Monday, March 21, 2016

sorry....it's been a while

I thought I'd finally make a newpost! I have plenty of time to post, just no real motivation...sorry folks!

I'm still living in a care home, whih does have its advantages. But living evey day with old folk, many who are "suffering" demencia or Alzheimer, really gets annoying.

Physically I'm doing MUCH better...no constant pain (what a relief). I can even walk, with the help of a walker and therapist.

If all goes well, I'll be moving again in August....this time into my own home! YES! A care-person will be hired to move in with me. I so hope we find a nice one.

So, enough new news for today.... I do get tired very quickly.

I never thought I would praise facebook, but it helps me keep up-dated with everyone...

Dorrie/Westy

Friday, August 9, 2013

When fate almost kills you

as most of you know, I had a bad airplane accident on March 3, 2013. The pilot died of his injuries----I surved (when you see the pictures.....you wonder that they rescued me at all). Sorry but typing on my laptop is difficult so please be patient with me. More to come.........

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I miss Shila.....

On Januar 15, 2013, my lovely kitty, Shila, died in her sleep. She had been ill for some days and since she was nearly 18 yrs old we expected that it wouldn't be long. She was the best cat anyone could wish for .... I was always amazed at how clever she was and you could look her in the eye and tell she could THINK, just like humans.

I miss her approaching me when I come home. And when I think about her last days, I start crying as if she was a child I had lost (ok, in some ways she was ... pets can definitely become adapted family members, and are often emotionally closer then some family members). No, I won't get a new cat.... any cat would just get compaired to Shila and none can compare!

This is one of my favorite pictures of her, when she still had two eyes (we had to remove the left one in December 2012).


"Helping" me do a puzzle..... 2012


She died while sleeping in her favorite basket....

In other news..... 2012 was a year of so many changes that I need to write a dozen entries to get you guys up-dated! Maybe some day I'll get the blogging mood again. I just hope that 2013 will be a bit more relaxing..... but knowing my life, it won't be!

Dorrie

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It's been a while.....

...since I last posted and life has been a virtual roller coaster ride! Finally, my move out of my (perfect) apartment to my new home is cmpleted..... it was more then stressful! Imagine trying to merge two complete households without either willing or wanting to throw THEIR stuff out! It ended up that most of my stuff is stored in a huge factory which my new boy friend's son owns..... and by chance located just 100 meters from my old apartment! Fate? hmmmmm

There were moments when I wished I hadn't taken this step, but in spite of his age, R. is fun, funny, and tells me daily how glad he is to have found me.... something I missed the past years. And it's so nice not being alone at night and having someone to cuddle in the mornings. But there were days when his age showed (did I mention he's 82?).... shall I say STUBBORN!? :-)

He is accepted by my kids (VERY important!), and I'm accepted by his (he has 3 sons, 1 daughter, 9 grandchildren, and 1 great grandson). It's nice to be able to visit family events as a couple and not as a single.....

Before you-know-who I had a 7 yr. relationship with a great guy, Tommy. We separated because of my move closer to where my job was, and 110 km far away. And due to other reasons, we split, yet I never forgot him. I had been trying to find out if he still lived in our apartment or moved and whether he had a new partner (fearing he may, I didn't dare call at his place). I searched for hints in the internet, found his daughter in a German "facebook" but didn't dare contact him. I thought maybe we could get together again if I ever split with you-know-who, but then came R. but I still didn't give up hope. And then I got a call in July from his best friend. I knew right away why he called......Tommy had died of multiple health reasons. I went to his funeral..... his sister gave a talk and mentioned me, though we never met. It seems that he didn't have a new relationship after me and his sister had tried hard to contact ME after his death! Luckily his friend called my former office and I happened to be there to return my keys when the call came (fate?). The worst emotion was seeing that small urn with his ashes and realising that that was all that was left of the person I once loved.... of the arms that once held me, the body I once held and loved. DAMN!  Too late...... Sometimes fate sucks....

My cat has adjusted well to her new home. She was always an indoor cat and for the first time discovered... GRASS! And she actually loves walking in the rain! She has her special patch of clover she lays in. And R. has become really attached to her. It's so cute to see the cat houses and feeding stations he has built for her! (because her food got eaten by porcupines, we had to make a raised food station). She eats more, has gained weight, and has a nice thick winter fur coat now.

I'm not as much online as I used to be anyway. Yay, the former blogging whore has mellowed. *sigh*

I do check my favorites regularly (=every day at least once) but don't comment often. I'm trying to keep up-dated with everyone but don't always manage.... sorry.

OK, that's enough for now. I'll post pics some day.... promise!

Dorrie

Monday, July 16, 2012

Finally an update!!

Has it really been MAY since my last entry? Geeeeez, that's sooooo unlike me! Well, the blogger me I used to be.....

And a lot has been happening. As of TODAY, I am now on permanent vacation... in other words, early retirement! YOOOOHOOOOOOO  My good-bye party on Juli 3rd at the office went really well. I'll stop by tomorrow to turn in my office keys and ID's.

Last Friday was my daughter's 36th birthday! She arranged a lovely party, which went really well in spite of pouring rain (standard condition here the past weeks.... more like April then July! grrrrrr)

It's decided.... I'm moving, again! I have until end September so that gives me enough time to get things in order. The new place doesn't have internet yet, which is one reason I haven't been blogging or even keeping up on facebook.  I hope to get it installed this coming weekend.... we'll see.

This is a view of my future home. It has a huge yard in the front and back.



Anyway..... that's my world at the moment. I'll keep you updated once life slows down! (LOL)


Monday, May 14, 2012

Neglect....

yes, I've been neglecting my journal again. SORRY!  My excuses? well... busy (final days at the office... only 6 more weeks to go!).... and just plain boredom! oooops

I HAVE been reading a number of your journals.... but I haven't been commenting.... again, SORRY!

This week I have vacation and I'm trying to get some things done, like cleaning my balcony. Today I took the train to Frankfurt to check out something to keep me busy after I stop working..... I'm considering going back to college (eh, university)!! But first I have to see if they'll accept my (old) American school records... I'll find out next week.

So, that's all for now.... {{{hugs}}} to all!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunshine Blog Award


Presented to me by LowandSlow  , a former Journalspace buddy and aviation enthusiast  



We even met in person back in 2008



The rules of the Sunshine Blog Award are simple…just answer the following

Favorite color: blue, like my eyes….

Favorite animal: cat, especially Shila 



Favorite number: 6 (son’s birthdate), 13 (daughter’s birthdate as well as her two daughters) and/or 23 (my birthdate)

Favorite non-alcoholic drink: CocaCola (only the original!); Bitter Lemon

Facebook or Twitter: facebook… I still haven’t figured out why twitter is so popular

My passion: once upon a time it was flying, then blogging, now ????

Favorite flower: bottle brush (see picture above with Shila) and bougainvillea  

Favorite movie: musicals, historical movies

Favorite painting: no real fav (and I simply HATE modern art), but I saw this at the Louvre in Paris and liked it (a girl friend managed to take the picture without us getting caught heehee)


And finally, nominate a few other blogs and include links to them

also former Journalspacers....

Dear Maggs  from Downunder (=Australia)
HarpO      who now lives in my (former) hometown and who I have also had the priviledge of meeting in person      

BlueMoaner    an excellent writer....

Sunny a very sweet lady from Floriday and great inspiration


Now it's your turn to present this "award" to some of your favorite bloggers.....

Dorrie aka "Westy"

P.S. maybe some day I'll catch the blogging bug again! :-)