Well, it’s been a while since my last update from abroad. Last time I checked in, things were mostly fine, but very different from our normal day to day. We were adjusting to sheltering in place life, just like everyone else on the planet. We were all healthy and making the best of the situation, […]Read More It’s Been a While. Life During Covid-19
During my last update our small business was still up and running. Well, that was then, and this is now. We had to close, and that is OK. We fully support the government’s decision to close non-essential business, it is the right thing to do. Tattoos can wait for now. So, here we are, safe […]Read More Another Week in the Time of Covid-19
Yesterday, I decided to clean out the cupboards and see what we have, and determine how long the supplies will last. Apparently, I have been hoarding lasagna noodles way before it was a thing to hoard noodles. I found three packages! Why the hell did I have three packages of lasagna noodles in my cupboard! […]Read More Another Update From Abroad
Today, like most days. I woke up feeling very thankful for my life and my family. We slept in a little bit, then had coffee before my husband left for work. I started my usual chores, laundry dishes and dog walking. Cheyenne has been home the past week from work, and she helped me to […]Read More A Flat Tire Across the World and Another Reason to Feel Thankful.
My cousins and I all believe that my Grandpa Leatherman was some kind of super hero. With feats like these how could we think otherwise? He worked as a cowboy in Montana, he was a Bell Diver for the local electric company and laid under water lines, he was in the Navy during WWII, and […]Read More Monday Memories: Grandpa Leatherman and the “Accidental” Electrocution.
The holiday seasons are beginning! People all over the world will begin to celebrate their various traditions. There are so many different holidays that are celebrated this time of year. In Brühl, The Christmas Market stands are already being set up. This year, most of the Christmas Markets in Germany will begin on November 22. […]Read More Our Plans for the Holidays, New Traditions
Cheyenne brought home a nasty cold virus last week. She is a snot machine. She was sick enough to visit the doctor, and was given an Entschuldigung(work/school note) for three days off from work. Three days at home spent spreading the damn virus to me and Dirk. Dirk and I started fighting the snots a […]Read More Papers Towels, AKA Macho Blow
I’ve been struggling a bit to get into the Holiday mood this year. Our core group isn’t together, and I think that might be what is weighing on my mind. Dirk, Cheyenne and myself are here in Germany, and Sierra is back in the States. Or, it’s all this damn rain. Don’t get me wrong, […]Read More The Holiday Mood, it’s Been Evasive This Year
We will soon be celebrating Thanksgiving. No, the rest of Germany has not started celebrating this very American holiday, but here at the McKay Horst & Rackley house we will be roasting a bird. Like most Americans, we have never celebrated the original meaning of Thanksgiving, you know, where the pilgrims came, ate with the […]Read More Thankful
After my last blog post, many kind people suggested that I try to think of all the good times that I had with my mom. To try and stay focused on the happy, and not the sad memories associated with her. So, in response to those suggestions I have come up with a few of […]Read More Mom Stories