Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Quick post after awesome Christmas

Goodmorning everybody!

I hope everybody had a good Christmas, although from the news there were some terrible items, about tornado's in America and floods in Great Britain and nature fires in Spain.
Will it ever happen that all over the world people will be able to have a peaceful and joyful Christmas?

It makes us realize that we are still the blessed ones and let's cherish that.
Jan and I had a wonderful Christmas. Christmas day we opened our presents and we had such fun with them. Then Jan had to go to work(and he had his Christmas sweater on, yeah!!!!, and he told me that it made the elderly smile, so it did it's job)), so I had plenty of time to prepare our little table.
And when he came home we had our meat fondue and it tasted yummie! we watched a great show first on German television and later on  Dutch television , which was a show by André Rieu and his orchester  and we just loved it! So we had a great evening.
Next day we just took it real easy and we had so much left over that we could have another fondue, LOL.
Yesterday nothing much happened, it was just a fantastic relaxed day.

Now we will have to pick up "normal"life for a few days, and wait for the New Year to arrive.
But before that starts I still have a Christmas kit for you, it's the one that I used for my bloglayout.
Named Modest Christmas, and of course the clusters from Arlene!
I hope that thses last days in 2015 will be quiet for all of us and that the jump into the new year will be safe too!
Have a lovely day.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas almost there!

Goodmorning everybody!

I hope you all are ready for Christmas? I think I almost am. Just will have to do bit of vacuuming cleaning adn such today and then I will be all ready for Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
Looking forward to it for weeks, planning and wrapping presents and suddenly out of almost nowhere Christmas Eve is about to start!
Today I also will prepare my stew pears for dessert tomorrow, I normally cut them in quarters or even smaller, but this time I found such a good size that I leave them whole. Then serve them warm, probably with a little bit of whipped cream and some cinnamon on it.
Tomorrow Jan first has to go to his volunteer job in the afternoon, but that gives me just the time to prepare our little table and cut the meat and make the sauces for the fondue.
I will take a little bite in the afternoon, just to have something in my stomach till around 19.30 when he will be home. We will have a nice dinner, and in the meanwhile I already saw that around that time there is a fantastic show on the German television with Helen Fisher, so it will be nice to watch it during our tasty meal.
Next day we will have the same, because there is always so much left and Jan and I don;t mind.
And then Christmas will be over again, it all passes so quick.
But on Sunday I will have an easy dinner too, (as Jan works all weekend in the afternoon/early evening), I have puff pastry with a vol-au-vent. Easy and yummie and for a bit later in the evening some French bread and a small selection of French cheese. I have one that I will have to melt for a few minutes in the oven and then you can dip your bread in it, and oh, it will be yummie!

The weather still is rather good here, temperatures still above the 10 C, some days with some sunshine, other days are more grey, but all over not bad at all, and I am not complaining.

I hope, everybody will have a fantastic time at Christmas and even if we have harder times to endure, we still are far better off than a lot of other people in the world. So let's count our blessings, as small as they may seem.

I have a kind of vintage Christmas kit for you today, named Christmas for Ever,  with some awesome clusters from Arlene.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Santa's elves dropped a box.

Goodmorning everybody!

Starting with the weather, gosh, we have a warm December. Normally we are around 6C, but we have 12-14C . Amazing! I don;t mind, though. Of course it is nice to have a "white Christmas"but I like this weather more. LOL.
My back is getting better and better, will have to take care on how I move and such, but that wicked pain is gone, yeah!!!!
Wednesday and yesterday I did about all the Christmas food shopping, wanted to have as much in the house as possible already now, to avoid the big stampede in the shops next week.
There are always some small things you just cannot buy in advance, but that are only a few things so I am happy.

wednesday evening someone was knocking on our window(I wondered why, because we have a good working doorbell now, but we checked and probably touched a little button in replacing the thing in another powerpoint, so all works again now), Jan went looking at the door and wow, the elves brought us a big Christmasbox. all presents are under my Christmastree now, and it is such a happy sight, every time we look at our tree. We will wait till Christmasday to pen them. It´s part of the fun to wait till Christmas.
I remember Christmastime when i still lived with my parents, we often had a lot of friends around at Christmastime and so there were also a lot of presents under the tree. And the pile grew every day LOL.
And what fun we had when we finally opened our presents. Often it were just small and not expensive gifts, but it doesn;t matter, the thought behind it is more important than the value. And we opened them one by one, so most of the time my mother was sitting next to the tree and picked the presents, read the name on it, this person then opened it and we all laughed or AHHHH'ed and OHHHH'ed and only then the next one received a present. So you can imagine it took one or two hours to open up all presents. We did that in the afternoon with a little drink and snack and after all that we had our dinner.
Happy times and memories.

Coming back from my shopping yesterday I nearly passed Heidi´s house, so I made a little visit, to see how Danny was doing. Monday he had a check up in the hospital and all seemed to be well and in good order. He still has to take a lot of rest for the next few weeks, but all healed well enough. That was good news.
Then Jan went to a gathering from his volunteerwork, kind of Christmas gathering for staff and volunteers and he came back with quite a bix Christmasbox, stuffed with all kind of tasty things. Very nice gesture of the elderly care facility towards the volunteers I think.
This afternoon Jan will go to his job a bit earlier because they have a kind of Christmas drink(without alcohol LOL) at the section where he works.

That was about my week, of course did some bits and bobs, but not really interesting to put in this post, hahaha.
I have again a Christmaskit for you, named "Highland Christmas"and also Arlene's add-on.
Have a wonderful day and weekend and week ahead.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Rather painful week.

Hello everyone!
Seems the whole post disappeared. Probably me doing something that I shouldn;t have.
All perhaps due to my back trouble, came back last Saturday, and worse, so went to the doctor on Monday, glad he is practically around the corner. Got medicin, some pills, that should help to fight the blovkage or inflammation, or whatever. They seemed to help, at least I am feeling better, not yet all gone but hey, I can move around again.. Still have to be careful, not to make a sudden or strange move.

 Not posting long, still cannot sit too long at the computer.
Sorry that friday suddenly there was no kit anymore to download, so here it is again, together with Arlene's clusters.
Have a nice day, hope to be back somewhere this week again, okay?

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Friday, December 04, 2015

Bit of stressful week.

Goodmorning everybody!

It wasn;t the best week ever. It started with me last weekend already. I was feeling not at ease, kind of tensed, restless, no, not nice. By Sunday evening it was gone more or less, so I was happy about that.
Monday feeling much better, not yet as it should be, but I could handle that.
I did some things like the laundry, a bit of grocerie shopping, little things, but okay.
Then Tuesday evening the phone rang, that was Heidi. She phoned me around 9.00 p.m. which is not a uusuale time for her, so I knew something was wrong and so it was.
That afternoon her husband Danny had a severe hart attack and was brought to hopsital and right away to operation room where he had a a coronary angioplasty. That went well and he was now on IC.Gosh, that was a shock, you could say.
I asked Heidi of course if I should come over, but she was kind of okay, and Séverine too, as far as you could expect in this situation. So I made an appointment with her that Jan and I would come next day, in early afternoon, to have a walk with the doggies, so she had her hands free during the day.
so we did. Jan went out with the doggies, I stayed with Heidi, so she could tell me all that happened. Also like kind of therapy for her, better to talk it out of your system. 
She was very tired, didn't have much sleep, very understandable.
I told her I would come back next day again for the doggies in the afternoon.
So I went there yesterday, she was feeling better, had a good night sleep(well, at least she told me so), news about Danny was rather good. He would be moved to the ward and if all went well he might come home today. Then he will have to stay "put" for about 6-8 weeks to rest a lot and let it all heal.

After I came back home yesterday I right away went into the kitchen to bake two pirogi(kind of Russian pie, with minced meat). I promised one to Heidi, so one evening in the weekend she wouldn;t have to do much cooking. Just put on some soup(canned one is okay too, LOl) and with the pirog you have a good meal. And it is better then have some junkfood. I will bring it a bit later today.
The other one I made for us for tomorrow, I;ll make a little pan of soup and dinner will be quick but tasty.
Well, you can imagine this all made it a very strange week.

I am happy though, that it went well with Danny, but he will have to take more care of himself in future, probably looking in to his food habits, and for sure it would be a good thing for him to loose some weight. 

Well, that is about all for this week to tell, but more than enough I say!
Let's end this post in a happier way, I have another Christmas kit for you, nämedd Christmas at the Countess and the add-on from Arlene at the same time.

Have a lovely weekend and stay safe.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Christmas freebie time of WorldWide Christmas scrapbooking blogtrain

Goodmorning everybody,

Just popping in to post my contribution to the WWCS blogtrain as well as from Arlene.
ast few days were rather wet over here, accompanied by some fearce winds. It looks that today wind is much less, still we'll have some rain. Oh well, temperatures are quite awesome for this time of the year, so let's not complain too much LOL.
Because of different times zones, it might be, that not all Christmas freebies are already on line, you can find the list on the right side of my blog in the sidebar. Just click the logo of the WWCS and you will go to the blog with all the links.
So if not succesfull, just try a bit later for a download. Don;t forget to leave a little love 1st to Antoinette, who organizes the WWCS blogtrain and then of course a little thank you to the designers.
Hope you have a terrific time with all the freebies!

I'll be back later this week with a bit more rambling.
Have a wonderful day.

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