Sunday, September 14, 2014

And Is This Fall, Y'all?

I think we had FALL yesterday and today.

But tomorrow looks like it will be SUMMER again.

Glad I got the sidewalk to the side door weeded. Now maybe we can edge the yard side with baby boxwoods that I started from cuttings back in April.

And we used our Flymo grass mower today around the agaves. Next time we use it, I'll take photos. It is a handy little orange machine.  My niece's husband thought we were vacuuming the grass.

Photo Source

Flymo like the one we have.

Our own little Hovercraft for doing the small mowing jobs. 

Now I am just waiting for the robot kind ;)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The "Eyes" Have It!

No posting or blogging today. 
The nasty mosquitoes got me near my right eye this time. Swollen eye like a boxer! 
I'll be wearing a net over a hat the next time I'm outside. 
Have a good weekend! 
Avoid the mosquitoes of late summer! 
Oh, and I saw some lovebugs, too.

Friday, September 12, 2014

No Eggs, No Sugar, No Butter/Oil, No Flour, No Salt Cookies

Sometimes you just want something to snack on. Like a cookie!
Today my blog friend Diana Nana Diana Blogspot published her Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe, and this evening I tried it with what I had in house. I will call my version the 5 No's Cookies.

This is what my cookies look like:

Maybe I should add another No. 

No Beauties!

And here is the recipe:

5 No's Cookies

2 large ripe bananas ( mine were frozen)
1 1/3 cups old fashioned oatmeal (any kind should work)
1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 teaspoon real vanilla flavoring
1/3 cup coconut
A handful of pecan halves

Heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Mash the ripe bananas.( I thawed mine 20 seconds at a time in the microwave until they were "mashable.")
Mix the mashed bananas with the rest of the ingredients.
Drop by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. (I used my silicone mat on the metal cookie sheet.)
I baked the cookies first for 10 minutes, then decided to add 3 minutes. So total 13 minutes in the oven.
Let cookies cool before munching.
Recipe makes 20+ small cookie balls. Dough does not spread, but it may fall apart. Depends on how long you bake the cookies.

You can always add 1/3 cup chocolate chips for extra yumminess.

(And I do KNOW that the coconut is sweetened and there is salt and oil in the PB.)

LL 7 oktober 1979 and Shelfie #11

7 oktober
8:10 p.m.

Dear Mother and Daddy,
While I'm taking a study break, I'll write you a few lines. I just received a call to substitute for a 6th grade English class in the Middle School in the Hague for tomorrow. I did the same thing last Wednesday and substituted in the Rotterdam school on Friday. So I am busy and making $35 each day I work. J. will drive me there tomorrow, and I have my M.S.U. class that night. So I 'll be tired when I arrive home at 7:30 tomorrow night.

My university class is called Evaluation of Educational Programs. It will be over Wednesday night, but I still have to turn in a paper in November. I made 29 of 32 points on the test (an A) last Wednesday night. I have a take-home test to complete by Wednesday, so I plan to do well on that, too. The class is not so interesting, but I've managed.

I am pretty sure we'll buy me a car in two weeks. We looked at a DAF ( beige with black seats) yesterday and it looks good--a'72 or '73 model for 1,250 guilders or about $600. If we buy it, I'll drive it home two weeks from today.

Mother, if you can, we would like you to get the following for us. Pay yourself from my checking account.

For J.-light blue dress Levi's (1pair) or the like
          waist 38
          length 36
          maybe a couple (2) of good cheap shirts (long or short sleeve--he likes short 
          sleeves) size 16 1/2 with long sleeve length
For Me-Levi's or Wranglers
          (2 pair--size 11 or 28-29 waist)
          underpants--size 5=5 pair
          camisoles-warm ones but not expensive
          Skim Milk Cleaner> Charles Revson
          Skim Milk Toner
              2 bottles of each. They are white bottles with blue print.
          Maybe a slip (full) if you see a nice one.
That's All I Can Think Of

How was the week-end with the kiddos? I was glad that S. and W. answered the phone. 4 months is a long time to not hear their voices. By the way, Daddy, I'm still waiting for your letter. And next time I call I hope to talk to you, too.

We fried chicken this evening before I called home. I had baked a coconut pie this afternoon so we had a pretty decent dinner with a big green salad. We really eat very well. Last Wednesday night we went to Amsterdam to the Mexican restaurant. We waited 1 1/2 hours, but the nachos and tacos were worth the wait. It cost only $17 for us both, and that is cheap here.

Well, I'll go and get my books together for substituting. Tell everyone hello, and I'll let you know when we'll be able to come home for Christmas. If there is something you want me to bring (Delft china, good cheese, wooden shoes [ha]), please let me know. I'll write again this week-end.

Shelfie #11

Love, Linda

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

His Frugal Face is The Frugal Grace of the Blog

It isn't strange that the way most bloggers "meet" new followers ( blog friends) is by checking in on commenter's blogposts. Sometimes the commenter has no personal blog, but does follow other blogs. That happened to me yesterday. When I thought I was clicking on what I thought was a commenter's blogspot, it was actually someone else's blog.

And that someone passed away back in the spring of this year. Since the now deceased gentleman had an interesting past, according to his profile, I decided to read his blog posts. I would like to share this post with you, since it involves an assignment made by a junior high English teacher. 

Enjoy, since it seems that Hank enjoyed writing it. I am not sure if his teacher appreciated his writing talent.

Hank Swain's blogpost from October 2010

Miss Essie and her saving grace

Miss Essie was my eighth grade teacher. She was shaped like a pear with the stem attached. Her hair was in a bun and she wore gold-rimmed glasses. I liked her for she demanded from students the most she could get out of them. She also had a rear view mirror concealed in her bun so she could detect our mischief even when she faced the blackboard.

At the beginning of the year she announced that we were going to learn a new word once a week to improve our vocabulary. After stating the new word she would give us the rest of the period to write a short story in which we were to use the word as many times as we could manage. She said with this practice the word would be in our vocabulary as long as we lived. On this particular day she chose the word frugal, which she said meant to save.

This is the story I turned in but I will not share with you the grade I received.

Many years ago a beautiful young maiden was taking a morning walk along the shores of a lake near a castle. As the morning warmed she decided to wade out into the lake to cool off. She lifted the billowing long skirt and walked slowly into the lake. The cool water felt so soothing she kept walking with her arms out-stretched until the skirt floated up to them.

She stumbled on something sending her off balance and into the water. The skirt kept her from swimming to shore and she shouted, “Oh frugal me, frugal me, please frugal me I’m drowning.”

Now a young prince happened to be taking a morning stroll to the lake from his castle and heard her screams. He ran to the lake edge, swam out and frugaled her right in the water. He carried her to the beach where she clung to him thanking him again and again for frugaling her.

The handsome young prince took her to his castle and with his mother’s help and the application of many towels was able to frugal her from her wet clothing. His kindness created an instant bond between them and they fell in love, had a storybook wedding, and lived happily ever after.

The prince, however, despite of his good fortune, felt something was missing in his life. The satisfaction he felt after first frugaling his wife in the lake led him to wonder if he might have a talent for frugaling. While walking along the lake one morning he experienced an epiphany that affirmed his instincts. He did indeed have a gift for frugaling. How could he use this gift for the good of humanity?

He did what any up-standing prince would do. He was led to the financial markets. He established the Princely Frugaling and Loan Bank. This enabled him to accept the frugalings of hundreds in his realm plus paying them interest for the privilege. His bank prospered and his stature rose as a benign ruler.

Well, Miss Essie was right. The word has stayed with me to this day and I am in my 10th decade. Although Miss Essie taught me to frugal in eighth grade, I didn’t fugal very much until my early twenties for I had little with which to frugal. Eventually, like the prince, I met a beautiful young maiden who was a committed frugaler and we married. My wife and I have always been good frugalers. Just because you reach retirement, is no reason to give up frugaling. One is never too old to enjoy the rewards of aggressive frugallling. It’s a great habit to establish when you are young. Then there is that true old saying “There is no frugaler like an old frugaler.”

My friends, this is my story I turned in to Miss Essie as I can best recall. There is actually more to the story but I frugaled it and sent it to Paul Harvey for his radio segment “The rest of the story.” Unfortunately, Paul Harvey died before it aired. I have always wondered if he read it and if he was a frugaler. If he did, I’m sure he would have remembered it the rest of his life but not as long as I have.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

LL October 1, 1979

October 1, 1979

Dear Mother and Daddy,

J. was called in to work this morning, so I decided to get up and get a few things done before a friend picks me up to drive to class in The Hague. I have an exam in the Michigan State class on Wednesday night, and this whole week is super busy. I've studied a little, but I will do more.

I tried to call you yesterday several times, but I guess you were at S's. Our time has gone back to regular time (we are 8 hours ahead of you now). It is 9:00 a.m. here now and 1:00 a.m. in Alex. I will try to call again sometime this week.

We are making our Christmas plans this week. We may fly to Toronto, then to Dallas. J. wants to rent a car in Dallas and drive to Alex. He can get a special deal, and he wants to see as much as he can in the 2 weeks we are there. He can get an auto for $150 a week with unlimited mileage. The only expense will be the gas.

We may go to Olst this week-end to see about a small Daf (automatic transmission) car for me. It is used and relatively cheap. I'm not excited about Dutch traffic, but it would be good to have my own wheels.

Mother, I'm glad that you told me about my retirement arriving. How much is it? With the dollar going down everyday, it is worth hardly anything here. When I opened my bank account, I received 2.05 guilders for every dollar. Now I can get only 1.90 guilders for every dollar. 15 Dutch cents per dollar is serious.

My 1st Dutch lesson last Thursday was fine. I can't speak so well, but I do read a little and can understand much that is spoken. Mrs. S. expects me to speak fluent Dutch right now. Well, she will have to wait.

Well, I'll close and go down to the kitchen to eat. I must prepare J. something for dinner since I will be here late, and he has a meeting tonight. Wonder if he will eat tuna salad?

Tell everyone hello. By the way, tell Kathy that J. has no brothers. Sorry!

Write when you have a few extra minutes.
Love, Linda

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Shelfie # 10--oops!

My camera is set for quick shots by simply touching the screen. 

This photo is definitely an OOPS!

Yesterday as I set my freshly charged camera onto the breakfast table, I shot a "selfie" and our lovely old Dutch lamp that we bought 20 odd years ago for way too much money at a so-called antique shop near Bunschoten. 

No shelves in this "shelfie," but three of the five windows in our breakfast nook. In the late afternoons, this is the warmest and sunniest place inside our house.

Enjoy the last warm and sunny days of summer! 
It still ain't Fall down here, Y'all!