Sunday, April 30, 2006
Country Living
This is where we're staying now..

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This morning I woke up to the sound of Sunday Church bells. They were different from the ones in the city. they sounded more hollow and similar to chimes. At first I was disoriented. It's a feeling that washes over me everytime I wake up in a location I'm unfamiliar with. I'm beginning to miss having a stable home to call my own. I feel like some kind of wandering nomad.

This is the view from the bedroom window

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Eric was still sleeping. We have the cutest little country style wooden beds that were pushed together. The blankets are huge and filled with fluffy feathers. The pillow just kind of engulfs your head. It's the same bed Eric slept in as a little boy.

I kissed him awake and just as things were getting a little heated up... I heard Gurtrud's voice from the other side of the door. "Aufstehen!! Frühstuck!"

Eric smiled and rolled his eyes. "Wir Kommen" He said to the door.

Side note: Translation for those that don't speak German. "Get up! Breakfast!" -- "We're coming"

Everything in Gurtrud's house is delicate and old-fashioned. It's like stepping in a time machine.

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We had an elaborate breakfast and I'm still trying to master the art of eating without getting crumbs or stains on the beautiful table cloth. A blob of butter fell off my knife before it could reach my plate and left a nice Quarter-sized oil mark. ugh. She saw it too. I have to work on that.

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As for my German hausfrau lessons. For a start I'm just learning the basics of a proper German household.

Rule 1# - When you enter or exit any room in the house you MUST close the door behind you. Every room has a door. If you don't do this, the draft will escape..or something.

Basically just don't leave any door open. Even if you just need to grab something from the other room and the act of opening and closing a whole bunch of doors over and over seems silly. Do it. Or else.

Oh and If you're husband has a belly. That is good. It shows you fed him well.

and last but not least. I am "way too thin". I really have to "fatten up".
posted by Clarity25 at 1:02 PM |


At April 30, 2006, Blogger MW 

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At April 30, 2006, Blogger MW 

See? You could live in a rural part of the United States if you absolutely had to. You won't know what you're missing until you've tried it (and I don't mean a short rural vacation either :-). Depending on where exactly you lived, I think you would grow to love it (at least for a year or two, just to say you did it).

P.S. That is my deleted comment above. Sorry.

At April 30, 2006, Anonymous Ricky 

It looks nice there. Reminds me of Texas.....

At April 30, 2006, Anonymous Tenshi 

hahaha... AUFSTEHEN!

...classic. Doesn't that suck? Getting interrupted just when things are getting good... it just totally kills everything to hear your parental figure's voice during a "moment"... blech.

I have a fussy baby tonight... yayyyyy me! :( I'm trying my best.

At May 01, 2006, Blogger Nightmare 

I agree with MW I think the Midwest is where you should hang your hat...get away from all of that NY clamor and dirt. Since Bouby is a Real Estate guru she can hook you up with a house 5 times bigger then your parents for 1/10th the cash!!

At May 01, 2006, Anonymous becks 

So it's good for one to feed one's man so well that he has a belly? Well, Ted must be eating like a freakin' king! ;)

At May 01, 2006, Blogger Kathleen 

If it makes you feel better my Grandma who is the queen of etiquette spills crumbs to this day. I think it's impossible not to!!

Do all rooms in the house have doors? I have a door to the bathroom and a door to the bedroom and the French doors into the sunporch, but that's it other than closet doors. I couldn't imagine having to open and close doors to go from the living room to the kitchn.

At May 01, 2006, Blogger Crystal 

It does remind me of scenery in Oklahoma... And Nightmare is right, you can get a very large house there for about 1/4 of the price.

The pictures are beautiful though. Sucks about the "interruption" though. Hope breakfast was good and worth it. :)

At May 01, 2006, Anonymous Janet 

See, I'm living in the wrong country, if I was in Germany, I'd just be well-fed.

At May 02, 2006, Anonymous Vicola 

Ah I should be living in Germany. If I was there my little pot belly would be a sign that I am well fed, as opposed to here where it's a sign that I am a lazy git who eats too much junk.

At May 02, 2006, Blogger khya 

Well, it sure looks nice! Your pictures are great, love the clock and wooden cup. It can be strange living in the country when you're used to the city. Some things are cool like the open spaces, the fresh air etc but then there's the fact that one has to go a long way to find shops, bars etc and then the sounds, or rather lack of, can be creepy when you're alone and far from your neighbors! Hope your allergies aren't acting-up too much out there!
Oh and watch the butter and crumbs!

At May 03, 2006, Blogger Tara 

What's the matter, Clarity, can't take a little healthy competition?

At May 03, 2006, Blogger Mike B 

An extension to Rule#1 ... if a door has a handle, and it almost always does, you must use it.

Great shots!

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