Two weeks ago, Anneke left me to my own devices, as she flew to Amsterdam to spend a week in the Netherlands. The occasion that prompted this trip was her father's 91st birthday. He is now residing in an assisted living complex that is just a few minutes' walk from Anneke's sister's home. This way she could visit her family , as well as her father.
The Netherlands is not well known for its great weather at any time of the year and winter can often be very damp and cold. Luckily there were a few nice moments while she was visiting and everyone was able to get out and enjoy some of the scenic countryside. Her sister's home is in Rhenen and has a direct view of the Rhine River. The Waal River is nearby and it makes for a very nice drive along the dikes. They went to one of the local snack bars with great views and had some traditional Dutch food- French Fries with mayonnaise and" bitterballen". The Rhine and Waal Rivers are the busiest in northern Europe and has constant commercial traffic passing by.
For much of his life, Anneke's dad enjoyed boating on the widespread waterways of the Netherlands and stills like to sit and watch the river traffic go by.
Anneke also had a visit from two of her friends that she has known for a long time-up to 53 years! They had a lot of laughs. Facebook keeps them now in close contact.
She had a great time with her family and I managed not to destroy the house in her absence with the help of Halley!