• Army,  Bavaria,  Germany,  Travel

    WHEN IN ROME

    The Autobahn whispers to you, ‘drive me’. The Toyota Sienna whispers back, ‘okay, but not too fast’. So one of the perks of being a United States military family who has a permanent change of station from the United States to Deutschland is they pay to ship one vehicle to your new duty station.  One of the disadvantages of being a United States military family who has a permanent change of station from the United States to Deutschland is they do not pay to ship your second vehicle to your new duty station.  #FirstWorldProblems Side note.  I heard someone complaining the other day they weren’t made of money.  So much…

  • Bavaria,  Europe,  Germany

    WHERE GOOD BAKING STARTS

    28 OCTOBER 2019 Okay.  A lot going on in this photograph. The original purpose was to capture my method for softening butter for baking.  I place it in a bowl and then lay the bowl on the one floor in our home with radiant heat.  Actually works pretty well. But the photograph also does a good job of capturing our inner courtyard.  The courtyard is great when it’s warm because it’s one of the few outdoor places in Deutschland where the bees don’t bother you. Finally, you’ll notice the flags hanging from the rafters.  Hunter’s disappointed that we do not have the Vermont, North Carolina, and Bayern flags but that’s…

  • Army,  Europe,  ExPat,  Germany,  Travel

    CHILDREN’S TOYS

    Until the end of my days our Pinehurst home will haunt me.  It was everything.  It was new, it had custom detail like crown molding, it had space for everyone, it had luxury well beyond what one needs or expects from a home. And one of those things was the new LG front loading washer and dryer I purchased when we moved into the home as the first owners.  When compiling my due diligence on washers and dryers, size was a factor.  As a family of five I do not enjoy doing 28 loads of laundry a week.  The chances of giving one of our children up for adoption remains…

  • Army,  Europe,  Germany,  Travel

    MUNICH FLUGHAFEN – Flying in Style

    Talk about history repeating itself. I am grateful for the childhood my mother and father provided.  It is that childhood of cartrips, trans-Pacific flights, planned and spontaneous trip taking that fostered a curiosity I have never been able to cure.  I love new cities, new states, new countries, new lakes, new oceans, new cultures, new people, new restaurants, new beaches, new adventures, new sunsets, new waterfalls, new hiking, new vistas, new things to learn! And as part of that childhood traveling I was exposed to a world of luxury well above what my middle class upbringing could afford–courtesy of travel perks. As an expediter for General Electric my father traveled…

  • Army,  Bavaria,  Europe,  ExPat,  Germany

    HALLOWEEN DEUTSCHE STYLE

    Talk to one German neighbor and they tell you, ‘of course we celebrate Halloween’. Talk to the next German neighbor and they tell you they do not celebrate the ‘American’ holiday. Who knows.  What I do know is our Deutsche neighbors enjoyed the spider and web we placed on the side of our house, the skeleton holding his head on our front door, and of course the jack-o-lanterns in the window next to our wood pile. We ended up trick or treating with friends on an American street in a nearby village to ensure the kids were able to celebrate Halloween American style but the next day a few of…