With home office and my constant saving for my move back home … there’s not much going on right now. Nothing interesting enough to write about. Well, I could write about some of those annoying people grazing the news and rags. Like those Z VIPs in the “I’m a star, get me out of here” jungle or all those other trash shows. Or the government not managing to punish those climate terrorists more severely – with our tax money being wasted on those worthless human beings just like those (and yes, mostly young male aggressive) immigrants who stab and kill people and should have been thrown out of the country long ago. And then … no, I won’t go there. It’s just too annoying and I’d rather write a nice article. About those little everyday pleasures that make me happy. (Most of which make me happy on weekends! After all, weekend is a happy occasion!)

1.) The free Saturday newspaper (usually arriving around 10 a.m.) with ad inlays from my favourite stores to browse through. Usually enjoyed while sitting in one of my comfy reading chairs, accompanied by a cup of Tassimo Latte Macchiato or Cappuccino and my cat sleeping on my thighs. When done with the paper and ads – having made notes which groceries to buy the following week – I continue my pleasurable Saturday morning with one of my mysteries.

2.) Watching an Austrian show. Even though not everything can be watched from Germany, at least there are documentaries and cabaret shows I can watch. At least once or twice a week. My absolute favourite? “Was gibt es Neues?” (What’s new?) A show where cabaretists have to guess what very weird words or expressions might mean. Or “the thing of the week”. Even weirder items for everyday life and their use the guests have to find out. Incredibly funny because those famous Austrian entertainers are just awesome. (Luckily, I also have some of their Best of DVDs to get through the week …)

3.) Taking a bath. Which I might have mentioned once or twice in one of my previous posts. It’s still something I enjoy immensely and due to rising energy prices, I have reduced this pleasure as well. A bath tub will definitely be on my must-have-list for my next apartment. There’s nearly nothing more pleasurable than sinking into a hot bath after a long day to relax and warm up. Especially in winter. Especially when one tends to reside at a piping hot 18-19°C.

4.) Afternoon tea on rainy days with cookies or cake. Nothing new there, either. And especially rainy fall and winter days are perfect for cuddling up in one of my comfy chairs with tea or hot chocolate, cookies and a good book. Small pleasures …

5.) Homemade lunch. Yes, I consider homemade lunch one of my everyday pleasures. To be able to quickly put together something for home office lunch, in my own kitchen, freshly cooked or freshly defrosted from my darling freezer (home-cooked as well), is pure luxury and something I treasure as long as I can. Since close to 100% home office surely won’t be an option in my future job.

6.) My cat! Yes, definitely on my everyday pleasure list. He makes me happy, calms me down and makes me smile on a daily basis. It’s very rare that I have to scold him, mostly he makes me laugh and cuddling him – poor darling, he doesn’t quite like it that much – instantly makes me feel better when I’m in a bad mood.

7.) My books! Well, what did you expect? Of course, they are part of my everyday pleasures – and even more so on weekends. But on a daily basis? Every day I’m looking forward to my big comfy box spring bed and the three or four bookswaiting for me that I’m reading in parallel. At the moment, it’s another “Murder, she wrote” mystery, “A shot in the dark” by Lynne Truss (very funny 50s Brighton mystery), an Austrian mystery (for the homesickness) and a historical book about Vienna’s inner districts. Thrown in with some French to brush up my language skills.

Alright now, it’s Saturday, 8 a.m.! Time to upload today’s post, get some household chores done and THEN my books, Latte Macchiato and my Saturday paper are waiting for me! Have a great weekend, you all!



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