17 Jan 2018


Grandson Toby

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1. What keeps you blogging?

I love writing. I have written all my life since I learned it, and when I discovered by pure coincidence Blogs, I immediately started one, first writing adventures of my cats.  But that was not enough I had also others things to write and I started this blog. It became a hobby for me a nice occupation when there is nothing else to do, or better,  a good excuse for when there is something to do !!

2. Some people like to travel in the winter months. Do you enjoy the beach in winter? According to Southern Living the best U.S. beach towns to visit this winter are-

St Simons Island (Georgia), Hilton Head (South Carolina), Bald Head Island (North Carolina), Seaside (Florida), Bay St. Louis (Mississippi), Cape San Blas (Florida), South Padre Island (Texas), Folly Beach (South Carolina), Chincoteague (Virginia), Duck Key (Florida), Nags Head (North Carolina), and Fairhope (Alabama)

Have you been to any of the towns listed (in any season)? Which on the list appeals to you most this winter?
If I could I would stay at least 2 month in Egypt in my second home hotel. For the moment I always go end November for 2 weeks. There is never rain and the sun is shining. I have no breathing difficulties which I have when the weather is too humid.

It would never come into my mind to spend winter holidays in the States,  too far and too complicated now ! I have visited the States in the 80/90th when my aunt still lived in Madison and have seen quite a lot : Madison to Orlando Florida
Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida
Back over Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee (Memphis), Missouri, Illinois, Madison Wi
New York to Madison.
New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts (Cape Code, Hyannis, Boston), New York (Syracuse, Niagara Falls (on 4 July but in Canada), Michigan, Madison Wi
Back over Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsilvania, New Jersey

3. What's a song you're embarrassed to know all the lyrics to? Are you really embarrassed or do just think you should be?
I usually only keep the first words in my mind the rest I forget, so I am not embarrassed  anyway I am never embarrassed or I can't remember.

4. When you were a kid what's something you thought would be fantastic as an adult, but now that you're an adult you realize it's not all that fantastic?
I wanted to be a filmstar, sitting in a luxury car and waving to the crowd. Now I see the truth and  I think it's better not to have such a public life !

5. Share a quote you hope will inspire you in 2018.

I think this suits me best

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I just wonder how the foot reflexology works and if it really efficient ? I will go this afternoon to a friend who had learned this kind of massage.

16 Jan 2018


After our visit of the Pompeii exhibition we walked along the new pedestrian zone which is expanded from 28 to 50 hectares and now includes a large part of the Boulevard Anspach, the Place de Brouck√®re, the Place de la Bourse and the Place Fontainas. The project includes the construction of more than 3000 m² of green space, a system that allows rainwater to be absorbed so that a large part of the water that is used for the green spaces in the pedestrian zone comes from a sustainable and environmentally-friendly source, seats with graffiti-resistant paint, more drinking water fountains, more intelligent trash cans, more energy saving thanks to public lighting with LED lamps and 1,000 parking spaces for bicycles ! (not for me) I hope there will be a bit more for disabled people, because it was rather difficult to find a parking place for Chantal who has to walk with crutches.

With all these projects underway the government hopes to improve public health by reducing air pollution, noise and stress as a result of the excessive traffic that is often unnecessary. To bring a more pleasant atmosphere into the city by investing in cultural activities and events. To decorate the city through the redevelopment of public space by rebuilding real squares, by renovating the facades of remarkable buildings and harmonizing the various shop fronts. Meanwhile real nice and funny graffiti hide the renovations.

There was a band playing and a lot of people listening

A long part of the Boulevard Anspach is now free from cars. You can walk in the middle of the street, but we didn't because we also looked at the shops.

And everywhere where they worked were panels with real nice Graffiti, some modern some out of comic books.  There are much more of course, but it was getting dark and we returned home.

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15 Jan 2018


My hibiscus plant is blooming

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Poor people who have to work the whole week and on weekends the weather is bad. I made the laundry and put the bedsheets over the radiators to dry

Arthur loves to smell the fresh sheets and for a little nap the place is nice and warm. He didn't mind about the company.

As I couldn't go out, I did some filing in my computer and saved the 2017 pictures on my external  disk. Meanwhile Mr. G. took his bath and later when he returned into the bathroom he

found Arthur sleeping in it ! Crazy cat !

When Mr. G. watches his Quiz shows in the afternoon, I often watch a movie on my little computer. Arthur on my nap, doesn't mind that I take his back for a table.

And late afternoon when normally the non existing sun goes down I saw blue sky !! The first blue sky in at least 3 weeks if not more. I ran outside and took these pictures they will become history !

On Sunday I went with Chantal and another friend to Brussels. We wanted to see the exhibition about Pompeii.

It was very interesting (I will report in an extra post) but we were a bit disappointed we thought it was much bigger, the entrance fee even for seniors was very expensive for what it was.
But we didn't regret to have it seen.

After the exhibition we were thirsty and we went for a drink in the "Fallstaff" brasserie. It was built in 1886 in art deco style.

You can drink the Belgian beer here and also eat the typical Belgian dishes.

When we came out the day just ended and we could still see the Christmas decoration which certainly had been very beautiful. There were also some singers on the street.

We had all three spent a very nice afternoon.

14 Jan 2018



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12 Jan 2018


Grand'Place Brussels

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1. Another week  went by, I get the impression that when Monday starts, a few minutes later it's already Friday. !

Our wifi is still laying on the street, it must be 3 month by now, the permission to open the street is in the hands of the city administration and there of course they work with the efficiency of a racing snail. I only hope that the cable will not break.

2. We started with our scrabble group again, during the two weeks Christmas holidays we were not fresh enough to play on a Monday !! This time it went a bit better with me, I was not the last but the third and we were five.


I found a nice place for the photo frame we have got for Christmas, just at the entrance. It is the official school "portrait" of Toby for the year 2017. He is now 7 !

Our oldest cat (18) choose a strange place for napping at least 23 h per day, the entrance. Maybe she thinks that she is the watch dog cat of the house. Fortunately the doorbell doesn't ring very often, because then she runs away. And it's not the warmest place in the house either !


I had to buy a new coffee machine our old one died ! I bought the same Philips Senseo, but with this new model you can also make a coffee pot for 7 cups, or one cup, or two cups. Very practical. It works with pads. The coffee is very good.  With the old model we only could make 2 cups at one time, which was rather annoying when we had guests.

5. Our painting class has also started again an we were nearly all there. For the moment there is a flu epedemic in Belgium and lots of people are sick. I hope I won't get it anymore, just finished one !

It was nice to meet again and there were a lot to chat about our year's end celebrations !

Now  the days are getting longer, if only the sun would show it's nose !

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10 Jan 2018


New Year 2018 Grandson with friend

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1. January is National Mentoring Month. Have you ever had a mentor? Been a mentor? How would you rate the experience?

Can't rate any experience, because I never had a mentor or I don't remember, maybe I have been a mentor to somebody, but really I don't now. 

2. What current trend makes no sense to you?

The sexual harassment witch-hunting.  Maybe it will get a bit better but I doubt that it will stop ! The line between agreement and harassment is very very thin, and both can easily be switched. Revenge has always been sweet ! In the 60th when I started working, it was considered as normal. Was up to you to refuse or accept. Men have harassed me but nobody reached his goal. I think it is a question of character and social situation. A woman in need is more vulnerable then one who doesn't need anything.

3. I saw a cartoon on facebook highlighting a few 'weird' things that make you happy as an adult. The list included-writing with a nice pen, having plans cancelled, freshly cleaned sheets, eating the corner brownie, cleaning the dryer lint screen, and sipping coffee in that brief time before anyone else wakes up. (Credit for the cartoon goes here) Of the 'weird' things listed which one makes you happiest? What is one more 'weird' thing you'd add to the list?

Sorry but I couldn't find the list in these cartoons. Anyway I love sipping coffee any time even if Mr. G. is up (he does the same) of course fresh sheets, driving through the countryside looking for good photos to make.

4. What's the last good thing you ate?

A self made marble cake after our scrabble game.

5. Describe life in your 20's in one sentence.

Going out, dancing a lot, having fun,  travelling and a job I loved !

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I am so fed up being locked in due to the humid weather and rain !

That's me