So I’m actually writing this post Tuesday night. I know, surprise! I can write a post early, rather than late! But I just won’t have time tomorrow. I hate to make anyone jealous *maybe I bask in the thought* but I will be making a road trip with a dear friend of mine from A Tangled Yarn to Wollmeise for their second annual not so perfect sale! I may splurge a little bit while there, but I have set myself a budget and I have sworn that this is my last yarn purchase for pretty much the remainder of 2011.
My WIP Wednesday post consists of a big announcement, and my big WIP……my jellybean. The little baby in my tummy! I wasn’t able to post last week because of the ultrasound, but now I can share!!
We saw just about everything there is to see on baby! Everything…..but the gender! We want a surprise at birth. We saw the baby’s stomach, the 4 chambers of the heart, the aortic artery, the sinuses, the ribs, spine, leg, foot, hand, and even the two hemispheres of the brain. I cannot express how lucky I am to be spending part of my pregnancy here in Germany and get to experience the joy the technology of an ultrasound provides every single month. That leads me to another announcement.
We’re moving!!!! Yes, we are finally leaving Germany. Don’t get me wrong, I love it here….but I’ll save the sentimental post for right before I leave. The paperwork took about a month, month and a half to process, but finally everything was approved! We will be leaving by Nov. 9th but possibly sometime in October for a little R&R between here and the new post. We are of course still waiting on the orders to be cut, assigning my husband to a unit and giving us a report date. We are….moving to Fort Riley, Kansas. Kansas. Yes, it is a bit in the middle of nowhere. But once you live here there is such a difference between really being in the middle of nowhere and being far away from family but still having restaurants, grocery stores, and places to shop or socialize (American things that I miss!) right around. So I will be happy. Very, very happy to live in the states again. And to deliver my little bean in an American hospital. It’s a relief, really a big relief.
Oh my how I have been out of the loop. For several reasons. Between the pregnancy (and symptoms that come along) and traveling not only haven’t I been blogging, but I haven’t even been reading my fellow bloggers posts! I opened my Blog Reader today and have 221 unread posts! I can’t believe it. I’m so behind!! But I guess I have good reasons. And I must admit, the traveling I’ve done the past month has been amazing. I’ve already shared some pictures from New Mexico. Had a great time in New York also. But I’m going to admit that being pregnant and traveling across the ocean doesn’t always mix. I had the worst morning sickness upon return, due to the jet-lag. There’s also something to be said about the stress behind trying to see friends and family. Not that I didn’t enjoy it of course, but there is stress.
That’s why last weekend’s trip was so welcomed. And really what my body, mind and spirit needed. It was my anniversary gift from the hubs, so naturally that means just the two of us! We have lived in Germany for a few years now and there was no excuse for not traveling more so finally we did! We went to Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch, Germany. Two words. The Alps. I can’t even describe it, but I can try. Amazing. Breathtaking. Serene. Spiritual. I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.
They really do speak for themselves, huh? I have other good news! I got my knitting mojo back! Well…..kind of. I haven’t become as obsessed about knitting time as a I used to, but I am a quarter of the way through the chart for the Hemlock Ring Blanket. And you guessed it. It’s going to be a baby blanket. I think between the traveling, and new (amazing) yarn the bug bit me in the ass. I finally cast on for the baby!!! I apologize for the lack of pictures today, but will share soon! I haven’t taken any yet. But I do know where you can see other WIP pictures! Head over to Tami’s Amis and Other Creations for more WIPW posts! Glad to be back!
I swear, I’m still alive. It has however been quite a while since I posted! I usually try to post at least three times a week but this week has just plain gotten in the way. We’ve had a quite eventful and busy week so I’m behind. Fear not however, I’ll catch you all up on WIP and FO’s on Wednesday and Friday. This past Friday was my first military ball. As I understand it, they will be much more formal in the states. It was very German, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great ole’ time! I witnessed a tradition known at the Grog Bowl Ceremony, where each company present contributes some type of liquor or alchohol and has a significant meaning they associate with it. Some of these are very thoughtful, creative, and just plain hilarious! Then we had some amazing food. Fried fish fillets, turkey cordon bleu, noodles, roast beef in herb sauce, baked potatoes, vegetables, and there was apple strudel with Bavarian cream and vanilla sauce for dessert. Needless to say the buffet was excellent and I sure stuffed myself. We also walked away with some prints of the Hohenfels Castle that I can’t wait to frame and put up.
I love living in Germany. The Spring is one of the things I will miss the most! While my family back home had snow this week, we are going on our 3rd week of complete and utter sunshine. The rest of the week here is supposed to be a perfect high 70′s.
So recently I joined a knitting group on our military post. It was actually a “Learn how to Knit” class that continued on as a little group of friends. This group is where I learned how to knit continentally. Since the first class some people have joined and some have left. As far as I’m considered we not have “official” members, but we of course welcome anyone in the community to join us (with or without knitting knowledge!). Well, 2 of the members have birthdays around now. One just had one…..and one has one coming up. So my friend (of A Tangled Yarn) and I decided we would take these two girls on a field trip to Rohrspatz and Wollmeise. We explained what Wollmeise yarn was to the girls, said you HAD to go while we are in Germany and off we went!
Now this was my second time going, but first time NOT during their sale. Which means I had never seen the store so open, and comfy! It was very nice. I really, really enjoyed being there once again. I had a goal of only one skein of Lace-Garn but that didn’t work out well. I ended up with 3 skeins of Lace-Garn, the colors Mitternacht, Magnolie, and Die Auster, and one skein of Sockwolle in Pitahaya (which I just adore!!). The other girls were also in heaven! They walked away with a few skeins of Sockwolle each!
Above is a picture one of the girls took at lunch. We then walked around the cute town of Pfaffenhof for a bit. There were alot of cute shops, clothing stores and little restaurants. We sat down to lunch outside, al fresco style, and a cute little German restaurant. Then we got some German ice-cream, which is pretty much amazing, before we left. All in all it was pretty darn close to a perfect day. If I could erase any part of it, it would definitely be the part where the waitress spilled two beers all over me, but every day can’t always be perfect can it?
A dear friend of mine has been wanted to check out a close-by castle for a long time now. We finally went yesterday since I’m always up for an outdoor adventure! Velburg is a town not too far from where we both live and actually quite close to many housing areas for people who are assigned to Hohenfels. The whole town is really on a big hill so we drove up through town to a little parking lot and walked up to the castle. Most castles in the area are really castle ruins and although this was no exception it was nice because one of the towers was mostly in tact and has steps available to climb. I really enjoyed seeing the town and surrounding areas from so far up. We are hoping to get more exploring done soon! Enjoy the view!
At the end of 2010 I searched for some Monthly groups on Ravelry. By monthly I was thinking of some type of theme like weight loss, stash-down or something of the sort. I found a Monthly Ornament KAL group. The whole point behind the KAL is that you get your Christmas knitting done month by month and you can either use the ornaments for yourself or for gifts! So I joined! Right at the end of December or beginning of January I joined. And I’ve been meaning to blog about it since. I probably never got around to blogging about the group because I never got around to knitting my ornament for January. Not till last week. I know, I know, it’s February…….
The way the group works is that you have a choice of two different ornaments per month. There’s also a few wild cards you can substitute if you don’t like the particular options for the month. January’s options were a bluebird or a Christmas pickle. I chose the Christmas pickle and part of the reason I’m did that is because it’s actual a German tradition. It’s quite hard to find a true story on the tradition, but the whole thing goes like this. The pickle ornament is supposed to be a good luck charm, and also to be the last ornament put on the tree. Then when the kids wake up in the morning they look for the ornament. The one to find it gets an extra ornament from St. Nicholas. It’s a nice idea because it makes the children pay attention and admire the ornaments before ripping into Christmas gifts. Well, even if it’s February I made my January ornament and I’m almost done with the February one.
Christmas here in Germany is beautiful. I guess Christmas isn’t even the right word, Winter is. Because as long as there is snow on the ground I feel like I’m in a Winter Wonderland. There are fields and forests abound. Pretty much anywhere you look you can see numerous pine trees. Well I’m not exactly an expert on that, so some type of Fur Christmas tree looking trees. Pretty much anything you would be willing to put in your house and decorate and call a Christmas Tree.
So you would think, with all this abundance of trees, it would not be so hard to find a Christmas tree. I think so many people have their own land and cut down their own in the small town areas we live in. And I hate to say it, but I fear the popularity of fake Christmas trees has started to outweigh the popularity of real ones. I genuinely hope that is not the case though, since I love having a real tree and will never put up a Pseudo-tree in my house as long as I can help it.
Finding a live tree here in Germany however, has proven to be a challenge. Last year I literally drove around for half a day trying to find someone selling Christmas trees. Then, I had to find a Christmas tree stand, which was quite a challenge. All in all I finally put up a Christmas tree in our house. By Myself. This year I wasn’t feeling the whole solo act since it’s supposed to be a fun family activity. So my hubs and I headed out today in search of our Christmas tree. It wasn’t really supposed to be a search though, since I had seen them for sale in a nearby town. We headed straight there and arrived at 4:30 in the afternoon (yes it’s still afternoon then, even if it’s been dark for an hour already!). Mind you it’s a Saturday. The weekend. When most people should be heading out to buy their tree. They closed at 4. They aren’t open on Sunday. They are open during the week till 1800 (or 6 for you civilian folk). Which means my husband might, just might, get out someday this week to head straight home, pick me up, and head straight for the one and only Christmas Tree place I have been able to find this year. I’m really curious how people in Germany function. Nothing is open after a regular work day. I don’t understand how they do it. Needless to say, I’m still Christmas Treeless and will be heading over with a friend on Monday to get my Christmas tree. Once again, without my husband. I’m hoping we will be in the states next Christmas so I don’t have to deal with this whole process. It’s so much easier there. Hoping you all have better luck preparing for your Christmas than I have!