Archive for the 'Our gang' Category

Saturday dinner and bonfire

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Last Saturday, we had dinner with our neighbors and then we lit a bonfire and had some more drinks. For dinner Laura had made a nice, Togo-inspired stew out of two of their roosters. The roosters had become a bit of problem in their chicken coop; the Rhode Island Red was very tasty while the […]

Happy Easter

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

This is Blackjack, our black miniature Holland Lop. He’s not really the Easter Bunny, but over Easter weekend, he did enjoy his first outdoor run of the year. I built a small fence around his rabbit hutch and when we’re on the deck or in the back yard, the little guy gets to stretch his […]

Autumn colors

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Our driveway on a crisp, sunny evening in November. Unsere Einfahrt an einem sonnigen Novemberabend. Julia and Cleo getting ready to ride out. Julia und Cleo bereiten sich auf einen Ausritt vor.

Quick trip to Washington

Monday, November 17th, 2014

(DEUTSCH) Last weekend was super busy and fun. Saturday, Laura and I went to a Bar Mitzvah – or rather a B’nai Mizvah (plural) for the twin boys of one of the professors I work for. We attended the service in the morning, and then returned for the party in the evening. Great fun! Sunday, […]


Friday, October 24th, 2014

Let me introduce you to Sassy and Snoopy. They are our two female goats. The brown one is Sassy and the white one is Snoopy. Sassy was born March 10 and she is a Kiko/Spanish goat mix and her sister Snoopy was born March 18 and she is a Boer/Spanish goat mix. I bought them […]

Labor Day 2014

Monday, September 1st, 2014

So … it’s Labor Day and the gas grill is busted. What to do? Fire up the hobo grill, of course! My half-barrel burn barrel came in really handy today. We lit a fire in the barrel and chucked some charcoal on top and grilled our chicken kebabs and sweet corn – old school. This […]

Summer Adventures

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Summer is here and today Laura, Jacob and Julia all embarked on a new adventure. Laura started her new job at Unique Batik, where she will help Sharon grow this great company, and take it to the next level. After her stint in an academic environment at Duke, my dear wife will now foray into […]

R.U. Madison Saint

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Today, we bought our third horse. we brought her to our place on Friday and introduced her to our two guys. Her name is R. U . Madison Saint and she is a registered Rocky Mountain Horse. This is not really a great photo of her – it’s windy and she had just had a […]


Saturday, January 18th, 2014

I’d like you to meet Henry … Henry is from Arizona and he moved in with us on Dec. 29. So he has lived with us for three weeks now. He is starting to settle in very nicely and he and our Russian Blue Koklo are getting more and more comfortable with each other. Henry […]

More great music in Durham

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Last night, we went out to a strings concert by the Mallarme Chamber Players with the fantastic violinist Jennifer Curtis and … Dex Romweber (lead guitarist of the Flat Duo Jets). A bit like the Ciompi Quartett, this was another concert that broke down musical barriers and tied a variety of musical traditions together. Complex […]

R.I.P Sodabe

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

It has been over a week since we last saw our 18-year-old old Maine Coon Sodabe. He was on his last leg last time we saw him. His kidney s were failing and he could hardly eat any more. Sadly, we think he wandered off to die somewhere in the woods. He was a good […]

R.I.P. Meme

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Sadly, on April 17, our beloved little black poodle Meme passed away due to a terrible accident. We had inherited Meme in Oct. 2011 from Laura’s mom Dolores. Meme had been a faithful and cheerful companions to Dolores for several years, and so when Dolores passed away, Meme came with us to North Carolina. It […]

Karsten Hupfer, 1965 – 2013

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Today, our family bid a very sad farewell to my sister’s husband of 18 years, Karsten Hupfer. He died completely surprisingly on March 23 at a hospital in Waiblingen, Germany. He leaves a huge void in his and our family, and in my sister’s life in particular. Heute haben wir uns in tiefer Trauer von […]

R.I.P. Deha

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Last night our 20-year-old Siamese cat died. We got her 19 years ago from the shelter, when she was just a young stray kitty. Over the years, Deha grew into a proud cat with a strong personality. When we brought Benson home, a 160-pound Great Dane, it only took her a couple of days to get that […]

Back at the dojo

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Today, Jacob and I started training at our karate dojo again. It has been a couple of years since our last training, and it has been a couple of months since my last run. So I really feel the workout now. But that’s good – that’s why we went back. We’ll start practicing regularly again, […]


Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Meet Bob, his brother Bob and his other brother Bob. They are our emus. We got them today from Bull City Farm and they live in our back yard now. More pictures … Das sind die Geschwister Bob – seit Heute unsere Haus und Hof Emus. Eigentlich sollten die Bobs die Pferdeweide von Insekten befreien […]

Fun fall weekend

Monday, November 12th, 2012

What a fun weekend! Saturday afternoon we had some friends over, cooked hot dogs and potatoes in a campfire and tapped a keg of Foothills Brewery’s Sexual Chocolate Stout. Sunday, Jacob and I went to check out a friend’s new 10-acre slice-of-heaven in Northern Orange County. A couple of the guys had brought their arsenal […]

Höhepunkte unserer Reise nach Deutschland

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Dies ist die Burg Hohenzollern, einer der definitiven Höhepunkte unserer Reise nach Deutschland im August.  Wir fuhren vom Rheintal in den Schwarzwald nach Hechingen, am Rande der Schwäbische Alb. Wenn man sich der Burg nähert, werden die Straßen schmaler und steiler, bis die Burg direkt üher dem Besucher im Wald aufragt. Dort parkt man das […]

Highlights of our vacation

Monday, August 20th, 2012

This is Hohenzollern Castle, one of the definite highlights of our trip to Germany earlier this month. We drove from the Rhine valley across the Black Forest to Hechingen, at the edge of the Schwaebische Alb. As you approach the castle, the roads become narrower and steeper, until the castle looms overhead in the forest. […]

Welding flash burn

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

I am taking welding lessons Wednesday nights at the local Community College, and so I spent three hours last night welding with a stick welder. At 2 AM, I woke up and I felt like my eyes had burning sand in them. That condition is called flash burn, or arc eye, and it is essentially […]