Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Juergen may like the idea

Sometimes Jürgen surprises me.  We were shopping.  I asked him if I could get a few things for the fairy gardens.  I got colored sand and succulents.  He found some colored moss and he wanted me to buy that.  I think there is some creativity in him ready to find its way out.  I ordered fairies and tiny ceramic houses on Amazon.  They are coming from China so it may take a while before they get here. 
My artist daughter Nicole is moving out in a week.  She has finished one master’s degree and now will work on a 2nd degree.  We got her longer than most parents get their kids.  She just turned 23years old.  But I admit Jürgen and I are both pretty sad.  Maybe this is why we want to do something creative.  Nicole is so creative.  I have a garden because of my dad.  He passed away in May.  Being in the garden makes me think of him.  I guess it’s something like that. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Someone told Juergen

I would have told Juergen about the blog. It did not take 5 hours, and someone (a Facebook friend that shall remain nameless) already told him. Actually, Juergen is on my Facebook but he never reads it. I planned to tell him, so it just made me laugh someone else had already told him! Why the title? Well, every time I see something in the sperrmüll I want to pick up, I tell the kids "don't tell your dad". But I like the title, “don’t tell Juergen" better. He obviously does not want me to take up another project. We are already crazy busy. But I get bored. I need a creative task, or goal. You can call it a constructive midlife crises. I watch too many DIY videos on YouTube? My first project will be turning the bake pans into fairy gardens. If they turn out well they will be for sale and the proceeds will go to MOPS. MOPS is Mothers of Preschoolers. I have 5 kids, and the youngest is 13years old. But I am coordinating a MOPS group in Heidelberg Germany. We provide free child care. We do this so the moms can get a real break, and drink a coffee with other moms. But we pay our amazing childcare workers a small volunteer fee (they are worth much more then we pay). So we need money for MOPS childcare. If you happen to want to donate money for the sanity of young moms who are doing the good work of raising the next generation, you can donate money. Just give it to me. And I personally think my Facebook friend who told Juergen should donate to MOPS!!! Here is a video of what a fairy garden is. And you will be able to see my fairy gardens in a future blog post.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Post one

Today was the sperrmüll day. That is a day people put their old furniture and junk on the street to be picked up. I'm thinking of starting a new blog. I'll collect stuff from the sperrmüll, repurpose it and sell it. I was thinking of calling the blog, “don't tell Jürgen”. Today I found 4 chairs I plan to refinish for my garden. I bought a giant almost 3 meter wooden table on eBay. I want to chalk paint the table, and have 10 chairs around it. I already had 4 wicker chairs and 2 larger wicker chairs. So now I have 10 chairs. They all need to be painted, but I’ll have seating for another 10 people. We already had seating for 10 on terrace. But when the kids are home, we hardly have room for guests. I also found one overstuffed chair from the 1950s to go next to my phone. And the thing I found to repurpose and sell are a stack of bread pans from the bakery. I think I will wash them up, drill holes in them and plant them with succulent plants.