NewsAfter weeks of uncertainty, looking at five no-good flats and discussing dozens of others by checking layouts we finally found a flat! No, it's not the castle on the picture but this is the view from our windows or when we sit on the patio!

This time we'll live on the ground floor of a newly built house in a tiny city with less than 9,000 people. There was no good flat in Bonn itself so we went even farther to Bad Breisig. So my husband and me will soon live in Rheinland-Pfalz instead of Nordrhein Westfalen. Although Bad Breisig has cheaper rents than Bonn our rent still almost doubled while our living space is roughly the same. (We have a patio this time and also a - totally useless - balcony, so it's bigger on paper.)

I admit that the closeness to the Rhein still frightens me a lot (I would have liked it better if the flat was on the first floor) and the flat isn't perfect with its big windows down to the floor and the slightly bad livingroom layout but it's silent, new, comfortable, extremely energy-saving and finally my husband will have free time again and we can have our marital life back. I have sunlight for drawing and painting/painting things, I can go wild with the fretsaw on the patio and I finally have a bathtub again. If the screws get ever removed from my leg I won't have to climb nasty stairs on crutches anymore and with underfloor heating, shutters and parquet floor I shouldn't feel cold anymore. There's the Rhein promenade right behind our garden, so we can take walks in beautiful landscapes and there's also parks nearbye. The city has a doll museum and a thermal bath.

When there was the hundred year flood the Rhein didn't flood the street so I hope that our feet and basement will always stay dry.

The move is extremely expensive, extremely unnerving, extremely time-consuming and I'm tired of it already, but it has to be done. ^^
If at least there wasn't all those traffic jams!


News"Why do we live here and not over there in the castle?"

The move already started but it will take us several weeks since we move with just the help of our friends and can't haul more than one load per week due to the distance and traffic situation. The old as well as the new flat have to be renovated and that is difficult too when there's almost 140km between both flats.
I'm anxious to see how stressy things will become when the old landlord starts showing up with potential next tenants, too. Sadly we have to pay for the old flat until the end of June.

I really can't say at what point I can fully start updating again. As you can see I diligently write Dolltopia Outtakes whenever I can spare some time but that will end soon too. I have no clue how long it will take to unpack and feel the pressure lifting off my head. Hopefully we will live in the new flat by the midth of May but then there's still renovating the old flat and all the unpacking. Surely everyone knows how long it takes until everything looks as wished and everything found its place.

I'm SO looking forward to Dolltopia, to the story itself as well as to sewing in peace again, modelling with Fimo and all the other things. So much of my stuff is packed away for weeks or months now, it stopped being funny a long while ago. It's been weeks too since I actually found the time to do something nice in the evening.

NewsEternia is looking forward to the new doll room. This time I have 15 square metres and as you can see a big window too, pointing to the south, to boot. I'm curious to see if that will have the desired positive effect on my photos - we'll see soon enough!

I suppose there will be "unpacking outtakes" for a while after the move until we settled in. Then I will work on Dolltopia full force and tackle some of the website things that have to wait right now, like the server move, a heap of photos for the galleries and all the promised tutorials for crafters and doll fans.

Sadly my computer is breaking more and more so it probably isn't even useful to connect the graphic tablet again before I got hold of a new mainboard. I don't know, it often doesn't close down, sometimes doesn't want to boot, often freezes and since last week I get error messages at start-up. I almost feel like I was using Windoze again. ;) The error messages hint at the mainboard becoming faulty, now it could be the graphics card on top, too.
Supposedly I will be offline for a few days in the new future when those parts are replaced and the computer gets a fresh install. My Linux is outdated anyway, once again.
As if the move wasn't expensive enough. *sighs*