Thursday Aug 25th –
Mike was working at the office again so I took a relaxed pace to my morning.
Getting the cold coffee he had bought me the day before and seeing how it tasted while watching a morning Murdoch Mystery to help wake me and keep up to where mom and dad are in the series 😋
The coffee was pretty good and we may have to purchase a few more 😁
It was edging into the 30’s again so staying inside felt better temperature wise but it also felt like a waste of the weather so I took my painting stuff out and found some shade to work under
Mike had brought me some watercolor paints from work to try.
Boasting of all natural ingredients and colorings of course 😉
They were a little grainier then other paints so they needed more water to smoothen them but the actual colors were pretty 😊👌🏻
I made a blackberry dessert too, knowing I better make use of the free, wild berries, which we hardly ever baked with at home due to price.
It was called a crumble but I didn’t have my measuring cups searched out from our boxes yet so because of my guesstimating everything it turned into more of a blackberry scone, and I loved it 😍
I’m a boring sort like that, I could eat a whole thing of scones, plain or topped with butter and jam so this scone with a blackberry twist seemed like an over excited scone and I really liked it 😊😋
I’d share the recipe, but as I said my measurements were kind of nothing like what the recipe called for, so where I got a scone, you’s would maybe get more of a lame cake and that would be embarrassing to have talked up so highly 😜
Mike managed to come back from work a little earlier so we could head to Arnhem to take advantage of Thursday’s late shopping.
First getting a meal at McDonald’s and eating it while we went through the freaky car wash full of the dangling sponges and washy things though😬🍔 💦
Mike even agreed with me when I said having the water, soap and spongy tentacles engulfing us made it feel harder to eat😝
Once in Arnhem we had returns to do, yay 😄
It is sad if something doesn’t work out, but it then feels like you were just given free money, since you had it in your head that the money was gone already 😜
And what do you do with free money?
Spend it of course 😏
Friday Aug 26th –
Mike borrowed a van and went to pick up the tv table from the second hand store and I got ready to go out and about and then posted on here while he did that.
Items unloaded, toast and scone ate, we headed out to search for some ‘Annie Sloan’ paint, a paint that doesn’t require sanding/priming preps. before hand and it supposedly lovely to use especially when redoing small furniture items.
Unfortunately my enthusiasm faded most rapidly 😔
At home we have a habitat store, which sells used or discarded home items for usually good prices.
They have items leftover from people’s home renos, taps/tiles/knobs/drawers/fixtures etc. just to name a bit of what can be found there.
Here, they have no store like that and out of the four, second hand stores we went to, none carried taps or other items which I had expected to find easily.
Mike was a dear and spent his day off driving around to random places and searching for random annoying little things and he didn’t complain a bit❤️
I was complaining more than him and it was a project for me to do 😬🙈
We did eventually find a couple of things and spirits lifted slightly.
I won’t go into too much detail because I’m hoping the finished product will be presentable and then I can show it all in one post 😁👌🏻
We ate at ‘Eten-Drinken-Strand, Ijssel Kade’ (roughly translated to eat-drink-beach, Ijssel ((river in that area)) Made ) and we were not impressed 🙄
The burger we shared was so very fake and processed, trying to be disguised under fresh lettuce and bread… but failing.
So that only added to my days downheartedness 😋
Once we made it back to the house, Mike helped me dismantle the tv stand a bit and then he had a soccer game to go play, and I had a phone date with my sister 😁💕
3.5 hours later I hung up and went downstairs for a refreshment 😜
Inge and I then went for an hour long walk in the pleasant cool of the evening.
Unfortunately with cool, come slugs 😬
Their ‘naked snakes’ dotted the paths, none to small either but the one good thing is that they are slow, so at least dodging out of the way isn’t so much necessary as simply watching ahead a bit 🐛🐌
Mike fiiiinally got back from soccer around 10:30 and brought some snacks with him.
Cause a snack of fried cheese isn’t a dumb idea before bed at alllll 😏😜