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Debi Vaught-Thelin
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A small rant this morning.

The Deutsche Post / DHL guy was here a bit ago with a package for me that required ID. Not a problem, right? I have my passport and my Swedish ID card, both considered valid here.
But for whatever reason, his machinery decided they were invalid. He could not give me my package.

So now I have to go to a physical post office (and of course, it's the one with no easy way to get there - hahaha!) and try again.

What could be wrong about my ID - or maybe wrong with his machinery?

Ah well... one more thing to do in Berlin!

Goodmorneve and some more coffee, Giggleplus!
How much of a fuss do I throw at the post office? It wasn't their fault, necessarily.

Nah ... just wait a couple of days and see what happens when I can get in there.
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I really have no idea about this....
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Grandbaby number 9 arrived earlier today.
Mom +Alisha Vaught-Dougherty, Dad +Wade Dougherty  and the newest little girl are doing fine.
Welcome to the world, Miss CR.
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wellcome
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The tiny minion thumb of a very wiggly 8-year-old...
Who is, at the same time as the photo is being taken, trying to eat M&Ms with chopsticks!


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+Debi Vaught-Thelin I would've had to try! No clue about using chopsticks, but I'd give it a crack! 
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French press coffee.
Okay, Giggleplus, who has tips on the best way to clean this contraption?

I thought a strainer would do it. Honestly, the strainer is so big, I'm just splashing the grounds when I dump them in the bio-waste.
We thought a cloth strainer would do it. Have you ever tried to get the last bits out of a cloth strainer?
There has to be a better way.

Still working on the right level of grinding. Still working on the right amount of steeping. Still working on how to keep it all hot while letting it sit for a bit to allow the grounds and the nearly-boiling water to do their magic.

Today?
There is work. But first, there will be music in my headphones and polish on my fingernails. I can't take it any more!


Goodmorneve and a mess of coffee grounds, Giggleplus!
Any tricks, hints or tips ?

Sunshine and warm breezes....
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At the moment, we only have a mint plant in the kitchen, +Jayme Hancock.
Evidently all of us here are good at killing things, but so far, the mint is alive.

I should look up which plants are great for having coffee grounds used. :)
Then off to the store for that plant.
hahahaha
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A long to-do list.
Two projects of paid work.
And my nails - still nothing on my nails. It's been since February, I think. This may be one of the longest periods ever without something on my nails.

That does not make me a happy girl.

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
Paid work first.
Cleaning work second.
Nails - some time today, nails!

When you want to do something creative, and life gets in the way, how long can you go before "I need to stop everything and do this!" sets in?
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Just when I thought I would have a day to do this... nope.
But you are right, +April Brown  - I need to get something on them soon, for protection, if nothing else!
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Well, it's been a while since I've heard a serious thunderstorm. For whatever reason, those are pretty rare in Sweden. But in Berlin? Last night's storm was more like what I am accustomed to hearing in the Mid-Atlantic US.
It didn't really start until late last night - after 10:30 - but honestly, even if I had been asleep at midnight, a few of those thunderclaps would have woken me.

I survived.
As did our animals.

Today is finishing up some work and prepping for an afternoon of nail art with a teenager. My nails are in such need....

In other news, one of our little guys made it out to the living room last night - the dog was in one of the children's rooms, so the cat decided it was a good time to explore. This meeting-of-the-animals is taking longer than I had hoped. But it's probably for the best.
The dog is quite jealous of any attention paid that is not in her direction and she is absolutely jealous of other animals. The cats? They don't really care much, except that our little one, with lack of eyesight, is easily frightened by the barking. And our big one, nearly aged 12, appears simply bored by the large dog's voice.

We shall see.

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
My work for today is nearly done - so that means I should watch my emails for the next project, right?
When introducing new animals to a household - anyone have tips on that? I have two Norwegian Forest cats, both over the age of 10, introducing them to a 4-year-old Border Collie mix - who barks. Any ideas on how to make this easier or faster? And the least amount of stress on all sides?
Trying to be a good pet owner... feels like I'm failing, somehow.
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We had a cat that would try to kill any and all dogs that got into our house. He told us so, and it was clear he meant it! Good grief, what a maniac... He never got over being chased up a tree once by a dog he had been bothering for hours together with his brothers. When that poor pooch finally got free he had his fun, and it stuck with kitty ;P
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There are days when a primal scream is just a necessity.
This may well be one of those days.

Photo? Oh, heavens no. Not on a day like this.

Goodmorneve, Giggleplus!
Feels like the day should just be starting now and yet it's already been a day and a half worth of fizzle. How loud should the scream be? Loud enough to startle the neighbors? Or just enough to worry the animals indoors with me?

:)
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Hope things improve for you soon.
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Preparations and preparations.
For nail art.
For grocery shopping.
For weekend markets.

So the question today is - do preparations ever actually come to fruition?


Goodmorneve and one more cup of coffee for the road, Giggleplus!
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Thank you, +Mary M. Cooper, +Fabiana N and +Tanya G  - it all worked out eventually.
Well.... the planning worked out.
hahahahah
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Ah, just when I thought there would be a day to go explore a little in Berlin...
A client has called and offered more paid work.

Another possible client has called for a quote.

And it's raining. But I'm supposed to have date night with the Bearded Guy.
May I please have the rain stop falling, the clients be a little patient and the rest of the day to go easier? Just a little?

Goodmorneve and coffee, Giggleplus!
This post took more than two hours to finish - how many things get in the way of just writing a few paragraphs for you? Or can you put everything on hold and finish a thought first?
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That's what I thought.

ROFLMAO!
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A few days ago, I finally painted my nails!
Still not settled in, there is simply no more space to have most of my creative stuff within easy reach.

A few bottles of polish, a couple of nail tools and a stack of stickers. In a small box. Wondering if there is room to put a canvas, a few acrylic colors and a few brushes.

Living small - are there easy ways? I am overly-accustomed to really spreading out!
Hahaha!


Goodmorneve and coffee and painted nails, Giggleplus!
How do you confine the separate parts of your life? Storage areas, boxes, different rooms?
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+Tanya G  - I had UNE base coat, Seche Top coat and two Color Riche by L'Oreal...

The blue is 611 Sky Fits Heaven and the accent is
805 Mysterious Icon

That should be pretty easy to find!

Thank you - I feel better just having done something with these nails!
:)
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I can't remember the last time I was able to watch a rugby match.
Sometime in the 1970s, maybe?

Today, I am being taken to a local pub to watch a State of Origin match - my housemate is a huge rugby fan.
And I'm wearing his Queensland shirt. Because that's the state of origin for my housemate.

We will be going out among other rugby fans.

Isn't this the game we called "kill the man with the ball" when we were kids?

Goodmorneve and sports shirts, Giggleplus!
Was my last game a baseball game from a farm team or a pro basketball game? Or was it watching my now-adult twins playing t-ball or little league baseball?
I can't even remember, it's been so long.

Out of respect for the housemate, I shall root for Queensland.
Do we have anyone else here who follows rugby? Should I be looking for you at the pub in Berlin?

:)
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+Fergus Martin  - look at this!

I just got the email that says it was sent out yesterday, and in today's mail - here it is.

I think the photo is awful. I'm still figuring out taking shots with a cell phone and getting them to the computers. This move we made evidently removed all my intelligent brain cell activity.

Sorry for the garbage photo - but the stamps are on their way either later this afternoon or during the day tomorrow!
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American by birth, Swedish by choice. 
Which makes me an American-Swede!

Now living in Germany.

I spend my time:
-doing the books and paperwork for my company
-trying to keep up with family and friends
-attempting to be a housewife
-annoying the Bearded Guy Who Lives At My House
 (aka John Thelin)



I'm circling those who post in Swedish, so I can read some more. And practice writing. If you see my Swedish with an error - please correct it!
And I'm going to start this in German now, too. 

Okay, so where would you circle me?
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I've got a husband and I'm not interested in a date. Thanks, though.





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