Off to school

Last night we took the youngest three to dinner at Le Tagine on Karlsruher Str. in Heidelberg-Rohrbach. Contrary to what I found in a restaurant web listing for them – they do not have a website. The restaurant interior is well designed and comfortable. Unfortunately they were not crowded. I say that because the food was excellent – Mideastern-African food prepared in traditional tagine. That was the route my husband went, the son headed toward skewers and the two girls and I selected couscous dishes. Wonderful soups and appetizers and we will not talk about two swooning over chocolate for desert.

This morning, since the DH is headed out to drop the kids on his way to Switzerland we had planned on going out for brunch. This idea had come up prior to our detour for dinner last night. Still feeling full, we woke up the horde just before going out the door. Instead of brunch, we had a lovely continental breakfast at Der Europäische Hof. Arriving too late for breakfast, the staff promptly explained that it would be no problem to serve us in the hall (see page 2, Hotelhalle).

Surprisingly, the teens were almost done packing by the time we got back.

That does not mean that the lawn ever got mowed. Yes, this little patch is the only grass on the entire property. And it getting it mowed seems to be harder than years ago when we had almost 1/2 an acre.


or that time was not spent doing critical updates (why are they discovered right before going out the door?).


or eating ice cream


I did catch them on camera before they headed for the car (the sun was bright and there is always someone with their eyes closed or mouth open or making a face or….).


But the car was packed, loaded and they left.


Leaving the dog and I with the quiet.



Just finished The Burnt House by Faye Kellerman. It is number whatever in her Rina Lazarus/Peter Decker series. I liked the way the action unfolded, and the time lines were realistic. The LAPD not knowing some of the cutting edge technology for identification was not really believable, but her characters are “real.”

Enjoying an early silent supper while reading a book then back to cleaning, keyboard and anything that I want on the cassette player (like Illegal Seafood by Clam Chowder ).

The kids have called, settled in with more or less the room assignments that they expected. There was an almost 50% turnover in the Internat this year. But those numbers would include the departing Abiturentin and exchange students so it is to be expected. I have already let the kids know that bringing home for the weekend the stray from Wales or any other student who lives to far to travel home is always a good idea.

And I think I have been cleared for leave tomorrow. Do I go back to my long neglected Kauni? Work on some socks? or Spin.

Oh, that is right – cleaning is also on the list.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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2 Responses to Off to school

  1. Deb says:

    When I stayed in Morocco we had a very hard time finding traditional food. Most of the restaurants were street vendors, quick cafes, italian, greek, (etc., etc.)

    Only a few expensive and overly cheesey tourist traps sold traditional foods–

    We usually had tangine cooked chicken and figs with mint tea and couscous at the homes of locals when invited over for dinner. (Not an often occurance).

    So, I’m glad your daughter returned your knitting! The red socks look absolutely exquisite!!!

  2. Suse says:

    Glad to hear, that your knitting and mp3 player have reappeared 🙂 It’s not the we knitters don’t have enough wool in our stash for another project, but losing one really is a disaster *lol*

    BTW: I will note the adress of the restaurant and try to convince hubby to go there for dinner one day 🙂


    PS: I will drop by Anettes shop within the next few days to see if I can get more information on the Spinnzirkel meetings 🙂

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