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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, March 20, 2017

Grand Daughters Monday!

Famke arrived early this morning as she was not feeling well.
Thankfully, as the day went on she started to recover.
By the time Hertsje arrived after pre-school, she was up and around.
After lunch she seemed almost as good as ever!
I was SOOO excited, as it is MONDAY, and on Monday, we make things!
They didn't really want to make the things I was making, but they didn't mind playing with what I made!
Those are casts on the American Girl doll.
Yes, my doll, Elizabeth, broke her arm and leg being a cheerleader.
The "casts" were fun to make!
They are just empty toilet paper rolls covered in Duct Tape!
After I covered them I cut through one side.
Works like a charm!
Famke got on line to use a program they use in her classroom.
They listened to stories, worked out problems, did a quiz, and printed out their work pages all without any help from me.
Basically, once I heated up their soup for lunch, I became an unnecessary fixture in their day!

One of Hertsje's favorite pastimes is listening to stories.
Today it was Famke who read all of her favorite stories to her,
They even found a site to download the pictures that they wanted to color.
But the BEST time was had when they played house together.
They were equally enchanted in their own little world with a couple of dolls, and what seemed to be friends I could not see.
I didn't even ask.
It was a LOVELY day!
When the boys came after school they played outside, so these two didn't even have to contend with the boys messing with their setup.
I have an idea that when Hertsje comes after pre-school tomorrow, it's going to be a bit boring compared to today!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ten Random Thoughts for a Gloomy Saturday

Look. I've got nothing. No pictures from this week, not even one. And it was a GREAT week! This weekend it was Jonge's turn for a sleep-over. He is 11 now, nearly as tall as I am, and seems to have more in common with Pake than with me. They went to dinner together, went to a movie, and came home after my bedtime. I did stay up to greet them, which I thought was rather kind of me, don't you? Of course, they both humored me by tagging along with me on my regular Saturday morning adventures, but Jonge didn't find anything that interested him. When we got home, he and Pake headed to the basement to watch a movie based on a book Jonge just finished for school. They both LOVED it. Of course, being the well-brought-up guys that they are, they DID invite me. I just have no affinity for anything dystopian, so that is on me.
In an effort to post something to this blog, I'll have to go with random thoughts.
Random Thought Number One: I am reading ANOTHER interesting book about Laura Ingals Wilder. This one is called Libertarians on the Prairie. From this one it is becoming more and more obvious that Rose actually did the writing of the books, using Laura's stories Not that it isn't obvious to most people already, but it is interesting to read things that back it up. Anyone who has read the series, and then that last book at the end that Rose wasn't a part of, it's notable that that writing isn't at all the same. I'm just over half-way done with the book, and it is holding my attention. I ordered it through Book Bub for $1.99. It is a well-researched book which answered questions that I had from reading other books that touched on this topic.
Two:  March has been a month of doctor's appointments for me. Last year we had made an unfortunate mistake in our insurance. Not much at all was covered and the co-pay was ridiculous. Thankfully, we made it though 2016 in good health for two old people born in 1958. (Yay us! We were born in '58 and we turned 58!) So, in January we both had doctor's appointments and blood work. My blood work showed a few wonky things, one of which resulted in my getting an ultra-sound of my liver, pancreas, spleen, gallbladder and right kidney. It all came back good, so hopefully my next blood test in two weeks will reflect that as well. Oh, and I also had a completely different ultra-sound at a different location earlier that morning. That one came back good too! Yay!
Three: For lent (which i follow every decade or so) I gave up refined sugar. Yes, I know. I am diabetic which means I should have given it up years ago, but it crept back in like the horrible addiction it is. So, if that had been effected negatively in my blood work, I would have understood. But that was in the okay range. Hmm. Anyway, good to know that my metformin is working. So, I gave up sweets, which truly wasn't as hard to do as I thought it would be. AND when one's blood work is questionable, it never hurts to have a slightly anxious tummy to remind you to keep a close account of what one puts into one's mouth. Yes. I'm sure that had something to do with it also. And then it got easier to give up other refined foods. Like bread.
Four: While I was giving up things that aren't good for me I also stopped drinking my one can of Diet Coke a day. I thought that would be harder to do too! Instead, I'm just adding lemon to my water, and drinking waaay more water than I had been. Which was pretty much just enough to swallow my pills. Look at me, doing the right thing and all that!
Five: THGGM is out doing the grocery shopping right now. His list looks TOTALLY different than the last grocery list he shopped from. This one is filled with things that will require me to actually COOK. I really don't mind cooking, I just hate how daily it is. So, apparently in this new lifestyle we are attempting to live, the question of "What's for dinner?" Will no longer be followed by "I don't know, what places do we have coupons for?" Anyway, I'm actually not dreading this at all. Don't tell ANYONE, but I am almost enjoying it. Almost. I said ALMOST.
Six: Just after I finished with number five, the groceries arrived! Have I mentioned how much I appreciate it that THGGM does the shopping? He is good people. And he HATES shopping with me, as I tend to take too long looking at everything. His idea of shopping is to hurry in and  get out of there as fast as possible. I like to look at stuff. Most weekends he drops me off at Michael's so I can look at stuff while he gets groceries. This arrangement works out quite well for us.
Seven: So, I just noticed that since we shall be eating like this forever, it would be nice if our crisper drawers were larger. Hmm. Another thing to note is that only ONE item needed to go into the pantry. My spice drawer did increase some too. I shall be sure to let you know how much I like Tumeric. That came from Penzey's. I get my good cinnamon from there also. There is a very noticeable difference, in my humble opinion.
Eight: On Monday, Hertsje and I did not make things, or I would have had pictures to post. She has become more interested in reading, and I am ALWAYS okay with that! I did spend some time drawing with Kado after school a couple of days this week. He is very excited to write and illustrate his own books. You can learn a lot about a child by reading the books they write! Maybe someday he will let me post one to my blog, so you can enjoy them too! We are kind-hearted people like that.
Nine: Since I haven't yet mentioned what I purchased on our shopping foray this morning, I will tell you. I bought two pink and white plaid napkins which now reside in my pretty pink bathroom, a lovely paperback retelling of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - which I think Hertsje will enjoy, and a really pretty shirt by Bechamel in an interesting color which also has a lot of tucks and tone on tone embroidery. At Michael's I used my 50% off coupon to buy a cute pair of 18 inch doll pajamas which also came with pink slippers and an eye mask.  Oh, and two more packs of white card stock, which I will cut in half to use for drawing paper (it also works well for making books!) Please DO keep in mind that I tell you right off that I am boring. Remember?
Ten: Do you give to PBS when they have a pledge drive? It's been awhile for me. This is the THIRD Saturday in a row that they have interrupted my viewing pleasure of Keeping Up Appearances and As Time Goes By. This is hard for me. They are getting to me. So many good causes, so little money.
Well. There you go. Ten, count them, TEN random thoughts for a Gloomy Saturday.
I'm done now.
(THGGM just informed me that he has already lost EIGHT pounds. Eight pounds in one week! How does that happen? My wedding ring isn't even loose! I'll just go now and be happy for him. My mom told me that life wasn't fair, so I'll cope.., somehow.)

Friday, March 10, 2017

First EVER Sleep-over

A week ago was Feintsje's first ever SOLO sleep-over with us!
He was made well aware by his siblings what the protocol is for sleep-overs.
So, when asked what HE wanted to do, he had his itinerary all set!
First, he wanted to go to dinner at the Burger King with the play place.
Then he wanted to go to the grocery store by his school (which is nowhere near us!) to buy a stuffed Beanie Baby owl that he had seen there one day when Pake took the kids there for a snack after he picked them up from school.
Next he wanted to go back to ourses guyses (he rarely speaks like this anymore, and we miss it!) house to watch a movie.
Well, those are EXACTLY the things we did!
We spent a LOOOONG time at the play place, which happened to be inhabited by adorable and well behaved children  It only took him seconds at the grocery store to find HIS owl (and pick up a few treats for the movie!) He said he wanted to watch Jurassic Park, but that certainly wasn't something we would ever do with a five year old, or a first ever solo sleep-over! So, we picked out something he had seen before and enjoyed.
The things that the siblings apparently didn't mention was that either Pake or I will read them a story in bed and lie with them and talk until they fall asleep, or, if it's Pake, his snoring becomes too annoying. So, Pake read Good Night Richard Rabbit to Feintsje. Things were going along smoothly for a first time sleep-over. He seemed to be falling asleep. So was Pake. Pake told me later that Feintsje said to him in his serious voice. "What are you still doing here?" Pake said he was just waiting until he fell asleep. Feintjse told Pake, "You don't need to do that."  So, that seemed like his cue to leave! Nice to know sleeping over night with us and no siblings was fine with him!
On Saturday morning we did all of our usual boring stuff, which he didn't seem as excited about as I was. He asked Pake if they could go back to the play place at Burger King for lunch. That did not sound fun to me so I stayed back.
Thankfully, he arrived home just in time to spend the next three days sick with a nasty stomach bug!
The above picture is of him playing his favorite inside game with Pake. It's called Hide-The-Ring. He is extremely good at this.
On the down side, I had more pictures, but they somehow disappeared into the depths of THGGM's computer, which is the one I need to use for downloadig my pictures. Just trust me, this is an EXCITING game for these two, for me, not so much. My short-term memory is so bad that I fear when it was my turn to head the ring, I'd never remember where I put it! Good thing he is so good at finding it, because I don't think THGGM's memory is much better!


Friday, February 24, 2017

My Thursday

Hertsje and Broeder were feeling a bit under the weather yesterday.
They came in the morning to rest and recover.
We had muffin tin lunch!
Haven't done that in awhile.
Broeder took a nap while Hertsje and I listened to classical music.
She is learning about Mozart in her preschool music class, but I didn't have any Mozart on CD.
So I introduced her to my two favorite Rachmaninoff pieces.
I believe she enjoyed them.

After resting through the CD Hertsje returned to her family of dolls while I watched Broeder sleep.


He is three and a half.
Still looks like a baby when he's asleep.
I needed this.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Yes, She Did That.

Look!
I carved a few more stamps.
So much to re-learn in picking up this hobby again after all these years.
But it IS coming back to me, ever so slowly.
Perusing Pinterest for hand carved stamp ideas has been truly helpful.
That is where I found the idea for the coffee stamp.
For this stamp I used one of my giant erasers, cut up.
Those have actually worked the best.
Next best has been the pink product made for stamp carving.
After that any old cheap eraser you can find.
So far, the worst for me has been the white product made for carving.
It works fine for large cuts, like the square I carved to make the buffalo plaid (by the way, I LOVE that!)
But it is a flaky material, so when carving the small girl almost all of the detail crumbled away.
I'm not TOO sad about that, as I can use what's left for more solid stamps, and the one that crumbled I can just add the detail after I stamp it.
And just in case you've been wonder, I am STILL February tired. Today I had plans to get up at my normal time, so I set my alarm. Daughter was going to stop by to drop something off that one of her children would want to use after school. So, I planned to have coffee with her before she went to work. My alarm went off, I hit the snooze ONE time (I clearly remember this) but it never went off again. So, Daughter came. When I didn't open the door for her she let herself in. There was no me there to greet her. Just a dog (who did NOT bark) who wanted to go out. Apparently, she checked to make sure I was still alive, which was terribly kind of her because if I wasn't alive someone should probably be made aware of it, and deemed me too deeply asleep to bother. She is sweet like that. I slept another HOUR after my normal alarm time.
Don't know what else to do. I've been getting in bed by nine thirty and only reading for about two hours.
Apparently, it isn't the snow and cold that puts me into the hibernation mood. It's February.
Oh, and I truly don't mind sleeping in, but I was looking forward to having coffee with Daughter!
(I asked, she did not take a picture, thank goodness.)



Monday, February 20, 2017

It's Monday So We Made Things!

In an effort to use up my hoard of crafting supplies, I dug out two cardboard pieces that I had purchased on clearance at Michael's after Halloween one year, in the bygone days of yore.
There were two witches hats left, and I didn't want to pay the price for Styrofoam cones for Christmas tree making, so I bought the witch's hats and took them apart.
But then I never made trees out of them.
So, Hertsje has been really into unicorns lately, so I thought, why not try to fashion one out of a cardboard cone?
The cone was just a little bit to wide at the base for a unicorn horn, I thought, but Hertsje deemed it PERFECT!
I am LEARNING, after three children of my own, and six grandchildren, that if THEY think it is good enough, it is good enough.
She was over the moon pleased with the outcome.
Then, the moment of truth, when it came to her that she had never looked more like a princess in her life!

On Monday, we make really truly cool stuff out of junk I have around my house.