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The same, yet different…

October 15, 2012

I’ve been sitting here for most of the morning trying to come up with something for today’s post. Instead, I’m staring at the computer, browsing on Facebook and Twitter and generally not being productive. Well, I did most of my morning chores and got a walk in.

Part of the problem is my head, it doesn’t feel quite attached or like it’s wrapped in a bubble… think I got a little too close to my girlies last week when they were sick. My throat hurts, my nose is runny and I feel like I’m in a fog. Yup, got another head cold it seems. Yay for me.

So, instead of wrecking my brain and letting my mind wander off in a million directions I’ll try to concentrate on this week’s prompt for Monday Listicles. Stasha let Christine pick today’s prompt.

10 ways I am different (or not) than my younger self:

1. I have short, very short hair now. My mom keeps this picture of me with my hair down past my shoulders and wavy thanks to a long ago perm!

2. I speak a different language at home now. I grew up in Germany, speaking German and now live in the US and speak mostly English in my daily life.

3. I don’t bite my nails anymore. At least, not too much and never down to the quick like I used to growing up.

4. I eat all kinds of exotic foods now. Growing up in heartland Germany we ate a very “boring” diet compared to all the exotic foods I have access to now.

5. I don’t listen to Techno anymore and haven’t in quite some time. I used to go to the dance clubs every weekend, Fridays and Saturdays sometimes and dance the night away. 

6. I still love to read. I have always liked to read and still have a love for all kinds of books. I wish I had more time to enjoy reading though!

7. I’m an American citizen now. Growing up, until January this year, I was a German citizen.

8. I still love eating chocolate. Give me a bar of Milka milk chocolate and I’m a happy camper.

9. I still love drinking tea. But now it’s rooibus or chai instead of chamomile and peppermint!

10. I weigh less now, after giving birth to three children, then I did at my senior prom! And yes, I’m very happy about that.


Compliment Quotes {Monday Listicles}

October 7, 2012

It’s Monday.

The beginning of another week.

And the only thing I like about Mondays is joining Stasha and making a list for her.

Today’s all about compliments.

I wasn’t sure which way to go with this one.

I don’t take compliments easily and never quite know what to say other than “Thank you.”

As I was browsing around the interwebs I got an idea.

Why not combine my love for lists and quotes and give you a list of 10 compliment quotes.

1) We are prepared for insults, but compliments leave us baffled. ~ Mason Cooley

2) Flattery…. gets its kicks by flirting with insult and ridicule. ~ Willis Goth Regier

3) Pay with compliments and you will always be wealthy. ~ Mike Dolan

4) I can live for two months on a good compliment.  ~Mark Twain

5) What flatterers say, try to make true.  ~German Proverb

6) There is no effect more disproportionate to its cause than the happiness bestowed by a small compliment.  ~Robert Brault

7) Do not offer a compliment and ask a favor at the same time. A compliment that is charged for is not valuable. ~ Mark Twain

8) Nothing makes people so worthy of compliments as receiving them. One is more delightful for being told one is delightful — just as one is more angry for being told one is angry. ~ Katherine F. Gerould

9) It is great to get praise from the lips of taciturnity.  ~John Addington Symonds

10) Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.  ~Lord Chesterfield


Falling into Fall

October 1, 2012

After reading Stasha’s post I don’t feel quite so bad about being late to the party. It seems I’m not the only one who feels a time crunch lately. I’m going, going, going. Where? Not exactly sure.

Let’s continue and list ten things Fall.

Well, things that feel like Fall to me. In my little corner of the world Fall, or any other season besides Summer, doesn’t exactly happen. 🙂

Here is my list of 10 Fall faves:

1. Pumpkin Spice
K-cups  from Green Mountain coffee. I cannot wait for these to show up on the store shelves and have my first cup of the season. Yum!!!

2. Pumpkin Spice rooibus tea. Because I cannot get enough of Pumpkin Spice and this tea is caffeine free. Perfect for night time.

3. Baking – Pumpkin Spice cupcakes, anyone? Oh my, these are heavenly and the kitchen smelled just delicious while they were baking. I will add these to my Thanksgiving menu for sure. Recipe on Thursday!!!

4. Cooler mornings. Yes, it does cool down a little and most mornings and evenings it’s just gorgeous out. Enjoying those walks a lot more now.

5. Less humidity. We are not quite there, yet. But it’s coming and I will enjoy it tremendously. I never mind the heat of Summer but the humidity I can live without.

6. Baked chicken with German potato dumplings. Those heavier meals that we just don’t feel like eating during the hottest months of the year are making a comeback to our table.

7. Costumes. My kids still adore dressing up and buying the costumes for Halloween are just a part of fall.

8. Pictures of leaves changing. I miss that, watching the leaves change color, fall to the ground and walking through them. Crunch!!!

9. Halloween cups. They hide in the back of the cupboard most of the year and only come out around this time of year. Love them. 🙂

10. Pumpkins. Carving them, cleaning the seeds and roasting them. Salted, roasted Pumpkin seeds. Yes, please. 🙂

Thanks, Stasha for this great topic.

This week will be Fall themed here on my blog. Can you believe my 1 year blogaversary is coming up on Saturday?

I can’t. It seems just like yesterday when I opened my WordPress for Dummies book.

I’m thinking about a Fall themed, actually, a Pumpkin Spice flavored giveaway as a way to say “Thank you.” to all my friends and readers in my little space. What to you think?

Hope you all have a great week.

xo, Susi



Music to my ears…

September 9, 2012

I love this weeks prompt for Monday Listicles.

Cassie from Our Foto Friendly Family gave us this weeks prompt.

10 songs…

I love music, I love to sing loudly and off-key and I love to dance to music.

I also love this prompt.

Here are 10 of my favorite songs in no particular order:

1. Adele “Set Fire to the Rain”

Need I say more?

2. Neon Trees “Everybody Talks”

Just love this one right now. I catch myself singing along and bobbing around my seat!

3. Guns’n’Roses “November Rain”

Gets me every time. And that guitar solo by Slash… no words needed. (Also, the first song I slow danced to with my first boyfriend… I was 13. Sigh!)

4. Natalie Imbruglia “Torn”

My summer song the summer I graduated high school. A friend I worked with dubbed it my song! Still love it and still sing along!

5. BonJovi “Always”

I love the whole Cross Roads album. Really, my first foray into all thing Bon Jovi. I fell in love with the band. I still remember sitting on a bus full of 8th graders going on a class trip and driving by an arena where they were set to perform and wishing I could go.

6. Muse “Starlight”

Why this song? Where do I start? I can’t get enough of Muse and have “Eclipse” and Stephenie Meyer to thank for bringing their music into my life. This is by far one of my fave songs. It was my ringtone for quite some time and I put it back every so often.

7. Orianthi “According to You”

She was a back up musician on what was supposed to be Micheal Jackson’s big comeback tour. I love this song. Got the whole album and wish she was more known… I think she’s pretty incredible.

8. Madonna “Like a Prayer”

Gotta throw in some old school Madonna. Still some of my faves to dance to.

9. Sarah McLachlan “Elsewhere”

I still remember the first time I got into hubby’s car when we started dating and Sarah McLachlan was playing. He had me right there!!! This is by far one of my favorites of hers. It just reaches a place inside me. I can’t explain. It just is.

10. Carter Burwell “Love, Death, Birth”

The theme for the Twilight Saga, specifically Breaking Dawn Pt. 1. I love listening to this at night when the house is quiet and I’m working away on blog posts. (Like now.)
I see images from the movies, moments shared by Bella and Edward… Isn’t that what music is supposed to do, paint a picture in your mind?



Monday Listicles {Tropical Storm Isaac Edition}

August 27, 2012

My Monday Listicles post is totally off topic today. Please, forgive me…

It’s just that there are other things on my mind.

As some of you know I live in mostly sunny South Florida!

It’s usually sunny, except when it’s not.

You know, every once in a while when certain weather conditions like to remind us that it’s not all fun  and games in Florida.

So, this is what we’ve been dealing with the past few days.

Tropical Storm Isaac!

The original forecast called for the feeder bands to start coming in sometime on Sunday afternoon, with the worst of it overnight into dawn Monday and then start subsiding by midday Monday.

Then they changed the forecast saying it should start easing up by Sunday evening and basically be done with it.

Well, turns out the original forecast was right and we got “hammered”(that was actually a news headline) overnight into this morning. It did not let up by midmorning but lasted well into the afternoon.

As I’m writing this it’s still very gloomy and drizzles on and off.

Here is my list of just 10 pictures to show you what my neighborhood looks like right now.

1) This is currently the look of our pool. Hubby posted a status on Facebook: “We finally have the infinity pool we always wanted.”🙂 I haven’t been able to take a picture of our flooded backyard… it’s our very own pond!!!

2) This is the view from my garage. Pretty accurate for what the sky has been like the past few days. I miss the sun.

3) The intersection at the end of my street. I walked Macy our dog and waded through water more than ankle deep. I’ve never seen it flooded this way here.

4) “Our” fishing lake. The street is completely flooded and the lakes on both sides are actually meeting. I did see a few stuck cars.

5) A different view from the same lake. The trees are usually on a nice patch of grass.

6) My girls feet. Some areas are deeper than others. I kept them well away from the deeper ones.

7) Going towards another one of the lakes and our favorite big, shady tree which is up to its trunk underwater as well.

8) Can’t believe they sent out the mail carrier today. Felt bad for him. Not exactly safe driving conditions.

9) Middle and Little One were worried for the baby ducks. They all made it and are safe. These are just two of them… the others ran off when they saw me coming with my big camera.

10) One of my favorite pics (looking on the bright side)… the girls’ floating flip flops!!!


All in all it could have been a lot worse. It was more of a rain then a wind event and we never lost power. Which actually surprised me quite a bit. I’ve never seen the neighborhood flooded like this. We are sticking close to home until the water has receded some and it’s safe to be on the roads again.

Keeping my fingers crossed for the people in the Gulf states, especially Louisiana (New Orleans) now and hope everyone stays safe!




Missing some but not others…

July 9, 2012

Wow. What a day it’s been. Didn’t get much blogging time in today since there were other, more urgent matters I needed to take care of.

For one, I spent most of the day on and off the phone trying to find a tile company/plumber. See, we had a little problem with it raining in our laundry room this weekend.

We called a plumber on Saturday who charged us $200 for less than an hour work and told us that the shower pan was broken and leaking. Duh!

So, today I had to start calling around… not an easy feat, especially when no one picked up at the first four numbers I called. I guess, they have enough work. They haven’t bothered calling me back either.

I have two appointments set up tomorrow and can’t wait to find out how much this little repair/remodel is going to set us back. Wish me luck!

I also had to give my dearest boy a little helping hand cleaning out his pig sty  room. He thought he could just sweep it all under the rug bed, so to speak. But this mommy actually moved the bed so he could clean under it properly. He was not too pleased!!! 🙂 It’s done and his room is clean and sparkling for at least a few weeks. Boys, will be boys.

Let’s not forget the usual cleaning and sweeping and straightening and there you have most of my day.


Enough chatter, time to get a list made.

This week’s listicles was inspired by the late Nora Ephron and her lists in her last book.

What I’ll miss…

1. My kids

2. My hubby

3. My mom

4. My sister

5. The rest of my family

6. Taking walks at twilight

7. Seeing the beautiful sunsets

8. Feeling my toes sink into the hot sand at the beach

9. The ocean and the sound of the waves crashing on shore

10. music, reading, dancing

What I won’t miss…

1. Sweeping up dog hair every day

2. Scrubbing bathrooms

3. Leaky showers

4. Repair men

5. Idiot drivers

6. Ironing

7. Nosy neighbors

8. Raisins

9. Hurricanes

10. Reality TV

Quick and short… I’m too mush brained to go into more detail today!!!

Hope everyone has a great week.

xo, Susi


Random questions, random answers

July 1, 2012

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. If you went through the bad storms and lost power and still don’t have it… I feel for you. It’s no fun, especially in this heat. Stay hydrated and as cool as you can and hang in there!

Monday, a new week, one with a holiday right in the middle… it’ll be my first 4th of July as an American citizen. So, really, it’s my first official 4th of July!!! We won’t be doing much… maybe see the fireworks at the park by our house. Little One isn’t too fond of fireworks and all the noise, so we usually stick close to home and spent a relaxing day together. Family time.

Monday also means time for a list. This week Stasha wants us to answer 10 random questions…

Here we go:

1) Grab the book nearest you, turn to page 23, and find line 4. What is it?

…information the Seeker needed, I would have to explore…

(Finally, started reading this book. It’s definitely no Twilight. But I’m sucked into the story. Love it.)

2) How many times a day do you say Hi?

I’m not sure. At least 4 or 5 times.

3) Have you ever worn a uniform?

Yes, growing up in East Germany we had to wear special uniforms for certain occasions… as young pioneers. ( A white blouse, red or blue neck kerchief and a skirt for the girls, shorts or pants for the boys.) But no regular school uniform.

4) What do you think about the most?

My kids… are they happy, are they having fun, do they have enough food, is she napping? Big kids are at camp during the week and Little One gets into a lot of trouble when she is supposed to nap!

5) How many keys are on your key ring?

Two. I only use the car key though. We have a number lock on the front door and I never use the key anymore. 

6) What was the last thing you bought?

Groceries, before that a new tank top for myself, a summer dress and flip flops and sandals for the girls, all at Old Navy. Love that store. 🙂

7) Are you growing anything these days?

Yes, to my utter surprise… basil and a red pepper plant. The basil is growing fantastically, no peppers on the red pepper plant but its growing and I haven’t killed it, yet. I do not have a green thumb!

8) What is under your bed?

My pilates mat and some dust bunnies.

9) What is most important in life?

Family, friends and happiness.

10) What is the strangest word you used this week?

Penis pump. Yes, I did. After seeing “Magic Mike”… 😉



A special man

June 25, 2012

It’s Monday… afternoon. And I feel like the day is just passing me by. So much to do, so little time.

But I really want to take some time and join Stasha for her Monday Listicles.

This week Kim of The G is Silent chose the topic. She wants us to write a list about a special man in our life.

The main man in my life is my hubby! The boy doesn’t quite count as a man just yet. 🙂

Here are 10 reasons/memories/things that make him special to me.

1. The biggest one of all would probably be the fact that he stepped up to the plate when I became pregnant with our son only 3 months after meeting him. He could have easily walked away but chose to stay and become a dad and family man. And here we are 12 years down the road…

2. He is such a wonderful father and his kids, especially the girls adore him. I’ve said this before but they are daddy’s girls. I love it when one of them runs up to him, jumps into his arms, gives him a monkey hug and tells him: “I love you daddy. You are the best.” Just because.

3. I love when he comes home after work with a bouquet of flowers or most recently, German pickles, just because he wants to see me smile. No reason, no occasion… just because.

4. This one is not necessarily a happy memory but a tender one. Middle had eye surgery when she was three. Due to unforeseen circumstances I had to leave the hospital while she was in surgery. He stayed, and was there when they wheeled her out. When I walked in, there he was, in the hospital bed with her in his arms, soothing her and holding her. It was a sight I will never forget and still brings tears to my eyes.

5. On a lighter note, last summer one of my besties came to visit and we met up with German friends of ours that were here on vacation. One day, we decided that us girls would go shopping because the guys really didn’t want to. So, hubby stayed home and entertained a virtual stranger all day so we girls could go shopping in peace. They had a blast, even with the language barrier, and once we got home we all got to enjoy hubby’s barbeque skills!!!

6. He has a soft heart when it comes to animals. A few years ago, I found this tiny kitten in the backyard… around 4 weeks old. I brought her home but kept her outside on the back deck. The next day, I put up fliers, and was going to take her to the humane society, since we had 3 dogs and really didn’t need another mouth to feed. He had run out to the grocery store for something… and came home with a collar, dishes and cat food instead. He named the kitten Finnegan and she has him wrapped around her little paws!

7. I love that he plays guitar, electric and acoustic. It’s like I have my own rock star in the house… there’s always music around.  He also dabbles in bass, drums and knows a tune or two on the trumpet. The kids have inherited his love for music and want to play their own instruments. Not sure how I feel about having a drum set in the house, though!

8. He’s my own personal tech guru. I never have to worry about my laptop, backups or hosting issues. He handles it all for me… and I know, that’s a biggie, especially for a blogger! When I told him I wanted to buy a premium theme and start running on the Genesis framework, he quietly did a back up of my blog and told me to have at it. Not one minute of worry for me. I had enough on my mind switching themes!!! 🙂

9. He is also super understanding and supportive of my blogging endeavors and puts up with me sitting in front of my laptop until midnight, trying to catch up on my blog reading, commenting and writing. You all know how time consuming it can get, right?

10. He’s a pretty amazing cook and does a lot of the cooking. I think, most weeks he probably cooks more than I do. He enjoys it and we (mostly) love what he whips up. I don’t even mind the clean up after… usually. (He does have a tendency for using every pot, bowl and spoon in the kitchen!) 🙂

Yes, I love my husband, even if we don’t always see eye to eye… it’s marriage, it does take some work and compromise. But in the end the love that we make is equal to the love we take!!!!




Summer Memories

June 4, 2012

I’m sitting here by the pool in my bathing suit still drying off from my swim. The boy, Little One and I had our lunch right here at this shady table on our pool deck.

I wanted to write a recap of my experience at my first blog conference at She Con in Orlando two weekends ago.

But now, sitting here, in the midst of enjoying a nice Summer day, I decided to join Stasha instead and share with you some of my Summer memories!!!

These are 10 memories that came to me as I was thinking about summers gone by…

1) I’m six or seven, sitting in the grass opposite our house, in my shorts and sandals enjoying a wedge of fresh, cool watermelon that someone, the neighbor maybe, had somehow gotten his hands on, juice dripping all over my hands, legs, shirt and spitting out seeds. (At the time, I lived in communist controlled East-Germany and a watermelon was a treasure. I still remember how excited and happy we were each Summer for that one wedge… I still love watermelon.)

2) Around the same age, walking into town to the ice-cream shop that only opened it’s doors during the Summer. We took a thermos, had it filled with soft serve ice-cream to bring home and had a cone, usually strawberry for me, on the way back. Soft serve is still by far my favorite ice cream.

3) Summers spent at grandma’s house, sitting on her porch, surrounded by evergreens, vines and flowers, eating dinner outside… bratwurst on the grill, her cucumber-tomato salad, so colorful and refreshing.

4) Laundry, that I may or may not have hung, snapping in the breeze… my favorite always, sheets and pillowcases. Walking through them, smelling that fresh, clean scent.

5) Vacation in Prague, on to Slovakia were we stayed at a lake resort, walking through the campground to get to the lake, swimming in the cold, cold lake, walking with my little sister in the mornings to get fresh baked croissants from the little store for breakfast. A day in Vienna, seeing the city from a horse drawn carriage.

6) Our vacation in Sweden. Six hours in the car to get to Kiel, a 14 hours ferry ride to Goeteborg, Sweden, six more hours in the car to our destination in the mountains. Hiking in the mountains, around the lakes, long, long Summer nights that were light as day. I remember the light… so strange and beautiful.

7) Riding our bikes to the lake, swimming, having fun, being chased and dunked by the boys, standing in line for ice cream or a snack, laying on our towels in the grass, listening to Guns’n’Roses on our walkmans’ and not having a care in the world. 

8)The first time my uncle, aunt and cousin came to visit from Germany, going to Disney World with them in August, driving to Orlando after I had just gotten my license, being terrified on I-4, and then… the magic of Disney, seeing the Cinderella castle for the first time, finding a mister and feeling the coolness and the parade and fireworks at night.

9) The Summer of 1999, going back to Germany… for a visit and so much more. Frankfurt, the US Consulate, important paperwork, a doctors visit, time spent with friends that I hadn’t seen in a few years, hanging out, driving around, staying out all night with my sister, grandma and mom meeting us on the drive-way, upset and worried, us, tired, not a care in the world… then goodbyes that were hard, nervous on the flight back with sealed paperwork, arriving at the airport in Ft. Myers, sitting in an office, waiting, fingerprints and then… yes, our Greencards.

10) And now, each and every Summer for the past 10 years of living here in our home, days spent in our bathing suits, swimming, splashing around in our backyard pool sitting in the shade, relaxing with first one, then two and now three kids. One of my favorite ways to spent lazy Summer days. 🙂


Writing this post made me so happy. Thinking about these memories, replaying them in my mind, watching them like a movie. So fun!!! Thanks for letting me take a trip down memory lane…





Mother's Day… a recap

May 14, 2012

I’m going to change my list up a little today and share my Mother’s Day, as well as, the goodies I received from my angels. They did good!!! With a little help from my mom. 🙂 Make sure you make a list and check it twice and link up with Stasha at The Good Life.

1. This year I actually got to spend Mother’s Day and the weekend preceding it with my own mom and my aunt who is visiting from Germany. That was nice and special.

2. My mom who I still think is a better cook and baker than I, made us all her famous Eggs Benedict with hollandaise made from scratch. It’s something to behold and taste. One of our favorite breakfasts at her house.

3. Middle daughter surprised me with this beautiful rose bouquet that she picked out with a little help from my own mommy.

4. And she also knows my love of balloons and snuck this one in the night before.

5. My boy made me a beautiful frame with a nice picture of him and also wrote me a beautiful card.

6. Knowing what a tea lover I am my mom picked this up for me and had to give it to me early because I really wanted a cup of tea after dinner one night. It’s delicious.

7. When we got home Middle daughter gave me the presents she made in school. Including these beautiful note cards that she painted.

8. And this decorated frame with a picture of her, before contact lens.

9. Love this planter… it says: “Mom, your love is planted in my heart.” Sigh!

10. I got to enjoy my family for Mother’s Day, those from near and far and that was the best.

*This is actually at my house when we all had breakfast outside together.