1500 Pieces


I graduated to 1500 piece puzzles because the 1000 was getting done way to quick. 1500 cost me about 19 euros and this one took me about 5 weeks to complete. I can’t get a bigger one than this because of lack of space to do it in.


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Wash Day Hell

Almost 9 years I have lived here in Holland and one of my biggest joys is wash day in the spring/summer/fall. I love hanging up the wash outside on the gadgets they have here for hanging wash on balconies.

I take great pride and time hanging everything up straight and neat. On sheet washing day I make sure I hang them all up double so they do not hang too low so they do not bother my neighbor lady downstairs. I have had the same neighbor lady downstairs for the length of time I have been here and we were on friendly terms. We even helped her with some problems she was having with other neighbors – to do with noise from household appliances after 10 PM. Well, I could have figured at some point we would be on her hit list as well.

About two weeks ago my neighbor lady told me that she did not want me to hang wash on my balcony anymore as it bothered her seeing it swaying in the wind. She also said she could not imagine why we washed so much. She would not mind if it was only out there a couple of times a week but never on Sunday.

She proceeded to tell me, among other things that this was in the ‘rental rule book’ and that I was not following rules. I have read this book several times in the past and dug it out again just to make sure I was right and we were allowed the luxury of hanging our clothes outside. Sure enough no mention of this in our rental agreement.

Yesterday my neighbor lady got me again as I was relaxing in the sun on my balcony, reading a book. I told her to call the wash police and send them to my door so we could have a chat and till that time I would continue as I have been for the last +8 yrs.

I am an abider of rules and have researched this as far as I can to make sure I am not doing anything wrong. I am assuming if the house rules changed in the last years we would have gotten notice and I would have changed my wash hanging accordingly.

Picture of a wash is to follow…

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HBP Caused in the Brain

According to British research workers of the University of Bristol, high blood pressure is not caused in the heart, but in the brain.

According to the scientists high blood pressure probably comes from an infection in the blood vessels in the brain. The cause of the infection is a protein with white blood cells in the brain, causing a lack of oxygen in the brain.

The researchers say that this new look at high blood pressure should lead to new treatment methods . Rtl

Translated from Dutch to English by me and Altavista

BBC English Version

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Jigsaw Puzzle #4

 Scenes of Ireland

Finished another one! I am having fun doing this. Every so often throughout the day I sit for a while and lay down some more pieces.

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Jigsaw Puzzle #3


So, I finished the third puzzle that came in the box of three, just to find out there are 7 pieces missing and two duplicate pieces.

I was thoroughly disappointed and sent the company a letter. We shall see if they respond.

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Jigsaw Puzzle #2


I finished my second of three jigsaw puzzles this morning. This one was pretty hard to do with all the flowers. But I plugged away at it. 😉

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WAO Resources


I had these listed on a previous page that is being deleted and put them here as they may be of help to someone.

UWV official figures.

The WAO Plein. – For those interested in support, information and just sharing with others (in Dutch).

Stichting GAOS – een organisatie van, voor en door arbeidsongeschikten.

Landelijke Vereniging van Arbeidsongeschikten (LVA).

WAO Café.

L.A.M. de Groot Heupner – expertise op het door het huidige UWV gehanteerde claimbeoordelingsproces.

WAOtrefpunt– gemaakt door lotgenoten en voor lotgenoten.

WAO – Stop de Herkeuringen

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