He Didn’t Eat a Single Candy While Decorating

Guess they didn’t look like food to him? When he placed a gummi pineapple shape on the gingerbread house he said “I put on the vegetable.”

Laura whipped up some royal icing and put this kit together. Charlie (almost 2 1/2) helped.

Last night I helped Maura put together a gingerbread Starbucks Cafe. It collapsed and then we fortified it and propped it with glassware and coffee mugs. The second load of frosting worked like glue. Unfortunately, I didn’t photograph it.

Over the years, my friend Joanne has baked and decorated elaborate gingerbread houses from scratch. I baked a Church one year (1987) with melted lifesavers for stained glass windows and never again. I used to watch eager third graders make little graham cracker houses on empty milk cartons at school. Helped fish out milk cartons and rinse them, drain on a rack.

Little gingerbread houses appeal to me but I need to practice. Charlie loved the result!

Berlin Landmark Reminder

Gedächtniskirche.

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Berlin Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church built in 1895.

Peek at the results of war- WW2 bombing raid.

“The Gedächtniskirche or Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is the symbolic centre of West Berlin, an anti-war memorial to peace and reconciliation.“

And note the rapid weather change from the front of the church- sun and blue sky to  sudden gray, rainy sky as we walked around to the back.

“Open to All ” Columbus Metropolitan Library

Columbus Library

Charles and Laura took me to the library in downtown Columbus.

We attended the Jim Gill concert at the Columbus Metropolitan Library on Thursday morning.

What a wonderful library.

Here’s an  Article about their recent renovation

Lighthouse on Anastasia Island- St. Augustine, FL

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The Lighthouse Keepers House

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“At the top, the original, first order Fresnel lens still serves the beacon, but today is lit by a 1000 watt bulb, and maintained by the museum and volunteers. The St. Augustine lens consists of 370 hand-cut glass prisms arranged in a beehive shape towering twelve feet tall and six feet in diameter.”

from the Lighthouse Story

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Our selfie in the mirror with the lighthouse.

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219 stairs to the top on your own power.  We walked up one flight and went back down.

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