Thursday, May 10, 2018
He doesn't say that often, so I got up!
After breakfast we took a ride to Grand Haven.
Nothing was blooming yet, not even a hint of green on the trees.
I did stop to get another picture of this.
This place is HUGE, and one would think it is never going to be finished.
I'm still not used to seeing it without the catwalk though.
It just looks weird to me.
Apparently, that won't be back up this year either.
Progress is a slow business.
We saw a few gulls, and the two birds on the right appear to be Caspian Terns.
It seems they are rather common, but I had never seen them before so it was special to me!
Especially on a day when there are no crowds.
Actually, there were no other people at all!
Our adventure also took us to three antique malls, a thrift store, and an estate sale.
Do not be shocked, but we did not buy anything.
(This is because we already have everything!)
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
So, yesterday we went with Broeder to spend some time at Meijer Gardens.
(This morning, Pake is at the zoo with Hertsje's kindergarten glass.)
And for the record, it was NOT nearly as hot and humid inside the exhibit yesterday as it was the other two times we went. Less crowded, less heat, less humidity, made for a much happier me! (and we all know that is the most important thing, right? please say yes.)
We know this because we went to the gardens to look for "signs of spring".
There were many of those to be found.
My life, taking pictures of the back of people I love.
Unlike my children, and Daughter's four, Broeder and Hertsje LIVE to join in with any other children they come across. Making friends has never been hard for them. I admire them for this, as it is a gift I do not possess.
Don't think we did not appreciate that!
I guess TECHNICALLY I did.
Or deep in prayer, it's hard to say.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
But really, the weeks are much the same. The grand kids come. THGGM and I occasional go places and do things. Nothing seems new, but also, nothing feels the same. I'm not sure exactly why, except that it has been a very different year. But then, what year isn't? One thing that hasn't changed? I still have random thoughts. I know, you were worried that maybe I'd somehow ORGANIZED my thoughts into something partially coherent, but, no, that has not happened.
#2: While they were gone, I spent my time working on some drawings. I'd like to draw all six of the grand kids. Just for fun, which so far, it has been! I've got a long way to go and I know it. I'm using old pictures, ones that I have only snap shots off. Mostly I want to work on shading and blending skin tones. It's not something I'm good at. Let's hope I can stick with this until I'm finished. There is a tendency within me to start things with a passion, then as it gets harder or I hit a bump my interest and enthusiasm wanes.
#6 I'm presently reading "North and South" by Elisabeth Gaskell. I guess I'm stuck in England. This is the first book I've read by her, with the exception of reading ABOUT the biography she wrote on Charlotte Bronte. I'll let you know when I'm finished what I think about it, but so far I like it! Very good before-bed reading, which seems to be all the reading I do lately.
#7: This morning, shortly after THGGM left for breakfast I wrote a list of possible things to write about here. I do that rather often. And then when I sit down to write I read over the list and think - why would I ever want to write about that?! So, maybe someday. I should probably start with that interesting conversation I overheard a few weeks ago at a restaurant. I'll give it some thought.
Time to go.., I hear an eagle in the background calling for me...
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Friday, April 06, 2018
The Easter Bunny brought ME a large Lego set, so we had something new to work on since the weather seemed determined to keep us inside.
There was even a CAMERA in the set.
These two make a great team.
They know each others strengths so work together to get things accomplished.
It is really quite something to behold.
This is just ONE of their finished products.
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
These two were WILD.
Today we had snow. It's a good thing we went when we did.
Things that would never show up can be seen clearly with no leaves on the trees.
No GPS necessary.
Also, I believe we ALL handle 44 degrees better than we do the hot and humid 85 degrees PLUS in with the butterflies.
Truly. I can hardly believe it.
Hard to believe that one of those boys had spent the previous morning vomiting.
Seriously though, I don't think they were too much interested in them.
Maybe just enough to do a quick turn through it.
Famke was spending the day with a friend, but I think she would have appreciated it more than her brothers did.
I did get a couple of pictures, but most of them were a bit misty.