Friday, October 24, 2014

What Doesn't Fit in this Profile?

Yesterday I showed two versions of our street on the Beltway. A Before and an After. Hope you were able to see the differences ;)

This morning while browsing a few blogs, I ran across an interesting profile of a blogger who shares her needlework with the World Wide Web. These are some of her favorite things:"scent of lavender, ladybugs, bumblebees, handguns, cats, Border collies, birds, traditional Scottish music."  

Can you find what doesn't fit here?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

On Solid Ground

You know that game where you have to find the differences in two almost identical photos? Well, try this one:

Situation 1

Situation 2

Actually this is what is happening down on the Beltway below our apartment. Notice the changes in the 2nd photo? By the time we leave here in mid-November, our street should look like this.

Now for the clincher: When reconstruction of the street began this summer, it was discovered that the sewage system needed replacing. That was to have been expected (we watch too many Mike Holmes's Homes and This Old House shows!!). 

But today we received an update flyer that stated that before they could asphalt our side of the street, there would be an inspection for possible WWII explosives. And to top that, archeologists would dig trenches to examine what might be in the ground. The different layers of earth always provide information about a city's history. 

Don't think they expect to find "pots and pans" from the past from this Dutch city that has been in existence since the 9th century!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Room With a View

Remember. This is the apartment we had on the market for three years with only 6 viewers.

Most said they did not like it, since there was no view.

I beg to differ. We have great cloud formations in southwest Louisiana, but this blanket cloud here in The Netherlands is amazing.

Are Your Windows Clean, Madam?

Clean windows are a sign of good housekeeping in this "kleine kikkerland" (small frog land). As a born and bred American, that cleaning didn't keep me awake until I moved to The Netherlands in 1979. Since then I can say that on the average I have kept our windows cleaner than most Americans. 

Well, today the window washer guys were due to do their cleaning wonders here at the Beltway Apartment. As we are situated on the extreme top floor of this 1912 Dutch high school building (over three stories), I made sure to awake early enough to witness the "cherry picker washer" action.

And I saw the handsome dude, but by the time I picked up my camera, he was gone!

Spray, swish, and on to the next apartment.

Maybe not the best wash job!

Maybe not the safest wash job!

But better than the dude a couple of years ago who did a "highwire" act walk in the gutter from one window to the next. (Without a safety cord!!!)

The outside is cleaner!

Now who is doing the inside? 
Glad we rescued our tall ladder from the "sticky fingers" painters!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Shelfie #11

5,000 miles away from HOME we have another home. 

This shelfie is on the vintage (1990's) coffee table in that other home. 

Friends dropped by yesterday and brought this autumn beauty for us to enjoy. 

Doesn't it make you want to go out into your "fallish" garden and decorate your old fish bowl?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pyrex Lid for Brownies

What do you do when you do not have an 8 inch cake pan? Why use a pyrex lid instead! 

We are having Dutch friends over for dinner tomorrow night, and I wanted to serve homemade (oops, packaged!) brownies. Luckily we picked up lots of clear glass pyrex casserole dishes with their lids while thrift shopping last year. This lid worked perfectly!

Oh, and that is fresh guacamole in the bowl on the left. Taco/chili salad is the main course. And I just remembered that I need to make the Ranch Dressing. Everything else is ready. Good thing, since we are walking to a brocante market tomorrow morning.

We thrift shopped this afternoon for another chair for the Beltway Apartment living room. Just need to lug it upstairs and give it a good wash down.

And the toaster oven ( brand new!) in the photo was a super thrift from a shop in Twello. Isn't that a cool name? Mellow Twello. Sounds like some place from the 1970's!

Experiencing Withdrawal Symptoms

Recently my hub and I finished watching the Breaking Bad series. 

What started out as a weekend marathon of viewing at our son's house this summer in the Big City, ended up as a "must see the next episode" for the next few weeks. AMC knew how to hook us on the sometimes really gross (but always superb acting) television experience.

My mom asked me if there was a lesson to be learned in this series.

Well, here it is, Mom!

(Thanks, #1son for sending this today.)