31 Mar 2023


1. Why do you blog? Have your reasons changed over time ?

Nothing has changed ! In  2006 nobody here in Europe knew what a Blog was. Or maybe a few. I had just discovered Internet thanks to Rick and amused myself looking for different cat breeds. I discovered Forums, and stuck with them for a bit.

Somehow I ended up with Wordpress and actually managed to create a blog. From Wordpress I discovered Blogger and a big cat community so I left Wordpress and ended up at Blogger. 

My first header

I've always loved to write, but nobody read what I wrote. My cats suddenly became famous in the whole world and  got comments from all over the world. Then I started a second blog about my country, Europe and also my life. It became my hobby and it is a must for me to write every day. I have time I am retired. It helped me a lot when Rick passed away and I got so many compassion from all countries and continents. I also learned a lot about uses in other countries, how people think, etc. For me, blogging is very enriching. I have learned so much from it that I almost feel like Mrs. Wikipedia ! Even a recipe how to prepare rats from a Chinese lady who laughed her head off when she read the comments from our Western world !

2. What's a typical Friday night look like at your house? 

The same like all other nights, maybe I would go out, but I have weekends the whole year long, so all days are the same. Except Sundays, there all shops are closed. Only the bakeries are open.

3. Do you like donuts? Your favorite kind? How often do you treat yourself to a Donut? Have you ever made homemade donuts? 

Oh yes I like Donuts, the simple once with sugar and no I never baked them, because I never baked anything except once an applepie which I left on the table over night to cool down, only my cat Arthur found it so good that he had eaten almost the whole cake during the night and the rest was scattered over the kitchen floor. I had never thought that a cat loves appelpie !!

4. How do you feel about shopping?Are you an online shopper? Catalog shopper? Brick and mortar shopper? Do you order groceries online or prefer to select items with your own two hands? 

I hate shopping, all kind of shopping especially food. I only go shopping when I need something, like shoes which I prefer to buy in a shoe shop or if I need jeans or a top it could be online or in a shop.

5. Next week's Hodgepodge finds us somehow in the month of April, which just so happens to be National Poetry Month. Sum up (or tell us something about) your month of March in the form of a limerick. You can do it!!

From day one of March
the days where the same, 
it's me to blame 
because I have to get used to a new life
leaving behind me my life as a wife

6. Insert your own random thought here.

The 29th of each month I count. Now it's already 9 months that Rick left for another world. Instead of feeling better because it's said that time heals, it is not the case with me. Memories come back far too often. Now that all the funeral paperwork is done and I have time to think, often my life seems to me like a kaleidoscope. I hope that slowly slowly my new "me" finds a way to live again without this inner pain.





  1. You will live again and the memories will be sweeter.

  2. Nine months then is it since Rick died.This weekend is Melbourne's Grand Prix. I think the spirit of Rick will be watching and not hearing what you are saying in the background.

  3. I loved reading this post today, esp how you started to blog. I am such a newbie, only doing this since 2014, LOL!

    It is OK to still feel all the pain and loneliness of missing your dear Rick. Thhe saying is that time heals, but no one can give a timeline for grief. I send you big virtual hugs. ((((( ♥ )))))

  4. They say time heals. I think more accurate is that you learn to live with it.

  5. Writing is definitely therapeutic! And I, too, found blogging enriching. It's fun to learn about different cultures and to connect with folks from around the globe that you otherwise wouldn't meet. :)

  6. I think every thing about that first year after a loss is so hard. Keep pressing on and keep writing because I do think it's good for healing and growing and venting. Take care.

  7. I think the phrase "time heals" has no measure of how much time that is. I agree with Joyce that the "first everything" is hard. Take care of yourself and may you find beautiful ways to remember all you had. I enjoy reading. your posts so keep it up.


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