Friday, July 31, 2009
Last April I bought a 4.99€ gardenia from IKEA and have been encouraging this little beauty to grow and bloom. And she did.
When we lived in Hawaii from 1988-1992 on Hickam Air Force Base, there was a huge gardenia plant growing outside my neighbor's kitchen window. Since we lived in a duplex, it was as if the shrub was outside my window as well. It regularly produced amazingly beautiful and large flowers. I can remember sitting with a cup of coffee in our little kitchen with the glass levered windows cranked open, the light gardenia perfume on the trade winds blowing through, and Jack sitting in his high chair while pushing Cheerios around his tray. I wonder what I might say to that young wife and mother if I could go back to her now.
Nonetheless, witnessing this gardenia's valiant effort to bloom is where it's at.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Yesterday, the girls and I went out to get some shopping done. Both are getting ready for school while Joe is at Boy Scout Camp this week. Each of them found a pair of shoes for school, a lovely cardigan sweater for early fall, and a dress. Me? I found a tablecloth. Really?!
Admittedly, I tried on MANY different shoes, but I didn't fall in love with any of them. Oh sure, some of them I liked an awful lot, but I want to be smarter with our budget and am waiting to really fall in love with the perfect everyday pair. To be fair - I did fall in love with a pair of butter-soft Max & Co flats - but the fit was a bit off.
No way I could say the day was a waste - the girls and I had fun together, took our time, and enjoyed each others company; tons of sparkle in that!
Having the freedom to shop for shoes with the women I love is where it's at.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
My latest accomplishment was a quilt I designed and quickly put together. I haven't done anything like this one... it's more like an "I Spy" piece. I have worked with this tumbler pattern before, but never in such a detailed structure as this one.
Deciding to not have any two fabrics the same (really?), meant I needed to have a boatload of unique materials. I thoroughly exhausted my scrap baskets and still needed to purchase some additional fabrics.
As much murmuring as I might do, I truly love the design work and looking for the most contrast between any two pieces. If it were possible, I'd leave the cutting to someone else, but it's a necessary evil of this hobby.
I am very happy that the borders look so fun with the continued tumbler pattern - I think it adds movement to the overall design.
Anyway, I know where the flaws are and won't be sharing those details with any of you! Bad me.
Designing with textiles as a road to inner-peace is totally where it's at.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
We had a terrific trip into town and before we arrived Marie had put together an awesome game plan. Top priorities were taken care of first .... shopping! After much success, we took the metro to Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.
Due to some infrastructure upgrades, we took a bus to the nearest working RER stop - which took us to La Tour Eiffel. Talk about spectacular! We strolled down the wide promenade along the River Seine as our approach to such an iconic global attraction. The tower is quite magnificent and well worth the effort. Quite frankly, I couldn't believe we had my dad there with us - it was such a treat to see him there with some of his grandchildren.
From there, we took the metro to the Arc de Triomphe. It is such a site with so much traffic circling the round-about and the 12 different avenues that feed into it. Super cool.
By that time we were ready for some yummy eats. The best pizza we've had since arriving in Germany has been the pizza served at Antonio's in Paris just 20 meters from the Wagram metro stop. We'd been salivating all day just thinking about it. Unfortunately, it was closed at 3pm on Monday. Nuts! We "made do" with a super yummy bacon cheeseburger and fries at a bistro just down the block. One of my dad's favorite moments, "Now I've eaten french fries in France."
It was then time to head back to the train station to return home to Heidelberg. It was a quick day, but well worth the trip. I'm so glad the kids could get there again before school started and my dad could join us.
Paris with family is definately where it's at.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
On Saturday we went to the Frankfurt Germany Temple with the youth group. We had a lovely time there and it was terrific to be inside the temple with the almost all our family (Jack won't return from Russia until November).
And since we were in Frankfurt, we just had to stop at the hauptbahnhof (central train station) and get a plate of our favorite noodles. Good eats for sure.
Sunday I put a pork roast in the slow cooker; when it was ready we served it with fried potatoes and green beans for Sunday dinner. It's not glamorous, but it's what we're doing here.
Everyday life with my people is where it's at.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The history of John's bikes ....
Approaching the finish line!
On our way to a cycling event.
Anyway ... Moving to Germany has afforded us too many wonderful opportunities to count. I truly feel so damn lucky. Anyway, we're at one of those points this week. John and Joe are driving to France tomorrow to watch Stage 13 of the Tour de France! Impossible! Holy cow!
Go Team Argyle!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Designing a depressing birthday is not where it's at.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
We came upon this riding group - must have had legs of iron to move along the mountains.
To celebrate the Fourth of July - John, Joe, and grandpa went on a 30 mile bike ride. How much fun is that? They took some good pics.
Hay bales announcing a raspberry and strawberry celebration (north of Heidelberg about 10km)
Grandpa and Joe - by Lake Something (shrug)
To wrap up the day, we went to one of the Army bases near Mannheim for some local entertainment and some really bad carny food. The downside is that deep-fried-onion-rings smell in the air. The upside is being there with my family.
Marie, Flower, Joe, Grandpa, & John in the back row. Parking our bikes at the end of the Hauptstrasse/Bismarkplatz
I think Marie is so pretty.
Flower and Grandpa - don't they look like they're having a good time?
At the end of the day, we took the #5 strassebahn back to the Bismarkplatz and rode our bikes home ... no traffic jams for us!American holidays as an ex-pat with my family is where it's at.