Marta, Our Potbellied Swine

Marta, Our Potbellied Swine

Can you imagine that in a city with a population of 400,000 people, someone is keeping a potbellied swine in his yard?  Yep, that’s our Marta.  Whenever I take Barkley out for one of our longer walks, either with the Nordic Walking poles or without, we always go say Hello to Marta.  Now, I always … Continue reading

ALDI Is a Universal Concept

ALDI Is a Universal Concept

Having lived in Germany since 1981 and being low on cash for much of that time, I have known the discount grocery store ALDI for years and years.   ALDI was established by the two German Albrecht brothers, hence the name ALbrecht DIscount. According to Wikipedia, roots of the company date back to 1913, when the mother … Continue reading

Whirlwind Week in Washington!

Whirlwind Week in Washington!

I cannot believe how time flies!!!!  I have been back from Washington and the BIG EVENT for two weeks and have just now gotten around to posting about how it all went! Well, it was FABULOUS!  And the time really flew there too! We stayed at the downtown J.W. Marriott for the first few days … Continue reading

Killer Shoes and The BIG Event

Killer Shoes and The BIG Event

Tomorrow I’m off!  Flying to Washington D.C.  for my high school reunion (let’s just say I’m beyond the 30th). I have never been to one of these before and have lived outside of the United States since 1981.  It has also been that long since I’ve been in Washington D.C. or New Carrollton, Maryland where … Continue reading

Trashing Mina

Trashing Mina

Mina Knallenfalls is a real original in the town where I live.  Mina is a fictional character from a dialect poem written by Otto Hausmann in 1870. Mina came from a poor family – her father was unemployed and a drunk.  Mina had to go to work in the factories as a weaver at a … Continue reading

Gratuitous Over-Cuteness

Gratuitous Over-Cuteness

Usually, I hate the blogs where people post overly cute photos of their dogs, cats, children, husbands, etc.  But, since I will be talking a lot about my dog  Barkley here and posting photos of her from time to time, I thought you should at least have an introduction.  And I guess it’s human nature … Continue reading

Crack with Friends

Crack with Friends

If you haven’t played the game Words With Friends yet, don’t start!   It is one of the most frustrating, infuriating games I have ever experienced.   Or, to put it in the words of my friend Lorraine (who got me hooked last Christmas), “It’s as addicting as crack!” And she is absolutely right. Here’s how my … Continue reading