Category Archives: Home life

Stick a fork in me

  I delivered the last loaves of the bread project to my customers two weeks ago. And today I delivered the last of the birr to Our Father’s Kitchen. So that makes me officially done. The project certainly was a much bigger … Continue reading

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The 1.6 days of Christmas

Last December I posted a Christmas tree retrospective. The 2013 entry in that lineup was our lavender bush, which I neglected to put back out on the porch before departing for our Berlin/Barcelona winter holiday family extravaganza. The housekeeper watered … Continue reading

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Lights out

Alekka filming a cooking video at home on “how to bake bread” for her Spanish class. Papi, encender el generador! Yup, this is pretty much how the baking has been going lately.

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Wardrobe malfunction

Everything in our house here has a lock on it. The desks, the cupboards, even the refrigerator. We don’t use most of the locks (if you can’t trust your guards and housekeeper, who can you trust?), but there are a … Continue reading

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Home improvement

An Ethiopian family with a house like ours usually employs a cook or housekeeper who prepares meals in an outbuilding. Ethiopian cooking is slow and spicy and this arrangement keeps the onion and pepper aroma from permeating the house. There … Continue reading

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Fun with guests

I love guests! We are fortunate to have had three – count ‘em, three! – adventurous visitors this winter. Our daughter Alice was here for about ten days in December before we all flew off to meet the rest of … Continue reading

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My big fat Greek glendi

At Andreas’s birthday party last January, one of our Varnero neighbors brought up how much she loves the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  Did we have a copy of it?  Yes.  Could she come over some time and watch … Continue reading

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Smells like Christmas spirit

I’ve been finding it a little hard to get into a holiday mood. If you live in a country where Christmas starts as soon as the back-to-school sales are over, it might be hard to imagine anyone feeling nostalgia for … Continue reading

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Deck the halls

When we moved in to our new place, I couldn’t help but notice we were the only house on the street with no razor wire on the outer walls. I liked it that way, but the school didn’t think it … Continue reading

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Giving thanks

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends. There was a different post here earlier today which is no longer up. I accidentally hit the “post” button last night on an unfinished piece that I was working on for after the holiday. Once it … Continue reading

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