31 Dec 2010

FRIDAY's FAVE FIVE



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1. Since we came back from Amsterdam where we had celebrated Christmas, it had started to snow again and for 3 days we were litterally prisonners of our house !



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On TV they only talked about the snow, the chaos at the airport, people without electricity and of course car accidents just like in an action movie where it is normal that cars fly through the air and turn around. Car insurances suffer nightmares !

3. Dominique was able to get her car out of the snow and did the shopping for us and my other neighbor. She delivered everything and we took the opportunity to have a cup of tea together and I showed her our Christmas pictures.

4. Vivi my 72 years old other neighbor had needed cigarettes, which I have to keep, because officially she has stopped smoking because her 92 year old boyfriend doesn't allow that she smokes. So she came at 9 am to pick up her cigarettes and we had a cup of coffee together and chatted about Christmas etc until finally she left us at 11 and now we know everything what is going on in our street ! Fortunately nobody died, but the neighbor's son has finally found a girlfriend and left his parents after 29 years of commun life. I hope for them that he won't come back.

5. The rest of my time I spent with snow shuffling, sorting out my pictures, answering Christmas and New Year wishes and watched some crime stories on TV and of course with blogging.



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30 Dec 2010

A LINK INTO THE NEW YEAR

Jenny Matlock
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Our letter topic for this week is to make a "New Year linky".

Therefore I make a linky from 2010 to 2011, which in any case I can't avoid as worldwide the year will change as we all use the Gregorian calendar. If I would use the Hebrew calender I would be now in the year of 5700 and something, which makes me older while the Islamic year is now in 1400 and something. Honnestly I am too lazy to calculate my age and keep the one I have in my passport.

Since I started blogging I heard for the first time that people make "New Year's resolutions". Not used to this costum I had looked in Wikipedia which always helps me to get more and more instructed and wiser. Soon you can call me Wikipedia II. So I learned that :

"A New Year's resolution "is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year's Day."

The problem with me is, I don't know what kind of resolutions I could make ! I don't want to reform my habits or my lifestyle, I had 50 years of time to do that.

The things I should improve are :

Improve health: loose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol, quit smoking.
Fortunately I have no health or weight problems, I don't drink alcohol, I eat nothing greasy, and I pretend that I don't smoke.

Improve finances: get out of debt, save money. I never had debts and am happy with my finances.

Improve career: get a better job. I now got the best job ever, I am retired !

Improve education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new (such as a foreign language or music) Nothing to improve (besides learning Wikipedia by heart) not even learning languages I think 4 are enough and music I don't want to learn but listen.

Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time, be more independent. Grumpy I don't know (ask Mr. G.) for sure I am organized and more independent as I am is impossible. I can't reduce stress, because I am never stressed. I am angry or furious.

Take a trip, to where or with what ? My travel planning is full

The only thing which will change my life is the fact that I became a grandma for the first time in November, but for that I don't have to make any resolutions !


In fact this is a new job !



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29 Dec 2010

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

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28 Dec 2010

MY WORLD - Let it snow !


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My world hasn't changed since last week, in fact it became even worse !



This was the view out of my room on Friday the 24th ! Even an ice block covered with snow hanging over the garage. We could have made a bet of who goes out first and be killed first !



We had no steps anymore leading to the housedoor



and my little animal cimetary in the corner of our garden was also almost invisible. There weren't even paw prints from our cats.



I couldn't look into the kitchen of my neighbor Domi to see what she was cooking, and the other neighbor had also disappeared in the snow. Our street looked as a village in Alaska only the houses looked different.



Although the view out of our living room window was quiet romantic, we were rather nervous because we had to go to Amsterdam which is about 220 km from Waterloo.



After digging out our Garage door and making a little way to get the car out, we managed to get on the street and could drive without major problem to Amsterdam and celebrate Christmas. See post below.

27 Dec 2010

WHAT DID YOU DO THIS WEEKEND ?



Helps you to remember what you have done on the weekend of December 24. You never know if you need an alibi ! If you participate please put the little logo on the top of your post and leave your link.

When on the 24th I looked out of the window, I thought we would never be able to drive the 220 km to Amsterdam to celebrate Christmas with our son and family.

We were litterally burried in snow. I couldn't even open the garage door. With a snow shuffle which dated from Matusalem (I don't even remember when we bought it)



I managed to shuffle enough to get out of the garage with my car. Mr. G's was sitting deeply in the snow. We had to put a kind of socks around the front wheels not to slip and slide on the frozen snow. The city confronted with such a new problem hadn't thought about buying enough salt and didn't have snowblowers. It was a real adventure. Fortunately the highways were clean and there was no problem and finally we arrived just a little later as foreseen in Amsterdam in our hotel.

This time we had to sleep in a hotel because with the new baby, there was no spare room left for guest.



But we were very happy with the Hotel I had found, it was the Best Western and had a nice view on the canals and what is very important in Amsterdam it also had a garage, as parking on the street is very expensive even in front of your own house !

Then we drove to our sons flat and started our Christmas celebration !



First thing we noticed of course was that little Toby had changed and had become a big boy ! He is now a little more than a months. Above you see the young and old couple with little Toby and then he acted as little Jesus in front of the Christmas tree.



We had a raclette on Christmas Eve and on Christmas day a delicious turkey with couscous and broccolis gratiné. Nonno (Grandpa) Mr. G and Grandson Toby both full had a little nap together.



and here he is admiring his toys with music and was also very intrigued by my glasses.



Last but not least, here are a few of my Christmas presents and .... of course I was spoiled with cats !

We haven't been in the center of Amsterdam at all, it was so cold and the sidewalks were also a little slippery. It will be for the next time.





The ships were frozen in the canals, as I could see out of our hotel room.

Sunday we drove home on a cleaned highway and arrived again in our messy Waterloo, where the cars were stuck and burried in the snow. We pushed a big sigh of relief when we managed to drive in the garage without damaging anything !

We watched a film on TV and recuperated from celebrating and eating and were not hungry at all ! Christmas definitively is not made for people on diet !

24 Dec 2010

FRIDAY's FAVE FIVE



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1. Because we are still stuck in the snow, I couldn't do anything special.



2. On one snow free moment I managed to put these little lights in our hedge. I am the only one who has some outside decorations, if you can call this so. But it looks nice. Nobody else in our street did anything because of the snow.

3. I had to go out for Christmas shopping, not for gifts but for food, the main streets were almost snow free but the parkings were full of snow and ice so I got promptly stuck and couldn't move neither forwards nor backwards. No men had ventured outside for shopping and had preferred to leave this to their dear wives, so two ladies pushed me and I could drive home (without stopping) and arrived still alive and without a damaged car.

4. I also cleaned our rather long entrance way to the house door, as it became quiet dangerous and rather impossible to walk on there unless you put on skis. Of course nobody has a snow blower here, it is the first winter since ages that we have that much snow and for such a long time.

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This gives you an idea how it looks like, this time Mr. G. got stuck when he came back and I too just in front of our garage. We finally managed by pushing each other, and when we had finished our neighbor got stuck and we had to push her too ! Of course nobody has winter tires because we never needed them.

Finally came a truck with salt throw it on the street, which makes it even worse, because they should first push the snow away. I really wonder why people want to discover if we can live on mars or the moon when they are not even able to handle what is going on on earth !

The rest of my time I spent with wrapping Christmas gifts, watching TV, chatting on the phone and blogging of course !

And this afternoon we are driving to Amsterdam to celebrate Christmas with our son and family. If ever you see a big snow ball on TV which blocks the highway to Amsterdam then it's me and Mr.G. in the car stuck in the snow !





To all of you !

23 Dec 2010

CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS

Jenny Matlock
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All over the world is Christmas time. In lots of countries the word Christ has been forgotten and what people see is the Coca Cola Santa who became famous in 1931.

To me Christmas is a family celebration and had always been like that. In Germany we always celebrated on Christmas Eve and Christmas day was more a day for visitors and a lot of eating. I tried to keep this tradition also in Belgium, here people celebrate more on Christmas day and less on Christmas Eve. My parents always came for Christmas to Brussels, we had our Christmas gifts on the 24th after a glass of champagne and before the supper. Now as we don't celebrate anymore in our home, but with my son and his new little family, the tradition may change and we won't be probably always together on the 24th.

Lots of people are alone on Christmas Eve, or have the problem with a patchwork family. Who celebrates with whom ?

But the Christmas tree made his way around the world ! I even saw it in Egypt and Santa sitting on a camel ! People put up a Christmas tree because it looks so nice and beautiful, the reason doesn't matter. I worked with two muslim girls and they always had a Christmas tree just like they had Easter bunnies for the kids.

I think everybody should celebrate (or not) Christmas as he wants. In a commercial, romantic, religious way or not at all.



Sweet memories, my 3 year old son with his guinea pig in a pram on Christmas Eve (he got the pram from my mother, to walk the guinea pig around).







This years decoration

This will be my little Grandson Toby's first Christmas, he is now a little more than one months old.



to all of you !!

22 Dec 2010