Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Over the past year or so Hanno and I have been slowly changing our eating habits. We started by having smaller servings because our appetites have changed. This has worked well for us and we've been satisfied with the meals we're eating. Now we've moved on to a change in when the main meal is served. We're now eating it at lunchtime.
Hanno is quite used to this style of eating. In Germany
Clothes make the man, but sometimes it's the grooming that saves the dog.
This poor wretched thing was found abandoned in Leeds, UK, and was freed from misery with sheers and a bath.
Decent grooming, good shelter photography, a softening bandanna used as a prop, and a little marketing are all that is needed to save countless canine lives.
If you have photography and basic Internet skills and are looking for a way to make a world of difference for dogs, this is the way you do it!
- In Mainland Europe, wild boar are the cause of 63 percent of animal-car accidents, and roe deer are the cause of 37 percent of animal-car accidents.
- Polo without horses. It's about time! Cheaper, safer, less cruelty, easier to keep, and I suspect more fun as a consequence. Now we can even have high school polo teams!
- Twenty pounds is not too shabby for an extinct species of trout just pulled alive from the water!
- The British love to engage in flights of fancy about panthers and cougars and the like because there is nothing the slightest bit dangerous in their countryside anymore, other than the occasional drunk driver and scurvy old child molester. In Scotland, however, there is now talk of reintroducing wolves, bears and lynx to the Highlands. That's a pretty big leap from the handful of beaver introduced a few years back!
Monday, April 29, 2013
Thank you for the love, thoughts and prayers sent to us yesterday.
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I never thought of myself as being a grandmother until it was almost upon me. I didn't think too far into my future, I just planned for the coming year and left it at that. I didn't think much about my sons' futures. I could see they were well adjusted, ambitious and sensible and I was content to stand back and wait
Although the trumpet vine thrives,
I do not
It stretches and reaches toward the sun
I do not
ponder the power bills
worry over the limping air conditioner
Think I'm kidding?
I'm as difficult to spot as
It's pretty out there
Too DAMN HOT
Only 2 spots left in the class
Must register by May 2nd
In retirement, George W. Bush, literally, paints his toes while soaking in the bathtub. Must be nice to have toes...
Sunday, April 28, 2013
We had a sad and slow weekend. We received news that Hanno's sister, Angelica, died suddenly in Hamburg so there were long phone calls across oceans, talks about Angelica and lots of memories of her. She was Hanno's only sibling. Our family is always special but the importance of family is always magnified when we lose someone special. RIP Angelica.
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Over the weekend I did a bit of
For a country going broke and with crushing unemployment, there seems to be a lot of new construction going on in the neighbhorhood. Do I believe what I read in the newspaper or do I believe what my eyes tell me? That top house can be yours for $2.4 million. No price tag on the other two yet.
And yet this place in Virginia can be had for one quarter of the price with a pretty house and an excellent stable for horses, 5 acres, and land to ride out on, and only 90 minutes away from the houses pictured at top.
Or how about this place in New Hampshire for half the price of the place in Virginia?
Or perhaps you would prefer this stone place in Pennsylvania, complete with trout stream to fish before breakdfast, eight acres, and a guesthouse? You could buy four place like this, plus two land rovers and two Bentleys, for the price of that top house.
And remember, houses are just boxes where you put your stuff.