Thursday, November 16, 2006

We're too busy!! Wij zijn erg druk!!

Busy, busy, busy! (druk, druk, druk) . We haven't had time to take even the smallest catnap ... the entire family is busy this month.

Our "mom" is working on three commissions, (a painting and two drawings), and she's taking more classes in the Dutch language. Our "dad" is busy developing new software programs.

The whole family has just celebrated another birthday - our Dutch "step-brother's" birthday was last weekend. We wished him "Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met zijn verjaardag" (Heartfelt congratulations with his birthday). "Mom" managed to make this buttery Italian apple torte for him (she's currently doing a painting of a slice of the torte, but no pictures of it to share ... yet). "Mom" found this recipe on one of the many food blogs that she reads - Simply Recipies . Again, Sacha offered her help making the torte when she stole a knob of butter (boter) off the kitchen counter (keukenaanrecht) .

©Judith Nijholt-Strong, 2006 - all rights reserved.

Sacha is a little devil! (Sacha is een klein duiveltje!) Our humans are thinking of sending her to chef's school (koksschool) - you can't do anything in the kitchen without Sacha offering a "helping paw".

I'm not sure when we can get back to regularly blogging - we need help with the typing, you know ... we're just cats! There will be lots of parties to attend this month; we're getting excited thinking about them. Afterall, American Thanksgiving is just around the corner, then Sinterklaas is about to arrive soon - we wouldn't miss that; we're busy getting our tiny klompen (woodenshoes or clogs) ready for the Sint! Then it's on to Christmas, Tweede Kerstdag (second Christmas day), our "dad's" birthday and New Year's Eve (Oudejaarsavond - "oudejaarsavond" is literally translated as, "old year's night") ... yikes, DRUK!

Also, the humans are going to take a train trip over to Cologne, Germany (Köln, or in dutch - Keulen) for the wonderful Christmas markets (Kerstmarkten) . "Mom" is taking her travel Moleskine with her, so there will be sketches to show you (unless it's freezing cold, like it was last year - in that case the sketches will be of the stollen & hot coffee inside the lovely cafés of Cologne)! While in Cologne, she is also going to visit a very old artists' supply store (kunstenaarsbenodigdhedenwinkel) to stock up on some paper & colors she can't find here in the Netherlands. Sacha and I hope they find us something to play with too - a nice toy, maybe (Misschien iets leuks om mee te spelen) .

I'm sure Sacha will be very busy "helping" in the kitchen (druk in de keuken) through these holidays (feestdagen) and "mom" will show you some more of her art in the coming weeks, when she can.

As for me, I'll just wait for the feast days and next week I'll help plant the rest of the bulbs in the garden. And then I'll wait for Spring to arrive! (Ik wacht de feestdgen wel af en volgende week help ik de bloembollen in de grond te stoppen. En dan wacht ik op de lente.)

Tot volgende keer ( 'til next time) ,


Katherine said...

If you get through the first three months young mousers then you'll continue to keep tiptoeing on the keyboard!

I remember Cologne very well in winter _ iused to go to Carnival there in Ferbuary which is something special but it was very cold!

René said...

Hè Hè, dat werdt tijd!

Finn & Sas said...

Hi René,
(rené wrote: dat werd tijd!)
Uhmm ... about time for what?
Bedoel je appeltaart?! LOL ;-)

Hi Katherine and "Hi(meow)" to Cosmo & Poly too.

René said...

No, i mend for a new post. (lol)

paris parfait said...

Judy it sounds like the trip to Cologne will be fantastic! And it also sounds as though you're one busy lady these days, with all your art projects. Good for you and good luck with the language lessons - looks to me like you're doing well with it all.


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