Sunday, January 16, 2022

Lazy Sunday

I love Sundays. You can sleep somewhat longer (during the working week, we get up at 7 am, on Sunday at 8.30 am). Then an lazy breakfast (this morning: toastie with ham and egg) and having coffee while you catch up on your social media or read some chapters. Only afterwards a shower and getting ready for the day.

I filled the washing machine and now it's doing its job. Later on I can hang the washing upstairs in our attic room. We don't have a dryer, because of this big space where there is heating and ventilation, just as you like it. And no chance that a bird drops something on the clean linen!

A lovely smell is filling my nostrils. My sister is trying out a new cake recipe. A yoghurt cake with blueberries. Should be nice... Can't almost wait to taste!

Later on today, we'll have lunch and something nice for dinner. In the weekend Chris always has some more time to cook something that is special and may cost a little more. We never save on food. A big part of our budget goes to it. If we feel like eating lobster, we buy one. We eat steak and lamb without a look at the price. Most people only buy sausages or minced meat. That sells best in the supermarkets. We try to eat a variety. Meat (but not too much, fish, shell fish, vegetarian).

Tonight we're going to watch some tv. There's good program on TV1, Taboo, and later on we can watch Call the Midwife on BBC1. I love that program. It goes back to the times when my sister and I were little kids. But luckily we didn't live in a place like Poplar. There was a street in Dendermonde, that looked a lot like Poplar and from where some of the kids in my class came: de Oude Vest. As kids we didn't have all the modern luxury as well (it just didn't exist yet), but we could bathe in a big tub that was placed in the middle of the kitchen and filled with clean water for every bather (some of my classmates had to share their bathwater with their siblings). We had radio and already TV (black and white, a Loewe Opta). We could eat as much as we liked. We could travel and see places where most only dreamed of. We were happy kids, with loving parents and grandparents. Nothing to spoil our childhood, I guess we're blessed - and it really has a positive effect on the rest of your life. I'm still a happy person, glad with what I have and not envious of those who have more. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Not vaccinated = not done!

Nowadays - at least here in Europe - there is no country where the general opinion says it's fine to be not vaccinated. There are a certain number of anti-vaxers who refuse to have their Covid-19 shot.

More and more countries impose measures to promote the vaccination. The French president Macron even claimed 'they're gonna embarrass the non-vaccinated until they give it up'. In our own country, there are also more and more voices going up to oblige vaccination. 

I.m.o. I don't see why you wouldn't accept a vaccination. Personally, I think that this vaccin doesn't do much to protect you (I have more faith in being no social being and not coming into close contact with other people beside my sister) but nevertheless I got my three shots of Pfizer. What harm can such an injection do? Perhaps you feel some soreness for a day or so. I never had a vaccination that troubled me (and I've had a couple of them already, against typhoid, yellow fever, cholera, etc.) 

I take the vaccinations because only then I'll be able to go and have lunch/dinner in a restaurant, go to the theatre, attend a concert, travel to those countries where it's possible. Vaccination allows you at least some freedom.

But still, nearly every weekend there are demonstrations against vaccination. Fewer and fewer people show up, though. Hopefully, the new measures will persuade them to go for vaccination at last.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Back to everyday life

 It's the last day of the holidays again - how fast time goes! Tomorrow it's back to work for Christine, even though she works from home. At least now she can say she goes into pension on July 1st, 2023. She's looking forward to it! Before you know it, the summer is there and after the long summer break it's only one more schoolyear to go.

We're still waiting to meet our new neighbors. The house next to us was sold (after renovation) to a young couple at the end of August last year, but up to now we have seen nothing happen in the house. No decorating, no furniture brought. And the other neighbors (the Polish ones) went off in November and haven't been back yet. One of their daughters comes to check the house every week on Wednesday. We don't know what happened. Perhaps Teresa's mother is very ill and they are with her in Poland, or they have gone to sunnier parts to spend the winter there. Lots of Belgians do that.

We came home from the coast on Friday. We did some redecorating there, as the weather was very bad the last few days. And on Friday night we went out eating at Barley's, our favorite restaurant in Dendermonde. 

As yet we haven't got any negative news from SAS. Hopefully our flight can happen. It's only 7 weeks before we would leave to Norway. Hopefully this year will be somewhat better concerning trips. Last year we could only go twice (to France). We're  not used to that! Normally we travel 8 or 10 times a year. I reckon we would have had a big villa with surrounding park if we had saved up all the money e already spent on travels...

Monday, January 3, 2022

Bossed Up by the Billionaire

 Let's say hello to VK Holt today! VK is doing a virtual book blast tour for Bossed Up by the Billionaire, a contemporary romance available now from Well-Thumbed Publications. This book blast tour will take place January 3 - 7, 2022

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Bossed Up

//informal// to go after something/someone with determination. To put your entire soul into achieving a desired outcome.


Life had dealt me so many curveballs, Struggle became my middle name.

Wouldn’t it be nice for once not to have to fight for what I want?

Enter: Mr. Perfect Stranger.

He promised me a time to remember.

I can safely vouch he kept his promise. All. Night. Long.

Trouble is, his family bought the company I work for.

And his first order of business was to remind me that I left him...

Without saying goodbye.

But that’s not the worst of it.

He wants to pick up where we left off.

Last time, I barely escaped from falling. Who’s to say that this time, I’ll be the one asking him to stay?


Bossed Up by the Billionaire is a dual POV Contemporary Romance with no cliffhanger, no cheating, and a guaranteed HEA.


From the chapter The Snare of a Web

And just like that, I’m in high school all over again. From the time I was born, I’ve been in the 75th height percentile. That means I’m a smidge over average. Royce Grayson towers over me. He was a big man when I met him two years ago, and he’s even bigger now.

He could do some serious damage.

And I sure as hell want him to.

"Royce, give me my phone."

His grin spells trouble. His words even more so. "That’s all I was waiting for, Sin. I wanted to hear my name come out of that damn sexy mouth of yours. I’ve been thinking about it all day." He places the phone in my palm and his slight touch lights a trail of fire up my arm.

I ignore the sensation and glance at my phone. Besides a thin crack on the left-hand side, close to the top, the screen now has a spider web of lines starting in the lower right corner and progressing to the middle in a wide arc.

Terrific. Fine. Whatever.

My annoyance with him and his kind comes out in the harshness of my tone. "Don’t call me 'Sin,'" I say, stuffing my phone in my bag. I’m going to the bar. To hell with this.

Whatever this is.

I loop my bag over my shoulder and take a step forward to brush past him.

He stands in my way. "We need to talk."

I ignore the hope blooming in my chest. It's not right. It's not right.

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VK Holt has been creating stories since the age of six. An author of steamy contemporary and fantasy romance, she includes both humor and angst when writing about the strong men and the sassy women who come to love them.

If she isn’t baking, she is reading, writing or walking her Chihuahua. And drinking coffee, too. Can’t forget about that.



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Friday, December 31, 2021

Happy New Year!

To all those who read my blog: I want to wish you and your family all the best for the new year. May all your dreams come true! And hopefully we'll see the end of corona in the world...

2021 was a year to forget. A lost year. Let's pray thar 2022 will be better!

Monday, December 27, 2021

Two weeks of peace and quiet

 ... and sleeping somewhat longer! On workdays we get up around 7 am, but now we sleep until 8.30 am. Neither me or my sister are people who can't sleep well at night. Even though I'm 65, I get into bed and I sleep until I have to wake up. I always have an undisturbed sleep. Lots of older people don't sleep a lot at night, and are up at 5 am. I just can't grasp how that is possible. 

One and a half year to go, and then my sister will also be a pensioner. Then we can sleep as long as we like and do what we like. We're already making up plans how to renovate the house for the last time, once the flat is sold. Making plans is just so much fun!

These two weeks of school holidays will be quiet ones for us. Originally we had planned to make a trip through France. But we cancelled this as the situation got worse. Also, once you're over 65 you need to have had your booster jab. As mine was only planned for December 23rd, and only become effective two weeks later, the Christmas holidays was a no-go. 

Keep the fingers crossed, because we hope to go the north of Norway at the next school holiday (end of February-early March). Chris wants to see the Northern Light. We have bought new gear for that purpose. Warm boots, jacks and pants, thermal underwear. Ready for polar temperatures! And later on, we'll be able to use that gear to visit Canada in winter, or go to Switzerland walking in the snow. 

Chris gets her booster jab tomorrow and so we'll head for the coast on Wednesday. We'll stay until the end of the holidays. Not doing anything special, just what comes to mind. We ordered a take-away dinner for New Year's Eve (and spread that over two days, as it's always way too much to eat in one session). That's one of the effects of taking this much pills: I can't eat like I used to do anymore. Nowadays I have to be glad to be able to finish what's on my plate. No extra's for me!

Friday, December 24, 2021

Merry Christmas!

 As we head towards Christmas Eve, I'd like to wish everyone who reads this blog a Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming year.

Hopefully we'll see an end to the corona crisis. Here in Belgium, we're getting into the fifth wave of infections. Luckily the booster campagne is going ahead full steam. By the end of this month, most of the Flemish will have got their booster jab. I got mine yesterday, and my sister will get hers on Tuesday. 

I really wish life would get back to normal. Now it's almost impossible to plan anything. You make plans, you have to cancel them. Where is the time when we could plan a trip a year before and see it pass without any problem???

Anyway, up to now we've stayed healthy, didn't get Covid. We are careful, as we stay mostly just the two of us. The most risk we take is when going out dining - and then not in every restaurant. In the restaurants where we visit mostly, the tables are far enough from each other and distances can be maintained. 

What are your plans for Christmas? Here at home we'll take it quietly. Today is also Chris's birthday, so we'll cook her favorite dish, have a glass of bubbles (or two) and take the desert with us to watch some tv show. There is a Cirque du Soleil show on the second national channel.