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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!

Friday, November 09, 2018

On Thursday We Went Places and Did Things

Tuesday and Thursday of this week I was FINALLY able to see Jonge play basketball!
Jonge is number 32.

I didn't take my camera with me Tuesday.
That was a GREAT game, which they lost after leading right up until the end of the 4th quarter.
Yesterday's game went much better for our team.
Which also meant that Jonge got a few breaks.
We were the guests!

I do have to say that THGGM and I are adjusting
quite well to having grandchildren just one afternoon a week now.
Jonge's basketball game was at a charter school in Holland, a city about 40 minutes away.
So, when THGGM got out of work at 12:30, we hit the road.
Did some thrift shopping, some antique shopping, and had lunch in Holland.  We arrived back home at 6:00.  All that on a week day! 
And look at this!
My collection is growing!
I found this darling plate at a thrift store in Holland.  It was THREE DOLLARS!
Yeah, it's been a good week!

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Yesterday At My House

These two came to my house for the afternoon yesterday.  Because it's Wednesday, and they have early dismissal.
When I saw them pass by with two Fisher Price Doll Houses and the basket of "people" I grabbed my camera, as no one has played with this stuff in over a year (well.., except for maybe.., me).
Hertsje was looking for 'children' , so I was reaching into the basket and handing to her every one that I found.  Then she told me she needed more beds for them, so I went searching for those.
After I had given her a few, she looked up at me exasperated and said "I have EIGHT kids and only THREE beds!  What am I going to do?!"
Broeder looked up at her and said "I could bomb them for you!"
Um.., NO!
We did have a nice talk. 
If you happen to have more children than you have beds,  please send them to their grandparents home.
And never never EVER bomb anyone.
Not too long after that, Pake returned with two more grand kids.
Yes.  He is under that pile of children.
Kado came home extremely tan. 
Feintsje came home with a harrowing tale of Disney World's Tower of Terror. 
It's always fun and interesting at my house on Wednesday afternoons.
Although I DO miss Jonge and Famke.
Famke's best friend now goes to her school, so they hang out together before church on Wednesday night.
Jonge has basketball practice on Wednesday after school.
Things are different around here.
These six kids are GROWING UP right in front of our eyes!

Sunday, November 04, 2018

On Friday

 It appears to be another year where it took us until November to reach peak color.
I'm enjoying the lovely red outside my living room window.
Once they are gone, I will mourn the loss.
Doesn't look like it will take much to blow the rest of them down.
I took these as we were leaving to drop something off at a business a bit south of us.
I happened to keep my camera with me.

The sky was full of clouds, except to the west, so we decided to chase the sunshine and ended up in Holland.
Do YOU think this sign is necessary?
Has someone actually NOT noticed that the road ends?
Do some people see bridges where none exist?
This is a mystery to me.

Anyway, the color was spectacular! 


We ended up at Holland State Park.
It was gorgeous there.
It always is!

Friday, November 02, 2018

Halloween Fun

 Both Wednesday and Thursday we got to spend some time with Hertsje and Broeder.
They each put on many fun and unique puppet shows!
All of us took breaks with our technology. 
No TV though.
They enjoy choosing their own shows to watch and games to play.
Broeder also was AMAZED that I had gotten a new Lego catalog.
He calls it his comics.
I believe he has his Christmas list done.
I have a feeling it looks a lot like his uncle's (oldest son's) list.
We DO have Lego lovers in this family.

A few days earlier I had found a Halloween craft for 70% off at Michael's.
Over the years I have learned that if I present ANY of the grand kids with "this fun craft I found for us to do together" they would all twirl around in circles, fall to the ground, and wail "NOOOOOOOO!"
So I quit doing that.
I just laid the craft out on the dining room table where they could find it, and find it they did!
It is the only way any sort of crafting gets done around here anymore.
I think I have great ideas, OTHER PEOPLE have said I have great ideas, but these guys are not easily impressed.
Nothing happens unless THEY find it themselves, or discover me doing something on my own and ask to join in (a few of them still do that).

I'm not complaining!
This way works out much better for all of us!
It ought to be fun, and if it's forced on them it is in no way fun.
Even I dislike that.
We made bats, spiders, and cats!
I do not usually decorate for Halloween, but I DID hang mine up!  It will last until THGGM notices it.

 Since it was Halloween, I also got out the dress-up suitcase and left it in the living room.
They found it!
I did not get pictures of the wild and crazy array of costumes they put together, mostly because they did not hold still long enough for me to get a picture before they changed into something else!
I wish I'd gotten a picture of Broeden in a 'coon skin hat and a fox collar.  He was adorable.
Hertsje "announced" him.  That was great too!

Jasmine and a Ninja
Then, in the evening, they returned to "Trick-or-Treat" and were the only two we had!
Friends of ours two blocks away had 200.
People just do not cross a street with a speed limit of 45 in the dark on Halloween.
I'm sure that's a good thing.

Friday, October 26, 2018

A Few More Family Pictures

Here we are!  Son-in-law only took two pictures of us here, and they are BOTH keepers.
All that's left of the fallen tree trunk we've been posing on for YEARS.
He also only took two pictures of us all in this location and they both came out as well!
Oldest Son and Daughter-in-law
Oldest family member and THGGM
Son-in-law and Daughter
Way back - Jonge - age 12
Middle row - Famke - age 11, THGGM - age 60, Broeder - age 5, Kado - age 9, Me - HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? age 60
Front row - Feintjse - age 7, Hertsje - age 6
Youngest Son and his family
Daughter and Son-in-law and their family
Jonge, posing
Famke, posing too
The younger four were not interesting in posing.
The logs were damp, it was cold out, and there were woods to run in.
All six grandchildren, holding still in one spot
Our kids
This tradition of taking a picture at John Ball Park started on a lovely October day in 1982 when Daughter was one week old.
Daughter and her daughter
I think you know everyone by now!
And then there were donuts.
And cider.
From Robinettes.
THGGM stood in line for 40 minutes to get them.
No complaints from him!
They are worth it!
(Both our family AND the donuts!)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


 It's been awhile since I have done this, hasn't it?  Well, today seems like a good day for it.  I have a couple hours before the first two of the four arriving grandchildren for today get here.  I may as well be all random, as anything I focus on around here will soon enough come undone!  Oh, and later I will post more family pictures, because you KNOW I have MORE.
1.  On the way to have our family pictures taken I grabbed this shot as we were going down the highway.
Did they put a lion on top of this?
Yes.  Yes they DID put a lion on top of this.
Hmm.  I just do not know what to say about that.  Occasionally, I have thoughts that cannot be properly articulated.
2.  For anyone who may have been wondering if on Monday I still make things, I will tell you that I do!  This week Monday I made a rather worthless closet in my kitchen usable again.  It was mainly filled with a large bag of dog food, craft supplies that interest no one anymore (with the exception that i found my three missing heart punches!) and bags and bags of bags.  Plastic bags.  Under the plastic bags I found the missing dust pan.  Well, to be honest, I found a total of FIVE dust pans.  There were also small appliances and a plethora of odd pans and large bowls.  I am happy to report that now I have a nice clean closet filled with all the things I actually use on a daily basis.  Sigh.., but seriously, it took all day.  What's left is to drop off a rather large box to the thrift store.
3.  I'll spare you the count of how many MORE toilet paper pumpkins I have made.
4.  The big news around here is that Jonge made the A team for middle school basketball!  Last year I couldn't make it to any of his games.  This year I am hoping to get to some!  Yay!  Basketball!  It's played INSIDE!
5.  When I'm not being annoyed by political ads, I'm searching for resources that I can trust.  Mostly though, since I love to read history, I am becoming more and more alarmed by how history repeats itself.  Presently, I'm reading a book about Clementine Churchill.  Where I currently am in the book is the period leading up to and at the beginning of WWII.  OH MY!   So much we ALL could learn from that.
I love this Lewis quote, which seems fitting now.   “I feel a strong desire to tell you – and I expect you feel a strong desire to tell me – which of these two errors is the worse. That is the devil getting at us. He always sends errors into the world in pairs – pairs of opposites. And he always encourages us to spend a lot of time thinking about which is the worse. You see why, of course? He relies on your extra dislike of the one error to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between those errors. We have no other concern than that with either of them.” - C.S. Lewis 'Mere Christianity'
So much truth.
6.  Next on our list of things to get done around here is new kitchen floors.  I'm already so stressed out about this that even I am finding myself unbelievably ridiculous.  It comes as no surprise to anyone else that we have a lot of "stuff", but it does always seem to surprise ME.  Ugh.  Sometimes I am so me that I wish I could just get away from myself.  But if I did, I would just come home with more stuff.  It's what I do.  I AM Madame Blueberry from Veggie Tales.  Although I would never go to Stuff Mart.  Just thrift and antique stores.  (because i'm cool like that.)
Anyway.., don't want to dwell on THAT for too long.., as I've given myself a year to get it under control.
7.  Although I can see golden bits of trees out my window, our trees are still mostly green.  I'm hoping there will be color to enjoy soon, before any dreaded snow falls.  Not that I dread snow.  What I DO enjoy is a distinction in the seasons.  I love fall.  It's my favorite season.  My favorite color combinations appear all around me.  I also like the smells of fall.  With the exception of this week, when our entire neighborhood smells like some major maintenance needs to be done at the water treatment plant.
8.  Doctor's appointments.  I suppose those deserve more thought than "random", but good grief, how does anyone afford to stay alive anymore?  Lately, I've been having trouble seeing. especially out of my left eye.  My eyesight has never been good, but when THGGM and I were out shopping on Saturday I found myself wondering of seeing eye dogs will ever be trained to read.  I would like one that could read the prices on teeny tiny stickers that seem to be in vogue at thrift and antique shops.  I can NOT see them anymore.  And seriously, there are a few things I do NOT want to stick my nose into to SEE.  Martha, the dog from Martha Speaks would be fun to have.  But she's only a cartoon.  (hey.  i can dream, can't i?)
9.  For years I had become extremely excited the minute pumpkin spice coffee came out at the very end of summer.  Sadly, by the end of September I never wanted it anymore.  This year, the year I turned 60 and became wiser and all that, I waited until the beginning of this month to purchase a bag of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice coffee.  I only have it once a day, which means I am still enjoying it.  Live and learn.
10.  And I am off to find some Fall-ish books to read with Hertsje and Broeder when they arrive!  Because once Kado and Feintsje get here, I will only exists as someone who cuts up apples for those with wobbly teeth.
Grand Rapids Skyline