22 Mar 2017


Escape to the country !

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1. Setting aside the real March Madness (NCAA Basketball) describe something happening at your house this month that might earn the title 'March Madness'?
Nothing happens in my house it is as mad as a graveyard. Besides the fact that one of the 4 cats had brought in a mouse, a cute one with big ears, she ran under the sofa and we had 4 cats sleeping on the sofa and the mouse probably underneath. The cats had lost all interest !

2. What's a favorite made up word from your childhood or a favorite from your children's childhood? Does your family still use the word today? If there's a story behind the origin please share.

That's a difficult question for me as we would have different words in Italian, German and French.

The only word we kept was a word play between "rosser" which means "thrash" instead of "aroser" (to water), because our son always said that his dad would thrash the flowers instead of water the flowers. 

3. Will you be doing any spring cleaning now that the season is upon us? I read here a list of 15 quick (under one hour) spring cleaning tasks. They were-

clean out a drawer, vacuum furniture, whiten tile grout, dust the nooks and crannies you don't get to year round, degrease kitchen cabinets, wipe down walls, go behind furniture, wipe down ceiling fans, vacuum the mattress, clean the range hood, wash baseboards, shine the stainless steel, clean out vents, tackle the windows, and wipe down gadgets

Of the fifteen 'quick' tasks listed which two most need doing at your house? Will you do them?

I am exhausted from reading this list ! No, I never do spring cleaning, my cleaning lady cleans the house all the year long and does extra work when she has time left. For the moment she cleans the ceiling in Mr. G's office.

4. A favorite movie set in Paris or New York?
I don't like Paris so it would be New York.

5. What's put a spring in your step this month?
Nothing, the spring is broken ! 

6. Did you ever want to be a teacher? Why or why not?
A teacher ? No thank you, it even didn't come into my mind ! 

7. What's your favorite floral scent? Do you have this somewhere in your home or maybe in a perfume? How do you feel about florals in food? How about wines with floral notes-yay or nay?
I like the smell of a rose, but I don't have anything "smelly" in our house but fresh air. I don't know any food with florals only as decoration on the top and I only like very dry wine !

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Yesterday got the news that my friend's dog has a tumour behind his right eye and there is nothing to do he is too old. I have to get used to the idea that his life time is now limited. What will it be ? A month, two or half a year, nobody knows. But he will stay with us as long as he doesn't suffer. That makes me very sad, I really love Charlie.

21 Mar 2017


Theoretically in my part of the world spring should start today. But it doesn't look like at all.

That's what you see when you have to go shopping. I reduce my shopping time to a minimum. Because of this grey and humid weather people are depressed and in bad moods. We all have a lack of energy and even the best housewives postpone their spring cleaning from one day to the other.

Sometimes it clears up and the sun comes out but never longer than 4 days and mostly during the week. I don't mind because I don't work anymore but the others ? They have two days off and sit in the rain, while the sun is shining during working hours.

Little flowers try to get out when it's a bit warmer and sunny

at least it starts to get a bit green

And yesterday I saw this apple tree in full bloom.

It seems to me that winter this year will never end and we didn't even have a real winter, it's just a continuation of bad weather.

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20 Mar 2017


We had the first Facebook meeting this year of our group "Vivre à Waterloo" (living in Waterloo). Usually we are meeting once a month and from time to time also for a supper with music ! This time it was in a rather new restaurant with the funny name "The Jollywood" !

One member of the group had baked a cake for 40 persons ! It was delicious. We all had a drink, the restaurant offered us little starters, some had supper and all ate the cake of course. Nothing was left.

Nicole and I left around 9 pm, with most of the others. We really had a great evening. It's so nice to see the people life from whom normally you only know a picture and the name.  This is a good side of Facebook !

The spring weather has disappeared as usual for the weekend and it was cold and wet. When I woke up the house felt cold. I checked the radiators they were all cold. Mr. G. checked the fuses, everything seemed to be OK. I called the emergency service and they came in an hour, there was one piece defective which he replaced, and now it's working again. It's awful being in the cold !

Nicole had called me on Sunday morning, that Charlie wasn't well at all and she was very worried. She has an appointment with the vet on Monday.

I went there after lunch and saw Charlie sleeping in front of the house door. I had taken Mr. G's new car to try it out, so Charlie didn't recognize the noise. But when he saw me stepping out of the car, he gripped a ball and ran over to me and greeted me nearly as usual, maybe a little slower. He even climbed the steps to the second floor which apparently he hadn't done the whole day and had let Nicole serve him food and water downstairs ! Then he led me to his toy basket where I had to choose a ball for him. I was so happy to see him nearly normal. Only the eye looks awful.

It's red and half covered by a white skin. But at least he eats and drinks and even snores, so there is hope ! Tomorrow we will hear if he has a tumour behind his eye or only an infection !

17 Mar 2017


1.As usual now we started the week with our scrabble group. This time it was Mireille's turn.

Here we are during the coffee break and her dog Tosca waited for cookies of course. Ilona who had been a beginner and had lost, was now the best ! I am not a real player I don't count, to make the most points so I was not the last but just the second last ! Mireille and Nicole had a glass of Limoncello, which is a very strong liqueur (45 %) with their coffee and they became very joyful and had red cheeks. We laughed a lot.


Nicole was very worried about her Charlie because he had like a white skin covering half of right eye. First the vet thought it was conjunctivitis and had prescribed an ointment, but now it turned out that he possibly has a tumour behind this eye ! Nicole was devastated and we all tried to comfort her as Charlie is as usual, plays and eats. On Monday she will get the result. Hopefully it's just an infection !

3. The spring weather continues and more and more flowers come out and the trees start to get green. But still I am not myself, so after aqua gym I decided to go to Egypt, and stay in my "second" home the Sunrise Resort for a week. Unfortunately it was already fully booked and I just could get a week from May 5th on. Now I have something to look forward too ! Sun, see and swimming !

4. The up and downs in the temperatures have caused a lot of colds and flues.

We  were not many in our painting class but had as usual a very nice time.

5. It was a happy day for Mr. G. his new car has arrived, a little Toyota Aygo, which is perfect for what he needs.

The car was wrapped in a red tissue and looked like a huge gift ! The salesman unwrapped it and explained all functions. I was impressed by the screen on the dashboard which showed the whole street when you went backwards. I had seen that already in big cars but had never thought that such little once were also equipped with these screens and you didn't have to pay a supplement.

As Nicole lives near Toyota, we went to show our new little jewel. She found it very cute and offered us a glass to celebrate the new car. Unfortunately Charlie was not himself at all, he didn't even get up to say hello. I only hope that  he is in this state because of the strong medication he gets and which probably makes him so groggy.

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15 Mar 2017


Trying to hide in the shoes

Doesn't work !

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14 Mar 2017


When I visited my old schoolfriend from 1951 (!) we wanted to make a tour in Cologne. It had been a long time I hadn't been in Cologne which I had known in my childhood. But then it looked completely different as it had been severely damaged during WWII and there were still a lot of ruins around.

We left the car outside and took the train and as in each city here too street "artists" had done their work.

My beloved Rhine looked all grey

I didn't recognize the station at all it had been completely renovated

I tried to make more pictures but it was impossible, the wind was so strong that you could hardly walk !

But I could take a picture from the Rhine

In front of the station I saw this huge "tent" looking like building. It was the Musical Dome which is a unique theater because of its extraordinary glass and concrete construction and at the same time an architectural landmark directly on the Rhine River promenade. 

The market  place and the shopping streets hadn't changed

I noticed a new statue of a singer who only sang about Cologne with very funny texts. He also had composed the most famous carnival songs.

Want a Rolex ??

We then had lunch in an old Brewery near the Dome.

One thing I have to say, I have never seen so many sorts of cake, cookies, or bread like in Germany

The Roman Germanic Museum.

Unfortunately we couldn't do more, it simply was too stormy and cold.

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