Finally! The Sun is shining, the temperature is slowly rising, and I feel like I’m coming back to life. We didn’t even have much of a Winter here, to be honest. But it’s the lack of daylight that gets me every year. At the worst point in December, there was even a day when it was finally bright enough outside for me to be able to switch off the lights indoors at 11AM, only to switch them back on 4 hours later at 3PM! That’s how dark it was that day. I’m looking forward to July when the sun comes up at 5AM and sets past 10PM. So much better.
Meanwhile, our coffee table in the living room has switched from Easter theme to Spring theme …
Half of it is totally improvised, as I realized the other day that I don’t actually own much Spring decoration. I can’t be bothered to go shopping as I’m now into the third trimester of this pregnancy. But I’m planning to buy some Spring extras next year for sure. For now, this will have to do. We purchased the little white sheep during our vacation in Croatia last year. The main reason why we bought it is because we thought it kind of looked like Shaun The Sheep, and Gert and I are huge Shaun The Sheep fans! – very mature 😂
Wolf has become so attached to me lately. He’s even managed to squeeze himself underneath the Ikea laptop tray lol I’m so thankful for this awesome little dog. What a great companion he is. ❤️
I realized a while ago that I haven’t posted about our cat in forever. I assure you he’s still alive and well. Haha! I’ll take some more pictures of him soon to counter-balance the overflow of dog pictures.
Easter is less than two weeks away, so I realized yesterday it was time to pull out the Easter decoration before it’s not worth it anymore. I love the white wooden tray on our coffee table. It’s a key feature in the living room, as I use it to display my seasonal items. When it comes to decoration, I have a rotational system; meaning that hardly anything is out on display all year round. I have 4 big boxes full of candle holders, pots, fake plants, figurines, you name it. I change everything around regularly. This time I put all the Winter themed stuff back in a box, making place for my Easter decor. When we’re done with Easter, the whole house will be Spring themed, then Summer themed, etc. I quickly get fed up with seeing the same stuff all the time, which is why changing it around so often is ideal for me! Plus, it avoids ending up with a ton of clutter all over the place, and I also get to be very season-specific in my purchases.
So here’s the living room:
This little trinket dates back from my childhood:
I wish I could remember who gave it to me. I don’t even remember whether it’s from the 80’s or the 90’s. It feels like I’ve had it my entire life. When you close it, it looks like a wrapped up present with a pink ribbon around it. So cute!
And here’s the (minimalistic) bedroom decoration:
I could go all out with this fireplace and decorate it like crazy for each occasion, but I choose not to. I find simple, low key items best for the bedroom.
The flowers are from Ikea; in other words: super cheap. And the Easter candle holder is also a survivor from my childhood bedroom. If I remember well, it originally contained a bag of chocolate eggs. But again, I have no clue who gave it to me. My memory is getting old!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. ❤️ It dawned on me today how lucky Gert and I are to have found each other. Despite all the hardships and bad luck we’ve had to face on all fronts, at least we are together and still madly in love. I knew from the beginning that we were a solid couple. As the years went by, I knew for sure we were unbreakable and could face anything. When we lost Sam, this was proven a thousand times, in a thousand different situations. Some things that could have torn some couples apart or divided them in grief, didn’t affect our bond one bit. I always knew and I still know that we will always be together. Life is so easy with him. There are no conflicts, no arguments, no tensions, no misunderstandings. Only love and respect, and a whole lot of laughter. I can talk to him about anything; even the most personal matters. He’s always there to listen and offer advice and support. Sometimes I wonder if we’re one person split into two bodies. And I’m amazed at the fact that – while there are billions of people walking this planet – we somehow managed to find that one person who suits us to perfection.
There are days when I wonder why I’m so cursed in a few areas. But then on days like today, I realize I’m so lucky when it comes to love. If I didn’t have him, I’m not sure I would have stood so strong during some tragedies that have crossed my path over the years.
I selfishly look at Valentine’s Day as our personal holiday lol So thanks to whoever put us on the calendar!
On a side note: I can’t believe it’s been exactly 4 years today since he proposed!
Pffft. The Christmas tree is up. What a chore. I thought last year was bad, since that was our first Christmas without Sam, and then I assumed this Christmas would be more fun like before. But nope. It still sucks. And while my grief and sadness have improved immensely in the past 12 months, I just realized while putting up the Christmas decoration how little I give a shit. I’m actually quite surprised about that, because I was genuinely looking forward to this year’s celebrations. Maybe it’s also my overall lack of energy at the moment. I don’t know. I just really cannot be bothered.
I’m loving our interior though. I keep improving it constantly and I still have tons of ideas that I would like to add little by little.
So this year’s tree is all gold. It’s a first. I usually do gold and red, but God, I’m so sick of it. I should specify that this is my actual childhood tree. The one I’ve been seeing for the past 25 years, every freaking Christmas. My mom gave it to me when I moved out on my own. I think she was sick of it too lol Then when I moved in with Gert, we ditched his ridiculous miniature tree and put up this big one instead. And so the tree lives on … Twenty five years and counting. ** banging head on the table **
I didn’t even add half the decoration I own, which is so unlike me. I put up the nativity crib for about a minute and then put it back in its box. It’s even older than the tree lol I’m so so sick of it all.
I’m still torn about our Christmas cards. I used to take a portrait each year and I put so much love and effort into it. First it was me and my dog, then my dog died, and it was me and Gert, and then me and Gert and the cat. And then our baby died … and for the very first time, I sent store bought Hallmark cards. I went through the motions last year like a real zombie. My heart wasn’t into it. I was so sure I’d have the happiness and enthusiasm back this year. But I’m disappointed to see that I don’t. Gert wants to take a cute picture of our dog Wolf with his tie and a Christmas hat. I don’t know. Pfffft. We’ll see.
Okay. I sound like a real joy to be around with right now! Haha! Real Christmas spirit right here!
Honestly, I’m just looking forward to long cozy pyjama evenings in front of the TV with Gert and the pets. And good food. Lots of good food!
I got a couple of messages from friends asking me if I’m okay. I suppose unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know by now that the entire Brussels district is going through a lockdown after the threat level was switched to 4 on Saturday, which is the maximum level; meaning that a terrorist attack could be imminent. We were hoping for it to go back down to at least 3 today. But yesterday’s press conference confirmed that level 4 would be maintained for now.
We don’t actually live inside the Brussels district. We live right outside of it, so technically speaking, I’m sitting here in level 3 :-) But because we’re quite close to the capital, obviously our lives are on hold right now. A lot of businesses, schools, and public buildings are closed today. So Gert didn’t have to go to work. Ever since the level was raised to 4, we’ve basically remained at home. We could have taken the car and gone shopping on Saturday, but it seemed like an unnecessary risk, even if we went to another city.
As far as noticeable effects are concerned: I haven’t left the house since Saturday and our street is always super quiet, so I can’t say I’ve actually seen anything at all. But we did notice a lot of police out last Tuesday and they were stopping people and checking their bags. Something was definitely up already.
So in a nutshell: we’re stuck at home until further notice. We’re now waiting for a press conference to start, hopefully within the next hour, and I think they’re going to announce whether level 4 will be maintained tomorrow or not. If it is, then Gert won’t be going to work tomorrow either. I can’t say we’re living in fear or anything. But it’s definitely a weird vibe. I mean, this situation is very exceptional. I’ve never ever experienced anything like this before. And for Brussels to be completely shut down like that, I don’t think this has ever even happened in the past.