It seems our friends in Holland know how to party. When the Merkles were visiting Holland last month, they picked up these party decorations and kindly bestowed them on us, like merchant ships bringing their goodies from afar. We had a couple of birthdays in mid-July, and so we had a worthy excuse to hang them up. But now I don’t have the heart to take them down, they are so cheery. I’m thinking November they’ll come down, and I’ll put them back up in February!