Adjusting…

and such…

I bought more pants and sweaters and long-sleeved shirts to wear underneath and lined boots and rain boots and a coat and warm pants for hiking and a knitted cap and a woolen jacket +++ I still need more! More furniture and warm underwear and shelves and kitchen stuff and groceries and whatever else! There are still things sitting on the floor, no place for it all yet. No pictures on the wall, either…

It is cold outside now – at night it is barely above freezing and during the day temperatures are in the forties, something. On Tuesday, it was rainy and Izzybella was appalled because of the wind. She is even a bit afraid when the wind rattles the blinds and races through her coat. Yes, she goes outside now, her cat door has been installed. I still need to program the door so that it works with Izzy’s microchip – it will open when she approaches. Very cool, that.

I notice I do not even know anymore ‘what’ to wear at certain temperatures, if I would need an undershirt or just a warm sweater or a cap or just a scarf or what?? What layers and how many – that is the question!

And then on Wednesday, the weather was glorious with temperatures in the seventies! I sat in the sun at the lake – at a favorite restaurant of mine – sitting there always feels like being on vacation! The restaurant is quite simple, with self-service, wooden benches, a few tables, I love it! It’s right at the lake, with a spectacular view of the Alps. One can even anchor the boat there and go for a drink… Vacation feeling, what can I say!

that is the restaurant
that is the restaurant

The other evening I went with family members to a concert – oh, that was so moving: a 75 year old singer songwriter, who we all have known all our lives, entertained 2000 people with his songs and an acoustic guitar and speakers. No backup group, band, dancing, lightshow, costumes, acrobatics, or anything. He is authentic, writes beautiful eloquent lyrics, addresses critical topics and it was just lovely. I cried several times.

Sometimes I cried for the lyrics, sometimes for the song, the music, but most often just for celebration, for being in awe of an artist like this in this our day and time. Truly enriching.

His name is Reinhard Mey, if you want to google him. (I don’t think he has many English songs, though).

There are highlights like this concert – and sitting in the sun by the lake and taking a walk and and and…

But I still feel exhausted most of the time. There is still so much to do! There are still so many things I don’t know… anymore – just how life works over here, the system is so different and confusing.

And I am still surprised that people talk in German! No, not my family, just the people one encounters in life: the waiter, the bank person, the shopkeeper…I catch myself saying something in English to them…

Today I waited at a traffic light and I felt strangely removed, thinking ‘wow, I am in Germany’ and ‘am I really here now?’ and ‘it is so strange still’.

It gets dark here now at six pm and I admit, after yet another day of running around and doing stuff, I am glad to sit and watch TV with Izzybella on my lap or nearby. Sometimes I feel bad because I still have not joined an exercise class or gone to a museum or done a little trip or met new people, but I notice I can handle only so many strangers…

A year; friends say it will take me to feel comfortable here again. Yeah. It sure seems that way.

I had given myself until the end of this year – meaning that I am not doing anything yet except all the stuff to get settled. I am thinking about finally doing a house-warming-party at one of the advent weekends in December. There is still so much to do here and that will give me plenty of time to get my apartment looking nice and ‘moved in’!

Yep. A lot is going on – inside and outside.

Meanwhile we have a gorgeous golden October! Yeah, I missed that … see for yourself…

Roses in the garden in October!
Roses in the garden in October!

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and more roses...
and more roses…

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