Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fall Weekend...


Last weekend Mr. G. and myself went on a little road trip to visit Master C. at his university in Spokane, WA. (Gonzaga) I guess I'm becoming a true American now when thinking that four and a half hours one way is perfectly fine for only one overnight...

The views on the way through Eastern Washington were simply stunning. You can find more of my pics on Instagram, but here are a few anyway...





Our only reason to drive all this way was of course to see Master C. Here is a happy momma with her son:

Master C.

On our way back (oh boy was it hard to say goodbye for 5 weeks again!) we stopped by the Columbia Gorge, a great place to take a selfie! <wink>

Mr. G. and me...


I'm also glad to report that I have finally gotten over that dreadful cold and am back on active 'duty' at Little Bit, managed to get a short run in and went to my third yoga class this week. Yay, let the energy flow!





Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall Pretties...

Just some pretty pics... Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Maren Update...

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Can I just go for the record here and tell you that I am in love with my new Maren sweater/ cardigan! {smile}

I'm on day 8 of being sick (and being sick of it too!) so have had quite a bit of time to do some work on this Craftsy knitting project. Yesterday I joined the front to the back of the body and off we go, racing down to the bottom hem.

Last week Wednesday I woke up with a sore throat (no forewarning no nothing) and whammo, down for the count. Today is the first day that I'm truly feeling that I'm on the road to recovery, but man, it is so slow... No energy to be found. Just a cold for crying out loud! (ok, I'm truly rambling now)

Anyway, it has also been kind of nice just hanging around at home with nothing on the agenda, since I had to cancel all my volunteering and my newly found yoga class. I've been fiddling with a new header for the blog, done some knitting, did some lounging in front of the tv, did some rearranging in the front living room. (we have a house with two living rooms...) etc. Nesting while waiting for the looming darker days of Fall and Winter...

And yes, I made the Dutch map in the background.
Designed by Thea Gouverneur, all in tiny cross-stitch!

We did stop by the Pumpking Patch with Miss M.last week sometime. The weather was gorgeous and Miss M. so enjoys a visit to the pumpkin patch. Can you believe this will have been the last time we have done this together? (next year she will be off to university)

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In a couple of days Mr. G. and I will be off for an overnight trip to Spokane to visit with Master C. I haven't seen him for almost two months and waiting until Thanksgiving is just too long. So looking forward to seeing him again!  {smile}

Playing with new apps, this one is called Fragment...


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Chasing The Light...


(just added a little contrast here & there, nothing else...)




Thursday, October 2, 2014

Impressions Of Edam...


Edam, town just north of Amsterdam, known for its cheese making...







Monday, September 29, 2014

Lopi On My Mind...



LettLopi that is!  {smile}

During the Spring of this year I signed up for the Icelandic Sweater knitting class with Ragga Eiriksdottir on Craftsy and the time has finally come for me to tackle this rather daunting project. 

The plan was to buy the wool (first time I'm actually knitting with real wool and not acrylic) in Holland with my mom as this was supposed to be a gift from her to me for my birthday. Ack and alas, the Lettlopi wool (an Icelandic wool) was nowhere to be found! She ended up giving me the money and I bought the wool right here at the end of our street at Tolt Yarn & Wool! To be honest I preferred the idea of buying locally anyway, so all was well. I bought the wool last Friday and have managed quite a bit of the complicated pattern already...


This is what the cardigan should you like in the end but then with the light-blue as an accent color:


The whole thing will be knit in the round and then in the end it will get 'steeked', i.e. it will get cut open in the middle with a pair of scissors!!!! Yaiks!

Since the weather has turned towards the Fall for real now, this is a perfect project. To top it all off, I'm starting a yoga class tomorrow for the first time ever! Yay, to new adventures!  


Friday, September 26, 2014

Friendly Faces...

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Some of the Family & Friends I met with/ stayed with/ ate with/ laughed with/ biked into town with during my travels in The Netherlands: it was so wonderful to see you all again!  {smile}

my sister's cat and my bed companion...


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Come Sail Away...


Two out of the three days we went out sailing, there was no wind... Beautiful pictures were to be taken however!  {smile}

IJsselmeer...









(all photo's were edited with 'BeFunky')


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Counting Sheep...


I am very pleased to be able to tell you that I am now 'counting fewer sheep' than I was a couple of nights ago, i.e. my jet-lag is just about gone!  {smile}

During my first week in Holland my sister and I met up with Marc, an old schoolmate of hers from 30+ years ago. We have been following his adventures as a sheepherder for a few years now via social media and it was so much fun to finally meet him again after all these years! 

He and his flock and his dog Sweep happened to be located near where my sister lives and so we set out to find them on 'Landgoed De Paltz'...










We spent about two and a half hours with them and it was truly a spectacular get-together. Thank you Marc, for such a special experience!  {smile}

Sheep kisses are the best!
PS The herd contained 250 sheep!

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