I'm living life in slow motion these days. Germany went back into a strict lockdown on 16th December, and since I still work in a non-essential boutique, I'm home now, and will be until 10th January at least - and to be honest, with numbers rising and things being the way they are, I don't quite expect to go back to work then. Well, all of you, no matter where you are, have had your share of lockdowns, restrictions, cabin fever, and all kinds of diffculties along the Covid-19 path this year, so let's just not talk about the virus anymore. It's here, it's going to stay a while longer, we'll have to find a way to adjust, and as long as there's tea and toast, there is hope.
Speaking of which ... I'm back to drinking tea instead of coffee. I spent last weekend mostly in bed with the one and only HEARTBURN FROM HELL and tummy ache of the "kill me please" kind, and the only reason I could think of was coffee. Admittedly, I've had a little too much of that fluid sanity saver over the last what? two months? Yeah, sounds about right. So maybe it's no wonder my stomach is a trifle upset. Thankfully, it reacts like a proper British lady to tea, so here we are, tea and toast for breakfast, and more tea to get me through the day.
22nd Dec is our wedding anniversary, and this year, I decided to prepare a special surprise for Steve. I made a chocolate covered rainbow cake, four layers of heart-shaped cake in blue, green, red and yellow, and vanilla pudding between the layers. It was so much fun to make! I'm not going to show you a photo of the finished object, though, because ... well, vanilla pudding is pretty slippery when it's still in its semi-fluid state, and inexperienced as I am, I didn't cut the layers all that even, so somewhere during the assembling process, I had to grab a fondue fork and stick it all the way through the cake to prevent it from coming apart again and again. I left the fork in until the chocolate cover was done, it added some stability to the cake. It tasted great, though. And Steve said he liked the idea of a rainbow cake, and the fact that I made it for him. There. All worth it in the end. Next year, I'm going to think up something less irritating.
While I made breakfast this morning, little Miss Dots came to watch and quality-control. She is one of the few success stories of the year. We found her and her two siblings a few years ago in our garden, three tiny kittens and no mommy cat anywhere to be found. I took them in, and her brother and sister found new homes soon. Unfortunately, I didn't realize at the time that little Miss Dots was extremely shy and afraid of everything, and only felt save when she was with her brother. From the moment he left, she hid away, and would only come out at feeding times. It took us ages to win her trust, and to be honest, she still doesn't let us come too close, though she will let us touch her occasionally. Today, she let me come close enough to take a photo, and judging from her body language, she was quite relaxed, she did not even jump and run off when the camera clicked. I feel quite honoured, and I hope this means we're going to see more of her in the near future. I'm not going to give her away, she can stay with us for the rest of her life, but it would be nice to be able to pet her every now and then. She has the softest fur EVER.
Steve checked the pantry this morning and decided that we have plenty of stock, and there is no need for us to leave the house for the remainder of this year. One worry off my mind. We've had a few snow days, and even though the roads are clear, I just hate driving in the snow. We are going to have another fondue on Thursday, but hopefully it's going to be a quiet day and an early night. Firework sales have been forbidden this year, and due to the lockdown, there are no holiday guests staying next door, so unless the neighbours find some forgotten fireworks from last year, New Year's Eve should be a rather silent and simple affair this year, and we might not have to stay up until the wee hours and comfort the doggies - they regularly freak when the rockets go off.
And on that note, I shall sign off for today and go back to my tea and knitting. Have a good day, everyone.