Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy Holidays! (2014)




Happy Holidays!

1. As you can see, Sam loved giving her annual wish list to Santa. Yet some children are reluctant to climb into Jolly Old St. Nick's lap. Did you enjoy the tradition or were you shy? Or did you by pass it altogether -- either because you wrote him a letter or because your family didn't celebrate Christmas?

We did and do celebrate christmas, but not in the american way with Santa.
We have our presents early in the month at a special national event.

2. Are you currently on the Naughty or Nice list? How did you get there?

I'm on the nice-list.
I don't know how I came there. maybe because I took all my meds in time.

3. Did you ship any gifts to friends and family this year? If so, which one traveled the farthest?

No. not at all.

4. Did you buy yourself a gift this year?

No money for others, so certainly not for me.

5. What's your favorite holiday-themed movie?

I like old fashioned christmasmovies. Don't know names at the moment.

6. Thinking of movies, Christmas is lucrative for Hollywood. Have you ever gone to a movie theater on Christmas Day?

No, never. I don't even know if the cinema is open.

7. Have you ever suffered an embarrassing moment at the company Christmas party?

I never had a christmas party.

8. What's your favorite beverage in cold weather?

Hot chocolate

9. What will you remember most about 2014?

Recovering from heartfailure.
My favorite cardiologist suddenly left, which meant that care went from perfect to crap.
It was also a year that my autistic son moved to protected living.



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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ballet performance at the academy

Yesterday we went to the ballet performance of one of the girls.
She wants to become a ballet dancer but it's very hard to get through the auditions, so I told her that she might apply to become a ballet teacher.
She was admitted immediately to the pre-classes in which pupils get the chance to adjust to academy life and teaching methods and train in the subjects that are part of the real academy courses.

She loves the classes to bits and yesterday was the first time we had the chance to see a real performance of her group and some groups from the advanced students.

It started in an alternative way: we had to wait in the canteen until we were fetched and then we walked to the theatre, watching performances on our way.
The building is a very open one, with lots of glass.

The first performance we saw was situated on a bridge between two parts of the building. We were standing outside and the dancers were inside.
Great idea, but the dancemoves itself were very uninspired and boring.

Then we went inside and dancers performed in the hall below us, and on the stairs in front of us.
We couldn't see a thing.
I'm beyond the stage of feeling stupid at such an occassion, but I saw it as an illustration how much they submerged themselves in developing a dance and forgot that there was an audience.
I heard from others that the word "dance" was not right for running to and fro, and sitting on the stairs making rhythmic noises with voice and their hands on the stairs.

In the theatre I got the usual place.
Isn't it strange I find myself on the same pace as so many years before?

I saw some familiar faces among the teachers, some of them even greeted me friendly.
But it felt a bit strange to be there as a visitor and not as someone who belongs to the world of the academy.

My daughter and her group did very well.
Their teacher gave them all the creative freedom he could give after he explained about composition and they sure could handle the freedom.
They didn't use the movements that are most used at the academy at the moment, so the ballet felt fresh anyway. But they were also very original.

Even the more advanced pupils were not able to catch our attention as much.

I was also happy to see a lot of improvement in her movements and she radiated self confidence.

So when we went home we all were very happy to have seen the performance.










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Friday, December 12, 2014

Feliz Navidad



Feliz Navidad (1970)


1. "Feliz Navidad" is Spanish for "Merry Christmas." Can you wish us happy holidays in a language other than English or Spanish?

Gelukkig kerstfeest (Dutch)
Frohe Weihnachten (German)

2. According to ASCAP (the American Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers), this is one of the 20 most played holiday songs of the last 10 years. What's the most recent carol that you heard?

Oh Holy Night...

3. Which Christmas song do you hope you never hear again?

I don't like some of the modern ones. They just sound the same as all the other songs of the year.

4. This week's featured artist, Jose Feliciano, was honored to perform this song at the tree lighting ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. If you were to win a trip to our nation's capital, which sites would you visit?

Don't know.
I don't think I'll ever win a trip to Washington.

5. As a very young child, Jose taught himself to play the accordion. If you could suddenly, easily learn to play any instrument, which would you choose?

I play many musical instruments, so it would be steel drums. Never done that and I would love to learn.

6. Jose says that hearing early 1950s rock on the radio made him want to become a singer. What's your favorite music genre?

Hmmm, I like a lot of music, from rock and roll to jazz to ethnic traditional.
Right now I like christmas carols and scottish traditionals best, they fit in with the feel of the time.

7. At 17, Jose had to drop out of school to help support his family. Too young to enter bars, he played guitar in coffee houses for tips. Have you ever worked a job where you regularly received gratuities?

No, alas!

8. Jose and wife Susan have been together for more than 40 years. Who is the happiest married couple you know?

They've now both died, but the hungarian parents of a friend were the best couple I've met.

9. Jose wrote and performed the theme of the 1970s show, Chico and the Man. What's your current favorite TV show?

As The World Turns, Holby, Casualty, Miranda.



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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Calm and candle

Two Shoes Tuesdsay


The Candle




She entered the house
which was dark and cold
and had only her breath
and her songs to hold.

The storm was raging
outside and in her nd

and lit the candle
with care and a smile.
"It'll burn a while",mind
but it went calm inside her
when she ended the bli
she thought with a smile.

Then she sat down
and patted her dog,
in the hearth the soft glow
of a well burning log.

The days of christmas
will soon be here.
Merry christmas to you,
stranger and dear.

Merry christmas to you gram
you're so far away...
but I live with you still
each and every day.



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Monday, December 8, 2014

Blue Monday

Smiling Sally

It's time to put up the christmastree.

In my country, The Netherlands, it's tradition to celebrate Sinterklaas first.
It's a special event that lasts from the second half of november until the night of 5 to 6 december.
During that night gifts are left by Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten for all those who have been kind the past year.
The weeks before the children were allowed to place their shoes somewhere where Sinterklaas and the Zwarte Pieten could find them and put a small gift in them. But in the night of december 5 to 6 the gifts are a lot larger.

It's a children's event mainly, but grown-ups exchange gifts too. mainly during a nice gathering around that date.

The whole event is the gift-part of Christmas.

The tradition has grown in other countries into boxing day at Christmas, because that was far more convenient for those who worked and their bosses. The parents didn't need to take a day free of work, which benefitted the economics.

This year we didn't celebrate Sinterklaas at all.
We just exchanged chocolate letters, one of the traditional foods, and that was it.
Not even all the kids visited that day.

So I felt blue that yet another era has been closed.

It was such fun to see the happy faces in the morning.

As a tradition we wait to set up the christmastree until after the Sinterklaas event.
So that's today.

Last year the tree was full with blue and silver ornaments, but this year I don't know.
I even don't know where to put the tree.

Guess I'm a bit blue still.


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

I fell

When I was a little girl I used to fall a lot, like many other children.
The main reason was that I was far too distracted by far too many things going on around me, and my brain was at the same time working at topspeed.
Falling over uneven tiles was part of the process.
My mother didn't like it at all, because often it meant I needed new trousers.

Today we had a very busy day.

I didn't sleep well. In fact I fell asleep when it was near 7 o'clock, just a few minutes before one of the girls had to wake up and my alarm told me it was up to me to get her out of her warm envelope in time.

At the end of the morning we had to fetch the oldest from the repaircafé where he volunteers.
While he was telling about his experiences with a TV crew (they recorded his activities for a special at christmas) we drove to Germany to get groceries.

I think that almost every dutch person from the area around the borders went there today. It was very crowded, but also very relaxed.
We managed to find the trousers son number 3 wanted, a blouse for number 4 and 2 for his dad. I found a cardigan. we even found a totebag for one of the girls.

It was already dark when we arrived in a small town to visit the christmas market.
I saw a few nice things, but we didn't buy anything.

Then the oldest asked us to come to his home because he wanted to cook for us.
That was nice, but I got far too tired.
Going home was a bit unpleasant because the roads were white and there were thick patches of fog.

At home we needed to unload the car. I said I'd bring the bags to the door, and then someone else could take them inside and yet another one could put the stuff away.
When I walked from the car to the door with the pile of clothes I fell.

Ofcourse I felt kind of silly and stupid.
My trousers were scraped, and my knees bruised and one was bleeding badly. But not bad enough that we couldn't handle it ourselves.
Later I found out that I'd hurt one of my wrists too.

So my falling was rather effective. LOL!

The last time I fell was a few years ago when we were on a daytrip with the bagpipeband.
That time I didn't hurt myself.
Now I will have to deal with the wounds and the pain for a couple of days. Ugh.












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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Lucky Star



Saturday 9: Lucky Star (1983)

1. Have you ever wished upon a star?

Oh yes!!
I still do, every day.
I'm a dreamer. Life can always be better.

2. In the 1980s, Madonna considered her wrist bangles one of her fashion trademarks. What's one of your fashion trademarks?

I'm not so sure it's still in fashion, but apart from my usual earplugs I have one at the top of my right ear. When you don't want to see it, it can be ignored, but those who are open for something like that see it immediately.

3. Though she got good grades, Madonna could be disruptive at school, known for turning cartwheels in the halls between classes. Can you do a cartwheel?

Yes, I can. I still can. But I've never done one between classes.

4. Her high grade point average earned her a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan, home of the Wolverines. Do you follow college football?

No, we don't have that here in The Netherlands.

5. Madonna co-starred in the movie version of Dick Tracy. Do you enjoy comics?

Yes, but not all.

6. She played Argentinian First Lady Eva Peron in the biopic, Evita and directed a movie about Wallis Simpson. What famous 20th century woman do you wish you could meet/could have met?
Our former queen, Queen Beatrix, and her mother.

7. Madonna authored a children's book called The English Roses. Tell us about a book that had a big impact on you when you were a kid.

Heidi, the tale of a young child going to the mountains to meet her grandfather who was very aloof, but who grew to like her and cherish her. She met people who accepted her and didn't want to change her in something she was not.
The freedom of it all was very appealing to me.

8. One of Madonna's "vocal idols" is Ella Fitzgerald. Who is your all-time favorite female singer?

Nina Simone.

9. Madonna once did a Pepsi commercial. What beverages are in your refrigerator right now?

Nothing. They are outside because it's cold enough to keep them there.


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Heart of Laane

After so many changes during the past year, this is just another one.
Maybe it's a new beginning. Let's see.

Heart of Laane will be the new name of the blog.
Ofcourse the battle with heartfailure will be a regular theme.
And I expect to be a bit more outspoken, so speaking from the heart.
And I will discuss more of "me" I expect.

So let's get those changes done in the metatags and such, make a new header and then update you all.
In the meantime I'll do a few memes to fill in the gap to please Google. :)

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Attention!!! Big change

It was not possible for me to extend the url of the site.
Such a pity after all those years.
But Becky has disappeared from the surface of the earth and with her her company.

Extending the url could be done, but the costs were far too high.
Well, let's say it makes clear how valued the blog was.
I wish the new owner of the url a lot of succes.

The new name of the blog will be: Heart of Laane.
The url: http://www.heartoflane.com

During the next days the changes will be implemented.
I don't know yet what needs to be done with the commercial links.
I'll find that out later.

First I want to update everyone and start blogging.




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