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Week 2

•May 19, 2017 • 2 Comments

Week 2. Well, it’s actually week 3 now but that will come later.
It’s amazing how much and how little can happen in one week, or at least, that’s how it feels. Strange.
In a way I feel like I hadn’t stop one second and in another way, I feel like I didn’t do anything at all and nothing got accomplished.
One thing for sure I did; I answered all the comments in this blog. I still have to catch up reading. Or at least see what’s going on.
I’m scared of opening the reader because it only makes me feel guilty. Very guilty.

Let’s start with the f#$cking weather. We had 2 nice and warm days and after that it started being ugly again. But I got to wear shorts and sandals for a couple of days.
Now I have a sweater on and a blanket on my lap because it’s kind of cold.

The veggies are making me smile and pout at the same time. Some of them are growing and improving and the others are just gone, or dormant or I don’t know what happened to them or if they’ll ever show up.

Those are the tomato plants. They look good and healthy.

The same with the radishes and peas and some of the leaf lettuces.

The cabbages that finally showed after many weeks and looked very nice, they suddenly disappeared a couple of days ago. Maybe some bird or bug got them. I don’t know.

That reminded me some years ago when I planted lavender seeds.
I used to have a lavender plant in the front yard when I used to live in Holland.
One year I collected all the flowers and made little things to give away to my friends. The kind of things that you put in your drawers (lavender little cushions??). I had many flowers left and one day I decided I was going to plant the seeds and see if they grew.
I searched how to plant lavender from seeds and I read that they were not so easy to grow and that mostly only the 20% of them germinate.
So I planted 10 seeds and waited. And exactly as the website said, only two of those seeds germinated.
At the time I was pregnant with my daughter (almost 8 years ago!!) and feeling like shit. It was an awful pregnancy and everything seemed to go wrong. My legs were so swollen that you couldn’t tell the difference between thighs, knees and ankles.
My little lavender plants were one of the only things that made me smile at the time.
One morning I was having breakfast and looking outside the window and I saw a bird going to the lavender pot and taking a little plant with it… Probably the second one because by the time I got to the backyard, the pot was empty.
I started to cry. Not a normal cry. It was like if I had lost my child. I knew I was exaggerating but I couldn’t help it. I couldn’t be rational and think: “I have 2000 more seeds, I can plant them again” or “They are just plants”… I was sobbing and sobbing non-stop.
That was hard to explain because of course, nobody could really see the seriousness of the matter except me. And I can’t still see it but it hurt sooooo much.

So when a couple of days ago I went to check my cabbages and they were not there anymore, I had a hard time holding back my tears.
I’m only three weeks married. I better don’t scare the nice man away!!

Luckily some of the other plants make me smile. Like those rhododendrons flowers.

I’m not sure if you remember, those rhododendrons are the ones I butchered last year after I bought the chainsaw.
The other six plants are still alive but they won’t give any flowers this year.

My sweet husband still doesn’t have a job. He was told that he’ll have to go one day for trial at a company but we still don’t know when.
And last week he failed the theory exam for the driver’s license and he’s doing it again next week.

I found online a model of the test people here in Germany have to do to get the driver’s license. Everyone gets a random text with 30 questions. Each question has a value that goes from 2 to 5 and you can only get 10 points or less or you fail.
I forgot to mention, this year, there are 1079 questions. And believe me, you have to know all of them or be extremely lucky to pass because you can’t fail many questions or you get to 10 very easily.

If you are bored, take a look at this link.
I think that test was from 2006. Now there are questions with videos showing real life situations and asking how would you react to them. It’s NOT EASY. Or as sweet husband would say: It’s HELL!!

I passed that test with no errors on the first attempt. As we say in my country, I burned my eyelashes studying.
But the practice exam I failed 3 times before passing it. And I’m still rubbing my eyes that I finally did it.

Week 1

•May 8, 2017 • 19 Comments

Week 1. My first post as a married woman. A lot has happened this past week. I tried writing the day I got married. We briefly had internet connection after the ceremony so I only sent my kids and parents a picture. Then we went to see the beautiful island of Ærø and I thought I could write on the ferry on the way back but for some reason, only the instant messaging programs worked.
Then when we got home, it was too late .
Most of the rest of the week, we had to register as a married couple in different places, do some paper work and look for a job.

I want to apologize for not answering comments since a very long time. I will do it soon. I’m waiting for the moment when life is a bit quieter.

The weather still SUCKS. It’s cold. Not cool, COLD. I think we had better days in January.
We planted only two tomato plants outside as an experiment. I’m not sure if they’ll survive.
The peas and radishes are growing very nicely.
For now, only half of the cabbage seeds germinated. The leeks are a huge disappointment.
I really hope it’s because it’s too cold and some seeds are still dormant.

My kids are super happy because they have a stepfather. I truly admire them. For me, the idea of step-anything is very scary. Thank you Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel and others.

And since I’m on the subject, over two years ago I wrote a post saying that I wanted my wedding ring saying: “I found your shoe”

Well, I got my wish granted:

And Bobby’s ring says: “My Prince”, of course.

Here are a couple of pictures that I promised to post:

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•April 26, 2017 • 7 Comments

Wednesday. This island is beautiful. Very quiet. We are sitting in our room, watching outside.
It’s past 10pm and since 8.40pm, only two vehicles passed.
We decided that when it got dark, we were going to watch a movie.
I don’t think I’d ever seen a sunset that lasted so long.

I took that picture half an hour after the sun disappeared. According to my weather app, the sun set at 8.46pm.

The picture below is from 15 minutes ago

There is still some light almost 2 hours later.

Some time ago I said I was going to write this blog until I got tired or married. I’m getting married tomorrow and I still didn’t decide what I’m going to do.
In any case, I’ll post some pictures.

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•April 25, 2017 • 4 Comments

Tuesday. We are getting ready to leave. Everything is packed. As soon as all my kids get back from school, we’ll shower and go.

I like traditions so I decided to follow the one that we also have in Argentina.
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”.
This tradition comes from an Old English rhyme and it continues with “and a sixpence in your shoe”. Those are objects that a bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries with her on the wedding day. They are supposed to be lucky charms.

I just read that the “borrowed” object should come from someone who’s happily married or someone who truly has an inspiring marriage. I don’t know many people here and the ones I know, I can’t tell if they are happily married or not. So I borrowed an earring from my daughter that has a heart shape and it’s also “blue”.
My pants and shirt are “new” and all the rest can be considered “old”.
And just in case that the earring is too small, I painted my toenails blue.

A couple of years ago, when I heard that the rhyme continued with “and a sixpence in your shoe”, I ordered a sixpence in ebay. Because I always knew I was getting married someday.

So:
The “old” object represents continuity.
The “new” object offers optimism for the future.
The something “borrowed” symbolizes borrowed happiness.
The “blue” stands for purity, love, and fidelity.
And the sixpence in the shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity.

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•April 24, 2017 • 4 Comments

Monday. I’m so distracted. I’m glad I’m not the only one. I wouldn’t like to have my ass chewed because I leave the house and forget the keys inside. That happened today.
First, we couldn’t find the car keys, so we had to search the spare ones. Then when we got back, we realized none of us had a key to get in the house, so we went to search for the one that I hid in the backyard and soon we found out that the back door was left open since who knows when.
It’s nice when we are in tune and nobody can blame the other.
I believe a third person would be pissed.

We are leaving tomorrow evening and I still have a lot of things to do. Most of the things, I like to do last minute because if I do them in advance, I end up checking if I did them or not or changing my mind. Like packing. I feel more comfortable if I make a list and pack the same day I leave or the night before so I’m sure everything is in there and I don’t doubt if I put it or not.

I mentioned we are getting married in Denmark, in an island called Ærø. We have to cross by ferry. I hope the weather is nice. It’ll freeze tonight and tomorrow night.
It’s a shame, I’d love to go to the beach.

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•April 23, 2017 • 4 Comments

Sunday. Yesterday I wrote that I broke my streak of two years when it was actually 3 years. I started writing in February 2014. I don’t know how I could miss that.

I have a lot to do before the wedding. We are getting married in Denmark. I didn’t know but Denmark is like Las Vegas in Europe. According to a friend, if you never got married before, you could marry by showing only your passport.
We had the idea to get married in Germany but we got discouraged because they asked for many things/papers/documents and we felt we were running in circles. We say in Argentina: they were looking for the cat’s fifth leg or the hair in the egg.
This way, nobody can kick my fiancé out of the country and he also will be able to work anywhere, even for temporary work agencies, unlike now that he’s not allowed to work unless he has a contract with a company. And that’s not so easy to get.

I’ll be wearing white, even though my mom said I’m not “pure” anymore.
Pants and shirt, that made my daughter’s eye twitch and it almost costed me the title of mother but I’ll wear a veil and flowers on my hair that made me earn some points.
I’m going to see if I can do something now and tick off a few items of my TO DO list.

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•April 22, 2017 • 4 Comments

Saturday. Yesterday I forgot to press “PUBLISH” so I broke my streak of 2 years, 2 months and 6 days of never missing a day blogging.
Maybe that happened because I’m getting married next week. My granma would say: “Cabeza de novia!”. That translates: “Bride’s head!”. And it means that I’m distracted.
I guess I am.