Hi

It’s been a very long time. We’ve been well all the time but this blog has been in a kind of coma. I kept thinking in blog-posts, but starting with my usual summer-blogging-sluggishness I found that my lack of time and technical equipment made it too frustrating to really post something. Anything. Now I’m still working full-time (more than ever, actually), but I got a new camera and a laptop of my own. Before I shared the computer with my family especially watching eyeTV, so I usually only got to do something fun with it when everyone else was in bed. Mostly getting my daily fix of apartment therapy and pinterest. And maybe a game of Mahjong or two. As far as I can tell from the last two weeks since I own this little acer-baby I won’t be kicking these bad habits anytime soon, but now I hope to be able to squeeze in some blogging during daytime. The other main reason for being absent was my growing frustration with my really bad photos. Back in the old days, when blogging was still relatively new and pinterest didn’t exist, taking good photos wasn’t that important, at least not to me, I was happy to see and do a decent shot with my point-and-shoot-camera. But, being a cold-and-grey-winterdays-blogger I always had problems with lighting. Well, the blogging-world matured, but neither my camera nor my skills as a photographer did. I’m working on that one now, though I still find it intimidating but I hope it’s like learning how to drive: In the beginning I couldn’t imagine that one day I’d be able to shift gears without even thinking about it and anticipating most traffic situations. And: I decided to keep it real. Maybe I’ve had an overdose of all these picture-perfect pictures, but all this perfection on AT and pinterest bores me increasingly. It’s still nice for inspiration and aspiration to see perfectly staged living-rooms with cords all hidden or rustic cakes elaborately styled with just the right amount of crumbs beneath, but: my life (and my home and my cakes) is certainly not perfect but good enough. And yes, I still like to share it with you. Because I’m curious myself (I’m a big fan of house-tours and enjoy peeking into other people’s windows on winter-evenings), because I like tutorials and recipes and think it’s only fair to give something in return and yes, because I like to show off and brag, like all the other people blogging about their lives, I guess. Which leads me to the question of relevance: does this world need this blog? Certainly not. There are thousands of more interesting, more beautiful, more helpful and more consistent blogs out there and frankly, in the transition to this laptop I cut down the list of my favourites and subscriptions by 2/3 myself, I’m not reading all these blogs anymore, if ever. But apart from that ego-thing there is still my longing of being part of a creative community and, occasionally, remote friends and my mother-in-law dropping by (and complaining that there hasn’t been anything new for a very long time ;-)). So here we go, I’m planning on wasting more web-space for as long as I feel like it. And adorn it with real pictures of my real home:

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