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Birthday and half-timbered houses….

Sorry, but I haven’t felt like posting much recently… well actually, not for some time. I guess I’ve lost that blogging feeling!

Yes, once I was well known for my smilies… ah, those were the days!

Since my last post, my granddaughter, Shiana, celebrated her 4th birthday. Of course we had a party and, amazingly for April, great summer weather!

Shiana (4), Priyasha (2), and Emely (5)

Where does the time go? The kids are growing like weeds and getting cuter all the time.

As my facebook followers know, I’m now a tour guide in the town I now live in. I was one already back in the 80’s so I just have to up-date myself. It’s fun learning about the history. The town has quite a number of half-timbered houses which have been lovingly renovated. We have a church with a wood-carved altar shrine and a castle. Unfortunately we cannot at the moment enter the castle… it has been sold to some RUSSIANS who are renovating it for a hotel!! Needless to say, we are all curious about what they are up to and hope it will be good. They do have lots of regulations to observe so let’s hope for the best. In the summer you can hardly see the castle because of all the trees around it…. this pic I took recently…

And here’s an example of one of the houses…

Any of you interested in more pictures, just follow THIS LINK.

This weekend is the Easter Market in town and maybe I’ll have more pictures to share.

Have a great weekend everyone!



A New Year, remembering years past….

Some weeks ago my ex (finally) gave me some cartridges of slides. He prefered slides over paper film but we rarily got to see them… such a hassle to set up a projector and screen! (P.S. I assume you all heard that Kodacrome film is no longer being made and/or developed? Go google it….). Anyway, since the older madel slide scanner he gave me wouldn’t work on my comp, I went and bought a newer one and finally started scanning the slides.

The quality is not as good as vieweing them on a screen, but at least I have managed to digitalize some of them finally. Among them are some awesomely cute pictures of my kids!

I think this is one of my new favs… me with my daughter, Regina, on Christmas 1977…

and my son, Carsten….

and Regina practicing to become a good mommy…

It’s almost hard to believe that they both now each have two children of their own!
Last night I attended an Irish Dance performance with my friend Kornelia, one of my dancers and now good friend. The two of us went on the Greek Island Cruise last May together and had a great time! We then went to her home, which is only a 3 minute drive from mine, to talk and watch fireworks (which are legal for private use only on New Years). So I got off to a very nice start in the New Year! 

Welcome 2011! May you bring joy and HAPPY surprises!


Tamara visits her grandma (me)

It was fun having Tamara spend the night. I think she enjoyed it, too. This was her comfy place for the night….

And I let her try on a dress of mine…. that I wore in 1959, as flower girl at a wedding…

and me in 1959…

And with the tree decorations, she made her own nativity set…


Flying “home”

Next Wednesday I’m flying home to San Diego to see my folks. Both mom and dad aren’t doing too well. I had originally planned to fly over in January, which would have suited me better, but things don’t always go as planned. It’s with lots of trepidation and yes, fear, that I fly over. My son, Carsten is following me over at the same time.

On a nicer note….

I never did post pictures of Tamara’s first day of school. Yesterday Regina sent me this one which I definitely want to share with you all!

See that big “cone” Tamara is carrying? All kids get those… either home made or store bought, big or small depending on the parents. It gets filled with lots of goodies, usually sweets and/or school supplies, to “sweeten” up the first day of school and begin of one of life’s more serious stages. More pictures can be viewed here (and I just realised, I never got around to commenting them…. I’m really getting sloppy! lol)

Here’s a picture of Regina on HER first day of school!

Last night I went bowling with my co-workers. I haven’t bowled in over 30 years and it was quite fun! I actually managed a couple of strikes, but generally I did terrible… *shame* But it was FUN!

I’ll be busy the next days preparing for my trip. Weather has been fantastic the past days, but thunder storms, etc. are forcasted for the next days.

Keeping in touch!


went ice skating….

My daughter, Regina, called me at the office Thursday afternoon and suggested we go with the girls ice skating at our local rink. I was skeptical at first…. after all, I hadn’t skated in like 30 years! But I’m always game for some fun.

It was snowing outside, and I was worried a bit about her driving down, but by then the skies cleared. I have a week pass for the tram so I just hopped on the next one that went to the rink.

At first I thought I’d be hanging on the wall the whole time, but soon I actually got back into the groove of skating! Regina was the same way.

Tamara has a natural talent for it, but then she’s already good at inline skating. Every time she slipped and fell, she just got up and laughed!

Emely? Well… she still needs LOTS of practice! She had a little “friend” to help her….

This weekend they were expecting terrible blizzards, with 30 cm (12 inches) to 50 cm new snow! It wass expected to get chaotic, especially since most of the cities have already used up most of their salt reserves, and it did. The last time we had such weather was in 1978/1979!


Pictures speak more then words….

As planned, I spent Christmas Eve until Christmas Day at Regina’s. We went on christmas Eve with the kids to watch a very nice nativity play put on by local children. That’s where I took the top picture.

As is the German tradition, we then came home and presents were opened. The kids were allowed to stay up later then usual, but then just crashed after all the excitement.

On the 25th we went for a walk… it had finally stopped raining (small patches of snow still were to be found here and there, but no white Christmas once again). Toward evening I drove home. Today, Saturday, is also a Christmas holiday so all stores continue to be closed, and tomorrow being Sunday they’ll be closed, too. That makes 3 1/2 days in a row!

I arrived home to find the elevator broken again/still! I left my suitcase in my car and just carried up the necessary stuff (laptop, presents, leftovers…). There were two technicians trying to find the problem (on Christmas day!). I haven’t checked if it’s working, but I also haven’t heard it so I think it’s still kaputt. *sigh*

Today, besides working on my layout and the <a href=”; target=”_blank”>Christmas pictures</a>, I’ve been spending the day catching up on some reading. Weather is nice outside (=cloudless) and I’m considering going for a walk… but that means climbing the 8 floors of stairs afterward. grrrrrrrr

Hope all of you are having a great Christmas!!


Granddaughter Tamara on German TV!

One of our local tv stations has a quiz every year. Kids from a local kindergarten give hints and you’re supposed to guess the word/expression they’re hinting at. Like last year, my granddaughter Tamara’s kindergarten was used by the film team and, like last year, she was one of the kids picked.

Follow this link and then click on the video to see it:

She’s the one on the left at the beginning and then later playing with her pigtail. Yes, it’s all in German but still soooo cute, I just had to brag! LOL