18 June 2013

Here I Am!

You will need this to stay awake through my blog post! (Image from Kitchen Treaty)

I am still alive, honestly!  I can not believe that is has been since March for my last blog post.  Way too much has happened around here with it being one thing after another.  My dad has been gone for eight months now, we spent those months dealing with people who were not happy with the will, and since I was also the executor we spent quite a bit of time with lawyers and court.  You would have thought the estate was worth millions and not the little bit that was in it.  Next we had to acquire and store a lot of the "stuff" with thoughts of oh my goodness, we need to have a yard sale or something.  I hope to never, ever, go through something like that again.  My daughter is officially divorced, yes that at the same time too.
My hubby's uncle had to have back surgery which was quite a stress too, but he made it through just fine.
Can you say I need a vacation?!  Hubby and I have an anniversary coming up so every five years I try to make it special; not that every year isn't special!  Five years ago we went to Germany, and visited family which was a good thing that we did as one of my aunts passed away this year too.  This year I have no idea, money isn't exactly growing on trees either!  I was thinking of getting a little camper and going out west to see some of the states that we have not seen.  Then a nice quiet beach would be nice, a trip across the pond would be nice, and winning the lotto would be extra nice! Dream, dream, dream......
I still have to download my pics back to the computer; plus my dad's computer which is a lot newer that what I have (a Dell) totally went on the fritz for no reason.  Good thing I had not downloaded any pics on it.  I read somewhere that they had a tendency to do that and who knows why so it will be sent off.
In the meantime I will be sharing things that I have found here and there. 
We have had so much rain here with only two days of temps in the 90's!  Very weird for here.  I don't mind it too much, but what I had planted needed to be re-planted.  My garden, veggies and flowers, are finally beginning to grow.  Summer begins this week so we shall see what the weather brings for us.
While down in Florida visiting the uncle and aunt, and it was hot there!, Aunt M. brought out some coffee ice cream.  Now, I am not a coffee drinker.  I love my tea, hot or cold.  However, my dad loved coffee ice cream so it was a treat for us too when we could have some.  Only Aunt M. and I ate the ice cream, it was sooooo good.  One other thing I like is iced coffee, hmmmm, maybe it is all the milk and sugar!  So lo and behold today I found a recipe to make some iced coffee which I will share the site with you.  I haven't tried it yet, but it looks yummy!
http://www.kitchentreaty.com/cold-brewed-iced-coffee/ I think that next time we visit Aunt M. we will be enjoying this along with the coffee ice cream. 
Since I am finally back to blogging once again I am hoping that I can make it an every day thing plus catching up on the latest with all of you in blog land.  If I have any trouble staying awake I'll just grab the coffee ice cream or iced coffee!


stadtgarten said...

Dear Ulrike,
so nice to see that you are back. It seems that you have had a very hard time and I hope for better times to come for you soon.
I am looking forward to new blogposts here and I hope you will find the perfect spot for your trip.
Have a nice day, liebe Gruesse, Monika

Mary said...

Well this made my day dear friend - so glad you are back after all those upsetting months trying to placate those people in your life. As they say, you can pick your friends but are stuck with your family.......and they can be a handful, I know that only too well!

Hope things continue to improve and that you and Craig are able to enjoy the Summertime together with less pressure on you. I was really sorry to learn of your daughter's divorce - that was a surprise - but I hope she is well these days.

I've just returned from another adventure (Japan and Russia) and was in Antarctica Jan/Feb so this has been a very busy year so far. Bob and I are off to the West Coast soon, just a short trip to visit friends - never a dull moment. I so hope you two can take a trip to celebrate your anniversary - but have a wonderful time no matter what you do, even if it means staying home......and congratulations of course!

Coffee ice cream - my dream dessert, love it. My favorite is definitely Starbucks (but the original ice cream which has no additives such as choc chunks), I could become addicted!

Will be looking forward to reading your posts Ulrike - Bob says hi to you both - we often talk of you and still hope to catch up again one of these days.

Hugs - Mary

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