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After all the animal drawing for the different challenges on Twitter, old talent comes back. So is humor. The latest 4 drawings made me very happy and I had a lot of fun too.

After the cormorant I tried to paint a Hippie Nyala as I saw one on Pinterest. Here is my Hippie Nyala looking good – living her hippie life in Africa.

The next animal on the list a badger. Same thought – I can’t do it. Yesterday evening late there was the drive to try and here he is – my personal miracle No. 2.

Tomorrow it has to be a deer…. oh deer oh deer…

Because of the Hippie Nyala I suddenly wanted the deer to be fancy too. That was fun. I even set her on an old Vogue Cover and made up her success story ON Twitter – meet HATTY. She is the elegant sister of Nyala.

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Needed to do some minor shopping. That’s not something difficult you may think. You’ll never know.

Thought of doing it quick in one retailer…it was not meant to be.

Started on ROFL-mode when entering AH and seeing the big poster hanging from the ceiling:


For outsiders: for every 15 euro purchase you get one mini-vegetable-garden. The grown vegetable is just enough to feed a small garden gnome. And what the hack is the difficulty with those mini things you need an app for?

Laughing out loud, I passed the gate and started shopping. Sausage, bread, soya milk, water – easy finds. I also was looking for….

All the approximately 3 meters of mayonnaise from different brands – NO Rémoulade !

The first KID I found filling the shelves, I grabbed to ask if he know where I can find the Rémoulade. He looked desperately at me and then around to find another employee to help me. An older man slowly walked towards us and asked what’s the problem. “She is looking for Rémoulade.” “Must be in the mayonnaise row “, he said, let’s have a look.”  Together we went over there and he searched the 3 meter of shelves to find what I was looking for. “Not here, maybe out of assortment.” he suggested.  “All the Kühne – made with love – products are on the shelves and only Rémoulade is no longer available?” I answered.  “We have to look in the computer, please follow me.”

Had to follow him through the complete store back to the entrance where the office is. Had to go into the office and sat there to watch him looking for my product. “Can you please spell the word Rémoulade to me?” he asked. Deep within me, some part of me almost fainted by inward laughter. All the products came up but no Kühne Rémoulade.  “See!!! we only have Remia Rémoulade Sauce!”  he triumphed. “Let’s go back and look for Remia.”  I followed the man in blue back to the 3 meters mayonnaise where we both started looking for Remia Rémoulade Sauce.


“I have to go to the computer for the product number, then find a terminal and then, with the product number, I can find the place the Remia Rémoulade Sauce is to be found within the 3 meters mayonnaise. It’s not that simple as all customers think.”

Hell of a job – the voice inside was awake again. Another woman suggested we have a look at the salad dressings. Proposal dismissed.

“It has to be here, shall I go to fetch the number?”

“No, thank you very much for your useless friendly help, I will buy it at Dirk v/d Broek.”

Meanwhile 3 other searching customers lined up to grab him. Have a lot of fun I thought sarcastically. Fetched the last products I needed and left the store after payment.

Got 2 mini vegetable gardens!!!

I donate them to the elderly home where they are put into a seed table just for show! The elders love watching them grow.



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Like the theme of the New Moon include faith and trust – the people of Cologne had faith, trust and courage to celebrate their Carnival despite the meteorological warnings of a storm. And because everything has to be done different from now on this carnival parade was different due to the weather conditions: without horses and everybody walking like in old times. Also less pretentious but more enjoyable.
People from Cologne will never be thrown off track by life’s circumstances.

karneval Kölle 2016

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Wax on

With the group we did some encaustic art with the usual colored wax.


People enjoyed doing it, because it is just doing without thinking and above all, making a painting without the thought ‘what the hack is this supposed to be’. Here are mine.

encaustic mei grot

encaustic mei kind

The other activities supervisor had bought some wax crayons to try if they could be used for this technique too. Wax crayons are cheaper than the original encaustic colored wax. Because we didn’t have enough time to try it, she gave the crayons to me with the words ‘ try it at home and tell me afterwards.encaustic box 2

I had my doubts if wax crayons would work, but tried in the weekend…with a normal iron…. on steam…

There are some holes in it for the steam to come out.  But what the hack let’s try.

Gosh what mess that got and it took a while to clean the iron after this ‘trial and error test ‘ with wax crayons. They work, although  the colors are not that bright as the real encaustic wax. See for yourself.

wax crayons

Ironing laundry is mission impossible right now.

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Christmas time Game


Place a Santa hat on the corner of your TV and every time someone wears it… DRINK !

by @RossGraphitas


That’s the original version of the game I came across on Twitter.

It’s a good laugh but on second thought – why would you like to spend the Christmas Time in complete inebriation?

Turn around the game into something meaningful. Every time someone wear the Santa head stop watching telly and start a good conversation with the family. Being alone, go for a walk. Maybe you could change the layout of your facebook and everytime someone wears the Santa head – stop facebooking. Could this work for your phone, tablet and all the other machines that keep you away from really participating in life? You could stop doing what you’re doing and ask the question why drinking, over-eating, over-spending and more of the same? By doing so, this Christmas Game could bring some valuable answers.

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Chicken Ears

If you think you had it all than someone post something on Twitter.

It’s time for a funny story. @Parafernadia posted advertisement from Netherlands best known grocer Albert Heijn.


Ears? On a chicken? And their color determine the color of the eggs? White ears – white eggs – brown ears – brown eggs?

Must be nonsense! Besides, I never saw ears on a chicken’s head. Have you? So I went searching for info.

Chickens have ears but not like our ears. Their ears are inside, covered with a bunch of little feathers. That’s why I did not see ears. The only thing on the outside of the head concerning ears is the ear lobe.


So far so good. They have ears and they can hear extremely well with it.

We mad humans bred chickens with ear lobes of our liking, form and color,  the pure natural chicken is too common.


Now what’s about the egg color? Is the advertisement true? After all, to sell products, people tell us lies all the time.


Went on searching and finally found an extensive article about chickens.

Here we go!Chicken_looking_around

We have chicken with white, red, yellow, blue and even purple ears. So maybe the white and brown eggs are for us, produced by white and red ear lobes. The chickens with all the colors produce the eggs for the Easter Bunny.


Nothing of all this is true. The color of the ear lobe doesn’t determine the color of the eggs – that is one hell of a wide-spread believe. The wise marketing manager or agency fell for it and Albert Heijn bought it too.

Maybe a lot of customers are believers of AH and they tell it their kids and the

Legend of the Egg color

will be alive for more centuries to come.


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