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  1. Love the grandma smoker – seems quite unique. And you are a very good artist – I can barely make paint by numbers look good. Much love to you as you say goodbye to your beloved Lucy.

  2. Welcome back home. It has been a very hot summer in Europe. We live in Austria, so I know what you mean about it usually cooling off in the evenings, but not this year. I actually flew back “home” to Texas in June, thinking that would be the hottest weather I’d see this summer, but the whole summer we’ve had high temps in Austria, as well. We just came back from a week in the Wachau valley (wine country) and it was just like being in Greece or Spain! I’ll miss your son’s blog post this year, but I understand that teens have their own mind about things. And I’m so sorry about your Lucy kitty. That’s a hard situation to come back home to after being away.

    1. Thank you Alison.
      Maybe I can convince my son to write one anyways. It’s such nice memories to have when he is older. And I agree it was like being in Greece or Spain.

  3. So sorry about your kitty…it IS the hardest part of pet ownership.

    I went to Rotenburg years ago, it was the best part of my trip. I bought a smoker too. It’s a Santa. My sisters in-laws we’re from Germany and she has a huge collection…at least 30.

    As for your art…I have taken some watercolor and drawing classes…it’s waaay harder than it looks. Lol Yours looks great.

  4. You certainly do have artistic talent!
    Sorry about the kitty..I know first hand the pain. It’s the price we pay.
    Julia….you are always pensive upon returning from Germany…..or is it returning to blogging?

    1. Thanks Carol, it is definitely returning from Germany and lately also returning to blogging. It’s become an entire different can of worms. All the technical stuff drives me crazy 😉

  5. So sorry to hear about your sweet kitty!

    But I do always love to hear about your Germany trips…..loved seeing your old artwork–very cool that your parents saved it! (my mother saves NOTHING)

  6. Love reading about your trips back to Germany! I’ve never been but my husband spent 6 weeks there several years back and he always raves about it. I can’t wait to go one day!

    So sorry about Lucy 🙁

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