Home Sweet Home
April has flown by since Tony and I left home on March 21, 2012. We completed our three and a half weeks travel to many parts of Germany, a couple of stops in Austria and one stop to Czech Republic and France. Please visit my facebook photos for more details of our host daughter, Anna’s, gymnasium graduation, family and travel adventures. There were lots of dog owners in Germany, especially of Beagles. This was very handy because I got very lonesome for our pack of seven dogs left at home. Tony’s daughter and sister did a great job caring for our home and pack of dogs. We are grateful. Anna’s family dog, Ranja was fun to take for walks into the pastures and grape fields. Owners do not carry poop bags in Germany, they simple let their dogs use certain areas and not other areas.
Our only challenge, besides the frequent rain and Easter snow, was the death of our beloved King Charles dog, twelve year old Charlie, on March 26. I had a feeling we may not see him upon our return because his heart was growing weaker, however, he had just had a check up, recently. We didn’t really think that his death would really occur so soon.
I read the first book of the Hunger Games after seeing the movie in Berlin. I sold a few and left a few of my books, The Heart of Caregiving, as gifts and another book for my sister. Also, I read the first two Shades of Grey books, gifted to me by Tony. I continue to read Quantum Warrior and my next book is Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul and the third Shades of Grey book.
I wonder if I will be able to find all six principles of care; DIGNITY, INDEPENDENCE, SAFETY, COMMUNICATION, INFECTION CONTROL and PRIVACY in Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul.
We visited Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Freiburg, Ansbach, Salzburg, Vienna, Karlovy Vary and more. We saw a carriage house, many churches, museums, residences, palaces and forts. We visited a salt mine and did the Sound of Music Tour. Excellent balance of fun with family and adventuring on our own. Beautiful seeded breads, baked fresh daily, were available with lots of different cheeses, chocolates and many different styles of pork.
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Now that we have returned, I have grounded myself with unpacking, dealing with mail, finances, a couple of days of work, planting of some new marigolds, tomatoes and greens. We are almost past the 9 hour jet lag and 20 hour delay due to weather, unavailable flights and customs. Great to be reconnected within our community and beyond. Enjoying walking the dogs and other FIT, FUN, FAMILY, FINANCE, FUTURE routines in this beautiful Spring weather. Tony is still recovering from his cold.
How is your Spring going? Please let me know how I can be of service. Thank you, Sonia