23 Sep 2016


1. This week I got the impression that I hadn't done nothing, and it is Friday. When the sun is shining now, I want to sit outside and enjoy the last warm summer days and when it is cloudy and more cool I am full of good will to do what I should do, but I always tell myself I will do it tomorrow ! A real lack of energy !

2. As Nicole was in the same mood, we spent one afternoon on her terrace chatting about a strange phone call. Marianne, the friend I had who let herself starve because her husband was diagnosed Alzheimer, was saved in the last minute by another friend who called the ambulance and she had been taken to the hospital and her husband who was completely lost too. I had once visited her in hospital and then I never had heard from her again and I didn't know to where she went once cured. Nicole too had tried to find out where she was, found her in a recovery home, but Marianne didn't want to talk to her and to me neither. So we gave up.

3. Our pedicure came and while she took care of me foot nails, the phone rang and it was Marianne ! I couldn't believe it. She was exuberant and talked and talked that she was now in a retirement home in Brussels, that she was happy and that she had ordered a little dog for 2000 € (2.200 $), while the little dog she had, was now with friends. She had also strangled her parrot and now she wanted again one. She is nearly 80 and I realized that there must be something wrong with her brain !  Anyway she didn't have a phone and apparently called from a public phone, and suddenly the conversation was cut off. So I still don't know where she is.

4. It continued to be nice and warm and as I hadn't been in our town center since quite some time, always driving through, I decided to make a little walk there. Nicole joined me with Charlie. After having inspected some boutiques very quickly, we both are not boutique lovers, we discovered some new places.

A restaurant which only serves burgers in all variations, with a very beautiful garden in the back. I found the sign so funny.

Then we had a coffee on the place at the main street where you can see all people walking by. As usual Charlie had a lot of success and we talked to many people. Finally the afternoon was over !

5. Our painting class with the newcomers grew and our teacher decided that we should wear badges with our names, because it is impossible to keep all the names in mind. We had a lot of fun and decided to meet once a week outside the class, because there is always so much to tell, that we don't have time to paint ! So 6 of us will get together on Mondays and will make a turn.

After class Nicole and I went for lunch and there (through Charlie) we met a doctor who pretended to see what is wrong with a person only by looking in his/her eyes. I got it immediately that he was making fun, but Nicole fell in the trap and really believed it. But before he could look  deep in her eyes, I started to laugh and then she got it too. Finally an Asian lady and an other man joined the conversation and when we left it was already 4 pm.

We went to the shop where Nicole had ordered new kitchen furniture to see how far they were with the order and apparently the new kitchen will be installed in November.

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21 Sep 2016


Profiting of the last summer days

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20 Sep 2016


When Mr. G. was still working and made computer programs, one of his clients was the Brussels Kart at Brussels - Dilbeek.  The karting track is very big and runs inside and outside.

There is a very nice restaurant, serving a sophisticated Franco-Belgian cuisine.

Brussels Kart provides all facilities for fairs, shows and exhibitions. It is also the place to be for the organisation of events and meetings. But also for family parties, communions and weddings.

They even organise helicopter maiden flights.

We went there with a friend and her two grandchildren a boy of 13 and a girl of 20. The boy was normally too young the minimum age is 15, but with Mr. G.'s presence they made an exception. The kids were delighted !

After having bought the tickets, the two got dressed while Mr. G. had found some old colleagues and chatted with them. Of course most of the persons who worked with him were also retired and not many left to greet !

Finally they were all perfectly dressed up and waited for their turn.

Meanwhile I took pictures of the racetrack

They climbed in the cars and listened to the explanations and then off they went. The racetrack was indoors but also outdoors.

I waited outdoors to take pictures of them, but they were so quick that I didn't know who was who and I hadn't there car numbers.

After half an hour the adventure was over and they both were so happy ! We had a drink outside the restaurant before we returned home !

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19 Sep 2016

WEEKEND REVIEW - September 17

From hot African temperatures from one day to the other we found ourselves nearly at the Northpole, at least I had this impression ! Long sleeved T-shirts came out again and you had to get used to another lifestyle, because with this heat you had the excuse to just sit or lay around and do nothing !

Now there was no excuse anymore.

We started with a lunch together with my friends from the painting class.

As usual it was extremely good and we ate like horses. We had such a lot to chat, that at the end the restaurant owner started to clean the floor to make us understand that it was now time to leave because she wanted to close ! In the middle sits our teacher (with the grey hairs). One of her daughters works for UNICEF to save starving children and has to go into camps now with a bullet proof jacket armed and two soldiers ! It became so dangerous. We all admired the courage of her daughter.

As it was not yet raining Nicole and I discovered a new park with a little lake. But it wasn't a lake, it was a water bassin to collect rain water and avoid floods. It looked very nice just like a lake. We didn't make the whole tour, it was a little too much.

This must have been a little café in the past because the beer brand "Wiel's" is still written above the entrance. Now it looks like a private house. Must be nice to live there it is so peaceful.

After our walk we had a coffee and then returned home.

On Sunday afternoon we were invited to my friend's and (ex) neighbor Dominique. In her 60th she had found a second love of her life.

He is 65 and a widower. It was only the reception, the civil marriage had been done already months before. It was hard to get to the new weds, we didn't even know when they arrived, it wasn't very well organized. Most of the people didn't know each other, fortunately our other neighbours were there too,  (left below) otherwise we would have been quite lost, although I had the opportunity to meet her 2 sons and one daughter and it was such a joy to see them again and chat a bit together. Dominique looked very happy and her new husband talked and talked. At 7 we returned home.

I put our pictures together as souvenir, it is not often that you can see Mr. G. in a suit ! This one he wore for the last time at my fathers funerals nearly 20 years ago, and he was very proud to still fit in the suit !

16 Sep 2016


1. It still is unusually hot more than we had in summer ! I had my aqua gym class and it was wonderful in the water, but when we left the house, we had the impression to enter into an oven !

There was not much to do in this heat without aircondition, only sitting on the terrace with a ventilator. Even for the cats it was too hot, they preferred to stay in the dark house. I had closed all shutters and had left the windows open only a little bit, to keep the heat out, as they do in Italy.

2. The next day we decided to go to the lake. At least there the heat was bearable, because of the breeze.

The lake was blue and I saw little round fake islands on one part of the lake. I don't know for what they are, Nicole thinks they are for divers. We choose a nice place close to the water and installed our chairs and umbrellas. As it was windy my umbrella suddenly had wings and flew away. It must have been very amusing (for the others) to see me running behind my red umbrella.

3. Then it was time for lunch. We wanted to eat the nice hamburger as last week, but the restaurant was closed and they had opened only because it was like in summer. Normally at this time of the year they only open on weekends and the snack bar underneath, had already been dismantled. Nobody had thought that we would have the hottest day mid September ever since the weather station exists ! The thermometer climbed until 32° or more ! So we had to eat what they had, which meant pizza or "croque Monsieur" which is a toast with ham and cheese and salad.

Charlie ate the salad and was a bit disappointed that there were no hamburger in sight.
After lunch Nicole wanted to bath Charlie. So she put shampoo on his back and scrubbed, then she pushed him into the water to rinse himself, but he was not very cooperative !

Now that her feet were already wet, and the water felt so nice she walked a little further

and here is the result ! The ground was full of pebbles which hurt her feet and she fell fully dressed in the lake. Charlie's expression only confirmed what he thought of his mistress, that she was slightly crazy ! Of course people of the whole beach who watched us, laughed ! And I hadn't even filmed this scene on purpose, I wanted to film Charlie who swam to rinse his back. That she fell I didn't even notice only when I watched the video later ! Now I also understood why people laughed so much.

4. We should have stayed there over night, because the next day was as warm as the day before ! I retired with computer and ventilator on our terrace and didn't move anymore. Suddenly after lunch

Charlie's big head was on my lap, in Nicole's apartment and terrace it was so hot that she and Charlie had escaped and kept me company ! Mr. G. joined us and we had a real nice afternoon. I even found some ice cream in the freezer.

5. The classroom of our painting course was a real sauna, even at 9 am ! We finally asked that they opened the windows, because usually they are locked as there had been some burglaries.

We are preparing our exhibition for October and I had made the poster

This will hang in whole Waterloo and certainly appear on Facebook. We had a nice morning nearly everybody had seen the video with Nicole's fall and everybody made fun of her !

Today it's a bit cooler and as usual it will rain during the weekend, which is sad for working people, I personally don't care.

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14 Sep 2016


Grandson Toby

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1. What's changed in your life, home, or community since your last birthday?

My birthday was in July and nothing has changed ever since

2. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like/listen to classical music? If so what's a favorite piece and/or who is a favorite composer?

I hate classical music or most of it !  As a child I had to go with my parents to concerts and operas and really got an overdose !

3. Besides The Bible, what's a book that has positively changed your life, relationships, career, or perspective? How so?

I have read the bible like a book, and found out that the first testament should be rated X ! No book has ever influenced my life.

4. I read (here) these ten hobbies will make you smarter...play a musical instrument, read voraciously, meditate regularly, work out your brain (puzzles, sudoku, board games, etc), exercise often, learn a new language, write your feelings down (blog, journal, just write), travel to new places, cook different kinds of meals, participate in sports actively

Definitively blogging has made me smarter ! I have learned a lot during the 10 years I am blogging

Are any on this list your current hobbies? Which hobby on the list would you be most inclined to try?

I love to travel !

5. What sports traditions does your family have ?

Except my son who is a sport's freak we have no sport traditions in our family besides sitting on a sofa. 

6. In a few words, weigh in on the current football/National Anthem brouhaha. Keep it family friendly please.

No brouhaha here

7. Where do you have loads of patience, and where do you most lack patience?

In general I am not a patient person

8. Insert your own random thought here.

It's hot today !