Before I get into showing the few things I brought with me, I want to just say how hard it is for me now to get back into the groove of things. The last couple of weeks have been an emotional roller coaster again. Not seeing your family for so long, then hanging out with them for 5 weeks where you obviously start getting on each other’s nerves, then feeling guilty about being annoyed, having your kids fight nonstop because they are sick of each other, being upset that departure is close, having a permanent lump in your throat because you fear saying goodbye to your family, bawling your heart out during goodbyes, seeing how much your parents suffer because you have to say goodbye, hoping you will make it next year, returning to hostile territory which I call my family surroundings here in the US… Ugh so much emotional stuff.
And does anyone ever look at their past and feel like it was someone else? When I pass my old schools in Germany, I feel like it wasn’t me who went there, like I’m talking about someone else! Or am I just an oddball again? It was just such a different life.
Being so close together for the entire summer and sleeping in the same room with my kids for about 7 weeks and being around so many people seriously makes you appreciate some alone time again though. And I mean for everyone involved and that’s a good thing. And I also know that I will certainly look back fondly to those times even if parts of it were stressful.
We are very lucky to be able to all of the things we do during the summer and I wouldn’t want to have it any other way.
So now that I got that off my chest lets talk about some pretties.
If you follow me on Instagram then you saw already that I bought my mom a flowering artichoke at the market. I already googled here if some online flower shops sell blooms but they don’t and I don’t have a market here who does. Guess I have to wait until next year to plant some in our garden. I love how unique they look and never even knew about their beauty. I love eating them too.
I did see some online stores who sell them dried but I don’t like them.
So what did I actually bring home with me? I brought some small wooden bowls which I didn’t photograph yet but I did photograph the wooden glasses holder I bought.
Silly me thought I bought something rare at a third world store in my hometown. When I came home I googled around and found several places who sell the same one here in the US (HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE) . Regardless, I still think it is cool. The reason why I bought it is because my husband nonstop forgets where he puts his glasses. I’m sure he is one of many people who do that. I thought that if I give him this obvious place to put them and keep them he would remember. And if I find them I’ll put them there too.
It would make a really great Christmas gift too for that certain someone who looses glasses!
Do you spy the other item I brought home?
I snatched the giant tassel from my mom. It’s so so heavy and big and I think the stacking side tables are the perfect spot for it. Fits right in!
I couldn’t find a similar one online though anywhere. It’s originally from the large furniture and accessory store I used to work for in Germany. I had brought it for my mom. It just proves that I’ve always adored tassels. “Quaste” as you call it in German.
And the “Tassen” bowls I bought made it home safely on the plane (click HERE if you missed the post). I had posted the below photo already on Instagram to show that they fit right in.
Now we have to all get back to adjusting into reality again. The kids have their first day of school on Monday and I’m looking forward to days of DIY projects which keeps me sane.