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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, September 28, 2011


I have been vacationing and it has been difficult to keep up with Joyce's mime, but this week I am back and I intend to give it my all.  If you care to join, just click on the badge above and give it a go.  I'm sure you will enjoy it.

1. It is officially fall here in North America...I realize not everyone who participates in the Hodgepodge lives in North America but if you do, what's your favorite memory of Summer 2011? If you're not in North America, what's your favorite memory of the season just ending on your side of the world?
My favorite memory of the summer of 2011 would have to be the time I spent with my son's and their families back home in the U.S.  Because I live far away from the family back in Ohio, my best memories are of the times I can be with them.

2. Your favorite nut? You know I mean the edible kind, right?
I am not a nut person, but of all of them, I would say cashews.
3. What activity puts your sense of balance to the test?

Anything having to do with descending stairs, hills, or mountains.  I've torn my meniscus in my left knee more times than I want to admit to and this is the activity that puts me off kilter the most.  Other than that, I'm game to try anything, at least once.

4. How would you describe your sense of humor?
Hum, I tend to find humor in slapstick and love it when people don't take themselves too seriously.  I'm awful at telling jokes, but as a former high school teacher, I am pretty good at finding humor in almost any situation.  Laughing is good for you!

5. September 28th is National Ask a Stupid Question Day...what's your stupid question?

Always wanted to know why there is Braille at the drive thru ATM's?
6. Roller skates~hula hoop~jump rope...which activity would you most enjoy? Yes, you have to choose.

Most certainly hula hoop--the meniscus thing again.

7. What's your most sentimental possession?

Any piece of jewelry my husband buys for me as a surprise is going to qualify.  These pieces mean so much to me because he gave them to me from the heart.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Can the Christmas holidays only be 87 days away?  How did that happen?  OH!  Happy Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) today to all of my Jewish friends!


blueviolet said...

You make such a good point about the Braille at the drive-thru ATM machines. That makes no sense at all!

So sweet about your hubby's gifts. :)

Joyce said...

87 days??!! Aaaagh!

Thanks for the comment for my niece!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Great answers today....being with family when living so far is the best of memories to make.

Hope you have a wonderful day full of laughter !

Christine said...

Never understood the ATM thing myself!

Happy Hump Day!


Michelle said...

I loved your answer to #5. So true!

Have a wonderful day!

Tammy Doane said...

Laughter is the best medicine. Only 87 days till Christmas--OMG!!

Anonymous said...

Braille in bank drive-thrus...hmmm...interesting thought there!!!

As far as Christmas...hush yourself! I don't even want to think about shopping!!!

Mary said...

Why DO they have Braille at drive thrus?? :D
Thanks for reminding me that I'd better get busy for Christmas!

Amiee said...

Since I have never seen anyone "walk" up to an ATM at a drive-thru, I wonder the same thing!

That's wonderful that you got to spend time with your family this summer :)

Love Bears All Things said...

Thanks for visiting "Bears st Home".

Enjoyed your answers and your photos are beautiful.
Mama Bear

Theresa said...

I never thought about the braille at drive through ATMs. Good question though!
I look forward to reading more about your life in Europe.

Amy said...

Thanks for stopping by yesterday.. It is nice to meet you.. I love your Family picture.. I really Christmas is so close to being here.. They already have stuff up int he stores and we have not even had Halloween yet.. I guess next year it will be out with the school supplies..

LG said...

Hi, thanks for the visit. It's almost 2012 - how did that happen so fast??? Indeed....
HAve a great est of FAll 2011...

Happy Homemaker UK said...

It is great to connect with another expat :) I enjoyed your answers - hope you had a wonderful vacation. Your newest follower, XOLaura

Sally said...

Thanks for stopping by (I love it when you comment - you are always so sweet!) - your question about braille is definitely a good one! And ack - now I'm hyperventilating about Christmas! AIYIYIYIYI!!! Have a blessed week!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I discovered and signed up to follow your blog as a result of your comment on my wife's and my VivalaVoyage.com travel photo site. I look forward to reading more of your experiences in the future.

I was interested to see your vacation in Sardinia. We have not been there. We have talked about spending extended time in Europe after we retire.

My son is an expat, an American living in Argentina, and he used to blog about it.