3 Days

3 more days to go. Hang in there, Mr. Bowie! Temperatures will drop from 37 degrees Celsius tomorrow to 23 degrees Celsius next Friday. Finally! No more panting and puffing because of the heat. Mr. Bowie loves to hide from the heat in the Pennisetum, commonly known as fountain grasses. I guess it’s one of the best spots to hide in the garden. I prefer to stay inside with all the fans blowing at maximum speed, giving me a hard time to read the newspaper. Monday I’ll have Friday on my mind…

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

Pretzels

“These pretzels are making me thirsty.” This is one of the first popular lines to emerge from the sitcom Seinfeld. The New York Post listed the “pretzels” line as one of “Seinfeld’s 25 greatest contributions to the English language.” Seinfeld is my favourite sitcom in television history.Temperatures will drop below 30 degrees Celsius next Wednesday. Hooray! It’s about time… This heat is making me thirsty and leaving me longing for ice cream.

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

Blood Moon

Will the world end tomorrow? According meteorologists an exceptional heatwave has been sweeping across the Northern Hemisphere for several weeks, setting record high temperatures and causing drought and wildfires. They also say the summer weather conditions are a result of climate change. “2018 is shaping up to be one of the hottest years on record, with new temperature records in many countries,” said Elena Manaenkova, deputy secretary-general of the World Meterological Organisation (WMO).

In order for a heatwave to be declared in Belgium the temperature must rise above 30°C for three days in a five day period in which highs of 25°C or more are recorded.  Officially, Belgium has been experiencing a heatwave since 22 July. Today, the temperature reached 37ºC, one of the hottest day ever measured in this part of the world.

Mr. Bowie stays inside and out of the sun during the day. He’s catching some zzz’s on the cellar door, probably the coolest place in the house. An early morning walk seems to be the best under this weather conditions.

Unfortunately, tonight, we missed the longest ‘Blood Moon’ ever, the eclipse of the century. I was waiting with my camera but clouds appeared in the evening and blocked our view. Oh well, life goes on… and on. Don’t panic! The world as we know it isn’t about to end.

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

Newsflash #33

Bigger isn’t always better. Population Brazil approx. 210,867,954. Population Belgium approx. 11,498,519. 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Quarter-finals: Belgium beats five-times World Cup winners Brazil 2-1. Next stop: France in the Semi-finals, Tuesday 10 July.

Mr. Bowie is so disappointed because all the little yellow Brazilian canaries are gone. 

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

Nine

Cat lovers of the world unite! Mr. Bowie is nine years old today. Happy Birthday Mr. Bowie! Catnip and treats for all the furry ones. Let’s party!

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

James Bond Shower

Chilling cold water. We find ourselves shivering with discomfort and anger when taking a cold shower by accident, but this may actually be advantageous to our health. Turning the temperature down to very cold, referred to as a “Scottish or James Bond Shower”, at the end can provide surprising benefits for your body and skin. Are you ready, Mr. Bowie?

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

Springy Temps

Beautifully springy temps! Looking around and noticing the blue sky, singing birds and bumblebees. Immediately, Mr. Bowie knew: it was finally spring. The first thing you want to do on that first warm weekend of the season is drink fresh tap water outside. I went for sweet chocolate ice cream.

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

Sunday Snowday

Snow! The horror… the horror! This morning, a cold snap resulted in several disruptions on the roads and rail way networks in this part of the world. I had to drive through the snow to see if my Dad was alright. We had lunch together and watched Bear Grylls on tv. I picked up some good advice to get back home safe.

Meanwhile, Mr. Bowie’s wondering what the white stuff is doing in his garden. And why he has to stay inside…

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

Almost Home

Oh Spring, Where Art Thou? They say that half an hour of daily walking can be hugely beneficial to your health. It’s good for boosting your memory, mood and creativity. I’m trying to walk at least an hour or two while Mr. Bowie is sleeping and in recovering mode. It helps me to relax, refresh and recharge. Get myself emotionally winter-ready.

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

 

Newsflash #25

I’m free! This image appears blurry or out of focus. I guess this is also the way how Mr. Bowie sees the world through his healing eye right now. I removed his cone this morning and Mr. Bowie went for a stroll in the garden.

I’m free-I’m free
And freedom tastes of reality
I’m free-I’m free
And I’m waiting for you to follow me

“I’m Free” – The Who

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

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

Newsflash #24

Medical update. Yesterday, Mr. Bowie had his medical check up concerning his eye surgery from last week and all went well. The healing process is going good as expected. He still needs a minor surgical procedure to remove some stitches and if necessary, insufficient working tissue from the transplant. They will perform the procedure in two weeks. Unfortunately, Mr. Bowie is depressed because he needs to stay inside and wear his cone for another week… Hang in there, my furry friend!

Got no feel, I got no rhythm
I just keep losing my beat (you just keep losing and losing)
I’m OK, I’m alright (he’s alright, he’s alright)
I ain’t gonna face no defeat (yeah yeah)
I just gotta get out of this prison cell
One day (someday) I’m gonna be free, Lord!

“Somebody to Love” – Queen

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

Newsflash #21

Hooray for Mr. Bowie! Just got back home from the veterinary hospital. Finally, after more than two months, Mr. Bowie’s health condition is drastically improving. The second eye with signs of a viral infection is cured. The wound in his other eye is healing well, there’s a significant reduction in size. So happy that we seems to be going in the right direction! Keeping our fingers and paws crossed!

Meanwhile Mr. Bowie is out of focus but chilling and recovering from the stress after all the medical examinations…

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

Newsflash #19

Surgery for Mr. Bowie. After two months of intensive treatment of Mr. Bowie’s eye, he needs to undergo surgery tomorrow. We tried different medicines and treatments but surgery is unfortunately unavoidable. This is a real disappointment. Let’s just hope for the best, shall we?

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

Sunday Siesta

I’m very chill. Some days I feel full of energy and some days I don’t, just like Mr. Bowie. On a sunny day, you can improve your health and you don’t need to spend hours in the gym. Just take a look at Mr. Bowie.

Thank you for all your good wishes and concern in the previous post. Much appreciated! Sorry I didn’t respond to all of you. Next Tuesday we’re going back to the hospital to see a specialist. Let’s keep our fingers and paws crossed and hope Mr. Bowie’s eye condition is improving.

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

Newsflash #18

Life is no bed of roses. Unfortunately, Mr. Bowie’s eye condition is deteriorating. We are trying a new medicine the next week but it looks like surgery will be necessary… What’s gives you peace of mind when times are tough and stressful? More espressos and chocolate?

But hey, we had a good day yesterday. We celebrated Mr. Bowie’s Gotcha Day. We are 8 years together and I invited some close friends for Mr. B’s party. And there was a little surprise for the human too… Thank you so much, my dear J.

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

Newsflash #17

Have patience, Mr. Bowie! It looks like patience is a key factor in the slow healing process of Mr. Bowie’s eye. We went to the Veterinary Hospital for another check up and it looks like we’re making advancements. Mr. Bowie needs to take his medicines for at least another week. Thank goodness we’re moving in the right direction.

The summer season started with a dangerous heat wave in this part of the world. Finally, after this heavy heat of summer our prayers were answered with rain showers. Watch out, Mr. Bowie, a table surface becomes slippery when it first rains after a long dry period.

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

Newsflash #15

A big bummer. Just got back from Venhei, the Veterinary Hospital. What a disappointment… The ointment didn’t cure Mr. Bowie’s eye infection. We need to treat the symptoms with antibiotics, an inflammatory agent and ointment for the following 2 weeks. Thank goodness Mr. Bowie is in the good hands of Veerle and Sarah, 2 experienced and brilliant vets.

Meanwhile Mr. Bowie is chilling and recovering from the stress after all the medical examinations…

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

BEAF

Kicking off the summer. So glad I got tickets for the concert of Jóhann Jóhannsson at the Bozar Electronic Arts Festival in Brussels, September 2017. Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Icelandic composer, well-known for writing music for a wide array of media including theatre, dance, TV and films like ’Sicario’, ‘Arrival’ and ‘Blade Runner 2049’. Also performing live on the BEAF festival: William Basinski, an avant-garde composer based in NYC and Phew, a Japanese singer working in the areas of jazz avant-garde and experimental music. I’m looking forward to attending this festival!

Meanwhile Mr. Bowie has declared himself “very comfortable on the table”. He’s enjoying life and wonders how long it normally takes to get served…

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

33

Back to normal. Mr. T has left building and our country but the heat is still on. Temperatures are set to soar above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) the next days. This is not fake news. Mr. Bowie is chilling out and gets plenty of fresh, clean and cool water. I was invited by my best friend to try some healthy vegetarian and (hot hot hot) Mexican food. So delicious…

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

Newsflash #14

Back in business. It was great getting all your get-well messages. Thank you so much! I’m grateful for the concern you have shown. After a 12-hour fasting period and a sufficient total sleep over a 24-hour period, Mr. Bowie’s doing fine now. At this moment, he’s enjoying the rays of the early morning sun.

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

Flashback #16

The guardian angel. A few months ago, I heard a hard bang against the window and I found a stunned bird outside. Apparently, a sparrow flew straight into the window of my house. Mr. Bowie, a natural born ornithologist, was outside and checked if the little one was okay. It reminded me of a similar story years ago. I placed the bird in a box so he could reboot in peace and quiet. I kept a watchful eye to make sure no potential predator (the neighbour’s cat) swoop in for a quick lunch. After 5 minutes the sparrow was recovered and flew away safely.

No animals (sparrows or cats) were harmed, killed or eaten during the shooting of these photographs.

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

The Hardest Part

Sometimes waiting is the hardest part. But remember, Mr. Bowie, the catnip that grows slower bear the greatest fruit! Just relax and enjoy the sun. The future’s so bright, you probably gotta wear shades.

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

He’s Back!

Finally! Mr. Bowie’s back… but actually, he was never gone. Guess he was only trying to keep a low profile. Right now Mr. Bowie’s looking forward to spring and summer, just like the rest of us in this part of the world. He’s right on top of the really important issue: getting the garden ready for new catnip plants! He has become a real expert on harvesting, storing and drying catnip. I wonder if I should give up my career as a musician and get started into the catnip business…

In the next post, we’ll talk about “eastern European gangs of thieves” and how Mr. Bowie deals with it.

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

Rain Rain Rain

Rain smashing hard against the window. Mr. Bowie cancelled his field trip in the garden due to heavy rain. By way of precaution, he crawled for shelter under the table.

I enjoy the sound of rain on the windows and the roof. I have become a very light sleeper, completely off sleep medication for about a month and the sound of rain helps me fall asleep at night.

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

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