Escape to Austria

After two exhausting weeks of 12-hour shifts *every* day, I took the family last night and fled to the mountains. This is the view from our bedroom. The sweet older lady who prepared our beds said she was surprised when all six of us and Patches der Hund climbed out of our car. She offered to bring us fresh eggs and homemade bread, too. Continue reading


On the way home from work, I noticed Venus high and bright in the sky … the first clear night in a looooooooong time. So as soon as I got home, we fired up the heater, threw on some blankets, and tested out our new telescope, a gift from our Aunts Sue and Tracey, who spent a few summer nights stargazing with us in that very spot.

We could see so many stars, far more than with our naked eyes.

Can’t wait for the summer when it’ll be warm enough to stay out there longer!

April, April

We woke up to a winter wonderland at the end of April. 

I intended on packing away the snow gear this past weekend, but didn’t get around to it. Good thing! As the saying goes, “April, April, der macht was er will.”

Baby, It Is Cold Outside


Whoaaaa! It is COLD today!

But I’m prepared.

All summer, my coworkers teased me about the blanket, hat, and gloves I keep at my desk since I sit directly underneath the office air conditioning unit, but today and yesterday, it’s been freezing and snowing outside, and our entire building is without heat.

Who’s laughing now, huh!?!?!?