Is the title too confusing? Maybe a little schizo? Probably a fairly decent reflection of the craziness that is our lives right now.
So we are officially the proud owners of our new home! We closed about a week ago and have made such strides since. The house had been sitting empty since last July and the previous owner, bless her heart, had such an affinity for blue/gray that the whole house was done in those colors…and I mean the WHOLE house. Tile, carpet, walls, doors, wallpaper, window coverings…
It was so blue you could feel the blues set in…get it…hahaha.
At any rate, we have great plans for this little fortress of ours, so we arrived late Sunday night with a mission: to gayafy Burninglog lane.
Carpet tacks? Gone
Built in book case? Gone
Laura Ingalls kitchen appliances? Gone
Tile floor in entryway, kitchen, dining room and back hallway? That MOFO PIECE OF #@&*()$&@#($*^@()*& is GONE!!!
Why the language? Because once again HGTV has fooled us to think that getting a tile floor up is as easy as picking up a $5 crack whore…and they LIED!
Special tool we bought at Lowes, NOTHING! Not a darn thing. The scraper machine we rented at HomeDepot? As useful as Newt Gingrich. You want to know what finally did the trick? A SLEDGEHAMMER. 600 Square feet of blue/purple tile was demolished one hideous tile at the time.
At any rate, the next person to ever call me a prissy queen will get the enamel chiseled off their teeth with a sledgehammer.
We left Wednesday morning to head back to Round Rock secure in knowing that Oscar, our amazing contractor, will tear down that bitch of a kitchen wall and put an opening where one ought to be. He will lay GORGEOUS 12×24 grey tile and he will paint. All this while we are preparing for our trip to Holland.
When we return in April, we have 3 weeks left before our official move in date to Dallas. We are considering putting in a new kitchen from Ikea before we move, depending on this pesky thing called a budget…sigh.
One of the things we hoped to be able to do, must most likely cannot (I will never say CANNOT or NEVER because I don’t believe in either one of those statements. My life is the perfect example of CAN TOO and SOMEHOW!) is to buy this beautiful lithograph of the cathedral in my hometown…done by a local artist, most of the family on my mother’s side have pieces of his work on their wall, it is my dream to have
something from him as well. Especially this: Sigh. It will all come together, all good things will happen if not now then later.
Meanwhile, holy toledo Batman: we leave in 5 days for Holland! How the heck did all this happen so quickly!
It has been 3 years since I last went to Holland and we are SO excited. It has been 6 years for George. Our apartment on the coast of Scheveningen (yes that is spelled correctly!) looks dreamy and I cannot wait for a nice walk on the boardwalk to visit the historical Kurhaus which dates back to 1884 but had fallen into complete disrepair and was scheduled to be DEMOLISHED when it was restored in 1975. Woosh..can you imagine demolishing something so spectacular?
For George’s birthday this year we are visiting the world famous Tulipgardens at the Keukenhof. I have never been and am so excited at the thought of seeing over 7 million tulips in bloom…the sights of color, the smells!
We are also looking forward to finally being able to visit the Deltaworks, one of the manmade wonders of the world. Construction of this series of flood defense system was started in 1953, after a deadly flood killed over 1800 people.
In case of severe weather or extreme tides the Dutch are now able to literally close most waterways into the country and therefore protect themselves against floods. Our expertise is so renown that when New Orleans flooded, it was the Dutch corps of engineers that was flown in. The same for the floods in Bangladesh. It is something I am very proud of as a Dutchman.
One of the last “sights” we have planned is a visit to Madurodam, Holland’s miniature city.
Named after George Maduro, a Dutch War hero, this “little” city showcases some of Holland’s most well known sites, buildings and architecture. It has been “adopted” by the Dutch Royal Family. It will re-open this year after an extensive remodeling project and we hope to be able to be there for the re-opening and perhaps catch a glimpse of the Royal Family.
Now, those are the SIGHTS and PLACES we want to visit, but nothing compares to the excitement of visiting my uncle and his family ( my only surviving family on my father’s side) and my friend Ariane who I used to work with way, way back then. I haven’t seen either of them for over 20 years, plus this will be the first time I can introduce George to my family.
Wow. Now factor in that I intend on eating my way through Holland with the likes of worstenbroodjes, kroketten, Bosche Bollen and Limburgse Vlaai..this will be one trip we will NEVER FORGET!
Darnit, I am drooling already.
So this will most likely be the last you hear of me/us until we return.
Hope all is well with you and we love you!
Ik hou van Holland, landje aan de Zuiderzee. Een stukje Holland draag ik in mijn hart steeds me.
(I love my Holland, country on the ZuiderSea. A part of Holland, I carry in my heart with me)
Getting sentimental in my 40th year!