Freitag, August 29, 2008

A Heavenly Present

August 29/08 6:25 p.m.

The weather frog has predicted a weekend out of this world temperature wise. - Great, so we will have the one and only bar-b-que nite this year tomorrow nite. There is but one place to buy a real good steak the right cut, that's the big local outdoor market downtown. Decided to have lunch for a change in the city, but voted against it, too crowded, tooo noisy, too many cars and too many construction sites. Maybe us country bumpkins are not used to the huzz buzz anymore. Instead we choose to visit the riverboat restaurant Canoo (faithful readers are familiar with the place, for all the others, again the link) and it is always a pleasure to sit there,this time on the outside deck,with a view upon the city skyline and the river traffic. And the food is good too. The place in the meantime has a bit of a beat up character, but never mind, it adds to the charm.
Back home took a bike tour with insulted Herr Hund (because he had to stay home during our downtown trip) now his little world is ok.

Watched Barak Obama's speech this morning at the internet, will he be able to live up to his promises, should he win the presidency? Time will tell.

Donnerstag, August 28, 2008

Some other Kind of Advertising or I want that little Helper

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August 28/08 9:56 p.m.

Really good for a laugh and there is not much to laugh about nowadays. And Landfrau wants the "Come here and help me in the household "- edition.

Montag, August 25, 2008

Short Trip and lots of Action






August 25/08 4:50 p.m.






Had visited with the young family for the baptizing of little Miss Sunshine. It has been a very nice and successful event and the garden party on account of the occasion was a hit. Old and young ones mixed very well and our little lady had been the star. The weather played along too (thank you all - dancers!), food had been great and the cake buffet could outdo every fancy cafe-restaurant.



We stayed at our little country inn in the neighbouring village and Herr Husband is always good for a surprise. Last nite, it still had been pitchdark, I was woken up by a voice asking me to switch on the light because someone had lost his bearings and was sitting on the floor. So happened that he decided to sit down in the lounge chair to get his eyes aquainted to the dark for finding back to bed after the bathroom visit but seated himself between sofa and chair, because he mistook the two armrests for belonging to the chair(look at the pic!). Well, it had been quite a deep seat and then he could not get up anymore. But this time he at least did not break anything. Herr Hund was annoyed, that his blanket was occupied. -
Landfrau laughed so hard, she could not go back to sleep for quite a while ( little sins are punished right away).

Mittwoch, August 20, 2008

Mystery of Electricity

August 20/08 8:17 p.m.

Last nite suddenly our lights went off, so we checked our fuses, turned out the main fuse had blown out, we switched it on, same thing a few minutes later. Then our neighbour showed up and told us his fuses kept blowing out. So obviously we kept turning off each others electricity and we could have continued doing this all nite, if he had not contacted us. We live in a duplex type house, but with complete seperate electricity circuits. Now lots of activity started, a team from the electricity company, and they also brought a test car, or whatever you call them, our own electrician, neighbour and man of the house, the last two only "watchers" tried to find the mistake, zero, nada. The fuses kept happily blowing. Outside supply lines were checked,no luck, so the team left, after having emptied half of our(messy) basement, embarassing comments towards Landfrau from man of the house included (which won't make me tidy up that ugly place) and the electrician and the two unlookers kept switching around, till we finally were left with lights minus groundfloor lights and had been better off than our neighbour,who had no kitchen and basement lights . This morning I got up at a real early bird hour, wanted to bake a prune cake for this afternoon's company of a friend from Southern Germany, suceeded to have it ready before the electrician showed up again, but put in the double amount of sugar in the rush. So, the place was checked and doublechecked, in the meantime we had elelctricity all over the place, so had the neighbour. Later on the electrician found a foul line in the neighbour's kitchen, the ceiling lamp, and now the neighbour has to have the painters in to redo the kitchen, because the ceiling and walls had to be opened. But the electrican claims, that this has not been the reason for the short circuits and that it will happen again for sure.
Then he left and we are waiting for the bill.

Montag, August 18, 2008

Zut alors,

August 18/08 7:02 p.m.

...or, shit happens (as us Germans say). The German horseback riders ( jumping team) blew it. Now we have to keep our fingers crossed for the single competitions.

To start the Week with...

August 18/08 8:20 a.m.
...folks - dance the anti- rain dance for next weekend, it's never too early! And as a reward a nice song from Billy Ray Cyrus, the guy deserves listening to.

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Samstag, August 16, 2008

One Day of Summer during a Summer which is no Summer


August 16/08 7:56 p.m.


Sounds like the title of a novel, doesn't it? Well, it's no novel but a novelty that we could have breakfast AND dinner outside in our little backyard. Puts you into a kind of holiday feeling, if there was not the abundance of work nevertheless for Landfrau. But I took the time to bake a prune cake and we had a piece,what do I say, greedy Herr Husband had three, with whipped cream, the real Mc Coy! - So now we have to look into the next weekend, there will be the baptism of little Miss Sunshine in Hessen and all the worldwide friends and readers, who had been so nice with their birthday wishes for our grandson are asked again to keep their fingers crossed for nice weather, because the party and reception is going to be a garden party, so friends, kick over the sunshine for little Miss Sunshine!

Donnerstag, August 14, 2008

Wow, here we go again!

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August 14/08 7:06 p.m.


Our horseback riders! the German dressage team went for gold, great success for the girls!

Mittwoch, August 13, 2008

Catch a falling Star

August 13/08 6:39 .m.

Last nite a rain of falling stars had been predicted around midnight, so I had been busy peeking out of the windows up front and back. For a while there were no clouds but a rather bright moon, so I was about to give up when a big falling star came my way, had the feeling it almost hit me. I had been so surprised that I forgot to make a wish, pity! Later on I saw a smaller, far away one, but that had been it, because the sky started to cloud over and all my unwished wishes have to wait for another two years, then this phenomena should happen again, so the experts say.

Go for Gold!

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August 13/08 11:06 a.m.

Simply too beautiful to watch, Landfraus' heart goes out to this dream pair and I do not think I should deprive you of watching this tremendeous "gold ride".
Sorry, could only find a German version, but words are not necessary anyway.

Sonntag, August 10, 2008

Sunday Song

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August 10/08 8:53 a.m.

A nice song for a sunday morning, makes you want to travel, doesn't it, to far away . strange places.

Samstag, August 09, 2008

Full of good Food

August 9/08 8:37 p.m.

Had a veggie dinner tonite, pancakes filled with chanterelle,which we call Pfifferlinge, and as a dessert blueberrie pancakes with whipped cream! Yummy! and after dinner the latestst news about the conflict in Georgia, houses burning, people dying and at the time beeing no end in sight to an awful conflict. It seems far away and unreal, but it isn't. Bizarr! It is a weird world we are living in.

Personal Olympics


August 9/08 2:03 p.m.


Our grandson had taken part in a hockey summer camp for the last week of school holidays. He had been voted best young talent player of the group , not bad really, but he also made third place in "trash talk", which grandma-Landfrau is extremely proud of. A multi talent, our grandson! He will be eleven years old August 11th. - worldwide good wishes are appreciated then!

Donnerstag, August 07, 2008

Another Fish Story

August 7/08 2:26 p.m.

I am not so sure, but it seems our veiltail has lost some of his veiltail ! No wonder, the way the original (formerly) sole inhabitant of our pond, the monster goldfish, is chasing him around, maybe he ate part of the tail, antropohagus!(cannibal) , should re-baptize him Hannibal Lecter.

Dienstag, August 05, 2008

The one Day Summer - Summer

August 5/08 7:17 p.m.

At least we had been lucky during our little vacation, but otherwise, summer -zilch. One day it is real nice and one prepares to set up the garden furniture and starts thinking about getting something for bar-b-que, the next day it is crowding winter again. Crazy! Today it had been one of the better days, so we took the opportunity to drive for a beer to the beach bar at the riverside, me and Herr Hund with the bike and Herr husband with the car. Memory of the broken foot on account of falling off the bike is still too fresh. From the beach bar you have a great view upon the opposite riverside, similar to the view in my present header. Herr Hund tried in vain to join the pack of other dogs frolicing around, but he seems to be the outsider kid with the spectacles, mobbed by all the others, they just ignore him. And he is so eager to join in! Poor kid, eh dog, I should say!

Sonntag, August 03, 2008

We made it!

August 3/08 4:05 p.m.

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...and for all of you who have been faithfully checking my blog, here is a nice video of "Burg Bourscheid" which we could see from our hotel and which I visited with our grandson. -

We had a very relaxing stay in Luxembourg and aside from eating,drinking,wellness,massages and walks with Herr Hund we did not do much, grandson claimed, that the visit to the castle had been enough education for this trip. He stated that he wanted to "chill". Well, fine with me, I think I deserved some "chilling" anyway. - One morning, walking the dog, I saw some deer, the first time we had been in that region. I took it as a lucky sign.

Still at that hateful task of unpacking and stowing away bags, left them sitting in my rooms overnite,but no little house gnomes appeared to put them away, so I have to be my own house gnom, as usual.