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I am married to the love of my life and am finally able to shower him with all of the attention he deserves. I am now retired and living the life here in Europe. I am an American, he is an Australian, and this is our second overseas address. The first was Shanghai, China and now Munich, Germany. Come along and live the life with us as we continue our adventure of discovering all Europe has to offer.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Since St. Patrick's day is so near, Joyce has presented us with some ideas to ponder as we respond to her weekly Wednesday's Hodgepodge.  Everything from the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow to our favorite shade of green is discussed.  She also reminds us of National Pi Day (I never knew there was such a day) and Albert Einstein's birthday this month.  If you haven't joined in the fun, now is the time to do so.  Just click on the badge above and let your imagination roam free!

Here it goes!
1. What would you do if you found a pot of gold? Let's pretend this pot of gold is worth exactly $1500 (which would actually be more like a cup of gold at current values). Anyway, let's also pretend you have to spend it as opposed to making a donation someplace. Now tell me what you would do with that 
pot of gold?

Book the first flight back to Ohio to kiss my sweet grandbabies.  $1500 should cover it.

2. Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in any way, shape, or form?

Nope!  Although this year we may end up at Killian's pub  here in Munich on the 17th.

3. Have you been bitten by the Spring Cleaning bug? What spring cleaning job most needs doing at your house? What spring cleaning job are you most dreading?

There's a cleaning bug??  Really?? 

 I think I will wait until the movers come to take our things to our new place in Munich and then I'll give it a good going over once everything is gone. 

After winter, the windows need cleaning the most.

4. lime-shamrock-sage-forest...your favorite shade of green?

I love all shades of green.  Green happens to be my favorite color.  It is impossible for me to prefer one over another.

5. Thomas Jefferson once said, "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." So...do you believe in luck or do you believe we make our own luck?

For most of us, our luck is a direct result of our hard work.  Others may not see it that way, but few people are able to go through life content with putting their future at the mercy of happenstance.  There is enough hard evidence of the fortunes  of hard work to convince me that luck is made, not wished upon.

It disturbs me when people say, "You're so lucky," about this or that regarding our lives.  Luck has very little to do with it.  Have they forgotten all of the hard work that went into making our life as comfortable as it is?  Or, do they only see the product of all of that hard work and just assume we "lucked out?"  I find that phrase very irritating.  Not only hard work, but good decisions and a willingness to sacrifice also attribute to one's apparent "luck."

6. Monday (3/14) was Pi Day. Get it? Pi =3.14. Those math types are so clever aren't they? Since I'm not one of them tell me what's your favorite piE (the edible kind).

                               Pi = 3.14159265

Lemon meringue; home made, of course!

7. That same date (3/14) happens to be the birthdate of the late physicist Albert Einstein. I bet he knew the value of Pi. So...what do you think is more important and or valuable in life... intelligence or common sense?

Good question, Joyce!  One without the other is of very little good, is it?  I have heard that Einstein, although extremely intelligent, lacked some very basic common sense.  Yet, common sense can only go so far.  So, rather than choose one over the other, I would say a person would prefer to have a little of both to be a well-balanced individual.  

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Although I have been taking photos for years, I have just recently enrolled in  photography courses here in M√ľnchen.  The amazing thing is that have finally found courses in Germany in English!  I feel like I have won the lottery! 

The first course begins in two hours and I'm really looking forward to learning all I can about my camera and how to compose good photographs.  It will be fun to see what more I can do with the camera.


Maribeth said...

Oh how wonderful! A photography class!!! Have fun and enjoy!!!

Jill said...

I always wanted to take a photography class because I stink at taking pictures. Hope you enjoy it! : )

Joyce said...

You already take amazing pictures! How fun to find a class in English...'lucky you!' : ) Ha...kidding...I too said hard work is behind most of what appears to be luck.

Holly Ann said...

I liked your answer for #7 too. Well said. Enjoy your photography class!

Anonymous said...

Loved your response to #5. You are so right about working hard! I think, though, that sometimes I have been the one to think that another person is "lucky." I guess the trick to making things look like they're the result of luck is being very good at whatever it took to get you to that point. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes of our lives. Most people never get to witness the other side, eh?

Hope you're enjoying the class!

Michelle said...

Photography class sounds like fun.

Proverbs 31 Wannabe said...

I hope you had a great time at your photography class and that you get a lot out of it. I like taking pictures too, my kids are usually my subjects. I need to take more time to play around with it, though.

Anonymous said...

Good luck in your 1st photography class!

LynnMarie said...

Have fun at class and fell free to share with us if you want to. Good luck with the move.

Mary said...

Your answer to #1 was so sweet! It must be hard to be away from them!

Cathy said...

Have fun with your photography course and I hope you'll show us the results here!

April said...

As far as I'm concerned, Lemon Meringue Pie spells HEAVEN ON EARTH!

Sheena said...

Have fun in your class. That's EXCITING!

Capri K said...

I forgot all about lemon meringue!

Nanato4 said...

I like your answer to #7.

How exciting and fun - a photography course! I hope you share your homework with us. ;-)

Rachel Cotterill said...

Tricky to know what to do with a pot of gold... I'd probably book a holiday! :)