Memorabilia

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it on this blog, but in my youth, somewhere around the ages of 12-15, I was a huge Beatles fan and refused to listen to anything else ever – for a number of years.

Now, I keep receiving unexpected things in the mail – recently, I received this which catapulted me back to the days of my youth:

It’s a paper card that when opened:

A wonderful and amazingly collapsible yellow submarine made of paper pops up:

And if that weren’t enough, this morning I received four bags of little bitty parts that I was forced to assemble without any instructions being included, so I am not quite sure if I did it properly.

Quite amazing and just made my day! Thank you!

Sequoias

For the first time ever, I got to see a sequoia tree yesterday:

It and three others were planted in a little town on the edge of Lake Constance, which I visited yesterday, to visit a dear cousin and one of my aunts, who is visiting her.

The Best Weeks of the Year

No, I haven’t drowned in that little pool. It’s spent some time in the basement, in fact, as the heatwave ended (and started again yesterday, so it’s back up).

It’s been a bit busy around here, and in between, I’ve been living La Dolce Vita, realizing that it is strawberry season and that these weeks are the best weeks of the summer. So, I’ve concentrated on LIVING them and ENJOING them to the fullest.

First, we had to get rid of a rather large pine tree that was infested by bark beetles and was dying. To do this, we hired a professional “tree climber”.

I’ve also been doing some of this:

…and enjoying the bounties of the season by having buttered tagliatelli with fresh truffles*….

..and making crepes and filling them with a homemade strawberry filling and garnishing them with fresh strawberries and cream:

 

*I was gifted a truffle slicer some 15 years ago and always use it to slice garlic. This year, I finally used it to slice real truffles. ‘Bout time.

Heatwave

We are being subjected to a heatwave of some length at the moment, and as our summer temps don’t usually get up to the high 80s and low 90s, normal homes do not have A/C. As a result, when the high temperatures are sustained for more than a few days, it’s a bit uncomfortable – especially the sleeping part.

I knew this weather was coming, and as I contemplated how to best deal with it, I had a brilliant idea.

I’m one of those mean adults who always envies the little kids that get to splash in their little pools in the summer. So, I went online to look and see if there isn’t something affordable and doable that is available for adults. I found something for under 40 €, and ordered it.

The discussion (or objections) by the folks surrounding this little pool, as it was on its merry way to being delivered, were exhausting.

“It’s a silly idea.”

“You’re going to ruin the lawn.”

“You’ll need 2 cubic meters of water just to fill it.” (In Germany, cubic meters is a common measure of volume – 1 cbm is 1000 liters)

“It will take the water three days to warm up enough for anyone to go in it.”

“Where on earth will you put it?”

“No one is going to use it.”

“Leaves and dirt will soil it.”

“Stop being a child.”

It got here yesterday. The’ve all shut up now and think it’s great.

*rolls eyes*

Toady, quite Toady

This is the second of two toads I’ve managed to “save” from my basement window wells in the last two days. Yesterday’s toad was quite large, bigger than the palm of my hand, but this guy seems to be a bit of a youngster:

I’ll be checking the window wells on a daily basis to avoid any toad deaths.

I’m delighted that we have toads in our little garden 🙂

Finished at Last

I realized this was an ambitious project, but underestimated the time it would take mainly because it is an oversized sweater and there were lots and lots of stitches to knit.

But it is done and I’ve tried it on, and as a sweater to put on when the summer evening gets a bit cooler, I think it will become one of my favorites.

Sleeves (make 2)

I have finally finished the entire front of what I am now choosing to call the “insane” sweater project. Insane because though not particularly difficult, knitting 7 iterations of four different patterns with differing iterations leads to mistakes. It can, and it did, and I frogged and corrected, time and time again, but alas, it is almost done.

All that’s left now to do are the sleeves, and it occurred to me, that on the knitting directions, they always state something along the lines of Sleeves: (make two). Duh. Really? Two sleeves? What a ground-breaking concept, making a sweater with TWO sleeves as opposed to one.

<end rant>

Though yes, I admit, if this is all I’ve got to rant about today, then my life must be good.

Ok, Who did this?

Because it is brilliant and because I completely envy people who can photoshop, and use it for such creative things.

I have no idea who’s work this is, I’d love to credit them for it.

Roasted Chicken

We recently bought an electric rotisserie for our new gas grill, and so for our long weekend (its Pentecost), we decided to roast a five pound chicken.

It was delicious.

Ravings of a Sane Lunatic

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