26 Nov 2021


On Monday a young man brought me a security box  which connects me to a help service because I live alone and could fall or something else could happen. I got a cord with a black little device and in case of danger or emergency, I just have to push the button and then they send me help immediately. 

First I didn't want to have such a thing, I thought I was not that old, but when I fell for the second time without any reason, and fortunately could get up by myself, I reluctantly followed the advice of my son and friends and finally find it very practical. Now I can faint wherever my body wants to faint, I push my button and somebody is coming immediately.

In the afternoon I visited Rick, he still has a too low blood tension and can't get up alone. Now he is getting bored which is a good sign and watches TV too. I took a huge bag of laundry, they had forgotten to give me the laundry he used when the retirement was closed for a week for Coronvvirus reasons !

Now I have to wear a mask and each time although they know me scan my Corona virus ticket in my smartphone and the receptionist takes my temperature with the new fiever thermometer which look like a gun ! Each time I think I should raise my arms and pray for my life !

It was time to go to PICARD a French Company who only sell frozen products and delicious plates ideal for single people or retired once. There is an unbelievable choise and I had made the calculation, that for one person it's cheaper to buy a daily meal as if I would cook myself. 

I didn't manage to put together the window cleaner  I bought, and went to Adeline next door. She read the notice took the thing and told me that it is already ready for use, and I have nothing to do else then then spray the cleaning product on the glass and use my cleaner !

Of course we had a chat together the little dog of her daughter is still on holidays with her, but she starts to have enough ! 5 times going out in this cold and the first time at 5 am is not a pleasure ! 

Next day I brought the fresh laundry to Rick, he is still to weak to get up. I met our doctor who also takes care of the residents in the home. She came into the room with two syringes in her hand and said happily that she had two flu vaccinations and could vaccinate me also right away! I nealy jumped to the ceiling and protested ! No flu shots for either Rick or me !  We never had one and I only know cases where it turned badly and the people really got the flu. On top Rick  so weak and skinny, with proably still the infection in his body would kill him.  I told her that I am against, but she is the doctor she must know better then I. She told me that all residents had to be vaccinated, but I could choose. I told her to do what she has to do, but I against my will. Now the responsibility is in her hands ! Rick of course thought we were fighting and suddenly shouted to both of us to shut up and that he didn't care about the having the vaccin. So now he is also vaccinated against the flu !!

I had got a message from Nicole's daughter that Nicole would be for two weeks my neighbor, because she moved into the "Jardin de Waterloo" (Waterloo's garden) in my street, which is a residence where people rent apartments and get medical assistance. It's just like a hotel for old people. They had decided this very quickly, because the daughter wants to go on holiday's (she really needs is) and Nicole didn't want to stay alone in her apartment. That's a good idea.

On my way back I stopped at the "Jardin de Waterloo" to surpise Nicole with a visit. It had once been the best Retirement home in Waterloo and was very nice. Now they had changed not only the name but at least doubled the size of the home it is enormous the original building sits in the middle !

The door was open, no one at the reception and no one else to be seen except empty corridors. Finally I shouted hello hello and a man appeared to ask me what I wanted. He must have been the maintenance man. He led me to Nicole's room which seemed to me km far from the reception,  and then she opened the door and was surprised to see me and happy too. She was a little lost in her very big flat, one big bedroom and a huge living room with kitchen. I forgot to take pictures, it was furnished very modern and looked like a room out of a catalogue. What a difference to Rick's room which is a lot smaller but very cozy. Then the man showed us around, and Nicole wanted to see the relaxing area with jacuzzi and swimming pool.

The man opened a door and what did we see in the middle of the room a bubble bath ! A simple bathtub with bubble function. I bursted out in laughter and thought that's really not what I had seen on their Web page ! Completely unsuitable for older people. Ideal to break your neck ! Nicole was disappointed she had wanted to relax in a real jacuzzi ! 


Then I left her and returned home ! 

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25 Nov 2021


The third world war broke out, this time not with weapons and bombs but with  syringes. 


All over the world and especially here in Europe the vaccinated and the unvaccinated are at war! Manifestations, strikes, and then those hooligans who want to destroy everything just to amuse themselves, why they don't care ! The most important is that you can smash  windows, demolish cars and fight against each other. 

The vaccinated fight against the unvaccinated and they claim that their freedom is restricted or taken away if they have to vaccinate. 

The politicians are scratching their heads and are at a loss, they are not thinking about the health of the population but rather about the next election. The scientists want to lock us all up again and force us to vaccinate. Friendships break because one part is vaccinated and the other is not! 

Yes, we all suffer and the mood is pretty morose and the fact that Christmas is just around the corner doesn't help either! 

In today's Belgian Newspaper "Le Soir"

Manifestation : Translation
 Vaccination NO, No to mandatory vaccination, No to the Covid Safety ticket, Tired, For sale : Masks , fed up to obey, (and the truck with water pumps asks : Who should we water ??

 What a nice Christmas athmosphere !

24 Nov 2021



Ideas to submit to Father Christmas before he flys  to Egypt !

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23 Nov 2021


Before the arrival of the Corona Virus catastrophe which spread over the whole world, we could get together and organize a "Flea Market". What is so surprising in a Flea Market is all the strange items you can buy. The worst I saw was on the Flea Market in Brussels which takes place each Sunday, in a basket were all false teeth to buy !

This was not the case in Waterloo, but still some items I wonder for what people have used it and who will buy them ! 

the whole street closed for thee market

from nails to clothes, you can find all kind of things

a skull for your guest room ?

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22 Nov 2021





Linking to AWWWW MONDAY 



 Saturday morning Maria my cleaning lady arrived wet like a cat and in the dark. Ever since we have daylight saving it's dark in the morning and dark in the late afternoon. It's not very logical.

While she attacked the dirt and dust changed the bedsheets and was busy, I pulled myself together and continued the paper filing. I threw all letters and invoices away which were at least 2 to 3 years old and found myself in front of a huge paper mountain. Meanwhile I also had signed the cheques for Maria, which I get from the social insurance for less money, at least then she is insured and I can deduct the amount from the taxes at the years end. 

When she was finished and wanted to go, we couldn't find the cheques anymore ! She was in a hurry to catch her bus otherwise she has to  wait one hour for the next bus ! (take public transport).When she was gone, I emptied the bin with all the papers in it and .....found the cheques ! Was I happy ! I realized that I really have to keep an eye on myself not to do stupid things. I call myself already several times per day because I don't find my mobile. 

In the afternoon, I fell asleep watching a movie and as usual had to rewind to the beginning, I had slept through the whole film. 

Sunday morning it rained, it always or nearly rains on weekends.

Looking to the right and to the left, my decision was taken,  I would not put a foot outside, I have breathing problems when it is so humid. 

I just had closed the windows when the phone rang to this undecent hour where a retired woman living alone, usually still sleeps. It was Rick's Whist friend who had seen him the day before and told me that he should be more dressed that he was cold etc etc ! In the mornings I hardly can take care of myself and certainly not listen to problems which aren't problems at all. I mean it's nice of her to take care but too much is too much. After all there are the nurses and he can ring for another blanket when he feels cold. What could I do on a Sunday. Fortunately when I turned aroud I saw that my Hibiscus plant had bloomed ! She does it once in a blue moon and only one flower.

Even Miss Rosie didn't want to drink her rainwater, only because it rained and she feared for her fur !

This year I don't know how the year's end festivities will happen. Rick is so weak that if he doesn't put on some weight we can't take him home. He is still in bed, but started to watch TV again a bit, which is a good sign. 

This is a nice idea for a Christmas decoration 2021

21 Nov 2021


While everybody is waiting for Christmas trees, father Christmas, angels and bulbs, wreath and candles, I am longing for sea and sun !