Thursday, 30 October 2014


There is not a lot of choice to find an English word starting with X ! Letters yes, like XL, or X-rays. But suddenly I remembered my first start into the modern world with a Xerox word processor !

In 1990 had changed my job and worked in a Financial Company. My Boss always needed to have the last inventions so he had equipped the secretaries with a Xerox word processor ! I had never seen such a thing, but I had to learn to use it for my translations.

I think it must have looked like this 

Therefore he sent me to the Xerox company for 3 days to learn how to use this thing ! It was awful. I couldn't get into my mind that there were icons in which I had to put my text. And of course the worst thing was learning to use a mouse.

My mouse had its own will and never went there where I wanted it to be. The arrow always was in corners or at the end or on the top of the screen. My eyes popped out to find it ! I suffered like a martyr !

One day my mouse didn't work at all anymore ! No arrow on the whole screen ! If it would have been possible I would have thrown the mouse against a wall, but it was attached, wireless mice didn't exist yet. And suddenly I realized why the mouse didn't work ! Instead of holding the mouse in my hand and move it around, I had grabbed my cigarettes ! Of course it didn't work. At that time everybody smoked everywhere and you were even considered as an outsider when you didn't smoke. Times have change, now we have to live healthy. Anyway after the 3 days of intensive learning, they send me back to the office where I had to exercise ! I have to admit that I wasn't very talented and my colleagues had to help me out quite often. And now I handle a computer better than my washing machine !

Jenny Matlock
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014


A walk through the country side with Charlie

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014


In the middle of Waterloo is a very beautiful park. Once there had been a castle there, which had been demolished in the 70th, and even with my Mrs. Marple/Sherlock Holmes skills, I couldn't find a single picture of this castle on Internet !

The only building which the city found interesting enough to keep were the old stables ! It was renovated and transformed into an exhibition hall.

The statues were added a couple of years ago

Painters and Sculptors are exposing here

The park is a nice place to walk around

We did it on a Sunday morning

There is also a playground for children

and lots of benches to rest. The trees showed their first signs of autumn

Grandson Toby had a lot of fun

It had been the last summery weekend in the middle of October.

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Monday, 27 October 2014


What a busy weekend !

We finished the preparations for our exhibition and when everything was ready

a photographer from the newspaper "L'Avenir" (The future) came and took pictures.

and the article was published the next day !

Now the room was ready for the vernissage

The buffet looked very appetizing, and had a lot of success. Nothing was left !

People started to arrive. Mr. G. met our son's math's teacher, whom I hadn't seen since for more than 30 years  ! Micheline (our teacher) and I posed for a picture.

The vernissage was a full success, there were so many people and also some aldermen from the Waterloo city. At 8 pm I left, I was exhausted it had been a very long day !

Saturday and Sunday the exhibition was open from 11 am til 5pm. We were the guards, in the middle sits our administrator who will celebrate her 80th birthday on Thursday ! On the right the aldermen for culture showed up for once, all the other years he was there probably as a ghost, because we never saw him and he pretended that he had been there ! Politicians have to lie, otherwise they wouldn't be politicians ! Most of the people wrote a little note in our "golden book" appreciating our work.

There were again a lot of visitors

The people chatted and some of them hadn't seen each other in years. This masterpiece of a cat should demonstrate "anger", but everybody thought it was a Halloween cat.

Finally on Sunday the exhibition was over, I was the guard for the last time together with our teacher on my left and Christiane on my right. Ilona came with her mother who is still fit like a fish in the water despite her 90 years !

All in all it had been a very nice exhibition, but now I need some rest !

Friday, 24 October 2014


1. The week started with rain and storm and the only thing to do was staying home not to fly away.

Fortunately I had quite a lot to do with photo creations and the day flew by only too quickly. In the morning I had my aqua gym with another "teacher", the exercises were more hard to do but I managed the result was that after lunch when I watched my little crime series which I fortunately had recorded, I fell asleep and only saw the beginning and nearly the end, I woke up just in time before the murderer was known and quickly did "rewind" !

2. We had to put the heating on again, what a difference to only a few days ago. Besides going quickly out for food shopping I spent the day behind my computer and did street watch. There was not much to see only moody people who had to walk their dogs. I am lucky, my cats walk themselves alone !

3. With the storm a big branch from the rather far away weeping willow which belongs to my neighbor just besides our house, had been blown into our garden !

And not only on the grass but on the bushes too ! Our neighbor is the most awkward person in the whole street. He never cuts anything in his garden and it's all growing wildly. To complaints he doesn't listen, he just smiles and walks away. Mr. G. carried the branch over to him, and put it on his entrance.  There was nobody. So far we haven't heard of him, because on top of that he is a real coward ! He and his wife were working in a insurance company, they should know what damage that costs ! It is also illegal to have such a huge tree in your yard, but as long as nobody moves, he doesn't care !


This weekend we have our yearly painting exhibition and I spent the whole afternoon with preparing my paintings, put nails and cords on them, painted the borders I had forgotten to paint and made a label to put on my paintings.

5. It was a lot of work to prepare our exhibition !

Everybody had brought his master pieces, and we put them all on the table, so that our teacher could select the once which would be selected. Our "administrator" used her bell again, before she gave her instructions.

The work tools lay on the table and the paintings too

Finally the selection was done, and tomorrow we will hang up the paintings and decorate the tables with the paintings  for  little easels.

I returned home and in the afternoon I drove my friend to the hospital to get her eye shot !

Thursday, 23 October 2014


 Letter W

The parents of my best friend when I was about 8 years old, had given a party. For this occasion they had prepared a big bowl of what is known in Germany as "Bowle". The drink contains fruit pieces and white wine and was very much in fashion in the 50th and 60th.

The next morning  just after breakfast, I went over to my friend, her parents were still sleeping and she was busy to clean up the kitchen. I found this wonderful, at home my mother never let me in the kitchen and certainly not doing the dishes ! She was far too afraid that I would break something. My friend as she had to do this all the time, found it less funny and was pleased that I did it ! While doing the washing up, I discovered a big glass bowl, full of fruit pieces. I wondered why they hadn't eaten all the fruits and in order to wash up the bowl, we took a spoon and ate them all. We became more and more cheerful and also very loud and suddenly I couldn't remember anything anymore.

My friend's father woke up from this noise and had opened the kitchen door. What he found were two little girls laying on the floor completely passed out ! The mother screamed the father checked, we were both still very much alive but completely drunken ! The fruits had soaked up all the white wine in which they had laid the whole night and of course were full of alcohol.

He first put his daughter in her bed and then took me in his arms, still unconscious and carried me over to my parents flat. Of course in these after war buildings people lived very close together, so the whole neighbourhood was watching this event.

My mother got hysterical seeing her daughter hanging in Mr. R's arms and screamed, which made all other neighbours in the house open their doors and look what happened. My father took me over and put me to bed, where I stayed until I woke up and wondered why I was in my room and not dancing and laughing with my friend in their kitchen !

I honestly don't remember if I had a hangover or not, but from this day on I didn't like fruits in a liquid anymore !

My friend Dagmar and me in 1951

Jenny Matlock