Rain was in the forecast for Friday, but that didn't stop six of us from meeting at Marnemoende to walk the 17 km (10.5 mi) Eendenkooienpad in the Netherlands. Ominous clouds greeted us along several portions of our walk, but the rain decided to wait until we finished! Pick a day, pick a path, invite some friends, and take a fun walk--find happiness in your own 'backyard'!
A weekend wedding and a Facebook post this morning led to today's Spiritual Sunday. The post included a quote about marriage, and how it has to be 100/100, not 50/50. I thought about my 30 years of marriage, and the changes, compromises, climbs, and catapults! If a successful marriage was an attraction at a theme park, it would be the most thrilling ride in the park! The bottom line: Be happy about change. From the wedding day, to children (or not), to budgets, to moving, to traveling, a married life can be much less stressful if you both embrace change!
Creme brulee, one of my favorite desserts! A perfect way to celebrate feeling better. I had an awful cold for a week, was just feeling better, and was hit at full speed by the flu! Finally, on the mend! Now, to finish that challenge! What challenge, you ask? The 30 Day Blogging Challenge! A challenge that has made me a faster writer, a better blogger, and more knowledgeable about SEO, analytics, and my audience!
I forgot! That was my husband's response when I asked where my laminated map of Rome was for our upcoming trip! When my husband went back to the U.S. for a business trip last week, on his list of "Things to Buy" was a laminated map of Rome, preferably by DK Eyewitness Travel (like the one above of London), or Streetwise Maps (I have their map of Amsterdam). I am VERY organized when it comes to trips to places where I'm spending a limited time. I had my stickie arrows ready for my new map! My first thought was to head to downtown Utrecht, and try to find one that was in English, but then I thought of my new best friend--Google Maps! Today, I started creating my own custom map for Rome using Google Maps on my iPad--my Tech Tidbits Tuesday.
1. Monument Mondriaan by Frank Halmans
Spring weather, art, friends, walking, new destination. All the ingredients for an excellent outing! One of my friends had posted an impromptu invitation on Facebook to join her in a walk along the Amersfoort canals to view artwork inspired by the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. I replied with an excited "I'd love to come," and on Monday, May 4th, four of us searched for pieces by 15 contemporary artists who had interpreted a particular period of Mondrian's work in the 033MONDRIAAN exhibit in Amersfoort. Though the piece above is not part of the temporary exhibition which runs from May 1-October 31, 2015, the abacus design by Frank Halmans was unveiled in front of the Mondrian House on March 7th of this year to commemorate Piet Mondrian's birthday, and was a great place to start our journey.
When I visited Onthaalkerk Onze-Lieve-Vrouw (the Welcome Church of Our Lady) in Brugge/Bruges for the second time in the span of six months, I was touched by the wall of plaques expressing thanks to Mary; my mind was flooded with memories of May Crownings and school-wide Rosaries at the small Catholic school in Orlando, FL where I taught for 12 years before moving temporarily to the Netherlands. For Catholics, May is the month of Mary, and I offer the following photos to you for spiritual and/or artistic enjoyment on this Spiritual Sunday.
I fibbed! Months ago I told you that my Feast On It Fridays were going to focus on food, wine or chocolate. But I visited the Keukenhof in Lisse, Netherlands last week with my three friends who were visiting from the States, and the unending rows of beautiful flowers, and the soothing aroma everywhere I walked were a feast for my eyes and nose! Therefore, I present to you Keukenhof, in my opinion, the most beautiful garden in the world!
Mrs. T.--lifelong learner, traveler, teacher, voracious reader, and food, wine and chocolate lover!