24 Dec 2021


This year Christmas will be rather sad, it is the first time since the 53 years we know each other that we are not together on Christmas Eve. With "we" I mean my better half, the only man I ever really loved, unfortunately he is not able anymore to come home, but at least on Christmas Eve I will have my son and family with me and Christmas Day we can celebrate with him in his retirement home.


The whole week I spent with decorating, shopping and discovered quite some errors in our insurances. I am rather tired and have to pay attention that I don't loose my head, because I loose everything or put it on incredible places. 

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas !

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22 Dec 2021


Chinese New Year in Brussels on the Grand'Place


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21 Dec 2021


After many discussions if yes or no Waterloo should have a Christmas market, the mayor (female) who has lost a lot of sympathy in the last months,  finally decided for a yes. Apparently it depends now on the mayor of each city to decide if yes or no there should be a Christmas market. 

From my apartment to the City Hall it's not far and I could walk, because finding a parking space would have been quite difficult as the shops exceptionally were open too. The market was small as usual but nice and cozy and packed with people. At the entrance we had to show our Vaccin pass and got a bracelet, of course everybody had to wear a mask. 

The market was on the place in front of the city hall

People enjoyed to walk around, have a glass of hot red wine which is an imported tradition from Germany

The one who had chosen the chairs didn't think about Grandmas and pas because it was quite difficult for a 80 year old to climb on this chair, same for children.

Here are the "watch dogs" who should control if everybody had its bracelet !

Lots of handmade articles,

The bin in Christmas dress

Of course Waterloo beer is not missing

cute decoration

and at the entrance/exit sat this gentleman I had never seen it was a new statue !

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20 Dec 2021







On Saturday I went to see Rick and bring him cheese cubes, little pancakes and wafels. I was happy that he had asked for food, it was a long time he didn't eat anything extra besides little fruit cubes. 

He was not feeling well and my mood sank, I was so sorry to see him in this state, of course I tried to cheer him up, but unfortunately he didn't understand anything anymore. 

Finally, I said goodbye, quite stressed, and drove home straight away, although I had the intention  to look for some  presents but I had lost all desire. Hopefully he is not like that when we celebrate Christmas together in his residence. I had booked for the five of us and when I read the menu I found it very good at least on paper, because the Frenchs always give such pompous names for food, such as : A sunny eye surrounded by a white aura, which in reality is a simple fried egg !

Our menu will be 

- Lobster  bisque

- Paté in a superior crust of deer with figs 

- Fondant of guinea fowl stuffed à la Normande,with potatoes almonds and braised chicory 

- Moist chocolate with vanilla sauce

 On Sunday sun was announced by the weatherman, but a the foggy, humid weather was the reality !

Not really a weather to go out ! I finished the Christmas decoration at least I tried, but gave up I was too nervous to put the garlands around the plants and little Christmas tree.

On the left is Rosie's Scratch post, she still can scratch behind so it doesn't bother her and on the right my mini Christmas tree. At least we have a place to put the gifts not under but besides.

In the afternoon I wanted to take some pictures of the Waterloo Christmas market, I could even walk there which I did. I arrived breathless and had to sit down. I hadn't realized that the humidity would affect my breathing so much. I quickly took some photos and slowly walked home. Fortunately we don't have to wear a mask outside because with that on the nose it's also difficult to breath. When I arrived at home, I just took my coat off and fell on the sofa to get my breath back. Since Rick is so sick my lung problems have aggravated. 

To end the day and recover I watche the movie "Rocketman" which tells the life of Elton John. A very good film !

Rosie had compassion with me and slept the whole day as usual. If only we could exchange from time to time.

19 Dec 2021


Once I spent the New Year in the South of France in Ollioules/Sanary where my friend Claudie lived. As usual I didn't feel well in the Winter months so I escaped to the South, where I was surprised to find a snowy South and not summary weather !