26 Oct 2016


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1. Besides your very own house, describe a place where you feel most 'at home'?
Besides my own home I have two others which I love equally. The one is the house of my friend in Eastbourne at the English South East coast and the other one is at the French Riviera with my friend Claudie and her family.
2. When did you last 'hit a home run' with something? Explain.
I don't really understand the expression "hit a home run", if it is to look for a new house, then it is at least 40 years ago !

3. Tell us about something you love in your house or kitchen that is 'homemade'.
My friends and family are probably lazy, but I have nothing "homemade" in my house or kitchen, except the paintings which I did myself.

4. 'A man's home is his castle'...which of the world's ten most captivating castles (according to The Travel Channel) would you most like to visit and why-

Mont Saint-Michel (France), Edinburgh Castle (Scotland), Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany), Glamis Castle (Scotland), Windsor Castle (England), Chateu de Chambord (France), Hampton Court Palace (England), Prague Castle (Prague), St. Michael's Mount (England), and Leeds Castle (England)
I have seen most of them, but would like to see Glamis Castle in Scotland. I love Scotland.

5. What's a recent or upcoming plan or project that's required you do a little homework before getting started? Did the homework cause you to abandon your plan or adjust it in some way?
The only plans I do since I am retired are travel plans, and that I haven't started yet because I am going to Egypt end November and after that I can do the next plan.

6. In your opinion, is homework an unnecessary evil or a valuable practice? Should schools be done with homework? Why or why not?
Honestly I don't care, I went through that myself and then with my son that was enough. But I think if you have to stay the whole day at school, there should be no homework anymore !

7. Share a favorite memory of your childhood hometown.
I always loved Christmas time in my home town in Germany when I was a child. Everything was so warm and cosy. I never had that feeling again since I live in Belgium even when I still lived with my parents.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I wished the 26 of November would be already there and I could escape to the sunshine

25 Oct 2016


A couple of weeks ago we had a wonderful sunny Sunday and took the opportunity to do a little walk along the ruins of the Abbey Villers la Ville

It is a very huge Abbey and the ruins have been restored.

We didn't go inside because we had been there already so often

The entrance also had changed and after having asked 3 times, it was finally too late

But even from outside it looks very pretty.

There had been a celebration and people had some refreshments (mostly the good Belgian beer) under the tents. On the terrace of the old café a lot of people were sitting and enjoyed the last warm sunny days.

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24 Oct 2016


On Saturday was the vernissage of our painting exhibition. I had to be there to take pictures but I still felt so poorly ! I hadn't eaten very much after my stomach cramps two days before and wasn't sure if I could go or not. Finally I thought I have the choice or  I sit at home and be angry with me and concentrate on my troubles or I go there, make the pictures, chat with my classmates and the visitors, and have no time to think about my miseries ! So I went !

And it was very nice, thanks to the Facebook action we had more visitors than ever and the exhibition was a real  success.

Our group, the 3 girls on the right are my best friends, Nicole, Ilona and Chantal. Besides me on the right is the municipal councillor who always supports our exhibitions.

The overlook of the room

and some visitors

At 3.30 pm I was so tired, my head spun and I went home. Still I was proud of myself  That I could stay that long,  I had arrived at 10.30 am. I arrived home and collapsed on the sofa we had supper and I went to bed very early !

On Sunday morning when I woke up, the house was unusually silent. No meow songs from ol' Pookie and Mr. G.'s opera voice shouting "Shut up" without success as Pookie is deaf he knows it also that I am not ! I got up and noticed that his car was still there and that the shutters were still shut. The reason was, Mr. G. had caught my virus which had been a gastritis, but far worse than I, because I only had stomach cramps, he had it all. Poor men had spent the night running to the bathroom.

I still felt so tired and didn't go to the Exhibition, I also stayed home. Mr. G.  did what the cats do, he slept the whole day and I watched TV. All energy gone. From time to time the phone rang, from the girls who wanted to know if I would come and help and also asking a price for one of my paintings apparently there were some people interested. One painting had been sold ! I was happy ! 

Nicole took my paintings home, they had a lot of work, because I was not the only one who was sick, another one and our teacher too ! They all had the same, there is a real epidemic around and the drugstores run out of medicine !

21 Oct 2016


1. The weekend over, it started to rain ! We had a young male animator in aqua gym, our usual girl was sick, he had to slow down, because some of the old girls just couldn't follow. So we had a lot to laugh. In the afternoon I started to make headers for my different blogs and time flew by very quickly. Suddenly it was supper time !

2. Mr. G. for once told me that he is going out for lunch together with his Whist Club ! (That's probably why it's raining) Usually he will never go out for lunch ! This was a good excuse for me to again also go out for lunch, and I called Nicole, who was very happy, as her kitchen is now nearly empty she goes out for meals or warms up in the micro wave. This time we choose our little Greek restaurant and had a huge plate of Gyros, with salad and fries ! Enough to feed Charlie who lay under the table. After that we had a coffee in a Café and went into this nice boutique to see if they had something new on "Sales" !

Meanwhile Charlie had to wait outside and suddenly started to bark, what usually he never does. Nicole went out to see what happened, a lady stood there and thought the dog had been abandonned and was ready to call the Animal rescue center ! Nicole thanked her, and I wondered if Charlie would have let foreigners pick him up and put him in a car ! I doubt very much ! Only the idea made me laugh. I said so to Nicole and she had to laugh too. Charlie looked at us, but he is used to his two crazy female body guards !

3. I had been looking for a warm cardigan in mohair or something alike and found finally one which I liked.

on top it fits perfectly to Rosie ! She could be a very special accessory to my outfit !

4. I finished my paintings so that they can be hang up. It was a little difficult because I had painted on thick carton and had to pay attention that the nail didn't get through. Finally I managed and I hope that they will not fall down.  I didn't put a foot outside, it was a lousy weather, very windy, cold and alot of rain, real autumn weather !

5. During the night I woke up with terrible stomach cramps. Impossible to sleep. I tried gymnastic, belly rubbing and breathing exercises, nothing helped only that suddenly I also had to run to my litterbox. In the morning it wasn't better and I couldn't go to my painting class and help to hang up our masterpieces. Instead I took a pain killer and a cup of tea and fell asleep until the phone rang and woke me up. It was one girl of my painting class to tell me that the nail didn't hold ! I got killer instincts !  Of course I couldn't sleep anymore but I felt much better.

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