30 November, 2009

In the spirit?

That holiday spirit is starting to float threw my
house like the smell of a mincemeat pie baking in
the oven.

I am happily singing as I decorate the house with
red and green candles that smell of balsam fir trees
and putting festive tablecloths out.

Who'da thought I would be gripped by that Christmas
spirit in such a way? I am spending Christmas at
our families home, and I have to admit that I was feeling
a little "humbug" by who knows what.

I breathed a sigh of relief when I realized I wouldn't have
to haul out the goods from the basement this year. Instead,
I could stay in someone else's finely decorated house with little
effort on my part. Ha! (That sounds bad doesn't it. LOL! And so
not me!)

We would just skip Christmas decorations in our house. Why
decorate? We would be embraced by holiday cheer once we
got to our families homes. It's not like we are going to Jamaica
instead of "having Christmas". We would still have the pudding
and the cheer. Why go threw the trouble here?

Then I thought about my mother whose birthday is in a few days.
And this made me think....

Had I let all the troubles of the year turn me into to a grinch?
Had I forgotten what Christmas is really about?

But then the wind changed to that cool crispness that you only
feel when Christmas is near. Which again reminded me of
my mother. She always had the spirit of Christmas in her.
We didn't have much, but she sure made us feel we had love
and each other.

I remember her putting out her dime store ornaments that
we thought were great treasures. Tinsels and socks and a
plug in fireplace.

I never knew these things were not grand. They were handled
with care and looked forward to from year to year. The years
finally did wear them out and sadly they are no more. Only in my
mind can I see them.

And somehow I am now hooked. I wake up singing my favorite
holiday songs... a little off tune, but with much zeal.

My favorite song to sing loudly and with great enthusiasm
is "Hark the herald".... You know the one.....

Hark the herald angels sing

"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled"
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

The day is sure to be cheery If you shout it out with all you have! LOL!

Now, mind you, I didn't put much out in the way of decorations.
Just a few family favorites.

Here in Germany we put our shoes outside for Saint Nickolaus
on the evening of December 5th. On the morning of the 6th shoes
are found to be filled with goodies including candy and gifts.
We have gotten nuts and sweets in previous years. :)

Have a Happy Holidays my dear friends. ~kimme

(btw, I will try to post pics of my up coming adventures)

20 November, 2009

Picture of the week - Plus a Tale...

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Idar Oberstein -- Felsenkirche (Rock Church)

In 2006 I visited this beautiful church in Idar Oberstein.
As I stood in awe down the path below it, I was told by a local
that it is almost 500 years old. I was also told
a legend that this church was built by a man to honor
his brother who had fallen from this location. It seems they
had gotten in an argument with a very sad outcome. It is a
very beautiful tribute if this truly is the case.

After learning of this tale, I inquired around with no luck. My
husband, who had previously visited this site 30 years ago, had
heard this story back then and found it as fascinating as I do.

At the time of my visit, I was unable to enter the church for reasons
I don't recall. Since then I have wanted to go back and see the inside
and to inquire on the tale and history of the church. I pass this location
often and did stop the other day only to discover the church will be
closed until March. I guess I will just have to wait until then.....

As for now, here is a link to Felsenkirche website. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend. ~Kimme

13 November, 2009

Fall; Oh how I love thee. Picture of the week

Fall day in September on the Rhine.

Fall day in November on a walk.

"A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake
and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves
with each step I made. The acoustics of this season
are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed,
are as crisp as autumn air." Eric Sloane

Have a lovely Fall/Autumn weekend ~Kimme

07 November, 2009

On a road trip - more pics... the end!

We have arrived in Antwerp, Belgium. :)

Below are a few photos of the many interesting
things to see.... We stayed in the Jewish quarter
in a wonderful B&B with friendly owners, comfortable
rooms with loads of style and a fab breakfast.

And luckily for me we were very near the downtown
area that is famous for diamonds among other things.
(I wonder who made those reservations LOL!)
Needless to say, we loved every minute of our stay and did
not want to leave!

(That is a claw foot tub at the end of the room)

Anyway, back to the shopping. LOL! I didn't buy
anything there, but we had loads of fun poking our
heads in all the shop windows. We walked the
pedestrian streets eating belgium waffles( like you do
in Belgium), munching on chocolates and drinking
espressos. Gotta love it!

Btw, The prices on diamond jewelry were amazing!
They say you can get a discount from 50 to 70%!
I believe it. I looked at a ring that I know would have
cost close to 2000€ which had a discounted price tag
of 500€. Very beautiful ring!

Downtown Antwerp

Walking near downtown Antwerp

Near the park. This is a tearoom that wasn't
open when we walked past. I don't know what
the sign says on the statue... Sadly.
I haven't gotten my new glasses and couldn't
read the placard..... I didn't have a "grass pass"
so I refrained from traipsing across to read it. LOL!

I don't know what this is. We were near the zoo (we had
been walking an hour) and had gotten lost when I took
this picture.

When we did finally find our way to downtown
Antwerp we found a friendly fun city. We felt safe for the
most part and we were treated kindly...

We really had a great time!

This Picture is for Barry. We happened
to be walking down the street when Antwerp's
Scottish marching band came strutting down
the lane.... Bagpipes and all! :) They were Fantastic!!

Have a great weekend!

06 November, 2009

On a road trip 3

We are now in Belgium. Himself is on a potty break and I am parked
infront of this interesting structure.

On a road trip 2

Driving down the road.. Not sure where we
Are, but it sure is pretty. The sky is getting dark
And it is a little "neblich" (foggy) down in the

On a road trip

Today we are on a road trip to Belgium.
Below is himself standing next to
"Phat Louie". Stay tuned for more pics :)