Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Koning Willem Alexander

Long live the king. Today the Dutch queen abdicated the throne to her son Willem Alexander. A king, for the first time since 1890. Here is the moment where she signs it away. The ceremony took place on the Dam square in the Dam palace. Orange everywhere!!



Monday, April 29, 2013


On May 4th, it will finally happen.. I graduate. It has been a long haul and I am glad it is now coming to an end. The ceremony is in Phoenix and if you are really bored Saturday and want follow along  you can!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Visiting Zoe

Today we were invited for dinner by someone special..... Zoe cooked for us in her new apartment!! Here she is together with Nikkie! I am not quite used to her being gone yet, but it is getting better. She is happy!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Bead and Button

32 days..... I can't wait. Yippee!!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Royal Palace visit

While in Holland in February, we went for a walk and admired the Royal Palace. Tomorrow queen Beatrix will step down and Holland for the first time since the early 1800's will have a king. Alexander will be crowned tomorrow. Exciting!

Ann Mittchel, class

I will have to wait until September. I can't wait!!!,

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


I am testing uploading pictures with Blogsy!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


I was staying at the Peabody hotel in Orlando. They have a story where some drunken guys placed live decoy ducks in the indoor hotel pond in 1930. It was a big hit and they still have them. They march the ducks on a red carpet from their resting place at night to the pond in the lobby on a red carpet. They stay there until 5 pm and then they marched back to the elevator to go back to their home for the night. So cute!!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Advantages of travel

Travel is tiring and not quite as glamorous as one would think. You spend a lot of time on your own and hotels, while nice are still not home. However, you have to look at the bright side of life and find joy in what you do. Well, here in Florida I found an amazing bead store, through directions from my friend Rebekah, who took me there, It is called Beads gone wild. A better name would  be Karen gone wild... ;) AMAZING!!!!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Friends help friends......

Last Sunday was the fund raiser for our friend Nancy who was diagnosed with cancer and is in a rehabilitation facility to recover from spinal surgery. A bad time for a very wonderful person. A fund raiser was organized to help her with her medical bills. Hopefully o lot was raised! I bought a beautiful angel encaustic piece Nancy made herself. There were many pieces. In addition there was jewelry, a fifty/fifty draw, raffle tickets and lots of friends who came out to help Nancy. Let's hope it works out! The aftermath has been the realization that Nancy brings many people together and without her many of us would not know each other. It is times like this that tell you that friends do help friends or they are not really friends....!