20 Feb 2017


Mr. G's friend from his Whist card playing had invited us to a Chinese restaurant.

Unfortunately we couldn't use the fancy garden seats, it was far too cold. Inside it was very cosy and we spend a nice time together.

I had Peking duck with noodles, Mr. G. Scampis and our friend duck à l'orange. As desert we both had a Dame Blanche (vanilla and chocolate ice with whipped cream) and Chinese donuts. It was all very good.

In the afternoon we went to Toyota. Mr. G.'s car is now 10 years old and starts to get ouchies. We thought before it is getting worse and also to get more money when they take back the old car it was better to sell it now and buy a new one . I had seen a little Kia which belonged to a friend, but then we decided to buy the little Toyota Aigo.

It's just perfect for Mr. G. who only drives very short distances and mostly only in Waterloo. We made an excellent deal, and were both happy about our purchase. Now he has to wait until end March before he gets the new car.

After a few warm days it suddenly became quite cold, too cold for me to go out ! But in the evening Nicole and I went to a theatre play, which was really excellent.

It was performed by hobby actors in a huge room belonging to the city. We got sandwiches, cakes and drinks before it started. The title was : The Trial of Marie Dugan. What I didn't know was that the whole play was as if we would attend a real trial, the actors who were witnesses were sitting amongst us, but we didn't know ! When the judge entered the stage the clerk asked the audience to stand up what we did of course all a little surprised and with laughter. The whole play was made just like a real trial ! I had never attended a trial, so this was my first one and very special  !

17 Feb 2017


1. Now the week starts nicely with our Scrabble club. We are 5 in total and that is OK. This time we were at Mireille's home. She also lives in Waterloo in a condominium on the last floor. Unfortunately the view is not that nice because it's close to a supermarket. We had a nice afternoon and a miracle happened, I won !

2. After the dermatologist had read the results of my blood test and noticed cat allergy and I don't know what else, that I thought my end is near, I went to my house doctor who is a cheerful lady and very efficient. I like her very much. I told her what the dermatologist had told me and like me she laughed ! She said I don't have to worry about anything, she too is allergic to cats and all the other stuff, that most of people are and as long as I don't suffer from any symptoms I don't have to do anything. We chatted a bit and then I left with a prescription of a crème in case these strange rashes would appear again. So far I had nothing since 3 weeks.

3. Nicole had to go to the Technical Control with her car. Cars are inspected and controlled after 4 years and then every 2 years. She asked me to come with her to "hold her hand" because she doesn't like to drive alone to places she doesn't know, despite the fact that she has a GPS, but it doesn't help, it confuses her, and I can't drive without it !

The weather was wonderful and we arrived problems. I had never been there, because my car is not yet 4 years old and the Contole Technique had moved to another place.

Compared to that what we had before the "Control" was huge and very modern. We didn't have to wait a long time and then the car was driven through and when the inspection was finished Nicole paid and we drove away.

4. For the first time this year it was so warm that we could sit on Nicole's terrace. It's a real sun trap. Of course not yet in shorts, but we had to take off our coats.

After my aqua gym a sun bath was wonderful ! We spent the whole afternoon there. We took her dining chairs outside, because the garden furniture is still packed for the winter.


In my painting course I continued to paint with my fingers, and finished the second painting. We were nearly all there and as usual had a lot of fun.

I had to go out in the afternoon and as it was so warm, 13° for February, I did a little window shopping, but without any result.

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15 Feb 2017


Wordless Wednesday ......

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1. What do/did you call your grandparents? If it's something unusual tell us the story behind the name. If you're a grandparent what do your grands call you? Who chose your moniker?
Nobody choose, it was just as everybody did. I called my grandparents Oma and Opa which is the official name for grandparents in Germany. Our grandson calls us Nonna and Nonno, the official name for grandparents in Italy, because on his mother's side who is Dutch, he has already an Oma and an Opa, because in the Netherlands it's also Oma and Opa. 

2. Ever taken a road trip along the California Coast? If so what was the highlight of your trek? If not, any desire to do so? If you were to take a trip along the California Coast what's one attraction you'd have on your must-see list?
We did that a long time ago from Los Angeles to San Francisco I think it was in 1994. The last time I have been in the States was in 1997 when my aunt died. Ever since I didn't return and certainly not now.

3. What are three things you don't know how to do?
crochet, knitting, sewing, although I learned it at school !

4. Tom Peters is quoted as saying, 'Celebrate what you want to see more of.' If that's true what will you celebrate and more importantly, how will you celebrate?
It all depends what I am celebrating ! Besides birthdays, Easter and Christmas I don't see anything to celebrate. 

5. Thursday (February 16) is National Almond Day. Do you like almonds? Which would you prefer-an Almond Joy or a macaron? What's something you make that calls for almonds?
I like Almonds and the taste of almonds, but it's not my favourite flavour.

6. What does Saturday morning look like at your house?
The same as the whole week, we are both retired !  We have Saturday mornings every day !

7. Share with us a favorite book you've read this winter.
I haven't read a book, but blogs from blogfriends from 2006 on when I started blogging. It was and is very interesting ! 

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I am planning the day, because the sun is shining (for once) and a friend and I want to go to the next town Nivelles, where a flea market takes place ! 

14 Feb 2017


When the weather is nice we often have spectacular sunsets or sunrises, I would say even more beautiful then elsewhere.

The sky can be from dark red to dark violet and sometimes with golden lines.

Very much appreciated when it is cold are snails in Belgium. There are stands on the markets which sell them, you get a plate with 6 snails and a garlic sauce.

Fresh rolls are called "pistolets" in Belgium. Only later I learned that this name came from a one coin pistol which was the money's name and a roll costed one pistol. Since then the name remained pistolets.

The nature is still naked and the trees and shrubs are waiting for their green dress !

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13 Feb 2017


When I opened the shutters on Saturday morning, it was snowing ! Snowing is a big word, a few watery flakes dropped from heaven, but steadily the whole day. In short it was cold and wet outside. Really not a weather to go out if you don't have too. So I did like last weekend, I put myself on "energy saving mode", with a jogging and didn't leave my computer desk and later the TV the whole day.

No, I forgot I spend an hour with Nicole on the phone, she was in the same state on top she is still ill with a cold and would have died for going out. She hasn't discovered the fun of a computer yet, so she doesn't know what to do with herself, if there is nothing to do in the household. In short the opposite of me.

I also googled for an interesting trip this year and found something, a cruise around the British Isles for 10 days ! Now I have to see the details. But dreaming while looking at the pictures, is also nice.

On Sunday it wasn't better ! I had taken a pill against the itches, before I went to bed, because I had got another red patch showing up after at least a month.  I put a cream on it and it went away after about 15 min. These pills apparently made me sleep until 9.30 and I dreamt confused stuff, of people I hadn't seen anymore since ages and places where I had been when I was 20 ! When I finally woke up I felt completely upside down, a strong cup of coffee made me feeling normal again !

I baked a bread, by putting water, oil and flower in the machine and pushed the button and then I folded the laundry I had done yesterday, and that was it.  I disappeared again behind computer and TV.

Mr. G. had been on the market and brought home a roasted chicken with mushrooms and roasted potatoes for our supper, which made cat Arthur sitting in front of the cupboard and meowing for at least half an hour, he smelt the chicken ! This was the only noise in the house (in the morning) !

and he is not the only one !

11 Feb 2017



The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “so/sow/sew.” Use one, use ’em all, use ’em any way you’d like. Bonus points if you start and end with any of them.

When I read the word "sow" I immediately had to think about my holidays with my grandparents when I was a child. They lived on the countryside in a little town, or big village and of course there were many farmers at that time. One of them once showed me a big sow, I had never seen before one that fat. He explained that the sow was expecting babies !! I was all excited and asked when that would happen, and so he promised me to tell my grandma when the piglets were born.

A few days later I was called and could admire a happy not so big anymore sow laying on one side with 10 or 12 little piglets stuck on her belly ! Were they cute with their little curly tails, I couldn't get enough of watching them. of course I was not allowed to take one out, because the sow could get very angry !

I have always loved pigs and I guess they loved me too. This one was very friendly, it was a little black sow which loved my shoes and followed me all around the place.

Sewing is another story, I once learned to sew in school, but once out of school I have never sewed again. It just wasn't for me. 

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