Thursday, May 26, 2005

Oh well

Yesterday's good mood was replaced by the usual black cloud today. I knew it couldn't last. My better half and I spent the entire day attempting not to murder each other while we wallpapered (is that a word?) Boy9's room in preparation for painting. Yes, wallpaper first and then paint over it. That's the way it is here most of the time because the walls don't seem to take to paint too well on their own. The wallpaper usually used is called Rauhfaser (raw fibre) and is made up of paper and tiny little wood chips which gives the wall a stucco-like texture when you paint over it. But it's a bugger to hang and rips really easily. All very complicated and inconvenient if you ask me. And doing this thankless task just reminded me of all the other complicated and inconvenient things that make me hate living here. Thus the thunder cloud over the head and the totally negative attitude to just about everything today. This blog is helping me to focus on the positive things in my life (and there are many) but sometimes it's really hard not to be bitter about the choices I've made. I'm in dire need of an attitude adjustment, I'd say.


At May 27, 2005 8:10 a.m., Anonymous Haddock said...

I hate wallpapering as well, espscially Rauhfaser. I wont have it in the house. I cannot see the point of wallpapering and then painting over it. I stick up patterned paper instead (very English I know).
But keep your chin up, today's another day, and all days are different.

At May 27, 2005 8:52 a.m., Blogger PapaScott said...

We've learned to protect our marriage when wallpapering through strict separation of tasks. I prepare the wallpaper, my wife hangs and cuts it. Once the wallpaper leaves my hand, I no longer touch or comment on it.

Maybe I've been in Germany too long, but I find Rauhfaser to be quite practical. If you get sick of the color, you just paint over it, without risking your marriage by wallpapering again.

At May 27, 2005 8:55 a.m., Blogger PapaScott said...

Oh, there's also something called Rauhfaser paint, with which you can supposedly get the Rauhfaser look by just painting it on the walls without having to wallpaper. Don't touch the stuff. There's no way to distribute the fibers evenly, and you'll end up scratching the stuff off and putting up real Rauhfaser wallpaper. Trust me.

At May 27, 2005 2:53 p.m., Anonymous JCS said...

Ahem, I am sorry to have to point out that it's now "Raufaser", sans the h.
Christina, I can fully understand that some of our ways seem to be a bit complicated. But let me explain. Most German houses (as opposed to the ones in North America) have Putz over bricks for interior walls. There usually is no inner wooden/plaster wall that could easily be painted. Hence the wallpaper. But there's more than one bright spot. Due to the much more solid construction of German houses most are much better insulated and do not burn as well as their American counterparts. These solid walls are also a much better barrier against rodent and cockroach inavsions. I have been in many mouse-infested flats in the US but still have to see rodents coming out of a wall in a German flat.

I lived in Boston for seven years in a fin-de-siecle triple-decker that was cold in winter and hot in summer. Also, don't get me started on the pitiful appliances that are called washing machines in North America. Even older German models have less water consumption and better efficacy than the unheated dinorsaurs Whirlpool etc. sells.

If you return to BC, you should open a Miele dealership. You will be a household goddess in no time.

Courage, courage,

At May 27, 2005 3:42 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Well, it's still called "Rauhfaser" at site so I'm sticking with that.And yes,I know our house is much more solid than those flimsy wooden North American houses and that German washing machines are better (except for the fact that they take three times as long to wash a load and only hold half as much) but that doesn't really solve my attitude problem, does it? It's not really about walls and appliances at all.

P.S. We have mice. :-)

At May 27, 2005 7:54 p.m., Blogger Mrs. B said...

Hi Christina!! We used to have that kind of wallpaper in my house when I was small... I used to love to pick out all the little bits of woodchip!!! ;)

At May 27, 2005 7:56 p.m., Blogger Mrs. B said...

PS... Love Papascott's comment about once it's left his hand he doesn't touch or comment on it!! What a star!! :)

At May 27, 2005 8:32 p.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

Yes, wallpapered is a word.

That woodchip paper is a bugger to get off. I don't suppose you needed to know that.....

At May 27, 2005 10:22 p.m., Blogger christina said...

ms. mac - yes, it's awful to get off, isn't it? When we moved in here 10 years ago we just painted over what was there so it really needed to be done properly again after so long.

At October 26, 2009 11:58 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just moved to Germany and have been here for a week now. Thank God for this blog about Raufaser. I'm depending on the internet for information as I do not speak a word of German yet!

Thanks Christina!


At March 07, 2011 9:51 p.m., Anonymous Claus said...

Hi,I am the crazy german guy who does Raufaser in Philly,I am runing out of it soon can \i get some real nice one in America?Claus


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