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Discover sources for hard-to-find neccessities

The older you get the harder it is to give up certain habits. There are more and more things that you feel you just can't do without.

My *neccessities* are mostly physical in nature: I need to swim and sweat in the sauna at least once a week. And I need to eat plain yogurt, bread and cereal made from very few, all natural ingredients.

medium_vollkorn.jpgSwimming and sauna were easy to find - we signed up with Spiece Fitness. Dannon plain, all-natural yogurt is available in most grocery stores. Finding bread and cereal, that would be acceptable, was a bit harder.

Ordering online, imported from Germany, is very expensive. Buying imported food at Meijer's is still a bit salty. Finding US made food in local stores is the real deal.

I recommend Bob's Red Mill Muesli, which I buy at Kroger on 601 E. Dupont Rd., and Rubschlager Sunflower Bread, available at The Fresh Market on 6306 W. Jefferson Blvd.   

Also, for homoepathic remedies, fair-trade coffee and tee, organic food - or just a dose of *feel at home* - be sure to check out Three River's Co-op Natural Grocery at 1602 Sherman Blvd.


We planted a tree

Trees are an ancient symbol for many things. Firm roots, strong branches, steady growth, giving shelter, supplying food. When you plant a tree, you demonstrate that this is your own land. You strike root for years to come. You show confidence in a prosperous future.

medium_appletree.2.jpgSo, today Tom and I went and bought an appletree. We carefully selected one that would survive cold winters. We looked for healthy leaves on flexible branches.

Our tree will produce gala apples after a while. It was getting dark already when we finally found some time to plant it. Tom dug a hole, Mollie watered the tree, and I had to take pictures of the event.



About Alejandra wanting to go back to Germany

Now, most parents want to hang on to their kids as long as possible. Especially mothers, since we feel like children are actually just another part of our body, now matter how old they are.

But most parents also know that they will have to let their children go, sooner or later. We try our best to educate them, make them strong and able to take care of themselves. And then, when they feel strong enough, and able to take care of themselves, we start wishing they would be a little weaker for a little longer.

My daughter didn't want to move to the USA. And she still doesn't want to be here. She has her mind set on moving back to Germany, Munich, Neuperlach - as soon as school's out. I wish she would at least finish highschool here, then maybe go to college in Germany, but she doesn't want to do that.

Why would my daughter want to go back to Germany?

  • public transportation takes her anywhere
  • she may drink a beer or two in a bar
  • with parents' consent, she can legally live on her own
  • all her friends are there
  • her dad lives there
  • university is (almost) free

Why do I think she should stay in the USA for at least one more year?

  • she would be done with highschool two years earlier
  • she could get a driver's license right now
  • school is a lot easier here, her grades are way better
  • moneywise she'd be better off staying with me
  • she can't get into bars before she is 21
  • building a future is easier in the USA than in Germany

Since I have always been a strong supporter of letting everybody live their own life (and make their own mistakes), I now have to face the consequences and let my daughter go thru with her plans. So, after long talks about the pros and cons, I decided to let her go (still hoping she'll change her mind).


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We moved into our house

Good Friday is one of the few holidays widely respected in the USA, so I got a day off work. Unpaid, of course, but at least free to do whatever. We made good use of this three-day weekend and moved most of our stuff out of the rented apartment into our own house. Tom, Mollie and I stayed at the house while Alejandra preferred to sleep in the apartment one more night. medium_daffodils.jpeg

The weather was very cooperative, nice and sunny, and pretty yellow daffodils were growing in our backyard to extend a warm welcome. My knees and back are aching, I can hardly move, probably because of carrying too many boxes with heavy stuff in and out of garages and up and down stairs.

Feels good to be sleeping in my own bed again, after three and a half months. There's still a lot to do in and around the house, but we're not that much in a rush anymore. I'll unpack one or two boxes per day, Tom might clean up the yard and the garage, we'll build a cabinet for Ted and storage shelves in the basement.  There will be more time to sit down outside, on the patio, or inside, by the fireplace, and enjoy.


Talking about gas prices...

It seems like some things are just the same world-wide: like the things that people talk/worry about the most.

It was the price of gas in Germany - and it still is the price of gas in the USA.

medium_benzinpreis.3.jpegThe only difference is the proportions people are talking about. 

Taking into consideration that in Germany the price is Euros per Liter, whereas in the USA it is Dollars per Gallon, and looking at an exchange rate of about 1.20 Dollars to the Euro - you still end up with gas being half price in the USA.

But then, people need to drive twice as much. So you end up even again.

The best thing (in my opinion) would be to stop using fossile fuel alltogether. There's plenty of alternatives available. medium_gasprize.2.jpg

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