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Photo Quiz

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything…. did anyone miss me??

Lots of stuff going on, as usual. But instead of a “normal” entry, how about a Photo Quiz? Here are two photos….. try to guess what they are. The second one is probably pretty easy but the first one is tricky. One hint on the first… it’s job related!

Nope, nothing to win… just have fun figuring it out. The answer I’ll post in a couple of days…

Number one:

Number two:



Flying around….

Last Saturday, after dropping Tamara off at home (she had spent the night with me), I decided to stop by the local flying club. It’s the same club that I’m a member of since 1983 and where I first learned to fly. One of my buddies, Michael, was there and invited me along for a local roundtrip together with one of his friends. Since the weather was fantastic, I jumped at the opportunity.

This is a view just after take-off of the now empty American army base… it has been deserted for around 2 years now.

More and more wind farms are being set up everywhere, destroying the looks of our beautiful landscapes…(can you catch that I don’t like them? lol)

We flew over the Main and Neckar rivers, wanting to see how the flooding was. In the mean time the rivers are pretty much back to normal, as you can tell (this is the Main River near Miltenberg).

A view of one of the many castles/fortresses that are found all over the place….

The balloonists were taking advantage of the weather as well…

Today I won’t go to work until noon because I have a job thing to do during night time, which includes a flight (checking the night lighting at an airfield). The past days the weather was cloudy with some now melted snow, today looks promising.

On the weekend I think I finally get some much needed housework done…


It’s Saturday, but my week is not over….

It’s 4:30 am on a Saturday… crazy, right? I’m already awake and my hair is washed. I like having time for it to air dry before leaving the house. Well, I don’t have to leave until around 7:15, but my internal alarm woke me before the normal alarm, in spite of it being Saturday.

And it’s STILL stormy outside! It’s been stormy almost all week, with wind blowing more or less strong…. it’s strong now. It was strong enough to do some damage, like uproot trees, etc. So far my area was pretty much spared.

Today’s schedule: drive from here to the town I work in (27 km), then get one of our business cars (a nice Audi A4) and drive 100 km north. I have to be there by around 09:00 am. I teach a class there all day…. 31 people have signed up. So wind or no wind, I have to drive there. After that I have a work-related speech to give at 4:45 pm at a town which is another 38 km north of that. Then, when that’s over (around 6:15), drive the 138 km back to where I drop the car off. Day over? Nope! On the way home I take a detour a detour to a village located between there and home to attend an Irish music concert with a girl friend. If lucky, I’ll arrive there on time (8 pm).

Tomorrow I’m staying home!!

This whole week has been crazy. It started last Sunday when I attended a reading of a book, a crime book I had happened to just finish reading which takes place in the city I work in, by it’s author. Yes, he even signed my book! Then off to visit my dinner where I joined her family for dinner.

Monday: Go to work, leave at 1 pm as usual Mondays because my eyes burned. Originally I had intended to stay later so that I could go from work direct to my son to babysit his kids. As it was, I drove the 27 km east to my place, took a nap, then drove the 38 km west to his place. Watched the kids until 11 pm, got home at midnight. Originally they had wanted me to stay later and spend the night, which would have meant leaving the cat unattended until late Tuesday night. Oh, she would have survived that, but I do prefer sleeping in my own bed.

After work Tuesday, driving 50 km south to give 4 English exams (all 4 passed).

Wednesday night: dance class.

Thursday night dance class.

Wow, Friday I had nothing scheduled after work! Well, I did check my presentations to make sure they are ok and packed my stuff so I don’t forget anything today.

See why I can’t work on a new journalspace site? 

Anyway, if I haven’t been visiting your journals, now you know why. It’s now 6:00 am and I have to start thinking about what I plan to wear…. with that wind I shall refrain from wearing a mini-skirt!   


The Miramar Air Show

Sorry I haven’t been posting… after going back to work I have been too busy, then too tired, to even bother to blog anything. I haven’t even worked on most of my pictures from my trip yet! I know, I know….. shame on me!

But I did want to finally share with y’all some pictures from the Miramar Air Show! I’m sure you are ALL familiar with the movie “Top Gun”, well Miramar IS top gun and when I heard that their air show was on during the one weekend I was in San Diego, I decided it was a must do event (most of you may know that, because of my job, a sort of hate air shows… but here I made an exception). My son arrived also and of course he wasn’t going to miss it either.

This is one of HIS pictures of the Blue Angels!

Of course the military had to demonstrate their equipment….(these are all MY pictures):

And of course the flying….. Canadian Snow Birds and Blue Angels plus lots more!

I also took some films but they are finished and uploaded yet. I’ve just had other priorities the past days.

On Wednesday Tamara celebrated her 7th birthday (pictures coming… some day)!

At the office we got new furniture delivered… what a mess! Luckily jet lag didn’t bother me too much… I’ve been sleeping through the nights as if I’d never been away (yay me!).

This weekend it’s supposed to rain, I’ll be babysitting on Saturday, but other then that… lots of house work and pictures to work on! Plus a power point presentation for work…


P.S. more pictures can be viewed here

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!


The Moon…. and Stuff

This morning (my time) KCL was DEAD! I always check in here about every 15 minutes, at least, to see if anyone has posted, but Saturday mornings are DULL! So I messed around with other stuff…. like layouts. I know… very exciting.

Anyway, a few people mentioned on facebook (alternative excitement…not) seeing the full moon outside. I was watching it slowly approach the horizon, viewing it from my living room window. The snow clouds left long enough and after reading those entries, I grabbed my camera and tried to take a picture….. not bad if I do say so myself….

On this one you can see the little airplane hanging in my window….

The snow clouds returned but I still had to leave the warmth of my apartment. My son had left his computer on and he’s 2 weeks in Mumbai so I had to drive there and shut it down.

Then I drove to pick up my duty car for tomorrow…. I got permission to have it in my garage so I won’t have to clear the snow off it tomorrow in the early hours (I have a work-related class to teach). Good thing, too……. I needed about a half hour to get the snow off! The snow had paused but started again just after I arrived home. I’m sure the streets are going to be horrible tomorrow morning and many people may not show up for the class. But I’ll be there!

I hope YOU all have a great Sunday!


My Christmas plans…..

… in case anyone is interested.

Tomorrow I drive to visit my daughter, Regina, and will spend Christmas Eve and Christmas day with her, her new boyfriend, his parents, and of course Tamara and Emely.

I baked a apple pie (from scratch!) to bring along. I packed all the presents today, I did most of my shopping yesterday. I’m one of those last minute people. I LOVE all the madhouse shopping. I went to two local shopping malls yesterday, hoping to see lots of Christmas decorations, hear lots of Christmas music, and get some real Christmas atmosphere. Somehow, it wasn’t Christmasy.

I’m not much in a Christmas mood. Normally I’d have a tree up, but since I was on the cruise, and will then be at my daughter’s, I didn’t bother this year. Besides that, the elevator in my apartment house was broken the past two days so I wouldn’t have been able to bring one up to my 8th floor anyway. And now all the lovely white snow has melted……

I managed to post the rest of photos of my trip. Anyone interested…. you know where to go!

In case I don’t get to check in here the next days…. here’s wishing all of you a Merry Christmas!!


P.S.I just remembered the New Years game I played every year…. hm, I wonder if I’ll feel like doing it again (at KCL?). Last year the JS crash kind of messed everything up. Oh, well… I have another week to decide!