Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Before and After

Nox here, mom asleep, and since this blog has my name in it I figured I could write at least one post. The other name in the title is my big brother, but his arthritis makes typing hard.

I got my hair cut this weekend. I don't mind how long it gets, but mom and dad seem to think the sweet smell I build up over the months gets too stinky after a while. What do they know.

Anyways, mom and dad are new at this, I guess they wanted to save the stress of finding a German dog groomer and decided to do it themselves. Mom handled the scissors and dad the clippers. It took them all morning, but I didn't mind, both my parents attention was just on me. I got lots of kisses and "good boys" for just sitting there!

They did a good job, at least I don't have to pull out mud clots from my toes anymore, I hate that.  For some reason they ---wait, is that my tennis ball under the couch?  No? OK---For some reason they didn't trim anything on my head, but that's okay, because I am one handsome son of a bitch.

 See? That's me. Damn I'm good lookin'

Mom just woke up...must get tennis ball from under couch and take it to her as soon as possible.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Picture Update

Another rainy week behind us, and it looks like there is another one ahead. Bravely taking on the mud, wet and cold. Enjoying hot tea and good books, Sunday breakfasts, and Daffodils. Focusing on the little things, enjoying it all.

New Word: Uesselig (The term German's use to describe the rainy, foggy weather we are having)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Long-winded Random Thoughts

Everyday for the past couple of weeks, I have been practicing my German with a phone app called "Duolingo" . I FINALLY learned how to ask "how are you?" It wasn't introduced in the program right away, which I had expected, and I hadn't heard it spoken at all the past few months. It isn't something that people ask here frequently, unless you're close friends and the person asking expects a long-winded, honest answer. The lack of small talk is so interesting to me, even a simple phrase like "how's it going" took me 4 months to figure out.

In a recent cultural experience, I learned that even when Germans are apologizing to you, it can be scary as hell. This weekend at our local OBI (Germany's equivalent of Home Depot), I stopped to use the restroom inside. After locking the door behind me, the handle started rattling and the door pounding. It was so persistent that my first thought was that it was Zach trying to be  funny. When I opened the door, a woman  immediately launched into a rapid German tirade, complete with a raised voice and flailing hand gestures. I wish I could have seen the look on my face. I was sure she was going to attack me for being in the bathroom when she needed to use it. After she went in, Zach laughed and told me, believe it or not, she was apologizing for trying to break down the door. But  going purely off body language, I was sure she was going to call the police on me.

On the home front, Newton is finally getting better! Last week, we changed his food, and he has had two full days without the cone! I sure hope that this continues, I feel bad now that it took us so long to make such a simple change. Our Vet didn't mention mention that an allergic reaction could be a possibility, but thanks to a family friend who reads this blog, this option was mentioned, and he was right! I can't tell you how big of a relief this is for me, let alone Newton. After 5 weeks in the cone, Newt promptly celebrated by stealing a hat of a toddler at the park. I thought it was a pretty stealthy piece or work, the mom however, did not.

Ahhhh, the freedom of moving my face wherever I want, and stealing clothing from small children!

Becoming slightly plant obsessed, but I am determined to have something to go on our porch when it gets warm enough...

Clean house. Feels so good, for about 5 minutes, until it's covered in dog hair again.

Afternoon light, so glad that the days are getting longer

Evening skies have to be one of my favorites

Getting some rare and much needed dry porch time

Moss, moss, EVERYWHERE

Never thought I would be a morning light in the bedroom kind of gal, but I think I wake up more naturally now, there is something primal about rising with the sun

Spring, is that you?

Afternoon walk around our little Hoffnungsthal

This guy got home before it was dark last week!

Friday, February 12, 2016


Reading : "The Number One Ladies Detective Agency"

Random Tid- Bit:e Germany's national bird is the White Stork

Looking on the bright side: One perk of all the rain is having clean, rain-washed puppies

Enough already: Newton is still in his cone, bought him new food (thanks Britt), hope that his skin clears up soon. Poor Baby

Eating- Mushroom sun dried tomato gnocchi

Nuts: The Germans celebrated carnival last week, pretty much the equivalent of Mardi Gras, except on steroids, and emotionally suppressed Germans. Free flowing alcohol and the entire city was closed  down.

Wierd: We have a neighbor who still have their Christmas tree up

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

"Whoever said that diamonds are a girl's best friend, never owned a dog"

Happy 4th my darling friend