Cats preparing for a ball

Now, I know there are enough people out there who aren’t necessarily fond of cats…

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… but I have two and I adore them. It’s almost summer now and my two cats were enjoying our back garden this past weekend while the sun was shining. Our 12-year-old reddish-beige cat likes to sunbathe…

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… and our 3-year-old black cat later joined us, sitting pretty in the shade (she is tanned enough, after all)…

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… and then both cats progressed to some necessary grooming…

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Maybe they were preparing for a Jellicle cat ball?

As a Cats-alumnus, you should be able to appreciate that, Richard Armitage… 😉

Esther under cover

I haven’t seen Berlin Station episode 7 yet, but I did see this tweet from Richard Armitage about that episode…

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… and it made me think of this picture taken 4 years ago when I was sick. I was on our couch and literally under cover and my cat at the time (still very sadly missed!) was keeping fearless watch over me, despite my cough…

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I wonder whether Richard was spying through our living room window at the time (would not be his first spy-gig!) and is secretly also referencing this… 😉

Lazing on a Sunday afternoon

We had a lazy Sunday today. Our black cat lazed on this huge beanbag that we have, pretty much all day…

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Our red cat (actually, he’s more beige than red) decided to disturb my husband who was reading on his iPad…

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… but not finding a suitable position, decided to find a spot on our living room rug in his preferred ‘don’t I look like a seal?’ pose…

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The nicest lazy Sunday moment of all, however, was seeing this hedgehog in our backyard! He’s been living around here for a few years, but I hadn’t seen him in a long long time, I thought he might have moved on. Apparently not! He wasn’t afraid of us either, he let us watch him to our hearts content.

We have this little hidden corner in our backyard that he used to prefer, I’ll see if I can get it ready for him with a little shelter / hedgehog hut for the winter… 🙂

Say my name, say my name…

Who knew that being out of work could be so time consuming? I was just about able to catch up a bit with my own blogging but have had virtually no time to read other blogs!

Applying for jobs takes a lot of time (but is already starting to pay off, I have my first job interview in a week!), as does the admin surrounding the whole joblessness situation. Also catching up with people, going to a funeral (wife of a friend of my dad’s), getting in gear to help my aunt with organizing her 80th birthday at the end of the year and then there’s the health stuff…

dizzy-hypnoI’ve had trouble with dizziness and constant tinnitus (although no hearing loss with that as yet) and was diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease a few months back, which is nothing life-threatening but it is annoying. Things had been going so well on that front, I thought I’d just drastically lower my med dosage, so low that I even stopped taking any pills on some days. That was not a good idea. I always have tinnitus, so that didn’t change (you get used to that) but the dizziness returned. Not as bad as before but enough to be annoying and inhibiting… So, I’m upping my meds again but it takes some time for the meds to take real effect again.

Anyway, suffice it to say, that all this wasn’t conductive to finding time to watch the first two Berlin Station episodes, that were made available online for FREE two days ago! But, finally I made it, I just watched them. Even though my house is in a dire state right now and I really need to do something about that, I have chosen to blog about Berlin Station first! Blogging is far more fun than household chores any day…

So, Berlin Station went off to a great start! Truly exciting stuff, with all sorts of inter-mingled plotlines that will hopefully unfold and give us answers in time! I loved the acting too, very good and intense. For me especially Richard Jenkins, Rhys Ifans and Leland Orser stood out next to Richard Armitage. But I’m not going to give an in depth analysis or spoil anthing big here. I just want to point out the shallow things in Berlin Station that gave me HUGE pleasure!

David Bowie! The moment the title music started playing I gave a little shriek! Bowie’s song I’m Afraid of Americans is the title song! I love that song, even blogged about it earlier in the year after Bowie passed away. bowie-americansThen later on in the first episode, when Daniel flirts with Claudia in the bar, in the background another Bowie song is playing: Soul Love from my fave Bowie album Ziggy Stardust. Now this is quality TV. 😉

Richard and cats! So, the man once said he preferred dogs to cats and he probably still does, but Daniel-Richard apparently likes cats! He strokes the cat, smiles and picks it up and even takes it home. Aw! It makes this cat lover’s heart beat faster.

Richard as Daniel Miller goodies – the long stride and the way he moves when he walks fast, the little shake of the head he always does (he tilts his head to the side and then moves it back; for me it’s one of his signature moves),

Richard looking good in nothing but his underwear, daniel-underwearwhite-shirt-Richard, white-shirt-danielRichard’s American accent sounding alright to me (what a relief! I remember feeling his accent was off in Into the Storm), Richard speaking German (once or twice I found it a bit difficult to understand him, but overall he doesn’t sound half bad), Richard with a kid eating ice-cream and the little smiles he gives throughout that encounter,

and of course romantic and flirty Richard who kisses delightfully.

Falafel making was even featured briefly in the second episode. The guy making it sure knew what he was doing. I love falafel! bs-falafel

Love is love. Gay love, black & white love – no issues there, it’s portrayed as normal, which it should be! No convoluted explanations, justifications, it just is what it is.

And best of all: Richard Armitage said my name! He really did, he said ‘Esther’! At the end of the second episode he meets this German agent in a bar and as she leaves he says, “lovely to meet you Esther Krug”. Maybe I can isolate that soundbite (without the ‘Krug’) for a ringtone on my phone? Hmmm, there’s a thought. Here, this is a still of him saying the “s” in Esther. 🙂 daniel-esther

So, yeah, I’ve really got to see more of Berlin Station! It’ll be a while before there’s more, which might be a good thing. It gives me time to start on my household chores – no more excuses to hold me back.

Magic moments

Yes, I know smartphones can be very annoying things! But as I was clearing images off my phone, I realized they are also wonderful for capturing the small, unexpected moments in life that make you smile. With a smartphone camera at hand, I capture things I would otherwise never have and I came across some lovely ‘magic moments’ pictures that I had almost forgotten about!

One of those magic moments is this one, when on one of the first warm evenings of the year a few weeks ago, we made a little ‘campfire’ in our small back garden and the cat enjoyed it too!

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Or when, in the holiday cottage that belongs to my parents, my daughter cuddled up on the back of the couch and unitentionally almost mirrored the Klimt painting reproduction above her on the wall…

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… or those little fun moments, like when this spatula I have for cooking throws an unexpected shadow on the floor…

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… or when I unexpectedly saw my favourite car (old VW Beetle) in a parking lot in a lovely fresh green colour and then a few weeks later my kids texted me a picture of my fave car in my preferred colour that they saw somewhere else…

… or when I came across my son’s pencil case and had to laugh at the modification he made…

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…or, also at my parents’ cottage, when I flicked through the TV channels and came across a channel called RAPS! It was a black screen, nothing on it, but of course it made me think of Guylty’s lovely RAPS shrines… ah, imagine a whole channel dedicated to Richard Armitage shrines! I’d watch! 😉

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Or when I see that the small lilac my dad once planted at the same cottage has now grown into something huge and is blooming beautifully…

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… or last night, when my husband texted me a picture of our cat hearing something in our garden hedge, trying to figure out what it was…

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Yes, I love these small magical moments and that I (or someone else) was able to capture them! 🙂

Ok, now I have this song in my mind…