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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, March 18, 2018

Good-bye Weekend

A weekend with SUNSHINE!
All weekend long.  That really doesn't happen much.  So we took FULL advantage of it.
Of course, us being us, we still did all of our "usual" weekend activities, but this weekend we added a few more that we haven't done in quite sometime.
Things like HANGING SHEETS ON THE LINE!  Sigh.., one of our favorite things to do.
And although I didn't get a picture of it, THGGM spent a nice amount of time relaxing on his swing.  Today, he reclined on his swing in SHORTS.  And the calendar tells me it isn't spring yet...
This morning we went to breakfast at The Omelette Shoppe.  Oh, I suppose we could go there anytime of year, but the last time we went on the weekend we had to wait outside.  Today, we made sure to get there before the rush.  I had a goat cheese, bacon, and chives omelette.  THGGM had French toast made with pecan cherry bread. After breakfast we drove all around downtown, because everything looked so much better in the sunshine.
In the afternoon we drove out to Spring Lake to look around at Depot Antiques.  They are the real deal.  You should go there too (because i said so).  On our drive there we took the scenic route down Leonard St.  I spotted an eagle in the sky.  Right from that excitement came something even more exciting.  We nearly smashed into the back of the car in front of us that stopped on a dime after rounding a curve in the road.  Thankfully we saw, JUST IN TIME, that someone was on the side of the road flagging us down.  Then we saw it.  A car, perpendicular to the road and upside down, in the ditch.  There were enough people on the scene already, so we carefully passed through.  But, ugh.  How does that even happen?  We came back that way, and the scene had been cleared.  It didn't look like anyone was injured, although I can't imagine how anyone could have walked away from that.

 This is me just before we left, although after that happened, I think I probably have more gray hair.
For some reason, I always look annoyed, which I wasn't.  As I was extremely happy to be going out and doing things.  But, for another unknown reason, I look deranged when I smile.
Oh, and we did not buy anything. ALMOST, but no, we did not.  And almost only counts in horseshoes.

One thing that I haven't been doing lately is shopping at Michael's.  But THGGM had some errands he wanted to do so he dropped me off there yesterday.  I quit going because I ALWAYS find things that I cannot possibly live without.  When I didn't go there, I realized that I COULD live without the things I didn't know about that I wasn't buying, so I just stopped (did you follow that? because it truly does make sense).  I did remember that I could use more drawing paper, so I looked for that, and it was on sale!  I quit buying it when the price shot up to 4.99 for 50 sheets, but Saturday the sale price was only 1.99.  THGGM took awhile to return, which was a dangerous thing for him to do.  Because, they had beads on sale for 70% off!  I now have a new bracelet made out of beads that I wouldn't have known I needed if I hadn't gone to Micheal's (i made another bracelet too, because you know, cheap beads and all that).
Saturday evening we went to a play that Oldest Son directed at Cornerstone University. Daughter, Famke, and Kado came along with us.  The play was "You Can't Take It With You", and it was great! It never ceases to amaze me that there are people who actually ENJOY having other people watch them.  If I could, I would do everything I do out of sight of other people, sort of like a mole, I guess.  Anyway, there was, as there always is, fabulous talent in the theater arts. I wish universities recognized this as something worth putting money and effort into supporting.  Sports never seem to be cut, yet after a certain age, most athletes are done.  Yet in the acting community, the actors keep getting better and better with age.  Anyway, that's my take on it.  And I don't hate sports.  I just have opinions, like everyone else, only different. (and right now, my face really does look annoyed, because this does annoy me.  but even if it didn't, i would still look this way.  it's what i do.)

I'm just throwing this picture out there because it is a structure going up a few miles from us.  People either love it, or hate it.  It's been under construction for what seems to be forEVER.  It's supposed to look like a castle, so I'm thinking if one imagines oneself to be royalty one might like to live there.  Apparently from the other side of this you can see Grand Rapids, but mostly I would think you would be looking at a not so pretty view of the Grand River, I-196, and a lot of commercial businesses that store building materials outside. For some reason, I felt compelled to take a picture of it today.
Oh, and if you are someone who has my phone number and can never seem to reach me, I'd like you to know that I now have a WORKING phone.  Same phone number too.  I could never get the hang of my "better" cellphone, and thought it was just me.  But, apparently, it truly was a BAD cellphone.  My new one works, it has absolutely NO bells or whistles, and actually has VISIBLE buttons that I can push.  The best part about it is that it holds a charge for DAYS.  The old one held a charge for exactly five minutes after it was unplugged.  I'm embarrassed to admit how long it took me to realize this, but obviously not so embarrassed that I wouldn't post about it. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

On Monday We STILL Make Things

Today Broeder and I made boats!

We saw the idea on Pinterest and decided together that it looked like something we could do.
All it took was an egg carton, a couple of straws, a bit of paper, some fabric for the sail, and bits and bobs to round it all out nicely.

Broeder did insist that his boat have a crow's nest.

That was a bit tricky, but a crow's nest he has!
Broeder named his boat "The Kitty" because he LOVES kitties.
I named mine "Beppe's Bounty" because it holds six.  
Then we set sail on a piece of foam.
In honor of the occasion, I wore my sail boat sweater that my up north sister gave to me!

Also on Monday, I do not wear any make up, and since I do not like to scare people, the picture is ONLY of the sweater.

I'm kind like that.

You're welcome.

Sunday, March 11, 2018


Sunday afternoon found us wondering through the butterfly exhibit at Meijer Gardens. 
It was LOVELY.
And you know how I am NOT one to complain (hahahahaha) but it was SOOOO hot and humid in there that my hair will probably still be curly tomorrow. 
I do love butterflies, but tropical living would NOT be the life for me.
But enough of that, there are butterflies to see! 
Sometimes, if you held very still, a butterfly would land right on you! 
Hertsje had one land on her knee, and another one land on her shoulder. 
Broeder tried, but holding very very still is not as easy as it seems.

 This butterfly was my favorite.
When its wings are down, they are a gorgeous shade of blue.

I want to go back.
Next time I'll wear shorts and a short sleeved shirt.
And bring a bottle of ice water to pour over myself.
Then I'll roll in a snow bank on my way out.
I am NOT kidding.
It was THAT hot in there.
I never saw so many sweaty people in March in Michigan in my life!
Still, I think you really ought to go.
It's worth it to see so much beauty!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday's Favorite Find

Today THGGM and I dropped in at our favorite thrift store.
It was "everything 50% off week".
We've been looking for a pharmacy lamp, as I have great difficult reading unless I have bright direct lightening.
THGGM was sure that would solve all my problems.
But, we couldn't seem to find one that would work where I needed it.
So, on day FIVE of this sale, we walked in not really expecting to find much left.
But, there it was!
A solid brass pharmacy lamp!
The sticker price was $18.00.
I'm actually GOOD at figuring out percent when it's 50.
Now I have this GREAT lamp for only NINE DOLLARS.
I've removed from my Amazon wish list the ones I thought I might have to chose from - but weren't at all what I wanted.
Trust me.  They were ALL more than twice the "regular price" of this one!

I can actually SEE to read!
And when I'm not using it to read, it does a nice job of lighting up the bottom shelf of the cabinet next to me.
I like that.
And another thing I like about this one, is that it doesn't require that weird balance arm that the ones on my wish list all had.
It also isn't very noticeable in my cozy reading corner.
So this is now my corner with everything I need with which to be content.
My light, my book, my blanket, my laptop, my drawing pad, my pencil, and my camera.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Birthday Girl

On Monday after school we celebrated Hertsje's 6th birthday with donut's from Marge's.
Hertsje is energetic, chatty, and joyful.

And she adores donuts.

Well, actually, frosting with sprinkles!

There was also a present for the birthday girl!

Of course, once the boys saw it was a doll, they lost interest rather quickly.
But the birthday girl LOVED it!


Monday, February 12, 2018

Getting Things Done

This cabinet, which has stood in the same spot for more than ten years, needed to be moved so THGGM could paint behind it and remove the carpet

That required emptying out EVERYTHING from it to take it apart.


It was WORK.

What a mess!

Of course, THEN everything had to be moved back!

I proved to myself that I CAN hoist heavy objects.

The best part was I managed to fill two large boxes with things to donate

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Making A Few Changes

THGGM found this lovely old cabinet a few weeks ago.

Last weekend we moved it into the dining room.

All week I'v been filling up the inside shelves with  dishes from another cabinet so we can move that one, take up the carpet under it and FINALLY paint the wall behind it.

We do nothing the conventional way.

Anyway, moving things around got me into the tweaking mood.

Not that that mood ever really leaves me.

Can't say that I'm much into decorating for Valentine's Day, but I do have a few things.

The tin heart is new to me.

 Not sure how the Sunbonnet Babies fit in, but I like them!

And the old Valentine's candy box makes a great backdrop to the swans.

This one is from 1949, as it says so on the back.

Lately I just can't seem to get enough of the old blocks. 

There truly is no accounting for taste.

Not that anyone has ever mistaken me for someone with taste.

What I do have are many things that can sort of go anywhere, something that around here we like to call "shopping from home".

Changed the arrangement on top of the piano too.

I think I like it.

I'll know for sure in a few weeks.

The top of the new cabinet is at the height of my nose.

This picture was taken by holding my camera over my head.

Standing right in front of it I can't see what's on it so well.

But it does seem to work from across the room!

Hopefully the old cabinet will be cleaned out by tomorrow morning and we can get the dining room put back together.

I've still got more things to wrap up to donate!

So far, I have yet to take anything back out of the donation box.  Yet.