Lost and Found No. 3

Hello! How are you all? The past few weeks have flown by, probably because we had three four-day weeks in a row here in Germany. I think it’s good for my sanity that I’ve had shorter weeks this past month. Sure would be nice to have this all the time! Anyway, let’s get down to the past two weeks’ lost and found.

Found: Old postcards

I have a slight obsession with old postcards. Sure, typical vintage postcards are cool, but I love postcards from the first half of the 1900s that show photos of places waaaaay back in the day. If they have something interesting written on the back, I enjoy that as well.

Steamboat Postcard

The Flohmarkt (flea market) that is held in conjunction with the Frühlingsfest (Spring Festival) is a decent place to find some of these gorgeous, old black and white postcards. I did happen to buy “a few.”

Italian Postcard

Lost: Severe allergies

Not that I’m sad to have gotten over my seasonal allergies, but I enjoy the irony of the situation. It recently came to mind that the problem (pollen) and the solution (rain to clear the air) both are products of Mother Nature.

At the same time I curse the pollen, I also wish for spring and beautiful flowers. Then, I even beg for rain to give me some relief by washing away the cause of my misery. I just have to laugh a bit at how illogical my desires with regard to spring and nature are. It’s a good practice in mindfulness to think about how many other areas of life are in conflict like this.

Found: A resolution from my former home

My master’s degree was completed in Konstanz, meaning two years of bliss in that beautiful city, relaxing with all the nature surrounding the Bodensee. I just saw yesterday that Konstanz became the first city in Germany to pass a resolution that declares climate change as an emergency.

Sometimes I have to stop and think about how fortunate I am to have lived in Konstanz, and how amazing it is that I now live in a country which at least recognizes climate change at the national level. Much of the rhetoric around climate change coming out of the White House in the past few years has been disheartening, but events like this remind me that many people around the world care about this issue and want to take action.


So, on that note, I hope you all feel a little bit more thoughtful about our planet. Or maybe just postcards. Regardless, have a lovely weekend!

Cheers!

Lost and Found No. 2

Hello, all! It’s Easter weekend, and here in Germany we have a lovely four-day weekend to give us a break from the daily grind of our jobs. As spring has hit its stride, so have my allergies. As much as I want to be outdoors, I’m spending a lot of time sitting indoors trying to avoid the pollen. We could do with a nice rain shower to clean the air, but there sadly isn’t any precipitation in the forecast in the next days.

Anyway, let’s get down to it. What has been lost and found in my life and the greater world lately?

Cherry blossoms

Found: Spring blooms, ducklings, and swans

As you can probably guess from my spring allergy statement, the trees are turning green, flowers are blooming, and nature is going wild. The cherry blossoms are in full bloom (yes, they’re in Germany, too), as well as another tree with small white blossoms of which I do not know the name.

I sometimes hop off of the bus a few stops early on my way home from work so that I can walk along the small lake near my flat. This past week, eight new ducklings were chirping their way around the lake.

Mother duck with ducklings.

At the end near my flat, a swan pair have built a nest and are protecting it from passersby (meaning any duck stupid enough to come near). Still waiting for their offspring to appear.

Found: An ache to read more from Margaret Atwood

Last October, I bought some new English books in the London airport where they are not as expensive as in Germany. Two of them were my very first Margaret Atwood volumes: Alias Grace and The Handmaid’s Tale.

I read the latter quite soon after my purchase. And yes, I already saw both seasons of the series. Alias Grace was different. I’d seen the mini-series on Netflix back in 2017 and was not quite sure what to make of it. The book is really an amazing work of art, tying in many themes that are just too subtle to come through in the TV version.

Having read both of these, I’m hungry to read more of Atwood’s books. Not that I’m lacking any reading material at present, but any advice on which ones I should tackle next?

Found: New growth

After not doing much of anything all winter except protesting because I accidentally exposed him to direct sun, my avocado plant has finally started shooting up some new growth.

New growth on my avocado plant.

New leaves are shooting out of the top like a little crown of velvety new green. Let’s see if I manage to nurse him back to a happier state. For a while in the winter I thought I might have to scrap the tree and try again with another seed.

Lost: History

What has been very sad is the news of not only Notre Dame burning, but also the burning of three historically black churches in Louisiana. While Notre Dame is an accident and a loss of symbolic European history, the burning of historically black churches in the States is something that has been going on for decades.

I’ll never understand racism and hate against an ethnicity or religious community, but at least one can take heart in the fact that those donating to help restore Notre Dame in Paris have also been donating to the churches in Louisiana. I hope that communities on both sides of the pond are able to rebuild and find a sense of peace and safety again.

Found: The bees of Notre Dame

In the aftermath of the fire at Notre Dame, many have been focused on structural stability, the historic art inside, the stained glass… But some Parisians who knew that there were also bee hives up on the roof were curious to know if the bees made it.

While it isn’t clear how many survived the blaze, there’s evidence that these bees are quite hardy and the hives will live on!


So that’s what’s been lost and found in my life view lately. Hope you all have enjoyed / are enjoying a lovely Easter weekend, and please keep your fingers crossed that the rain comes to Germany soon!

Cheers!

Lost and Found No. 1

Welcome to my new “Lost and Found” series. In an effort to be more mindful of myself, the space around me, and the world at large, I want to share some tidbits of note for me that were either lost or found. Simple, right? Let’s get to it

Found: My Blogging Mojo

Blogging is hard. I don’t mean the thing itself really, but I mean keeping up with it. I have so many ideas of what I want to write, but sometimes I just run out of energy. During the final part of my studies, I even managed to lose interest in making time for blogging all together. I wasn’t sure if I would ever fully come back to the space, or just pump out a post every once in a while when I felt inspired to do so.

As of right now, I’m feeling more excited about this space than I have since I arrived in Germany. I sure hope I can keep the ball rolling, because it’s doing wonders for my motivation and emotional energy.

Lost: Snow

We had quite a bit of snow in Munich this winter. Thankfully, the warm weather lately has pretty much melted away all of the snow. I’m hopeful that this means spring will come soon and the bitterly cold weather will stay away. Looking at the chilly gales and rain outside, I’m not so sure when we will get properly warm weather, but at least it’s above freezing.

What I have seen still hanging out are piles of dirty snow next to the parking garages of the shopping mall. I’m still waiting for those to finally melt.

Found: Snow Drops

I have seen the first snow drops of the year! If you don’t know what they are, they’re the small white flowers that pop up as winter transitions into spring, sometimes coming straight up through late snow and blooming before trees even start to wake up after winter. I unfortunately don’t have a photo because the lighting was so bad, but it’s a pleasure to see these little guys in Munich after having watched for them in Virginia as well.


That’s all for now. I hope to be back in this space more often going forwards.

Cheers!