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Happy New Year

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!





In Search of the Great Pumpkin

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In Search of the Great Pumpkin


When I first moved to The Netherlands I knew that the holidays and traditions would be different but for me giving up Halloween was very difficult. Children in the States usually starting planning their costume on November 1st (the day after Halloween), that’s if they’re not in too much of a sugar coma from the night before.
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As a kid I usually had to dress up in something that had been handed down from one of my sisters. And there was rarely a store bought costume in my closet. I remember being a bunny, a hobo, clown, gypsi but my favorite was the milkmaid.
Linus explains the Great Pumpkin in the beloved Halloween tale; It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! The Great Pumpkin is a fictional character that Linus ranks right up there with Santa and the Easter Bunny. Linus tells us that The Great Pumpkin comes out on Halloween night in search of the most perfect pumpkin patch. And when he finds it he bestows gifts upon the children (just like Santa)! Poor …

My Daily Dutch

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My Daily Dutch

Well for three years I’ve lived blissfully right below the radar screen of the Dutch Police, or what I believe to be the How to Speak Dutch ~ Police.  Those people who criticize you over and over with a single word. Waiting for you to either magically understand how to say the word correctly according to his or her hearing or with as much grace as you can muster find a bush to throw up in in order to not have to perform the grueling beating of trying to say the word correctly in Dutch for the 100th time. 

The pronunciation of words or dialects around The Netherlands is as confusing as they are in the different parts of the United States. If you ask someone from Boston and someone from Mississippi to say the same sentence you will get two very confusing accents. Same here!

Well, apparently I’ve been here a few years and a few people around me have decided…that’s it! It’s time for me to learn. I still have not taken any formal Dutch classes… probably never will. I truly enjo…

Dublin~A Craic of a Good Time

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Dublin~A Craic of a Good Time
One of my favorite things I love about living in The Netherlands is the gift of being able to travel to new and exciting places even if it’s just for a short weekend. As my husband and I planned out the rest of our year, we realized that we have only a few weekends available to just drop everything and get away together. With Ireland being on our bucket list of places to visit, we quickly made arrangements to head off to Dublin.
Flying out on our good ole Ryan air I was pleased to find out that they have loosened the regulations a bit. This time I carried on my one piece of small luggage AND carried my purse.  This is a huge deal as they used to make you stuff it into your bag and then of course the weight limit would be too high causing you to either check your suitcase or question your need for more than one pair of shoes for a weekend. Anyway… thank you Ryan Air for a little more wiggle room.
We landed in Dublin early Friday morning ready to explore the…

In My Little Wooden Shoes ~Throwback Thursday

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In My Little Wooden Shoes ~Throwback Thursday
Old pair I picked up at a garden store When people think of The Netherlands, most people think of Windmills, tulips, and a few other fabulous things but today I’m throwing it back to the good ole wooden shoes.  This one is actually a bottle opener Enter any tourist area in The Netherlands and you can find a variety of little wooden shoe “bits and bobs” (that’s my new favorite saying I picked up from my new friend who’s from England).  My favorite color.. Delft Blue Wooden shoes, wooden shoe slippers, wooden shoe bottle openers, wooden shoe ornaments… the list really goes on and on, and I say this with love because I have a few of my own. My favorite pair made by my friend Carrie. One USA and one Dutch (the insides are orange)
Over 3,000,000 wooden shoes are made each year. Here they are called Klompen… a klomp is a clog and a klompen is a clog that covers the whole foot.
 Most are sold for tourist purposes  My husband's parents wearing a pair an…