24 Feb 2017

FRIDAY's FAVE FIVE - FIVE ON FRIDAY

1. This time our Scrabble get together was at Ilona's home



Mireille our half blind friend (above right) started with a Scrabble and got 50 points plus the letters ! She is very good although we have to help her from time to time especially with F and E. I only can admire her. She is such a cheerful girl and so happy that she can go out with us, because she said she had a lot of friends but when her view got worse and worse the friends slowly disappeared ! I don't call that friends ! We had a nice afternoon, Nicole was second I was third and Ilona the last one !

2. I wanted to call Ilona, and suddenly had my friend in Germany on the phone. Instead of pushing on the I I had pushed on G ! That was a nice surprise, we had a long chat and then she invited me for next week for 4 days to Cologne. I thought that was a good idea, it was a very long time I hadn't been to Cologne.

3. My GPS which I had bought because it could be updated for a lifetime,  suddenly didn't update anymore. I got a pop up on my computer that there was not enough room. Mr. G. bought a card and I went to the shop where I had bought it, but they couldn't do anything it just didn't work. I decided to buy a new one before I drive to Germany, and give mine to Mr. G. because he only drives to unknown places very seldom. That's what we did, and I bought a Mio this time, which seems to be very complete and easy to use.

4. We have very strong wind for the moment and I blew nearly away when I walked to my car after some shopping ! Nicole came with Charlie, who is always so happy when he comes to us !



Apparently he starts to bark on the main street to tell Nicole that she has to turn now and continues until she stops in front of our house. As soon as she opens the door he runs to our entrance door and barks again. When I open he doesn't know what to do to show how happy he is and then he runs to the open fire where besides the wood logs I had put some toys for him. My cats don't bother anymore, they just continue to sleep on the beds ! Anyway he can't go there, I blocked the door.

5. After my painting class, where I started a new finger painting, a landscape. I started with a grey



background and a white cat inside, then I didn't like it and made the whole thing blue, after several other color layers, a landscape with the sea and a very cloudy sky came out. As it is not finished yet and it might change again, I didn't take a picture. The reality was I forgot. As you can see we are very modern, instead of copying from a photo, one copied from her smartphone !

After the painting course I went to the hairdresser it was necessary, my hairs had grown and this time she cut it shorter than usual. I thought if I don't like it it will grow again. Mr. G likes it and that's the most important.




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22 Feb 2017

WORDLES WEDNESDAY - WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE






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1. Have you ever been fishing? Did you catch a fish? If so did you keep it or throw it back? If you haven't been fishing is that something you'd like to try?
Just as hunting I hate fishing, I would never try, I don't even like to watch fishermen in their "sport" sitting in a chair, reading newspaper and waiting for a fish and when it's hanging on the hook, they throw it back ! Cruel ! 

Fish out of water, big fish in a small pond, living in a fishbowl, packed in like sardines, this is a fine kettle of fish, plenty of fish in the sea, or cut bait...which fishy phrase most recently applies to some area of your life?
Maybe a goldfish in a bowl ? 

2. What's something you're always fishing for in your purse, wallet, desk, or kitchen junk drawer?
Without any doubt my keys !! in all different places !

3. Your favorite fish tale or movie?
There is nothing coming into my mind. Besides the fact that I like to eat fish (but anonymous fish) I don't think that I ever watched a movie with a fish tale not even with a fish tail. I prefer animals you can pet, like a room tiger ! 

4. Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight or night? Explain why you chose your answer.
Sunrise and daylight lots of light I love sunny days it puts me in a good mood and I am full of energy then. But I also like the evening twilight and nights but only in summer when it is warm and I can  sit outside late evenings when it's dark. 

5. What's the oldest piece of clothing you own and still wear?
I have a hippie blouse from the 70th, and as it is in fashion again, I wear it again and it still fits ! 

6. We've got one more month of (officially) winter here in the Northern hemisphere. Are you feeling the need for a getaway? What's been the best and worst part of your winter so far?
I am more than ready for a getaway, and I don't even care where ! I hate winter but some days are supportable when it is very cold and the sun is shining. I really hate rainy grey days !

7. The Wednesday Hodgepodge lands on National Margarita Day...will you be celebrating? Frozen or on the rocks? Are you a Jimmy Buffet fan? If so, what's your favorite JB tune?

I am sorry I have never heard of a Margarita Day ! Not to remain ignorant I googled and this is what I found out : The National Margarita Day is observed annually on February 22nd. Known to be the most common tequila-based cocktail served in the United States, the margarita is a cocktail that consists of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice. 
Please pay attention not to get a hangover !

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I rake my brain where to go to take some pictures in this rain ! 





20 Feb 2017

WEEKEND REVIEW FEBRUARY 20

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

FRIDAY's FAVE FIVE - FIVE ON FRIDAY

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.

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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 - WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE



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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

MY WORLD

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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