Sunday, November 29, 2020

News about the eyes

 Goodafternoon everybody!

Weather still isn't really bad, although temperatures are going down. There are days sometimes from still 8-9C, but soon this week they will go donw to around $c daytimes. And possibility of nightfrost at the coast. Brrrrrrrr! So next week it will be time to put on the wintercoat, with it's furry inside layer.


In general it was a quiet week, again, yes. Till now we didn;t have much trouble of the cablenet work that was announced. The new lightposts are placed and connected to the electricity cbales, and are shining. They give much light, but i don;t like it. It is a very cold light(LED), and bright. I really liked the older ones more, they were shorter and gave also good light, but that was more to yellow, much warmer, not so "penetrating". oh well, probably in one or two years they will change it again LOL.

I had my hospital appointment for the eyedoctor and the result was that I have cataract in the left eye, the sight has been going down a lot, so I will have an operation and they will put in a new lens. I will still need a pair of glasses, but they can bring it down to around -2,75( and now I had -8 in the left and before the cataract already something of -5 or so.). They will first do the left eye and see how that will go. And if i want, they can do later also the right eye. But let's start with one at the time. I already will be happy if the sight will be a lot beter and sharper, then I can probably take a new pair of glasses with variofocus(as I have now). I must admit that i find it a bit scary, eye sight is real important and although not often this kind of operation will fail, you'll never know. Let's just trust the surgeon. Most scary I find, that i only will have an anaesthesia in or around the eye, so only local. Meaning I will at least hear all they do and say. Not my idea of an smooth working operation. Hmmmmmm, lots of people did it and are okay, so I should survive that too. And I will have it already on the 18th of December!!!!! So that is real quick. First weeks it will be however a bit difficult to see really well, because of my actual pair of glasses, but it will sort itself out, I hope.

First next week Jan will have his lungtest, that's first to cope with. Then the week after appointment to hear the result and then the week after that I will go for the eye. Pffff, not the best start of December and way to Christmas time. But we will try to relax a bit, mostly by starting the Cjristmas decoration next weekend. 

You see, although we don;t have a busy day one after another, in larger time spread we do have a lot going on. And with all this it is sometimes hard to find an every-dya energy to do all the usual and necessary things. Lately I find myself pushing ahead several things, by saying: Oh, I can do that tomorrow or the day after. Recognizable?????? And i must not give in to that too much! That is no good thing for me. So I am glad soon decoration time is there, it also makes you do several things that otherwise you would leave aside, LOL. 

I had last week a short phonecall with my friend Heidi(and I should call her again today, or possibly tomorrow) and she told me they have now a new doggie, a puppy! The same breed as the other ones, something of a shihtzy-boomer. There seem to be a lot of different looking ones, but this one a much the same as the last one, Tom. Only Heidi told me this one is almost completely black, with a bit of white at the end of the tail and on the breast. It is a bit difficult to go on a visit now, but i will see him soon enough, I hope. At the moment they are very occupied with the little one, named Rolo, to train him, of course. 

 Time to "jump"out of my pyamas and put on a nice warm and comfy home suit. Then there is some sppedskating to see on tv and in between I will prepare a bit for dinner. Not much to do so, I only do want to make us a new batch of stew pears, yummie.

I wish all of you a lovely week and please stay safe, although we are a bit fed up with this situation. But....... think about yourself and people around you. With some extra attention a lot of misry or harm can be avoided. Take care and talk to you next week!

Sunday, November 22, 2020

This week may be some news about the eyes

 Goodafternoon everybody!

Looks not bad outside, temperatures are around 10C, sometimes cloudy, but even some moments with sunshine. For me it could last all winter this way, and you wouldn;t hear me complain much LOL!

A quiet week again, and no disturbance from tramrail work at night. That is already a wonderful thing. Only begin this week we had a form in the mailbox that the next 2 oe 3 weeks we might have some disturbance because of works on the new lighposts and cablenetwork. Meaning mostly, digging up the street first for the lightposts, closing the holes and then perhaps next week opening up the sidewalks again for the cablenetwork. Pffffff, they surely now how to plan things! Why can;t they open up the street and do both jobs at one time???? Seems difficult to realize.

Best thing of it is that work is done during daytime, so we have not much disturbance during our sleep. Of course when they start digging up etc. they start rather early mornings, so there is some annoyance. But good we will survive that too.

After a looong time of no going there I finally went again to the market this week. There are still some small restrictions and guidlines for Covid, but oh my, it was good to be there again, and also see all the stalls open again. After a few month of buying supermarket packed cheese(not really bad, but ....)I could buy us again our cheese at the cheese shop/stall. My oh my, it tasted good, and may be it is just in our head, but that cheese really tastes a lot better than the one of the supermarket. I also bought a little bit of fresh vegetables, biggest was a red cabbage. It was a huge one and only for € 1,00! Home again I prepared it for the freezer, so put a quick boil over the cut cabbage, cooled it down in freezer bags and now we have for abot 10 times red cabbage at dinnertime as sidedish. When I take a portion out I boil it for may be 1/2 an hour )must get soft, but still with a little bite to it), with sugar, cinnamon, some raisins and a few drop of viinagar or lemonjuice(for keeping a bit the red color). Yummie, that is quite a different taste as the one already ready to warm up that you can buy in jars. 

I found also a great waistcoat for Jan, it is lined with soft kind of furry stuff, so real comfy and warm for wintertime in the evening or so. He already had it one from the day I gave it to him, so it must have been a good buy hahaha.

This week i will have my appointment with the eyedoctor in hospital, where he will look at my eyes and see if I will need an operation for cataract. I hope so, because I notice for longer time that my left eye has lost a lot of shaprness. Now we will have to see when they can do the operation(if needed, of course). In december Jan has now an appointment for a lungfunction test. Asked for by the cardiologists, who didnlt find anything with the heart or vaines around, but Jan is a bit short of breath when doing an effort. We'll see what it will show. I am happy they keep an eye on Jan and investigate well, but sometimes you get a bit tired of doctor appointments. 

Can you imagine that in about 4 1/2 weeks we already have Christmas?????? The idea still has a bit to land in my brains. In two weeks Jan and I will start to decorate for Christmas ! And then the year is almost over and somewhere in January we will have our new windows, may be my cataract operation and I will have to wait for about 3-4 weeks before I can get myself a new pair of glasses. Gosh, In a few weeks time so much has to be done LOL.

Well, today it is a relax day, there is some speed skating to watch, and I like that, as you might know. Tomorrow I must be more energetic again, hahaha.

I wish all who celebrate Thanksgiving a blessed and also safe Thanksgiving! And wishing all a wonderful week. Before leaving I found this on the net and thought all could do with a little laugh:

A lot of us have pets and you will certainly recognize this

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Again a rather quiet week, with some mail.

 Goodafternoon everybody!

Weather is still in general not bad, we have still temperstures around 11-14C, some rainshowers, some sun, also cloudy days, and that's almost depressing. I don;t mind it being colder(better not but if......)but give me then a bit of sunshine. It still makes you feel better. Well, it is what it is, we have to accept that.

As the post title says, we had again a quiet week, which is good for us at the moment. Off and on they are still working on that tram stuff at night, so off and on we are disturbed in our sleep and that's no good. Could last for some weeks more as I read on the website, oh glory!

That asaide it all was kind of good. I had a phonecall and this week too some mail from the hospital with an appointment date for the eye doctor, will be on the 25th of November. They will do two or three test in one day and I will know what the result is. Will they see cataract and can they do an operation etc. Already read in the brochure added that they can place different sort of lenses, but only one is payed by basic contract of health security. For the other ones you will have to pay a certain amount yourself. Pffff, I guess that could be not cheap so I will have to have a good chat with the doctor to know what is best for me. I would be happy when all of it will be done with and i could go for a new pair of glasses. But that will still take a bit of time. Pity also that the eventual operation will be done in another hospital, the less easy for us to go to, it will be just a for a few hours I will be at the hospital, but I would be so happy if I could have the operation in the hospital we always go to. Seems to be a problem, but I always could ask later the doctor, if there is a possibility to have it in a nearer hospital. We'll just have to see.

Jan also had a phonecall from the cardiac doctor that the vains around his heart are in good order, they couldn;t find anything disturbing, so that is quite good news, now he wants Jan to have another photo from his lungs. They already have several and quite recent, but okay, if that is all to do. Jan is a bit short of breath, but he has this already for some time, and for 99% sure the result of him smoking. Yes, he should stop, he already is smoking less, really, and I dont know if quitting it will give him back his breath. Oh, Jan made me happy yesterday, hahaha. I allready try to persuade him to go for a short walk every day(he needs to after his fall, to uplift his condition a bit). But he didn;t do that, or only one or twice in several weeks. But yesterday he made a walk. Not really long but he did one without taking a pause and he was proud of it. LOL. Well, this is a start, I hope he will do that more aften whenn the weather is a little bit nice.

Yesterday it was a great day for lots of chldren, because Sinterklaas arrived again(he is a bit like Santa Claus elsewhere in the world). He is the good man who knows all about the children and brings them presents on the 5th of December, and sometimes also in the time before during the night, leaving some small things(candy mostly, but also a small present) in their shoes thay can put in front of the fireplace. Nowadays many houses don;t have a real fireplace anymore, so it could be at the backdoor or near their bed or whatever.

With the covid the arrival was made different, because crowds aren;t allowed. It still was nice to see and I am sure many children were very nervouse yesterday evening when going to bed, hahaha.

As a little joke I always buy a small candy and put it in jan's shoe and place it in front of the fireplace. He didn;t notice it yet, so I am curious when he will see it. It isn;t a great thing, but we always have fun with it. And it is good to feel sometimes like children again if ony for a moment. 

I am still in my pyama's at the moment, so it is time to change in something else(but still comfy) and perhaps already start preparing dinner a bit. This evening around dinner time our Dtuch soccer man-team will play in the Nations League and of course we want to watch that. So it will be nice to have all ready and just to warm up, and eating while watching the match. You notice, that I like easy and quick????? It is nice I have time now to already start cooking early afternoon, and it makes it a quick preparation for only one or two additional things at dinner time. It is not that i mind the cooking or the time necessary. It is nice to be able to split it up sometimes and save time at dinner time. 

Hope you are all doing still fine, and wishing you a lovely week ahead and stay safe!

Sunday, November 08, 2020

We got quite a shock yesterday evening!

 Goodafternoon everybody!

Weather is quiet, practically no rain, temperatures around 13-16C, here and there some sunshine, so not bad for the time of year.

They are still working on the tram electricity cables, although some nights they are a bit further away, and we don;t have too much trouble of it. However it is very annoying and some nights it is interfering with our need of sleep. Let's hope we will catch up in a few weeks time, that's all we can do.

It was in all a very quiet week, how wonderful, I managed to do some jobs I planned to do, and also had time to take it easy on some days. It is still no fun around here with all the Covid, we even have harder measurements for a few weeks, not a total lockdown, but all bars, cafe's restaurants are closed sompletely, theaters are closed agin, musea, government advises people to work at home as much as possible again, not use the public transport when not really necessary etc. It seems to work because the amount of affected cases is slowly going down again, but still not enough. It doesn;t make life happier, we can all agree, but we will have to hold on somehow to beat it, or till we will have a good vaccin against it.

Yesterday evening it was all so nice, we had a nic evening ahead, with some programs to watch we really like, and just around 22.30 p.m. we were watching a bit of soccer competition when suddenly there was a very, very hard "boom"with lightflash, and we really sat like frozen on our couch. Then went to the window to see what happened and then went on the street when more people came out. Seems there were some young guys, probably in a car, that thought it was funny to throw some very heavy fireworkcracker to the trambooth and crach the glass in it. It was such a strong blast that (for the second time already) two big windows of our neighbour were crashed. We were just lucky our window isn;t really opposite the booth!

Of course a lot of glass on the road, a lot of people coming ut of their house, not knowing what happened, but all angry about this stupid "attack". Police came really quick, but of course no possibility to catch the perpetrators, they were long gone. But really, what ideas have some youngsters of "fun"?????? And it wasn;t the first time the tramboothglass was crashed. Nobody was hurt, thanks for that, but it could have happened if there was somebody waiting for the tram. 

After a while everybody went back to their home, there wasn;t anything we could do. Poor neighbour had his window sealed at the least very quickly, or may be even repaired, I didn;t see that. I will go over to him later today just to ask how he is doing. And take in ind that he too wil have new double glassed windows in January, but with this event in mind he might be thinking to take special glass, like amored glass or so. Only that would be really very expensive and would it help in the end???? I don;t know.

This was all the excitement this week(not the one we were waiting for).

I do want to congratulate all Americans, you have a new president. I wish him all the best and may he be blessed. And if he wasn;t your choice, please be honest and  brave enough to give him a chance.  It comes all to one basic thing : peple will have to come together and work together to make the best of it.  That's all I want to say about it.

Now it is really time I get out of my pyama's and start doing something. First I want to prepare our dinner and then I want to go for few minutes to our neighbour and by then it will almost be time to warm up the dinner I think. well, not completely, I think I will have time to sit down with a cup of tea and watch something nice on tv, before warming up the dinner, LOL

Wishing you all afabulous day and very good week too, and please stay safe!!

Sunday, November 01, 2020

We had a really happy news this week

 Goodafternoon everybody!

Weather is grey and rainy with lots of wind most of the time, temperatures not bad yet, something around 15-even 17C, but that will not last for much longer. End of this week we will be at temperatures around 11-12C, which is normal for this time of the year.

As long as it isn;t freezing or snowing, we can handle it with not too much trouble hahaha.

It was a very quiet week, with nothing of real importance happening. Oh so boring and oh so wonderful to have that experience again. Of course i did several things, obvious the necessary things in the house(although I must admit I wasn't too energetic in that field), some shopping for groceries, and I once went to city centre for a quick visit, to buy me some yarn I needed to be able to finish some projects.  I am happy to say that I have a box ready for sending out to be in time for Christmas. I think i will do that this week, at the latest next week, so it will have plenty of time to arrive at time.

Yesterday I was quite busy in the kitchen. I tried my hand on a variation of a Cornish Pastry and I must say it was a tasty result. I made the filling a bit different from the traditional filling, I used new potatoes, onions, mushrooms, carrots, green peas and smoked salmon and small shrimps. This variation was inspired by the Cornish Pastry with smoked haddock from an english cook Tom Kerridge.

I have 4 big pastries of an amount of 450 grams of flower, but of course you can stick to the original quantities if you should decided to try it.

So this evening we will have the same meal, I only will serve a light soup before, to have something warm for dinner. 

And this week we had a wonderful news. it came in a mail from my niece in France. her daughter gave birth to a wonderful boy on Thursday evening. His name is Oleg(love the Russian name!) and was 3,5 kgs and length of 50 cm. Both in good health, all went well and the parents are of course ever so happy, as well as my niece and husband, to be grandparents once more!

Now that is real good and happy news in these wicked times.

That's about all for this week, let's hope next week will be quiet too, I am very much in favor of "quiet and not too stressfull"these days LOL!

Wishing you all a very good week, in safety, and say: bye, buy, till next week.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Bad sleep for a couple of days!

 Goodmorning everybody!

Short weather report. What to say about it? It isn;t really cold, but rather grey, sometimes rain and too much wind. There was one day last week it was real nice with temperatures of around 18-19C! Pity it didn;t last longer. Now we have around 13-14C, later this week it could go up one or two degrees, but it will stay rather unsteady, meaning, some rain, cloudy most of the time, if we are very lucky we might see the sun here and there.

Lsst weekend Jan didn;t feel all too good, had some trouble with belly, somewhere in it, kind of cramps in the intestins. He had that more, but also last year and that didnt end too well, so I am cautious with it. it happens every now and then, but I am never very happy to hear about it(IF he says anything!), but after a day or two it was already much better and I think now it is all over again.Let's hope it will stay away for a long time, because it is hurtfull for him.

On monday I went to the pharmacy to give them a lot of prescriptions of medicins that needed refill, and would pick them up later in the week.

Then I gotnext day a phonecall from the pharmacy that one medicin couldn;t be delivered, that's to say, Jan has it in small sachets, now they have it liquid in bottles. But I needed to now if it had all the same components(with Jan's medication and health history it is very important). The girl couldn;t say if Jan could use the liquid as well, I needed to contact the doctor to be sure. Oh God, next thing that went wrong. Called our doctor, he was on holiday this week. Then called hospital for contact with his specialist..... she was on holiday that week. Lucky there was an assistant who could help out. If it had the same componenets, they call that interchangeable, there was no problem. If the pharmacy couldn;t tell me, then the pharmacy had to call the hospital and not let me do that work for them. Okay, i called back to the pharmacy, had the "boss" on the phone and she assured me it was all the same. So I will have to rely on that(I do, we have good service of that pharmacy for years). They only had to convert the amount to be taken from powder to liquid for us. All is done and in good order and I picked up the lot on Friday. But there are always small things to be taken care of, that you dont count with and that is sometimes frustrating!

Wednesday we had our plumber again, no, don;t worry, no more leaks, he came to give a service cleaning to our central heating kettle(that's to be done every year, specially for the insurance, if anything might happen!). That is all ready for winter also(the kettle more than I am, hahaha).

And what about the bad sleep??? Well, it seems that the municipality is doing some work on the light poles/lanterns or the electricity cables for the tram and or lightpoles, I am not really sure what they work on, and it has to be done apparantly at night. All okay for me, good thay look after them so that it all works as it should, but they are using some machines that make a very irritating noise, a low and piercing humming sound, I don;t know if it is the motor or perhaps aggregate, anyway, more than annoying. They are busy already for 3 nights, and all still in short surroundings of our house. And it is specially annoying when being in bed, the sound and feeling of the sound through the ground isn;t great at all. It seems they only can do it at night, because the machine they use with the aerial platform only moves over the tramrails and that they can use then only between ca. 1.30 and 6 at night(then the tram isn;t riding). I really hope they are ready with it real soon, because it is not a good thing for my sleeping. I already am not sleeping all too well, but if that is interfering also.... well, after a night like that I don;t feel rested at all. And that is bad for the energy level and so on.

Anything really nice happened this week??? Cannot really think of anything, but all in all it was a quiet week, you know, it isn;t all as bad as it may sound LOL. I have accomplished still one thing! I finished the Christmas shopping, found this week on a trip for that the necessary, now I have to wrap that up, put it in the box and bring the box to the post as soon as I can. I have no idea how the delivery of post packages all over the world will go, so better send it away early, might arrive too soon, but better that than too late.

Now time to start on putting up some meat for stew this evening, needs some time so I better start it off now. Hoping i will have a nice and easy and not adventurous week to come, hahahaa, sounds boring but at times boring ad quiet is sooooooo good! It even gives time to have a good laugh about anything that comes up. Wishing you all a very good week in safety!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Waterpipe leak is fixed!!!

 Goodafternoon everybody!

Weather is quiet and not unpleasant. Not much wind, which always makes it feel better, we even have some little sunshine, and they think arpound Wednesday we could reach temps between 17-20C! That will be only for one or two days, but still.....not bad for second half of October.

Oh my God, last weekend you read we suddenly discovered a bad leak and I called immediately my plumber. He came for inspection on Monday afternoon and how wonderful could come next day with his son to fix the leak. It was struggling not having much water for almost two days, but we managed. I am glad the pipe could be reached from under the floor and wasn;t IN the wall. That would be a different story(mostly workwise but certainly costs of it!). It still made a small dent in our savings, but it wasn;t as much as I thought it would be. 

It all is due too some old waterpipes that are still from lead and that isn;t good at all.Not for health and not for strength. So if we can save enough next year(we also have the windows to pay for one) may be we can let the plumber  change the last bits of lead pipe, and that probably means breaking up wall and floor from the little bathroom / toiletroom. Hmmm, that will not be done for 5 euro! But if we can manage it would be great to have it done, we could do with a renewed, showerroom/toilet, with some fresh new tiles, new toilet, etc.,all light and also easier to keep clean. I am dreaming of it now LOL. That half Sunday whole Monday and almost whole Tuesday of waterpipe adventure somehow drained a lot of energy from me, and that's always amazing why. I couldn't do much in the house( of course I had planned sme things, could guess it......most of it involved needing water hahaha), then with the plumber in the house, it was walking back and forth, sometimes to remove things out of the way, then giving them something to drink, just feeling restless, and after they left I just felt I finished half a marathon. It always needs a few days to catch up again.

This "event"kind of overshadowed the whole week. We didnlt do too much, apart from the usual stuff. Because of the rather mild weather Jan could do some small things in the garden, it still needs attention to prepare it for winter. Amazing that we still have a rosebush that is full of buds and some of them start to open, Even the clematis doesn;t want to give up and gives a flower once a week or so. 

However, I am kind of proud to say, I started wrapping up some Christmas presents, and I am almost ready with it, just need one or two things more and then I can send the box away. Specially this year I will try to get it to the post real early, because it might take longer to get there.

Nice to see that the birds are returning. Yes, they know where they can get some food LOL. One morning, and also evening we had 8 parakeets on our rosebow, enjoying the peanuts and applepieces. Also some tits are back and I even saw a robin.

On the knitting front I finished the blanket for our bed, and now I am trying my hands on a cocoon shrug. I have one nice simple pattern for you, which is crocheted, but I am trying it to knit on straight needles in another stitch. Hopefully it will result in something nice to wear???? Anyway, I liked the simpleness of this one and I will give you the link to the blog. May be someone likes to try it. And if not this one there are lots and lots of free patterns to find of lovely shrugs, with or without sleeves. I have an image of this particular shrug and under it is the link.

I am using yarn of  kind of dark siena color, very much a fall color. And I am curious if it will become really a good fitting shrug-cardigan. If not............yarn is VERY patient, meaning pulling out the knitting work(is pulling out the right expression???? if not, please let me know what it should be then) and making something different with it.It keeps you busy, one way or the other hahahaha!

We have to find things to keep us busy inside, because that Covid 19 still isn;t gone and for now we are again in partial lockdown in the Netherlands. Numbers of infected are rising quick again, and it has to be stopped again, we aren;t safe till there will be a decent and for all safe vaccin. That will take some time so keeping distance, wearing a mask, not gathering with a lot of people etc. is the only way to keep it somehow under control. And nobody is liking it and it is difficult, but we will have to keep it up, for the health and safety for all of us!

And because this isn;t a very pleasant situation we should keep up our spirit with all we can find, and there are still a lot of things we can be happy with, I think. It sometimes are just small things that can make our day, isn't it?

Good, enough of that subject for now.! I have quite an easy day today, because yesterday I made us a pan of soup and backed us some pirogi(small pies you could say) and there is more than enough left for today for dinner. It is tasteful and nourishing enough. May be I will take a quick look in the garden, at the moment we have some sunshine, and almost no wind, so it is a good moment for it. the cAnd I will do some knitting, and watch some tv and tomorrow I will kick myself in the bottom and do something in the house, like for one vacuum cleaning and may be clear out one or two shelves of the wardrobe. There is still soooo much stuff we should get rid off! So that is kind of a plan for tomorrow. We'll see if it will be executed(you know.... me and plans.pfff, difficult).

I wish you all a wonderful week to come and please take care and stay safe!