Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

Mundane Monday Challenge: rainy day

Our rainy days are absolutely Ipad free and we don’t have TV. But we have a big box full of crayons, many stories of courageous princes and beautiful princesses and we love cooking.

Last week end, the fragrances of the cookies were floating in the living room.. The kids were busy colouring and as I was pouring their milk, I literally felt my heart smile. I am so blessed not to have to work (yet) and spend so much time with my 2 Attilas. Yes, we are still in pyjamas at noon, we made cookies for lunch, the house is far from being spotless and the laundry hasn’t moved an inch. But it feels sooo good! We love rainy days!


In response to the Mundane Monday Challenge created by the super talented Jithin to find beauty in almost everything. The challenge is simple : find beauty in everyday mundane things, capture the beauty and upload the photographs. See you there too!


32 comments on “Mundane Monday Challenge: rainy day

  1. lexklein
    January 5, 2016

    I love the thoughts and the photo! Every once in a while, I need a day spent in my pajamas with coffee, the newspaper, and my new coloring book!

    • estelea
      January 6, 2016

      Me too! I rediscovered the joy of colouring with a book called “Secret Paris”. I feel like I am wandering back home, it is so relaxing and I love the results. There’s a page on French pastries and sweets that is really mouth watering. As I was colouring, I could almost taste them …

      Ms Attila asked if she could color with me, so we are now sharing the book, she is colouring the left pages and me the right, and it’s fun to realise that she is indeed much more Asian than French. Most of the veggies were totally foreign to her, let alone the cakes and the most common candies.. I almost swallowed my flag when she asked if the macaron was like a mango float 😛

      • lexklein
        January 7, 2016

        Your coloring book sounds great! Food! French food! I am coloring nature scenes these days … much better for the waistline. Haha. Very sweet to be coloring with your daughter; I wish mine were home all the time to color with, too!

  2. anotherday2paradise
    January 5, 2016

    What a lovely post, Estelea. It conjures up such a happy and cosy picture in my mind. 🙂

    • estelea
      January 6, 2016

      Thanks so much, I am so glad you could feel this too 🙂 Blessed are those times when I don’t (yet) need my phone to call my kids!

  3. rosemawrites
    January 6, 2016

    Your post is just so relaxing! And that photo is lovely!

    • estelea
      January 6, 2016

      Thanks a lot! We spend hours colouring, especially since I discovered the beautiful collection of colouring books for adults. They are said to “colour your way to calm” and I can assure it works..
      Heaps of peeling pencils are the best indicators of a relaxing rainy day at home 😉

      • rosemawrites
        January 7, 2016

        Yes! I think it is really effective! 🙂

  4. anroworld
    January 6, 2016

    Colorful and simple beauty! It’s nice to find it in every detail, you did it very well and inspiring!

    • estelea
      January 6, 2016

      Thanks dear Ann 🙂 Now that I am looking at the pic from another angle, I think of creative ways to use those peeling pencils.. Don’t they look like tutus? I think I just found another way to keep the kids busy next time it rains 😉

      • anroworld
        January 6, 2016

        Great idea, you are so creative, I knew it!

      • estelea
        January 6, 2016


  5. trablogger
    January 6, 2016

    Yes, you did it perfectly. Very colorful and mundane. But beautiful indeed. Wonderful entry for MMC 🙂

    • estelea
      January 6, 2016

      Thanks thanks thanks! It really means a lot to me! Now I am going to try the towel…

      • trablogger
        January 17, 2016

        Yes, try the towel !! Sorry if you have already tried it.

      • estelea
        January 17, 2016

        Not yet, no worries .. But soon! 😉

      • trablogger
        January 24, 2016

        Soon is here yet?! 😉

      • estelea
        January 25, 2016

        I am too ashamed to write how I am struggling with the damned macro!!! For one. ..

      • trablogger
        January 26, 2016

        haha.. learning steps. Dont be ashamed!

      • estelea
        January 26, 2016

        Look at my lame attempts first 😛 resolution of February : 2 decent pic for Mundane Monday 😌

      • trablogger
        January 28, 2016

        haha.. hope you will stick to your resolutions 😉

      • estelea
        February 4, 2016

        The kids and I have been sick in bed for a week now! hope I can finally get started next week 😛

      • trablogger
        February 5, 2016

        oops. Hope you are better now.

  6. Fabio
    January 8, 2016

    The spirit of Shabbat, also on a rainy day! Just one word to describe this post: beautiful! Shabbat shalom, my dear friend! X 🙂

    • estelea
      January 11, 2016

      What a beautiful comment my dear Fabio, to kick start the week 🙂 Soon enough your house will be full of those peels pencils again, the ones of the Awesome Ambassador ❤

      • Fabio
        January 11, 2016

        That’s very true! 🙂 You and the Jewels have a wonderful week ahead! Take care, my dear friend! 🙂

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  8. Sue
    January 11, 2016

    Great entry for mundane Monday – you have caught the beauty in the mundane here!

    • estelea
      January 11, 2016

      Thanks Sue ! I love this weekly exercise, feels good to see the beauty around us, doesn’t it? and even better to share it! Have a lovely week

      • Sue
        January 11, 2016

        Yes! And you have a good week yourself….

  9. I. J. Khanewala
    January 12, 2016

    Very well done; crisp photo, and such a nice way to tell a story

    • estelea
      January 13, 2016

      Oh thanks so much ! This really means a lot to me 🙂

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