22 Oct 2017


Tomorrow I am going to Amsterdam to be the body guard of nearly 7 year old grandson Toby.

It is about time that I leave home for a few days because I think it is bewitched or I am. It started Saturday when I switched the coffee machine on and after a while as the water was still cold, I told Mr. G that the machine didn't work anymore. Of course it still worked ! He had seen the button red and had turned it off, as he thought I had forgotten to switch it off ! Without my cup of coffee I am not in a good mood and Mr. G. preferred to disappear in his office.

Then I switched on my computer and found a folder in my photos which I had never seen. The title was "photos".  At least that was logical that photos are in the photo folder. I opened and saw all my photos. I couldn't understand why I had them twice now and deleted the folder.

A few minutes later I got a mail from One Drive"
We noticed that you recently deleted a large number of files from your OneDrive.
When files are deleted they are stored in your OneDrive recycle bin, and can be restored for 30 days. After 30 days, deleted files are gone forever.

So I put them back again although I don't know for what use. As long as it is free of charge it's OK.

This problem solved, my computer suddenly started to speak. He told me everything what I have to do "shift", ctrl, and so on. I continued typing but this female voice got on my nerves and I really still not understood why suddenly my computer talked, I suppose there is a function for maybe blind people ? I did a restart and the voice disappeared. Sigh.

At supper time I wanted to make scrambeled eggs with a lot of vegetables, the light went on and then disappeared. My oven was dead ! While I pushed on all buttons, Mr. G checked the fuses in the basement. I tried to follow the cable which connected the oven to the plug and noticed that it was loose ! I gave a hit with my fist and the oven worked again ! Probably my cleaning lady had cleaned too well.

After supper I thought that now my miseries would end and the ghost would go back in his ghost world, when suddenly the phone rang. It was Ilona she asked me what I wanted ??? I hadn't called her since yesterday and I didn't want anything. Now who called her ?? It wasn't me because my phone was far from my hands. It couldn't be a cat as the phone is in a case. It will remain a misery.

So I am happy to leave tomorrow for Amsterdam

to keep an eye on this little man. I think we will have a lot of fun together as he loves also to paint and create things. I bought modelling clay to make little animals or other things

and have pebbles to transform into cats or dogs. So if the weather is bad we have a lot to do.

It is a very modern part on the outskirts of Amsterdam, only existing since 2002 I will certainly go back to this nice restaurant at the port to eat a good pancake with cheese and ham !

I will certainly be short in comments ! 

21 Oct 2017


1. Starts with P
2. surprise
3. looking up

In our painting class

Surprise ! Arthur changed his head !

Looking up to Big Ben which is under renovation for 4 years

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20 Oct 2017


Symbol of Waterloo battle

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This time our Scrabble group met at Nicole's, the sun was shining and we could play on her terrace. As usual I was the second last or the first last as you wish.

Only for the coffee break we went inside because we had not enough space on our scrabble table.

Nicole has a very beautiful cat it's in plain wood and so heavy that you need at least 2 strong man to move it. I thought I try out a selfie with it, just to show how huge its head is and of course the fact that I don't have to wear glasses anymore (but this is  only between us)

We scrabbled until 6 and then went home, only two of us have still a husband waiting busy elsewhere.

On Sunday I discovered these ugly mushrooms in our garden ! There were lots and just yukky !

They were so strong that they had pushed my flower pot away ! Imagine ! Now I have nightmares that my house will be moved by alien mushrooms to another place or just turned over and my bed will suddenly be at the ceiling. Apparently I am not the only one suffering from this invasion my friends and neighbors complain too. Maybe the end of the world will be caused by mushrooms ! Who knows !

The cats weren't disturbed by these strange things and enjoyed the last warm days in our garden, just as I  did too. I wanted to buy a winter coat, but that's difficult when outside it's summer !

Big event ! We have a man in our group ! That's a long time it didn't happen. They all became too old or passed away. This one seems in good shape and takes the fact that he is the only man with humour ! I started a black cat ! Should bring luck !

My car is repaired and as Toyota is near to where Nicole lives I spent the afternoon with her waiting for the call that the car is finished, which of course never came and I picked it up at 5 of course it was ready since hours. They had forgotten ! Selling me a car they would have called at least 10 times ! Business is Business !

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18 Oct 2017


New fashion !

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I am offended ! Rosie says that I am becoming obese !


We are the opposite black and white !


This should be an ornament ! It's only a paper band ! I am not stupid !

17 Oct 2017


Once a year since 1965 the Palace of Brussels is open to the public after the National Holiday of 21 July until end September. There is no entrance fee, it's for everybody. I went there with my friend from France. The last time I had been there must have been in 1966 and I could hardly remember a thing. This year you were even allowed to take pictures without flash.

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16 Oct 2017


This week we had a Friday 13. Nothing special happened, I didn't hurt myself and the house in the evening was still standing. But the next day we caught up.

The morning was pleasant, we went to the eye doctor, I for a check up of my surgery and also to know if I need new glasses, and Mr. G to know if he should also get his cataracte removed, but he had not enough so he didn't need any surgery. And I apparently am a miracle, because I don't need any glasses, not for seeing far, not for seeing near, for the first time in 30 years I am without glasses and feel "naked". I have to get used to it. Now in my old age I don't need glasses I would have preferred when I was a young woman.

The new couple !

In the afternoon JC our friend who should cut the hedge, put his car just in front of my garage door. I had to go to Bunny to explain her Facebook, opened the garage door with the remote control sitting in the car while looking for her address in the GPS. Although I had been there already 4 times I still didn't find the way. I heard a big booom, I hadn't seen the car and promptly had bumped in. The men came running fearing the worst, but fortunately only the glass of my rear light was broken and JC had nothing.

While we were discussing and inspecting the nurse came for Mr. G. and really dropped into an Italian household, (JC is Italian too) where everybody shouted and gesticulated to just say nothing. Her arrival was a good occasion for me to escape the Italian comedy. Mr. G. amongst other strange things this time has caught an infection at his elbow with a very elegant name, it suppurates like a river and the nurse has to disinfect it everyday and put a new bandage around. I am not allowed to do that, it needs a professional ! Of course. Business is business.

Arriving at my friend at least I managed to do a Facebook page for her and she was happy. We chatted a bit about the past when we were young girls and went out each weekend and quickly it was time to go home.

15 Oct 2017

14 Oct 2017


1. O
2. Peuple
3. City & towns

There is no order in my office ! That has to change !

Tourist group in Belfast listening to the guide

Dublin ..... works, works, works

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Arthur's garden survey

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13 Oct 2017


Skies behind grids. Nice skies are missing in this fall weather !

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1. As we were 4 scrabbler, I was the 2nd last or the 2nd first it depends if you think positive or negative. Anyway we had a nice time and a lot of laughter. We also noticed that more and more English words are accepted now in the famous French dictionary "Larousse". One grumbled that French would completely disappear if it continued like that.

2. Sometimes you or rather I need a lazy day, where a part from blogging I watch a movie or two or three. Unfortunately I had to go out our freezer was as empty as my wallet and I had to fill it in.


Each morning when I open my eyes I see Mr. G. face over me asking : "What do we eat tonight" instead of a friendly "good morning" (that happens too of course, he is not that bad) with the result that I could jump at his throat and kill him ! What do I know what to eat in the evening, when I just left dreamland ??

4. My friend Bunny who has moved near us now invited me yesterday for a coffee and we put my pictures of London on her computer. She is a beginner but it worked well, she is 76 and learns quickly which means that age is not an excuse for NOT learning or understanding. I also made her a Facebook page and now she can see what her 13 nieces and nephews are writing and her son too. So far she was frustrated not to know. Curiosity is also a vice which naughty men think to be typical female !

5. I brought my little travel computer to the painting course so that everybody could see the photos from our Exhibition.Now they can choose which one they want. I had just finished when a young lady showed up for a presentation of new pastel painting material. She had opened a new shop, called Pierre-papier-ciseaux (which is the name of a children game) and means Rock-paper-Scissors. She showed us how to use it and it was quite interesting. Apparently it was new and came from the States.

But maybe you know it already. Anyway it is easy to use and looks very good.

Nicole absolutely wanted to eat a steak (I don't know for what she need forces) so 4 of us went with her in a old new restaurant and I have to say it was really good. And as I was out already, I thought I also could go to the hairdresser what I did. Now I have a new head.

Which Rosie reluctantly let me show on her selfie !

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11 Oct 2017



The grandpa of a Pub

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Yes I am a naughty cat, I don't like to be brushed you can run behind me as long as you wish !

Sigh of pleasure ! The best occupation is still napping he whole day (with a short interruption for my stomach)

Phew ! these young kitten why do they have to be so noisy ?? I had to take the earplugs off the music was too loud !


1. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your sense of direction? 1=can't find my way out of a paper bag and 10=if I've been somewhere once I can find it blindfolded ten years later.

My rate would be minus 1, I don't find the house of my friend only after maybe 3 years. When I have to go direction sea you can be sure that I arrive in the mountains on the opposite side. My left is my right when I drive !

When was the last time you looked at/used a map you could hold in your hand? (phones don't count!)

Holding a map often but unfolded. It's useless I don't understand where I am in this modern art design ! I have difficulties with east, west, and north and on the London Tube map my husband wrote : Up, down, left, right !

back east, down south, out west, up north
No idea where back east is, same with the rest ! Long live my GPS !!!

Choose one of these directional expressions and tell us why you chose it.

Can't choose as I don't know where they are ! Don't want to end up at the Northpole either

2. Did you do more talking or listening yesterday? Is that typical? Describe your yesterday in one word.

Listening, because I was alone at home and only the cats said a word from time to time to which I answered with a "Shut up" . And no, that's not typical at all.

Time, money, water-power-resources, opportunity...which one on the list are you most guilty of wasting? What might you do to change that?

I think I don't waste anything or maybe a little. At my vintage age I feel not guilty and I don't change anything. 

4. Did your family take regular vacations when you were a kid? Tell us something you remember about a family roadtrip from your own childhood.

My parents took regular vacations, but without me they dropped me off at my grandma. I can't remember any family roadtrips from my childhood as there were no cars in the 50th. 

5. If you could grow anything you wanted, what would you grow? Why?
Nothing. I would sit down on a bench and watch flowers growing. Why ? because I love flowers

6. Insert your own random thought here.
A cup of coffee pleeeaaase !