12 Jan 2024


This week the weather was beautiful, sunshine but very cold. My ancient neighbor who keeps my mail which arrives still at my old address, called me to tell me that there were two letters for me. I was a bit surprised, because I had asked officially with x papers which I had filled in, to change my address. 

One of the letters which my neighbor had taken came from the mail office to inform me that they had changed the address and they sent the information to my old address. I wonder what studies the post employees have done ! 

From Tuesday on I went out each day ! I brought the clothes which I don't wear anymore to the shop who sells them for battered woman, I bought a big knife to cut cake for eventual guests, I sorted out my dirty clothes and and a girl picked it up. I was happy that I got back a bit of my energy. 

I took my afternoon coffee with two ladies and we decided that in summer we will do some things together. This week our  occupational therapist (I would call her entertainer) was on holidays, so I didn't miss anything. I tried to buy some boots, but the only once which I liked had not my size. 

I also visited Nicole in her home. Since I am here I haven't visited her. Unfortunately her condition had worsened and she could no longer walk without help, only her head was as clear as ever. But she didn't make anymore plans for the future. When I got home I thought how nice it would be if she hadn't taken that horrible nursing home. What a difference, here you feel at home, there you are in a hospital.

Our post service is really special, I wonder which people work there as civil servants, in any case they are not blessed with any special intelligence. I had changed my address and filled out a form online. I got my mail here to my new address pretty quickly. So I was surprised that my former neighbor called me to tell me that she had a letter from BPost (that's their new name) for me. I was really surprised and asked her to open the letter. It was the confirmation that from x. date my mail will be sent to the new address ! So why did they send me the letter to my old one? Someone probably slept more than usual.

or change your address


And so another week has passed, which is nice, the days are getting longer.


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11 Jan 2024


1. What's a change you'd like or need to make this year? 

Nothing I had enough changes in the last 4 years ! Now I start to feel much better and I am happy where I am.

2. Break the ice, on thin ice, ice skating, tip of the iceberg, ice cold...which icy idiom applies to your life right now? Explain. 

Nothing fits, except probably "Break the ice" Rick would say that I manage to make dumb people speak

3. What's a project you've been putting off? Will you get to it this month? This year?

I want to travel again, this month it's too early I still recuperate, but maybe at the end of the year or next year.

4. Of the fruits that grow well in winter which ones have you tried? Which is your favorite? pomegranates, clementines, persimmons, passion fruit, pears, grapefruit, lemons, pomelos, kumquats.

None of the mentioned fruits are growing here in winter. But we can buy them and they are imported of course. I love clementines.

5. What do you think it means to be courageous? 

To jump into ice cold water and save a person, or an animal

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I thought I would have only positive and cheerful random thoughts, but no I got an email from my landlord which is so stupid, he really has no imagination, how can he think that I alone, mostly absent and not cooking has damaged the apartment as if I had invited at least 20 people to damage the apartment ! Dario has a friend who will help me he has an Estate Agency !




10 Jan 2024


And from far Grandpa is watching and probably thought that years ago now, he did the same ! Only at that time it was quite unusual that a man changed a baby !!

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7 Jan 2024



Morning ritual






On Saturday was what Rick called BEFANA and when he was little it was the 6 January that he got his gifts. 

 Christmas with tree he didn't know at that time, people put up cribs ! After a few years we gave up the Epiphanie and the witch Befana disappeared in the basement.

In Belgium you bake or mostly buy a cake which contains a little object and the one who bit on it in the hope that the tooth wasn't damaged, got a crown. Here in our "Castle" we didn't get a cake, because the protestants don't celebrate it and there are other religions here too, we got a muffin instead and no crown.

The whole week I wanted to buy things for Rosie and also for me, cremes and beauty stuff, and suddenly it was Saturday. I should leave Saturdays for people who work the whole week, and have only time on Saturdays for shopping, as Sundays the shops are closed. So the shop was full like a Sardine can and what I needed was missing. 

On the parking people were fighting for a parking space and it rained and I got wet, so I returned home in a hurry !

Sunday I woke up at 9 am and had just started to stretch myself in all direction, when the cleaning woman came and wanted to clean my room. I hadn't used the bathroom yet and asked her to come a bit later. Later was then together with my lunch ! 

It didn't rain and I thought to walk a bit in our wonderful park, but it was too cold for me, I am not made to live in Alaska. Instead I met the lady who is nearly 100 with her son. She was happy to see me and invited me at her table. We had a nice chat and the son left, happy that his mother had found somebody to talk with. It's amazing, I forgot her age, we talked about Brussels and how it was before, she had lived just behind my office where I used to work for 10 years ! She is really a miracle. She sits in the wheelchair and before we returned both in our rooms she asked me to open her blouse because she was fighting to unbutton and she didn't want to disturb a nurse for a button. I helped her with pleasure but she didn't want that I pushed her wheelchair into her room ! 

Rosie probably heard that it was me, and walked from her basket on my lap to say hello.  She is used now to the different noises and seems to be happy.