Monday, July 20, 2009

An early day...

I started of this day remarkably early, I think I was up a little bit after 4 am. That is, of course, because I slept most of the afternoon and evening on the sofa, and by the time early morning came along, I was all done sleeping.

I didn't mind one bit, because I was wide awake and so were the cats and they were ready to eat, so I fed them first and they acted like hey never had any food before. I had a hard time emptying the pouches into their dishes, because their heads got in the way, making everything rather messy.

At the sound of chomping down cats, Jesker decided to wake up and come and investigate and decided that he needed something to eat also, so he got a Bonzo bone and then had to be let out for a piddle.

In the meantime, I had made my mug of coffee and was looking forward to drinking it and having some quiet time reading my emails.Of course, I had to do some extensive petting of the dog first, because he does need all his loving first thing in the morning. That's how we bond together. We have our rituals every day.

I spend a long enough time reading and answering emails and then decided to go and have a good look in my closet and decide which clothes I was going to wear today. I was torn between dressing my age and looking sporty, or dressing younger and looking a little bit spunkier. That meant that I changed clothes an hour after I got initially dressed, because I changed my mind and went for the spunkier look. The one with the mini skirt and the leggings. That's also the one that allows me to get on and off my bike easier.

With plenty of time to spare, I went to creative therapy and entered the smoking den with a cup of coffee. Luckily, there were only two people there, so the air was not too polluted. I was without a lighter again and had brought a box of matches that worked very badly and one in three didn't light and had to be tossed away. I buy new, expensive lighters that work 2 weeks and then give up the ghost. I'm losing my faith in the manufacturing process of gadgets.

Soon enough it was time to go to the studio and work on my silly doodle that everyone seems to like so much, and I'm really only making it because I didn't know what to sculpt. It's just a silly doodle, with silly birds on it. I have finished it today out of sheer stubbornness and because it was there and I didn't want to leave it undone.

The thing is, that while you're working on it, you can have entertaining conversations with the other people around you and so I did. And let me tell you something, the men like a good chat as well as the women do. They don't really stop talking the whole session and they discuss everything under the sun, just like women do, if not more.

I ate 6 cookies and they were all good. Two were shortbread and four were gingerbread.

When I got home, I was greeted by Jesker and Gandhi and tried to pay equal attention to both, although Jesker tries to hog his. I had a big glass of juice and a cigarette and called my older sister and talked to her for a while, but she was very busy with customers. Then I took Jesker for a walk and the sun was shining and it was nice if you stayed out of the wind that was blowing.

At 2 pm I went to my sister's house where my niece was with her husband and her daughter, because they are staying in a cabin in the Kempen in Belgium right across the border from here. I had not seen them for a couple of years and my niece cried from the emotion of seeing me again, which I thought was very heartrending.My grandniece had become as tall as I am and very grown up.

We had a nice afternoon reminiscing and laughing and looking at old pictures and telling old jokes. You do realize you share a lot of history together.

We sat in the garden that is surrounded by hedges, so we were out of the wind and in whatever sunshine there was, although a few rainclouds passed to the right and to the left of us and we felt some sprinkles, but nothing could deter us from sitting outside.

And now I'm home again, full of apple pie and pieces of goat cheese and other unidentifiable snack food. The goat cheese was soft and smooth and I'll have to buy some off it on my next shopping expedition. That makes Brie and Camembert and goat cheese that I have to look for.

Now I'm going to put my pajamas on and get comfortable, because I've already taken my medications and I'm feeling pretty mellow. It's time to relax.

I hope you all have a splendid evening and may I direct you to this weblog for a special poem?



Tess said...

You've made me hungry ... and I need a nap! Such beautiful imagery in your posts!

John said...

Dutch cheese just blows away what we get here in the us of a....Kraft slices anyone?

SugarCain said...

You sound quite content today, and I like to find that at your blog. I'm so glad you like the poem. Sometimes I am fortunate enough to say just what I mean.

And, yes, you made me hungry too. Cheese and apple pie and other unnamed snack foods.

aims said...

Been away for so long I feel almost lost - but am catching up slowly (and tiredly)

What's the weight at now Irene?

btw - loved the thing you sent me! It was right up my alley.

Oh! Wanted to mention - working with nearly all male guides on the river I can tell you they are worse then women! They are more jealous and act more ridiculous then a group of women together. I just have to ignore them or my eyes might roll right out of my head. Talk about egos!

Maggie May said...

You always seem to make me hungry & that is not good because I have already had an adequate meal. It's the cheese..........

Have a good sleep, Irene. X

Dave King said...

I'm drooling. Showing pics like that must count as some sort of abuse!

Gail said...

What a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a very good, busy day. Glad you went for the spunky look, it makes for a better day. Your posts are always so descriptive, feels like I'm right there. Wish you would write that book!!!

jeannette stgermain said...

Oh-oh, you do not only like cheese, but also cookies!! Bitterkoekjes are one of my favorites (the Dutch stores calls them "macaoons"), I told them, there's no coconut in bitterkoekjes, why do they call them macaroons? They responded, "Well, we have to call 'em something" Go figure, LOL
Now, this made me think of all the Dutch cookies I miss (maar niet heus, hoor!)

Casdok said...

I think my cat is enjoying your post as she wont move from infront of the screen!
Yes men do like to have a good chat dont they?!
I cant resist any kind of cheese - may have to go and have some now!

softinthehead said...

Hi Irene just been catching up with your blogs, a few tough ones in there, so I am pleased to hear that today was such a lovely day for you :)

Bev said...

Sounds like you really enjoyed your day!

I can relate to the drizzle experience - we seem to have constant rain here but, like you, it doesn't deter us and we make the best of it.

Great that you got to see your niece again. I think you have mentioned her on previous postings.

Babaloo said...

Gah! More cheese!!! ;-)

I'm glad you had such a great time with your niece. And the weather was good, too, to sit in the garden.

It sounds like you've had a really nice day. Here's to another one like this for tomorrow!

Lisa Sarsfield said...

I am here for an unexpected visit, my daugters op was canceled last minute:( new date Aug 18.

Next time please have an extra shortbread for me. I am both gluten and lactose free due to allergies so no bikkies for me!

Glad to read you sounding happy and centred. :)

Maureen said...

How nice to see your niece again, and how sweet a reaction she had... sounds like a wonderful time out in the garden.