Sunday, June 26, 2005

the footy, lots of flea market junk and weeds galore

9:45 a.m. and still surprisingly cool outside - only 20°C so far. I've thrown open the terrace doors to let the house air out a bit before we close it all up for the afternoon to keep out the heat. One nice thing about the warmth is that it makes the air so wonderfully fragrant. The scent of roses and jasmine from the neighbouring gardens is everywhere lately and it's amazing.

Last night we broke out the popcorn after dinner and watched the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 game between Germany and Brazil in Nürnberg. We're not a very sporty family, but will make an exception for soccer. In my case because of all those gorgeous legs. There was a lot of local interest in this game since one of the players, Per Mertesacker (# 17), is from a town only a few kilometres away from here and all the kids think he's the cat's meow.

Tonight Mexico and Argentina play against each other in Hannover which means they're going to have most of the city blocked off to traffic. The trams will be bursting with sweaty, drunken fans and a good time will be had by all, I'm sure.

They went fairly easy on the flea market this weekend: a Japanese sake set (unused, thank goodness), some of those Chinese Chi-Gong meditation balls, a sage and a lavender plant for the garden, a folding chair for camping, two Enid Blyton books (didn't you read those when you were a kid?) and a Game Cube game. Geez, we could hold our own flea market.

When I said I had finished weeding yesterday, I didn't mean that the garden was now weedless, I meant that I got sick of it because there are so many, many, many weeds. Where do they come from and how do they grow so fast? We've spontaneously invited our duplex neighbours over for dinner tonight so I'll have to do something today to tame the jungle. I've never really thought about it, but I guess you could say we have an organic garden since we use neither herbicides nor pesticides (OK, except for a bit of slug bait now and then) to keep things under control. That means we have more weeds and bugs than real plants (but who's to say that a weed isn't a real plant?). Doesn't really matter to me - I just like being able to look out onto something lush and green, whatever it happens to be.

P.S. 10:30 a.m.- Mr. Mausi just came home from his weekly Sunday tennis game and sauna (where everyone is stark naked and no one cares!). Usually he only brings breakfast rolls with him but this time his best friend an tennis partner had given him a huge bag full of little Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars. There must be a hundred of them in there. *sigh* Will the madness never end?

Must go now. There is cooking and cleaning and weeding to be done.


At June 26, 2005 2:39 p.m., Anonymous Haddock said...

It's a shame that Germany lost. Nobody Germanic will be interested in the final now.

At June 26, 2005 10:50 p.m., Blogger J said...

Yep, those German saunas are very different for those of us from North America. I've never been to one and have no interest in even going to one.

At June 26, 2005 11:06 p.m., Blogger christina said...

I've been to a German sauna and have no interest in ever going again! Too many old men.


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