22 Feb 2008



Have you ever played a practical joke on anyone? If so, what did you do and who was your victim?
I did an April 1st joke with my boss. I told him that a truck with 500 bras had arrived by error. He was expecting fabric. Poor guy went mad.


What do your salt and pepper shakers look like?
What a question ! Like cats of course !


Where is the next place you plan to visit (on vacation or business)?
I will do a round trip through Greece in May

Main Course

What kind of lotion or cream do you use to keep your hands from getting too dry?
I don't use my hands so they stay perfect without anything


Make up a dessert, tell us its ingredients, and give it a name.

I buy a fruit salad, open it and serve it nicely on little plates


More Show & Tell participants are with Kelly

It is rather difficult for me to find things in my houshold which are not in cat form. So I have to continue with

a little coffee or tea pot which is in our bathroom and contains cotton

a Mexican cat in my kitchen with a tile I have got from my friend in London with this nice suggestion.

and these two ceramic cats I received from Mr. Gattino now on last Valentine's. They should represent our little cat Rosie you can see in my header.

21 Feb 2008

Mimi's Message in A Bottle Meme

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Mar has tagged me (amongst others) for the Mimi's Message In a Bottle Meme.

Here are the rules:

You are about to send a virtual Message In a Bottle across the Blog Ocean. Leave a message in the sand or on the bottle. Write anything you wish. Be a pirate or a poet. Serious or silly. Anonymous or not. What message would you like to send out to the universe?

Message In A Bottle Meme

1. Compose a message to place in your virtual bottle.
2. Right click and SAVE the blank graphic below.

3. Use a graphics program of your choice to place the message on the picture.
4. Post the Message In a Bottle meme and your creation on your blog along with these rules.
5. Tag a minimum of 5 bloggers - or your entire blogroll - to do the same. Notify them of the tag.Your virtual bottle will remain afloat in the blogosphere ocean for all blogernity (That's a Mimism for blog + eternity.)

I suggest you tag yourself if ever you like to do this meme !


Then go over to Mimi and add your site to her Mr. Linky list and place your blog's name and url in a comment.


I usually sleep very well as soon as my head hits the pillow I am gone. But apparently there are some exceptions like last night. Here are 13 reasons why I didn't sleep very well.

1. I woke up because cat Lisa had jumped on my bedside table and knocked down the lamp. I fumbled in the dark to put it back then fell asleep again

2. I woke up because I heard somebody shouting in a very angry voice "go to hell ! " I didn't want to go to hell but stay in my bed but it wasn't to me that the words were addressed, Mr. Gattino had sent somebody else to hell. He talks when he sleeps

3. I woke up because a craw was cawing in my room. I checked, it wasn't a craw it was cat Lisa asking for food at 2 am. I faked not to hear anything and fell asleep again

4. I woke up because something hit my head I switched on the light, cat Lisa had missed my bed in the dark and had jumped on my head. I sighed got up and fed her at 3 am.

5. I woke up because it rumbled through the house. I thought it was an earthquake but it was only Mr. Gattino who had fallen out of his bed.

6. I switched on the light and saw him sitting on the floor with big question marks in his eyes. He had jumped from a rock in his dream.

7. I tried to fall asleep again

8. I woke up from a very loud noise. The alarm of the neighbor's house blow as if World War III had started. I just wanted to check what happened when silence came back. I hoped to fall asleep again

9. I woke up because I heard somebody singing and talking in Italian. It was Mr. Gattino who performed in his sleep

10. I tried to fall asleep it was only 4 am

11. Now cat Rosie had decided that the night was over and started to purr in my ear making a noise like a lawn mower.

12. I listened a little, thought cat purrs are good for stress and nerves, but at 5.30 am I still didn't sleep

13. At 6 am I gave up, got up and followed by 5 cats went to the kitchen to feed them, while I heard Mr. Gattino's peaceful snoring. I still don't understand why so early in the morning I got killer instincts.

20 Feb 2008

19 Feb 2008


Charming Charles impresses Mathilde with his gallantry
Princess Mathilde of Belgium might be married to her own prince but that doesn't prevent her appreciating the attentions of another charming royal. The 35-year-old mum of three, who is expecting her fourth child this spring, seemed positively coy as Prince Charles turned on the old-fashioned charm and gallantly kissed her hand. I have to say that our dear Mathilde has a special taste concerning men !

Japan's crown prince has been told by the bureaucrat who runs the Imperial Household to visit his parents, the emperor and empress, more often. If my parents would have looked as good humoured as these two, I don't think I would go there more often either !

France President Sarkosy and his new wife Carla Bruni

Speaking in the French news magazine L'Express, Carla Sarkosy (ex Bruni) the Italian-born former model explained: "It seems that with him, nothing bad can happen". She goes on to say: "With him, an anxiousness that I've felt since childhood disappears. So I am the First Lady until the end of my husband's mandate, and his wife until death. I only hope he will not be run over by a car tomorrow !

In the United Emirates a licence plate indicating the number one was sold in auction for 14,2 $.
I wouldn't have bought it, I prefer n° 2 and then it's not even in gold and I don't like the design.

The mexican Manuel Uribe, considered as the biggest man in the world from the Guiness Book 2007 has lost 230 kg with a special diet. His weight was 570 kg. I am relieved, I don't need to loose that much !

The year of the Rat increased hamster price. Before February 7, the chinese New Year, a hamster was sold for five yuans (50 Euro cents) Today they cost 6 times more.
Stupid me ! If I would have known that I would have bought at least 200 hamsters and sold them now ! Again a missed occasion to become rich !

Mr. Rude

British children learn politness rules with help of "Mr. Rude". Mr. Rude speaks english with a very strong french accent. The French Minister of Culture was very upset and accused the British government to give a wrong image of the Frenchs. For that he is right except for the inhabitants of Paris ! They are indeed very rude !

Spice Girls 'will not tour again'
Geri Halliwell and the other Spice Girls end their tour in Toronto
The Spice Girls will not tour again after their current set of concerts, "Ginger Spice" Geri Halliwell has told the website of US magazine Billboard. It's better to leave on the top of your glory then getting ridiculous !

18 Feb 2008



This week's word is "Two". no, not two words ! I thought about :

1. Tea for two
2. World War II
4. The Two Things about the Two Things game (People love to play the Two Things game, but they rarely agree about what the Two Things are).

But nothing really inspired me except this :

The Two Talking Cats

and I agree fully to that what they said !


For this week's Fun Monday Sayre proposed to take our camera as we go about our business and take a picture of things that make us laugh along the way.

The problem is, I don't go out anymore about a "business" ! I only go out if I have to shop or if I want to go out and my way to the Supermarket is rather boring !

Usually the first "thing" which makes me laugh when I get out of my bed is when I find my cat Arthur in this position on the sofa :

When I go out of my house the cow standing in my neigbour's mini garden makes me laugh too. It just looks so ridiculous but apparently it is very "chic" because the cow was part of an exposition and had cost a lot of money.

One night some innocent souls had put a rusty bucket under this masterpiece and behind straw with some stuff similar to cow poop. We all found that very funny except the neighbors they are not very famous for their humour.

The little dwarfs in my other neighbor's garden make me laugh too, they were put there by their little 10 year old son and I find them very cute.

Although I swear I am not living in or around a cimetary but there are no laughter causing items here around, no funny street signs, no advertising not even an exhibisionist in a raincoat jumping out of behind a bush.

17 Feb 2008


At our last "goat" (chinese astrologic sign) meeting we suddenly started to compare our youth with the one of our children. All three of us are from the same generation with different nationalities. I am German, Ilona Belgian and Chantal French we spent our teen age years in different countries, except myself who continued my teenage life in Belgium from 1959 on. But when it comes to our youth it was more or less the same.

It all started with Rock and Roll. We were the first generation who would later be copied by their own children or even grand children. This had never happened in history.

The song "That's All Right Mama" from Elvis Presley and Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" both from 1954 set the rock and roll boom in motion. Rock around the Clock became one of the biggest hits in history, causing riots in some cities. It was a breakthrough for all of rock and roll music and set the mold for everything else that came.

The massive popularity and worldwide scope of rock and roll gave it an unprecedented social impact. Far beyond simply a musical style, rock and roll influenced lifestyles, fashion, attitudes, language and also the way of dancing from this year on we rocked ! And we loved it ! Ilona even won Rock & Roll contests with her partners. All later dance genres wich followed, starting with the twist, and leading up to funk, disco, house, techno, punk and heavy metal, found there origin in the Rock & Roll.

We have seen Elvis live on TV if not in concert, and all the other Rock & Roll heros too. We could see the young Beatles in concert, they were the same age as we. I liked the Rolling Stones when they were young but think they should stop by now to perform live it looks like if I were still dancing Rock & Roll and Mr. Gattino swings me over his shoulder. Just ridiculous. But I still love their music. After all they are all grandpas and we can be proud of them.

So when today our sons ask us how it was then, we can talk and talk and describe and our eyes would sparkle and somewhere we are a little sorry for them that there is nothing really new to invent or change the world at least not yet.

Today I would choose in my son's generation

Robbie Williams

and in my grandson (or daughter)'s


Below is a post about "Queen"