Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!!!

Have a Happy Halloween!
Love from ♥Sjimmie♥

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Robin!!!!!

Happy birthday Princess!

The Heron or Egret is symbolic in many cultures.

In Egypt the Heron is honored as the creator of light. A double headed Heron in Egypt is symbolic of prosperity.

As a Chinese symbol the Heron represents strength, purity, patience and long life.

In Africa, the Heron was thought to communicate with the Gods.

Most Native American tribes took note of the heron’s inquisitiveness, curiosity and determination. As such this set the heron as a symbol of wisdom in that this creature seemed to have good judgment skills.

As a water creature the heron is also a symbol of going with the flow, and working with the elements of Mother nature rather than struggling against her.

The heron is a beautiful creature, exhibiting grace, and noble stature. It’s no wonder the Native Indians and ancients honored the heron throughout the centuries.

I think this animal suits Robin so very well.

Don't forget to visit our birthday girl and make her day!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Animal Wednesday / A new Fiance

The new Fiance of the ladies arrived Friday.
He likes his new place
Exploring his new territory
Isn't he handsome?!
If I were a deer I would be happy with this beauty!
"Here's looking at you, kid!"
Lancelot Chatelain is staying with us until January.............
Happy Animal Wednesday!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thankful Thursday / Healing friends

Today I am thankful that dear Bliss is on the road to recovery after a severe health crisis!
And Marja, Robin and Lo are following the good example example♥
The sun is shining here. This picture I took earlier this week and I saw a triple rainbow! I just hoped then it was a good sign and thank goodness it was.
Hope you have a lot to be thankful for too!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Animal Wednesday / Sjimmie

This one is for Robin who has been asking for Sjimmie ♥
An oldie which I just found on my pc again.
I just love this picture ♥
It is Sjimmie's encounter with a present I got last year.
Sjimmie has been in a fight and his ear was badly damaged last week.
I always put calendula with lavender on wounds and his ear has healed beautifully.
I am so happy it is still in one piece........
His Royal Highness . This is still one of my favorite pictures of him.
(I will try to make a new picture of him soon....)
Happy Animal Wednesday!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010


Every 14 days I go to Mantra singing.
I really can't sing, but they haven't kicked me out yet ;)
This little ATC I made for my Mantra teacher Tineke.
Instead of just giving her the money (a small amount btw) I out it in a organza bag with an ATC. So much nicer to give that way.
I am of to make her an ATC for this week.
This is one of the mantras we sung 14 days ago , but with in a slightly different melody
Let's see what tonight brings...........I look forward to an evening of meditation and singing.
Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thankful Thursday / Old friends

Sometimes life is full of unexpected "coincidences". On my way to Kuala Lumpur I met singer Daniel Sahuleka on board and I had a nice talk with him and his lovely wife. They were on their way to Indonesia, where Daniel is still a very famous singer and Honorary Citizen of Jakarta. Don't forget to click on the YouTube video and listen to his beautiful song. I knew his music from 30 years ago. At that time he was very popular in the town near Rotterdam, where I lived for a couple of years. A town with a large Moluccan community. During our conversation I mentioned 2 friends from that period , a Moluccan and an Indonesian girlfriend. He suggested to search for them on Hyves and Facebook. In Kuala Lumpur I talked to a colleague of mine and we found out we both lived in the same town in the same period and we had a few friends in common. All this happened in one trip! Sunday when I returned home I went on Hyves and found both girlfriends from 30 years ago! I feel blessed to have found my old school friends again. Both girls are still friends and one married the brother of the other and are family now! Sometimes the internet takes a lot of your time, Facebook, Blogging, Hyves you name it but I have learned it brings people (back) together as well. Friendships made, and friends reunite. I am thankful for all the new friends I made with blogging, the possibility to keep in touch with old friends and family on Facebook and for the lost friends I found again through Hyves! You make my world so colorful ;) Happy Thankful Thursday! Hope you have a lot to be thankful for as well.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Animal Wednesday / Feeding fish

I made this video in Kuala Lumpur last week.
It is not easy making a video with a cell phone in one hand and feeding the fish with the other........
So it's not the best of quality. Just wanted to show you the enormous amount of fish in that pond and how hungry they were. Next time I will bring a few kilo fish food from home.....
This one is for you Mim ♥
Happy Animal Wednesday!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Marian!

This is the second mandala I ever painted.
I guess now I would do it differently just like everything else in life.
I am not the person to say I would do everything in my life the same way......
But I would certainly be friends with Marian again!!!!
She is a gem!
Having your birthday on the 10/10 2010 is special just like she is!
Today I returned from a short trip.
I will watch TV now and will fall asleep with hopefully some pets on top of me.
Tomorrow I will try to catch up with all of you and life in general!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thankful Thursday / a lot to be thankful for!

After 3 years Spook came to sit on my lap for the very first time!!
Can't tell you how thrilled I was! And deeply thankful for her coming around like that.
Of course there are a hundred little steps from the moment we got her but with this step she let my heart jump with joy!
The picture is blurry and if I would have known my little princess was going to jump on my lap I would have put on a royal outfit.........and some lipstick ;)
Other things that made me happy and thankful (in random order):
A package arrived from Emily or was it KJ with a lovely card!
Still thankful for meeting you this summer!
Inside a lovely Frida doll to take with me in the suitcase or to keep my other treasures company? I haven't decided yet......
The doll is from Yoborobo, who makes all kinds of whimsical creations!
But what a cool gift, I haven't played with dolls in a long time . Thanks Emily for making me connect with my inner child again!
I took this picture to show you when you peek around the corner you can see the young Frida through the mirror!
Everywhere I look in my home there are such gorgeous things , little and huge treasures from dear friends!
This book was send by my dear friend Lisa!
Can you believe she made this herself??!!
Amazing eh!
Hope you can see the cover with the oriental image!
Made with such precision and lovely green beads.
Thanks Lisa! It is nearly to pretty to use but I will I promise!
A while ago I got this etegami card from sweetheart Lo!
Her first try! My what a promise for her future etegami cards!
Natural talent shows in all her work.
Thanks dear!
This little flying miracle flew along with the card I ordered from Ripple.
Beautiful and sad at the same time, sometimes life is just like that......
The ripple project sure has helped a lot of animals.
Thanks Lo for helping them with your art and generosity!
This card came a few days ago with such sweet words and I haven't shown you this notebook which was inside the gorgeous box I got in Rhode Island.
Unfortunately I can't show you the ginger cookies anymore. I finished them all in one evening......(read one hour)
Oh oh they were too good! A new favorite of mine.
Thanks Lolo for spoiling me rotten.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Animal Wednesday / Sarah

Enjoying the autumn sunshine.......
I always admire cats for finding the perfect spot and a little sunshine to enjoy life!
Hope you can find that spot and those rays too!
Happy Animal Wednesday!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Cactus Monday / Yellow Bloom on Purple Cactus

I started my Cactus Monday by painting this ATC.
And made pictures for TT.
Have been busy, but mostly with good things.
Helped my Mom one day when she got a new floor.Friday I painted something for a friend, which I will show later. I went to mantra singing.
Saturday I had to play tennis and Sunday we worked in the garden and met Marja, Ruud and and Beaudor on the beach. It was gorgeous weather and we had a wonderful get together.
Koekie and Droppie met Beaudor for the first time (see pictures here) and they became friends! I am happy for that, so now we can walk together more often.
The girls enjoyed being on the beach and were very impressed by the size of Beaudor and the sound of his bark. At the restaurant he protected his little girlfriends by barking at 2 dangerously looking big dogs. The smaller ones were allowed to pass without warnings :)
Happy Cactus Monday!