All that’s missing is the Fliegenpilz

April 21, 2008

Thanks, Betsy!


My sincere condolences

April 19, 2008

My dear virtual niece,

My heart is heavy with sadness at the news that it is time for you to hang up the lederhosen in exchange for flip flops and a bikini. Being an Army wife does require one to make many sacrifices and I know that you will rise to the occasion with grace and dignity. My sincere hope is that you are able to quickly adapt to your new surroundings and face the challenges of a new language (hana ho and ma halo), ethnic food, and hanging ten.

Finally, you know that your blogging community is here to support you in every way, even if that means leaving our families to fly to your aid.

My heart goes out to you and your family and know that you are in my thoughts during this emotional time.

Your doting adopted aunt,


Things to do before we leave: The Alps

April 19, 2008

K and the kids and I are all working on our own little lists of things to do before we leave Germany. For some, it’s eat as much chocolate as possible, while for others it’s been things like trips and sightseeing. (What? I like chocolate!)

With an Army friend who is a fellow Mini owner, I’ve been planning a trip to the Alps. I saw it as yet another driving adventure for me and the kids (we go on lots of them, often through the Black Forest but also to car museums and stuff, while K stays home and quilts.) A group of us tried to put together a trip last fall but, well, I ended up in Romania for the summer (Romania — it’s the new black [Romania = awesome]). But this year, we’re going, and we’re going to go to 5 countries in 4 days (the other guy will do 6 countries, as he lives in the Nederlands.)

Some friends from the neighborhood are Swiss, and I have been asking them questions for over a year, to help plan this. The other night, I took over the details and showed her on the computer where we are going. It turns out, we’re going through her hometown.

I think I uncorked something. An hour later, my head was swimming, because she gave to me all kinds of great advice of where to go and what to do on our first day. Last night, she came over with a giant bag of stuff about her country and her part of Switzerland — homework!

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Lions and tigers and bears Books, and DVD’s, and clippings — oh my! That was the tipping point for Kristin. “Oh, I want to go, too!” she announced.

So, all four of us will cram hop into a Mini Cooper S (what?  It’s roomy!), and head out in a couple of weeks, for 4 days of driving through the Swiss Alps and listening, I’m sure, to a Harry Potter or other book on CD. Lots of pictures will be taken, I’m sure. Maybe the next 12×12 theme should be mountains!

If you’d like to see where we are going, you can open this file (right-click and save-as) in Google Earth. Each day’s travel is a separate item, so you can look at things day by day. I love that Google Earth will even show you photos that people have taken, and where. Neat stuff.

If you live out this way, or have traveled through these parts, please, I would welcome hearing from you and to hear your advice about our travel plans. We’re all excited about the trip — this should be awesome! Remember — we’re going to be in a Mini, so you can ask her to buy you 400 meters of the finest Swiss fabric she finds, but I will use my VETO power!

Sadly, I do not think there is popcorn or corn growing along the roads in the Swiss Alps.

And this one, below — that’s not Swiss German they’re speaking, it’s just German-German, obviously! The Swiss would NEVER drive like that!

Forget me nots

April 18, 2008

Dear Kristin, it was lovely getting to know you, you were a wonderful student. Stay close to yourself, you are a unique person and that will reflect in your work. Love, Mirjam

Thanks, Mirjam!

Friday: She does not know

April 18, 2008

And she will likely kill me when she does find out.

Somewhere over the rainbow

April 18, 2008

Hawaii Five O

April 18, 2008

Just with a Mini Cooper S, instead….

April 17, 2008

Thanks, Regine!

POTD: Thursday

April 17, 2008

More rain here, today.  Ugh.

The Water Theme

April 17, 2008

Thanks, Terry!