In August 2016 I shared my mission to virtually bicycle across the US from Ipswich, MA, to the Seattle Aquarium. I am logging all the miles I ride on the recumbent bike at the YMCA & the miles I walk into myvirtualmission.com. I have logged 1,500 miles so far, and reached 50% of my mission.
Ever since installing an automatic cat fountain in the downstairs bathroom last month, Darwin has been using it constantly [HOORAY!]. But the motion sensor is so sensitive the fountain turns on anytime we move past the bathroom door. Jim suggested installing a cat door so we could keep the bathroom door closed.
For a long time I’ve wanted to replace our ugly, old, stained [and sometimes painted] brass hinges and ugly gold doorknobs with silver. I’ve never been a yellow gold person. Or brass. I finally started this project the first week of September before my trip to Germany.
Darwin has always preferred to drink his water from the downstairs bathroom sink. So we have finally wizened up and installed a motion sensor cat fountain for him which he loves!
Last weekend I had to take the squirrel platform down. The issue was mice. Stupid, hangry, devious, mice. They found a hole under the squirrel platform leading into our basement and started ripping out hunks of insulation.
My last Germany 2018 post includes cake, cats, sheep, goats, an abbey, ice cream, a bear cave, and a disco ball man!
My brother-in-law told me my 5th full day in Germany would be a “no travel” day. I was hoping that meant a “relax day” but it was not. He told me they really needed to spend some time in their 2 gardens [land they own, about a 5 minute drive from their house] harvesting vegetables & nuts, and composting the hundreds of apples and pears that had fallen from their trees.
After spending most of the morning on the Island of Mainau, we headed back to the car and drove over the border into Switzerland! My brother-in-law Joachim wanted me to see Rheinfall, which [in my opinion] is the Niagara Falls of Switzerland. Beautiful!
After breakfast we cleared out of the apartment and headed back to Lake Konstanz. Joachim took us to the Isle of Mainau, aka “The Island of Flowers”. It was amazing! The whole island is a botanical garden, and in the center is an enclosed butterfly garden. I could have stayed there for a week.
On Tuesday of my trip to Germany we drove to Singen to visit the ruins of Hohentwiel castle. It’s the largest castle ruin in Germany. Then it was off to visit my nephew and his family on the edge of Lake Konstanz, and finally back to Singen for a comfortable stay at a rental apartment.