15 Dec 2023


What a week ! I am half dead. I had to do so many things, that I just managed to return home and sit down, otherwise I had to sit on the street. I had to go to my  apartment to leave my keys for the cleaning lady. In the living room my whole belongings were piled up and waited to be taken away 2 days later with an elevator. I didn't regret anything, only that it had been such a beautiful apartment, but I lived the worst time of my live in there. 

Now finally my bags are unpacked and I found a place for everything. The trouble is now that I don't remember where I put the things ! I found the long lost car papers again, amongst books and tons of fashion jewelry which I wanted to give away or sell it but like the clothes I wanted to give to charity are also here. I put them in a corner and after Christmas I will get rid of them. 

On Monday is the big day I give the keys of my apartment back and an official expert will look around to see if I didn't demolish anything. Then I will hopefully be in peace. 

Rosie has a lot of success here ! Yesterday came a girl from the kitchen and brought me a bottle of water, her excuse was, she wanted to see Rosie and showed me photos of her two cats. Fortunately Rosie is getting used to so many people who want to pet her and accepted with grace that the girl petted her head ! I think she likes it to be a star !

This morning I saw men collecting the dead leaves, and there were many ! Probably they couldn't use a machine, because the way is too small. Rosie watched them from her tower, as if they were mice !

We have finished the 3 Christmas trees on each floor one except the 4th floor, where the brain damaged people are. Father Christmas greats you at the entry and at the reception stands the big tree and the red star. I will probably put some little things in my room, as there is enough decoration everywhere

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13 Dec 2023


1. Oxford's Word of the Year for 2023 is 'rizz'. Hmmm...before today had you ever heard the word? Do you know what it means? (Apparently it's short for charisma) Have you ever used the word? If you were in charge of the world, what word would you declare word of the year.

Never heard or used the word rizz ! I only know the Ritz ! Had to google to know what it means and Google meaning said :

"Rizz is a colloquial word, defined as style, charm, or attractiveness; the ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner," according to the Oxford University Press. As for the word's etymology, OUP says it's believed to have been taken from the middle of "charisma," much like "fridge" derives from refrigerator.

If that is the word of the year in Oxford, no wonder that there are still wars and troubles, my word for the year is PEACE. It's at least 70 years that everybody normal claims for peace and you see the result ! Charisma and fridge ? what a combination !

2. What's one word you tend to abbreviate in your writing or speech? (as in rizz for charisma) 


3. Are you a Hallmark movie watcher this time of year? What's your favorite character from a holiday- themed movie, book, or TV special? 

I don't know any Hallmark movie, and as for the moment we are drowning in Christmas songs and movies and decoration, I have rather an overdose !

4. Something you look forward to eating this month? 

Oh no ! I can't hear it anymore ! that's the main question here "what are you eating on Christmas" or, today, or during the week ! I don't care about food. I eat because otherwise I would starve, but it is not my main preoccupation.

5. What's the most stressful part of the holiday season for you?

Stressful is not to know with whom and if I will celebrate Christmas. Without Rick it's  not the same anymore.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Last year Rick passed away and we celebrated Christmas the three of us and I also had decorated our home. But this year my life turned upside down,I suddenly realized that he really would never come back. My health declined,  I had to move into a boarding school for the oldies, the only thought I have is : I wished that I can hand over the apartment to the landlord without problems, and that all these festivities stop ! I want to recover and feel more or less normal again !



Once upon a time .....




Our Christmas decoration



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11 Dec 2023



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Here too the days fly by and another weekend is over. It was such a rainy and ugly cold weather, that I preferred to eat in my room, because in the restaurant it lasts too long, with each time 3 or 4 courses. Nobody can starve here !  

But at 3 pm was as activity "Saturday Chatter afternoon". I was curious what people had to say. Fortunately I was sitting together with nice people who didn't have hearing problems and I didn't have to scream. It was interesting, we talked about where we had lived before and what we had done. We laughed a lot, but then I had enough and said good bye. I stood up made to steps and fell, like that without any reason ! Fortunately I missed the Christmas tree by a few cm. They all thought I would land in a hospital, but no, a man helped me to get on my feet and I felt nothing, apparently my fall was something for the circus, but nothing hurt, nothing was broken, I laughed and told them not to worry, and went into my room I bed that they had something to chat about when I was gone !

On Sunday it was also awful, and with all the flues, Covids and Bronchitis which were so friendly and visited the people I thought it is better to stay home instead of going to the Christmas markets in the villages around I went to the restaurant to join the others. The restaurant was nearly full, but I found a place at a table with two ladies I knew, and a compared to the other men looking like a champion Boxer and macho. It turned out that he was one, so not suitable for me and he became angry because I didn't agree with him and dared to tell him so. The two other ladies smiled with satisfaction ! The meal was real good, macho or not, we had a soup, then a salad with Feta (greek cheese) dices, the main course was steak with mushrooms and then a "mousse au chocolat" and coffee. After that I returned to my room and watched my little crime story. With the food we always get red wine, white wine, or beer with or without alcohol. It's funny how the 3rd youth likes the wine, red or white the importance is several glasses ! Most of them drink their carafe which contains 2 glasses. But some sacrifice themselves and empty the other carafes where something is left.

I had  been in my apartment where everything was piled up in the living room ready to be taken down by an elevator. It was strange to return there, it was not the nicest time of my life I spent there !

and Princess Rosie is happy, eats like a horse, sleeps the whole day and works during the night !