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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!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Random Thoughts from Judy

1. It's been an interesting couple of weeks here. Something has been up between my two cameras. One camera will only download to my computer, and the other will only download to THGGM's computer.  I cannot begin to tell you how frustrating this has been for me, so I won't even bother to attempt to do that. Then, once I figured out a way around it, I could only access my Simply Thrift blog from THGGM's account (you know, the one I had to stop using because I could no longer get into it from my computer?!) but I could not gain access to THIS account. Well, somehow I just figured out a way to circumvent that. Now the questions remains, will I remember what I did just now for next time? Only time will tell. So, if you don't see a post here for awhile, you can be sure I am at the other end of this muttering under my breath about my obvious learning disability when it comes to all things computer related. End of rant (for now, anyway).
2. I had a lovely Mother's Day weekend, if you are a mom, I hope you did also! Oldest Son and DiL1 took me out for breakfast at one of my favorite places, Little Lucy's. After that THGGM and I went to the Downtown Market where they were having a monthly vintage flea market outside.  I was able to make two purchases for myself. One was a vintage white enamel towel rack with an attached soap holder. I've been looking for something like that for years, but they have always been priced out of my range. This one was so affordable we didn't even dicker with the price. It will go in our blue and white half bath. The other purchase was the small wooden shelf in the picture. This is the wall I see when I'm reading in bed at night. It needed something. I moved a mirror, add two oval pictures, and now I am rather pleased with the outcome. It's not the complete picture, as to do that would have required that I put away the pile of clothes on the bench at the end of our bed. THGGM asked me way I haven't put them away. Simple. The pile is made from the new/newly-thrifted clothes I have gotten and if I were to put them in the closet I would forget that I had them! Ugh. Yup. I would do that.
3. Well, NOW all of my pictures have gone out of order! Ugh. Anyway, in the bottom picture is a close up of the shelf I got. The black book on the far right is a Dutch Bible I found recently. It is Dutch on one page and English on the other. It was published at the beginning of the last century. I bought it to remind me of my grandmother, who taught herself English this way. Not sure if I have enough brain power to learn Dutch this way, but it is a lovely reminder of her, and how difficult it must be for anyone to move from one place to another while also having to learn to speak another language.
4. Another Mother's Day gift I received was a gift certificate to Michael's Craft Store. They had beads for sale. I used to make beaded jewelry, but gave my collection away years ago when Daughter mentioned to me that her college dorm RA made and sold jewelry to support a child in need that she was sponsoring. All that to say, I have never looked back, nor had much interest in jewelry since those days. But goodness how a gift certificate and a 50% off sale will spark an old interest! So, I spent a total of four dollars on beads, and now have three new bracelets with enough materials left to make at least a couple more. Stringing beads on memory wire is at best mind-numbingly boring. But, that seems to be about what I can handle these days, and I was rather pleased with the results.
5. Last Saturday Famke did a 5K run! She has been involved with Girls On The Run this year, and Saturday was their big race day in downtown Grand Rapids. Going into the race she wasn't so sure if she wanted to participate again next year, but afterward, once she discovered just how fun it was to do, she is ALL IN for next year. This year Daughter could not run with her due to having a months long procedure on her legs, so Oldest Son was invited, and he enjoyed the chance to participate in the race with his only niece. Two weeks before, he had run in the 5/3 Riverbank Run 10k. For that race he took off 10 minutes on his time from his previous 10k. It just amazes me to have runners in MY family. I couldn't run even if someone were chasing me. So, yes. I AM proud of them! Extremely proud!
6. Monday night THGGM and I spent at the ball park. Feintje had a 5:30 game, and Jonge had a 7:30 game. Wow. I have a new-found respect for parents of multiple children who make the effort to get their kids involved in the child's passion. It truly does show on the field which children want to be there, and which children's parents want them to be there. Especially with the youngest ones. So many of those kids appear to wish they could spend the evening picking dandelions and rolling around in a sandbox, clearly not having a care whether a ball is being hurtled towards them from space. Anyway, I'm sure I am biased, as Feintje is one of those little ballers with a clear passion for the game. Kado, on the other hand, could care less, so he is totally free to actually roll around in a sandbox at the field. His passion right now is roller blading, and that boy has SKILLS.
7. Speaking of Mondays, yes, we are STILL making things on Mondays. Hertsje and I have been drawing a nice variety of paper dolls. She loves to make different cloths for them, mostly skirts, which she then cuts out and glues to the different dolls. I absolutely LOVE to watch her creativity in action. She would love to be a basketball player, like her Mommy and Mimi before her, and seeing her with a basketball I could clearly see that happening!
8. And then there is Broeder. His passion right now is all about police, handcuffs, bad guys, and jails. I have a Lego catalog here that he loves to go through. He gets sooo excited when he finds the page that has the jail on it. Not sure that Lego makes Lego handcuffs, but if they do, I will buy him a set. Last week while all the grandkids were playing outside on our driveway, the police pulled someone over right where they were all playing. I think Broeder was sorely disappointed that no guns were drawn, no handcuffs put on, and no one was put under arrest. Just a routine ticket. I, on the other hand, was not disappointed by that AT ALL.
9. This past Saturday THGGM and I did a lot of thrift shopping. Usually, we make one stop at one place on Saturday. But this time, we actually went to the usual place TWICE, and to two others of our favorite places also. Both of us hit the thrift jackpot on name brand clothes in our new sizes. THGGM has dropped 40 pounds so it has become necessary that we do this. We would do it anyway, but with it now being necessary and all that, we are enjoying it even more!
10. Finally, after owning it for months, I finished reading "Go Set A Watchman". I had been reading a lot of non-fiction, and this was a nice switch for me. I really enjoyed it. Since I bought it in hardcover (for a dollar at a thrift store!) I took it outside to read in day light. At night I read on my Kindle Fire. I have so many books going at one time simple because when I go to bed I choose to read what "feels" right at the time. This is new to me. I used to read books by charging through them one at a time from beginning to end. I kind of enjoy doing it randomly, as it really is true, some nights I just want to disappear into something and other nights I feel the need to actually LEARN something new. One of my favorites right now is "The Road Back to You" which is about the Enneagram. It's very interesting if you like to understand yourself and the people around you in a more complete way. Of course, I have HUNDREDS of books on my Kindle now, so my choices are rather endless. Book Bub is GREAT for finding affordable books that can be delivered to you in just a click, many of them for free. Free. I like free.
Well. That's all for now. Time to make breakfast and clean this place up a bit before the next round of kids arrive later this afternoon.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Look! It's a picture of me!
I thought I should post a picture of myself after my 25 lb. weight loss.

It is happening sloooowly.
I'm never a fan of pictures of myself but I figured I should do it anyway.
About 16 years ago I lost 50 lbs. and the only picture I have from that time is a black and white head shot on an old Sam's Club membership card.

The fun part has been getting new clothes!

It had been more than a month since I lost a pound, but this morning I was down two more, which actually makes the loss 27 lbs., but this picture was taken on Saturday.

And that happened AFTER I ate a frozen pretzel at the baseball game last night.

I've given up bread, except for a slice once a week, so as you can imagine, I found this latest loss rather surprising. But I'll take it anyway!

I had hoped that ALL of my ills would go away due to weight loss, but apparently I pinned too much on it. My blood sugar has been AMAZING, but I keep breaking out with eczema, and my joints - especially my hip - still pains me.

But, you know me, not one to complain!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Where I've Been

I've been here, doing all the things I love to do, and all the things I don't particularly enjoy but have to do anyway!

And, with two grandsons playing baseball, I've been happily sitting in my chair at the ball park.

Feintsje is playing T-ball this year.

So happy he chose an orange belt, it's easy to spot him in the field!
He is one of the few on his team who always knows where the ball is and what the next play should be.

It's interesting to watch him!

In the video below, the one where he is on third base heading for home, you can see just how seriously he takes keeping his eye on the ball.

I'm guessing we have a life-long baseball player here.

And I could not be happier to support him in his passion!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Interesting Thrift Find

I've dropped about two sizes in clothing, so lately most of my thrift finds have been clothes, and yesterday was no exception. I found three pairs of capris, a pair of denim shorts, and a shirt.
But I also found a few small interesting things, and this baby spoon was one of them!
Can you make out what it says?
If not, I will tell you!
It is a birth record spoon for a baby girl named Susan, born on the 16th of June, 1950, at 5:00 PM.
I collect baby spoons, and besides my own Gerber baby spoon, this is my new favorite!
It cost a dollar.
Can you believe it?
I cannot imagine why someone would no longer want this keepsake.
I wonder if Susan ever wonders what happened to it?

Weekend Fun

I have no idea why I can't put the words on this post where I want them to be, but I can't, so I'll have to start right here!
Our weekend started with this fun girl, Famke!
Pake had an appointment so it was just the two of us for dinner. Then, we got to do crafts! She already had an idea of what she wanted to make so we took it from there. I wish I had pictures, but the older grand kids aren't so thrilled about all the picture-taking anymore. Not that she actually SAID I couldn't, but I sense it when they would rather cover their faces! I'm trying to respect that, but let me tell you, it isn't easy!
Anyway, we had a great deal of fun on Friday night, and on Saturday we went out for breakfast and to our favorite thrift store and craft store. I'm thankful that everyone still enjoys those places!
Saturday afternoon we got to watch Jonge play his first scrimmage with his travel ball team.He made the first hit of the season AND the first run! I think Pake and I managed to stay through five innings before the rain and cold got to us. So glad we were there to see him play so well! His field position was third base, which seemed to suit him well!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Shiny New Glass

Finally!  Last week it was completed!
Three panes of shiny new glass for our front window have been installed.
The double glass in the middle window had gotten condensation between the glass.
There was no way to remove it without replacing and resealing the window.
The side two windows had several panes of glass and after over sixty years they needed some work too.
And now it is done. For now we removed the blinds so we can enjoy actually being able to see clearly out the windows! Seems like such a small thing, but it certainly has made a big difference in here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Just a Bit of This and That

The past few days have been GORGEOUS here! Hertsje and I have spent time outside enjoying it!
Today she asked to bring out her "dolls with pets". I think they are an odd collection of Polly Pockets that I found years ago at the thrift store.
She LOVES their teeny tiny pets!
Today she decided that she would make beds for them.
She gave them grass for sleeping on, leaves for blankets, and flowers for pillows!
It took dedication to get it "just so", but she was pleased with the outcome, and excited to show Pake and her mommy when they got home from work
I love watching her excitement from the moment she gets an idea, to when she works it all out to be exactly how she envisioned it!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Thoughts

Last week while Hertsje and I were playing in the backyard, we stopped to listen to all the different bird sounds.
There were a lot of sparrows, a few robins, and a pair of cardinals calling to each other from different trees.
I thought it was fun, so I took a video of the noisiest one whose call we were imitating.
And then on Saturday we heard a buzzing saw.
Down came branch after branch.
I could not watch.
But before it was all over, I talked myself into taking one picture.
One with the tree cutting guy still in the tree.
THGGM asked if there was something wrong with the tree.
He was told that no, there was not anything wrong with it, just that it was a messy silver maple.

Today Hertsje and I spent a lot of time in the backyard.
It's going to be difficult getting used to what it looks like now.
We lost most of our backyard tree in the tornado last summer.
The one remaining branch still has leaves on it.
I'm waiting to see what crawls out of the holes in it where all the wasps laid there eggs last year.
Our magnolia tree is totally dead.
I really miss it.
It will have to come down.
The tree guy said he could do it for $700 dollars.
I still like it.
And it doesn't look dead in the winter.