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Old 04-07-2019, 12:18 PM   #1111
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Wow thanks for all the explaining on those terms. We have nothing like that here, closest is the emissions test which just makes sure the car isnt spewing poisons or such to the environment.
Never have "ordered" a new car, always just go to the dealer and buy one they have on the lot. They always seem to have hundreds of cars to choose from and Im not picky about colors and usually dont want a lot of options on a car.

Tomorrow the basement fix guys are due. Not sure what time, I can call after 8 am to find out. Will be happy to get that over with. Also will have the taxes to pick up some time next week and get the payment for that sorted out and mailed off. I will be even happier to get that done. I really hate paying taxes. Then of course the real estate taxes will come due and Ill have to sort and pay that.....never ends.
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Old 04-08-2019, 05:53 AM   #1112
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Yay Congrats Cosmic Dancer *bouncy* - enjoy the new car, it's a great feeling, and nothing beats the smell

Tanje, then let me explain the German equivalent as well (hehehe), called the TUEV, which stands for what means Technical Monitoring Corporation; they check everything in a car that might affect its roadworthyness, and will refuse you the sticker if they find something, at least until you've got it repaired. Again, your car needs to have insurance before any dealer will give it to you, and for that, you need to prove it's roadworthy; the tax office will get the information automatically when your car is registered with the German Traffic Office to get its number plates.
All very complicated and expensive
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Sure seems that you all over there are way more concerned with the safety of the cars on your roads than we are. Perhaps the US should check more than emissions.

Well basement fix yesterday went well. We were the first on the list for the day and the fellow arrived after 9 AM. He had 2 cracks to fix, one of which needed the part of the wall removed. The cracks ran all the way from top to bottom of the wall and after 3 hours of work, they are finally sealed up. We decided to wait to replace the wall until after a rain to make sure no more water will get in. Also to give the wood part of the wall time to dry out more. So in a week or so we will call them to come and finish up. Seems like I have been dealing with this forever......

Also went out yesterday to pick up the finished taxes so today I will return with the signatures so they can be sent and the payments to be mailed. Ugh glad that is finished, next will be the real estate taxes to worry about.
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:48 AM   #1114
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Tanje, some of the cars in US we see on TV would not be allowed here in Germany, not because they're rusty or have faults, but because of add-ons or big huuuge wheels etc. people put on them.
Fingers crossed about your wall, hope they found and repaired all the cracks.
Here April in the meantime is showing its typical characteristics, in that it can be warm and then freezing cold the next day, on Saturday we had sunshine in the morning and close to two-digit temperatures, in the afternoon it was 1 C and snowing (still with the sun shining though ) This week is supposed to get warmer and around 20 C by the end of the week, at least in time for the Easter weekend. We'll see.
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Old 04-16-2019, 05:54 AM   #1115
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Still shocked by Notre Dame de Paris being in flames! Paris is only a few hours away from where I live, and as I had friends there, we visited each other regularly. Notre Dame was one of my favourite sights in this city, and I think one of the few sights everyone in the world knew or had heard of (like Empire State Building!)
The fires have been extinguished, thank God, but Paris is hurting.
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Old 04-16-2019, 01:34 PM   #1116
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*Cries tears for Paris* The photos we got here were awful! All those flames and smoke. OMG. Never been to Paris or much of anywhere in Europe, but to have that destruction in such an old and beloved landmark anywhere is awful.

Well Sundays snow (not sure how much we actually got, 4-5 inches of very wet snow most likely) has now almost melted. Yesterday I went out to visit my friend Rose and decided to push what I could off the driveway so it would melt faster. Last effort of the season I hope. Was very slushy underneath as some of the first snow was almost rain. The temps were around freezing so with the warmer ground the stuff was very messy. Roads were clear and dry so no problems there.

Had a lovely visit with Rose (one of my friends from High school) we talked and she made sandwiches for our lunch. I should visit her more as she isnt too far from me, but getting me out of the house is difficult. I am such a hermit.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:25 PM   #1117
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So sad about Notre Dame, and to watch it happening .

Nice to have a visit from an old friend Tanje, someone who has known you forever.

Getting much colder at nights here, I put my duvet back on the bed yesterday, very snuggly, from a summer using just a sheet at night (mostly to discourage mossies).
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Old 04-17-2019, 05:47 AM   #1118
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Good to have friends like that, Tanje, and worth making the effort.
Victoria our days/nights are actually getting warmer, so next time I wash my bedstuff, I was actually planning to just let the winter duvet on (not the combination I of summer and winter I have at the moment because I am always cold ).
We have everything outside exploding here (or already exploded and in full bloom), and the early ones like Japanese cherry trees and Magnolias are just stunning. I love spring.
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:15 PM   #1119
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Well I am beginning to feel like I live in a sieve. Went downstairs to check the fixed wall parts in the basement... all were dry... BUT! I spy a wet spot at the wall base a foot from the fix in the "computer room". I really can not take much more of this. I am so reluctant to call again for this. Another wall panel to rip out and the one that was ripped out is yet to be fixed! What is with this house? Ill deal with it next week, I need some time........
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Old 04-17-2019, 07:17 PM   #1120
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It really was awful seeing flames up in the roof of Notre Dame. I've been more relieved since seeing photos post fire as it doesn't look as utterly destroyed as I'd feared the other night.

Oh dear Tanje. I had been wondering if the basement was sorted and was sure melting snow would help you know. So sorry it still doesn't appear to be fixed.

We are now at about the time for switching from our winter duvet (which may be too thin for Moelisa in summer ) to the lightest available summer duvet.
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Old 04-18-2019, 05:47 AM   #1121
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Awww no Tanje, that's terrible. If you ring them now, they surely won't come before Easter, so you have at least the holidays (but an appointment to sort it out). The only little positive thing I can see is that as the other wall hasn't been fixed yet, they can do that in one go.
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Old 04-18-2019, 01:00 PM   #1122
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I am just so tired and disgusted with this basement leak thing. How many hidden cracks does this wall have? It seems to be a small one as we did have some rain and there isnt mush water, just a small dampness appearing at the wall and floor joint. Will call after the weekend.

What are we all cooking for Easter? I have some ham and scalloped potatoes planned. Since its just the 2 of us I dont bother to make the usual spread of things. Heck we dont even eat at a table but go downstairs (to the wrecked basement) to eat in front of the big TV. I sure miss the family dinners I had as a kid with parents and aunt, uncle and cousins.
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Old 04-20-2019, 08:09 AM   #1123
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Oh no, I hope you get the leaks fixed after the holidays. Dry rot would be a nasty thing in the house. Both my dad and my MIL had to retire early because their respective workplaces got dry rot.

We're having our main Easter dinner on Monday with my parents, probably something with mutton, a traditional Easter dish here. And of course, no Easter would be complete without Mämmi (English wikipedia link). We always buy the traditional version without molasses if we can get it.
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Old 04-21-2019, 12:14 PM   #1124
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Never heard of mammi but looked it up and dont think Ill try the recipe. I would taste it if it was available. Interesting!

We are having ham, scalloped potatoes and asparagus for Easter dinner. Guess thats typical for Easter here. Its what we always had when I was a child and since the stores seem to sell lots of ham around Easter time I guess its usual. In any case I like ham. I like lamb too. Any sort of lamb is not easy to find here, so guess we dont cook much of it. Too bad as I love lamb and often wish I could make it more often.
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Old 04-21-2019, 08:08 PM   #1125
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nO EASTER DINNER HERE, WAS GOING TO DO A BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY DINNER AFTER A WEEKEND AT WORK BUT WE'RE SPENT UP and that's that! Living within our means and all that.

Also, caps lock and I'm too tired to fix it...

Hope everyone had a great day today!
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Old 04-22-2019, 10:39 AM   #1126
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Fairly traditional family dinner here as waiting for arrival of Chris' eldest daughter and two grandaughters. Roast lamb, with masses of veggies. Simple dessert of my favourite chocolate covered ice cream bars

Saw a FB post about IKEA flatpack Easter Eggs which made me smile as they had pinched my idea from years back So the two girls will get flatpack Easter Eggs but not from IKEA.

Exceptionally warm here for end of April but sometimes Easter does pull a good weekend of weather out of its hat.
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Old 04-23-2019, 05:49 AM   #1127
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Hmm no traditional Easter lunch here (would be lunch, not dinner), although I think most people will have either rabbit or lamb. There are lots and lots of colourful hardboiled eggs. In the last years we seem to have a typical Polish breakfast, with is like a full dinner, starting with some sort of soup and Polish sausages in it, potato salad, green salad, ham and bacon, and can't remember what else. (Shudders)
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Old 04-23-2019, 08:34 AM   #1128
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Yay for vacation, four days off. Office workers and builders etc. had Good Friday and Easter Monday off, and schools were out as well.

Today's very warm for the season, our tulips are poking their heads out of the ground. They're forecasting up to 20 C/68 F for the afternoon. Sunny with a light breeze, absolutely perfect. This would be good for June and not too disappointing for July, although we do usually get warmer temps than that in July.

Forest fire warnings are in force, too.
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Old 04-25-2019, 05:39 AM   #1129
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We had super weather over Easter, dry and sunny, and temperatures even over 20C; needless to say, we were sitting outside with Mom most of the time in the afternoons.
Bit cooler now, we had a thunderstorm yesterday, and although it's sunny, the temperatures went down a bit.
I love spring
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OMG Woke up this morning to the news of a Chemical spill (ammonia) very nearby to us. In fact if I was still working, I couldnt go to work by any of the usual
north/south routes. Roads all closed off. The people in a 1 mile radius (we are at a 2 mile radius) cant leave their houses. Right now I hear helicopters overhead. The news crews are just 2 blocks away at our west intersection. Thats as close as they can get. TV News just said firefighters are going door to door to check on residents. I have shopping to do today but happily the store is further west so shouldnt have a problem.
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my goodness, hope they clear that very soon. Would you be able to leave the shopping for a day, just to be on the safe side? Stay safe.
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Stay safe, Tanje! I hope the stores are upwind from you...
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They had the chemical spill cleaned up in about 5 hours. 37 people were taken to local hospitals. the first responders who didnt know what it was were the worst cases and were in critical shape from breathing in the fumes. I posted several reports on facebook but never sure if anyone sees them. Happily the area of danger wasnt in the way of me going shopping. Store is to the north east and spill was to the south. They had it cleaned up by the time Wolfie came home (thank goodness) as he takes that road home and passed by the spot of the spill. Way too close for comfort!

Got to love our weather here, one day I can go out in just a t shirt and tomorrow they are saying we will have measurable snowfall....
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I saw a post from you about the spill, poor people who lived closer.

Weather is yo-yoing a bit here too, but the temps are gradually going down. It's much cosier in bed at night, I must say, even if you tend to change blankets regularly to deal with the temp changes. Still getting lots of nice days though, without that awful humidity.
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Old 04-27-2019, 01:37 PM   #1135
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Now we are forecast 5-8 inches of snow for today. This will be a very wet heavy snow which will crush all my lovely daffodils out there. Poor things thought it was finally ok to bloom and whammo they will get flattened. Had thought to cut a bunch and bring them inside but concerned the cats would get to them and eat and get poisoned, so they will just have to take their chances outside.

Felt so awful earlier, I stepped on Larz tail really soundly and hurt him. He was behind me and I didnt see him. Stepped square on it. I felt so bad. He backed off and gave me this accusing hurt look and meowed at me several times as I apologised. He looked so accusingly at me like he couldnt believe Id ever hurt him so. Of course he wouldnt let me get near him for awhile but finally let me pet him and just awhile ago he got on my lap to snuggle. I am forgiven thank goodness.

UPDATE: Sunday morning here and snow is not too bad out there. Happily the first 3-4 hours of the snowstorm, all the snow melted when it hit the ground. When finally the temps dropped at night the snow mostly stayed on the grassy areas. Looks to be maybe 3 inches out there on the grass and only a slushy bit on the roads and pavement. The sun is up (its 7AM) and that will be gone in short order. Happy dance!
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I can't believe it's May already... Yesterday we ate donuts and drank non-alcoholic mead at my MIL's to celebrate Walpurgis. Today it's a day off.
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Granath, are you saying that you have a celebration that 'requires' you to eat donuts?! What is Walurgis, I've not heard of it before?

That is good news about the minimal snow, Tanje.

We have gone to being more spring like again, having had really summery weather over Easter weekend. No risk of snow, at least not where I am thankfully.
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We have the "Walpurgisnacht" as well here in Germany, i.e. the night from 30th April to 1st May, and it is said that all witches gather around the Blocksberg (now the Brocken, a mountain in the Harz area) and dance around it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walpurgis_Night
Is that about the same where you are, Granath?
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Looks like the rain has given up for today (friday) and I actually see the sun out there. However it still is cold. Ah well....

Making white lasagna today for dinner tomorrow. I usually do stuff like this a day ahead and then reheat it. You never made/had white lasagna? Its the same as the other but uses cooked shredded chicken in place of the beef, alfredo sauce in place of tomato sauce and sliced zucchini in place of onions and garlic. You layer it and sprinkle the cheese (mozzarella) between layers just like the other lasagna. Then bake it. Its good and a change of pace from the usual.
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It does sound good Tanje, I wish I could come for dinner at your place.

Where I live now is prone to fog in the morning, and the last few days it's living up to it's reputation, cold damp and foggy. Hopefully it will burn off before the morning is too far gone and be a glorious day. The airports are affected by it too. It's not the worst where I live, I believe it's much worse in other areas. Yuk.

But once it burns off it is a most beautiful sunny day, so we will save our walk until then I think.

I am enjoying my Saturday afternoon knitting group, although a week or two ago there was a bit of cattiness went on and someone's feelings were hurt and she's not coming back. I had hoped females grew out of that sort of thing, but it seems not. There's just the one person likes to run it all her way, I felt as if I was back at school .
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