I am putting some photos in this post which I looked at on my computer while we had no internet and I wandered through my “library” of pictures….
Two of them are from the chapel at my brother in law Franz’s retreat house near Kronach, Germany. I will probably never see it again, though one never knows. It is a dear memory.
On Monday a tree I could only call giant crashed down on all our power lines, cable, and landline phone. A big crash. But luckily it fell away from the house and no one was hurt…And we never totally lost electricity, though the voltage fluctuated between 64 and 128 according to Andy’s excellent Fluke Multimeter. We were asked not to use any major appliances and yesterday all electric power was restored. This morning the Time Warner Cable repairman came out and fixed their service so we have tv and internet again. It’s always a bit dismaying to realized how much we use such things! Luckily Andy and I both enjoy reading and playing Chicaneuse, a double solitaire game I’ve mentioned before here. We learned it from my mil who learned it from her grandmother when she was a girl growing up in pre-WWI Hungary. But it is wonderful to have TV and Internet again….When the tree is cut down, in about three weeks I hope, TW Cable will return to tighten up the very low cable. Tomorrow we should have my landline back. I feel a bit ambivalent about it since I don’t usually answer it. It’s always a political call or someone who wants money and I don’t choose where to donate by who calls me on the phone.
When the internet wasn’t working I could still use my computer to watch dvds, play games, and look through my seeming thousands of photos……I think we are all very spoiled. But I loved looking at the pictures of my grandchildren from their earliest days forward…….
Alice, Nathan, and Stephen are at Emily’s dear friend Diana’s home in Falls Church at the moment. Emily, Sofia and Clara are there too. Tomorrow they will be at the Smithsonian Folk Festival were they were last year when Hungary was a featured country…The real purpose is for Alice to bring the little girls back to Ohio. Emily and Ingmar are packing furiously, filling a tractor trailer with their goods and chattels. It will be taken to Canton, Ohio where they can store it for a month. They are moving to Chautauqua for the month of July.Emily begins work at Cleveland State in August. It looks as though they will be renting a house in Ohio and renting their house in Maryland for a time…..I hope someone buys their Maryland house soon, and they find one to buy here and become more settled…These in-between-times are very stressful!
The rose above is my much loved Stanwell Perpetual which I first saw at Black Creek Pioneer Village in ’75. It has a wonderful fragrance and is from the family of Scottish roses. I’ve had it for years and it never did much, but suddenly in the last two years it has become much stronger with more blooms. I think perhaps the roots have reached a deeper level, but whatever the reason, I am grateful for it.