Sunday, September 20, 2020

We'll have to prepare for fall!

 Goodafternoon everybody!

We have some gorgeous days at the moment with temperatures around 21-22C, in full sun and without wind even a bit higher), and we will have that for some days more. Later in the week, towards the end, they say temperatures will drop again to perhaps 18,or 17C, That is the normal temperature for the time of year, but if you would ask me, I could do with some weeks more in the 21-22C LOL.

I will first tell you some sad news. Last Tuesday afternoon I had a phonecall from Heidi in which she told me that her doggie Tommy had crossed the rainbow! It happened so suddenly, no one saw that coming.  Of course they all are sad and it will take some time to get used to the fact, there is no dog in the house.

And I say to you that I shed a little tear too, hearing about it. I will miss him too, he was a little bit our pet at distance, you know.

Wednesday I called the doctor for an appointment about the eyes. I could come on Friday morning, and after a short visit, he will give me a referral for the ophthalmologist. I can pick it up Monday morning, and then I will call the hospital for an appointment. I hope I can go there soon, but the doctor already warned me that they have quite a long waiting list. Well, we'll see what comes.

Oh, Thirsday we had the final measurement for our windows. They would come between 4.30-5.30 a.m. but earlier in the afternoon we had a call with request if they could come righ away(that was around 3.30 a.m.) Of course it was no problem, they did their thing, we had a few quiestions to ask, they were answered to satisfaction, and now it is waiting when they can come to place them. That was the only thing that didn;t please us too much, they said it could be as late as January next year! It seems they have a very busy calendar, and also the Covid stuff didn't help. But I will keep hope they might be able to do it a bit sooner. It is a bit of disappointment, because we had hoped for late November may be. On the other hand it gives us some more time to save some extra money LOL! Let's try to see the bright side, hmmm?

In between all that of course the "normal"things had to be done, but not truly interesting to tell, only that I took courage in both hands and cleared a part of a closet. Meaning I searched through some clothes of Jan and me, got rid of quite some stuff we NEVER wear anymore, still a lot of it in good order, but out of fashion, or we donlt fit in anymore. And also gor rid of some sets of duvet covers, that really needed replacement. Gosh, that gave some space! I still have enough sets, may be it needs another search through, and certainly more of the clothes. But it is again a good start. Next will be the towels, big and small ones. I hope I can do even more in the next few weeks. 

Yesterday Jan and I worked in the garden. It is about time to plant some spring-bulbs, so that we did. We still had some tulip bulbs from last spring, we stored them after the bloom and drying in the shed and I am curious how they will do this time. And I also had bought(of course, what else is new???)some new ones. So in some planters there are now the bulbs, with on top of them still some annuals that won;t give up blooming and performing well(due to the quite good weather).

And in the spirit of this week, when Jan said he could stall his bike at the moment perhaps IN the shed(normally it is in the hallway, but due to his falling accident, he surely would not take his bike for some time, and I stalled it in the garden under part of the roof of the shed). I took a look in the shed and saw no place for the bike, really(and it is really a small shed). What to do? I got rid of a lot of old wood, of all kind, some big cannisters with some rests of old paint in it, some folding chairs, we never will use anymore etc. Jan had some trouble with throwind away a part of the wood, (old shelves, and left overs from who knows what LOL) but I didn;t gave in and I am glad I was tough! Now we have quite some stuff that i can put on the street and then call the municipal service of bulky waste collection (they come collect it for free). Oh my, I was rather proud of myself. Now we'll see if i can put some more things in that collection. It usually takes a few days before they can come along, so that will give me perhaps opportunity. We save so much stuff, always saying it will come to use some day, or something like that and most of it never will be used again! Is that something that sounds familiair to you????

Good, I just made a quick break to taste the stew that is on the stove. It is a breasing steak chopped up in dices in some Indonesian herbmix.  They call it Rendang. There are an awefull lot of different ways to make it.Depends on the boemboe. 

Boemboes are finely ground spice mixtures used in Indonesian cuisine. Traditionallythe ingredients are ground in a mortar. A bumbu paste is created by adding (vegetable) oil

This time I made it easy for myself and bought a ready to use made bumbu. It isn;t always as good a freshly made, but I tasted it just now and it isn;t bad at all! Quite spicy, I can say. Well, I can always ad some water, or some creamy coconutmilk extra, also depends on how much the cooking liquid9water and some creamy coconutmilk) reduces. I already was a bit careful when bying the bumbu, I looked on the pack how spicy it was, smart hey? Yes, i like a little bit spicy, but not so much that your mouth looks on fire! And secondly, most important, I cannot eat too spicy, it gives trouble with the stomach. Not sure yet what I will make additional to it. Usually you eat some rice with it, but Jan isn;t a rice eater at all, so perhaps I just make some boiled potatoes and some vegetable, or perhaps some nudel, that's also an idea. Oh my God, always all the choices that have to be made, hahahaha.
First I think I will make me a cup of tea, and perhaps a bit of gardening, now that it still is noce weather. There are still lots of things to do in the garden, to prepare it for autumn- and wintertime.

You all have a lovely week to come, try to have some laughs and smiles and stay safe.


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Busy with a lot and nothing LOL

 Goodafternoon everybody!

Another week has passed, in more or less nice weather, not too warm, just around 19-20C, but we had some rain and later this week more and more sun, and now the next two or three days will be as in high summer, they expect temperatures around 27-30C! Oh, perhaps a bit too warm, but still we should enjoy it, it will not last long and soon we will have forgotten how that feels.

It seems lately that Mondays are my most energetic days hahaha. I just wrote it down on the calendar to see what I did that day. I started with a bit of grocerie shopping, (my start is always late in the morning, remember that, I am kind of a diesel, coming on speed very slow, but once I am on the right speed, WOW, ) Coming home first of course putting all the things away, then I think I had a quick sandwich or so, Then I gave Jan a haircut, it was about time again.After that you always have hair lying around, even if you have a plastic on the floor to prevent it. So best is to do a vacuumcleaner round. Then I made a cleaning in the toilet room, not everything but the most necessary things, so the walls and so I left as they were.

A little pause, and then into the kitchen to do something about dinner. Finished it as far as possible, oh and also made finally an appointment for the hairdresser. Think it is quite a well-filled day.

Next day we had to go to hospital for Jan's CT-scan. That takes time, first the travel to and from it(it was the further away hospital, so it takes about 1/2 an hour to get there. Then the waiting and scan and back home again. All went well, and home again we took a cup of coffee and then I don;t know what i did exactly.

Oh, last sunday I also did a bit on the ivy in our garden, that grows like crazy, always, early Spring Jan already took away a ot of it, but there is still a part, that has to be done. We try to do it ourselves, but probably later in Autumn we will have to call in a gardener, that can take care of it for us. Nevertheless I could cut and break away quite a lot, without climbing on a ladder(If I donlt really have to, I don't do it, it is a bit tricky in the garden on the soil putting a ladder).

Wednesday it was the hairdresserday. Oh, I am sooo happy I went there, I have really short hair again and it feels fantastic and it's so easy to comb and keep it modelled. Gosh, suddenly it seems if I walk a lot lighter, LOL.

Rest of the week nothing really exciting, apart from Friday, when I , also finally, went to the optician, to loo for another pair of glasses. And after they did the eye-measurement gave me the advice to go to my doctor who could give me referral to an ophthalmologist, because i might have start of some cataract. Gosh, I did not expect that at all! Now isn't the opinion of the optician all conclusive(because there are quite some differences between the divers opticians), so tomorrow I will call my doctor for an appointment and see what he thinks. Never could be wrong to have a really professional measurement in hospital, because my last measurement already was some years ago and I notice that my glasses arent quite good enough anymore. But you see, when at last things seem to go rather smoothly, there always is coming something in between that scews it up(forgive the expression, but if really sucks a bit.) On the other hand, it might be not that serious, so we'll wait and see and act then.

Today is a nice day, temperature already is much better, lots of sun, and I am already happy that it goes eacht week a bit better with Jan. He even washed the windows at the backside of the house! With some perseverance I could talk Jan out of the idea to use the ladder, (which was only needed for the little windows at the top), and that was a great relief for me. The little windows he could do with and extended window washer I still had somewhere). Well, we can see through the windows again, LOL, and Jan feels better to have done something again after a longer time. Everybody happy, yeah!

Good, that's about all there is now. Oh, just one good bit of news too, Heidi wasn;t feeling really happy end last week, had something like a cold, although no fever. Still, with her health condition it is tricky nowadays so she had a testing for Covid-19 and was negative, so NO corona. That was for everybody a real great relief.  

It might be just the good tie now to have a moment in the garden, the sun is shining there now, so why not take advantage and enjoy the weather. Wishing you all a very good week and hope everybody will stay safe!

P.S. Yesterday Jan and I watched on tv a show of "Holland got's talent", and sometimes there are some really surprising auditions to see, as yesterday. I give you the link, hope it works for all of you. I found this something really special and it touches your heart. It's all about the first audition, with the puppet of paper.

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Lot of hospital travels these days LOL

 Goodmorning everybody!

Our weather has improved again the last few days. Temperatures are around 19-21C, but with a lot of sunmoments, so we should not complain at the moment. 

Thos week Jan and I had to go  to the hospital because Jan had to undergo some tests. And as I am a kind of mother hen, I go with him just because he still walks outside with the rollator and it is sometimes tricky in the tram(getting up and then hold balance when tram is using his brakes). No, first he had this week a call from heart surgeon with result of last test, now he wants to do also a CT scan, to be sure all the stents are still okay etc. Well, better a good check than not I say.

And last Thursday Jan had to go to hospital for a gastroscopy. It was middle of the afternoon, a bit annoying, because Jan had to be sober for it, so couldn;t eat anything from around 7.00 a.m. Lucky he could drink something, like water or tea. So we went at time, I "delivered " Jan at the spot, hahaha, and went quickly to town centre to look if I could find that summer/autumn jacket I was looking for. I knew where to go for, now just hoping there wasn;t a that long queue at the cash registers. I was rather lucky, so now I have a very lightweight jacket, that still is warm enough and that I even can fould up and put in a small pouch, easy to carry with you. Wonderful!

The gastroc=scopy went well and quick, but as Jan had a light anesthesia, he had to stay there for about an hour to "sleep"it off. I went there around 4.15 p.m. had to wait a little while and there he came out of the ward. Still a bit sleepy, so I was happy he was awake enough to walk, we catched the tram, came home, had something to eat and Jan went back to.... sleep. Wow, in long time he didn't sleep as much as that day and night LOL!

Just before we went to hospital with the post came the appointment for the CT scan. That should happen next week, but then I saw that it was in another hospital. Normally no a big deal, but this was in one that for us was difficult to go to, bad connection, we had to take two or three lines, one with tram and the others by bus, very unhandy, by taxi it would cost us a fortune(and also difficult with the rollator). So right away I called to hospital to ask if they could change the appointment to another hospital. And in no time(the lady at the phone was wonderful) we had another appointment in another hospital. That one we could go to with the tram we have in front of our house, and it stops in front of the hospital. So we will go there on Tuesday. 

We also signed the contract for the new windows and sent it to the company. (so did our neighbor, we sent it in the same envelope). Now it is waiting for the date they come for the final measuring and then wait for the date they will come to place the stuff. Very exciting times(also very expensive, but it's something that will be for many years, and is an improvement to the house). When the windows will be places, we can go looking for curtains , because we must use probably another kind of systems to hang the curtains. You cannot drill into the posts of these windows, so it will be with a may be magnetic system, or plying curtains or whatever). We like to have the upper part of the windows free and the lower part covered by net curtains and we also want to have new drapes(the old ones are really old and a bit de-coloured and so). It's more Jan who likes to have the upper part free from netcurtains, for me that isn;t really necessary, and is we would take "whole"ones, it would be much easier to hang them. Just with a rail against the ceiling or wall. But all that we can do only when the new windows with windowsill are placed. Oh, there is a lot of planning etc. coming our way towards the end of the year! Somehow we will survive it, LOL, and I hope at the end we will be happy with the result.

I am still knitting every now and then, although I first should put together the blankets that are more or less finished. Well, I have the panels done, so now I must crochet them together and see what edge I will make to it. In the mean time I started another one, LOL. As I was in town this week for the jacket I also bought a bit of new yarn. Couldn;t resist it. I will make this into a smaller afghan, just to use when taking a little nap on the couch. That's at least the idea.

We'll see when I get that finished, It keeps me busy with my hand during watching tv, and if I shouldn;t use one or two afghans/blankets, I always can give it away. 

Oh boy, it's time I wake up Jan, time passes quickly when writing the blogpost. Then we could take a cup of coffee and may I will right away make our dinner for this evening then I only will have to put it in the oven later today. Seems a good plan( we will have mashed potatoe with sauerkraut mixed together, it is a dish that is made quite a lot here in Holland). Probably I will make too much for one day, so for tomorrow it will be the same(but it tastes always better the second day). There will be little slices of fried bacon in it too to give it a bit more taste.

It looks nice outside, so may be later today I can do a bit of pruning and cleaning up in the garden. May be Jan can even start to put some tulip bulbs in pots, so we will have nice flowers next spring. He can do it when sitting down, and I can bring him the things he need, and it will be good for him to do something again. He feels so "useless"at the moment, which I utterly can understand. He is yet in no position to do a lot, but slowly he gets better and more steady on his feet. It is just a matter of time.

Wishing you all a wonderful week, and stay safe.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Jan gets his training bit by bit LOL!

 Goodafternoon everybody!

The last few days weren;t the best of summertime here. Temperatures have dropped with some speed, we had rain, thunderstorm(just one LOL), a day with a really fierce storm, today some wind but rainshowers off and on, all with temps around 18-19C, which isn;t really nice summerweather. But if all goes right, middle of next week it will be better and temps will go to 20-21C with lots more sun.

Speaking of training of Jan, last week he had two visits to hospital which went quite well. This week he had his check-up appointment with his doctor of Internal disseases, and we had to be quite early there, at 10.00 a.m. It went well, with the tram and walking of Jan, and oh luck, we even didn;t have to wait long before he was called in. All seemed to be okay, but still the doctor wanted to do an endoscopy, to be sure. So that will be coming week on Thursday.

Jan also had to give some specimen of certain stuff(LOL), so after visit we came home, he did his thing and i went back to hospital to drop off the stuff. As I alwready was halfway, I took the oppot=rtunity to go to city center, wanted to look for a lighter coat, something you can wear in summer/autumn, when it is frisk, but not cold enough for the winterjacket. Something with probably a hoodie and that could have a bit of rain. Well, the shop I wanted to check out, had a loooong line of waiting people in front of it, so I skipped the search and will go may be next week on another day and time. Instead I looked around in some other shops if i could find something for Christmas present, or some things I have on a list of things that I could use or need, but that aren;t in a hurry, understand?

Didn;'t found much, which saves of course some money hahahaa, but....... I did buy Jan a pair of shoed. Yes, I normally don;t do that, because it is a rather "personal"thing, but I wanted him to have some kind of sporty looking shoe, and lighter of weight than the one he is wearing the whole time. I saw a pair that i liked very much for a very low price(sale of 50% off). So I took courage and bought them.At first he was a bit cross that i bought the shoes, but he tried them on, they seemed to fit well, so I think he is still a bit happy with them(which he will not tell me now, perhaps ony after some time, I know him!!!).

I am happy to say that slowly it seems to go the good way up for Jan, he even walks at times at home without the rollator. Okay, he isn't yet to compare with a running hare, speedwise spoken, but it's progress. Outside will be another story. Better to go for safety and use the rollator there for some time longer.

Last Monday I had another burst of energy, and did a lot of things I had on the to-do list and it felt quite good. Next day I had in mind to do some more, but got a phonecall of Heidi if she could visit us with Séveru=ine. Of course she could, It was great to see her again and Jan was happy too to be able to speak to someone else but me, hahaha.

It's not looking too good outside. There is quite some wind and every now and then a rainshower(and that are heavy ones). It almost looks like Autumn, but I n=am not ready yet for that. It was even so chilly yesterday evening that we pt on the heating for a couple of hours, just to get the chill out of the house. May be it will be necessary this evening too. It seems so early for that, so hopefully later this week with more sun and a bit higher temperatures we can do without it again.

Not too much is happening around here, as you can tell. Oh, I hear the washing machine making it's noise, which means the programm is almost at the end. So time to hang out the laundry, and take a look at my stewing pot with some lamb meat. That's dinner for this evening. Stewed lamb, with some onion, paprika, and some seasoning. I will make us some potatoes to go with it and see, what veggies I have in a pot. The kind you only have to warm up for a bit in a little pan. Easy does it sometimes, don;t you think?

I wish you all a very good week, and stay safe!

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Our heatwave is done with.

 Goodafternoon everybody!

It is cloudy, every now and then a rainshower, and also some sun, and temperatures are around 21C. So that's a big difference with two weeks ago and even with part of last week. I love to have a warm summer but there are some limits LOL!

Last Monday Jan had to go to hospital for a test of his vains. It was somewhat early, 9.20 a.m., (for us almost like midnight hahaha), so we had to get up quite early morning to get ourselves ready to go.

It was now the big question if Jan would be able to make the expedition, but he did rather well. Okay, he will not be able to go for a speed competition in athletics, but he withstood it quite well. Lucky we have the trm just opposite our hose, it was more the distance from the tramstop to hospital that could have been tricky. The more, because they started to buils that new part and we had to go to the backinstrance, further away.

All went well, we made a restpoint, before going into hospital and also had a seat on a bench after he had done the test. Then back home. He is never a complainer, so I will never really know how he felt, but he looked good. The good extra on it was, that he slept very well during the night, I thinkk for about 6 or 7 hours in a row! That's amazing for him!

Same thing we had to do again on Thursday for another test. It went well also. so his in jury seems to heal, although slowly. He even now tries to walk a few steps in the house without the rollator. That still is difficult and I have some fear he does it too soon, but he has to start with it once, otherwise he will never walk without the rollator(and he hates it, I know). But he also is happy he has it and can move around.

That were the big things of the week. Doesn;t sound to be much, but it were time consuming expeditions, so those days there was left not too uch time for me to do other things(apart from having the energy or not ROFL). Still I managed to get some things done that were on my list, and that gave some satisfaction.

We also got the offer for the windows from the last company. Jan and I looked it through and we were left with a few quiestions. Well, I took the phone right away(wow, what an energetic move I made, hahaha) and had a real good and nice and informative conversation, I right away talked through a few changes, and only two days later I had the new offer with the possible changes and adjusted price on my doormat. That's a service, isn;t it?

We will have to talk once more with our neighbor, but I think we will both go for that last company.( It should be better too, because we got a little discount because we both asked for an offer and probably commission. I'll be glad if the signed order will go out and we will get a date for the works to begin. If all is good it will be done in one day. We only will have to make some area free from stuff standing around, take off the curtains, cover the floor at some places etc. the day before. I hope Jan will be able to do then some things together with me, and otherwise I will ask Heidi for some help, or may be Jan;s brother. We will see how things will be by that time. I think it could be done somewhere end Octobre or so.

For coming week I already have everal little jobs written on my calendar near my laptop(it;'s a good place for the calendar, because I almost sit every day for a moment or longer at the laptop and automatically look at the calendar, yeah, you know older brains, hahaha).

Gosh, tomorrow is the date of our marriage, we will be marries 13 years already, but together already for 28 years). Then there will be medicins to order and pick up, I should try to make an appointment with the hairdresser, may be already make an appointment with our plumber, who every year does the maintenance of the central heating kettle, and Thursday jan has to go to hospital again for his 6 months check-up appointment with his specialist for internal diseases( you know his liver and stomach and so on). So it seems to be quite a busy week, together with the usual things that have to be done, like some grocerie shopping, some cleaning around, probably some ironing, and if I have enough energy left at the end of the week change the covers of the duvets on the bed. I know, it all doesn;t seem so time consuming, but I don;t start my mornings usually at 9 o'clock anymore, I like to have a slow start, so there is less daytime left then, ROFL.

Okay, I think that is all there is today. I should take a look at my meat, that is on the stove, some beef that needs a few hours to stew, but then it will be so tender and taste well, together with some boiled potatoes(not my favourite way of preparing potatoes, I like them more out of the oven or fried, or made as french fries), but sometimes it just suites the rest, and probably i will make a salad with lettuce and lots of small tomatoes of different taste and colour. Strawberries as desert and we may have some plums later in the evening( I bought them and tasted one or two and they are yummie). Yes, we have to think about the vitamines, and better to have them from the food then from pills, if we can.

I wish you all a lovely week to come, and as always I hope you will stay safe!

Sunday, August 16, 2020

It was a hot and sticky week!

 Goodafternoon everybody!

We had a real hot and sticky week, yes. Temps did rise over 30C, with practically no wind, adn although we have a rather cool house, we did reach temperatures of around 28C(evening!), so in the sitting room it was kind of okay, but in the bedroom oh gosh, it was warm.

Because of that(and no we don;t have airco and no ventilator, normally we don;t need that) we didn;t sleep very well. Yesterday there was a bit of thunder and lightning, so we hoped there would come a rainshower, and ...... just a few drops and nothing more. Perhaps tonight there might come some rain, let's hope so, it would cool off the air. Still next week we will have good weather with temperatures of around 24C, which is nice summer weather, but better to handle.

As you can imagine we didn't do very much, it was just too much effort LOL. Still I went to city centre one day, lucky that day there was some more wind, and I took the better hours, and I found two pair of shoes in sale, one sandal and one low kind of sportshoe, also two t-shirts for me and two for Jan(these too in sale, and a nice sweather for Jan for just aa few Euro, and even found some presents for Christmas.

It all togethr was a very succesfull mission. That was about the most i did this week, only I think it was on Thursday, i gort a call from Heidi with requiest if i could go to her house in the afternoon to give Tommy a little walk. They were out of town and couldn;t get back early enough for that. Okay, I did it, but I wasn;t all too happy, because it was very hot that day. Never mind, Tommy was happy with me and that made the trip already good for me.

Last Monday Jan went again to the physiotherapist, it all looked good, and the man said for now Jan could do the exercises at home, but if he though something didn;t go well we always could call for a new appointment or advice. And it is going off and on so to say. Some days it goes rather well, and another day he has pain, cannot move too well. I think somewhere this week in his sleep he twisted perhaps the muscle again a bt and therefor was quite in pain the next day. It just will be a long process, with ups and downs.

Tomorrow will be quite a challenge for him. He has a research to be done for his vains at the hospital, so we will have to go by tram and then it will be a little walk to reach the hospital. I think Jan will be able to do it, but nevertheless it will be straining. I am really curious how he will feel after he gets home again. My prediction is, that at the least he will be very tired. And later this week he will have to go to hospital again for another research. And the week after he has an appointment with his doctor in hospital. Pffff, he will notice that he will use the leg a lot!!! Worst of all is that tomorrow's appointment is real early morning so we will have to take the tram quite early, to have enough time to walk in quiet pace to the hospital. 

It will all end well, I think, but at the moment Jan isn;t feeling very happy, because he cannot do the thing he would like, like working a bit in the garden, taking a little walk(without rollator), or moving around without trouble etc. I know it can be very frustrating.

In the mean time we still are kind of busy with the window stuff. I am still waiting for one offer, and then the neighbour and we will have to decide which company we will take, so that all can be done before the end of autumn, I hope.

When that starts(the window placing I mean) next thing will be searching for some new (net)curtains and probably drapes too, because the ones we have yet are very old and showing it slowly LOL. But because the new windows are made with high quality plastic frames(they just look like wooden, but you don;t have to paint them anymore, hoorray), we have to have another system for hanging of the net curtains. It isn;t advoced at all to drill into those frames. But I already saw on the internet that there are special systems for it and quite ingenious too. So aftr we have the windows right away choose some curtains and let them make and I also want them to be hung uup by the curtain shop/company. 

Oh, still so many things that need to be done or bought, but with Jan not able to walk much, that all has to wait for a bit, because we need to go to several shops for it. All will be good in the end, it only will take some more time I guess.

This evening we will have a bun or may be two with some pulled pork meat on it, perhaps a bit of salad aside. I didn't have courage to cook a whole meal today, so the pork I only have to warm up in the oven for may be 25 minutes and we can eat. Very easy and quick and not much trouble too. Tomorrow the temperature will be a few degrees less, so I will cook again kind of properly, hahaha.

That's all, folks, let's see how next week will come on. Have a wonderful week and stay safe!

Sunday, August 09, 2020

We have an official heatwave now!

 Goodafternoon everybody!

Yes, when 5 days in a row temps get over 25C we have a heatwave. And ut us really very hot here. Along the cost where we live, it already is around 29C now, in our garddn even several degrees more. It will stay this way till apparantly Thursday, then there might be some thinder and lightning and some rain, and it will cool off , still there will be nice temperatures, better to handle, like around 23C.

I love it when it is real nice and warm weather, but now it is even for me a bit too much. Worst of all is that there isn't coming much out of my hands, I become very lazy, it is just too warm to be very active, so I wait till temperature drops a bit and then I must do some housekeeping again!

Last Monday n=my friend Heidi came by to pick up the dog, I think he was happy to see her again, but may be he will miss me a tiny little bit???? That evening it was a kind of strange feeling, not having to go our after dinner and later in the evening, you know. However, how much I love that little dog, it also was wonderful to be able to sleep soomewhat longer on Tuesday morning LOL.

How is Jan doing? it goes better by very little steps. But he already went out twice or so for a very short walk. He also does some exercises every day. Tomorrow he will have another session with his fysiotherapist. May be there will be another appointment, and perhaps that will be enough(I know also that the fysio is going on holiday soon), so may be Jan will have a check-up session after that holiday.

Could be useful.

In another week Jan will have several appointments at the hospital, but I think he will be able to go there(with rollator, of course!) by tram. From the tramstop to hospital isn;t very far to walk, he should be able to do that. Of course I will go with him, I will feel much better doing that than sitting home, wonderinf how he will cope.

It was so warm the last couple of days, that somehow we weren;t very hungry, specially not at dinner time, so yesterday evening I got us some buns, and covered then with some salat leaves, then a slice of smoked salmon and some slices of hardboiled egg, and a few cut up buns with pastrami, salat and some cucumber slices. It tasted real good, easy to swallow and later in the evening Jan took a bowl of quick made soup.

Today I will have a ready-made borsjt(Polish beetroot soup with lots of veggies in it). Just will have to warm it in a pan, and I still have some salmon and pastramie and bread from yesterday. So a quick meal, that will taste good enough and we could take also some strawberries as desert. 

Time to take a cup of coffee now, and I will wake up Jan(he went back to bed early this morning, because of the warmth he didn;t sleep very well this night.). But now it is about time he takes a cup of coffee, and opens his eyes, otherwise he will have trouble this night again to sleep a bit.

That's all for this week. I wish you all a wonderful week to come, and stay safe!



Sunday, August 02, 2020

I think I walk more than I usual did.

Goodafternoon everybody!

We had nice weather and yesterday and specially Friday it was hot! We reached around 30C or so.
Today is somewhat cooler, because of the wind, next few days will be around 21C, but towards the next weekend temperatures will rise again a lot.
We might complain it is too hot, but it is Summer and if we didn;t had some warm temperatures we would complain also, so what to do? I think being happy we have nice weather, we can have the doors open, and it looks happy with the sunshine and blue sky.

Pfffff, another week with Tommy, and although I really love the little guy, he is no trouble at all, it is a bit hard to get up around 7.30 p.m. and go out with him, and then again 3 more times(well, the last walk is really a quick one, 10 minutes or so). But it breaks the day, it needs a total different planning and it might be good for my condition, but I feel the legs sometimes LOL! It is just that we aren;t used to it, that's the whole point. And sometimes it don;t like too much going out after dinner(rather sit down and watch some tv) but harder is it to get up on your feet again for the late walk. Why? I am just nicely settled on the couch with usually a pair of cosy lounge-paints, and then you will have to get your jeans on and shoes and get moving.
It might sound as if I complain deeply about the dog sitting, but that isn;t true. It is just the getting used to it that isn;t so easy, but I do it with love for that doggie. If you take care of a pet, you will have to do it well.

I have a bit of good news to tell. Last Monday I decided, together with Jan(wow, he agreed without much discussion)to call the doctor and have an appointment.. We went there on Wednesday afternoon(Jan walked the little distance, which was already a kind of victory for him, it was the first time in 3 weeks he got out on the street). He told the doctor about the situation, that it didn't get much better, or much too slow. So the doctor proposed to have some
physiotherapie. As we only have basic health insurance the treatment isn't reimbursed by it, meaning we will have to pay for it completely ouselves. Not so cheap, but for your health you will have to do anything if you can.
We could make an appointment right away(they have a physiotherapist practise in the same place as our doctor(that is very handy!) and Jan could have an appointment that same afternoon, only had to wait about 15 minutes. That was great! The physiotherapist let Jan do some simple exercises, and also homework to do! It was a good thing I pushed it through, Jan felt happy about it too afterwards. Next appointment will be tomorrow, and perhaps he will have a couple more, but the physiotherapist already said, he didn;t think Jan needed a log treatment.
It was, by the way, a very nice guy, and just the right type for Jan.
Now Jan already went out 2 days in a row(just for may be 10 or 15 minutes, but never mind, as long as he does that exercise of walking outside(at the moment still with the rollator of course), he will get the feeling back and slowly also the strength again and confidence again. And hopefully after a while he will be able to walk again without the rollator.

I just had a call from Heidi to tell me, they would start driving home this afternoon, so somewhere tomorrow they will be home again. And that means Tommy will be here only for today and may be tomorrow and then goes home again. I suspect, he will miss us a little bit, with us he is never left alone, he gets a lot of attention and much more treats(I know, not always so good, but I don;t overdo it, trust me).

Yesterday I had a little attack of cooking virus, so I made us a soup and backed us a small pirog(that kind of Russian pie, with minced meat).
That makes it easy for this evening's dinner, we will have the same LOL!
And I have strawberries with cream as dessert.
It is a rather simple, but tasty and quickly served dinner.

It is nice weather at the moment, not so steamy hot anymore in the garden, so perhaps it is a good idea to take a set there for a little while, perhaps I could take a small icecream????? Not a bad idea.
So I wish you all a wonderful week, stay safe, and till next Sunday.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

A week of early waking up LOL!

Goodafternoon everybody!

Weather last week was on and off, you could say. Some days a bit or rain, or just cloudy, another day there was more sun, yesterday we had quite some rain(good for the garden), temperatures not exciting, around 18-20C.
Coming week it should go up again in temperature. Well, a few degrees would be nice.

It was a quiet week, although for me kind of filled, because I have Tommy(my friend's dog) to care for. Pffff, it isn;t easy to wake up early morning and after a cup of tea go out for the doggie walk around 8.00 a.m.( but, sometimes when I get back I take a little nap on the couch to catch up with missed sleep, hahaha) then I take him out around 1.00 -1.30 p.m., again after dinner around 6.40 p.m. and for a very short one, just on a little grass close to our house for the nightstuff, around 10.30 or so p.m.
That last one isn;t perhaps really necessary, I know my friend doesn;t do that often, but I think it is better for him, otherwise it is such a long time till next day.

He is no trouble at all in the house. Most of the time he is sleeping, LOL.
Every now and then he wakes up, and looks if we are still around.
The best time for him is coming home from his walk, because then he gets a little treat, like some small doggie cookies.
This morning however he gave me a little fright, when I let him out. Suddenly he limped, and didn;t want to walk. So I tried to look at the paw he suddenly didn't use, couldn;t see anything, but he wasn't happy me touching it. I tried however, to kind of "massage"him between the toes, to try to clean it. Then he walked again but not happily.
So I made it a short tour, at home tried to check it again, he let me, but not happily again. But after a while he walked again rather well in the house and when I walked him just before posting now, it all seemed okay again, He even ran again for a bit. Pffff, that was a relief. I will keep an eye on it still, to see if it really is okay.
At the moment he is lying near my chair, all happy again after his little treat.

With Jan it is about the same. It looks as if some days the leg is hurting a bit less, although he still needs one or sometimes two painkillers. So it isn;t yet getting lots better and it is almost 3 weeks ago now. So I think I will have to be firm and make an appointment for him at the doctor. I just think he needs to make a check and I like a bit of advice. It will however be a struggle to let Jan agree with it. In those cases he is sooo difficult! But I think it is the best thing to do now, have a chat with the doctor, by phone or better in the office. Will be difficult for Jan to get there, but with patience he should be able to walk that little distance with the walker.
I know he feels aweful by it, not being able to do a lot, not participating in the walks with the dog, doing some things in the garden, etc.
Nothing to do about it at the moment, it will take time. In about 3 weeks he has an appointment at the hospital with his doctor there, half year check and so. I have no idea yet how he will be able to get there. Could be by taxi or perhaps a friend could drive us, or may be he has to cancel the appointment and make a new one a bit later. We'll see in about two weeks how Jan is and feels.

We had another company last Monday for the windows. We are waiting for the offer, it could take a bit of time as the agent told us, because now there is the construction holiday time. Nothing to do about that. I however got quite a good feeling about the company. Now it all depends on the price for the work.

In between that there are of course the usual things to do, so all together I feel rather busy. Must admit that sometimes I skipp a housekeeping task to the next day, but I try to do at least one or two things a day. Today I only do the walks and of course make dinner, but that's about all. Tomorrow I think I will do a bit of ironing, and next day probably have to do some grocerie shopping. I don;t like to take the dog with me doing that(only sometimes when I just need one or two things, he knows to wait in front of a shop, but I don;t want him to sit there for a very long time), so I have extra walks to do.
The dog will be here still next week and may be one or two days extra, depending on the return of Heidi from holiday.
I think it will be a strange experience again when he will be gone. We are getting used to in having him around.

That's bout all for this week, not much exciting, although it feels for me as if I had a very busy week, with lots of things I did. Must be the change of day routine.
I wish you all a very good week, hopefully you all stay safe.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

We are doggie-stitting at the moment, LOL.

Goodafternoon everybody!

Not bad, our weather, yesterday it was real warm and sunny. Today cloudy, still not a bad temperature, we may get some rain or even thunderstorms this evening.

Update on Jan: He is doing a tiny whee bit better, but some walking moves still hurt badly, lucky it isn;t hrting when he sits or stands. Still I think the recovery is taking a long time. The rollator I bought for him already is worth every cent of it and payed itself back! Without it, it would have been almlst impossible for him to move around and I am not strong enough to hold him. I am already glad that he can go to the toilet and to the kitchen etc. it goes slow, but at least he can do some small things.
Nevertheless I think it will be wise to have a phonecall with the doctor, if only perhaps for some advice.

Tomorrow will not be a good day, because in the morning we will have another company visit for the windows.
We already had two offers, and the last one seems to be a good one.
Whichever we take, it will take a lot of money, that's for sure.

And we have my friend's dog now during their holiday. Tommy is a small dog and very quiet, just a sweet one. But it takes my time too, because I am the one who has to go walking with him 3 or 4 times a day.The last round is really near our house, and just possibility for him to do his necessary things before the night, hahaha.
But surely for two tours I want him to walk at least half an hour, he needs some exercise. Normally Jan and I would do each some of the rounds, but now it's has just to be me. I don;t really mind, it just breaks up the day a bit strangely, I will have to plan a bit different. Most difficult thing is the morning round, and why?
I am not just anymore to get up early morning!  I already have on and off kind of sleeping problems, so if I don;t sleep well during the night I might just have fallen asleep and two hours later it is time for Tommy's walk. But I will get used to it, I hope, because it doesn;t help  a lot going to bed somewhat earlier.
Oh well, I can try to take a nap every now and then.

So my days are kind of busy now, with Tommy to care for and also Jan, because I amd bringing him some things he wants, like something to drink, of at moments his medicins, or some fresh clothing. He can do some ofit himself and he tries to, but every now and then I just see it is difficult, so I get them. It all doesn;t seem t be much, but all together it fills the day apart from the ususal things I do.
It will get better, only not already next week.

Yes, I think I will finish this post now, I will relax a bit, and later on there is dinner to make and then after I washed the dishes the early evening walk with Tommy.
He is now lying beside me, g=flat on the floor, deep asleep, hahaa.

Wishing you all a real good week and stay safe!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Oh, how wonderful if we could have a year without misfortune!

Goodafternoon everybody!

After some days of not really great weather it is getting better again.
We have sunshine, most of the time, not much wind, temps aren;t the highest, aroud 20C in our area. I would like more something like 23C, but okay, it looks friendly enough through the windows and we can open the garden doors.

I told you last week Jan wasn't feeling really perky that weekend. Nothing bad, just annoying. Till it came to Sunday night. He had to go to the WC and wanted a drink or so from the kitchen. And suddenly he fell backwards. Still lucky he didn;t fell flat on the back, mor on the side of his bump and hip. And he didn;t hurt his head on anything. But........ the times I sleep I do so very tight and don;t hear anything!
It seems he tried to call out for me, but I didn't hear it.
So with a lot of trouble he half crawled, half stumbled back to bed.
I only heard about it next early morning. It still was a good time to be able to call the doctor so I did right away. Jan couldn;t go to the doctor himself, impossible almost to walk. So the doctor came at around 12.30 p.m. and ordered an ambulance for Jan to bring him to hospital to make a photo from the hip and pelvis. Good news, there was no fracture or ripture.
Back home again with the ambulance(that took all together may be just an hour).
What now???? He had to go to the toilet and such things. Well, I found a temptorary solution(you might figure out for yourself) and next day I called around to find out if I could loan or so a rollator for him(I coud have gone for a wheelchair, but if anyway possible he had to move around a little bit, stay in move). Hmmm, difficult to get that for free, but for some payment it was possible, having it delivered the next day. It wasn't really the best option, so I went to a kind of thrift shop nearby, I knew they often had rollators and other things like that for a little money, I found one, that was looking still very good, sturdy, and I bought it for only € 25,00! Took it home right away, now at least Jan could try to walk a little bit. It still isn;t going really well, he can walk very slowly with it, still the movement of walking is difficult, turning is almost no option yet.
So tomorrow I will call the doctor again, to talk that through. May be Jan should have some physio therapy. Bad thing is, that almost no physio things are reimbursed by the health insurance. You will have to pay it yourself and it isn;t really cheap. Still, if necessary to get Jan on his feet again, walking without rollator and so, it has to be done. We'll see about it tomorrow after the conversation with the doctor. I hope Jan will be able to walk to the doctor's offcie, very , very close by, just the other side of the street.Hmmmm, i have no idea.

So I think we had our misfortune for this year more than enough. it will take for sure a while till he will be able to walk just by himself .

What else we had this week?
Oh yes we had another company over for our windows. It all depends on the offer the several companies will make and a bit also which company I feel more confident.

With all this going on I just forgot the birthday of my friend Heidi's husband!
I didn;t turn the page on the birthday calendar, so I noticed that last week and saw the name! Too late. Oh no, I felt sooooo very bad, right away I called her to admit my unthoughtfulness. I think this never happened to me before.
She could laugh about it, and said it was allright.
Still I felt very bad but it just happened. Hoepfully next year it will go better!

This morning something funny happened. I was siting in the living room watching some tv (Jan was still sleeping), garden doors were open, and uut of the corner of my eye I saw something moving on the right side of me. I looked and saw.................... a very curious grey-whote cat looking at me, ROFL.
I know the cat, it sometimes comes into our garden, it is from one of the neighbors around, very sweet cat by the way.
As I started to talk to the cat it quickly disappeared back into the garden and over a fence.
Gosh, it probably thought our house felt good for cats, or whatever, but it was funny. Of course I don;t want every cat of the neighborhood coming into our house, but ...... if can happen, as you see. At least it brough a smile to my face.

This Thursday we will have Tommy, Heidi;s little dog for about 2 1/2 weeks. Heidi and family will go on holiday and we will "dog-sit" on Tommy LOL.
It will be a bit busy time for me, cause with Jan out or working order, I will have to walk Tommy every day, at least 3 times, if possible may be four. Well, I'll just have to plan a day a bit different, most akward thing for me is that I have to get up rather early hahaha. I am not used to it anymore. But i will survive it and it is a really sweet and easy to handle dog, very greatefull for some extra attention. Yes, I always spoil him a bit.
Oh, whatever! It will keep me walking and busy and I will be okay.
Jan already feels himself very guilty he cannot help with it and that he can't do much anyway at the moment.
It is just what it is at the moment, we cannot change it a lot now, and we'll manage to cope with it.
Just hoping in a few weeks Jan will be a lot better again.

Good, that was the news from this week. More than enough, I think!
Wishing you all a very good week and safe one too!

Sunday, July 05, 2020

Roller coaster weather isn't good for us.

Goodafternoon everybody!

Yeah, we have kind of rollercoaster weather at the moment. One or two days it is gret weather, thatn sudden drop of temperature by 8 degrees, rainfalls(too much at a time), annd the most annoying for me is that there is soo strong wind. Even if it isn;t so bad outside, that wind makes it feel colder and isn't nice to walk in and it avoids you to sit in the garden. I like to sit in a chair and not blown out of it LOL.
So all by all, the weather could be somwhat better and it seems that next week it will not be a lot better, temperature will let us down with around 18-19C, there should be less wind later on, and may be some more sunshine.

And even if the temperature isn;t really bad, yesterday it was raining almost all day and then at a moment it felt not comfortable in the house so I even put on the central heating for a while. Just a degree or so The more, because Jan felt not really perky, he complained of not getting warm(therefore mostly the heating a bit) and very early evening he went to bed, whihc was the wise thing to do I guess. Probably catched a cold when he was sitting in the garden I think on Friday, it was still sunny but lots of wind and moments of cloudy weather too. Late this morning he came out bed for a moment to drink something and have his medicin and it was a bit better, but now he's back there again, hopefully he can sleep some more.
He didn't have a fever, so that is already a good thing, but we'll keep an eye on him!

Last Monday it was a day of using up all energy for the week I guess, LOL.
I went to the apothecary to fetch some of Jan's medicins, Also changed the bedlinen, then did get me more info about windows, and also made two appointments for that. Think I also did some vacuum cleaning, prepared dinner, well then I thought it was enough for one day.

The other days of the week I did something every day, specially housekeeping things( I am very bad at that), and Thursday we had an appointment with a company for the windows. It was with a company I knew from earlier working day, it isn;t far from our address. It was an elderly man that came, very quiet and friendly person. We spoke about the kind of windwos and I also asked him to look at the kitchen door and little window there. He will make me an offer with and without the doorstuff. He also called at the neighbor to look there( the neighbor first was at our house too). I am curious what the price or the work will be!
I also discovered that we will need a municipal permit to change the windows at the front(if you do that at the back of the house, normally it isn;t necessary). It shouldn;t be a problem to h=get the permission, but it will take money, of course, and some time to get it. Very annoying when you want to settle a date with the company for the work, because you first have to be sure of the approval of the council. Pfffff, why cannot things go the easy way? It already is something to find a good company to do a good job for not a too big amount of money, make the appointment for placing the windows and new frames.
There was one company I called, and when I asked about delivery/placing time they asnwered that it couldn;t be earlier than somewhere in December! Well, I at once drew a line through that company's name, because I want to have it done before october. It must be ready before Autumn, and not done middle of the winter!

So tomorrow I will try to call the desk for building approvements of the municipality, see how I can get the approvements as easy and as fast possible.

Oh, some really good news about Séeverine(my friend Heidi's daughter). She is doing a speech thereapiste study(I think it will take her 3 years) and she passed her first year without much trouble. I am very proud of her. It never is easy to go to a kind of university after highschool and start something completely new and the more now with the trouble of the Covid-19. But she made all the tests and so and she can have now a holiday time and start the second year in September.

So that was about all. Next week we will have the visit from another company for the windows and there is planned still another one. Well, I think that having three different offers we should be able to pick one out. Yes, I know, all I talk about now is new windows LOL, but I am happy we have the financial possibility now to have it done.
Wishing you all a safe and lovely week, till next Sunday.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Windows have my attention at the moment!

Goodafyternoon everybody!

After a few days of really hot weather(temps of 28-30C), it has become a lot cooler today. Still not bad weather but temps have dropped to I think 20-21(if in sunshine). That will be for the coming week too.
It will be some sunshine,may be a little rainshower here and there. Although there were quite some heavy rainshowers the lst two days, specially in eaterns part of the country and some in the south too. So much rain that there was too much water at a time and people had trouble with it in their houses.
I saw on the news yesterday on one spot they had aso hail, and that were quite big stones!!! Glad we didn;t had it over here.

This week some of the time was filled with looking on internet for a good company for new windows at the front. As did our neighbor too and we have now one appointment for the 20th of July and i will try to make one with another company for the next day too. They will send someone to talk it through with us and then will make an offer. We'll see what that will bring.
Our nieghbor already found one company and had an apppointment made to go to their showroom on Friday afternoon. It wasn't easy to come there(and we couldn;t go with the neighbor he hasn;t a car)so he went alone with some measures of our windows too and a photo, just in case.
Well, he reported back to us in the evening and it was a great visit. He was in time there, and waited in the showroom for somehting more than half an hour and.................nobody showed up! And till now he hadn;t had a phonecall or email with ome excuses of explanation. Well, that isn't giving much confidene in the company, do you think???
Good we found already two other oned, that look good.
May be we can find a third party too, to have good comparison for the offers.

Hmmmm, it is kind of exciting to have the old windows replaced and it will cost some money, but it is something we really need to do now.
And if the prize isn't that high, I might ask for an offer that includes placing a new kitchendoor and little side window in the kitchen, of course.
That door is very bad, and it would be great if we could have that done too.
It's money absorbing, but it will bring back slowly some money too, because it will help to cut a bit on the energy, I hope.

I didn;t do much more this week, it was really too warm to do a lot, specially because the temperature suddenly had a rise from around 19 to in two days the 30C. If all should go a bit more graduately, I think our body would adapt much better. Still we shoud be happy that we had some fantastic days, and some more will come.
Life isn't still the same as it was before March, all to do with that Covid-19.
slowly the lockdown is opening again for a lot of things, but it will be still a strange thing to go to a restaurant or the beach with that distancing. Soon we can go in bigger numbers in the trams, trains and busses, however a facemask is obgligated when travelling in them.
In The Netherlands it is really in good control, let us hope it will stay that way.
People take care, but slowly get also irritated by the restrictions, so hopefully most of them still pay attention to the advices giving by the doctors and the government.
Yet someday we should be able to live life as we did before the Covid. But then I think we need a vaccin to help us with it.

Today I have an easy job for our dinner LOL!
Yesterday I bought us a fried chicken for dinner, we both could have half of it, but this time it was such a big one that there is still a lot leftover. So.... today fried chicken again, perhaps at around 4.00 p.m. a small cup of coup and then at dinner time the chicken with some salad and some strawerries as dessert.

It leaves me with some more "free time"(and I dont mind that), so i can have a moment in the garden and I can search a bit around on internet, or play a game, watch some tv, do some knitting, you see, lots of things to do.
Tomorrow will be much more a working day for me. I plan to do some ironing, also have to pick up some medicins at the apothecary for Jan, if there is some time left, perhaps get some groceries. If not I can do that the next day.

Not so much to tell is there? It is a quiet life we live, and with that Covid around the corner even more, but is that a bad thing? If no bad things happen that give you stress and raised heart beatings, I think we have to be grateful that we can live a rather pleasant life. Just let's try to have an as good as possible health, and some humor every day. It keeps a person going.

Okay, Now I will finish this and wish you all a lovely week to come and stay safe!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

A bit of strange week.

Goodafternoon everybody!

Let's start with the weather. Last week it wasn;t all too bad weather, although at the first 2-3 days there were sometimes rather heavy rainshowers. Temperature still okay.
Later in the week more and more sunshine, bit of raise of temperature, and next week we could have really hot days, or 25-30C. It's okay for me, although.... 30C is a bit very high. Still, better so than cold and rain etc in the summer.

So Tuesday Jan went for his catherezation, all alone early in the morning.
Nothing came out of my hands, couldn;t do mucch, as waiting for a telephonecall from the hospital that I could pick him up.
At around 3.00 p.m. I still hadn;t hear something, so I called myself. He was just having a pressure bandage and I could come within ahlf an hour. All went well.
I was in no-time there(just 10minutes with the tram and short walk) and of course asked what they did. Well, it was a short answer, they just had a look and didn;t do anything because they found it wasn't necessary. Gosh, that was a surprise after the talking with the doctor and so on.
I guess he will have may be an evaluation appointment after some time with the doctor.
Well, I think we should consider this as good news. As soon as Jan had his bandage, he could dress himself and we went home. (and we just had pouring rain, lucky I brought an umbrella).
Jan was so tired, of not sleeping the night before and the kind of stress, that he first took something to drink, we had an early dinner and after that he took a looong nap on the couch. I think he slept for about 4 hours(and that is a long nap for him LOL). He felt already much better.
We left the bandage for a few days longer and took it off on Friday. It was healed lovely, and we only put on a little bandage to protect the spot for a bit longer and as reminder that he couldn;t use the arm for a bit longer(meaning not lifting anything heavy and so).
His both arms have lots of hematomes of the needles they uses( for blood, infuse on the other arm trying to get into his vain for the catherezation etc.), so poor soul, he is blue and purple on both underarms ROFL).

Good that was done, Hopefully no more of it.

In between I was kind of supporting my friend Heidi on the phone. Just before last weekend she told me that her favourite auntie  was desceased( died of cancer and wasn;t yet verry old, just 68). Heidi was very touched by it, she loved her dearly, so I had several phonecalls with her, so she could tell about it, and get it off her chest. I felt so sorry I couldn;t really be with her and take her in my arms to comfort her, you know. But with the corona situation it is still a bit risky.
I hope I could be of some help for her. Last wednesday was the funeral, it was a good thing she could attend that. It gave Heidi so peace of mind.

Yesterday I was rather energetic, and did a lot of small jobs, but things that needed to be done and I felt good about it. Also did some gardening, which is a good thing to relax body and soul. Not great things, but deadheading all the plants(which takes some time at the moment), it however is very rewarding, because they blossom much longer and are full of new buds all the time.

Today it is funny weather as I look out of the window. It isn;t cold at all, but mostly cloudy, at times some wind comes up, may be there are some rainshowers in the area of even some small thunderstorms? I hope soon the sun will pop through the clouds again and we can take a seat for a while in the garden.

Next week I must get myself to do some real research for the new windows we want to install on the front of the house(double glazed and such). It will take some money, but it is really something necessary to do. Now we have the possibility and it will bring some saving in the energy bill too, I hope.
Our neighbor is planning to have new windows too, may be we can make a deal with an installer, because it will be a larger job for him(there even might be a 3rd neighbor too). We'll see what al will bring. First we will need to ask for a quotation, and I like to speak face to face to the man of the company that finally might do the job. I can do most of it online, but I like it if possible in the "old fashioned"way, ROFL.

Good, that is the plan for next week. Let's see if it comes together, because I know myself and my plans, hahaha.

Enough rambling now for this week. Hope you keep tigh and be safe.
Have a wonderful week to come.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Sometimes things happen at the wrong time.

Goodafternoon everybody!

Rather cloudy at the moment, but not bad temperatures. We also had rain, the garden and fields of the farmers were grateful for it.
Last two days we had real warm weather, and it felt great. Next week will be a bit coller, around 21-22C with some sun, bit clouds, may be some rainshowers.

Friday I had bad luck. I was walking in a shop and suddenly....... pang...... something was strained in my back. It should be a muscle or may vbe a little nerve,  I had this already one or two times, and it isn;t nice at all! It really hurts with some moves you normally do without thinking about it.
D.........d!!!! And just now! I cannot use it at all(well, it is never good), now that I must be in good shape. Why?  Well, on Tuesday Jan will have the catherezation and hoepfully they will place a stent right away. That isn;t completely sure yet, they will take a look in the vains and when it is on one place the narrowing, I think they will do the stent.
If they think there is more, it could be in the worst of cases even an operation to make a bypass. That was the message he got last week at the take in appointment(by phone). Hmmmmm, the doctor never mentioned that before, funny.
But it wasn;t the doctor himself who had the conversation, it was a nurse or his assistant. So we will wait and see what happens on Tuesday. He will have to be there very early morning, already at 7.30 a.m!!!!! It is almost sadistic to do that to older people LOL!
But when he comes home, he probably will have one arm in a sling or something and he must not use that arm for about 3 days. So I must be in good physical shape to help himwith some things, like perhaps putting on his sock, or trousers or a sweater or whatever. And I cannot have a a back that will not cooperate, can we???
So tomorrow morning I will have to make an appointment with the doctor, may be he can do something about it. Last time he had some pills( think there were muscle relaxants) and that helped very good).

I guess, that Jan is getting a little bit nervous about the catherezation, he never will admitt it, but I somehow know. And I understand, because the last few years he had some rough times and that doesn;t help.
So now I will end this rather short post(with almost only moaning around, fogive me!
Jan is taking a shower now and afterwards I will give him a quick haircut, so he will have a nice head when going to hospital LOL.

Hopefully next week I will have some good news about Jan, that all is done and without complications etc.
Wishing you all a lovely week, and stay safe!

Sunday, June 07, 2020

And another week passed by

Goodafternoon everybody!

Last couple of days the weather is really sad. We have had some rain, a day also very strong winds, just a bit of sunshine, but the worst was that the temperatures have dropped about or even 10 degrees! Oops that is quite a difference with the week before and last weekend. My body cannot cope very well with these sudden and for all drastic temperatures changes, most when they drop.
I don;t mind some rain, it is necessary, because we had some very dry periods, and there will come more, but why does also the temperatures have to change to almost cold?????
Some good news there is, may be around next weekend temperatures will rise again and could go to 20C and later even more! I will hold on to that thought LOL.

It was a week as already many before, real quiet,  apart from the usual things I do.
Must say I had two days of a kind of energy burst again, those days I did as much as I could on the housekeeping and some small jobs that waited for me in the house LOL.
Life isn;t still yet the same as before that Covid 19 stuff, we might think soon it will be again going okay and we can go back to that, but I am afraid it will have still a big impact on our lives for a while longer. But we can do again some things more and that's already something.
Yesterday my friend Heidi had her birthday so I gave her a call, of course to wish her a happy birthday. If we really wanted we could have payed her a short visit, with restrictions, but we thought it better to stay home and keep as safe as possible. Specially for Jan, also bearing in mind his upcoming catheterization. We cannot take a risk now for him to suddenly catch the virus, can we?

You know what sometimes is hard to do? To come up every day of the week with a dinner. Yeah, you could do it easy and eat 3 times the same and perhaps take some junkfood etc. But although I don;t want to spend too much time cooking(at least not every day, hahaha) I try to have something different every day and if possible a little bit healthy too.
I catch myself, that often enoigh I end up with the same meals, or almost the same hahaha. Best is if I've made something that will last us for two days! Like some kind of stew. just like this week, I've made mashed potatoes with fresh spinach( or as we call it a stew). Half of the quantity of the spinach I kept as it was and half of it I fried quickly in a pan with lots of onions and a bit of garlic. Then all that stirred together in the mashed potatoes. Some seasoning with salt, pepper, bit of mustard and with it we had one day a little hamburger and the other day a piece of smoed sausage. And as almost every day this time of the year we had some strawberries with bit of cream as dessert.
Another day I cooked some rice and looked in the fridge what I had and came up with some bell paprika, onions, (onions go well with a LOT of things hahaha), bit of mushrooms. I let the rice cool down and when it was dinner time I only had to fry the rice in a pan, after first I first fried the veggies a bit. That was a nice ish mash and with some seasoning tasted very well, oh and i also diced up a chicken filet, fried that too and stirred into the rice stuff.
Next day, let me think....................oh yes, I made cannelloni, stuffed with minced meat,( the cannelloni were  ready to use ones), made myself a bechamel-sauce, poured that over the stuffed cannelloni with a bit of tomatoe sauce, and covered it up with a thick layer of grated cheese. That in the oven on ca. 200C for half an hour and ready! Had some salad with little tomatoes and green salad with it.
Another idea perhaps for you is the Saturday meal.
I bought some spareribs, marinated and well and only made myself a potatoe salad to go with it. Easy, quick and simple, but also tasty. Okay, not completely the most healthy meal, but hey, the potatoe salad conatined not only diced potatoes but also diced cucumber, some peas, some fresh chives and parsley, oh, and some capers and some diced apple.

May be I've inspired you with these meals for a meal next week???
It all isn't very difficult and most of it rather quickly done, so perhaps worth a try.

I wish you now a wonderful week, stay safe please!
Till next week.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Why is is so necessary to change all the time?

Hello everybody again!

Yes, my try-out post did publish, let's hope this one will do the same. It seems necessary to change change Blogger every now and then, for a part I understand, but sometimes the new isn;t always better. Sigh! We will have to live with it.
I already had trouble to find button to make a new post. By kind of accident I found out it is the "+" orange sign at the bottom ritgh ot the posts page.

Good, so far, so good we will get the hang of it, I hope.

Weather here has been great. We had last week average of 21-23C(depending on where you live in the country), lots of sun, sometimes a bit too much wind, but that will get less too next week. There was no rain which is a pity, we could do with some.
Last week Jan was watering the garden and told me afterwards it has become kind of difficult to use the hose any longer because at different places little tiny holes showed where the water came out too. Hmmmm, you could use it perhaps still as a "watering system"LOL, but a new hose had to be bought. So I fid=st checked with some DIY stores what kind they had. There are two not all too far from us, so I went to the nearest one and found a good one for not all too expensive but from a good brand, 20 mtrs. long, enough for our garden. We already had all connections so that was found and bought quick. At the same time I bought a two armed small spot, to place on a wall cupboard in the living room. we had one there but that one was old and didn;t give enough light and the bulbs gave up quick, now we have leds and it is much better.
So I was a happy camper.

Oh, in one of my posts I was telling you about the sound that suddenly was lost?
It was in Firefox, but I tried Microsoft Edge(with is default of course) and there I have no problem. I tried to find out the trouble with Firefox on the net, but for me it became too complicated, so I must find somebody who is more agile with it, who perhaps could help. For the moment I use Edge when I need sound and for all other still mostly Firefox(I am so used to that browser).

In the garden it is time that the slugs show themselves, you know! I know they are needed in the garden too, and also the birds and frogs seem to like them, but I don;t want to have an over ivasion of slug families, because they like to eat leaves of my plants(not all but several species are very liked by them LOL).
So I started this week the slug hunting, best time is late evening around 11.00 a.m.or bit later. And there are always some. But much more if Jan has watered the garden that evening(or it has rained and nice temperature). At that time you see me going out with a little plastic bag, an old sugar tongs(great for it) and a little torch.
By now I know the "gathering places"and I am rather succesfull catching them.
I know, it isn;t very animal friendly, but I don;t want to use any poison. and I could use perhaps some traps, but there they die too or drown, so I appologize  to all slugs, they just have to stay away from my plants!!!
I am sure there are plenty left for the frogs and birds and also enough that still can do their thing to make sure there will be a next generation next year LOL!!

Anyway, one of the evenings Jan too was in the kitchen and suddenly called me to the kitchen door and told me that I just mist a bat, that had entered the kitchen and thank God also flew out of it! I know that there are lots of bats in our neighbothood, but it was something special to have one in the kitchen, of course.

May be he or she was checking already for Halloween, who knows. perhaps it saw one night at the front the with on broomstick that hangs at the street-side looking window???It could be a sign for it, that this might be a good address to visit with Halloween??????

All together it still has been a rather quiet week, we do our thing, Jan is almost not going out, only if he has to go to hospital for an appointment or so, of may be to bring a trash sac to the container in the street. He is of course also into a risk group, so it is best he stays in as much as possible. Lucky we have the garden and it is now good weather so he can go there, do a bit of work or just sit and make a puzzle.
He also has a bit of trouble with his breathing, part of it because he smokes, but some of the being short of breath after some effort could have to do with vane around the heart that has narrowed. He will have an intahe conversation by phone the 9th of June about a catheterization. The doctor already talked with him about it, and Jan agreed to have a stenth in the vane. They could do it in a one-day admission in hospital, perhaps a one night stay over.
We'll see what the doctor tells us the 9th of June.
A little bit of tensive times coming up. It shouldn;t be a trouble some operation, but I will be glad when it is over and all goes well, you know???

After the 1st of June several business will open up again here, as well as basic schools(already) and secondary or high schools. It all is done very graduately and slow. For some people it seems to be too slow, understandable also, but there also is still the fact of public health and we should care for all. so there is still the distancing, which is sometimes very difficult to hold on to.
Let's just hope that in a few months life can be lived as before, may be a little bit better even, may be people will stay a bit more concerned about the people around them. 
It is a strange time and it will stay that way for a bit longer.

In the mean time we sould enjoy small things as much as possible, be happy with some good weather, picking up some hobby's we almost forgot, and not forget to smile every now and then.
Wishing you all a wonderful week, in good health!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Will I have a few sunflowers later in summer???

Goodafternoon everybody!

Today it isn;t such nice weather, off and on there is a bit of rain, it is cloudy and temperature is around 17C or something like it.
We had some fantastic really warm summer days earlier this week. And it felt so good. Think it was around 25-27C, for certain here in the garden.
But..... next week we will have better times again, temperatures should go up to 20-23C, with very little wind, almost no clouds. So better times are ahead again.

Looking back to past week, I really cannot remember doing a lot of things LOL!
I know I did things, and I know I took one or two days of almost doing nothing at all and just enjoyed that !
But .... one day I just needed something I could only get in city centre. As we don;t have to use face maks yet, and trams are still very little used, i thought it might be a good idea to quickly go to the centre and back. Gosh, how disappointing it was to walk there! First still lot of shops were still closed, but in front of the ones that were open there were rows of people waiting to get in. My goodness, what a sight! I was lucky that the shop I needed to go to, had almost no waiting row so I was ready in rather short time. Quickly went to another, I was lucky again and I went home again. Specially some large shops for clothing had loooong rows! No, at the moment it isnlt the same to have a nice shopping outing as it was before that Covid -19 stuff!
And I am afraid it will still last for some time. It is a strange world at the moment, don;t you think so????

I am happy we have the garden, there were already lots of days we could enjoy the sun and look to the blossoms and the birdies. We have quite some color already from different flowers, and the borders come alive every week a bit more.
Oh, I've tried something I saw somewhere in a gardening program.
It isn;t anything special, probably many people tried it, but I thought it could be fun. As I have birdseed, it contains all kind of seeds, most of it I guess is from grasses and such, but there are also sunflower seeds in it and it seems they are of several species. So i took some of them and put them in a little pot with some soil. And nature performed it's miracle! In about 3 days already I had three seedlings popping up there "heads". Now I will have to wait still for a long time to see if they will grow enough and if they will give flower. But I was happy has a little child, really. Now I've took some more and put those too in a little pot. Who knows, may be I will have sunflowers late summer and may be even different kind of sunflowers, that would be really awesome!

We already have some beautiful bushes and plants in our garden, but there is still
some space left here and there for something more. And after I saw that more or less jungle or tropical small garden in Gardeners World programm I would like to do something like it also with my garden, hahahaa. I already know I will not succeed in that extent, but I could try, couldn;t I????
There are quite some plants that look jungle-like or tropical like that can cope very well with our climat in Holland. So now I am searching and looking around on internet to find out which plants and flowers I could use and of course looking at lots and lots of examples of little gardens in jungle-tropical style.
To achieve the best, I think I would have to digg almost all up and re-position things and so on. Well, I will not do that, It would be too straining and too much work. But with small adaptions and changes I think I could achieve already something. So first I will arrange parts of my garden just in my head(the best thing to do ROFL),  and look more on internet etc. And may be some day, hopefully already this year, hahaha, I will make a start with it.
First of all I would like to have one or two plants-bushes with big leaves, that already makes a big chenge, I think I have already two ferns that grow really well and are of some size, that are good starters already for the look.
Okay, let me dream, may be part of it will happen, may be not, but it keeps me busy.

Yesterday, by the way, I made a simple, but very tasty and also quickly done dinner. I found in a Polish supermarket a Ukrain Borscht(that's a soup), made of freshly frozen veggies, so you could say it was a freshly made soup. Just had to put some water and a stock cube in a pan with the frozen veggies(lots of beetroot, some carrot, some bell pepper, celery). Boil it for abut 15-20 minutes and ready! And it tasted really good.  Worth repeating it every now and then.
Following that I made two portobello's (rather big mushroom) , seasoned it with a bit of salt and pepper and filled them with chopped ham and mozarella. That in the oven for about 15 minutes. And two other, plain mushrooms that had some size, I filled with herbal butter(with lots of garlic in it).
They had to be in the oven for about 10 minutes. We had a tasty meal, yeah!

And after I've made you feel perhaps a bit hungry I will finish my post now.
Hope you are all safe and stay that way.
Till next week.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Going back to almost Summer?

Goodafternoon everybody!

Temps are rising again and they were quite cold this week. Specially the Northern wind made it feel even colder! But now we have rising temps, bit less wind and it will be coming from other direction and later this week we might have around 24C! Probably only for a day or may be two, than going down to around 20C. And that still is good, we have a lot of sunshine, we could do with some rainshowers every now and then.

Jan had an appointment with the cardiologist last Monday(or so we thought accorcing the letter we received). But, lucky just in time before Jan would leave for the tram, the doctor called to ask how Jan was feeling and if he had thought about placing a stent in a vain near the heart. We were surprised that the doctor called, but he told Jan had a phonecall-appointment. It didn;t say so in the letter. Well, no matter, it was even easier like this. Jan said he would go for the stent, so he will get another appointment now for some tests I believe.
It will be better to take the stent because otherwise he would have to take a medicin for it and that cannot guarantee completely that the vain will stay open. And he already is taking some pills for all kind of things and he decided to take the stent.
Further news on it is to come later.

We had a "normal" week, as far as you can speak about normal in these times. Till Friday afternoon. I came home from some grocerie shopping and Jan told we had no tv. There was some code on the screen, one that normally is no big deal. You just have to switch once or twice between channels and usually you have tv again. Not this time. 
I didn;t hesitate and called customer service. Wow, I had contact with someone in a few minutes! He could check from his place our connection and said we probably had some tumers in the box malfunctioning or rather broken. Hoorray! And now? No tv during the weekend?
No, the guy tried to make a connection for us again, we had to start up the box I guess twice and oh miracle, we had tv again. Of course we are crossing fingers it will stay this way. Only once yesterday  it did the same, but I switched on the mediabox out and on and it worked again.
Still the guy(who was very patient and friendly) said to us he would send us for all security a new mediabox in case the old one really would die.
I hate happening those kind of things And with us they seem to happen always just before the weekend!!

And now suddenly I have no sound on my laptop.I don;t have sound on very often, but it is nice to have when watching something on you tube or another video with usic or speech. As far as I can remember I somewhere last week had still sound. So I tried some things, no success. Then called a windows help desk. Very nice guy. He did let me try something with removing an update, but that didn;t help. If so, I could call back again. I will do that somewhere next week. I can do without sound for the moment.
But is is annoying and it seems a lot of people have that problem after updates from Windows. Hmmmmm, I wish I was really good in programms and technics of computers, but I am not. I am glad I can work the things I really need, that's all. 
May be it will be working again after a new update from Windows???

This morning I was busy for a little while in the garden, re-potting some
grown seedlings. They are still small but hopefully they will grow harder now. The good weather will help to it too.
As experiment I planted 3 sunflower seeds in a little pot, I picked them out of the birdseed I have. Very curious now to see if they will really germinate.

Oh, so sad news. I always watch Gardener's world on the BBC( you can watch the episodes also on the link I gave last week of Floratube) and Monty always is accompanied by his dogs, Nigel, the oldest and Nelly(and now he has another one Patty). But Nigel has croosed the rainbow bridge! He was 12 years old.
Of course he had a good life there, but I couldn;t help that I shed a little tear. And I could see Monty had some trouble telling it on the camera. And at the end of the programme there was a little film with some lovely shots of Nigel during his life. Isn;t that a sweet idea?
It happens when you have pets, but it's always a difficult moment.

Starting the 1st of June we will be obligated to wear a facemask in public transport. You can imagine there is again a run on those non-medical face masks. And usually you can wear them only once. So best is to try to make one yourself, and one you can re-use after washing.
There are lots of you-tube video's where you can see how to make all kind of different masks.
I did make already one this week, it took a bit of time to figure it out, but I managed to finish one and I think that the next one will go much quicker.
I used this tutorial for it:
I have no sewing machine, so did the side sewing by hand and so this was a good one for me. And I will try also another one from this link:
Perhaps it is of some use to you?

One thing is sure. It keeps us busy, and these are really not too difficult and you can make one in short time, specially when you have made one and built a first try experience LOL.

Good, now I will go into the garden for a little sit down, then I wil make us a potatoe salad and we will have some slices smoked salmon with it. Sounds quite decadent is it? Well, you can treat yourself once in a while with something special. 

Garden time!!!!!!
Have a good week and please stay safe and don;t go into crowds or so.