14 Aug 2020


On Monday we had our Scrabble at Mireille's who lives at the end of Waterloo with a view on the Lion. The apartment is very beautiful but for me far too noisy. There is a very busy street which leads to the highway, a concert hall, a bowling and restaurants. So you have the traffic noise during the day and the dancing and concerts and bowling in the evening and night. But it doesn't bother them. The firemen are a little further and we could count how many times they loudly passed the building. We had fun and I lost ! The strawberry cake comforted me. The next day the heat wave started ! We had the highest temperatures ever in Belgium. Up to more then 40° in some places it was just unbearable. Only very few people have air condition and Myriam and I decided to cool down in the restaurant of the shopping center. We were joined by our friend Nicole, who from one day to the other had been diagnosed with a tumor in her head, she had suddenly started to loose balance and was always unusually tired. This day was the first day where she had radiotherapy and chimio therapy. She was really good and we had fun which is very important for all of us but especially for her !

Anyway it was too hot to do anything ! Even moving a finger was too much. Sales were going on but the shops remained empty, not only for the heat but also of some real stupid rules against the Coronavirus. We are allowed to shop, one person at time with mask and a caddie and for exactly 30 min ! How can you choose something in such a short time. 

 I went with Myriam buying stores for my kitchen window, but as I don't understand anything how to fix it we went together. First me, once inside she followed me and then we continued together ! How can you control this ?? You can meet your neighbor or friends or even your whole family and still enter alone. 

 On top now, we have to wear the mask everywhere at all times on the street and in the shops which is quite difficult in this heat ! I found the right stores and as we got the visit of our young friend whom I call my adopted son because he visits us quite often except the last 6 month when he was madly in love, but now it's finished and he had to talk about her. At the same time he fixed my store ! 


We were melting this day despite the fact that I had bought an air refreshener which helped but with nearly 38° it was not enough. 

We also met for lunch in "our" restaurant "La Dolce Vita" where we had a grilled chicken filet with a lot of vegetables. It was delicious. and then suddenly around 5 pm, the sky became dark and buckets of water fell on the earth ! 


I had to save my rag and the cushion. It didn't last long but in this half an hour the temperature dropped from 32 to 24°C ! Imagine ! Now I feel cold !! 


Suddenly sitting peacefully in front of the television we heard a big boom in the "junk" room, a rag with probably too many things hanging on it had collapsed and all the clothes were laying on the floor ! This was the room I intended to transfom from a junk room into a dressing and now it looks even worse as before. But it is still too hot to arrange the room. We just closed the door ! 

I also still have to hang my paintings, which are laying in my room and the cat paintings in the basement. It will be terrible what I all should do when the weather is cool or it rains or it's bad then I don't have an excuse anymore ! But I tell myself that Rome wasn't built in one day either ! The only one who doesn't care about heat or messy rooms is Rosie ! She finds each day another napping place. Sometimes I wish I could swap with her !

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  1. I really hope we are not wearing masks when the summer arrives. Like here, your rules lack logic and are inconsistent, but I think it is as much about getting people to stay home as much as possible. It is working here and our numbers are falling.

  2. I am sorry to hear about Nicole. How awful to be coping with chemo therapy in this heat. Wearing masks in this heat is awful but we only have to wear them inside shops etc and not out in the fresh air. Not that it feels as though we have any fresh air at the moment.

  3. Our numbers are up and masks are now obligatory in busy places in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. I can't imagine wearing a mask in this heat though. I do feel for the people traveling on the bus with me, but if they don't wear it, they could be fined 95 euro!

  4. Everything is hard work in this heat. Masks make me hot and make my nose run - and it's hard to blow your nose in a mask! I am sorry to hear about Nicole. 'Normal' life is hard enough at the moment, so to be coping with illness must be very difficult. We need our friends.

  5. I agree, a lot of the house arranging can wait until things cool off a bit.

  6. I’m sure your “junk” room will turn into a lovely dressing room when cooler temperature arrives!
    Rosie looks relaxed and happy. Sometimes I wish I was a kitty :-)

  7. Hoping Nicole is cured soon. I have heard so much about your friends over the years I feel I know them so am feeling very sad about Nicole.
    You are lucky to have a spare bedroom to keep the overflow at bay, I would keep the door shut until you are ready to face the mess even if that is months away.

  8. It just sounds like our tropical summer weather. Shopping centres are a good place to cool off. Don't stress just take your time.

  9. So sorry to hear about Nicole. Especially undergoing treatment in the heat. At least it is cooler now - our weather has been the same as yours although we didn't hit 40 degrees. I'm sure you will get the apartment how you want it gradually. These things take time.

  10. We must wear masks when we're out in the open air, not only in confined spaces, as the virus might be in the open air too.


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