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I’m having a Christmas stress break

How is everyone out there? Its chilly and a bit somber around town where I live. It looks like its going to be a green Christmas here without any snow forecast whatsoever. A month hibernating and full concentration on my online studies did a good job on slowing me down. I honestly can say for the first time I am not in any rush to speed up the holiday season. I’m actually not into any festive mood yet and haven’t done any shopping or gift wrapping up to this moment. I made a tradition in the past years since I become independent to organize most of our family gatherings. Prepare everything and delegate all the works to be done days if not weeks beforehand. I have decided to change things around here and guess what? I got the necessary results. After the first week of December passes by, hubby asked me: Are we not going to put up the Christmas tree this year? So I’ve said alright! let’s put up the Christmas tree. He did most of the work all I have to do is hang the balls. The best part of the story is that other relatives are beginning to ask via messenger if we are coming this Christmas or not. Friends are asking if I am not joining in any of their Christmas shopping spree. Why don’t I take a break this year and change my Christmas idea. If the true spirit of Christmas is giving love and joy to others; does it have to have a specific date? Who knows if Jesus actually was born on December 25. It could be a month later or a week earlier is it not? I’m definitely celebrating new year  for the good known reason on time. Nevertheless I am resolute to look forward to the coming year that if I cannot give love and joy everyday of my life I will certainly not cause anyone’s disappointment. Happy and merry Christmas holidays to you all.

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Just a little week update

Hi there, happy to share my little accomplishment lately. My welcome dog didn’t stay long in my never full UFO basket. My owls are having a good bath until tomorrow for me to see if the cheap threads loses its nice color.

 

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Best of all I survived my visit to the pain bank today (periodontist) and though I have to go back next week at least I know I can manage six shots of anesthetic. I didn’t mind sitting most of the time today. I just love to stitch 🙂 

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Recovery day

Hi there I’m a bit on a lighter mood today after binge watching about the 100 year celebration of WWI yesterday. I’m totally distracted after watching some footage’s of the real bombing and the aftermath of the war. I have visited Ieper and Zonnebeke a year ago and had seen thousands of white cross in a mass of grave. It doesn’t make any sense then. I was petrified knowing there is actually someone buried underneath those graves. I got to go back there some other time or die unhappy.

Anyway, what is the best way to recover from a heavy and tormenting facts reminding us of sad non- fiction stories of our our fore fathers.

I stitched the day away 🙂 

I experimented  with some made in China embroidery threads. Its not a big yay nor  a nay but I couldn’t recommend it yet. DMC or whatever it is that we always use is the best choice. A friend of mine uses anchor and she is also satisfied with it.

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I was just curious because I have never ever used any other threads but DMC before. Not even anchor which is also available in the Philippines since I can remember.  Just last year when I was there for six months, I discovered that China is now producing threads bearing the same code number, slightly different tint but almost the same. They are of course a lot cheaper with  somewhat a ratio of 1 dmc = 3 CXC, that is what they called it. I thought I should try it but then I forgot to buy any and went back here in Belgium. These threads which I bought at a local hobby shop around town is apparently  not CXC. It doesn’t have any code and packed per 8 pcs for 72 euro cents. One DMC threads cost me 1 euro 60 cents. Imagine if it is good. But no, I love this hobby too much I have to be Picky.

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It is of course an embroidery threads and not as good as the original 6 strands DMC skeins. It is a bit woolly and its not easy to thread needle no. 26 which I customary used. Nevertheless it is strong and when I dip one whole skeins in a glass of water it didn’t show any sign of discoloration whatsoever.

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It looks rather lovely when the design doesn’t require a specific color combinations. But then I have yet to compare it to what they called CXC and of course I can only see the durability after some thorough washing. I plan to make a cushion cover with this owl sweethearts when its done.  And  I got to make another pair of them with DMC to compare later on. Another mission to accomplish alongside my never full UFO basket. Don’t ever let this stitch bug bites you, when it hits you seriously. It is incurable 🙂

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A day in a stand still modus

popje-002 It happens once in a life time and I am glad to see it even on television and I pray to heavenly father that it will never happen again. The one hundred years commemoration of the end of WWI was celebrated today in different countries. Among them is our little Belgium. Belgium was one of the deadliest playground where a lot of battles took place both WWI and WWII. Today’s celebration was extra special because it was televised and there were historians and public figure who explain the who and why, including the major players who takes part in the whole story.  It doesn’t matter anymore who started the fire and who is responsible. That it never happen again and that we never forget those who offer their life is very important. Even though in my own opinion there were people, even world leaders who are unfortunately didn’t learn a lesson from the history, or they just ignoring facts because they think that they are better equipped nowadays if ever there is another outbreak of wars. Sadly, we can only hope that it never happen again.

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Santo Tomas Internment Camp

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Santo Tomas Internment Camp, aerial view.

Santo Tomás Internment Camp [STIC] was the largest of several camps in the Philippines in which the Japanese interned enemy civilians, mostly Americans, in World War II. The campus of the University of Santo Tomás in Manila was utilized for the camp which housed more than 4,000 internees from January 1942 until February 1945.

Over a period of several days, the Japanese occupiers of Manila collected all enemy aliens in Manila and transported them to the University of Santo Tomás, a fenced compound 50 acres (22 ha) in size. Thousands of people, mostly Americans and British, staked out living and sleeping quarters for themselves and their families in the buildings of the University. The Japanese mostly let the foreigners fend for themselves except for appointing room monitors and ordering a 7:30 p.m. roll call every night.

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Literally boxing with my gift boxes

Hi there, as you can see the finishing touches on my current projects has to wait for a little while. My house is in complete chaos at the moment and I’m afraid for the next 10 days its gonna be worse. I’m on my preparation period for my 3 huge boxes to be sent out to the Philippines on the first week of December. When I say huge, I don’t exaggerate. Its 3 times 80 x 75 x 65 cm.04

Why and what for? its been a tradition for us Filipino overseas to send boxes with gifts and special products to our families and friends, usually in the Christmas season. In my case I don’t only send gifts but also things we needed as we are going to stay there for about four months next year from January to the end of April. The easier part is shopping and buying the nik naks. Taping and preparing the boxes  takes a lot of time and energy. Thanks to my husband he is doing the honor. Putting everything in the boxes is the hardest part because it takes a lot of puzzle work how everything should fit in. But before anything else everything should either be covered, plasticized or boxed for protection to prevent leakage and eventual transport damages. What do I usually put in the boxes? Best of Belgian products naturally, ranging from beers to chocolates and non perishable goods. I usually prepares lots of candies and chocolates for the children in the neighborhood. It is my way of sharing the people around us a little of our blessings. It makes me happy seeing the kids happiness for even little things. They love chocolate spread, I don’t know why I don’t like it myself. So I do see to it that It I have lots of it. The only problem is that I have to keep the bottles in plastic bubbles one by one so it takes me a lot of time to finish a dozen of them. 02

What else? A lot of other silly things my husband cannot find out there or things we had to buy from afar such as an aluminum drainage cover. Am not kidding 🙂 its about 7 kilos and will make one of my box heavier than it should, but yes hubby hates everything that ever gets rusty, so there it is 🙂

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We are so used to a modest kind of living and sharing is a part of our life. Family is also very important for us. Since we spend Christmas and new year down there with my family last year. We are celebrating with Hubby’s family here in Belgium this year. Then we are off to go and have a four months slow life interface in the countryside. I will probably bore you with my stories, but surely learning other cultures can also be a way of understanding diversity. See you around!