apr 27 2010

R.I.P. Benny

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Benny died last Friday. One minute he was running around happily as always, the next moment we found him dead on the floor – less than ten minutes since the last time we saw him alive. It probably was a heart failure, I really can’t explain his sudden death any other way. There’s a small comfort in that it happened really fast and that he was old, but I miss him so much. My little darling, the gentlest and nicest little rat I’ve ever met. He was so thin and timid when Mr.T brought him home sometime last fall, so afraid of hands and getting picked up.  But then he got used to us and became the most trusting and gentle little rat, always licking my fingertips and ready for a cuddle.
Now it seems like Gunnar will follow in his path soon, his pneumonia just isn’t getting better, despite the heavy antibiotics. I wish rats would live forever, they live such short lives!

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mar 29 2010

I miss Sam

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Tears are rolling down my cheeks as I write this. It’s Mr.T’s fault. He started looking at pictures of Sam, my first rattie love, who died from a brain tumor in June a year ago. I had to look at the pictures too of course, and before I knew it my eyes were watering up. How can a tiny animal that I knew a mere year and a half take such a big part of my heart ? The short life expectancy of pets in general and rats in particular is a part of all things that are bad in life. I wish they’d live as long as we do. But I guess their short life span helps us humans understand that we need to enjoy them as much as we can while we have them among us. Excuse me while I go kiss four furry little heads.

Sam in his bed that initially was meant to be his toilet but that was never used for anything else but sleeping : Sam being a shenanigan in the pantry:  Sam learns to sit for a treat:

RIP Sam, my first pet of my own and first rat, I’ll never forget you.

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mar 25 2010

Fredrik & the new duvet cover

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A week ago I went to Ikea with my aunt and went berserk, buying all very necessary, but not incredibly necessary stuff. – Like a dish drying rack (since I hate drying off plates). And this dark aubergine duvet cover. See how nicely it matches Fredriks pink ears, nose and tiny hands ? Aww, I just love redecorating my home and make it match my beloved ratties.

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mar 16 2010

Easter lily

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Spring is here again!  I get happy all the way down to my toes looking at this beautiful little flower.
And then there are certain four legged creatures running around on the floor that make me giggle and smile several times a day..take Fredrik for instance:
Here he’s checking out my hand bag. I know he’s just on the look out for something edible but I entertained myself with the idea that he was helping me organizing the bag and cleaning out old receipts.
Then he actually started to drag out bits of paper and a bag of sore throat lozenges. He was actually helping me! Eager to see if he’d continue to help me, I kept on taking pictures..
Until he suddenly found what he was looking for and darted off so quickly I didn’t manage to catch him before he’d dissappeared under the sofa.
Look at that little rascal run! I found the mint later, half eaten, between the sofa cushions. He’d diverted my attention by escaping under the couch, before he climbed on top of it and enjoyed his treat under a throw cushion in peace and quiet. He probably hid the mint there to eat the rest later. To bad for him that I found it and ate it!  No more treats for you today Freddie, you bad bad rat.
Okay, who am I kidding, you’re so darn cute I’ll give you any treat you want the next time you climb up on my lap for cuddles.

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feb 14 2010

Gunnar

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- in his current favorite hang out spot – my book shelf! My lovely emo rat, grumpy towards the other rats, and happy when left alone in my bedrom, has chosen the Munchkin card game box as his place to be. He’ll sleep on that box for hours, and socks that I offer him to make a softer bed get pushed away with an indignant air.

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jan 27 2010

Little things that make me happy

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…like starting the day with a BLT-sandwich; loads of fresh lettuce, crispy bacon, tomatoes and mayo on wholegrain bread…nomnomnom!
- Or making homemade noodle soup for supper, then realizing there’s just enough left to fit in a recycled curry paste tub that’s a perfect size for lunch tomorrow. I knew hoarding those plastic containers would pay off someday!
..or…finding these AWESOME band-aids at the supermarket : Star Wars band-aids!!!
- I can’t wait till the next time I cut myself. Wait, that came out wrong.
What little things make you happy?
BTW; today I realized that whilst teaching Fredrik tricks, little Alfie had picked up on the training too! During the daily 5 min «training session» Alf suddenly got up and walked on his hindlegs next to Fredrik  when I gave the command «walk». Such a surprise, he was even better at it than Fredrik. I will never underestimate you again Alfie, even though you look like you have syndrome!

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jan 19 2010

Fredrik and Benny-the-Hat

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Fredrik and Benny-the-Hat, originally uploaded by christianemb85.

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apr 21 2009

Visiting Oma

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Most Norwegians try to go to skiing in the mountains during the Easter holiday, cabintrips, etc., this year I went to visit my grandmother (Oma) in Germany. Instead of snow and cold, I got sun and almost summer-like temperatures. Going from grey, snowy, not cold/not warm Oslo to the little village she lives in felt like fast-forwarding from one season to another; her garden was blooming with tulips and crocuses and daffodils, the bees and bumblebees were humming around like it had never been winter, and the little birds that she feeds every day with homemade (!) bird food wake me up every morning with beautiful song and I wasn’t even annoyed by having to get up at 7.30 am during my vacation. The simple reason for that was the fantastic everyday-breakfast; the smell of freshly made toasted bread and coffee was too good to sleep in to. And the dinners! Oh my, I got everything I’ve craved since my last visit and more; memory-laden comfort food.

German gourmet food
- Seidewürstle (some kind of delicious wiener hot dog), brown vinegar lentils, Spätzle (German speciality, think noodles) and a locally brewed pilsener. Yum! I’m going to make my mother teach me how to make Spätzle, but it’s hard, it requires a special cutting board and knife, and a loot of patience.
German gourmet food
Sausagesalad with ham, pickles and that wonderful black sausage from the Saturday farmers market, plus a slice of delicious sour dough stone oven potato bread. I just can’t get the ingredients for this dish home in Norway, we’re lightyears away from the selection and abundancy of different food types that you can get in other countries. It sucks!In this little village there’s a farmers market EVERY Saturday, in Oslo there’s one every couple of months, half the size of the one in Nagold.
Except from eating, reading non-scientific books (the luxury!), napping, smelling the flowers and sunbathing in the garden, we went to Wilhelma, the zoo in Stuttgart I’ve talked about before in this blog. We came just in time to see the Magnolia trees blossoming, and what a sight that was – breathtakingly beautiful. I love the fact that this zoo not only focuses on the animals, but also spends a lot of resources on the botanical part of the zoo. I took like a million pictures with my mothers camera (mine is still broken), here’s a few of them:
Wilhelma zoo
Wilhelma zoo
Wilhelma zoo
- I just adore those big and lucious, light pink magnolia blossoms.
Wilhelma zoo Wilhelma zoo
- Three of my favourites: Wilbär and his polarbearmama, and the Cuban tree rat.
I came home with recharged sleep – and energystorages, a suitcase filled with smoked dried sausages, chocolate, whisky, and what one theoretically could call  a tan (increased amount of freckles); I call that A Good Vacation!

 

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