Welcome to Anybody Home!

Here you will find scattered pictures from my point and shoot camera, random thoughts from my little world, treasured memories of days gone by, hopeful dreams of the days yet to come, and a bunch of ideas - because I've always got ideas!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

My Thursday Afternoon

A public service announcement.

Wooden shoes are great for navigating across a floor strewn with Lego blocks.
A wig and a fur hat on a muggy Thursday in September.  
We also did some coloring today.

THE best coloring is done with the tongue sticking out.  Try it.  It really helps one concentrate.
Hertsje's favorites were her beautiful colorful flowers!
If you are wondering where Broeder is, he is around here, somewhere.

I only have these two for four hours in the afternoon, and Broeder has been sleeping for two hours at a stretch.

And when he is up?  Well he usually appears in pictures as a blur in the background.

He did color a picture today though.  He just did not want to be photographed with it.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015


Pake relaxes by the pool while the big kids "swim".   Yay!  Overtime is over!

Good-bye to Summer Vacation

 Today was my last day of summer with all four of these kids.  Time.  It does fly!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Allegan Antique Market

Today started with breakfast at Cherie Inn.

It's the longest running restaurant in Grand Rapids.  We've have been there a few times now, but always get lost.  Thankfully, it is in our GPS, so when we remember that we actually HAVE GPS and USE it, it gets us there.

It's in East Hills where Diamond, Cherry, and Lake Dr. come together.

I've had the Crab Cakes Benedict, and it is amazing.  Today I had the plain Eggs Benedict and loved that too.

After breakfast we drive to Allegan to go to the Antique Market.

This is the first time we've gone this year, and it was great!
I went with these guys.  Mostly we just walked around looking at the unique variety of old stuff.  Nobody bought anything except for me.  I bought three old brown bottles to add to my growing old brown bottle collection.
I'm still working on fall decor, but I'm slowly getting there!  This needs tweaking, as it doesn't look very balanced to me.  It looks very pretty after dark though, when it lights up the dining room in a way that I find pleasing.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chatting with Hertsje

Hertsje tells it like it is!

A Taste of This Week's Artwork

A flag
A tiger and a penguin
A penguin named Waddles
A sailboat  
A police car
A lemur and a house
A girl in the mountains
Sandra Boynton inspiration
 A barn
A display of art

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Back to Reality

Vacation is over.  It's back to reality.  Vacation was amazing, but I enjoy my reality too!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Vacation Wednesday Afternoon

And just like that, it was over.

Time to pack up the car and head down the road.

Back to reality.

But really, we are fine with our reality.
Time for good-byes.
This is Kado, finally agreeing to let Pake nibble on his ear.
It was very hard to leave.

We had such a wonderful time.

But I am sure you noticed that.
 Feintsje came to the car for one last hug and kiss.

One would think that since we were in Holland, a lovely town, we would shop around there before we went home.

But, no.

We went to Ditto!

I even found some treasures there.

But none like the treasures we left behind at the cottage, to finish out their week with Son-in-law's family.

Vacation Wednesday Morning

 Tuesday night a storm blew through, but Wednesday morning was beautiful!
Tiny white caps dotted Lake Michigan as far as the eye could see.

 But then those tiny white caps grew to an enormous size.

 Son-in-law wanted to get out into it.
 Oh, yes.  Those were some GOOD waves!

He had instructions for Jonge.
Because waves on the big lake are nothing to mess around with.

They can be deadly.

Oh yes.  Someone had a VERY good time riding the waves.