Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Big bottle boy

Simon really enjoys drinking out of a Specialized Purist bottle.  But plain water of course.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Like father

Papa really likes bananas and so do his sons.  But what is not to like?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summer in Europe

Finally summer seems to have arrived in Europe after an endless winter and cold temperatures. The pic below from the Genfer See says it all. Everyone is ready for summer, even if there s still a bit of snow on the mountain tops.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Coming home

Everybody in the house is excited when mama comes home from work.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

ARTpARTy June 2013

We had another fun ARTpARTy at our home and it was super busy with some very interesting and diverse pieces of art.   We had a grand total of 28 artworks on the table and everyone seemed to have fun.

Cindy and David were ARTpARTY newbies but their art did not show that. 

Tim and Mike were among the first guests and they are great company.

Erin was also new to the ARTpARTY but her fly fishing art was very popular and stolen often.

Jeff and Bill have been regulars and we are glad that is so.

Our next door neighbor Sara and her boyfriend Joe were also new to these kind of parties

We were vey glad that Alex could join us for this social occasion

Anna and Greg are our best friends in town and because of our lengthy ARTpARTy break had never been to one.  Anna made the painting and Greg the cherry wood frame

Aruna was an ARTpARTy first timer too and her scarf was beautiful 

The photo her husband Michael brought to the gathering was very popular 

Brad experimented with a disc sculpture 

His wife Christina crafted a necklace and earrings, and we are now the proud owners

Matt and his wife were newcomers too but Matt's Winston-Salem mosaic was a hit

Our neighbors Mary and Phoebe worked together on this art project 

Hannah put her clay skills to work 

Amy was another ARTpARTy newbie

Sarah and Barry brought ART and a great attitude to the pARTy

We were glad that Zach and Julie could join us and Zach created a stunning bowl from bicycle chains.

Who would not want a bag of lies?  Courtesy of Chet and Kathy.

Amret's lunch bag was a hit.

Her husband Wes dabbled with an eclectic music selection.

Caroline could not come, but Matt represented his household quite nicely.

Clare also came solo this time and brought this beautiful necklace that ended up in the hands of David and Cindy.

Matt just lives have a block from us and he is quite a creative person.

His wife Caroline also contributed a piece of ART to the pARTy

I had made this painting for an earlier ARTpARTy but made two versions that time, so this one finally found a new home.

At about 9pm the "Chinese" Gift exchange began, but most of the folks below did not end up with what they initially selected.  

Anna was the first one to select, but she did not get to keep this fly fishing ART

Erin stole this painting, but it was quickly taken again.  In the end though she got it.

Sarah, thought she had gotten away with this cool bowl, but it would not last.

Matt got very close and personal with this painting.

Alex actually ended up with this very popular Winston-Salem mosaic as it had been "stolen" too often. 

Monday, June 03, 2013

Alles Wurst

I can easily go a few days without having any meat, but I do enjoy it when I have it.  Having grown up in Germany I especially have a fond connection to sausages or wursts and that is still true today.  This weekend I had some Knockwursts from Boar's Head and they were quite delicious.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Time for another ARTpARTy

A week from now we will have another ARTpARTy our home. It has been almost 2 years since we last hosted one and we are thus looking very much forward to this one. Hopefully our friends are creative. :-)

Here is a link to the 2011 edition 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Those bad Germans

It looks like even back in 1880 some Germans did not do their fatherland proud in the USA. Young Julius Klinz who reportedly used morphine and hypodermic syringes also apparently forged the name of his employer. What is this world coming to?

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Start them young

It is tough to tell what kind of music will be hip by the time Simon is a young adult but hopefully he can still appreciate the Ramones.

Saturday, March 16, 2013


Pete walked 2 blocks today and that really wore him out. He barely made it back inside.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Happy Pi Day

Well not that kind of pi, nor is it a pie, but that is the closest thing that came to mind.

Little snuggler

Max is a bit under the weather and the best medicine in this situation appears to be daddy or mommy.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Monday, January 07, 2013

Lick it

Well, this monkey will have to do quite a bit of licking if he wants to get to the fruit inside this ice. Get on it already.