Kitchen cosiness or cosinus

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There appears to be this trend of infusing our homes with natural materials and items, so to counter the hardening, digitalising world. I can’t say much about trends, but this is an interesting development! Hopefully this is not just a temporary hype of consuming mass-produced nature-like products – and posting pictures thereof on social media and blogs. I hope that we Western people are getting back to nature, for real.

Anyhow, here are some natural or nature-helping things that I am happy about having entered my home.

Home-dried apples, from our new drying machine with which veggies and fruits can be dried so to preserve them. We haven’t tried much, but I suspect apples to remain my favourites. (BTW, it is possible to build drying machines outside, so to use sunlight. That is so dry.) Also in the picture: harvested pumpkin and patisson seeds, and ‘stew pears’.

‘Capers’ of Tropaeolum majus from our garden. This plant goes by many names (garden nasturtium, Indian cress and monks cress) and is incredibly edible (flowers, leafs, roots, seeds!). The unripe seeds can be preserved in vinegar and used as one would use capers. They also have a really nice shape: they cling together with three seeds and they look kinda spirally.

Sprouting machine! I’ve been mentioning edible sprouts a lot here, and now I have to top if off: there are awesome jar constructions available so to make home-sprouting easier! This one is from GERMLINE and the lid is designed to keep the jar tilted, so to drain the water from the jar. This is a lot easier than having to improvise some cheese cloth or else. (In the jar in the picture are lentil sprouts.)

KeepCup re-usable cup! This brand creates and sells re-usable cups to bring to places where ‘normally’ drinks are served in paper of plastic one-time-use cups, so to decrease the environmental impact of ‘to go’ drinks! I’ve been ‘waiting’ for such a cup with lid to cross my path – and there it was: a Design Your Own KeepCup stand! So I get to choose the colours myself, how nice! It was quite an undertaking really, because of the many options. But ain’t it pretty?! I see that you can also choose the colours yourself if you order from the website.

Not in the pictures but relevant (for me): (birthday) pumpkin pie, beautiful colourful forest in autumn, stewed pears, apple sauce, the wines and ciders my boyfriend is making, the current looks of our garden (with loads of mulch!).

How are you doing?

Cosinus? I’m looking into sacred geometry. Got any thoughts about this?

All one

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“Long ago the word alone was treated as two words, all one. To be all one meant to be wholly one, to be in oneness, either essentially or temporarily.”Clarissa Pinkola Estés, p. 316 in Women Who Run With the Wolves

Expected lessons from personal growth program

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Hello lovelies,

I want to write about some recent personal experiences surrounding the possible enrolment in an online ‘personal/spiritual development’ program. It was the first time that I seriously considered participating in such an e-course. I had encountered ‘similar’ programs before, but due to the high investments of money and time I never saw it as an option. This time when I found this program it felt more plausible for me to join. In the end I decided against joining the program. I would like to share why, because I harvested various valuable lessons here.

It’s a lengthy post, but you can follow the headings and ‘side-notes’ if you prefer.


Several identified things contributed to my enthusiasm about this program. First, I like and trust the person that organizes it. I have been reading her newsletters and watched her videos and I trust her judgement concerning which information is valuable to receive and in which way, etcetera.

Next, I would appreciate some consistency in my like. This program would last for a long time period and I think that it would be nice to have long-term guidance. A lot will happen for me in the following year, including the influential event of finishing my studies and all that comes after. So, I could use some extra consistency there. Through this program someone or multiple people could help me to have a vision for the future, so that I don’t end up dangling in this black hole of nothingness.

This program would help me to actually DO it. I’m pretty chaotic and I find it difficult to organize my time and so to effectively take time for certain things, including time for myself. I tend to be pretty flexible and ‘loose’ in my planning, due to which I often end up doing not so much. So I could use some extra motivation to better prioritize and organize my activities. I think this program would help me, because of the high investments, the support in various forms, the continuity of the lessons, and the perceived ‘pressure’ of keeping up.


There are so many possibilities to connect locally, in person.

One of the bigger selling points of the program is the online sisterhood through which participants support each other. Everyone follows the same program, so everyone is like-minded and understanding. This sisterhood is mostly organized as a Facebook group. As you understand from this blog, I highly value the possibilities of the internet and of using it for connecting with others and for personal growth. However, in my case: I feel that there are so many possibilities regarding connecting with people locally and I highly prefer connecting in person then joining an online group. I understand that this can be different for different people in different surroundings, but for me I suspect that the added value is actually quite low. Additionally, because the program was US-based, most of the participants are likely to live in the US, which may contribute to me feeling distanced from them, because I am living in Europe.

There are so many lessons available all the time.

And actually I feel that there are so many lessons available for me all the time. It takes effort, willpower and courage to harvest them, but I think that I can do it in my own way. The program will probably help me identifying some lessons sooner, but it is certainly not the only way. For example, I started to loosely use the 13 Moon Calendar and there is so much wisdom in that. I think that incorporating this wisdom would mean a lot for a person. So I may as well focus on that instead of ‘doing multiple things’ at the same time.

I may as well use the same amount of money for other activities that contribute to my personal development.

Also, the financial investment was quite large. Although personal growth is of enormous value, this does not mean that investing in such a course is the best option. Me considering joining the program made me realize this: apparently I was willing to make such a large financial investment – without knowing the exact details or outcomes. This means that if I do not join, this amount of money would remain available for me to use for personal development investments, because it had become available in my perception. Do you follow? If I could potentially spend it on this personal development program, I can also not do that and instead spend it on other personal development investments! Perhaps on multiple smaller investments, that would potentially serve me better in this time.

I may as well use the time for ‘to me valuable’ activities – offline.

Additionally, the time that it would take to attend the program, mainly the online training videos and such, suddenly got available for other important things. Of course the amount of time I will have did not change, but my perception thereof altered slightly. If I think I can spend time on this program, alternatively I can spend this time on anything else. This may not make much sense, but it does a little! I may as well take up a hobby or other regular activity that helps me to relax, to be mindful, to connect, to be healthy and fit. I am pretty chaotic time-wise, so I like this way of thinking.

It would be good for me to spend less time with computers or other screened gadgets. I like writing blogs, sure, but I’d rather take up an additional offline activity than something for which I háve to be online (even if I don’t feel like it at that time). I mean, the ‘spiritual lessons’ are out there in the world and you don’t need the internet to find them. (In contrast, you do need the internet to write blogs about your insights and reach people through that. Oh yeah.)


I think to know some of the lessons I would learn through the program.

I realised that I actually think to know multiple of the most important lessons that I would learn through the program! These lessons include: If you want something: go get it, ask for it, create it. You can spend money and time on activities that are valuable to you and your personal growth, you even should. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is very valuable, especially if you are able to discuss your personal development processes and if you can support each other – and hold each other accountable. So you should find these people and connect with them. Practice connecting with yourself. You can trust your intuition and your judgement. You don’t have to do what others expect or want you to do. Getting out of your comfort zone, getting uncomfortable, will help you grow. You are powerful. Challenges are there to overcome, to help you grow. You are here to create a better world.

So then why not harvest these lessons now and live them?


Obviously that is too easy, but I am certain that I will get there. And that new lessons will come around. I guess the hardest part is to keep ‘working’ and that having someone or something pushing you to do so is a great advantage (of ‘such a program’). Though, having identified these lessons now from my process of consideration already helps me to live them. Win!


This is a good moment to state that I don’t mean to say that online programs like this have no value. I think they can be very valuable. I shared my experience because I think there is value in that too, not because it is the ultimate truth or the only possible experience or judgement – or because it is equally valuable as joining an online course. I am certain that I would have learnt a lot through the program, but for me now it does not feel like the best option.

Also, I wrote this post partially because I personally felt resistance at the way this online course was promoted; as if it was the uttermost best option for anyone interested in personal or spiritual growth, and if not joining would be a mistake. I understand that that is how to get costumers, but it didn’t feel true for me. There are many paths of personal development. Sure, accepting help is great, but is does not necessarily have to be in this single format. So through this post I am making the opposite noise (in Dutch: tegengeluid), I’m advocating the other side, because I felt that some nuances were missing.

However, I would love to follow a course around the theme of feminine power or female sexuality sometime! Maybe that would suit me better than a more general course, though, maybe not. I will keep my eyes open for opportunities and synchronicities.

So, how about you? Did you ever consider to join an online course like this or did you even do it?! I am curious to hear about your experiences! Also, if you found this blog post of any value, please share! I would love to have more of a sense of community around my blog and similar blogs or sources. If you do too, please join! The investment is very low here. 🙂


Image through eommina on Pixabay

Your Galactic Signature

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Earlier I hinted at the 13 Moon Calendar, writing that a new year was starting and that I didn’t really know what that was all about. I’m guessing most of you haven’t checked it out, or have you? Well, I certainly have! And I will happily share my findings until now.

As usual, I will stick to the things that I personally experienced and leave many factual details out. The latter you can find elsewhere on the web or in books.

“Learn the secret of having time.”

The basics: The 13 Moon Calendar represents natural time. Every day has a solar seal and a tone, which have to do with the energy of respectively the sun and the moon. There are 20 solar seals and 13 tones. So in total there are 260 possible combinations or kins. Each of these 260 days has a different energy, which influences us people! We can learn to use these different energies to our benefit.


The 20 solar seals. Source:

Solar seals all represent certain qualities, lessons or skills. Tones represent the 13 steps of a process, from defining purpose to resting at the end of it. So there is a lot of wisdom in this calendar!

One really cool feature is the ‘horoscope’ or ‘Galactic Signature’, which is based on your date of birth – and the associated kin number. In my case this is solar seal White Wind and tone 13 Crystal. And people can be sceptical all they want, but I feel it! The descriptions of this seal and tone are very right for me.

In the booklet that I have, 13-moon short guide by Nicole E. Zonderhuis and Sylvia Carrilho, is written that these ‘horoscopes’ can give you a lot of insight in your own personality, your skills and challenges and such, and also into your relationships. And YES, I do recognize my personality, skills and challenges from the descriptions! It helped me become more comfortable with who I am, really. In the book is also written: ‘You are a gift to life itself.’ Everyone has their own valuable qualities. We all have our own skills and wisdom to add the world. That’s wonderful! We don’t have to be everything ourselves, we can be everything together! And learn from each other, support each other.

The solar seals are also related to each other in different ways: so that other seals ‘represent’ your challenges (antipode), your shadow side (occult) and your soul mate (analog) and guide (guide). Additionally, everyone has a wavespell of destiny which starts with a particular solar seal and has a certain ‘development process’, which takes place throughout your life. Probably, the lessons of this solar seal play an important role in your life. So, in addition to tracking your own seal and tone, you can learn what you are learning in this life! Getting more insight in what the themes of you life are sure helps a lot.

I have found much truth in the horoscope, for myself, the people around me and our relationships. The energies or teachings of the solar seals all have truth and value, but some are more present or important for a person than others. For me the horoscope, including the ‘related seals’, seems very true. They represent themes that are of importance in my life. I am still figuring out my path, and the horoscope helps me to do so.

Your finding may also be that the horoscope does not fit your personality. Especially sceptical people may expect that. Well, even then you can find a lot of valuable lessons in the calendar! A valuable lesson for me is in my wavespell of destiny: Blue Monkey, which teaches us to be playful. Indeed, I tend to get very serious, while I may as well be playful and have a good time. This is a good lesson for me and many others! For you maybe?

Also, I found myself surrounded by people with White solar seals! I think this is pretty funny and not a coincidence. I do like to be with like-minded people and now it seems that according to the 13 Moon Calendar some people are more like-minded than others, and that some combinations of people work better than others.

Thus, it is super interesting and nice to play with! I don’t fully grasp how to use the calendar on a day-to-day basis, but that is fine. I did start tracking the moon cycle, which is pretty nice – and part of the 13 Moon Calendar, of course.

Wanna play? Go here to find your Galactic Signature!

And let me know what your signature is! Especially if you are a White (Crystal) Wizard, for then you are my guide. Or if I know you in person, so that I can judge you for it. 😉

Happy animals

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Lovely people, lovely animals,

Several times a year I obtain the physical newsletter of the NGO Wakker Dier (Awake Animal), which aims to improve the lives of animals in animal farms. In this newsletter they show their ongoing campaigns and their successes. What I also like is that they show pictures of animals in good places, to show how it can be done, how it should be. Animals deserve to live under good conditions and to be happy. Just like we do. We are animals too.

Every time I see these beautiful pictures of happy animals I am reminded of how great these animals are. I appreciate them so much. Therefore, I wanted to share some happy animals with you today on World Animal Day!

If you are into animals or have friends who are, you may get overloaded with animal pictures and videos on a daily basis – both happy and painful. My own defence mechanism that I employ regularly is to ignore all these images, because it’s just too much.

So, here is one little cuty that is hard to ignore! I hope you’ll enjoy its face.

If you prefer watching videos: here is a beautiful one by the NGO Compassion in World Farming, which they also shared especially today. It takes some minutes. I’m playing it for the fourth time while making this post. That’s a nice illustration of how not to concentrate.

I just told you about my defence mechanism. So I tend to do that when being confronted with images of animals in factory farms under horrible circumstances. I want to share with you that it took a long time for me to fully realise the following: those mistreated animals in factory farms are the same animals as animals living under ‘happy’ circumstances. The difference is not in the animals, but in how they are treated. I used to feel so much distance between me and those mistreated animals. This distance was caused by the harsh circumstances in which the animals were treated as things. So when I saw these images, I found it hard to fully relate to them. I feel a little uncomfortable admitting this, but it is true.

It was when I volunteered at an animal sanctuary, dedicated to giving former factory farm animals a home and taking care of them well, that I fully connected with them. Being so close to them allowed me to fully acknowledge the animals as they were. This mattered, because then my intellectual knowledge was complemented by the experience of connection, by experiential knowledge. And experiences or experiential knowledge can be more valuable than intellectual knowledge!

Connection is such an important thing. It is important among humans, but it goes further than that. I miss being with non-human animals really. I should spend more time with them! There’s my resolution for the new year. Let’s make it a World Animal Year! 🙂

See you soon!


PS Here is my previous post on my visit to Finland and sanctuary Tuulispää and on how it changed me.

PPS Image through Pixabay. This one is real cute too: two piglets!

Beans and berries from the garden

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In the pictures: beautiful beans from our garden; the use of an egg holder for tea eggs; large sunbathing pumpkins; blackberries from the garden; oatmeal with self-made blackberry jam and blueberries. ☀ The pumpkins are from the garden too – we’re so happy and proud! Some were probably harvested too early, hence the sunbathing. ☀ Jam is made using agar agar for the consistency and it worked fine. Oatmeal has banana, flax seeds, chia seeds  and raisins inside. ☀

Have a good day!

PS Several new pictures are added to the Food Gallery too! Let me know if you still miss a particular something there.

To have a life purpose

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Whoosh, autumn is totally rocking this week! Although I’m not thrilled about it, I can find peace in the idea that this means that we get to create and enjoy the indoor cosiness that usually comes with gloomy weather. I really feel like cosying up together with others. As if aligned with the weather, this week my body actually forced me to stop doing anything besides taking rest. This was hard to accept at first, but now I am happy I got to spend some time with myself.

I’ve been wanting to share with you something: I have found my life purpose! I will not specify it here yet, but I am positive that knowing it will help me a lot. I cannot know if it will last for my whole life, but I think that it will last for a long time and that it will help me in my life and that it will guide me to where I need to go. I do regard it as my life purpose, it feels completely right.

Before, I didn’t think people had real life purposes. Sure, we can give ourselves assignments and call it our purpose, but does it come from a higher knowing? Is it meant to be like this or could it just have been anything else? Now I totally think it is possible like that, to have a true life purpose! I cannot speak for everyone, but for many people it should be possible to get a sense of what it is they should be doing.

I’m telling you that it is possible to have a life purpose, because until recently no one ever told me.

And I’m telling you this, because until recently no one ever told me! Many people are sceptical about these kind of things, but if you are not, it can open up many possibilities. And the best thing is: you are the only true authority! No one can know better than you what path you should be on, where you have to go. This means that ultimately you can rely on yourself, on your own judgement, your intuition. This may sound scary, but it is also liberating.

Many of us, including myself, have never learnt to trust ourselves fully. I see now that even though I am not there yet, I have the possibility to learn to trust myself, to follow my own intuition and thereby to create my own path. I do not know how it is going to be, but I am confident that it is possible as long as I keep the intention of doing so in my heart. Thereby I trust that I will be able to overcome difficulties that arise, step by step.

Maybe this seems too optimistic or romantic. I realise that I am lucky to live in a safe environment that allows me to experiment. But I am also aware of the fact that following our hearts is necessary to contribute to a better world.

The reason that I do not write out my life purpose is that I do not want to steer others into a particular way of thinking. Life purposes may vary widely and mine is just one form or example. Exchanging ideas is extremely useful, but in this case doing so in another settings is probably better than bluntly pouring every detail on a web page.

More to follow soon-ish about some of the things that helped me get some insights lately. Stay tuned!

Feel free to share any ideas or thoughts if you want.

With love,

Mulching on a Dream: harvest July ’17

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For some time I’ve been meaning to show you our garden, but it’s rather messy (permaculture-ish) which makes that it takes some effort and skills to take good pictures. So I did not do that yet. Today, however, we had such a great-looking harvest that I wanted to show you!

The garden is managed by three people and we started this year only. It’s an allotment garden in the city where we live. The garden is a really lively place with all the plants and (mainly) insects.

This was today:

garden harvest July 2017

The pumpkins should grow orange, but since the plants are producing so many big ones already and we’re going on holidays next week (we’ll disappear on The Day Out Of Time!), we figured we may better already take some, so the plant can use its energy to further develop smaller ones.

The yellow UFO-like veggies are the newest addition to my long long inner ‘favourite veggies’ list: they’re called patisson. The plant is of the same species as your ‘regular’ pumpkins and courgettes: the species Cucurbita pepo. I mostly just like their looks, including shape and colour, and the structure. The taste is not enormously special, but it’s nice. Plus, it’s super awesome how one plant can produce dozens of fruits, and how it looks how all these cute yellow things are sitting and growing on the plant. If you ever have a chance to see such a plant: do it!

Generally it is super nice to see how plants, including fruits and veggies, grow. It’s so amazing how plants know exactly what to do and how they turn nutrients, water and sunlight into these lovely structures. I’m happy we can experience this in the garden. Of course, you can experience this in other natural areas or gardens too.

Enjoy your time!

PS Mulching on a Dream is the new name of my garden posts. It’s funny, right? I love it.

Natural time: a new year

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July 26 is the start of a new year: the year of the Yellow Crystal Seed. You see, there are different ways to make sense of time. The calendar as we know and generally use, the Gregorian calendar with its twelve months per year, is just one of those systems. Another and perhaps a more logical and useful system is the one presented in the 13 Moon calendar.

The 13 Moon calender actually includes multiple ‘systems’ or cycles, being: moons and moon phases, plasma seals, and the Tzolkin calendar of the Maya.

I actually do not know what this all means, YET. I got a physical 13 Moon calendar for the upcoming year (see picture below) so to experience if using it helps me. And through this post I want to say: if you’re interested in using a different, universal calendar: this is a good time to start your investigation! Because a new year is starting next week…

13 moon calander 2017-2018

“This is a time for positive synergy and expansion,
perseverance and commitment to holistic evolution,
and welcoming the unfolding of our divinely encoded potential.”
13 Moon website

…and it will be a good one! So do not miss out on this opportunity to get more attuned to the universe. Well, it’s available to you anyway, in case you want to use it. 🙂