Monthly Archives: October 2011

Of mice, DVD-technology and endless babbling

Living with ‘ups and downs’ would be the best way to describe the past week in paradise. And I learned that Mommy knows nothing about anything these days. But it started nice with lots of sweet talking, or rather babbling:

1. ‘Timan’ is talking a lot these days. Since I can’t talk 24/7 without a break, he has to find somebody else to talk to. And if he doesn’t find someone, he’s talking to himself, or to his stuffed animals, or to his cars, or to the neighbours dog. Surprisingly always in English and not in Swiss, the language the tot and I use most of the time. Maybe I should speak more often in English with him?

2. Having PMS and a lively 3-year-old, who is refusing to nap, doesn’t work well together. Feeling incredibly tried doesn’t help either. At least I only have this once or twice (or three or more times) a year. 😉

3. Every year, during the last week of October the Paradise is celebrating the ‘Creole Festival’. The locals revive the ‘creole spirit’ with its art, music, dancing and dramatic productions and of course everybody indulges in the ‘cuisine creole’. But to get the latter on a regular basis we just have to go to my MIL. 🙂 However all the presentations are in the evening. The ones where the tot could join us and actually would get something out of it are very limited. Having said this, I wasn’t expecting anything at all when ‘Timan’ and I paid a short visit to the ‘bazar creole’ while we were in town. It was morning and it was completely empty. Luckily it happened to be at the one and only public playground. At least the little one got his share of fun.

4. We have a mouse in the house. No, not a pet, but a 2 inch long roommate, who leaves its little droppings everywhere. I have nothing against mice, as long as they stay outside, with all the other flying and creeping critters. That’s why we launched ‘project catch-the-mickey’. Last time this has happened the Hubs solved it very skillfully with lots of special glue spread on a wooden board with a piece of yummy meat/cheese/I-can’t-remember-what in the middle. This time however my dear husband got lazy and gave me a piece of cardboard, pre-fitted with some glue. I put it where I’ve seen Mickey a couple of times.

And what happened???

Nothing. Nada. Nixynixnix.

The mouse ignored my treats, I was disappointed and passed the task on to my dear Hubby. Shall he try his luck as ‘The Piper of Hamelin’, or ‘Timan’ is soon getting a real pet, a kittty-cat.

5. We are really living in the boonies. The tot’s new DVD with the beloved ‘Cars’ he got last Sunday doesn’t work in the player anymore. On day no. 4 it started to ask for a password. Either because ‘Timan’ was messing around with the remote control and added a password, or because Mommy knows nothing about modern technology and has no clue where to find a password for a DVD, a DVD that is from age ‘0-years’ onward. Why on earth would anybody need a password protection for children DVDs anyway? On the laptop however it’s working like a charm. I’m utterly frustrated.

As a last resort we would have to buy a connection between laptop and TV, but that would leave the lap very vulnerable to the tots busy little fingers when I’m busy somewhere else. Sigh.

Enjoy your weekend.

For more of those important lessons life is teaching you, head over to ‘Life Ever Since’:

or check out ‘Sunday Funday’ at ‘The Fence’:

Is there anyone who can help us with the DVD problem? It’s the Disney DVD ‘Cars Toon – Mater’s Tall Tales’ bought oversees and maybe there was a sticker on the cellophane wrapping, I can’t remember, but I don’t think so. And there is nothing on the box or the DVD itself. What a Bummer. 😦

The Hubs was wrong by accusing the innocent DVD for the above problem and Mommy is a genius, I always knew it. 😉 Since my dear husband is just a normal man who doesn’t need useless stuff, he normally throws away loses the user manuals by mistake, when moving to another place. So I went online and did some research. After a while I found said manual.

If you happen to have a Phillips DVD733K, your tot is playing around with the remote control, locks his favorite movie and you urgently need to unlock the disk to save the day, go to ‘General Settings’, press ‘unlock’, start the disk and it will ask for a 4-digit-password, use 3308 (default). What a weird combination. Why did Phillips not use something simple instead, like 1234?


Some people dance, but others just run and count and some grow plants

We had many happy days this week and hardly any temper tantrums or other fits. Video taping the tot in action and showing him the footage really seems to work.

But what did I learn this week? One major thing: Think where you go before you go. 🙂

But first things first, the week started very loud and very sweaty:

1. Last weekend we went to a party. Nice people, some kids for ‘Timan’, good food and drinks, but most of all, good dance music. And this music (and probably the food and too much sugar) made ‘Timan’ hyper, he kept jumping and dancing, but all of a sudden running and running like a perpetuum mobile. He didn’t stop anymore. Eventually we had to leave and it took ages to calm the tot down afterwards. Even at home, it was around 11pm, he wanted to party and ‘run’ to the music. Oh, little one, dancing is perfectly ok, just skip the running, the only thing you do is knocking over other people.

2. The way to handle ‘Timan’s toilet issues in town is to look ahead. In the past, every single time the tot had to go potty we were busy in a shop. And this means, stopping the shopping and dropping whatever I had in my hands, heading outside on the lookout for a public restroom (that doesn’t exist anyway or is much too dirty) or an appropriate place with a tree and not too many people around. This is sometimes difficult in town. But I realized, whenever we were passing such a place (the tree – not the public restroom, ‘Timan’ is still refusing to even enter one) and I remember to ask the tot if he has to go, the answer is always ‘yes’. However, before we leave home, the answer is always ‘no’. How come?

3. Concerning school skills we had a successful week: ‘Timan’ is counting from 1 to 10 in Swiss and in English. I’m so proud. The rainy days are paying off. 😉

4. I’m a plant lover and since a couple of days I own a plant, an ‘Aloe Vera’. This may sound funny to you, but I didn’t grow plants for years. I used to have many Orchids when I was in Europe, however living on a boat doesn’t work out for plants and with all the green in the tropics I saw no need for plants inside the house either. But now, I want to start growing some kitchen herbs and most of all medicinal plants.

5. And the very last thing, yesterday the Hubs picked up a present for ‘Timan’ at the post office. It’s from my parents and it’s a new DVD with the ‘Cars’ characters. The tot will be beside himself with joy when I’m going to give it to him Sunday morning. I hope this will buy me some quiet time this weekend after all, in spite of the little one skipping naps.

And maybe, just maybe, ‘Timan’ decides to sleep in on Sunday. I would be so happy.

I hope you’ll have a perfect weekend.

For more of those important lessons life is teaching you, head over to ‘Life Ever Since’:

But please tell me, are you growing medicinal plants as well? What plants are you growing and what for?

It’s Sweet Tooth Tuesday: Apple Mango Raisin Muffins

Those who are reading my blog probably know by now that ‘Timan’ has an addiction. The tot is literally living off and thriving from his 5 apples per day. Hence our stock on apples is immense. And I just assume everyone knows the common saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. So Mommy is happy with this.

And you probably also know of my sweet tooth and my love for baking. Needless to tell you what I’m doing with some of the apples I’m able to sneak away from our little boy.

But he’s always catching me and just needs to give me a hand.

Job is done, muffins are in the oven, I’m cleaning the bowls but I can’t find my whisk. Where did it go?

Here it is:

Now we’re talking. First time ever the tot is licking the whisk. ‘Timan’ is starting to develop a sweet tooth like Mommy. 🙂

Apple Mango Raisin Muffins


1 1/2 cup (180gr) flour – 1/2 whole grain, 1/2 all purpose

1/2 cup (100gr) brown sugar, loose

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 egg

1/3 cup (90ml) cornflour oil

1/2 cup (60gr) raisins

1 medium apple, peeled and cubed (without core)

1 medium mango, peeled and cubed

(apple cubes and mango cubes together total to about 200gr or 1 cup)


Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 3-4

Sift flour and baking soda, add salt, cinnamon and brown sugar, mix.

Beat egg, add oil and beat again, add raisins, apple and mango cubes and mix.

Make a hole in the center of the flour mix and add fruit mix, stir until all is moistened. Don’t overmix.

Spoon the batter into a greased medium size 6-hole muffin tin (fill up the cups, batter mounded) and bake for 25-30 minutes (test with wooden toothpick).

Let cool for at least 5 minutes before taking out of the tin.

These muffins are super yummy and delicious for breakfast, a healthy addition to your kids lunch pack or a tasty and nutritious snack.


Apples and Mangoes are the two fruits we always have in the house, at least we try. Apples because of our tot’s addiction to them and Mangoes because of the many trees in our neighbourhood (and also because of ‘Timan’s love for them, who are you kiddin’). And raisins, well, these we have because of me. I love to snack on them while I’m blogging. And that’s why the ‘Apple Mango Raisin Muffins’ are the perfect breakfast/snack/whenever-muffins for us, put together in no time at all. 😉

What is the favorite treat you put together effortless from scratch?

Did I really put an end to the screeching habit?

Finally, we had less rain this week. ‘Timan’ and I even went to town for a coffee with the Hubs. Or course we took the bus. No, no not the one the tot wanted to buy for me. 😉

Still, several things have happened this week. And ‘Timan’ and I learned a couple of things as well:

1. We have a change of season coming up here in paradise, from hot and wet warm and dry to hotter and wetter hot and wet. Actually just about now is the official beginning of the northeast monsoon or the ‘rainy season’, but it seems like it has started a couple of weeks earlier this year.

2. When we were in town I stocked up on some crafty materials, some more coloring books, pencils and crayons. For the many rainy days to come until the tot is going to preschool next year. Obviously ‘Timan’ wanted to do many colorful paintings the very same day.

3. During a temper tantrum, or better a screeching fit, I grabbed my camera and recorded the whole episode. A day later I showed ‘Timan’ the footage on the computer and the tot was rather surprised and quite impressed. “That’s I screaming!! Mommy, that’s not nice. I don’t like. Mommy, why I do this??” And I explained why he was having the fit and he was just looking at me with big eyes. Maybe, just maybe he’s realizing now how unnecessary and silly the screaming is and that screeching is getting him nowhere, especially not the item or action he wanted in the first place.

4. My little boy can be really polite again, if he wants to. This week we had days when phrases like ‘Mommy, please help, take these two (pieces of LEGO) apart’ and ‘can I please see movie when you sweep the floor’ came so effortless. All of a sudden the ‘magic word’ is a part of his speech again. These days were full of smile and laughter and sweet talk.

5. Talking about talking. There are three people living in our house and one of them is talking and babbling and talking and whispering and talking every second he’s awake, even when he’s eating and sometimes in his sleep as well. Especially during the time another person is also talking on the phone, talking to a neighbour or trying to watch the news on TV. Take a guess who I’m talking about.

6. Accidentally I found out how to give pictures on my blog a custom size. 🙂 I don’t understand how I could have missed this before. Probably there are many more things I could do, if only I knew. It wouldn’t hurt if I dig a little bit more into this matter.

And that’s one of the plans for this weekend. Have a great weekend everyone. 🙂

For more of those important lessons life is teaching you, head over to ‘Life With Baby Donut’:

Life With Baby Donut

Or check out the ‘Sunday Funday’ and link up your favorite post of the week @ ’The Fence‘:

Are or were your tots sometimes screeching and screaming as well? How did you stop this habit? Please tell me, just in case my tot is forgetting how silly he looks during a fit. 😉

Wordless{ish} Wednesday – I play hide and seek and get a whole bus

I’m sitting in the kitchen, sipping on my morning-cup-of-tea, completely in peace, but all of a sudden I hear … nothing.

No sounds coming from the direction where ‘Timan’ is supposed to be … this is always bad. Always, with no exception. So I got just a tiny little bit worried.

I called him, but no answer. Not a sound.

I had to investigate.

This time however it wasn’t bad, nothing to worry about and the tot was cracking up and thought it was absolutely funny that I found him.

Sitting in the wardrobe, that’s the new place to be.

The day went on and guess what, the little one disappeared once more.

Well, Mommy is clever and I played along. I loudly checked all the other possible hiding places and ‘found’ him in the wardrobe.

But … the Mister was busy:

My happy ‘I found you’ was totally ignored.

Obviously I was not so happy anymore about this hide and seek game and reminded him to leave Mommy’s wallet in her handbag and the later closed and where he had found it.

The day went on and guess what, the little one disappeared once more.

This time I went straight to his new place to hang out.

And what did I see?

‘Timan’ was ecstatic about his discovery. And he said:

‘Is for ‘Timan’, I put in piggy bank and I buy bus for you to go to town’.

(as part of Wordless Wednesdays and linked up with live and love … out loud, project alicia, parenting BY dummies, Dagmar’s Momsense, Seven Clown Circus, Tara’s view of the world, Crazy About My Baybah, Supermom Alysha, 5 Minutes for Mom, Angry Julie Monday, Better in Bulk and NapTime MomTog )

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