Veggie Garden 30th September

After my last update on my veggie garden I’ve been doing a lot of clearing out. Most of the lettuce is gone. What’s left is not eatable anymore. I’ve made the last salad of our homegrown lettuce this weekend. It was delicious.

Almost all tomatoes have been cleared out. There are only 4 plants left that had healthy tomatoes. And they’ve given loads. I’ve made a huge batch of tomato soup using all kinds of recipes put together.
The endive are no more. I’ve taken them. Only used two plants. Next year I’ll try to make a sowing plan, so we don’t get everything in the same few weeks. We’ve eaten lots and lots of beans. unfortunately I’ve managed to cock-up when clearing out the freezer, so I’ve accidentally threw away the last of the chinese beans…

Still left in the garden are a few tomatoes, the strawberries and the berry bushes. The raspberry is flowering again and there’s a lot of raspberries growing on it. I’m delighted with that.

Another thing that happened… My elderly neighbour yanked out one of the flowering hygrangeas as she thought it was a weed. How she ever managed to see that one hydrangea as a weed is beyond me. I’ve been very mad about it. Since then I’ve replaced it with a new one. Sadly it’s not the same colour, but there was a big gap between the three remaining hydrangeas that I did want to fill. And it was 50% off, so not a lot of money.
Since then we agreed that she would keep out of our garden and we would keep the tiny bit of space she can’t quite reach (which is why she went into our garden in the first place) a bit clear of weeds. Let’s hope she’ll remember this next year and not yank out any other plants…

One last question. Can anyone identify the mushroom that I photographed? It’s in our lawn and I have no idea which one it is. Is it eatable?

Pyelonephritis or Kidney Infection

For the last week I’ve had a terrible back pain. On Monday night we’ve been to the out-of-hours GP after the pain just wouldn’t go away. I had a sharp pain behind the bottom part of my right lung. I’ve been diagnosed with pulmonary embolism in the past, so when I call I need to come in so they can check me over.

I was very glad to hear it wasn’t a pulmonary embolism this time around. The GP did some tests, including hitting me in the kidneys to see if that made the pain worse. It didn’t feel great, but it didn’t hurt all that much. I also had to provide a urine sample so they could rule out any urinary tract infection or kidney infection. The test came back negative (which is positive, as it means there’s no indication of an infection).

I provided another urine sample to my GP on Tuesday, but the results were the same. He thought I might have strained a muscle inside my ribcage, so he sent me home with painkillers.
Those didn’t work good enough or long enough. So on friday I called my GP again asking for better painkillers. He didn’t want to prescribe me any, but asked to bring him another urine sample. I did, but didn’t think it would bring out a positive result.

I was very surprised when the test came back positive. I did have a kidney infection. Just not with the normal symptoms. I don’t have vomiting, high fever, pain on passing urine, and abdominal pain that radiates along the flank towards the back. Only a bad case of back pain.

My GP prescribed me antibiotics to kill the bacteria and kept me going on the painkillers. hopefully they will kick in within the next few hours, as my back still hurts. Just not as much as last week.

Why am I sharing this? To make sure people understand you don’t have to have all the symptoms described normally with a kidney infection. You can have one without knowing it. Even I didn’t see it. I’m a nurse, I should know the symptoms, but I didn’t see it coming. You can have a kidney infection without the vomiting or the fever. You can have a bladder infection without the pain when you pee. Keep that in mind. A urine test is a very simple way of finding out. Ask for it if you are unsure!

How did you learn your middle name?

This tweet, by Carole Holland, got RT-ed into my timeline this afternoon.
It made me laugh so much I almost choked on a piece of candy.

It actually reminded me of an incident that happened a long time ago, when I still worked at the Butchery.


It was 2 days before Christmas. We’ve had been busy for days and I hadn’t gotten around to buying groceries. My mom, being the good woman she is, had taken my shopping list and gotten out to buy my groceries.
I lived on the other side of town, so she thought she’d bring them by, while I was at work.

I was so busy I didn’t see or hear her come in. I was standing with my back to the door when I heard her voice pretty loudly saying: “Froukje [middle name] [last name]!” I immediately stood up and yelling back: “I didn’t do anything!”

My coworkers almost pissed themselves from laughing so hard. I was pretty embarrassed, my mom tought it was the funniest thing ever…



My father in law made this photo yesterday. I think it’s a lucky shot!

For more entries on this weeks photo challenge, click here.

Funny Dutch Last Names

sierrakim tweeted about funny Dutch last names a bit earlier.

I told her I knew a few that were actually quite funny in combination with their jobs. But first you should know how these last names came about.

In 1811, the French under Napoleon occupied the Netherlands. They started having a census for the purpose of taxation, and forced everyone to have a family name, which was not a common practice for the Dutch.

The Dutch thought this would be a temporary measure, and took on comical or offensive sounding names as a practical joke on their French occupiers.

On you can read a bit more about it.

Now there’s a lot of funny names about. But some people’s occupation makes them even more funny.

What to think of Rothuizen (crap houses) when you are an estate agent? The man changed his name to Rotshuizen (rock houses).
And the farmer whose name is Zonderland (without land)? He owns the biggest farm in the village.
The former chairman of the Association of Dutch Aviators is called Baksteen (brick)…
The chairman of the Dutch Association of Skin Therapists is called Uitslag (rash).
A dentist called Silvertand (silver tooth) or Suermondt (sour mouth).
Mister van der Ham (from the ham) is a butcher. So is Mr. Hamburger.
Theologian Vroom (pious) has chosen the right profession too.
And in 1922 there was a seed trader called Pik (cock).

Funny? You should see the first and last name combinations people come up with. Too bad they don’t translate well in english.

Now let me leave you with a few great examples of English names and occupations. Read about it here.

Are you being served?

This morning I read a story in the Daily Mail about B&B owners who refused to let a gay couple stay in their guesthouse.

They say they’re being victimized. They say their website has been hacked and ‘corrupted’ with pornography. They say they’ve received death threads.

Now I think their ‘married only’ policy is a bit odd. What people want to do when they’re on holiday is up to them. Business owners shouldn’t interfere with other people’s life. And the law agrees on that. The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations are secondary legislation in the United Kingdom, outlawing discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities, services, education and public functions on the grounds of sexual orientation. In other words; no-one is allowed to force gay couples to pay for and sleep in separate rooms just because they think homosexuality is wrong!

What you believe is, of course, your own opinion. But if you run a business your beliefs should be left at the front door. You shouldn’t force people into your way of thinking. And that’s what these owners did. They forced their beliefs upon their guests.
They believe they have more rights than gay couples. They think it’s their business to decide who stays with who in a room. Is that fair? No, it’s not. Guests are perfectly fine to decide themselves who they are willing to sleep with. In the broadest sence of the term. No-one decides for them, not even Christian B&B owners.

The Daily Mail stated that Mrs Bull said:

‘In 2013, two people who worked all their lives at this have ended up cold and hungry. It’s not right.’

Of course this isn’t right. But they did it themselves. They had a nice little business. But they decided that some people were less than others.
The Daily Mail then goes on to quote some reviews on the TripAdvisor site. Now from this I get the idea that it’s not the gay thing that’s brought this business down. I think there’s much more that hasn’t helped this hotel to survive.


Now there’s the death threads. They claim they have had the bolts removed from the wheels of their car. That is very serious. You may disagree with what they did. You may disagree with their opinions. But never, under no surcumstances, is it okay to try to kill someone. NEVER! Not even threaten to kill.

They went to court for this. The judge rules against them. That should be enough. For everyone. They’ll lose their business, they’ll lose everything they’ve worked for. All because they didn’t think twice about refusing a gay couple. That should be more than enough!

This post is written for the Daily Prompt.
Photo courtesy of Jorge Miente.

Are we really who we say we are online?

Tattooed Mummy wrote an interesting blog post about deceiving people online.

Wer all heard about the Nigerian Prince who allegedly needs to  transfer large sums of money out of the country. He says that he wants to transfer $20 million to the recipient’s bank account – money that was budgeted but never spent. In exchange for transferring the funds out of Nigeria, the recipient will get to keep 30% of the total. To get the process started, the scammer asks for bank account numbers, and other personal information.

But there’s so much more going on. Little white lies, bigger lies that people make up to get attention. So many stories about people stealing photo’s in order to make up their own story with it.

The story I remember most is the one I was involved in as a moderator on a Sims 2 fan site.

There was a girl who was fairly active in this community. She made lots of goodies that were uploaded to the site I was a mod at. She came into the chatroom and she was very pleasant. Suddenly, she went MIA. People asked about her, sent her DM’s, trying to see what was going on.
A couple of weeks later her account became active again. “She” opened a thread saying she was her brother. The girl had allegedly committed suicide and her brother found a word document on her laptop with passwords and notes about what she wanted after something happened to her.
At first we believed the story. But something was off. The brother gave information and some of us tried to find out more. They then discovered nothing. Nothing at all about his sister or even a suicide or anything. He went on to say he didn’t live at home and more. But when we looked at the IP address it matched that of his sister.

Then things got nasty. People were accusing him/her of lying. Some even found out his real name and discovered he never had a sister. The boy (who was 14) made everything up. Why is still a mystery. Maybe it was because he wanted attention. I don’t know.

But the thing is. The next time I saw someone post, saying they were on someone elses account, I was very suspicious.
This was a story of a girl who was also fairly active on this site. She had posted earlier she wasn’t feeling very well, but when she suddenly went quiet we had no idea what happened to her. Fast forward a couple of weeks and someone saying she was the girls mom posted she had died. At first many people were quite hostile towards her, but this turned out to actually be true. I don’t remember what happened exactly, but I think one of the mods stepped in quite early on and rescues the mother from being slandered.

I felt sorry for the mom and her other daughter for having to go through all of this. The mother wanted to do the right thing by letting people know what happened to her daughter. And instead of people helping her they got hostile towards her. But I can understand why. Many people thought it might be a scam or an impersonator. But this was true. They grieved about their daughter and sister.

Not all people are who they claim they are. But many of us actually are. Remember that. Treat stories about illness, death and other people’s lives with caution, but don’t think everyone is lying. Many of us are generally who we say we are.

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Garmin Nuvi 2547LM GPS, a bad choice…

Last week, we set out on our holiday. We had a 300 km trip in front of us. I wanted a different route than our old (and trusted) GPS gave us. Choosing a different route was rather hard to do. So Jay decided it was time to upgrade our GPS to a new one.

After reading through dozens of reviews about various systems he chose The Nuvi 2547LM by Garmin. The reviews were all very cheering, so we thought we had a great new GPS.


We had some trouble getting it set up. But we’d expected that. After all, it was a new GPS unit and we had never used it before.
After the initial problems getting the right route back home we set off, car full of luggage and great expectations from the new GPS.

We hit the first problem only 17 km in, when we had to stop for gas. It had a hard time figuring out where we were and it wanted me to take a u-turn where no u-turn could be made. After that it placed us on various different roads, none the road we were actually on. It gave us very confusing messages. It told us to go right where we should have gone left. It also, somehow, gave us an entirely different route as the one we selected.

This meant I suddenly was stuck in very heavy traffic. And I don’t like very heavy traffic. The route we selected is a highway with not too much lanes. The GPS landed me on a highway with 7 lanes. This meant I got stressed to a point where I had to stop and Jay had to take over. I couldn’t drive any further as I was too stressed out. Jay was too ill to drive, really.

The GPS then decided we had to take the exit ramp of the highway we were on, cross the junction, on to the highway entrance and then drive further along the highway we were on. Talk about bad advice…

I then had enough of the bloody thing. We made sure to actually follow the signs instead of the GPS. Which, of course, then decided to finally work properly.

But I have lost my trust in this GPS. In fact, I lost trust in Garmin all together. We’ll be sending the unit back to the shop we bought it from and I’ve asked Jay to find a GPS unit from a different brand.
Which is a shame, as the screen was very clear. Even the person in the passenger seat will have no trouble reading it. It also had nice and clear maps with adequate information and the directions were made on time (this was a problem with the old unit).

But all in all I don’t believe Garmin makes great GPS systems and I can’t understand how everyone is so cheering about this particular unit…