16 Nov 2012

FRIDAY's FAVE FIVE



more participants at Susanne at Living to tell the Story.

1. When I opened the stores and  only saw the whole neighborhood in grey, I thought this day is ideal to be creative, and produced Christmas headers for 3 Blogs  with only some interruptions of  long lasting telephone conversations with my friends. Mr. G. made a statement : "How can you stay so long on the phone" ? Men !  At least this is done, before I am off to the sunshine and heat in Egypt at the Red Sea end November  !

2. Christmas decorations are in the stores now and I did some "market studies" especially concerning a nice imitation of a real Christmas tree. This year we celebrate Christmas here in Waterloo for the first time with little Toby and of course I want to make Christmas the same as I used to do when my son was little. And a nice Christmas tree is very important. I stated that the prices had increased tremendously and they had become very expensive ! I didn't buy any, but Mr. G. and I turned the basement upside down to find the one we had always used and finally found it ! It looked as good as the new once in the stores, so we saved some money. Since years we use a fake one, especially because of the four darling cats !  It had been a very long time since we celebrated Christmas at home, because we always went to my son's in Amsterdam. I am so early this year with Christmas, because of my holidays, when I will be back there is not much time left and the best things are sold.

3. I also repaired some holes in the kitchen cabinets, where the painting had gone at the bottom. I used a special paste to fill in the holes and made the surface equal and then I glued silicone stripes all along the cabinet bottoms. To my big surprise, the result was very nice, because I had never done such a work ! Repairing things were Mr. G's job, but with some arthritis in his  hands he can't do it anymore and he also has become quiet stiff ! The result of his new life as couch potatoe !

4. As I have lost so much weight with my apple "cure",  two of my jeans although "stretch" had become too large at the waist. I can't sew, never learned or did it, but my best friends do ! Nicole, Dominique and Ilona are real good dressmakers, and Nicole immediately proposed to make them smaller when she saw that I had to pull them up all the time. So I brought her my jeans, and we spent the afternoon together. Later on her daughter came too and we had a nice afternoon.

5. In painting class I finished my last painting, the theme was "transparency"



Not this, but next weekend we will have our yearly exposition.

After class I went together with a friend I hadn't seen since a few months to "my" Asian Restaurant.



This time I took some pictures of the entrance. Behind the Buddha is a little terrace with seats and tables for smoking people while they have their apperitif before they start their lunch or supper.

I also exercised to make personal Christmas and Birthday cards with a new program I had downloaded. I like to create cards or headers and I was quiet happy with my first results.

11 comments:

Jo said...

Ha-ha, to Mr G's comment about you talking long on the phone. Many years ago (when landlines were the only means of telephonic communication) I answered ours which was just outside the lounge where Grant and my then, two teenage sons, were sitting. The caller was a very, very good friend of mine, but she had rung my number instead of another.Of course, we had a lovely chat seeing as she was on the line anyway! Half an hour later we said goodbye and when I got to the lounge, they all asked "who was on the phone?" Imagine their faces when I replied, "Oh it was a wrong number!" I just love your cat transparency. I wish you were here to help me with my drawings. I erase more than I draw! Please tell me of your "apple cure" I know you've told me before, but I forgot! Will it work in a week? LOL! I look forward to seeing your family Christmas. Have a great weekend. Jo

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

A busy but interesting week, I like your Asian restaurant. Have a pleasant weekend.

Barbara H. said...

I used to have long conversations on the phone but don't like to talk much on the phone any more. We've moved away from where my closest friends are -- I need to find some local ones. :-)

I'm glad your old tree is still good! It will be fun to have Toby there.

Sounds like your trips will be fun.

Your painting is nice. It's great your repair work was such a success! I don't know how to do much of that kind of thing.

A Lady's Life said...

You are always a busy beaver lol
The apple cure sounds wonderful.
Glad you found that tree.

claudie said...

Nice you will have a marvelous christmas in Waterloo with Dario, Marieken and Tobby!!! Arthur will have good time with his favourite litle human, Toby!!! our cat painting is very nice! All this blue brings a beautiful light and luminosity!

Faith said...

before texting I used to have VERY long phone conversations! Loved them!! it helped to pass the time while a stay at home mom when my girls were little and napping! :)
Have a wonderful weekend!

Kara said...

I have to admit that I am with your friend. I cannot stand to talk on the phone a long time. I've never liked it. I need to be doing some action.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You're such a busy and talented lady, you make me ashamed of myself! All your projects sound wonderful...I'm trying to learn to make cards.

Annette {This Simple Home} said...

Congratulations on being able to make your cabinets lovely again, Mrs. Fix-It!

I don't often talk on the phone, but when I do, the conversations usually last about an hour. :)

Willow said...

Wow you have been very active and creative this week.
I'm glad you were able to find your Christmas tree. I know you'll enjoy fixing it the way you did when your son was a little boy.

Susanne said...

My husband hates talking on the phone and avoids it at all costs. LOL. Sounds like he'd get along well with your hubby.

Nice to know someone who sews. I myself am "allergic" to it and wish I had a few friends with the talent.