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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, September 28, 2014

Allegan Antiques Market

 It was the last month for the antiques market.  So of course, we HAD to go.
 It was such a lovely fall day for walking around outside.

 Oldest Son came along with us.  He didn't find anything, nor did THGGM.
 They both wore bright colored shirts, which made them easy for me to find.

 I bought something from the pig table again!  I bought the pig cookie jar!
 It's starting to look like Fall here.  Especially the red leaves of the poison ivy vines climbing the trees.  Sooo pretty.

The New Fall Schedule

 Three of them go to school all day.  WHEN did this happen?
 Hertsje and Broeder had already left for the day before the older three got here from school.  Their mommy has switched to her Basketball coaching job, so now I will only have Feintsje.  That happened SO fast!  From six kids this summer to only one three year old beginning tomorrow.  Wow.  It is seriously going to feel different over here.

More Story Rocks

Using an extra-fine oil paint Sharpie made SUCH a difference!  Now, I just need a few more ideas.
Feintsje has had so much fun making up stories.  Hopefully a pumpkin, Christmas tree, bowl of popcorn, sailboat, and a rake will help.  And this weekend I used my 40% off Michael's coupon to buy another bag of rocks.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

My Story Rocks

 Tonight, after a lovely relaxing weekend, I made some story rocks.
 I believe I first saw this on Pinterest.  But last week I saw some at the artisans market.
 The ones I saw there were lovely.  Little works of art, brightly painted.
 So I bought a bag of rocks at Michael's.  They were 60% off.  I already had the pen.
 Tomorrow I shall try them out.  Time will tell if anyone other than myself is interested in these.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Do You Watch "Peppa Pig"?

"Peppa Pig" is a brilliant preschool-age cartoon out of England.

I had never heard of it before.  Apparently it is on Nick Jr. around dinner time.

THGGM and I have found it on YouTube and have spent a few evenings being entertained by Peppa and her lovely family, Daddy, Mummy, and little brother George.

It has helped us to better understand our grand daugther and her charming command of the queen's English.

Now we know why Hertsje wore a "swimming costume" all summer.

And why she is exceedingly polite, saying "yes, please" while everyone else is saying gimme.

Once I asked her how her diaper was, her response: "not so very well".

It also added to her joy of jumping in "muddy puddles", something that Peppa enjoys doing.

So you can imagine my thrill at finding a pig's nose for our Peppa to wear.  She was delighted with it!

And this is yours truly, being Beppa Pig.
Broeder also likes to pretend that he is George.  He really does. But don't tell our Peppa, as he only wears it when she is napping.

I was able to find Peppa and her family on-line.  Hertsje has the most amazing time playing with them.  Today she handed me the Daddy and Mummy, telling me that I must be "the parents" while she was "the children".  I just cannot say no to that.  (I've been looking all over for George.  He went missing this afternoon.)

Even More Weekend Pictures

 The Grand Haven Pier from the channel side.

The snow fences are already up.

And there were birds.  I do like birds.

More Wonderful Weekend Wanderings

 Now THIS is my kind of weather!
 I could spend all day at the beach were it to always be like this.
 The Grand Haven Pier.  It is beautiful here no matter what the weather.

Wonderful Weekend Wandering West Michigan

 On Monday morning I discovered how to tell that I had an amazing restful weekend.  Look in the dishwasher and find Thursday's CLEAN dishes still in there, and only coffee mugs waiting to be washed.  Yes.  That is how I can tell.  It doesn't happen often, but when it does, I ENJOY it!
We wandered thrift stores, craft stores, and hardware stores.

 Oh, and a REAL antique store, Depot Antiques in Spring Lake.

Have you been there?

Most places that call themselves antique malls have a mix of junk (no problem here, as I do like junk!), thrift (I like that too!) and vintage-y stuff which now resembles what I received as wedding gifts many long years ago.  But really, there aren't that many antiques around.

See that glass door bookcase?  As I am typing this it is to the left, although I never am quite sure where Blogger will decide to put it.

THGGM would like that.  As he shops, he fills two imaginary homes, one a mansion in East Grand Rapids, and the other a large beach house on Lake Michigan in Holland.

It is his equivalent to fantasy football, I guess.
Anyway, it does make it more fun to shop!

It's also fun to yell across a store that you've found something for the lake house, at least it probably would be, if we wanted to be all pretentious about our imaginary houses.  So far, it hasn't gotten THAT bad.