Samstag, 24. Januar 2009

Welcome Home Honey!!

Today I picked my husband up at the airport. After a long, wearisome trip with 3 stop-overs and an overall travel time of almost 24 hours it's soo good to have him back.

I wanted to give him a special welcome and got really busy this morning. By 12 his favorite pasta-sauce was simmering on the stove, the table in our living room was set so we could have coffee and some pastry when coming home, fresh flowers were on the table and I had dressed up. Driving to the airport took only about 25 minutes and at the airport I indulged myself with a cappuccino as sweedy's flight was delayed by 30 minutes.

And just now he is sleeping by my side -:)

As I still haven't finished my list for "A beautiful life – 12 months of goals" I do it now:

January - Financial freedom / Bedroom
February - Health & Faith/ My crafts room
March - Faith / Our "office"
April - Our Marriage / Living room
May - Friendships / Garden
June - Routines / Garage
July - Entertaining / Guest room
August - Routines / Garden
September - Adventure / Clothes
October - Exercise / Hall
November - Entertaining / Living room
December - Giving / Kitchen

Well hope that I'll be able to accomplish all of this ... pretty overwhelming seeing it all in black and white.

Wishing everyone a nice Sunday.

Freitag, 16. Januar 2009

Mr. Linky

Mr. Linky on Melissas blog made me think of this past week. Was my home a beautiful place to be this week?

Hmm, I wasn't home much this week and my hubby is on a business trip and the house feels so empty without him. But in general yes it feels like a beautiful place.

Hubby and I finally, after 5 years of living in this house, completed our basement last week. We still needed to lay tiles on the floor in one room as well as on the steps of the stairway. (This was done by my Granddad and hubby right after Christmas). And now the walls and the stairway needed to be painted. To do the floor of the one room we needed to clean it out and ohh boy it is unbelievable what was all hiding down there. Among many, many other things there were buckets of paint. To save money (according to my goal for this month - improving our financial situation) we wanted to use all this paint which had been left over from all our previous projects. Mixing it gave a quite nice color and hubby and I got started and finished in just one weekend. It turned out really nice and every time I go down there now I am smiling. It looks so much better now. (Regrettably I can't share any pictures as hubby took our camera with him.) But I will post them later.

Yes I love our home despite I seem always to find a new project to but on my list … but as Melissa pointed out in one of her recent posts "I've just recently come to this new place in life where I can be content with undone. I can wait. I can patiently work on my rooms as I have time and money." She is so right and I will constantly remind me that everything needs it time but I'm such an impatient person.

I wish everybody out there a fantastic weekend.


Welcome back!

Happy New Year – although the first half of this month already gone!!

My resolution for 2009 – start blogging again … so I start the internet and … instead of writing a post for my blog I find myself lost in reading other people's blogs. And what wonderful, amazing, creative, honest, outgoing people are out there.

But to achieve my goal and really get started I have to limit my time just surfing through the blogs and will just read, at least for a while, only this blog The Inspired Room. I just love the idea of "A beautiful life – 12 months of goals" and Melissa has really inspired my. Thank you so much, Melissa!
I came by her blog through a search of Alexandra Stoddard and her book "Living a beautiful life".

Well 12 months – 12 goals for a more beautiful life. I haven't figured out what I want to do each month but my goal for January is financial freedom.

With finances being a big matter these days I want to put ours on a solid basis but to tell you the truth … it always gives me a big headache to go through all that:

  • Daily spending – ohh about 20 times I started very enthusiastic on the 1st of a month and forgot about the hole issue latest on the 10th
  • Optimizing the investments of our savings –this one's easy as we built our own house 5 years ago and hey – what are savings??? The money I can buy all the flowers I want to put into my garden, the new curtains I want, the chairs I want for my new porch …
    OK slowing we were able to put some money away but it's not such a big amount to worry over.
  • Necessary insurances – ohh I really hate this. What do I really need, which insurance company shall I take

Therefore my hubby and I were just leaving things as there have been for the past years but now that our financial situation is changing – for the better (lucky us I know and I'm very thankful for that) it has been time for a check-up. But whom to trust?

Well I bought this book a couple of months ago and kind of liked it. Geld steht jeder Frau (Money suits every women) written by a wonderful lady who has been in the financial business for many years. She has her office in Munich which is too far away for me but there is a branch office in Hamburg. They are specialized in financial service for women and I had an appointment on Wednesday. We had a very nice meeting and now I'm waiting for the offer. AND I feel so good that I got started on this matter … now the next thing on my list is my annual wage-tax adjustment. (But I hope the necessary papers won't come too soon.)

Who is taking care of the financial matters in your marriage / partnership? You, your husband, both of you together? I'd like to hear from you!