The Amadeus restaurant in Stuttgart, Germany used to be an 18th-century orphanage serving gruel to it’s small patrons. Now it is a bustling, chic bistro style restaurant serving delicious local Swabian dishes and baked goods. I ordered a warm bowl of beef broth with vegetables and pockets of ravioli filled with beef. It was the perfect meal for the chilly night of sixty-eight degrees in Stuttgart. As I sat in it’s beer garden on a Thursday night at 9:30 pm, I reflected on the past two weeks. I’d hardly been out since being sick. When I came out tonight I found there were two very big events going on in Stuttgart. First, was the Jazz Open and Sting was playing. I walked around the outer fence and could hear magnificent music, but couldn’t see a thing except for strobes of colorful lights. Several other people were doing the same. I walked over to the nearby Hamburger Fish Festival. This is a fish festival sponsored by businessmen out of Hamburg, Germany which is located in northern Germany on the coast. While, as it’s name would indicate, there were no hamburgers, but there were amazing displays of every kind of fish, cooked every way imaginable! And of course, there was lots and lots of beer!
I noticed one guy selling fruit. I fell for that a couple of years ago not thinking of how in the world I would get it all home! I remembered it being a very long, difficult walk that night with me ending up carrying the heavy fruit on my head for a mile! Needless to say, in spite of the bargain price, I did not buy any fruit tonight.
I made my way on over to a friend’s house. She traveled to the states for the summer and asked if I would come over occasionally and water her plants. She lives about a mile away from my cat sitting job and is closer to the downtown area.
The house where I cat sit (House #1) was built in 1898, is huge and has high ceilings, exquisite wood paneling, intricately detailed ceilings and parquet floors. It is furnished with leather furniture, antiques and Polish pottery. The other house (House #2) is smaller, modern, with floor to ceiling glass doors and automatic blinds that raise and lower, open and shut with the push of a button. It is furnished with sleek white and black modern furniture accented with Japanese pieces collected while the owner lived in Japan. It also has Netflix! Both are very different, but beautiful in their own way.
When I arrived at the modern apartment (House #2), I brought in the mail and settled in to watch Netflix. Netflix would not load so I unplugged the modem and restarted it. While waiting, I started to read a delightful book entitled, “The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2006”. I noticed the charge on my phone was dropping. As I hadn’t planned to spend the night, I didn’t bring my charger with me. It was getting late so, with the owner’s permission, I decided to spend the night. I thought I’d look around and see if I could find a phone charger. I opened the door to the laundry room and a shoe rack, which was hanging on the back of the door, suddenly fell apart and all the shoes tumbled to the floor! I panicked and proceeded to try and put the shoe rack back together. Once I succeeded putting it back together, I started to put the shoes back in the rack. I was about halfway finished when it fell apart again! I then took all the shoes and lined them up neatly in several rows in the guest bedroom. This girl had a LOT of shoes! I repaired the shoe rack once again and carefully closed the door. There was a charger in there, but, alas, it did not fit my iPhone.
I sent pictures of the shoes and broken shoe rack along with a message apologizing to the owner. I was relieved when she said that once this also happened to her.
Finally, Netflix picked up a signal and I settled in to watch the new season of Stranger Things. There were some horrible rats in the show. At that moment, I saw a mouse creeping around the corner coming into the living area. I let out a blood curdling scream as I am deathly afraid of mice! I hoped the neighbors didn’t hear me as I’m sure they would think someone was being murdered! The mouse ran under the couch on which I was sitting and soon I saw another mouse sneak out and join him. I armed myself with some paperback books the owner had left in a box to discard and prepared to throw them at the mice when they made an appearance. I sat nervously and waited. But, the mice were too quick!
In the meantime, I am messaging my friend, Diane, my cousin, Peggy and my sister, Dana, looking for sympathy and advice. All I got from them were crazy memes of hysterical laughter! No help there!
Finally, at 4:00 am I could no longer keep my eyes open. I went to sleep in the bedroom with all the lights on!
The next morning I woke up and sent pictures and messages about the mice to the owner. She had never seen mice when she was there and thought maybe they came in when the window cleaner came the week before. She said she could get someone to kill them or I could try. I am up for the challenge!
Today I went to a hardware store and bought two mouse traps. Along with the mouse traps, I bought some cheese and am headed back to the apartment. It is now me vs the mice! Stay tuned!