7 May 2021


The FFF started or rather ended in a catastrophe ! I had just finished the whole post and must have touched a misterious key, in short, my whole text had disappeared except the title and the link to FFF !

I really don't know what happened so I just do a little resume of the already little post ! Can't invent an exciting life in a still lasting half lockdown. Everything which is distracting and amusing is still closed. 

Myriam had asked me to switch scrabble turn with me and I was glad that I had bought a Bresilienne cake at Carrefour supermarket, they have the best and I had put it in the freeze, so I had always something to offer and didn't have to go out. 

I had my pedicure coming, as my footnails started to look like Rosie's claws, she is a nice young woman and comes to people's house. The poor girl has a 12 year old boy who has Asperger a sort of Autisme, like the famous Greta who wanted to change the world but didn't succeed, and has now disappeared. Hopefully not with the Coronavirus. 

The poor young woman has a son of 12 who was diagnosed (already !!) with the Asperger syndrom, which is a little similar to the more known Autists. 

And while the pedicure worked on my feet I listened to her story and the difficulties she has everywhere when she askes for some help. 

There is no special school for these children here at least not public once and the poor boy was bullied in his school because he was different then the others. It came to a point that he refused to go to school ! He is very intelligent as these people are often and now she will try another school. Can only wish her luck ! 

As Mr. G. is well taken care of in his Reha clinic I had finally time for my appointments. I also had to go to the dermatologist for a check up, ever since one of my painting class had skin cancer I am watchful ! Everything was OK. Next doctor is for the eyes ! Hanging so often in front of PC and TV must have changed a little my view. 

Besides that we had a water tube broken in the garage, 3 floors under my flat and I only noticed it when I read the paper somebody had put under my door that from 8 to 3 pm we had no water. Apparently they were late because at 8 am I had water and when I took my car at 2.30 pm and they were already gone.

My son will come on Sunday to see his Dad, he has to do a test just for being here not even 24 h because he will return to Amsterdam the same day.

Before collapsing in her lockdown sleep, Rosie meditates about what she could do during one hour when she doesn't sleep ! Fortunately I have her, since Mr. G. is away, I talk to her and she has always the same opinion as me. It's less ridiculous to have a conversation with my cat who even responds,  then talking against a wall. 

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6 May 2021


1. What's something you 'may' do this month? 

Good question for a vintage lady still in a larger lockdown ! I could travel, but where ? I even can go to the hairdresser. I have no idea ! Wait and see ! 

2. Last time you literally or figuratively shouted mayday!? 

Never ! We offer a bouquet of lillis of the Valley to friends and family would kiss them in normal times without masks but not shout ! I could shout "My day" for exemple if it's worthwhile.

3. Let the chips fall where they may, come what may, maybe, Cape May, mayflies, devil may care, you may now kiss the bride, much to our dismay, mayhem, mayonnaise...choose a 'may' word or phrase from the list and tell us how it relates to your life in some way right now. 

Come what may, can't change anything anyway ! 

4. If someone were serving you breakfast in bed this weekend, what would you like to see on the menu? 

Easy ! Just a cup of strong black coffee with sugar ! I am not hungry in the morning we do a brunch around noon. 

5. Tell me one true thing you believe about motherhood. 

When our kids are little they are very cute and we laugh when they drop a bottle or throw a shoe out of the window. When the kid is 16 we wouldn't laugh and find it funny and later it is even worse.

Son and grandson, there is no age to be silly !

There is a proverb which says  "small children small worries, big children big worries". In any case you remain their mother for the whole life and  you are happy if he or she is successful and happy in their adult life.  

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I wonder how long Mr. G. has to stay in Hospital. On Sunday our son is coming from Amsterdam but apparently he has to make the Corona test and can only stay for a day, that's what he told me. Of course he comes to visit his Dad but I had hoped he could stay at least for the weekend to help me to sort out all things I can't do anymore and of course to have a bit of company we haven't seen each other since last June on top it's mother day in Belgium !


5 May 2021


 Flowers are always nice to see, here are a few macro photos

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4 May 2021


This has been the Station of Liège for years

The new station, by the architect Santiago Calatrava, was officially opened on 18 September 2009. The good man, a Spanish probably thought that we have the same warm and sunny weather then in  the South of Spain.

That's why you have to hide yourself behind a wall because to keep the station nice and cool, there is a terrible draft blowing through the whole building. That's nice in Summer but less in Winter.

Nobody of the Belgian population (except probabably the once of Liège) has understood why such ultra modern huge Station which has cost millions of Euros was built in Liège and not in the capital Brussels, Not many international people go to Liege, there is nothing extraordinary to see ..... except this unusual station !

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3 May 2021






It was the first of May which this year was on a Saturday which meant that all shops were closed and due to the lockdown the restaurants too. The only thing was walking in  the rain instead of dancing. My cleaning lady came, for her it was a day like others and she cleaned our balcony and took away the plastic cover, so now I have to wait that everything is dry and then I want to put grass on the rather ugly concrete. 

The grass ! And I don't have to mow the lawn ! My lawn is cleaned with a vacuum cleaner !

Unfortunately Myriam who has golden hands and who had already helped me with the curtains was not well on Saturday so we postponed the lay out of the fake grass. 

What a boring day !

Sunday was visitor day for Mr. G. it started at two. After half an hour without any traffic I arrived on time and there were already 10 people standing there with bags and suitcases, to bring fresh laundry other things the patients had requested. 

For me it was easy, Mr. G. only wanted cookies, wafels and other sweets ! He had put on some weight which was very good. He was very tired but talked normal. Must be the medication he gets. I also noticed that he believes everything and has no humor anymore. I have to be very careful ! But  all this is due to the Parkinson. I stayed a little more then an hour and then went home. I think I was as tired as he was. And that was it, the weekend !

For Rosie it was like all days, she loves the lockdown !


2 May 2021


On the Grand' Place of Brussels  each year alternating there is the famous flower carpet on the place and the year after the Flower show, where you can go inside the Brussels' City Hall and see the flower decoration. It is really very beautiful. 

Now thanks to the Corona Virus and the lockdowns, which open and close and open and close etc the whole program has changed of course. Last year the flowers apparently had the Virus and we had to stay inside. 

But in normal years the Flower Show looks like this of course it changes each time.

The City Hall

inside, the ceiling is a masterpiece

a room

The table dressed for a banquet