Over the River–and into Lauterbourg, France

A new friend’s invitation drove me to the edge, over the river, and thru the woods to a local French Restaurant—Au Bord Du Rhin

Changing countries in this part of Europe is easy, by American standards. Planes, trains, automobiles, trams and so much more make it convienent and super accesible to cross borders.

The menu was divided into three langues–French (of course), German (which I am in the prelimary classes of learning) and a very unique version of English.  When the ingredients or key words of a dish are still foreign, guessing (or asking) is best when ordering and finding yourself lucky and on the receiving end is always a pleasant surprise.

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French Desserts–Caramel Flan with a vanilla sauce and fresh fruit–including St. Johns Berries

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The Restaurant’s Logo placed artistically on a plate

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French Mouse (chocolate) with cream sauce adn fresh seasonal fruit

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Monika, a local German friend, showing me the ropes of French Cuisine–from lochs to Chevre and so much more


Treasure hunting is so much fun–and it is helping to create great and awesome products on my eBay.



St. Martins Church, Ettlingen, Baden-Wartümberg, Germany

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One lovely, very sunny (and thus hot day), I leisurely went into St. Martins to enjoy the shade and for prayers.  The church was silent, in reverence of peace and quiet–the church being void of other humans.

I bolted upright from a very bizarre sound, not from the ding dang dong of the musical bells, for it was only 10:12 in the morning. Thinking something amiss, I searched for the source of the disturbance and was but awoken by the reverberations of my own rumbling snores echoing off the walls.


St. Annas Potthoffs 2780Martins Church, located in downtown Ettlingen (Kirchplatz) is a lovely place to visit–the church has different periods of construction (having been destroyed at points during previous wars.) The Spire is original and is easily seen from about anywhere in town.  Annas Potthoffs 2777

Upon looking up (once inside) the painting on the ceiling will fascinate as it is not rendered in the traditional sense.

The wooden, standardized pews are a lovely way to sit, relax and enjoy the divine presense of our Lord Saviour.

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Hobbled by Cobbles, Freiberg, Germany

Once upon a time…a long, long time ago, I dreamt of excitment, not tripping over uneven cobble stones, which is how I literally stumbled across some amazing things on the streets of Freiburg–I think, therefore I am not sure, that these were once markers of cities, trades or something that were once welcome into the markets of Freiburg, and there they remain.

Thomas and I stopped and had a ice-cream Sundaes and my cobbled legs got a rest….

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City Trade markers

City Trade markers

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Celebrating my ’21st’ birthday abroad

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Celebrating my Birthday in Germany with a dinner in the backyard

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Celebrating my Birthday in Germany–family and friends in Ettlingen, Germany

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Celebrating my Birthday in Germany with Fabian and his sisters

I turned 21 today, for the 13th time but who is counting??

It is truly the first time, though, that I have celebrated a birthday abroad and it has been wonderful. Thomas hosted a dinner celebration in the backyard for my special day, with family and friends attending.

Celebrating my Birthday in Germany

Celebrating my Birthday in Germany


Treasure hunting is so much fun–and it is helping to create great and awesome products on my eBay.

A cool summer meal

Cooking is like snow skiing: If you don’t fall at least 10 times, then you’re not skiing hard enough.

Guy Fieri

Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad..My Recipe

1 pkg spirally pasta–cooked accordingly to the package directions–drained and cooled

2 small ripe tomatoes, chunked

1 can of sliced, pitted black olives

Sunflower Oil

6 large basil leaves, minced

1 small clove garlic, minced

the lemon juice of 1 large lemon (with pulp)

Pepper Jack Cheese, sliced into thin strips, small pieces

I mixed all ingredients with the pasta, and let chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator–absolutely delicious—and my cooking adventures continue.

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The Porcelain Palace–

Amazing day!! The chapel is not normally open to tourists-visitors but today, with special perimissin, Thomas and I not only got a tour of the private chapel on estate grounds but I also was given the opprotunity to cross something off my bucket list–our guide ENCOURAGED me, with full permission (without me even asking) to ring the bell in the chapel–all after an amazing, personal tour of the estate–including the private chambers of the Margravine Franziska Sibylla Augusta of Sachsen-Lauenburg.

A week after touring the estate, Thomas and I were invited to attend a classical concert at the estate–an amazing evening where the musicians dressed in period correct costumes.  Champagne and delights were served during intermission and oh, what fun!!!

History Courtesy Wik.

Schloss Favorite is a castle on the outskirts of Rastatt-Förch in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Built by Johann Michael Ludwig Rohrer between 1710 and 1730, it was a pleasure and hunting palace (French: Maison de plaisance) used by Margravine Franziska Sibylla Augusta of Sachsen-Lauenburg, widow of Louis William, Margrave of Baden-Baden (‘Türkenlouis’). It is the oldest of the German so-called ‘Porcelain Palaces’ and the only to survive intact to this day. The castle was only used for several weeks a year as a summer residence.

The castle houses a large collection of Chinese porcelain, black lacquerwork and Schwartz Porcelain.

Address: Am Schloß Favorite 5, 76437 Rastatt, Germany

Literary Adventures

As the year is winding down and wrapping up, I reflect on how I have spent my time in 2015–and the pages stare back at me, full of wonderous, fulfilling things–between the pages of literature (when I am not working or out and about with enjoying life with other humans)

I am blessed with a long history of reading and share in the delights of a family of readers (which, by the way, really is a super benefit when playing Scattegories–literature provides a whopping amount of double and triple pointers  for the game). Books can be costly (oh but they never go out of style and require no batteries, chargers, or updating!!) but oh the wonders of family family book swaps, reading pools, thrift shops, used/second-hand book stores, and the list goes on and on and on–and yet, I continue to seek new material to enjoy, why??

Reading is an adventure–on cold days with a cup of coffee, summer evenings with a glass of iced tea, anywhere anytime. I often find I need to ‘snap back to reality’ when in the midst of a good book as I daydream about the plot, eyes glazed over, and pondering what will happen–even whilst I am out with others; alas, those whom know me well are also great readers and are happily willing to discuss books or anything read, regardless the source.

I stumbled upon this article (I am unsure of the author but here is the link from which it was derived as the author really does deserve due credit) upon the importance of reading.

Why is reading important? It is how we discover new things. Books, magazines and even the Internet are great learning tools which require the ability to read and understand what is read. A person who knows how to read can educate themselves in any area of life they are interested in. We live in an age where we overflow with information, but reading is the main way to take advantage of it.

 Reading develops the imagination. TV and computer games have their place, but they are more like amusement. Amusement comes from two words “a” [non] and “muse” [think]. Amusement is non-thinking activities. With reading, a person can go anywhere in the world…or even out of it! They can be a king, or an adventurer, or a princess, or… The possibilities are endless. Non-readers never experience these joys to the same extent.

I can not even being to list all of the books I have read over time–some linger still in the recesses of my mind and other, though good, left a smaller, less powerful impact and thus have been left behind.  Here is a list of books I personally recomment reading, although is not inclusive, I have read every one (and they are in no particular order.)

  1. The Outlander Series, Diana Gabaldon
  2. All Creatures Great and Small-James Herriot

  3. All Things Bright and Beautiful-James Herriot

  4. All Things Wise and Wonderful- James Herriot

  5. The Lord God Made Them All-James Herriot

  6. The Book of Secrets–Tom Harper
  7. The Age of Innocence–Edith Wharton
  8. Jude, the Obscure-Thomas Hardy
  9. Dracula–Brahm Stoker
  10. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde–Robert Louis Stevenson
  11. The Scarlett Letter-Nathaniel Hawthorne
  12. Treasure Island–Robert Luis Stevenson
  13. Jane Eyre–Charlotte Brönte
  14. The Grapes of Wrath-  John Steinbeck
  15. The Alchemist -Paolo Coehlo
  16. The Good Earth- Pearl S. Buck
  17. Cathedral by the Sea-Ildefonso Falcones
  18. Pillars of the Earth–Ken Follett
  19. Pride and Prejudice–Jane Austen
  20. Sense and Sensability-Jane Austen
  21. Persuasion–Jane Austen
  22. Tarzan of the Apes–Edgar Rice Burroughs
  23. Robinson Curusoe–Daniel Defoe
  24. To Kill a Mockingbird—Harper Lee
  25. Frankenstein–Mary Shelly
  26. The Alienist–Caleb Carr
  27. The Secret Garden–Frances Hodgeson Burnett
  28. Siddhartha–Herman Hess
  29. Moby Dick–Herman Melville
  30. The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Alan Poe
  31. The Chronicles of Narnia–C.S. Lewis
  32. Rebecca–Daphne Du Maurier
  33. The Outsiders–S.E. Hinton
  34. The Fifth Mountain–Paolo Coehlo
  35. Leaves of Grass–Walt Whitman
  36. My Antonia–Willa Cather
  37. Oh, Pioneer!-Willa Cather
  38. Pilgrims Progress–John Bunyan
  39. Shepherd of the Hills–Harold Bell Wright
  40. Wings of a Dove–Henry James
  41. The BFG–Roald Dahl
  42. The Old Man and the Sea–Ernst Hemingway
  43. Alas, Babylon–P. Frank
  44. Charlotte’s Web–E.B. White
  45. Emma–Jane Austen
  46. Bless Me, Ultima–Rudolfo Anaya
  47. Like Water for Chocolate–Laura Esquivel
  48. Running the Iditarod–Gary Paulsen
  49. World without End-Ken Follett
  50. Modoc–Ralph Helfer

Top Favorites


Dracula, Brahm Stoker


The Outlander Series    Diana Gabaldon


Modoc,        Ralph Helfer

AJ’s, Orchard, Colorado

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Family Night having Dinner at AJ

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Enjoying Colorado Raised beef, Prime Rib

Prime rib is always a good idea!!!

Haake and I knew about this place for a while but we discovered recently that it has  Prime Rib specials on Friday evenings–and dinner is always more enjoyable with good company.

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M. Haake and I love the Prime Rib Fridays at AJ’s In Orchard, Colorado



  • AJ’s Corner Tavern
    24213 Hwy 39
    Weldona, CO 80653
  • Phone number 1 (970) 645-9881



Mammoth Lacrosse–Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

American Lacrosse

             Colorado Mammoths

Going to the yoo with Kevin H.

Goofy friends with Kevin H.

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Friends watching the Mammoth Lacrosse Game at the Pepsi Center, Prive Box, Denver, Colorado

Mammoth Lacrosse

Watching Mammoth Lacross, Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

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Tanner, Margaret, and Haake enjyoing the game from box seats.



What a fun, wonderful evening!! Friends and family enjoyed a Colorado Mammoths Lacross game and the crowds were roaring!! The skill and agility of the athletes was astounding!!!



Turning over a new leaf

Hundreds of letters have been exchanged between us.

A long history of letters…and we wrote.


So, as our story continues on, Thomas and I have continued to write, sharing our lives and friendship through letters..and now we have been very dear, good sweet friends for almost 20 years. We continued to write when one day….

Thomas asked me to come to Germany, not for a vacation, but for something more, something special. Thomas wrote:

I hope you will come to Germany and stay for a long while. I would like to opportunity to date you, make a future with you, and get to know you even better than I already do.  Please, come and stay. ‘ (small excerpt).


Upon receiving, reading and re reading the letter, I discussed this with my sister and Acacia, asking their advice and thoughts on it–for the power of girlfriends and sisters is something very unique (but that is a discussion for another day).  They both hooped and hollered with joy, with the confidence and hope for all good things.

I wrote to Thomas asking him when he would like me to go, a very big decision for me..and we continued to write letters.

So, now comes the point, that I know I am moving to Germany, at least for a while, as Thomas wrote back and said when I can and am ready, that he wants to welcome me in his home when I am ready…now for preparations.

As we discuss what the future for us holds….we continue to write letters.

And suddenly you know.... its time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings: