“When you’re curious, you find a lot of interesting things.” – Walt Disney
It’s a beautiful day here in Germany. It drizzled this morning but now it’s overcast and there’s a slight breeze. I still am not use to talking to family and friends in the states. It is usually lunch here before I hear from anyone. Since we don’t have a car yet (which will hopefully change soon!) the girls and I have been cooped up in the cabin. We go on walks, play at the playground, color, paint, dance, and read books, but it gets old.
There is a trail called the Nature walk that is a 1.5 mile loop back behind the cabins. It was drizzling and a bit chilly, so the perfect weather for a little walk. I’m ready for our stuff to be here to that Stella can once again put on her rain boots and raincoat and play in the rain. The path they have mowed out is nice. Along the path, they had signs that talked about recycling impact on the earth; the different butterfly, bee, and wasp species in this area; there are 2 inactive volcanoes in this area; the significance of dead wood (I never knew all the little holes in dead wood were where beetle larva matured); and the water habitats.
We got to see quite a few different types of mushrooms. There were some growing in an old stump and Stella whispered, “Mommy, the jellyfish are sleeping.” Yes, she kept calling them jellyfish so that’ll be something that I need to remember to write in her baby book. She also picked some flowers, got to see snails and slugs (which, for the record, are huge here), and enjoyed opening the boxes with the name of the trees and pictures of their leaves. It was something nice and different for us to do for the day. I have ran it twice and it’s such a change of scenery compared to the scrub brush.
Yesterday we walked from the cabin to the commissary to get us out and about for awhile and because I’m tired of going to the playground. I think it’s about 1.5 mi, but it took us almost an hour. I had Nora (who, after head butting, slapping, and scratching me, finally fell asleep) in the baby carrier and Stella walked. I was trying hard to make the walk fun for Stella so she wasn’t begging to be picked up. We got to walk over a bridge with running water (something we haven’t gotten to see often living in Arizona), see a snail munching on some weeds, picked flowers, and sang lots of songs. I’m sure people thought I was crazy. Hey, I’m sure it’s not the first time.
Saturday we are going to Poland to shop for Polish Pottery and try some pierogis! They remind me of ravioli, but different fillings, and are an Eastern European dish. Hopefully it will all go well (it’s a long drive) with the two girls and doesn’t require me to drink more beer to get through it!