Saturday, September 27, 2014

The End of Six Decades

Most people do not think of their lives in decades. 

But lately I read a blog posting from a guy who said he was in his ninth decade, and then I wondered why don't we all think about our lives and ages in decades?

My hub has a birthday today, and he is in the last year of his sixth decade on this Earth. 

Here is a BIG birthday wish that he will live a healthy and happy seventh, eighth, ninth, and maybe even tenth decade! 

Funny how counting by decades doesn't seem so old ;)

Happy Birthday, Sweetie!
Love you too much, Linda

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rotterdam--Can Cool Be Stolen?

Almost 31 years ago our son was born in Rotterdam. The Love Letters to my parents that I have been publishing here on this blog were written in Rotterdam.

KLM has a new Holland.The Original Cool video. And Rotterdam is the highlight.

Click Here and enjoy a quick trip through Rotterdam.

Monday, September 22, 2014

LL 24 oktober 1979

24 oktober 1979
woensdag middag

Beste Mother and Daddy,

I've got a pumpkin pie in the oven, and it looks like a disaster. I used fresh pumpkin from the S's garden and dark brown sugar. The filling looks brown instead of orange, but maybe it will still taste okay. I want to make a jack o' lantern this week-end to put on our balcony next Wednesday night. Hope I can find a big pumpkin in the market on Saturday.

We got our second car last Saturday, and I drove it back to Rotterdam Monday afternoon. We had a caravan. J. drove his Daf van with a trailer behind it, Mr. S. drove his Mercedes with another trailer, and I brought up the rear in my Daf. Mr. S. came to Rotterdam to haul a huge chest (glass front) back to Olst. In J's old office there was a long table and chairs and this cabinet that no one wanted. I like them so they will be stored for me. With a little elbow grease they will look good in a house.

******How the cabinet might have looked back 35 years ago in 1979.

******How our cabinet looks chockful in our main hallway in 2014 in the US.

******Nice detail on the doors matches a two-sided desk that we also "rescued" before the trashman came by the old office.

******And here is the "Board" table and chairs 35 years later in our Wetcreek kitchen.

I went to my first Dutch class last night (the new course--taped lessons) and to another one today. Today I drove myself and then went on several other errands here in Rotterdam. The traffic isn't too bad at 11:00 a.m. So I had no problem. My biggest driving problem is parking. Everywhere is parallel parking, and I don't know how to do that. Today I parked a block away from the bank because I couldn't park correctly. I don't want to bump anyone or anything.

I haven't worked anymore since two weeks ago, but tomorrow I will go to the school here to observe a class for my independent study through MSU. Jane Gaynard is the teacher, and she called last night to talk about the observation and invited us to a party on Friday night. I am excited to go to be with Americans and Dutch young people. Maybe I can build a fire under J. and get him excited, too.

I have a subscription to McCall's magazine and get an issue in the middle of the month. I received October's today so that isn't too bad for surface mail! This is the 3rd issue I've received (two came together). American magazines are very expensive ($3-7.00 a copy). With the subscription they may be late, but the cost is the same as you would pay.

My sewing machine works well, and I even repaired Mrs. S's machine last week-end. Anyway I made a purple plaid wool skirt and vest last week. I must shop for a sweater to wear with it. The wool will feel good since it is colder now. I have the heater set on 68 F (20 C) inside today, and I'm comfortable. Last night the temperature was around 45 F (8 C) when I went to my Dutch class. J. was freezing, but I was too nervous to be cold.

Well, I finally got a letter from Jeanie. She had written a long letter in July but didn't mail it. So last week I received two thick letters. She is still having stepson troubles, but that is no new news. I haven't heard from anyone else. I suppose everyone is busy. We still don't have plane reservations, but J. isn't unduly worried. He says there are still places available on Braniff flights. I trust him, but I'm getting anxious to travel again.

Mother, I don't know what I want for Christmas. I need a warm coat so maybe you can help me buy that. Everything I see here is ugly or too expensive. I think I can wear my raincoat (all weather quilt lined) and fur coat until I come home at Christmas. We might even find a nice one in the after-Christmas sales in Alex.

Tell S. I check my mailbox every day for photgraphs and a nice letter! Write again when you have time. --When you get this you'll have "mucho" time!!
Love, Linda


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Fall May Finally Be Falling

My wise mom always says, "October can have 100 F days. " And some years she is right, but I hope not this one.

I NEED to get out in the yard and attack these weeds called Chamberbitter.

Photo Source - Chamberbitter

Everything is green around here this year because of the frequent and plentiful rains, and the weeds have taken over anything my lawn mowing hub could not mow. So I'll be out early tomorrow (weatherman says temps in the low 60's F) ripping out as many unwanted plants as I can while it is cool and not so sunny.

I just hope OFF keeps the mosquitoes away so I won't have to wear my bug net over my cap. That thing is suffocating and so annoyingly dark that I can almost not see where I am walking.

Friday, September 19, 2014

LL 16 oktober dinsdag

16 oktober

Dear Mother and Daddy,

I just returned from the City Hall where I registered as a resident of Rotterdam. I have to do that in order to get my Dutch drivers permit. It takes them several days to process everything so I have to go back on Monday to complete my registration. I had to show my passport and birth certificate plus fill out forms. One begins to feel like a criminal.

I also bought a skirt pattern so I'll try to sew a little later this evening. I can buy Butterick and Vogue patterns in English, but I miss Simplicity and McCall's. When I am at home, I'll pick up a few basic patterns so I won't have to search here. Shopping today was like Christmas. The schools have a holiday (Autumn-one week) and every mother was shopping with her pack of kids.

I enjoyed the long conversation Sunday, but that may be the last one. Since the office has moved to Delft we don't have too many opportunities to go to the office when it is closed. J. has worn himself ragged with this move. Last night he was asleep before 9:00 p.m., and that is a rarity.

I am enclosing a recipe for a coffee cake that I made yesterday morning and J. can't get enough of. It is really good and you might want to try it, too.

Raisin Orange Bread

Oven 325 F

Combine 1 1/2 cups raisins (I used tiny currants) and 1 1/2 cups water; bring to boil. Cool to room temperature. Mix 1 slightly beaten egg, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons salad oil, and 1 tablespoon grated orange peel. (The peel makes the delicious taste!) Stir in raisin mixture. Sift together 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon soda; add, beating well.
Pour into greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pan. Bake at 325 F about 60 minutes. (It is good warm and cold --Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook)

Photo Source

I got a haircut last week, and my hair is in better shape. But the cut wasn't so great. Maybe I am just not used to combing it yet. It is the first time in a year and a half that I haven't had any curls. My curling iron is getting a workout.

Well, the sun is disappearing so I had better run mail this before the raindrops fall. I'll write and let you know about the car I will get this weekend. Wish me luck in driving.

Take care and write when you can.
Love, Linda

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Comments Are Welcome

I recently noticed that some blogs I have been reading had "closed comments" on some days. I can understand that there might be days that you don't want your email box to be full, but I always find messages, especially blog comments, are like little reassurances that someone is checking in on you and really cares.

Not too long ago I read that one blogger felt that those of us who comment are often "stalking" her blog and others.That was quite disturbing, since I never would have even met the lovely blogging friends I have if I hadn't looked around at blogs and made comments.

As many bloggers do, I started my blog for me. If someone else out in the World Wide Web is interested in my drivel, good on you! And if you feel like commenting, I may comment back. Or I may just enjoy the remark and click to something else on my iPad.

But comments are always welcome here at Wetcreek Blog and  Here at Wetcreek Museum and Here @At Vintageous Blog

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

LL 11 oktober 1979

11 oktober 1979

Dear Mother and Daddy,

I'm by myself tonight for a few hours, so I thought I'd write and brag a little. I got my final grade for my MSU class today, and it's an "A" (4.0). I will complete an independent study by November and most probably get another A since it is a Pass/Fail kind of course. That will give me a total of 6 credits to add to the 18 I already have. I will take 6 more hours next spring so I will have the 30 hours beyond a Bachelors Degree that I need to get a job in the Hague. It will boost up my salary a few hundred dollars a year, too. In November I will start "bugging" the directors and principals about a job for the spring or next year.

I went to Delft with J. today to shop and see his new office.  While I was at the office I tried to call you at 8:10 a.m. your time. No one was home. I then called Mammaw and really surprised her. I got to talk to Aunt Vernona, too. No one else was at home. Where did they get the idea I am in Switzerland?

I didn't go to my Dutch class tonight. It is too difficult, so tomorrow I will go to get my refund and enroll somewhere else. I'm going to try to get in a day (afternoon) class. I don't like to be out at night alone.

We will stay here this week-end since J. has to help get the new office organized. Next week-end (Oct. 19-21) we will go to Olst to get my car. Next week I have to study Dutch driving rules. They are somewhat different. Ex. Cars coming from the right, always have the right of way.

This is old O.V.E. paper. They have changed their name to Travel Trend so the paper is useless. I'll cut off the top and have good airmail paper.

I'll close and watch T.V. a while. Write when you can. Mother, thanks for sending my financial news.
Love, Linda

(I tried to Google my husband's former workplace and could find virtually nothing in the original name Nederlandse Vereniging "Ouders, Familieleden en Vrienden van Emigranten OVE." But I did find the following ad of the company after the name was changed to Weerzien Overzee in an ANWB [the Dutch equivalent of AAA] magazine published in the late 1980's. For 20 guilders ($10) per year, the 30,000 + members could expect cheap airfares, contact persons to guide them throughout their flight/trip,free travel insurance, and travel bags, baggage straps, etc.)