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Yes, I mean that shot of air thingy. My eye specialist has a variation of it, but that is not better at all. It's just as you say, our reflexes are too good to outwit these machines...
Silly enough even medication against headaches can have the side effect to produce headaches. This obviously tells us that headaches aren't easy to deal with. But I have heard of medics which the body takes several months to adopt to, so maybe you shouldn't throw them away too fast, before you have a better replacement for them. To tell you the truth, I have not only heard of them, I actually use them. One of the many pills I use to minimize my migraine attacks really took long months of slowly getting used to it and very very slowly raising it's dose (took me about half a year)... This medicine is usually taken by people who have epilepsy. That reacts to some similar mechanisms than the migraine. But it still makes me forget a lot of words... At least it prevents some attacks and so it nicely prevents a lot of pain, which is not too bad.
But if the headaches continue you should ask your doctor for some better pills. I hope that replacement doctor has good ideas while the other one is still on vacation.
And have you been looking for more house offers, perhaps with wider doorways? I'm sure this is still on your wish
Ah, they don't make doorways big enough for me these days!
I have been browsing, but not feeling enthusiastic. I had my eye on one place - but no energy to pursue it - but it is under contract. I have to have the time and energy to go and look at places. Maybe next weekend, if there is anything suitable. There is a hideous one that's cheap, but in better condition than the last place. If it's still available, I might go and look at it. There is a wonderful place in the wilderness about 30mins from here, with 120 acres and a creek - which may mean it floods - and three very old dwellings - sheds, really. It's very cheap for the size of the land, but may be out of my range. Also, I would need help if I lived that far out. But 120 acres would be lovely. Lots of snakes, too! LOL
You must find the medication side effects frustrating. Still, if it lessens the migraines, then it is probably worth it. My headache was so bad last night that I am not taking those pills today, and I am going to stay off them for a week to see if things improve. I can't live like this.
Today is a local public holiday - show day - and so it is nice to not have to go to work. I slept in - a rarity for me - but now half the day is gone. Never mind. Nice to have no pressure.
Your descriptions give me hope that a nice little house may well be within reach if you look often enough. For the interesting offers you shouldn't wait too long to show your interest before they are gone. The only thing I'd be worried about with living in the wilderness is whether the streets out there are good enough at all times even when the wheather might get worse, so that there is no danger that you are cut off from supplies or have difficulties to get to work.
I'm sure that your head will be thankful when you leave those pills away. Your show day is another reason to feel better, so enjoy the day. We are looking forward to a rather lazy weekend. Just some new photos to upload, some shopping, Christa and I will be going to our favourite indian restaurant on saturday... Fun things
of the time, just as it should be.
I've never been keen on Indian food. I have always preferred Chinese. Even though I don't dislike it, it's not my preference. I don't mind the odd samosa, though. There is a little doner kebab place on the north side of Brisbane, where I will usually stop for a kebab before heading home. the proprietor is Indian, and he makes the best kebab I've ever tasted. He also sells a few Indian dishes to take away. You find some little gems sometimes.
I had a delicious custard apple last night for my evening meal - well, part of it. I love them and could eat them all day. Have you ever tasted one? (Sorry if I asked you this before. My memory is getting worse.) http://4photos.net/photosv5/custard_apple_1345742041.jpg
You spit the seeds out, but the flesh is sweet and delicious. Not possible to describe it, but you would definitely like it.
Yes, the wilderness might be too much for me, even though I would have liked it when I was younger. And you need lots of energy to get things done. It would be good for me, but I would also be vulnerable. I'm still fascinated by motorhomes and small relocatable homes. I might look at buying land or a house and land package. Or I might do nothing. Tonight I feel like a burden has been lifted. I didn't take the Plaquenil today and I had only a mild headache earlier. They stay in your sytem for a while, so that is to be expected. But I already am less head-achey, and that is such a relief. I thought the pain in my left hand was getting a bit better. if that comes back, I know they were working, and I'll wait and see how bad it gets. I just feel a lot better already, and at this point I'm not taking them again.
I hope you and Christa have a lovely and relaxing weekend. :o)
keep remembering the word!
I admit I laughed at "no doorways are wide enough for me" sorry
it's not good when you have to stay in bed on your day of to have the energy to go to work the next day
I hope you'll find a balance between meds and your general wellbeing
and please eat enough proteins, a custard apple is not a healthy diet!
okay I will stop preaching now ;-)
Willem and Ed are both using the running wheel and Ed is better at it which leaves Willem slightly pissed off :D
Willem has a very funny technique
he starts running ....then stops and swings backward with the momentum of the wheel, I wish I could film this because it looks so funny...he looks so proud like a small child on a swing. Look what I can do!!!
I'm glad that Ed is really running and fast too (but not marathons yet) because he was getting fat.
Ed: well my mum taught me to always clean my plate, I eat everything and I love my gerbil food http://www.gerbil.nl/webshop/gerbil-voeding/3-gerri-gerbil.html
It's Championsleague Final in London and I hope Dortmund will do its
Good luck with your team, Gesine.
I get plenty of protein, Christine, I promise. Too much, really. Too much of everything, in fact. I think I need a wheel like Ed and Willem! Do they fight over who gets the wheel? It's a shame you don't have a video camera. It would be lovely to see them in action. Are they at their full size yet? I have no idea how fast they mature, but I know rodents in general are fairly quick to reach adulthood.
I love the little house on the gerbil website. I think half the fun with these small pets is watching them explore and learn.
As for the doorways - I'm only exaggerating slightly! LOL Today I tried to have low calorie foods and do some extra exercise. I sat in the sun for quite a while as well, and that is making me feel better. Work tomorrow, though, and I'm sure I'm going to eat bad things. *sigh*
We found the Indian food very tasty once again, I had chicken mango with a lot of that yummy sauce, and I had it very hot, which was just fine for me.
No, I never tried a custard apple, but they look interesting.
How is your left hand feeling today?
Mia was feeling unwell on Friday and had to see the vet. She has a slight fever again and is on antibiotics and cortisol. This makes her instantly feel better. Unfortunately we have no idea what causes the fever, so she will probably get a blood test or even more analysis made today or over the next days. It may well be that she bears some specific viruses around which we haven't thought of yet which are more common in the country where she comes from (Romania). The new blood test should give some hints in this direction.
Our mice often used the wheel two at the same time, and when one was too fast, the other went looping around full circle...
I really hope we get to see a little video. Most photo cameras have amazing video capacities which are unused because nobody finds the proper pages in those confusing instruction manuals.
Gesine, I'm sorry that Dortmund didn't win the Henkelpot. But they sure tried hard to
Poor Mia. I hope the antibiotics work for her.
Left hand isn't too bad at all. And I stopped the other tablets and am feeling a lot better. Some headaches late in the day, but getting better each day. I lowered the cortisone, too, and I feel so much better. My appetite has reduced a bit, and I had a big mess of fruit for lunch - paw paw, strawberries, pineapple, rockmelon, grapes, honeydew melon. It was lovely, and no fat. I might be bad tonight, but every step forward is good.
Your mango chicken sounds really nice. I've never tried it. But a lot of fruit goes well with chicken.
What's the oddest-named town in Germany? (English translation, please.)
Mia really feels instantly better, but we would feel better, too, if we knew what is bothering her. I'm afraid the number of times you can successfully heal with antibiotics is limited in a way, so we are afraid of some drawbacks sooner or later. It would be great to find out more about the precise disease so that the medics can be more direct and probably even more effective.
Your fruity lunch sounds great. I'm also relieved to hear that you are feeling better now.
There are many odd town names in Germany. It depends on your taste which of them might be the oddest one. One town is called barf, another one catbrain, then there is a district called upper-ugly, I wonder who wants to live there? There is a boobsvillage, another town is called drugs, then there is a foolshome, adultery (you wouldn't think that is the name of a town, would you?), disgust, hornychurch, and many many more.
Some of these names are really hard to
I mean, if you would marry someone with such a name you would surely convince him to take your name and let those ugly names die out. But perhaps the guys there have a strange sense of humour...
ROFL! Oh, my! The reason I asked was because there is a shire somewhere in Australia called "Bland" and they came up with a riveting idea:
It made me laugh.
Using a translator on the German places fails with many, of course, but the English sounding words gave me a laugh. My goodness! I used to think "Bum Bum Creek" was racy!
The British have some amazingly funny place names, too. But I have to admit, I wouldn't have thought of "Catbrain"! Upper Ugly is wonderful! I just want to go there and take photos of the town signs.
I'm going back to slowly read through your list again. This causes me great mirth. I don't get out much, do I? LOL
Bland is indeed a name that keeps you wondering who prefers to move there, LOL
Nice to find out that those German names did give you a laugh, too. To spend time with such curiosities is not the worst way of entertainment. I must admit that I don't have much opportunities to get out either. Most regularly I'm around during lunch break, as often as possible even with my camera as my companion.
This was taken last week only four underground train stations away from my office:
(well within lunch break distance, our lunch break is 30 minutes long. I don't have to spend it eating because I eat together with Christa directly after work as soon as I get home)
Now that I have mentioned my office again - we
today that the decision has been made where we have to move. I told you @8014 that we have to change our offices to save money. one of three buildings has to be given up. The house where my office is in right now, the Town Hall of Berlin-Wilmersdorf
will be given up. (My office can't be seen on the photo.) About 500 people have to move out and later on other parts of the government will move in here and take over the costs of the housekeeping. We will move 2 km away, the new building is called "Mossestift"
Wikipedia says, it is a palace-like building from 1893. In reality the rooms need renovation. Installations must be done so that we are able to work there with our computers and connect them to our government network and the internet, so that I'm able to send you more 4LWs. But they will try to get everything ready for us ASAP to save money here for the old building, so I suppose we have to move sometime later this year. I think it will be quite cozy there, even though the next underground station isn't directly in front of the house anymore (750m or 10 Minutes footwalk). This limits my lunch break range a lot. We have to start discussions now about who gets to sit in which office. The free offices there are spread about different corners of several floors of the building, so these discussions won't be easy. We are between 25 and 30 people, so there is a lot to discuss... Who works mostly together with whom, who wants to sit together with whom, things like that... We try to find the best mixture between everyones wishes and the size and number of available rooms. Like a funny strategy game... Luckily I'm in a good position, my chief has promised me a single office because of my bad hearing, so I can lean back for the moment...
So have you been tripping around during your breaks? That's fabulous! It's a shame you won't have that freedom in the new place, but maybe you'll find plenty of inspiration nearby? The new building sounds like it might have some photographic possibilities.
It's always nice to have your own office. At my last job in Brisbane I had a suite of rooms! I had two rooms - one computer in each - and my own ensuite. Then I moved to my next job, where I had to share a dingy room with another person, and the floor was so uneven, every time I moved my chair it would roll backwards into the wall. No computer, typewriter or even a stapler when I first arrived! Hideous.
I currently have my own office, but the cupboards in it look like kitchen furniture. The worst designed building, seriously. It's relatively new, though, and much nicer than my last place of work. However, we make our cups of tea outside the toilet. No room anywhere else.
I hope your move goes smoothly. Of course, until you have a date for the move, you'll not be able to sort things out. They say a change is as good as a holiday.
Your current building looks really impressive. I do like the old style of the one you're moving to, though. I just hope they make it comfortable.
Oh yes, I trip around a lot during my breaks. What I will miss most is some of the nearby shopping opportunities here, including the post office which also serves as my bank and source for fresh money. That was very practical to have in near reach.
The new place has quite a lot of large garden colonies nearby
KGA stands for Kleingartenanlage, those are some of the Allotment Gardens we talked about recently @8284. There are about 65,000 of those gardens in Berlin. Lots of flowers in there to take photos while you walk around there. These were shot in some of those gardens, because I lived in that area already:
Tomorrow some of my colleagues will have a look at the new rooms and will try to make some photos for us. I think it will take quite a while before I get to know where exactly I will get to sit for the next years and how comfortable it will be.
The old building surely looks impressive, no wonder, it was built to impress by the Nazis. They must have known quite early that not everyone would love them, because they were hiding behind 60 cm thick walls... Whenever building workers have to drill a hole in a wall here they have to sweat a lot.
The new building looks nicely styled with those facade decorations. I hope the interior can still mirror some of than glamour.
Some facilities for heating water would be
indeed. And I will wait till I know the size of my new office before I begin to think about sorting things out for the move.
It is like with your office - there is often a discrepancy between the outer look and the furniture. All show and no substance, as the saying goes. Our Furniture is quite old, but it is rather solid, so that is okay with me. The writing desks are new and white, which make them easy to use as a photo background:
The real reason why they are white is ergonomics - we shall not be dazzled while we do our paperworks at the computer. For that reason these desks are also adjustable in height (stepless) with a crank handle. But of course everybody adjusts the height just once in a lifetime and then forgets about it.
It would be funny if they would forget to install any telephones in those new offices for us. Then nobody could reach us there and we could live there perfectly undisturbed in endless silence... I will have quite a lot to do in time to change all our websites and our many master copys for letters to the new address and phone numbers because that's one of my talents as our webmaster and computer expert.
Tomorrow I will have a day off to comfort Mia. She is still having fever despite the antibiotics and cortisone pills. So she will has to fast tomorrow and then get more examinations done, starting with ultrasonics and then probably X-ray, depending, on what they find. Poor Mia. It doesn't look good. For many deadly virus infections on cats the only "cure" is euthanasia, and our vet gives us little hope. But at this stage we are still uncertain what is causing the fever. There is a slight chance that the doctors find a cause tomorrow which is healable. We'll see.
I'm sure Christa will need some comfort and company, too.
Rathaus is town hall, right?
There is a lot of space for those gardens. Quite surprising, really. As I said before, we have some community gardens in some cities, but never on that scale. I think the difference here - and particularly in Queensland - is that houses were built with large yards, so it wasn't necessary. Most houses had around 1000 square metres in the old days. You can feed a large family with that much land. Community gardens are becoming more popular these days because of high intensity housing, but also as a social venue for people who are a bit isolated. My workplace is planning a community garden on a fairly small piece of land at one of their properties. I'm not sure if it will go ahead because of other changes on the horizon, but it probably will. It will be interesting to see if it is successful. Although it would be open to everyone, I think it is targeted at disadvantaged people.
We sometimes get men staying who love gardening, and they get our back yard producing food crops. then they leave and it falls apart. It's a shame. Currently, we have a big patch of Kent pumpkins. I think there are several growing. It's always nice to harvest your own food. We had lettuces, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots and potatoes, but they weren't particularly successful. We harvested only a few things. Staff don't have time to tend gardens. Maybe we'll get another keen gardener in the future.
Michael. I'm really sorry for Mia. After everything you've been through with her, it still is ongoing. It's so sad. I hope there can be a happy outcome.
Rathaus is town hall, right? Right
Michael, it's really sad what you, Christa and Mia have to go through. Hope your vet can help and Mia will be fine again.
And your Berlin Website is very nice.
I told you I try to rise some vegetables: Beans and peas are already visible but not enough for a meal. My mother in law always says when all your vegetables get ripe, you have to go to the market to sell all that stuff. LOL
We'll see what will happen...
Hope Mia will pull through
the real reason for lack of video's is that Ed&Willem only run in the dark, most of the time just after I've gone to bed. Shy??
They don't use the wheel together, that's a funny story of the mouse going round when not running fast enough :D
Our town planners always have looked for a good compensation. Whenever buildings went higher into the air they cared for more free space somewhere else. If you think of the poor guys who live here
it is quite clear they have no chance to grow their veges directly in their back yard. They are dependent on finding some green place to rent somewhere nearby.
But Berlin is indeed a very green city, not only with those gardens, also with thousands of trees along the streets and with lots of large parks everywhere. We can be quite lucky to live here. The large green areas make up for some parts of the
of Berlin. 18 % of the city's area is actually covered with forest. I think that is quite unusual for a city.
It's nice that you have some busy gardeners in your back yard every now and then. Your own food always tastes a little bit more intense than anonymous mass ware.
Gesine, your own veges are also good photomodels - they can't run away...
Yes, caring for our Berlin website is really great fun, it is nice to get paid for doing such things.
Christine, it's a pity that Ed & Willem prefer to run in the dark. So obviously you need a nightvision camera to entertain us. Maybe they will slowly adopt to longer running times and then loose their shyness more and more...
Now, what you are all waiting to hear - I'm sorry, I have no good news. Mia is no longer with us. The ultrasonics showed an advanced state of FIP
in its dry form. That was the cause for her fever, and there is no cure, so she was put down yesterday to spare her any suffering.
It's all very sad, because she was so young, only one year old. But she certainly liked being with us and tried to make the most out of her short life. So sleep well, little Mia. We will miss you. We are thankful that you were with us.
We will look today for a new cat to take Mias place. A life without a cat is no real life for us. Our vet has recommended a lady who cares for several homeless cats. We will inspect them later today. If one of the cats appeals to us, we will have her health tested by our vet before we take her to our home. I think that is only a matter of a few days. We have lost two cats now in a short time and we try not to let that happen so soon again.
Oh, no! Poor little Mia. What a tragic thing to happen. I'm so sorry, Michael and Christa. Yes, you must find another cat to adopt. I hope there is one waiting for you. You gave Mia the best start that you could, and for all her illness, she knew she was loved. You also let her go to sleep gently.
Wow - that news has taken the wind out of my sails. I'll get back to this soon.
I'm so sorry too, my condolences for you.
Hope you'll find a furry buddy soon.
oh that is sad news, I know how hard that decision is. Even if it is in the best interest of the animal, as the owner it feels selfish. You gave her the best care.
Thanks to all of you for your very kind words. That you are feeling with us so much helps a lot in these very sad days. We have to think of Mia at so many occasions, she was such a vividly present part of our life despite her illness - always so optimistic and never taken aback even in hard times... really amazing that little soul.
We have now found a quiet, shy little cat, grey striped just like this
she is a bit older, about 6 years old, as far as they could tell us. She is now tested for health, and if there are no severe illnesses waiting which would cause incurable problems we would give her a new home. Might take about a week before we know more. She obviouly is a
cat, but she must have made some bad experiences which made her so cautious, so it will take some time to overcome her shyness.
I'm happy you found a new cat, which you want to live with you. But...
Your flat will smell for the new cat like Mia is still there. Isn't it a little early? For such a shy cat you discribed?
And shy cats are often wild cats whos parents didn't live with humans. We had one, he stayed shy all his life. And he went away for dying alone.
He comes home some day to get food and I thaught I better let him inside to care for him But during the time he has eaten I had to go to the bathroom, just for a minute, but when I came back he was gone. We never saw him again. And nobody has found his mortal remains.
What I want to say: is there no cat without such difficulties a your cats had before in whole Berlin?
In the little private shelter where the shy cat lives now she lives together with about four cats in one room. She is used to the smells of other cats. Her shyness results not from dislikes of other cats, but because she was badly treated by some previous owners who didn't care well for her.
This cat does not want to go outside, they tested it. As a single cat who gets all our attention we hope to overcome her shyness. She could be taken up and held to cuddle her without resistance, so with some patience there is good hope to develop a nice relationship. It's just that we have to expect that she will hide away in the first time.
Generally we have made the experience that Life doesn't give you a guarantee that things go well. Mia is a sad example. We looked for a yound cat like Mia because we wished to have her with us extra long, and as you know - the opposite was the case. Not all wishes are fulfilled...
We obviously haven't been too lucky with our choice of cats lately, but we have often learned that when you
cats with a little handicap (in this case the bad experiences with the resulting shyness) they end up to be the cats that you remember the most in retrospect, because they show the greatest thankfulness and affection once you learn to communicate with them in their own way.