Saturday, December 15, 2018

Feels a bit like winter

Goodafternoon everybody!

Yes, I am a day early, but I have kind of a "day off " today, and thought it might be a good idea to do the blogpost now.
That day off means I am not doing grocerie shopping, or laundry, or vacuum cleaning or whatever, just take it real easy and enjoy doing that LOL!

The last couple of days we had rather cold temperatures, daytime not much more than 2-4 C and at night a bit of frost. Lucky there wasn;t too much wind.
But as from tomorrow it should change again and temperatures should go up to around 7C and no frost at night. Lovely!

Before I forget, I got one comment on last week's post, that the link at Arlene's clusters would lead to the download link of the whole kit? I tried the link and I got just the link for Arlene's clusters. If there still problems with that, please let me know, so that I can change it if necessary.

Last week was a more or less quiet week, I did some more grocerie shopping, got already lots of things I need for Christmas dinner and Christmas Eve and Boxing day, so I am almost ready with that. Of course there are also the usual things you need to get, like fresh milk, and such.
Then I went back to the doctor, because the medicine drink he gave me, is helping , but not enough to my liking, So I will get a referral letter for the hospital to have an endoscopie (earlier than was planned by the hospital). I can pick it up on Monday and then i will have to make a phonecall for an appointment. Hopefully it will not take too much time before they can plan me in. For now I will hold on, it isn;t too bad, just at some moments it plays tricks  with me a bit.
Oh well, I surely will survive, don;t worry!

I had a phonecall with my friend Heidi, all seems to go opkay with her at the moment. As usual she is far too busy for her own good, but  that's how she is. Sometimes she can take it more easy, but their lives seems so busy(or may be they are making it also a bit too busy), not really enough time for all.
Still I am glad she is doing as well as canbe at the moment. she told me she will have a small bunch of people over with Christmasday, and they will stay for dinner too! Now she is making all kind of little snacks, warm and cold, so everyone can pick what they like. It is much less straining than cooking the whole dinner herself. Lots of things she can pick up in the shop, ready made, so that is easy for her.

I am happy that Jan and I are just together at Christmas. Sounds perhaps not nice, but we had our share of Christmasdays surrounded by lots of people, me cooking dinner for about 10-12 people and such.
Now it is rather nice to be together, have a nice and tasty meal and be able to do whatever you want and watch some great Christmasshow at tv. Sounds perhaps boring, but I like it a lot this way, these days.
Perhaps it means we are getting somewhat old, hahaha.

Oh my, the day before yesterday I had a not so nice thing happening to me. I was out to do some grocerie shopping, just a few things, had to get me some money with my bankcard, that was okay, then after the shopping I realized it should have taking just a little bit more in cash, so I went for another bit of cash at the ATM, and i got the message:"there is an error occuring, contact your bank"
Oh no, I thought, just now perhaps my bankcard has a scratch or so, that prevents it from working correctly.
Hm, so i decided to go to the bank to be sure. Arriving there, the guy who helped me(very nice man, I must say)told me that there was no need to be concerned about my card. I just took money from a "guest ATM" (one from another bank) and you can only do that one time a day. If I should do it at one of my own bank, there should be no problem. I tried it out there and oh relief, the card worked well.!
so I made the journey to the bank somewhat for nothing(because I already thought it might be as the guy told me, but I wasn;t sure), but I didn;t care, now I knew there was nothing wrong with my card. I would have been very unpleasant not having my card, specially these days, when you seem to use it more than usual.

Just looking out of the window now and it looks rather nice outside. At least, the sun is shoning, there even is some blue sky, but looking at the people that walk along the street, it still must be rather cold.
Hmm, may be I should go out for a short while, just to have a snoff of air(and then it is just so nice coming into the house again, it feels much warmer than when you left it, funny thing somehow.)

Time to take a bite now and something to drink.
I have for you another Christmas kit, together with the clusters Arlene made.
Have a wonderful week.
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Sunday, December 09, 2018

Christmas already arrived in our home!

Goodafternoon everybody.
Yes, a bit late, because I woke up a little bit later, then slowly woke up, then Jan woke up too, I had a little breakfast, then coffee together with Jan, and in the mean time we watched a recorded edition of Strictly come dancing from yesterday. It were the semi-finals, so quite exciting.
Next week will be the finals and I am very curious who will be the winner, there are 3 very strong candidates for it.
I surely will miss it when it is over.

Weather here is kind of rainy, hard winds, sometimes a little bit of sunshine, but only for a short periode and temps slowly will go down again this week till around 4-5 C, brrrr, nor all too nice.

I went to the doctor for the tummy, he gave me a drink that should calm it down a bit more, but when I still will have troubles I should come to him somewhere next week. Then he will ask for an echoscopy in the hospital. It is somewhat better, but almost every day there are short periodes that it isn't feeling as it should. I am still lucky, that for now it is just feeling uneasy but not really hurting.
It never is the right time for it, but specially this time of year I could do without it, with Christmas coming and having to do some preparations for it etc.

Last Thursday Jan and I started decorating our living room and got it almost finished that very same day. We only had to do some smaller decorating and putting on some Christmas table cloths on several little tables and so on.
We both were quite "pooped out". But i was happy we did it and also good thing that our tree was standing, because on Friday evening the postmas brought a package from my friend Edna.
I unpacked the box and put all the presents under the tree. It is such a happy sight! I've made a photo of the tree. Now we will have to be a good boy and girl and wait till Christmasday to unwrap it all!!
Hard thing, but we will be good(and it is also part of the fun LOL).
So this week has been rather busy, with doctor visit and Christmas decorating. Next week however also I will have to do some things.
Specially the Christmas grocerie shopping. I want to do it earlier this week, because when I wait till friday or Saturday, I think there will be an enormous crowd in the supermarkets.(as well as in city centre for last minute Christmas present shopping).
Almost all things I need can be bought in advance, so that is my plan for start of the week. Then if the tummy is still doing funny,  also have to go to the doctor this week(he will be on a week holiday the week after).

Time to end this post. Must look after the stew I am making for today's dinner(with lambs meat, green beans, mushrooms, onion and potatoe). The  also want to write a few Christmascars, that  must send tomorrow or at last the day after.

I have for you the clusters Arlene made with the Warm feeling Christmaskit. Next week there will be another Christmaskit, together with the clusters!!
Wishing you all a wonderful week!
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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Christmas time almost starting!

Goodafternoon everybody!

We had some not to bad days speaking of the weatherconditions.
Temperatures are rather high, around 10-14 C, although later this week it will drop again to around 8C. But nothing is perfect, so with the higher temperatures we got more rain and also more wind.
Still I am happy with the temperatures, you know that freezing and snow aren;t my favourites.

I wanted to go to the doctor this week for the tummy, but i didn;t go.
Start ot the week I was to late for making an appointment( you can only call for that in the morning at certain times), then one day the doctor was absent, then i felt somewhat better, so you know how it goes then, hmmmmmm?
But then this weekend it started again so I really will go to the doctor this week.

I had good news from my friend Edna, that she already received her Christmasbox. Oh,  am so happy that I did send it early, because at the moment at the post they have millions of packages to deliver(all the on line bying is adding to that a lot, of course). They already have trouble to deliver all in time, (mostly for the Sinterklaas, Which is thie Wednesday) and then they will get the Christmas packages also after that.

Doing some grocerie shopping this week I also bought some things I would need for Christmas. I like to get things in time(some fresh you will get at the last moment, but lots of other things can be stored). I bought my rabbit that i will make for Christmas, it lies in my freezer, chopped up in several pieces.
I think  will use this recipe:

Rabbit with plums and dark brown beer(serves about 4 )

1 onion, 2 shallots, dash of vinegar, bay leaf. thyme and rosemary, bottle of dark beer, sour onions, 100 gr, smoked bacon strips, 8-10 prunes, salt and pepper

Soak the plums in 1/2 bottle of dark beer. Herb rabbit parts with salt and pepper. Bake golden brown in clarified butter.
chop onion and shallots. Fry the bacon strips too.
Pour in the rest of the beer and let it cook well.
Add the herbs. Add prunes and pickled onions to it.
Lower the heat and simmer for approx. 1 hour with the lid on the pan, till meat is soft.

You can serve it with potato croquettes, or boiled potatoes and vegetables of your choice.I might make my own appelcompote with it, or perhaps this compote and some cranberry compote too, yummie!

This week Jan and I will start decorating for Christmas already. If all goes according plan, i would start on Thursday(just after the Sinterklss holiday), and hopefully all will be about ready on Friday, and then we can enjoy it already during the weekend. 

What more did I do? Oh yes, I took quite some "free"time to sit at the computer and make some Christmaskits. Yes, I really did! And I have finished already 3! Amazing, isn't it? I still want to make one or two more, but I don;t know if I can manage it already this week. Depends also a bit on the doctors visit and the Christmas decorating. And in between I have to do some cleaning around the house, some off the usual nature and some a bit extra because of Christmas holiday( some places in the room will be hard to reach with all the decorations and the tree and such).

This week  offer you the 1st Christmaskit, named it  Warm Feeling Christmas. Hope you like it.
Have a wonderful week ahead, enjoy the upcoming Christmas time and spirit, and stay safe!
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Sunday, November 25, 2018

All more or less quiet around here.

Goodafternoon everybody!

Very late today, first  slept longer than normal, then I first prepaired dinner stuff for this evening, all in very slow pace, so finally here  I am.
Weather isn;t the finest here, too cold for me, although not yet freezing. But a bit grey and temperatures around 3-5C, lucky wth not much wind.
But.... later this week there were brighter forecasts of the weather, we night reach spme temperatures of 8 or even 11 C again. Whoooooo, that would be nice.

This week all was kind of allright, only thing was that I had stomach troubles almost every day. Sometimes during evening, sometimes at night, and no, it isn;t pleasant at all. I know it can happen at times, but this is going on for too long time, so I am afraid I will have to make an appointment for my doctor tomorrow. I donlt know what he will be able to do, I think he will send me to hospital and may be they will  do an endoscopy. I had one several years ago, so I know what it is, they only will have to give me a light  anesthesia. But we'll see after I had my visit at the doctor.
Jan had the control appointment with his internist at the hospital and all was going quite well, the values looked good so happy news there.

I did some more designing this week, and guess what????? I even already made 1 Christmaskit!! And am halfway on a second. Wow. I don;t know where the energy or inspiration came from, but I am happy with it.
In about 1 1/2 week lots of children will be excited and happy too, because then there will be the Sinterklaas holiday. It is on the 5th o december. And if all is well here, Jan and  will start decorating the day after for Christmas. Unbelievable that it is alreday so near!
I think I already know what I will make for dinner at Christmas. But I will tell you another day about that.

Now I will finish this post, not much for you to read, but at least you kniow I am still alive LOL.
I have for you the clusters from Arlene, she made with the Just Imagine that kit.
Hope you are all safe and healthy, take care of yourselves!Till next week.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Getting colder and colder

Goodafternoon everybody!

Yes, it definately is getting colder here. Today temperature isn;t much more as around 6-7C, and later this week it will drop even more to just 4C and and at night here and there there already is some frost at the ground. Brrrrr, I don'tlike it, the more because we have an Eastern wind blowing, which makes it feel even colder. To have a positive note on this weather report, we still have some sunshine, so it looks somewhat friendly. But...... we may have some snowfall around the middle of the week. Perhaps it will be only wet snow, but still..... the white stuff is trying to make some kind of invasion LOL!

Yesterday a lot of children were all excited because Sinterklaas was coming to the Netherlands on his boat from Spain, with a lot of presents for all the good children!

It is tradition that during his stay here the children are allowed to put their shoe in front of the chimney( or near a door, because not many people have a real fire place anymore, and normally the Black Peters came through the chimney) and the next morning they might find some sweets in it.
I remember it well from my childhood and it is a wonderful time.
A bit the same as Santa Claus in a lot of countries.

In our life it is rather quiet at the moment. We do our daily things, it fills the time always more than you think.
I wrapped up the Christmas presents I need to send away in a box, and I am proud of myself, hahaha. The box is standing near to me and I will bring it to the post this week. I know, it is rather early, but I really want it to arrive on time, last year it took such a long time, it only arrived after Christmas! Now that isn;t what we want, is it?
And you will see, that it will arrive within may be two weeks, so much too early, but better this than the alternative!

Today I already prepared our meal for this evening, well, I did cut up all the things needed for it. I will make a stew with onion and carrot. I don;t know if you have ever eaten it or even heard of it. It is a very known winter meal here in Holland, and best is it with a piece of smoked sausace(it is a raw one that you have to warm up(not boil) in hot water for around 20-30 minutes.

I have the recipe for you(one of the many variations LOL), if you might want to try it . It is for 4 persons, so easy to make more or less.
1 kg of winter carrots
1 kg of potatoes
500 grams of onions
1 block of beef broth
Smoked sausage(but you also can have a meat ball, or beef stew with it, or whatever is to your liking)


     Cook the potatoes for 15 - 20 minutes, cut the onions into pieces and the winter carrots into strips.
     Boil the carrots and onions together with the block of beef broth for about 20 minutes.
     Drain the potatoes and vegetables together in a pan and coarsely mash. Then make the smoked sausage warm.
     Then season the stew with salt and pepper. The smoked sausage can be served separately or in small pieces through the mash.

Also very nice with it are small smoked bacon strips(we can buy them raw here and then we fry them ourselves in a frying pan for some minutes). Then you have to be careful with the salt, because the bacon already is really salty!
Have a bit of nice thick gravy with it and ..... enjoy your meal.

That was it for this week.  I think I will sit down on the couch and watch a bit of sport. May be I will be brave enough this week to start on a Christmas kit. I should start early on it, because I am rather slow in designing at the moment.For today I have a fresh finished kit(just finished and uploaded it yesterday!), named Just Imagine that.......

Wishing you a lovely week, stay safe and healthy!

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Hopefully one day the world will learn!

Goodafternoon everybody!

Not much happened here. Weather is okay, with mostly temperatures around 12-14C, one day a bit more filled with sunshine than another, but still not bad for the time of year.

Today in many countries there was 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I.! I watched some bits of it on tv, and it was very impressive.
This was a terrible war, with so many people killed, as well soldiers as civilians, and then you will have to count all the wounded, of which some survived, and many died after a short time.

World War One was one of the deadliest conflicts in the history of the human race, in which over 16 million people died. The total number of both civilian and military casualties is estimated at around 37 million people. The war killed almost 7 million civilians and 10 million military personnel.
 Many people died, not from combat, but from diseases caused by the war, a figure estimated at around 2 million deaths. 6 million people went missing during the war and were presumed dead. Two out of three soldiers died in battle, the rest died due to infections or disease.

When you take time for a minute just to think about it, it is shocking.
And it is true that we never should forget.
It is also necessary to understand a little bit about WW1, to understand why there was so soon the WW2!. But we never should forget and we also must tell about it to our children.

After such hard times, you might expect that finally people would have learned from it, but no, there still if war going on on our planet, and you wonder why it is so hard to live next to eachother in peace.
Leave everyone in his or her dignity, respect eachother, 
accept that every person can have a different opinion, but that this should not be a hindrance to simply interact and live together!

Gosh, this is quite a "heavy"start of my blogpost. But we have to continue to spread this peaceful message, otherwise mankind will be lost totally.

On a lighter note though, I received an email of my niece in France. All is going well there, and she will be moving from the north of France to the south(lucky girl!). We don't have much contact, but every now and then we send eachother a little email, and that is a nice thing.
She is about the only family that I have(well, there are some distant nieces and nephews and so on somewhere on this world,) but she is about the closest.

I received some papers this week from my pension fund, I have to fill in a few forms, nothing much, so they can start paying my pension(it's the one I build up during the time I had a job) and that will be around the middle of next year. That done, another step is done towards the life of a pensionado LOL.

Oh, I also made a step towards Christmas package sending. I did wrap already a lot of presents, still have to look for one or two more and then I will have to find the right box.The one i have now I think will be just a little bit too large. I will find a right one, I am sure. Not far from our house there is a toy shop, and towards our Sinterklaas and also Christmas, they often put a lot of boxes in a small container. That all are boxes that came in filled with all kind of toys and they normally fold them flat, but during this time of year they are so kind to put out a lot of boxes of all formats outside the shop. So soon I will be able to search for the "right"box LOL.

Good, this is all there is to tell, I have for you a set of clusters from Arlene, made with the "In the Library "kit. hopefully next weekend I will have a new kit for you.
I wish you a wonderful day and week.

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Sunday, November 04, 2018

Oh luxury! I can tap water again!

Goodafternoon everybody!

Today is my friend Edna is having her birthday, so from here I wish you a Happy Birthday and that you will have an awesome day!

The weather here is quiet, not bad at all, last few days we had temperature around 10C, it might creep up this week a bit to 13-14C.
We have sunshine with some clouds, not much wind, so I am not disappointed about this weather.

You know i had trouble with the tap at the sink in the kitchen.
Well, Monday morning I called my plumber and he was so nice to come that very same day. He fixed the tap(he put in a new one), without having to remove the sink, he could reach the tap with some gymnastic movements LOL.
At the same time he cleaned the central heating kettle, so all was done on the same day and for a very nice price. It was a lot cheaper as I thought it would be.
I am sooo happy with the new tap, with this one it is als easier to put a bucket under it than with the old one.
I believe that also Jan was happy with the fact, that our plumber did the job, bought the new tap etc.

The rest of the week was quiet, filled with all kind of little jobs done in the house, nothing really exciting, but I had enough excitement with the tap not working last week and all the commotion, so for me it was more than okay.

I didn;t do much work at the computer, I hope  will have more inspiration this week to finish a kit and then slowly to start with some Christmas themed ones. I should make at least 2. I must say I am a bit lazy this year with designing, perhaps it has somewhat to do withthe trouble we had end of last year and also start of this one, I don;t really know.
Also it might have to do with the fact that my laptop is so very slow, I hope it will hold on for about another 6 months or so, by then we will be in a slightly better financial position (having state pension and a small supplementary pension, no more social security stuff, that will be giving a lot of peace of mind, I hope) and I could buy me a new one, or good second hand one. But.... we must wait for that still about 6 months, because at the moment state pension isn't anymore at 65 years but in our case 66 + 4 months. (We sould have been born one or two years earlier, then we still would have had the old regulation of 65 years. Yes, the government in all its wisdon(hahaha) decided some years ago that start of year of pension should be at a higher age. we are still kind of lucky, because it is now at 67 years. 

This week i think I should make some time for wrapping up Christmas presents, that I have to send away in a package. I want to send it early, because last year it took an terrible long time to arrive at destination, so I want to bring it to the post office around perhaps the 3rd week of November. Better it arrives may be one or two weeks before Christmas than too late again.

Must take a look in the kitchen, because I have a stew on the stove bubbling. Just a minute.......................okay, that is ready. Easy cooking that is, now I only have to boil a couple of potatoes to go with that and done. When i finished this post I want to make a small pan with stew pears, it is the season again for them and I love to have them as dessert.

Today I have for you some fantastic clusters made by Arlene, made with the Halloween kit of last week. 
Have a wonderful day and week, take care of yourselves!

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