A Second Summer And Searching For Simple Things

Tuesday Aug 23rd –



The rains left and the heat had started, it seems I’m getting a second summer being here while the weather heats up and back home the weather is slowly decreasing in its nicety.

Mike was working from home and during his lunch break it was time to fill out more Canada paperwork πŸ˜¬πŸ’»πŸ“ƒ

Mom and I finally got a call in that afternoon πŸ˜„πŸ’•
They had been gone to the cabin so we hadn’t talked at all since I left home.
But we squeaked one in before Mike and I headed out to town.

We went to check out the second hand stores and see what we could find.
I found a tv stand for 3€ that I hope to try turning into a kids kitchen to make use of my time and eventually try selling 😊
But we only bought it after we had checked out one other second hand store (that proved fruitless) and by the time we were back to the first store it was closing but we managed to buy the stand and get it out of the store.
Until it didn’t fit in the car trunk πŸ™„
Blasted small cars here and no one has a truck hardly so we had to take it baaack into the store and now wait to pick it up until we can borrow a van😬

In-between the second hand store browsing we had picked up Lisanne and took her out for ice cream.

Mainly using it as in excuse, pretending to be a good uncle and aunt when we really just didn’t want to feel guilty about getting ourselves ice cream for the third day in a row πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‹

We went to a grocery store to look if they had corn syrup and puffed wheat here so I could make puffed wheat squares, but it was to no avail.
The grocery stores here all seem like they are fairly day to day in the items they stock.
Not much for variety and selection, but maybe I only think that because it seems like I can’t find things that have always been normal to see in my grocery stores 😁

That evening Mike went out for soccer and I stayed at the house and exercised πŸ‹πŸ»βš½οΈ
The guilt from all the over indulgent eating we do sometimes catches up with us πŸ˜‹

Wednesday Aug 24th –
The temperatures crept up to 30-ish and they are only supposed to keep getting higher πŸ˜³β˜€οΈ

Mike and Inge worked, I did something I’ve never done before and exercised in the MORNING 😜
It was slightly more awful than normal and I can’t see myself doing it again😏

After that morning drainer I pretty much decided that I would shower, eat and then napπŸ™ˆ

It was to warm to sit out and my tan doesn’t seem to be progressing any further so there was no point even πŸ™„πŸ˜‹

Fried potatoes, chicken, sliced avocado with lemon pepper seasoning and garlic bread completed supper.

Mike was a dear and brought me some caffeinated beverages 😁
Gotta get the caffeine somewhere and with it being so hot the cold refreshments have been calling my name loudly (in English) 😜

After supper Mike and I went to the store, still searching for ingredients for the super simple puffed wheat squares I wanted.
I would have chosen to give up days ago but Mike had found chocolate puffed wheat during the day and he was determined to find what else the recipe needed πŸ˜‹
I don’t even think he really loves the squares 😝

Groceries got, agave syrup in place of corn syrup and plain, non flavoured marshmallows sought out and we finally compiled a variation on the ingredients required, who knows what this puffed wheat square will end up tasting like 😜

We then went to the outskirts of town to pick some blackberries πŸ’™πŸ’œ

Also Mikes idea.
I had wanted to berry pick but then John and Elaine had already picked some and I made the cobbler with those so my reason to pick any more was gone but Mike figured I need to experience it😏
Which is probably true and now I can say I know the pain and pleasure of blackberry picking.

The pleasure was found in the size of the berries, which makes filling a pail a wholeΒ lot faster than most berry picking.
The pain was found in the blood running down my foot after snagging it on some thorns, deadly thorns that seemingly reach for you😳

(It was fun, don’t tell Mike πŸ˜‹)

The rest of the evening was mostly spent sitting outside in the finally cooling off evening.

Author: jessicapeters95

Hello humans 😊 This is where you learn about me I suppose, though anyone reading this right now most likely knows all the boring details ;) I am Jessica Rose Peters-Hagenouw. (Always thought I'd be able to pronounce my married name but hey, life doesn't go as we plan.) June 11, 1995, tis the day Robert and Bonnie Peters received the most adorable, amazing, wonderful, surprise 3rd child they could have dreamed of. Speaking of being the third child, I have an older brother and an older sister. Both of whom are married and have wee little families of their own, making 'Aunty Jess' another name I go by. I grew up and have lived all of my years up till November 2015 in Saskatchewan, Canada. Making summers that are extremely short and winters that never end, vast open spaces, northern lights, unthinkable amounts of mosquitoes, lakes, forests and people waving to you on the grid road all different things that mean = Home. But Home is not where I'll be for some time. My husband is a Dutchman, living in Europe. Therefore I too have been living in Europe for the last few months. The reason I started this little blog/journal/writing thing, is to document a bit of my "whole new world," for those at home who wont be awake at 3:00 am wanting to hear about how I couldn't find flour at the grocery store. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek into my little life 😊

2 thoughts on “A Second Summer And Searching For Simple Things”

  1. An evening and a following morn workoutπŸ€”sometimes I don’t even know who you are πŸ˜‚
    Those blackberries will surely deter any future wild blueberry picking by you I bet😏But then again as seen from above…you keep surprising me πŸ˜€


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