16 May 2009
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On thursdays I pick up Yanouk for a long walk. His mom is babysitting her grandson. When I open the door and put on his leash, he takes it in his mouth and leads me to the sidewalk. There he decides in which direction we would go. As I have no other plans I just let him walk me. At the beginning I look like somebody being on invisible water skies, pulled by a dog instead of a boat. He takes me from tree to tree from wall to wall from corners to corners. It is amazing how many things there are to sniff at and to water too !
Years ago men looked after me because I was quite a pretty girl. Today they look after Yanouk, because he is the beauty now. People I have never seen great me because they haven't realized that I am a different person as Yanouk's attendant. He is the king of the road. Little dogs bark their soul out of their bodies behind safe fences, Yanouk doesn't care, he doesn't even look.
While following him I am amazed how many plants, trees, corners etc he can water and he is still not empty. He always safes the last drop for just before his home. Sometimes we don't agree about our way. Especially when he feels that it would be the way back. Then he sits and looks at me, his eyes saying : try to pull my 60 kg (132 lbs) ! Of course I try, I am almost with my bottom on the sidewalk and pull and pull and he sits there and admires my gymnastic, until I remind myself that I am the boss and tell him that now, we really have to go.
Each time he sees a hedge he pulls me over there to scratch his back, he loves it and if he would be a cat he would purr. Then with his hind legs he scratches and throws the gravel or ground all around. I have to pay attention not to get it in my face.
When I bring him home, first thing is he drinks loudly a whole bowl of water and then collapses somewhere on the floor. He is exhausted and I too !
Should'nt have taken the last picture, it is not very decent !
15 May 2009
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When our son came for Mother's day together with his girl Marieken, I stated with horror, that all bowls we had in the house were all slightly cracked, except the two once we always use. That happens when you are only two in a household. So first thing I did on Monday was buying new bowls. Not so easy to find because this year all dishes I saw were grey, black or white. Must be the crisis who puts everything in funeral colors.
But finally after 3 shops I found red once, just fitting into the kitchen and the rest.
They had brought me yellow and white tulips, but the white once bent down after two days, so I cut them and put them in this little vase so I am sure they will last for another few days.
The nicest and most original gift for Mother's day I got from Marieken. She had bought this little cat for me.
Isn't it cute ? It's a brush to clean your fingernails !
The little tongue is to clean under your fingernails. Of course I wouldn't use it, it stands on my sink in the bathroom.
and on tuesday I got another surprise a friend brought me this cute little cat, just like that for no reason, she had seen it while shopping and thought it would fit perfectly in my room !
14 May 2009
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The name is a little outdated because after being the swine flu it became the Mexican flu then a H A N1 flu(or something like that) but as this was too difficult for us simple people to keep in mind the last name of this flu which caused already over 200 deads worldwide is the flu A
13 Quotes about swine flu aftermath :
1. swine flu aftermath: miss piggy, babe, porky pig, piglet, and hamm are arrested under charges of conspiring against humanity
2. swine flu aftermath: terrorist experts surmise osama doesn't just have a camel but also a pig, a bird, and a cow
3. swine flu aftermath: mexicans finally fall beneath blacks in the eyes of white racists. blacks riot in the streets with surgical masks on
4. swine flu aftermath: kermit the frog admits he knew miss piggy had it but still slept with her anyway
5. swine flu aftermath: the millions of hamsters, snakes, rabbits, and ferrets start terrorist organizations aimed at their former owners
6. swine flu aftermath: pigs boast to other animals for being the first to land on the moon. hoofs maniacally stamp out neil armstrong's print
7. swine flu aftermath: miss piggy admits to having swine flu for the past twenty years, as well as AIDS
8. swine flu aftermath: cheap pig snout masks that lazy halloweeners buy skyrocket to $50
9. swine flu aftermath: the ugly duckling becomes defunct when a children's author writes about the only pig in the family to have the flu
10. wine flu aftermath: the media explains the initial typo that it's actually "wine flu," which leads to countless suicides in italy
11. swine flu aftermath: starving artists start dropping pigs off in beverly hills
12. swine flu aftermath: a local reporter finds a man who survived mad cow, avian flu, and swine flu. when asked about it, he replied, "i've just always been good with animals."
13. swine flu aftermath: pigs try to tell us how it started but we still fail to understand the linguistics behind oink-oink-oink
swine flu aftermath: 1,000-5,000 people stationed in antarctica laugh at the world's problems
(better take it with humour !)
13 May 2009
12 May 2009
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A little walk through Waterloo is also part of my world especially when the weather is nice and the sun is shining.
On the terrace of the restaurant or better "Brasserie" called " Les six colonnes" (the 6 columns) people enjoy their meal or just a glass of wine or beer.
If you like Belgian chocolate there are enough stores too
We still have some little vegetable shops which are also selling other stuff, if you don't like to go into a supermarket for your shopping
Another Café or pub, where in the evening you can try your talent as a singer with Karaoke
All very old houses dating from the Waterloo battle time, have been transformed to shops or offices. When I moved to Waterloo 33 years ago, there were still people living in them.
Should you get hungry during your little walk, there is a typical "Friterie" stand where you can buy a bag of belgian "french" fries. (French fries were invented in Belgium !)
The main street was very busy as usual
Another Pub/Brasserie in an old farmhouse, which is called "La Pomme" (the apple) They make very good Hamburgers.
Just in front is the very modern office parc
On my way back this restaurant "Moules à Gogo" (Mussels as you wish) is specialized in mussels as the name says, but they also have other things.
The residential area before I arrived home again
11 May 2009
Faye asked us to tell our gardening stories. And share some photos of your garden, or one we admire.
I think I don't have any gardening stories because I never had a green thumb. I don't like to work in our garden, to plant and unplant flowers, to mow the grass or cut the hedge. What I love is sitting in a beautiful garden with flowers and blooming bushes around me and a freshly cut lawn because it smells so good. I try to understand people who love working in a garden, know all flowers by their names and at what season they bloom.
But as we have a garden and I don't want to sit in a jungle either I tried to make it nice and easy. Mr. Gattino is of no help he hates garden work even more than me and mowing the grass is already too much. At the very beginning a gardener was seeding grass in the middle and put all kind of bushes around. In front of the house we put gravel.
Since last year a miracle happened and I suddenly started to like to work a little bit in our garden. Not too much of course.
I bought tree bark and had put it on a plastic so there would be no weeds and no more mowing at the side of the house.
at the end of the lawn I planted a rhododendron a months ago which just started to bloom. It's also the little corner where our animals are burried.
The entrance too I made very easy. Same system, tree bark on plastic
and flower pots with petunias
and of course a little cat. In a month there will be blooming more and fill the whole pot.
For the moment a lot of bushes are blooming and it looks wonderful. These are two houses in my neighborhood.