Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Secret Santa

It sat on my desk yesterday, my Secret Santa gift number one. Until we have our Christmas break, we are getting gifts from our Secret Santa at least twice a weak. This is my first one, and he is cute!! Of course I am also a "Secret Santa" and it is hard to find little presents that fit with the recipient.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


We went to the beach on Sunday, something we do every once in a while to get some fresh air and sand in our shoes. I always love the beach no matter what time in the year.
Of course I had to bring my camera, this lady rarely goes anywhere without it. So I took the usual beach pictures and sometimes some pictures stand out. Like this one, I wonder what where these three taking about?? I imagine they are "male" and are talking about all the nice "chicks" around them. Or maybe they are "chicks" and are asking the ever so burning question "boxers of briefs" or in this case "winter or fall feathers" :0) And then there was this carved out in the sand, wonder who did this?
And then there was this, just before you enter the trail that leads up to the beach. Here you can pick up your "Mutt mitt" to pick up the doodoo your mutt makes. Luckily it is degradable, the question is when it is going to degrade??? It also states that the mitt is better than a bag. I do have one question for the people that placed this lovely "Mutt mitt dispenser". After one picks up the thing that your mutt has left behind with your mitt, where do you put the loaded mutt mitt?? There was no trashcan in sight, so I guess the mutt mitts are going in the not so good bag brought from home, to place in the trash somewhere at home (preferably outside). Where over time the Mutt mitt degrades together with the.....(ahum) in the not so good bag.
Yep, got it!! Sorry for my ramblings but you have to agree saying Mutt mitt is kinda fun!!

T was making "rocks" out of the wet sand and had a good time watching them disappear in the water. When our shoes where full of sand and our hair was blown to knots we went home and watched a good movie on the TV. A happy Sunday it was indeed.

Friday, November 23, 2007

The Turkeyday

We had lots of fun yesterday, we spend the day with our friends and their family. The view was nice, and so was the weather.
The cars where all parked safely on the driveway.

The table was set,

And then their was the Turkey, 26 pounds of it and that was without the feathers or the inner stuff that is not so tasty.

And after we where all full, the poor bird looked like this, but I can tell you it was really tasty!!
We shared a great dinner and we all said thanks to our neighbors at the table, tears where shed (out of joy of course) and laughter roared. When we came home T even wanted to go to bed. So I guess there really is some stuff in the Turkey that makes you sleepy.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Giving Thanks!

I got this card yesterday, T just gave it to me on the schoolyard when I picked him up.
He did some excellent artwork on the front!! This by itself is a masterpiece because my son does not like to draw! He is the kid that turned in a book report last year which required artwork on the cover for extra credit, with no Art at all. He simply wrote on the cover "This is not a picture book".
And what can you say, some books require pictures, and some don't.
Inside the card, this lovely note that made me teary eyed. Of course I wanted to hug him, but that is a big no-no in the middle of school surrounded with your friends.
All I could do is make those big juicy burgers for dinner as a Thank You.
And as an extra surprise, I got an E-mail with this picture in it today!! Now I have more pictures to share with my Sinterklaas presentation in school.

Tomorrow it is "Turkey day", we are going to celebrate with our friends and their family, and of course eat a lot of Turkey, gobble gobble................

Sunday, November 18, 2007

My Dad and Sinterklaas

Look who came to the Netherlands this weekend, He arrived in the City of Enschede, my town By boat of course, all the way from Spain............

It was a long way from the Harbour to the City center, and City Hall. Lots of people where waiting.

And before Sinterklaas could speak to all the kids and adults about their behavior the past year and if they would get presents or coal or the "roe".

He had to ride his horse through town, followed by his "Zwarte Pieten" and cars full of presents.

And one of those cars is a very old fire truck (A-Ford) and look who is driving that truck.....

it is my dad, I remember as a kid rinding next to him on different occasions on the same truck. So much fun, so many memories.

This time he took one of the neighbor kids, I know for sure this little girl had an amazing day.
She will remember this for the rest of her life, just as my sister and me did whenever we had the change to go with him. There must be some pictures around from me on the same truck. Sadly enough I do not have one. (hint to family members)

Now I am going to put my shoe in front of the fireplace and maybe Sinterklaas will bring me a present tonight. I know it is kind of a long way from the Netherlands to the US, but a girl can dream!!


Meet Shamu our neighbors cat, she is really happy!! Why??? Because the gardener came today and made our yard looking pretty again. Shamu (her real name is Cloe) is just a big black and white cat, hence her nickname. She loves to hang out around our house and we love her. T goes out at least once a day to pet her and of course there is always a snack waiting. Look at the before and after pictures, I just love it.

And I started to knit a pair of socks for T, when I picked the colors of my Raven yarn, I did not know what colors to choose. So there was only one thing to do, call in somebody who could decide for me. one of T's choices was this one, the colorway is called Corby. And I have to say, it looks black, but when you are in the sun it has just the colors of a Raven with his black feathers and the blue green glow over it.

T picked his own pattern and we are knitting and fitting the sock as we go along.
I knitted sitting on the couch under the blankets, I was not feeling good yesterday and after my headache went away over night, I was feeling very cold this morning. And it was not cold at all, T was running around in his T-shirt and gave me the shivers just looking at him.
During the day I felt a bit better and even managed to get some laundry done, and vacuum the living room. Hey, tomorrow it is back to work!! Only two days this week, because it is Thanksgiving next Thursday!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

December lights

My December lights Hat is finished!! I like it a lot and maybe sometime there is going to be another one in different colors.
T did a "show and tell" yesterday at school, it was his day to share something with the class.
After thinking and rethinking his "show and tell treasures" He decided it was time to show his skull hat. Apparently he bragged about my knitting speed, "lightning speed" and explained that he really likes his mom knitted things. Ooooh my boy, how he made my day!
On the other hand, his teacher asked if I could come in and give a "knitting demo". So one afternoon in December I will be the weird mom trying to get a class of 4th graders to knit.
Now I only need to work on that speed.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


We do have a new word in this household, according to T if you have a happy feeling you are feeling "skiddy". He and I were feeling skiddy today. T because it was an early day at school, he had a very good day at school with "lunch on the green". His teacher sits down for lunch on the lawn with the students who have turned in all their work on time, did all their homework and have good grades. To top his school day off his class one the prize for best sales in the fundraiser and are treated to a pizza lunch tomorrow and every student in his class gets a prize! And how about "glow worm candy" you pick up the candy with the tweezers and when you squeeze it, a light in the tweezers goes on to make the "worm" glow. It just makes you "Skiddy"
I am also a little skiddy, my Tam is almost done, I will finish it as soon as this blog is posted and I got my Raven yarn in today. Isn't it pretty?? Who would have thought black could be so colorful?? Now I only have to decide what pattern to pick, to knit up some nice socks!!

And on another Skiddy note my computer is working again, I have had some problems the last few weeks, hey it only took 45 minutes to start the thing. My computer expert gave it a look and now it is all working again. Back to blogging regularly.

Monday, November 05, 2007


It was a nice day yesterday, we went to the movies in and what movie did we see??? Of course the Bee movie! It is a Bee-autifull movie! T and I really liked it, it is again one of those movies that has humor for kids and adults. Tonight I hope to finish my Northern lights tam, just a little bit more to go, the colors changes take a lot of time and there are a lot of ends to weave in.