Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
I'm going to show not only a great item but a great gift. Yep, that's right. A friend in our neighborhood called me about 6 years ago and said " I have this beautiful pedal organ and I've decided I'm not going to use it, but I want it to have a good home. You can have it if you want it." You have never seen me move so fast. Grabbed some cute neighbor boys that could lift and
we moved it from her basement to my living room. I love it.
Handpainted picture was done by my Mother and the handpainted tea pot and little dish under the creamer was painted and given to me by our oldest daughter for Christmas one year. She had taken china painting lessons from her Grandmother. The little "turning purple" creamer also belonged to a Great-great grandmother.
The green carnival glass? also belonged to a Great-grandmother.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The following pictures are of a great store that just opened a branch in my neighborhood. It's called "Hip and Humble" and is owned by two sisters that grew up in our neighborhood. They deal in retro and vintage originals and reproductions.
I was so excited when I rounded the corner in the small shopping center and there it was in front of me.
Monday, May 26, 2008
I hope I always let him know how much I loved and appreciated him but the one thing I never did was thank him for fighting for his country. Several times I tried but couldn't get past the emotion of it. I need to tell him now. Thank you Dad for fighting in WW II and especially for being a wonderful example of "The Greatest Generation". I Love You.
There are 19 windmills along this canal. It is the only place in Holland with that many in one place. As the story goes, there used to be over 11,000 windmills and when they updated to the new windmills they started tearing the old ones down. They are now protected but there are only about 900 left in all of Holland.
This was the valley he fought in. And yes, we climbed 300 steps to take this photo.
Church in tiny town in the valley. Many of the buildings had bullet holes in them. Lots of bullet holes
This is the beautiful backyard.
This is the view of Dordrecht from the church tower--Yep, another 270 steps.
We rode bikes on cobblestone streets around the canals. It was a beautiful city.
Anne Frank House
I think Amsterdam might be one of my favorite big cities.
This is the most beautiful shopping bag from a gift shop I have ever seen. It was huge and had so many beautiful masterpieces protrayed on it.
A TULIP SUPERMARKET. YEEPEE
We wanted to visit a cheese factory and this is one of the few left that gives tours. A wonderful family owned and operated effort. A mother and father, son and wife with two small children and they do all the work. Plus raise 100 head of pigs. They work 365 days a year. I ask the son "when do you take a vacation" and he just smiled at me and said "why would I want a vacation, everything I love is here. My family and my work." If you ever get to Holland it would be worth your while to visit them: Jongenhoeve, Fam. deJong, Benedenberg 90, BERGAMBACHT, Nederland.