Hello lovely ladies! It's Friday again!
Have you all been well? Are restrictions slowly being lifted where you are? Here we are finally allowed out for a walk (at certain times of the day according to your age).
So that is good news, and every week (I hope) there will be more restrictions lifted.
Yes, I want to concentrate on the positive things this week. There have been many. My biggest smile was that I got the all clear from the oncologist. I see him only once a year now, and yesterday I got the news that this time everything is fine again. Markers (blood test) are normal, my mammogram is normal, and no lumps are to be found. Hurray! Thank God.
Other smiles have been some more postcards. I will show you one today. You might have seen these 'Aunties' before. They are by a Finnish illustrator called Inge Look. I have collected quite a few, but i didn't have this one.
It was sent to me by Marianne from the Netherlands. In fact she is from Rotterdam (My home town!). She writes that she and her husband were still able to work (on the 19th of March) but that their kids (16 and 18 yrs old) had to study on their own and that was not easy.
The stamps are really nice. There is one with champagne, that is for me today. If I had any bubbly in the house, I would have got it out. The middle stamp is about Roermond, in the south of the country. A town that I have never been to I hate to admit. The stamp on the right is commemorating Dick Bruna,Dick Bruna was a Dutch author, artist, illustrator and graphic designer. Bruna was best known for his children's books which he authored and illustrated, numbering over 200. His most notable creation was Miffy, a small rabbit drawn with heavy graphic lines, simple shapes and primary colours.
So a big 'thumbs up' for Marianne who made my day!
Let me tell you that I have a real problem with house work and cleaning. I'm not very good at it as I have always had someone else to do the cleaning. (Besides I actually don't like doing housework.) It never appears on my radar as I plan my day. Since we are retired, we cannot afford to pay a cleaner.
A while ago I got this book on my Kindle, and I am now actually putting it into practice. I follow her advice day by day.
Friday is also the day the The Graphics Fairy do a freebie (if you subscribe to their newsletter), Friday it was this image:
They are all old free-to-use images so I have no info whatsoever on this but I thought it nice to remember healthcare workers this way.
Sunday is the Lord's day and we watch church online. We 'binge watch' church services. We watched three again.
Hubby cut my hair, and I must say, he did a good job!
On Monday my house work book told me to clean the spice drawer, which I did, plus a few other kitchen drawers.
I also baked my Herman the Friendship Bread. And it turned out great.
I gave it to a friend, plus a part of the starter and instructions of course. In case you missed what this is about, here is the link.
Hubby harvested more beans and peas. A big Ikea bag (nearly) full. I spent the whole afternoon shelling them.
I made a 'ring' cake with the Herman dough that was left on Tuesday.
On Wednesday I went shopping, and because we are still only allowed one person in the car, I had to go to the builder's merchant too and get some rubber buckets for him indoors. As for cleaning: today it was kitchen cabinets and I cleaned and sorted out the cabinet for teas and coffees.
The photo at the bottom was taken on the 5th of May (Tuesday), but I received it the next morning. It is the drone display in Rotterdam (Netherlands) that was shown to celebrate Liberation Day . The end of the display was in the shape of a throbbing heart dedicated to all the medical personnel. (It was quite near the big teaching/university hospital ). It was beautiful to watch. The structure you can see is one of the bridges across the river Maas. This one is nick-named The Swan.
On Thursday I went to the post office to collect my mail and buy some products at a local shop.
Look what I found! Talcum powder. I thought that had been taken off the market, but I found some in a local shop. Talc is helpful with gloves. I always used to put a little bit of talc in my gloves at work.
That was my week. It was a good week.
Lets go and link up with Annie and with Virginia.
I wish you all a lovely weekend, with hopefully some activities that were not allowed last week.
As usual, I will post some funnies at the end.
In South Africa they give this advice:
And in Malaysia this:
Only one Trump funny this week....
The following image will make sense only to ladies in the UK, as they will recognize this as a normal train ticket. (Or not-so-normal in this case)