Newsflash #32

They say life is like a road. They say it has bumps, cracks and obstacles, but in the end, it gets you somewhere. Last months, I had to bounce back from bumps in the road and focus on emphasizing the positive. But don’t worry. I am okay. Mr. Bowie is okay.

In fact, Mr. Bowie is doing very well. Today, Mr. Bowie had his medical check-up concerning his ear (and eye) condition after his surgery from months ago. And again, thank goodness, the lab results were very good, no signs of those stubborn bacteria. Mr. Bowie was treated a second time for tick prevention because we live in a place with the highest tick population in Europe. 

If the forecasters are correct , a widespread, long-lasting heat wave will spread across much of Europe. Weather forecasts for the next two weeks predict temperature highs between 26 and 31 degrees Celsius. May was a very dry month, and June has also been terribly dry. The situation for the time being is normal, but in ten days will be considered dry to extremely dry. Home-owners are advised not to waste valuable water on things like watering a lawn. So Mr. Bowie, don’t spoil the fresh tap water and understand the value of water! And now if you’ll excuse me, I have to buy some ice cream…

As always, I want to thank you for all the support and concern. That is very kind of you. Mr. Bowie says “Meow!”

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

97 responses

    • Thank you very much, Bernadette! Ice cream, chocolate and espressos make my life much easier… Take care, my friend!

  1. Wishing both of you better days ahead. You have to have lots of dark chocolate, espresso and catnip treats to smooth out those bumps in the road. Take a listen to “Smooth” by Santana and stay cool.

    • Hi Tim! Thank you so much for your kind words, my dear friend! I was thinking about you and your posts when I was writing about the hot weather overhere. I guess these temperatures are rather considered as cool in New Mexico… 😉

      PS: thanks for the wise advice!

      • Your temps do feel cooler in New Mexico only because it’s so dry here. I’ve been in heat and humidity and it’s miserable.

        • So true! Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Tim!

          PS: Keep an eye on our Red Devils soccer team playing against Brazil tonight… 😉

  2. We just had a heatwave. Il y a eu des mortalités. Je plains les gens qui n’ont pas de climatiseur. Belaud et moi ne sommes pas sortis, l’appartement étant climatisé. Belaud, mon chartreux gris-bleu et “plissé”, n’a pas voulu aller se reposer sur le balcon. Il n’en finissait pas de boire de l’eau. Que ferions-nous sans ces compagnons? Je pense souvent à vous. Henreusement, nous n’avons pas manqué d’eau saine et fraîche. En toute amitié. Micheline

    • Hi Micheline! Thank you so much for your kind comment. Merci bien!
      Mr. Bowie stays indoors during the day. Late in the evening, he will go out for a walk in the garden. Thank goodness for the ice cream and fresh water…
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day! Sorry for not responding in French. It’s way too hot for translating my thoughts in French… 😉

  3. Sorry for the bumps! Glad that Mr. Bowie is well. And stock up on that ice cream. Best medicine for hot weather.

    • Thank you very much for your kind words, my dear friend!
      You are so right about the ice cream thoughts…

    • Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so happy Mr. Bowie’s health is back to normal…

  4. That’s great that his tests were all good and you’re getting past whatever was bumpy in your road. Be well in the heat wave. We are at the end of a very bad heat wave here; brutal and some people died because of it. Keep cool, you and Mr. Bowie. Hope it doesn’t get too hot for you to enjoy being out in your garden.

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment, my dear friend. We only go outside in the morning and in the evening. It’s too hot during the day but hey, I’m not complaining as long we have ice cream and fresh cool water… and even a hot espresso with chocolate! 😉

        • Thank you! Hope you’re having a great time in your garden and all the vegetables are growing. Makes me think about tomato sauce with meatballs… so delicious! 🙂

          • It’s been too hot here to enjoy garden work for a couple weeks. I have to sneak out quick in the mornings and sometimes in the evenings so I don’t get cooked! Things are growing well tho, and getting watered with the hose almost every day. Get your tomato sauce with meatballs; that is such good stuff.

    • Hi Takami! Thank you so much for your kind words, my dear friend!
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

    • Thank you very much, my friend!
      Mr. Bowie says “Meow!” and sends his regards! Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

  5. We here, in the oven that is Arkansas, are very glad to hear that you’re bouncing back from difficulties, and that Mr. Bowie is well. Perhaps Belgium’s inevitable victory tomorrow will help your recovery!

    • Thank you so much for your concern and warm comment, my dear friend! I hope you’re having a wonderful day.

      Ha… oh yes…!! Belgium will shut down tomorrow at 8 PM to watch the game against Brazil! I’m looking forward and I’m also (a little bit) afraid our Red Devils will loose the game. But I’m sure it’s going to be a very exciting match…

        • Oh yes, his last reaction against that Neymar shot… amazing!
          Thank you so much for your support! 🙂

            • We’re all so sad and disappointed in this part of the world… We didn’t see this coming and didn’t expect to lose this match today… So sad… 😦
              Oh well, life goes on…
              Thank you very much for your support and comment, my dear friend!

              • I can imagine, dear Herman, I’m so sorry. It was a truly unhappy game to watch (except for Mbappe’s heel-flick pass to Girou, which I focus on rather than Girou’s subsequent flub). France just seemed cold-blooded to me, no love in it (other than Mbappe and of course there’s the incredible Griezmann and the excellent Kante). I did like what Hazard says: “I prefer to lose with this Belgium than win with this France.”

                • Oh yes, that comment from Hazard was just great! But France played like we played against Brazil, kinda, waiting to counter attack at the right moment. And some of our top players weren’t as good like they were against Brazil. Well, c’est la vie, like the French say…

                  • Yah, that’s what I heard some experts say. It was unfortunately an off-day. De Brunye just wasn’t on. Well — ’til 2022 Quatar. Of all places.

                    • Yes, Quatar… can’t believe it. I’m wondering if anyone’s going over there to watch the tournament… Pretty weird!

  6. I am glad that your “journey” has leveled out – having experienced a lot of bumps in mine, I know how wonderful it is when you get to “smooth sailing” and I hope that continues for both you and Mr. Bowie! Ice cream makes everything better……and while the heat continues OUTSIDE, we can keep ourselves cool INSIDE with ice cream and cold tap water! Teddy and I both send hugs…….

    Pam

    • Hi Pam! Thank you so much for your heartwarming comment and concern, my dear friend! Thank goodness we have ice cream, espressos and dark chocolate to get through the difficult periodes of life… 😉
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

  7. Good to hear you are both well. It’s been hot here in my part of the uk for 10 days now, the cats have been sheltering under the shrubs in the garden, just coming indoors for food and a fuss.

    • Thank you very much for your concern and kind comment, my friend!
      Mr. Bowie stays indoors during the day but he’s going outside around 8 PM or in the morning around 7 AM.
      Stay cool and have some ice cream!

  8. DOOD !! may de road bee smoooth az butter for ewe N dad frum heer on out; we
    iz buzzed happee yur doin sew well ~ YAY !! 🙂 stay kewl ore try; itz blazin hot heer
    az well ~~~~~~ ;(

    ♥♥

    • Hi there, my dear friend! Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern. Wish I could give you some tuna flavoured ice cream… 😉
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day with lots of treats and ice cream… 🙂

    • Oh, thank you very much for your concern and kind words, my friend! Much appreciated!
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment, my friend! We especially like the part about the ice cream… 😉
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

    • Hi Lynn! Thank you very much for your kind comment and concern.
      We would love to receive some rain from your part of the world. It’s much to dry in this part of the world. Thank goodness we have ice cream to compensate the problem… 😉

  9. I am very glad to hear you and Mr. Bowie are doing well and his exam results were so good. I spent my childhood summers in the town next to Lyme Connecticut, so I know a lot about ticks and Lyme disease. People don’t appreciate how sneaky those ticks can be, so tick prevention is a good idea. We have been having the heat wave this week with heat indexes as high as 42 celsius. The cats got ice cubes in their drinking fountain and I stocked the refrigerator with bottles of water. Stay cool and well, both of you.

    • Hi Angela! Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern! Thanks for reminding me about putting ice cubes in the water. I’m going to try this out tomorrow and the next days…
      I’m so happy right now to see Mr. Bowie stays in a good and healthy condition. But he doesn’t like this hot weather. Thank goodness we have lots of ice cream…
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day, my friend!

    • Hi David! Oh yes, don’t you worry… we have lots of ice cream and other cool stuff in the fridge!
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

  10. I’m glad to hear things have settled down for you and Mr. Bowie, and that he had a good vet report! I’m used to heat but am finding it challenging this year also!

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern, my friend! I’m so happy to see Mr. Bowie stays in a good health and condition after all the problems he had in the past.
      I’m always looking at the other side when we’re having too much heat and that’s all the ice cream in the fridge…

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and concern, my dear friend! Thank goodness there’s lots of ice cream to help us with the issue of staying cool… 😉
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

    • Thank you very much for your kind comment, my dear friend!
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day and wishing you a marvellous weekend!

  11. Ice cream is good…enjoy. Glad to hear that Mr. Bowie is doing well. Hoping the road ahead is much smoother for you Herman. Terrible heat here too…we will be enjoying ice cream also. Hugs and nose kisses from all of us to you and Mr. Bowie.

    • Hi Mags! Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern, my dear friend! Thank goodness we both can enjoy ice cream in this terrible heat…
      Wishing you a wonderful day and a fantastic weekend!

  12. I am glad Mr. Bowie is doing well. I didn’t realize you had a tick problem in Europe. We sure have one in the states, my hubby comes in with at least one a day and he sprays himself before going out.

    • Thank you very much for your kind comment, my friend! Oh yes, ticks are a big problem in this part of the world too. I really hate these creatures…
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day and wishing you a fantastic weekend!

    • Voor de eerste keer in jaren is zijn gezondheid al maanden in orde. Hopelijk blijft dit nu zo. Misschien gaat hij die autoritten nog wel missen binnenkort want hij rijdt graag mee met de auto… 🙂

    • Thank you so much, my friend! Merci bien!
      Mr. Bowie says “Meow!” and sends his regards. Wishing you good luck for the game against Uruguay today! 😉

    • Oh yes, we fully agree on that ice cream idea…
      Thank you so much for your concern! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

  13. It’s a gorgeous photo of Mr Bowie. 🙂
    I’m very pleased to hear he is doing so well. Here’s to a smoother road for both of you this month. 🙂
    Enjoy your summer, with lots of ice cream, and I hope you also get some rain soon. 🙂

  14. Herman, I have to admit, each time I see a new post of yours, my heart pulses go up high for the first moment not wanting to hear bad news about Mr. Bowie. Oh, I can breath better now by reading that Mr. Bowie is doing so well. And yes ice cream makes hot days cool down a bit more. Here in California Moshu and I experience a big wave of heat, needless to say that Moshu feels very uncomfortable, I wish she would love ice cream as much I do. Have a great week

    • Hi Cornelia! Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern. This really means a lot to me. I’m so happy that Mr. Bowie is finally doing so well. For the first time in years he doesn’t need any medication. The next medical check-up is in October. A few months ago we had to go every week to the hospital…
      Wishing you a wonderful start of the week! Stay cool and enjoy your ice cream! 🙂

    • Hi Charlotte! I always say I want to reincarnate as a cat. But with this hot weather… I’m not sure anymore…

    • Hi Julie! Thank you so much for your kind comment! Wish you could join us for ice cream… 😉
      Mr. Bowie says “Meow!” and sends his regards!

    • Hi Lavinia! Glad to see you’re back! Hope everything is ok…
      Thank you so much for your kind comment and we like the ice cream idea too! 🙂
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

  15. Hello Hello! This is happy news Herman, for both you and Mr Bowie. Health worries do take a toll and I hope they’re not in your future ❤
    I guess it was Mark Twain who said, "The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like and do what you'd rather not". I'm not sure if he took his own advise as he apparently he was a cigar smoker. But he did out-live Wilde and Hemingway so maybe he was on to something. At any rate, it doesn't sound as fun as chocolate, ice cream and Espresso 😀 Cheers dears xo Boomdee

    • Hi there, Boomdee! So glad you’re back on HoB, we missed you big time, my dear friend…
      Thank you so much for your kind words and concern. And we always love comments with chocolate, ice cream and espressos! 🙂
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day! Mr. Bowie says “Meow!” and sends his regards!

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