Russian Christmas in England

25 Dec

We decided to stay in England this year for Christmas. We celebrated with friends of ours in Cambridge. Ironically, they are originally from Russia and they had friends from Russia visiting. We hosted dinner Christmas Eve. In Texas, we would … Read More »

Vacation/ Annual Leave

22 Dec

It’s amazing how vacation (holiday to the British) is handled in Europe. In the UK, a fulltime employee is allocated 28 days off. In some countries (like Austria, Denmark, and Sweden), this number is over 35 days. In addition, most … Read More »

David Romano

18 Dec

My best friend from Junior High in Miami came to London today. Though I was still recovering from a virus, there was no way I was going to pass up an hour train ride to see him. We met in … Read More »

Biet Holim

14 Dec

Its been a terrible week. Susie got sick at the end of last week. She missed out on much of the Hanukkah festivities. At the beginning of the week, I caught the dreaded virus. Whether it is the flu or … Read More »

St. Paul’s Christmas Fair

7 Dec

Tonight was St. Paul’s School Christmas Fair. Susie ran the Year 4 booth (bottle tombola) and I ran the refreshments/ food booth. Gabriel joined with friends from Parkside. They helped with the setup and running of some of the other … Read More »

Thanksgiving under the weather

28 Nov

It’s been an interesting Thanksgiving. My folks came to visit. Susie and Pearl had a terrible cold. So, the energy in the house was mixed. I helped with the Thanksgiving meal/ preparation. Susie made pumpkin pie and dressing (southern stuffing … Read More »

Glaze to Amaze Birthday

17 Nov

We held Pearl’s birthday party at Glaze to Amaze. There were over ten kids, a mixture of boys and girls. The setup was great with a dedicated area. We brought some extra art supplies, snacks, and chocolate cake. The kids … Read More »

Sailing across the Atlantic

7 Nov

We had some friends come visit for dinner. Nick and Gesa are leaving England for life on a sailboat. Nick leaves later in the week to begin the Milk Run across the Atlantic. Gesa will join him, with their two … Read More »

Pumpkin Carving Party

27 Oct

We had a great party tonight. The kids had a bunch of friends from school join along with their parents. There was probably around 50 people. We cooked a turkey and guests brought side dishes. With Halloween around the corner, … Read More »

Successful cancer checkup

23 Sep

Just wanted to let everyone know, Susie’s cancer checkup went well. We were in London last week and her MRI scans were unchanged. So, we’ll begin planning what to do the next six months. As to our last six months, … Read More »

Snowdonia

1 Sep

Last week we went on holiday to northern Wales. On our way, we stopped at Ironbridge Gorge. It was a perfect detour into the industrial age past. Ironically, the bridge was created the same time the American colonies were fighting … Read More »

Larry Mahlum

24 Aug

The last few days, I’ve been in San Diego. My good friend and former college roomate, Larry Mahlum, died. He had colotis which developed into colon cancer and matastasized throughout his body. I got to talk with him, briefly, before … Read More »

Paintball Birthday Party

7 Jul

We held Gabriel’s birthday party at Apocalypse Paintball. It was a great day. There were around ten kids and it was cloudy with no rain. The temperature was comfortable for them to run around in the paintball overalls. The party … Read More »