Sunday, 3 April 2011

I am puzzled... some of the functions here on blogger.
Why, for instance, is it possible to become my own follower?

When I noticed that someone had sent me a friends request (probably some time ago - I simply never realized it was there, sorry!), I saw that I can invite my google contacts to follow my blog. I did so with two of them, and found out I can even add myself to the followers here at my "Library".

Well, it seems a bit silly, doesn't it? For now, I appear to have 13 regular readers - including myself... and I am quite sure that some of the twelve hardly ever actually do come here to read, they p
robably lack both the time and the inclination.

Every now and then, I have a look at my blog stats (I wrote about these
before), and I find it most interesting to see that my visitors really come from all over the world (Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and China featuring in the "audience list" this week), as well as how they actually happened to come across my blog.
One recent
search keyword is shown as "how many calories in tira mi su" - an information you will never find in my blog (because I absolutely do not care to count calories - I simply enjoy my food), but you can find the recipe here.

Not really related to the topic of this entry, I still want to show you my new old bike - similar to
my new old armchair, something old and dear to me has been given "new life", which fits in rather nicely with the general theme of spring itself, don't you agree?

My husband and I bought a pair of old (and I really mean old!) bikes years ago at a second hand bikes sale here in town; if I remember correctly, mine was 70 Euros and his 85 or so - no comparison to what a new, "proper" bike costs, but it was what we wanted and within our budget.
This bike is more or less the same age as I (43), and for one and a half years now, it was stored outside under a ro
of to the side of the house, not even in a shed. It looked ready for the scrap heap, until a friend of mine took pity on both me and the bike and had it restored to more than its former glory, and brought the gleamingly polished bike (complete with new tyres and breaks) to my birthday party as his gift, gold ribbon around the handlebar inlcuded!
Yesterday, it had its first outing - an easy 25 km in the beautiful Neckar river valley, at a very relaxed pace. My legs and my bum have not complained, and I am sure my new old bike will be the perfect addition to all the outdoor fun I intend having this summer!


  1. Your bike looks stunning! My husband had his childhood 3 speed restored last summer! We can't wait to hit the trails! What a nice friend you have!

  2. The best exercise in the world, especiall uphill. Except maybe for swimming?
    have fun

  3. First, I am a regular follower of yours! However, I guess I never 'signed-on' as such. I'm sorry...another example of my computer illiteracy.
    Second, I love this old-new bike and how thoughtful of your friend to restore it for you.

  4. Mary, you are right - I have some very nice friends indeed!

    Julie, thanks! Running and walking are very good, too; it is actually what our bodies are designed for. Swimming is easier on the joints, though.

    Jill, I know you are - and I always appreciate your kind comments!

  5. Great bike! I also think it is quite healthy to be your own follower. That way you can cheer yourself on.

  6. Blog stats can drive you crazy. I must look at my numbers a dozen times a day...

    April in Minneapolis -- time for me to take my bike out, too!


  7. Mark, I've not thought about it this way, but you are right!

    Pearl, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. And to think I would have never even noticed there is such a thing as blog stats, had it not been for my friend posting about it...

  8. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my "Deviled Eggs." I think you should bring them to the next family function and call them "deviled" to see what the reaction will be! You may have some fun. I don't know where the name came from. Probably from the "spicy" blend of ingredients. Have a great day!

  9. According to Google: The term "deviled," in reference to food, was in use in the 18th century, with the first known print reference appearing in 1786.In the 19th century, it came to be used most often with spicy or zesty food, including eggs prepared with mustard, pepper or other ingredients stuffed in the yolk cavity.
    In some parts of the Southern and Midwestern United States, the terms "salad eggs" or "dressed eggs" are used, particularly when the dish is served in connection with a church function - presumably to avoid dignifying the word "deviled."

  10. Mary, when it comes to any gathering where I am required to bring anything, Tiramisu is usually my part - I have never made devilled or deviled or filled eggs myself :-)

    Jill, thank you for the explanation - I love learning about the origin of words and terms and names!

  11. I was born and reared in the southern United States and deviled eggs were a staple of every picnic, BBQ, and cook-out; a dish everyone liked. Never any left overs.

    PS...when you start your new job will you have a long commute or about the same as now?

  12. Now that you mention it, Jill, I have never seen any leftovers when it came to filled / deviled eggs, either!

    One of the big advantages of my new job is that I am going to work from home - most of the time. To be in touch with my customers, all I need is a computer with internet access and a telephone :-)
    The office is a two-hour train ride away from here, but I will be required to go there only once or twice a month.