Showing posts from September, 2012


Last year as we adjusted to life in a new country we were amazed at all the different celebrations that went on in and around our city of Eindhoven. Nothing was mentioned about Halloween except from the American friends I have. For some reason there seemed to be two Christmas celebrations, one at the beginning of December and one at the end. There was a Valentine’s Day. But don’t even get me started about not having Ground Hogs Day. I really like having Punxsutawney Phil to tell me what the weather will be like between winter and spring. I remember driving around in the fall and seeing lights displayed here in Eindhoven but not really understanding the meaning of what was happening. But this year with my head a little more clear, my ability to read a few signs and the graciousness of good friends to enlighten me and others to different events around Eindhoven, I was ready to celebrate the Lichtjesroute.

The Lichtjesroute is a festival held every year to celebrate the liberation of Eind…

The Twelve Pains of Jet Lag

After my recent travels to the United States, I once again had to deal with jet lag. I’m always so amazed with my friends and family when they come over for a visit and seem to leap off the plane with excitement. They may be a tad tired but within a day they seem to be able to bound to the four corners of Europe ready for excitement.
I was complaining to friends about how tired I was when one of my friends from the States told me to “Suck it up, Buttercup”! After laughing, I thought… maybe something is wrong with me. I don’t think I’m the only one who struggles with jet lag. My husband has traveled all over the world and always takes several days to adjust when he comes home.
Recently I was having lunch with my friends here in The Netherlands. We were discussing jet lag and I asked one friend why it always seems that it’s harder coming this way than when we go back to the states. She said she thinks it’s because we are so excited to be going on a vacation and all pumped with joy of al…

Mighty Mac

By now most people in life know what a “Bucket List” is. That list you put either on paper, on your computer or maybe just floating around in your head of things you would like to do before you kick the bucket. I’ve been using Pinterest to add to different places I would like to see or projects I’d like to do. But there’s one thing that’s been on my Bucket List for a few years now and I finally had the opportunity to check that baby off the list!

Born and raised in Michigan I grew up with many beautiful sites around me. But there is one place there that not only stands in majestic beauty but also links the two peninsulas of the great state of Michigan together, the Mackinac Bridge or Mighty Mac!
Growing up, my big adventure of travel was always to our cottage on Little Bear Lake in Michigan. It was a short four hour drive to summer bliss. The tiny 3 room cottage overlooking the lake with no hot water still to this day is one of my favorite places in the world. Sometimes, we would make t…

Little Bear Lake

A misty fog across the lake
One last look my eyes will take.
The loon calling to others     
A calming sound to the soul of lovers.

Acorns falling from the trees
Leaves changing colors for all to see.
The little white cottage that sits on the hill
It’s time to say good bye as the air starts to chill.

Little Bear Lake, my childhood friend
Thanks for the memories from this summer’s end.