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One Year……

….has passed since you crossed the rainbow bridge.

We miss you dearly, Odin 🖤🤍

 

 Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there, I do not sleep

I am a thousand winds that blow

I am the diamond glints on snow

I am the sunlight on ripend grain

I am the gentle autumn rain

Do not stand at my grave and cry

I am not there, I did not die

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Two weeks in Tallahassee, Florida

I had to visit USA once again for business. This time it was for a trip to the capital of Florida named Tallahassee. Can imagine not many knows that. i didn’t either before looking in to this before my trip.

I alway try to read myself in to the places I visit before my trips so I have some kind of understanding before I arrive. Tallahassee is a big College town with a  football team which have a huge stadium. Suppose they are good or have been al least. Sorry for not knowing this but I am more of a soccer guy myself.

Anyway the town is beautiful and clean plus it is amazingly full with green and trees. can hardly see the houses due to all the trees which I love.

People was friendly and you could see that a lot of college people was working in the restaurants, which in my opinion made it more heartily and not business as usual.

As well it felt safe to walk around in this town which is not really so everywhere.

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I took a few picture of my trip here and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

When in Tallahassee. I did not work over the weekend. So I took the opportunity to drive down to the Gulf of Mexico for a swim. Didn’t like the idea to swim in the lakes around together with a few alligators. Even if they will not attach you…hmmm I am not used to have them around me.

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On my trip to Tallahassee I had a stop over in Tampa close to the beach and a marine which as well was wonderful and relaxing before I had to head north.

Just t enjoy the Marina life and during dinner see dolphins in the wild swing out in the straight between mainland and Caladesi Island.

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Furry Holiday Guests

Since last weekend we have two furry guests, because their mum – Manu a good friend of us – is on vacation.

May I present: The red one is Shinzõ and Chuí, is his pretty sister.

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Both were born as feral cats and Manu rescued them in the end. They are approx. 10 months young.

In the beginning they were very shy, and almost didn’t dare to leave the cellar and explore the rest of our house.

But Shinzõ is the tougher one, so he was first going around, being curious. Chuí followed on Sunday night. Still very careful, but bravely following her brother upstairs.

Luckily, both are used to the litter box, so no problem there.

Since they are still young, we have some action in the house now. Both speeding around, chasing each other up and down, under the couch, behind the door, down to the cellar again….. PAWSOME FUN!

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Next Wednesday evening Manu will pick them up and our house will be (too) quiet again 🐱

 

IKEA did the Trick

A while ago Patrik and I visited his most not so favourite shop: IKEA.

We still need(-ed) some things for Luna Azzurra. Above all we were looking for something suitable for the inner life of the new cupboard in the galley.

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Putting things on the bare shelfs wouldn’t be so smart, as a boat is moving constantly. So our idea was to have a type of drawers or baskets sitting on the shelfs, which would hold the contents safely in place.

And as always, we wanted to avoid plastic….. which seemed to be an almost impossible task.

It had to be light, preferably transparent and the right size.

Since we didn’t have a particular product in our mind or knew what we were looking for until we saw it, we literally combed through IKEA. We found a few other handy things on our search. Such as the “laundry octopus”, two big containers to store empty bottles and cans while sailing (yes, plastic, I know…. 😳), and some small organizers made of bamboo.

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In the end – and to our surprise – it was in the kid’s department, where we found what we were looking for: Solid metal-baskets. The size fit, height, look, price also…. Perfekt! We bought twelve of those (three per shelf) and three small ones.

The only problem now was that they would destroy the cupboards wooden shelfs, when pushing them out and in again. Then I remembered that I still had some neoprene cloth in the cellar, called shark skin. It’s soft on one side and sticky on the other, which would avoid the baskets sliding around 🦈

So I simply cut fitting stripes and glued them to two rails on the bottom of the baskets 😅

And, voilà:

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Ready for Luna Azzurra ⛵💙

Working in Piedmont, Italy

I went back to Italy again, but this time for work.

It was to help a a friend and colleague from Italy to commission a power plant. This power plant is used in a PET bottle recycling plant. Before I could come in to this plant I had to visit a doctor in Milan on my way there. This company have this regulation that you need have a certificate telling that you are fit to work.

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So on my way down I did this. It was not much of examination I must say. The doctor checked my blood-pressure and the asked a few questions .. what my work was and if I was on some medication etc… but that was all. Then in the end when arriving onsite no one wanted to see this certificate!!!

As the medical center was in center of Milan I left from home in good time so that I would have some time margin. Milan are mors often quite full with cars and you can use hours just to reach your destination. Lucky me I arrived exactly at the time the navigation system told me when leaving Switzerland.

When finished i Milan I drove to a village named Villanova Mondovi where we had our hotel. My colleague had arrived a few minutes earlier. it was around 8pm so we headed out to a restaurant at once. For they day after we had to start working already at 6am. This due to the heat 35°C in the shadow and we should not work in the shadow. The aim was to finish before the temperature rised to much, which we managed.

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In the end I stayed for the complete week and even though we had quite some hot days and hard work it was a pleasure and a fun week.

Supriiiiiiise !!

Two weeks ago – Patrik and I indulged in the “dolce far niente” in our garden – the doorbell rang suddenly!

Who the *** could that be? On a Sunday afternoon?

However, it was a lovely surprise: My friend Claudia and her friend Fredi had come with their antique mopeds – hers is from 1965! A spontaneous decision – which are always the best!

Since we haven’t seen each other since the pandemic started, the joy was extra great! Naturally, we had to celebrate it properly with a nice bottle of Italian white wine. A lot of talking and laughing was done and suddenly it was evening.

We decided they would return their mopeds to Fredi’s garage, which is in Frauenfeld, and on their way home (in the Schaffhausen area) they would have a quick pit-stop at our place to show us his ride!

Said and done….. 40 minutes later they were back with a stunning beauty! A 1958 Cadillac, which Fredi restored by himself! 

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That’s his income actually, he owns a garage where he restores Oldtimers and rarities for private owners and companies. Sometimes he even has to produce parts because they are no longer available on the market! What an amazing job and, apparently, he’s doing very well and with passion 😎 

As a(-nother) hobby he also collects (?) and maintains old jukeboxes…. Well, his garage and apartment look a bit like a museum!

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However, Patrik and I were invited for a short ride, which we VERY MUCH enjoyed! It really was quite something for a at first ordinary Sunday 🤩

 

Bye Bye Chevy

A while ago we decided to sell our Chevrolet TrailBlazer. 

Mostly because Patrik still works 95% from home and we don’t need two cars AND a Harley.

On the few occasions he needs to be at the office, we can drive together, since our companies lie only a couple of kilometres from each other. So, it’s doable and it’s just a matter of organization and goodwill 😊 

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The check-up has been done in May this year and the Chevy passed it, so I immediately went ahead and published an ad on the net. 

I presumed it would take quite a while to sell a 20 year old car, even though it’s well-kept with a fair number showing on the meter.

Boy, was I wrong! The car was sold after not even thirty hours on the net! 

The nice thing is that the new owner is a real American car fan. He owns a couple of Oldtimers and rents his own garage with lift and everything, so he can fix his vehicles by himself. 

Perfect, so our “little one” will have a loveable new home, where he’s appreciated and well handled.

Somehow it was important to me 😉

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And our Harley Softail? It’s also waiting for a new owner….. We realized that with the boat we hardly had the time to take it for rides and weekends anymore – not as we used to anyway.

Plus, it’s a shame, if he’s standing around and getting bored, he deserves better!

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So let’s see who’ll be the lucky one!

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