Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Short and Sweet Things I am Dankful for.....

This blog will be short and sweet. I know many of the readers out there are busy making pies and roasting Turkeys. So here is a quick report of things I am dankful for this Danksgiving!

I am thankful that I did not kill that lady next to me while on my bike yesterday. If anyone hears an older Dutch Woman with short hair telling an angry story of a stupid American suddenly veering over and causing her to swerve into oncoming traffic tell her I am sorry. I am thankful she is alive.

I am thankful I found Carnation evaporated milk at the Asian Market. I can make pumpkin pie.

I am thankful for Ollieballen. Fried balls of dough with dried cherries and powdered sugar. They are good

I am thankful for the Winkel cause I buy food there and it makes me giggle to say "I am going to the winkel"

I am thankful that I passed my first person on my bike. Granted he was biking with three large trash bags, but still I did it!

I am thankful Jur is excited about our Thanksgiving dinner even though his contribution is the Dutch Cheese Course which seems to be the only thing I smell in the kitchen and pretty much the whole house. That is some strong ass smelling Dutch cheese. It smells like something died in there. I am sure it will be delicious.

I am thankful for the Turkey we found (not easy to do in Holland) and for the aroma it will create (hopefully and quickly) to overtake the stinky cheese

I am thankful for vitamin D. I have never been this long without exposure to sun. I have no pigment. I am Albino now and vitamin D is essential.

I am thankful for Bitterballen. Fried balls of dough with creamed beef and mustard. They are good

I am thankful for my Mom sending pecans and Rob sending Corn syrup all which are essential for.. PECAN PIE!

I am thankful when I am on my bike and the torrential, howling, gail force winds of Holland are at my back! I feel like a speedster AND I do not have to peddle! Wheeeeeeeeee......!

I am thankful for the sun! Oh Sun, I love you. Where are you? Have I offended thee? I will honor you all the rest of my days. I shall never curse your heat again. I vow that it is now clouds, rain and cold that I despise!

I am thankful that I have learned to identify the symptoms of S.A.D (Seasonal Activity Disorder) Yes, Dutch people close to me, I realize I have a few of the symptoms. I just wish people would LEAVE ME ALONE, I am FINE!!!! I's... so YES!  I cry a lot. Sometimes spontaneously. Who cares? I'm an emotional person! And No! I do NOT think it is bad or depressing to spend most of my day curled up in a ball under the covers? I am tired! I am FINNEEEE!

I am thankful for sweaters, scarves, gloves and hats.....enough said

I am thankful for you reading

I wish you Happy Thanksgiving (now go out and cook eat and enjoy!)
(My Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for ten Dutch first time Turkey eaters is tomorrow at 3:30! Aye! I will let you know what they think of it! Now I have to go cover the toilet paper rolls in corn kernels for napkin rings and cut out the hands I traced to make turkey place cards! Busy little American here in Holland. Gobble Gobble!)


  1. Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes. I hope your's is a spectacular success. You have my sympathy with the cheese, too. My boyfriend and I love the stuff, the stinkier the better, but I'm the one that spends the day downstairs near the stuff. It can be a bit much!

    I'm baking my pecan pie as I type and still reeling over the cost of just half a turkey breast. I think next year we may just give in and buy the plain turkey cutlets they sell in the grocery store. We'll put the money saved toward wine and cheese. ;)

    Have a great celebration!

  2. I am thankful for your blog!! I read this post out to my husband Hans and we were cracking up. Good luck and have fun!!!

  3. I hope your Thanksgiving was grand. I can't wait to read all about it.