux, so I can get it open in Summer. My dad knows a few homes that are being demolished and they’ve had new Velux windows installed about 3 years ago. So he’s going to ask them if he can buy one or two for a reasonable price.
  • I haven’t yet made plans for my veggie patch. I have learned a few things from last year and I’d quite like to try to get more out of it. I think I can do that quite easily.

Books and Bookcrossing:

Books from the summer lottery

  • I have signed myself up for the 365/365 Challenge. It’s in the Dutch forum of BookCrossing and it’s started by Aaltsje. It’s nothing much, just release at least 365 books this year. Now, with lots and lots of books already registered and more to go I think I need something like this to get books out of the attic. I’m quite the hoarder…
  • I think I’ve said this last year as well, but I’d like to get on with my TBR pile. Right now, there’s more coming in than there’s going out. There’s at least 135 books on the pile, but I think it’s actually more. Sometimes I move books from the Release boxes onto the TBR box, but forget to update their status on BookCrossing. And yes, the “onto” was deliberate…
  • I’m going to try to make a list of which books I’ve read and am reading every month. Just to keep the books flowing. There’s so many books I’ve had for years now and I think it’s time to see them go.
  • I should go through my TBR pile to see if there’s books that can travel further without reading them first. With so many books on there I think I should be more picky about what goes on there.

Crafting and Hobbies:

  • I have to find a way to get googly eyes and coloured paper without paying too much for them. I have agreed to make lots and lots of little owls and other cute paper crafty things for a charity in our town. They give out boxes of toys to people who don’t have money to buy toys themselves. I might have to contact them and ask for sponsors. Not sure how I can do that…
  • I want to do more sewing. Sis in laws baby is having her birthday in May and I’d like to sew a slip dress for her. No idea what size it should be as I have no idea about babies… Might have to get help from mom in law to get the right size.
  • I want to do more cooking and baking. I have been doing a lot of it last year, but I love it, so I’d like to do more. Main problem is that I’m picky with food… Oh well, we’ll see what happens.


I think that’s about it. What are the things you’d like to do?