22 Apr 2021


1. Find a penny. Look at the date and tell us something about your life or what you were doing that year? 

Couldn't find a penny, it's too long that I have been in the States. So I take our money the Euro which are notes and the Eurocent which are coins. There are no 1 or 2 cent coins, people did keep them because they were worse nothing. So the Euro starts with 5 cent. But I only found a 10 cent coin with the Belgian King Philip and with a magnifier I finally found out that it dated from 2018. But what did I do in 2018 ? Fortunately I have my Blog ! I have done quite a lot compared to this graveyard life we live right now. I went to a cat exhibition, I went to Compiegne in France with the Seniors of my city. We had several Facebook meetings in nice restaurants, there was a Gospel concert, and of course each week 4 hours of painting courses and on Tuesdays Scrabble.

2. Were you given an allowance as a child? Did you have to earn it in some way? Did you learn to save money when you were a child or is that something you figured out as an adult? 

I can't remember when I got my first "pocket money" what children got each week from their parents. Not all of course, but I got one. It was not much just to be able to buy some sweets, but as I didn't like sweets, I really can't remember what I did with 1 € a week (which is like a $ per week) Probably I put it in my piggy bank. But I was proud to have my own money each week.

3. April 23rd is National Take A Chance Day..what's a chance you need or want to take? 

For me it's really a day of chance because Mr. G. was finally transferred to the rehabilitation center, which is outside the city in the country with a lot of wood around. Now I need the chance that he recovers quickly.

 4. What's some outdated slang you seem to use a little too often?  

Speaking slang, outdated or not was strictly forbidden at home. I was told  only badly or not educated  people spoke like that. So I grew up and wasn't even allowed to say " sh..t" At least not officially !

5. It's National Poetry month and I always like to make us work our brains a little... Roses are red Violets are blue ....you fill in the rest with something original... 

Roses are red violets are blue but if you are colorblind it's a pity for you 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

For the moment my head is full of things I should put in Mr. G's suitcase because when he was taken away by ambulance he just had a training suit and a leather jacket with him. Of course later I brought him t-shirts and jogging trousers but there are a lot of other things to think about ! If only they would allow me to come with him and put his things in the right place ! But it's not allowed still due to the lockdown rules. I have to bring the suitcase over today. Once he is nicely established I can finally relax and try to get rid of the stress ! It had lasted exactly one month and 3 days he was in the hospital, and I saw him only once on his 80th birthday. 

But there is hope, this clinic is specialized for Parkinson disease, and they only accept people who are able to get back to nearly normal with the right medication.  

From this Side of the Pond


  1. The penny here was taken out of circulation years ago. I still have some around.

  2. Have you kept any francs or guilders?

  3. I'm glad your husband has obtained a spot in a facility that will allow him to improve. I hope things go well. Take care.


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