November 30th, 2012 browsing by day


Friday, November 30. Advent! The color purple.

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Goodbye November! Sunday will be the day we welcome in the Advent Season. The Purple Candle will be lit.   And, now for the commercial…, today I received the final manuscript, ready for the printers, of “De Mastmakersdochters”. You do remember the color of the cover…purple.

I want to acknowledge one very special lady, Ida Veurink, who works for the publishing company, Uitgeverij Heiijnk She has tireslessly spent many hours of her time to help me to make this happen.

Lisa, my oldest daughter and mother of Corrine, arrives Sunday at Schiphol for a 6 day visit. She was 8 months old when the three of us moved to Brussels in 1965 and she could only speak French when we arrived back in Tacoma in 1970. Lisa, Corrine and I are going to take a sentimental journey to Belgium on Tuesday/Wednesday. We’ll be at my sister and brother in law in Badhoevedorp for Saint Nicholas eve, December 5.

Wednesday evening, at choir practice one of the Altos was concerned: “Do you have any relatives/friends here?” Yesterday morning my cousin, Gido van Ommen stopped by, later in the afternoon it was my nephew Dirk Jan, who then dropped me off in Badhoevedorp for dinner with my sister and brother in law. This evening one of the club members, Ernie, invited me for dinner. Saturday is still open, just in case.

This morning I wanted to go up to the bridge overlooking the marina to take pictures of the setting moon. But the boat and docks were covered with ice. My energies are now focused on the English version of the book “The Mastmakers’ Daughters”.