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Me and my big mouth…

by Rob on

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You know it when you say something you don’t really mean, out of fun… to make others laugh and have a good time. And suddenly it gets a slight bitter taste.

Many will know that Marion and I have a so called “LAT” relation (Living Apart Together). The weekends we are mostly together, but throughout the working days we are not. A good situation we both support and are very happy with.

More than 4 weeks Marion has been sleeping next to me. The nights before our vacation to Lesvos, during our vacation and the days after our vacation.
It felt good, also the “special” nights (don’t ask :P).

And all the time I was bragging about how nice it would be to have the bed for me alone again… No one to bump into, all the spaces, blablabla…

And now the vacation is done and all returns to normal.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to change anything in the way Marion and I are living…. but the bed is suddenly very empty. Me and my big mouth….

Rob

 

 

(Source photo: www.metaphysics-knowledge.com)


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Silver

by Rob on

SilverIt is not that I have many silver items in my house. Not at all I would say. Just 4 and those are on the photo in this article.

The little pig was a gift for the customers of the company I work for (although the company has now different owners),
The other three items have more value to me. They belonged to my mother and I can remember that they were gifts for mothers day. So yes, they are kinda special to me.

Now I have been told that it not good to polish silver too often. So in that way I am taken really good care of my silver things. I mean, when I walked this afternoon through my living room I suddenly noticed that they were not shiny any more, but looked really grey. I realized that this was moment to polish them.

I can remember that my mother always used something called “Silvo” to polish her silver. So I went to the local supermarket and to my pleasant surprise this silver polish is still available.
I also can remember that this silver polish had a very strong scent. So I decided to do the polishing on my balcony and that was a good decision, because the scent was everything but pleasant.

Now, 30 minutes later, the silver statues are all bright and shiny again!

But I am very afraid that somewhere in the future there will be a day that I suddenly wonder when these silver statues all turned grey instead of shining brightly!

Rob
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Pasen
For us Easter is always a moment to relax. Maybe with a close friend as Sanne, but no big crowds. In our every day life, Marion and I are often surrounded by quite some people. So some days as Easter are perfect to be for a little away from that. This year we have even chosen to be just with the two of us.

So we took this morning a long and enjoyable breakfast. We spent almost 2 hours at the breakfast table. Talking, laughing, enjoying the good food (see the photo at top of this article with al the nice food). Both of us just one egg, we both don’t like eating a lot of eggs as some people do with Easter.
And of course we were not eating all the time. As said, most of the time we were talking and enjoying tea or coffee.

So really time for us.

Easter flowers

I do know that Easter is for many Christians an important festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion.
And that is perfectly fine with me. As said, as long one respect that someone believes other things that are not in line with you own believes and can live and act in full freedom to his/her own convictions (within the laws and such of course), then I support freedom of religion.

But, as yesterday on a forum, someone claims that I should be not allowed to celebrate Easter because I am an atheist, I will explain calmly that Easter originally had nothing to do with Christianity, but it was the celebration of Eostre, who was the pagan goddess of fertility. The rabbit was her sacred animal and the egg the symbol of rebirth. And there we have it again, Christians use very pagan symbols for their celebrations and that is something that is not allowed according the bible (Not that I care, it is their bible. Not mine).

My point? Very simple… every one should celebrate Easter in their own peaceful way!

Rob

 

 

(Credit photo’s: Rob)


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Rob and Marley

by Marion on

Rob and Marley
Today I found this photo of Rob and Marley on my private laptop. Some time ago Rob made a backup of some old photo’s on my laptop (with my permission). That backup is still there and it was fun to look through those photo’s. And one of these photo’s was this photo of Rob and Marley.
Marley was Rob’s horse. Rob told a lot about Marley (Marley was from before the time I got to know Rob). Marley was big (1m76 on the withers), proud and stubborn, honest and a good sense of humour (as can been seen on the photo).

And look at Rob! Not as grey as he is nowadays. And his belly slimmer! I think this photo must be over 15 years old. And yet, I don’t want Rob any different as he is nowadays, as he is now he is “my Rob”.

Marley died in a terrible way. Most likely scared by fireworks close to his stable he pranced in his stable, hit his head against a wooden beam which caused a cerebral fracture, which was fatal.

Even with the sad story about Marley, I like to see these old photo’s. They tell stories about Rob’s life from the time before I got to know him. And by these photo’s Rob shares his memories about them with me and that is very nice (although there are also bad memories and experiences).
Luckily there are many more old pictures in this backup on my laptop *SMILE*

Marion

 

 

(Credit photo: Rob, private collection)


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Some facts about flying….

by Patricia on

Facts of flying
This will be for me the first time I publish something here on this weblog. I am not very good at this kind of things, but still it looks fun to me.

As might be known, I am working as a flight attendant for a large airline company. Yesterday I found this nice article online about things and facts that not everyone may know about flying. I thought I may share those here (after discussing it with Rob, who thought right away it was a great idea).
So I copied those things I know also from my own experience and adjusted it where needed.

Have fun with it :-)

Turbulence

It is nearly impossible for turbulence to crash a plane (even the bad stuff). Turbulence is only dangerous because of things flying around the cabin and that includes people not wearing seat belts. Most accidents happen at take off and landing that’s why we make you do all of those things before take off and landing.
The plane can move like a seesaw so seats nearest to the wings can have the least turbulence and seats farthest away will be the worst.

Fun times

on trans-oceanic flights there is a cabin for crew to get some sleep. No, you won’t be invited in for fun times. On some newer planes there’s also a hold for people who have died on the flight. No, you won’t be invited in for fun times either.

Sex

We know if you’re having sex in the bathroom. It happens all the time. We can also open the doors, easily, from the outside.

Facts of flying

Problems with the aircraft

Lots of passengers panic when the flight is delayed for technical reasons or when they see the maintenance guys board the aircraft. Lets clear some stuff up.
If you see mechanics running around, that’s actually a good thing. It just means we’re aware of a problem and won’t budge until it has been resolved. Much better to be aware of a problem on the ground than at 36000 feet!
The pilots do thorough pre-flight checks to make sure that everything is okay, and the engineers check the aircraft at the end of the day. Flying is safer now than it ever has been, no need to worry!

Don’t say ‘bomb’

DON’T say, “bomb” on an air plane. Don’t even joke about it. DON’T. SAY. BOMB. It is not funny at all!

Don’t try to get into the cockpit

We have fire axes and extremely heavy emergency equipment on board and are under orders to stop you entering the cockpit by ‘any means necessary’. Just saying.

Smoking

Smoking really is an issue on board, please please don’t do it. We’re all trained in fire fighting but it’s still extremely dangerous to do so on board. Vaping on the other hand is completely harmless but forbidden anyway, purely because it may entice other passengers to light up real smokes.

Being drunk

You get drunk quicker on board due to the air pressure (or something) and we don’t tolerate drunken bull crap. It’s not a bar; you don’t just get thrown out by the bouncer. You get off-loaded and possibly even black listed. If you’re clearly loaded before we’ve even taken off, then chances are you’re not going to be going anywhere.

Changing baby diaper

DON’T CHANGE YOUR BABY’S DIAPER ON THE TRAY TABLE. This happens all the time. It’s unsanitary! People use the tray table to eat, put their personal things on, etc.

Lifting bags

it is NOT the responsibility of a flight attendant to lift your bag. There have been multiple injuries caused by flight attendants lifting heavy bags to be friendly, and then they’re out of their job for months or even years. If you pack it, you lift it. If it’s too heavy for you, it’s too heavy for us.
Elder and disabled people are here the exception to the rule.

Facts of flying

In case of events

In the event of a situation where passengers have to cover their heads you should not ‘lock’ your fingers over your head. Instead, place one hand on top of the other. That way, if something falls on your hand/head, you’ll still have one good hand to use.

Delays

One thing people definitely should know is that a surprising amount of the delays that happen are due to passengers. Yep, passengers.
That one guy who throws a fit because he can’t take four ounces of liquid through TSA and decided the gate agent was a great target to take out their wrath on caused your delay. So did that family that decided it was a great idea to bring three strollers and two car seats for their single child.
And that last delay you had that the agent told you was due to maintenance? Was thanks to some guy trying to steal a smoke alarm from the plane.

Patricia

 

 

(Credit photo’s: Gecas, Britsch Airways, KLM)


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Friday the 13th

by Marissa on

Friday the 13thSo today it is Friday the 13th, which is considered by certain people as day of bad luck and misfortune. I am not superstitious at all, but I cannot admit that I have an interest in this kind of things. So I did some investigation after Friday the 13th.

First thing to discover is not all country/cultures around the world see Friday the 13th as a day of bad luck. In Greece, Spain and Latin America Tuesday the 13th is considered a day to be very careful, while in Italy it is Friday the 17th.

The fear for the number 13 has even an official name: “Triskaidekaphobia”. And if the only really comes down to Friday the 13th it is called “Paraskevidekatriaphobia” or “Friggatriskaidekaphobia”.

One might think that in these “modern” and “enlightened” times people seem to have grown above the fears of this day. Well, it seems not. Stock markets have a bad day as people don’t want to invest on Friday the 13th and this may lead to complete other negative effects. People don’t to fly on this day or even go out for dinner (which means loses for companies). Yes, there are even people who will not leave their house. So yes, the fear is real.

It already starts with the number 13. So many buildings don’t have a 13th floor or restaurants that don’t have a table numbered 13. On our holiday to Greece last year we saw how on request of some guests from England the number of studio 13 was changed to 134 (Thank you Rob for allowing me to use that photo).

 

Studio 13

 

So the number 13 is already bad enough, but being Friday the 13th makes it even really worse.

But lets see, where does the fear for Friday the 13th comes from.
Well, one of the explanations is that Jesus was crucified on a Friday the 13th. It was normal for the Romans to do their executions on Fridays. Maybe this gave Fridays a bad name. Maybe even more because also in England executions were done on Fridays.
Or maybe it was because on Friday, 13 October 1307, Philip IV of France gave order to arrest hundreds of the Knights Templar and had them executed.
It is also said that Friday the 13th is derived from a Norwegian saga where the evil god Loki as uninvited thirteenth guest at a party pushes the earth into a deep mourning.
And of course on Friday the 13th witches and alike would gather.

This is all very nice, but recent research has shown that the superstition about Friday the 13th is not that old. In the 17th century it was for first time written down that Friday was a day for bad luck. That the 13th would make the Friday a real bad day was added much later. It was 3 April 1896 that for the first time Friday the 13th was mentioned in a Dutch newpaper.
Of course Friday the 13th was also a very good subject for horror books and movies.

    Some “facts” about 13 and Friday the 13th:

  • Every month that starts on a Sunday has a Friday the 13th!
  • The longest period that can occur without a Friday The 13th is 14 months, either from July through September of the following normal year or from August through October of the following leap year!”
  • There can not be more than 3 Fridays the 13th in a year, but every years has at least one!
  • President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would never host a dinner party with 13 guests in attendance and refused to travel on the 13th day of any month!
  • Cuban leader Fidel Castro was born on Friday, 13 August 1926, while outlaw Butch Cassidy was born on Friday 13 April 1866!
  • Exactly 200 characters have been killed in the 12 Friday the 13th films.

Anyway you better be very careful today, stay away from that black cat, don’t drop a mirror, do not waste any salt and you will be all right :-)

Marissa

 

 

 

(Credit foto: Rob)


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Today is the day
Of course any one knows celebrations like Christmas, Easter and Halloween, to mention just a few. And I think also almost everyone will realise that there are many more celebrations, after all every country, culture and religion has its own celebrations.
But there are many more celebrations. Some serious, some less serious. So lets have a look at today is the day of what celebrations!

According the website “A list of today’s holidays” today celebrations are (every item in the list is a link to a website with more information about that day):

There so many celebrations to choose from.

I would go for the “Bubble Bath Day” and if we would have been at Marion’s house we might have celebrated it…. nice warm filled bath tub, candles, wine and some light snacks. Done it before and it was very enjoyable.

Anyway, I knew that this kind of celebrations existed, I mean “Talking like Pirate Day’ is quite famous. But that it would be so many was a complete surprise to me. The website I mentioned earlier gives a very nice overview of all these celebrations. Enjoy!

Rob
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I am ready for skating!

by Marissa on

Skates / Skating
It seems that this is the coldest November that we have since 20 years. And yes, this evening on my bicycle from my work to home I felt freezing cold.

At home I turned the heating a bit up and the warmth spread through my room I started the feel comfortable again.

Then I realized that when the weather would stay like this, soon the ice would become thick and strong enough for some real serious skating. So I after dinner I went up to the attic to get my ice skates. Last time I used them I stored them clean and in good condition away. So all I had to do was to remove the dust and polish the leather. The irons were still very nice sharp, so no worries about that.

When I placed the ice skates in the shed, ready to be picked up when I need them, my father smiled and gave me a big hug saying: “Clever thinking, deerneke. I will do the same tomorrow”.

Back in my room I also made sure that some very warm clothes are ready to grab for when the big moment is there!

I AM READY!!!!!

Marissa

 


(Credit picture: Public domain, see Free Cliparts & All Archive)


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Glass-door cabinets

by Marion on

Rob has two glass-door cabinets in his living room. A very nice way display things that are precious or are linked to good memories.
Apart from that in the evening, when the light in cabinets are turned on, it gives a very nice atmosphere to the room.

Somewhere last week one of the lamps stopped working. Rob had a look at it and he already made quickly the conclusion that it was not the lamp itself that was broken.
It was an halogen lamp and the power supply that belong to it was given the problem. So it had to be replaced, simple as that.

Asking about this lamp, it turned out that this kind of lamps are not sold as halogen any more. They are replaced by LED-lamps. Okay fine. But this simple meant that both lights in the cabinets had to be replaced. So yesterday Rob bought two complete set of the LED-lamps and today he placed those in the two cabinets. While he did the technical work, I cleaned al the glass of the cabinets.

The advantage of LED above halogen is that LED used less electricity and it produces a lot less heat. But LED used to be very cold and bright light, something you don’t want in your living room. But that has changed. LED light can now also be soft and warm of colour.

So now in the evening we can enjoy the view of the two cabinets again. Luckily the lights are not as bright as it shows on the photo, it much more softer and warmer. Maybe even better as it was before….

 

 

(Credit photo: Marion)


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Most will know that Marion is often during the week away for her work. Aside from that we have a so called LAT-relation (Living Apart Together). The result of this that we mostly only see each in the weekends (maybe it is a nice idea that Marion and I write some time an article about this, there are many things to such a relation as we have).

It is very normal for me to wake up once or twice during the night. And when that happen and Marion is asleep beside me, I always enjoy it to hear her breathing, soft in and out. And to watch her sleeping through the soft moonlight that flows in the our bedroom.
Maybe it is because we don’t see each every day that I still feel my blood flow in a little faster through my veins when I watch her like this.

Some times I can see that she is dreaming. Mostly she moves a little. Saying soft things that I cannot understand. But I can see she is relaxed. So all is good.
But every now and then she is more restless in her sleep. I am always afraid she is having a bad dream about memories from less good times. When that happens I always want to wake her up, but I am assured by experts that this would not be good. Luckily when it happens it is not very long and I am very happy to see her relax again.

When I look at her in the half dark of our bedroom I feel really happy to have her in my life and that already for a nice long time. One of the best things that ever happened in my life, that is for sure.

I always feel the need to cuddle her softly when I’m watching her sleep, which I don’t do because I don’t want to wake her up!

(The picture, at the top of this article, is called “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and made by John Simmons in 1873. This pictures is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less.)

 

 

 

(Credit picture: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by John Simmons in 1873, Public Domain)


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