I will be staying up a little later than usual, because I had the MRI scan done in Genk, in Belgium, earlier in the evening and didn't get home until 8 o'clock. I still had to eat something and have a cup of coffee in order to recuperate from the big adventure. All went as planned, but I won't know the outcome until the 17th, because an earlier appointment I had with the orthopedic surgeon was changed to that date.
My sister drove me to Genk and the GPS told us to take the freeway to get there, which was no fun and the long way around, it turned out later. When we left the parking lot of the hospital when we were done, we didn't turn left from where we had come, but to the right where we saw a small sign that pointed to Maastricht. It turned out to be a shorter and much more picturesque route and we entered town on a side that we seldom see and which I had almost forgotten the existence of.
It was interesting to drive through one of those good sized villages in Belgium where a lot of Dutch people live. They avoid paying large sums of real estate taxes and commute to work in the Netherlands. Their houses are big by Dutch standards and the property they stand on is bigger too. Some Dutch people are enamored with the Belgian schools that they put their kids in, and some of them think they're too strict and old fashioned. And I don't know how much social traffic there is between Belgian and Dutch neighbors. Maybe they all keep to themselves.
I have been taking my shoes off when I am inside because my ankles have been bothering me and I think it is better if I am on my bare feet. I will have to make a habit out of that as much as possible and when it is too cold, wear socks. I don't really know if this is a problem yet or just a temporary thing. Time will tell.
I will now go to bed and sleep. It is late. What a nice thing to look forward to.