Gardening: Morning glory and blackberry bushes

With the beautiful weather we’ve had lately, and new patio furniture encouraging us to sit outside, I am once again motivated to work in the garden. I spent most of the year watching our garden to see what would grow. Now I’m feeling more aggressive — ripping out weeds and trying to help the other … Continue reading Gardening: Morning glory and blackberry bushes


When I woke up today I had one glorious thought: Summer is here. Our days are 16 hours long, with sunrise this morning at 5:11 AM and sunset at 9:10 PM. The sun is shining, birds are singing, and the temperature is up to 66°F (19°C). Wait, what? That’s right, mid-60s are enough for me … Continue reading Perspective

Sunday Afternoons

I love Sunday afternoons in Germany. I love how peaceful they are. There is nowhere to be, no errands to run. And I’m finally learning to enjoy them properly. I took a nice walk around my neighborhood this afternoon. My neighborhood is beautiful. My neighborhood is so European. My neighborhood is the sort of thing … Continue reading Sunday Afternoons


I’m not allowed to complain about the weather in Aachen anymore. (I spent June and July commenting on the overall lack of summer weather.) We have had a few days of temperatures in the upper 80s and into the 90s (30-35 Celsius). It’s hot. Thankfully, we have a few ways to cool off. The best solution … Continue reading Constellations