23 Nov 2017


Dog toy, 10 min later ....

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1. Tradition...how tightly do you cling to tradition when it comes to holiday gatherings and celebrations? For instance do you always do the cooking, never eat at home, always go to grandma's, never miss the parade, always watch football, never change the menu, always eat at 2 PM, etc.? Have you ever celebrated Christmas or Thanksgiving away from hearth, home, and family? How did that feel?

The only tradition I really cling to is Christmas, all the other celebrations are not so important. For me Christmas is Christmas Eve the 24th where my whole life we always celebrated the same way until my grandson was born. Now we celebrate the 25th opening the gifts on the 25th in the morning half asleep, in pyjama and not as I was used too the 24th evening when we started at 5 or 6 with an apperitif unwrapped the gifts had a nice Pierrade in the last years (before it was Fondue Bourgignone) On Christmas day the children could play with their new toys and everything was relaxed. Now for me Christmas is not the same anymore so they can celebrate as they want or not at all.



We also have celebrated Christmas in Tenerife and Egypte the English way and had a lot of fun especially when at Christmas morning several Father Christmas swam in the pool in a very cheerful mood. And it was so nice and warm !!

2. Help...is it easy for you to ask for help or are you a do-it-yourselfer? How is that a good/bad thing?
When I really can't do it myself I have no problem to ask somebody for help. Of course when the somebody needs help I help out too if I can. I think it's not bad but ridiculous not to ask and end up in the hospital !

3. Abundance...what is there an abundance of in your kitchen?

Certainly not what you expect

Cats out of my cat collection !

4. Name...the smallest thing you're thankful for? the biggest?
A ray of sunshine, a sunny day

5. Key...What do you think is the key to living a more grateful life?
That's a difficult question. I am always in war with keys because I misplace them I mean the place is the same only the key has changed place. So a key for a more grateful life ??  I can't find for the moment must be hidden somewhere. One day I will find it. It's not the house or the car key therefore not so important

6. State your own random thought here.
For the moment my thoughts are how do I get dressed ? It's cold, it rains do I need 1, 2 or 3 pullovers, a cardigan ? which one ? Which Jeans should I wear, the thick or the thinner .... and so on. 

21 Nov 2017


Once a year the Belgian TV channel RTL does a "Televie" which is a solidarity action that began more than 29 years ago. Today, thousands of volunteers give their time and energy to this event some of them have supported it since its creation.

Télévie is raising funds for research in the fight against leukemia and cancer for children and adults.

The Televie is always a big show where lots of TV stars and other celebrities participate.

In 2016, the € 10,141,650 (11,961,705.21) collected, enabled Télévie to finance 105 research projects. Among them, 111 researchers work with a common goal :to fight the disease and win at the end.

In 29 editions, the program raised 173,568,482 euros (204,770,428.26 USD) which is not bad for such a small country with only 11.3 million inhabitants and if you consider that only the French speaking part of Belgium is involved.

I had never attended a Televie but this year to my surprise it took place in Waterloo and concerned Tennis. I am not very much interested in Tennis, but this was a special opportunity to see my evening's screen companions life.  300 official guests were invited for lunch and then the tennis plays began between the celebrities (a few from the Tennis too) the broadcasters, animators, series inventors, etc, they were all there. The only trouble for me was, I recognized only 3 ! They looked so different in reality ! Or too big or too small and not very handsome looking either !! My friends Nicole and Myriam had to tell me who was who !!

It was the perfect weather to stay inside.

The Waterloo Tennis Club, where Mr. G. also uses to play his Whist 3 times a week, received the guests.

They greeted each other and prepared for the tennis game. Our mayor was already busy to play.
The guy with the grey vest and green color, is the reponsible for the program with the royals. All about our royal family and the other once in Europe. He was one of the guys I recogized.

An in Belgium and France famous singer was there too and the man in the middle was the one who did the Quiz show we both watch each evening !

he was so kind to pose with Nicole and Myriam

and with me too. Although I hadn't met him in real life it was as if we knew each other !

The bar keepers were very busy and there were always the same people I saw there. The man above in grey is a famous actor I was told, only I didn't know him.

The self made cakes looked delicious

Under a tent everything for music was set up and one Rap singer prepared himself to start. There were also a lot of games for the kids, which were put apart later to make space for those who wanted to dance later.

It seems that our mayor has also fun !

People are waiting for the tombola and companies gave cheques in sometimes quite high amounts.

and there was also a magician who did some tricks with us, I had one red ball in my hand and suddenly they were four !

We had a very nice afternoon.

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20 Nov 2017


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My 2 year old Hibiscus plant decided to bloom suddenly ! I hadn't thrown it away because it looked

so healthy and I thought maybe one day it will  bloom again and it did ! Rosie didn't even admire it.
There are a few other blossoms so if they don't fall before I will have 2 or 3 other once. Above is the flower.

Our city had organized a theater play for the seniors with a professional group. Already the title was funny, "6 in one  pyjama" A married man had invited his best friend to hide the fact that he wanted to invite his mistress and pretend that this woman was the friend's wife. What he didn't know was that his own wife was the mistress of his friend. You can imagine what a mess !

Still in a very good mood we went in an Italian restaurant and had Spaghetti as you can see we had a lot of fun and stayed there for 3 h !!

The next day our neighbor came with a huge black guy to dig the hole to find the box with the cable connections. It was hard work although the hole was not so  big, but there were many roots in the ground and he to cut them with an axe first.

I did my paparazzi picture, I didn't want to take a picture while he was working.

and this is the result. Mr. G. put a plastic over the hole in case it would rain.  On Monday we will call the internet company and tell them that they can finish their work and take off the cable which still lays over the street.

My grandson received the card I had made for his 7th birthday

and amongst the birthday gift, he also found my card !

19 Nov 2017


You can always try !

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18 Nov 2017


1. Starts with T
2. black and white
3. paper

Kim has a long and bushy tail

I looked out of the window and saw the nature in black and white ! Even the bird has no color and I didn't set my camera on black and white. Must be my autumn mood !

This paper is the start of a new pastel painting. Besides the invisible ears and nose I didn't go far !

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I took this picture through the window. Arthur sleeping (what else) on the radiator !

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17 Nov 2017


Waterloo Lion as usual

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1. When it is so grey and humid outside I need a GPS to find the way out of my bed. But unfortunately I can't do like my cats, laying around the whole day and being served meals at time !

As usual I lost again at our scrabble game, the strangest thing is, I am the only one who has learned French as an adult and my spelling is nearly perfect, while all my friends who went to school in Belgium, have all difficulties with the spelling ! So I became a sort of dictionary. That's probably why I always loose ?! No, I think it's why the others are better in calculation and I don't calculate points, I just look for nice words instead of 8 points I then have only 1 ! But as always it was fun. This time it was Nicole who received the scrabble group.

2. I decided to make a lazy day, I just filled in our freezer but didn't do any other shopping, I returned quickly home where it was nice and warm. As my Grandson will be 7 tomorrow I made a card for him, which took me nearly the whole afternoon. I sent it per email to my son and asked him to print it, put it in an envelope and then in his letter box, because our mail service is so lousy here that only offices (and still) use the mail. My son complained that I had forgotten to also send the envelope by mail !! Does anybody know how to do that ??

and while I did this I discovered a lot of other companies doing what everybody calls now "photoshop".


This is our internet  connection since Monday. The company had promised to repair as soon as possible, but it seems to me that the responsible has once lived in Africa in the Congo which was a Belgian colony and hasn't forgotten how to repair in the bush. So we are still with our cable on the street. So far nobody has damaged it.

Today they called and said that the fault was in our garden !

The leader of the mole colony ?

I don't know how this can happen, maybe a mole colony liked cables and damaged them.  Anyway Mr. G. was asked to dig a hole 1 m long and 1 m large and 80 cm deep. Now poor Mr. G. has arthritis 1and isn't 20 anymore and I am a weak woman, so we had the big problem who could dig the hole ! We couldn't ask cat Arthur his holes are too small. Finally Mr. G. had a great idea (when I am away he gets great ideas, when I am here, he waits until I have them) anyway he suddenly remembered that our new neighbor has a building contractors company and he asked him if he didn't have somebody who could dig the hole. And of course he had and Saturday hopefully (always depends on the weather) it will be done. And then we hope the internet company can fill the hole with cables or whatever the only thing which is important is that internet works !


As usual we had a lot of pleasure while painting, especially when a classmate put her things together and it looked as if she had cleaned up a hospital ! It looked as if the glass was full of blood and the cotton too ! I wanted to start to paint Arthur, but finally a part from the ears I didn't get any further.

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