Wednesday, December 31, 2014

So quick came the last day of the year.

Goodmorning everybody!

Just one more day and then we will enter already into a new one. I say it every year, but it's unbelievable how quickly the year went by again.
Yesterday I first went out to do some shopping, just for a few things and came back home quickly.
Then I prepared all the ingredients for the traditional sweets and I was busy with them part of the afternoon. All went well and the result was fine. So now we have to plates on our table with the sweets and I already tasted one yesterday( had to check if they were good), and yeah they taste really good.

Today I think I will pop out for a moment to deliver some bills at the bank, and then I will make us a soup for dinner.
I must say it is rather quiet still with the fireworks in the nieghbourhood, but around midnight it will be much noisier of course. We always like to stay home on this evening, to keep an eye on our cat. Normally he is rather quiet during the firing of the fireworks, but sometimes there is such a hard BANG, that he startles and looks a bit frightened. Then it is good we are there, he feels safer that way.

Already soon we will have to transform our room again to "normal", meaning taking off the Christmas decorations. But we will wait till the day after the 6th of Janauary, because that is the holiday of the 3 kings, and their arrival at the manger. So we still have about one week to enjoy the cosy lights and all, but then it will be nice to have the the decorations removed again.

Hopefully we will see some great shows on tv this evening, if there aren;t any good ones, we still have some things recorded on dvd, so we will have a nice evening either way.
At midnoght we will be looking out of our window, to see some of the fireworks and then I am sure I will be happy to go to sleep again LOL.

Today I have a smaller freebie for you, containing two lovely clusters made by Florence, she used several kits of mine and I think she did awonderful job. Hope you can use them in a project.
Take care and be carefull if you light some fireworks. Happy New Year's Eve!

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Snow almost all disappeared again.

Goodmorning everybody!

We took it very easy this weekend, mostly watching tv(speedskating, for one) and catching up some sleep. the two days of Christmas were kind of exhausting in the way, we went to bed rather late, because there were some nice detectives to watch, but they only started just after midnoght! What a time to broadcast it!
Of course we could have taped them on dvd, but it was so nice and cosy and why not watch them right away?
Saturday I went out for a moment, it then was snowing.rianing a bit, and the streets were covered with that aweful mix of melting snow. But it wasn;t still too bad, and the temperature was quite good.
Yesterday it was still there, but this morning almost all was gone already, only in the garden some of it is still there, but will be gone soon enough. with temperatures a few degrees higher.
I am glad it is almost gone again, for me this was winter enough LOL.

I should be nmore energetic today, doing some jobs in the house and probably tomorrow I will be in the kitchen for a while, baking our traditional "oliebollen"and "appelflappen", something like this:

Above is the  appelflap", obvious made with apple and cinnaomon.
And here the "oliebol"filled with raisins, but you can also put in whatever you want, small dices of apple, or banana, or dried fruit. But I like them best the "old"way, only lots of raisins in them.
And best of it is to eat them with LOADS of icing sugar LOL!

And then the year 2014 is almost done with already. Cannot believe it went by so quickly, lots of things happened in our life this year, and it wasn't always the bst but we hope next year will give us some more good things and it will be more "relaxed". For all that health is looking good upon us, that is a very important thing.

Not much more to tell, so better i give you the freebie for today, two clusters and a quickpage made by Arlene, so pretty, made with the Precious Winter Green kit.
Have a lovely day.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

First snow this morning!

Goodmorning everybody!

Oh, what a wonderful relaxed Christmas we had. And it was made ever so special with the gifts sent to us.
We managed to wait with opening them till Christmas day in the late afternoon!
and what fun we had, doing that. Santa was good to us this year again.
I've made you a picture of the gifts, but one was just the best for me, I will show you later in the post.
On Christmasday, I didn;t have to do much about the cooking, because we had a meat fondue and it was ever so yummie, and there was so much left, that we had it the second day too.
For desert, to squeeze into the last bit of space we had left in our belly, I;ve made two apples in the oven, filled with sugar, cinnamon and raisins, and a bunch of whipped cream. Next day I had stewed pears.
First will show you another part of our Christmasroom, I think I've made that on Christmas eve, so can still see the gifts under the tree, and if you look well at the left you see a little part of Jan, sitting on the couch and doing one of his crosswords.
Now here I've spread out a bit our gifts, with the stunning undress, all of soft fleece and it came at such a good time, cause my old one had become really old. On the right you see a blue sweater Jan got, and he even got two, all so comfy. Even Brodski got his little gift, oh yeah, Santa thought about all of us LOL!

And this was the best, this T-shirt, look at it, with the picture of my  blogprofilephoto! How amazing is that??????????? Oh golly, it really brought a big l;augh unto my face, and on Jan's too!
And of course I couldn;t resist taking some photos of Brodski in and on "his Christmaschair"

Then this morning I got a little shock. When I wake up, first direction is into the kitchen, to put on the coffee and  took a look into the garden and it was white!!! Over night or early in the morning it snowed. I must say it has a charm, but I like for an hour or so and then I want it to disappear again LOL.
But it will stay colder the next few days with even some frost during the nights, not much, but it demands a bit of adaption from us. We were so blessed with rather high temperatures even in this moth, so this is a sudden change.
We will survive, don;t worry, but I hope it will be done with in a few days again.
Can you believe we are almost at the end of the year again? Much has happened, not always the best things, but we keep hope that perhaps next year we will have a little change for the better. Despite of some more difficult times, we still can be thankful for all we have, there are a lot of people around this world who have real difficult times and poor circumstances, far away as well as in our own country. So we shouldn;t complain too much( but to do it sometimes, it relieves the soul LOL).

Now soon I will have to get dressed and be brave and get out for a few things, like some bread, newspaper, and such.Brrrrr, I will dress warm, and have warm boots on  and although it might be colder, it will do good to sniff some air again.
I have a little kit for you, named it Precious Winter Green.

Before leaving you, I want to thank all people, who left us such warm wishes here on the blog or by mail. They are really appreciated, and added to a really good Christmas feeling.Thank you, from all the heart.

Goodbye for now, till Monday again!
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

One more day and it will be Christmas!

Goodmorning everybody!

Let me start first with a Christmaswish to you all, may Christmas be merry and blessed and full of love and light.
Yesterday I did the last bits of shopping for things I still needed and I am all settled now.
Gosh, what a good feeling is that. Now I only have to vacuum clean, to have the illusion all is cleared up and clean, and then we can have a quiet day and I am looking forward to some tv watching this evening and then tomorrow......................... yeah, Christmasday!!!
Oh, it will be wonderful, we then can open the presents Santa sent us and I am sooo curious. LOL.
and then in the afternoon I will prepare all for the fondue we will have for dinner, yummie.
And in the evening we will watch a show on German tv, the Helen Fisher show, I believe it lasts for about 3 hours, and we watched it for several years now and always is amazing.!
But I am sure I will start the day waking up rather early, all quiet and dark still, but i will light the Christmastree and then put up a cd with old-fashioned Christmassongs and then it will be really Christmas for me.
I just have to hear some Christmassongs, it makes the holiday the way it is. Yes, sometimes just little things can make you feel happy.

Just like yesterday when just by accident I looked into the garden and had a nice surprise. Jan has placed his bird feeder in the garden, but we couldn;t spot any birds yet. Untill yesterday, there was a blackbird(I think. I am not good in bird-recognizing), enjoying the food under the little roof and two Great Tits were waiting nearby on a branch of a bush. Because so many people pave their garden and don;t have many bushes and such, there aren't too many birds in our neighbourhood. But there are still some and I am glad we can give them a little spot where they feel safe and can live. Just as the frogs and toads we have in our garden.

That's about all for today, just remians to wish you again a wonderful Christmas, may be I will not post on Friday, I am not sure yet. For today I have a great add-on from Arlene made with the Wonderful Christmas kit. She has made you a cluster and a lovely quickpage. I would very much appreciate it if you took a moment to go to her blog HERE, and leave her a Christmas wish, as a kind of thank you for all her wonderful contributions throughout the year!!!

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Sleeping marathon this weekend LOL.

Goodmorning everybody!

Not much happened this weekend around here.
Only strange thing was that Jan did sleep a lot, and with "a lot"I mean hours and hours.
Normally i am the one to go to bed first, but Saturday during the day he had several naps already and in the evening around 21.00 a.m. he said he would go to bed, he couldn't keep his eyes open.
Okay, no problem, but i thought that after perhaps 3 hours he would be up again. No way! I think he slept till early morning.
Yesterday after he got finally awake, he took his coffee, had  a sandwich and early afternoon went to Heidi's to feed the fish.
Then he cleaned the floor in the hallway and after it was was dry, gave it a coat with special oil.
We had dinner and again at about 21.30 he said he would go to bed already. Gosh, that was strange.
And when I woke up this morning he was up already but he told me he woke up at about 6.30 p.m.
So you could say he had a sleep-maratho this weekend. Probably his body needed it( he didn;t sleep very well or long the last months already). But I surely hope this is over, it isn;t all too normal, he feels just so tired. But we aren;t worrying really, I will just keep an eye on it and if this happens too much, we should mention it to his doctor when we go there on the 8th of Janauary.

I wasn;t very active neither these days, did some things around the house, not much, did a bit of designing but that was all.
Oh got a ohonecall from heidi, telling us all was rather okay, only nasty thing was she had a cold and the rest of the family was starting with one too. Not nise, now that they have their holiday week in a little house in the south of Holland. But she told me they went to Antwerp in Belgium and it was a nicde trip. Very cosy in the town centre there, with all kind of little Christmas markets and all the shops decorated for Christmas. I hope they will get rid of their cold quickly.

Today it is the 21st of December and Jan pointed out to me that from now on the days will get longer daylight again, yeah! I can't wait till the day it will be light again in the morning when we wake up.

I promised you a Christmaskit today and so will be it. It is named "Wonderful Christmas", hope you will find use for it.
Have a happy day.
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Kind of crisis in government!!!

Goodmorning everybody!

The last couple of days were filled with watching tv a lot, but mainly the parliament channel or news items.
There is a crisis going on. Government has made a new law concerning the health security and it has to pass the parliament and then the senat. Well, it stopped in the senat, 3 senators of the government parties voted against it and that means trouble, there is no majority now for that law.
There was intenseive talk for about 3 days to find a slolution, and yesterday night there was a debat about it in parliament which didn;t went all too well I think, most becaused government announced that they would carry on anyway with that law, there misght be a "trick"to work around parliament and senat, That could be done by a "general administrative measure", which is less heavy than a law, but important things agreed about the law could be still cariied out. Only that isn;t very democratic and not the way it should be done. This "measurement"is supposed to be used only in emergencies of a special kind. I have an article of reuters here for you, about the situation, and it is a very important law, because it would give health insurances lots of power and patients less. Now they say in the changed foramt, patients still would be able to choose, but that isn;t all the way true. You can have two insurances, one of restitution and one of natura. But if you want to have free choice, you will have to pay extra, so lots of people will not be able to afford that. And there will be a bigger gap between rich and less fortunate people.

By Anthony Deutsch
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a letter to parliament late Thursday that his party would revise a health bill that was blocked in the senate, potentially staving off the collapse of his fragile center-right coalition government.
Earlier on Thursday Rutte was forced to pull out of an EU summit to deal with a mounting political crisis over the bill, which has highlighted a deep divide between his Liberal party and the left-of-center Labour, with which he shares power.
Emergency talks throughout the day in The Hague failed to resolve a deadlock triggered by the blocking by coalition allies of a health bill that was submitted by Rutte's party.
The bill, a core healthcare reform pushed by the Liberals to reduce government spending, was voted against on Tuesday by three senators in the Labour Party, the other coalition partner, leaving Rutte scrabbling to find a compromise.
A debate was scheduled to run into the early hours of Friday morning, but Rutte said in a letter his party would "alter and resubmit the legislation taking into consideration arguments and concerns" raised by the dissident Labour senators.
The bill was aimed at saving the government, midway through a four-year term, 1 billion euros ($1.23 billion) from 2016 by restricting where patients can seek medical treatment.
Patients can now go to hospitals or clinics of their own choice and the insurer reimburses the costs. Under the new law, patients would be limited to medical suppliers with which the insurer has negotiated contracts.
Rutte said in the revised bill would maintain the free choice of doctors and would seek to create a balance between 7patients and insurers.
Health Minister Edith Schippers, from the prime minister's Liberal VVD party, said the bill would create better, more affordable, healthcare. However, opponents say it will limit the freedom of patients to pick their own doctors.
Rutte's government has been in power for just over two years after winning snap elections triggered by failed talks with anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders about forming a minority government with his support.
(Editing by Alison Williams and Steve Orlofsky)

Last thing we know about the whole thing is, that on next Tuesday the government will present the slightly changed law again to parliament and then senat. We'll see how that will be received there.
It all has a time limit, because normally the government and all would go on a "Christmas Break", and all things should be dealt with before. and the new agreement with the health insurance companies and other parties is already signed and should go working in January. 

Do we have still some brighter news? Yes, we have.
yesterday evening, after dinner, the door bell rang and a package arrived. It was again all the way from America, containing a present for my birthday. Now that is still a few weeks away, but it doesn;t matter. I placed the gift, wrapped and all, under the tree, and I will wait with opening till my birthday, yes, I will!
What else did I, apart from following the debat and news on tv?  went for some shopping, trying to get me already all things for our Christmas dinner, to be ahead of any crowds. I think, I have about all now, yippee!
And Monday I still was a bit a busy bee, with in the afternoon first preparing a plate for dinner with some fish, making stew pears too for dessert, than attacked some dust bunnies, even gave the room a sweep with the vacuum cleaner. In the mean time Jan went out, and I asked him to take home some freezer bags, if he should be in a dollar shop(I try to buy them there, cheaper and even better than others LOL). Well, never send your husband for some shopping of that kind, hahahaha, oh he came back with bags, in fact quite good ones, they even a kind of zip, but it weren't the ordinary ones I wanted. Okay, I didn;t made too many problems about it, he did his best isn;t it? No big deal.

Weather here still hass good temperatures, around 52 F, which is extra ordinary for this time of year. Only thing is, that we have some more rain, and every now and then hard blowing winds. Still that we can handle, I like the temperatures, not looking forward to snow and freezing at all!

I have today tow sets of clusters from.....Florence. Yes, that sweet lady sent me more and I made two little files with them. I am sure you will like them. Next week I will have another Christmaskit for you.
This has been a long post, don;t you think, so it has become time to get a bit more active, it will be in the house, no special eed for me to go out today, hoorray, that is good sometimes too. I'll just "jump"into my jogging pants and a warm fleece sweater, and it will be good enough for now.
Hope you are not into too much stress these last days before Christmas, and wish you a wonderful weekend.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I'm still not quite good about myself, completely

Goodmorning everybody!

Perhaps a puzzling posttitle, but it is hard to explain. I am getting back slowly into usual behaviour and feeling and doing things, but still feeling kind of restless, as long as our situation is not settled yet. It is the uncertainty that bothers.
Oh, I try to put it into the back of my mind, as do the usual things and try to keep up a certain rythm in them, but as long as we don;t have a decision of the disability commision, we don;t really know what to do and when to do it. So it still are insecure times, somehow.
Never mind, time will come up with a solution for all things, well, we hope so.
Some day, all will be more clear and it will give us more peace of mind.

Enough of that now, let's see what I did the last couple of days. Really hard to remember all, probably because not all is so important, LOL, but it kept rather busy, that I still know.
Oh yes, Monday I did the bedsheets, and some cleaning in the house, and I felt good about it. Jan went out for a little walk in the afternoon, but was back quite soon, but the "why"I didn;t know till much later in the evening. That awesome husband of mine suddenly had trouble with his belly, it became hard and painful( and he must pay attention to that because of his umbilical hernia). So he took a long nap, and late evening told me what happened. He even felt so bad he said, he almost wanted to go to hospital, to his doctor.
But slowly it became better and "soft"again, but I always get so angry with him, when he is suffering from something and is not telling it to me. I know, he doesn;t want to do that, cause I would worry and such, but sometimes I really want to know sooner. I cannot change his character in that, but it is at times difficult to handle LOL.
Yesterday the weather looked a bit better, so I decided to do some shopping fro grocerie, perhaps even get me some things already for Christmas. Lots of things easily can be kept good in the fridge, and better to get some of it now, as long as there isn;t yet the big crowd in the shops.
Just made it back before some rain fell down, and first prepared some stew for dinner, which always takes more time than you think, most of all because the cutting of all ingredients takes time.
But I always have company with that, our Brodski, probably only because he hopes, something will fall down at the floor for him, hahahaha. Okay, i admit, sometimes a little piece of meat is cut for him, but just a scrap! It seems he is already happy with that.

Later I did a bit of this and that, and suddenly felt sooooooo sleepy I took a little nap(as Jan too). And I woke up a bit late early evening. Almost missed our soap we always watch , and I was glad I already had the stew ready, now I only had to cook a few potatoes and that was done quick enough.

Slowly the Christmas cards are coming in now, which makes a happy display on the mantlepiece near the tree. But the last years cards become less and less with the internet and email and such. In a way pity, but also understandable, because the prices of posting get higher and higher, even for a simple letter.

In the evenings I am still knitting on a new afghan/blanket for our bed. Perhaps not the best one, but for now I think it will look nice, and if not, we always can "dismantle"it and start again with the wool, LOL.
It's not so important, I just like to keep busy with my hands in the evening. And when it is an easy pattern, watching tv at the same time is no problem.

Oh, you know that cats every now and then change for sleeping/resting place? Our Brodski does. For some time he occupied one of the chairs at the dining table, before he occupied my chair at the computer, but now he has found another great place. On top of the chair near our couch. It's on a high spot, he can keep an eye on us and it is warm(because of the Christmas fleece blanket I have on it). Only disadvantage of this place is, that it isn't too wide, so every now and then, when he really is in cat's dreamland we hear a "BOING" and he fells off LOL! hen he sits for a while, looking a bit dazed, goes to the kitchen for a bite, comes back and jumps back on the top of the backrest of that chair.Lucky that cats almost always land on their paws!

Okay. that's all for today, except for the freebie, which are clusters from Arlene for the Country-like Christmas kit.
If you need more for Christmas scrapbooking try her Etsy shop, link at the side bar, under Bloglayout!
I often forget to mention her sites, but you should take a look. She also has a deviantart place.
Only thing to do now is to wish you a fantastic day!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Room in Christmas atmosphere!

Goodmorning everybody!

Hopefully I will be able to continue this week in "normal"behaviour in posting.
Wow, our room is all in Christmas style. Yes, Jan and I did the trick Thursday afternoon, we were busy for several hours( much too long but once started, you want to have it done too), and the room looks so cozy now.
You can imagine that we were a bit pooped out on Friday, gosh i felt some muscles I didn;t know I still had them LOL! So we took it easy on Friday, which was a good thing to do.
And we had a great surprise too this weekend, the doorbell rang and there was a postman with a big box, all the way from America! Oh, so exciting to open it and see all those beautiful wrapped presents.
They are now under the Christmastree, and we will be good and will not open the gifts untill Christmasday.
But it sure looks pretty.
So I made one photo of the tree, without and one with the presents.
Always difficult to make a good photo of Christmasdecoration with all the little lights, my little camera hasn't too much possibilities, so I tried my best. Oh well, you get at least an impression.
Look at the BIG bear at the right side of the tree. It is the one i bought on a rummage sale a few years ago, just for  € 2,00!!! I am completely in love with him.

Saturday the weather was a lot better, at least it was almost dry) the other day we had quite some rain and stormy winds) and I decided to go to the market for some potatoes, and veggies. And home again I´ve made us a simple soup for the evening, but it still was tasty.

Sunday I was quite busy too, thinking back on it. In the afternoon we have a sportsprogramme, this time more interesting than other days, because there also was some speedskating.
Well, I took the ironing board into the room, so while ironing, I could watch the tv)and it is much warmer in the living room than in the other one). It didn´t take that much time, so after finished I went into the kitchen to make us a lasagna for dinner. That all prepared and ready to go into the oven, I thought it was enough.
So I sat down, watched some tv, even did some designing at the computer this weekend.
Have to do a few things here today, one of it is changing the bedsheets. Thought to do that also yesterday, but it could wait for a day more LOL.

Here first the two photos of our Christmastree corner. I will see if I can make some more photos of our room in `full Christmasglory`

You can see, Santa has been good to us!!

And now time for the freebie, another Christmaskit, named A Country like Christmas.

Have a wonderful day!
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Today might be a good one for decorating.

Goodmorning everybody!

I know, again I am a day late, but yesterday was a kind of exciting day, Jan had the "hearing" at the health security office, to see if perhaps his disability percentage could be given a bit higher.
I must say we had a nice doctor there, an older man, who really knew what he was atalking about and understood the medical situation of Jan.
I believe, thinking back of the conversation, I did most of the talking, LOL!
No idea if that was good or not, but I gave the doctor a kind of resumee of the things that happened over the year and the chronological review of appointments and such.
Jan said more about how he felt and how he was doing.
Great point was the remark, that the last doctor of the interview in September, didn;t apply for a new medical report of the doctors treating Jan. Specially not about the surgeon who did the operation on his vains!
So this doctor will ask the report, which might help.
Again we will have to wait a few weeks, I guess, before we have the decision.
I think, we did our best at the moment.

So I wasn;t really in the mood yesterday morning to do the blog, and I did still a bit of research on the net for the interview.

Coming home, there was the 1st Christmascard waiting for us in the mailbox, all from America!
It starts to feel already a bit Christmas time around here, and I hope this evening we will have even more "Christmas feeling"cause today I really want to set up the tree and manger.
Seems to be a good day for it, because we have almost stormy winds outside, and I think some rain will fall too. And when it isn;t necessary, why go out then??
Perhaps tomorrow the wind will lie down a bit, and then I can go to the bank, to deposite a bill to pay(bad things, always grin), and get a few things at the supermarket.

This morning, reading the teletexte at tv, there was such a nice item, and it is nice to know, that there are still caring people around the world.
I have the link for you, with the newspaper article, and it really gives a good Christmas feeling, yeah, Santa still lives!

Today I have the clusters for you from Arlene, that she made with the Santa wears Pink today kit.
Don;t know if i will be blogging already tomorrow again, depends on how much I might have to tell you, I guess.
Anyway, I wish you already a happy weekend.

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Monday, December 08, 2014

Second interview done

Goodafternoon everybody!

Yes. late today with posting, but this morning I had to prepare for the interview, take a shower, eat something and such and when I sit at the computer I forget time, so I thought it better to wait posting till now.
The interview went well, was rather relaxing, I must say.
Not that it brought something really new, but we talked a bit about volunteerwork and I showed the guy one I had printed out and thought would be great to do. He looked rather surprised, in a good way, and than I boosted a bit about myself, that I speak several languages and so and asked him if he could contact that organization, sort of clearing the path there. He agreed to do that, and now i will try to phone them or mail them this week and may beIi will be lucky to get the function. Although it isn't payed., it might lead to a payed job, who knows. There is a kind of tiny small volunteerfee though, I have no idea how much,but for now every euro extra is great.

Saturday I started with Christmas decoration, yeah! Jan went out for a moment, for a little walk and I took out all the Christmas fleece blankets and put them on the couches. Also on some furniture there are now Christmas doylies and that is as far as I got that day(well, I also did at the same time some vacuum cleaning of the couches and the room too, and we thought we might go on on Sunday, but we didn;t, LOL.
But during the time I had my interview Jan took out the manger, it's still the one my father made, and cleaned it and gave it a coat with oil. And it is looking all shiny again. Wonderful.
So may be we will continue tomorrow, putting up the tree and so on.
Will be a good distraction for us, not to think too much about the hearing on Wednesday.
This could be rather important, you know. If Jan gets a percentage of disability, he can try to find some work, but it will not be so straining, cause he can work less hours and then the income will be better too.
Then we get payed of course Jan's wages, and the amount that is short to reach the minimum wages will be payed by the WIA( that is the council for disability).
Hmmm, is there perhaps a new light at the end of the tunnel? I sure hope so.

Okay, enough of serious talk, just after I arrived home I had a phonecall from Heidi. so we talked a bit and are all up to date with eachother again, LOL. She will be away with Christmas for about a week and she asked me if we could take care of her fish. Of course we will. We only need to give them some food every other day, so no problem.
It was nice to talk to her after a couple of weeks, and we had a few good laughs too!
I have a new kit for you, and it's a Christmas one, of course.
This one is named "Santa wears Pink today". I thought it a rather intriguing title.
Now I think I will play for a little while in Photoshop and then it's time for dinner already. But I had made yesterday a meal for two days, smart hey? So I only have to warm it up in the oven.

Have a wonderful day!
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Friday, December 05, 2014

Cold days, but it will pass.

Goodmorning everybody!

I skipped a posting day on Wednesday, I know. Just not all too much inspiration for it, had to little sleep, but everything is okay again. We had some unpleasant cold days here, not that it was freezing so much, but somehow it felt as if it was frezzing hard, at night temperature was about 28F, and during daytime it was 39F, but it all felt like being in 28F!.
Yesterday was such a strange day, Jan and I just couldn't get warm, so in the evening we covered ourselves with big fleece blankets, and oh my, that helped! LOL.
I think we have to overcome a couple more days of that strange cold, but then temperatures will rise a bit again, and "winter"will be gone for a while.

Oh my, I am a little late in posting this surprise I got this week in my email. It's an award from Digiscrapcafe, the Fairy-award! Now isn;t that nice? I am ever so proud that people think so positive about my designing, that they give me an award.
I am supposed to place it here and at least give it on to one other designer.
Let's start first with the award.
Now I have to pick another blog, always difficult but I think I pass the award on to Random thoughts of 
Linda's place.
And I picked another blog, that deserves a little compliment too, that is Ukki's Tubenblog.

Okay, this is done, I am glad I finally took the time for it.

There isn;t really much to tell you at the moment, all quiet for a while here, although on Monday I have an other interview at social security office, but I think that will be more informative. I am already looking around for some volunteerwork to do. Not so difficult, because there are lots of them to find, but if possible I like to do something that suits me a bit. Yesterday I saw one that might be a nice thing to do, it is for an organization of Refugee help, and they ask a volunterr for reception and light administrative work. Well, as I speak several languages(one better than the other, but still not bad), it might be a good place for me.
I will tend to that after I had my interview on Monday.

I did went to the post office with a Christmasbox to send, and it is on it´s way. Yeah, bit early perhaps, but this way I avoided long rows, and chaos at the post, and the box will be on time.
Now I really have to do something at the house, I +eft it a bit aside the last couple of days, oops!
And perhaps we will start our Christmasdecorations this weekend. Tonight is the big day nd evening for all children. because it is the day of Sint Nicolaas! Little children are all nervous now, in full expectation of a doorbell rining, of hard knocking on the window, or something like it, that will be the sign that Sint Nicolaas has brought them presents!
I still remember this time when I was a real yongster)how many years ago is that ???????? LOL!!!), and it was a wonderful time.

Almost to the end of my post I offer you a kind of special freebie. I have a visitor of my blog, that I sometimes recieve an email and send one back too, and this lady, named Florence, is such a sweetie. I will not tell lots about her, because i think that is private, and not necessary either, but she loves to make wallpapers and clusters with scrapbookkits( and she uses a lot of mine grin) and she made some wonderful Christmasclusters that she agreed to share with you.
She first had Photoshop, but had a computercrash and now is working with Gimp, and she does it well.
So here some Christmasclusters by Florence, made of a combination of my Christmaskits. If you download, please leave a little message for her here, I will pass it on, it will make her happy.
Hope you will love them!
Have a happy weekend.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Had a good interview and came home rather happy.

Goodmorning everybody!

Sorry for not posting long yesterday, but I was kind of exahusted.
In the night of Sunday to Monday I didn;t sleep much or well, guess all had to do with my interview on Monday.
I had all prepared in the file, took that with me and was nicely at time at the appointment.
And I had a agreable interview with the lady there. She was an "older"women, I think around 45 years old,
took the advice I got from somebody, to sit relaxed and leaning back on the chair LOL.
She asked me some general things, to complete a bit the file she had on me, was a good listener and let me do the talking. So I told her about my working past, what I have done, that I am out of the "working"process for about 10 years, that 10 years ago I already tried for 3 years to get another job(without success), she asked me about my hobbies, about my life in general. I told her about the past two-three years mainly about Jan's health problems and the consequences of that.
Topld her about the reason I left my last job( well, in mutual agreement with my boss), because I had to do there more commercial work, as he started to produce and sell fitness equipment and I should do the sale of it to people who came looking for e.g. a bike, or a treadmill or whatever, weather they just wanted to have one or were sent perhaps by a fysio or doctor.
And I told her I had problems with that. First it takes time to get really familiair with the euipment, also technically, and then I just couldn;t find it in my heart to persuade someone to buy it, because i thought it was no good for e.g. that older lady. The lady of social security started to smile at me and said"I guess you are just a too honest person".
well, I scored a point there LOL.
To keep this somewhat short, I was at her office for about 1 1 /4 of an hour, had an nice conversation with her and she agreed that it would be very difficult to find a job for me( the more because i had no working experience anymore for the last 10 years, hahaha) and she placed me in the "participation" sector, which means I should do some volunteer work, but it is no longer required I apply for jobs. Hoorray, I was sooo reliefed. Leaving her at the end, I shake hands, of course but also wished her already a Happy Christmas time. She looked nicely surprised to me, saying that I was the 1st who did that! Another scoring point at the end for me LOL!
Okay, the money we receive now from social security is really low, but for the moment we have income, now perhaps we will be with the health security hearing, that Jan will get a higher percentage of disabilty.
If so he should try to find some work, but for less hours, which he will be able to do still I think. And the rest of income will be payed by the disability insurance. And that would be some higher than we have now.
Also the lady I had the interview with was very surprised that Jan didn;t reach at least the needed 35% disability border.
Now yesterday had a control appointment with his doctor for his stomach and liver, rather good news, it seems that his liver got somewhat better again. About his umbilical hernia he is suffering from too, it still wasn;t alarming, so he will have to be carefull with lifting heavy stuff, but till now no operation for it probably needed. Then his doctor told him, that she had a request from helath security for a medical report, BUT that it hapened only last July 2013! So the doctor who gave Jan the low percentage of disability, didn;t had a lot of information and surely not the most important of this last year! Complete mystery on what she based her concolsion!!  And also no request lately was done(from doctor who will be doing the hearing on the 10th of December). That is something we can use in the interview there! So who knows, may the Gods will be looking favorable at us on that day too!

Oh my God, I did sleep well last night. I was kind of exhausted of all the tension and such.  
It was rather cold yesterday( and catched right away a cold because of it, LOL), and set in the evening at the couch with a kind of "running nose"hahaha. It is already better today, still a bit sniffing, but no longer a constant need of a tissue under my nose.
At day time we only have about 37-39 F, and at night just around the zero point. This will stay for another two or three days, but then temperatures will tise a bit to 45F and that is a big difference.!

That was my day yesterday, which at the end turned out to  be rather succesfull and reassuring.
I think I will reward myself now to some computertime, grin grin, doing some blogreading and perhaps some designing or first a little play. Then I will get busy around here for a bit, but will take it on low speed ROFL.
Thanks for your thinking about me and prayers and advice, it really helped as shown!

Have a fantastic day, till next time.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Blog train WWCS!!


Just a post to offer you the blogtrain freebie.
Tomorrow I will tell you about the interview and such. It is rather late in the afternoon and have to do some things.
So have fun with the blogtrain, you will find the link to the blog for it on the right sidebar on top, many more great contributions are waiting for you.
Till tomorrow.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Proud of our Ladies Soccer team!

Goodmorning everybody!

We watched the game Italy-Holland yesterday from ladies soccer.
It was important for our team, if they should win, they were placed in the World Championships next year, and that would be the first time ever.
And hoorray, they did the job! We are all very proud and happy.
Then there were other soccer events, like Uefa for clubteams, and we have some there too, till now.
One of them, PSV, was playing in Portugal and oh boy they had aweful weather. About half match the referee ended the game, because it was raining so heavy, that the field almost was a swimming pool. so half of the match will be played on another day.

I did a little bit of housekeeping last two days, not all too much, and in the weekend I will go through the file for social security to see if I have all in there for the interview on Monday.
I am curious what they come up with, there are some new regulations that I don't like or understand really well. So I must be assertive and ask all I want to know and try to come to a good agreement. Not always that easy for me. It seems if I can talk rather well, but in special circumstances, like with official departments, I get very nervous and seem to forget half I want to talk about. I should not let it overwhelm me by the official, it quite depends how the official is acting too. Just vsend a little prayer for me, please, that I will do well, and that the outcome will be favorable.!

I finally changed my bloglayout. The old one was there for already such a long time, I thought it was time for a change. I amost found the good proportions for the layout, I think I just have to change the size of the sidebar a bit. Then I can keep the template and it will be easier to change the layout again.
I've made it now on the resolution of my laptop which is smaller than the screen I had before.
I still have the old one and use it every now and then, but it still keeps the size of the laptop.
But I can work with it, that is the most important.

Today I have clusters from Arlene for you, made with the Blue Velvet Christmas kit.
I am working on other kits, but it still is going a lot slower than before the crash. Guess it also has to do with our situation and all the things happened and still happening at the moment. My mind isn;t really "at ease", as you might say.
But one day it will be all fine again and then I really hope I can design some more.
Oh, I had a nice little surprise yesterday. I was clearing out a draw I have on a little table where I have my printer.  keep there some dvd/cd's with my older kits, not all, but some I burned on a cd or dvd.
Going through them i found some discs with resources I kept safe. probably not all will be useful, but I am sure I can extend a bit my stash I have now. Very curious to see what is on them.
Also cleared a bit all paper I keep for printing, I bought a new pack white, cause I run out of it and it was a good opportunity to go through the paper. Now all is much more organized again. Good girl LOL!

Wish you a very happy weekend. I may be late on Monday, cause my interview is at 11.00 o'clock pm, so perhaps I only can post later when I am back home again. Better to say I might be missing a day, so you won;t worry about me.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

One interview over, on to the next one.

Goodmorning everybody!

Well, it seems it was quite an agreable interview for Jan. He now can wait for a phonecall to do some volunteer work. He could search for it himself, but it is better when he already has a kind of reference from social security. so we'll see what comes up. Now next week I have my long interview. Hmmm, I hope I have a same understanding and nice person, like he had.

as planned i did some housework on Monday afternoon. I threw my forces on wiping the kitchen floor and the living room floor! Strange color of the water after I finished hahaa!
Then after a break, I went into the kitchen to prepare for dinner. We had my own version of a chili con carne. aside of the minced meat and beans I added tomatoes, paprika, onion, garlic, potatoes.
and it tasted ever so well.
Yesterday, when jan was out for his interview, I did some minor things in the house and made a big pan of stewpears for dessert, and also some sweets were baked. It was a recipee I had for years and years, but never used it anymore. My mother got it from a real good friend in Slovenia.
Easy to make, but I think it tastes really good and is easy to make.
For a rather large portion of this kind of cookies here the recipee:

4 eggs
250 grams of self raising flower
200 grams of sugar
1 sachet of vanilla sugar
250 grams of raisins
if you like, 100 gram of chopped hazelnuts.

Preheat oven at about 175 C
Mix the eggs good, then add all sugar, stirr with a wooden spoon well. Then add the flower, stirr again. Add then raisins and nuts.
Put it on an oventray(you could put a piece of baking paper on it, it will stick less), and  straighten the doug over it till you have a thinner slice of it.
Put it in the middle of the oven, for about 15 till 30 minutes. keep a good eye to it, that it will not bake too quickly and turns too brown!
when done, take the plate out, loosen the slice from the baking paper, then cut it in dice, or however big you want to have them, turn the oven to 50C, put in the cut slice of biscuit in it and let the oven open a little bit, and let the biscuit dry.
It must harden out almost completely, otherwise the biscuit becomes a bit chewy.
Put it in a box that closes well, and you have someting for the tea or coffee in an easyy way.
Hope it will taste.

Today the weather looks less good than the last couple of days, but I still need to go out for a few things.
Oh, well, it will freshen me up I hope.

As I did not achieve to make a "general"kit over the weekend, we can start as good already with some Christmas stuff. A bit early, but who cares actually?
This one is named "Blue velvet Christmas".
Oh and may be next week I will have a real surprise for you. Not giving away any clous, but I am sure you will like it.
Now I have a little bit of time left to continue on a started kit, so  wish you all a lovely day and of course a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Simply a good weekend.

Goodmorning everybody!

Yes, it was a good, relaxed weekend. How wonderful is that?
Friday after posting I got myself dressed and Jan and i had a quick cup of coffee. Then we went to the market. While the sun was still shining, it looked a good time. Only the temperature wasn't too bright, glad we had our warm jacks, they were needed.
But for a walk it still was good and we did some good shopping there, all normal stuff, like potatoes, some fresh garlic, mandarines, chicken filets, some chicken parts to make soup off, tomatoes, stew pears, and we came back home with a filled shopping car. On the way home I even found a good box for sending some Christmas presents.

Saturday temperatures suddenly went several degrees higher, and made it more confortable to walk around.
So I went for the newspaper and just a few other things. Then I started the soup, and had a wonderful broth from the chicken parts, then at the end all other ingredients in it and we had a great soup for dinner, a big bowl, that filled our stomach!

Yesterday Jan spent a bit of time in the garden, doing some light stuff, just clearing out again, and in the mean time I was in the kitchen, preparing our dinner already. We had big tomatoes, filled with minced meat, two for each of us and I made some mashed potatoes to it and it tasted real good.
rest of the day we took it quiet, even had a little nap and in between all that, i even did a bit of designing. I hoped to have a kit for your today, but I didn;t come to that. I first wanted to finish a Christmaskit, and I almost finished another one, so no time left for a general kit to start.
Sorry ladies, to disappoint you for now.

Tomorrow Jan will have another interview at social security office, we'll see with what they come, perhaps they already have some volunteer work for him, but I think he better first has to go to his doctor's appoint at the 1st of december and then also the one in January. It is going better, but I want to be sure about it.

Oh, I also finished the Christmas wrapping, all is stashed away in the box( had just the right size), well taped and addressed, so in a few days I think. It will arrive a bit early perhaps, but this way I avoid long waiting rows at the post office and the real load of parcels and post that will be send away soon.

Then today I really have to do some serious work around here, after that relaxed weekend.
Some things just have to be done, and I want them done this week, because the time nears that we will have to decorate for Christmas. We always start that after the 5th of December, the day of our Sinterklaas, that great holiday for the children.
Oh, next week already on the 1st of December there is the start again of the WOrld Wide Christmas scarpbooking blog train, mark that date in your agenda. I am sure there will be lots of wonderful contributions again.
Time for me to finish now, do some blogreading and then get busy!

Have a wonderful day.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Gift wrapping started.

Goodmorning everybody!

Must say I took it a bit easy the last couple of days. But i am pleased to say I started wrapping the Christmasgifts. Not completely ready, but almost done.
I think that is about the nicest part of the presents. First searching some nice things, and then I love the wrapping!
It always looks so nice when you have a pile ready. It looks happy and mysterious at times too!
It looks to be a rather good day today, at the moment we even have some sunshine. Well, temperatures are not super, but nice enough. I think Jan and I will go to the market. It always saves lots of money to buy your fresh veggies and fruit there!

I changed the self knitted blanket on our bed. I had another one so that is covering the bed at the moment and the one from the bed I put on our sleeping couch in the backroom. The cover I had over it surely could do with a cleaning in the washing machine( that one is of kind of cotton).

We are watching on the Belgium tv a quiz, that is not easy at all, it's called Canvascrack. (Canvas is the name of the channel). If you get past 20 tables, you can win a sum of € 25.000,00!! But not many get to the end. Now there was a Dutch gentleman playing and he could reach the 20th table. So it was very exciting. But because he played even on 2 tables, he didn;t make it. Now we will have to wait several months till the quiz is on again. Bummers.!
Each table to beat has another opponenet, and you get 5 questions in a variety of subjects. No, not easy but very interesting. And Jan and I are happy as a child if we know a couple of answers, LOL.

I have today for you some clusters from Arlene, she made with the last kit. Little beauties as ever.
Oh, I even progressed on a Christmaskit yesterday too. I am working on two at a time at the moment.
But also should do a general kit for a next download for you, I think it still is a bit early to put on Christmaskits already, don;t you?
Well, perhaps this weekend I will get a boost of inspiration, who knows?

That's all, folks, till next time.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Busy and exciting day yesterday!

Goodmorning everybody!

Today I will take it more easy than I did yesterday. where to start telling about that day in a logical way? I will just try.
Monday i was busy preparing the last things for the file I have for social security, our fight with the health security and such. I took me less time than I first thought, which was a good thing.
Then yesterday. That was the day for our interview for the social security stuff.
I was up very early already, decided not to go back to bed for another two hours, afraid I might wake up too late(despite of the alarm clock I could set).
So after my waking up coffee, I just was at the computer for a little while and then first hopped into the shower. That done and dressed, I had a sandwich, got the map and such ready to put into a bag, then made fresh coffee for Jan. Jan waked up and then the phone rang. Oh my, what would that be?
it was social security office to inform met that my appointment could take place, the lady to take the interview was ill. Ghee, that was a disappointment. Now Jan had to go on his own. And it appears i didn;t read the letters well enough, because we both had to do the interview with another person!
so okay, I have now another appointment at the 1st of December.
As I had "free"time now, I decided I could as well go out at once to do some food shopping. That went well, it even was dry outside.
I came back and took another coffee, then it was time for Jan to leave, with the file, of course.
I didn;t want to sit around, thinking all the time about how the interview would be with him, so I went busy.
And busy I was! I washed the curtains at front, cleaned the windows, indside AND outside, gave the room a sweep with the vacuum cleaner. Gosh I was happy about myself, I did some serious work LOL.
When all that was ready, I could sit down for a while.
Watched a bit tv, waiting for Jan to return home.
He was home quicker than I thought and he told me about his interview. Seems he had a nice lady, rather understanding, and the main result at the moment is that Jan isn;t obliged to apply for work, regarding to his health situation.Yippee, that already is good news. Now it may be he will have to do some volunteer work, but he doesn;t mind that. I think it even might do him some good, being out of the house a bit, having some contact with people and feeling more usefull again.
He seemes to have prepared a bit the way for me there, telling about my health problems and such.
Now I would like to have the same result after my interview as he had. I don't mind doing some volunteer work either, As I have really no hope that there is a job for me to find, this would be a good alternative to receive social security without too many problems.
So when Jan told about his result, I felt a bit more at ease, more relaxed, because all this isn;t the best for my nerves.

So we take it one step at a time for now, next thing will be the appeal for the health security thing, if we could get Jan into partly disabilllity payment, that also would be great and easier. That hearing will be 10th of December. So still some things to come and deal with.

To celebrate the results till now, LOL, I have a kit for you, named it Remembering the first Love.
I think we almost all had a first love, which, in a way, is probably the sweetest one. Some people just held on to their first love for life, but most of us didn;t I presume.
I know my first "love", just lasted for about 2 months and then I already had another one, oh wicked child I was ROFL.
Time for my second coffee now, so bye bye till next time.

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

I walk as a feather!

Goodmorning everybody!

Perhaps a bit cryptic, my blogpost title? Well, you will understand as I tell you that Saturday I went to the hairdresser, finally! Oh my God, he did get rid of a lot of hair for me, I have now again a short model, very easy to handle and it feels so ggod. Therefore it seems I walk light like a feather again LOL.
The weekend we stayed almost all the time inside, I just popped out, as I said, for the hairdresser, and on Friday afternoon some quick shopping.
Oh I was busy Friday afternoon all together. I made us a big pan of soup, not just any soup, but a Russian one, called "Borsjt". Main ingredient are thin sliced beetrood. and then you can put in all you want.
So I made broth and in it went of course the beetroot, together with diced celeriac, carrot, potatoe, chopped onion, some chickenmeat in little pieces (normally is it made with beef, but I didn;t have it, so chicken was a good alternative)some garlic, pepper, salt.
I was very curious to taste it(think I only made it once years and years ago), but I can say it succeeded well and it tasted great. A big bowl of that soup, with a spoon of crème fraiche, on the sidesome french bread with some (garlic-herb)butter makes a great and nutricious meal.

The weekend Jan was somehow "iunder the weather", don;t know exactly what was the matter with him, but he had some trouble with his belly, and as he isn;t quite informative towards me, I still am not sure what is the matter. He slept a lot, cause he also is feeling real tired, so hopefully today it will be somewhat better.
If it stays on however for a longer time, I want him to go to the housedoctor or even better, call his doctor in the hospital. But I almost know for sure that will not happen, or he almost must die first, bummers!
Let's hope he just catched a cold or something.

Today we both must fill in some papers to bring with us to the intervies tomorrow at a department of the social security. I have no idea what to expect of it, in their letter of invitation they claim, it might take an hour or two or more! Hopefully it will take a bit less time.

Yesterday our soccer team played an official match for placing themselves into the next round. Well, with the bad results they had lately, there only was one option: winning.
They were lucky to have a not really strong opponant, so we had some hope. And finally they did what they were expected to, they won, with a great 6-0.
So some light is shining at the end of the tunnel.

Don;t have yet a freebie for you, that will be for Wednesday. Hope you can wait till then.
So today I do need to get busy around here, probably some ironing to do and such and the forms have to be filled in for sure.
Have a wonderful day, thanks for your visit!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Newbee in computering sometimes tiresome!

Goodmorning everybody!

Oh my, Jan is slowly liking to be at his computer, he is discovering all sorts of things but this also can be tiresome at times for me LOL.
Like yesterday evening. I was all prepared to watch a police serie I like, and be able to knit a bit on my blanket. So I was installed with my coffee, all ready to relax and have a nice evening. Forget it.
Jan took his laptop and treid to find some music on Youtube. Okay with that till he downloaded a couple of video's. He couldnn;t find them back on his computer. So dear Kyra came over and looked around a bit in his files and hoorray I found them. On a very reasonable place, a file named "videos"hahahaha.
Back to the couch, but after a couple of minutes he had some trouble again.
Without making it a looong story,  all together I spent about 1 1/2 hour with him, trying to find some things he wanted, finding the easiest way to get them in a file etc. etc. And it is normally not too difficult, but sometimes Windows 8 is acting a bit different from Vista and windows 7, so it is searching for me too.
At the end I was glad I could help, but doing so I got( I am honest here) sometimes very unpatient. I am NOT a good teacher in computer stuff, the more while I too don;t know too much about it. Okay, I can use my programs, but something different, that also needs a whee bit of technical knowledge is not for me.
But we will work it out, as long as he doesn;t ruin my "relax evenings"too often, hahahaha.

I must go out today I think, because I want to have a haircut, so I'll pop in the salon and make an appointment. Want to look as nice as possible when we will have our interview with social security next week. And my hair has grown too long by now too, so after a cut I will feel better, I think.
Last Wednesday afternoon I went to the market. it was rather nice weather, and I found us some fruit and veggies and of course cheese. yes, cheese is something we eat a lot, most of the time just on a sandwich but in the evening also at times in little cubes, or some slices, just because you have taste for something but not sure of what. And then cheese is a good option, grin!

Brodski found a new place to have a nap, it is again on the window seal. I always wonder, why cats always change after a while their spots.
But one thing stays the same. when I do the washing up in the kitchen after dinner he waits for me.
The when I am ready and enter the room with my mug of coffee he is sitting in the middle of the room, just waiting for me to sit in the chair(Jan is usually occupying the couch then for a little nap) and when I am just about installed he jumps on my lap, turns around 2 or 3 times and to find a comfortable position for a nap.

I have today just a little freebie for you( I am working on a new kit, may be I can finish it in the weekend), made a quickpage with the Romantic at Heart kit for you, and hope you can use it.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Another sad day.

Goodmorning everybody.
Yes, there was another gathering of the families and some officials to remember the planecrash of the MH 17 in the Ukrain. I just don;t understand the Dutch government, they don;t make much haste in recovering the body(or parts of them) and other stuff.Always the excuse that the situation is too dangerous, but all the time the battling parties in the Ukrain kept the area rather safe, so why not go there with a big amount of people and get all they can find. It must be frustrating for the families who don;t have any news about their loved ones(still some are missing in the dna determination).

I had two rather good days, no problem with my epilepsie anymore, and did some stuff in the house and some food shopping.
I wonder whenever I will learn, not to put anything on the stove at a time I am at the computer!!
It often goes well, but not yesterday. I had some stew pears cooking and checked on them too late, so the pan looked a bit funny inside, kind of black, you know?
With some work i will be able to get it clean again, but it is so stupid of me.
Hmmmm, perhaps it has something to do with age??

If it will stay dry today(not sure if it will) may be I will pop over to the market. We are almost at the end of our cheese and we could do with some fruit to. Must take care of the vitamines in winter,.
Then this evening we will see if our national soccer team is any good, they have a "trial"game today with Mexico, as preparation for the real thing this weekend, when they have to play Letland. And they just have to win that game, otherwise they might no go to the next round, and that would be a real shame.
We have good players, some of them really work hard, but somehow a winning spirit seems to be missing.
It will not be the end of the world if they don;t get to the next round, but a pity. But we have a kind of "reserve"team we can support and that is the Belgian team. So cross fingers they both will go further, if not we always can support the remaining LOL!

Still have way to go for the new blanket I am knitting. It will be a replacement for the one we have now on our bed, just for having a change. Then the one on the bed now I perhaps can use as cover for a sleeping couch we have in the backroom.
well ladies, no more news for now, so here is your second part of the kit Romantic at Heart.
Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Not the best of weekends

Goodmorning everybody!

Yea, i had some trouble with my epilepsie this weekend. Always unpleasant, but it is over now.
I kept low profile Saturday and Sunday, so the rest did it's work.
On Saturday Danny and Heidi came over to look into one of the universal remote control for the TV and such. well, as I expected also Danny didn;t get a fantastic result LOL.
One is working perhaps 50%(but for me enough, it replaces the worst of remote controls with the functions we need) and for the rest I give it a cross and good blessing and we will continue with the several remotes. Oh well, perhaps soon we will order a new digital cable box with interactive tv and I can get it for a very reduced pricce and I will try to get a service guy with it, who will connect all cables and plugs and will prepare the remote control that goes with it. Then we probably are done with the several remote controls.

I finished a Christmaskit this weekend, that will be on the World Wide Christmas Scrapbooking blogtrain. Also already received the clusters from Arlene, so I just have to make a preview for them and upload them and then can send the email to Antoinette, organiser of the blogtrain every year.
Even finished another Christmaskit. Yeah, you see, slowly I am coming back into designing mood.

We also receive every other day or something some official papers from the council. We will have an interview at their office next week, and of course we have to fill in again forms to bring with us(I wonder why, they already have all they needed, but they like to give you extra work for nothing, it seems!).
But we will do our part and try to keep calm and not irritated(which is sometimes not so easy), you can catch more flies with sugar than with vinager( don;t know if this is a proper saying, but you know what i mean I hope).

Weather is not all too bad, of course temperatures have dropped now, we are in the 53 F to about 58 F at daytime. Today there is even some sunshine, so I can do with this kind of weather till next spring. I fear, it will not happen.

Last week Jan had made a kind of fruitsalad, we had too many pears and apples lying around, so that was not such a bad idea. But we had such a big bowl, that Friday afternoon I made with the biggest part of it an applestrudel. Still hade some puff pastry in the freezer, and the result wasn;t too bad. Good enough for a first try I  think.

I have a kit for you today, still one i had uploaded before the computercrash. I believe I didn;t offer this one yet.
Named Romantic at Heart. Hope you will like it.
Have a wonderful day.

Download    part 1 HERE

Friday, November 07, 2014

Today wind and rain, no time to go out

Goodmorning everybody!

Specially today it doesn;t look too good outside. There is lots more wind and it is raining too, so it looks rather unpleasant. There is no need for me to go out for something, so I better stay in and perhaps I will spend some time on baking some cookies or something alike. Sounds like a good idea.

Before doing that I better do a bit of householding, LOL. I saw that the curtains could do with some water, and when they are soaking, I could clean the window at the front.
We'll see if all this will happen today, because it's not my favourite time passing, grin grin!
I should look into the presents I have gathered for Christmas, to see if I have all and may be I can start wrapping them, and find a box for it. I still have time for it, but I want to have it ready by the end of the month and send it away start of December, so all will arrive on time.
It's quite funny to have to think already about Christmas, it looks so far away at the moment.
Nevertheless I am getting slowly in some Christmasspirit, because I started on Christmaskits, yeah!
Found already some great stuff on the net to use.

I am sorry, but I don't have a freebiekit for you today. Monday however there will be a download again. Hope you can live with that idea!
Not a very interesting post, I know, but sometimes that happens.
And it also happens becauise at times it looks I have a writers block, LOL.
Next time will be better, I am sure.

Better I finish now wishing you a fantastic day and happy weekend.
Till Monday, ladies.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Feeling much better, hoorray.

Goodmorning everybody!

Although not yet gone completely, the cold has diminshed it's presence LOL.
It feels much better, and it is a lot easier to sit and move without having a little bucket hanging from your nose, to catch all the drops hahahaha.
Yesterday was a happy day, because the 4th of November my friend Edna had her birthday and shereached a kind of milestone in her life, turning 75 !!!!
If you are a follower of her blog, you understand me saying, she doesn;t sound like someone of 75, she is a caring but also funny individual, with her own ideas about all kind of things, writing them down in her posts, sprinkled with lots of humor.
So here again, Edna, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
And it would be ever so nice, if you could stop at her blog for a moment to leave her a happy wish for her birthday!

Not too much happened these last two days. Although Monday afternoon my friend Heidi came over for a quick visit, which was nice, but too short. She also brought us a couple of garden chair cushions, she doesn;t seem to use anymore( and they still look real good) and also brought us a bunch of larger pots for plants, some for indoors but also a few for outdoors. Those are always welcome!

Our Brodski is staying inside more often and for longer period. He doesn;t seem to like the autumn weather all too much. I told you he had found a new place to linger, which is my chair at the computer. well, he changed his mind. He now found out that my place at the couch is a very nice place, so as soon as I go to e.g. the kitchen and I come back he is installed cosy there. And acting VERY grumpy when I remove him to sit down myself.
As alternative he found out that the chair where I sit when Jan takes a nap on the couch, is not so bad either. There he spends about all night now. They keep amazing us, those cats!

Today looks to be a day I can go out again for a moment. Well, it is colder now, and from time to time there is a bit pf rain, but with my new jacket I should be fine. And it will feel good to have a walk again and sniff some fresh air!
Yesterday also was the last day health care came by for Jan, his leg is still holding quite well, only trouble is now that he can walk better he has more trouble again of his back!
Oh, those old bodies don;t always coorporate well, comparing of how our minds still feel(which is much younger than the years we actually haave now, bummers).
But for the moment I am already glad his leg is doing quite well, not yet 100% as it should, but perhaps it will takesome more time and we;ll see In January, when he will have his scan.

Your freebie for today are some really great clusters from Arlene, made with the Spooky Time kit.
So happy she still is making the clusters, although there was for a while my "silence"in designing.
Have a wonderful day you all!

Download   HERE

Monday, November 03, 2014

What a mess, great weather, I with a cold.

Goodmorning everybody!

Oh , yes, Friday and Saturday were great days speaking of the weather.
We even did take advantage of it Saturday earlier in the afternoon. Jan and I dug up some of our dahlia bulbs to stach away over winter.
The garden is going to look rather empty now, but on the other hand we have a good idea of the spots where we can plant our bulbs next year.
Then Saturday late afternoon and evening I was struck by a cold. Oh my, we never have an idea of how much liquid can come out of your nose. well, I have a pretty good idea now LOL.
Glad I had a big roll of kitchen paper to use, cause it was dripping out of my nose, and had to sneeze a lot and clean the nose again, I think I had only little eyes, even a bit red, and it was about the same yesterday.
Somehow I still could catch some sleep over night, and today it seems to be a tiny bit better.
Hope so, because it is very annoying and tiring too.
I truly hope i will get rid of it very quickly, it is no fun at all.

So you can imagine I didn;t do much over the rest of the weekend. Jan also had some sort of cold i think, but he had a bit trouble with his tummy. You can say we were a fine couple sitting on the couch LOL.
Today will probably the last day the house health care will come over, Jan's leg seems to hold on fine now.
At least the liquid has gone from it, but still has some trouble when walking a longer time, now the right one.
Hmmm, hopefully it will go better and better, and if not, we still have the appointment in January with his doctor, and we will see what comes out of the scan they want to make.

May be Heidi will come over this afternoon, Jan payed her a visit on Friday, and she said she might call today and comes over for a quick visit.
Now I better try to get dressed and then do smething in the house(which I wanted to do Saturday or Sunday, but with that heavy cold I wasn;t quite in the mood).  It will pass in a few days and all will be fine again.
Weather has changed over the weekend, already yesterday it was a bit colder and we had some rain. Today will be even lower in temperature and as I see from the window, it is raining again and have much stronger wind than the last couplde of days. I think we finally are getting some real Autumn weather, to my disappointment I must say, ROFL.
Today I have the second part of the Halloween kit and next post I will have some great clusters to it from Arlene.
Have a fantastic day!

Download   part 2 HERE

Friday, October 31, 2014

Creepy night to watch out!

Goodmorning everybody!

It seems that councils and governmental institutions never seem to have enough papers of you LOL.
Got a phonecall on Wednesday late in the afternoon (at about 17.30 which is late for them!!), just was busy cooking, so not a good time. Well, the lady said she still missed a bankpaper(I was surprised, because I checked 3 times before sending all), and she asked me if I could email it.
Okay, email no problem, but I never used my scan option on the printer yet, so I first said I couldn;t do that and that I would send a copy by post the next day. But here it comes: she answered that it was okay, but that the whole routine would stagnate for about 10 DAYS, because they were a bit behind in work and that a copy would have been scanned first at their office in the postroom, then all post should be sorted out for the various departments etc etc. I wonder how the people in the postroom there work then, unbelievable it should take that long. I could though bring it next day myself at the office, but it is not near from our house, it takes a tram and bus to get there and would take about 30-45 minutes! Not my idea of fun time spending.
Anyway, after we had a bite for dinner I tried to do the scan, and whoppee, it worked. Now only had to make a pdf file for it. Took me some searching(I never made a pdf file before for sending with email), but finally I managed that too. So next morning I called the lady, telling her I sent her an email.
After about 10 minutes she called back that all was recieved well.
Let's hope we soon get a letter of how the social security will pay us some survival money!

Now hopefully today it will be a more relaxed day.
Weather should be fine, even with temperatures of about 66 to even 68 F. Tomorrow about the same, no rain, some sunshine, so perhaps good time to do a bit in the garden. Jan already cut down some of the big dahlia's, and they have to be taken out and dried and stashed away till next spring.

Our Brodski suddenly found a new place to sleep, he changes that every now and then. Now he likes very much the chair in front of my computer. That's okay with me, but he gets very grumpy, when he has to move from there, because I must do something at the computer. and have to be careful not to stand up to get something and sit down without looking at my seat. Cause as soon as I lift my butts, he already jumped on the chair!

So today is Halloween. I know it is celebrated all over in the US, here in Holland they do something about it, but not as extended as overseas.
To stay a bit in the atmosphere, I've made you a little Halloween kit, named Spooky Time.
Uploaded it in two parts, so Monday you will get the other part.
Have a wonderful, not too creepy Halloween, eekh!!

Download    part 1 HERE