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 #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.

Another Year Over

Happy New Year! Another year over, and a new one just begun. Glad the tough year’s over. Hope you have a great and wonderful 2018. May all your dreams come true. Thank you for hanging out with us at HoB. Thanks for all your likes, comments and kindness. Love, peace and happiness.

Mr. Bowie says “Happy Meow Year!” Viva la Vida!

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.

Newsflash #28

There must be some kind of way outta here. Said the cat to the Vet. Just wanted to let everyone know that Mr. Bowie is 99% healed from his ear infection. To be sure we’re killing all the stubborn bacteria, Mr. Bowie needs ear drops for another week. His eye was in perfect condition!

Once again, I want to thank you for all the support and concern. That is very kind of you. Mr. Bowie says “Meow!” Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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.

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.

Oh Spring…

Snow began falling last Saturday and Sunday. Just when I thought I was out (of the cold), they pull me back in! Having a few emergency supplies on-hand can save you a lot of discomfort and trouble when a winter storm hits. You should have enough supplies, especially coffee and chocolate, to survive without leaving your house for a few days. Oh spring, I long for you…

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

A Good Friend

So many books, so many friends. I always like to have a good book around to read, it’s like having a good friend. Mark Twain said, “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” Ernest Hemingway said, “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” I can only confirm that they were both right.
One of many reasons why I consider myself lucky is because I have another good and loyal furry friend. Are you waiting for a bedtime story, Mr. Bowie?

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

Say Goodbye and Say Hello

Live long and prosper. 2016 was a bumpy and emotional ride for me, my family and some dear friends. It looks like things can only get better in the new year. On the other hand, someone pointed out that I’m lucky. I’m born in a place where we are free to practice our beliefs without question. But the world is changing, and changing fast in some expected and unexpected parts. Freedom can easily slip away. Freedom for every religion, gender, race, belief and orientation. We must remain watchful to protect these freedoms.

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Happy New Year! Hope you have a great new year 2017. May all your dreams come true. Looking at the photograph, Mr. Bowie seems to say “Live long and prosper”. He probably picked it up from watching too many Star Trek episodes as a kitten. Thank you for hanging out with us at HoB. Thanks for all your likes, comments and kindness. Love, peace and happiness.

Mr. Bowie says “Happy Meow Year!” Viva la Vida!

Some Good

Street on fire. Live report: This torchlight procession offers the inhabitants of my village a unique opportunity to kick off a brand new winter event in our village. And tonight, all the proceeds will go to people and animals in need.

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‘There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.’ – J.R.R. Tolkien

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

Huff & Puff

Eat, drink and be merry. I developed a taste for good coffee and chocolate years ago, but it’s likely the result of genetic defects. The smell of freshly brewed coffee can be hard to resist. I can recognise good espresso and dark chocolate when I smell it miles away.

A cat’s nose is its most important organ. The world of a cat is the world of scents and odours. It is said that cats have a sense of smell fourteen times better than humans. Cats also use their sense of smell to detect the new treats you just bought.

“Let me in, let me in” cried Mr. Bowie, “Or I shall huff and puff and blow your house in!”

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We hope you’re enjoying a warm, happy holiday season. Mr. Bowie says “Meow!”

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

 

Yellow Submarine

Breaking news! Upgrading my studio monitors already had a serious impact. An English rock band, formed in Liverpool, arrived in my studio today. I was very happy about the way in which the agreement with the band came about. However, I was a bit amazed when they arrived in a weird and wonderful vehicle.

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Thank goodness I got by with a little help from my friend and famous studio technician, Mr. Bowie. And our friends are all on board and the band begins to play… It’s easy. All you need is love.

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

OB-6

How to make a cat and his human happy. A big box from San Fransisco arrived yesterday. Sender: Dave Smith Instruments. Hallelujah! Dave Smith Instruments is an American company based in San Francisco, California which manufactures electronic musical instruments. Inside this box: the OB-6 Desktop, a 6-Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer. The OB-6 is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between the two most influential designers in poly synth history, Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim. The OB-6 sound engine is inspired by Tom Oberheim’s original SEM, the core of his acclaimed 4-voice and 8- voice synthesizers.

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This is an example of an activity we both enjoy, making music and a studio technician living in a box. Our aim, as I told you before is to rock you, some day soon.

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

We Cool?

Breaking records. The mercury hit 32.1 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest 13th September ever recorded in this part of the world.

Hey, Mr. Bowie, “We cool?” “Sure, we’re cool, human!”

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

Is It Safe?

Safety check. Ensuring that the garden area is safe after the gardeners team left requires careful planning and monitoring. Materials such as sand and wood chips are soft enough to fall asleep. Provide some shade, cool water and treats in the play space, and an espresso machine for the human. Keep children and other little creatures safe indoors.

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Thank goodness forecasters say summer is here to stay!

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

PS: The catnip plants are in a safe place.

Seven

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Life is like a box of cat treats. Mr. Bowie turns seven today. If you think about it, seven cat years, he’s catching up really fast with my human years.

Cats like to squeeze themselves into small boxes. But I thought hiding some treats inside this box would be a nice surprise for our hero. Happy Birthday, Mr. Bowie!

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Manic Monday

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It’s just another manic Monday. Hey Mr. Bowie, I know today is Monday and you assume it’s going to suck but just smile, because the sun is shining. It should actually be a really nice day; 25 degrees Celsius and vanilla ice cream. Isn’t life grand, my friend?

The Dark Side

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So human, you have accepted the truth? I am your master. You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not give me treats, then you will meet your destiny.

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