2 Jan 2015


1. On Monday I had to drive my neighbor to a hospital in Brussels to get her monthly shot in one eye, and feared that we couldn't go, as it started to snow again a little bit.

Our street also looked quite slippery, but once out and on the road to Brussels there was no snow left. While she was busy with the doctor, I did some shopping for New Year's Eve. When I came back she was a little depressed, because on top of her Macula she now has cateract too and has to have surgery. But she is amazing, she doesn't loose here good mood and even made fun of herself when I had to lead her to her house !

The card I had created for Waterloo city Social services had been printed and sent out. I can't deny that I wasn't a bit proud !

2. The next day I was busy with shopping for our New Year's Eve and in the afternoon I prepared a huge bowl of pasta salad with vegetables and chicken. I also bought some Röstis (little potatoe pancakes) and Blinis which I put on a plate together with Tarama and Tatziki the Greek spreads and Guacamole to put on them.

3. Together with Mr. G, we prepared the living room for the New Year's Eve festivities ! I rediscovered long forgotten plates and glasses, there were more than enough !

4. At 8 pm our guests arrived all with a plate and a bottle of wine or Champagne

The table was just big enough for all this food, Chantal had made a Tiramisu we kept in the fridge for desert. Rosie did some survey but then disappeared and Pookie checked the bottles. In the pictures above you can see the Röstis and Blinis with their spreads and then the whole buffet ! We were 7 and I had never thought that we would eat nearly all of it, there was not much left ! 

Charlie Nicole's Golden Retriever and Marianne's Kiwi were also part of the party, as there is so much firework going on in the city, they couldn't be left home alone, they are so scared ! My cats didn't bother, they slept on the beds only cat Arthur came to sniff at Charlie, was disgusted by his smell and returned to bed.

The whole evening we were eating, drinking chatting and laughing a lot ! From left to right there is Vivienne my neighbor, Pierre, Mr. G's friend, Nicole, Marianne, Pierre's wife and Chantal.

I forgot to take a picture of the Tiramisu, we never thought that we would eat it all, it looked as if it was for 20 people, but it was so good that everybody served himself twice and Charlie cleaned the plate ! The party lasted until 2 am only interrupted by the New Year's wishes and then everybody returned home. They had some troubles as the cars were frozen and the street very icy, but everybody arrived home safely.

5. My friend Claudie from the South of France should arrive at 6 pm in Brussels, but once more the trains are late. This time nearly an hour ! So now I am on "standby" because I don't know yet if I have to pick her up in Brussels or in Waterloo. There is only one train per hour ! And the government tells us to take "public transports", I think the politicians don't know what that means ! Loosing a lot of time is apparently no problem for them !

more participants at Susanne at Living to tell the Story.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - I'm glad you were able to take your neighbour to the hospital .. but then for them to have some not so good news - still at least in today's age we can get something done about it. New Year's Eve looks fun ... Happy year ahead - cheers Hilary

Jo said...

Your neighbor sounds so positive even though she has eye problems. I loved the look of your snacks I wish we'd had such a good "take-away" here. Carolyn and I had to prepare all the dips and make the cheesy snacks on Wednesday morning. At least we had a great time laughing and chatting and of course taking photos of our "hard work". Have a great weekend. Jo

Andrew said...

It sounds like a grand evening, and no one is using their telephone.

Faith said...

what a great week of blessings you had! I love that card you made!! So beautiful and that happy new year's eve feast looks scrumptious! You have some snow!! and here in eastern New York State we do not have ANY! my daughters are hoping for some white stuff on the ground but i am thankful it has stayed away so far. I fear we will get a major dump of it come mid january though. Happy New Year!!

Fun60 said...

Lots of good food, drink and company, a wonderful way to welcome in the new year.

Maribeth said...

The pictures show a delightful gathering! I wish I was there! Actually, Lili is doing better and things are settling down here. So glad. My sister gave me a wonderful blanket that is so soft and cuddly. It says it is Faux Fur. Meaning its fake. I think it is perfect. It does not harm an animal and yet it is so soft and warm!

A Lady's Life said...

Happy New Year Gattina.
We watched as the world celebrated We are the last ones to celebrate in the world out here, so we watch New York at 9 pm our time and make it a night. I would hate to stay up till midnight when every one is already in bed in the world lol

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine getting a shot in the eye - makes me cringe just to think about it. And then surgery, too. I'm glad she is able to keep a positive attitude. Your New Year's Eve party sounds like a lot of fun!

diane b said...

Congrats for the love;y card that you made for the Social services. New years eve looked like a fun time.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a lovely party! Congrats on the card, you should be very proud and your city is lucky to have you.

Willow said...

Your New Year's celebration sounds and looks like it was a lot of fun!
Congratulations on having your card printed!
I hope you are enjoying your friend and it wasn't difficult to pick her up.

The Cat From Hell said...

What a wonderful Celebration!
Happy New Year! or Bonne année et bonne santé !