Monday, 28 January 2013

The black cowl

Some weeks ago I got a request from a friend for a special piece of handwork: he asked me for a cowl.


Zitat des Tages

source
 Opportunity is missed by most 
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
 
Thomas Alva Edison

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

2013 in action!

Today's 'Quote of the Day' is directly linked to what is happening the last two days, both in text and image.

2013 seems to start off promising, and although unusually cold, with pleasant surprises!


Zitat des Tages

source
 Today a thousand doors of enterprise are open to you, 
inviting you to useful work. To live at this time is an inestimable privilege, 
and a sacred obligation devolves upon you to make right use of your opportunities. 
Today is the day in which to attempt and achieve something worthwhile.

Grenville Kleiser



Sunday, 20 January 2013

And now for something completely different

Some things come out of the blue and have the power to put a long lasting smile on your face.

Recently, my first ever American friend, that I met during traveling between Turkey and Greece, wrote a poem that has as introduction our encounter across borders:

We met, she told me I'm her first American friend
An historic day for both of us in March, 2010

So personable she is with so much promise
An Engineering student at a competition
Building robots with her team

So much younger than I but together
We were ageless enjoying the town

She’d been here before, a favorite student place to go
And she proudly showed me around to
All the best places for me to be and enjoy during my brief stay
Representing very well her home country

Everyone around the world should be this way
Differences between us all would be less I can say
Later she left for her connecting train
But we have kept in touch till this very day
 
[...]

You can read the full version in her blog.

I was surprised, glad and very happy to I read this, 
Thank you Margaret. :)


The grey hat

Time to talk about some knitting now, and present a whole new project I finished some time ago. 


Zitat des Tages

source
 Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world. Stand in your own dooryard and you have eight thousand miles of solid ground beneath you, and all the sidereal splendors overhead.
 
John Borroughs


Saturday, 12 January 2013

New finds and ideas!

Recently it happened that an old Nikon film camera fell into my hands. And I had this crazy idea: Why not try to use the old Nikkor lens with my DSLR?

The results were very interesting.

Zitat des Tages

source
Remember the two benefits of failure. 
First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work; 
and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.
 
Anne Sullivan



Saturday, 5 January 2013

13 Goals for 2013

Thirteen goals are quite a lot, but I get the feeling that this year I have to get down to finish some things I have been postponing for years.


Zitat des Tages

source
 Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. 
They seem to be more afraid of life than death.
 
James F. Bymes



Friday, 4 January 2013

Evaluating 2012

It has definitely been a fun year, full of new adventures, experiences and people. It also had it's ups and downs, but I am glad to say that by the end of it, it turned more towards being better than worse.

Or so I think. 

Zitat des Tages

source
 We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, 
but we cling desperately to our chains.
 
Anne Sullivan