First of all, Happy Easter to you all. It’s an odd holiday this year, as none of us is able to spend the holiday with our families. We’re stuck at home, praying for the World to return to better health.
But on this Blessed Day, I wanted to remember a few of the things that I am grateful for.
1. Amanda, Matt, Savannah, and Quinn. They make me so happy and I feel so lucky to have them in my life.
2. Jack. We’ve shared 32 years of marriage and shared so much along the way.
3. My dogs Arnie and Anneliese and Lili.
4. My home. I am warm and have food and my bills are paid. Right now I feel very lucky.
5. Weight Watchers. I feel so fortunate to have this program that is helping me reach my weight and fitness goals.
6. My cousin, Janet, me and my sister Mel. How very thankful I am to have these women in my life. I have a couple more cousins that are so special and so loved. Our family is small, but a good and loving one.
7. The living breathing nature around me. We have Doe’s come each year to have their fawns in our field. It is a beautiful thing to see.
Here are just a few things about Germany or from Germany that I love.
1. Shortly after the Berlin Wall fell, we went over to Berlin, Germany. The biggest thrill for me was climbing the Berlin Wall, without the fear of being shot! Yes, that struggling woman is me, being pulled up by Jack.
2. Here I am standing on top of The Wall, with The Brandenburg Gate (German: Brandenburger Tor) behind me. What a day that was! I loved it!!!
3. A few years later here I am standing where the Wall once was, with my dearest friend and sister in the soul, Uschi.
4. This was back in the early 1990’s. This is my friend’s Wire-haired dackel, the first and original Shubi. I spoke no Doggy German, and he understood no Doggy English, but it was love at first sight!
5. My darling Uschi and I enjoying some wonderful Greek food at our favorite Greek Restaurant in Berlin. We both had Gyros with ice-cold beers.
6. My darling Shubi. She was my first, sweetest, wire-haired dackel. She helped heal my heart and soul. What a loving girl. She was from Landshut, Germany.
7. Me with baby Greta. She was only 18 months here and already a little cuddle bug. Greta was from Rehden, Germany.
Happy March 2020!
Here is this week’s list of things I love.
2. Me and Uschi in Berlin.
3. The flag of my Country.
4. Pickling Cucumbers from my garden.
5. Newborn Dackel Puppies.
6. Dackel cuddles while I nap.
7. Walking through a Bavarian forest.
This week I am concentrating on seven of my favorite bird photographs. Since starting my bird feeding, I have been engrossed in watching them and photographing them. They bring such joy to my life. Here are a few of my pictures. I hope you enjoy them.
1. Mr. Cardinal
2. Mr. Blue Jay
3. Mrs. Downy Woodpecker.
4. Another Cardinal.
5. Mr. Hairy Woodpecker
6. Mr. Downy Woodpecker in the storm.
7. Mr. Downy Woodpecker. He is my favorite.
1. French Onion Soup. Made with Gruyere Cheese and baked until the cheese browns. Totally worth the time to make and so very yummy!
2. Wiener Schnitzel with potato pancakes and asparagus. A favorite German meal, but one I do not cook too often.
3. Lobster. As I have said, Lobster is my all-time favorite! I would eat it more often if it weren’t so expensive.
4. Chocolate dipped strawberries. Does it get any better than this?
5. Peppermint Bark. I remember the first time I tried it. Soooo good! And it is now a lifelong addiction!
6. Pizza. Almost any kind. My actual favorite is Eggplant Pizza. My least favorite is Pepperoni.
7. Ribs! I love barbecue ribs. I have a recipe for the best barbecue ribs and I used to make it often. Now I am on WW I think I won’t be eating these much at all.
Well, here is this week’s list. I decided to make it a list of some of my favorite foods. What about you?
It’s my Sunday meme day. Seven Things I Love. Here is this week’s list!
1. Apple Blossoms. So delicate, fragrant and beautiful.
2. Peach Blossoms. They fill our yard in spring on our lovely peach trees.
3. A Bee pollinating the apple trees. I always love watching this happen. It is part of the growing season.
4. A sign for every season. This sign is near my home. I always laugh when I see it!
5. A basket that was full of my garden vegetables. I grew all of those! I miss my garden.
6. Lilacs. My favorite flower is lovely and the scent cannot be mistaken for anything else. How I wish they made Lilac perfume or air fresheners.
7. The most beautiful rainbow on my lake. Yes, I took this picture myself. It was so beautiful that day.
My homemade Peach Jam. It’s an old recipe from Jack’s mother that I have made my own.
Apples. There is nothing like going outside in your back yard and picking a fresh apple off of the tree. I love apples!
A brilliant sunset over my lake in the summer. One thing about living above a lake is that you experience all sorts of beauty. Sunsets are really amazing here!
Snow on a tulip in early spring. Every once in awhile, Mother Nature sends us snow, even after our Spring flowers have bloomed. Still, there is beauty in it.
This Noah’s Ark was my grandfather’s. He brought it from Germany to the USA in 1906 when his family emigrated. He and his father came through Ellis Island in New York and they were greeted by my great Uncle Albert. The entire family came here a few at a time, as they saved the money for the ship fare.
As a child, I was allowed to play with this at my grandmother’s home in Brighton, Massachusetts. I had to play quietly and carefully and I was filled with pride that I was trusted. Years later my Mom asked me if I wanted this? Absolutely! I cherish it!
Mother Greta with two of her children. Left to right, Arnie, Anneliese, & Greta. I have always loved this picture. I had the privilege to watch Greta give birth. And then I have had the joy to have shared with her the raising of these two pups. Now she is gone and I have her two children to comfort me.
Autumn on my lake. I mean, does it get any more beautiful than this? Each day during the month of October I just love the changing leaves and the cool crisp air of Autumn. It’s what makes my little corner of New England so very special!
I was driving around town this morning on the way to get our mail, and I began thinking of all the little things that bring me joy. So, I thought I would start a new meme. I will jot down a few things each Sunday and hope that perhaps, these are some of your favorite things as well.
Puppies! Here are Arnie and Anneliese. They were the sweetest puppies ever! But I do love puppies and dogs and feel the purity of their love.
Lobster! Need I say more!
Fresh summer Butter & Sugar Corn on the Cob!
Walks in the Bavarian forests.
This is me with a dear friend. He is no longer with us, but I think of him so often and the walks we took in the forest and also going to hunt mushrooms!
Sunset on my Lake Waukewan.
A phone call from someone I love.
Beer. German Beer!
My favorite German beer is Andechs! That is what I am drinking in this stein.
Stay tuned each Saturday for new loves and pictures. Have a wonderful weekend!