6 Dec 2008


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When we moved to Waterloo in 1975 our neighbors were a young American couple with two small children about the same age as our son. They were happy to finally have somebody in the street who spoke english. They told us that they were mormons and children sometimes had to follow some (for us) strange rules, but that was it. I had to look up what mormons were I only knew that it was a religion where men could marry several wives and most of them lived in Utah. Our neighbor only had one, apparently she was expensive enough.

After 2 years they had to go back home because he had finished his work for his company in Brussels. We all were very sad when they left and promised to stay in contact.

Now the house was empty and the next day our 4 year old son was sitting with a little friend on the terrace, looking at magazines. I found that a little strange because they giggled and laughed and apparently had a lot of fun. I had a closer look and to my big surprise they had a bunch of porn magazines laying besides them and were giggling at the pictures ! Not Playboy, no, real hard porn, I had never seen that. I gathered my spirits when they told me laughing that all people in these magazines were naked and looked funny and that they had found the pile in front of the kitchen door of our old neighbors.

I picked up the whole bunch and told them that I have much better books with cute animals and also some cookies with that. Without any protest they gave me the magazines, which I quickly put away gave them a book with pictures of monkeys, cats and dogs and a plate of cookies and fell in the next armchair !

In the evening we laughed and laughed about that and of course Mr. Gattino who loves to talk to everybody informed the whole neighborhood about what happened and they had a good laughter too. We never heard from this couple again !

5 Dec 2008

SHOW & TELL - Souvenirs and X-Mas gifts

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During my holidays at the Red Sea in Egypt, I bought of course a part of Christmas gifts and little souvenirs for my friends.

I had put everything on my bed and of course Rosie had to inspect the whole stuff.

Necklaces in semi precious stones, (amethyst, aghates, corals, citrine, rose quartz, fluorite and turquoises) They are unbelievable cheap in Egypt.

You can see them more detailed her at my last Show & Tell (which didn't take place)

I also bought a little note book, a letter opener and a few ball pens

A little jewelry box and calenders in papyrus

Just for fun all the spices the Egyptians use in their food

It was so nicely presented

Letter signs and little pill boxes

A little bell to call Mr. Gattino for dinner, and keyholders.

Most of it is already gone, I think next time I take a truck along !

4 Dec 2008

THURSDAY THIRTEEN - Xmas time quotes

1. Christmas is just plain weird. What other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree in your living room eating candy and snacks out of your socks?

2. Why is Christmas just like another day at the office? You end up doing all the work and the fat guy in the suit gets all the credit.

3. Mum, can I please have a cat for Christmas:
Ans: No. You'll have turkey the same us the rest of us.

4. Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year.'

5. Santa Claus wears a Red Suit, He must be a communist. And a beard and long hair, Must be a pacifist. What's in that pipe that he's smoking?'

6. You know you're getting old, when Santa starts looking younger.

7. From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.

8. Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer

9. How do you know Santa Claus has to be a man?
No woman is going to wear the same outfit year after year.

10. Christmas: The time when everyone gets Santamental.

11. What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic.

12. Anyone who believes that men are the equal of women has never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas present.

13. Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas."

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3 Dec 2008


This was a Russian tourist, we called him double face ! When he was sitting just in front of me in the restaurant, I thought at least his second face is smiling, because his front face had a look as if he drank a bottle of vinegar every morning. He had the charm of a jail warden or an army sargent out of a horror movie !

Maybe when he was young the tatoo looked "sexy" (which I doubt) but now .....

2 Dec 2008


I didn't want to take the time (not to say I had no time) to look after compiled news this week. I am still fighting with the temperature difference and most of all with the light difference ! I understand more and more that we are so depending on light to feel good and happy.
Therefore go here where you can see "My World" until Sunday morning.

Saturday .......

Sunday .....

1 Dec 2008

FUN MONDAY - Neighbors

Odd Shots and Macro Monday are here again

Ari at Beyond my slab (where you can find more participants) gave us this assignment :
Tell us about your all-time worst Neighbors from Hell ......

I just came back from 2 weeks sunshine and these views on saturday

on the beach

and our neighbor's bungalow

Today I have this view and the neighbors living in front are new. It must be a ghost house because I never saw anybody in there.

Anyway all my life married or unmarried I had always very nice neighbors, I couldn't think of one who behaved badly or annoying. I live 33 years now in this street and our neighbors are maybe not all friends but we always went very well along together. Our kids grew up at the same time and did their didoes and teenage problems also all together. Now we have some newcomers, young couples with little babies but they too are rather boring and not exciting.

But the neighbors we had above our flat in Egypt they made us and others laugh every day at 5 pm sharp ! They had had sea and sun the whole day and 5 pm was time for sex ! We have never seen them but you could hear them not only in our bedroom but also on the little street ! It was strange that suddenly a whole bunch of gardeners had work around our patio and always at 5 !

The other neighbor in the front, sadly hanged himself.

30 Nov 2008


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When I think that I took these pictures yesterday at the Red Sea in Egypt and today it is grey and cold outside, it's unbelievable that there are only 4 1/2 h separating the cold weather in Brussels with this warm sunshine !

While our kids ran around half naked, for the little Egyptians it was winter and therefore they were dressed with pullovers and thick jackets !