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26 Mar Posted by in Culture, Family Life | 3 comments

Ghosts in Germany? – Germans don’t believe… do you?

Ghosts in Germany? – Germans don’t believe… do you?

Now might be a good time to tell you that Germans don’t believe in ghosts. Or at least I haven’t met anyone yet who will admit that they do. We have an electricity problem in our house (among many other problems). The TVs will randomly go on and off. Kay’s laptop was going on and ...

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21 Mar Posted by in Family Life | Comments

Would the real Spring Shady, please stand up?

Would the real Spring Shady, please stand up?

Yesterday was the first day of spring… and with spring comes new beginnings. This is the first spring in quite some time that I can actually say the symbolism of new beginnings has bloomed within my personal life. When moving to a foreign country, changes, hardships, and a rollercoaster of emotions are only inevitable. I ...

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17 Mar Posted by in Family Life, Gardening | Comments

Growing a Green Thumb for St. Paddy’s Day

Growing a Green Thumb for St. Paddy’s Day

Today Kay and I engaged in hand-to-hand combat with none other than our backyard. We raked leaves, plucked weeds, accidentally tore up part of the yard (Kay went ballistic with a root pulling so hard about three square feet of the lawn peeled away from the ground. Grrr, Mr. Hulk) and then made a run ...

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15 Mar Posted by in Family Life, Language | 4 comments

A message from George Michael? But I can’t Return to Sender.

A message from George Michael? But I can’t Return to Sender.

Today, I went to get the mail, which is normally always done by Kay. I hate opening mail, let alone touching mail and with everything being in German, I can’t read it any way. But today, I found a little surprise mixed in with our mail. Ok…so uh… Is this solicitation? Well if it is, ...

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14 Mar Posted by in Family Life | 11 comments

I’m a People Person, Damnit!

I’m a People Person, Damnit!

Throughout life you meet all kinds of people with different values, priorities, beliefs, and extents to which they will fight for what they believe. Some people put a high priority on the environment, on animals, on material objects, and some people value their fellow humans most. I am not a person who believes in judging ...

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12 Mar Posted by in Family Life, Language | 1 comment

Nuckin’ Futs

Nuckin’ Futs

When I was in high school, two of my close friends and I would like to take people’s names and swap the first and/or second letter of the first and last name around. So I became Harah Sauser. There was Hegan Mearn and Chirginia Vapel. I’m glad we found this so amusing then because now ...

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The Golden Arches of Deutschland Go Green

The Golden Arches of Deutschland Go Green

Monday night conversation… Kay: I had the dumbest cashier lady at McDonald’s tonight. Me: What happened? Kay: I asked for the quarter pounder, which is known as the Royal Käse (Royal Cheese) in Germany, but it’s not on the official menu. Sophie: Interrupting in German…No clue what was said. Kay: And she didn’t know what ...

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05 Mar Posted by in Family Life, Technology | 8 comments

Have I turned our son into a TV addict?

Have I turned our son into a TV addict?

If you would have asked me last week, I would have most definitely said yes, my son is a TV addict. (Grandma, plug your ears…or in this case, close your eyes.) Let me preface this blog with openly admitting that writing this is extremely embarrassing for me. Our almost 16-month-old was waking up from his ...

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01 Mar Posted by in Culture, Family Life | 8 comments

Team Allowance or Team Pocket Money? – Whom do you support?

Team Allowance or Team Pocket Money? – Whom do you support?

My husband: Hey, did you see your younger brother’s post on Facebook? Me: No, why? My husband: He’s mad because… something about he doesn’t get an allowance this week? What’s an allowance again? Me: It’s when you get weekly money for doing chores. My husband: (Blank stare.) Me: Like taking out the trash, vacuuming, emptying ...

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29 Feb Posted by in Family Life, Language | 2 comments

Do I worry too much? – It’s supposed to be Play Time

Do I worry too much? – It’s supposed to be Play Time

If I have to ask the question, the answer is most probably yes. On Wednesday mornings I take my son to Spielgruppe, a local play group in my neighborhood. Last year, I tried going and became frustrated not knowing what was going on all the time with everything in German and just didn’t feel comfortable. ...

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