5 Aug 2022


On Monday I had to go to the post office ! it had been a long time I hadn't bought stamps or sent letters, I always do everything per email. I remembered that I had to take a ticket and wait until the number appeared on a screen. 

The four counters were occupied by one employee, but the usually crowded post office was empty, there was only one man standing there and he asked me if he could take a ticket first. He said  he was the only one when he arrived and  thought he wouldn't need a ticket, but administration is administration and there are rules to be respected, a ticket had to be presented even if there was only one person in the whole office ! 

I shook my head and gave her my envelope payed and left. Then I went to the pharmacy to pick up my medication and the girl asked me if I can't read ? How friendly was that ? I asked why and she told me that I have to wear a mask ! it was written at the door. 

What happens to people, since the lockdown they are all in bad mood ! Outside I took the mask off and went home where nobody bothered me with  bad mood ! 

Next day I did my shopping for the week and as the weather was again beautiful, I took my computer outside on the terrace and sat there the whole afternoon. I had a few phone calls, my son is still not feeling well and stays in bed with his Covid ! Toby feels better ! 

Isabelle my ancient neighbor who always calls nearly every day, like a daughter to see how I feel, goes to Amsterdam the next day and she told me that it is a pity that she can't see Dario who wanted to show her around. They know each other since their childhood and made a lot of naughty things together ! 

The case for my new Samsung tablet had arrived and it looks not only good, but is exactly what I and the tablet wanted !


I took these pictures at 11 pm, it was so nice and warm outside and our garden is illuminated that's why I also have some light and can watch the animals which cross the lawn. But this evening I didn't see anybody. Not even a cat ! There is one who looks exactly like our white cat Arthur, he must live somewhere around here.

Then came the hottest day of week ! Up to 35°C ! Unbearable ! Suddenly I remembered what an American Blog friend had written in her comment once, that when she was little and her parents had no air conditioning they just spent the day in shopping centers which was cool and nice ! 

I thought that's a great idea, we are always used to protect us from the cold and people go in the shopping centers to save heating costs, why shouldn't I do the same for the heat, just the other way around protecting me from the heat. Of course my neighbor and Nicole where very enthusiastic about this idea, and we picked up Nicole and then Adeline and I went to the hairdresser first and then joined Nicole who was happy to sit in 24° ! and drank her coffee. 

We spent the whole afternoon there and returned around 6 pm when it was a bit cooler, was a nice day ! 

And to end the 5 days, from 35° we dropped to 22° the next day and when I just had started to blog on my terrace I had to move inside because it started to rain ! 

 Nothing else happened, I still have not the energy and courage to empty Rick's bags, and wardrobe, well one day it will happen ! Meanwhile 


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3 Aug 2022


When our neighbors went on holidays, Rick was the "catsitter" of the street. Here it was the cat on the other side of the street. Arthur of course followed him.

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1 Aug 2022


Pookie, who shared our life for nearly 20 years before she went over the Rainbow Bridge. Rick will be happy to visit her there too ! 

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Saturday morning I was in a "no" mood. I didn't feel anything not to do something or not to do something so I just wanted to do nothing and see nobody. 

The weather was nice and warm and I put my beach bed on the terrace, took my new tablet and started to discover more things. I started to feel like on holidays with the beautiful view I had, little Rosie who kept me company and the tablet which was my window to the world.


Then suddenly I felt much better, I thought I am really not that miserable, if only he would be there. But anyway even if he would, he wouldn't sit besides me on the terrace, but behind his computer in his room, because he didn't like to be outside ! Only when our son was little he played with him in the garden, in this time he would go out. He was like Rosie and inside man. 

To my surprise I found this photo in my messenger ! I met this Australian girl during my tour around the Eastern countries and I think it was taken in Vienna. She had ended her studies as a nurse and did the tour with her father. She often joined me and now had discovered me on Facebook and read about Rick's death. 

 She wanted to remind me happy times, so sweet of her. Meanwhile she and her boyfriend had moved in together and they have a puppy ! She still travels a lot and has made her  practical training in a very poor African country. Such a nice girl. I was really touched that she had thought of me.

I spent the whole afternoon there until it became cooler and I went inside to watch TV a bit. 

Not so good news I got from my son, they returned from their holidays in Italy to Amsterdam and brought a nice souvenir with them ! Both Toby and his Dad are sick, they have the Covid despite the fact that they had it already. So far my DIL has nothing, but she had been very sick with Covid and even after 6 months still tired. Hopefully she will escape. 

That's rather sad for me because under these circumstances they can't come and visit me, well, there is nothing to do, we still have to disperse Rick's ashes. This dammit Covid disturbs all plannings !

My doctor has told me that in September I will get the 4th shot !!

On Sunday I wanted to go to the market, but after my coffee I changed my mind and stayed at home, I had a few things to do on my computer and quite a lot of comments to answer. I couldn't stay on the terrace it was too windy. The time went by so quickly that suddenly it was already 5 pm. 

When looking for special quotes I found these pictures of the Queen's Jubilee on June 2. I remember that I watched the whole celebration, because it was the only thing which distracted me from the fact that Rick passed away on June 29th and my son was busy to empty the room in the retirement home. Anyway I felt as I was in another world and completely besides myself. But despite the grief this picture made me laugh and I will never forget it, the little prince Louis who behaved like a normal 4 year old besides his stiff grandmother ! 

This picture still makes me laugh and I am sure I am not the only one.

And I think I should follow this advice !




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