28 Aug 2020


Corona life continues, we are running around with our masks outside, I refuse to wear a mask in my bed !

To contact per phone the different services like water, electricity etc  to tell them that we changed adress becomes a very time consuming task, because everybody has now these telephones where no human being answers you but a recorded voice who tells you to push on one for this and that on n° two for this and that and so on. In Belgium it always starts with the two languages : You hear a voice telling you in Flemish if you want to continue in Flemish then push 1 if you want to continue in French push two and then starts the whole procedure. When finally you have the right service you hear a music and then a voice that all employees are occupied and you are asked to wait.

With all this waiting I found out that if you call a company ask for the accounting, then a human being is quickly answering you because they hope to get money. And then as you are already on the phone they usually connect you with the service you want.

If you have to call your bank for any reason, push on the button which concerns investmensts ! Immediately you get a human on the phone of course they too want money. So I got immediately an appointment, not to invest (but that I didn't tell) but to change my adress. Once in the bank they can't throw you out !

I am getting crazy with all this paper work after the move and that you have to take appointments everywhere ! All this because of little Corona !

In fact that's what I was doing the whole week and spent all mornings on the phone, until my ear was completely red.

Fortunately our apartment is finished and everything in it's place besides little things and the paintings to be hung which are still in a corner out of the way. My junk room is now a dressing room and the worst is over.

When you move from a house into an apartment you have to be creative ! As we don't use the bathtub I put our bedlinnen on a plank on the bath and hid it with a curtain ! Looks very nice !

Our living room is finished too, except 4 chairs are missing which I have to pick up next week.

In the beginning of the week it was still very warm in the evenings and I created my "outside" office !

The sky and sunsets are often spectacular !

my little stalker, the neighbor cat

and Rosie observing her world

We won't have our painting class back in September as it is in a Retirement Home and Homes are closed for the moment because the Corona statistics have increased again ! And our room for painting is there.

Poor Mr. G's Whist Club is closed too, so they get together privately to play at least once a week !

Today the lunch was delicious, a veal steak on an eggplant slice topped with a lot of parmesan cheese and tomato sauce !

Instead of painting we go to the Italian Restaurant which we love and as usually I always take a plate for Mr. G.. with me, the waitress asked me today "No plate for your husband tonight ???" I thanked her I had forgotten ! What a shame !

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26 Aug 2020


Friend helps to hang the curtains.

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25 Aug 2020


The Flower Carpet is a biennial event in Brussels in which volunteers from around Belgium gather at the Grand Place, the historic centre of the city, to weave a carpet-like tapestry out of colorful begonias. The event takes place every other August, coordinating with Assumption Day. Nearly a million flowers are required to create the ephemeral 1,800 m2 (19,000 square feet) carpet.

It's always a very beautiful carpet and each time with another design. We were all sad that due to the Coronavirus this event has also been cancelled this year. In fact it would be shorter to name the events which still takes place, there are not many, nearly nothing and when, the number of people is very much reduced.
There is no real joy in the air and the masked people don't raise the mood either. That's why most off us don't even want to go.

around the Grand'place is also a market with all kinds of souvenirs or handicrafts.

This was a carpet of a few years ago.

 It is really beautiful and unique

There are enough restaurants and bars around to rest and have a glas, I mean in normal times. Now it is rather empty and not a lot of people around

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24 Aug 2020



Awww delicious !





The whole week we were complaining about the heat, with success, because on Saturday the temperature had dropped to nearly half of the day before ! 

Each day I try out new ideas to squeeze my clothes into practical spaces ! The only thing is I hate to shop in Coronavirus times and order more and more on Internet ! New rules had been imagined, now you are allowed to go with one other person in a shop and you can stay as long as you want ! Last week it was one person at time and for 30 minutes with the result that most of the shops remained empty ! Very good for the already very much damaged economy ! 

More and more boutiques close and companies too. There are still no festivities, and if there is something the number of the people is so reduced that nobody goes ! 

I finally found a nice shelf for my pullovers and T-shirts. My friend Myriam who is really amazing put it together and now it looks real good ! Slowly my junk room is on the way to become a dressing !

Now I only have to empty a box and put my things on the shelf !


I also found this very practical towel or cloth hanger, which doesn't need to be fixed you just hang it on the door !  

I feel like a bird which builds its nest !


Finally the third cushion arrived and now I have to wait for the fourth ! It looks very nice at least to my taste.

Sunday was an awful day it rained and everything  was closed ! Except the restaurants !

Myriam had invited us for coffee and for once Mr. G. came with me, they had become friends too, she had helped us so much during the move, when he was completely "out off work" We had a nice afternoon without masks, of course. You still are not allowed to invite more than 5 people ! They call it a bubble of 5 people.  For some families that's complicated if they have 3 brothers or sisters and they are all married then in makes already one too much for a bubble and has to stay home ! Ridiculous. For a funeral they allowed 50 people, but for a marriage only 10 ! Which is also strange, because sometimes funerals are more funny and people drink more then at some marriages. This was the explanation given to us !!

Each day the news start with the bubbles, and the numbers of the infected people. There are less death. If at the beginning I tried to understand, now I gave up. I wear my mask when I go out and in the shops, and I disinfect my hands at each door of a shop because that you have to do !

It's really a strange life more and more people get nervous breakdowns or other psychological problems and the divorce rate has also increased quite a lot !

Therefore I should be happy that I still have to arrange things here in the apartment and anyway no time or less time to go out !

I am living in the "Bubble Country" and wonder if this will be my outfit for the future !