Author: SatuBell

you may want to sit down for this


I know this will come us a great shock to you, all the more so if you paid a considerable amount of money for your “pashmina”, but I can no longer hide the truth:

The Authentic, Original pashmina is MINE.

Some poor ignorant soul had donated it to a charity shop, which didn’t know any better so instead of contacting Christie’s or Sotheby’s it sold it to me and didn’t even charge that much for it. What can I say, though, except c’est la vie..?

PS. Oh, why haven’t I sold it through Christie’s or Sotheby’s for a staggering pile of money? The answer is very simple: There are countless bills, bank notes, cheques and coins in the world, but only one Authentic, Original pashmina! 😀

..if the Mona Lisa was on that wall there’d be so many people in front of it that you’d only see their backs (and bald spots..) so enjoy the peace and quiet.. #mindfulness #breathing #quietmoment #relaxation





that thing you do – yes, what is that thing you do with your phone here there and everywhere?!

You use your phone in a house, with a mouse, with a goat, on a boat, in the rain, on a train – you use it here, there and everywhere!

You use your phone with a fox, when you’re changing socks, you use it when you talk and when you are on a crosswalk!

You are hunched over, you didn’t see the clover, you were almost run over!

Seriously, people: What is so urgent that it can’t wait even another half a minute? What are you afraid will happen if you don’t respond right away, if you skip one status update or an insta this, that or the other? Is it really so important that you’re willing to sacrifice your normal, attractive walking gait and good posture for it??

I would really like to know.


update on my chin-up project!

Well, I try and try and try and can’t and can’t and can’t..

I asked a friend to see if my body moved upwards at all and this is what she said, hesitantly: “Well, your head moved up a little!”. So then obviously the rest of my body moved, too, right? “I guess..”

Oh, and my 12-year-old son laughs his head off every time he sees me hanging from the bar because of all the double chins that appear as soon as I start..

STILL, things are looking up, or at least my arms are looking more toned! SUCCESS! I’m no longer on level zero, I’m on level zero and a half!

NOTHING can stop me now!!!

PS. Where are the photos, you ask, those double-chin photos..? What can I say? I’m no Celeste Barber .

it did move, it really did, I swear!

Yes, I admit I’d need a state-of-the-art, ultra-high-tech piece of measuring equipment from MIT or NASA to prove that there was actual movement, but STILL! There really was!

You see, a couple of weeks ago I set myself a goal: To do one chin-up!

This isn’t the first time I’ve decided to make myself stronger, but who knows? Maybe THIS TIME I actually will!

First: Inspiration! I saw my almost-18-year-old godson do pull-ups. He just grabbed whatever was handy and pulled himself up so effortlessly, no, effervescently, transcendentally! Sure, beads of sweat appeared on his forehead, but then he just went on to something else as if he’d done nothing more than take a sip of water. WOW!

Second: Research! I went online to read articles and watch videos and came to the conclusion that a weakling like me has to go SLOW. Which means just hanging from a bar. Vs. hanging out in a bar, ha ha!

ANYWAY, one trainer said the first goal is to be able to hang from a bar, arms straight, for 30 solid seconds. I set upon that goal with gusto! About seven and a half seconds later I was moaning and whining with pain.. My hands, ouch ouch ouch!

Oh boy, I’m EVEN weaker than I thought: Not even an ant could stumble on my pain threshold! I’m not sure even level zero is low enough in my case.

Oh well, I will simply go SUPER slow! And I have: For the past two weeks or so I’ve been hanging from a bar almost every day. I’m not exaggerating one bit when I say that I HAD TO take a couple of rest days. (Ouch!)

My personal record in hanging from a bar: 19 seconds! Wohoo, ALMOST two-thirds of the way towards the first goal! And it’s getting a bit boring.. So today I decided to make the hanging more interesting by first doing some abs by lifting my knees up, and then I thought that I might as well try to pull myself up, just a tiny little bit.

Well, like I said, I don’t think it qualified as “tiny little bit”, but stage 3: First glimmer of SUCCESS! Muscles in my arms and core WERE activated and I felt my arms bend and my body lift up!! Just for an almost imperceptible moment, but the movement started with my feet already in the air so it wasn’t a case of me mistaking tippy-toeing with actual lift-off so WOHOO!

Yeah, yeah, in terms of actual chin-ups I have no reason to keep my head high and chin up, at least not in a way that can be seen with the naked eye, BUT I once saw a World’s Strongest Woman competition where the contestants had to pull a little HOUSE set on tracks and I couldn’t see the houses move one bit! I did see the ladies really struggle, though, and official results showed most of them HAD pulled the house an inch or so! SO!

SO with all that I wanted to say that others may mock you, and maybe NOBODY understands the significance of your achievements, but you DID make it to the top of the mountain! Even if you were there only fleetingly, almost imperceptibly, you DID scale your own personal north face of the Eiger! And you’ll keep going even higher!

(Whether I’ll ever be able to pull my chin above a bar is a different matter..)

clouds clouds clouds!


I took those four photos in about 30 seconds without moving from the spot I was standing on! What a wonderful show clouds put on for us – and it’s FREE! No need to book (expensive) tickets six months in advance, no queuing, no overpriced drinks!

Not enough people realize that, methinks!

(When was the last time you stopped to gaze at clouds, even for a few seconds?)