1 Dec 2023


This is the second week I am in my new home. and I have the impression that I don't want to leave my cozy room anymore. I still eat alone, lots of people make me tired.

I sleep really well when they let me! The first time, my room was lightened in the the middle of the night and I woke up and thought I was illuminated by headlights! A man was standing in front of my bed who I would have liked to jump at the throat. My door was looked and he got in with his key. I was furious and threw him out, not very politely, and he escaped just saying "I wanted to know if everything is OK" ! I told him so far it was but now not any more ! I am not in the Alzheimer section !

The second time I slept like a baby when the fire alarm went on so loud that those who were half dead are certainly dead by now. I went to the door and looked on the floor nobody there so I returned in my bed and cat Rosie too still with round eyes like an owl, The alarm continued for a while and then stopped and I fell asleep again. Not angry that I had to flee outside, because it was quite cold.

The manager came and asked if I like it here and I said yes except the man who nearly caused me a heart attack. He apologized because the man wasn't allowed into the room when the door was locked.  He was  new. Then he admired my room how nice it looked, petted Rosie and then continued his round.

My friend Laura did some shopping for me, I needed fruits and food for Rosie, and  she came here for the first time. She laughed when she entered the room, she said it looks exactly like in my apartment only the dining space is missing. She was surprised that it didn't look like a home or a hospital.

My clothes are still in the bags,

I started unpacking but it was such a mix of winter and summer things that I stopped after 10 minutes I was breathless. I'll wait until the weekend and if I still haven't done it then I'll ask for help.


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30 Nov 2023


1. Does anybody really know what day it is? Last week we skipped the Hodgepodge and I just assumed this week would find us in December, but nope. Still November. Do you wear a watch? Use a paper calendar or strictly electronic? What's your favorite hour of the day? Why? 

I always wear a watch couldn't live without, I would feel naked. I have to look on my smartphone or computer to know which day we are, since I am retired the days are all the same ! I only use electronic, on everything I don't like paper !

2. Tell us something about how you celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday.

My ancestors didn't have to escape to America, so there is no reason to celebrate something. Our turkeys were very happy, only it's a bit delayed they have to go over the rainbow, as the tradition requires a turkey in poorer times it was a chicken at Christmas !

3. What's a sound you hate to hear? 

When someone scratches on a blackboard with chalk, I get goose pimples

4. Where do you not mind waiting?

in a restaurant or café but not outside on the street !

5. I really wish my health would improve, I was very seldom sick, but since the death of my husband, my lung disease (COPD) has gotten worse and after a few steps I'm breathless.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I think how lucky I was to have found this senior residence in a castle with a wonderful park around. With my furniture and my cat and a very friendly personnel I am really happy.


29 Nov 2023



This is the handmade furniture of my doll house. It dates from 1946. My mother had asked a carpenter to make the little furniture and as in 1946 there was no money because Germany was occupied in my region by Americans and British soldiers, she knitted 5 pullovers for the carpenter's 5 children.

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27 Nov 2023


a happy cat

the watch tower

 The new collar

Princess Rosie enjoys her new home, a friend had offered her this beautiful collar, in case she would run away again. But I don't think so, because she doesn't approach the door anymore and slowly got used to the personnel.





On Saturday my son arrived to take all my belongings which were still in the apartment to my "castle". I sat in a chair and told them what to take. I left at least half of my clothes there, because I would never wear them here. Maria my cleaning lady put the rest in a suitcase, while Dario emptied the drawers. 

He did everything so quick, that I couldn't follow, because I had to think what I should take and what not. But he raced through the apartment, dumping the contents of the drawers into suitcases and plastic bags. 

I thought I used to be like that too when I was young. But now even though I was sitting and not doing any physical work, I was knocked out  ! Then they loaded everything into his car, which luckily is so big that he could carry easily two bodies in the trunk. Then we ate something, I think fish and he had a huge portion of spaghetti when we had finished we drove to the home. He arrived long before I arrived, I had taken the wrong way when my GPS said left I drove right and I wondered why I had to make U-turns ! Finally I arrived, half dead ! I could hardly walk so the girl at the reception led me to my room where Dario was already busy to unpacking everything. I told him to please stop, that I would rather do it myself, otherwise I wouldn't find anything. The only thing was to put the summer clothes at the top of the closet, because he doesn't need a ladder with his 2 m !The closet is very high !

Then we chatted a bit and then he left to pick up Toby who had stayed with the two sons of his friend who had the same age.

That's all to be put in drawers and furniture !

With all this I forgot to take a photo of Toby who with his 13 years is now 1.80 m ! Rosie didn't move, she had recognized them immediately. They left early, next day was school ! I watched a funny movie, fell asleep, did rewind and watched this time the whole story ! I was very thankful that my son had helped me just like he had done for his Dad.