Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine's Day/Valentinstag


Look what I got!  A dozen roses and chocolates!  What a wonderful husband I have!  
Mein Valentinstaggeschenk!  Ein Dutzend Rosen und Pralinen!  Was für einen wunderbaren Mann ich doch habe!

Happy Valentine's Day to everybody!  Alles Gute zum Valentinstag!

While Peter took Jonathan and Charlotte to dance two hours with Mr. Ling, Miriam, Veronika, and Flora needed something to cool off because it was 89 degrees!  I turned on the sprinkler and let them have some fun.  To match the hot temperatures, we had a spinach salad with roasted beets and lentils.

 Dorina, do you recognize Veronika's swimsuit?


Während Peter Jonathan und Charlotte zum Ballettstudio gebracht hat, damit sie zwei Stunden mit Herrn Ling tanzen konnten, brauchten Miriam, Veronika und Flora etwas zum Abkühlen.  Heute waren es nämlich 31 Grad!  Ich habe den Rasensprenger vor dem Haus angestellt, was eine wunderbare Idee war.  Zum Essen gab es einen Spinatsalat mit gerösteten roten Beeten und Linsen, was gut zu den heißen Temperaturen paßte.  





20 comments:

  1. Schöne Blumen und Aktivitäten.
    31° C, unglaublich, da haben wir sicherlich um die 30° Temperaturunterschied. Geniesst es!

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    1. Gestern war es kühler, nur 26 Grad. Wir waren bei der San Raphael Mission. Dort haben wir mit einem polnischen Computerprofessor gesprochen,der schon lange hier wohnt. Er hat gesagt, daß dieser Februar sehr ungewöhnlich ist.

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    2. *grins" "nur" ist gut, aber ich verstehe schon was du meinst. Wie weit südlich ist es eigentlich bei euch verglichen mit Europa?

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    3. Wir liegen auf der Höhe von Beirut, das Klima ist so dem Libanon oder auch Israel ähnlich.

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  2. The suit looks so nice on her :) It was one of their favorites. It's so good she's enjoying it. 89! That sounds . . too hot to me! Thank goodness for sprinklers. What a different winter you are having! (The salad looks delicious).

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    1. I think it fits quite well and comes in handy these days :). Yes, that is too hot, everybody keeps telling us so. Today it is a bit cooler. I think this year the two coasts live in extremes. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

      P.S. We are planning a trip to Santa Barbara. Peter will give a paper at Westmont and we are planning on seeing Peter's former roommate from Notre Dame there.

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    2. Santa Barbara is where I used to live when I went to UCSB and it's where Greg and I first met after writing to each other for a year. It's very beautiful. I lived in Goleta, a part of UCSB with student apartments and graduate housing, and then on Mountain Drive just past the Mission. They had a terrible fire there several years ago (the Tea Fires) and I'm not sure if everyone rebuilt in the foothills where it happened. Probably many did.

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    3. Did you meet in writing? We want to go and look at the Mission when we are there! There are also two missions on the way, but I think we won't have time to stop there. We will have to look at those another day. I will let you know if I see something of the fire. What did you study?

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    4. Theatre Arts: Directing, Acting, Theatre History. It was great. I loved it. I had wonderful teachers and it was incredibly beautiful The UC campus has a lagoon and it's right on the beach. And the Mission is beautiful too; smaller than the San Gabriel I think, but very pretty. Do you think you'll visit the UC campus? Definitely walk the beach in town.

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    5. Yes, Greg and I met in writing :) We had a mutual friend who introduced us and we spoke once on the phone, and then wrote for a year and then met in SB.

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    6. Now I know where your girls have this from :)). We have to see what we will do. Peter has some kind of schedule about when he needs to be where, but we will definitely visit the Mission at some point. The girls also want to go to the beach. Jonathan will not come with us. He will be visiting Thomas Aquinas College for a few days. We will drop him off on the way and pick him up on our way back. Have you ever been to Westmont College? Why did you choose California for college?

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    7. Thomas Aquinas's campus looks gorgeous. I don't know much about Westmont. UCSB was great for grad school but I'm glad I didn't go for undergrad ("party"school and too many TA classes). I went to California Lutheran College, now University, in Thousand Oaks. I loved it and had wonderful teachers. It was on the edge of town in those days . . it's probably more built up now. I chose California because I had been back and forth with my parents for years to visit my aunt, my mom's sister, in Woodland Hills (about a half hour south of Thousand Oaks). She had moved to CA with my dear Uncle Bill and cousin Cindy (who are now in Annapolis) when I was four. We spent many years flying and driving from coast to coast. My mom and my aunt were very close and I think it was painful for them to suddenly live so far from each other, but of course the move opened a whole new world to all of us. When it was time for me to choose a college, there was no other place I wanted to go but California. I was lucky that the school, being small, wanted students from the east coast and helped me get financial aid. My grades were just so so since I never liked to study :P but they were decent enough for a National Direct Student Loan and a few scholarships from the school. It was fun. I'm glad I went . . but I'm also happy to be back in the east. I like the roughness of winter and often don't feel open enough for spring if winter hasn't been too cold. Yes, I agree with your friend. The seasons make you dig deep - especially winter (though when you live in CA long enough you become very aware of the different seasons there . . even in southern CA . . it's impossible to see when you first arrive coming from the intensity of our's).

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    8. P.S. The sister school to California Lutheran College was Wagner College on Staten Island and I spent a semester there. Don't know if that relationship still exists. From Wagner there was a program in Bregenz, so I did a semester there too. Every school has different wonderful opportunities! Good luck to Jonathan in his search! I look forward to hearing about Thomas Aquinas.

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    9. Thanks so much for the detailed explanation! Were your parents and sister sad when you went out here? We just said that about the seasons here the other day, when we noticed some bare trees! There are subtle seasons, but you have to live here longer to find out about them.

      Yes, I will write about his visit there. We will also get to tour the campus and talk to a few professors. Many come from ND :).

      By the way, we will be staying close to the beach in a motel in Santa Barbara. It will be in walking distance.

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  3. P.S. Happy Valentines Day! The flowers and chocolates are lovely!

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    1. Thanks, the flowers are still lovely and the chocolates have not been eaten yet, at least not all of them.

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  4. Happy Belated Valentines! Lucky Lady!!

    It is February which means it is your birthday soon? Can you message here the date as my memory is terrible and I have failed to write it down!

    We are still sick at this end and Lent hasn't even begun :-)

    Love to you all

    San and co xx

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    1. Yes, that was a BIG surprise when the flowers were being delivered. Yes, my birthday is this coming Saturday. Speaking of birthdays, I am at a loss when it comes to birthdays myself right now. I have not taken our birthday calendar with us. Now I only remember my siblings' birthdays and my parents'. Those are the only dates that are in my head. For other people I have an association of their birthdays with a certain month, but that is about it.

      Hope you will get healthy soon.

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  5. Hach, wie romantisch!
    Ich durfte mir zum Valentinstag etwas aussuchen, und habe mich für das erste Eis der Saison (Schokolade) entschieden. Unsere Lieblingseisdiele hat kürzlich wieder eröffnet, leider ist sie nicht zu Fuß erreichbar, sonst wäre ich wohl täglich dort... ;))
    Und soooo feines Wetter habt ihr!
    Liebe Grüße

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    1. Das ist aber früh für eine Eisdiele, oder? In Deutschland machen sie erst im Sommer auf. Seid Ihr als Familien gegangen? Oder nur Du und Dein Mann?

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