28 Apr 2023


On Monday my cold had gotten  worse and I was happy that my son had done the shopping and I didn't need anything. So I spent my day with blogging, TV and taking my pills against the cold. Sometimes I fell asleep and the day went by.  

With a cold I didn't sleep very well, and nothing happened the next day I didn't dare to visit Nicole as she was  in hospital. When she fell out of her bed she had broken 3 rips and had to stay there for a while. Fortunately she came back to her retirement home after 4 days. I called her but it was difficult to talk with her all the medication had knocked her out. 

In the middle of the week I felt a bit better and when I talked to L who is now widow since two weeks, I invited her for lunch.  She came and I stated that each person has another way to grief. She was in the middle of the paper work and went too quick. She wanted to do everything in one day and started with selling her car. What I did at the end she did at the beginning of his passing away. She also talked about her grandfather and people dead since a long time. I listened, I had a few question but I didn't ask she seemed to me like a wheel that turns too quick.








Outside despite the still too cold weather, the trees had started to bloom or were in full bloom ! 

My doctor had sent me to a medical center to do a scanner of the end of my spine, because I sometimes had the impression of walking like a drunk. I had no back pain but occasionally a pain in my knee. It's true that I have trouble breathing, but the fact that my lungs were in my knees made me think I must have been asleep at school when they were explaining the human body. Don't be surprised if your headache comes from your little toe.

The doctor explained me what I had, but I didn't understand a thing. He told me to go back to my doctor who would tell me what I have to do. Ever since I walk like a model and besides the daily feeling of being exhausted I had nothing..

I found the waiting room so cute, I was the only one who had to wait for the results. 
After that I bought my frozen food plates for one month (guests included) Dominique comes on Saturday to stay with me over the weekend. 
At home I found pictures in Whatsapp, my son and family had adopted a puppy a little girl, which will have the size of a Golden Retriever. She looks very cute but I wonder how she will move around the four floor house with a lot of steps ? In Amsterdam as there is not enough space for houses, the rooms are one on the top of the other which makes house narrow and high. 
I will see, she will probably be the most spoiled dog in the world even if they have to install an elevator for her. For that I have no worries ! Fortunately the kitchen is on the same level as the street for emergencies, and there is a lot of space to walk around at or near the sea. 
Nicole's daughter had told me that she is in the retirement home again after 5 days in hospital. I went to see her, and now that she is not in pain anymore (she gets a lot of pills) she was in a good mood and we could almost chat like in old times. Now she is for a few days in the care section of the home, until she is able to get out of the bed and walk with the help of a rollator. I hope that it will be soon, she wants to go back in her room. 

One who doesn't care about anything is little Rosie as long as she can sleep with her head on her tail.

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27 Apr 2023


1. April 26th is National Audubon Day, honoring John James Audubon, the French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter known for his detailed study and illustration of birds in their natural habitats. Do you have a bird feeder? Any birds in your home decor? Have you ever owned a pet bird? What's your favorite bird? 

John James Audubon

and one painting I liked the most

As I painted myself and spent years in the painting academy, I thought I would know almost all painters, but that it impossible, each country or continent has their own famous once. For this reason I have never heard  of this painter and as he painted mostly birds and I paint cats, we had not at all the same taste. I only know the most famous birds, like a magpie, or a sparrow, etc, but all the others I don't know. One bird I really love which I discovered thanks to an Australian Blogger who introduced me to a laughing bird ! I thought this would really be funny if I had one in , except if it starts laughing at 5 am ! It only exists in Australia, unless it was taken for a Zoo in other countries. Isn't that a mood lifting bird ? I never had a bird because I prefer cats !

2. What's something you took to 'like a duck to water'? 

 Playing around with my photos and change them or add something etc; (photoshopping)

3. Empty nest, nest egg, proud as a peacock, free as a bird, birds of a feather flock together, or the early bird catches the worm...choose one and tell us how it currently applies to your life. 

I am certainly not an early bird, the worm is safe with me, unfortunately I am free as a bird and I sit in an empty nest the one who shared it with me is gone.

4. Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds...your favorite seed and a favorite food or dish made with that seed or topped with that seed? Have you tried all the seeds on the list? Any you don't care for? 

Except chia seeds I have tried them all. I love poppy seed cake or rolls which are very famous in Germany.

5. Something in the past week that made you 'happy as a lark'? 

The visit of my son and grandson this weekend

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I think that during at least 5 years I didn't even had a little cold, I had no covid, I had nothing. Ever since Rick is gone, I had a heavy bronchitis, and now an awful cold. It's still cold and dull outside which doesn't raise my random mood ! 




26 Apr 2023


 Cristal and Murano figurines



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24 Apr 2023



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On Saturday I woke up with a big cold. My nose was running, and I felt lousy ! I thought I should call my son and tell him not to come, but the thought of being alone and sick was even worse. So I called him and said I was sick and couldn't do anything, I couldn't even go shopping and my fridge was empty.

Fortunately he is a practical boy and there are no problems that cannot be solved. He did the shopping in Amsterdam before they left, fortunately, because they arrived quite late due to a lot of traffic on Saturday afternoons ! 

I was happy that they finally arrived, and the problem of preparing supper was quickly solved, he bought three pizzas, while I hang "half dead" on the sofa, with a mountain of tissues around me !

I had asked him to come and help to prepare the terrace for summer. It was still prepared for winter, Unfortunately it rained and it was impossible to fold the enormous plastic cover and put it away. We hoped for the next day.

When I got up feeling even worse than the day before I finally managed to crawl out of my bed and found the apartment empty. The two had let me sleep and had gone out for breakfast. 

To my surprise the cover of the garden furniture was hanging in the sunshine to dry and the chairs and table stood at their place ! They were really lucky, because an hour later it rained !

The time flew by and after a delicious pita we watched a bit TV and despite the fact that I still felt awful we had fun and let me forget that my nose was still running like the Niagara falls.

And then they left, I waved goodbye behind the closed window, and then fell on my sofa with the intention to watch a little movie and rest, instead I fell asleep and woke up 3 h later !