Downright Me

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Knitted Knockers

I just finished my first pair of knitted knockers and I want to continue knitting more in all sizes. How did I get this idea? Since we moved to Zürich I am looking for ways to keep myself busy. So I checked out the charity options in my area and this group called Knitted Knockers ZH (Zürich) caught my eyes. Being a breast cancer survivor myself, I was immediately intrigued by the idea. This is a way to put my knitting skills to good use.

In short Knitted Knockers are people who knit soft cotton breast prosthetics for women that have undergone mastectomy. They are a great alternative to the heavy, expensive and often uncomfortable traditional breast prosthetics. Something I can relate to all too well.

The Zürich group has just started. Hopefully we will be successful, so that the organisation will grow and provide help to many women.

The organisation was founded by Barbara Demorest who is a breast cancer survivor and wants to make life a little bit easier for women during their difficult times. So she came up with the idea of  an organisation to provide women with these soft knitted prosthesis right after their surgery  in the clinic.

knockers with the stuffing
size can be adjusted


If you like to learn more about the organisation or Barbara’s background story go to . With the provided patterns you can join the cause or you can request a knocker for yourself.



Ice, Ice, Baby

Who says museums are boring?

I always liked museums, even as a kid, but of course there are really great ones and those that bore you to tears. The Landesmuseum (National Museum) in Zurich is definitely one of the better ones. The building in itself is worth a trip. It is over 100 years old and is build like a castle. A few years ago they added a newer very modern looking section which makes it even more interesting. Some of the citizens were not very happy with the addition, but I think it is a bold combination of styles but it somehow works. The topic of the museum is cultural history showing examples of our history from its origins to the present day. There are also special exhibitions of various topics that change over time and a section about the history of Switzerland in particular. 

landesmuseum_2We enjoyed our visit very much.The exhibition is presented in a very entertaining way. Each room is done differently and you can explore as much or as little as you like. There are areas that are interactive and entertaining for children and adults as well. Everything is done professional and all electronic devices were in perfect working order (I mention this because I have been in museums before where half the interactive stuff did not work at all – very frustrating).

The building is under construction right now so one of the wings was closed but there was still enough to explore. We spend at least three hours in there and still had lots to see. The entrance fee of currently 10 CHF is fair. Children under 16 are free, but I think children under 8 or 10, will probably not enjoy it as much since there is a lot to read, too. We decided to visit the museum more than once and bought ourselves a year-long admission for 25 CHF.

So if you are interested in history and like museums the Landesmuseum Zurich is definitely worth a visit.

A Walk in the snow

It was snowing pretty much every day last week, but yesterday afternoon the sun came out. So we put on our snowboots, hats and mittens and went for a walk. We started from our appartement which is located in the part of Zurich called Höngg. We walked across the Werdinsel (a little island in the middle of the river Limmat) trying to spot beavers that are supposed to be living there right now – but unsuccessful.

We continued walking up the hill passing the church and the town vineyard. On our way up we saw our first milk dispenser. Continue reading “A Walk in the snow”

The costs of living

When we made our decision to move to Zurich/ Switzerland we were fully aware of the high living costs they have here. Still I was shocked every time we went to the supermarket. Food costs twice as much as in Germany and we also spend double the amount on rent.

But I start to see the advantage in this. Continue reading “The costs of living”

Of Tickets and Icicles

New Year has come and gone and we really did not care much about it. We did not make any resolutions, we were too busy putting our life in order. Today we finished my den/guest room. So today is also the first time since our move that I can use my computer without feeling like sitting in the middle of a construction site and so I do. The temperature has dropped a few degrees. We had some snow the last couple of days and it is now – 5 °C, although the wind feels much colder. Continue reading “Of Tickets and Icicles”

Christmas is over, the move is done but there is still lots of stuff to do. We decided not to spend too much money on furniture. We  bought most of our new things at IKEA, which meant putting together closets and shelves ourselves. We finished our bookshelves yesterday and today we built our bedroom closet. Now we have to unpack the last boxes and put everything in the right place. I hope we will be done when the New Year begins.

Moving day has finally come. Since yesterday our belongings are being packed. Today the last boxes will be filled, the last pieces of furniture will be disassembled. We are glad that we decided not to pack everything ourselves, instead we chose a local moving company to do it for us. These guys are so much more efficient than we would have been. We could not have done it that fast.

Tonight we will be in our new apartement in Zurich. The moving guys will get everything to customs at the Swiss border tomorrow morning and in the afternoon the unloading and unpacking will begin…


This is the last week. The moving truck will show up next Monday, December 19th. Time is running out and we are in action mode once again. After a fairly calm last week, we now feel the pressure of getting everything in order again. There is a lot of canceling, changing and rearranging to do. We don’t want to forget anything important. We are still selling some of our stuff and we’ve got the feeling that there won’t be enough time to get everything into order. In between there are other obligations like driving my mother in law to the doctors, and getting a support system for her into place, which is not that easy.


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