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After a 27 hr return trip, incl. time in a commuter and ICE intercity high speed train (love those), and a layover in NY, we arrived back in LALA land with me having a somewhat sore bum.

Except for 2 days, it was a lot of work around my 90 year young Mom's house and garden on the Steinhuder Meer, Germany's largest lake near Hannover. Mostly work she is unable to do any longer, and others just take money for, without really doing what they were supposed to.
I got rid of a cleaning woman who didn't clean, a gardener who wouldn't garden, and so on.
Don't get me wrong, my wife and I were glad to do it. I have no siblings, and my Mother is the only parent I have left.
She has arthritis, doesn't walk too well, her eyesight is rapidly declining, but fortunately she is O.K. mentally.
She refuses to go into a home, and I have to respect her wishes until she realizes she is unable to take care of herself.
We did all the work she is unable to do any longer, and others just take money for, without really doing what they are supposed to.
We threw out 2 containers full of stuff.
We arranged for every day care, someone else to come in and bathe her twice a week, meals on wheels, foot care, emergency service with a call button and access to the house, someone to arrange her medications for the week every Monday, and a doctor we have known for 30 years to come by the house for a weekly check up.
Other than that, it's a very tight knit and growing old together sailing club community.
One neighbor will hang a bag with fresh baked rolls on her entry door every morning, and her closest 6-8 friends will visit during the course of every day.

A few pics of Steinhude, and one of the favorite pubs.
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-16-2009, 05:24 PM
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Good to have you back. Nice pics!

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Willkommen zurück Herr Teutone.
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Great place, hope you thoroughly enjoyed it.

Will you be able to keep the people you contracted in check so they do what they are supposed to? I hope so, but unfortunately across the miles is tough.

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Oh, Steinhude has about 5,000 inhabitants off season, and is famous for smoked eel, not my favorite staple.
Thanks to a good public transportation system, walking to the top of the street, by bus to Wunstorf, and by commuter train to Hannover central station took only 40 min.
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That's the kind of Germany I'd love to visit. I'm sure I'd have to learn the language though. Very cool!
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Absolutely Bucolic! Very beautiful!

I wish Malaysia was more like that. Instead I get these kind of lodgings.
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That's the kind of Germany I'd love to visit. I'm sure I'd have to learn the language though. Very cool!
The family originally comes from Bielefeld, a medieval town complete with castle (see pic).
Steinhude am Meer, where my Mother now lives permanently, used to be the weekend / summer place since 1960.
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