11 Mar 2016


1. The week started very "nice" ! It had snowed during the night and this in almost mid March ! The view of the white street put me in a very bad mood.

Nevertheless I went to my aqua gym and my misfortunes continued, the water was cold for the first time since I go there ! It got a bit better with the movements but everybody complained and we were freezing. One even left the class ! When I went out the snow had disappeared, but my mood hadn't got better, I am so fed up with this cold, I stayed home pottered around did some blogging and watched TV.

2. Mr. G. had got a big bone for Charlie, Nicole's dog. As it was too big and Charlie protests if you want to take his bone away when it's only half eaten, he took an axe and cut it in two !

So Charlie had two pieces I gave him one when I went to Nicole to keep her company, she slowly gets crazy not to be able to move around as usual and has to keep quiet. She had gone to another doctor who told her that it was not the muscle, but still the rip which she had broken which hurts so much and it takes long to heal at her age ! The only thing she can do is rest and take strong pain killers !

3. I got a sudden energy attack and cleaned the two boards which are hanging over my bed.

I took all cats down and cleaned them and then the board and then I put everything back. For that I had to kneel on my bed, which my cats found rather strange.

4. The sun had come out and we wanted to go for a little walk with Charlie, but the wind was so strong that it was impossible to stay outside for a long time. So we went to the Mont St. Jean farm, the only place where you get the feeling to sit outside because of the beautiful views over the fields and still you sit in a comfortable leather chair in the warmth.

When we arrived we made a little tour and Charlie found a storage room which was full of bottles with wine and wine barrels. We discussed if we should steel some or not, but we are honest women and refrained the temptation.

There is also a souvenir shop in front of the Brasserie and we had a look inside. They sell a lot of Waterloo beer, which now exists even as dark beer and in different alcohol content levels. We chatted with the salesman and he said that this beer had a lot of success. It had been created for the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo.

5. We have two new ladies in our painting class, who are very nice and fit in the group which is very important too.

After a few years I suddenly had enough of Acryl painting and switched over to pastel which I had already used long time ago. Fortunately what I had learned about pastel painting came back, just like somebody who had rode a bike and after a long pause is surprised that he had nothing forgotten.

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Jo said...

I love how Charlie's "slaves" make life good for him! The farm with beer and wine displays looks interesting. You're good at your painting so to change from one to the other way of painting would be a breeze for you. I hope your weather warms up soon. It sure looks depressing. Have a great weekend. Jo

diane b said...

You are sick of the cold and we are sick of the humidity. It is supposed to be Autumn but we still have summer temperatures. Love your pastel painting.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - it was cold ... now I've got the windows open - but I'm somewhat sheltered in the sitting room - without an open window - but the flat is getting a breath of fresh air!

Good for you with your art ... cheers Hilary

Fun60 said...

I hope you are getting some of the sunshine and warmer weather we are now having. It sounds like you have had enough of winter for this year.

Anonymous said...

I love your cat painting--and the look of pastels. I'm glad you hadn't lost the technique for using them. We've had warm weather all week, but today is a bit chilly. I hope we don't see any more of that white stuff! It's hard to enjoy exercise in cold water. Smart of Mr. G. to make two bones from one for Charlie. I hope Nicole heals quickly and no longer needs those pain meds. I'm sure she's thankful to have a good friend who comes over the chase away the crazy.

Betty said...

Hang in there...eventually it will warm up. I remember when I lived in New Jersey I thought winter would never end. It would get depressing after a while. The kids were little and we had to dress them in snowsuits and boots whenever we went any place. It took forever to get ready!

I love all your cats on the shelves and your cat painting. I'm a crazy cat lady.

Wendy said...

Lovely collection of cats in your bedroom but a lot of work to keep clean! I would be cross too if I woke up to snow - we haven't had any this winter. Have a good week.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A cold pool is misery at our age. I hope your weather warms up soon. Funny to picture Mr G with his ax chopping a big bone in half -- Charlie is a lucky dog with such friends watching out for him.

Love the cat shelf, but it does look like a dust catcher. (I'm such a lazy housekeeper.) Fun to change things up a bit in your class. I don't paint but lately I've done a couple of those paint and wine events (the leader takes you step by step through the creation of a copy of somebody else's painting. Almost like a paint by number. And you are drinking wine with friends. You would laugh and laugh at my feeble efforts, but it is a lot of fun with friends.)

Loree said...

I like your cat shelf. I have quite a few cat figures as decorations. Maybe one day I will write a post about them.

Willow said...

It's amazing that Charlie would find the wine storage :)
Lovely pastel!
I hope your weather improves soon!

Susanne said...

The farm looks like a lovely place to while away some time.

Gracie said...

Wow..I really like your work!!!