Sunday, April 21, 2024

Travel Tuesday

I'm not going to bore you with regular details of our trip. Instead, I'm going to bore you with the unusual stuff.

1. We were an hour late getting to Amsterdam because in Atlanta, some people had to be removed from out flight. We have no idea what it was all about as we were not aware of any disruption or medical emergency. Nor did police or security come on board. They just made an announcement that they had to get the luggage of the people leaving the plane. Hunting for it through the luggage of 250+ people took some time. Then, they--3 people--were escorted off the plane by the flight attendants. I wish we knew what that was all about. I'm nosy like that. It took an hour. Many, many passengers missed their connecting flights in Amsterdam. Lucky for us it was our destination.

2. There was some confusion amongst us as to what countries comprised The Netherlands. Actually, the correct term is called The Kingdom of the Netherlands which is made up of 4 countries: 1. The Netherlands has 12 provinces which includes North Holland and South Holland. The other countries are 2. Curacao,  3. St. Maartens and 4. Aruba. Okay, now that we have that cleared up, let's move on.

3. The Netherlands has the most bikes of anywhere in the world! I have never seen so many bikes in all my life. Turns out, there are 1.8 bikes per person here--881,000 while there are only 200,000 cars. On average, only 19% of the population use their cars on a daily basis. Holy smokes! Our tour guide said that leaving your bike is just like leaving your car in East St. Louis. When you get back, it's either been stolen or the tires removed! Even if the bike is locked, things will be stolen besides the tires--seats, handlebars, etc. He said that if you are lucky, you can find your bike or parts at the local flea market! Okay, I made that part up about East St. Louis, but knew that anyone who has seen Vacation with Chevy Chase, OR lives in St. Louis will know exactly what I mean! A few more interesting bike facts in Amsterdam:
    A. the German occupation in 1940 started, Amsterdam cyclists purposely slowed up convoys and refused to give way to German vehicles.
   B. There are 477 miles of bike paths in Amsterdam.
   C. Amsterdam has the largest museum in the country and you can ride your bike through it!
   D. 75% of the people still ride their bikes in the snow.
   E. 100,000 of the bikes are stolen every year.
   F. 15,000 bikes wind up in the canals every year. They are either stolen and tossed or acts of vandalism. I'm sure teens think it's funny to toss someone's bike in the water. The government organizes a clean-up day each year to fish out all the bikes.
   G. No one--including kids wear helmets while on a bike. We saw so many kids propped on the bike with their parents--even babies without proper seats. Bikers are respected and given the right of way, so there are fewer fatalities. Children here are taught road safety from the age of 5.

4. This city has the most unusual architecture I've ever seen. The ducks are huge--more like the bodies of Canadian geese. Their legs are longer too. We saw one standing on one leg. I didn't know ducks did that. 

5. They have boats with bars on them. I guess they are party boats. In Nashville, there are party buses, party hot tubs, all kinds of moving bars and pedal taverns. If we had canals downtown, there would be floating bars too!

Okay, that's it for now.

Me On Monday

Just thought I would give you a sink update. 

The guys started installing it on Friday. It took three guys. When they arrived, Wilder---guy in charge called Christy and wanted to know exactly why we were replacing it. ALL the guys thought it looked fine! The fact that one sink was completely dull compared to the other two didn't bother them at all! When I told Butch about that, he said, "Yeah, I didn't know why you were changing it out either. This is going to cost a fortune!"  

Well, maybe--a fortune--we'll see. I was wondering how they were going to do it. They ended up taking out the dishwasher and removing the cabinet doors and drawers. Christy said they worked on it all day Friday and were exhausted because it was a beast to get out! Oh and they had to replace all the drains because they could not use the old ones. At least they'll be all shiny and new too. Now that I think about it, it must have taken 4 guys because who is taking the picture? He must be the granite guy. Christy said he was coming to make sure the granite wasn't damaged. 

All I can say is Butch knows me. You cannot put a price on my sanity!! Good thing he loves me! I think I push him to the limit sometimes.

Since I typed this post, Christy got back to me about a few other things. The guy taking the picture is the plumber! I forgot about the plumber. Turns out, all of our shut-off valves were old and one was leaking, so Christy had them update them all. Also, when they pulled out the dishwasher, it was obvious that there have been mice under there---many. She had her guys seal everything to the nth degree. She told them she didn't care what it looked like, just make sure no mice can get in. I thanked her for having my back and authorized her to do anything she thinks necessary. She knows me very well!

Something for Sunday

You are not going to believe what happened! 

Remember my "What I Didn't Buy Wednesday" post about my "non-buyers" remorse over these? Well, I couldn't wait until Wednesday for an update.
You know that saying "good things come to those who wait?" It's true. As it turns out, my BFF's daughter contacted me.
That little girlie on the left is Malinda---Steph's childhood BFF. She texted me after reading my post and said that Cole Haan is one of her clients and she could get the shoes for me with a 40% off discount! She handled everything. When it was all said and done, I Venmo'd her $63.57. Can you believe it? At that price, I HAD to buy them. It would have been foolish not to. I mean, come on. That's a bargain not to be missed. Deals like this don't come along everyday. It's amazing! I am one lucky gal. And, it helps to know people in high places! Thanks Malinda!! I owe ya' one! Oh and did I mention that she is going to deliver? All the way from Atlanta! I can't wait. I'm going to put them on right away and do a happy dance right in front of her!

Maybe I'm starting to believe that bit about putting what you want out there in the universe and it will come to you. That's a little "new wavy" for me, but I'm really starting to believe it. I was meant to have these shoes!! 

Now if I can only wish myself to be a sewing machine expert! I'll let you know how that turns out!!

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Scrapbook Saturday

Our AYM word for this month was "cups." These girls have gotten so good with coming up with great ideas. 

Nancy's layout.

Karolyn's layout.

Pam's layout.

Susan's layout.

Jeanne's layout.

Janet's layout.

My layout.

And now for some of my scrapbook frustrations. There are always frustrating parts of scrapbooking. For example, I cut a title on my Cricut. Then, I decided to see if Janet would like me to cut one for her. I did---and it was the wrong size! I forgot that I had changed it. The frustrating part about it was that it was the last of the gold that I had! Sheesh! 

Then, on Wednesday before our trip, I decided to get my "grid" ready for this month's AYM. Now, I am not a pro at using my sewing machine. So, I was really surprised when it came out perfect--at least the first page. I had to change the thread--sounds easy if you know what you are doing, but I don't. Still I got the new thread in. Then I adjusted the stitch and was happy 
It came out perfect!
Don't be fooled, my lines are just about perfectly straight despite how they look here. But when  I was pulling the thread to cut, I noticed that the bobbin thread was really tight. I decided to take out the bobbin. I unwound the tight thread until it pulled freely. I put the bobbin back in and started sewing the second page. This happened:
What? This looks like some sort of heart monitor test. I looked on the back, and it was the zigzag. So I figured that somehow I was sewing upside down. Okay, then I'll just keep going because I can turn the page over. 

So, I finished the line, but when I turned it over, this is what it looked like.
This is crap. I have no idea what went wrong. I guess I put the bobbin back in wrong. I don't have time to deal with it before our trip. But, now, it's going to bother me the whole time I'm on the trip. I don't like it when things are right. It's so darn frustrating!

I found myself with an extra hour the day we were to leave since Butch told me the wrong time. So, I went back to the sewing machine because this is going to mess with my trip. I don't like things hanging over my head. 

I took the bobbin out and turned it around. That didn't work. I took it out again and turned it around. Still doesn't work. I had to leave it. 

When I get home, I'll ask Karolyn--my sewing expert--to come over. I just hope I haven't screwed it up royally. It will cost me $100 to take it in. Considering I only paid $75 new, that doesn't seem worth it! But, I sure do like how the stitching looks on the page.

Stay tuned....

Friday, April 19, 2024

Friday Frustratioins and Friday Funnies

The saga of the sink continues!

So, I told you about Christy being a miracle worker. She has gotten us a new sink. The delivery company called me last week and I set up the delivery for this past Monday. Someone has to be there to accept and sign for the delivery from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. I asked if they would put the delivery in the garage. The woman said that it wasn't set up to be an inside delivery. The sink is cast iron and 165 lbs. She said that putting it in the garage would be at the discretion of the driver. They would give me a call one hour prior to arrival. So, you really had to sit around and wait. Well that doesn't work for me! I got Butch to agree as I had a bridge date. 

About 11 a.m. I got the call and texted Butch that the sink would arrive in an hour. Around 1:30, I got this text from him:
"This is total b******t! They dropped it off at the end of the driveway! I can barely move it. It's clear they had a forklift because it's on a pallet! They could easily have brought it up the driveway!" He sent this picture with it:
If you know Butch, you know that he rarely uses foul language. But I don't blame him for being mad. He noticed it when he went out to get the mail. Not only did the delivery guys not alert him that they were there, they didn't get a signature either. How lazy can they be!

Now here I am, trying to concentrate on bridge when this drama is unfolding at home! When I got there later, the sink was gone. It was at the top of the driveway. I asked Butch what happened. He said that he put a rope around the pallet and drug it up the driveway inch by inch himself! I wasn't happy that he did it because he doesn't need to hurt his back. Instead, it was his golfer's arm that is already hurting all the time that took the brunt of it. 

I let Christy know that it was here, but not inside. Luckily, it's a sink, so water won't hurt it--due to expected rain. It's being installed on Friday. Thank goodness we won't be here. These kinds of things make me nervous. The granite guys are going to be here too. There's too much that can go wrong. Luckily we'll be having fun on our trip.  I have no idea how they're going to do it. It's going to require removing some wood and painting when they put it back. The area to work is so small and the sink is so heavy. We'll see. Hopefully we'll come home to a new shiny sink.

So, I cannot leave you with only a frustration. Here are some funnies for your pleasure!
THie one's for Jack!

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Ten Things Thursday

I love white. Especially in decorating--white moulding, white cabinetry, white doors--you get the idea. I like the clean fresh look of it. I love my white kitchen. And, I love these white kitchens:

2. Love these chandeliers.

4. OMGosh! All those windows and the palladian one is gorgeous!



7. Love the red accents---a good thing about white--everything goes with it. And, if you get tired of it you can just change up the color of the accents.

8. Those flowers!

One thing they all have in common is plants or flowers--except for this last one which has a platter of colorful veggies instead. With all the windows, it seems like all the plants and trees are inside. 

Every one of these are beautiful. It would be hard to pick just one, but I think I'd have to go with....drum roll....number--okay, it was a toss-up between #4 & #8. Okay, I'm going with #8. The glass doors, flowers and light fixtures, but mostly because there's a place to sit so people can keep you company when you are cooking!

I do love my white kitchen--soon to have a new white shiny sink! I have flowers just about all the time too. I think I'm going to splurge and buy a bunch more.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

What I Buy/Didn't Buy Wednesday

Today, I'm having "non-buyers" remorse--really bad. Really. Bad. When we were at the beach, I wanted these shoes really bad. REALLY BAD!
It's hard to tell from the picture, but they are gold and sparkly. I LOVE sparkly things! I tried these on and they were super comfortable. Then, the devil on my left shoulder and the angel on my right shoulder began taunting me: "you don't need them" "you haven't bought new shoes in at least a month" "you already have plenty of metallic shoes" "you deserve them" "you'll need to get rid of one of your other pairs" "no you don't it's just one pair" and on and on back and forth--my head was spinning. The "angel" won out this time. This time. The "devil" is nagging me, "I told you to get them! They aren't going to be there when you go back in June." I'm sad that I didn't get them--like I said, "non-buyers" remorse. And yes, I will go back in June and look for them. I need them. Really bad! 

So, to console myself, I put all of my other shiny shoes together (after caressing them lovingly).
I'm wearing the upper left pair today. The ones on the upper right are probably 15 years old! They are so comfortable. All of these shoes are comfortable except the pair on the lower left. I love them (gold) but can't wear them more than a couple hours. Yes, I should probably get rid of them, but I love them, so they stay. I have a hard time breaking up with shoes. The ones on the lower right are the ones I bought in London. They are so sparkly, that they almost seem too dressy. I love them too. I love them all. I know, that's strong language to use for shoes--but it's true.

That really old, comfy pair has been all over the world with me. These have been washed in the washing machine dozens of times. All of the information has long since been washed away. But they are going strong. Just take a look at the soles:
Honestly, they are still like brand new. No wear whatsoever. They are some sort of rubbery plastic. The best part is that they are not slippery. Actually, none of my shoes are slippery. One little slip--no matter how small or if it's wet means those shoes go immediately. I take no chances with my footwear! These comfy ones are going with me tomorrow when we leave for our Tulip river cruise through Holland and Belgium. You'll find me and my shiny shoes walking all over the place! Can't wait. But darn, I wish I had those new ones!

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Travel Tuesday

Last week, I was at the beach with my friends. 

I already mentioned how underwhelming the eclipse was. Then I saw this:
This is what some people, somewhere saw. We would have loved that.

It was another fun week, but other than the eclipse picture, we forgot to take any others. Sooo...
...after we got our luggage, I insisted on this "selfie." It's better than none at all!

Later that night, Butch and I ordered Chinese for dinner.
I got this in my fortune cookie. It's kind of blurry, but it hits the nail on the head:
"The best souvenirs from vacation are the memories you made," How appropriatepriate--and true!

We leave on Thursday to fly to Amsterdam. We're taking a river cruise through Holland and Belgium to see the tulips! I'm really looking forward to it. I'm hoping to be able to post an update now ant then.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Me on Monday

Okay, this is not me. I don't even have to say who it is. I've mentioned before that I love her---the music, her generosity and the economic impact wherever she goes. 

I am well aware of the haters---but I don't understand it. I came across this article that someone wrote and thought it just about covered it. Here goes:

"This is probably going to tick some people off, and I hope it does. But I’m going to keep on sharing it and saying it. And once again, I am not a Swiftie, but I am a human being, a Dad AND, a Monstrous Football fan.

I am extremely disappointed in so many of you who think that "not being a fan" of someone means you're entitled to **** all over them. I want to remind you of something. Your children are watching you complain about Taylor Swift sitting at a football game, being happy, and cheering for a man she loves in what appears to be a very loving, respectful relationship.

Your Children are watching you judge a woman for literally just EXISTING and taking up space happily.

And you know what? Ms. Swift has won 324 awards? How many do you have?

She brought $5 BILLION dollars in consumer spending and boosted the U. S. economy so significantly, that leaders from other countries actually beg for her to play there?

Did you know that there are over 20 college courses about her skills as an artist, lyricist, and musician - including at places like Harvard, Stanford & UC Berkeley?

Did you know that Taylor Swift quietly donates mass amounts of money to local food banks in every city she performs in?


That Taylor Swift was sexually assaulted by a radio DJ, and she got him fired? When he sued HER for over $3 million for defamation, she counter sued for a symbolic $1 in a court case that took 2 YEARS for her to win. And, she did that just to show women that fighting for what's right has no price tag & to never be silent in the face of oppression.


Because your daughters, nieces, and your nephews are watching you run your mouth. And they are seeing the world hate a woman who does so much good, simply because she exists in their line of sight.


Teach your boys to respect women. Teach your girls that as women - they are ALLOWED to take up space.

Fix it. Become aware of your words. Because we all have the ability and the obligation to fight for the future of our children with simple moments. And we need to consciously choose to be better for them. 

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Something for Sunday

Spring has sprung!
This beautiful tree is at the top of the driveway. It's so pretty to see everyday while it lasts.
There's still a chill in the air, so we had a fire along with our happy hour treats.
My sweet brother, Matt sent me this picture along with this note he found.
Matt is Mindy's godfather. She must have been in first or second grade.

Okay, that's it for today!