Tuesday, March 13, 2007

We're sorry - Het spijt ons

We're sorry that we haven't posted for a bit. :-(

Among other things going on right now, our human "dad's " Uncle (papa's Oom) has been the victim of a serious stroke (herseninfarct) . He lives up in Friesland, so our humans are making several trips to the hospital ( ziekenhuis) up there to see him.

"Mom" and "Dad" are currently very concerned about him, as you might imagine. So, we're taking a short break from blogging, but we'll be back as soon as we can.

Friesland is one of the 12 provinces ( provincies) of the Netherlands. It is about a 2 hour drive, each way, from the Utrecht province (well, where we live, that is) . This is an estimated driving time that doesn't include the always present traffic jams (files) .

Netherlands map:

Friesland province is in the golden color - Utrecht province is in blue.

Friesland was the first to acknowledge the independence of the United States of America from the Kingdom of Great Britain (on February 26, 1782). Yay!, LOL ( and our human "papa" is Fries!... heh heh ... see, it works, he married an American!)

Meanwhile, it is really spring (lente) here and this is what we've been doing in our back garden (achtertuin) . We're cats and we love being outside. :o)

Finn checks out the daffodils (narcissen) .


Sacha probably sees some ducks (eenden) ...
she did the same thing last Spring, but it was snowing then!

So bear with us, we can't type without our "mom"! She has been writing up the pea soup recipe (in two languages even) and has pictures of the ingredients - just sorting it out before she'll let us post it (heh heh) ... so eventually, "we'll be back" (Finn imitates Arnold very well ... lol) !

For our blog readers who are learning Nederlands, here are the Dutch words (and a couple of extras) in this post:
Uncle = Oom
stroke = Herseninfarct, hersenbloeding (literally, "brain bleeding")
hospital = ziekenhuis ( literally, "sick house")
Dad = Papa
We're sorry. = Het spijt ons.
I am sorry. = Het spijt me.
traffic/traffic jam = file (plural form is files)
Spring = lente
back garden = achtertuin
daffodils = narcissen (singular form is narcis)
ducks = eenden (singular form is eend)

Tot ziens ('till we see you),
Finn & Sacha

More about Friesland on Wikipedia (in english).
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3 comments:

René said...

Een erg naar bericht.

Sterkte!

I am so sorry to read this.

Wish you and yours all the best.

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Bedankt/Thanks René,
Oom Yde is a very sweet man and this is so sad.

~ Judy, Auke & the "kats"

Pink Granite said...

Wishing your whole family good health.
- Lee

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