While still enjoying the time at home, I want to show you a few more pictures so that you get a better impression of how things are over here.
~ evening view from the roof terrace ~
I sleep in my old child’s room where I still have my bed and other things. The cuties are making themselves comfortable. My big plush frog Fröschi and Harriet the chicken accompanied me this time. Schnüü, the little plush frog, was already here, because I used to cuddle him so much that the cloth at his toes started to disintegrate, and he had to go into premature retirement to prevent complete wearout.
~ Emily on the sofa, resting from being played frequently ~
I am learning for my clinical psychology exam, which will (as always) cover everything that was mentioned in the lectures, plus an additional topic of my choice. For this special topic I have chosen schizophrenia (which has nothing to do with split personality, as many people believe) because it is such a tragical but also a very fascinating and somewhat creepy disease.
~ clinical psychology stuff (here: model of depression as a result of learned helplessness) ~
Taken together, we are having a more or less relaxed and very happy time. Here you can see my parents playing table games.
It is too cold to sit in the garden by now, but the garden still looks nice and inviting.
Since my dad started playing golf, he has built a little training site in the garden where he can practise his shots. My mom has been playing for several years now and is quite good, and now they can play together.
The garden is used as a vegetable supply in part, and also as an extension of the fridge as temperatures dropped.
This weekend, we celebrated my dad’s birthday. It was the first time in several years that I could be home for my dad’s birthday, because in the years before, I always had to visit classes or work. My parents had invited their moms and their friends, and the house was filled with happy chatter and laughter.
Two of my parents’ friends now have chickens in their garden which lay eggs every day. They have different kinds of chickens, so they get different kinds of eggs. One chicken lays eggs that are slightly turqouise.
Another friend grows a lot of vegetables in his garden and gave my dad his biggest pumpkin for his birthday. It is so huge that I cannot lift it. To get an idea, compare it with the size of my feet!
We had brunch in the morning, followed by pumpkin soup, venison roast, and cakes. Actually, there was food all day, and all the food (exchept the bread rolls for the other guests) was gluten-free, since my dad developed an intolerance to gluten following bowel surgery a couple of years ago.
~ leftover birthday cakes (gluten-free) ~
~ leftover roasted pumpkin slices ~
~ leftover venison roast ~
As you can imagine, we are swimming in leftovers now! I have been on a big soup trip recently, so my favorite way to help finishing them off is to throw them together in a nice soup. This is an example featuring leek and tomatoes from the garden, leftover roasted pumpin, leftover venison roast, and a handful of shrimp.
~ my first bowl of today’s lunch soup ~
So this is over here. I already know I will miss all of this when I go back, but fortunately I still have a couple of days left, although they go by very quickly. I hope you are all enjoying a happy weekend yourself!