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Die Knuipe

Old Man Winter is knocking at our door

Posted by Mervi on November 18, 2022 at 1:40 PM

Dear friends! November is rolling and the Winter season is almost here with or without snow and ice. Soon we can enjoy the Advent lights - at least I hope so despite the problems with electricity!

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Reply Mervi
4:14 PM on December 10, 2022 
Dave - I wish all the best to your mother and lots of strength to you whatever the outcome will be. - Of course, I'm keeping my fingers crossed even for your job interview!

Ludmila - So you'll be joining our 'Freiherrin Club'! Welcome! :D
Reply Ludmila
3:15 PM on December 10, 2022 
Hello friends!
My last working day is on 31.12.2022. On Thursday I celebrated my retirement with co-workers. I got a cat tree as present. Today Uwe put it together. I hope the cats will like the tree,
I wish you success with interview.
I hope Wilbaer had a birthday party today.
Reply DAVE
1:06 PM on December 10, 2022 
Good Afternoon.

It is -5C and grey here in Waterloo. The whole week has been the same, but at least we haven't any major snowfalls yet.

This Christmas Eve we are resuming our gathering with my mom's family. We missed the last 2 years due to Covid19, and sadly we lost my mom's sister Ursula in September. I hope there are no outbreaks with the cousins' school age children at Christmas time.

The last few weeks have been difficult for me, as I deal with a startling quick decline in my mother's mental abilities. I have to take her to see the doctor to determine the next steps. I have been spending less time at the computer and more time working around the house to keep my mind occupied.

Good news is that I have a job interview with the City of Waterloo on Dec. 22. I was actually quite shocked to receive an interview request in an email.

Now I'm going out for a long walk.

Have a nice Saturday.
Reply Mervi
10:24 AM on December 10, 2022 
Hello Leti! I'm so glad to meet you here! Uncle Sergej will treat you with a nice drink! :D
Reply Leti
10:10 AM on December 10, 2022 
Happy birthday dear Wilbaer. Best wishes to you. We love you.
Reply Mervi
6:53 AM on December 10, 2022 
Good day! Guten Tag! Again I entered a deserted Knuipe ... well, maybe somebody will come in later ....

Today we celebrate Wilbär's birthday so I republished Anders Björklund's fantastiska photos from Wilbär's second birthday in 2009. You will love the photos ... what a pity this paradise is closed now.

Have a pleasant Saturday and take care!
Reply Mervi
2:44 PM on December 9, 2022 
Britta-Gudrun - I can fully understand your dilemma and I certainly don't want to put any pressure on you. It's anyway good to know there are neighbours willing to feed him.

Leti - Hello to Thessaloniki!

Ralph - I hope you're feeling better today. Maybe it's time for another stiff hottie?
Reply Britta-Gudrun
1:43 PM on December 9, 2022 
Ralph, thank you for your understanding!
Django's life as a free roamer has also been dangerous in the past 12 years with me when he has walked on love trails at night. So I had to accept not always being able to protect him, because I knew "this is the price of freedom", which all wild animals have to pay for their independence.
No, do not know when the house can be sold. If Django is still alive then and he could have been lucky to stay with the new owners, that would be comforting for me, but that is out of my hands....
Reply ralph
12:28 PM on December 9, 2022 
BrittaGudrun I understand your dilemma with Django.
If he is used to his neighbourhood and being able to be out and about As long as there are people living in the house to keep an eye on Django you will have a link.
Do you know what is likely to happen to the house afterwards. Perhaps some of the new residents will have a heart for cats
I am sure you are right that Django would not want to be confined however comfortable they quarters.
Reply Leti
9:07 AM on December 9, 2022 
Happy birthday dear Nobby, Nela, Venus, Valeska and Borealis. Best wishes to you. We love you all.
Reply Britta-Gudrun
8:21 AM on December 9, 2022 
Good day at lunchtime!

Mervi, I'm not in a hurry yet, because the move will possibly be in the spring, but I'm working off a to do list, so everything that I can do now in writing and organizationally in peace.

Your suggestions about Django's care are well meant and I would like to implement them, but Django is already very old and born to be free! It took him a year then from first feeding in the garden and then sleeping in the basement over winter to finally come to me sometime in the apartment. Since I can't have him locked up in a shelter now even with good intentions. He will continue to be fed by 2 neighbors in the house until the house is sold at some point.
Please don't make me feel bad, I'm already suffering enough at the thought of being separated from him....

Guten Tag zur Mittagszeit!

Mervi, ich habe noch keine Eile, weil der Umzug eventuell auch erst im Fruehjahr sein wird, aber ich arbeite eine to do Liste ab, also alles, was ich jetzt noch in aller Ruhe schriftlich und organisatorisch erledigen kann.

Eure Vorschlaege zu Djangos Versorgung sind gut gemeint und ich wuerde sie auch gerne umsetzen, aber Django ist schon sehr alt und zur Freiheit geboren! Es hat ein Jahr gedauert, bis er damals vom ersten Fuettern im Garten und dann ueber Winter im Keller geschlafen hat, um endlich bei mir irgendwann freiwillig in die Wohnung zu kommen. Da kann ich ihn jetzt auch nicht in guter Absicht in ein Tierheim einsperren lassen. Er wird von 2 Nachbarn weiterhin im Haus gefuettert, bis das Haus irgendwann verkauft wird. Bitte macht mir kein schlechtes Gewissen, ich leide schon genug bei dem Gedanken ihn verlassen zu muessen....
Reply Mervi
7:41 AM on December 9, 2022 
Good day! Guten Tag! I've been ski jumping all morning so I'm a bit late but I notice there's not exactly a crowd here ...

Today we have many birthday bears - Nobby&Nela, Venus, Valeska and Borealis. I wish them all a very happy birthday!

Ludmila - It's very cold here, too so we have lit candles everywhere in the flat. Luckily the cats ignore them.

In KM you can see photos and a video by Anita from Nela's and Nobby's first birthdays in Hellabrunn. The video is hilarious!

I wish everybody a pleasant Friday and a good start of the coming weekend. Take care!
Reply Ludmila
5:06 AM on December 9, 2022 
Good morning! Guten Morgen!
Today the sun is shining, but it is cold.
Hugs all around.
Reply Mervi
6:17 PM on December 8, 2022 
Leti, Ralph - I join you for a hot toddy! :D
Reply ralph
4:27 PM on December 8, 2022 
Thank you everyone I am having a hot orange drink with whisky.
Reply Leti
10:09 AM on December 8, 2022 
Happy birthday dear Anna and Elsa. Best wishes to you. We love you.
Mervi-Thanks for the hot drinks.
Ralph-I wish you a speedy recovery.

Here it is rainy but it is not cold.
Reply Mervi
9:35 AM on December 8, 2022 
Ralph - I wish you a speedy recovery! I hope you have ingredients for a stiff hot toddy.
Reply Ludmila
8:39 AM on December 8, 2022 
I wish you a speedy recovery.
Reply ralph
8:01 AM on December 8, 2022 
Back in September 2020 I was lucky to be able to meet Anna and Elsa at the glass in Bremerhaven during one of my two "breakout" trips to the Continent.
I am suffering a bad cold at the moment so am not posting so much.
Reply Mervi
5:52 AM on December 8, 2022 
Good morning! Guten Morgen! After the snowing the sun is shining again but the weather gurus have predicted more snow during the next few days.

Today we celebrate Anna and Elsa in Bremerhaven. Happy birthday wishes are flying over the Baltic Sea.

Britta-Gudrun - I understand you have a lot of things to do before Christmas and before the move. I wish you best of luck but, please, remember not to overdo things.

Ludmila - There was a little frost on the ground early in the morning here, too. - Yes, it's definitely the Glühwein season now! :D

In KM you can meet baby lolifantje Max and his uncle - the 19 months old Radjik. Both are very cute!

Have a nice TDT and take care!