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Like ying and yang

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Today is a special day. It will be two years since I married this wonderful man and I could not be more thankful! Like ying and yang we are opposites and always equal. You are my mountain and I am the shade that wounders it. You are the calm deep pool, and I am the stone that raises waves until the alternation of high and low points in the water will radiate outward, until the movement dissipates and the pool is calm once more. We are both parts of a mutual whole. You are my calming mountain, always there for me. I am your stone, reminding you that play is just as important as work. Together we are a great team! Thank you for being such an awesome husband!I love you!

Making a home

homeAs I promised in this post, I will show you the status quo of our house progress. A bit later then planed due to storms related power shortages. Welcome to America where power lines are above ground and power supply collapses with every storm, blizzard, tornado or other natural hazard!

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Sunday lovin’: Happy immigration to us!

immigration1.jpgThis past week has been busy busy busy. Of course we have been out and about to show Mike some of Louisville finest spots, but mostly we have been hermits and have been hanging out around our house in an effort of getting installed. I had already started painting the house before Mike arrived, as well as buying furniture at yard sales. But the room I had painted with Erin and Tylor still needed another coat; the lawn needed mowing (again!); the fruit trees and hedges needed trimming and our back yard needed weeding. We  didn’t have a table nor chairs, so I had improvised with shipping pallets. Not all is done, but it is work in progress! I am putting a post together about all we have been doing. So make sure to come back and check it out! (more…)

Sunday lovin’: Together in love

MikeWelcomeHomeAs some of you might have read in this post, Mike has arrived!!!!! I picked him up from the bus that came from Chicago, where he had stayed with a dear friend of ours after going through immigration on Thursday evening. I cannot express how excited I was! I had been nervous all day, tidying the house, cleaning, hanging up decoration – all in anticipation of Mikes arrival. I prepared dinner and headed out an hour early to pick him up, just to make sure I got there on time. (more…)

Late Sunday lovin’: getting our house on!

moving in.jpgWith all the changes lately – me moving into the house, getting used to driving a car on a daily basis, meeting new friends and cultivating a new social life – I have been reluctant of this little space here on the internet. I will try to be more active again and keep you up to date!

I have moved in to the house and have started cleaning it and getting it ready for Mikes arrival. I can’t believe it is D-5!!! It seamed soo far away and now it has come so fast I can hardly believe it! Can’t wait to hold my beloved husband in my arms again! (more…)

I guess I got myself a life!

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Things have been i.n.s.a.n.e! I am so sorry I haven’t had time to update you on all that has been going on! So here goes:

SONY DSCI found a house!!

I bought a car!!!

I got insurance for both, car and house!

I am really excited, to say the least! So after all, it does look like I will have things set up for when Mike comes to Louisville in 10 days!!!! Yeeeess!!! He is almost here.

Until then I have a lot of stuff to do and I have at times been a little overwhelmed, scared and plain flabergasted! I moved in last wednesday and have been practicing my driving around town. After not driving for more than 2 years, it has been quite an adjustment and I still feel insecure when on the freeway. But I will get there eventually. Good thing I love my car and feel really safe driving it…except for the tires that definitely need to be replaced! 🙂

As for the house it is p.e.r.f.e.c.t! It has three bedroom, 2 bathrooms, an open kitchen, two fireplaces and a basement to hide in when the tornado season hits. The yard is huge and has a lawn to run on, flowers to wow at, and a fruit and veggie garden to get my green thumb working! We even have peach and apple trees in the back! Best of all, it has a huge back porch big enough to have family and friends over for a BBQ cookout! I can’t wait!!

It is a 1950’s house and has that kind of a feel to it. I am very excited about decorating it and making it into our home. But for now, there is a lot of cleaning, painting and yard sale shopping to be done before that!

Looks like I got myself a life here! Let the adventure begin!

Have a great week guys! And don’t forget! Life is a journey, enjoy the ride!

Sunday lovin’: Make a cheesecake!

SONY DSCThis week has been busy busy busy. Since I came back from Washington, I hardly even had time to sort all my pictures and write about my trip. Since I have been back, every day has had a new challenge and surprise in store for me. But more about that next week!  🙂

I am also writing up a Washington travel post, which I hope to be able to put up by Monday. So make sure to come back to read about my travel adventures soon!

After such a crazy eventful week, I felt like getting some down time and decided – after a nice long nap – to make cheesecake! I have been asked in the past to put up such a recipe and today just seamed to be the best day for baking!

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Recipe:

Base and crust:

crustGrind the graham crackers or substitute to fine crumbs. Melt the butter and mix with the crumbs as to moisten evenly.

Butter your cake pan and press the crumb mixture into the pan using a flat backed glas to even it out. Set in the refrigerator to cool.

Preheat the oven to 325 F (160 C).

cakeFilling:

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until it is smooth and has no more lumps. Add the sour cream and sugar and beat again until smooth. Add 3 eggs, one by one. Beat again. Rasp the zest of the lime and add a dash of vanilla bourbon extract. Stir it into the blend.

Take your cake pan from the refrigerator and pour in the mixture. Place it in the middle grid of the oven. Place a small bowl or baking pan of water at the bottom of the oven and bake for 45 minutes. If you are using a spring-form pan make sure to wrap the bottom of it in tin foil, as not to dampen the cake with the water steam.

When you remove it from the oven it will still be jiggly. Set aside to cool for 30 min before taking it out of the form. Refrigerate for 4 hours and decorate with fruit. I sugared my fruit before decorating!

 

Have a great sunday and happy baking!

Sunday lovin’: thankful

SONY DSCIt has been exactly 35 days since I landed in Chicago. When I think of it now, it feels longer because much has happened since. But then again, everything still feels so new and unknown, that I can’t believe I have been in the US for a full 5 weeks already!!

Recapitulating makes me feel very lucky and thankful. I am happy to have a great family in Louisville that has received me with open arms. I have been able to stay with my cousin John and Kathy for the last 5 weeks, and they  have done everything possible to make me feel at home and welcome, so far away from home. They have helped me find my way around in a new town, given me support when I was down and have basically put up with all my quirks for the last past 5 weeks. Thanks for fun girl nights watching stupid girly TV, haunted houses shows and laughing out loud Kathy and all the great talks and Bourbon John! You rock guys!

I am thankful for a great aunt that can get things done, and has helped me transfer my drivers license to a Kentucky one, helped me open an account and has been a good person to ask about all the how-to-s in american burocracy. Thanks for being so helpful Richie and Tim!

I am thankful for friends that have welcomed me into their homes, shown me a great time and given me the full on american experience. Thanks Melissa and new friends I have made in Louisville.

I am thankful for an amazing husband that is there for me no matter how far apart we are! Thanks for being on my team Mike! I love you.

I am now lucky to spend a fun and cozy sunday with my cousin Melissa and her husband Moustafa and daughter Sofia. Brunch with cousins from Australia and the US, walks and shopping sprees, as well as play-dates with nieces and hearty dinners.

There is so much to be thankful for! Have a great sunday loved-ones!

Searching and finding

SONY DSCI have been a busy gal this week! I am spending my days searching…for  a house! It is not always easy to get to every destination with my scooter, but it has made me discover so many different areas of the city  that I have enjoyed it a lot! So far it seams at though I prefer the east end of the city.  But we will see what destiny has in store for us.

house searchLast post I told you that I had the luck to meet some pretty awesome girls at the March Against Monsanto. I have since then been invited to a cook-out by Erica  where I met a whole bunch of very nice people that made me feel very much at ease.

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We hung out in Erica’s garden until the sun had set. It was a great first Memorial day for me here in the US! So thanks Erica for introducing me to your circle of friends!

monkeywrenchSome of the bunch invited me for the following Wednesday to bar-night at the Monkey Wrench to listen to bluegrass music by Relic and have a few drinks. Louisville has a very vibrant music scene and I count on discovering a lot more of it in the future. Needless to say…it has been a busy and fulfilling week.

Today I am heading off to Washington to visit my cousin Melissa, her husband and daughter. Very excited since I haven’t seen her since last year! In addition to that I will be able to meet up with my other cousin Luise from Australia. She and her husband and daughter are currently in the US to promote their wine! So very much looking forward to that as well!!

Have a good one loved one! And don’t forget – Life is a journey!

When I started feelin’ at home

MiracleAfter some kinda rough weeks here in Louisville, things have calmed down and I am finally enjoying this lovely city. My companion Julep (my scooter that is) has taken me down Bardstown Road to discover the Highlands, with its cute small shops, wide variety of people, restaurants and coffee shops. I have enjoyed a first solo shopping spree on a gorgeous summery day, walked the tree-shaded streets of St Matthews and searched for TO RENT signs by car with my cousin and his wife in Clifton and Crescent Hills. I have chatted with shop owners and have been welcomed to town – and yes – finally feel a little bit more at home.
Memorial-Day-weekend was full of fun happenings and has given me the time to discover and enjoy. And wow – what can I say I have actually started meeting people!

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My first dive into the city scene was on Saturday, when I decided to hit up the NO-GMO anti-Monsanto demonstration.

Since access to healthy food and organic lifestyle is close to my heart, it was a cause I definitely wanted to support. In case you are not familiar with the dangers genetically modified organisms and food hold, read more here . Coming from Austria, I have been spoiled with accessible organic pretty-much-anything and at a decent and affordable price. Not so here in the US! AND – if you actually want to avoid genetically modified foods, it can be quite hard, since such products do not need to be labeled. I have however come across a great App that will help you avoid these foods by scanning product barcodes called Buycott.

Protest1protest2smoothieLong story short, I went to the protest, had great fun and met some very nice people!! I even went for a drink with one of the girls from the protest Julie at Life Bar – a great organic smoothie place on Bardstown Road and was invited for a cook-out (grilling and eating out in the yard that is) by Erica, another girl from the protest. So hello Louisville! I have finally arrived!

 

Life is a journey – and sometimes it just takes longer to get to where you wanna be! Have a good one loved ones!