Thursday, January 11, 2018

Snow in the Lingebos Forest, Vuren, NL

Actually, this is the tail-end of our Christmas-market vacation at the beginning of December, when we went to Maastricht, Aachen (Germany), and the Rolduc Abbey.

We left the house on Friday, 8 December, with snow beginning to fall here in Gorinchem, NL.  All I could think of was "OH NO!  We're going to miss the snow!"  Wrong.  We had it while on our mini-trip south and then on our way back home, Monday, 11 December.

The further north we drove, on our way home, the more it snowed.  And without blinking an eye, we both decided to forget everything, once home (shortly after lunch), and drive out to the nearby Lingebos "artificial" forest in Vuren.

We wanted to WALK IN THE SNOW!

And when Astrid found out that her son Jeroen was let out of work early, because of the snow storm, she invited him and DIL Eva to come join us, if they could.  And they did!

We met up at the entrance of our walk, near where we parked.

It was snowing cats-n-dogs.

The Lingebos is a recreational park of 115 hectares (284 acres) "built" in the late 1960s.

The last time we were there it was the autumn of 2015, at which time we both said,
"If it ever snows again, we HAVE to walk here in the snow!"

Promises made and promises kept!

The snow was wet and gloppy, sticking to the trees.
The blustery wind helped.

Can you tell how much fun we had?

Astrid (red) and I (blue) felt like colorful birds having a heyday.
(The umbrella was to protect the camera lens.)

And because they are special to us, I loved capturing Jeroen and Eva.
After all these years (8+), they are as crazy in love as we are, which we really enjoy seeing.

If ever anyone asks for an example of CARPE DIEM, this is it for us.
We totally seized the day and will hold the memory for years to come....

...until the next time it snows?  We're holding our breath!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

And now another "seize the day" is on our doorstep:  Brother Nelson, the oldest of the 8 kids in my family, arrives here on Sunday for a week's vacation.  He wrote us on 22 December to say he had vacation days to use by the end of January or lose them.  He turns 76 the day he arrives...and yes, he still works!

So I'll be absent from this blog next week while we fill up the days "entertaining" him.  Did I mention that he lives in Holland, Michigan?  It's about time he sees the real Holland, don't you think!

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Watercolor Sunday and Saturday's Color: December 2017

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Don't we all wonder what 2018 has in store for us!  But for now, let's finish out the old year with December's Facebook posts.

My Watercolor Sunday posts on Facebook for December 2017:

December 3 (photo manipulation):
"It is December, and nobody asked if I was ready." --Sarah Kay

"How did it get so late so soon?" --Dr. Seuss

December 10 (photo manipulation):
"Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow;
they represent a gift of love given a long time ago." --Tom Baker

December 17 (photo manipulation):
"Christmas trees don't grow on trees; they need rainbows, lumberjacks,
and Leprechauns on unicorns playing jock jams on glockenspiels." --Ryan Ross

December 24 (photo manipulation):
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." --Roald Dahl

December 31 (photo manipulation):
"Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears."
--J.B. Thomas
(from Fiddler on the Roof)

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My Saturday's Color posts on Facebook for December 2017:

(finished on 25 November, posted on FB 2 December 2017)
During this holiday season of meeting up with family and friends, I think about the adage,
"Make new friends but keep the old.  One is silver, the other is gold."  Yup.
(from my Vintage Patterns book)

(finished on 21 November, posted on FB 9 December 2017)
Do you see Christmas ornaments?
That's what I saw with this Mind Body Zen design,
all ready to be unpacked for the Christmas tree.

(finished on 30 November, posted on FB 16 December 2017)
Anything with red these days feels very Christmassy to me.
Of course, adding the "maize and blue" (GO BLUE) is a no-brainer.  :)
(from my Color Me Fearless book)

(finished on 9 November, posted on FB 23 December 2017)
Have you ever wondered what snowflakes would look like if they had color?????  :D
(from my Color Me Fearless book)

(finished on 3 April 2004, posted on FB 30 December 2017)
You know this is the time when we look back on the year,
so how's this for looking back to when I finished it on 3 April 2004.  HA!
(from my Celtic Designs book)

Another year under our belts...which now need to be tightened again, right?!