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Back Again!

I wasn’t long awake before my phone rang and it was Alice! She was calling from Ohio not from Alaska nor from Chicago where they were so delayed by thunderstorms last night that they were not home until two in the morning……..A l.o.n.g………..journey home, especially for Nathan who was not able to sleep on any of the planes……

Alice May 2014 family photo in Juneau......

Above is a group picture from Juneau………..Lots of relatives!

Because they were so very late getting home, Nathan is not going to school today but will work on more homework and just get used to the new time zone four hours later.

I have always loved traveling, but have also always thought returning home perhaps the best part of every journey.

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We’ve been very busy here with Clara and Sofia visiting while their parents look at houses. But Alice was busy at the Alaska wedding which was in such an amazingly beautiful place. So sorry I can only show you a picture or two.

Alice May 2014 Bob and Marci's wedding

Alice May 2014 Beautiful Juneau

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It is rather astonishing to me that Alice and Mike have been married for FIFTEEN YEARS! I remember that day so well………And now, they are celebrating in different parts of the world! But Memorial Day they’ll be back together!

And they can always brag about being married in the last century!

Alice wedding 14 years

Alice wedding fourteen years casey and ilona

The flower girl in this picture is Ilona who is now in college and at Shelter Island for the wedding. The junior bridesmaid is my niece Casey who now does marketing for the Opera Nightclub in Atlanta. All I could say are cliches about the passage of time…..

Alice and Nathan visited the Mendenhall Glacier, hiking up the West Glacier Trail.

Alice may 2014 Mendenhall Glacier

Nathan May 2014 at Mendenhall Glacier

And a photo from Shelter Island, a bit blurry, of Alice swinging on one of the very amazing “swings” one can try there.

Alice may 2014 swinging on Shelter Island.........

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These are Alice’s photos. I’m still here in Bath Township. But in 2005 Paul and I visited Andy during one of his summers in Alaska and spent a few days on Shelter Island, too, where my nephew Rick has an organic farm on raised beds in the Muskeg. It’s an amazing place. Rick has also been, and hosted WWOOFERS, willing workers on organic farms who work for bed and board all over the world.

I can see Alice and Nathan are having a great time….Yesterday my sil Aniko and her granddaughter Ilona, or Illuska as she likes to be called, joined them.

Nathan May 2014 kayaking to Shelter Island

Nathan (in the blue jacket) and Alice during the kayaking to Shelter Island

Alice May 2014 with Nathan after a rough two hour paddle to shelter.

Alice and Nathan (nine years old) after their two hour kayak paddle out to Shelter Island, Auk Bay, Alaska.

Nathan may 2014 shelter island reading in the net with Iluska

Nathan and Ilona reading in a net high up on Shelter Island…..Besides the raised beds, over the years with lots of help (Andy helped, too) Rick has made a beautiful small cabin, a kitchen, and lots of little areas for sitting and looking at the garden and enjoying a hot tub….All the building material has to be flown in by helicopter, so the projects are carefully planned.

Alice May 2014 at the Ballard Farmer's Market

Flowers from the Ballard Farmer’s Market in Seattle.

Nathan May 2014 visiting the Fremont Troll in Seattle

Nathan visiting the amazing Fremont Troll…….The VW under his foot is an actual car…This is a BIG scupture. You can read more about this troll here: http://fremont.com/about/fremonttroll-html/

The wedding will be off the island this coming Saturday and I’m delighted that Alice has been able to post photos from this rather remoted location.

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I’ve decided to be determined and redo this post which was somehow lost when I wanted to check the already uploaded photos.

I woke up last Saturday in Lexington Park, Maryland. It was the sunny beautiful morning of my granddaughters’ Fairy Tale/Disney dance recital – Once Upon a Time. Clara was Sleeping Beauty and Sofia was Jasmine, and how they loved their glamorous costumes, having their hair in a bun, and wearing stage make-up. I have photos and if the difficulty with my hideous Window 8 computer is somehow overcome, I will post them for you. That same morning, we had to leave early because a realtor was bringing someone to look at their house, but it was not sold. Just as well as they have no place to live as yet. Still, I think they would rather deal with that than not being able to sell this Maryland house which is very nice.

When I returned to Ohio on Monday afternoon, I returned to an evening of weather news on all channels as my part of the world struggled through tornado watches and warnings and extreme storms. Our township was the hardest hit in Summit County, though fortunately there were no tornado touchdowns, just terrible storms. We had two bridges washed away as well as many roadways, lots of basement flooding (yes, our was slightly flooded,too). A mess. Such a mess that school was cancelled next day as the buses couldn’t reroute to pick up everyone.

Bath road washed out may 2014

Bath storm may 12 2014 more ira road i think

Amazingly, we did not lose power. Tuesday was warmer and sunny and things dried out a bit, and Wednesday was another evening with all the TV being about possible tornados. More roads washed out. One of the houses Emily and Ingmar had looked at via online Realty sites was nearly destroyed. I’d wondered about whether it was not too low, beside Yellow Creek, but never expected anything like this.

But some people welcome rain and are happy to play outside for hours while the sky falls gently on them. My grandson Stephen is like this! He loves being outside.

Stephen May 2014 playing in the rain a  half hour

Other news on the Stephen Front: I know he has two food loves:black olives and canned fish. He likes sardines straight from the can. So does Alice. She posted on face book this week that her heart melts when Stephen asks if he can have “our special fishy” for breakfast. My heart melts too.

Stephen May 2014 asking sweetly for our special fishy for breakfast at Alice's

And my last news is that at six this morning, Alice and Nathan left for Alaska for my nephew Bob's wedding in Juneau. They will stop in Seattle for a few days to visit with Alice's dear high school friend, Tania, who will also be going to the wedding. I'll miss them, but they return on the 26th and I hope they have lots of pictures and stories!

Alice May 17 2014 Nathan leaving for Alaska

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Pax Ting

Remember to click on pictures to enlarge them…….

The picture was taken when Alice visited Emily’s patrol’s campsite during Pax Ting.

All of my children were Hungarian Scouts and in 1989 the Girl Scout troops from all over the world celebrated Pax Ting in the American Hungarian Scout Camp in Filmore, New York.
It was the fiftieth anniversary of the original Pax Ting (Peace Gathering or Meeting) held just outside of Budapest, Hungary in 1939.

Wikipedia has this to say about that special event:

“Pax Ting was the first Girl Guide and Girl Scout World Camp held after the formation of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. It was held in Gödöllő, Hungary from July 25 to August 7, 1939, and attended by some 5,800 Girl Guides from around the world.

At the 10th World Conference of Girl Guides which was held in Adelboden, Switzerland, it was decided to hold a world meeting for Girl Guides in 1939, following the example of the World Scout Jamborees. The site was chosen as Gödöllő in Hungary, where in 1933, the 4th World Scout Jamboree had been held. It was suggested calling the camp “Jamborina”, but consultations had to be held with the World Organization of the Scout Movement about using this as the official name. Later, on the advice of Olave Baden-Powell the name Pax Ting (meeting of peace) was chosen. It was decided that 120 Girl Guides and 12 leaders from every country could take part. The minimum age for participation was 14 years, and the Girl Guides had to have achieved second class and a camping badge. The leaders had to have a camping diploma. In the year preceding the camp, Hungarian Girl Guides had learned foreign languages so as to be able to act as a guides and interpreters. Archduchess Anna of Hungary, Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sybilla of Sweden were also present at Pax Ting. Due to the threat of World War II, which broke out a month later, there were only 5800 girls from 32 countries present.

A set of four postage stamps was issued to celebrate Pax Ting. The 2f stamp has a hand raised in salute with an olive branch in background. The 6f stamp features the Hungarian Girl Guide insignia, composed of the Shield of Hungary, the Crown of St. Stephen and Lily. The 10f stamp shows the heads of two women. The 10f stamp features a dove with olive branch in front of a banner.”

At the camp in Filmore there were Hungarian Girl Scouts from all over the US and Canada as well as Europe, Australia, and South America. Ethnic Scouts from other countries also attended. I remember Lithuanian Scouts and German Scouts and I know there were others…. It made a great impression on my daughters. They just loved it. Paul and I camped out there in the parents section for a few days at the end of the camp. Andy was there too, and our dear poodle Csapi.

Hungary scout flag Godolon

This image is of an old flag from Gödöllő, though I am not sure it was flown at Pax Ting.

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When I was still living in the home where I grew up, my mother often made Angel Pie for my birthday. I loved it more than any cake, though her chocolate cake with toasted walnuts sprinkled on top was a close favorite. Angel Pie has no pie crust in it. That is made of meringue and baked separately. Then one makes a very intense lemon filling, and last whips up a lot of heavy whipping cream. They are layered and chilled.

When I talked to Alice about what she would like me to bake for her birthday, she confessed that she didn’t really care for cake that much. We both recalled the Angel Pie I made for her 17th birthday in Budapest during our 92 sabbatical. (I remembered that it had been impossible to find cream of tartar in Hungary. No one understood what I was talking about, though I did finally discover the name is tisztított borkő, which means “cleaned wine stone”, the purified mineral deposits left on the inside of wine barrels. Actually Potassium bitartrate.) However, I made Angel Pie without that stabilizing help and it was just fine.

Yesterday I made it for Alice and was a bit overwhelmed with the enthusiastic response. I used the recipe from The Joy of Cooking, but added a little of the whipped cream into the lemon filling. There are many online recipes. Alice took a photo with her phone. It’s actually a picture of the last piece. Andy has requested it for his birthday in June.

Food Angel Pie made for Alice's birthday 2014.

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