Burning Man recently concluded here in the US, and I wanted to share a sneak peek if you don’t know what it is. It is the party of a lifetime, filled with creativity, music, and art.
I live close to where this annual festival takes place and draws people from all over the world. It’s a place to express your own uniqueness with the opportunity to be anything and anyone you’d like to be. It’s pretend play where like minded stressed minds escape the reality of day to day life and dress in steampunk attire, various other characters, or little to no clothing outfits. You should see the lines on opening day. Probably worse than any traffic jam you ever found yourself in. Just to see the artwork would be amazing, and several pieces always get donated to the city each year once the festival concludes. The sheer size of them is amazing, and being covered in layers of fine white sandstorm dust surely presents a transportation problem.
Recently Mom was hospitalized because of an open wound on her leg. In all actuality it happens quite frequently since her skin is as thin as tracing paper. The slightest bump will cause an open sore that could lead to infection and not healing well due to her diabetes. She has lost a few toes this way already and it’s a scary situation for sure. Luckily she was only there over the weekend, starting Friday and being back to the nursing home by Monday. Coming to think of it, I think it was more of a safety precaution since Mom’s family physician went on vacation. He was worried Mom could develop a blood clot and in the end I think everyone was relieved to know Mom was in good hands.
This all happened during the week she was mad at me and hung up on the iPad. On top of it I got sick. Now with all of it behind us, I know that her anger towards me was fear driven about her leg, and the worries of what could happen. Calling Mom per FaceTime last Monday after the hospital, I found a completely different person. Immediately I could tell how relieved she was to be back, and that yet another scary chapter was behind her. We laughed and joked, it was a real pleasure talking to her. And then she told me a story that would send us both over on giggles.
Somehow Mom activated Siri on her iPad. Of course she has no clue what that is, for what one would use it, or how to even do it. It was an accident and I’m still unsure of what exactly Mom thinks happened. Clearly there can’t be a person stuck inside the iPad and the technology is beyond what she can comprehend at nearly 81 years of age. I wouldn’t even know how to explain it to her, but I tried anyways.
She proceeds to tell me that the iPad kept talking and talking and she just wanted peace and quiet. All I can figure is that Mom mumbled something and Siri couldn’t make out what she wanted. I’m sure Siri asked several times what she could assist Mom with. Mom mumbles back something and so the conversation between Mom and Siri continues until Mom finally has enough, and tells Siri to shut up already. 😂 But wait a minute, Siri understood that, and proceeds to tell Mom that this wasn’t a nice thing to say. (Rolling in laughter). I start cracking up as she tells me the story and Mom does as well. She puts her hand over her mouth as if she got busted saying something bad and now thinks she has to watch what she is saying because the iPad heard it and reprimanded her.
I’m already apologizing to my British friends, the Queen and Prince Charles for what I’m about to write, but it’s too funny not to post. It was a welcome and priceless moment. You have to understand that things are not always easy with Mom, so this lol moment was simply marvelous.
Mom loves her gossip magazines, especially the ones which talk about the royals and other famous people. Once a week I bring her two magazines and today was such a day. While she studies her papers, I often work on the blog, or otherwise just chill out.
Today she decided to take it a step further and vocalize some of the things she was reading. First came the story about the dog that stole the owners dentures and buried them in the yard, 😳 and if this wasn’t funny enough, there was more. Next on the agenda was poor Prince Charles. I guess we all have our ticks how we like things and what we prefer, and at first she shared with me that Prince Charles travels with his own bed. We looked at each other and even sympathized with his decision. I’m sure you have been at a hotel, just missing the heck out of your pillow. What was the icing on the cake and what stole the show was her next comment. Can you believe that he has his shoe laces ironed each day? Apparently that was too much for Mom. Maybe it is half as funny reading it, and it was just one of those moments you had to been there. But it was the way she presented her amazement to me, by saying “Can you believe it…..” in disbelief, that had us both in stitches and laughing out loud in the end.
Hahaha…fitting. Have you ever done a quiz on Facebook or else and based on your answers your entire personality was determined? They can be fun and entertaining and recently I came across this one where you choose a broom that appeals to you to determine what kind of witch you are.
I choose broom number nine and the answer was that I am an Introvert Witch. Not really that surprising and it is kind of creepy how accurate these things pan out sometimes.
Here is what the detail description had to say about it.
You are able to enjoy ordinary life and calmly endure routine duties: cleaning boilers, cleaning the house and preparing potion. You don’t need to get along with other wizards: you like to help others and feel right. Most of the time you prefer being alone. You enjoy running away to the hills, where you get lost in your thoughts without having anyone around to bother you.
Sounds kind of lonely, but it doesn’t have to be. I’m perfectly content and with the right company it’s bliss and a wonderful, relaxing and recharging experience.
While I no longer have the answer key, it would be fun to hear which broom you’d choose and why. Mine was chosen because it’s artful and whimsical handle. The plume looks full and healthy, while the little bend in the stick would be perfect for my bottoms to rest. This would leave enough room for my upper body to comfortably lay down on the remaining stick for a nap or two while flying through the clouds. Yeah, bet you didn’t think you get all of that, did you?
Dad’s sister and Mom
I usually bring the iPad with me when visiting Mom. I usually play music for her, show her funny videos of pictures of animals she enjoys. Anything that makes her smile and laugh is game here. Playing her favorite music group, she already warned me to not erase those songs from the iPad. Hahaha. Ok Mom, I should forever keep them safely in there.
The other day after showing her another set of raccoon pictures, she all of a sudden looked at me real serious and asked me if “that gadget” (the iPad) had new stuff in there every day? 😳😂
Bless her heart.
The random things you find mixed in at the local family grocer. And no, it wasn’t the only tin for sale. And yes, I bought it….too random to pass up. 😉
Have you seen anything funny at your store lately that made you say “oh wow” or pause for a second? It’s the beginning of a new week, let’s see if we can start it with some funnies and a few laughters.
Have a great week everyone. ♥️
Wifi was a bit of an issue last night, and still is this morning, so it is hard to post. The Celebrating “YOU” segment will go out later today once I’m at Mom’s where I can access the Internet.
In the meantime I finally made her beloved Bratwurst since she talks about it every day in the sense of wanting one. Seeing them all in the frying pan reminded me of a picture and joke someone once showed me about the German wifi. The timing seemed perfect to recreate it, so here you have it, while I’m working on by German wifi signal 😉
A few weeks back my little niece Emi asked me if we could have a garden beautification party. Well it is finally here and tomorrow is the day. I made a special little invitation card for the kids and I hope to take some fun pictures to share with you tomorrow.
The garden has been such a big secret and I only shared a few bits so far. It’s been hard work and honestly it still ain’t ready. There are still things to do when it comes to my little outdoor shrine, and I have a feeling that it will fill a little more after my birthday later this month. However, what better way to celebrate 13th and share with you the work in progress.
There will be pizza and snacks, drinks and something for all ages. Artists where encouraged to bring supplies to decorate and beautify yard stepping stones or other crafts. There are still tons of things to do until then but I’m very excited. It’s been a long time to host “A little evening” with family and friends.
My handmade invitation for the kids 😉
It’s Monday and Monday’s usually belong to me for chores or fun. I thought I try something new and combine both today. After a healthy breakfast, the laundry has been started, and I will move on to cooking lunch by making Gulasch with Semmelknödel, a kind of potato dumpling that is yummy.
The garden and outdoor shrine is taking shape and even the neighbor noticed this morning that the savannah with the long tall weed-grass has changed dramatically. Last evening Moni and my two nieces Leni and Emily came to visit and we enjoyed our time in the garden. Leni has taken over the hammock and it seems to be her favorite hangout, while Emi is mostly on the move, dancing through the yard like a beautiful little fairy. This would have not been possible a few weeks ago as the garden was still full and overgrown with unsightly weeds. It’s a true blessing to have this time with these wonderful people I’m lucky to call family.
Later on today in between chores, a little bicycle trip to the local flower Palast (a gardening place) is on the agenda, and the ideas for the garden are ever growing. It seems like all my inspiration is being sucked up into small little projects for the garden. Emi is already envisioning a garden opening party and soon we will spend a “Little evening” and what my family calls a little get together on the patio amongst family while overseeing the garden. The kids are planning to spend the night and we will have a full moon slumber party once school is out. It was also Emi who requested a painting party this Friday as we often paint and create together. It was this morning that I had an epiphany and again, just like I said before all my creative efforts pull into this outdoor space right now. We found ten square stepping stones yesterday and sectioned off the yard to plant wildflowers in between. How about painting those stepping stones? All of us could create a one of a kind that could add color to the yard and memorialize our adventure and painting evening forever. I like the idea and will make cute little invitation cards later for the kids to see what they think of the idea. I think it could be a fun memory for all….
Hammock time last evening
I think a little ritual has formed already with nightly bike rides. I’ve gone several times now and the last two nights, I rode with my cousin and nieces. I’m slowly getting used to the bike again and getting my endurance back. It’s only the heat that still causes me to struggle. I hope it gets better.
After a little evening (it’s what my family calls a little get together to chill and enjoy each other’s company last night), we recruited three more family members for tonight’s bike ride and this will make us the mighty seven 😉