Monday, January 30, 2023

Yesterday was a bit of a sad day.

 Goodevening everybody!

First I will give you a little update about Edna.

The last news I had was from one of her daughters on the 25th of January, teling me that Edna was at that time already two days in hospital with breathing problems. She seems to have moved in with her other daughter, Deanne, which perhaps is a good thing, so all day someone is around her to keep an eye on her.

Audrey(daughter I had contact with) wrote me, that she only has every now and then a little texte message from her mother, very short, because Edna doesn;t want to worry her. As soon as there is more known, Audrey will let met know. She said she will let her mother know that a lot of people asked for her and worry about her. Let us just hope that Edna soon will be out o hospital and in reasonable health again. All we can do is send sometimes a little prayer for extra support.

Yesterday it was a little bit difficult day, because it was Jan's birthday. He should have become 70 years old then. But in the morning my best friend came to visit me and have a cup of coffee together and a chat, so I wasn;t alone and that was a good thing. 

Her daughter Séverine had made for me and also for Jan a little present, and I was so touched by it. She made an effort to finish it in time and now her present has found it's place. Here a photo of it. It's the little bear at the left side of Jan's photo.

 I also sent out a formular to be able to collect Jan's ashes. I decided that I would like to take it home and leave it in peace for a few months perhaps, wait till it is nice weather(Jan hated the cold, LOL) and then go with my best friend to some place where we can leave his ashes to "recycle". If possible near a beautiful tree in the ground. We'll see in time.


Last week I have been busy with clearing out again, This time I tackeled the cupboard, which is rather large and had a good rummage through all of them. It ended up in having a big shopper full of glasses, and also a smaller cardboard box full of glasses mixed with some China, cups and saucers .

Then I washed up all the glasses that were left over and re-organized them a bit and now it looks fantastic again. The large shopper I put out on the street with a little note on it: "This is glassware, free to take" and when I looked out about an hour later it was gone already.

I also went into town to a store where they sell cheaper stuff(just not a dollar store) and bought there some paintrollers and stuff for it so that when the walls will be tackled we have all we need. I just need to buy one or two big buckets of wall paint to have enough for all the walls.

May be I will start already somewhere this week with the little hallway, that isn;t a bit project and I think I have enough paint left from another time. It depends a bit on how this week will go. It has no rush, so I can start also some days later.

I try to keep busy as you see, which is a good thing to do. Of course I do take here and there a day "free"of a to-do list, and have a pyjama day.

This is about all I can tell for now, not too much, but I did want to make a little post, I must not let that go. It's okay to have at times a little longer break, but it also is nice to keep in touch with the "world"a bit like this.

Have all a wonderful week, keep safe and till next week.

Monday, January 23, 2023

As promised, back on Monday

 Goodevening everybody!

I was real lazy yesterday and so I decided to do the post today. My week has been rather good. I've been busy with clearing out more things( I have a full big sac of clothes of mine that can go to charity organisation or perhaps a thrift store. The cothes are still real good so perhaps it can make somebody else happy. I will wait till I have more sacs of clothing ready. There still are Jan;s clothes to be done and that will be quite a lot.

also little by little I try to clear ut more cabinets or at least some drawers. Gosh, what a lot of things we collect, it's aweful! Lasst week I had to make the freeer a bit free of too much ice inside and ended up to also clean the drwers in ti and checking all the things that were in it. Real old stuff I just threw away and I ended up by having drawers in it that I could oversee, LOL. It made me happy in the end. Also some drawers of the kitchen have been done, oh they look so nice now! Still quite some stuff but at least a LOT less.

It's just a story of clearing out this past week, or most of the time. I also brought Jan's medicins to the pharmacy. That was a bit tricky and emotional when I went through that cupboard, you know. Such small things are still getting to me, but all in all it's going well.

Last Saturday it was cold weather but with some sunshine and I decided to go to the market. I took the tram and spend some time there. It has been a whie since I visited the market. I came home with some fried fish for my evening dinner and finally home i was glad to be able to sit down and warm up a bit.

I started knitting again, I just am maing bigger squares in all sorts of stitches, I have so much wool lying around that I have to do something with it. I already gave away quite a bunch to somebody who likes knitting and crocheting, but there still is a lot left. I don;t know if I will make something with those squares, perhaps I just will put them in a plastic bag and put outside on the street and may be somebody creative will pick it up and make something nice of it. For now my hands have something to do when  I watch tv and that feels good.

Well, it is almost time for my favourite quiz on tv so I will finish the post with wishing you all a fantastic week with a lot of happy smiles.

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Don't worry, I am still here

 Goodevening everybody

Just here to say I will post tomorrow or at the last the day after.

I am just being a bit lazy today concerning the writing, LOL.

Have a lovely day/evening(depending on where you are) and till soon


Sunday, January 15, 2023

Week with being busy!

 Goodafternoon everybody!

Last week we had quite some rain and at times it was accompanied by some strong wind. But temperatures were not too bad, around 8-12C. At the moment it is dry but I think there will be more rain and also next week. Pity that temperature will drop again, not drastically but still lower than we had. May be there will be even some slight nightfrost here at the coast. I don;t hope it is the announcement for having a late winter time in February and March! I never was a person for long winter and cold temperature, so I cross fingers that soon that will be over with.

Last week I was filling the birdfeeders and looked around in the garden. Gosh, when temperatures will go up again I will have to do a lot of work in Spring, but that is for later. What catched my eyes were two bigger containers that showed already sprouting tulips and daffodils! The tulips are just above the soil but still! And as I saw that it was as if my Jan gave me a lte birthday present. It was he who planted the bulbs a few weeks before he had to go to hospital. So now I hope they will come out good and flower well. Yeah, seeing that made me smile with a little tear, but it felt good.

The other weekend I took away the Christmas decorations and saw how much we gathered during the years! So I decided to clear that out this week. And I went into towncentre to buy me a few plastic storage boxes, to get rid of the large cardboard boxes. Now I still have quite a bit of Christmas decoration, but I was hard to myself and got rid of a lot of things. I hope I can donate them perhaps to a charity store or so. Then I also started to clear out more things, that will go some day with the bulky waste collection service. It's a start for that, more will follow I am sure. The one thing I still didn;t start to do is clearing out Jan's clothes and other things. I am not yet ready for that, I want to wait with it till after his birthday on the 29th of January at the least. It feels now a bit too soon.

Oh, I was this week also in a thrift store, just to see if I could find perhaps one or two easy to read books and I ended up with 7 big fantasy books for Séverine(she is very much in reading those kind of books at the moment). So I sent her  whats app when in the shop to ask her if she knew the writer. She didn;t but right away looked him up on the internet and answered it was something that she would read. Well, with some apping back and forth I bought 7 books of a serie , hahahh. Lucky I had my shopping car with me, otherwise it had been far too bulky and heavy. Séverine apped me that she would pick them up some time and would pay me then(of course those books cost almost nothing in those stores). But I will give those books to her as an earlier birthday present(she has her birthday in February). 

So all together I had a good week, cooked well for myself(sometimes portions enough for two days , but that's okay, isn;t it?). I had potatoe mash with sauerkraut, one day with a hamburger and another day with a fried chicken leg(we call it here a drumstick). Another day I had spaghetti with tomatoe sauce and some yoghurt as desert. Today I will make myself a piece of salmon with some potatoe out of the oven and I;ve made some applesauce compote. So that should do for today. 

As you see I am keeping myself busy, which is a good thing. I also go out every day or sometimes I skipp one day, but it is good to go out into the fesh air and keeping the legs in motion. 

Now it is time to have perhaps a chocolate drink and watch a bit of tv and then later make my little dinner.

Wishing you all a wonderful week and stay safe and healthy!

Monday, January 09, 2023

Reached the age of 70 now.

 Goodafternoon everyody!

Yesterday I somehow didn;t have time to write my blog so here I am a day later. It was my birthday and it was, of course, a bit different from other years. Still it was okay and I was invited by friends to have dinner with them(without them knowing actually it was my birthday), so it came together just nice. It was a simple but very tastymeal and we had a nice chat.

It was a good thing I accepted the invitation, it is important not to loose all contacts and this was just a good occasion. I wasn;t home very late, it was just around 8.00 p.m. all together I had  a good day.

All is slotly coming into a kind of rythm again, although there is still a lot to do, you know. First big thing is clearing out all Jan;s clothes, but I coudn;t do it till now. I will wait perhaps a few weeks and then ask my frined Heidi to come and help me with it. I think it could be a bit emotional, but it has to be done. And he still has so many really good clothes that I will see if I can donate it to a good charity or so. 

We have stil rather mild weather, balancing from 8 to 12C, with sometimes some sun, also rainshowers, but for the time of year it is quite good . Let;s hope we will not get a fall back in February or March with really cold temperatures. Cross my fingers, you know. It also helps in the costs of gas, because at the time they are very high and although we have this year some help from the government, it still is a lot of money to pay each month, and there will be much people that will come into trouble because of that. May be the price of gas will get lower again later this year, but I don;t really have high hopes on that.

It's almost time to fix myself some dinner, I will have some "Nasi Goreng"with is fried rice with some vegetables in it and to that some diced chicken filet in a peanut sauce. It is quick but tasty and later in the evening I can take some fruit(must think of the vitamins LOL).

I wish you all a very good and wonderful week, stay safe and cherish all the little happy moments and make them to memories!

Sunday, January 01, 2023

A New Year in different circumstances.

 Goodafternoon everybody!

At first to all of you a very happy New Year, in good health and many little but oh so important smiling moments.

It was a bit strange last evening at midnight to sit on the couch and not having next to me to give a kiss to at midnight and wishing him a good New Year. I did wish him that, but in a different way, of course.

It was just a short sad moment, in most I think I am doing rather well. As I said before, there will be coming still difficult moments but that's ok.

Friday I realized it was only one month ago that Jan passed away. Somehow it seemed much longer time ago and on the other hand as if it didn;t really happened. Very confusing actually, but I suppose it is a way of coping with the fact perhaps. Tried to keep myself busy with all kind of things, or also having days I didn;t do much at all. But I will be ok and all will be fine eventually.

There was quite some fireworks at midnight, some of the bigger fireworks of the city were cancelled because there was a real hard wind blowing. So they wanted to go safe. But here in the neighbourhood there were some folks who had some real beautiful fireworks and it was nice to see it.

Today I promised myself really a day of doing nothing else that watching some films and perhaps one or two detective on tv, making myself a good dinner and start tomorrow being busy again. Later this week my best friend comes home again from her Christmas vacation, and I will be happy to see her again. She kept contacting me every few days, to "keep an eye on me"as she said, hahaha. But nothing goes over a "person-to person"chat, isn;t it?

Another perhaps more difficult day will be next Sunday, because then it will be my birthday and Jan always congratulated me with my birthday and always said with a big smile on his face: "Ha, now I will be married to a wife that is older than me.(we are from the same birthyear, but I am from the 8th of January and he is from the 29th, you see), and that for 3 whole weeks". It was just a gig between us and it will be strange not to hear that anymore I guess. 

So , best I finish now this post, before I make you all feel too sad, which isn;t my purpose, but it is nie for me to write some things down about how I feel. It is helping in all of this.

Thanks for visiting and reading and leaving your comments. It all is muh appreciated. 

Have a wonderful week.