We’re an American family living just outside of Bitburg, in the scenic but often-damp Eifel countryside of far-western Germany. We got the crazy notion to buy a haus here, and even though it’s not the renovated barn/carriage house/crumbling country manor of our dreams, it’s pretty cool—when the plumbing and heating are working properly. When we aren’t traveling, we live a pretty quiet life. Stop by for frequent doses of Gemütlichkeit, which just basically means a sense of coziness and intimacy--and an unhurried pace to counter the frenetic nature of modern life. Doctor's orders! Oh, and a special hello to anyone visiting from the Spangdahlem Air Base community!
Enough with the snow, already. I mean, how about just a quick break in the action--say, ten minutes or so? As I write, snow is blowing around the yard--blowing. As if falling straight down from the sky for hours isn't enough, it has to blow. Being a daughter of the American South, I am simply not accustomed to snow at all, so blowing snow? Nuh-uh.
Like a good faux-German, I was out front sweeping and shoveling this morning--although not quite before 9 a.m., the Magic Time by which any Germans worth their weight in rock salt are supposed to have taken care of this delightful chore. As I scraped, swept, and flung, I tried to meditate on the idea that because of the workout I was getting, I wouldn't have to pretend to feel bad about not doing the Wii Fit later this afternoon. But the blowing snow was not adding cheer to the situation, and it wasn't helping my hair any, either.
But what was this? Our friendly DeutschePost mail-frau alighting from her yellow car-truck-thing and coming toward me with these two adorable packages in hand. She presented them with a pleasant "Bitte-schön," (here you go, sista), and I accepted them gratefully and ran inside so I could see what I got before my eyes froze.
Of course, I already knew what it was, because it was (obviously) from Cath Kidston and I had (obviously) ordered it for myself. I know, you'd think I'd have gotten a decent fill of Cath goods during our Christmastime trip to London (more on that later), and I did indeed buy a couple of items at the Covent Garden-area shop. But when I saw the after-holiday Online Sale, I couldn't resist. I needed a Spring purse and skirt, you know? Anyway, the lovely floral print on the bucket bag provides a moment of encouragement for someone who is experiencing blowing snow. See, it's almost medicinal!
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