Surprise – I have good things to say about September 😀 . It seems like the good and the not so good balanced each other out perfectly well this past month. Brace yourself for a long post, or jump straight down to the pics!
The weather went autumn on us right at the beginning of September, but at the end when I had two very long weekends in a row it turned absolutely beautiful.
I started reading a book on mental decluttering, am still at chapter 3 after a month, and I haven’t felt so calm in a long time. Maybe just looking at the book title made me feel better 😂 .
While I only took my camera outside twice, the yield of pics I was content with was quite good, and I enjoyed both food photography as well as creating in the kitchen last month.
My lovely 91-year-old neighbour died. I only saw her about six or seven times a year, we had a quick chat in the hallway, but it was always a pleasure to see this little woman, always full of energy, always smiling, and her eyes would light up when she saw you. She’ll be dearly missed.
At her wake, I shared a table with 4 other neighbours, and oh my… it was enlightening, and maybe also a reason why I’ve managed to feel even calmer. I told a friend afterwards: There I was, living in my ivory tower on the top floor, suffering about all the noise and inconsiderate behaviour around me, thinking I was the only one noticing all this stuff, and feeling overly sensitive. And then it turns out everyone has the same issues – some with the same people, some with others. Of course, that doesn’t make the issues any less annoying, but it helps to see I’m not a nutter in an ivory tower 😀 .
Yesterday I worked from home because the hot & cold water meters were going to be exchanged. Guy arrives on time, guy leaves, I go shopping, I come back home and notice I have no hot water. In fact, when I turn the water to the warm position – no water at all. Naturally, it’s too late to call the janitor or the housing society. I check with a neighbour to make sure I’m not the only one with the problem, but of course I am.
In the course of the evening I connect with another neighbour who turns out to be not only lovely and helpful but also enraged on my behalf. It turned out the emergency number provided by the housing society was not the current one, so I’d have to spend the weekend using icy water. I know, I know, there really are worse things but it’s the principal that got our dander up, the not updating of an emergency number. This morning I woke up to a light bulb moment: when the meter people announced they’d be coming by, I took a pic of the phone number just in case. I jumped out of bed, found the pic, called the guy at 7:30 am and got a return call at 8:00 am. They would be coming round again in the afternoon, it seemed to be a defective part, and they would do their best to tide me over the weekend with hopefully at least lukewarm water. That’s more than I expected, so I’m good with that.
So now I’m off into my long weekend. It’s German Unity Day on Tuesday, so most people will have Monday off – hopefully not those who I expect to fix my warm water issue 😀 – so four days off altogether. I will most definitely take the camera outside to be ahead of the game to deliver pictures at the end of next month.
I hope your September was calm & enjoyable.