Lokal Dezember 2013

Heute bevor das geschreiben hatte, hab ich gesehen eine perfekte Moment fuer die Blog.

Today, before I am blogging about it, there was a moment perfect to blog about.  In this case it has to do with having referred to the little German village I’m in as a form of Saxon Paradise.  There were simply two women in the field nearest to where I live with horses.  One was middle aged and the other was slightly older.  Since I’m a hetero woman (I’m straight but not strict) I was not devastated that they were not 20 years old, svelt and in string bikinis in the nearest field with horses.  I just found it charming and beautiful: moments of care free fun here in the countryside.  Typical women & horses stuff, for all the equestrians out there.

The local weather was well above freezing today which is sad for those who love the snow, but great for those who have to move around out there in it.  Around here, the snows come – actually during the Winter.

This is after all, the very last day of Autumn and either the shortest day of the year, or the day before the shortest day of the year. 

I just used “local and December” in German because you can still get them right if you speak English.  Not all the words that look alike are like that.

Christmas decor is up locally.  We have everything here from passionate Christians to the descendants of the people who fought to the bitter end to keep their pagan harvest festivals over some invasion Jewish Rabbi in long arduous and excruciating battles over 1000 years ago.

In reality, the local farmers are often at least nominally Christian in that they strongly prefer it when neighbors don’t steal from them but will mow their part of the lawn and mind their children.  Most of them know compassion and all of that Christian stuff.  Given that, they might never have understood why the invading cleric-soldiers speaking languages they did not know, interpreted the Harvest fest as a pagan goddess ritual, but feminists love the idea that Winter Solstice is a pagan goddess festival, and why not?

Today – Year 4 of The Germany Years: 18 August 2013 – 18 Aug 2014

A few days ago, the point of no return was reached in that the special Germany calendar flipped and a 3rd year of residing here was completed.  It was uneventful, much like not learning of a Solar eclipse until thousands of years later while suffering from restlessness within the context of a high school history lesson – thanks to that you know about one of the eclipses. 

Right now, I have no idea of whether or not I will blog about how much I am loving living in the USA but missing my son 3 months from now, or if I will suddenly be nostalgic about everything I love about these past 3 years but didn’t notice as much as I might have due to the distracting power of what I disliked about the same over all scenario…So maybe if that is no longer hindering me, I will see some of what I have enjoyed with a new clarity – like last night’s party after that hang over has cleared up.  

Then again, I might just still be in Germany, hopefully writing about how I am managing to sell more of my books and mingling in cafes and actually having a social life. 

We’ll see. 

Today 19 February 2013

As usual, it is a quiet day in a Northwestern German village.  While out today, I saw 2 flocks of birds pass overhead.  I was not able to get an exact count, but after playing the freebie trial Luminosity online brain training games I knew it was good to ‘try’.  Nowadays, the official brain trainers admit that even a little thing like watching the birds and counting them or listening to the rustle of the wind in the breeze or the noises the neighbors are making are all actually healthy forms of mental stimulation. 

I don’t hear the same species of birds every day.  Some of my assumptions about why birds chirp have started to collapse under the weight of enough observation to realize that only some of it was the way that I had thought it was.  What really happened was that during the past 12 weeks one day while I was out, I noticed the birds chirping a lot in weather conditions which I had assumed would have shut them up, not made them chirp.  Well, I don’t understand what happened, but I really noticed it.  That was local creatures.

Yesterday I heard a rooster a few times, but today I did not.  I did see and hear a few large crows today, but the local pigeons had nothing to say.

Yes, there are pigeons as well as humans both out in the countryside and in the city.  They are also flexible that way.

I studied some German today, and more driving theory for Germany. 

Here’s a big tip…You have probably heard about the beer and the Autobahn.  The recommended speed for the Autobahn is actually about 80mph….which is at least less psychotic than I had feared the Germans are, as a people.