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By: barbamz , 5:29 PM GMT on January 18, 2014

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As some kind visitors of my blog already know, the dissolution which happened to the bathroom of my neighbour above me will happen next week to my flat as well. And moreover electric lines and pipes in the corridor and for the sink in the kitchen will have to be replaced. I'm already moving around with my stuff (f.e. a lot of books stored in the corridor) from one room to another these days, and tomorrow I myself will have to move out of my flat as well. I guess for nearly three weeks. Of course I'll take my laptop with me to the guestroom where I'm going to stay, but I'm not sure whether I'll can get a connection by WLAN. So maybe not so many posts on this blog in the next weeks from me, although I'll try keep posting weather news on the main blog if possible.

Destruction started in the flat above me:


This was what it looked like yesterday:


The antique porcelain fuses in my flat:


The already renewed fuses in the flat above me:


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Here you may watch the current weather in Germany and western Europe:


Pic of the western parts of Mainz Cathedral (with a statue of St. Martin on its roof), taken from a building nearby on Friday. You see to the right that renovation works are going on there as well ...



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66. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:10 PM GMT on February 09, 2014
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65. WeatherWise
7:50 PM GMT on February 08, 2014
Beautiful new bath - looks SO NEW! Hahaha...guess that is because it is new! I like your shower curtain and mat! Nice! Hope you survived your day and guessing your are already scrubbing that beautiful WHITE floor! Welcome back, home!

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64. barbamz
6:49 PM GMT on February 08, 2014
Quoting 63. sandiquiz:
Morning Barbara, Morning Scott :)
Will the winter ever end!

Hope the move back into your flat goes well... I'll bet you will love a long soak in the bath when it is all finished!


100 points, Sandi, lol! This is exactly what I did an hour ago whith my back aching after many hours of carrying stuff from one place to the other. Usually I'm satisfied with a shower, but tonight I was curious whether I will fit into this new shiny sarcophagus. Well, I did, but I'll have to watch my weight, lol.

BTW, neighbour who is already in her flat with the new bathroom was loudly complaining today about the mandatory snow-white tiles on the floor - and she's much more inclined in cleaning than I am. She said, after some months she would demand to get new tiles on the floor, greyish and marbled. And sure: you can watch the dust settling on these tiles in minutes. If I'll be missed on WU further on, you know what I'm doing: polishing those tiles, lol.

But of course, the more than awful weather in UK is a much more serious issue. Watched some flooding pics earlier - poor people! And now I carry on exploring the weather forecasts - as long as I can manage to sit upright (yaaawwn). Tomorrow there's is still a huge book shelf waiting to be moved back, umm.

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Poor fat cat fails to get off the bathtub:

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63. sandiquiz
11:17 AM GMT on February 08, 2014
Morning Barbara, Morning Scott :)

Wild, wet and windy here in the UK!

Will the winter ever end!

Hope the move back into your flat goes well... I'll bet you will love a long soak in the bath when it is all finished!
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62. barbamz
9:48 AM GMT on February 08, 2014
Quoting 60. BriarCraft:
Did the workers leave you with some paint to put on tomorrow? I suppose not. I do hope you get to settle back into your home soon.


Yes and no, Briar. In fact they left paint and stuff. But as they've managed to finish the painting of the bathroom there's only a corner in the corridor around the fuses near the entrance left to be done, and I've decided not to mingle with their work. And I'll be busy anyway, clearing the guest appartement right now and moving the furniture into place in my own one, doing the laundry and so on ...

Good morning to everyone, see you later if I survive the day. Barb, the mummy :-)
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61. clearlakemike
2:07 AM GMT on February 08, 2014
I thought that might be what it was, thank you! Looks like what we call a tankless water heater.

The new bathtub reminds me of an Egyptian coffin :)

Source.
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60. BriarCraft
1:08 AM GMT on February 08, 2014
Your new bathroom is lovely! It looks as if the wall has been built out at the foot of the tub. Your choice of for the tub is a good one, in that you will be less likely to stub your toe or hurt your shin on the corner. Looking at the sharp corner of the old tub, if it were in my home, I would have bruises on my leg all the time.

Did the workers leave you with some paint to put on tomorrow? I suppose not. I do hope you get to settle back into your home soon.
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59. barbamz
12:31 AM GMT on February 08, 2014
Quoting 58. airman45:
I believe it was a water heater. Years ago, many houses had a small water heater right above a sink to heat water only when it was needed. This was instead of having a large central water heater.


Yes, it was a water heater (continuous flow), driven by domestic gas (for the sinks in the bathroom and the kitchen I had an electric boiler with a restricted amount of available hot water). And it was a renewed one, the replacement was maybe eight years ago. And it worked well. I wouldn't have mind to keep it (although it was huge) as it's good to have different energy sources in case one of them would fail. Now the one and only water heater for the bathroom as well as for the kitchen is a modern (really small and cute) electric one, and domestic gas is still used only for the stove and the central heating of the house. --- Well, lol, this is living in a rented flat (very usual in Germany) amid the old center of an old town. Although the house isn't really old. It was built after WW II when the whole neighbourhood and most parts of the center of Mainz was flattened by bombs.


Ruins of the old town of Mainz after the final devastating air strike of February 27, 1945. Fortunately they decided to hold on to the map of medieval Mainz when rebuilding the center of the town. But this means, on the other side, that houses and flats in this area mostly are narrow (especially my bathroom, lol).

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Modern continuous flow water heater (gas). In the window you can watch the flames heating the pipes with flowing water.
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58. airman45
11:55 PM GMT on February 07, 2014
I believe it was a water heater. Years ago, many houses had a small water heater right above a sink to heat water only when it was needed. This was instead of having a large central water heater.
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57. clearlakemike
9:41 PM GMT on February 07, 2014
Barb, what was that big white metal box on the wall that looks like it was vented in the old bathroom?
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56. barbamz
9:20 PM GMT on February 07, 2014
I'm half way back! Here is the corner with the bath tub before and after. Posh now, eh? :-)



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55. airman45
5:35 PM GMT on February 07, 2014
Hi Barbara,

Glad to hear you're getting ready to move back in. That will be nice!

Sunny and quite warm today, about 10C (50F). Just a bit windy. It seems the long range forecasts are saying no upcoming snow anytime soon. This will be the most snow-less winter I have ever seen here.

This is funny, because just south of here in the Alps there is record high amounts of snow, as seen in Barbara's video. Well, not here!!
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54. GardenGrrl
5:01 PM GMT on February 07, 2014
Dang. These storms need to let up.
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53. barbamz
9:53 AM GMT on February 07, 2014
Good morning with some oberservations of windstorm Qumaira over Belgium right now and starting to affect the northwestern part of Germany.




Watches and warnings for Germany.


Earthwind 850hpa. Source.


Qumaira in tandem with Ruth behind on the Atlantic (saved image).
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52. barbamz
12:26 AM GMT on February 07, 2014
Late good night hello, guys, thanks for visiting! Poor Sandi, no improvement for England in sight in the next days! But more waves which will try to catch up Hawaii, Mike!

News of my bathroom crisis, lol: Today I was quite satisfied to spot some progress. I'm even "blended by the light" of my shiny new bathroom. I hope most of the work will be finished tomorrow, so that I can move into my flat again, doing all the clean up and rearrangement of furniture during the weekend. Not much time then to hang around in the internet, lol.

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Latest weather news:

Tomorrow storm Qumaira will be felt in Germany and as well in my region (nothing catastrophical though, gales up to 62 mph or even 93 in some northern mountainious regions):



Wave hights for current Qumaira (bad especially for northwestern Spain) and following bad RUTH on Saturday (hitting especially Ireland with waves):



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51. clearlakemike
5:08 PM GMT on February 06, 2014
Amazing videos, Barb, thanks for posting them. We had big waves here in Hawaii back in December. I think there were 50 footers on the North Shore of Oahu. Big, some 30 ft or so, unusually west swell waves on the west side of this island (Island of Hawaii) also then. West Hawaii waters are usually very calm. Tore up some of the beaches leaving rocks behind and scouring out the sand.

The erosion is very noticeable now. Visitors point out to me how they notice it after returning from a year or more away. I didn't notice it as much as I see the beaches often and don't notice the gradual erosion as much. But I notice it now.
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50. BahaHurican
10:00 AM GMT on February 06, 2014
Guten Morgen, barba.

The video you posted on the main blog is quite impressive...

Edit: I see you have them posted here also, in # 48.

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49. sandiquiz
9:43 AM GMT on February 06, 2014
When will these storm systems ever end!!

On the news this morning the railway built by Brunel in 1840, and the only line to connect Cornwall to the rest of the country, has been washed away, and left dangling. It will take months to repair, leaving Cornwall cut off by rail.

The one due on Saturday is set to be storm force 12!!

I do hope spring, and gentle winds, comes soon!!

Sorry to read about your delay...will they let you paint it yourself?
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48. barbamz
9:28 AM GMT on February 06, 2014


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47. barbamz
9:48 PM GMT on February 05, 2014
GFS model forecast for tomorrow, showing the more southern storm system, named Qumaira (= "little moon") and the next one at Saturday (not named yet) over the British Isles:

Tomorrow:


Saturday:


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46. barbamz
8:07 PM GMT on February 05, 2014
Hey Shirley (weatherwise), thanks for visiting. I'll visit all your blogs when I'm settled back home and enjoy my usual work station.

Today I'm annoyed by another delay: No plumber showed up in my flat today because they were called to an emergency work elsewhere with a leaking pipe of domestic gas ... Well, I understand that this is much more important than my flat, but it means, that the painters won't be able to start working in my rooms tomorrow and that they won't be finished Friday. I told them to leave a basket of wall paint so that I can finish it myself on Saturday, grrrr!

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Germany lays out plans for longest-ever power line
Deutsche Welle English, Feb 5, 2014
Germany has laid out the plans for the construction of what will be its longest-ever power line. The project is part of Germany's policy of shifting towards renewable energy.
The new power line, called the "Suedlink" project, will run around 800 kilometers (500 miles) in length, operators TenneT and TransnetBW said on Wednesday.
Starting in 2022, it will carry wind energy from the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein to the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg. Along the way, the line will run through Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Hesse, as well as dipping into Bavaria and Rhineland-Palatinate.
"It's an electronic highway without exits," said TenneT CEO Lex Hartman.
The project is expected to cost "in the low single-digit billions."
"We are ready to start," said Hartman.
In 2016, construction permits are due to kick in. ...


Whole article see link above.


The projected line. Source Focus.
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45. WeatherWise
1:08 AM GMT on February 05, 2014
Hi Barb, Thanks for the warm welcome! Just saw the photo you posted of your new bathroom. The white is really going to brighten up that room and make it look larger as well. Plus as Bug pointed out, with white you can easily change your color scheme with towels, mats, etc. Is that a new tub or the same one? It is neat to see the before and after photos. Thanks for sharing. Hope you are back in your place by the end of the week. Then the work begins to get everything back in place. Take care and have a great evening. Stop by my blog if you get a chance.
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44. barbamz
11:08 PM GMT on February 04, 2014
Quoting 42. clearlakemike:


Dude, Cornwall is like so totally val...just knocked over a lighthouse.



It's Portugal which gets the really big ones ...
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43. barbamz
11:06 PM GMT on February 04, 2014
The latest forecast for my region near Frankfurt with the beta version of WU (much improved since the first one) in Celsius. You see, no winter in sight, all temps above freezing (0C). Good chance for my flowers (!) on the balcony to survive this winter.


Source.
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42. clearlakemike
5:30 PM GMT on February 04, 2014
Quoting 38. barbamz:
Go, Europe!!



British Surfer Andrew Cotton 'Rides World's Biggest Wave' in Portugal [VIDEO]
IBT, by Ewan Palmer | February 3, 2014 14:09 PM GMT
A British surfer may have broken a record for riding the world's biggest wave which he set himself just three months ago.
Andrew Cotton, from Devon, was filmed surfing on a wave on coast of Nazaré in Portugal which has the potential to be bigger than the estimated 80ft record breaking wave he rode in the same spot three months ago. ...


Dude, Cornwall is like so totally val...just knocked over a lighthouse.
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41. barbamz
9:44 AM GMT on February 04, 2014
Storm warning as winter pauses with 11C high
The Local, published: 04 Feb 2014 08:40 GMT 01:00
The warm unsettled weather affecting other areas of Europe could be on its way to Germany, with forecasters warning of rising temperatures and accompanying storms.
While Austria and Slovenia have been hit by heavy snow, Italy and the UK have seen heavy flooding.
In Germany, forecasters DWD are predicting highs of 11C in the west - just two weeks ago the east of the country was freezing with lows of -20C.
"While winter rarely arrived for the west and southwest, it is now going for the rest of the country," DWD said.
Temperatures in most of the country are not expected to drop below freezing all week, forecasters said, as warm air continues to blow in from the south.
On Thursday and Friday temperatures will be between 5C and 11C and it will get windy particularly in hilly areas. "It might be stormy this weekend," DWD warned.
"Winter's return is not on the horizon," the forecasters added. "But one should not declare it over too early. February is long and the winter has been a guest in March over the last few years."
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40. barbamz
9:28 AM GMT on February 04, 2014
Quoting 39. sandiquiz:
Morning Barbara

Are you moving back into your flat tomorrow... you said it might be Wednesday?


Morning Sandi! Well, it may be Thursday or even Friday when I'm able to move back into my flat. Will have a look later what has been done today, but I guess craftsmen need some more time, sigh.

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Here an update about the weather around me, but not in my place in the mid of Germany fortunately.



Europe hit by severe blizzards
BBC video (see above), 1 hour ago
A quarter of Slovenians have been left without electricity, as parts of Europe battle some of the worst winter blizzards for decades.
Around 40% of the country's schools have been closed, transport is disrupted and residents in some areas have been advised not to drink tap water.
Parts of Croatia, Serbia, and Germany have also been severely affected by snow.
Alpa Patel reports.



Storm and giant waves - High waters - Ice
Map from wetteronline.
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39. sandiquiz
9:23 AM GMT on February 04, 2014
Morning Barbara

I noticed in your drought map that the UK didn't have any areas of drought - I wonder why!!! lol

I saw that record breaking wave action on the BBC news this morning... Phew! Rather him than me!!

Are you moving back into your flat tomorrow... you said it might be Wednesday?
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38. barbamz
11:51 PM GMT on February 03, 2014
Go, Europe!!



British Surfer Andrew Cotton 'Rides World's Biggest Wave' in Portugal [VIDEO]
IBT, by Ewan Palmer | February 3, 2014 14:09 PM GMT
A British surfer may have broken a record for riding the world's biggest wave which he set himself just three months ago.
Andrew Cotton, from Devon, was filmed surfing on a wave on coast of Nazaré in Portugal which has the potential to be bigger than the estimated 80ft record breaking wave he rode in the same spot three months ago. ...
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37. clearlakemike
9:23 PM GMT on February 03, 2014
Thanks, good map, Barb. The drier areas tend to be "leeward" of the mountains.

Sunshine duration averaged to 56.0 hours. This is 16.9 h or 43.2 % more than in the new reference period 1981-2010 and 17.5 h or 45.5 % more than the mean of the period 1961-1990. Therefore, December 2013 has been the 7th richest December in sunshine since 1951.

Found this on the previous link you directed me to. I would guess this would be good for all the solar panels in Germany now. Hopefully, the electric bills are lower also.
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36. barbamz
8:50 PM GMT on February 03, 2014
Quoting 33. barbamz:


Hmm, a drought monitor for whole Europe is difficult as far as I know. I've searched for such data some weeks ago but some European organisations who try to provide something like this, say that it's hard to get all the required data for climate monitoring because of the souvereignty of the different countries and their weather services.

Here's at least a link to the site for Germany. We had a drought last spring but autumn and winter catched up.


Mike, found an european drought monitor :-)

Situation of drought in Europe - 2nd ten-day period of January 2014:

European drought monitor



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35. barbamz
3:10 PM GMT on February 03, 2014
Quoting 34. airman45:
BOOM.........................Now to clean up the mess!


Indeed, huge heaps of rubble. But obviously they are exactly in those places which were designed to contain them. Kudos.
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34. airman45
7:01 AM GMT on February 03, 2014
BOOM.........................Now to clean up the mess!
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33. barbamz
12:05 AM GMT on February 03, 2014
Quoting 31. clearlakemike:


Hmm, a drought monitor for whole Europe is difficult as far as I know. I've searched for such data some weeks ago but some European organisations who try to provide something like this, say that it's hard to get all the required data for climate monitoring because of the souvereignty of the different countries and their weather services.

Here's at least a link to the site for Germany. We had a drought last spring but autumn and winter catched up.
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32. barbamz
11:56 PM GMT on February 02, 2014
Quoting 30. palmettobug53:
WOW... That was big one! Showed it to Hubby; men like things that go BOOM.


Sure, lol. I always try to find something interesting for our male blogger companions :-)
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31. clearlakemike
5:52 PM GMT on February 02, 2014
Quoting 23. barbamz:
Hey bug - and hey, Shirley, nice to meet you and welcome to the blogs. --- Well, after being homeless for already 11 days I really long to get back to normal in maybe a week. At least I've already spotted some new white tiles on the walls of my bathroom. Hope the new bathtube will be delivered tomorrow so that they can move on. Everything will be white in this room, because the landlord won't allow anything else. A real "whiteout" is happening, lol. (The old bathroom from the fifties has been all in blue, btw).

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Temperature deviation from normal for Europe in January. Western und southern parts were way too warm, including my place.


Barb, first off, congratulations on your new bathroom! And the prospect of no longer being homeless sounds good too.

Secondly, I have been trying to research a drought monitor type map for Europe. I am only finding old ones, circa 2011. I was curious if you are having a similar situation that the west coast of North America is experiencing?
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30. palmettobug53
3:51 PM GMT on February 02, 2014
WOW... That was big one! Showed it to Hubby; men like things that go BOOM.

Your bathroom is shaping up nicely. I think you've made a wise decision to pay to put in an updated radiator. Just be very careful, if you use an electric space heater in the bathroom. I'll keep my fingers crossed that your weather stays mild.
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29. barbamz
1:20 PM GMT on February 02, 2014
Not only my former bathroom: some more demolition happened this morning in the heart of nearby Frankfurt. We've watched this blow up live on TV and are glad that everything went as scheduled; here's what we've watched (video has some slow motions after some minutes):



Frankfurt tower block demolished in explosion
The Local, Feb 2, 2014
A tower block in Frankfurt am Main was reduced to rubble in a few seconds on Sunday morning, making it the tallest building in Europe to be demolished.
Around 30,000 people watched as almost one tonne of explosives felled the University Tower in Frankfurt.
A police spokesman said: "Everything went as planned."
Standing at 116 metres high, it is the tallest building in Europe to be demolished in a controlled explosion. ...




More informations about the former tower on wikipedia:
AfE Turm (English: AfE Tower) was a 32-storey, 116 m (381 ft) skyscraper in the Bockenheim district of Frankfurt, Germany. The building was part of the Bockenheim campus of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University and until 2013 housed the offices and seminar rooms of the departments of Social Sciences and Education. AfE is an acronym for Abteilung für Erziehungswissenschaft (English: Department of Pedagogy); however, this department never moved in because it was closed before the construction of the tower was finished, which happened in 1972. The tower was blown up on February 2nd 2014. ...
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28. barbamz
7:17 PM GMT on February 01, 2014
Lol, so many white rabbits, matching the look of my new bathroom! Thank you all, very kind, and all the best to you all, too!

Without any doubt there are some improvements to be seen. Tilers were busy even today on Saturday! New angled bathtub (I'll have to pay some extra for it) looks great in the small room IMO. At least one whiff of extravagance amid all this standard stuff, lol.

I hope I can move back into my flat next Wednesday, when new sinks (in the kitchen, too), switches and lamps will have been installed, and painters will be finished. Will be cold in the bathroom for some more days though, because the new radiator isn't available yet. So I hope our so called winter stays as mild as it has been until now ;-) And of course, I can temporarily use an electric heater. And I'll have to pay for the new radiator as well, as I refused the set back of the very old former one.


Photo from this evening with the new tiles.

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27. GardenGrrl
3:35 PM GMT on February 01, 2014
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits

Soon. So soon, it will be like moving into a new home.
We may have to have an internet house warming and post pictures of food and knick knack type gifts ;)
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26. palmettobug53
3:25 PM GMT on February 01, 2014
Rabbits, rabbits, rabbits, Barb.

Wishing you a fabulous February in your 'new' apartment!

You won't be homeless too much longer. I know you're counting down the days.
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25. sandiquiz
3:06 PM GMT on February 01, 2014


As Valentine's day falls this month I thought we would have some "chocolate" rabbits....you can imagine they are "white"!!

I hope you are back in your own flat by Valentines day so you can eat these chocolate rabbits in comfort!

White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits and a VERY happy month to you:)
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24. palmettobug53
11:04 PM GMT on January 30, 2014
I rather like white in a bathroom. You can choose any color scheme you like with towels, bath mats, shower curtains and other accessories. It's a lot easier to redo, when you get in the mood for a change.

Scott has been calling it his German 'non-winter'!
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23. barbamz
9:08 PM GMT on January 30, 2014
Hey bug - and hey, Shirley, nice to meet you and welcome to the blogs. --- Well, after being homeless for already 11 days I really long to get back to normal in maybe a week. At least I've already spotted some new white tiles on the walls of my bathroom. Hope the new bathtube will be delivered tomorrow so that they can move on. Everything will be white in this room, because the landlord won't allow anything else. A real "whiteout" is happening, lol. (The old bathroom from the fifties has been all in blue, btw).

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Temperature deviation from normal for Europe in January. Western und southern parts were way too warm, including my place.
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22. WeatherWise
1:55 AM GMT on January 30, 2014
Hi Barb, I enjoyed reading your blog entry and hearing about your upgrade and was sitting here thinking what would I do if I had to move everything out for an upgrade. I am sure you were quite tired after you got to your guest room. I am Shirley and am new to the blogs not new to wunderground but had just never started a blog before. Look forward to seeing your new room after all is finished. Have a good rest of the week. Shirley aka WeatherWise.
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21. palmettobug53
12:55 AM GMT on January 30, 2014
Yeah, they are kind of obsessive over there. lol

This storm has been a major weather event for the southeast U.S., though, and something like this will generate a lot of attention.

Just hang in there. Another week and you should be settling back in at home.

That is one cool video!
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20. barbamz
12:44 AM GMT on January 30, 2014
Hi Bug, nice to see you. I still have to stay outside of my flat in a guest room for at least another week. Got my laptop here but it's not very convenient and I'm longing for my desktop at home. I didn't post very much on the main blog either because when a snowflake is (or may) approaching Florida - no chance for weather events elsewhere to get attention, lol (of course, the recent winter event was serious for a lot of people in the south, I've really noticed it and followed the live reports).

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Here's the satellite summary of weather events in 2013:



The Year in Weather Like Never Seen Before
ClimateCentral, published: January 27th, 2014


Stay safe and warm, everybody!
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19. palmettobug53
8:49 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
Hi, Barb.

I didn't realize you were back online until I saw you post on Dr. M's blog earlier. I seldom visit his comments section. Don't know many of the people there anymore, for one thing.

I know you're antsy to get back home. You'll just have to wait for the wiring, plumbing and contruction to get done.

You'll be glad to have an updated and safer apartment!
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18. barbamz
8:29 PM GMT on January 29, 2014

Stormy lows from the north Atlantic should dispel the cold from eastern Germany and eastern Europe in the next days.
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17. barbamz
2:04 PM GMT on January 27, 2014
Quoting 15. BriarCraft:
I am surprised that parakeets live where you do, as I did not think they could survive any freezing weather at all. You do not get much of that, I think.


Sure, it's milder at the banks of Rhine River than at other places in Germany. But still, it's not rare that we get several nights and days with around -10C (14F) and less in winter. I always wonder what those hundreds of parakeets are doing in this cold, but obviously they've managed to adapt.

I see southern parts of the US are in for some winter weather. Enjoy! Main blog should be busy.

Renovation works in my bathroom and corridor will last for another 10 days, so I'm still out of my flat. But new pipes and electric lines are already done, and tomorrow they'll start to fix the new tiles.

Have a good week everybody, thanks for visiting!
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16. sandiquiz
8:27 AM GMT on January 27, 2014
Glad to see your renovation is underway.

We had our electrics upgraded last year. They were only 25 years old, but classed as "old" ...your fuse system must be classes as "dinosaurs"!

Looks like we all might have a colder week, this week, with the prevailing wind turning from the warmth of the Atlantic to the cold of Siberia!!

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I'm Barbara in Germany (Mainz), and I'm interested in weather already for decades.