Thursday, June 30, 2011

Online again

Yesterday I had to switch off the computer because of terrible weather.

Lightning struck three times in town and that was quite enough for me.

We're living in an area where certain kinds of bad weather get caught between a river and a canal and it bounces between them until it dies down or rises above a certain height where the winds can push it forward.
When the bad weather gets cought in that corner it's nasty.

The weatherservice issued an alarm and told people to stay in.

Well, people were supposed to go home from work and reach home.

The kids managed to be at home in time, but their dad had to travel by train.
He had a dinner at his work and went there. Partly because the traffic was down due to some silly issue at the rails. When that was settled he got the first train south.
He went straight through the bad weather which was moving north and then got stuck in a town one hour driving from here.

All traintraffic was put to a halt in the south, and there was no indication at what time it would be resumed. First fallen trees had to be taken from the rails.

I don't believe in coincidence.
The car was supposed to be repaired today, but for some reason it was done yesterday. So when he was called to fetch his dad, we thought he would ask the car of a friend, but he came with ours.

It was past midnight when they were home with lots of stories about the damage they had seen.

In our own garden some apples came off the trees, the roses are damaged and some other plants. The rest took their chance to drink and grow. That way the bad weather was off use to some living beings.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

And bad weather it was.

After an awful night, with one of the kids ill, temperatures above 20 celcius and top-humidity, the day came far too fast.
There was a lot of laundry to take care of, but it dried fast.

Near the evening the weather alarm was extended to our area.

....oops. I have to go offline as new bad weather is above us.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

First tropical day of the year

Today was the first tropical day of the year.
Quite a surprise as the day before we were wearing cardigans.

In the morning I woke up because helicopter flew so low over the house that my ears almost popped. It was kind of scary.
We are used to the ambulance helicopter flying over. But it flies a lot higher.
This was like they were looking for someone....

Well, all the windows were open, it was rather cool inside and it was pleasant to hear the birds enjoy the beginning of the day.

A few hours later warm air came in and we closed all windows and doors.

It's almost midnight now, after a tropical day with high humidity.
People are still sitting in the garden.

There;s no need to open a window, as the warmth outside is like hot woolen blanket.
It's awful!

I just opened the door to go outside and fetch the last laundry, but it was still not dry.
The air was almost unbearably hot.

Tomorrow bad weather is expected after even higher temperatures.
We'll see.

Monday, June 27, 2011

The surprise box

One of the main shops in our country had a special celebration because of their 120th birthday.

One could send a card and explain on it why someone should win one of the 1000 surprise boxes.
Some of the kids did.
My autistic son wanted me to receive a box because I'm always very patient with him.

Yesterday we made a last shopping round very late, quite short before closing time.
We had a few packages of yoghurt and the offer was: 3 for the prize of 2.

Well, at the counter things were ready for the next week and we had to go to a special counter to get our money back.

There we had a talk with the girls there about wine in plastic glasses, sealed like a pot with peanutbutter. The security guy, a collegue of one of my sons, came to talk with us too, as he had to wait until closing time.
It was one of those precious moments of fun and relaxation and well worth remembering.

Then we prepared to leave. Wrapping things in plastic bags, as they needed to be protected against the drizzle.
We said our goodbyes, laughed about a joke and said our goodbyes again and went.

Then from a corner of my eye I saw my name.

Turned out I was one of the ten winners of the franchise.


Luckily there was no photographer around to make it more special.
I was happy enough with the attention of the girls and the few guys that were still there.

The box contained groceries, like laundrysoftener, kitchenpaper, alcohol-free beer, sweets, lemonade, and such.
More important was the fact that my son wished me to have one of those boxes and I actually won.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Make You Feel My Love

1. What has someone done unusual to make you feel their love?

My best friend has given one of my sons who needed to do practical work for his studies a place at his paper, and he's teaching him the ins and outs so well, that no one could have done it better.

2. Do you own a smart phone? If yes, is it everything you wanted? If no, how seriously have you considered a purchase of the new smart phone?

No. No money so I haven't considered buying one.

3. Have you ever camped out to purchase something?

Not really camped out, but I've been waiting for hours with friends outside a shop to be among the first to enter to buy a guitar.

4. What is your worst habit?

Who cares?

5. What is your best habit?

Who cares?
One of my best habits is always making time for the kids.

6. In your opinion, what is life's greatest mystery?

How two cells can become aliving creature.

7. Are you one of those people who is constantly busy with projects, social outings, etc. or do you just like to lay low and stay home?

I'm always busy with the kids and helping others.

8. Whether you're busy all the time or like to just chill, have you always been that way?

I've alwasy been busy, even though I can be silent and relax.

9. Is there something you'd like to change about how you spend your time? If so, what is it? If not, why not?

There are always things on the list for change.
But some things belong to a time of life and they will change when the kids grow older.

Have a nice weekend!

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

End of testweek

The testweek is over.
It was a huge relief for the girls as they had the flu a couple of weeks ago and missed out of some knowledge.

The girls worked very hard to overcome that, I think they took it far more serious than some teachers took their job serious. Those were the teachers that didn't bother to explain something again or who didn't take their duties as serious as they should. Like the people who were supposed to organise special treatment for those with dyslexia. They completely forgot to arrange a special examinationroom...

We've worked very hard here the past weeks to explain things, review things and create papers that took far too much attention and time.

Some schools lack proper coordination and this school is one of them.

Strangely enough they still have some tests next week, but the testweek is over.

Don't hold it against me when you don't understand.

Friday, June 24, 2011


A while ago I was in Amsterdam and for the first time in my life a person in the open air asked me if I felt bothered by him smoking a cigarette.
As the wind was kind to me, I didn't mind him smoking.

We had a good talk and he told me that even he, as a smoker, often felt bothered by people smoking. For instance when he was waiting for the train.
I share his experience.
People are often not aware what it means to others when they smoke. The smell is terrible, but they themselves don't smell it anymore.
Because of asthma I'm bothered even more, as sometimes my whole day is spoiled because of the smoke of others. My breathing is inhibited. Try breathing through a straw all day and you can imagine just a bit of what it means.

Last week I saw someone with an e cigarette.
It's an electric device that looks just like a cigarette. One can even adjust the flavor of it.
But it has no nasty consequences for the people around it.
Seems good for those who need a cigarette in their hands to feel comfortable.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Magnetic strip

When shopping I was waiting at the counter to pay. There was quite a long line, and it was growing, because a customer who had paid for everything went through the gate and the alarm went off.
She went back and went again...again alarm.

She went back to the counter to have the magnetic strip deactivated again.

Through the gate...alarm.

Time after time, untill I said she;d better get her product out of tha package and leave the package in the shop and see if there's a magnetic strip on the bottle aftersun she bought.
She did so and she left.

The woman before me turned to me and said: "I hate this, all those controls, and it doesn't even work properly."

So we had a talk about the way we live now. With lots of rules and regulations, cameras and phones that enable evil minds to listen in to our family life even when they're turned off.
She said she felt unhappy in her own country because of the feeling that she's not trusted anymore.

I share her feelings.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Northern lights

One of my dreams is to see the northern lights.
I wonder if it will ever happen, but when one stops dreaming ju because there's a maybe, one has no future.

I was delighted to come across a movie of the northern lights I saw it full screen a couple of times and I loved it.

In case you're interested: you can click ::here::, and let me know if you like it as much as I do.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Continuing Story: a first time for everything

There's a first time for everything.

The new psychiatrist messed up a few times, but he reviewed his behaviour and by that he gained the trust of my son.

Today he had to go to his psychiatrist again, and like always I had to go with him.
But I expected an important call and told him he had to keep that in mind. I also said that I was worried I wouldn't hear well enough what was said when we would be on the bus.
He offered to go alone.


He is at an age that competition between males is an issue. His brother has been postponing something he doesn't like to do and I feel that my autistic son wants to show he dares to do something he doesn't like.

Knowing how quickly my son changes his mind, I had my clothes ready to put them on within a minute.
But he went without his usual problems like not finding his belt and such.

I was super-amazed!

Then I ran upstairs to clean his room with the phone quite near.

The phonecall I expected never came.

When my son came home he was happy he had gone all by himself.
Very short he told what had happened and then he went about his daily business.

I'm glad we took him on the bus and told him how it worked when he was very young, so he knows what to do.

A step towards independence. Good!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Table tennis

The first time I saw table tennis was when I was young and went with someone to a school to fetch her child.
The small ball and padles were also easy to handle tor a child and the large kids were quite willing to teach me how to play.

Over the years a grew a bit ans was better able to stand at the table. But my interest in table tennis faded, until at high school. We had competitions and fun. A lot of fun.

Since then table tennis has evolved a lot.
Now you can have your own table tennis training centre at your own home.
It's a simple system which can be fixed to a table tennis table in no time, and it throws balls and catches the balls in a net.
You can train all by yourself, or together with others, and invent your own games.

Table tennis is known to be a good way of working out without feeling you're working out.

Why not give it a go?

Underground market

It was all over twitter: at some unknown place an underground market would be held.

The concept is simple:

  • last minute news about the place,
  • and people can bring their own homemadeproducts to sell or exchange them.

Interesting is that here in The Netherlands everything is subject to taxes and laws. People feel more controlled every day and they want the freedom to act and eat the way they want. And they want something different from the usual things.

The underground market was a huge success.
It was held in a hall, where the producs could be put on tables.
All sorts of things were traded: bread, homemade jams and jellies, and a lot more.

People trade their vegetables on the allotments and this was a kind of allotment trade too. With more products.

Homemade is best, a lot of people said.

Well, I want to know when there's a market like that in our town.
I'm ready to trade some homemade products against... applepie.

Special day

Father's day and mother's day are always special to us.

We wanted a large family, but the children were thrown on the earth by some nice bird, and they didn't grow in a cabbage either.
We were even told we were not able to get children.
Well, the professor who told us was quite annoyed we proved him wrong. LOL!

When I finally got pregnant, I was so happy. I still feel it when I remember. I stood in front of the lift in one of our university buildings and I could have jumped all the floors from joy.

When our second baby was born that very same happiness ran through my veins.
She was a girl and as we already had a boy I felt like we had it all.
It was so amazing to receive something so beautiful and special.

And on the second day she died.
All what was done to save her... nothing helped.

It hurts me when I see people deal with babies like they're moving dolls, because they're so precious and so delicate.

The babies that were born after that experience where treated by the doctors with respect and care. We got heart- and lung monitors to prevent death, as they suspected a cause but science was not far enough to actually know it.

All babies can be monitored at the appropriate level.
All you need is a wireless baby monitor.
You can hear the baby when it cries and sensitive ones even transmit the breathing sounds.

There's no medical reason to monitor every baby, but when a baby has caught a cold, for instance, it's good to hear it's sounds, so you can have a look when it's coughing too much, for instance.

Nowadays they're small, wireless and can even be clipped to your belt, so there's no reason why your daily activities will be interrupted.
tehre are even monitors with LCD displays which display the temperature in your child's room and play lullabies.

Isn't that sweet?

Father's day 2011

We decided to have a quiet father's day.
The girls have testweek next week, the money can't be missed for unnecessary things, so we stayed at home and had a good time together there.

From our last trip to Germany I had three layers of cake in a package and we made it into a large cake with whipped cream, blackberry filling and some more ingredients that taste well.
We were so eager to eat it that we forgot to make photos.
It was delicious!

For dinner we had chinese take-away.
It was a disappointment.
When getting it they had to wait a long time as it was crowded.
Well, they used the same amount of vegetables they use on a normal sunday on father's day and just "diluted it" with rice.
So there was a lot of white on the plates.

We could have made rice at home, we didn't want to buy that.

Well, we had a good time anyway, while the rain poured down and the winds played around the house. It was like autumn.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The av cable

The kids always want to do something special for father's day and last week they teamed up to plan something.

They wanted to hook up an i-pod to the video recorder and the TV. Don't ask me how. The video is never used anymore after we found out it didn't work properly, so maybe their whole plan won't work.
"No need to worry", I was told. There was only one question: did we have an apple component av cable.

A what?

I've never been interested in the names of cables, so maybe we have such a thing, and maybe not.

It turned out not to be a problem, they will bring one themselves.

I guess I should be more interested in the new features of electronic life.
It's still electronic, is it?

You May Be Right

1. What is the craziest thing you've done in the last Year?

It was not a directed action, but we were blackmailed by a socalled professional and we thought the truth would be seen by everyone.
We miscalculated.
Peopel are far more willing to think the worst of people.

2. What is something that you've lost recently?

My trust in quite some people.

3. Where does your patience suffer the most?

When waiting for a trafficlight when there's no traffic to be seen.
(When I would cross the road a policecar would come and I would get a huge fine.)

4. Have you ever reread a book?

Oh yes. The first one was my babybook, the second one was Heidie en the rest followed.

5. What is a TV show that you absolutely HATE to miss?

As the world tturns. We're one to two years behind, so they're still together...

6. How old do you wish you were?

A hundred. Boy would I tell the world the world what I think, and finally people would pay attention and I wouldn't see them shaking their heads and saying to each other that that old one is really sick in her head.

7. Do you know your neighbors?

One side: yep. They're great!
The other side: yep, I know their yelling and arguing.

8. Do you believe that opposites attract?

In magnets, yes.

9. Who was the last person that made you laugh?

My son who just came in for a bicycle light and glowed all over. He thinks we're not aware he has a girlfriend. LOL!

Have a nice weekend!

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Friday, June 17, 2011

BBQ and artificial flowers

A family tradition is to attend the BBQ at the university.
My uncle did, I did.
In fact I was the first woman in the family to attend.

And now the tradition is taken over by one of my sons, who did his practical work for his studies at the hospital and university and was invited to the BBQ.
First he didn't want to go, because he had to go alone, but I urged him to have a look. He could always leave straightaway.

So he went, and had a good time.
The chairman of the board wished him good luck with his exams, and my son was thrilled. (He didn't know I know this nice guy already for a long time)

The food was good, he told me. And he was impressed that many people came in their working clothes.
He still needs to get familiar with some special features of hospital working life. LOL!

For me he brought a string of artificial flowers. isn't that nice?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Accident lawyer

Today I heard such a lot of noise from outside that I got curious and opened the door to hear what was the matter.
I heard ambulances and policecars. Quite a lot.

A few minutes later the ambulance helicopter flew over, so somewhere was quite a serious accident.

Ofcourse I got in contact with friends who lived near where I heard the noise from and they could tell me there had been an accident caused by a large truck, hitting a small car.
They also could tell me the driver of the small car probably suffered only minor injuries, so he's supposed to be very lucky. I know however that a whiplash and some other injuries might not be detected on the spot, so the condition of the driver should be monitored.

It's a pity we don't have special lawyers here who are able to stand up against the lawyers of the large trucking companies.

A friend lives in New York and she told me about the work of her friend, an accident lawyer.
He has a thorough knowledge of all sorts of accident cases and he's not afraid to confront the large insurance companies with all sorts of claims to deal not only with the direct costs, but also the loss of income and long term medical treatment.

The lawyers here can learn a lot from him and his collegues.

French village

The school of the girls wants to do want other schools do so the section French organised a french village, so they said.

The school of the boys made quite a happening from their village. The pupils all got a theme to present, like cheese tasting, planning a vacation to a french camping, or something like that.
The got a complete room to dress up, and recipes to bake or cook.

So walking through the village gave a real feel of france.

The school of the girls just delegated a few things. They got a table. That was it.
So there wss no real feel of a village.
Even worse, they forgot to tell one of the groups to prepare a table.

My daughter and her friends didn't know what thet were supposed to do.
Spontaneous speaking french!

She studied long and hard on the texts in her book and was one big package of nerves.

Well, she did very well.

But a village?
She didn't see it anywhere.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My son and his waterboiler

My son lives in an appartment and last week his boiler stopped working.
As one of his friends is an electrician he asked him to have a look.
He couldn't find anything.

As the repairman of the appartment complex was on holiday my son came here to shower.
I don't mind people falling back to old mamma's home, but there's a difference between falling back and using the shower and falling back in old behaviour.
He cleans up in his own home, so he can clean up behind himself.
Strangely enough it suddenly became acceptable to wash himself in cold water, LOL!
He must have outgrown my supervision. Haha!

When the repairman was back from holiday he had a look.
He didn't even know the brand of waterboiler, which is strange, as the owner places them all.
He called in someone else....same problem.

My son became kind of annoyed and said he would call in an expert at their cost, as he needed warm water and he paid for it.
So they were all together and called the expert.

He came.
Said he'd never seen that brand and was curious were it came from.
he had a look.
Took out a part and said he would be back within the hour.
fter 45 minutes he was back and said the card was broken and another one was needed and he had it with him.
He installed it and.... hot water!!

Clever guy!


The internetconnection is still crap.
One my sons had a bad time getting on internet due to the installation of new cables, and it took ages.
Now it's our turn.

They first repaired the TV cables. Which was a straightdown disaster, as we still can't get certain programs.
And now they're working at the border of town.

It's quite annoying when you're writing and the connection gets lost.
I now have to save everything before posting, just to be sure.

How long it'll last?

A century perhaps, as never when I bicycle past that dug out hole in the ground someone is working there.

Monday, June 13, 2011


It's such a strange weather.
The temperatures are bearable, but the humidity is horrible.
It's like we're living in a different climate.

The early spring is wonderful, but after that it's rainseason.

Many people in the shoppingcentre and elsewhere complain about headaches.

There are only so many ways to deal wit excessive humidity and I know just one very radical one for the house:

to put the heating on and smoke it all out.

No fun, but it helped well.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Plants now

I've bought a couple of plants a while ago.
Some spanish yellow heads and some lavender, but the soil was too dry to plant them.

The lavender was meant to be planted in the hedge in the front garden, where a few holes are the silent withnesses of last winter's cold killing.

Right now they're still standing beside the chairs in the back garden, waiting for special treatment in real gardensoil.

I hate it when I buy plants and I can't give them what they're supposed to have: their own special place in the garden.
The yellow heads are now seedheads, and hopefully I can use the seedfs to have nice plants next year.

But if this climate change will be more severe than it is now, I'd better start buying tropical plants.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Bye car!

each year the cars need to be checked and our was checked too.
For the first time.

We bought the car a while ago, second hand.

A close check-up by a friend revealed some problems... thank you garage!
It was fixed.

Now the car showed other problems. Probably because of the bumbs on the road to slow the traffic down.

The male part of the family was hsocked by the costs.
I wasn't surprised as we hit the average costs people have after the annual check up.

Well, they're going to see if they can buy the parts and install them themselves.

...Leaves me with tjhe laundry after that....

Friday, June 10, 2011


Every 5 years I receive an overview of my pension.
It's to keep people up to date about what they get on top of their basic income when they're 65 or older.

I always plan to inquire about the income I had when teaching at university, but I bet they have nothing in their administration, otherwise they would have found it by now. And it will be almost impossible to get all the data on the table and add it to the few euro's I'll get.
I assume they hused another pensionorganisation and I'll be informed when I get 65.

I won't be rich. The pension is far below 100 euro, because I've never been able to work long, due to the kids.

So I have to find a place where I can grow my own vegetables and fruit when I'm old.
I'd better start saving for an elevated garden (as my hips ache almost all the time now) and seeds.
Let's bet my green will grow faster than my pension.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Lucky girls

My daughters love horse riding. but it's something we can't afford.

At school there's one chance a year: at sports day.
They have to subscribe and a lottery (or the teacher) decided who's going to do what.

This year both girls subscribed again and ofcourse they had a pace on the list.
They were called by the owener of the place.
There was not enough help on the farm and if the girls would help at the sportsday they would earn an extra ride at another day, in addition to the ride organised by school.

They're not afraid to work and get dirty hands, so they both were delighted.

Happy girls!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bathroom improvement

The house we're living in is getting old.

When we leave it will be renovated and sold.
Right now it's still for rent and they're not investing much... if anything at all.

The tiles in the bathroom need to be redone. But with so many people living here, the way those people work, and with my asthma it's not something to be taken lightly.
So we try to do with it as long as possible. Hopefully we'll be able to move out to a better place soon.

It's not that the house is neglected. It's just old.

This weekend we upgraded the bathroom.
Painting will be done another time, but we exchanged one of the closets for another.
Now the kids are getting larger, the closet holding the towels became too large. So Now we've got a neater one.
But even though it's higher, I'm now I'm left with a surplus of towels.
Either I'll give them away and wash every day, or I'll find another place.

Well, the bathroom looks nicer.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Longing for art

The mother of a friend used to madke huge wall decorations of fabric.
They were beautiful.

On one of them I'm presented too, beside her own daughters, and I used to be very happy with that.

We haven't seen each other for ages, even though we send news and cards around christmas each year.

It's a pity I don't have a photo of what she has made with her creative vision about me, because it would have been fun to see if what I have in mind is the same she made.

If I had time I would make us a wall hanging too.
I'm so longing to make something creative, but there are other things that need my attention more.

I'm glad we've been able to find something under the stove in the kitchen. That's the first step of a few we really want to take this year before and during the summer.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Bobby Kennedy

It was 1968. I was even younger than my children now, when the world was shocked by the shooting of Bobby kennedy.
He just gave his victory speech in Los Angeles, when a palestian man fired st him.
He caught a bullet near his ear and two in his armpits.

The doctor's did all they could, but a bit more than a day later he died, leaving the Kennedy family with one more member to mourn about.

His brother, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1963.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Why didn't they take action?

The other day the BBC aired a program about Winterbourne View.
A home for people with special needs where they infiltrated to get a good view om what was happening there after a former teammember tried to get attention for severe abuse of the people there.

They trained someone to enable him to go in there as a caretaker with three small cameras

What they recorded was so severe that many people who saw it sat crying in their rooms, not only the parents, but other people as well.

The day after the people who abused were arrested.

In my mind I keep asking why they didn't report the abuse before it was aired, because it must have taken quite some time to put it all together to make it into a program.
The abuse was so severe that each day was hell for those people there, and they would have been spaired more sufferening.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Where is he?

One of my friends can't be found in town.
He's a journalist, with his wife living with her dementing mother at the other side of the country.
We assume he's there.

But we worry.
He's got cancer and he never talks about it.
He refuses to have anyone care for him, and I feel thrown against the wall because of that.
We're not allowed to talk about it at all, and that makes me worry far more than I would otherwise.

His birthday is within a few days and we want to surprise him.
He doesn't like that, he says.
He does all he can to help my boys and I suspect he loves to use his paternal feelings not only for his own son, but also for mine.
As he's not the kind of person who likes a thank you every time, we saved them for his birthday.

I guess he knows or expects that.

Hopefully he'll surface after his birthday and he'll be OK.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Dry, dry, dry

Nature is so dry that fires get a firm grip as soon as they start.
I've always hated the fact that I moved from where I grew up. Not because I wasn't able to be happy here, but because I loved to walk out the door, grasp my bicycle and be at the woods within 2 minutes. The tall trees were a kind of home for my soul.

Here there's nothing of that kind.
There are open areas with grass....which now looks brown... and there's an artificial lake with a small area around it, where they took almost all the bushes and trees from last year and put lanterns around.
It used to be a nice place to look at the stars, but the lanterns stopped that.

Now nature is dry.
The lack of rain for such a long time even influenced the river near our town. It's meters lower than usual and they're talking of adjusting the ships, because they nearly touch the bottom.
I can't skip watering the plants in the garden, because they won't make it at all.

It's like living in a different country.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


The dangerous infection in Germany is spreading.
Because it doesn't only cause diarrea, but also kidneyfailure and can be fatal it's different from common food poisoning and it's scary that normal food can contain such a threat.

It's the talk of town.

Wherever I come people talk about it.

I think that keeping your kitchen hygienic and washing vegetables is of utmost importance anyway, but I find myself being creepy precise and I don't enjoy cooking anymore by the thought I might be prepairing poison.

So I cook all the tomatoes we have and throw away the cucumbers and buy ones from my own country.