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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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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pin This!

I love photography and I am always looking for ways to come up with a new idea for a photo gift or display.  Here is one I found on Pinterest that would be so fun to give to a mother.  The actual display would be wonderful, but a set of note cards with this photo as the cover would make her day!

Here is another idea for a cute photo for mom and daughter.  It could be displayed in both a tot's room or a mom's room.  I suppose you could do the same photo every few years to show progression and what a keepsake it would make for your daughter or her daughter!

Wouldn't this be a wonderful photo of twins in these shirts?  I love it!

Or, if you don't have twins, you can always reach for one of these! (just kidding).

I think a photo like this for the bride in your family is a must.  How cute it this?

If you haven't found Pinterest yet, you must go now and search it out.  There are lots of good ideas for just about anything.  Art, travel, decorating, baking, flower arranging, and heaps of other fun categories.  There are new ideas and inspiration every day.  Have fun and let me know if you join (it's free) so I can visit your pins.  If you're already a member, forward your pin name so I can follow you!

Tis Done!

Well, it is finished.  The afghan I began nearly one year ago is finally done.  I have knitted this on planes, at knitting group, at night while watching German TV, and various other places.  It has traveled to Australia, the United States, France, and Italy to name a few.  It has been knitted, re-knitted,  unraveled, and bundled.  It was made for my son and his wife and they are thrilled with it.  Their couches are grey and chair with ottoman is red.   Just the right length and width to toss over you for a winter's nap.  

Although I knit and crochet, this project was knitted. 

Now, on to the next project.  A knitted sweater for my granddaughter.  Soon to be posted.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wednesday's Hodgpodge

1. July is National Ice Cream Month...your favorite flavor? Soft serve, hand dipped or frozen yogurt-which do you prefer? And technically yogurt is not ice cream but its hot outside so I'll let that slide for today.

We live so close to Italy that many of the small villages in our area have the "REAL" Italian gelato.  There's nothing to compare.  Strawberry is my favorite.

2. When you travel do you tend to pack too much or too little?

I have lost count of the number of flights I have taken over the last 12 years since I've been married to my husband.  A 100 or more would be my guess.  One year alone,  while he was working a globally, we flew over 30 times.   Packing doesn't get any easier the more you travel either.  It's often too much or too little.  Rarely do I come back home saying, "I took just the right amount!"  One thing I have learned to do over the years, however,  is take a nearly empty suitcase to leave room for purchases.  Now a days, you have to go to some very remote places on the planet not to find what you need in a pinch, so I rarely sweat it if I've forgotten a toothbrush or a sweater.

3. What's your favorite cleaning product?

Vinegar and water with newspaper does a killer job on the windows!

4. What's the greater tragedy-an innocent person imprisoned or a guilty person set free? Explain.

First, let me tell you that there are no guilty people in prison.  Trust me.  I worked as a teacher for about three years at a State Penitentiary and I never met one guilty man, seriously.  Everyone's innocent.   Just ask them!  I would see theft in prison with my own eyes and still..... they were innocent.  However, a TRULY innocent person is the greater tragedy, methinks.

5. What's the longest trip you've taken by car?

From Ohio to Mexico via Oklahoma to work one summer as a missionary building an orphanage.  Total miles?  2934.72 for a total of 44.18  hours according to Map quest.  Ridiculously Insane.

6. tennis-golf-canoeing-biking...pick one.

Golf, hands down.

7. What sound drives you crazy?

The sound of teeth running across styrofoam cups.  My teeth in particular.  Horrid!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I have been in the U.S. since May 15th!  This is the longest stay yet.  My husband, after a trip to Machu Picchu on May 20th ,came to the states to stay with me for one week and then left on May 27th.  It has been crazy being away from him this long.  We Skype each day, telephone, and email but it isn't the same.  His emails are getting more and more desperate. I only have six more days until I return to Munich and we can be together again.  I have seen everyone I need to see.  I have taken care of all of the household repairs and updates.  I have even finished an afghan for my son and his wife that I started over a year ago!  Time to return home to my sweet, sweet husband.  Absence surely does make the heart grow fonder!