26 Sep 2014


1. As usual on Monday after aqua gym, I go shopping for the week,  to fill in the freezer to feed my hungry Mr. G. These were the only physical actions I did this day.

The afternoon I spent with blogging and tried to make a selfie of my cat Pookie, but she wasn't very cooperative.

2. I had gotten a letter from the city that my new identity card was ready to be picked up.

Fortunately there was nobody and I got it right away ! Our city hall is a very pleasant modern building, as you can see on these pictures.

Just besides is the Police station, which looks very welcoming, the few criminals we have here have a pleasant welcome. The police cars were nearly all there, probably because the Belgian police is on strike, they protest that they have to work until 62 years now instead of 57. Apparently only politicians want to work until their 80, if you look around in all countries of the world they are really not the youngest once.

3. Mr. G. when we bought his new office chair didn't want to have arm rests, but now he does, but didn't want to return to Ikea, he hates this kind of stores. As it was raining anyway and I like to walk through Ikea, I went there and bought the arm rests.

and now the chair looks better and is more comfy. I noticed that the new fashion color for all furnitures is grey, black and white. I walked through kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms and saw only grey and black. Not very cheerful !

I got bored and thought I will go to the Garden center which also has decorative items, to cheer me up looking at colorful flowers.

and what did I see .... grey black and white ! When I saw a black rose in a grey vase, I had enough and returned to my car,  and the sky was grey ! Apparently it was my grey day !

On my way back I stopped at Ilona's at least her home has a warm and cosy feeling and there is NO grey, white and black ! We discussed this fact and came to the conclusion that the younger generation must be rather depressed, living in grey houses with grey and black furniture. Sometimes you also find a poop brown. This and what you hear in the News looks like a not very cheerful future. I wonder who invented this fashion, it must have been a very pessimist person.


My grandson Toby's creche has a Blog where parents and grandparents can have a look what their kids or grandchildren are doing during the day. At least he wasn't wearing grey and I found this picture so cute. I thought he has already a good taste to choose a girl !

5. I went to visit Ilona's mother who with her 90 years had a hip surgery and is again home and fit like a fish in the water ! This woman is a miracle, she is straight like an "I" and I can tell you she walks quicker than me,  does her shopping and looks like 70 ! She is one of the persons who have NOTHING which is rather rare at that age ! She was happy to see me and we had a coffee together. After that I went to Nicole, she had a few questions about her new tablet and I took the opportunity and installed Skype for her. Now she can speak with her granddaughter who is in Peru with the Erasmus student program !

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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina .. that's great you can see Toby at his creche ... and then helped Nicole with her Skype - it's amazing what we can do isn't it ... and your 90 year old - lucky woman ...

Cheers and enjoy the weekend - Hilary

Mia said...

I went to Ikea as well this week but since I spent most of my time in the children's section, colors abounded! I did notice it was the only cheery place there, though. And how funny- I was lamenting the gray skies on my drive there as well!

Toby is too precious! What fun to see pictures of his adventures at his creche. :)

Cats are never much help at getting nice photos. ;)

Jo said...

I love the selfie of you and Pookie. glad she is better now. Imagine a decor of all grey and black! Not very cheerful, is it? I love seeing Toby as he grows up. He looks tall even while seated. And he has a lovely young lady on his arm already! Good on Ilona's mom. I want to be like that at 90. Good on you for always helping your friends to be computer literate. It's the only way to go!
Have a great weekend. Jo

Andrew said...

Nicole can now speak with her granddaughter in Peru via Skype. What a world we live in.

I told you Mr G's chair needed armrests. Take no notice of what he says and just buy.

Kathie said...

I'm not so fussy about grey and black either - although I do like white. But white with a splash of colour here and there. And only for summer. IN the winter you need colour!

So fun that you can keep up with Toby online - he and his little friend make a cute pair!

Wish we had an Ikea here - I like that store. The nearest one is 400 miles away :(

Hope you have a great weekend with lots of sun!

Barbara H. said...

How nice to get something at a government building without having to wait a while.

I agree about grey, black, and white. I like COLOR.

I wish we had an Ikea here, too - the closest one is 3 hours away.

That's neat to be able to look in on your grandson. He sure is cute.

I hope I am doing so well when I am 90!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you with all this black white and grey I need color otherwise would become depressed with winter coming, I am new a t reading your blog live in the States but from France originally..

Annie v.

A Lady's Life said...

glad you are keeping busy

diane b said...

It is a nice town hall. What a great idea to have a blog where you can see what Toby is doing at school. I get a weekly newsletter that tells what the chidden are learning and tells about each individual kid.

Paula said...

It was nice getting to see a glimpse of your town. I'm like you in that I like a splash of color when decorating.

Susanne said...

I don't like living in grey and black either and notice quite a few of the show homes have a lot of it.

LOL, that Pookie has a will of his own. Maybe you can bribe him with a treat.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Honest to Goddess, Gattina, your busy days put me to shame! You are tireless. Aqua gym and shopping on the same day would have me at home in a chair all the rest of the day for sure.

I agree with you totally about grey and black -- too too depressing.

Willow said...

I had to laugh about Ikea since we were there yesterday and yes, we noticed the black and white and grey. You made me laugh too with your comment about the criminals being welcomed to such a pleasant police station.