American kids grow up with a vague knowledge of castles. There aren’t many around to see first-hand, so a castle is a cool old building where queens and kings live in luxury with knights to defend them. Arcitecturaly speaking, there are towers for princesses to let down their golden hair, moats with alligators, and crenellations (you know those up and down bits that top every castle wall). It’s a place for royal balls with princes looking for princesses to marry, but it’s also the best of all forts with dramatic battles and sieges.
We’ve been in Germany now for 10 days (Wow! where’d that time go?!) and I’ve been making little lists in my head for all the things I would do better next PCS…something I’ve always done, but never bothered to write down…until now. I figure if I can pay it forward to someone else, my lessons will have been well learned.
Most of the time, I really do not enjoy grocery shopping. I generally avoid the commissary until the cupboards, fridge and freezer are pretty bare and the few ingredients left don’t really go together. Can I use canned pumpkin, lasagna noodles, and applesauce to make dinner? No? Are you sure? Maybe I’ll go grocery shopping tomorrow. Maybe.
We have two dogs, a two-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Gir and a seven-month-old Miniature Pinscher named Apollo. When we decided to bring them to Germany when we PCSed, all we knew was that we would have to arrange and pay for their transportation and that we would need to have them seen by a veterinarian before we took them over to make sure they had current shots and to obtain certain papers for their shipment. Like everything else in this move, there were several steps in the process.
Stumbling upon little treasures: German Fabric Stores
Some of my greatest finds have been the ones I’ve stumbled upon! If only to get so lucky more often –you know, the great little “corner bookstore”, the fantastic Metzgarrei, and most recently, fabric stores!