How is it July already?

This means I only have two weeks to finish a ton of work before my summer holiday starts. Eeeek! I got a lot done from home today, then went in to work for two hours at the end of the afternoon because I needed to speak with someone who just started with us this week. Mini me came with me because the library that I needed to be at this afternoon will be the same library she will be using when she starts unversity in september. Afterwards she walked through the city a bit while I finished work and she took this picture…

Quite stunning, right? She says that if university doesn’t work out, she can always try photography.

Anyway, glad the weekend is here because it’s been so super busy. Time for a catch up on chores (blech!) and doing fun stuff, like going to see our national Dutch women’s football team play Finland in a practice match tomorrow (yay!). Here’s to switching off for a bit…

This and that

Just a few bits and bobs before I disappear into the world of TV or movie fiction. It’s been a very busy week at work and I need to relax the mind somewhat before I head for bed.

It’s just after 10.30 pm here and dusk has set in but it’s still light outside! I love long Dutch summer evenings. Picture below was taken at 10.20 pm (and yeah, the grass desperately needs mowing)…

We had a hot day today, the weather is supposed to break with rain and thunderstorms tonight and cool off somewhat tomorrow.

In other news: my younger sister was feeling very ill with a high fever. She went in to the hospital this evening where she was diagnosed with (a new variant of) Covid. She’s been vaccinated and boostered and still feeling so ill, poor thing. She is thankfully home again and on extra strong meds to bring the fever down. Let’s hope she gets well soon! They say the next Covid wave is on the rise here. This pandemic remains serious business.

In more cheerful news: Mandy Patinkin and his wife Kathy will star in a new comedy pilot called Seasoned based on the fun videos that their son posted of them on Mandy Patinkin’s Twitter account during this pandemic. The show will be written by their son and his partner. I loved their pandemic videos that gave a light-hearted glimpse into the daily lives of a couple that has been married for a long time. So, now it will be made into a show.

I hope the show can hold on to the charm of those videos and won’t be overkill. I’m really curious to see this when it gets made.

World Refugee Day

Today, June 20th, is World Refugee Day. I do volunteer work for refugees on Wednesday afternoons and in our chat group one of our team leaders posted a photo, inviting us and our refugee clients to have some cake…

I hope there will be some left when I get to the office on Wednesday.

I wish such a day to become something of the past, but alas humanity doesn’t seem to work that way. People continue to flee their countries for so many reasons, as explained so clearly by Cate Blanchett in a short video I saw yesterday.

From my viewpoint here in The Netherlands it feels like refugees from Ukraine are immediately absorbed into society where refugees from other countries such as Eritrea or Syria aren’t. I hope people can find it in their hearts to change that and see that refugees from everywhere need to be supported and helped. To illustrate the point, here are snippets about a few refugees I have been able to help a little bit in recent weeks:

  • The refugee from Afghanistan I helped get an appointment at city hall last week. He was a translator (to English) for the Dutch armed forces, he arrived three months ago and has to now make a safe life here with his young family.
  • The refugee from Syria (who came with his wife) who I helped a few weeks ago with an application to get special assistance because he is in a wheelchair, never able to walk again after being in Syrian prison for six (!!) years and mistreated there. He also told me that he in turn is the grandson of a refugee who fled from Palestine to Syria in 1948 when Israel was founded.
  • The 19 year old refugee from Eritrea fleeing unrest who is here all alone and wants nothing more than to go to vocational school to become a mechanic and feels like the Dutch classes that he needs to qualify aren’t moving along fast enough for him. He has now been contacting vocational schools to ask about his options.

I could go on but I think the message is clear enough: every refugee has a story of why they had to flee and a dream of a safe, happy and healthy life.

Yes, on this World Refugee Day, I stand with humanity and therefore I stand with refugees.

The best part…

… of Father’s Day today are the hugs.

It’s been a low key, normal day with my son’s handball match, some care for my daughter who’s feeling a little off, and a visit to my father-in-law but best of all are these little moments. I’m so happy my kids have a dad they love and who loves them back.

Papa’s flowers

We brought papa some flowers yesterday which was a good thing too because only the white daisies were left. Now he has some lavender and all those pink flowers as well, right on time for Father’s Day.

Wishing a happy Father’s Day to my husband, who is an awesome dad,…

… and to all the other beloved fathers and father-figures out there. I hope you can cherish him if you still have him around or cherish his memory if he is no longer with you. ❤️