Skip to main content

A Keepsake from Holland

 
This is my Dad.  He lives here in town, actually quite near us.......

 
but he spends a lot of his time in Holland.  


He has a lovely friend, Margrit, whom he spends time with there.  They love each other dearly, but it is truly a "long distance relationship", with an ocean between them.  However, they are able to travel back and forth, with visits ranging from a few weeks up to three months, and spend time with each other.  This might seem a little odd for some folks, but all that concerns me is my dad's happiness.  And this seems to make him Happy-with-a-capital-"H".

He just returned a couple of days ago from a 3-month visit.  He escaped the hottest part of our Texas summer to enjoy the milder climate of The Hague.  He seems very taken with the lifestyle there, which can be quite different from our lifestyle here in the US.   Bikes, walking and public transportation are popular forms of transportation because fuel is so expensive and parking comes at a premium.  Many people don't even own an automobile and he says it is not unusual to see an entire family perched on a single bicycle!  So, of course, he has a bike for pedaling around over there.....


On the weekends, they take short train excursions to nearby villages and towns.  He has seen quite a bit of that part of Europe and sent back some lovely photographs.  



He has even been there in the Spring when the tulips are in bloom.....
While there, he has adjusted to going to the market daily to get the ingredients for meals....which include a lot of fresh seafood.  Margrit is a very healthy cook and between the exercise and healthy eating, he was proud to have lost 8 pounds during his latest visit.  

While Daddy is gone, I watch his place for him.  I go by every few days and make sure everything is okay and make arrangements for a man to come mow his lawn.  In appreciation for my doing this, he brought me the most beautiful silk pashmina from Holland.....


It is absolutely gorgeous....I wish the photos did it justice! 


There are so many fabulous colors and patterns in it.  It is quite unique! 


 It will look very striking with a simple black dress and boots.....or even jeans and a solid color long sleeve tee and those new Clarks of mine.  But, since it is just too beautiful to put away between wearings, I have decided to display it in my guest room/office.....



Now, I can enjoy it daily.....and run my fingers across its silkiness any time I want to.....

And be reminded of the special bond I share with my Daddy.

Until next time....

Jane

Comments

  1. What a wonderful story!! It is so wonderful that your Father has found someone that makes him smile. You are truly a wondeful daughter for sharing in his happiness!!

    You are going to look stunning in the silk pashmina.... HHL

    ReplyDelete
  2. I love this! I'm so happy he is happy...as well as Margrit. Sometimes it's true that absence makes the heart grow fonder. :-) Holland is absolutely beautiful! Tulips are one of my favorite flowers and it is breathtaking to see them over there.

    The Pashmina is beautiful too ~ lucky you! I'm glad you chose to display it. Something that holds special thoughts and is so gorgeous should be where we can enjoy I think.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend!
    xo
    Pat

    ReplyDelete
  3. That was such a sweet post. I think it's awesome that your dad has someone that makes him happy. And to get to go to Holland a few times a year would be a dream.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love that your Father has a love and that he still enjoys traveling. Your *quilt look* pashmina is beautiful and your Dad is a dear to have brought it for you. So sweet.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

THANK YOU for stopping by for a little visit on the Porch! I absolutely LOVE comments, so please leave a note and let me know what you're thinking.

Popular posts from this blog

Loving Our New Woven Blinds......

Hey, ya'll!  Labor Day weekend is winding down.....hope yours has been great!!!
Mine was actually pretty busy.  Since Eddie Dale had to work all three days, I decided I would work, too - only I stuck around the house to do my work! 
I decided to go ahead and give the woven bamboo blinds I found at Home Depot a shot.  I've been eyeballing them online for weeks because the cost was only $16.97 each.  I simply hate the plastic 1-inch mini-blinds throughout our house - they are not cottage-y - at all! 
So, I ran out to the local store (their handy dandy website indicated they had thirteen 27"x72" shades in stock) and picked up enough to do the living room.  I really like the roman shade style and the way these filter the light, creating a nice soft ambiance in the room.  Although they are not completely private, they are fine in the living area.  Oh, and did I mention they are only $16.97 a window?!?!?  So reasonable, yet they give me the "look" I've been…

Super Bowl Sunday - What's for Supper!?!?!?

One of our favorite things to do when there's a big game on TV is make up a variety of "finger foods" to snack on during the evening.  Tonight's Super Bowl was no different and we went for some of our favorites - buffalo wings, sausage balls, pigs-in-a-blanket, and, of course, one of our old standbys,  this yummy spinach dip.

It's a tradition to have this creamy dip at least once during the holidays, but we rarely have it during the year.  So, it's a real treat!  It's delicious and rich; and the basic recipe makes a ton - we snack on it for days!  My favorite way to enjoy it - scoop it up with "hint of salt" wheat thins crackers.  Yum yum!!!
Most of you probably have this recipe down by memory.  But, in case you haven't tried it, I'm sharing it below.

Spinach Dip
16 ounce container of sour cream 1 cup mayo 3-4 finely diced green onions 1 small can water chestnuts, diced 1 small package frozen chopped spinach 1 package Knorr vegetable so…

Procrastinating on a Project

Sitting here, listening to the thunder and the pounding rain against the windows and wishing I had made good on my plans to clean out my closet today.

You see, I've been contemplating emptying my closet for months.  And I mean empty it completely!  Then reload with way fewer items.  Some call it a capsule wardrobe - that is a pretty popular term these days.  Others might say it a 'minimalist approach' to dressing.  Either way, it is something that has been wiggling around in my mind for some time. 

And yet, I continue to put the project off.  Why the blazes is that?  It's definitely something I want to do - downsize and simplify my wardrobe! 

The main reason is the sheer size of the project.  It is daunting, to say the least.  Perhaps even overwhelming.  I know it is probably going to take several hours and create a huge mess if I do it properly.  So, I start thinking about the process and begin to lose sight of the end result - which is a simpler wardrobe and less …