• Army,  Bavaria,  Europe,  Germany

    STANDARD GOVT ISSUED STAIRWELL

    One of the options we were given for housing when we arrived in Deutschland was the standard government owned off post multi-story design house with the spiral child wiping out staircase. On the face of it, it’s kind of blah, like many of the features in the home.  But like so many things in life–and life itself–it’s what you do with it that matters most. While enjoying a post-Christmas Christmas party at a friends house I spied this nugget looking up her staircase. Oh, I was in the stairwell after having just comforted Eva from wiping out on the stairs.  Kids love to walk down the inside of the spiral…

  • Army,  Bavaria,  Europe,  Germany

    TWO CONFIRMED KILLS

    There are many things I love about our 450 year old home but the mice are not one of them.  After three confirmed kills the previous week, I heard the little buggers racing through the walls above me as well as chewing the wall next to where we sleep.  Enough so that I was no longer sleeping. The next day I placed these three traps and had two confirmed kills the next day.  Guess what I did not hear last night–racing and gnawing.

  • Army,  Bavaria,  Europe,  Germany,  Travel

    THE RIDE HOME

    Not sure when it’s going to wear off, but still appreciating the drive between post and home. There were so many things to love about living in Pinehurst and North Carolina (and the kids will tell you what those are every day), but one thing that brings me much inner peace in Deutschland is a return to living in a place that has that Vermont beauty.  And Bayern (how the Deutsche refer to Bavaria) has it. There is no less than ten spots along this road where I see the perfect photograph and to my mom’s chagrin, I wait for the perfect light and then try to capture that perfect…

  • Army,  Bavaria,  Bicycling,  Europe,  Germany

    AUTUMN IN EUROPE

    OCTOBER 21, 2019 We arrived 15 July and this was the first day the entire family was able to ‘take it easy’ (okay, it was the first day Jules was able to take it easy with the rest of us). We took advantage of the lazy day by taking a ten mile bicycle ride along the Naab river.  Note that Acadia is on the sidewalk while Hunter and Eva ride in the street.  Deutsche law. Some of the country roads are bicycle, pedestrian, horse only.  Some allow automobile traffic.  Regardless, you can navigate along these roads with very little traffic.  However when those few cars appear, you can guarantee they…

  • 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…