Happy New Year!

Yes, I know, it’s late.

No, I didn’t have a hangover. It’s just that we spent a lot of time together. Turns out that keeps me from the computer.

©Shivia, all rights reserved

We had a very quiet New Year’s Eve with good food (more come Tummy Thursday), Dinner for One (and Dinner for Brot), a German New Year’s Eve tradition, and some socially distanced cheers with the neighbours outdoors. The little one got told to put on shoes, and she complied in the most adolescent way possible:

©Giliell, all rights reserved

I have also been very nasty to Mr: I told him exactly what I want for my birthday and then I refused to order it myself because seriously, he can’t rely on me always doing the internet shopping. Turns out, he’s a big boy and can actually do it if there’s no wife to dump it on. At least I hope so. I’ll see when my birthday comes around…

Speaking of gifts: This is what Mr got for Christmas*:

I definitely love Rüdügür (the cleaning robot. The aardvark is called Schnuffelchen and greatly enjoys her ride). I tell him to start cleaning when I go to bed and in the morning it’s clean. Though he also forces us to be tidier: no more “just put it on the floor”, no more cluttering the kitchen table, because the chairs need to go up there.

So, I hope you all had a nice and relaxed end and start of the year, and that 2021 will have us all vaccinated and out and about again.

*No, we don’t do that “beggar yourself for Christmas” thing. At the end of the year we’ll look into our finances, see what the Christmas bonus was, see what larger items we want/need and then call it Christmas gifts. One year Mr got a new fridge and I got a power drill.


  1. Ice Swimmer says

    Happy New Year! I feel that yesterday, more more snow fell here than during the last winter combined.

    I see there’s an artist in the making.

  2. says

    Happy new gear to you too.

    I might be able to pronounce Schnuffelchen, but I am definitively unable to pronounce Rüdügür.

    Schuffelchen looks extremely cute on top of the robot zooming around.

  3. lumipuna says

    Happy near yew.

    It’s been a long, dark, wet and muddy autumn, as usual. Now it’s suddenly winter, something last seen in February 2019. There’s a little frost and some fluffy snow that mysteriously isn’t melting no matter how long you look at it. The weather forecast suggests the snow might be “permanent” and we might even get some sunlight this month.

    As I stay home and try to study, I’ve felt even more detached from the world than usually during this time of the year. I can’t really say I suffer from loneliness or any other supposed special effects of the pandemic -- just the usual seasonal depression and lack of energy. I hardly noticed as the holidays slipped by.

  4. Ice Swimmer says

    Charly @ 2

    I’d find Rüdügür easier to pronounce than Schnuffelchen. I think you’d have the consonants more right and I’d have wovels less wrong.

  5. voyager says

    Your daughter’s art is always a joy to see.
    I hope you all have a safe and healthy year and that the year-end finances allow for a joyful surprise.

  6. Tethys says

    Happy New Year to all! Shivia’s artwork is so cute, the captions ( in perfect English) are especially good.

    I checked both of the links to dinner for one and bread. Is it common for German television shows meant for children to have both German and English dialog? I have tried to improve my ability to hear in German by watching German TV shows, but the only people I can understand easily seem to be very old people from the Alb speaking about cows.

    Schnuffelchen. This word I understand. <3 Rüdügür is simply intimidating to my American eyes. I attempt to pronounce ü as the vowel sound of ou in Houston. It seems close to Å?

  7. says

    Hey Tethys

    Is it common for German television shows meant for children to have both German and English dialog?

    No. It’s just that Dinner for One is a staple everybody knows. The German intro has a guy explaining the setting and the phrases “The same procedure as last year -- the same procedure as every year” and that’s it. Don’t ask me how old I was when I finally got the dirty joke at the end.

    I attempt to pronounce ü as the vowel sound of ou in Houston. It seems close to Å?

    Neither. It’s between a short “i” as in “system” and an “u” as in “put”. At 13:40 you can hear how Rüdügür is pronounced and meet Rüdügür who is originally from children’s TV.

  8. Tethys says

    Thank you Giliell. I watched Rüdügür, and a video on German umlauts by trixierabbit but I’m probably still saying it wrong. I can easily hear the difference between a and ä, but u and ü sounds the same to my ears except for length.

    u as in put

    I pronounce English put to rhyme with soot. I would pronounce it in German to rhyme with Putin, ewe, and glue. I do appreciate any corrections. Modern German is much faster and ‘crisper’?, than the Schwaben dialect or my Nana’s Plattdeutsch.

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