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My Smart Phone


So, what the heck has my smart phone to do with this photo you ask? Well, I’ll tell ya! In 2005 I got rid of every phone in my life along with the TV. Then about 4 years ago I figured it could be time to get a new cell phone. My bank told me that I would need one sooner or later because the law would now require another security step for credit card users. Also, mobile banking would hit us all (ya by now they closed the locale branch just to make sure you have no choice). So I gave in and eventually got a cell phone (brand does not matter here). Now what? I had a phone but beside banking stuff and audio books (you bet, I got quite the collection by now) I didn’t really have use for it. Nobody to communicate with, beside getting a doctors appointment ones a year or yelling at the insurance now and then. I also don’t do social media. Nope, not at all. Well I tried FB and Instagram just to see if I was right but the entire concept is so absurd to me. People fill that guys website with content (most of it trash), give him their data and get annoyed by advertisements about things nobody really needs. Seriously? Why should I do that?

So what else are these phones good for? Well I love my weather app and there is a very useful app for knitting (helps you to count your rows and stuff). Also there is a Mahjong game I really love. But all this is just secondary because the one thing I really really use my cell phone for is to take photos. I never thought I would enjoy it so much. Since I don’t stare at FB while we are on walkies I have plenty of time to look around and discover all sorts of photo worthy things. Nothing, really nothing, beats the beauty of nature.

Be safe and have a pawesome day.

Dog Stuff

License to Boop

We do live in Lower Saxony, Germany. I know, we are the no nonsense people, the grumpy ones, just look at our leader, Mrs. Grumpy Face Merkel. We are also the country that has a regulation and/or law for just everything. Most of them are useless, some downright ridiculous, but one single time the government in the State of Lower Saxony (just our state as far as I know) came up with a really good law. For ones a law makes sense and is helpful. What is it, you might ask. Well, grab a coffee and get comfy, I gonna tell you and it might take a while.

Here in Lower Saxony you must have a license in order to get a dog. That goes for all first time owners (no exception) and for those who didn’t have a dog for a period of 3 years. You can imagine it a bit like a drivers license. Before you even can get the dog you have to pass a theoretical test. It’s a bit of everything, like general knowledge, nutrition, first aid, how to care for a dog, the races, do’s and don’t. And yes, you can fail that test. The fees for that test start at 50 Euros, if you fail you pay again for every time you fail. This makes sure that you really have to think about what all comes with it when you own a dog. All the responsibilities, what it costs and so on. So people have to put in effort and money before they can even buy a dog. If you passed the test you can go and get your new family member, but note, you have to get your dog insured (mandatory, no exceptions) and you have to register it at a online database (just you would do with a car). By the way, the yearly shots at the vet are mandatory too, your dog gets something like a passport where the vet notes down all vaccinations your dog ever got.

Now you got your new puppy home and you made it through all that mandatory paperwork. All done now, right? Nope! On to part two. You have 1 year to get the practical exam done. So you look for a puppy school, you do classes together with your puppy and you practice a lot. When you and your puppy are ready, you can sign up for the practical exam. The fee starts at 100 Euro and yes, you can fail that too. The trainer wants to see if you can handle your dog and if your dog will follow the basic commands, like sit, down, heel, stop, up, no. They also want to see if you will take good care of your dog.

For people in the US, Canada or the UK, this all might sound ridiculous and annoying, but it is for the good of the dogs. People have to prove that they are aware of how much responsibilities come with a dog and that they are really able and willing to care for their dog. The number of homeless dogs/dogs in shelters dropped massively. Yes sure, there are still some bad apples who drop through the net but their numbers are shrinking. It would be really nice if more states would follow this example.

Thank you for reading and have a pawesome day.


NO Sugar Wanted

I live sugar free for about 4 years and I have no intention to go back to sugar ever (hell might freeze over and the governments might stop to collect taxes from us, but I will never go back to sugar). Now, the story how I got there goes not like you now may think. It was not because of weight issues, not due to allergies and for sure not because of diabetic. And if the following can help just one person, it was worth the entire blog thing.

It all started back in 2005. I was diagnosed with a severe chronic depression. It was a long dark road but eventually I got through it. I started to feel better but the one thing I couldn’t get a handle on was that constant fatigue. I never had enough energy for not even the most simple things, like household chores. I’m sure, if you ever had to deal with depression you know exactly what I’m talking about. However, as long as you are still stuck in this really depressive phase, you don’t give a fuck about how your home looks, but as soon as you feel better you start to care just that you do not have enough energy to fix things. So you have to find a way to fix your energy level first, right. But how?

I started to do some research and so I ran into Keto (ketogenic diet – high fad, medium protein, low carbs) and that changed everything. All old food items had to go (gave it to a friend) and I switched my diet to keto without any exceptions. That also meant no more sugar. Did that mean I had to abandon all the yummi stuff? Hell no, I just replaced the really bad stuff with healthy alternatives. And it fixed just everything. It fixed even things I didn’t know could be fixed. I have more energy than ever before, no more brain fog, my skin is looking great, my joints don’t hurt anymore (there is a story about the hurting joints, but that is for sometime later), I feel so much better in general and my family doctor (who never heard of keto) can not believe how awesome my blood test results are.

I lived strictly on keto for almost 4. I still eat healthy and sugar free. It is important what you eat because what you eat will influence how you feel. Be safe and have a pawesome day.


Last Days of Summer

Mist over the Meadows

The summer is almost over here in our corner of the planet. The days getting clearly shorter and the mornings are quite chilly. This summer was kinda moody, we had lots of rain and the temps where quite moderate. For all the trees, mother nature in general and Ami and I this was perfect. We can’t stand heat. Guess we both more more into fall and winter. Honestly, I can’t wait for Halloween. How about you? Have a pawesome day.


Provisional Solutions

The problem with those provisional solutions is, that ones they are in place you can almost never get rid of them. They sit there like forever, you keep telling yourself to finally fit it but hey, it works and there is so much else to do. Just look at the header of this blog. The photo is just a provisional solution, a placeholder if you like, for the real header. Since a photo is way to chunky for this theme I plan to draw a some pixel art. I know exactly what I want, the draft is done but there is where I get stuck. First there was this crochet project I was working on and now there is this other crochet project I had started before I finished even the first project. And well, there is nothing wrong with that photo, beside it being to chunky, it will work for some time, right?

I’m not even sure if that is pure laziness or some sort of universal law. I can remember that my parents had it with those provisional solutions too. My father was a master electrician, don’t ask how the power outlets in our house looked. And when I now think about it, I remember I ones told my ex father in law, who was fixing something in our house, “Nooooo don’t do that, I would have live with this makeshift nonsense forever, fix it right now.”. And don’t get me started on the dentists with their horrible “I put in a provisional solution now, for the real fix you have to come back next week”.

Oh well, I should get going and work on that header graphic now, so I can get rid of the provisional solution before fall. Have a pawesome day!