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get the Christmas tree set up

medium_XMasTree.jpgThis is America, and it would be perfectly legal to have a fake plastic pre-decorated Christmas tree sitting in the family room. I don't think I could ever do that though. I'd rather not have a tree at all.

So we drove to Menards and bought a scottish pine, 7 feet tall, with thick branches and long needles. All the ornaments we brought from Germany work just fine on it, except the real wax candles and the red glass top piece.

Now the living room is filled with pine scent. At night we have a fire on in the fireplace and the glowing twinkle of 70 little LED lights on our tree. To make it perfect all we'd need would be some cold and snow outside.

13:10 Posted in 06, Having Fun | Permalink | Comments (0)


visit Christkindlmarket in Chicago

Towards the end of November we have many reasons to celebrate. There is Tom's and my Wedding Anniversary, then there is Thanksgiving, medium_XmasChicago.jpegand then my birthday - which was my 50th this year.

On our wedding anniversary we drank that bottle of 10-year-old Rioja, which we had brought from Germany.

For Thanksgiving Becky hosted the traditional family turkey feast for roughly 20 people. And for my 50th birthday Tom and I drove to Chicago.

We had lunch at Glünz Bavarian Haus. Delicious Käsespätzle with a small salad, and Hofbräu beer and cranberry-Schorle for drinks. After that we went for a stroll across Daley Plaza and the Christkindlmarket. It was too warm for Glühwein, actually, but we still had to have some - because that's the tradition.   

10:15 Posted in 06, Having Fun | Permalink | Comments (0)


go for a walk in the woods

Today was one of the few Sundays which was not filled with all kinds of *work* to do. And the weather was perfect for a walk in the woods. Cool, but not too cold. Damp, but not raining or snowing. We even had a little bit of November sun peaking thru.

So we took Armani out to the Bicentennial Woods Nature Preserve. 200 year old oaks, maples, and sassafras trees - all left to themselves. The only interruption being the river and a 2.3 mile long trail for people. We should have worn orange caps, because hunting season is in full swing. But Tom didn't think about it, and I didn't know about it.


18:41 Posted in 06, Having Fun | Permalink | Comments (0)


get ready for Halloween


Leaves are falling, it's cold and nasty outside, and everybody starts preparations for the holiday season. The stores have their Halloween stuff right next to the Christmas stuff, looks kinda funny.

I wanted Tom to make one of his delicious pumpkin pies, so I had to go get a big pumpkin, scrape the inside out with our icecream scoop, and then carve the face with my pocket knife.

Will be interesting to see how many trick-or-treaters we get - let's hope we don't run out of candy. 

16:35 Posted in 06, Having Fun | Permalink | Comments (2)


Iceskating in July

What do you do to cool down, when it's over 90 degrees outside? Well, we decided to go have some cool fun at the McMillen Ice Arena. medium_McMillen.JPGEspecially since they had a promotion going on and we paid only $1 per person for skating, plus another $1 to rent skates for Mollie and Tiffany.

I hadn't forgotten how to ice-skate, Tom got back into it rather quickly too. Just Penny seemed to be taking it easy, going real slow around the rink.

08:15 Posted in 06, Having Fun | Permalink | Comments (0)