Friday, November 30, 2012

Beer Barrel Polka



1) Have you ever danced the polka?

Yes, several times at balletperformances. And I loved it.

2) Frankie Yankovic was a stellar accordion player. What instrument have you mastered, or would like to learn?

I'm not going to write them all down, but I play many instruments, ranging from flutes, guitar, organ to the highland bagpipes.

3) When Frankie died in 1998, his obituary proclaimed him as "America's Polka King." Lucille Ball was "The Queen of Comedy" and Michael Jackson was "The King of Pop." What royal title do you deserve?

Queen of wishes.
Most of them never come true.
They become more modest in time, but some will stay until the end.

4) Do you like light beer?

I almost never drink.
I don't like it particularly.

5) In 1901, daredevil Annie Taylor successfully went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She was badly bruised but otherwise fine. How much money would it take for you do to do something that dangerous?

Well, the costs of traveling there are already quite high, so cover them and a trip to Nepal.

6) When was the last time you visited a pet store?

Years ago, when the kids were still small and liked rabbits.

7) What's your favorite salad dressing?

Some sweet mayonaise.

8) Sam Winters is crazy about her smart phone. She uses it to take pictures, record videos, listen to tunes, answer emails and surf the net and, oh yeah, she even uses it to make calls. How indispensable is your mobile phone in your day-to-day life?

I can call with it, receive calls and that;s almost it. The cost was about 30 euros. That says it all, doesnt it?

9) "Kocham ciÄ™" is "I love you" in Polish. Can you say "I love you" in a language other than English (and Polish)?

Yes: Dutch, German, French, Swedish and probably a few more.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Suede shoes

I saw at www.thegardengates.com that suede shoes are in fashion again this winter.

It immediately made me remember the suede shoes my gram gave me when I was about 12.
They were made of patches of different colours of brown, beige and black, and were the most comfortable shoes I've ever had.

Now many shops don't present individual items in their wintercollection, but present concepts, it makes me feel I want to work in the garden for one last time this year and redo the livingroom, to create a warm, brownish winterstyle.
A kind of rustic countryfeel is OK for me.

Some of my friends will smile when they read this.
The past years I've enjoyed the bright and shiny summery colours, and after I decided it's my house and it doesn't matter what people think, I've used them freely whenever I wanted.

The kids loved it.
Coming home into a world of almost festive creativity is great for kids.
Their friends said they loved it here because at their home they felt gloomy and bored in the livingroom, like they were visiting their grandparents. Haha. My gram was not boring at all, so maybe they will be surprised when they look past the dull colours.

I don't think refurnishing the livingroom and using brown and beige will result in a dull room. Not here. I'm sure bright red will be the accent colour, brightening up the room and intensifying the brown colours to give them a warm feel.

I have to wait a long while though.
With a girl starting her studies next year and one almost half a year in nursing school we need every little coin we have.

But times will change, and it's never too early to dream.




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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My gram's birthday

What a pity my gram died a long long time ago, otherwise we would have had a good party with her tasteful cake.

Now I celebrated in my mind.

She was such a wonderful gram. I wouldn't have become the person I am without her.
She taught me a lot, from cooking potaties to singing.
She used to be an actress for part of her life...in musicals.
Our family had their own men's choir and they practiced a lot at her home.

So music was something that belonged to life. Great!!

Well, today I wanted to do some shopping and couldn't find my shoes.
2 years ago the boys could make a choice from a short list of products for christmas, and one fo them didn't find something nice for himself and offered to order the n-ikes for ladies for me.
I wear them often en with pleasure. They have their own place to stay overnight.

This morning I couldn't find them...

Almost everyone here at home looked around.
In the evening they were still lost. They were not behind, in between, on top, or under whatever they could be with.

I started to feel utterly stupid. Where did I put them? Not t\at the usual place, not....

Then it was about 23.00 hours.
Some were already asleep.

None entered the house through the front door anymore after the last one came in and didn't see the shoes either.
I started to think I must have put them in the bag with second hand clothes that went away last monday...but i was wearing them tuesday, so that was a stupud thought.

Near midnight I gave up.
When I went to close the front door for the night, the shoes were standing in the middle of the hallway.

GRAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The blister

I didn't pay much attention to the burnmark of yesterday.
Just kept it cool.

At the office my mind was taken from everything else than from what needed to be done.

I tried to phone the teacher of my intern, but she was not available.

Did loads of other things and then hurried home.

At home I put on other trousers, not realising they were a bit rough on the inside.
When I sat down I felt a large blister pulled open! Auch.

I didn't even know there was one on my leg. Stupid, not to look more often.

We never have silver bandaids, never. Except for now. We bought a package in the sales last week out of curiosity.

Now I could cover the burning wound with it.
I know it's better to dry the wound in the air and leave it like that.
But it's on my upper leg, in touch with my trousers all the time, so...

My mind was taken of it by all the stories about Paris my daughter told us.
She's had such a good time!
She had a great time with the group. No bullying ot anything else. Everyone was on time for the bus, etc etc.

She didn't buy a souvernir from the Eiffeltower though, and she regretted it a bit.

Until my best friend came and gave her one as a pendant. LOL!

We all had a good laugh.


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I'm not accident-prone, but today...

The past week has been very tiring, and with a kind of cold or flu bothering our town, things didn't get better.

I'm not accident-prone, but today was a kind of nightmare. Well, for those with self-pity, and luckily I'm not one of them.

We almost overslept, but with some skilled direction-work everyone arrived in time at school or work. Phew.
I think even the bathroom was surprised the sounds of water finally stopped. Well at least they went clean and with brushed teeth, lol!

I was so busy going around the house, doing the laundry and a lot of ther things, in the meanwhile thinking how I could fit in everything I need to do in just a normal week when I nosedived from the last steps of the stairs.
The huge laundry basked I was carying landed first, and I landed on top of the laundry.
My left foot didn't like it, nor did my right knee. And, to be honest, nor did I.
But I didn't need an emergency room, so I carried on after a cuppa.

Later, when I was cooking, I took the boiling potatoes to shed off the water and a large splash of water went my way. I'll never know why. It never happened before.
I managed to put it down immediately and pull the wet part of my trousers from my leg, but already I was burned.
The mark was as large as my hand.
I cooled it and hoped for the best.

Needless to say I took it a bit easy after that.
Well, let's say I had my mind more concentrated on what I was doing.


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Monday, November 19, 2012

Birthday 2012

Another birthday of the twins.
They're 17 now.
Nice young ladies, with a bright smile, good sense of humor, and a sound opinion of the world around them.

It's the first time they're not waking up in the same house on their birthday.

It was still night when we prepared to fetch one of them, who came back from a schooltrip to Paris.

When the door of the bus opened she jumped out and embraced her sister, congratulating her.
Everybody was watching and one of the teachers said he liked the way they're twins.
Very independent, but at times a unity.

When we went home we heard lots of stories about Paris.
She likes the city.
When it was 00.00 hours of her birthday they were all in the bus and everybody sang her birthdaysong.
Two of the teachers had bought her a nice embroidered T-shirt.

At home she was so sleepy we said she'd better go to bed, and we all did.
In the afternoon we shared birthdaypresents, ate cake and did all the traditional birthday things.

We agreed that inviting friends over will follow this week or the week after, depending on school.

So it was a strange and quiet birthday. But a nice one.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Live and Let Die



1) "Live and Let Die" was nominated for an Oscar as best song. Do you have a favorite movie song?

The track of Out of Africa, and Pappa can you hear me? from Yentl.

2) The latest Bond movie, Skyfall, is crazy successful. Have you seen it/do you want to see it?

No, Can't afford to go now.

3) What do you think makes Bond movies so enduringly popular?

Good marketing.

4) Do you have a favorite among the actors who have played "Bond, James Bond?"

The original one.

5) Bond orders martinis -- "shaken, not stirred." What's your regular drink order?

I don't order drinks. At the band I drank whiskey with the others. Not on the rocks, but pure.
And I like port.
But, as said, I hardly drink.
Just at christmas a glass and at newyear.

6) Moving from the bar to breakfast -- do you have a favorite cereal?

No. We eat bread for breakfast here.

7) Let's daydream about warm weather. Would you rather swim in a lake, the ocean, or an outdoor pool?


Considering I want to live near the ocean I have to say in the ocean.
I've been in the sea though, and I enjoyed it very much.

8) Did you get 8 hours' sleep last night?

No,I'm a bad sleeper.

9) What are you wearing on your feet right now?

flipflops

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She's in Paris

One of the girls left for Paris yesterday morning.
Well, I'd rather say: yesterday night.
The bus left before 6.

It was very cold when we drove to school. Unlike another school we know well, this school stays closed, so people have to wait outside.
We were lucky that the bus arrived well before time, and the teachers wanted them all to enter as fast as possible. Maybe because they were feeling cold too.

She'd looked forward to this trip very much.
The group differs a lot from the former one. The kids are a lot nicer.
She sat down in the upper part and within no time one of the boys took the seat before here and there were both talkign with the other classmates.

They hardly had time to wave goodbye.

We went home and tried to sleep a bit before the daily activities took over.

The drive to Paris costs 6 hours. So in order to have plenty of time there, they went early. The first night will be spent at an hotel. Then they'll have a full day, and at 24.00 hours they'll go home again. They'll try to sleep in the bus.

The teachers who accompany them are very nice.

I hope they're going to have a good time.
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Friday, November 16, 2012

The man and the trumpet

The past week it was remembrance day in a few countries.

It always makes me remember the time I was young, and a member of the band.
I playes a small flute with a few friends, but the man who played the trumpet was the only trumpet player we had.

He needed to exercise a lot and when we got the request to play at a formal event he even exercised more. He also got lessons, because he had to play "The last post", a famous solo which should be played to perfection.

When he was about to pay it, we all were nervous, but he managed to do it well.
So well he lost the mouthpiece of his trumpet when he went home. I don't know how, but he did. He was ever so sad.

I forgot about it, until last week I saw a blessing trumpet at WWBW.
I was enjoying my time at the site looking for a flute headjoint.

It made me wonder if the moutpiece of the trumpet of this man has ever been replaced.

His son lives nearby, so I asked him.

He said his father never did, because he wanted to remember his last performance, which went so well.
Talking a bit more it turned out his father was about to celebrate his birthday.
I told him that a new mouthpiece can be bought without problems and that maybe a silver one would be a nice present.
He can always decide to keep it as a nice piece for himself or use the trumpet again.

The new mouthpiece is on it's way to his house now.
I wonder what will happen.
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Finally something social

The paper runs on donations and advertisements.
This was OK in the past, but now with the recession and with shops going online with a site of their own, it's starting to become a huge problem to get enough money.

Things have changed at the paper.
Now my friend is back I've withdrawn from some activities and I'm concentrating far more on teaching.
Now and then I take care of some officework, just because no one else does.

But as always with volunteer work, doing one thing means you're asked for a hundred.

So no one takes care of the acquisition and people look my way.

Let's say I decided to look in the same direction.

I'm not going to work far too much while others sit there waiting with folded arms, leaning comfortably in their chairs.

One way or another they didn't get the message that I can't do and won't do it all.
One picked up that it's not up to the ladies to make the coffee, but that was it.

Well, today someone finally saw the light and made the others aware that they should do something too. Wow!

Up to now just one person replied.

But with the writer of the mail it's two.
That's a start. isn't it?
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Monday, November 12, 2012

Bullying

I thought we were way beyond bullying, but alas.

One of the girls came home from school and told about some ugly remarks made after she gave a speech about autism. She ended with: "autism can't be seen from the outside."
One of the boys said: "but it can be seen with you."

There were more incidents of that kind.

Remarks like these don't really upset her, as she knows it's the problem of those people and not her. But she takes the space to be herself and expects respect.

She went to one of the teachers and reported the bullying.
The teacher had a talk with her and...adviced her to go to a social worker or a psychologist.
My daughter made clear she's not the problem and she doesn't have a problem, but the person who is bulling does have a problem.

I wrote a letter to school and we got an invitation to talk.

The teacher was...

She asked us how we wanted to solve the problem.
She didn't listen at all.


She was not able to tell us if the school uses a program against bullying (how well prepared she was!), but she didn't deny it.

I tried to get a repy from the schoolboard about it and from their repy it was clear they didn't want to admit they have none.

When we were talking about something else I suddenly said to no one: "Isn't here a person that takes complaints about bullying?"
The teacher jumped on it and acknowledged that there is no bullying program.

When we went home we were not happy about the way the school deals with bullying.
Time to collect complaints and make things change.


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Friday, November 9, 2012

Good Morning, Heartache



1) Do you come up with your brightest ideas early in the morning or late at night?

Late at night, that's for sure.

2) Are you more likely to feel romantic at night or in the morning?

Well, I'm writing this very early in the morning. No need for romanticism right now, so the answer is: at night.

3) Do you shower in the morning, after work or before bed?

That depends.

4) Billie Holiday was just 44 when she died. Is there an artist whose early demise surprised and saddened you?

Janis Joplin

5) Billie was known as "Lady Day." Do you have a cool nickname? (If not, feel free to give yourself one right now.)

No, I don't. As far as I know.

6) When was the last time you had the blues?

I'm not a very blue-ish person.

7) Crazy Sam is eating Trader Joe's Snickerdoodles as she composes this. What's the last snack food you ate?

A few days ago I had some honey and something cookies.

8) Do you worry about preserving endangered species? Or do you believe in survival of the fittest?

I think we need to be very careful with nature. The time has begun that there's no fittest, only endangered.

9) Would you ever hire a lawyer who runs commercials on TV? Do you know anyone who has?

Lawyers are not allowed to do so here.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Key Largo



1) This song was inspired by the Bogart/Bacall movie of the same name. Do you have a favorite Humphrey Bogart film? Which one?

No. Not a Humphrey Bogart one.

2) Where do you rent movies? (...)

Don't rent.

3) Have you ever been to the Florida Keys?

No. I don't live in the USA.

4) According to government statistics, more than half the people who currently live in Florida were born in another state. Were you born in the state where you currently live?

I'm not american.
But I live at the same town where I was born.

5) To be honest, Crazy Sam really hates this week's featured song. (Hear it here.) Do you like it? Loathe it? Or are you unfamiliar with it?

Unfamiliar.

I start to feel a bit left out in this meme...

6) Local authorities in a suburb of Sydney blasted Barry Manilow songs into a neighborhood park to keep "hooligans" away after dark. Is there an artist or song that would make you run in the other direction?

Sure.

7) Two of the most common fears are going to the dentist and speaking in public. Do either of those really get under your skin?

I like the dentist as long as he stays out of my mouth. LOL!
I love speaking in public.

8) We're having burgers. What do you want on yours?

Pff...burgers. It's not our national food. I don't particularly like burgers.

9) Here's your chance to do a shameless plug -- What charity or cause do you wish got more support?

Well, our paper needs a financial injection, so....

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