dinsdag 15 november 2016


one is happy
as a result
of one's own efforts ,
once one knows
the neccessary ingredients

simple tastes 
a certain degree of courage
self-denial to a point
love of work
and above all
a clear conscience

is no vague dream 
of that I now am certain .

George Sand

November 2 was my birthday
and I turned 


so I am now driving my very own
I cannot help it but it feels very MERRY .
in dutch the word is 

For many many years I have had the pleasure
of looking forward to my birthdays
as a mother ( with my children)
and as a teacher ( at school )
Both bringing so much more to having a birthday.
I do love the time towards the day .
The little secrets 
the rejoicing 

and at THE DAY 
I love the surprises 
the things I did not expect .

Once when I was a kindergartenteacher
my birthday would be on a saterday 
no schoolday
the 2 class-mothers 
organised that all the parents and their children
send me real old-fashioned MAIL.
so that saterday when the mailman came along 
he was really busy putting all the mail
in my mailbox
and I was beyond HAPPY .
Not only for the mail 
but the idea
all those people 
at home 
picking up /making
something specially for me 
taking time to put it in the mail 

so much has changed
I now live on my own
and I am retired

How was this birthday going to be ?
well very well 
finally I have been able to do all the preparations
myself again
after many years with bad hips
and now TWO new ones 
and recovering
I did all myself and that was
not as usual as it is for the most of you .
I enjoyed each and everything TO THE MAX 
I was happily washing the curtains and hanging them again
I polished the copper at my frontdoor
I even went to one of my favorite stores 
the HEMA 
to buy new decorations
you know
with all the things I was SO AWARE 
of how greatful I was 
being able to do those things again 
by myself .
I decorated myself and I was HAPPY.

why I choose to put the colorful cup 
at te top ?
I wish I could have coffee/tea
with you too
because meeting in person
hear a voice
see expressions
is so much more than meeting overhere .

Happy november to all of you