2 Mar 2024


On Monday we celebrated all birthdays of the residents born in February, at the end of the month and this time it was a male singer who sang all French songs from the 60th. Often translated from English into French, we remembered our youth, although I knew more English songs then French as I still went into the German school, and there were no French songs. I learned them later. We had a nice afternoon with coffee and a birthday cake.

This lady is 96 years old and loves to dance. She never misses an opportunity ! It seems to me that she dances better then she walks ! For that she needs a rollator !

Each Tuesday I go out and this time I was lucky it didn't rain. I bought my grapes and mandarins, and then I returned home and was horrified to find that the internet didn't work at all. And since we all depend on the same source, only the management had special access ! Of course I complained, but unfortunately no one could help me because there was work being done on the street to improve the internet. Then I realized that I couldn't live without the internet! I couldn't read, the books are on my tablet, I couldn't pay bills and really only scrabble and make phone calls. My mobile is already pretty old and I'll probably have to buy a new one !

When I came back we started a game with the funny name Tic Tac boum ! Very interesting. One fished a card and there were 3 letters written and we had find words starting with the 3 letters ! I was amazed by the result because actually we were all very good. I had to rake my brain which is certainly a good exercise. Again coffee and cake

I wonder that I haven't put on weight, with all I get to eat here, it's the contrary, I lost 2 kgs ! Once a month we are all weighed. Two people brought a chair into my room, so I had to sit in it and was weighed. I had never experienced anything like that! When I saw the chair I was very suspicious, I didn't know what they wanted to do with me and I was already putting out my spines ! Then I had to laugh ! How posh is that to sit in a chair and then you get your weight result ?

Next day to publish my post I went to my friend Laura and there I could connect to Internet and just publish my post. Then she showed me pictures from India from her husband's family, he passed away last May. We found each other again, certainly also because we both are in the same situation, sad widows ! Her husband and Rick had become friends even before our marriage, because I worked with her husband and he came often and one day he came to present his future wife ! 

We had painted masks a couple of weeks and on Wednesday Amandine made photos of all us with our masks ! That was really fun !

my 100 years old friend on the left and the dancing 96 old ! Their age doesn't bother them 

I twice tried to walk a bit in our park, but I had to return, the wind was strong it was wet and very humid ! 

So the days fly by, and I am now in a certain routine. Mornings blogging etc, afternoons at 3 pm activities and twice a day out, when there is mass or gymnastic !

For the moment it's a nice life as it is so disgusting outside !


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28 Feb 2024

HODGEPODGE February 29

 1. February is coming to a close. Give us a two-word phrase that tells us something about how yours went.

Very wet

2. If you had to describe how you're feeling right now as an amusement park ride, what ride are you on? Explain. 

 Roller coaster, that's how I feel, up and downs, high and deep, and so on. If I would paint my feelings, then they would look like the above photo !

3. What's something on your desk or a nearby wall that cheers you up when you see it or walk past? 


Little Rosie's big round eyes

4.  Are you a salad eater? How many salads do you typically eat in a week? Your favorite kind of salad? 

I love pasta salad with seafood, or only salmon together with Mozarella. In summer when it's hot we often ate pasta salads with all kind of ingredients and spiced with olive oil and Balsamico vinegar.

5. Without telling us the category give us your top five ______________

 my five what ? I don't understand the question, not in German, not in French and, unfortunately your answers either. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I am sorry could not finish our internet didn't work yesterday and today, I had to go to a friend




 Fethije Tombs in Turkey


I took these pictures in Turkey when I stayed in Miramar and together with a group we took a boat along the  Fethiye-rock-tombs it was very interesting and impressive. 

Fethiye-Tombs (Countries & Cities) 


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26 Feb 2024


The cats in my heart







This weekend was really awful, there had been a storm and there were a few damages. It rained and we couldn't go out. Fortunately there were some of us in the restaurant, so we chatted a bit and then I returned to my room, and answered comments on my blog. When you read that in Australia they suffer from heat and I sit here in my rainy Belgium, I am not happy at all. The worst is I couldn't even visit some friends abroad which would be Germany, France and the UK, because there the weather is the same or worse. 

After I had my supper, which is mostly cold, cheese, ham or salami, sometimes also scrambled eggs I listen to the News, which are on all channels same always sad things, I finally choose a film a funny one and watch that. 

I didn't sleep very well, so I was tired on Sunday. My son called me, he had come back from the Italian Dolomites, where he was with Toby skiing, they had very nice weather but then it started snowing on Friday and they went back to Amsterdam a day earlier, unfortunately the Brenner was closed because of all the snow and it took them 20 hours to get home. Usually there are around 7 h He couldn't even stop all Hotels were full. Of course he was exhausted.

 Toby  (grandson)

Sunday afternoon I thought I would visit Nicole, but in her Residence was a gastro-enteritis epidemic, and guests not allowed ! Anyway I preferred to stay here and not get this disease. So I called her, but so far she is OK. Nothing special happened, Rosie slept the whole day, the lunch was good and I was so lazy that I got tired. I hope that the weather will improve otherwise I will get crazy, which is a good sign, that I feel better ! 

Rosie has her own TV, she watches birds, and cats !