Sunday, May 22, 2022

A quiz where you can learn something from

 Goodafternoon everybody!

Still good weather here, although this week there was some rain, and even heavy one in the south of the country and strong wind, looking like a hurricane. But in general here we have a little bit less warmer temperatures, but still sunshine most of the time, so may be next week temperatures will let us down somewhat, and later on it will go up.

It was a quiet week, as usual, but I kind of like it that way. Still there are happening things, of course, but some of them I forget and some of them aren;t really interesting to tell, hahaha. Oh yes, kind of a shock was our anual sttlement of gas and electricity. Pffffffff, we still have some money back, but the monthly payment has gone up drastically, saying it is all due to the was in Ukrain and the sanctions we have made on Russia. Well, I believe a little bit of it, but to raise the gas that much, is kind of brutal, really. Lots of people will have trouble paying it every month. The more that costs of living has gone up a lot too, I notice it every week when I go grocerie shopping. I wonder how long the energy prices will stay at this level, because it will be almost impossible to pay. And to change the kind of heating(here we have it mostly by gas) into different ones is still very, very expensive, not to do for large part of the population. So it will be interesting to see how all this will evolve.

Well, let's put economy at the side for now, and talk about some art. We have a quiz here "2 for 12", where there is a team of two that will have to answer 12 questions about all kind of subjects. They have the possibility to search in books or on part of the web, but the time one of the two is searching it costs money. At the end, if they have twelve letters(if they did find or knew everything) they will have to make a word with them. Then a second team gets about the same sort of questions(but the the very same) and it counts who has the most money left. It is a difficult quiz but real interesting, because you learn something from it. As it was last Friday evening, one of the question was about a name of a female painter of the Renaissance.  It was about Sofonisba Anquissola. I never heard of her, but I saw some work of her during the quix and it was beautiful so I looked her up on the web and found more of her paintings. Beautiful, in my opinion.I have two links for you where you can read and look about her life and work, if you are interested.

 Sofonisba Anguissola Paintings & Artwork for Sale | Sofonisba Anguissola Art  Value Price Guide

https://www.europeana.eu/en/exhibitions/pioneers/sofonisba-anguissola#ve-anchor-intro_15078-js

 
https://www.theartstory.org/artist/anguissola-sofonisba/

I found it very interesting to learn about this artists and there are lots more women artists of that period and a bit later too, that are almost not known and made beautiful work. Here is a Dutch women panter of the Golden age, with beautiful flower paintings:

https://www.mauritshuis.nl/en/our-collection/artworks/151-vase-with-flowers/

Good I have given you something to look at, if you want to of course, but if you have a spare 5 minutes why not take a look?

Now I think i will go and prepare a little bit already for our dinner, I will make a pasta with fresh made vegetable "sauce". like dice of aubergine(egg plants), small cherry tomatoes, onions, garlic, some tomatoe puree added with a bit of the cooking water of the pasta, some other veggies I have bought already cut small, and oh yes, also some chorizo and another spicy small sausage and i think we will have a good meal, with strawberries as desert or may be soft cheese with fresh cut orange slices(I have bought some oranges and they are sweet and juicy, real yummie).

Wishing you all a wonderful week in safety and good health.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Nice encounter, lovely weather, oh wow.

 Goodafternoon everybody!

Today it is really fantastic weather, lots of sunshine, temperature around 23C, may be pity the wind is just slightly too blowing, but hey, nervertheless no complaining. It feels like it is already summertime!

It was a rather quiet week I think although I did some necessary shopping etc. and that always takes time. If I remember well it was on Tuesday that I went to a shopping street somewhat further so I took the tram. It was already nice weather so good to be out and I found what I was looking for. We needed to have a smoke alarm(from July this year it is legally required to have them im the house. Of course it is good to have them anyway, but we didn;t till now. so I bought two, that have a battery for 10 years in it and attachable with magnets. Wonderful. And even for not a very hugh price and good quality. I also bought us new cheese, we do eat that a lot you know. And I found Jan a pair of garden "working shoes" like these

They even were in sale, now how about that! He is happy with them they fit well, are comfortable. 

And when I was looking for them in that shop someone adressed me, with the words"No, I cannot belive it but it is you!"I looked up and had to grab deep into my memory but I found the name with the face, hahaha. It was a daughter from an acquaintance from long ago. Jan always liked her, even sometimes was v=baby sitting her when she was very young!

It was nice to see her, she looked well and how about that, she even had a child, about half a year old. Gosh it was nice chatting to her for a little while, I gave her our phonenumbers, (stupid me didn't write hers down), but I am sure one of these days she will phone us or whatsapp us.

I had an appoinment with my doctor this for evaluation of the stomach problems. Well, I almost don;t have them anymore, so he gave me a new prescription for the small tablets and I am happy.

In between some grocerie shopping and house keeping(must admit I did very little, hahaha), I also spend some time gardening and even sitting in the sun for short times and it felt great.

Today I have an easy job for our dinner, because I made yesterday a big pan of soup and there is left more than enough for today too. When we might have some appetite later in the evening, I have some French cheese, a bit of Italian sausage for sandwiches, so we will not starve, LOL.

Good, the sun is on the patio again(disappears for a little while because there are some high trees), but around this time we have the sun shining on it again. So I think I will sit there for a while, may be read a bit or crochet a bit.

Wishing you a wonderful week, safe and well.

Sunday, May 08, 2022

Weather that makes me happy.

 Goodafternoon everybody!

Yes, we have quite good weather, with a lot of sunshine and not much wind, temperatures around 15-16 today, earlier this week higher, and next two days we might have even over 20C and then later in the week it might rain a little bit with temperatures of around 18-19C.

This week Jan already had to water the garden, because it  isn;t raining, and if.... well, just so little that it isnt enough for the soil and the plants.

At last I went to the haridresser and oh, it feels so good to have my hair cur really short. It is a lot easier to handle too.

Not much happened this week, I did my things as usual, and also spent quite some time in the garden. To do some gardening, of course, but also just sitting on the patio in the sun, with a cup of tea and sometimes do some crocheting. I am now still in full swing with making the pillow covers, it is a nice project, doesn;t take too long. I first make a few covers and then sew them together.

My friend Heidi says it is going a little bit better with her, tis week she got again some aniti biotics and they seem to help. Still she will need some time to recover completely I think.

I don;t have much to tell so I better finish this post and will try to have some more interesting to tell next week, hahaha. 

It looks nice in the garden now, so I will sit there for a while, with some crocheting,  Will be good to get some color on the face and the arms.

Wishing you all a wonderful week, and hoping everybody is safe and well.


Sunday, May 01, 2022

New plants, King's day, so a week with variation.

 Goodafternoon everybody!

The whole week we have temperatures of around 12-13C, sometimes a whee bit more when sun is shining. It is at the moment colder than it should be this time of the year, but hope never fails, may be end next week the temperatures will go up slightly. It is although very dry , I think yesterday night we had some rain, but we will have to keep an eye on the garden, and sometimes water it.

This week we had our king's day, celebration of our King's birthday, the whole family visited a town in the south of the Netherlands, Maastricht, they were lucky with the weather, it was dry and even sunny. After two years of Covid and all kind of restrictions, finally it could be celebtrated as usual. It was nice to see it on tv.  I have a photo of the Royal family for you:


From left to right: Princess Ariane, Princess Alexia, Queen Maxima, King Willem-Alexander, and eldest daughter Princess Amalia.

Tuesday Jan had to go to hospital for an echo, just control, seemed to be all okay, it was for Jan a bit of an effort, but all went well. He also had to go to blooddraw, but now it seems to be necessary to make an apointment by phone! It never was. You could always go there, take a number and wait. So often it didn;t take long waiting time. Well, at the end he could have it done, but had to wait on the ones that had an appointment(but not always were already present on time!). Bonkers. Okay, now we know for next time, but still I find it strange.

Good, in the mean time Jan was doing all that I did some shopping, came home, prepared dinner( I think I made it for two days).

Wednesday was King's Day, so I was really lazy, and didn;t do anything! Whooooo!

Thursday I went for the last grocerie shopping bit, also bought some soil and three new bigger planters. even turned on the washingmachine in between and managed to make a phonecall to Heidi. Gosh, where did I find the energy?? Now that we had three new planters, yeah, you can guess already.......... we had to have some new plants to fill them. We still are waiting for some seedlings to grow and a few summer bulbs to come, but you can ALWAYS have a few plants more, LOL! So Jan had something to do for a day or two, I almost didn;t interfere when he did the planting. The plants I bought on Friday, found some nice ones and I was in such a good shape that I even used the vacuum cleaner and.... hey, mopped the floor of the kitchen, the sitting room and the hallway. Specially the sitting room could do with a good cleaning of the floor, and it feels good to have it done.

You can imagine that during this weekend I took it easy on myself, just made a quick soup for dinner(and we took a sandwich later in the evening). Today I still have the soup and I will make us two roast chicken legs. That should be enough for the evening. Easy, peasy and also tasty.

I've made a few photos of the garden, some of the new plants, and some of oldies.But slowly we are getting some color in the garden which is nice to see.

I just love pansies, can you tell?
Here some pending small petuni"s, they bloom all summer long, if you just do some deadheading every now and then.
This is a "Choysia", I took a small cutting some years ago, and this year it is blooming for the first time. Isn;t that great?
This is the Digitalis(Foxglove) I bought last week, I hpe it will grow much taller, should reach something like 90cms.
One of he new planters with some of the newly bought plants.
And as every year our azalea is showing off, and on the right a daisy plant, also newly bought.

And some more color in the border.

Well, I hope I gave you a bit of spring feeling, and now it is time to finish. I wish you all a wonderful week, stay safe.



Sunday, April 24, 2022

All kind of things kept me busy.

 Goodafternoon everybody!

Our weather has been wonderful, pity today and coming days temperature is down for a bit(we had 18-19C, now it is around 15C). Most of it to do with a stronger wind blowing from the East and North. Nut all together we still cannot complain, it was sunny which already makes me feel better.

Touching wood when saying this, my stomach hold okay, that little pill seems to help indeed. Well, I continue for a while and make an appoinment with my doctor when the pills will be almost finished, he said to do so for evaluation. 

But there was not so good news from my friend Heidi, you know she had a respiration infection last week? Well, yesterday morning I received a whats app message from her that she has been in hospital last Thursday evening. After a CTA scan it came out she had pneumonia. She just had finished her antibiotics! It was that bad, they said, that she had to saty in hospital, so she came home that same evening late. It will take however quite some time to recover from it and regain again some energy. Lately she already wasn;t feeling that good, very tired, lacking of much energy, probably the infection was due to that for a large part and with her underlaying PAH disease that isn;t good of course. Now she just has to learn to do mostly nothing at all, which has been always something difficult to do for her LOL. I just think it will take weeks or may be even a month or two before she will be feeling comletely okay again. And cross fingers that the pneumonia will not get worse!

Was there any good news this week? Yes, nothing special but all was allright, I did some shopping, two days I was staying in, and had one day I did a lot of work in the house, I was happy wth myself abou that. Friday it was such nice weather, that I took the tram to go to the market. It has been such a long time I didn;t go there, so it was a bit a treat you could say. And yes, I did buy some plants there, not much, but I couldn't resist and I bought with the same stand I think 8 or 9 packages of seed od all different kind of flowers. The plants I bought were  1 Digitalis(pink color) and thre smaller Cosmea, in screaming purple color, like this


Nice hey? Now crossing fingers that all the seeds will become beautiful flowers too, It gave Jan some work, but that is good. It keeps his mind busy as well as his body a little bit.

The seeds I bought, if I remember well, were, Marigold(in dark orange, great), Columbine with yellow, red flower, Lupine, something called Fried Egg(isn;t that a wonderful name for a flower?)Indian Blanket flower, Wallflower and even one tomato. we still have a package with small petunias, but we will save that for next year, to sow it real early next year.

Gosh, it all of this will come up and grow well, we should have in summer and late summer a buch of flowers all around. 

I am still crocheting on the blanket, every day or two I make a few rows and I and making a pillow cover, but when i was hopping around on the web to look for some nice patterns for pillow covers, I saw soooooo much, that now I almost don't know which one to choose. I am quite sure I will try y hand on a cover with the Alpine stitch, and then I will see after that, hahaha. As long as I am busy with something it is okay with me, I guess.

I see that the sun is shining again in the garden, so may be it is time to take a cup of tea and take advantage of the sun.

Wishing you all a wonderful week, and stay safe.


Sunday, April 17, 2022

Easter with lovely weather, whoo!

 Goodafternoon everybody!

Happy and blessedEaster to you all.

It is a beautiful day here, we have sunshine, nice temperature of around 16C, it is nice, to be able to sit in the garden in the sun for a bit. It will stay this kind of weather probably all week, so we cannot complain this year about Easter weather. I can remember other years, when we had terrible and cold weather. 

Still a bit busy with the stomach, although it is getting better slowly, just every now and then it is a bit akward. But hey, as long as this little pill works quite well, I should not complain and I am NOT! 

This week Jan and I finally got out to look for a new set of couches. We first though about a corner couch, could be nice, but at the end we chose two separate ones, 2 1/2 seats, not too big, but with enough space to sit and Jan can lie down on one of them for a little nap in the evening.

We chose for a beautiful upholstery fabric in a sumptious warm red color. I think it will fit great in our sitting room and with the new curtains. It will also make the room look a bit brighter. We also chose a new coffee table(it wasn;t completely my choise but I can live with it, hahaha). Onle delivery time is aweful, it will take at least 4-5 months. I couldn;t believe it, but although on a lot of furniture websites they clain delivery times of 6-8 weeks most of them seem not to be able to do that. May be we could find a furniture shop that could deliver faster, but we found one that suites us, so we will just wait a bit longer. 

Now we just want to find us a new rug for under the coffee table, and for now I think that is enough.I will be happy when we will have the new couch, it will sit a lot better and will give us better comfort.

I told you about my friend Heidi last week, it seemed to go okay with her, but now she is having a respiratory infection and taking anti biotics at the moment. Poor soul, she isn;t having good times lately. And for her this infection strikes harder in her condition. I really hope the antivbiotics will do a good job and that she will recover real soon. 

Still busy with the two afghans I am crocheting. So no news to tell about that. One is almost ready, and when so I will take a new photo of it, okay?

Now it is time to enjoy for a moment the sunshine. My dinner is about ready, we will have big shrimps(gamba's), marinated in some oil, with of course salt, pepper, tiny bit of chili and lots of garlic. I will fry them quickly in a pan and we will have baked potatoes with it. 

Wishing you all a wonderful week, stays safe and healthy.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

It looks as if slowly we will have spring time

 Goodafternoon everybody!

Today we have sunshine with temperature of 11C. Not really warm yet, but much better as last week and it will be even better. In one or two days we might reach 18C, then later on it will go down again to around 14-15C. Well, I can live with that if there is enough sunshine, with sometimes a bit of rain. 

Although may be a bit early I bought us already some spring plants, that will last, if all goes well way into summer, like some petunia's, busy lizzie, etc. Good for Jan, he has to plant them somewhere, LOL.

My friend Heidi had to go to hospital in Amsterdam this week, for two days, having some tests, a heart catharisation, MRI, and all those unpleasant things, because she wasn;t feeling really well lately, they still have no real answer to it, but it might be she will have to take another medicin for her condition But that's not sure yet. She now uses Flolan for her disease(pulmonary arterial hypertension(PAH), a disease of the heart and lungs)., It seems she is one of few who still have this, there are now more and other medicins for it too. well, we will see what comes out of the research. Most important is, that she will feel not so terribly tired all the time. Nevertheless it would be smart of her to take it a bit more easy and this time she might even do that, hahaha. I know her, she always has a thousand things to do, but she has to think about herself better. we want to have her around for still many years.

She is home now already, she is feeling a little bit better, now it is waiting for answers.

I also had a telephone call with my doctor for the stomach business(it is going better, but wanted to know how long to use the extra medicin he gave me). Still have to take it till I made an appointment with him, which probably will be somewhere next week. I called him and his assistent told me he would call me back and of course I just was in a shop when he called. 

Oh, Jan and I also got our rehersal vaccination for Covid last Thursday. They had a mobile vaccination post just near our house and we could go there without appointment. So of course I took this advantage. With summer and better weather coming along Covid infections could drop, but better be protected than regretting it afterwards, don;t you think? Let's hope it will work good enough for at least half a year. I think we will have to take another vaccination by the end of the year, just like the one we have each year for the flu. As long as it helps not becoming ill, or too much at least, when catching it, I will take it.

Before making this post I was in the kitchen preaparing for our dinner, I've made us a sheperd's pie. We didn;t have that for some time and it is tasty. I still had some sald from yesterday, so this will be our dinner with some vanilla custard as desert. Simple, but good enough, don;t you think?

I am still crocheting and have photo's of the ongoing projects for you.two smaller afghans.


The color of the second one isn;t that good on this photo, I have a picture from the web, where you can see it better.

It is the one bottom right of the batch.

I still have some work to do, haha. The second one I am making with a "built -in border", it looks fine, may be I just wil make one or two rows of  single crochet stitches extra to it. don;t know that yet. For the blue one I will have to crochet a border around when finished. Hmmm, I could already look into some possibilities on the web for that. 

Okay, dear visitors, I am finished for this week. I wish you all great weather, a wonderful week, stay safe.