Yesterday, on the last day of my mini vacation it was a little overcast but didn’t rain. After my usual morning walk with Curious Dog, I spent most of the rest of the morning grocery shopping. Somewhat uncomfortable with a mask. I didn’t know that these things (at least my the home-made one) would be so hot and keep steaming up my glasses.
I bought some essentials like potatoes and bread from the local small grocery where I also ordered some buns and bread to pick up on Saturday. Afterwards I drove to the next larger town to get dogfood, some stuff from a drug store, and the rest of the groceries from REWE, the grocery chain I usually shop at. As it was a Tuesday morning, it was fairly empty, and I got back home at around 11 a.m. (efficiently early for a round trip that takes about 40 minutes, without the time spent in the shops).
Then I postponed a work call that would have taken place in the afternoon and spent (wasted) some time surfing the internet and watching You.Tube book videos. After lunch, I walked with Curious Dog, read a bit, doodled around on the internet some more until it was time for the trip to the vet’s to get CD’s yearly vaccinations. Usually it’s a bit of a drama, with Curious Dog barking at everyone in the waiting room (I usually wait outside, but then he barks at everyone who comes and goes). Then when it’s our turn, he has to be dragged into the treatment room and afterwards, he drags me out again (very hilarious for the other people in the waiting room).
This time it was really relaxed, because it was by appointment and nobody at all was in the waiting room. Only one dog who had the timeslot before ours was just leaving with their person when we arrived. I still had to drag CD the last metre into the surgery and lift him up onto the operating table. Then it was just a matter of holding on and letting the vet jab him. He only growled very, very slightly and even accepted a treat from the vet. There’s been at least one other visit where Curious Dog spat out the vet’s treat (which he never does otherwise, being absolutely treat-oriented). He still dragged me out of the room at top speed, but nobody was there to laugh. Though it is funny, when Curious Dog acts like a hooligan in the waiting room and then flees like he’s being pursued by who-knows-what.
Had a long phone call with my godchild, my cousin. She wanted to know how it went at the vet’s with Curious Dog – she’s very fond of him and he adores her (I almost get jealous sometimes). She’s bored stiff stuck at home due to Corona. Also, there’s no work for her at the lawyer’s office where she usually helps out, so she’s missing her income — she’s a student. She may be eligible for some government support. Also, it’s unclear how some organizations problems at her university will be solved, which is annoying. The town festivals in her hometown (my birth town) which usually take place in summer are also all cancelled. It is indeed a very odd time.
Today Curious Dog is a little sleepy and keeps coming for a petting session, which might be because of the rainy weather (I always feel he’s quieter on rainy days) or maybe it’s the vaccination. But he’s still keen on both his food and his walks, so all’s well.
After yesterday’s trip to the vet’s, I took some more garden rubbish to the municipal collection point and this time it took ages, because there was queue. But at least Mum and I (mostly Mum) managed to get most of the old and dry plant detritus from last year out of the way before, at last, it started raining. Today it’s cool with quite a few showers and I hope the rain continues for a while. It’s a soft country rain that’s not going to do much to compensate for dry April if it doesn’t continue. Hoping for the best. The woods seem to have turned greener and more alive since yesterday.
Work was ok. I’d kept up with the emails, more or less, so I didn’t have to plow through my inbox, and I got all the things done that I had on my radar for today. Just tomorrow and then it’s the weekend, yay. Friday is a public holiday, Labour Day, in Germany, so it’ll be nice and quiet. Saturday we’ll be tidying up the place and Sunday it’s back to Baden-Württemberg.
I’ve got two more days to finish up my reading goals for April. I might cheat and use the public holiday to read the last bits. One day over doesn’t count, especially as I caught up almost everything that I didn’t manage in March. But more on that in a later post.
Keep safe, world.