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Old 05-04-2019, 07:26 PM   #1141
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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?
Today, April 30 is mostly a party for students while May 1 is for the workers. There used to be trade union marches on that day even when I was a kid. They still exist but are much less visible. For many, May 1 starts with a brunch in the park, weather permitting. Most people eat hotdogs/frankfurters and potato salad with mayonnaise, with mead and donuts for dessert.

On both days it's customary for people who have passed the matriculation exam to wear their matriculation cap after 6 PM on April 30.

That's a part of the tradition, although the witches have pretty much moved to Palm Sunday (i.e. Sunday before Easter), where kids go out dressed as witches (mostly girls) or rabbits (mostly boys), knock on doors like Americans on Halloween and chant a secular "blessing" while waving a "wand" made of a twig of willow with pussywillows (unless the spring is late or Easter very early) and decorated with colored feathers: "Virvon varvon tuoreeks terveeks, tulevaks vuuveks. Isännälle ikää pitkää, emännälle perää leveää, palkan annathan mulle niin vitsan annan sulle. Hyvää pääsiäistä!"

Approximate English:
"Swish, swoosh, health and prosperity for the coming year. Long life to the master of the house and a broad bottom for the mistress, I'll give you this twig to earn my pay. Happy Easter!"

Usually the kids get candy, but sometimes coins, especially if the candy's run low.
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Old 05-05-2019, 12:17 PM   #1142
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Wow that is a cool tradition, Granath. I guess some of the Old ways have not passed on totally and are still celebrated. By Old ways I mean when people were more connected to the Earth and celebrated the seasons.

I think my rhubarb has come up and grown enough I can go out and harvest a few stalks to make some rhubarb bread. I do love a slice of rhubarb bread for breakfast with my coffee.
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Old 05-06-2019, 06:03 AM   #1143
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Tanje, sounds yummy, even with the chicken

Victoria, there is always one, isn't there? I think a lot of women never outgrow their teen cattiness, unfortunately.

Granath, wow, that does sound cool. Here it's only a story, but nothing sort of acted out. We have parties to dance into May, and on May 1st, our Labour Day, the trade unions and political parties will have speeches (which some people even attend). Otherwise, it's just a day off to enjoy.

And just leaving this here: 10 weeks non-smoking
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Old 05-06-2019, 07:24 PM   #1144
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That is fantastic Moelisa!! I'm so proud of you. Are you noticing any differences after 10 weeks cigarette free?

Thanks for the explanation, Graneth, that sounds like a fun festival to celebrate.

I've never tried rhubarb bread, but since I know I love rhubarb, I suspect I'd love some if you were able to share it, Tanje.

It is such a shame that adults can still be so unpleasant, Vicki. I always want to be able to tell students that bullying and other nastiness ends once you leave school, but sadly I know that is not true. Why can't people just be nice to each other?
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Old 05-07-2019, 06:37 AM   #1145
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Cosmic Dancer, I should be able to breathe better, however, with the hayfever settling nicely in as soon as anything starts budding, and staying until late in the year, I am still "suffering". Also, I must have gained about 3-4 kilos so far because I am constantly hungry. Working on that, though haha

Bullying, nastiness - sometimes I have the feeling that those being bullies at school age learnt it maybe from their parents, or will keep that behaviour when they are adults? Some people are just born with a nasty streak, and no education or good examples will get this out of them, unfortunately.
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Old 05-07-2019, 01:25 PM   #1146
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Congrats on ten smoke-free weeks! At least you're not torturing your airways with smoke in addition to the pollen.

Some people say that people in Scandinavia (strictly speaking Finland doesn't count but never mind) are more in touch with nature than many other nationalities. There may be something in that. A part of this is that people are taught early on that there's no bad weather, only suitable or unsuitable clothes for whatever the weather happens to be.

Kids in daycare and kindergarten spend hours outdoors every day, except in truly exceptional weather conditions, such as a thunderstorm right overhead, a whiteout blizzard, or when it's truly cold (counting windchill). In late May to August, kids in daycare stay indoors a couple of hours each side of midday (or 1 PM DST) if it's sunny.
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Old 05-08-2019, 12:00 PM   #1147
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I should move up by you Granath, although the older I get, the less I want to be outside. Well its difficult with having to stay out of the sun (my skin), allergies and other complaints. As a child I was outside all the time. You couldnt keep me away from a forest or a stream or lake. Now days I visit them maybe once in the summer to get my nature fix. As for kids outside, Id swear our neighborhood has no small children. I sure dont see many playing outside. In a way thats nice for me, I dont care much for children.
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Old 05-10-2019, 05:50 AM   #1148
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Difficult sometimes to have lively kids around when you're getting older and prefer your peace and quiet
Kids here have regular outside playtime in most kindergartens, unless of course it's pouring down with rain or is too cold/hot. They have play equipment, but some special sorts of kindergartens, like the Waldorf ones, go outside actually in the woods and fields as I understand.
Tanje, I read on facebook about your ongoing water leaks saga stay strong!
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Old 05-10-2019, 01:32 PM   #1149
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LOL I never was much of a kid or baby person. Even as a child, babies held no interest for me. I didnt babysit as a teen except to go with my cousin a few times to keep her company. I never really wanted a baby as an adult and those brought into the office didnt perk my interest. For sure noisy kids that trample your flowers and throw balls against your house arent missed at all here. I fear Wolfie is even worse about them than I am. We do however have some very loud young adults here. Well their car stereos are loud in any case. Perhaps they arent kids, I sure dont know.

Yes my "water problem" in the basement is really getting to be a pain. Like I said in FB post, the fellow came and the repair was still leaking. They return wednesday to reseal it. No extra charge for that so I do consider myself lucky on that.
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Old 05-12-2019, 09:40 AM   #1150
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Those woodland kindergartens sound so much fun. I think kids nowadays spend way too much time indoors. My kids would never really go outside without me, it was pretty odd. I had loads of work to do indoors so it was a challenge. I think that is one of the reasons we got time into sailing. Lots of fresh air, wind, rain and some sunshine.
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Old 05-13-2019, 05:47 AM   #1151
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My cousins took me sailing once, on a lake, and I loved it. I even managed to lean in the right direction after a while
Looking forward to next weekend, which is "off", i.e. one of my Mom-free ones (sorry, love my Mom, really do, but need the odd weekend for myself). Friday is a show with the group I discovered last year, Rapalje, and as my friend Ursel is coming down from Oldenburg, which is a 3-4 hour drive, she sort of invited herself to stay overnight with me. Which means she'll get my bed and I'll sleep on the couch - only have a tiny flat, no guest room or even space to store a guest bed. Will be fun though, I am sure. I plan on going out for breakfast on Saturday with her.
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Old 05-17-2019, 05:38 AM   #1152
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We either had sun with and ice cold wind, or grey/rainy with nice temperatures I wished the combination were different and we'd get the sun with the nice temperatures.
Neighbour and I had planned to walk to the show tonight, like last year, but depending on this weather, we might have to take a car. Oh well.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:30 AM   #1153
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I hope you are able to enjoy your rare weekend off despite the weather not being ideal, Moelisa. It is still some respite, so hopefully that alone will make it good.

Are you now 12 weeks, so nearly 3 whole months, smoke free?

Surely your basement has to be sorted soon, Tanje?!
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:31 PM   #1154
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Basement, next visit from waterproofing is June 18 to replace the wall panel. Will be checking for leaks if we get rain and call them if we have any additional problems. The place they "re-sealed" has additional "spigots" in the wall where the squeezed sealant into the concrete. Its all dry so far and we did have one rain the other day. Fingers crossed.
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:51 AM   #1155
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Fingers crossed for you Tanje.

Cosmic Dancer, it was pouring down with rain on Friday but the show was ab-so-lu-te-ly super!! Neighbour volunteered to drive, I went back home with my friend Ursel who stayed with me overnight. I think a good time was had by all, just wondering why I paid for a seat when half the time I was standing, clapping my hands, dancing around with others and singing along
Yesterday and today the weater is "appropriate" for the season, so got some washing done and hung it ouside, and went for long walks.
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Old 05-19-2019, 12:22 PM   #1156
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Aw Moelisa, too bad it rained but glad you were able to have such a good time at the show/concert.

The weather here cant decide if it want to be summer or winter. One day sunny and hot the next day rainy and cold. Oh well its spring and at least it isnt snowing. I was able to do a little gardening. (thats all I do is a little) Got my 2 tomatos planted and some cucumbers. Found a few pots of flowers to put in and did a bit of weeding inbetween the cold and raindrops. Of course when I get back inside I suffer with allergies. Life is tough.
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Old 05-20-2019, 05:53 AM   #1157
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Tanje, hope your remark "at least it isn't snowing" didn't jinx it
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:21 PM   #1158
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I hope so too Moelisa. Its cold and rainy, around the lower 50's today. Tomorrow is "supposed" to be sunny and 80. LOL We shall see what we get.

Had rhubarb bread for breakfast. Mmmmmm I think I like it better than zucchini bread and I have tons of rhubarb growing just out my back patio door. Made another 2 loaves for the freezer yesterday but I took a few slices to have for my breakfast with cream cheese spread on them, So yummy. I made rhubarb crisp for last weekend. Have some left still (Wolfie wont eat it) and put some in the freezer to see how that goes. LOL I am trying to lose weight here too.
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Old 05-29-2019, 08:14 PM   #1159
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Ooooh rhubarb yummmmmm
Weather here hasn't got the message really that it's May, we have a warm-ish sunny day followed by two with every type of weather except for snow, then a warm-ish sunny one again... Ah well we do need the rain still after last year's really long and dry summer.
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Just had a story on the weather about what we had in May. Seems only 8 days of the entire month did not have rain of some sort. We are sooooo wet here. Speaking of wet guy comes tomorrow to cut away more wall to look for our other leaks. 3 that were fixed (2 of them twice) are dry so far. Yes its been that sort of a year for us here. Very tiresome.

On a less wet note, I have started a program of my own making and devices to walk an extra five thousand steps per day. Going well but saturdays and sundays I seem to have time for four thousand only. Still working on that.

Ah as I type this I hear thunder. More rain is on the way.
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We have had the opposite problem over here, Tanje, we have had a very dry last 12 months apparently. We have had some rain, but below average and definitely not as much as is needed. Farmers are already concerned not only for this summer, but also for the future if we keep having years with insufficient rain.

Some extra steps every day can only be a good thing. That is part of the reason why I park my car in the car park at the opposite side of the site to where my lab is rather than in the nearest car park. I do this in all weathers to add to my steps. For your step-deficient weekends, maybe a treadmill in front of the TV?
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Old 06-05-2019, 05:39 AM   #1162
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I think it's a great idea, Tanje, and I am sure you will notice the benefits very soon.
Like Cosmic Dancer said, we here in Europe seem still to be suffering from the super long hot summer from last year: we may complain about the rainy days, but as the experts assure us, it is still way too dry over here, and nature desperately needs the rain. I remember petrol last year being really really expensive as the rivers did not have enough water to bear the container ships from the oceans to the towns, and oil/petrol had to be transported overland, i.e. extra transport means had to be hired by the firms; of course, the cost of that was transferred over to the customer
I had a week off last week, my last days from last year; they would have been forfeit normally, as I should have started that leave by 31 March this year, however, I did offer to take it and be off the whole of March My boss then agreed to make a deal and let me take it - unofficially - later....
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We are still getting soaked over here. Rain last night and more to come this afternoon. The ground is so soggy you dont even want to try walking in the yard. The temps have been colder than normal some days too. Our "usual" for this time is 70-80 but its been mostly 50-60 with a few odd days of 70 tossed in there for the heck of it.

Went for my yearly eye exam yesterday and got not so good news. Ive known the vision in my right eye is not good. Seems I am starting with Macular degeneration there and have to make an appointment for a specialist for that. Very distressing as my vision is my most important sense I have. Hoping that they can slow it down and that it wont progress to my other eye.
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My goodness Tanje, that sounds horrible. With yearly eye checks hopefully it is at the very early stages and you will be able to slow or stop it.
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Fingers crossed the specialist knows how to stop it, or at least slow it down considerably!
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I'm so sorry to hear this Tanje. I really hope that the specialist can help you.
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Tanje - I hope you can get to see the specialist pretty soon, if only to set your mind at rest. Are you short-sighted like myself? Last year my optician detected a cateract and referred me for further investigation; fortunately the optician can still prescribe good enough lenses but, like you, my sight is the most precious of the senses.
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Not sure what you mean by short sighted (USA and GB have so many different terms) Nearsighted is what we call it here. I can see things clearly only close up (like 2 inches) forget anything over a foot away. Most everything without my glasses is just colored blobs.
Yes it is very distressing to be losing my eyesight. I have had bad eyes and worn glasses since I started school. Everything I do and enjoy is based on seeing. I have appointment on the 20th. As far as I know there isnt much they can do for macular degeneration. I am taking the special vitamins they make for it and hope the doctor can confirm I have the slow kind that wont progress too quickly. As long as I dont have it in my other eye Ill be able to function pretty well.
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Yes, near sighted is the same. here we measure it in diopters - negative for short sight - mine is -22 in right eye (the one with cateract) and -16 in the left. I have been wearing glasses since I was 7 and contact lenses since I was 33.
I describe my sight without lenses as - a watercolour painting where it was all done while the paints were wet.
I expect you have learnt to identify things with very slight visual clues.
There is a lot more information nowadays so I hope you find something helpful.
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Oh no, Tanje, I hope they can slow down the macular degeneration.

My goodness, Keruval. With those diopter ratings, you're pretty much legally blind without glasses. I'm on my second pair of multi-focal glasses. My nearsightedness has improved, it was about -4 and -3.5 at most, but now it's only -2 and -1.5. But then, I also have +1.75 for close work on both eyes... I got my first glasses when I was 11 years old. I should really have had them at least a year earlier, but because I went to a small one-room school in the country, with about ten pupils in the whole school, everybody sat either in the first or second row, so seeing the chalkboard was not an issue.

Work's been crazy lately, which is why I haven't been here for a while. My boss finally put her foot down and told us to outsource most of our work to a translation agency, only doing official documents and confidential stuff ourselves. It's more expensive than doing it in-house. The only thing that would really help would be to hire a third translator, but to do that, we need to show the boss of my boss that there's a long-term demand for one. Hiring and firing is expensive here and not undertaken lightly...

Thank goodness my vacation starts on Friday, 21 June. We're going on a Baltic Sea round-trip by car to Sweden, Denmark, northern Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The itinerary is yet to be determined in detail. This should take about a week to ten days. Thank goodness for long European vacations, I return to work on August 1. That's a Thursday, so I'll hopefully have a slow start... Fingers crossed.
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