Sep 202014
 

The old city of Strasbourg, France, is surrounded by water–it’s basically an overgrown canal–so we took a book tour around it. They used headphones, so everyone could hear the info about the city in their language of choice, which is a smart idea. The ride was expensive, but worth doing.

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Sep 182014
 

The Black Forest region is famous for a special kind of cake, known as, well, Black Forest Cake. We found some at cafe in the museum in Triberg and tried a slice. It was a three layer chocolate cake with cherries, mousse, and icing. It was less sweet than we would have in America, but still good.

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Sep 182014
 

Breakfast in Triberg included these cute little liverwurst rolls. For size comparison, the 2 Euro coin is the size of a quarter.

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Sep 162014
 

We are in the Philly airport, waiting for our next flight. Ann got the bright idea of buying a postcard and sending it back to the kids. We found a magazine place that sold postcards, but they don’t sell stamps. Brilliant.

So if you’re reading this, kids, consider it to be your postcard.

 Posted by at 3:58 pm
Sep 132014
 

A veritable horde of caterpillars descended upon the azaleas in my front yard. They had completely stripped one bush barren and were working on the other before I caught ‘em. Ant poison works well.

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Sep 062014
 

The previous homeowner built a big shed and left it for us. Nice. And he built it sitting on the ground. Fail. It’s had a bunch of termites. So today the family got together to raise the shed up off the ground. We used a 2-ton bottle jack that I bought from Amazon to raise it, then put a bunch of bricks under it. We raised it about 3 inches, which is probably not enough, but it’s better than what it was.

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 Posted by at 7:05 pm
Sep 062014
 

Jacen is taking a class on using Blender, a 3D graphics and animation tool, this year. Two weeks into the year and he’s already creating images like this. Wow!

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 Posted by at 7:58 am
Sep 012014
 

Tom and Peggy, about those birdhouses you wanted: I have good news and bad. The good news is that they are done and ready to be picked up. The bad news is that you have to come and get them in person. :-) See ya, soon.

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