3 Feb 2022


The week started with an horrible day, it was stormy and it rained and the plastic cover from the opposite roof made such a noise that I didn't know what it was and zoomed and saw that it was flying in the wind ! Even Miss Rosie didn't want to go on the balcony.

I decided to attack Rick's computer and for the first time I defragmented it ! Of course I didn't know that it would last 16 h as he hadn't done this since 4 years and even then I just interrupted and will restart another day ! But I was very proud that it had worked and I could see the difference.

I also looked in my albums to find photos for the next upcoming memes ! That took me nearly the whole afternoon, because I often got stuck, just to remember where it had been and how were my memories ! So the awful day ended interrupted by Adeline who came over to have a drink with me and say hello to Miss Rosie. 

As I hadn't done my usual Monday shopping I went the next day together with Adeline. We both stated that everything has gotten a little more expensive, again the Covid's fault, I don't know why cheese is more expensive, so far I had heard about mad cows but not of Covid infected cows ! 

Poor people who love to drink milk or milkshakes which is not my case fortunately. I had quite a lot to buy and of course the most important thing the wafels for Rick !

When I arrived in the residence,  they were just about to celebrate the Chandeleur (Candlemas) which is a use in Belgium and France. This day mountains of pancakes are made, very thin and normally you should throw them in the air and they should turn and fall back into the pan. Not everybody can do this and sometimes you have pancakes which are getting stuck on the ceiling !

It didn't happen unfortunately, but then everybody was asked with what they wanted to eat their pancake because they are served with white or brown sugar or with liquid black chocolate.



We ate them with white sugar and they were delicious !  It was a real nice afternoon !  

And for the weekend I had an appointment with the pedicure and later in the afternoon with the hairdresser. Adeline came with me, she liked my hairdresser very much and as her hair were in the same catastrophic state then mine, she came with me as she can't drive and the hairdresser is on the other end of Waterloo. Unfortunately with our new hair cut we just went to bed after watching a bit TV   I thought a few years ago when Rick was still normal, we would have gone somewhere and long time ago when we were a couple without baby, we would have gone to a nightclub and dance !


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1. The Wednesday Hodgepodge landing on Groundhog's Day sounds about right. Besides the Hodgepodge what else lands on your calendar just once a week? Is it as much fun as the Hodgepodge-ha!? 

For the moment I have no "once a week" on my calendar, but twice a week yes, I am visiting my husband in his retirement home. 

2. The Winter Olympics begin on Friday, surrounded by much controversy. Will you be watching? Why or why not? Have you ever been to China? 

I have never been to China, and will never go there either. I like to read the history of the old China before it became a communist country. I also love all books of Pearl.S.Buck. 

Chinese family

 I never watch Olympic games, I am not a sportsgirl at all ! It doesn't even interest me. Sometimes I watch the shows at the beginning and the end.

3. Something in your life lately that has felt a bit like an 'olympic event'

I am sorry but I don't know what an "olympic event is" Even Google couldn't explain, it's either the history of the Olympics or what kind of sport participates . As I am as sportive as a snail, nothing really exciting happened lately in my life !


4. Do you like fondue? Sweet or savory? Restaurant only or do you own your own fondue set? 

Oh yes, and we eat it quite often especially when it's cold weather ! It's so easy to do and yes I have a fondue set. It's the ideal meal to serve when you have vegetarians amongst your guests. 

5. Give us five short (2-3 word) phrases to sum up your January. 

boring, grey, misty, rainy, depressing

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I think it is about time to get a better weather, that the Covid circus ends, and that we return to our old life  without restrictions, no masks anymore and at least some events !

2 Feb 2022

1 Feb 2022


Just in front of the Royal Palace in Brussels city center is the Brussels' Park in which you can walk, sit down in summer listen to music and all kind of evvents are taking place there. On National Day people are dancing in the park and usually the King, Queen and their children are mixing with the people. Of course it looks more beautiful in spring and summer than now in winter when the trees are naked and there are no flowers.

Vue on the Royal Palace

Vue on King Leopold I and further Brussels downtown

One of the entrances/exits

Another vue on the palace


Vue on the parlement

Here you can listen to all kind of music

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31 Jan 2022


 Kiwi, doggy of a friend




On Saturday I visited Rick. Already when I opened the door and saw him I thought he is not well today and indeed, he must have undressed because his trousers were the wrong way, the back was in front and his jacket was tucked inside. 

He fiddled with his remote control and couldn't manage to turn down the volume, even though it's a very special and easy remote control my son had bought for him, there were only two keys, one for the volume and one for the channels. 

After I got his clothes in order he started complaining about his waffles, that he didn't have enough, although I had brought 4 packages of 10 waffles each! He behaved like a hamster, who provided for the winter. 

Finally I noticed that he was tired and preferred to stay alone,  he couldn't speak well either. I left and drove home. Honestly I was pretty down. Of course nobody called me to know how I was doing. That's because I am a "strong" woman. At least that's what people believe, but even strong people can have weak moments ! I slept very badly that night too. I always think he will become better, but there is no hope it will only get worse. I absolutely need to learn not to let myself go like this. If I don't work anymore what then? 

On Sunday when I woke up I thought I stay in bed  but coffee called and I had to get up to feed little Rosie 

Outside the sun was shining a bit and I drank my coffee. I just didn't want to do nothing. And then the phone rang and it was my friend Claudie who lives in the South of France who called me just to know how I was. I was really happy, that she had thought of me. We chatted for an hour and then I was feeling better ! I was sure that if I need a change I am always welcome in her home.

After lunch I picked up Nicole, who is not allowed to drive anymore because of her brain cancer and my neighbor came over too, and we enjoyed the warm sun shining through the windows. 

We had a real nice afternoon and so much to tell ! Nicole is looking now for a retirement home, because she feels not secure anymore alone in her apartment. Probably she will join Rick ! That would be nice although Nicole has no problems at all with her brain !

The weatherman just announced a storm for tomorrow ! 

30 Jan 2022


 Flower decoration in the City Hall of Brussels