At last…

… spring seems to be here. Finally, after what feels like endless weeks of grey and rain and cold, the sun and the warmth seem to have arrived today. After work I went out without a coat and wore a skirt and my beloved Birkenstock slippers (my preferred footwear between May and September) for the first time this year.

Already I can feel my mood lifting. It also helps that vaccination efforts are going well here and now I too finally have an appointment for my first jab on June 6th. Our Corona cases are falling, as are hospitalizations and deaths, and things are slowly opening up again. Now with the sun finally coming out again as well it feels like things are starting to look up again.

April weather

This is happening where I live right now…

2 degrees Celsius and snowing. A year ago it was in the 20s and we were able to sit out in the sun…

Easter, day two

We have a “Second Easter Day” here in The Netherlands, it’s always good to have an extra day off. After having a few sunny days and 20 degrees Celsius (68 F) last week, today it’s 3 degrees Celsius (37 F) and we even had a little snow earlier!

Ten minutes after that the sun was shining again, this weather is mad…

A code yellow weather warning for this evening has been issued, saying there will be strong winds and slippery conditions on the roads, thanks to hail and snow particularly in the north and west (and we live west-ish).

So, no Easter walks out today (like Mr Esther and I did yesterday), we’re just huddling up at home. Time for helping mini me with a small percussion assignment for school (using wooden boards that we use for breakfast, a milk carton and spoon and sprinkles, end result here, we’re not that talented but it’ll do) and taking an interest in Mr Esther jr’s computer game…

Mr Esther is in his study now, doing something with his Heraldry organization that he is a board member of and I am trying to figure out what to pick up on doing next. I wanted to do something with what feels like my brotha from anotha motha, Gabriel Macht (just pic spamming here, love his grin and seeing him with wife and kids and his colleague and close friend Sarah Rafferty from Suits and her husband)…

… but the starring roles he did have before Suits I’ve already seen and the other roles are smaller roles and I don’t want to stomach a whole movie that doesn’t particularly interest me, just for the few Gabriel Macht scenes in there. Maybe I’ll do another Suits video I had in my mind or I could do some necessary chores around the house… Nah… I won’t do the latter. Or I can finally start the Obama A Promised Land book, but no, that is too much of a time commitment, I need something shorter and sweeter… Ah, the endless possibilities of indoor activities… Ooh, or there’s always re-watching Gregory Peck! Today would have been his 105th birthday.

Yes, I think I can do worse than spend some time with Gregory, even checking out videos for this post has already been fun (and has conisderably delayed my posting this)…

Off to some more Gregory Peck, Gabriel Macht or maybe even Richard Armitage fun, i.e. will I finally try Spacesweepers? Time will tell…

Winter to spring in a week

A week ago, my husband was skating on the ice and it was -6 degrees Celsius, today it’s +16 degrees Celsius and it feels like spring! Mr Esther and I were sitting without coats in our front garden where our cat came to visit as did a ladybug. I was leaning forward, fiddling on the phone and inadvertently took a selfie mid chat and decided to share it as well, as it shows the nice blue sky through our tree.

What a difference a week makes!

Frozen canals

The Netherlands is caught in winter weather and ice fever right now. The canals freeze and everyone takes to the ice. I don’t skate, have never really been able to and won’t learn now with my vertigo, but I do love the seeing all the skaters on the ice. My husband can skate, as can my kids, and on Friday Mr Esther and mini-me braved the ice together…

Today Mr Esther went skating on his own and sent me this…

Tomorrow we’ll have one more day of ice, after that it will start thawing and all this will be over again. It’s been beautiful while it lasted.