What one thing during your normal day …

… which, when left undone, will “nibble at your sanity” until you finally do/fix it?

And that’s Question # 3 folks!

Is it taking the dog out for a walk? Giving your cat a nice tummy rub? Making up the bed? Tell me in the comments section below ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ‘‡

My answer: cleaning out the dining table.

It’s just a surface that naturally gathers “stuff” during the course of the day, be it earphones or breadcrumbs, and for some reason, I just need to have it wiped clean. Only then can I go on with my day ๐Ÿคญ

How about you? Do share below ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Have a great weekend y’all.

ย ๐Ÿ‘‡ ๐Ÿ‘‡ ๐Ÿ‘‡

Staying Sane

Q&A Friday Number 2 ๐Ÿ˜Ž


Hello dah-lings! I’m quite excited about this week’s question and right off the bat I want to apologize if in asking it I exclude some people …. Some people who haven’t seen or do not like the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” …. OMG! (I fell off the chair again, picking myself up …) ๐Ÿคญ

I really, really, really love that movie (and you can tell by the number of emojis I use in this post). I haven’t smiled while watching – in deep appreciation and from start to finish – a movie in such a long time. What an experience. Amazing!

Okay so, as I carefully balance my crown (a paper bag with some yarn in it) and flamboyantly flip a corner of my cape (my baby’s bathtowel, because yes, I’m channeling my inner Freddie Mercury ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜„) here’s this week’s question:

What is your one most favorite scene in the movie and why?

My answer is -> that moment when Freddie tells his bandmates that he finally fired his assistant Paul Prenter (Allen Leech) and, when asked on what grounds, simply stated “villainy”.

OMG! ๐Ÿคฉ (There I fall off my chair again ๐Ÿ˜„).ย  I laughed so hard at that scene. It was the way he said it, it was so on point – the term, the acting, the succinctness of the response. Ah, just delightful ๐Ÿ˜˜ If Freddie indeed talks that way in real life, and I have no reason to doubt it, I just want to hear him talk 24/7. My mouth would be agape in delight, I think. I think it’s the blend of highbrow words, the accent and the flamboyancy.

In any case, my neck is starting to get painful from this “crown” ๐Ÿ˜„ so now on to you – tell me in the ๐Ÿ‘‡comments section๐Ÿ‘‡what your one most favorite scene in the movie was and why.

And, have you downloaded the songs yet? I mean, come on!ย  โค๏ธ ๐Ÿคฉ What’s on loop in your player? (Ha! That’s question #2 for today and you can answer this too if you like โค๏ธ).

Feel-Good Fridays

What’s Your Favorite Background Music?


Notice: this post comes with background music โ˜บ๏ธ

I’ve recently discovered Jazz/Bossa Nova a.k.a.Cafe Music and boy, what a difference it makes! I put it on every morning and it continues to play well until early afternoon-ish.

It fills the house with good, relaxing vibes. Makes me do a cha-cha step or two as I’m folding the laundry or washing the dishes. I LOVE the idea of it floating out into the street from my open balcony door. It’s unobtrusive enough to not annoy the neighbors and it masks the noise coming from a building construction just across the street.

I LUV IT!!! ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿ™†

I used to listen to mainstream pop, but it would get distracting. Plain instrumentals, although effective at certain times, somehow wasn’t zesty enough. Chill/beach music would lull me to sleep.

I searched “happy instrumental music” on YouTube and it offered me Cafe/Jazz/Bossa Nova music and I found the purrrfect backdrop to my puttering around the house!

Score! ๐Ÿ’ƒ

What’s your favorite background music?

When you drive?

When you study/read/craft?

When you’re relaxing in the bathtub?

When you want to cuddle up (or get frisky ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡) with your partner?

When you’re about to do open heart surgery? (I’ve seen it on … was it House or Grey’s Anatomy?)


The Introvert Expat SAHM Diaries

Goodbye Haunted House

receiving areaWe’re moving to another house.

(I couldn’t take the barrage of bat sh*t any longer! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ)

Warning ~ post contains foul language. Do not visualize (if you can help it)!

This house is huge, obviously built with parties and large family gatherings in mind. Unfortunately the owners haven’t shown interest in its upkeep since the family patriarch died a few years ago. So it continues to fall apart a little day by day.

Such a pity really because it is a beautiful house and I find its flaws rather charming. I would’ve been happy to stay because it afforded me so much space and quiet โค

But since May obnoxious things have been happening ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

downstairs living area

First the housekeepers come to me and say “ada hantu” (there’s a/are ghosts) in the house. Well, I’ve never seen/heard/felt one! (Not that I want to). But we were worried that the housekeepers might stop coming because of this since Indonesians are generally still very superstitious.

And then there are the rats and their liberal ‘droppings’ all over the place. It wasn’t like that always, something must’ve happened in May because that’s when they all decided to abandon all decency and just sh%! all over the place! Literally. Like for instance, right there in front of the door to remind you to “have a nice day” ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ

And then the body count started to climb.ย  I couldn’t keep up. It became all too frequent for my daughter to cry out exasperatedly “ugh! why must there always be a dead cockroach in/on/at ….”.

upstairs living area

And those pesky bats! Good Lord – I’d be out on the verandah after dinner contemplating the heavens when “whoosh!” Batman and Robin would fly so near to me that I can feel the air from their wings on my cheeks and I can literally smell them.ย ๐Ÿ˜ฐ Such brazenness!

And every morning a generous offering of droppings right there on my favorite reflection place. Do they like me so much or what?! ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

Sometimes they’d come in and my husband would be so frustrated chasing them out that he’d lock us all in the bedroom while Robin would lie (or hang) in wait somewhere inside the house to (this is my guess) scare the living daylights out of the poor, unsuspecting housekeepers the following day ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Such creepy fun to be had in this “haunted house”.

But alas the party must stop at some point.

So this weekend we are moving.

favorite place

I’ll see you on the other side then! ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a great weekend y’all! โค


Come Join Us At The Summer BBQ Party! :) :)


There’s a BBQ party happening, beautiful people and WE’RE ALL INVITED!!!! Yay! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Come now will ya?! I’m forming a Conga line or .. if cabaret is more your style we can do that too, no sweat! XD XD Just click on the icon above and it will take you directly to Karla’s doorstep … (I’ve alwaysย  called her Karla but I’m not really sure!) XD XD

Oh but first, lemme show you my entry to My Messy World’s Summer Blogger BBQ party. One of the options for participating is to share a DIY decoration that brings (or in my case, brought) summer into my home.

And so, here it is! ๐Ÿ™‚

This simple decoration is made up of 4 different colored paper lanterns strewn across one wall of our bedroom (old house, prior to moving to Indonesia) embellished with little twinkling electric lights. I made it with my daughter and, to this day, we still miss it. It made us look forward to going to bed! ๐Ÿ™‚


Of Snailmail, Books & Vanities

enchanted dreams

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Share Your World

Share Your World 2016 #30

nacolibreWith your answers, please remember we are in the SYW world which may not always match our reality.

Do you prefer a bath or shower?

A shower. Rain-showers included ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿ’œ

If you had an unlimited shopping spree at only one store, which one would you choose? Why?

Any store that has everything I love (books, yarn, fitness paraphernalia, interior decoration) and has pricey quality items preferably from all over the world.


Because this is an unlimited shopping spree people! As thus I want my purchases to be limited only by the strength of my dreams and my willingness to pull the items off the rack and into my cartS ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would that be?

Physically = 24, the time during which my waistline mirrored my age XD XD

Mentally and emotionally … hmmm, maybe 89? XD XD

List at least five movies that cheer you up.

Nacho Libre XD ๐Ÿ’˜ ๐Ÿ’˜ XD

I know I’m supposed to name 5 but really, ONLY Nacho Libre has the power to instantaneously pick me up.ย  Just show me the winsome tandem of Nacho and Esqueleto and I’m already grinning!


I’ve even chosen this song as my official in-case-of-(singing)-emergencies song:

Bonus question: ย What are you grateful for from last week ~

Eveย ๐Ÿ’“

and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?ย 

Adam! LOL XD XD Seriously, I’m beginning another knitted sweater project, for my husband this time, and I’m trying circular needles on for size ๐Ÿ˜€ The (knitting) fun never stops!

And now what are YOUR answers? ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€


Join the fun! ๐Ÿ˜€


Have a wonderful weekend, y’all! โค โค


Thou Shalt Not Be Distracted! Well … ๐Ÿ’

I’m only human and I hardly ever take myself seriously anyways ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿคฃ

Despite pledging focus on my June goals in this post, I couldn’t resist a quick dalliance ๐Ÿ˜‰My hands were missing the familiar dance of crochet and since I needed to use up my old yarns anyways, I allowed myself a quick side-creation.

Ta-daaaaah!!!! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘

easy crochet bag

I made this bag out of the yarn I once tried to crochet a hat/skirt/bucket with. Despite its scratchy feel (I actually planned on throwing it away!), I’m in love with its color and was just waiting for a stroke of inspiration to point me to the right project.

crochet beginners bag

This was very easy crochet. It’s also mindless but with a beautiful shell stitch pattern this time ๐Ÿ’— ๐Ÿ’– ๐Ÿ’˜ I finished it in one weekend ๐Ÿ™† ๐Ÿ™†

crochet shell bag

I hadn’t expected it to be this roomy ๐Ÿ˜ It definitely doesn’t look ‘baggy’ in a big, shapeless sort of way. The original pattern doesn’t call for it but I had some yarn left over from this fancy li’l skirt, and it really looks nice as a finishing touch crocheted around the bag opening and handles ๐Ÿ˜

I’m thinking this will make a simple but pretty “Oh-I-was-just-thinking-of-you” gift to a friend.

What’s that? Oh you wanna make one for yourself? Sure! Here’s the pattern