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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!

Monday, July 25, 2016

My Monday

So I brought in the ladder.

It needs some styling that I'm not sure I'm capable of doing.  I'll need to look around on Pinterest to see exactly how they layer coverlets and blankets and such.

Until this morning this held tablecloths.

Before that it had a baby theme.  Babies were a theme around here for about a decade, but now those babies are all big kids who are out of diapers and without binkies.

I'm moving on.
Of course, this area also required tweaking.


Not doing so well with my plan to not clutter it up.

I'm not sure that is even possible with me.

But, I am telling myself that I MUST stop adding things.

How was I able to do all of that on a day that I have kids?

Famke had her friend from down the street over for the day.  They played with their dolls ALONE in the basement, did crafts together, and played in the pool most of the afternoon.
Jonge and Feintsje played catch. Kado made things out of the Lego game pieces.

But there was quite awhile when they all played games together.
A Lego game, Spot It, and a Toy Story memory game.
They can do all of this without any help from me.
I did provide emotional support when one child felt that he was being picked on.  He wasn't, it was just the way the game played out. Now he knows why I'm not much of a game player.
Anyway, this new era of self-sufficiency is working out well.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ta Da!

So, THIS room is now our bedroom!
It used to be blue and was used as a sleep-over/playroom.  But for the past year or so it was just a huge jumble of messiness.  I'm not even sure why.
Last weekend THGGM painted it.
And after that, we moved in!
 When the room was blue, the Mary Cassatt print was what I decorated around.  I still think it works, so we continued with that theme.

This wall needs some work yet.
We aren't sure what exactly at this point.
Today we almost bought a maple dresser with a large matching mirror. It would go well with the wood trim and door colors, but not with anything else.
I have a few more things to try, but for now I shall leave it as is.
The glass front cabinet used to be in the hallway, but I rather like it in here!
I even did the thing where you turn the end paper part of the books to the outside so they all match.  Surprisingly, I LOVE it that way!
Just a few family pictures for now.
Isn't it cool how it looks like THGGM as a two year old is looking up at the family he now has? It just makes me sooo happy!

And, I must point out that I am TRYING not to go overboard with the beachy theme.
Just a few simple touches that I already have should do it.
Although I DID see a GREAT vintage pail and shovel at an antique mall today.  I squealed a little, but remembered that I got my red plaid tin picnic basket and set it back down.
Oh look!  That's me!
 Didn't know there was a smudge on the mirror until I looked at the picture.
We are still thinking about whether or not we will keep the white blinds, or switch to something darker.
Still undecided about curtains too.
I wouldn't  have to dig to deeply around here to come up with a variety of curtain options.
Or we may opt to purchase khaki and white buffalo check fabric to make our own.  
I'll be tweaking this table from now until the end of time.
It's just what I do.
All of this just sort of happened.
I wanted the bookcase, and there was still a nail in the wall so I hung the tulip picture on it.
The other option is an old barrister that a friend gave to us.  It's in our basement, but would look great right on that wall too.  Presently we are wondering just how much more moving around we want to do.  
Even with this wall still needing something more, it still has a cozy feel that I like.
We fully intended to move our gigantic sleigh bed into here.  But just using the headboard of the old iron bed that was in this room made it
 less crowded.  It also made the bed lower so I don't have to climb on a stool to get in and out of bed.  I'm sold.  This is staying and the sleigh bed is out of here.  And, because we are only using the head board, the "new" guest room will have the foot board as the head board.  Which looks equally well in that room.  I've still got a lot of work to do in there, but it is coming along better than I thought it would.
For me, it will be extremely difficult not to clutter it up in here.  That is my specialty.  But I've left many empty spaces for things I may have forgotten about, so that should help (maybe).

July Stay-cation

THGGM has been on vacation this week!

On Monday he blew up the pool for the first time this summer.

On Tuesday THGGM went with Daughter and her kids to Millennium Park for the day.  I stayed home and did more moving and purging of things in the two bedrooms we switched around.  I'm liking it.
On Wednesday my sister and her grandson came to enjoy the pool with us, and for a while in the morning there were seven kids 10 and under here.

On Thursday THGGM and I drove to the Saugatuck/Douglas area to do some antiquing.  I bought a metronome!  I've always wanted one, even though I know I will hate it, as I am terrible at keeping time.   It also POURED while we were shopping.  A very kind cashier at the antique mall in Douglas gave me a garbage bag to sit on after he heard that I had left my window down about an inch.  EVERYTHING was soaking wet.  But we still had a great time!

(why are fake teeth so much fun?)
On Friday it was HOT.  We ate a picnic lunch INSIDE, but these guys spent most of the afternoon in the pool.  Pake bought everything for "make your own sundaes" which they did outside.

On Friday Hertsje had her tonsils out.  They were so large they were blocking 75% of her airway.  This should take care of the sleep apnea she's been having.
On Saturday Oldest Son and DiL1 had us over to their new home. They made brunch for us. It was incredible.  Their new home is amazing.  I'll ask if I can post a few pictures of it here, but I don't want to do that without permission.
On Sunday afternoon we went antique shopping in the Grand Haven area.
And would you look at that?
It's the red plaid tin picnic basket I've been wanting!
It is MINE!
I have a place for it on the breezeway, but it is so incredibly HOT out there today I'll have to wait to arrange it there until it cools off some.
That was our week, hope yours was just as fun!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Last Weekend

It was an extremely fun way to spend a warm Sunday in July!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Progress, She Makes Progress

All this week my main focus has been clearing out our bedroom and a guest room/toy room so that we can switch them around.  Please do not ask me how that's working out.
Even though you did not ask, I shall tell you.  Because I'm weird like that.
If I were a person who used lots and lots of bad words, I would be doing that right now.  They would all be directed at me, though.  I am the one responsible for this enormous mess.
This week I began to realize that I have been in some sort of weird dream from which I am just beginning to wake up.
After many days of realizing this, all I want to do is to go back to sleep!
It isn't helping that my leg hurts.
It also isn't helping that on Wednesday I wasn't watching where I was going and stepped into the flippy lid of the kitchen trash can (i had just changed the bag and had left the lid on the floor) and sort of skated with it on my foot until I hit the pantry door.
Then yesterday I stepped into the frame on which a globe spins which I had just removed from a closet.  That peeled some skin off the bottom of my toes.  And made my leg feel worse.
But, I am happy to report that progress has been made.  Today was the day I wanted to be done with it. I am nearer, but certainly not there.
I've managed to get rid of three tall kitchen trash bags filled with clothes and ready to donate.  And one bag of things that I had no idea what to do with ready to go too.  Included in this are a number of trash bags filled with actual trash which I was happy to see picked up by EverKept this Friday morning.
Last night I sent Daughter home with the pack-n-play that has been in a corner of our bedroom since we moved in.  It has been in use for 10 1/2 years.  Broeder is three now.  A very big boy no longer in need of a pack-n-play.  Today I washed the bedding from it for the last time. I can see it on the line in the backyard.  It's over.  No babies anymore.
I started in on more laundry.  Bedding from the full bed in the guest room, and bedding from a full size mattress we store under the bed for sleepovers.  And bedding that I have absolutely no idea how it ever got IN that room.   When I got the majority of the bedding downstairs (today i am concentrating on NOT falling) I added two of the best blankets, grabbed the Tide which only had about enough for two loads and added it to the spot where the Downy goes.
Ugh.  So, I'm a bit behind and wondering if it is truly necessary to wash all of this bedding!  But, I know it is.
If this seems loooong and dreadfully boring, I do have somewhat of a point in all of this.
I am only telling you about these two rooms.
These two rooms filled with stuff.  Stuff that I mostly love.
It sounds like I am making progress, and I will give myself credit for that,  but what I'm also noticing is how much stuff I just shoved into other places to deal with "latter".
I've got hoards and hoards of stuff that I see potential in.  I keep it so I'll have it on that one day that never seems to come when I will do just the perfect thing with it.  Sometimes this actually does happen, but mostly I've lost interest.  This week especially I have noticed that when that day DOES come, I just don't feel like doing it anymore.
I have no plans to shovel it all out of here in a hurry.  But I do have plans to stay working at a steady pace.  I cannot organize my way out of this mess.  I shall have to be ruthless.  I've done that before and I know I can do it again.  The real problem seems to be my need to obtain more things I already have and don't use.  I've never tamed that.
The time for doing that is now.
I hope I can stay awake.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Random Thoughts for a Sunday Afternoon

1.  THGGM and I had no plans at all for this weekend.  It has been lovely.  All we have done is the usual. Truly, we are blessed, and we know it when we stop to realize just how much we enjoy simple things.  Today THGGM is basking in the sun in our own backyard.  I am puttering around.  The things we truly like doing the most we can do right here.  And it is free.  Sigh.., we are getting so old. But then, we have been getting old since the day we were born.  It's kind of how living works.
2.  Of course "our usual" included stops at our two favorite thrift stores.  I believe I spent a total of 50 cents.  After every item I picked up I asked myself if I really wanted to find a place for it when I got home.  I didn't.  So I put it back.  Were there something amazing, I would have gotten it.  I have my eye on a red plaid tin picnic basket that I've seen twice now at an antique mall.  Truly, I believe my life would be complete if I just had it.  I would never ever long for anything else again.  Yes.  I see it too.  It's become a sickness.  Because it doesn't work that way.  I know this full well.  (but i still want it, really really badly.)  Sometimes things like this come along for great prices, but this picnic basket isn't one of those things.  It's over my budget.  (but i want it.)
3.  My puttering has included packing up things from the guest room/toy room so we can move our bedroom into that room.  So, I've packed up all my beach-y decor - things like vintage pails and shovels, conch shells, boats, that sort of thing and taken them out of the room.  (on an ironic note, i packed them all into a red and white picnic basket, but that one only has tin handles.  and it isn't plaid, it's just red and white.) I thought I had A LOT of beach-y stuff, but obviously, I couldn't have if it all fit in that one picnic basket.  Presently I am packing up the vintage-y baby stuff I've acquired over the past ten years.  No more babies in this family (which makes me sad and happy at the very same time.)  These things I believe I will be willing to sell.  I hate having garage sales, but I think we are going to need one.  I'll probably need to be medicated for it, or just leave home while it's going on, but if I sold some of that stuff I just might be able to justify getting that tin plaid picnic basket. (because i really would like to have one of those.)  After that will come the sorting and purging of toys.  Of course I will keep many of them, but the ones that fall under the category of 3 and under will have to go.   My own children never had as many toys as we have here for the grandchildren. That should tell me something.  (it should tell me that i could have bought that red tin plaid picnic basket a long time ago if i just stopped buying potato head parts every time i find them.  but, no, it does not tell me that.)
4.  Can I complain here?  (like i haven't been already.  on account of not having that red plaid tin picnic basket.)  My hip has been extremely sore for most of the week.  It didn't bother me at all while walking all over the zoo last week.  Or climbing up and down from chairs when I moved things from high shelves in the kitchen to the shelves on the breezeway.  But then suddenly it hits and it hurts to move, it hurts to not move, it just hurts all the time.  Ugh.  But, as far as pain goes, my niece, the mom of the cute seven year old my grand kids love playing with, truly has something to complain about. She had planned surgery on her knee last week Friday.  That all went well.  But then on Saturday she fell. Thankfully she did not damage what the surgery repaired, but she did break her leg in THREE places.  Other people DO have it much worse than me.
5.  I am deeply bothered by manipulation.  It seem to be the main method used now to draw people in to reading their stories on their web pages.  Please do not tell me that I MUST read something or other and that #7 is unbelievable.  Seriously.  I do not do manipulation.  Draw me in with something at least a bit more creative than that. This is one reason why my blog is boring.  Usually, I've got nothing.  There have been weeks where the most exciting thing I have done is rearrange a shelf.
7,  Ha ha.  Fooled you.  Nothing exciting is happening over here.  But if I had paid advertising, they might have just snatch your information.  But I don't, and it didn't.
8.  Ask me how I'm doing on sorting toys?  Not so well.  I have deep emotional attachments to the weirdest things.  But I did manage to throw away a broken airplane, so that is progress.  I made some ugly rag dolls a few years ago.  They keep hopping from pile to pile.  I MADE them, with a pattern and everything.  I embroidered their faces.  Their faces are hideous, but still.  I MADE THEM.  Ugh.  I wish I weren't such a weirdo.  (and i wish i had that red plaid tin picnic basket.)
9.  Just got back from wondering around Schuler's Book Store.  So much to see, but they didn't have the book I was after.  I am very interested in reading Ruth Tucker's new book "Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife".  The reviews I've read in many different places make it sound like a necessary read.  And, like the stickers we used to slap on books in the church library it should come with one:  "Everybody knows somebody who needs this book."  Sometimes the somebodies aren't able yet to purchase the book themselves.  I suggest, buy the book, read it, and pass it on.  Or leave it in a public bathroom somewhere.  (hmm.., and i think i've just made my case for buying the red plaid tin picnic basket.  things of value being pricey and all that.)

I couldn't find that book there, I'll be ordering it on line.  So since I had a gift card and wanted something to read tonight I bought Laura Ingalls Wilder "Pioneer Girl" The Annotated Autobiography.  I love reading about the relationship between Rose Wilder Lane and he mother, Laura.  Maybe you would to.  One really doesn't know the history of the writing of the books without learning more about how and why that came to happen.
10.Well, here I am again, just back from sorting  MORE toys.  Between everything else I have to do.  I foolishly thought that there weren't many toys left in that room since I have devoted two entire hall closets to toys/games/bits/pieces.  But was I ever wrong.  Books, pots, pans, a silver plated tea set (only the best thrifted items for MY grandchildren) real picnic ware dishes with place settings for TWELVE.  And nobody tells you this when you buy them, but stuffed animals REPRODUCE at an ALARMING rate. I've got those and they are fertile.  Not sure if I should get rid of them, or have them fixed.  I swear I've only seen about half of them before.  Then there is the dress-up drawer. Hats, wigs, fabric, scarves, gloves, and multiple sets of wings.  If I am not heard from for a week, you will know what I am doing.  Trying to make sense of how this happened!  If you are wondering if I am also getting rid of the grandchildren, no I am not.  But there is a bit of a lull this summer and I need to catch up on things.  And now all of the grandchildren can navigate our basement steps so I can utilize those areas as well.  I really want to have a designated "guest" room and now seems like the right time to do that.  Time will tell, as time always does, if this actually happens.  (i cannot think of any reason to interject something about the red plaid tin picnic basket that i want, but i am doing it anyway.  because i really want it.)

Well, those are my ten very random things.  It is now Sunday evening.  The weekend has come to an end.

I do not mean to be flippant about all of the horror and trauma happening all around us by not mentioning it.  But I'm not going to mention it.  There isn't anyone who isn't aware of it.  My requirement in all of this as I understand it is to "Seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly."  It's something we all can do.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Crafty Goodness

Have you ever tried this?
I think that you should!
It is sooo fun to do.
All you need are three clear plastic cups.
These are wine cups.
I used them for our yogurt at our July 4th breakfast.
I didn't really NEED them for that, but I did WANT them for this craft.
You know, for the grandchildren.

On the first cup I drew a simple stick figure.
Just one will do.
Next you place a cup over the stick figure and draw a face, hair, bows, earrings, hats - whatever you like.

Then turn the cup a third of the way around and draw another face, etc.  Do that one more time totaling three different looks for your one stick figure.

Now add a third cup.

On this cup you can draw three different outfits with accessories for your stick person.

I'm only showing you one option here, but it really is fun to switch them up!

Jonge enjoyed it too.

He made one for himself with three different looks that interested him.

He also made one for Feintsje with three different sports.

Kado is still working on his, which is all four Teen Aged Mutant Ninja Turtles.

He's holding out for more colors.

I used a regular black Sharpie, and a red paint Sharpie.  Both worked well for this.  I haven't tried it yet, but I'm thinking about putting a hole through the top of all three cups and adding a brad to make the turning smoother.

Famke hasn't made one yet.  She has been enjoying a very active social life this summer, and she is loving it!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Last Game of the Season

Jonge's team did not win tonight in their second play-off game.

There was some disappointment for sure, but it was an exciting game, one in which every player on the team played fabulously.

Final score:  13 -14

And look who showed up for the game!