3 Aug 2020


Little Rosie loves her new home although she was an inside/ouside cat and now we live in an appartment ! Ever since each morning I find a toy mouse in her food or in her water bowl ! It makes me laugh !




It's not so easy to move from a house into an apartment although it is quite spacious, but the whole basement space is missing ! Our third bedroom I had transformed into a dressing with a sofa bed and I was looking for a shelf or something for our shoes which doesn't take a lot of space. I looked up all possibilities on Internet and found a "Shoe Tower" which you can easily put in a corner.

Saturday my friend Myriam came over to assemble it ! The notice said it was for 38 pairs of shoes ! A lot for me but Mr. G. has a few too.

When the tower is finished it should look like this :

After an hour or so it was finally finished and fitted nicely in the corner and looked great !
What a nice invention it really doesn't take a lot of space !! Better then a shoe shelf !!

On Sunday we did the last step ! We collected my paintings  and carried them across the street into my ex neighbor's basement.

There were about 20 paintings they carried across the street and I packed the once which I want to hang on our walls ! We were quite exhausted when we had finally finished. Mr. G. still not feeling physically well couldn't help but we "strong" women managed it !

Then I did a last round through the house and forgot to take a picture as souvenir ! I was so in a hurry to go home, that the fact that I had spent 45 years of my life in this house didn't make any effect on me. I was not nostalgic, I was not sad, I was just relieved to have all  the heavy work behind me. Anyway I have all pictures of my life there on USB keys ! 

31 Jul 2020


I sincerely hope that our move is finally finished. Our new appartment is wonderful and everything is in its place I mean at least the furniture and it looks nice.

The house is nearly empty I only have to move my paintings into my ancient neighbor's basement. Some books are to be taken along and some personal papers we have forgotten. And then on Tuesday the "Empty All" comes and will empty the house completely. It will probably take 3 days, as I have left quite some furniture behind and only taken along small things. We have also been in the City Hall to change our address and Mr. G. had also gone to the post office. So for 3 months our mail which still comes to the house will arrive here.

Today it is very hot 35°C but our new home is nice and cool although I can't see any aircondition.

From next week on, or a week later or later I will empty the boxes and suitcases and fill in the wardrobes, desks, and other furniture. Only the kitchen has everything in place. And then I can pick up my old life ! not really because we have a kind of second Coronavirus wave in Belgium. Our town is quite safe, but we have to wear masks outside and do a lot of things online. And we are the only country which lives in bubbles, that means you are allowed to receive 5 people (a bubble) besides the family members who live under one roof. That's quite ridiculous because if you live in a big house keeping the obligatory distance you could have more friends or guests then in a one room dwelling ! My bubble doesn't change we were always never more then five. Other countries call us "Bubble Belgium" which is quite funny ! It's a strange life !

I am sitting on the terrace and overlook the gardens. Our closes neighbor is far away

I only saw that there were people when I zoomed

Our finished living room, the curtains are very nice they keep out the heat too
On the other side through the huge fir I can see the swimming pool with full of laughing kids, must be the grandchildren


and happy little Rosie who loves her new home !

The only door in the house I hate to open is the room where we put everything which still had to find its place in the furniture ! But for the moment I can live with this, I think after all these months lockdown included I earn a little break ! It took me the double of my usual time for a post to get not used to this new Blogger thing ! I don't see any difference only complications !
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24 Jul 2020

FRIDAY's FAVE FIVE - End of moving ?

Finally I see the end of the tunnel ! The house is empty except the things we don't take along. Our son was here the whole week and moved over our personal belongings which were to heavy for us and which the movers had forgotten !

Now it looks like a battle field, with things I had long forgotten, imagine 45 years in the same house ... old suitcases with old stuff was in the attic and my son even found my doll house which I had last seen when I was maybe 14 years old !

For our mini cellar he bought a shelve and now we have far more space. 

I had never thought that we could put so many things in there which we don't need immediately.

All  difficult things he fixed for us, like the umbrella I had bought for our very sunny terrace !

And for the first time we could have supper on the terrace !

The only thing I still have to do is to make an appointment with the company which will clean out the whole house. The guy came already to give us a fixed price and I was very happy with it ! So hopefully mid August the nightmare will be over !!

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22 Jul 2020


My cat collection.

Before emptying the house completely I tried to sell my cat collection ! Unfortunately it was not the right moment. People still were very reluctant to go to "Garage Sales" thanks to the Coronavirus. In normal times people love Garage Sales and they always have quite a lot of success. Besides two neighbors who came for a chat, nobody showed up not even a cat.

A bit disappointed we returned home and two days later packed the whole cat bunch in bags and they are now in our new home's basement waiting for better times to find a new home because I have already enough !

For my poor friends it will be difficult now to find a gift for me because until now, they just bought cats in all sizes and materials !

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18 Jul 2020

FRIDAY's FAVE FAVE - Still moving !

Today it is exactly a month that we have moved from our house to the apartment. And I am still in a mess because now we have to empty the house completely. But at least our new home is finished, only little bits and pieces are missing.

I have got the new curtains and they look very pretty. Myriam my good soul has hanged them up and now when I close them it's dark in the room.

We have also tried to sell a part of my cat collection but without any success, besides two ex neighbours who wanted to say hello, nobody showed up. Apparently people still fear the coronavirus and prefer to stay home or outside.

Life is still strange with all these restrictions, although it has become better. Now you have to wear a masks everywhere inside otherwise you get a fine. But you can go to movies, theatres and little festivities always in restricted number and always leaving a space of 1.50 m ! We don't even like to go shopping and all I had needed so far I have ordered on Internet except the curtains.

But we have been to "our" Chinese restaurant in a very restricted number, Nicole is still in hospital, another one is in France visiting her mother who is also in hospital. The only peaceful place is now here when I sit on our terrace and watch squirrels, cats and pigeons, and sometimes the moon especially when it was full moon. The living room was nearly as clear as in daylight.

Mr. G is settling in and is getting better at least one worry less. Our son came yesterday to help cleaning out the house. Once the house empty we can proceed with the notary papers and then it will be over ! I am getting more and more tired honestly.

But the result was worthwhile ! 

The curtains give a warm feeling and from my girls I got money to buy this Mexican blanket which hides my old armchair ! I also have ordered cushions for the black sofas.

Miss Rosie meanwhile has tried out all seats and is very happy

She has a great look over "her" world !

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11 Jul 2020


The whole week I was busy to make our apartment cozy. Now I almost did it, only a few things are missing, such as chairs! Our old ones were no longer good.

And here is the result

The apartment, living and dining area and entrance

The way to the bedrooms and the wonderful views we have from our living room and balcony ! I was so lucky to have found this new home in the middle of the town ! We could walk for shopping, boutiques, restaurants, theatre, cinema etc.

This will be our new outside Christmas tree ! It's huge, you would need balls in football (soccer) size ! Cat Rosie is happy about her new kingdom and enjoys the balcony.

Now the next week will be awful because I have to empty the house, hopefully with the help of my son, Mr. G. is still out of work !

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8 Jul 2020


A mini truck for moving the content of a whole house

Equipment dating from 14/18

and then the wardrobe fell from the 4th floor !

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The Move

It is almost 4 weeks since we moved and I had no time or desire to write anything, I was so tired!

Our move was a nightmare! Friends had recommended the "best moving company" to me and that's how I came to this company! It couldn't get any worse. First of all they forgot our move and when at 9 o'clock still nobody showed up I called.

At 10 o'clock they arrived, instead of 4 men only 2 and the smallest truck I had ever seen ! Of course, they had also forgotten boxes. It was agreed that they should pack and unpack, instead they had to pick up the furniture twice because the truck was too small for one trip !  And as we live now on the 4th floor to make the catastrophe complete, they dropped my closet  which boke into a large puzzle ! It was like a video gag film.

They promised us another truck and two men more who never arrived. The whole fun lasted until 10 pm and I was exhausted. Mr. G was so excited that a friend of mine took him into her home,  before he went crazy.

That was just the day of the move, I'll tell the rest another time, meanwhile our apartment is almost furnished and we like it very much.

I just wanted to write at least once that I'm still alive!

Now the house has to be emptied, because this "special" moving company took the furniture with them, but not our clothes and other things !!

The first one who felt home immediately was cat Rosie who had always been an outside cat ! To our big surprise she is happy on our big balcony !

Once our house is completely empty and handed over to the new owners I hope our good old live comes back !

14 Jun 2020


Since we got the keys of our apartment each day I bring something over from our house with the help of my friend Myriam. She is a very strong girl and only 6 years younger then I !

Now at home it looks litke the above picture, I am exhausted and Mr. G. too especially with the nerves only one doesn't care at all and sleeps like an angel

and this is cat Rosie !

I will have internet for a couple of days in our house and then hopefully at time in the apartment.

Meanwhile I maybe absent from Blogworld.

Phase 4

12 Jun 2020


The moving week has arrived and as I had now bought everything I needed, we had our first Scrabble during the lockdown, as we are allowed to receive more then 4 guests.

In the beginning we kept our masks, but it became quickly uncomfortable because we all mumbled under our masks and had to speak louder and also if we wanted to drink we always had to lift the masks. So after a while we took them off. Anyway we had all been very careful and the worst is over. This time I lost ! But it was so much joy that we had our old routine back.

On Tuesday 9th we met with the owner and a specialist who checked the apartment whether there was no damage. Then we got the keys.

The building is so secured that it is probably impossible to break in. Everywhere I first have to hold a badge to a device and then I can unlock the door. When we tried to get the first load out of the car we didn't find the elevator and then it was the wrong one and we stood there with suitcases and caddies and red faces. But finally we found the way back to our apartment. The building is not very big has only 4 floors and 2 apartments per floor. But for the first time everything seems to be like a maze.

Fortunately I had the girls who really helped me very much especially Myriam who can carry heavy things !

The next day the weather was beautiful, I had wrapped my little cats from my cat collection in toilet paper sheets and filled a whole suitcase. They had all been in our showcase. There was also other stuff and finally a suitcase and a caddy was full. Practical is that you don't have to carry them because they are on wheels.

But before we brought them into the apartment, we went to the restaurant where we had been the last time before the lockdown. That was on March 12th and we were locked up on the 13th. It was wonderful we could sit outside and with the palm trees it looked as if we were not in Brussels but on the Cote d'Azur!

The food was delicious and everybody happy to finally be able to eat outside !

Then we went to my new castle, which K hadn't seen yet and finally stayed there on the terrace in the sunshine and relaxed. I had brought our garden chairs over, but forgotten to buy a bottle of champagne so we just drank water. That's for the next time.

Fortunately I am not in a hurry, because now I feel that I am not the youngest one anymore and that I have slowed down. But this doesn't matter, it takes the time it needs. Anyway I have 3 or 4 months to empty the house, but I want to do it as quick as possible !

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Phase 3

10 Jun 2020


The 2 CV (deux chevaux) my favorite car, I had two of them in the 70 and 80 ! Unfortunately they weren't built anymore since 1990 !

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