21 Sept 2019


When I was 10 years old, I went to school in Bonn/Germany. In Germany schools don't last the whole day and finish at 4 as here in Belgium, but it depends the age, I had to go from 8 to 12 or 1 pm I don't remember and then I went home for lunch and stayed there for the whole afternoon. This was a big problem for working women because there were no day cares or day schools. Women usually stayed home for the children. My mother never worked so she was always there when I came home.

For 10 am usually when we had a break she had prepared a sandwich for me, which were two slices of dark grey dry bread with something in it mostly cheese or something else. We had no plastic at that time no sandwich paper it was just after the war and people took what they could get. Fortunately we were under American occupation and had bread ! The sandwich was wrapped in grey paper, other children had theirs wrapped in newspaper paper, because they hadn't anything else. Lunchboxes didn't exist either.

Of course the sandwich when I unwrapped it tasted awful because it was even more dry. But if you are hungry you gobble down whatever you get ! and that's what I did.

Then after a while we got the first plastic foil and my mother had wrapped my bread in this new invention ! I can still remember when I took out my sandwich this time, it tasted so good it was not dry anymore and for once I ate it with appetite.

Those who had their sandwiches wrapped in Newspaper paper know the difference between paper and plastic foil !

Fortunately today you have lunch boxes...

My first roll and white bread I ate when I was around 13 ! I didn't even know that other breads existed ! 

The schools in Germany have not changed, but they start more and more to join the all day system, because women want to work and not only doing household things.

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20 Sept 2019


The previous post was a meme or theme just as you like and its title was "the same thing". I have the impression that at least for the moment it's always the same thing, I mean my weeks !

We started with Scrabble at Ilona, one was missing because she got a new parquet and had to stay home.

We were not very much concentrated because we always talked about what we have to do for our forthcoming painting exhibition The poster was ready and the fliers too, but there is still some work to do.

I had to go to the city hall to bring the confirmation letter, that we would participate in the reception given by the mayor for the 50 years long wedding anniversaries of some couples I suppose. Going there saved me stamps and snail mail has the speed of a snail.

The questionnaires I will fill in online just to show that oldies too can handle computers. The questions are a bit stupid amongst others they ask if our marriage was good ! Could it be bad when you stay 50 years together, I wonder ? They also ask how we met and some anecdotes, where I have to modify slightly the truth, otherwise I will loose my good reputation.

I have got a few pictures of our grandson from my son and had to created files and folders

The one and only football player (soccer) in the family on both sides !!

In the afternoon I went shopping I needed a "golden book" for our vernissage and after 3 shops with books in white for weddings, or light green for I don't know what and very expensive I finally found exactly what we needed and it was half price !

Nothing new in aqua gym classes (the same thing) nobody lost his bathing suit or another incident.

After lunch and a little movie (from which I only saw the end, must have fallen asleep) I went to Nicole to see her new parquet and the other renovations she had done in her bedroom. The guy had really done a very good job. Now the poor girl has to clean up the whole mess with her cleaning lady.

We had a very interesting and nice painting class, since there is a new fresh wind blowing through the class, with lots of new ideas and newcomers too, we are busy to reorganize the whole class.
I made a pouring for the exhibition and have two more to show.

and this is the result

Now those who want learn other techniques, we have different tables. Everybody is happy. We had a real nice morning and after "school" we went for lunch together.

Another always the same thing went by.

19 Sept 2019


As the grandma had no time, to write always the same she let her grandson say :

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17 Sept 2019


When I was for two days in Budapest I fell in love with this city ! I can't say why, but it was such a charming town and people were all so friendly. We stayed for two nights in the Ibis Hotel which fortunately was located in the center of Budapest. In our free time I could travel on the bus for free because I was over 65 and I was not even Hungarian ! In my own country I have to pay for seniors ! I also found Budapest very modern, there was Wifi nearly everywhere, it looked clean and I tried to see as much as possible in this short time and therefore took a sightseeing bus, which I could use the whole day. It was so nice to sit on the top and have a nice view over the streets and houses.

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16 Sept 2019




It doesn't happen very often, but this weekend I had to play my grandma role ! Now my Grandson will be 9 and is not a baby anymore.

He arrived with our son on Saturday afternoon, because he is a keen football player (soccer) and had to play before they left for Brussels.

Anyway, they just arrived in time to eat a Brussels' waffle with blueberry jam and whipped creme which I had prepared for Toby because he loves it !  We were really lucky it was a warm sunny weekend and there were many festivities for families going on. In Waterloo we had the Farmer's fest and there were also many animals and games and a lot to eat. Toby and I went there, while his Dad wanted to go shopping and Mr. G. wanted his bed for a nap.

He did very well on these torture machines as I would call them. He is quite tall, 1.50 for his still 8 years !

Then he tried games made out of wood, and had a lot of fun.

We wandered around and saw all kind of animals, chicks very cute and chicken, rabbits, geese,sheep etc

and not to forget ice cream ! Then we returned home.

In the evening we went for Mussels with chips it is the season now, Toby choose spaghetti of course as all  children, and my son had two pots of mussels, because after 5 it's "all you can eat" for mussels. I had enough with one pot it was already huge !

The next day was a Horse show fest, also with a lot to eat to drink and horses of all breeds !

Before we left,  he put on what his Dad had bought for him the day before,  for the new football season. As Toby is growing so fast, he needed a new one. We admired it all and then after breakfast we went to see the horse shows,  just in the next little town. This time Mr. G came with us, it was the first time since his hip operation that he dared to go for a walk.

Father and son

While my son snail walked with Mr. G, I tried not to loose Toby,  the jumping flea  from spot to spot, until he stopped and wanted to shoot with darts on balloons. I bought him 7 darts for 5 € and he shot 5 balloons. Not bad at all, didn't know that we had a dart specialist in the family. He could choose something. He didn't like anything and asked me again for 5 € which I didn't have. I choose a mignon, because he wanted nothing and I didn't want him to take nothing. Finally I got the mignon which later I hang in my car.

Some poneys

and a part of the show.

We returned home for lunch and then went visiting Toby's little friend Benji and his parents. We spent a nice afternoon on their terrace and ate a cake and then it was already time to say good bye and father and son returned to Amsterdam. To my pleasure, Toby only left reluctantly he would have preferred to stay a bit longer !