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  1. Oh bess, and we had just voted for the power to stay on! good thing it’s back now, and that there’s food yes, they are like æbleskiver minus the apples
  2. yep, they were it was tricky work - you fill the very liquid batter into the molds, and I guess the tins had about thirty little (what? bowls? ) thingies. so when you finished filling them all with batter, you had to hurry and turn the first ones upside down so they didn't burn and both sides get cooked … but it was fun. ... and yummy. And you were in front of that very hot stove all the time, of course.
  3. oh yes, that's true Before my family's home (which was not ours but the church's, of course) was renovated in the early 60s, we had a woodstove in the kitchen. I still remember it's fantastic warmth, even though my mom, who had to cook on it, often despaired of it because my dad's predecessor, who considered himself a jack-of-all-trades (erroneously, unfortunately) had tampered with the stoves innards and it never wanted to really work … (wow, that was a very German sentence as in very longwinded ) I used one in the old village pub to make a local specialty you bake in a tin like this, only bigger: and it was a lot of fun, but hot work
  4. the way the snow makes these "flopping" ridges in the foreground - wow. Yep, better stay home. And no outages just now, please Do you have a woodstove, bess?
  5. oh Goli, gorgeous! That's what winter is supposed to look like The art is beautiful, too. Yes, I can imagine that this is the right setting to take a picture of the North Wind, and also so in tune with his colors … sometimes the forecasts are like they have come up with them by throwing a dice. We had the most glorious sunrise this morning, a clear bright sky and amazing light. And it still feels like spring … I guess we will have snow and frost in March, when we are already sick and tired of "winter" … Yes, snow is pretty when you don't have to drive in it. And when you're not in a city with two million people, where every snow turns into ugly grey slush in hours …
  6. oh we likes curry!! We have several nice Indian places around to have curry; our current favorite is called Maharajah. They're two bus stops and one train stop away, which takes about 20 minutes. Or a 20 minute walk They do have what we call "Mittagstisch" - lunch hour with a limited number of dishes, but cheaper than the à la carte prices at night. We never eat lunch, or rather, we eat breakfast at lunch time. But I have an app called "too good to go" where restaurants and other places dealing with food announce how many portions / bags / whatever of food they will have left after business hours or at the end of breakfast buffet (hotels) or lunch hour, and Maharajah is on there, too. So occasionally I go with a few containers and get two helpings from the lunch buffet and we have fabulous curries and rice for dinner It's a cheap way to have something nice and there won't be so much food wasted. I think that's a fabulous invention.
  7. that rhododenron in snow is just gorgeous. Can the blooms survive that? I hope they can … I am not touching the flipping update today it would end in murder
  8. That’s very logical once you were anxious enough, you cancelled. for more drivable weather ...
  9. Ack. We still have spring like temps, more April than January. And rain alternating with dry days ... little light. Yesterday was dry with even a bit of sun, today it’s blah again. The update itself was easy, but the results ... Steve Jobs must be rotating in his grave with a bad OS like that
  10. Argh! I spent a lot of time these past days sorting, deleting and updating stuff and updated my macbook to the latest OS only to realize it is crap. it makes the macbook slow and stupid, and I cannot push the volume of my audiobooks as I could until now. And since I already have to use an additional amplifier to hear them as it is, that is NOT funny. stupid Apple. Now Migi will help me tomorrow to downgrade it again. What a complete waste of time. And I bet there will be lots of things that go wrong.
  11. yep, but at least a few of them stay away …hopefully.
  12. oh dear, I forgot my flu shot again. should get one next week I was lucky so far, but my sis already got a bad one.
  13. Mackie

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    Somehow at one point I realised that you MIGHT be the right person for it. it feels so good to know that you have it now. And to have it arrived on a day when you could use a pick-me-up is perfect, indeed, so we should be glad the mailmen were too busy with amazon. (Here amazon has a fleet of cars and drivers of their own only in the big cities, though, I guess)
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