15 Apr 2023


Monday I was invited by the two girls on the first floor to have an Easter "coffee" It was a very nice afternoon with a very good cake. It did me real good to be with young girls in their 30th and not always with youngsters of 80. 

Slowly I have to think about my cruise on  the Danube the date is approaching. My suitcase is a little too small for 12 days, and I was looking on internet if I couldn't find one a little bigger. The problem was solved by my friend Laure who had traveled a lot and who had suitcases in all sizes. So she borrowed me one, which fits exactly. I also forced me to do some shopping, I needed light trousers with no belt, which I could fold into a letter stamp size. I found one very nice black with little white dots and attached was a black one. So I got two for the price of one. Good deal.

The  next day I tried to get an appointment for the car control, I think it is easier to get an audience with the Pope than with the car control. First I tried the telephone and had to choose the language then go through I don't know how many propositions, but mine with not mentioned. 

I took their Website and it went ! Last time it wasn't working. I tried to choose a date and finally got one shortly before my holidays ! I hope that meanwhile the two other papers I need will have arrived. All these worries make me sick ! I have a head like a  pumpkin. 

In the letter box I found a thick envelope from the police, I should explain how my accident with the car wash door happened. Not much to tell, I drove in the car wash and after a few minutes was propelled through the half open door and almost ended up on the main street! Windshield broken and the roof a bit damaged

I immediately called "Car Glass"d got an appointment for the next morning and now everything is fixed except the roof of course..

We have a new neighbor, a young student who when he heard voices came out and told us his name and I asked if I could have a look in his apartment, it's the half of mine. He was very friendly and showed us around and I told him that it is good to know that finally we have somebody in the house when it comes to carry something heavy.

I called Laure to know how she feels after the loss of her husband, and she is in the same state as I was, drowned in paper work. But her case is even more difficult, as besides the house in Waterloo there is a holiday house in France. So she has to fill out papers in 3 or 4 versions and gets also crazy.

We talked about our lives and time flew by. He and Rick had a lot in common. They were both good and cheerful men, messy, hordes, and we women had to dress them otherwise they would have run around like garbage men.  The afternoon went by so quickly and it was time to return home.

This weekend Dominique will spent with me we want to do the paperwork for the cruise and spend a weekend together, that's always nice.


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13 Apr 2023


1. April 13th is National Scrabble Day...are you a fan? Do you enjoy word games in general? What's an eight letter word that tells us something about your life currently? 

For a few years 5 of our painting class played once a week scrabble, followed by coffee and cake. Unfortunately our little group split for various reasons, one moved away, two met a man and forgot their friends, which I can't understand. I never left a friend because of a man. One got a cancer and the Covid gave the rest,  despite the fact that we met secretly. I don't know if it is true or not but I have the impression that people are not the same anymore. In my case I would choose the word DEPRESSED

 2. Do you have a junk drawer? Is it full? Do you know what's in it? What's in it? 

Ever since I moved I only have junk drawers and they are all full. I have no idea what they content, only when I look for something and turn everything upside down.  But usually I always find for what I was looking.

3. When does time pass quickly for you? When does it pass slowly? 

When I am on a travel or holidays, time flies by ! and slowly when I have to listen to a lecture which is of no interest for me

4.These eight vegetables are in season during spring-asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, collard greens, garlic, herbs. What's your favorite? Any on the list you refuse to eat? Last one on the list you ate?

I eat them all, no problem with that. My favorite would be spring-asparagus and broccoli. Celery I eat but not with pleasure !

5. What's the oldest thing you own? Tell us about it. 

A box that Emperor Wilhelm rhe husband of "Sissi" had placed next to the plates of all guests he had invited for a supper. I got it from my Mother in Law, but I have no idea from whom she got it.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I have so many thoughts in my head that you would fall asleep before the end.. Mainly administrative things, I have never believed that a country does everything to complicate the procedures !



12 Apr 2023



Suddenly the sky became dark and a thunderstorm arrived. 

 Rosie hid she feared that the sky would fall on her head



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 Today we would celebrate your birthday ! Happy Birthday wherever you are

10 Apr 2023



 Linking to AWWW MONDAYS



WEEKEND There is a first time in everything. This year I was  alone at Easter. Son and family were on a Dutch island over Easter and my neighbors were with their children.

Instead of finding my car papers I found my Easter decoration, the one from last year when Rick was still there. I thought I will decorate the living room as usual, perhaps he can see it from wherever he is.

Of course Rosie had to check and approve. 
Saturday I wanted to buy some Easter eggs for my friend who should come the next day, but there was nothing anymore ! Next time I buy Easter things at Christmas to be sure to get them. There were a lot of people underway to buy the last things for Easter Sunday.
On Sunday at 2.30 my friend who had lost her husband 10 days ago, came to visit me. She also was alone for the first time and we chatted about the past, when she arrived from France in Belgium to join her Indian not yet husband, and the fact that he and Rick became friends immediately. It had been a happy time.  Now we are in the same situation, we never had believed this. We know each other since 1967 ! Our sons are friends too. 

When she was gone I answered some emails and watched a bit TV. I didn't feel like doing anything else. And then I went to bed and read. I even forgot to supper.



9 Apr 2023


There is hope ! This morning when I opened the curtains the tree just in front of my nose had dressed itself in pink blossoms ! Will spring finally arrive ?? I mean in reality and not on a calendar !

Happy Easter to all of you !