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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, April 27, 2011


We are in the middle of Spring Break here in München, Germany.  Families are on vacation and the kiddies don't start school until Monday, May 2nd. Most everyone will celebrate May Day in their villages on Sunday.  We don't have school age children with us here in Germany, they have all grown up and some have children of their own.  But we will be very busy on May 2nd, nevertheless.  Our movers come on the 2nd and will return on the 3rd to take all of our household belongings to our new residence here in München. It will be fun to start again in a new apartment.  

I will not join in "Wednesday's Hodgepodge" next week due to unpacking, but I will try to join in the following week. Joyce outdid herself again and provided us with  delightful questions to ponder this week.  I had great fun with these. Join in by clicking on the badge above to join in.

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1. What is something that bothers you if it is not done perfectly?

Mani's and Pedi's.  Fortunately, I have found an excellent nail tech who is diligent and knows just how I like my finger nails and toes done.  The best part is that I only have to go once a month when she does them and every sixth visit is free!

              Ooops!  This is hubby's foot, not mine.

2. What is one of your best childhood memories?

My parents owned a recreation complex in our city back when I was a child. It was called, Toledo Swim Club.   In the summer we swam from sun up to sun down and all of our friends were from the swim club.We joined the swim team, diving team, played basketball, volleyball, handball, and all sorts of organized games.  There was never a dull moment and we were physically active constantly in the summer months. The best part was that our parents were there every day with us.  We have great childhood memories of being there all summer long.

3. Do you plan to watch the Royal Wedding and when was the last time you wore a hat?

Yes, I will be watching it with anticipation.  I have been invited to a "Royal Wedding Party," here in Munich by the women in the Munich International Women's Club of Munich.  The women from Great Britain are gathering to celebrate the nuptials.  The women are required to wear dresses or suits and hats.  (I hope to take photos and post them for you all to see.)  

I wore a hat (floppy one) yesterday when we visited Bad Tolz here in Germany.  The sun was very bright and it kept my face from burning.

4. Where do you fall in the birth order in your family? Do you think this has influenced your personality?

First.  I was five years older than my sister and brother (twins).  I was asked to help out a lot when I was only 5 and I think it made me more responsible at a very young age.  

5. Where do you think you spend most of your money?

I don't have to "think" about it, I "know" where most of it goes -- to travel!  We have children and grandchildren in two other continents and we live in the third.  It makes seeing one another very expensive.  Plus, we have committed to taking each of our 10 grandchildren on a trip of their choosing.  One went to China, one to Hawaii, one to Europe, and the next will go to Australia next year.  That leaves six more to go!  

Other than that, it goes primarily to investments and retirement funds.  We hope the future will leave us a little nest egg.

6. When you need to confront someone would you rather communicate in person, on the phone, by email or by letter? Why?

Email is the worst way to confront someone. They can always twist your words to suit their purpose.  Telephone is the second worst way to confront a person because you don't see their face and non-verbal cues are just as important as verbal ones.  The only effective way, in my opinion, to confront someone is face - to - face; that way, there can be no misunderstandings.  

7. Dodge ball, freeze tag, kickball or jump rope? You have to pick one.

Jump rope--once upon a time.  

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I have a very big birthday coming at the end of this summer. I told my husband that I didn't want a party and I don't need any gifts.  He asked if I would like to go on a trip with him.  I said, "Yes, please!"  (See what I mean about money & travel?) 

He will not tell me where we are going. It is going to be a surprise.  All I know is that we will be somewhere for one week.  Other than that, I will just have to trust him, which I do.  Actually, he is much more adventurous than I am so it could be just about anywhere, doing anything.  I hope I can hold out and wait; I am so, so curious!


Formerly known as Frau said...

Surprise trip for your birthday sounds amazing! I think it is so cool what your doing with your grandkids it's something they will cherish forever. Have a wonderful Spring Break.

Joyce said...

I'd like to be one of your grandchildren : ) How fun to have a surprise to look forward to for your birthday.

Good luck with the move! I'll look forward to seeing pics of the wedding party too.

Nanato4 said...

Oh wow! What a special birthday you'll have this year!

And I love the idea of taking each of your grandchildren on a trip of their choosing ... what fun that will be for the grandkids and you!

Tammy Doane said...

Don't forget to post pics of the wedding party.
Happy Early Birthday---
Rest and Relax after the move!!! Could I be adopted as one of your grandchildren..

Kathy said...

Wow, you Do spend a lot on travel, don't you? In your case, thank God for airplanes :)

Good luck with the move. I hate to move...

A surprise birthday trip sounds like the best kind of present!!!

Kathy said...

Wow, you Do spend a lot on travel, don't you? In your case, thank God for airplanes :)

Good luck with the move. I hate to move...

A surprise birthday trip sounds like the best kind of present!!!

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

A birthday trip sounds wonderful. A few years ago my husband and I decided we'd rather "do something" for celebrations than "buy something" for each other. We have plenty of stuff - but memories are priceless. We've gotten away from that - too busy and too lazy - but you've energized me again on that idea. (I'm going to start planning now :-D)

Susan said...

You childhood summers sound magical! What fun!
And your birthday surprise trip sounds so exciting! I always do the trip planning in our family, so it would be a special treat to have a surprise like that.

sterlingsop said...

Great answers!! I hope your husband takes you somewhere really special for your birthday. Enjoy the wedding on Friday :)

sterlingsop said...

Great answers!! I hope your husband takes you somewhere really special for your birthday. Enjoy the wedding on Friday :)

April said...

Have fun with moving and getting all settled in...sure wish we were to that point! Wow...a surprise trip somewhere with your hubby! The anticipation must be overwhelming! Can't wait to hear all about it when the cat's out of the bag!

Jenny said...

Oooh, a surprise trip! That would be awesome. I can't wait to hear about it! :)

Jill said...

I totally agree with you on #6, and that foot picture really had me going for a minute! : )

auburnchick said...

Would it be bad to say that I am very envious of your many travels. You are so generous to take your grandchildren on trips. I'll bet that if asked what their favorite childhood memories were, they'll say those trips.

Good luck with the move! Hope everything goes smoothly!

Betty said...

Wow! You are lucky to be so well off to take so many trips. I can only wish...and live through other peoples travels. That´s why I like blogging. :)
LOL at your hubby´s foot! haha

Cathy said...

Love your travel plans with each grandchild. So cool! And a surprise trip for you birthday is so neat. I think I'm jealous. lol

Bobbi said...

Ooo...how romantic is THAT?! What a sweet husband!

Have fun at the royal wedding party!!!

Nel said...

What a fun surprise birthday! And that is so cool the travels with your grandkids! Making memories that is what it is about.
until next time... nel

The Henry Crew! said...

I would like to volunteer to be one of your grandchildren! :-) Seriously - what a wonderful idea! And I can't wait to hear what your hubs comes up with for your birthday! What a fun surprise! have fun at your watch-the-wedding party!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That's a great deal on the pedicure! I am jealous, I want to go to that party. Have a wonderful time. I can't wait to watch it. I will be up at 2:30am. I love all the blues in your header. Enjoy the rest of your week.