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April 27, 2017 Catching up

Yay! Today is the first day of me feeling normal and awake again. For the past two weeks, I had been ill again… Due to a bout of the shingles, which thankfully were not bad. I had chicken pox as a child, so since then I had that Virus in me. In the first days before anything became apparent, I had severe fatigue and I just didn’t feel right at all. Then at the end of the Easter weekend, the rash started, but just a very small area on the right side over my ribs. Went to the doctor right after the Easter weekend and got a Antiviral and pain meds prescribed. Thankfully the antiviral medicine was able to prevent it from actually breaking out fully, since the treatment was started early enough, and because it was a mild case.

The medicine made me very tired though. As long as I did something I was ok, but as soon as I would sit down and start to read or write, my eyes wanted to close. Many times over the last week, have I fallen asleep while sitting on the couch with my ipad… Hilarious!

I’m finally feeling fully awake again today. Hopefully I’ll have a good phase without migraines for a bit, because there’s so much I want to do and I’m looking forward to be able to catch up with all of your lovely blogs, as well as with all our furends on instagram and twitter ❤️️

Murli is doing purrfect! But she’d love to have more days with comfortable temperatures and sun puddles to nap in. Unfortunately, our weather here in Austria, and other parts of Europe, continue to have unusually cold weather. First there was the stormy and cold weather I wrote about. Then a few days with milder temperatures and a bit of sun followed. The Foehn wind was howling again on Tuesday and brought warm air from the south. The next day, the Foehn wind was gone, but the temperatures were falling again, which created more wind, just not Foehn wind. Today it’s grey, dark and rainy. The mountains are also getting snow again and it’s possible that we’ll get some of it as well.

But we will enjoy a cuddly and comfy weekend. Murli on my lap, and a coffee next to me, I’m not complaining at all. The only thing I worry about is how animal and plant life are coping with that kind of weather.

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Here is a video I took on Tuesday, as the Foehn Wind was howling through the door. Murli isn’t afraid of those things, as they’re happening all the time and she’s used to it all. But her little nose is sniffing into the air, as the air current brings all kinds of smells with it I’m sure😸

In the video, Murli is about to get her meal, and she knows of course. I was about to go into the kitchen, when I decided to film that howling of the wind. I’m kind of sure she’s thinking what I’m doing there filming the door, instead of getting her meal ready lol…

I also wanted to show you one of the trees that grow on the river bank, that had fallen during those stormy days after the Easter weekend. I came across that fallen tree on my way to a grocery store. There were many fallen trees more along the river banks. But I’m kind of sure that the trees that did fall due to the wind, were already weakened in some way. (You can click on the images to see them in a larger view)

I also found a left over Christmas tree 😂😹 I had to think of Siddhartha Henry’s LadyMum Sherri-Ellen of nylabluesmum.wordpress.com when I saw that Christmas tree, because we were talking about exactly this kind of thing shortly after Christmas and how people throw Christmas trees down the river banks and into rivers and all kinds of other places lol.

Hope you all are doing fine! Murli and I wish you all a pleasant Thursday!

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April 5, 2017 1st Thunderstorm of the year for us

Hi furends, we hope you’re all fine! Yesterday, in the afternoon, we had the first thunderstorm of this year, and it was a really bad thunderstorm too.

It was sunny and warm until about noon, when it started to become more cloudy. Later at 2:40pm, as I went to go to my doctor for my monthly pain med script, I failed to look out of a window before I left. I didn’t bring my umbrella and also wore the exact wrong shoes for rain lol. As I walked around the corner to the main street, I was able to see the sky in the north… What I saw where dark thunderstorm clouds… But I didn’t care to turn back to get my umbrella and just hoped to make it back before the rain.

I took the usual short cut through the big property of our church. Even though I was in a hurry due to the looming thunderstorm, I had to stop as I walked through the inner courtyard of the church and adjacent monastery because of this:

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The tree that grows in the middle of the courtyard was in full bloom! It’s gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful! And now I actually have photos of all 4 seasons with this lovely tree. I had been taking pictures of this tree for years, but always missed the phase where it blossoms. So I took a couple of pictures of it, and went on my way, out into the huge parking lot.

This is the dark sky I saw to the north-west…

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Not even half a minute after this picture, the rain started, with huge raindrops. But it was thankfully not a heavy rain at that point and while I was at my doctor’s office for about 10 minutes, the rain had stopped. So made it to my pharmacy and then back home pretty much dry.

It started and stopped raining a couple of times until about 4pm. Then the sky got even darker, and I could hear thunder in the distance. That thunder was coming closer and closer. I watched as the workmen on the roof across from us scrambled to get everything secured and off the roof before the storm.

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At about 4:30pm the heavy rain and hail started. I filmed the beginning of it…

Knowing that it was going to get worse, I stopped to get away from the window with Murli. I could see what kind of bad stuff was heading our way on the radar images on the weather site I check usually.

The red arrow shows the approximate area where we are. It’s a huge thunderstorm, and the radar map shows my whole state of Styria with its counties. The white border, where the arrow points into the middle, is the outline of the city area of Graz. The second border around Graz are the suburbs and surrounding areas of the city, which is its own county. The red arrow just points to the center of Graz, where we live. But the area is many miles across. So the purple part the arrow points to was huge and it directly went over us. The purple color, with its darker shades of purple in the center, shows that it’s the worst category possible. Especially the darker purple part was exactly over us. On the bottom of the map is the color scale.

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Like in the video, it was all hail and rain at first. Shortly afterwards the lightning got really severe. It was almost constant lightning, and all really close. The mobile phone tower a bit down the street got hit a couple of times, as usual. No big deal for it, since they’re made to withstand it without trouble. But seeing how the lightning strikes it, with a loud bang and thunder. Since it’s so close, there’s almost no delay for the sound of the thunder and the strike to reach you.

Murli isn’t afraid of thunderstorms. It doesn’t faze her at all. Not even if it’s that bad. She finds it entertaining to watch the rain and the hail. But I picked her up and carried her away from the window and went into the kitchen with her. I’m not even sure why I do it, but I feel like it’s not safe close to a window with that many close lightning strikes going on. Some lightning rods on houses must have been struck too from the sounds of it. Thankfully all buildings have lightning rods, including ours. But yeah, for some reason I always feel the need to go away from windows, which is why I rarely film the lightning going on, even though I would love to film it.

The sad part of this all is that we planted lovely spring flowers on Mama and Granny’s grave, as well as on the grave of my Papa’s parents, my other grandparents, all loved very dearly. We planted those beautiful flowers just last week, but I fear they have taken a real bad beating by that severe hail yesterday. The hail was so bad after I stopped filming, that the streets were white, as if it had snowed almost. The hail was the size of hazelnuts, but it was lots of hail. It also lasted for a long time. We’ll take a look at the flowers tomorrow or on Friday. We would have gone today, but I had another migraine and Papa had appointments to go to.

 

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This was the sky today in the morning when I got up. It started raining soon after, but it’s just harmless rain.

Murli enjoyed the “Builders channel” on “Kitty TV” again a little later😸 Because it had stopped raining and the workmen came again to work on the roof.

April 5 2017 8:55am

I think I rambled on long enough for now… Sorry it turned into a relatively long post with many pictures… But I really wanted to share that with you lovely furends! Murli and I wish all of you a nice afternoon and evening❤️️

PS: I had migraines almost daily again this week… I hope I’m finally getting a break from it, because I really want to catch up on all you furends pawsome bloggies and comment! Hugs & purrs!

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December 13, 2016

Of course, I worried for nothing again yesterday and today… When I went to my doctor this afternoon, everything worked out. It was just a tiny short call to the other doctors office, at which point it became clear that it was just a temporary bug in the system, that went away on its own. Everything was normal again and I got my script as usual. Sigh…

More importantly, we got a Christmas card today! From our Twitter pals from Kitty Haven

Thank you very much for this! So cute! ❤❤❤ Murli showed her appreciation as she rubbed her little fluffy head into the card right away😹

We are looking forward to the holidays! And the christmas tree!🎄 Here in Austria and Germany, the tree isn’t put up in homes until shortly before christmas eve. Some put the tree up in the morning of the 24th. We are doing it on the 23rd usually. The smell of the tree fills the whole apartment and it lasts for a while. Especially every time you let the cold winter air in again, it starts to give off that lovely scent again.

Murli doesn’t climb the tree, but she loves to take naps under it. The christmas decoration doesn’t break, since it’s not made of glass. We have absolutely beautiful ornaments and decorations from my childhood, but we never put those up anymore, for cat safety reasons. The thing that Murli does do, is to paw at the lowest hanging ornaments😹 Of course! It looks like it’s just put there for her to play with. But that is why I don’t put the glass ornaments on there. I would worry too much that she could cut herself in case one falls down and breaks. Geenie did the same thing, and also never climbed up the tree. Only Minki climbed the trees, all the way to the top MOL!!! One time he fell over with the whole decorated tree (floor to ceiling size tree). Mum and Dad were more worried about Minki though, who was only a year young at that time. Nothing much happened to the tree, but from then on, my Dad hooked the trees securely to the wall, so it stood stable and couldn’t fall over due to kitty adventures anymore.

In recent years, we only put up trees that were a bit smaller. Works out beautifully too! You’ll see once we put it up and I’ll decorate it😺 With Murlis help of course, like always!

Hope you all are well! Have a nice Tuesday my furriends!🐾

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December 12, 2016 – (human) Doctor annoyance

And another week has begun! For now, without a migraine. But instead with some annoying thing regarding my regular doctor (general physician). Last Friday, I had to go get my script for my migraine medication, but my doctor wasn’t there unexpectedly. Therefore, I had to go to his substitute doctor who takes over for him during absences. Every doctor has an arrangement with a couple other doctors and they take over for each other in case of absences. I couldn’t really wait until Monday, because the weather caused migraines almost every day now. I didn’t want to be out of meds over the weekend. It was good I did, because I actually had 2 migraines over the weekend, and I would have been totally screwed without the meds.

Anyway, today I called my doctor’s office, to prepare my monthly script for my pain meds (for my back & joint pain), so I can pick it up tomorrow. But shortly afterwards, the assistant of my doctor called me back, telling me that it looks like I changed doctors and that the system wouldn’t let her process and prepare my script (It’s a regulation by our national health insurance to prevent doctor shopping).

I told her that I only went to their official substitute (who was given as their substitute for that day on their answering machine too on Friday). She said that they must have processed me wrongly when I gave them my insurance card that day. They knew I was just a visiting patient from another doctor. They just made a mistake. So the assistant said that they’ll have to call and sort it out. She didn’t really sound worried about it, but of course I do worry anyway now. Because the pain meds are my other very much-needed medication.

Of course, that got my anxiety going, because if it can’t be sorted out, I can’t get my very much-needed medication. Except maybe if I pay for it privately, but I’m not even sure that is possible with a permanent script like mine (The script is permanent, but the meds are always for one month).

And I won’t know until tomorrow in the early afternoon if it’s sorted out and fixed. Knowing me, it’s likely it’s just my anxiety that has me worry, and it’s likely not even a problem, since she didn’t even sound like it’s a problem. Sigh… It’s really annoying when you have to wait until the next day to know about something you worry about. It ruins the whole day and night with a worried mood.

Ok, enough of this lol… Sorry for the venting!

I’ll see what comes out of it tomorrow…