And A Maine Coon Cat Lived Here: Wondering Gaels.

I just finished reading a wonderful blog, called Irish Christmas traditions at Wandering Gaels and it started me thinking about my own wandering Gael family, and our more than California-ized Christmas traditions. I would like to share a few of them with you. Picture if you will: Christmas eve morning. My mother, an early riser, … Continue reading And A Maine Coon Cat Lived Here: Wondering Gaels.

And Gutenberg Lived Here: When Is A Turkey A Taurus?

Yesterday being T-day, I did a little thinking, And Thanking: both still around, both still happily married, both with big plans for the future. And then got on to the logistic problems: Where to get a turkey, How to avoid being invited to a large thanksgiving party for people who once lived in the US. … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: When Is A Turkey A Taurus?

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Just Call Me Friday

I don't know what it is about Fridays- Maybe it's just the fact that since everyone else is on the road that day, in up to two-hour traffic jams, or has picked up their kids from school at one pm and are at McD's, before trying to shove the tykes into winter boots for school, … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Just Call Me Friday

And Erasmus Lived Here: On Ghostbusting, And “Best Local Food? At The Top Of The Funicular.”

When Gutenberger go to the town of Freiburg, it is usually for only one reason: fall hiking in the gorgeous Black Forest. And, of course, being Gutenberger, there had better be good food and drink somewhere along the line. Not that the Gutenberger aren't educated, and cultivated, and open to new ideas. (Probably more so … Continue reading And Erasmus Lived Here: On Ghostbusting, And “Best Local Food? At The Top Of The Funicular.”

And Erasmus Lived Here: Of Alemannics, Catholics, And Long-Short Reds.

Last weekend one of those special family holidays snuck up on us- the type that here in Gutenberg land is called a "round birthday" and always celebrated as an "event" of the kind where you need to rent the San Francisco Cow Palace, invite everyone you call friend, and, here at Gutenberg U, your area … Continue reading And Erasmus Lived Here: Of Alemannics, Catholics, And Long-Short Reds.

And Gutenberg Lived Here: World Coffee Day.

What? The first of October is world coffee day? Good grief, how do I hide this fact so my husband Harald doesn't find it? (He who can't get up and moving without two cups, and I often felt would leave me for a senorita in Cuba, Guatemala, Columbia, or any of the other places the … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: World Coffee Day.

And Sir Walter Scott Lived Here: We Beard The Mechanical Chicken In Its Lair.

So...Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys, Girls... (and sheep-and-grouse-herding border collies,) when we last left our intrepid travellers, Rhineland Gutenberger bred and born- well, at least they moved there some time ago, they were: struggling with boots and southwester far too large, but at least sturdy, braving a hurricane-force wind, (the locals told us to walk it- … Continue reading And Sir Walter Scott Lived Here: We Beard The Mechanical Chicken In Its Lair.

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Quaint Ancient Local Customs, And Not So Ancient Greek Restaurants.

Last night we went to one of those ancient historical culture phenomena, no, not Bavarian dancing in dirndl dresses and short leather pants and hat with goat's beard, ┬álike you always see on the news, or on shows like NCIS, whose local production staff took them all the way to Berlin, to film, and embarrassingly … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Quaint Ancient Local Customs, And Not So Ancient Greek Restaurants.

And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Sociological Importance Of The Introduction Of Parsnip Fries On The German Culture

Today was one of those days. Long ride downtown, then the usual parking problems, appointments everywhere, and... suddenly... the glorious thrill of pure magical sunshine on the Rhine, the chance to watch kids play on the grass between the main government buildings, dogs frolicking, a group of Swiss tourists who put up a small day … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Sociological Importance Of The Introduction Of Parsnip Fries On The German Culture

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Happy Engineers Named Herman, “Hermann Ze German,” And Global Warming Through Earl Grey.

A couple of days ago, I got a neat little icon picture thingy, a "W" in a laurel wreath, with a silver loving cup and the inscription "Happy Anniversary." It was signed by Herman, my personal happy engineer. Thank you, Herman. I didn't even know we were going together. Are you by any means related … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Happy Engineers Named Herman, “Hermann Ze German,” And Global Warming Through Earl Grey.