We officially moved in August 17th and have been working our butts off to make this apartment into our peaceful home. Mark is under a lot of stress and yes, I do mean more than his norm so I wanted the home to just surround him, nurture his spirit and welcome him to a sanctuary when he walks in the door. Not an easy feat when you have no car or don't speak the language and trying to find stuff at stores, on line, ect... But we are getting there so I'm gonna put some pics on of the progress so far. It's a work in progress but that's how I always view my homes no matter where I live. Now remember no kitchen, no over lights, no closets or even bathroom fixtures come in an unfurnished apartmentin Germany. Now you see why I said working our butts off?
Clarice has adapted remarkably will which is probably due to the fact that she now has room to roam, play and escape us instead of being tethered to a windowsill every minute. She loves walking out on the balconies and watching the world go by. As a matter of fact, she just jumped off the back of the couch, stretched real big and walked outside to watch some workers in the park. Speaking of the park, she has been for 3 walks over there and loves every minute of it. We have had older people stop to pet her and children just adore it because there is just something really funny about a Katzen walking on a leash in the park! I enjoy the cool shade and read while she explores. Thank goodness that Auntie Donna Davis got her a retractable leash because it gives her much more range than the little cat leash that I had bought her. We are still debating keeping her "Soft Claw" caps on her nails because Mark doesn't like them but if she starts scratching the furniture I say they stay on. Just think of them like nail tips so they don't hurt her but Mark thinks she pounces less when they are on so he doesn't like them.
I have discovered the Antik Store that Mark found before we moved over here and I love it! It's a family run business with an older couple and their daughter who looks about my age. They carry a lot of stuff like primitives and dusty stuff that looks like it hasn't moved in years. I have been there twice already and got some just amazing stuff, free delivery and established a friendship already. Of course, guess that's easy when you are throwing money around...LOL! Seriously, I was able to haggle a little which was fun for both of us...I think! I know I came away just bubbling over with excitement which scared Mark nearly to death....OMG, She's already found a place to spend my hard earned money...LOL! Doesn't take me long does it? These people just have amazing stuff and it's packed to the ceilings, piled up, some outside with tarps (which of course is my favorite area) and some storage buildings. I just ran around like a kid in a candy store those 2 times and must have made 10 or 12 passes with piling stuff at the register before I finally said I was ready to discuss price. Now I should explain that it's been in the high 80's to 90's here with no air conditioning so I was a sweaty mess by the time I was ready to start haggling. I think they really felt bad for the poor fat, sweaty American so they actually threw a few items in for free. I was beyond thrilled and I think they will be too when I go show them the pictures of what I have done with the stuff now.
One last story then I'll start adding pictures. Those that know we all too well will remember that I am a mystery novel junkie. I think it all started with my addiction to Nancy Drew novels as a child but I admit I like nothing better than reading mystery, crime novels. So our last week at the hotel proved that I may be a little paranoid from all that I have read. I walked the contents of the litter box(ewww) over to drop into the hotels garbage area late one evening. It was really dark and it's about 1/2 a block from where we were staying. As I started back thru the empty street, I realized it was very dark and isolated back there which was spooky. Then I started across the street and I heard a man's dress shoe footsteps behind me along with the swooshing of his pant legs. I didn't want to turn around so I just increased my pace a little but knowing that I had to walk into a dark alley to get to our room was scaring me a little. I look up and see Mark working at the computer with his back turned to the window, Clarice sitting in the window and I wonder if they will hear me if I start yelling. The guy turns and starts down the alley right behind me and at this point I'm almost running. Yep this is it is what I'm thinking.....he's gonna grab me and Mark not have a clue what happened. It's every mystery novel"s plot happening to me!!!!! Yep, you got it...he was staying in the building right next to ours but I didn't know that until I broke out into a run, swiped my card and quickly pulled the main doors shut. I ran up the stairs just about in a panic and I looked outside our window in time to see him swipe his card in the other building and go inside. I was so out of breath that it took a couple of minutes for me to calm down to explain to Mark what was going on. After we had a good laugh over it, he decided that he'd take whatever items needed to be thrown out after dark from then on. I felt so silly afterwards but also very happy that it was just my imagination running away with me instead of some psycho man!
And to quote Bugs Bunny: On with the show this is it!!!! Now admit it how many of you just sang that line and thought of all the characters walking on stage?
We arrived and now where to store everything
Finally Moved in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Living Room light fixture which is a wire lampshade structure that was covered in vinyl, made to look like leather and I cut it off the frame. The antik lady gave it to me for free and if you'd seen it before you'd think she got the better end of the deal. Ha, ha! I knew it would be perfect wired up so Mark did just that then we covered the cored with rope. I love it!!!!!!
German wine and beer crates to use as storage $5E each. The white and black graniteware on the racks are from home. Got the 2 cups at Goodwill for .99 cents before we moved and the cup with spout is a very special gift from a wonderful lady, Eileen that I have the pleasure of calling my friend. It belonged to her husband Robert as a child and when he passed she gave it to me because she knew how much I loved old things. I think of her and Robert everytime I walk into my kitchen. That man made the best fudge in the world!
Ok that's all for now boys and girls but we sure to tune in again real soon and we'll continue to Prim up Germany together!