Merry Christmas!

Yesterday we made Christmas sweet. We exchanged stockings with just our little fam, we ate good food all day and we zoomed with the family while they opened gifts and we felt just a little bit closer. Months ago I announced that I just couldn’t imagine waking up in Berlin on Christmas and I could…

Lockdown week 8, hard lockdown week 2

Here we are in the middle of Monday again. Monday brings a new week of lockdown world around us but this week is a little different. This week we are in a second week of a hard lockdown and they won’t let up until January 10th at least. This week brings us holidays and breaks….

Advent 4: Time for Love

This morning as I started to wake I realized that if I got out of bed just then I could make it for the sunrise. These brilliant later morning sunrises are amazing these days when the frost is still all over the ground and hardly anyone else is out except for other dog walkers starting…

One week til Christmas

We are just one week away from waking up on Christmas morning. One huge part of me anticipates this morning with excitement. I have always loved Christmas morning and the feeling that the world is changing and turning, that light is returning, and people can be good. On the other hand, I am dreading waking…

Morning light

This morning the clouds almost looked like we were on a movie set, not just in our daily morning walk. The pups and I walked outside as the sun was just beginning to rise. There was still mainly darkness that changed every minute we were out. I kept them out longer than I normally do…

Lockdown lite to strict week 7

Yesterday we got the news that lockdown lite is moving into lockdown strict as of Wednesday. This is week 7 of lockdown lite, begun on Nov. 2nd and on Dec. 16 we move into a lockdown that includes everything closed except for grocery stores and medical necessities. No alcohol allowed in public, people asked to…

Creating the instrument

I started playing violin when I was seven years old. I had decided I wanted to play this very specific instrument much to the chagrin of the adults around me. We had an amazing piano teacher who lived in the community…didn’t I want to play piano? I don’t know if it was because I was…

Lockdown lite week 6

Here we are…Monday again. Week 6 of our current state of lockdown. This week it was released that we will be in lockdown until Jan. 10th at the least. When that was announced, even though expected, it did feel heavy to some extent. This week brought a few milestones as I have written about and…

Lockdown week 5

This last week brought us Thanksgiving, a US holiday that has problematic beginnings but has become a day to eat and give thanks, while recognizing what has happened before us and educating ourselves. For this Thanksgiving, my dear friend who is part of our bubble and lives close and is German wanted to celebrate in…