Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tuesday Skating

Tuesday, 28-July-2009 - Boekel - Great weather, great skate. This evening's route was to Café Restaurant Erica in Sint Hubert--30 km round trip.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Last Day of Vacation

Sunday, 26-July-2009 - Hellevoetsluis - I really enjoyed my stay in Hellevoetsluis. After breakfast, I packed and washed my bedding. A little after lunchtime, I said goodby to Katherine and martin; and I headed back to Veghel.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Welcome Return

Saturday, 25-July-2009 - Hellevoetsluis - Today Katherine, Martin, and dog Bowie (yes, like David Bowie) were returning from their vacation in Staphorst. Noticed that I was supposed to place the trash bin at the curb last Wednesday. Oops. I brought one bag to the recycling station to leave a little room left over--the next pickup was two weeks away. Sorry about that. We agreed that going out to eat at the Greek restaurant later would be nice, and that it would be fine if I went skating first. So took advantage of the wonderful sunny weather and headed for my favorite stretch along the Haringvliet waterway.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Nijmegen Four-day Marches End with Gladiolas

Friday, 24-July-2009 - Hellevoetsluis - The cats let me sleep in 'til around 1000. I stayed up late at the pc catching up with my weblog. Sent a pic I took yesterday to the Rotterdams Dagblad daily newspaper for the summer photo contest. The weather changed back and forth througout the day from overcast and rainy to sunny blue skies. I spent more time networking using LinkedIn. In the evening, watched TV reports showing some of the 37,106 people crossing the finish line of the annual Nijmegen Four-day Marches--this year for the 100th time. Traditionally, each of the finishers receives gladiolas from a cheering supporter along the sidelines.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Vacation Day 6

Thursday, 23-July-2009 - Hellevoetsluis - Started out rainy, but turned into a beautiful sunny day. Went skating after the cats ate supper. Skated over the Haringvlietdam to the Stellendam fishing harbor. I rolled past huge North Sea fishing trawlers including the GO-5 Ora et Labora (Pray and Work). Got back to Hellevoetsluis to see three children having fun jumping into the canal.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Spaghetti for Supper

Wednesday, 22-July-2009 - Hellevoetsluis - Mostly pc time today. Filled in a profile at LinkedIn to help with my job search. Got a welcome message from Joost Asser, my retirement benefits counselor. He came up with a list of 404 Metalektro companies located in the southern provinces. This will keep me busy for a while. It's important for me to stay in the same branch to retain retirement benefits. Had spaghetti for supper.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Computer Maintenance

Tuesday, 21-July-2009 - Hellevoetsluis - Took Katherine's pc apart to give it a good cleaning. Put it back together, and didn't have any parts left over. Went shopping in the town center. Had to wait for a cloudburst to pass over. Got a no thank you note back from Vanderlande Industries.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Skating Along Waterways

Monday, 20-July-2009 - Hellevoetsluis - It rained last night. Got up at 0830, and check the weather radar. The forecast looked good. Saw a blue sky with with cummulus clouds parading past--the wind was a steady force 5. Ate breakfast, and then sent a letter off to Vanderlande Industries. After lunch, put my skates on and headed for the dike along the Haringvliet waterway. I followed paved paths and roads to the ferry at Nieuw Beijerland--about 18 km. I had the wind behind me all the way. Had a chat with an 82-year-old lady bicylist while I was looking at a map deciding which route to take home. She also had the wind to contend with to get back home. Took the same way back against the wind. when I got to the Bernisse waterway, I followed it to Zuidland. It was then a straight 10 km shot back to Hellevoetsluis. When I got back, Zoë was waiting for me to tell me that I was late for supper. She usually eats around 1700.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cats in Control

Sunday, 19-July-2009 - Hellevoetsluis - Taking care of cats is really not that hard. They tell me whenever I need to do something. This is Zoë telling me it's time (for her) to eat.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Vacation in Hellevoetsluis

Saturday, 18-July-2009 - Hellevoetsluis - Get to take care of Katherine and Martin's cats Zoë and Tommy while they are on vacation. Took along skates, bikes, and fishing poles.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tuesday Skating in Boekel

Tuesday, 14-July-2009 - Boekel - A wonderful summer evening for skating. Fell and scraped some skin off my knee. It comes with the territory.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Nito's Birthday

Sunday, 5-July-2009 - Veghel - Went to two birthday parties today: Veerle's in the afternoon and Nito's in the evening. Here's Nito dancing with a friend.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

4th of July Barbecue

Saturday, 4-July-2009 - Veghel - In Holland, I usually have to work when the 4th of July holiday comes around. Today was Saturday and a good day for a barbecue. Katherine and Martin and Chris and Claudia joined us. Martin did the cooking, and Chris played with Bowie. It was a great day!