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Welcome to Texas Y'all!

With the Holiday season quickly approaching; our family left The Netherlands to travel back to the States to be with the rest of our family. Stockings were hung, presents had been purchased and the tree was trimmed. We arrived in Dallas with our family already gathered and waiting. And while we always go to mass on Christmas Eve and open presents Christmas morning, there was one gift from my daughter and her boyfriend that we got to enjoy early. Christmas at Jerry’s house. That would be Jerry Jones.. owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboy’s would be playing the New Orleans’s Saints and the game would start at noon. And in true classic football style, we decided to tailgate before the game. We arrived at the stadium at 9:30am.. broke out the cocktails and the  grill to make breakfast burritos with  grilled sausage, scrambled eggs and salsa.

Heading into the stadium, we were thrilled to run into our friends Karen and Ed. Hugs, laughter and catching up with each other…. Priceless.
The Da…

This Christmas

Christmas has always been special to me. As the baby of my family, my parents and sisters made sure each Christmas was warm, cozy and full of wonderful memories. For some reason, my mother got away with the fact that she could only cook a few things.. Chop Suey, Pork and Sauerkraut, and Meat Loaf. These were three things that really didn’t belong on the Christmas table. Luckily my grandma was a wonderful cook. She had cooked for an elementary school in my home town for most of her adult life. My Grandma Anne would always do all the cooking.. turkey, potatoes, pies, .. everything. And I happily never cooked anything till I got married.
As a teen, my friends and I would bundle up every year to go Christmas Caroling, tobogganing, and skating. We also did some pretty stupid things in the snow (now that I think about it). A donuts  this is where you drive your car, then swerve and slam on the brakes till you were circling and spinning like a donut. Shagging (yes, I know what that is in Eng…

A Broken Heart

On a cold autumn morning in The Netherlands, I entered the door to my place of worship, the Catholic Church, Heilig Hartkerk or Sacred Heart Church. Attending the morning mass would be different for my family that day. Since moving to The Netherlands, we have been attending mass on Sunday afternoons. This is when an English mass is offered. But we were at the Dutch morning mass for a reason. We were there to join the Sacred Heart community as one group, as a unity of prayer. We were there to join hands, to sing and to pray. We were there to say good bye.

As the somewhat new girl on the block, I’m still stunned at what is happening here in The Netherlands. I moved from Texas, which sits firmly in “The Bible Belt”. Most people not only attend church every Sunday without fail, a lot of people also attend church Wednesday evenings. There are also many activities that go on throughout the week so that people can have a chance to gather and form a closer community spirit. But, with a steep …

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Well,we have a winner! The winner of my beautiful homemade soap goes to my friend and neighbor from when I was a little girl growing up in Michigan. Bill! Congratulations!!

A big thank you to all my friends who played along and made my soap making so much fun!

A Dutch Treat

In my life I've always felt it was important to take what people say about others with a grain of salt, meaning “the phrase comes fromPliny the Elder'sNaturalis Historia,regarding the discovery of a recipe for anantidoteto apoison.[2]In the antidote, one of the ingredients was agrainof salt. Threats involving the poison were thus to be taken "with a grain of salt," and therefore less seriously. An alternative account says that the Roman general Pompey believed he could make himself immune to poison by ingesting small amounts of various poisons, and he took this treatment with a grain of salt to help him swallow the poison. In this version, the salt is not the antidote. It was taken merely to assist in swallowing the poison.” Wikipedia.

When I moved to The Netherlands, I was told “Don’t expect to ever see your neighbors or get to know them, they just don’t do that.” Well, if I had listened to that I would have never had the wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know…


Well, Ohio State beat Michigan today. And as much as it pains me to hear this news, I know that somewhere in the stands at the Ohio State University is a family that is smiling. They know that a girl half a world away in The Netherlands will be toasting to the memory of their fallen family member, Rodney Renfrew.

When I was a little girl growing up in Plymouth, Michigan, my mother's friends all used to gather in the city's park after the game. Who ever lost the game, those friends had to sing the other team's fight song to their friends. The bantering was all done out of love for each other and their friendship.

And so... as I can't be there to sing... I'll send this little song to all. Rodney... Here's to you! We are ever so grateful for the sacrifice you made for our beautiful country. Thank you so very much.

And one of my favorite things the OSU band does.....…

A Day of Thanks

Thanksgiving day comes but once a year
Before the holidays ring in with cheer

A unique opportunity to spend dinner with USA’s best
Turkey, stuffing and pie.. you know the rest

We gather together with family and friends
A moment in time we don’t want to end

Basketball, ping pong and a cool crisp night
Smiles and laughter, such a wonderful sight
How grateful we are to a commitment that never ends
Happy Thanksgiving to our Troops, Family and Friends

A Little Soap from Neverland

Peter Pan Statue Kensington Gardens, London
Remember when Peter Pan couldn’t get his shadow to stay on so he was trying to get it to stick with soap. Well, silly, that didn’t work. You have to sew on your shadow. But in celebration of Peter’s ingenuity, I have a little surprise for you. I’m so excited to see how my homemade soap turned out! Rumor has it that it’s almost ready. My friend Helen has been keeping a close eye on it as it sat patiently to be set and formed correctly to be the perfect soap.
In the beginning of October, I blogged about wanting to give away something to one lucky reader. My friend Helen asked if I’d like to come over and make soap. To read about our beautiful day go to…
Well, I think the soap will be ready in a week or two so it’s time to see who the winner will be. If you would like a chance to win a couple of bars of homemade soap (by me), then do two things.
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