Monday, October 29, 2012

quiet evening

They don’t happen so often around here!
I just finished dinner (warm sandwiches) with just 3 of us (me, M and Miss S). Husband is at the farm, J is at floorball practice and big S has a driving lesson. This is his second practical lesson.
So far, he has had 2 theory classes (2 hours each). Last Friday he had his first lesson in a car. He had it in our nearest little town (the population of the town itself is about 2800 and there are no traffic lights). The lesson was almost 2 hours and he was evaluated on about 10-12 things. His instructor rated him at excellent in one area and the rest were above average. The effect of this is that he now must have his practical lessons in a larger town (about 19000 people and 4 traffic lights) further away.
Of course, as luck would have it for him, we had our first snowfall late Wednesday night so he gets to learn on icy roads .
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This was the morning after the first snowfall. More has come since then, and we seem to have the least snow around here – maybe because we are so close to the water . . .
Well, I should take advantage of the quiet and prep tomorrow’s religion lesson .

Sunday, October 21, 2012

autumn break

Ahhh . . . we’re just at the end of a 4-day long weekend thanks to autumn break.
We didn’t do anything extra special, but have kept ourselves busy with a few extra activities and errands.
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M got new glasses 2 weeks ago . . . and is quite happy he can see clearly once again.
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As usual, “the littles” always enjoy computer/tv time.
On Thursday, we took all  3 dogs to the vet at the same time for vaccinations. Bruno had disgusting breath, too. Once investigated, a piece of plastic was found stuck on one of his back teeth. It was removed and now he doesn’t smell so bad anymore.
J and M went to a Warhammer workshop on Friday and Saturday and spent many hours gluing and painting their pieces together.
S had floorball practice on Saturday morning and then went to a birthday party in the afternoon.
Today we celebrated Thanksgiving, a couple weeks late. I was a little concerned over the turkey, thinking that it smelled a bit funky . . . but my FB friends gave me advice regarding the signs of a turkey gone bad so I decided it was ok for us to eat.
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It’s been a long time since I’ve done a turkey dinner for such a small group!
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And here we are, several hours post-turkey, and no one is sick !

The Holms

Denmark Road Trip

The outskirts of St. Pete

St. Petersburg

Saint Petersburg: Sankt-Peterburg, Russian pronunciation: is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. The city's other names were Petrograd (1914–1924) and Leningrad (1924–1991). Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years (1713–1728, 1732–1918). Saint Petersburg is home to more than two hundred museums, many of them hosted in historic buildings. The largest of the museums is the Hermitage Museum, featuring interiors of the former imperial residence and a vast collection of art. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation, Saint Petersburg was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin, the €10 Mannerheim and Saint Petersburg commemorative coin, minted in 2003. The reverse of the coin features a view of Saint Petersburg, with the Peter and Paul Fortress and its three turrets. In the coin the words "St. Petersburg 1703-2003" can be seen.