Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Happy Halloween from Holland, Part 2 ... the day after

The weather was stormy, the night was dark and the treats were delicious. (Het weer was stormachtig, de nacht was donker en de traktaties waren heerlijk.) (Isn't that a beautiful Dutch sentence! We think so.)
Pictured clockwise from bottom to top , are: Merlin's Eyeballs, Toxic-waste (lentil soup), Baked Cat Heads, Scary Cupcakes, and Jack-0-Lantern Pizzas

Earlier on Halloween day, Sacha was doing her best to make sure the "treats" tasted fine. She was trying to convince "mom" that she could be 'the official food taster' and was only there to lend a paw, if needed. I don't think "mom" bought that idea after Sacha stole a second cupcake while it was waiting to be decorated.

Both of us enjoyed checking out the pumpkins & gourds (pompoenen & kalebassen) We also helped decorate the house. (Wij hebben ook geholpen het huis te versieren) .

"Mom" did several drawings and paintings of some of the pumpkins & gourds she bought this year from the pumpkin man. Not far from where we live in Utrecht, the Dutch pumpkin man grows all sorts of fascinating gourds and enourmous pumpkins. With each year, his collection of differing sorts of pumpkins & gourds increases...we're happy he's nearby.
(Click for larger image)
© Judith Nijholt-Strong
Works done in gouache, pen & ink and colored pencils on Fabriano watercolor paper, Arches hotpressed wc paper, Moleskine sketchbook and also in an unknown sketchbook with archival paper.

Yikes! Sacha looks like she's just a head on the table! Very Halloween of her, don't you think? ... heh heh She was sooooo interested in the Jack-o-Lantern pizzas, especially the ones with the anchovy smiles!
We both tried the Merlin's Eyeballs which are really stuffed eggs. I wasn't so interested in them, but Sacha will eat anything (Sacha eet alles) !

During a break in the rainstorm, I decided to take a walk around the house ... I am a black cat, after all, and it was Halloween. I came upon a little Dutch witch (heks) and two small Dutch vampires (vampiers) who had come to trick-or-treat at our house. As "mom" opened the front door, I scooted past them into the house, giving everyone a small fright! It was a purrrrfect Halloween moment! Everyone laughed and chose their treats - mini spider, scary eye, & pumpkin cupcakes and bloody witches' fingers .... creepy & tasty too!

Here are some Dutch words for "creepy":
kruipend (to creep: i.e. creep across the floor)
griezelend; griezelig ( to be or feel creepy);
griezelverhaal (creepy story)

And some words for "tasty or delicious":
lekker; heerlijk; smakelijk

"Mr. Punkie" © Judith Nijholt Strong, 2006

And so another Halloween in Holland came to an end.
(Halloween is voorbij)


Tot ziens!
P.S. A small complaint:
Blogger can be a real 'thorn in a lion's paw' sometimes. Today it seems to be taking forever to upload our images - which seems to indicate that this post will be, err, "post-dated" if this sluggish behaviour continues. You know, cats (as well as humans) can make better use of their time than waiting (wasting) all day for Blogger to be cooperative... for example, Sacha could be eating, "mom" could be painting and Finn could be sleeping! We'll be rethinking our salutations from now on, as "tot morgen" might really mean - "tot 'who knows when'"! Grrrrowl!!!


René said...

(Het weer was stormachtig, de nacht was donker en de traktaties waren heerlijk.)

Sounds like a fairy tale (sprookje)

I don't know about that Baked Cat Heads though, ...... :-S

Chuck Law said...

Terrific photos, the Sacha (bodiless) head shot is a real "Hoot!". Gee, Owen and Edie went and hid in the basement until Trick or Treat was over...scaredy cats!!

Columbo said...

Finn & Sas, it has been great reading your blog. Oscar, Pim, and me, Columbo, are American Dutch cats and are so glad to find we are not the only ones. Our mom drug us over here about a year ago. Yep, she crated us up and we flew on the airplane, it was quite easy. We all like the food here, except miss our premium dry food from the US, and like living here, though Oscar prefers the dry, warmer San Diego climate we came from. He is the only one of us who has ventured to leap out the window and like all the books and vet said, being 4 floors up, he made a great landing Pim and I were a bit envious of. Think it scared him because he hasn't done it again. We would love to have a yard like you but we're happy up here on our balconey and with the big window sills. We see so many birds and I even caught one. The only thing we caught in San Diego were lizards. We also like to play on the computer and will write letters for Mom to her friends when she's too busy. We are all boys and just turning 4, me and Oscar in Oct and Pim will in March. (He was named after that Pim Fortuyn guy that was killed about the time he was born.) None of us are blood related and each of us came to Mom in a very special way. After our now Dad visited us in San Diego, he said we had to come, we were part of the package. We are really glad because we get so much more attention with 2 adults and Mom home so much more than she was when she was working so much in the US.

Finn & Sas said...

Hi Colombo, Oscar and Pim!!
So very nice of you to leave a message. :-)

Seems we have a lot in common:
- When Sacha was a very little kitty, she climbed out of the attic(zolder) window and onto the top of the house...then into the neighbors attic window, she was in big trouble! Unfortunately she still loves to climb on the roof and the humans have to make sure the windows are closed or she will venture out and into the neighbor's again!!! LOL Makes summertime uncomfortable in "mom's" attic studio.

- "Mom" has a ficus tree in a planter that she named "Pim" after Pim Fortuyn (what a shocking event that was, no matter what one thought of the guy).

- And "mom" is originally from Florida where we would have caught lizards too if we had been born there, but we were born here, near Brabant. I am a real "mouser".

"Mom" said to tell you to drop her a line at her email, if you'd like to :

Tot emails, maybe!

for Sacha and "Mom" Judy


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