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It is Monday evening at 9:30, and I am just now composing the Aug Blog! And I do not really even have my topic yet, so I will begin with random thoughts and we'll see what we end up with.

Summer life has been very full, even with the decreased obligations while 3 of our 4 are on summer break. Poor Computer Boy had to take advantage of the availability of classes during both summer sessions offered at his university and really will not have much of a summer break. He seems happy and loves his life in Irvine. We are all praying that his efforts will soon "pay off" as the Fed Loan folks seem to think he has already graduated, and they are ready to begin collecting their payments, and so I had to tell them to back off as he has yet to graduate.This will be the first year he does not get to join us even for one day during the annual family camping trip.

Soccer Boy will be taking an extra class this coming semester so that he can continue to be carried on our Medical Plan while he finishes up with his three needed classes. He got to have a nice break with no school and no job, but unfortunately no money either. He thoroughly enjoyed playing on an adult soccer league and is looking forward to the beginning of the semester and the excitement that his new classes always bring. He is a lover of learning and also of teaching and will be back in the land of gainful employment when he returns to his job at the local elementary school. He is also moonlighting in a Korean Real Estate office run by his friend. He is the only caucasian in the office and is quickly getting a handle on deciphering English spoken with a Korean accent. His recent challenge was attempting to respond to a request for what sounded to him for a "Reese Vacation". Try as he might, he could make no sense of it. He had to ask his friend to assist with the request, and as it turned out, the lady on the phone was requesting a "Lease Application". He is a quick study and will soon be able to communicate adeptly.

Buddha Boy is just about to embark on his collegiate journey. He has been enjoying summer and keeping busy working out, watching movies, and hosting game nights at our house with his wonderful group of friends who find creative and inexpensive ways to fill their time, for example, playing hide and seek at the local iKea store and walking to Jack in the Box at midnight wearing sombreros.

We picked up Princess's mandatory school owned iPad this morning- her school is moving away from hard cover books and toward electronic media. We are not really sure how we feel about this, but we did not have any choice in the matter as we must play by the school rules or go elsewhere. She got a much needed break from all of those demanding AP courses and rigorous soccer tournaments. She has been honing her cake making skills and enjoying time with her friends. She has a very busy year ahead.

And we have the son of my mother-in-law's cousin's daughter from Germany staying with us until mid December. He is here to partake of an intense ESL language course- though his English is fantastic already. I will nickname him the "Kinder Boy" as we were teasing him that he resembles the handsome boy on the package of the Kinder Milk Chocolates we so adore. And they sell them at Super King!!! He does not really resemble the Kinder Boy, but he is kind and seems to be making a wonderful adjustment to living in our chaotic house. He is learning all sorts of American terms. I was especially amused at the quizzical look on his face when I remarked that someone was a "spoiled Brat". I quickly interjected that when we say "Brat" in America, we are not necessarily referring to a sausage to be eaten.

And then there is the issue of the dual meaning of the word "Sausage"- something to eat, or someone who is lazy. Why in America do we use "meat link terms" to also refer to people who behave in certain ways? Do spoiled brats ( the meat type ) smell particularly awful as compared to say, a spoiled hamburger patty? What is it about sausage ( the meat ) that has anything to do with someone with wimpish or needy characteristics? Might it be because the sausage is likened to a human form, but lacks "arms and legs" with which to propel itself to be useful? I just Googled it and found nothing. Is this not a common slang use of the word "sausage"? Perhaps this slang use is peculiar to my family?

It must be quite an experience for Kinder Boy to be immersed in a culture across the world from the one he is accustomed to living in, and to have to adapt to the many differences. For example, he advised us that they keep their butter in the refrigerator and their jam on the counter, and in America it is the reverse, though it is hot here in Southern CA, and our butter sometimes melts, and it is chilly in Germany where the butter will not often melt. In America we have entire isles of Barbecue sauce, where there might be a few choices in the local market in Muenster. What does this say about our culture? We like to barbecue sausages and brats and slather them with tangy sauces? I'll bet there is a bigger selection of mustard in the German market, but I might have to go there in person to check it out in order to be sure.

I know that in France, there is a huge selection of yogurt and cheese. An speaking of cheese, why do we, in America, often refer to someone of great importance ( or someone who thinks that they are of great importance ) as, "the big cheese"? Are bigger cheeses more important than smaller cheeses? And what happens when the big cheese cuts the cheese? Can the littler cheeses wince in anguish?

Certainly I jest, but these thoughts amuse and bemuse and confuse me which is why I like to share them with you on my Muse. I am very grateful that I am out of school and that I can write what I wish in the style which I prefer and not have to follow any rules such as not using the word "I" in my essay. I'll not receive this back with red pen marks and missing points for lack of a proper thesis. I live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. The land of many cultures and so many choices and options. It is wonderful yet at times overwhelming. Sometimes I think that having so many choices can be nearly as limiting as having too few choices. Too much time spent on deciding what is the best or worst option can lead to a stagnation nearly as bad as not having enough choices.

So what have I woven with this web of words? Is there any message in it, or is it just mindless drivel? Or is that too many choices?I think my mind has stagnated. And please check out the mystery link. It was just too fitting for this Aug. Blog! I'd love to hear your comments, and what is on the mystery 3 D photo as I couldn't see it!!!

Guten Nacht!

Recipe

From Allrecipes.com

North German Gruenkohl (Kale) and Sausage

Original recipe makes 4 servings

1 pound kale, stemmed and chopped
3 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cups water, or as needed to cover
2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1/2 pound thickly sliced cooked ham, or to taste
4 links kielbasa sausage
salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Bring a pot of water to a boil, and stir in the kale; boil for 1 minute, and remove from the water with a slotted spoon. Set the blanched kale aside.
Place bacon into a large skillet over medium heat, and cook until browned, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes. Stir in the onion, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the blanched kale, and cook until kale is bright green and starting to turn tender, about 4 minutes. Pour in enough water to cover, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and stir in the beef bouillon granules and nutmeg. Simmer the kale until tender, about 30 minutes.
Stir the mustard into the kale, and lay the ham slices and sausage links on top. Simmer the kale, ham, and sausages until the sausages are cooked through, about 35 more minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper before serving.

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