Whether or not you celebrate Christmas on 25th December or on 7th January and New Year on 31 December or Chinese New Year (I don’t know the date), or you don’t celebrate anything religious, there is probably a time in your house when something is happening. Something is celebrated and things aren’t like they are rest of the year. Decorations come up, people are coming and going, there is more action and stuff going on than regular… And our pets get in the middle of all this. 😀
My cat is my only pet so far that I really had. Others were more like neighborhood pets when we kids would take care of some stray cat. Kiki was my first experience with cats + Christmas tree. Hahaha… Well. Lets just say we get presents, Kiki gets the big ass tree in the living room. 😀
First few years disasters were inevitable. She was playing with ornaments, getting them to fall of, crash few of the balls who left behind that sad silver magic dust of dead Christmas ball… One year she even knocked down the entire tree! 😀 I don’t know how she did it… But last few years she is showing more interest for the tree itself than the decorations. She had realized that we can’t reach her when she is under the tree so she goes there and munch on it, chewing…well…everything. Us yelling and shoo-ing her away doesn’t do much, she does it anyway when we go to sleep. Like a Santa. A hungry vegetarian Santa who munches on Christmas trees. Now that is a start of a horror movie.
Anyhowdilywho… She is more chill with the whole Christmas season. Except – The New Year’s Eve.
We live in a place where people…how do I say it so it doesn’t sound wrong… Like to shoot things. Fireworks. Firecrackers. Firecrackers in a bottle. Rockets. Anything. As long as it’s loud, we do it. I am saying “we” for the sake of the story I don’t do it. I don’t have the time! I have to watch all the fireworks going on 😀
Do not be mistaken – we have an official fireworks going on somewhere in the central square, but we have like thousands of mini fireworks all over the town to gaze upon when the clock hits midnight. For me, that is the best part of New Year’s Eve. For my cat, you guessed right, the worst.
So, we have to take pills from the vet and drug her two times that day so she is a bit sleepy and calmer, otherwise she is hysterical, meowing, panicking and pooping all over the house. It may seem funny but I feel so sorry for her when I see her in such fear. Also, a lot of pets run away, they get scared of the noise. 😦 That is why I am all up for forbidding all the stupid shooting.
First of all, if I found a box next to my bed with “open if you dare” on it, I would freak out a bit over the fact that someone left a box with English sentence on it and maybe thinking I woke up in a parallel universe where we speak English in Croatia. 😉
If it would say “Otvori ako se usudiš” I would probably be less worried. XD
And of course I would open it, what kind of question is that?! A beautifully wrapped box? With a “dare” on it? I am WAY to curious not to open it…
Many people don’t like Christmas music we are bombarded from the end of November. (For the love of God, that’s not even in December!) Of course we don’t like it, it’s TOO MUCH. So, guess what? I don’t listen to radio. I just don’t. I have freedom of actions that helps me turn off the radio. I turn it on or go on Christmas playlist when I feel like it, most likely on Christmas Eve.
On certain places I can’t avoid it that’s for sure. But I tend to go shopping in smaller stores so I am not stuck there for an hour listening to “Jingle Bells” 20 times. XD
Other things are decorations. We are lucky, here in Zagreb, government does not light the street decorations until December 1st. And it’s lovely to see some lights and stars and stuff you don’t get to see all year while the weather is so cold it is promising snow. 🙂
The one thing that makes me love this part of year is the fact you can UNLEASH your inner creative self. 💡
And for a creative bundle of ideas like me, that’s awesome! 🙂 Pull out your colored papers, scissors, glue, all sorts of paint, candles, sprays…. Go nuts with it! You can make your own decorations, you can make presents for other people, you can just plain entertain yourself….For Do It Yourself or DIY this is an awesome part of year. 🙂
I already made some stuff (for Christmas and non-related) and since I am so behind in presenting it here, I will do a different post. With all the pictures, I promise 😀
Happy New year everyone!!! I’ve got a lot of wishes and yet, I have none. How? :O
Heh, easy… I wish for good health that’s number one! I wish for more positivity, I wish for less talking and more doing, I wish for less internet time-killing and more internet productivity! I wish for less complaining and more talking about solving. I wish less pointing fingers and gossiping and more helping and inspiring each other. I wish less desctructivity and more constructivity! I wich for less self-pity and more encouragement, I wish for less no-reason guilt and more love for yourself. I wish less thinking and more educating. I wish less brain washing and more learning. I wish less playing video-games and having more fun! I wish less money and more things you can not buy… I wish less worrying and more sleeping – carefree sleeping.
I don’t want to spend time, I want to use it and cherish it. Be present. Be who I choose to be and do what I wish to do. I want to be like a tree and grow in directions that aren’t conveniently available, but in the ones I wish to go. Trees can go through everything, even concrete. I wish to be like water, persistent and patient. Water can build paths through stone with time. I want to be more like a puppy, care-free and more like a child, open and unapologetic. 🙂
I have many more wishes and they haven’t changed from 31. December so you can say I have many wishes for a new year, but not single one more than the previous year. (See what I did there 😉 ) It is one day into 2014, may it be ❂ ★ ★ ★ GLORIOUS! ★ ★ ★ ❂
Uživam u tišini…… Nema pucanja, magla se razišla, vani se može disat. Iako nikoga nema vani, što je isto delight svoje vrste. 😀 Sve je ok i uživam u osjećaju. Ubijam se u njemu, valjamo se zajedno… Super je taj okej filing. Da ga ima više u ovoj godini.
The last part is in croatian, you can translate it through google, or ask me.
p.s. Colors of text are equal to colors in the picture
I found this amazing idea on FB (you can see what page 😉 ) and I will most definitely use it! I love the smell of oranges and even bought the essential oil scented like tangerine or orange I am not sure. Considering that I have app. 2 kg of both at the moment I will play a little inspired by the photo. And there goes also my love for roses. Perfect. 🙂
I don’t know about you, but here things are “heating up”. I am trying to avoid all shopping at any cost in malls because people are buying like there is no tomorrow. And next days won’t be any better. So, that means one thing – we are going to EAT through the holidays, A LOT.
I have found a lot of cute and awesome Xmas ideas for food, both salty and sweet. What do you like more? And cakes. Oh my God… We have to bake cakes… Traditionally in Croatia we eat fish on Christmas Eve, pork and french salad have to be in our Christmas meal and for the cakes we do a lot of them, different kinds. It depends. But the one my holidays are not complete are “orahnjača” (with walnuts) and “makovnjača” (with poppy). Picture below. 😀
Since kitchen and I are more an acquaintances than friends 😀 I think I will make one cake, if I have time two. This is literary my usual take on the baking:
Have a great day and do comment. 🙂
Disclaimer: I found photos on FB page Creative Ideas and makovnjača and orahnjača on coolinarka.com