25 Feb 2023


I think this was the easiest FFF I ever wrote since I am participating. Now that my bronchitis finally is over I feel so weak and tired that even the slightest movement brings cold sweat on my forehead.
I could only walk a few steps without sitting down. So I sat or lay on my sofa and watched movies. I didn't have the imagination to write and fell asleep halfway through a film. My little trip to the Lorraine has probably taken more effort than I thought. I'm sorry that I have nothing else to offer besides an empty head and the feeling I've been run through a wringer. It was like that until Thursday

I watched a very interesting program on TV which was called "Transformation". This time it was a father who had asked his son to have his tatoos covered for only one day, just to see how he would look "normal" again. When the guy appeared I almost fell off my sofa, there was not a single cm of his skin uncovered. He told us with proud that his body is tatooed to 90 % ! I suppose the uncovered spot must be in his slip !

To my taste he looked like a monster, he must be full of complexes and hides himself behind the tattoo.  For him it must be a big effort to agree to his father's wish and let his tattoo cover from a professional make up artist. Then he disappeared for 4 hours for the make up !

and here his face is shown before and after. When he discovered himself in the mirror he couldn't believe that what he saw was himself ! Then father and son fell into each other's arms. Dad was happy but son didn't think he was so pretty but agreed to having his face painted for family events, like weddings and funerals. That's something !

On Friday I had an appointment with my pneumologist. For once I was a bit scared. Rick who always cheered me up wasn't there anymore, but my pneumologist who knows me for quite a while was in a good mood, told me that he will change my medication and said that it was normal that my results were not really on the top, but with all I had gone through the last 4 years it was not abnormal either. I didn't know that the COPD is sensitive to stress, anxiety etc and reacts with asthma attacks. Now I understood better. Then he told me to enjoy life, travel and meet a young man ! I agreed to everything except the young man and made a gesture as if I would strangle him. We both laughed and then I went home, and all my black thoughts had disappeared.





more participants at Susanne at Living to tell the Story.

23 Feb 2023



1. What do you find is the most boring part of your life at the moment? 

That I can't go out and do what I want; because I had a bronchitis and haven't recovered yet. Boring is not even an expression, I am like a tiger turning around in his cage, only that I can't turn around, I am too weak ! 

2. February 22nd is George Washington's birthday. You'll find his face on the US $1 bill. What's the last thing you bought for roughly $1.00? (.94 €/ .83 £) 

I can't even remember when I had a Dollar bill in my hand ! Ever since abroad people prefer to be payed in Euros and not in Dollars anymore it must be several years ago. 

3. Is it ever okay to tell a 'little white lie'? Explain.

A lie that is told in order to be polite or to stop someone from being upset by the truth.. It would really not be nice to tell a person that she becomes more and more fat ! Even if it is the truth !

4. What's the last thing you 'chopped'? Cherry pie, chocolate covered cherries, a bowl of cherries, cherry vanilla ice cream, maraschino cherries, a cherry lifesaver...your favorite cherry flavored something? 

Nothing of the above mentioned things, I am not a sweet girl, I like to eat cherries from the tree.

5. Describe yourself with three words using your first, middle, and last initials. 

Impulsive, explorer, fun 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

As long as I don't know what a strange disease I have, I prefer to have an empty head and think nothing





22 Feb 2023


Carnival in Nivelles the next town after Waterloo ! Not to be an exception, I quickly had bought these two wigs !

Before knowing Rick, each year I went to Bonn and stayed with my school friend for the three days and we went dancing every evening. I didn't like the Belgian Carnival, when I was 18 and also I didn't speak very well French, I wanted to go back where I had celebrated since I was a child.

Linking to Wordless Wednesday here, and Image-in-ing

20 Feb 2023


This beautiful Bernese mountain dog was our neighbor for more then 10 years. He loved our cats, let them sleep in his doghouse and stayed outside in the rain ! He also loved Rick very much as he brought him a real bone from the butcher each Sunday !






My ancient neighbor and friend Dominique the mom of Yanouk the dog you see above, spent the weekend with me. We do that when we go out together, so that she doesn't have to drive in the evening. We have travelled so many times together that's almost like holidays when she stays. This time  we wanted to go to the theater with my neighbors, to the performance reserved for the seniors. 

She came in the afternoon and as usual I was the driver. We were four. As we all gathered in the garage in front of my car I heard Dominique talking to my neighbor Louquette, and I was amazed that it was like they had known each other for ages! And indeed what a coincidence, the two have known each other for as long as we have. How small the world is. 

When we were neighbors, our kitchen windows were just opposite. We know each other since 2006

The play was called "The first name" and was very funny. Then we went back home and of course the two will see each other again at my place when the weather is a bit better. 

On Sunday we took it easy, we got up when we woke up, and we were in our bathrobes until 11 and chatted and talked about the past when Rick walked Yanouk and brought him bones, and Dominique and I remembered our travels we had done quite a lot together and it's not finished because we will do the cruise on the the Danube together ! We watched our cruise on YouTube and purred together it will be wonderful.

Then it was already time to leave, and I lazily finished the day, blogging and watching an animal program on TV. I am still not running at 100 %, a day with doing nothing but to rest, is certainly good for me. I am always tired !