25 Nov 2016


1. My sprained ankle feeling much better, I went to aqua gym and it went very well. In the water anyway you feel so light like a feather and getting out like an elephant. Our teacher announced us that she is pregnant so from next year on we will have another one, a young man, who was also there to know us. I regret a bit, because the girl was real good. The best one I had in the 8 years I am doing aqua gym.

2. My holidays to Egypt are approaching, and I made the last shopping, it's a bit funny to buy sun cream when it's grey and cold. The afternoon I spent with Nicole. Her dishwasher didn't work in her new kitchen and she was very upset. She had spent a fortune with this kitchen and there was always little things which didn't work.

3. I wanted to send the St. Nicolas gift for grandson Toby to Amsterdam but our mail service is a real catastrophe ! I had to pay half of the value of the Globe and calender which was inside ! Crazy ! So I tried the Ups service, which so I had been told would work very well only 7.50 € for a parcel up to 15 kgs. Mine was not even 2. I subscribed filled in the form and was rejected. I tried it again, this time I should pay 20 € ! I thought they are crazy and tried again, and it didn't work, after 2 h I was so angry and exasperated that I gave up.

4. I started to pack all my accessoires for camera, tablet and computer, the different chargers, etc. I wonder when all companies finally come to an agreement to have just one model for the chargers !
I hope I have everything now.

5. When I arrived at my painting class, I noticed that I had forgotten all my stuff for painting ! Now I had the choice to return home which would have taken time or ask Mr. G. to bring me the things. As he had to go out anyway it seemed to be no problem. But of course each time I ask something I have a theatre play for free. First discussion which color had the little suitcase in which I transport my pastels and tubes and where it is. I explained in the garage behind the door. Which door he asked, (we only have one) I said behind the door to the basement. Which color has the suitcase as if I had a color range of suitcases behind the door. I said "blue". And the bag, where is the bag; I said, look it's normally on the suitcase. What is in it ? I said there is only one bag with one painting wrapped in a Newspaper.  He grunted something and hang on. When he arrived he had brought me the suitcase, but not the red bag, he had chosen another one with all my paintings from the exhibition in it ! I pushed I big sigh and send him to a place where it is very warm and the devil with a fork is waiting. And then I draw a cat on a paper just to spend the time, anyway there was a lot to chat about our trip to Egypt.

After painting class we went for lunch to the "Lunch Garden" with our body guard who is permanently starving (like my cats)

He ate everything what "fell" from the table even a Brussels' sprout. Charlie loves vegetables !

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collettakay said...

A trip to Egypt??? Have an amazing time!

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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - glad your ankle is improving ... so far we're lucky with our postal service ... it's my friends in South Africa that I battle with ... no service there at all.

Enjoy final preparations for Egypt .. cheers Hilary

Wendy said...

I had to lay go at the conversation with your husband to locate your painting things. It would be the same with mine. Instructions have to be very clear and precise. Have a good weekend.

mamasmercantile said...

Thrilled about the improvement in your ankle, just in time for your wonderful trip. I did smile about your husband, I think that would be my husband too.

Andrew said...

Crazy Gattina, you can always make me laugh.

Faith said...

wow! a trip to Egypt!! how wonderful. i hope you post pictures!

it is easy and less expensive here in New York State to send packages via UPS. we just wrap the item in brown paper and then they weigh it formyou right in the UPS store and you pay them and off it goes. Ive never had to fill oit a form..l.maybe it is different in Europe?

Good luck with your new water aerobics instructor.....is he handsome at least??!

Jo said...

I had to laugh out loud at the description to Mr G to bring your painting things! Charlie reminds me of my Skabenga: he eats anything: carrots, apple cores, beans and cabbage leaves. he is always "starving" He was quite fat when we arrived here, but with all the walking he is becoming a streamlined dog again. ENJOY YOUR TRIP TO EGYPT. I wish I was going with you!!!

Mara said...

I am writing a ton of Christmas cards this year and I am sure it will cost me an arm and a leg! Ah well, I will receive a fair few as well I guess (already got the first one).

Enjoy your holiday in Egypt.

Barbara H. said...

I'm so glad your ankle is doing better! Wow, a trip to Egypt - that will be fun!

Tamago said...

Trip to Egypt sounds so exciting! I look forward to seeing pictures from your stay!
Lucky Charlie getting Brussels sprouts :-) He is so cute!

MaR said...

Hi! so sorry about your ankle, wishing you a speedy recovery. And safe travels!

Susanne said...

Glad your ankle is feeling better. Aqua gym would be good for it I would think. Hope your new teacher will be just as good as the one you liked so much. How nice to have a nice warm holiday to look forward to. Very expensive to ship here in Canada too. We used to have a dog who loved vegetables too. Everything from spinach to peas to olives!

diane b said...

Love the story about Mr G and the painting gear. Sounds like what would happen here. But how could you forget in the first place,? hee hee