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A Brief Winter Wonderland

After getting colder than usual here (down to -15C), the weather unexpectedly chucked a bunch of snow down on Monday late afternoon, just as Spouse and his first employee (who had come for his first day of work despite later confessing that around here starting a new job on a Monday was Just Not Done […]

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Flockdown

**SPOILER ALERT** We didn’t get hit by the blizzard, which also didn’t turn out to be the blizzard of the century. I, for one, mostly because I don’t know what I’m talking about, am disappointed. But most people here are relieved. All last week the entire northern half of the country was glued to the […]

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It Snowed

It snowed here for the first time worth mentioning in a couple of years. Although it was thin on the ground and it’s pretty darned flat here, I was inspired to excavate the little wooden sled with the Made in the GDR stamped on it that came with the house and take it on a […]

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Some Days Require More Chocolate Than Others

It was bound to happen at some point and of course it was most likely to happen during a spike in coronavirus cases. <spoiler alert> We aren’t sick (yet?) and, in fact, we don’t even know that we’ve been exposed to people who were infected, much less were infectious, but there’s enough of a possibility […]

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2020 Has Been Saved

I may be the last one to arrive at the party, but I must shout from the rooftops that 2020 has been saved… by Chefclub! The sweet potato turkey alone made my year. But their take on stereotypical German (well, Bavarian) cuisine also just killed me. Today’s NYTimes article that introduced me to this gem […]

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Collecting Obscure Allergies

Although I must have watched every episode when I was a kid, I don’t remember much about the Little House on the Prairie tv series. Except that I think I remember one time Pa warning Ma that pride cometh before a fall. Which is to say, I used to feel so (smugly) sorry for people […]

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Another One From the You Couldn’t Make This Shit Up Department

This just popped up on the evening news (I kid you not): people in Germany are upset because at a time when, in most places, at most 5 people from at maximum 2 different households are allowed to get together because of the surging pandemic, the Nazis-in-everything-but-name political party is holding a 600 person party […]

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A Groovy Obsession

Starting at the age of about fourteen, I stopped being a tv watcher. Not that I’ve never watched it since then, but I literally could go years in between viewings. Spouse, on the other hand, in the handful of years that we’ve lived, not just in the same country, for a change, but actually at […]

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Bird Flu

Every time I have taken the tenacious little terrier out for a walk since last week Saturday, every German that I know who has seen me has stopped me and asked me if I voted. Then they have expressed their effusive relief that “democracy prevailed” (although, I have to admit, I don’t quite share their […]

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