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Winter Storm & Flood

Sooo, the better part of Germany — everything from our general area northward — was hit by a major winter storm over the weekend and has been looking like this ever sind: (Image sources here, here, here and here) … as a result of which, trains, planes, and public transport aren’t operational, streets aren’t passable for […]

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“Lockdown”? — Tell me again Germans are supposed to be law-abiding as a rule …

I went for a short walk earlier this afternoon (alone, of course) — the kind of thing we’re still allowed to do to maintain a modicum of exercise and intake of fresh air. This is what our street looked like — and what it, and all the streets in our neighborhood have been looking like […]

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I’m just going to leave this here…

My car’s dashboard thermometer, earlier this afternoon. (43°C = 109.4°F) Can I just say I was very glad to be back indoors when I got home??   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1924880/i-m-just-going-to-leave-this-here

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Germany & Central Europe, seen from the International Space Station

Just had a chance to take my first photos of dried-out Central Europe and Germany since a few weeks, and was shocked. What should have been green, is now all brown. Never seen it like this before. #Horizons pic.twitter.com/o2XoddPdrM — Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) August 6, 2018 Tweet by the current commander of the ISS, German […]

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Let the Cult Begin …

So here’s my super-shiny, super-pretty, brand-spanking new card, with very many thanks to Moonlight Reader, um,  Madness: First — still very vague — book ideas: Country House Mystery: No specific idea yet, but I’ll try to combine this one with my Detection Club quest, if possible. Cryptozoologist: Probably either a book from Terry Pratchett’s “Night […]

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Payoff for the Summer Heat …

… well, of sorts:  These views from my balcony, a few minutes ago.  (And yes, it’s dark now, but I’m still sitting outside, savoring the fact that we finally have a tiny bit of a gentle breeze …)   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1780699/payoff-for-the-summer-heat

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Summer in Germany

My car dashboard thermometer, yesterday at 1:55PM — the week before, we’d even been up to 39°C … at 4PM.  (That’s 101F and 102F, respectively.) These are temperatures I know from desert areas … Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma and pretty much anywhere else in AZ, Death Valley, El Paso, TX; even Los Angeles.  They are NOT […]

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A Summer Saturday Afternoon in “Balconya” …

I have a few busy days ahead of me, so I’m catching what laid back moments I can today — and what better way than with the BookLikes crowd (and entertainment courtesy of my cell phone)?   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1774389/post

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Zürich in the summer … or, wait, actually it’s still April!

I spent the past 2 days in Zürich — attending a conference, but I went there early enough on Tuesday so as to be able to have some off time first, and with the current summertime temperatures, that decision (made weeks ago!) turned out to be golden.  I mean, can you possibly beat this?! (My […]

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Summer Temperatures – in April.

This is insane.  We’re in April — and not so long ago, we were still battling winter temperatures.  Well, if previous instances of the same pattern are anything to go by, that means we’d better enjoy these temps right now, because they won’t be making much of a reappearance in summer …   Original post: […]

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So I’m Compiling My Halloween Bingo Book List …

… while summer has finally decided to make an appearance and outside it’s actually like this.  (In Fahrenheit, we’re talking temps up to 93F and more in the afternoon, and still almost 80F at 11pm.)  In Germany.  At the end of August. Right … So anyway, about Halloween … (eyeroll).   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1457014/so-i-m-compiling-my-halloween-bingo-book-list

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