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  1. I suggest that you check with your Gemeinde or whichever company sends your water bill. In brief, buy an appropriate water meter from Bauhaus, Amazon etc. Once fitted, the Gemeinde need to come to inspect and register the meter.  We submit the meter reading annually by email to the Gemeinde and they deduct the water volume off the overall household Abwasser cost.  Have a look at this thread...  
  2. We’re also looking for a better garden watering system.  I can’t advise yet regarding the necessary water pressure.  Just as an aside, regarding money saving...do you have a separate water meter on your garden tap? We save the Abwasser cost on all outdoor water. The   Abwasser cost here is more than twice the Wasser cost.  Usually save around 150€ per year.  
  3. Refinancing your German Mortgage

    Thank you Susie.     Does anyone know...Just as a guide, to transfer to another lender, what is the usual process? Are there generally cancellation fees from the old lender as we wouldn’t continue with the 15 year fixed rate after 10 years?  5 years of interest maybe? Do new lenders generally: charge set-up fees, require property valuation etc?
  4. Refinancing your German Mortgage

    We are almost 10 years into our 15 year fixed rate mortgage at 2.7%. We asked our current lender about refinancing and have been offered: 0.61% for 5 years, 0.73% for 10 years and 0.90% for 15 years. New rates to start 6 months after the 10 year anniversary.     Just as a rough idea, do these rates look good compared with other current offers? It seems to be easier to stay with the current lender.  
  5. Holy water automatic dispenser....a sign of our times...  
  6. Why are you unhappy today?

    We called an appliance repair chap asking for advice regarding our faulty oven. He turned up today without appointment.  Before I knew what was happening, he was in our house chatting to my husband...both without face masks.  I alerted both re mask necessity. The repair man then went into big detail that he had already been infected with corona early 2020 and now not infectious.  I stayed away as dubious.  Just as he left, he suddenly rambled on about corona being fake, plandemic bla bla bla.   I’ve now had to disinfect our whole kitchen and hallway. My husband had been a bit blasé before though now realises this stupidity....especially as he has an overdue heart operation that is continuously delayed due to the hospital’s ever increasing COVID cases.  
  7. Sounds awful @snowingagain...glad you are both OK.  I think I found the answer to my original question. I rang Braun and they said that no infrared would properly work. Beurer infrared has a +/-2 degrees Celsius variation for object temperature measurement so that’s no good as too inaccurate.      Just wondering if a double (infusion bottle oval 22cm high, 11cm wide) baby bottle warmer would work...would have to work without a lid on as the sterile tubing stays connected for about 5 uses.  I read that some keep the warmth for an hour.    
  8. Thank you so much for this.  This is exactly the page I used today to try to get the temperature just right.  I failed miserably.  After ages of warming the plastic bottle with very hot tap water, still only 32 degrees as shown on a normal thermometer.  Even just 1 degree under body temperature can apparently be really uncomfortable. I think that many websites (mostly US) refer to infusion fluids in much thinner plastic bags.  The infrared thermometer sounds really useful as heating the bottle differs greatly between full, half full and nearly empty.  One bottle lasts for about 4-5 infusions.  
  9. I need to give my cat subcutaneous infusions every few days  and getting the temperature right is a bit hit and miss.  I’ve just read that infrared thermometers are really useful.  The 500ml plastic (fairly rigid) bottle of infusion fluid is usually warmed in a jug of hot tap water.  I’ve looked in Amazon and see that there are infrared thermometers for human/animal use and other types not suitable for human/animal use. I’d guess that the human thermometer would work to take the temperature of the contents of the plastic infusion bottle. Any advice on this would be much appreciated.  Infusion bottle...      
  10. What made you smile today?

    As we near the end of this strange year, 10 points to ponder as 2020 draws to a close ....   1. The dumbest thing I ever bought was a 2020 planner.   2. 2019: Stay away from negative people. 2020: Stay away from positive people.   3. The world has turned upside down. Old folks are sneaking out of the house & their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors!   4. This morning I saw a neighbour talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came to my house & told my dogs... We had a good laugh.   5. Every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pyjamas will have you believe all is well in the world.   6. Does anyone know if we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands?   7. I never thought the comment, “I wouldn’t touch him/her with a 6-foot pole” would become a national policy, but here we are!   8. I need to practice social-distancing ...from the refrigerator.   9. I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip out to the bins!   10. Never in a million years could I have imagined I would go into a bank with a mask on and ask for money.    
  11. I think it would be very helpful for you to read some of the many previous threads relating to the issues of children entering the German school system.  In particular, children with no German language skills and over the age of 9.  I will look for some of these threads and add links.   Have a look at this thread...https://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/topic/388490-relocating-to-munich-from-san-francisco-looking-for-advice/?page=9   It looks like the OP @GoldenLizard has now moved to Munich.  Maybe he can offer some advice....  
  12. Can anyone recommend an independent student advisor to help identify suitable courses...possibly social studies etc? Online searches seem to only find advisors that charge very high fees.     Many thanks in advance.  
  13. What are you cooking today?

    Thank you for the tip.  
  14. What are you cooking today?

    Really getting into vegan cooking since my daughter changed her diet.  Enjoying cooking with her over Christmas.  Made this yesterday...very easy and tasted great! https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/spiced-aubergine-bake