Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Fragments- February 26, 2010

So, as you may have noticed I've been having a little PROBLEM in regards to blogging lately. Both in reading AND posting. I finally got through all ninteybillionty posts in my reader, but I was speed-scanning so if I missed something really important like you are moving to the moon or your dog had kittens please let me know!

I haven't been spending as much time on the computer as usual, but I haven't been accomplishing anything interesting either. Although, a few neat things have happened recently.

I've gone and found myself some volunteer work. It's just one day a week for three hours, but it gives me AMPLE time to practice my Dutch. Plus I was able to get lots of the signatures I need to finish up my "integration portfolio." I'm working in a verpleeghuis, which is a nursing home. The place is this enormously gigantic complex with different levels of care. I'm back in quiet little bungalow style accommodations with some residents who have mild dementia, are very very old, or have had strokes or other neurologically damaging things happen. I'm there during lunch so I help with meal prep, table setting, feeding, and cleaning up among other things. Today was my second day and it seems to be going well so far.

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My amaryllis finally bloomed. The blossoms are dying a little bit now, but I wasn't sure it was going to bloom at all this year! Hopefully the tulips and daffodils will start blooming soon too. I've had enough of winter. Spring will undoubtedly be soggy, but at least it won't be so stinking COLD!

Amaryllis Blooms

I've been trying to find plane tickets for our trip to the US this summer and I'm thinking of selling organs to fund the trip. Anyone need a kidney or a piece of my liver?

Someone made a sock monkey out of Legos. I'm impressed.

Lego Sock Monkey

Speaking of sock monkeys, I've been working on a super secret project. If I don't die of sheer frustration before I finish, I shall hopefully be unveiling it in the next week or two. Now aren't you all curious and excited? Oh, well... you SHOULD be!

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Thank you thank you to Mrs 4444 for being our lovely Friday Fragments host!

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18 comments:

Kori said...

I like your sock monkeys a LOT better! And your flower is lovely; I had some hyacinths, but they just don't last long enough!

Vonlipi said...

You're volunteering that is so cool! You'll be able to be 100% fluent in no time!

Your amaryllis is gorgeous! Mine hasn't flowered yet, it's supposed to be green, yes a green flower.Have a great weekend!

Melinda Cornish said...

volunteering is such a great thing! I am sure they love having you there!

Alea said...

Don't tell anyone, but occassionally when I get a couple thousand posts behind in my reader, I click the button at the top that says "mark all as read".

I hope you enjoy your volunteer work. You are blessing not just the individuals who are there, but the family members who are not able to be there.

Mrs4444 said...

Of COURSE I am excited!!! I can't wait to find out what the surprise is!

WOW-I love the flower shot! You always take such great stills. Is your camera good with action, too? (Mine stinks.)

The volunteer job sounds like a perfectly opportunity. Have fun! :)

brainella said...

Sure...bait us and then DON'T even give us a hint about your super secret project. Sheesh!

Your sock monkeys are definitely cuter than the Lego version.

Good luck getting your trip together; I'm in the process of coordinating lots of people for the fall. I'm not excited.

The Muse said...

for meandering my way...i say thank you....
especially so since i cannot rival dogs that have kittens...or was it the other way around?

and the lego sock monkey has me beaten! lol

do hope that you can make it to us with all your body parts...i am sure it would be more fun that way! :)

Vicki said...

Thanks for stopping by my first ever Alphabethingy..It was fun. Love that you live somewhereelse! It'll be fun seeing all the different things there. I've followed so I'll be back to learn more (O:

4 Lettre Words said...

I am SO curious!!! Is it's (future) name Dina??? You can bring it to the great city (No. Really.) of Kennesaw when you visit the US!

Love that amaryllis soooo much! Beautiful.


Hope the 2 Russells are enjoying the weekend!! :o)

Spotted Sparrow said...

Good for you! Volunteering is such a great way to practice your Dutch, meet new people, and give you warm fuzzies.

We usually visit the US any time of year except the summer because it's so freaking expensive. Have you tried kayak.com for tickets? We usually find the cheapest ones on there. Good luck!

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

Good for you and your volunteer work, something about me just loves nursing homes, I've always wanted to volunteer and I commend you for doing so.

On another note, have you picked your FNCC recipe this week, for some reason nothing sounds appetizing to me, I am sure it just me.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment!

It ca be hard to keep up with blogging and blog reading at times but I think everyone understands. Volunteering at a nursing home is such a nice thing to do!

Jacque said...

Hi. Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit today. We love having company!

WOW...that's some fabric!! I would go crazy because I am one of those people that can't just look at it, I have to TOUCH it...don't ask me why...LOL

I was reading some of your recipes. Looks like you are up to challenges. I find alot of the cookbooks call for ingredients that I never have on hand and by the time I make it into town to the grocery store, the idea of trying the recipe has past onto something else.

We are trying to restore a century old farmhouse and I am in the middle of 100 projects all going at the same time. I barely have time to read or write blogs but have tried to stay true to Alphabe-Thursday. I am glad that I have participated as I have gotten to know alot of new bloggers.

Kudos for your volunteer work! Working in a Nursing Home takes special people. I know, I used to work in one myself. The hardest thing is getting attached to the residents and having to see them pass away. But, in the end, it makes you a better person.

Have a great week!

Unknown Mami said...

Yes, I am curious and all excited!

Why can't you sell sock monkeys to fund your trip?

Jenny said...

Good morning! (Afternoon? Evening? I can never keep up with international date changes! - so maybe I should start again!)

Hi!

Yea, that's better!

Love your volunteer job. My youngest sister lived in a nursing home for a number of years and I was there often. It's amazing how a kind face and smile can make a world of difference to these folks.

I want to volunteer again but somehow I can't seem to make myself do it. It is coming up on two years since my sister died in the nursing home she was in...I think when I am ready I will know it...and I will go back!

Amazing bloom! That is just gorgeous!

And the sock monkey! So creative!

Hugs and Happy Sunday! (or Saturday or Monday! - ok the time thing is confusing so...)

Hugs and Happy!

Amy said...

Missed your posts. Glad you are back. I agree with a comment... sell your sock monkeys to fund your trip! What a wonderful idea! Beautiful bloom, and I can't wait to see your secret project.

4 Lettre Words said...

Me, again! I just found another great blog by a US gal now living in The Netherlands. There are two of you in the world!! :o) *L*

Check out Sonya at: http://homecookingwithsonya.blogspot.com/ if you get a chance!

mrs. c said...

Your posts are great! I t's like having a conversation! I adore the fabric post, do you know how soooo lucky you are to this wonderful source of fabrics...I have only the Hobby Lobby and the Walmart! What I would give to walk in your shoes and buy, buy, buy!

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