Spotlight Friday: Birds

When I sit on our couch I can see a cute little House Finch couple trying to decide if they will build a nest on our front door pillar.


As you can see I have glued a tile over the opening. A few years back another bird couple has tried to build a nest there and the new home collapsed with the bird into the pillar. It was so sad.

But now it is exciting to see these two little birds getting all busy and buzzing all those twigs and grass pieces in to build their new home.

The House finches have a wonderful feather coloring and they love a good conversation.






Our cat does not quite know what to do. He sits a the open window and watches the two birds flying in and out, dropping stuff and picking it up again. Our house tiger is pacing back and forth, then lays down with his ears all perked.

I hope we get to see a finished nest and some eggs in there. I am not quite sure they will stay. Because at certain times of the day, we have a revolving front door and it gets pretty busy at our front step.

The House Finch is a recent introduction from western into eastern North America (and Hawaii), but it has received a warmer reception than other arrivals like the European Starling and House Sparrow. That’s partly due to the cheerful red head and breast of males, and to the bird’s long, twittering song, which can now be heard in most of the neighborhoods of the continent. If you haven’t seen one recently, chances are you can find one at the next bird feeder you come across. (

  • The House Finch was originally a bird of the western United States and Mexico. In 1940 a small number of finches were turned loose on Long Island, New York, after failed attempts to sell them as cage birds (“Hollywood finches”). They quickly started breeding and spread across almost all of the eastern United States and southern Canada within the next 50 years.
  • The total House Finch population across North America is staggering. Scientists estimate between 267 million and 1.4 billion individuals.
  • House Finches were introduced to Oahu from San Francisco sometime before 1870. They had become abundant on all the major Hawaiian Islands by 1901.
  • The red of a male House Finch comes from pigments contained in its food during molt (birds can’t make bright red or yellow colors directly). So the more pigment in the food, the redder the male. This is why people sometimes see orange or yellowish male House Finches. Females prefer to mate with the reddest male they can find, perhaps raising the chances they get a capable mate who can do his part in feeding the nestlings.
  • House Finches feed their nestlings exclusively plant foods, a fairly rare occurrence in the bird world. Many birds that are vegetarians as adults still find animal foods to keep their fast-growing young supplied with protein.
  • The oldest known House Finch was 11 years, 7 months old.


So we will keep watching and sneak out quietly until they established their new home.

These are the bird items I found on Zibbet:

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Bird pillow by Pillowlink

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Green and Tan Hand Painted Cuckoo Clock Inspired Bird House by RecycledBySkattur

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Bb is for BIRD Alphabet Print by modernpop

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White Bird Earrings. Dove Post Earrings by paperfacestudio

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Watercolor Feathers Clip art by DigitalPressCreations

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SWAN 3 bird duck chick drawing by Sandrinesgallery

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Valentines 1 “Love You Bird” Tea Towel by MODERNVINTAGEMARKET

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Wooden Book with two sweet birds! by artdesignstore

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The Bird Cage Pendant by thecharmlady


The birds that I found on Etsy, are collected in this wonderful Treasury:



Now I hope you have the time to open some windows and listen to the songs of the birds with a cup of coffee or tea in your hand. Hearing those little ones sing like that makes me feel calm and relaxed.

Have a wonderful Friday!


Spotlight Friday: feelings

At the moment the life in  this household is an emotional roller coaster. There is hubby who is in the midst of changing work places. Happy about leaving the one, anxious about what awaits him in the other. So many mixed feelings about leaving. So many emotions bundled up and no way to find their way out to find relieve. Hubby was never big in expressing his feelings, his emotions, his fears. It is like pulling teeth with him, to find out what is occupying his mind and at what stage of the process he is.


Then we have teenager that is so full of emotions that she doesn’t know which ones to channel first, lashes out at her little sister or us, because she is frustrated with a situation or confusing feelings.  Then the next minute she is like a snail and retreats into her room and will not be seen for a while, and wants to be left alone.

Then there is our little one, a very sensitive little soul. That takes everything  to heart. This School year we had quite a few stay at home days because of emotional anxiety. Like her Dad she doesn’t like talking about her own feelings and fears. She does express them through writing and drawing.  Often  it is frustrating for me to see that something is occupying her mind and she doesn’t want to share, to get it off her chest. But she let’s you know that something is off, I just feel it is not the right way and it doesn’t help her find a solution. She just “deals” with it by tucking it away.


I know everyone deals with their emotions differently. I am one of those people that have to get it off my chest immediately. Might not be the right way either, because then often things are said out of frustration and anger. Hearing myself talking about what is weighing on my heart often reveals the solution. Thankfully I have a wonderful friend next door, that let’s me spill my sorrow and worries without telling me what I need to do.  That is exactly what I need. That is what I learned many years ago in my Psychology class, let someone talk and find their own solution. Don’t tell them what they need to do.

This is what I have been trying to do with my kids. What is not very easy, because as a Mom you want them to make the “best” decisions, or you think is the best one. You want them to get over their hurt faster. But they have to take that path and learn how to get to that place where they can be comfortable to make the choice that fits for them.

Just the other day I apologized to my oldest for trying to be pushy and telling her how she should decide. I told her that I had to learn to let go and trust in her that she will make the right choices. That I understand that it’s her first time growing up and that she doesn’t know how to get there and that there will be steps taken in the “wrong” direction. So I asked her if she could be patient with me while I learn how to “let her go” and grow up. This is a first time for me as well.

As you can see there is a lot of emotional stuff going on right now and sometimes it is overwhelming and draining. At the same time I love those moments because it brings us closer together. We get to know each other deeper. It forms a whole new family bond.

I am sure we are not always handling it the “right” way, but we are trying and that is just as important.But because everyone handles their stress differently, there is a different approach for them, that just makes it so much more emotional for me. I like to know that everyone in this house is happy, balanced and feels safe.   Because I think it is equal important to be emotionally well as well as your body. One can’t function without the other.

My own problem is that I like to get to the bottom of things, often get a little bit to philosophical for my family. I often drive my hubby crazy with that. But that’s just the way I am “made”.



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Silver Plated Charm Bracelet, Feel Good Bangle by SAjolie

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A Feeling Lucky Autumn Leaf Dance by Threecats

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I can feel your smile 5 x 5″ fine art photography print – stencil graffiti by shashamane

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Picture oil on a canvas Kaleidoscope of feelings by yourcolor

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Unique Inspirational Card of Encouragement: Directional Feelings by ShabooPrints

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Owl Playmat – children feeling expression animal quilt travel toy by ConchyGemDolls

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Music Sentiments Framed Print
by texaseagle

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Full Moon 8×10 Fine Art Photography – Custom Quotes
by ThoreauFair

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Bracelet For Women Taino Inspired ” Magu’ey” (Sun in Taino) ” Live And Feel ” Reversible Genuine Rare Coral , Blue Swarovski Crystal by shopname

while I was putting this Zibbet treasury together this song popped in my head. I loved this song from the first time I saw it in the movie Flashdance.

Music is a big part of how I express and work through me feelings.

Here is the Etsy Treasury that I created:






The other music that came to mind was a song from R. Kelly “I believe I can fly”


I hope that was not too much emotions and feelings going on for you.

But as my oldest tells my lately “I am in my feelings” so that means for me to leave her alone.

I wish you a wonderful  meaningful  day!sig

Spotlight Friday: liquid Gold

The other day I heard from the kitchen :”Honey, our honey is pretty low, we need some more honey.”

Off I went to get some more local liquid Gold. We don’t have any white sugar in our house, we use honey as a sweetener or dates.

My Dad has had Honey Bees for a long time. I remember sitting out on the patio having breakfast when I was a teenager and hearing the bees humming behind us. Yes, he had the bee houses on the patio. I still see the big honey extractor standing in the kitchen and my Dad cranking away to get the honey out of the honey combs. Before that he had either me or my brother scrape the wax of the honey combs with a tool that looked like a hair pick.

The amazing thing is that in all those years I only got stung once, right behind my ear because the bee got caught in my hair. Boy that was a major headache for a little while.

Even now my Dad still has bees. IMG_3104

When we lived closer, he was our Honey provider. Because local honey is the best thing to get.

Honey has so many health benefits, you can read some of them here. From Cough syrup to Allergy reducer. Hubby takes it for his Arthritis with Cinnamon.

The other day in our Zoo, I learned that one bee produces 1/12 th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime, and that is usually only around 3 weeks.   Wow, that I was not aware of. That made me appreciate our honey even more.

In order to produce 1 pound of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited. A hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles to produce a pound of honey. One bee colony can produce 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year. An average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.

liquid gold

So my oldest was literally sitting on a pot of liquid Gold there. This was one of the big buckets we would get from my Dad while still living in Germany.  Now we get a big jar from our local store.

9 facts about bees:

-Honey bees can fly at speeds of up to 15     miles per hour

-a honey bee colony can contain up to 60,000 bees at its peak

-A queen honey bee stores a lifetime supply of sperm

-the queen bee lays up to 1,500 eggs per day, and may lay up to 1 million in her lifetime

The honey bee uses the most complex symbolic language of any animal on earth, outside of the primate family

-Drones, the only male honey bees, die immediately after mating

-Honey bees maintain a constant temperature of about 93º F within the hive year-round

-Honey bees produce beeswax from special glands on their abdomens

-An industrious worker bee may visit 2,000 flowers per day

Here are my liquid Gold Zibbet finds for this Spotlight :

(click on the picture you like and it will take you to the corresponding shop)

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LAST ONES 2in1 Medihoney Manuka Honey Amazonian Eczema Remedy Lotion Bar by EtesianPlantaceuticals

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Honey Amber Galaxy 094 betsybeads Lampwork by betsybeads

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Large Honey Bear Hood with Super Soft 20% Wool Yarn by Cuppa Sea

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Honey Pot, Boite à miel by Handmade Market

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Honey Bees fine art print by texaseagle

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Beeswax Snowmen and Santa Minis Set of 3 by GardenGateDesign

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Bee Pendant – Rustic Gold, Insect Jewelry by OldeDogNewTricks

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Tape Measure with Beloved Bear Retractable Measuring Tape by AllAboutTheButtons

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Baltic Amber Necklace Honey Gold Natural Multi Strand Jewelry
by DreamsFactory


So many pretty items that remind me of my Dad’s honey.

Here are some more from my Etsy Treasury:


I wish you a wonderful weekend. And may a bee cross your way, you know she is working hard on her 1/12 of teaspoon of honey for you.


Spotlight Friday : The Alps

This morning I got a little sentimental. It was around 7:30 when I came back from dropping the kids off in School. While I was driving I had a wonderful sky on the left, all in pinks and purples, the sky was literally  on fire. Straight ahead though the clouds where piling up for some rain.  They looked beautiful and reminded me of the Alps.


So majestic. The Alps are the highest and most extensive mountain range system that lies entirely in Europe, stretching approximately 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) across eight Alpine countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

When I was younger we used to do family trips into the Alps, sometimes just for a day, sometimes for a few days. If it was a day trip everyone had  a little backpack with something to drink and some food. Always wearing “Bergstiefel”(climbing boots)

6627_0, looking like this. I remember mine had red shoelaces.  And having a walking stick, mostly found on the way up. Or sometimes when you found “the walking stick” you would keep it and bring it back the next time.

If it was a trip over few days, then you would spend the night in a “Berghuette” (Alpine hut/ shelter). Some of them would be just one big room with beds in it, and some of them would have more rooms. You’d have to plan and call ahead of your trip to make sure you will get some place to sleep.


I still have the memory in my head of walking up the hills over the “Alpenweiden” (alpine pasture) and hearing the cows with their bells.

(Kuehe und Kaelber auf die Bergweide bringen/  taking the cows and calves  up to the pastures)

Or drinking the cold fresh water coming out of the mountains, sticking your toes in to cool off after a long hard climb. Or trying to wash off the cow poop from your shoes that you accidentally stepped into. I can still smell it. Not only the cow dung, but the fresh air, the flowers and the water.


Here are the Zibbet items that I found for you:   (click on the picture or link and it will take you to the corresponding shop)

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Journal/ Pocket Notebook, Mountain Journal Collection by printstitchandpaste

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Waterfalls on Roaring River At Stone Mountain A North Carolina State Park Fine Art Photo by JohnHarmonGallery

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Wood Sculpture, Serene Mountains, Wall Decor, Wall Hanging Wall Art by GalleryatKingston

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‘Go Climb A Mountain’ (#841) rustic wooden sign by Little Rustic Sign Shop

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Beer Stein, Mountain Landscape, Best Man Gift, Etched Glass Beer Mug by bradgoodell

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Snowcap Mountain at the Lake by leonard dyer artworks

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magical Slovenia scene 5 x 7″ fine art photography print by shashamane

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Scandinavian Mountain Print, poster by Northshire

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Abstract ACEO modern art card Purple Mountains ATC small format art SFA by Jennizart


and now let’s look at the Etsy Treasury of Alps : (click on this <- link and it will take you to Etsy)the-alps




If you’d like to see a little bit more of why I miss my Bavaria so much, you can watch this video (it’s about 25 min)

Spotlight Friday: Teddy bear

This year my family gave me a gift, that brought back a lot of memories. On my birthday they went out to the mall, so I could have a few hours of “me time”, and they came back with a Teddy that had a heartbeat and said “Happy Birthday Mommy”.

It immediately took me back to two very special memories I have.  One was a bear that I had gotten from my Grandparents when I was about 2 years old. I loved that Teddy and it had to go everywhere I went. He looked like this bear.


So when we left Germany to go to PNG it was with me in Boarding School and it came with me when I had to leave PNG early to go back to Germany. By that time his fur was pretty worn, but he always gave me the feeling of being safe. At some point he lost one of his eyes, but that didn’t matter to me.  Sadly I do not know what happened to this very loved bear. I am suspecting that when my parents came back from Overseas and we moved that it got tossed because it looked a little “old”.

The other memory I associated with my new bear was one from Boarding School as well. After School in the afternoon the staff and teacher that worked there offered activities like learning how to play the guitar, do woodwork, learn how to batik or play the recorder. I remember one time one of our matrons offered a reading club. I knew I wanted to join that immediately. I loved books, always had some under my pillow for “midnight reading” with my flashlight hoping not to get caught. So when I got to the first meeting she told us that she had picked a few books of the series  “A Bear Called Paddington (1958)” (written by Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum and other artists)

I enjoyed those afternoons listening to someone read the story, laying on a blanket watching the clouds go by and imagine yourself living Paddingtons stories. Sometimes we would share his favorite snacks while reading.  I lived through those adventures with him, it wiped away the sadness for a little while, made being homesick a little less heavy.

My family named my new bear “Fuzzy” and it has a cute little dress. During the day she sits on my bed. At night times my youngest one will grab her and cuddle up with Fuzzy and push her chest every once in a while to hear her heart beat. 21709LR Isn’t she cute?

I see it coming that this bear will be “owned” by my youngest for a little while longer. That makes me happy. I really miss the bear that I received from my Grandparents at a young age, but this Fuzzy  is a wonderful reminder of all my Teddy memories and is just as significant.

These are my Teddy Zibbet finds

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Instant Digital downloa.Little girl in tutu dances with teddy by Ruffles and Roses

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Unscented Pink Castile Soap Teddy Bear by MadeInMystic

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16 inch chenille teddybear by crivellobears

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Crib mobile Baby mobile Nursery decor by ZooToys

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Tape Measure with Beloved Bear Retractable Measuring Tape by AllAboutTheButtons

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Whimsical Cute Fantasy Art Painting – Be Very Careful by rusticgoth

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Stained Glass Original Design, Teddy Bear and Basket by Rick’s Artglass

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Handmade decoupaged birthday card by CrowCottageCrafts

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Teddy Pattern – Fred Bear Old Bear by warmheartcraft


Slipping away into memory lane here, just looking at all those cute Teddies.

Here are some I found on Etsy:  (this link will take you to the Treasury)


A few months ago I stumbled over the DVD from Paddington Bear. And I couldn’t help myself I had to bring it home. The whole family sat down and watched the movie. Often somebody would talk during movie time in this house. But this time it was so quiet and you could see tears getting wiped away here and there. It might be a simple movie but it held a ton of memories for myself and made new ones for my kids.

Here a little teaser for you, if you haven’t seen it yet.


I want to wish you a wonderful day with lots of good old and new memories!


Spotlight Friday: Sleep

 a condition of body and mind such as that which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.



How many hours of sleep do you need? I seem to never get enough. The last week was pretty hectic and my sleep either too short or constantly interrupted. And hubby has a few days off so that throws me totally out of my daily routine.

I am a very light sleeper, so any noise wakes me up and then it takes an eternity to get back to sleep.

Babies can sleep through a circus. Older kids may fight bedtime. And teens — good luck getting them out of bed on a weekend.

But what about you — the grown-up? Your sleep life is still changing — and not just because time is passing.

How does sleep work in adulthood? Does it change — for better or worse — as we age? And why do we feel like we never get enough of it?

An average adult needs between 7.5 and 8 hours of sleep per night. “But many people can function with 6 hours’ sleep, and there also some who need 9 hours or more.”


If you look at the 1960s and 1970s, people reported average sleep times of 8-8.5 hours a night. Today, it’s much more likely to be 7-7.5 hours or less.

For men, sleep problems tend to get progressively worse with age.

But for a woman, sleep patterns tend to be fairly stable until one of two things happen: She gets pregnant or she goes through menopause.

There are a lot of articles out there about how to get better sleep, a big variety of tips and tricks.

What are your favorite tricks to get a better good night of sleep?

Here are some sleepy impressions I found on Zibbet:

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Fabric blocks MAUD TOUSEY FANGEL image of a sleeping baby by Ruffles and Roses

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Sleeping Cowboy Metal Western Wall Yard Art Silhouette Life Size by CabinHollow

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Balinese Indonesian Artist Original Painting Of Sleeping tiger APAN-027
by Bali Collection

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Beauty Sleep Serum with Organic Argan Oil & Essential Oils – 50ml
by traditionalcrafts

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Cute Owl Nursery Art by LightheartedDreamer

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Baby Boy’s Nursery Art customized Sign by AndTheSignSays

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Two in one pillow cover and toy teddy bear pocket pillow case by Beecreativebox

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‘Sleep Rox’ Bath Salts : Sleep Enhancing Lavender Aromatherapy Soak by FreshSugarRox

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I sleep Naked Dog Collar Bandana by LittleDogsCloset


I am hoping for some better nights to come up, for some more deep, restful sleep. In the meantime I enjoyed searching for some sleep items on Etsy


I wish you a wonderful weekend, with plenty of sleep !3417765cd2b03cb29797fac6a1c995f9


Spotlight Friday: BBQ

It is tradition now in our house to have a BBQ  every year on the second weekend in April. Why?

In our family there are three Birthdays within 8 days. Nobody can handle that much Birthday cake and parties. That is why we decided to have one big one for the three Birthday kids. Instead of presents everyone that comes, brings a dish and some chairs to sit on.

Hubby loves to BBQ so there was not a question about should we or should we not. He BBQ’s rain or shine, freezing cold or humid hot.  I have a vivid memory of my husband standing on our porch in Germany in short pants, his utensils in his hands lifting the lid of the grill while the snowflakes where coming down and his feet stuck in his flimsy house shoes that  where covered with snow. As well as in the Southern Californian heat around 115 F+ hanging out in the backyard with a friend reminiscing about old times.

At one time while in Germany he gifted a Grill to our best friend. But we couldn’t bring it to the party so he had me make a grill that could be handed over as a certificate.

stefan grill

Mini gummy hamburger and hot dogs included.

The second weekend is coming up quick, our freezer and fridge is filled to the top with ribs, different kinds of ground meats, steaks and all kinds of other stuff that is going to hit the grill. Yesterday he started to pull things out to start defrosting. My kitchen looks like a meat market. By tomorrow you will get a whiff of meat basting in sauce every time you open the fridge. Our neighbors will get this experience as well, because our fridge is not big enough to hold all those goodies, so we “share” with them, or rather, they empty their fridge so our meat fits in there.

In the mean time, I will organize everything else. Volleyball and badminton for the kids, boccie tournament for the grownups, prizes and all the other necessities. The week before the party is a mad one. Pick up family from the air port, get rooms ready and double check what every one else is bringing. If I missed something, that still needs to be picked up.

Saturday morning is usually early and pretty busy, filled with anticipation. Then by 3 o’clock people start arriving, some show up earlier. There is no real set time when this thing starts or ends. It is a loose and fun get together. We always enjoy this day in April, there is usually a lot of stories and  a lot of laughter.

So let the count down begin for your yearly fun filled BBQ!



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Tape Measure Barbecue Cookout Retractable Measuring Tape by AllAboutTheButtons

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US Navy…Boys BBQ/Tailgating Apron Set GO NAVY!! by Anna’s Array

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Corn on the Cob – Greeting Card of Print by tornpaperco

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Watermelon Coasters/Crochet Cotton Drink Coasters by Hope of Glory Farm

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Bamboo Cocktail Drink Party Appetizer Picks Toppers Stirrers Skewers by torstenni

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Back yard cookout prep island in one inch dollhouse scale
by DeLightfulMinis

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A Grill-in BOX Card – One of A Kind by ScrapPantry

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Vintage BBQ Barbecue Divided Plate Made in Japan
by VintageIntent

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Farmhouse Kitchen Napkins Picnic BBQ Patio Table Setting Set of 4 by theaterwear


All those pretty BBQ things, makes me want to fast forward. If you like one of the items, just click on the picture and it will take you to the shop in Zibbet.


And now let’s see what you can find for BBQ on Etsy:



Now pull your grills out, sharpen your knives , season some meat and enjoy your weekend!!!