Thursday, 30 April 2015

Post No. 699

Nearly 700 posts now! And it does not feel that long ago that I wrote No. 500; nor would I have thought I'd stick to this for so long when I took my first tentative steps into the blogosphere. But then again, I usually am someone who sticks to people, things and places for a long time; I am not a "butterfly" in that I am not volatile when it comes to friendships, work, hobbies or habits.

Can you believe this is already the last day of the first quarter of 2015? Whenever I look at dates on a calender, I find time is passing with incredible swiftness. And it gets even more poignant when I observe the day-to-day changes happening outside. Take the cherry tree in front of my kitchen window, for instance.



A few days ago, it was all covered in beautiful white blossoms. By yesterday, they were almost all gone, and now the tree is clad in tender green leaves.

Clad in green I was, too, when I went walking with my Mum Sunday a week ago (see previous two posts).

To work, I have been wearing a blouse I bought already last year in winter but could not wear until now because of the cold weather. You can't see it properly in the pictures, but the pattern on it is keys and locks - very fitting for my line of work (data protection and IT security). It's adding such little touches of humour to otherwise boring business outfits that I like.

A very banal post, this one, I know; but I had to write something, didn't I? And not much else suitable for my blog is happening in my life these days. (It is all good things, let me assure you - just nothing I feel comfortable blogging about.)

25 comments:

  1. Roll on issue DCC. Congratulations.

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  2. The last day of the first quarter? I'm afraid that your year has gone even faster than you think. I know that mine has. I was very amused by your lock and key print blouse. Probably 95% of our lives are mundane and ordinary so why should we expect always to have something exciting to blog about. It's enough for me to know that my Blogland friends are still out there and it's always interesting to see other people's 'ordinary' as well: it's always different from my ordinary.

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    1. So true GB. Lovely post. I have been slack myself and feeling guilty as I enjoy reading about your lives and knowing you are ok. So pleased all is good for you all "up there" :)

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    2. Stupid me, Graham - I really was walking around all day, convinced that it was the first quarter, when of course it was the first third of the year, and the first quarter ended on the last day of March already.
      Most of what I blog about is very mundane, and serves as much the purpose of being a sort of diary for myself to look things up after months or years (where have I been, have I read a book by this author before, and so on) as anything.
      You are so right about our own ordinary being different from other people's ordinary - and it is the ordinary that I am most interested in.

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  3. I love cherry blossom, Meike. Do you know A E Houseman's poem about it?

    You look very glamorous, as always!

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    1. Thank you, Frances!
      No, I have not heard of A. E. Houseman or his/her (?) poem about cherry blossoms. Should look it up now, I think.

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  4. Love you in green ... my favorite color

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    1. It's a colour I have come to appreciate more in recent years, and there still aren't many items in my wardrobe that are green; one dress (the vintage one I showed on my blog before), a skirt (also found somewhere on my blog), and what you see in this post is really all I have.

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  5. Love the minty green and you look so professional in the other outfit.

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    1. Minty green is such a nice spring-like colour, isn't it! To look professional was the intention with the other outfit, and I am glad it worked.

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  6. Nice outfits, both the casual and the business one. And a lovely shade of green! ... The tree blossoming period always seems very short. At least, I seem to remember, you also have actual cherries to look forward to :-) (The pink cherry blossom trees you've seen on my blog are ornamental ones.)

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    1. Thank you, Monica! You remember correctly, I can really pick cherries straight from my kitchen window when they are ready.

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  7. Hey Meike!
    You know I love your view out your window! The blossoms just don't last as long as we would like them to!
    And I always like your fashion shows. I might have asked you this before...your black shoes, we call them Mary Janes...do you call them that too? ( I like them and I always have a pair myself.)

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    1. Hey Kay, yes, I do call this type of shoe Mary Janes, but that's just me because I am rather familiar with English terms for clothes, patterns, cuts and so on. Most people here in Germany would not call them that, they would have no idea what I am talking about if I went into a shoe shop and asked for Mary Janes.

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  8. Wonderful outfits. The one so extremely springlike and the other full of such interesting symbolism! Cherry trees don't last that long in bloom, do they....We have some magnificent crab apple trees and they are glorious but also very short in their flowering time. What will you do for your 700th post, I wonder!

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    1. Thank you, Kristi!
      Actually, I was secretly hoping for another guest post from my Mum, but I have not asked her yet. If not, then I'll simply post what will be up next; either a book review or a recipe or something like that.

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  9. Wonderful green - it reminds me of pistachio icecream!

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    1. RJ said exactly the same when last year in March he saw that pair of jeans on me for the first time!

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  10. I always enjoy seeing your outfits; getting dressed ‘properly’ is so very German. My dad always said Kleider Machen Leute and he believed it. Over here dress is the least concern, except maybe for young people who need to conform to their peer group, otherwise it’s all beef and grey and boring and frumpish.
    Even I (as a German) have started to ignore what I look like on ordinary days but I still make an effort when it comes to going out. And I always wear some colour, never just greige.

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    1. Really? When I look at some folks on the street here, they don't appear to have put much effort into their outfits. What I dislike most is those dressing in sports stuff when it is so obvious that a) they are not doing any sports right now, but are at the supermarket or elsewhere and b) don't ever do any sports. It is just laziness.

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  11. good heavens! spellcheck made beef out of beige!

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    1. Beef and grey, or beige and gravy :-)

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  12. The final words between the brackets are intriguing Ambassador. Nothing you feel "comfortable" blogging about. Now my imagination is going into overdrive. Drink a couple of steins of foaming German beer and then you will find the courage to spill the beans in Blogpost 700.

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    1. I doubt it, Neil. There are topics that never make it to my blog; even though some people think I reveal far too much about myself on here, there are matters that I keep strictly to myself, such as religion, sex and politics. Besides, I am probably the only German who does not like beer, so that approach won't work :-)
      Still undecided about what to do with # 700, but I have one or two ideas at least.

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