23 Jul 2021

FRIDAY's FAVE FIVE

Of course on Monday the elevator was still out of work, but at least they had checked what it was and there is a piece damaged and has to be ordered and then replaced ! Now with our National Day off and the flooding nothing had been done yet. We all complain about our poor legs which hurt. Fortunately my neighbor has a strong son who carries our shopping on the 4th floor ! Very helpful. 

I visited Mr. G. and he still was a little lost in his new home, but it was only 3 days that he had moved. He was tired so I didn't stay long only to leave him fresh laundry. Fortunately the bedlinnen and bath towels belong to the home. I only have to wash his personal belongings !

On Scrabble day I won !!! Oh miracle must be the fact that I am so relieved that the biggest problem had been solved !

Dominique my former neihbor for 15 years came for a visit and we went to say hello to Mr. G. ! She was surprised to see him in such a good shape ! He talked normally, even joked and all people who were in the room said hello to him and he talked to everybody ! That was a big change !

He also looked much better and walked without his walking stick. They had done a good job in the rehabilitation clinic.  

And here too they do gymnastic each morning and play games the afternoon. Apparently he participates in everything, and doesn't stay alone in his room. This is very important.


The terrace with the garden

Apparently the food is very good. and I hope he will put on some weight !  Happy we retuned home and sat on the balcony and talked and talked and she was very content that he behaves so good. She also has Parkinson but another kind, she trembles, but with the right medication it stopped.

With my painting group we went to the "Jardins d'Asie" (The Asian Gardens) and had a nice lunch.. The weatherr was wonderful and we could sit outside.

Now I really start to feel tired all the stress from the last 4 months seem to come out ! 

The only one who bothers me is the Income taxes service who claims money because Mr. G. hasn't filled in the formular of 2020 ! Now I have to prove that he was already ill and had put all envelopes from people who bothered him in the garbadge and I had wondered that we never got letters !!

But that too will be solved otherwise I bring them the Corona virus !! I have gotten my two injections.

Now Rosie and I live alone, but in about a month Mr. G. will be allowed to come home for an afternoon if he continues to progress. Earlier wouldn't be a good idea the doctor had told me, he has first to get really used that now his home is elsewhere. But he seems to like the place ! He never asks me to come back home as he did before.


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22 Jul 2021

A STRANGE BELGIAN NATIONAL DAY

Each 21 of July Belgium celebrates its National day. The Belgians in this way commemorate the oath made on July 21, 1831 by Léopold I, first King of the Belgians, to remain faithful to the constitution. I have to add that if you ask 10 people on the street 9 wouldn't know why. Only  few houses have a flag only the official once. But apart from that it usually is a very cheerful celebration where beer is flowing. Besides the entire royal family who watches the parade, there is less and less military things but more to safe human lives. It is followed by a huge ball in the royal park where even King and Queen say hello to the people. Each municipality of Brussels has it's own 21st July and in the center on a huge place where usually the flea market takes place is transformed to a restaurant where Brussels typical food is served.

But this year everything was different. Due to the terrible flooding the National day was reduced to a minimum. Not all royals were there, the parade was minim, no ball in the park no firework no festivities at all, everyting was cancelled, except the restaurant because the collected money was for the flooding victims. So the day went by without a soul on the streets, no dancing strictly nothing. Lots of soldiers and the firemen preferred to help the disaster victims to clean up rubble and still look for bodies, instead of participating in the parade. The fact that the airforce was overflowing Brussels was very much critisized, because it costs a lot and this money could have helped the poor people who had lost everything.

Brussels mussels !

The royal family. The girl in red will be the next Queen and follow her father the actual King Philip. She is very much appreciated and actually is trained as a soldier.

The surroundings were closed, no spectators were allowed. So we saw  people who climbed on trees or laterns to have a glimpse..
 

The place transformed into a huge restaurant


and the disaster

So far there are more than 135 dead and more than 80 missing, unfortunately these numbers may increase.

Such a disaster has never happened in Belgium there were floodings but never to this extent. It is a little country with only 11.500.000 inhabitants

The day went by like all the others, we only saw the "celebrations" on TV and of course it was a day off !



 

21 Jul 2021

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY







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  In Sidi Bou Said in Tunesia all houses are in white and blue, it is very pretty !

20 Jul 2021

CONDROZ PART OF THE ARDENNES

Describing my weekend yesterday, I told about the very  first excursion organized for the seniors and the program sounded nice. What the poor organizer couldn't know, was that instead the announced heavy rain,  a real deluge which caused a terrible flooding which had never happened in Belgium  happened. It destroyed lots of houses and caused the death of quite a lot of people a real disaster. So he had to find a part in the Ardennes which was not flooded. And he found Condroz. I had never heard of this part in Belgium and had to google to find out where it is.

Anyway as we all had been locked in for nearly two years we didn't really care about the destination all we wanted was to get out of here to another place. Probably we even would have taken the bus to hell ! But our guide choose Condroz a part of the Ardennes and the only thing I remember was fields, fields, fields, green grass, green grass, green grass, sheep, sheep, sheep, sheep, and cows, cows, cows !

From time to time we crossed a pittoresque village but not a single living soul. Our guide talked about the history of the grass and the sheep which dated back to the old Romans, the only thing I remember was the "War of the Cows" I found  that real funny. It was a war which took place in 1275 til 1280 on the territory of today's Belgium. and started in  Jallet (no idea where this village is) from where the cow thief came.This cow war set about sixty villages to fire and blood, killing 15000 people.

 Route "Cow war"

Unfortunately nowhere was mentioned how many cows were killed or maybe none at least during this war, but later to be transformed to steaks and eaten on a plate.  My general knowledge improved !!

And here is what we see saw at least me because I took the pictures, the others were more interested in what had happened during the nearly 2 years lasting lockdown.



I liked the little villages, the houses were built in a special stone


 

This was the castle which is now a restaurant  where we had lunch for 4 hours !! Enough time to fill in the gap between the 4 courses with free red and white wine. When we came out, some were very cheerful and some women rather angry because Mr. Husband had a glass too much.

The two monster towers is the nuclear power station in Belgium which should be demolished since a long time but is still producing electricity very much to the anger of the Dutch, German and Luxembourg's inhabitants who live only a few km from there. From time to time there are manifestations, but nothing changes so far.4 (read more here)


 These are my favourite tourists, mother and child

 

 

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19 Jul 2021

AWWW MONDAY - WEEKEND JULY 17







 Mimi the rabbit is very occupied to look for some carrots 


 

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WEEKEND

I can't remember since when I had such a cool and relaxed weekend ! Now that Mr. G enjoys his new home, at least I have the impression, I can do something  for me except the weekly scrabble.

There was the first excursion organized for the seniors and the program sounded nice. It was a welcom trip to Condroz, which I had never heard of and had to google to find out where it was. In fact it isapartof the Ardennes, but without any hills or rocks and the flooding hadn't touched this part. The bus was full and after having picked up everybody we sat on our seats all wearing our masks and saying hello to the people which we knew anyway from the past years. 

After the program we would see a lot. Indeed we saw a lot, cows, cows, cows, and sheep, sheep, sheep, etc. Sometimes a few horses.

The landscape could be everywhere, woods and fields. From time to time we saw a house and also a from far away a castle. We stopped once for a pee break and then drove to the castle where we were served our lunch. Fortunately we had a lot to chat and discuss, because after 10 cows and 20 sheep and 7 horses, we all had a bit enough from the landscape. Our poor guide did his best to inform us about the history of this part of the country, but the names were all in latin and dated from matusalem so nobody was very interested and we also heard some snoring in the bus.

But the worst was still to come, we finally arrived for our lunch in the castle.

 

The castle was very beautiful inside We all sat down and waited for the starter. Wine, white and red stood on the table and I got an alcohol free beer. Then we waited.

First came the apperitif  a Kir

The starter was local cheese "Mesclun" croquettes, that was good, then came :

"Le mignon de veau " (a veal brick) with mushrooms and pommes dauphines ( potatoe croquettes) I say brick because it was so hard impossibe to eat ! Ideal for the third teeth ! and the desert was a little cake with a very hard crust covered with lemon and mascarpone ! (I didn't lke it was too sour !) and of course cofffee.

Now I don't know if the cook had a contract with the dentist, because the meat was so hard that noboddy could eat it not really ideal for a group of seniors. To the joy of the castle dog everybody left his meat on the plate. The whole procedure lasted FOUR hours and as the wine was free, some people became very cheerful. Then the bus took us to Huy, we were all tired and there was nothing to see, so we stood there like a herd of sheep and didn't know what to do, because althouth it was a Saturday, all Brasseries, or cafes or restaurants were closed ! Nobody knew why, it wasn't a holiday.

Half dead we arrived in Waterloo, nearly forgot to say goodbye and disappeared in all directions ! Of course if you are locked in for nearly two years we were all a bit rusty. At home another surprise waited for me !  The garage door didn't open and somebody had to come to repair it and the elevator was still out of work had. When I finally arrived in my apartment, I jumped under the shower, and went to bed ! But still we had had a lot of fun !

The next day I didn't put a feet outside ! Only the idea to walk down four floors and then go up again four flors made me suffer even more. Mr.. G. was not sad at all that I didn't come, he had a friend who visited him to watch the Formular 1 together !

I spent the afternoon on the balcony the weather was delicious and rested my legs !

18 Jul 2021

SUNDAY SELECTION






 

 Sunset in the Sahara on a camel

 

 

 

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16 Jul 2021

FRIDAY's FAVE FIVE

On Monday I went with Myriam to Mr. G's new home, to mesure out the walls and to see what was missing and what he needed. Myriam is much better than I for these things and I made a list of what I had to buy. She liked the home very much and found it more like a hotel.

The next day I went shopping with my friend Isabelle who works in a hospital and who had helped me already a lot. We bought together all the things for Mr. G's room which he needed, like a bathmat, glasses and plates and a knife, some table sets, a laundry basket etc.

She also connected the TV and installed a special phone, with which he can receive calls but not call ! It looked already very nice like that. When we had finished who we found at the reception .... Nicole with her daughter who had visited the residence and found it also beautiful.  

I was incredibly lucky, I had to buy a refrigerator and while I was waiting at the front desk I read an advertisement "for sale" It was a brand new refrigerator with a guarantee, it was delivered and a day later the lady who had bought it died! Of course I bought it straight away and they just had to put it in Mr. G's room. Now he also has a refrigerator! 

The best and very human is that the residents are allowed to bring their animals with them. Cats and little dogs ! As Nicole has a cat, she was delighted that she could bring her with her. We also saw a man walking his dog and then coming back. 

My son especially came from Amterdam on Thursday to pick up his Dad and his belongings. We all met in the residence. As it was noon they had dressed a table for the three of us in the "living room" and we could have lunch together as a welcome ! The food was real good, as a starter a vegetable soup, then potatoes and vegetables with slices of veal in a delicious sauce. As desert we received a piece of rice cake and coffee ! 

Then we went back to his room and he met the first residents when we waited for the lift. He was the only man and of course as he was new everybody wanted to know his name and where he came from ! I thought that was a good start but he was very tired. While he slept, my son went shopping and I picked up a few missing things, not much because our elevator was out of work and we couldn't carry furniture or heavy things down the stairs ! 

Today my legs hurt, because going up and down 4 floors was quite tiring and I couldn't carry very much !


 
 
The outside
 

and the inside. Our Welcome lunch, and the room. Besides
 the door is the bathroom. The room mesures 20 m2
 
Now the worst is over and once he feels home there I can start my normal  life again, and a big bag fell from my shoulders ! 
 
It's a strange feeling to live in the same town but at different addresses, I have to get used to the fact that now he is there but not there.  After a month I am allowed tot take him home from time to time, I wonder if he still wants to, he seems to like the place !




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15 Jul 2021

HODGEPODGE JULY 15

1. Tell us about one small blessing you have counted in the past week? 

I don't know if it was a blessing, but at least I had a lot of luck ! I found a wonderful retirement home for Mr. G. without looking for long, it was the first one I visited and I fell in love ! Thursday he will move in ! 


 
2. Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14th...have you ever been to France? Any desire to visit there, and if so what would site or city would you most want to see? (pretend for a minute international travel isn't an issue)

France and a part of Belgium speak the same language and are very close in their way of life, except for the "French" fries which are a Belgian invention. France is not my favorite country for spending holdidays. But I have friends there whom I love to visit. I have no favorite city to see and certainly not Paris, from this city I have enough. 

3. A food associated with France that you love?  

 Onion soup

There is no difference between the Belgian or French kitchen, there are local specialities en both countries. I love the "soupe à l'ognion", especially when it is very cold, it warms you up !!

4. Something you recently purchased where a coupon was involved? Do you regularly shop with coupons? 

I never pay attention to coupons or points or whatever, it exists, but not so much, anyway most of the people I know do like I do, they don't use it.

5. You have to give something away this week...what will it be? 

I have to give away a shelf, a laundry basket, a chair, a desk, and a Television, to complete the furniture in Mr. G.'s new room.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I think that in a few days all my practical troubles will be over, like packing, and moving Mr. G. in his new home. He doesn't really realize and the first month I am not allowed to take him home, but I can visit him as much as I want. That will be strange to have my own husband as visitor ! But there was no other solution with this &é"€^$ Parkinson.