18 Jan 2017


Arthur in the snow

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1. ASAP typically stands for 'as soon as possible'. What else could it stand for in your life right now?
else could it stand for in your life right now?
For nothing else, because right now I am so lazy that I will do everything I have to do ASAP !

2. Are you the last person to speak up in a group or the first to have an idea? Why do you suppose that is? Is it a good thing or no?
If it is a good thing or not, I can't judge myself, but usually I am the first !

3. What do you remember best about being 12?
The best ? The only thing I remember is that I was roller skating and got my first period !

4. January 18th is National Winnie the Pooh Day. Which character do you relate to the most, and why? If you're stumped go here for inspiration.

to Averell Dalton, because Mr. G. is like him he always says "When do we eat" ! That's also why I call him Averell.

5. What's an app you use that helps simplify or make life easier for you in some way?
 I couldn't live anymore without my GPS ! It saved my freedom, now I dare to drive through whole Europe, before I was always wrong even going to my supermarket since 10 years. (Almost)

6. San Francisco (CA), San Diego (CA), San Juan (PR) San Antonio (TX) Sanibel (FL)...you have an all expenses paid long weekend to one of these destinations. Which one do you choose and why?
I would go to San Francisco, I like this town, lot of things to see, and the best Chinese food I ever had. 

7. Share with us a song that makes you feel nostalgic? For what?
Nostalgic ?? For nothing, I am like Edith Piaf "Non je ne regrette rien" (No, I don't regret anything) 

8. Insert your own random thought here.
It's always the same thought, that this &#^§% cold weather and snow and rain ends !!

17 Jan 2017


Since last week we are sitting in the snow, then it melts, then it snows, etc etc. It's a real boring time. because the streets are slippery and with a few snoflakes the traffic breaks down, people are not used or well equipped for snow in Belgium. It doesn't snow very often and also not each year.

So I was quite surprised when I opened the shutters and looked out of the window !

My street was white !

and also the garden !

The cat statue wore a coat

But then the temperature dropped and it rained

The snow melted

The streets looked ugly and when it froze during the night they were slippery in the morning;
I felt locked in like in Alcatraz ! Each day the same view, sometimes white, sometimes striped,  sometimes with only a little snow ! Very"amusing"

The only one who thought he would enjoy the snow was cat Arthur, until he realized that snow was cold !

Therefore he did what I wish I could do the whole day with this weather, he slept on my warm bed !

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16 Jan 2017


It snowed the whole weekend. The first day the snow lasted until late afternoon, but then melt, except in the Ardennes.. Very nice for people who love skiing there is more than enough snow !

In the rest of the country there was a big mess, traffic jams and accidents, we are not at all equipped for snow, or maybe we are, but the population reacts like the cartoonist represented so well here :

A snow flake !!!

Each morning I have the same view when I look out of the window. In the aftedrnoon it was almost gone and I went to Ilona who lives about 14 km away and in her area there wasn't any snow at all.
We spent the afternoon together and talked about eventual holidays together;

Sunday it snowed again, but the temperatures are too high so it will certainly melt. With all the salt they had thrown on the streets there is a lot of water and if it will freeze tonight then tomorrow the streets will be slippery !

Instead of going to Nicole we spent an hour on the phone and Mr. G. was wondering about what we could still discuss as we had seen each other shortly.

I worked quite a lot on my computer, observed by Rosie and then watched a bit TV.

Arthur settled down on my lap and "ironed" my legs !

14 Jan 2017


Today's prompt : Hospital

One morning years ago the phone was ringing. On the other end of the line I heard somebody whisper with a very weak voice, and I heard "Can you come, help me please", suddenly I recognized the voice of my best friend Jeanine. I didn't ask anything, because we knew each other so well, no words were needed. I quickly dressed with whatever I just found, jumped in my car, opened the front door of her house with my spare key and found her laying half on the sofa and half on the floor, the telephone besides her.

I knew that she had chronically asthma and sometimes terrible attacks where her spray was not sufficient.I don't remember how I managed to carry her to my car and put her on the seat. In emergency situations you develop special strength. I drove as quickly as I could to the emergency service of our hospital. I managed to get a stretcher and she was pushed into a little room with a curtain and one seat for me and a nurse told me the doctor would come immediately.

My friend's face looked worse and worse and I could see her efforts to breath, I kept my eyes on my watch and realized that "immediately" was apparently a word you could stretch for hours. After 10 min I had enough. I went outside looking for a doctor or at least somebody who would take care of her. Nobody was visible. Suddenly I heard laughter and followed the noise and there they were all, the doctors and nurses, drinking their coffee, while my friend fought for her life. I saw red like a bull, stormed in the room and asked if somebody could come after all this was not a café but an emergency service. An angry nurse throw me out and said the doctor would come "immediately" yes I said, I know this word. The nurse went away and I sat down and suddenly I had an idea. I saw the sign "non smoking" looked in my purse and took out a cigarette which I lightened and blow the smoke out the little cabin as far as I could. Not one min later they all came in a hurry shouting and screaming that smoking was not allowed. Now I had them all the doctors and the nurses and other personal. Yes I said, I know but this is the only mean I found to get your attention, and as you can see my friend really needs help.

And then I got what I wanted thanks to a cigarette. One nurse threw the cigarette away and the doctor came and ordered to bring my friend for medical examination.

I waited outside for the results and then the doctor finally arrived and told me that it had been about time to bring her to the hospital I That was the summit ! I told him to watch the ER series on TV where he could see that everybody was running around and safe lives, while here they make coffee breaks and let people die and I had to lit a cigarette to get some attention ! In fact I told him smoking doesn't kill, but saves lives. The doctor had humour, he laughed and told me that now I shouldn't worry anymore about my friend and that he would watch the ER series, with a twinkle in his eyes. 

Conclusion, if you need attention in a hospital just light a cigarette, even if you are not smoking !

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13 Jan 2017


1. School holidays are finally over, and we got back to normal life ! It started with the decision that I would swap my Monday's aqua gym classes to Wednesday's because I had realized that sometimes I want to have a long weekend. I had missed 3 courses, which I had to catch up and I started with a recuperation on Monday. It was nice to see all the girls again and they regretted that I wouldn't come anymore on Mondays, but with two of them I will keep in touch anyway.


The weather is so awful that lots of people have a cold. It's very humid and I don't know anymore how a blue sky looks like. For once I really have no feel like going out, even my weekly shopping at Picard* which is 5 min by car away was too much. Anyway I have quite a lot to do with my blogs and pictures because a new year has started.

3. I had to go to the groomer with cat Kim, she was again full of knots and she doesn't allow us to brush her.

She meowed just a bit in the car, but then was behaving like an angel and didn't even move when her groomer answered the phone and took an appointment. Now she weighs certainly half a kilo less, with all the hairs which had come out. We returned quickly home out of the humid grey weather.

4.  Nicole had invited our painting teacher and another girl from our painting course for coffee and cake.Of course we had a lot to talk and the afternoon went by very quickly !

I just had put on my coat when the phone rang, it was Mr. G and he asked if I had forgotten to come home, we laughed because everybody knew that he is hungry at 7 pm sharp ! Just like dog Charlie and our cats. At 7 pm I was home and we had supper together, as usual !

After supper we watched the News and an Inspector Barnaby and then I went to bed. The last picture I saw before I switched off the light, was Arthur already sleeping deeply !

5. My painting class has also started again, we were not very many because some were still on holidays and others were ill. We couldn't paint very long, because the room was needed for an official meeting. At 11 we went home;

My 18 year old Pookie doesn't go out anymore so her claws became too long, I don't dare to cut them myself therefore I go to Kim's groomer who does it in 5 min. Now as Pookie is deaf, she loves to sit in the car and look out of the window.

She really enjoys the ride, and I wonder if I don't have to drive her around a bit, so that she can see a little more then our street and garden. There were two small dogs in the room,  when Pookie got her claws cut, the dogs barked and pulled at the leashes, but Pookie looked at them, I could bet she smiled, and didn't even move !

The rest of the day we spend inside, the weatherman has announced a storm and snow, for the moment it's only windy ! I hope he will be wrong as usual. On top, all 4 cats haven't washed behind their ears, which is a sign for forthcoming rain ! 

*Picard Surgelés is a French food company specialized in the manufacture and distribution of frozen products. These products are sold exclusively with the Picard brand.

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