Jasmine & Higher Education

I posted a question, asking about this particular bloom. My friends informed me it is jasmine.

It is so fragrant! I think it is a type of honeysuckle and the scent reminds me of pink lilies. The kids think the blossoms smell like vanilla. The last two homes we’ve visited had this growing like crazy near their front doors. It perfumes the whole house! Continue reading

Out of Office

Photo from 2006 … it may be 10 years old now, but still accurate, especially for today.


Turned on the “Out of Office” when I left for work today.

Summer vacation starts NOW.


We went on a volksmarch over the weekend. It was perfect weather for it. Warm sun. Cool breeze. No humidity.

It’s been so hot and humid this summer. The dip in temperature was refreshing. We weren’t the only ones who thought so. The paths through the woods were full of people: casual walkers, runners, cyclists, even people on horses. Continue reading

Fresh Air

A few days ago, farmers smeared several layers of fresh manure on the fields surrounding my village. The heat and humidity make it necessary to keep all our windows open. It gets intense when the breeze kicks up and into the house. On days like these, I can’t decide which is worse: mouth or nose breathing?

And let’s not forget the flies that are almost too fat too fly, so they decide to take a break and land on you…

Venice with My Girls

I went to Venice with the girls today.

It’s the first time we returned there since 2005. Martin and I used to go there all the time while living in Italy, as we only lived about 45 minutes north of the city. Miss C was just a few weeks old the first time we took her. Continue reading