dinsdag 28 juli 2015

���� traveling ��


I have never been a traveling-person.
Always love to be at home .
I am SO happy my four children did not inherite that part . 
Yesterday I was at Schiphol airport Amsterdam with my eldest son to pick up my daugther Anna who had been to Florence Italy . Her flight was delayed
for hours so she arrived at midnigth instead of early evening . She was supposed to take the train to Rotterdam but we surprised her .
I do LOVE being at Schiphol and watch the endless stream of travelers coming and going . She was asked to take care of two little boys during a wedding in Florence .
My other daugther visited Berlin with friends , came home and left the next morning to fly to Marbella/Spain .
My youngest son and his girlfriend wil be flying to Portugal in August .
And I still love to be HOME but I also love to hear their stories , to see the pictures they send ...... 
I am fascinated by people who travel THE world .
My way of traveling has always been ..... 
in reading and since a few years on THE internet .
Blogging has brought me friends across the ocean , we met on the internet and started sending real old-fashioned mail too. I even met Koralee from Canada already twice here in Holland .
Facebook and instagram are a way of connecting too . Finding people without traveling !
And yesterday at Schiphol I suddenly thought wel ..... Maybe ...... Once .....
Happy last days of july to you ❤️

dinsdag 21 juli 2015

Happy garland part two

Today I asked my friend who once helped me to start blogging  advice because my laptop is not working anymore and blogging on my iPad is not working for me ..... 
She simply asked : " and on your iPhone ?" 
And I was flabbergasted because why did not I think of that myself ?
So I went to the AppStore and now this is my first attempt.
Already I could easily find my own pictures and use them .
Hallelujah ��
Now I am to find out soon what it will look like .....
Because overhere I did not find (yet) how to choose letter type and sidebar 
But I am already so happy I found this 
Thanks to my sweet friend Saskia again 
She no longer blogs but is very active on Facebook Instagram !
I am a bit more old-fashioned. 
Hopefully this iPhone blogging will bring me further 

Testing to place pictures
Please let me know how it looks 
Happy week to all of you 

dinsdag 14 juli 2015

�� happy garland ��


And suddenly
you know..............
It's time to start 
something new and trust 
the magic of beginnings.

My garden is already more a garden again 
than I could have imagened.
It's a new challenge because everything
has to be in pots now .
Lots of watering EACH day 
Learning what works and what not .

My granddaugther is a great help.
She has a habit of talking to the plants
and the flowers and the insects 
that is a kind of magical ✨ 

And still it did not yet feel 
my garden .
Something was missing .....
One day when Eva was with me
suddenly I knew :
and we made a wonderful happy garland 
and THAT was the missing part .

The picture is NOT my garden 
I am still not able to get my own pictures 
in my blog 

it is what it is 
so just the words .
When I sit in my garden now
with the garland waving and showing
me to DARE more and more .
Just to be me 

Happy july to you 


woensdag 17 juni 2015

��❤️ dance ❤️��


I am not a dancing
on the outside 
on the inside 
I think I dance
there is JOY 
and there is my 
granddaugther .
She loves to dance 
all the time .
Together we worked in 
the garden and 
there is a lot going on there.
There is GREEN and movement
from all kinds of little insects 
and Eva talkshow to them !
She finds out if ants can swim
and HOW they swim
She catches lots of SNAILS 
and gives them names ....
we now have our own strawberries

She knows the names of 
the plants too and she loves 
the way they sound .......
Oost-Indische-kers ......
and that strawberries wear CROWNS ��

So we have our own way 
of dancing through life 
Me and my granddaugther
I teach her 
and she teaches me 


donderdag 4 juni 2015



give up on
that you can't go
a day 
without thinking
about it .

I have been thinking 
 about blogging
a lot 
and I came
to the conclusion
that blogging is unique.

I have let myself 
get carried away
in using facebook
and instagram
and a lot of blogfriends
are there too
for me 
blogging is like 
the small shops
where the owner has 
time and attention.
facebook and instagram
are more like THE MALL
It's more about looking 
and being seen ......

I am a huge fan
of old streets with little shops
( like the shop-around-the-corner
in the movie YOU'VE GOT MAIL )
and I choose to be true 
to that again .

Since I got a second chance
with my TWO new hips
my life turned around
because it 
coïncideer with
retiring from my job
as a kindergarten-teacher
and also 
my four children 
leaving the house 
to live their own lives .

A lot of changing 
and the new hips 
turned out to be 
the biggest gift of all.
It's the being-able-to-stand-on-my-own
TWO FEET again
To be independent .

A new start 
learning to live my life 
at home 
On my own 

My granddaugther got
4 in may 
and she now goes to 
The school where I worked
for so long .
To see how she has grown
and also took a new step
in life is so wonderful to experience.

We all have a place in life
and we all are sometimes 
wandering .....
The friendships I found
are very valuable to me .

My laptop going down
should not have been 
an excuse 
for not blogging .
blogging on my IPad 
takes ME a lot of time
and patience ..............
so is shopping in the small shops 
in the old streets 
and it's all about
choices .
I have time 
lots of time 
to do things my own way now .

How lucky I am 


dinsdag 21 april 2015

* * by surprise * *


this beautiful picture
is made by madelief
Her blog is inspiring and she shares
her life with us
in pictures and words
bringing JOY to us all.

Madelief had a GIVE-away
and I participated
because it was a 
about gardening and cooking and celebrating.
such an amazing SURPRISE .....

It's exactly what I am 
exploring all over again
since I am FREE again
My new hips ( yes TWO )
are absolutely wonderful
and I can walk and 
stand on my own two feet again
and there is 
not only physically 
but also mentally .

I need no longer to go
to physical therapy
I am DONE there YEAH !
this SPRING 2015
is the very best .

I am so very happy 
to be able to do things 
in my garden all by myself 
Lots of seeding and potting
and living in and with my garden.

and than 
mister postman delivered
some mail from CANADA

send me pumpkin-seeds
so I could plant those together with
my three-year-old granddaugther EVA
so we can have 
PUMPKINS in autumn .

wonderful SURPRISES
thanks to blogging-friends

Making this blogpost
costed me
over TWO hours
for I can only make new posts
on my laptop
and "she" is an old lady
and every action takes forever
and she stops
and closes by herself
when I am not done yet
I decided to stay
and to go on 
and not give up before
I was done .

now I am done
I like to thank Koralee and Madelief
for surprising me BIG TIME
and all of you for your patience
with me 

Happy springtime 


woensdag 4 maart 2015

something old , something new ......


something old
something new
something borrowed
something blue

I found the beautiful blue incense box
It was a birthday present 
from my friend Astrid
years ago
I love the blue colors mixed with
some gold .
It also remembered me of 
the time I was a BLUE girl.
My bedroom was all blue .
The Laura Ashley curtains were blue.....

and somewhere on the way
I started to love RED .
My wall in my bedroom became RED 
and more and more 
the blue made place for RED .

I find things I was forgotten I had .
and by finding 
a magical thing happens
MEMORIES come along .....

That is a wonderful thing 
because I am still adjusting
to my new life
kids all on their own
and my dear companions

finding out who I am 
in this new life 
finding out where I stand
which is a whole new experience 
with my new hips.

being able to walk again 
leaving the past behind
with every new step I take .

the old and the new
the past and the future 
I feel new
and yet I am older.

It is 
as it is with SPRING 
coming after winter .
All was gone 
and still very much alive 
hiding in the deep and the dark 

and than
days are longer
more sunshine helps nature
to find her way back 
into the gardens .
and we all are longing to go outside
after a long cold winter.

well that is pretty much 
how I feel right now
and I feel like nature herself 
all that was gone 
wants to start allover 
with all the good from the past
collected in new beginnings

something old
something new
I still love blue 
and all of you