Monday, April 22, 2019

Beautiful weather for Easter!

Goodafternoon everybody!

Yes, we have some real beautiful days at the moment, with temps here at the coast of around 20-23C and lots of sun.
Pity that today it is a bit too windy, but hey, we shouldn;t complain for now.
It is a pity too that later this week temperature will drop considerably, something of 13-15C only. If we compare it with the weather now, it is a big difference.

Last week wasn;t a nice one. Filled with runds to the pharmacy, calls to the doctor, etc. Fron last Sunday evening on Jan had an obstipation trouble, which isn;t a nice thing to have. a few times he also threw up, although he didn;t eat anything. With his medical background I worry about those things a bit more than normal, so I called the doctor on wednesday morning and asked the assistant if the doctor could come by to check on Jan.
In the afternoon he came and after a check and some questions etc. he prescribed two tablets, that Jan should take in the evening, before going to sleep.
So I went to the pharmacy and in the evening he took the tablets and just at that moment he had to throw up so the tablets got out. Ghee, now we had to wait till next morning. I called the doctor again, explained and he came again the afternoon. He now prescribed an enema. It was one we could do ourselves. So again to the pharmacy. And in the afternoon we did the stuff and oh it started to work a little bit. Still, there was some light at the end of the tunnel.
Next morning called the doctor again to tell about the situation. He advised to do another enema that morning. and he even came over later to check, if it went better. And we were happy to say that slowly there was progress, he was happy about it too. Prescribed again the same pills from earlier that week, just in case. So I again to pharmacy.
But during the day Jan had more and more normal bowel movements(is that the right expression?), and he didn;t need to take the pills.
I am happy, that all seems to be quite normal again. He lost some weight, because for a few days he didn;t eat at all, I can imagine he didn;t feel like it.
Now we have to get him on his feet again, so to say.
You can imagine, I didn;t get much sleep for some days, and with all the running around etc. I was a little bit pooped out. perhaps even more by the feeling sorry and worrying than by other.
It is a good thing that just now we have this lovely weather, so Jan can be outside a bit, take in some sunshine etc.

What a story, isn;t it?
It took about all the time of this week, okay, I did some small things here in the house, did a bit of shopping, just the most necessary, and didn;t have much energy for anything else.

I really hope to have some nicer rambling next Sunday and that i will have a new kit for you.
I think I will sit for a little while in the garden, now that the weather is still nice.
And later hand some apple pieces in the rose arch for the parakeets.
Also some breadcrumbs for the blackbird family(they have two youngsters to feed).
For dinner I will make some lambs steak and self made french fries, possibly with a bit of salad and as dessert some strawberries with cream! Yeah, time of strawberries arrived, yummie!
Okay, I wish you a wonderful week and see you again next Sunday.
(and yes, I will check, if the post is published now LOL!)

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What a stupid thing(of me or Blogger?????)

Hello everybody

I didn't check my mail for a few days and today I read a mail from my friend Edna that she missed me last week on Blogger. So I quickly checked and it c ame out that my post of last week wasn;t published, was still in the "draft".
So I published it now and hopefully it will show.
I will try to be there with a new post tomorrow.
For now have a Happy Easter!!

Lovely days are in sight!

Goodafternoon everybody!

We had some rather cold days here, not really freezing, but quite some difference with a week ago. But.... there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Next week temperatures will go up day by day and we may reach even to 20C by the end of the week. WOW! Perhaps not right in our area, but it still could be around 17 or 18C which is already fantastic. And there isn't much rain expected, which is in one way nice, but for garden and field not the best. So probably we will have to water the garden here and there, specially the things in smaller pots, because the soil dries out quickly with the sun shining on them.
Although the temperatures weren;t that great, we had quite some sunshine and already seeing that makes you feel a bit better and yes, I couldn;t resist on buying a few plants already for the garden. It is a bit early for them to be planted out already but I take the chance. I bought some Busy Lizzy and some Petunia's and they bring already such color into the garden, even if they just fill a small space for now.

It was a quiet week, oh how wonderful to be able to say that, although there was kind of shocking news from an old friend. He had his birthday last Monday and i called him to pass him our birthdaywishes. He told us that just a few days before his car was stolen! It was just a small car, but for him more than enough and he used it quite a lot. He was really a bit down by that event.
He will get a little money from the insurance, but by no way the amount for a new car. He will have to wait several weeks before he will get the money and then he will have to look around for another car.
It isn;t as much the money he will have to spend on another car, he will be able to afford that, but more the fact he hasn't his car so looses more or less his mobility. But there was some light for him. A friend hurt her shoulder, so she cannot drive for a while and she lends him her car for now. Quite a nice gesture, isn;t it?

At the moment there are the European championships Gysmastics taking place in Poland, already from Thursday on I believe and today are again some individual finals to watch. I love to see gymnastics, there are some marvelous sporters there! May be we will be able to win one medal there on the horizontal bar, with our fantastic Epke Zonderland.I must keep an eye on the tv to take a seat on the couch when he makes his exercise(cannot see the screen from where I sit at the computer).

We have some more visits again from the parakeets, they kind of disappeared almost during winter! But this morning there were four of them, anjoying the apple I hung up in little nets.
And we have a blackbird that is coming around for food and I think he has a nest very close, may be even in the ivy, but I couldn;t detect it.
and every time Jan or I have done something in the garden, specially when planting or raking the soil, it is around just after to see if it can find some juicy worms or so.

Good, I will finish now, and have some beautiful clusters for you made by Arlene, with the kit The Poet's Hiding place.
Have a fantastic week, hopefully also with some nice weather.

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Sunday, April 07, 2019

Gorgeous day today

Goodafternoon everybody!

yes, today we have really a gorgeous day, with temps around 17C or something like it, lots of sun, and almost no wind. Tomorrow also should be about the same and then sadly temps will go down again to 9 or 10C, brrr, quite a difference with today's weather.
So Jan is enjoying the sun for a whle in the garden, making some puzzles(Swsedish crossword) and also did some replanting of seedlings etc.

We had a quiet week again, and it is good.  am glad that jan seems to feel somewhat better, the last couple of days he went out for a walk, not for a too long time, but still, he got out again.

I keep busy with some usual stuff we all have to do in the house and in the evenings I am still knitting on a project. I think it will be a bedcover, kind of blanket to cover the duvets.
I make it of not too heavy yarn, so it will not be too heavy and even possible to wash it in the washingmachine.
But as we have a rather large bed, it takes a while to finish it. I make it in parts and later will crochet them together.

While typing here, I listen to a cd with rather old songs, and  love it LOL!
Must say that also this day music has some beautiful music in between it.
Soon there will bDownloade again the Eurovision Song contest again and I must say that The Netherlands has a really beautiful song. It is something different.
It seems he scores well with the bookmakers, but of course that is no guarantee.
I have a link for you, so if you want you can listen to it.
https://www.gids.tv/video/41996/dit-is-de-inzending-voor-het-songfestival-2019-duncan-laurence-arcade

And now it is time to post the second download of the kit of last week and then I must go into the kitchen and prepare a bit for this evening's dinner.
I want to make a potatoe salad and we will eat it with a small pork tenderloin.
So I wish you all a lovely day and week ahead.

 Download part 2 HERE

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Some Spring in the garden

Goodafternoon everybody!

We had two lovely days, with very nice temperatures, the second day we had even more sunshine, but today temperature already dropped. and somewhere next week it will even drop to again only 10C, which isn;t too much.
Nevertheless, hope is there LOL.
Around October last year, Jan planted some bulbs here and there.
In a container he planted two colors of small tulips and how wonderous nature is, they all came to flower and it is such a happy sight.
I even made a picture of it.
Aren't they lovely?

Some seedlings are also staying already outside, but still in their small greenhouses, specially at night. Several things do it well, other ones we will have to wait and see.  but it always is a new adventure and partly happy surprise.

This week Jan had an appointment with the cardiologist, to check on his heart function. Nothing disturbing, but it might be that in a way his heart isn;t pumping hard enough or may be there is a small thing not working 100%, and that might cause the surplus of fluid at times(well, most of the time) in his underlegs. Possible he will get another appointment next week or so, to do another test.
Of course it isn;t the best thing of spending your time, but on the other hand I and glad his doctor insists on checking all possibilities. One thing we know, it hasn;t to do with his kidneys, and that already is a big relief.
For the rest we will wait and hear what will come.
I so hope that we will have quickly some nicer weather, so that he we go out more easily, because moving around a bit more will not hurt. It would be better for him and he has to work somehow on his condition.
He already is doing some more in the garden, so that is a good thing.
Just have to watch over him that he doesn;t exaggerate, must take care of his back and such. Hmmmm, it is difficult to do the watching over, often looks like I don;t want him to do anything, or that I think he cannot do it, but that isn;t the case. I just don;t want him to overdo it, you know? As partners we always walk on that thin line, don;t we? ROFL.


The week through it was rather quiet, and I was happy about it. best news was that I received back the papers from the taxstuff from my accountant. All is already at the taxoffice, so that thing we can forget about for the rest of the year. I always feel happy when I send the papers to him, but i even feel better when I receive the copy of the filled in forms.

Further on this week I finished a new kit and that one will be on for download today, although not all the kit, i made it into two files, part 1 and part 2.
It also gives me some more time to start a new one, because the designing isn;t going so speedy nowadays.
I named the kit The Poet's Hiding Place, and I hope you will like it when you will have both parts.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and week, take care of yourselves and try to keep safe.

Download   PART 1 HERE


Sunday, March 24, 2019

We had a shock this week!

Goodafternoon everybody!

Just a bit more than a week ago we had the terrible news from New Zealand, and just a few days after that on a plain Monday morning we had a shooting in the middle of our little country!
Some completely deranged person thought it might be fun to shoot around in a tram in the city of Utrecht. 3 people died and 5 were injured, of them 3 very serious.
Why??? That is the big question. How could it happen, that a criminal person was free at the time, although he was arrested two weeks before for a rape that took place in 2017. Apparantly because he agreed to cooperate in a personality test, he was released from custody. Hmmmmm?????
Some say it is a terrorist action, some say it might be just an instable person, may be it is a mix of the two.
whatever the motive is, it is completely crazy, that things like this can take place.
Big compliment however to the police, special forces, ambulance people, who did a great job, and it is fantastic that they arrested the man that same day.
Now we will just have to wait till perhaps we hear more about all of it.
whatever the utcome will be, it will never bring back the dead.

It is hard to go on with another subject, because the news above makes you really sad.
But how strange and hard it might be, life is still going on and it has to.
I think it is the best answer to actions, terrorist or other(although I think you shuld call them ALL terrorist actions ) carry on with life and showing that we will not surrender and give in to brutalism and terror and intimidation.

Start of this week Jan didn;t feel very well. He had some trouble of his tummy, did sleep a lot, I think he had perhaps some kind of flu. Last couple of days it is going better with him, he has almost "normal"visits to the little chamber(first few days almost  nothing came out if you know what I mean) hahaha. He still isn't up to 100% but slowly he will. According to the fluid in his legs he had to bring some urine samples, (well, i did bring it to hospital, he was in no condition to go by himself) and now his doctor will phone him again this Monday, hopefully with some result or action. We'll see.

All in all it was more or less a quiet week. Yesterday I had to go to my friend Heidi's house to give the doggie a walk in the early afternoon.
Of course he was happy to see me, we had a good walk, I think more than half an hour, and then I made a detour going home because I wanted to buy us something for dinner in a special shop. It were just meatballs, but they are so tasty there, yummie! Yeah, i know  can make them myself, but they just aren;t the same. So, as an exception, we had some more expensive meatballs, hahah.
And yes, they tasted really yummie on a white bun.

Oh I had a good buy this week in our supermarket, they had a special, special offer for a bread box, normally they were € 20,00 and now just for €5,00!  thought i could do that and bought one in red.
I know, it isn;t a hightlight in one's life, but I am happy with it and it just fits in the kitchen cupboard.

I have today for you some clusters from Arlene, made with the You, the World and nothing else kit. As usual they are lovely.
And if you shouldn;t have enough, my friend Edna also made a quick page with this kit.
This evening we will watch a soccer game, because the qualifications for the European Championship soccer 2020 have started. Our tem already played one game and they won with 4-0 from Belarus. Today they will have to play against Germany, hopefully it will go well again.
Good, time to finish now and have a cup of tea, I think.
Wishing you all a wonderful week.


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Sunday, March 17, 2019

There will be some weather change for the better

Goodafternoon everybody!


I have to say just a few words about the disaster that happened In Christchurch, New Zealand. It is something beyond understanding. You can have different opinions, or believes, but to use just raw violence isn;t the way of dealing with it. And as long as people cannot get that into their mind, the world will never be the wonderful peacefull place it should be.
My sincere condolances and sympathie to all people of Christchurch and New Zealand. 

Yes, we had some rather ugly days this last week with the weather. Most of it was caused by the strong wind, it made it feel a lot colder than it actually was.Then there were rainshowers(and some fierce ones too)added to it, so all together not my kind of weather. But there is hope appearing LOL.
Later this week the wind will slow down, may be 3-4 beaufort, so that isn;t too bad, and temps will go up again into double digits, may be even to 13-14C and with lots more sunshine too.
Yesterday it was the 16th of March and it meant that Jan and I were together for ...........27 years! So many years already, and they went by so fast.
It means that this year we will be married also already for 12 years. Gosh, now i really start fo feel old, ROFL.


It was a quiet week, as we have often these days, hahaha, but I still sometimes was short in time, how is that possible? Well, first of all I must admit I have slow starts in the morning, I wake up, have the morning stroll through the house, opening curtains, preparing the coffepot for later, preparing Jan's medisins for the day, making a cup of tea and then sit down to have that tea and look at the news on tv. Then a bit later I take something to eat, so that I can take my stomach pill, then there is a serie on German tv I just love to see, so you see, almost all morning is gone with little things. In a way i hate myself for it not being more active earlier in the day, on the other hand it is also nice to be able to take it that easy.
After seeing my serie(it isn;t a matter of life or death when  miss it a day, it isn'tas bad as that either) i get more active. I get dressed, put out of the freezer the meat I need for dinner, then go out for some shopping, coming home I sometimes take a cup of tea first, or if not right away start preparing for dinner, so that around dinner time I only have to put the gaz on and such.
After that I usually do some little job of cleaning, or ironing or whatever comes up or is necessary at the time, like making some phonecalls.
A day is gone quite quickly, if all goes a bit smooth, I might have an hour or so to sit at the computer for some designing, or sometimes just read the mail, and do a little game( at the moment I do a lot of Hidden object games on line).

Oh, I had a visit with my friend Heidi. It wasn;t just for having a chat and see eachother again, I also had to try out her spare keys of her house, because once I needed to use them, one of them didn't seem to work.
And this Saturday she asked us to take care of the dog in the early afternoon, give him a little walk so he can do his poopoo and such. They are away the whole day, so the poor little one cannot stay in the whole day, hey?
Well,  got at her house(she lives in a flat with entree doors protected, you can only get in with a key, and then you need another key for her appartement).
I tried the keys, no luck. Heidi came downstairs, tried them and the door opened. I tried again, no luck again. I got rather frustrated. I tried again and suddenly there was the miracle, the key got grip and opened the door!
I tried for security several times, it worked. The key has some problem to find the right "grip", but it works. Let's cross fingers it still will work on Saturday.
There's always a possibility to get into the hall, just wait for somebody to go in or out and explain what I am doing there and most of the time that isn;t a problem. Some of the residents already know me by face.
After this key-control business I had a cup of tea with Heidi and we could have a little chat. It was nice, because we didn;t do that for a rather long time. we do speak over the phone but it just isn;t the same.
I am glad to be able to say she is doing okay with her health at the moment. Although she still is far too busy, but that will not change from one day to the other with her LOL.

This is about all I can tell you. When I will be finished with this post, I think I will be sewing a bit(by hand, I don;t have a sewing machine, it is handy of course, but I do so little of sewing that I don;t see the need. And the things I do by myself are easy to do by hand), make a new seam in a pair of trousers to shorten it. And I might spend some time at the computer too.
Dinner today is easy, I have a left over potatoe salad from yesterday and I make a little steak with it. Quick. easy and yummie too!
I have a new kit for you, I named it You, the World and nothing else.
Have a wonderful week and see you next time.

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