Ein Schön Tag!

Guten Tag!


It is another beautiful day here in The Land of Fairy Tales.  Ryan and I took the boys out to play in the meadow again and we got some pictures for you!


Please excuse the weird focus of my camera… I don’t know what happened but I still like the way the pictures turned out… It just looks like I was focused on the grass instead of the flowers!  LOL


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 This is just so typical of my boys… Yoda running full tilt and Gandalf looping along with a grin on his face!


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 There are little blooms on every thing!


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 Somebody is a shameless beggar when it comes to the pettings!


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 A shot of the meadow.


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 Ryan with the boys… Yoda has just discovered a group of kids playing in the park!


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 These little white flowers dot the meadow grass.


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 Here is Gandalf posing pretty with his bushes.  When the birds came back earlier this month he discovered that they like to flit around in these bushes.  Every walk he stands at them for about five minutes hoping for one to let him catch it.  It’s actually really fun to stand behind him and throw rocks and pine cones into them and watch him jump and bound around.


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 Such beautiful scenery…


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Yoda galavanting through the grass…


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More flowers and my meadow with Bitburg in the background…


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Me and my boys…


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Our weeping willow tree with the flowering bushes in the building yard.


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Ryan in front of our weeping willow.


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The moss growing on a very old tree in our building yard…


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Me in front of the willow…


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I love that beautiful spring green color…


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It’s a beautiful time to be alive and to be blessed with the opportunity to live and explore in the Eifel…


So from us to you…


Ein Schön Tag!  (A beautiful day!)


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Auf Wiedersehen!


Courtney 


 

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~Spring~Spring~Spring~

Guten Tag From the Land of Fairy Tales!


I think spring has finally sprung…. the little meadow behind our building that only days ago was covered in snow is now green with grass dotted by little white daises and the willow trees are spring green with new leaves.  Maybe I’ll get some pictures when I walk the dogs later!  The high today was a beautiful 56 degrees… I find it funny how quickly one’s body adapts to weather changes… 59 degrees is the middle of winter back home in Phoenix, AZ while here it’s the warmth of a spring day!  We’re simply going to melt when we go home for the wedding!  They have been having record breaking heat and have already topped out at 99 degrees in the middle of March!!!


Speaking of the wedding, we leave in 11 short days!  I have already begun to make lists and start pulling out things we need.  I’m really excited to go home and see everyone again!  And I’m so excited for Ryan to get to see everyone for the first time since we moved here.


I have had so much energy the last few days!  I’ve been cleaning and cooking and rearranging… spring cleaning I guess.  I suppose the light has something to do with it.  Just a month and a half ago when Emily was visiting it wasn’t getting light until nearly 9am and it was full dark by 5pm… the whole day was cloudy and the light was just grey.  Now a short time later it’s getting light at about 6:30am and it’s not fully dark until almost 8pm!  It just amazes me how quickly that change happened!  The skies are blue and it’s a blue like I have never seen almost a deep periwinkle!  So beautiful and the light is golden and warm… simply exquisite after the long dark of winter. 


I think for the first time in my life, I can’t wait for the summer!!!


Well I better get back to dinner (I’m making a layered baked ziti lasagna with garlic bread and fresh green beans!)


Auf Wiedersehen!


Courtney

A German Snow Glove…

Guten Tag!


Today was another beautiful snowy day!  We woke up to a small dusting and by noon it was going in earnest!  So we got a few more pictures and then walked the dogs in it and played!


This is what it looked like when we woke up this morning.


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 And then at noon it really started to fly! 


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 Look at those big, fat, fluffy flakes!!


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 So we went for a walk… me of course in my cloak!


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 It’s funny how one’s body can so easily adjust to 30 degrees… I wasn’t cold at all! 


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 Ryan sticking out like a sore thumb!  The one climate he can’t hide in! 


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 Have I said before how much I love my cloak?  The way it swirls in the wind and puddles gracefully in the snow… sigh… sorry… girly thoughts!


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 So pretty and clean… I hope our Christmas is like this next year! 


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 Standing at the spot where I feel and got grass stains only a few days ago!  See how close to the road it is?


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 About halfway through the walk we discovered that the boys would jump to catch snow… it was so cute that we just had to share!



 As cute as this picture is not… being that poor Yoda is frozen and wet I just had to show you the little snowballs that form in the hair on his feet!  His whole body is covered in them when we’re outside!


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Well that’s it for me today!   I’m off to clean and craft and snuggle up!


Ryan just called to ask me something about our bank account and right before we hung up he said, “Honey I have a question.  If you were an anorexic european would you be from hungry?”


What a goofball!


Auf Wiedersehen!


Courtney

Mangiare at Dino’s!

Guten Morgan!


Last night our friends, Dirk and Nichole, took us to Dino’s at last.  Almost since we first arrived here in The Land of Fairy Tales they have been attempting to take us there and one thing or another has always stopped us…  Once the restaurant burned down, the second time it wasn’t open and we later found out it was because Dino’s wife had left him and taken half his staff, and the third time he had to leave the country for a family emergency. 


But at last we got ready… 


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We put on our smiles…


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And to Dino’s we went!


Dino is an Italian immigrant who has opened a real Italian pizzeria in the heart of Trier.


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He tosses his dough by hand, makes his own sauce, and bakes it in a brick oven in full view right in the center of the restaurant and it is like nothing you have ever experienced!


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This is the lovely Nichole!  If any of you come to visit we’ll be sure to take you to her restaurant so you can try her fabulous German cuisine!


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 Me getting ready to eat my Pizza Funghi (mozzarella and fresh mushrooms)


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 This is Dirk.  He and Nichole are engaged and have been together for over 15 years…  They are in their late 30’s and own the hotel that we stayed at when we first arrived here.  The Landhaus Biehl. 


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 Ryan getting really excited to eat his Pizza Italia (mozzarella cheese with fresh tomatoes and basil.)


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 Here is a short video of Dino tossing the dough for an appetizer pizza!




 An Italian appetizer…


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 Another video of Dino making pizza…




These are two of the people that came with us.  A Captain and a Major, both pilots with the Air Force…  They wanted to show off the size of their large pizzas…  These are already over half gone!!!


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 Dino putting the finishing touches on our pizzas.




The final spread!  The dish in front of Dirk is the Tris de Pasta… a dish with three marvelous types of pasta… for only 12.50 euro!  All the other dishes cost between 7 euro and 9.50 euro.  Wonderful prices for the portions.


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 Dirk and Nichole.


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 The heart of Dino’s established (again) in 2006.


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 Us as full as can be!  But that was not to be the end… just moments later we were served real italian Tiramisu… there are no words.


All in all we had a lovely time at Dino’s and can’t wait to share the experience!  So come on over and mangiare!


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Auf Wiedersehen!


Courtney


 


 

Guten Morgan!


Nothing much to report… nothing new going on…


We only have 17 days until we go home for my little sisters wedding so we’re just starting to get ready for that… making lists… deciding what we need to buy when we get there and what we need to take when we go…


Today I’m not feeling the greatest so I may just sit and cross stitch or read a book…


Auf Wiedersehen!



Courtney

Out like a lion?

Guten Tag!


Just as spring seems to have sprung and the birds are once again singing in the trees we have been hit by a surprise winter storm!!  But you know what they say… “In like a lion out like a lamb and In like a lamb out like a lion!”


This morning as the alarm clock was ringing Ryan and I sat up and looked out the window and saw this amazing sight!


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We moved here expecting a white Christmas, feet of snow, ice, scraping our windshields and were told that the winters here can be harsh!  Only to be here for the warmest recorded winter in their history!  So this ends up being our first real snow (we received two dustings over the five long months of winter but nothing that really stuck!)


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Not that this is a big deal or a lot of snow in any way but keep in mind we’re from Phoenix, AZ!


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It’s already starting to melt…


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And the skies are beginning to clear…


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But it sure is pretty!


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… I just looked out the window and it’s snowing yet again!  Big, fat, pretty, fluffy flakes!!!


What a day to snuggle in and read a book.


Auf Wiedersehen!


Courtney


 

Pride Goethe Before the Fall…

*EDIT*


After simply hours I believe that I have visited everyone and caught up for the most part.  I hope that I’ll be able to keep up from now on… I have missed all of you so much!


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Guten Tag!


I know it has been sometime since I have been on in a regular way.  I hope I have not lost too many of you because of it!


After weeks of trying to figure out how to repair my laptop and get everything up and running we ended up buying a new laptop  (I’m in love by the way!)  All said and done we may even end up being able to have the other repaired in the future so that Ryan will have one for TDY’s and the like.  So here I am once more, hopefully to stay this time!  Please forgive me for my absence!


And enjoy…


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Once upon a time there was a young woman. Some would call her pretty, though she had always thought handsome was probably more appropriate, due to her large nose, strong jaw, and thin lips. Some would say she possessed wisdom beyond her years, yet she would tell you it’s only a bit of common sense.  She was tall and thin, I believe that the popular phrases for her body type are slim and tall; however long, lanky and coltish are a bit more like it to tell the truth. This is all quite beside the point I endeavor here to make. Suffice it to say that she had been called many things before and would be called a plethora of things in the years to come. The one thing she was never called was graceful.



So many times in her life she has proven that she is quite a klutz… something she had hoped to grow out of, but she never quite managed to do so in the end. She can constantly be found with bruises in varying shades of the rainbow adorning her limbs. In truth she is very lucky to be whole as far into life as she has progressed and fortunate that dirt doesn’t bother her to excess (due to her childhood of tom boyishness)



Such events as “The Fall of 1988”, “The Great Lighting Electrocution of 1996”, “The Tarzan Fence-Meets-Face Incident of 1999”, “The Incredible Stair-is-now-a-trapdoor-while-she-carries-groceries-up-to-her-apartment Accident of 2001”, “The Amazing I-slid-into-home-on-the-pavement-in-front-of-Mimi’s Escapade of 2004”, and “The Cabinets-are-out-to-kill-me Fiasco of 2006”, adorn her oh so colorful past but today, ah today my dear readers I shall account to you the “Pride-Goethe-Before-The-Fall Incident of 2007”!


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As she walked around the building into the large grass field a gentle spring breeze caressed her cheek. She smiled into the glorious sun, gone for so many months from this land, and sped up a bit. Her husband walked by her side enjoying the day almost as much as she. Today was a perfect day for a play date with their two loyal and very much loved canine companions, Gandalf and Yoda.



They bent down over the harnesses of the boys and prepared to unhook the leashes that held them in place…



“Ready boys?” she called.



In an instant they were released and off at a run chasing birds. The proud parents followed them into the yard with toys in hand, smiles on their faces, and hearts willing to run and play in this warm spring afternoon.


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Who could have predicted the disaster that was soon to befall the young family?


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After a lovely interval of tug-o-war and fetch the young couple decided to run with the dogs, so as to get some real exercise… In a flash she ran left and he right, the dogs splitting to chase them.



She looked back over her shoulder to see that her veritable horse, Gandalf, had chosen to chase her, as he always did, and was hot on her heels and behind him she saw that Yoda had gone after her husband.


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Here is where you expect the tragedy is it not dear reader? You would think so but alas it is not so. You may ask why I choose to use the word alas but soon you will know all.


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She neared the end of the field and turned to play tag with Gandalf. He pranced and jumped all around her with his big happy grin, enjoying the play after a long winter of endless quiet hours. But after a time they both began to tire.



She looked to the far side of the field to see that Yoda and her husband seemed to be finished playing as well.



She called out, “Are you ready to go in?”



“Yes! Come back!” He called out to her.



She feinted one way and ran the other in order to get Gandalf to once again chase her; for neither of them would take harm at a bit more exercise (Or so she had thought) She was about halfway back when she realized that her husband was watching her run. She grinned a little, lifted her chin, shook her hair and sped up… (For what husband doesn’t like to watch his wife run to him from time to time?)



And then she spied it! A way to impress him, a way to make herself look coordinated and a little less girly, Yoda’s little squeaky toy! She quickly thought to herself how impressive would it be if she could kick it back to where he stood without breaking stride?! She giggled in delight at the great achievement she was about to make.


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Let me pause here, dear reader, to inform you of a most dire result of this little giggle. It was, of course, much louder than she had intended as she was running full speed at the time. And the volume was great enough to draw the attention of; the four gate guards checking in cars, the people across the street walking their dogs, the man waiting at the bus stop at the end of the field, and of course it captured the attention of every person in the 8 cars sitting in line to get on base with their windows rolled down so that they might hand the guard their ID cards. This in itself would cause a smidgen of embarrassment to the young woman being that she doesn’t actually like to be the center of attention but, trust me, oh trust me dear reader that this little twinge is far out shadowed by the shame of what happens next.


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She finally reached the toy, brought down her foot to kick it, and…


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Do you know what happens when you plant your foot down solid in the midst of a dead run? No? Well she does!


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Suddenly she was reeling forward trying ever so hard to regain her balance but alas, it was not to be! She did a face plant into the soggy turf and slide a good five feet in the mud leaving a trail of ripped up grass in her wake. As she slid to a stop she lay there in horror listening to the snickers and chortles of the gate guards and the coughs and clearing throats of the people in their cars coming onto base. And as her large loving dog dug his cold wet nose into her neck to inquire if she was okay and the people began to laugh in earnest she got to her knees, snatched up the toy and yelled…



“I’ve got it!”



Having given everyone a reason to roar, she hobbled back to her husband in shame (for she had bruised both knees and sent her belt buckle digging into her abdomen most painfully) and waited for him to stop laughing at her so hard that snot and tears flowed… (If there was anyone that had not laughed at the moment of impact they were laughing now, for who can resist when the woman’s owe loving husband can not?) She walked back home with her little family and sincerely hoped that this would be the last of it…


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Ah but alas dear reader it was not to be so for here I sit bearing all to you. For whom would I be as a writer of fine stories if I did not report so clear an example of the old adage, “Pride Goethe Before the Fall”?



Go ahead and laugh…


Everyone else in Bitburg Germany is…


Auf Wiedersehen!


Courtney