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Project France – a solid plan

Now that the Holidays are getting by and all stressy obliged get togethers are almost over, we are so done with winter. We are seriously no winter people. Maybe if there would be some snow yes, and then maybe for 3 days, but now that it is just freezing and raining all the time… No, we are outdoor people who like nothing more than to stroll trough the garden, water our flowers and plants, take care of the vegetables in the garden,… Even the cats are officially in hibernation now. They only move when food is served. On the other hand, that’s just what cats do I guess…

We have been looking at properties for sale online a lot lately. There is just SO much potential back there in South France! When we just look at all these houses or farms for sale, our hands start to itch to just start renovating and bould our sunny home. We have been gathering different kind of materials and working tools that will come in handy when we are renovating in France. The more we already have when buying a property, the more money we have to buy building materials or renovate the place.

I’m also already looking into all these selfsustaining gardening tips and tricks. You can save so much money by just growing your own foods! The less we actually need to buy at a store, the better! Lucky for me I’m a vegetarian so I don’t have to bother to raise livestock for meat. No need for that just veggies! And ofcourse some chickens to feed our vegetables-leftovers and get daily eggs.

We’re also still working on a solid money-plan. We will have to create different kinds of money income even if you can live very selfsustaining. So we’re still looking at all the possibilities for this but we’re getting there. We are definitely a lot further than last year! We have made a huge amount of progress with our solid plan to move to France!

But ofcourse, everything starts with the French house itself that we still have to find and buy… But that is for Juni 2017! So exciting…





Life after Christmas

It’s that time of the year again… That time when Christmas has passed and I feel like the holiday season is over. Does anyone else have the urge to just clean up all the Christmas decoration once the Christmas parties are over? I do. And I’m so ready for Spring and Summer but that is a looooong time from now…

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Christmas Diner Obligations

We had two very nice Christmas parties, one on Saturday with the family in law and one on Sunday with my family. We had a lot of presents, ate really good food, drank good wine and champagne, laughed, talked,… It was really nice to see everyone. Who knows, maybe next Christmas we won’t be there anymore. Maybe, and I really hope so, we have found our dream house in France by next Christmas and we can celebrate Christmas with just the two of us in our new home in France with some baguette, French cheese and some fine Frenche wine. I think everyone in my family must think we are so weird. I think we are the only ones who don’t look forward to the holidays and all the festivities attached to it. Everyone is always so excited for the Christmas party and to see everyone. But for us, it’s just way too crowded, stressy and noisy. We actually like it to be on our own with not too much people around us. Not that we are anti-social or hate everyone, we just like things quitet in this stressy and busy lifestyle nowadays… But since it is not socially accepted to just cancel your Christmas party invitation without a good reason (like: children are sick, party at the other family, vacation,…) I guess we just always have to be there. And since we don’t have children to use as an excuse (cats are apperantly not children), we have no other family party at the same date or no vacation since I’m still sick and can’t go anywhere, I guess we had to go… It was fun don’t get me wrong, but I’m so glad all the Christmas diners are over now.

New Years Eve Schedule : Bubbles . Black out . Toilet .  Hang over . Aspirins  

And since the New Years diner is on the 1st this year, I was glad to decline that invitation. No way I will make it on the 1st of January. Do they have any idea how many bottles of gin and cava I have ready in the fridge? No, on the 1st of January it is my tradition to spend all day on the sofa, drinking coffee , sipping pain killers for the hang over and whining about how I hate that hang over and how I will never drink again. And if it was a really good/bad evening (depends on how you see it), I might also clean up the toilet on the 1st January and remove all remaining vomit that witnessed New Years Eve at it’s best. So I guess I do like “some” traditions to keep. I always look like crap on the 1st January so no way people will see me then. This year I will make one exception: the daily nurse who takes care of me. Because it needs to be done but otherwise: no one! However, I seriously doubt it if I will drink much this New Years Eve or be drunk at all. Since I had these surgeries, I really can’t drink anymore. Yesterday at the Christmas reception I had two glasses of Champagne and my whole world was upside down and the room was spinning like a fun fair… It’s really funny I can’t tollerate the alcohol anymore but maybe it’s a good thing… So thank you but no thank you, I think we will politely pass for the New Years diner this year since you picked the worst date ever. Does anyone else have a family that loves to create get-togethers for the entire family on the 1st January? I think they do it to torture the young family members or to test our loyalty the the family… It’s all just one big conspiracy…

The Christmas “being bored- hang over”

But as I started in this blog post, today is still the first day after Christmas. And all I could think of this morning was how sad it is that we (almost) never have snow on Christmas (or any time around it). This morning I woke up by the sound of rain gushing down on our roof. It’s a grey, cold and wet day with absolutely nothing to do. Even the cats went back to bed after breakfast instead of their morning walk… There really is not much to do. I already cleaned the house this weekend, did the laundry,… All work is done. I wish it was spring and I could start working in the garden again… Start planting vegetables in the greenhouse, prepare the garden for summer. I’m really not an indoor cat…

So do any of you have a white Christmas right now?

How did you celebrate it? 

Merry Christmas everyone!

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