Furnishings

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Registered: 01-27-2012
Furnishings
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Sun, 07-29-2012 - 6:50am
Do you have furnishings that aren't normally found in your or your SO's culture? Did it cause any discussion?

I've finally gotten DH to agree to ceiling fans, but I know he still prefers not to have them. (I'm American, he's German.) He readily agreed to a bed that's higher up than all the futons here, though. I think he's undecided about using flat sheets in addition to fitted ones - his favorite hobby seems to be undoing my "hospital/navy corners". ;-)

Hmm - I just noticed that the only furnishings I've had to get used to are hot water radiators and not having walk-in closets, AC or window screens. We were lucky to find a very old house (1910), so at least I don't have to deal with deeply vaulted ceilings on the second floor. Germans find them cozy, but even though I'm 5'2" I still prefer some room above my head when I sleep. :-)

- JM

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In reply to: cynhaller
Wed, 08-01-2012 - 10:11pm

Oh es the water hardness :-) In Switzerland it's very hard too, so moving to India it came as a shock not to have my showerhead clogged every months like it was the case back home :-)
One thing I got to get adjusted to in India is that there is no automatic hot water, you need to instal a water heater and switch it on for at least 15 minutes before being able to get a hot shower, and there is no hot water in the kitchen at all, which to wash the dishes is kind of a pain especially when Indian cuisine is oil heavy, but then almost everybody belonging to middle class and above is having a maid that washes the dishes, it comes as a lifesaver to me because doing the dishes is one of my most disliked task after ironing clothes :-)

Ishi is doing fine in school, she doesn't speak much as usual, and we have a PT meeting at the end of the month or so, and I know exactly what they will bring up to my attention...sigh, that along with the fact they expect 3 years old to colour in the line in their weekend homework book, and that it of course something that is not happening, so week after week I get "colour it nicely" written on all the completed page of the book. Why do they insist on making kids grow faster than they do?


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In reply to: txdela
Wed, 08-01-2012 - 12:59am
Wow! Would you say you're used to the differences now? Come to think of it, most apartment buildings built here after the 1950s do have very low ceilings - I had forgotten that that was one of the first things I noticed here, too. I grew up on the Gulf Coast, so we love high ceilings and ceiling fans. I can't imagine not having a heating system, though! My friend in central Texas was the person I knew who didn't have heat - she used a fake fireplace space heater.

I think 3-year-olds in the parents' bed and forgetting boiling water are pretty universal, though. Since my saucepans are black, I at least have a good idea of the water softness wherever we lived based on how thick the white ring was. :-)

I hope Ishi had a good day at school!

- JM

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Registered: 03-19-2002
In reply to: txdela
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 3:54am

yeah I think DH had to get adjusted to a certain sense of style and aestethics that isn't quite there in India, I just need my house to look good, ceiling fans are a default fixture in apartment over here because the heat would otherwise be unbearable, I wasn't used to them at all as they are hardly ever needed in Switzerland. We live ina temperate area which means winters are pretty mild, but we have family living in Delhi where winters are quite harsh and I am always surprised that there are no heating systems in houses, hec even AC units do not have a the heat feature, so everybod plug in space heaters that do not work very well to keep warm during the 3 months of cold climate there.
Houses generally have high ceiling too, and when I went back to Switzerland for 2 months in 2008 coming back to low ceilings surprised me a little, I felt a bit claustrophobic. Apartment buildings have less high ceilings though than independant houses though, so the flat we are in right now has less height, but still a tad bit more than in Geneva.

DH had to get used to the concept of baby gear, and cribs, in idnia kids sleep into the parent's bed until very late, Ishi was doing great in her crib until she was 9 months, then for some reason she screamed bloddy murder in it and she has been sleeping in our bed ever since, now she is 3 and I would love her out of it, but she refuses to stay in her room...sigh.
Lot's of the things we take for granted in the west are luxuries in India still, so in the begining we had just the bare necessities, when we got married I got a lot of money as gifts from my family back home, so we splurged on furnitures, and kitchen appliances we would otherwise not have had. The concept of convection built in oven or even cooking range is alien here so I had to make do with a microwave/convection oven. like most people we cook on a counter top gas stove that would be called a fancy camping stove back home, but now that we have a budget that allows it, I bought more small appliances to make my life easier int he kitchen such as a hand held egg beater blender for my baking goods, a food processor (whcih used to be more used than it is now), and just this morning after years of heating the water for my tea in the microwave I purchsed an electric tea kettle, I would do it in a sauce pan if I wasn't so absent minded in the morning, I stopped counting the number of time I left the water evaporate completely in the pan to the point of coming back to a over heated steel pan and lots of cooking gas wasted :-)
there are probably many other things but I can't remember them now, and speaking of absent mindedness, I'm almost late to go pick up Ishi in school...gotta run!


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