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Our nice weekend

Friday started out much warmer and more sunny than it has been for many weeks. But Caturday felt almost like summer, as did Sunday, when it was even warmer. So of course the balcony door and the windows were open all day for the cats to enjoy, and for us too.

It was nice to feel warm air coming in from the open balcony door for a change. I put the umbrella up and some hung two mats on either end of the balcony for shade, and put the chairs out.

Samantha jumped right through the string curtain and onto this chair…

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Samantha: “What? Do I have something on my face?”
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Samantha does not care… Bird watching is more important.

No, she could not care less about the string on her head. The birds were up and down at the feeder and it was just nice out there in the shade.

Murli and Samantha stayed out there most of the afternoon on Saturday.

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Murli and Samantha

They like to change the chairs every now and then. Thankfully we have more than those two chairs, so I was able to get a chair for myself too.

Unlike Samantha, Murli tends to get hot more easily with her longer fur, so she went in to rest on the fridge for a while.

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Murli on the fridge

Later in the afternoon, more and more clouds came up, and the wind started picking up too. We really thought rain would be coming again.

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It was totally overcast by the time I went to bed later that night, but to my surprise, the next morning (Sunday) was clear and sunny!

This lovely Sunday became the first really beautiful warm day this year. We all really enjoyed the warm air coming in through the windows and the balcony door all day, and how nice it was outside.

Even Sonic, who only really likes to go out for longer when it is warm, was enjoying it out there. The birds were active at the feeder as usual, providing entertainment for Sonic, Samantha and Murli.

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Sonic
Sonic and Samantha
Sonic and Samantha
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Murli

Also on that Sunday, Austria voted in the European Elections. I went to my local voting station right in the morning, because it might have been much more busy later that day, since we live in the biggest district in our city. It was just down the street from us in a school building.

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The building where I voted

Above the entrance it says “Mädchen”, which is German for “girls”. It is an old school building and still has the writing from when schools used to be separated into girls and boys houses. The second half of the building, which is farther to the left and not in the picture, the writing above the entrance says “Knaben” which is an older German word for “boys”.

It was quite busy in our street that day from all the people going to cast their votes. This school was just one of many voting stations in our district. Every district in the city has many of them. It’s usually very close to where you live and schools and other public buildings are used as voting stations.

Anyways, I went back home to enjoy the rest of the day with my awesome husband and my sweet kitties. So we truly had a great weekend, despite having had two migraines.

Today, Monday, I woke up with yet another migraine… The weather had changed again and it was dark, cold and raining. It kept raining all day too and we had to put the heat back on lol. But we’re already looking forward to the weekend again, because the forecast says it will be nice!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and had a pleasant start into the new week ❤

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June 3, 2017 Happy Caturday sweet furends!

Hey furends! Where do I even start after having been busy so much that I just didn’t manage posting. I guess first of all, we are both doing well! Murli is happy, talkative, playful and cuddly as always😸 The weather changed from a mostly cool spring, to summer heat within a short period of time. Of course with the usual high humidity we always have in summer. It started to warm up in mid May and on May 19 we had 84°F or 29°C, but it cooled down the next day due to a cold front and the temperatures remained in the lower 70°F or lower 20°C. On May 29, the temperatures went to 84°F or 29°C again and by the next day they increased to 89°F or 31°C. At first it wasn’t really that humid, and so it was not really uncomfortable and we did well with it. It didn’t take long however, for humidity to rise to 80% and more, especially in the late afternoon and during the night.

So Murli and I are currently adjusting to the temperatures, since we are not used to them yet. The temperatures later in summer will be a bit higher, with often 95°F or 35°C with high humidity. There will be days where it goes up to 100°F or 37°C. Murli lies on the cool floor during the day now,  or she naps at the open windows. When I get into bed to take a nap, she will jump into bed right away to nap next to me, but after a while she’ll feel too warm and she gets down on the floor. The thing is, she’ll come into bed again and again, because she really loves to sleep next to me. But she always has to get down again, since she’s too warm. I gave her a thin bedsheet. It feels cool to the touch and is made of linen. I use those in the summer all the time. I put a couple of them on her daytime nap places.

Here is a video of Murli from today at 10am.
The birds are very active, and the south windows are just comfy to 
relax on. I made it so she has shade there for most of the day. Murli is
chatty like usual. She talks like this with me if I cuddle and pet her, 
and anytime I interact with her in some way. I talk to and with her all day,
and we're both very chatty MOL!

Yesterday in the early evening at about 6pm, a bad thunderstorm came through, with lots of hail unfortunately. The hail started shortly after the rain had set in and it kept going for good 10 minutes. After that the hail stopped, and the rain changed to a light rainfall. But the frequent and closeby lightning kept going till about 8pm. As always, I had to get Murli off the window, because she loves watching the hail. I’m always totally protective of her, and don’t want her near the windows when its bad. You never know if the glass could break if the hail gets bad enough (happened last year to many windows in the street). After I got Murli off the window, I started filming. And at that point, the hail increased as well.

In the beginning of the video, I added a short time lapse and a few photos I took 
before the actual rain and hail started.

Thankfully, the hail wasn’t that bad all over the city. Because I was really sad at first, thinking the newly planted flowers on my Mamas grave and my Grandparents grave were now all destroyed. Dad went there to take a look today, and they were all fine. A friend of our family told us that the hail was pretty much harmless a in other areas of the city. So glad for that!

As for today… the weather was sunny again, as well as humid and hot. But we took a nap during the hottest part of the day, and have a comfy afternoon and evening now. Murli also got one of her favorite treats, which is Turkey ham. She prefers Turkey ham over normal ham… by far. She absolutely loves it. And I love making her happy!

Also, this weekend is a long weekend, because Monday is a holiday (Whit Monday). We make it a relaxed but fun weekend at home. Murli already had her FridayNightBagPawty yesterday. For today, she’ll be getting a new bag! It’s from Aldi, and bigger MOL! Of course there will be pictures of it all😆😸

Happy Caturday to all of you lovely furends!💕 We send you all love & paw hugs! Thank you all for reading and posting those sweet comments! You’re all wonderful!😽😘💕

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April 19, 2017 7:30pm Cold like winter

Hey furends!

The weather got worse over night. The already cold wind we had these days, got much stronger today and even colder. Central Europe has gotten some really cold weather. The Alps, the valleys in between the mountains, and the surrounding areas of the Alps got a lot of snow. The temperatures dropped in general, and a very cold and strong North wind is blowing. Unfortunately, the fruit harvest is in danger of being destroyed again, like last year where up to 95% of the fruit harvest got destroyed by frost damage in late April. Which of course drove prices for the remaining regional fruit way up. A lot of people here love their regional food, and prefer that over imported food.

Some farmers try to save their trees from frost damage, by lighting small contained flames in between those trees. It just has to rise the temperature enough to keep it above freezing. They are out there day and night, keeping an eye on the flames and watching over their trees.

The streets around the Alps are totally in chaos, as it’s snowing like crazy and many people had already removed their winter tires and are now in heavy snowfall with their summer tires.

That’s the pretty amazing blue sky we had before the clouds came.

The following pictures were taken on Tuesday afternoon at 3pm. I was on my way back home from picking up some food for Murli at the Vet. The cold wind was blowing so bad at times, that it was really not funny. My hands became numb from the cold too. Thankfully I made it home before any rain came. But, the rain never came for the city. It must have come down farther south.

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Today the wind is even stronger, and just as cold. This afternoon, someone forgot to close their outer windows, and so the window panes were flapping wildly and banging into the wall in the strong wind, and got busted. Now there’s broken glass on the pavement, right beside the entrance to our building.

At around noon, when I was at my doctors office, I kept hearing the noise of the wind blowing through the branches of a very tall tree, that stands in the middle of the block of buildings. Within such a block of buildings, there are often gardens and trees. That’s how they used to build many of the city blocks in old European cities.

Anyway, because I was amazed at that tall tree swaying like that, and the sound the wind kept making blowing into the branches of that tree. So I went out onto the balcony there and hoped I would be able to capture that sound with my iphone:

Murli is having a lazy day today. No wonder she feels better cuddled up on my lap, or somewhere else where it’s cuddly warm right now. She didn’t even get to enjoy a few sun puddles to hang out in. Even though the morning was seeming a bit more friendly and partly sunny for a short time, it was way too short. Murli enjoyed the fresh air though. She just rather sits a little below the window when it’s cold and especially when a cold wind is blowing. Otherwise, she would sit on the window sill like usual MOL. So I hope you all have a nice evening and you’re warm and comfy with your lovely kitties!

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April 6, 2017 This mornings view from Castle Hill and our Mountains

Just thought I’d post todays view from the castle hill webcam to show you today’s weather and view. It cooled down a bit, and a cold wind is blowing, because the mountains got a little bit of snow again. It snowed down to 800m (2624 ft) and our city lies in a valley, at a height ranging from 350m (1148 ft) to 380m (1247 ft).

It’s overcast with a little bit of sun here and there. Right now it’s 10°C (50°F), but it feels much cooler due to the chilly wind. We might still get some rain later.

Here’s the view from 10am:

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Since the webcam can’t look behind itself, due to the castle hill rising up higher behind it, here are some photos I took from up there in April of 2013. The mountains you can see in the back are just the lower ones, but they have snow on them, just like they do now. The mountains are all part of the alps, which rise up higher and higher behind the mountains that are visible. But the mountains are not visible from that position, because there’s another valley in between the snowy ones and the next ones.

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There’s still more city to the right, but I don’t have pictures of it yet.

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Source of this map: Von NordNordWest – Eigenes Werk, usingOpenStreetMap dataSRTM30 v.2 data, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30094311

The map above shows my state of Styria. The purple arrow to the bottom right just shows where north is exactly. The other smaller arrow points into the direction of the snowy mountains you see in the photos above the map. If you click on the map, it will be larger. Like I said, there’s another smaller valley behind the snowy mountains. After that small valley, there are the higher mountains. As it shows, the mountains just get higher and higher. All of the mountainous region you can see are the alps. All of it. It’s VAST. And beautiful ☺️ The highest mountain in my state is at 2995m (9826ft) and it’s called the “Dachstein” which literally translated means “Roofstone”.

Here’s an english Wikipedia article about the “Dachstein” (LINK) and a list of the highest mountains in Austria (LINK).

Just thought I’d post about it, because I was talking about mountains with some furends 😺

Murli wants her pic in the post too, just because she’s cute 😂😸

April 4 2017 10:34am

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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.

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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!