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Here you will find scattered pictures from my point and shoot camera, random thoughts from my little world, treasured memories of days gone by, hopeful dreams of the days yet to come, and a bunch of ideas - because I've always got ideas!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

On Tuesday We Made Things!

It's usually on Monday that we make things, but Hertsje wasn't here on Monday.

It really doesn't take much to keep a three year old happy.

Or me, either!

A piece of black paper, a few cotton balls, a white colored pencil (or crayon) and some googly eye stickers.
Tomorrow we may add a thin piece of red ribbon for a scarf.


Because I think a little bit of color might be a nice touch.

We also spent some time working on a snow scene.  Two years ago Kado made me one for Christmas.  I got it out along with the other decorations, and Hertsje wanted to make one "just like it".

Well, after two years the one Kado made could use a bit of repair.  The tiny deer had fallen over, and the piper cleaner figure making a snow angel in the fluff was a wee bit wedged up against the edge. The tiny bottle brush tree was leaning precariously.  Um, yeah.  That is EXACTLY how Hertsje wanted hers to be!  An upside down deer, a sideways laying figure, and a leaning tree.  Oh, dear.  I tried to talk her out of it, but I could not.  She is a very determined young lady.

Anyway.., so we compromised.  I told her that if we didn't glue it down she could just keep on playing with it!  She was fine with that, except that she wouldn't change anything.  It's still just the same.

Brothers Reading

Kado was feeling a bit under the weather Monday.   At least for the first hour or so.   He had a tummy ache that quickly went away for which we are all thankful.  NOBODY needs a tummy ache on the week of Thanksgiving.  Once he was feeling better it was a rather lively Monday.  And of course, Feintsje was happy to have someone besides me to play with.   Kado's mom said that he had to spend some time reading.  He did not want to (something i have trouble understanding).   But, he knows that one must do what one's mom asks.  Since mom didn't specify a particular grade level, they got out all of their favorite books, old and new, and had a great time reading together!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Snowy Weekend

This weekend it was Famke's turn for HER sleep-over!  It was especially exciting because on Saturday we woke up to see the FIRST measurable snow of the season. On Friday night her mom even stopped over to do crafts and watch a movie with us.  Dad and the brothers had tickets to a Griffons Hockey game.  We watched the American Girl movie about Kit.  I LOVED it.
On Saturday morning we ventured out into the snowy wonderland to go to the thrift store.  I did not find much, but did get a few small Christmas gifts.  Famke found two shirts that she liked.  From there we went to Michaels.  I thought there would be swarms of people, but we ran into NO traffic, and only the normal amount of Saturday shoppers.  I didn't find anything that I could not live without.  Famke found the cool glasses she is wearing in the picture.  Famke got to choose where to go for lunch, and she chose Hunan!   Yay!
In the afternoon I drug up boxes from the basement.  Nothing like the first snow to inspire some Christmas decorating!  I had a very willing helper too.  Famke has good design instincts.  All it took was the emptying out of a cabinet, pointing her in the direction of the snowmen, the skating people, and the bottle brush trees!  She made all the magic happen herself.  Of course, there shall be pictures.  Later.  When the light cooperates.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

After School

This is what it looks like around here after school.   There is drawing, homework, reading, and piano playing going on.  It is winterish now, the time of year when I am tired the hour before the sun begins to set.  And pretty much all the time before that too.  I was born to hibernate, of that I am sure.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Good-bye Lovely Fall Weather

They tell me that by the time I wake up tomorrow morning, there will more than likely be snow on the ground.  Today was just too lovely to sit around whining about that (for long, anyway) so I took the dog outside to wander around.  Those geraniums THGGM picked out in the spring are still blooming.  I'm sure this is the end of that.  And, look!  There are still leaves hanging on the trees! After all the wind we've had this surprises me.
On Monday morning Feintsje and I took Zeke for a walk.  At the soccer field at the end of the street there were flocks of geese.  At first, they didn't seem to mind us.  Then Zeke caught sight of them and thought he might be interested in taking a sniff.  The head goose of each of the flocks started honking, and then all at the same time they started flapping their wings and off they went.  But not before we got to be amazed by the sound of all those wings.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Cousins and Friends

These two.  They are cousins and friends.  They both have different interests, but usually in the afternoon they play happily together.  Watching them play is truly one of my favorite things to do.

Random Things

1.  Normally, I am not a candle lighter.  I have a few cast iron muffin tins with candles.  These were unburned for years, until I just decided that it was time.  It was either that, or dust them.  And no, I haven't lit anything else on fire.  Although I almost set my camera strap on fire when attempting to take this picture.  There is just something about candle light that I love.  Isn't it pretty?
2.  If you most know, I have begun a bit of Christmas decorating.  I have no shame in doing this. Last Thursday Feintsje and I headed to the basement.  I opened up two large bins of Nutcrackers that used to belong to one of his uncles.  He was SO excited!  It was fun to have a partner in doing this.  He pointed out which ones needed gluing and sorted them by size for me.  These bins had not seen the light of day in the eight years we have lived here.  So, all of them were new to Feintsje.  Don't tell ANYONE, but Feintsje wants to surprise his cousin Hertsje with the nutcrackers.  She has only seen two of them.  Back in October Hertsje found a Little Golden Book about The Nutcracker Suite and she was enthralled with it.  A few days later I took the two of them into the storage room in the basement and let them each take out two of the big ones.  I love how Feintsje caught how excited SHE was, and wanted HER to be surprised by them.
3.  Today I put together a small Christmas tree using the red and white yo-yos I made last year at this time. As it turned out, I only had ONE left over after pinning them to the foam cone.  I'm not sure yet whether I like it or not.  Time will tell.
4.  The other thing I'm working on is a "count down to Christmas" thingy using the set of 25 cards I've had hung in my kitchen every December.  It needed an upgrade, so I dug out some Christmas scrapbook paper, found two metal rings, some Tinker Toys to hang them from, and glued away.  It will require a bit more embellishment, but I do think I will be pleased with the finished product.
5.  Oh!  And there is even one more thing!  I used a skirt hanger to pin all my old Christmas postcards to.  Not sure where I will put it, but that was another easy and inexpensive project using things I already had around the house.  I find the skirt hangers (this one has red clips) at the thrift store, where I also found some plaid ribbon, which was just the right amount to make a bow.  Besides the postcards, I clipped on bits of branches from artificial trees that are no longer in use.
6.  Wondering why I'm not just taking pictures of this stuff and posting it?  I'm finding that November light just doesn't cooperate.  Also, my GOOD camera is no longer working.  It seems that those things can only get knocked around so many times before they quit cooperating.  I've delayed having it checked out mostly because I fear the worst.  I do have another nice camera, but it also is not wanting to focus like it should.  I'm sure that if you google "She who can't have nice things" my picture will come up.
7.  Presently I am reading Elizabeth Gaskell's book about Charlotte Bronte.  Next up I will be reading Charlotte Bronte's "Shirley".  But mostly I read children's books.  About trucks.  And more trucks. And even more trucks.  I also spend quite a bit of my day looking out the window at trucks, and school buses, and if perchance a cement truck goes by we all nearly fall out of our chairs in delight!  Friday is garbage day, one can only imagine the joy that ensues here upon that day!
8.  THGGM and I have already begun listening to Christmas music.  I think anyone who has ever sang in a choir has no problem with Christmas music being played early.  One does need to prepare for those things, beginning in September at the latest.  That has stuck with me through the years.   THGGM has his headphones on now listening to his favorites, so thankfully, it isn't just me!
9.  Painting of the living room and dining room is STILL in process over here.  Left to do are the areas with heavy furniture.  One can always hope that it gets done soon.  I really do like it.  Sadly, our plans to remove the carpeting in those rooms has been put on hold.  Guess why.  No, I mean it.  GUESS WHY?  Did you guess?  Because there is NOT hardwood floors under it.  There is only plywood.  This was a very very sad day over here when we discovered that.  So, instead we are now busy trying to think of innovative ways to cover that huge stain in the doorway.  Oh, we have had it cleaned, and it does look good for a bit,  But the same old stain just keeps coming back, like annoying things tend to do.  The really strange thing is that it was our carpet cleaner that caused the stain.  Or, the person who shall not be named who was operating it.  He's not talking.  Last I checked we have no budget for new carpeting.
10.  On my list for today is tackling piles of books.  Soon I will be getting out the Christmas books but there are too many "every day" books that need sorting out.  For nearly 10 years now I have been buying children's books.  Now that Broeder is two, there are many baby type books that we no longer read.  I'm thinking that he may possibly be the last of the grandchildren for us, so when he is through with them I shall need to get rid of them.  Do you know how difficult this is going to be for someone like me?  All those memories involved in the reading of those books.  Yet, it must be done.  Except of course for the Sandra Boynton books, which I do on occasion read to myself when there are no children present.
Just because.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Weeks End

Over the weekend it was Jonge's turn for a sleep-over.

I'm sure that THGGM and I enjoy this just as much, if not more, than the kids do.

There is just something about one on one time with them that I can't seem to get enough of.

So, after we did all of our usual sleep-over things, we did some extra stuff.

Like, Jonge helped Pake gather up more leaves.  There will be at least another week or so before all of our leaves are down, but THGGM likes to keep up with it.

Since it is November, I was doing what I always do in November, working on Christmas-related stuff.
So while I did that, I got to spend time chatting with Jonge.
That is always fun.
He is interesting.
While we were talking we witnessed a fight between the neighbors across the street from us.  Well, is it actually a fight if it only involves one of two people?  The man was mowing the lawn, the woman was ranting and raving and flailing her arms all over the place, then threw a drink in his face.  He never even flinched.  Just kept mowing the lawn.  Same with the kids in the yard.  No one paid any attention at all to her.
We do not know these neighbors at all, as there is a 45 mile an hour speed limit separating us.
Sometimes, that isn't a bad thing.  They don't seem like the chummy sort anyway.

The siblings came later in the day.  They got in a bit of outdoor playing while the sun was still shining.  Lately, their favorite thing to play is "spies".  Last year at this time it was snowing, so we are taking advantage of the decent fall weather as much as possible.
Sigh... fall.
I love fall!

Friday, November 06, 2015

I Love Fall

 This top picture is from Thursday morning.  There were still a few leaves here and there.
But by this morning, they were ALL down.  Today it actually feels a bit like November!