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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 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!

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March 14, 2017 9pm Feeling much better

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🐾Paw hugs!!!🐾

Hello my lovely friends! Now it feels to me like I’ve been gone for soooo long. The time while sick with the flu seems kind of hazy looking back. I’m thankfully much better by now. It was on Sunday that I noticed that I felt pretty normal, except for still feeling overly tired and weak. Today I can really say that I don’t feel any flu symptoms anymore, but still, the weakness and tiredness kind of lingers. It kind of goes away during the day for a while and then comes back. Oh well, it’s normal anyway and I’m sure will still last the rest of the week at least. I’m definitely not overdoing anything. Just so happy I don’t feel so sick anymore.

The photos above are from the 12th of March, late at night lol. Murli would paw hug everything I gave her lol. At first she just pawed after the string, then she wanted the whole fluffy ball I made her, paw hugging it in the end. The fluffy ball is at the end of that string in the photos.

Wow I saw the photos of the snow the North East of the US got, and I’m sure Canada got some of it as well? I just hope it’s not too bad for all of you! I hope you’re all comfy and warm at home and dont have to go out since the streets must be pawful.

😺Purrs and more paw hugs from Murli, and we’re sending love to all of you! ❤️️❤️️❤️️

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March 5, 2017 Fluweekend

It’s almost 3pm now, and my fever is gone for now, so I feel much better. Lol, now I can also see what I’m typing without the letters being some strange kind of fuzziness. Murli and I got up from a long nap before. I didn’t get much sleep this night, because of alternating between fever dreams and lying awake without finding a comfortable position as everything hurt. That’s all a lot better for now.

I’ve generally been feeling really well the whole week, aside from migraines. No anxiety, no above normal pain issues, no fatigue issues, nothing, except the migraine, but as long as I have my Triptan, I can deal with them. And then I had to get the flu lol. So many friends (online and offline) were sick with the flu or worse (sinusitis, tonsillitis, full blown influenca, pneumonia and bronchitis), and I hope all of you are feeling much better!

The weather is still kina unstable. It varies between sunny and warm spring weather and stormy, cloudy and cool weather. There was a slight stormy wind going on over night, but nothing serious. The winds were between 30 kph and 25 kph (18 mph – 15 mph).

Yesterday morning, it was very much like spring, and Murli enjoyed “kitty TV” on the “IRL bird channel” at the window. Those little sparrows are especially active right now and they’re so adorable. Murli really enjoyed the sun too as you can see:

Later in the afternoon, I had to get a few groceries, despite feeling very dizzy and sick, but Papa was even worse and I wouldnt let him go out like that. So I went, and the wind was blowing even worse than later over night, with 40 kph – 45 kph  (24 mph – 27 mph). So dizzy me had trouble walking against the wind direction lol. But I couldn’t help but take photos of the sky as I went over a bridge (the rivers water levels are still quite low):

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And since I was grocery shopping, I thought I show you all my shopping bag cart thingy. Since I’m a sane catlady (just crazy in the eyes of non cat-people probably) I have lots of cat themed things:

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Me just luvz stuff like that MOL! And its pawsome for getting groceries and stuff, as I can’t really carry to much due to my joint and back problems. It’s Murli approved too! She rubbes her fluffy little head into the shopping cart all the time 😺💕

Hugs & love to all of you furends😺💕 Murli and I wish you all a comfy Sunday!

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January 7, 2017 Ice cold Caturday

The temperatures dropped lower yesterday and even lower over night. An ice cold wind was blowing all day, and the cold stung and hurt in my hands within just a few seconds, just when I opened the window for a short period to get fresh air in. At night, at about 10pm, the wind was even colder than during the day and it was a clear sky. Which meant of course that the temperatures are going to drop even more over night.

These ice flowers formed yesterday. It was 10pm when I took these photos and the temperature was -8°C / 17.6°F

Over night the temperatures dropped even more of course. I woke up at about 5:30am, while it was still dark outside and I could hear by the sound the tram makes on their rail, that it must be ice cold outside. Because when it gets really cold, they make much more noise in their rails. During more mild temperatures you can’t hear it at all from where I am. It has been very quiet over night, the street empty. No one wants to walk around in these temperatures lol. I also find things sound kind of muffled when it gets to -10°C / 14°F

Yesterday, Friday, was a holiday here. And the delivery with Murlis food for the month arrived today. Of course I got her some more toys again…😹

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Yay and she’s all over them! Happy Caturday Murli! And Happy Caturday to all my pals on cat blogs, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook 😸💗💗💗💗

More photos on my new flickr: flickr.com/photos/catlady-natascha