Saturday, October 18, 2008

Oh What a Beautiful Day!!!

I can't believe I am putting a picture on my blog that doesn't include me, but this sunrise was so beautiful that it seemed like a good idea. One advantage of getting Uncle Steve up so early is that he can take all these pictures of the sunrise. He took over a half a dozen, but I made him pick the best one. This is the view right outside our window. Not too shabby!!!

Aunt Kathy had a massage today, so Uncle Steve took me for a long walk. We walked for 30 minutes towards the state park, and then turned around and came back before Aunt Kathy was finished with her pampering.

We had a quick lunch and then drove up to Grand Marais. There was Moose Madness at Grand Marais today. I even got to ride a moose. I am not kidding. Look at the picture. Aunt Kathy got some kettle corn, and Uncle Steve had pizza from Ole and Sven's. It seems like a funny name for a pizza place, but Uncle Steve seemed to be smiling from ear to ear. On the way back to Blue Fin I actually fell asleep in the car. I have been trying to fight it off, because there is so much to see. However, there were so many people in Grand Marais that told me how cute I was, it took a lot of energy to entertain them all. It's the price you have to pay for just being so darned cute!!!

When we got back Aunt Kathy was reading and looking out the upstairs window. Uncle Steve was reading and looking out the downstairs window. I spent the entire afternoon lap hopping, and sleeping. It's a rough life, but somebody has to make the sacrifices to keep them both happy.

Uncle Steve took a movie of me hunting just outside our deck. Pretty darn cute, aren't I?

Ich dich liebe,

Das Speckster

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At 9:16 AM, Blogger Speck said...

Looks like you're having a great trip! You look pretty neat riding that moose. I bet the locals just think you're the cutest thing to ever enter a five mile radius of "World's best donuts".

Germany is very pretty, but there are a few weird things about it so far. All of our hotel rooms have had two twin down comforters on the king size bed. Plus they have these giant square pillows that are supposed to be folded in half to act like two regular pillows.

The food can be categorized as follows:

1)Looks better than it tastes: lots of meaty snacks fall under this category. Just because it looks like a sausagy treat, doesn't necessarily mean it's good. Springerle cookies also fall into this category (very pretty, but taste like black licorice, ick!) Some delicious looking soft pretzels are not so soft and wonderful at all!
2)Tastes better than it looks: Spaetzle, yummy spaetzle, so tender and delicious when tossed with melty cheese, but it looks like a bowl of worms.
3)Sounds better than it is: Roasted chestnuts, while sound so romantic and quaint, are actually an acquired taste (that we have yet to acquire).
4)Tastes better than it sounds: how about catfish with eel sauce and beet ravioli? Actually quite delicious!
5)Smells so terrible that Papa won't even try it: Luckily only one thing so far. We still don't know what it was, but it appeared on a cheese plate...smelled like seriously unwashed feet (not the good stinky feet cheese smell, actually human stinky feet). Now, while little white dogs would probably find this smell intriguing and roll around in a patch of it that may have fallen on the floor, us humans just aren't ready for this kind of cuisine.
6)Sausage and potatoes: this covers all the rest of the food we've eaten so far. Meter-long sausages in baguettes for lunch while strolling in Rothenburg, WurstWeiss (white veal sausage), Frankfurt sausages, Bratwurst sausages, and about 5 or 6 unnamed, but quite delicious varieties. I'm sure we will eventually burn out, but so far, Papa's German heritage has held true.

I'll send some pictures to US for you to see of the weird bedding, and what we will henceforth refer to as "the Chestnut incident". Plus a few of some of the neat castles on the Rhine.


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