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Strange to start my second daily blog at Writing.com. It means the first one "Blog @ Work [18+] is complete.

A lot has happened in my first year and a half at WdC. I am a preferred author now, thus a yellow case. I am a published author & a Rising Star! A three times Quill Awards Nominee 2016 even. Not a newbie any longer, I have to step up to the plate. Fast-forwarding three years, I am still blogging. It's my lifesaver! It's what I do every day.

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July 20, 2021 at 8:41am
July 20, 2021 at 8:41am
#1013980
"You cannot share your life with a dog… or a cat, and not know perfectly well that animals have personalities and minds and feelings." ~ Jane Goodall, British Anthropologist


With thanks to Lilli ☕ for today’s quote in "Question of the Day! [18+]

Last Saturday afternoon, my new dog Sprout arrived in The Netherlands. He had been on road transport for almost 30 hours.

The animal truck arrived at a parking lot in the middle of the country where I could pick him up. We immediately left in our car, and Sprout sat with me on the backseat. He slept most of the way.

At home, he was fantastic from the minute he arrived. A little shy but not nearly as anxious as he was described to be. I promised him all the time and space and quiet he needed. They say it will take at least three weeks before the dog has landed in his new surroundings.

So, let's meet Sprout! A male of nearly three years old. A wirehaired beige/light orange/white Podengo Portuguese mix.

I am so thrilled to have him in my life. He is potty-trained, does his business outside, can walk on a double leash, although he moves everywhere. But he walks next to me or in front of me and seems to enjoy the outdoors. Little walks so he can get accustomed to his new surroundings.

Today he found his big dog crate in my study, and he enters and leaves at will. The other spots he likes are a Turkish mat in the living room and lying on the balcony.

The only thing is he leaks tiny drops of urine, and there seems to be blood in it. That's not good, although I suspect a blatter infection or something like that. The vet said to watch it for a couple of days. But I think I am going to make an appointment at the end of the week. Better safe than sorry.

Other than that, he is doing so great. I know it's early days, and things will change, but for now, he's doing great. He looks adorable and listens to me, although he doesn't understand Dutch, and I don't speak Portuguese.

I just let him be. I don't push him and let him sleep it off.

He sleeps in a closed dog crate in my bedroom; for more than 8 hours, everything is fine in the morning. He let me stroke him (occasionally), and I can put his special dog's harness on in the morning. The first two nights, I didn't take the harness off, but last night for the first time, I did, and he slept without.

So far, so good. Things will change once he is more accustomed, I am sure. But he is a fabulous dog, and I have every faith in the two of us.



Vadioso (his old name)

June 12, 2021 at 5:08am
June 12, 2021 at 5:08am
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#981150 by StephB aka Rona Virus


It's empty in the house without my beloved dog. I miss him terribly, although I am busy preparing for the arrival of the new dog. It helps to go online and look for doggie stuff and ordering some pet toys. But you can buy just so much, and then it's back to reality.

He is not here any longer. One and a half weeks ago, the crematorium cremated him and put the ashes in the North Sea by boat. It's comforting to know that he is well-taken care of right until the end.

My life has changed overnight. Now I am truly alone, something I didn't realize before. With a dog, you are never alone. There is always life, sound, and sight in the house, and I took him with me wherever I went.

He was my buddy, my dog-child, and he kept me in the loop. I really need a dog in my life to stay focused. I know that now.

So, I am so grateful I have Sprout to look forward to. It's a shorthaired Podengo Portugues. They are intelligent, uplifting, and quiet—just the kind I need.

I am also a bit nervous. Although I have experiences with two dogs in my life, the past twenty-odd years, it's possible he is not fully potty trained. So, I have to teach him to do his business outside. Never had to do that. Hopefully, I will be able to guide him from the first moment on. Hopefully, we have a click.

Furthermore, he has a special two-folded leash with him. One that's tied around his head and belly two or three times and one standard collar. They come with this because the first weeks it's possible they try to run away. Everything is new for the dog; he's not used to city sounds, the language, the house, the neighborhood, and me. I will have to be extra careful.

But I suppose I needn't be that apprehensive. Dogs are dogs, and I am going to love him and take really good care of him. He had an owner, but she got sick, and they transferred him to a shelter. But that means he is not a stray, and he is used to humans—a relief.

In Portugal, they treat dogs differently than in my country. Dogs are more outside and are not considered a part of the family. So, there are plenty of things to take into consideration.

His crate, his dog bed, and his toys are in place. And because he is a Mediterain dog used to warm weather, I bought him a winter dog coat in advance. Just in case he needs one.

I think I have to wait till the end of July before he arrives. But I am so ready! *Bigsmile*



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June 7, 2021 at 4:11pm
June 7, 2021 at 4:11pm
#1011458
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AUGUST is STEAM PUNK train-travel Month!
#981150 by StephB aka Rona Virus


"Blog City Prompt Forum [E]

Prompt: "We accept the love we think we deserve."
From The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Your thoughts on the subject?


Loving and accepting love back is a tricky thing. But I think, indeed, this quote is valid. For me, it is difficult to accept love if I have my doubts about the fact that I am worthy of that love. If I don't hesitate, then I think I deserve it, and it is right for me to accept it.

This period is all about loving dogs and getting that love back from them. I lost Arie, my beloved dog, last Wednesday, and today I got word that I am the new owner of Vadioso aka Sprout (Spruit in Dutch), a blond Portuguese mix, a male of almost three years old. I have to wait for his arrival, but I hope he will be in my country this summer.

The loving part has already begun; I am over the moon with joy. I can't wait to bring him home.

Loving animals and pets is something magical. It is unconditional love. The animal has to breathe, be alive and be in our presence; that's it. I will take care of this new love in my life, and I accept with joy and grace the love I get back from him. I think I deserve that love!

The video call and the intake by phone went very well. An hour each with questions and answers, checklists, and showing the organization how I lived. They thought I was a good match, so I was approved as the new owner of Sprout. I was pleasantly surprised by the thoroughness of their intake procedure. They wanted to make sure it was the best match and not a Corona dog. Apparently, during COVID-19, the whole world wants a puppy or new dog. People have time on their hands, work from home, and decide to take a dog out of the blue. Awful because what will happen to all those animals when the pandemic is over? I think the asylums will be overcrowded after the summer, or before because many people are going on holiday this summer—Mark my words.

I am still very cautious, although the rules in my country are less, and the lockdown is officially over. Trams, buses, and trains are already overcrowded as usual, and some people even refuse to wear masks. I think it's stupid behavior.

So, although I have had one of the two vaccinations, I am and will stay cautious. This pandemic shows me why it's easier to love a dog than to love a human being. But that's just me!



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June 4, 2021 at 7:00am
June 4, 2021 at 7:00am
#1011282
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#981150 by StephB aka Rona Virus


What I dreaded for a few months now has happened. My dog Arie is gone. The vet had to put him down two days ago. He had epilepsy, and because of his age, 16 years and four months, there was no alternative. It was a good decision I made together with the vet.

But, oh… how I miss him. *Sad*

The house is empty and silent. I miss his presence that was here for more than 15 years. He was my everything.

I am in mourning but had to look immediately for another dog.
In the shelters, in the vicinity, there was no match. I looked on numerous websites, Facebook and asked around.

I found a new dog I immediately fell for. A Portuguese shelter dog, a stray still in an asylum in Portugal. At first, I wasn’t interested in bringing a foreign dog into my country, but he was the only one I was interested in, so I decided to go for it. I hope it is a good decision.

There was an intake by phone, and I passed as a potential new owner. Now I am waiting for a lady of the corporation to contact me to make an appointment for a house visit. She will assess if I am a good match or not. If that is the case, the dog will be put on transport to travel by road to the Netherlands.

His original name is Vadioso, but that is not the name for me. So, I am thinking of other names. So far, I came up with Doc, Toby, Takkie, Okkie, Dante. But I am still not sure.

I am thinking of making this a Merit Badge contest. Name this dog, and the best name will get an MB.

It’s a male, three years old. Look at his picture and tell me his name. Thanks! *Heart*


Vadioso (his old name)

May 22, 2021 at 2:12am
May 22, 2021 at 2:12am
#1010549


Write about the biggest challenge you have faced and how you overcame it.


It's been too long ago to really care enough about it today, but it was huge when it lasted. My career move years ago was triggered by an 18-year old pupil who was responsible for beating me up, losing my self-esteem, and ultimately changing the course of my whole life.

I wrote about it in early years. "Learning curve of a basket case [E] and "PREVAIL [18+]. I overcame the challenge through time. As they say: Time heals everything.



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May 21, 2021 at 5:19pm
May 21, 2021 at 5:19pm
#1010532


Write an open letter to a person or group of people you strongly disagree with and explain why. Use reason, not emotion.


I should write a letter to Mr. T. in the USA because I strongly disagreed when he was President of the States. He managed to divide the country and its people in a most ugly way that still lingers on today.

But I won't write that letter because it will have the same effect as his actions, divide people into groups. And I will not want to do that. Period.

So, I stop right here!



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May 20, 2021 at 7:28am
May 20, 2021 at 7:28am
#1010469


What does happiness mean to you? Reflect back on a specific moment when you felt unconditionally happy. What circumstances made you feel that way?




This song and video by Pharell Williams make me happy all the time. It's upbeat and lovely music. The sound makes me want to dance or jump up and down. The feeling of freedom.

What makes me unconditional happy all the time is looking at my dog, Arie. I am so fortunate to have a dog in my life. He is adorable. Just his sheer existence makes me happy.

In about a fortnight, he has to go to the vet for an operation. To clean his teeth and there is a small growth on his face. Nothing fancy, and it's easy to remove. But he has to go under narcosis, and that is dangerous for a 16-and-half old dog. Yesterday he had to undergo some tests (bloodwork and ultrasound) to check his organs and heart. Although he has a little heart murmur everything was okay. So, the operation is a go within two weeks. I am a little apprehensive. He is my baby, after all!



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May 19, 2021 at 8:35am
May 19, 2021 at 8:35am
#1010414


Write about the most historic world events of your lifetime. How are they (or will they be) remembered? What will the history books focus on?


Between the fall of the Berlin Wall   in 1989 and Covid-19 in 2020-2022 (to be on the safe side!) I think I would choose The fall of the Berlin Wall. But I know a lot of youngsters can't remember anyway.

That is the problem: Historic World Events will become less and less important thanks to the Internet. Books will lose their importance anyway. Fact, fiction, or Fake News? Who will remember, and who will validate their significance?



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May 18, 2021 at 1:51am
May 18, 2021 at 1:51am
#1010354
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]


What is the most ridiculous or one-of-a-kind thing you've ever bought? Tell us the story!

I am not a house owner because I never wanted to commit myself when I had the finances. Now I am glad I just rent my apartment cheap. But years ago, I was tempted to go after a weekend retreat/holiday place up north in my country.

Of course, I mean the stand-alone caravan or chalet. I bought one for practically nothing at all and spent numerous weekends and holidays in it. I packed up my Lada and the dog on Friday afternoon after work and drove for 2 1/2 hours to Groningen up north to a small cozy trailer park. I spent the weekend at my designated spot, including a nice garden, and drove back Sunday night.

All that for 200 Euros, as I recall. It was an 11 meters long and approx. 4 meters width fully furnished caravan with a shed, a secluded outdoor space, and a little pond, including frogs. I loved it there.

I just looked at the Internet one day, found this bargain, and the rest is history. A woman didn't have good memories of the place and wanted to get rid of it fast. I was looking at the right time, I suppose, and bought it.

Alas, after a few years, the place got burgled, and I got rid of it again.

But it was lovely while it lasted.

Strange detail: the trailer was about 500 meters from the farm of a notorious Dutch serial killer. At the time I was there, he was in jail obviously, but the town became famous for this Beast of Harkstede. He murdered a few women, got caught, and befriended a social worker while in prison. They got married, and after serving time, he killed more women and got jailed once more.



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May 17, 2021 at 1:18am
May 17, 2021 at 1:18am
#1010287
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]

Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known." — Chuck Palahniuk

Read this article   and share your thoughts about how the people in your life have had an impact on you.

"They've all helped me grow, become more resilient, and many supporting me when I most needed it. I've learned, matured, and became wiser thanks to my interactions with them."

https://medium.com/change-your-mind/we-are-a-mosaic-of-everyone-weve-ever-loved-... ...


A few years ago, I would embrace this article. "Nothing of me is original" is a great quote.

But as I grow older, I don't buy it any longer. Where I was a member of the Nurture-side in the Nature Versus Nurture paradigm, I now no longer am. I think Nature is more important than I had anticipated.

The role of my parents is much greater than I would have thought. I inherited their flaws, faults, and biological make-up to a large extent. And suffered because of it. My youth was a disaster, my relationship with my parents was not good, to say the least, and I think I have not learned very much from others (siblings, friends, strangers) during my lifetime. Or am I being overly pessimistic?

Leaving home on a bad note at age 17 made me this way.

Overlooking my life, I would say I am highly original due to the personal cement between the jagged pieces of mosaic. But I am a child of my father and mother. And that will never change.

My DNA will probably prove it!

May 16, 2021 at 12:05am
May 16, 2021 at 12:05am
#1010241
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]

Since I skipped the first half of this month's blogging challenge, I am not competing with my fellow bloggers, but I need the prompts to get me going again. So, I am back blogging. Looking forward to reading you all again. *Bigsmile*

What do you do to make the world a better place?


I always try to participate in volunteering. In the past, that meant Amnesty International, The World Shop, Blind and Braille Library, Refugees Works, and lots of other charities next to/with or without a regular job. Nowadays, I phone every day with two elderly ladies to make their lonely days a bit better. And I am the Friday judge for Screams!!! here at WdC.

In my younger years, I was a woman on a mission to make the world a better place. Now I am more skeptical (older and wiser?), and I know how hard it is to change things for the better. So, I am pleasantly surprised when I notice young people who are still fired up by good causes. They are the future.

Recently I had my first vaccination against COVID-19. I think it's important to show others that getting vaccinated is the right thing to do. Not only for yourself but the rest of the population as well. When a high percentage is vaccinated, the sooner we will control this pandemic.

I make small annual financial donations to organizations that do good work for refugees or pets. Furthermore, I aim to write into a better world. A small contribution indeed!



May 15, 2021 at 7:34pm
May 15, 2021 at 7:34pm
#1010234

I Have been away for four months; my last blog was January 17. Wow, that's the longest I have been silent since my entry at WdC in 2016, almost five years ago.

What happened? I just stopped writing, simple as that. I am not sure why cause I wasn't depressed or anything, I just lost my inspiration in writing, and I started a hibernating period indoors like a bear in the wintertime. I slept, I ate, I drank, and slept some more.

I started to stop smoking on January 1. Very successfully, I still don't smoke, and I am pleased with that result. Perhaps I entered a mourning zone of non-smoking after smoking for more than 40 years. Maybe my body and mind had to adjust to something new. I don't know, but I just lost touch with writing and being active. I became very inactive indeed. And I didn't fight it; I just went with this hibernating period.

Now, as suddenly as I stopped four months ago, I want to get back into the swing of things.

Enough is enough; I have to do something with myself again. It's Spring; I have been vaccinated with the first shot, waiting for the second vaccination. Hopefully, things will change for the better again, and I will be writing and blogging like I did the last few months in 2020.

This year starts slow, but it begins now. Who cares? I am back. I think.



January 17, 2021 at 11:35am
January 17, 2021 at 11:35am
#1002279
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]

What do you do to escape or distract yourself from negative thoughts and emotions? How do you take your mind off something you don't want to think about?


I either sleep it off or go for a walk with my dog. That's what I am going to do right now: sleep a little because I am not feeling all that well. Has probably still to do with me quitting smoking.


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The seventeenth day of a smoke-free life!
January 16, 2021 at 8:45am
January 16, 2021 at 8:45am
#1002209
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]

In your entry today, write about something you overheard while eavesdropping on a conversation you were not a part of. As part of "Creation Saturday," you choose whether the conversation you write about is real or fake! Encourage discussion in your comments section - do your readers think your story is real or not?


I don't like eavesdropping at all, but when people are shouting in the middle of a street in a neighborhood while I am sitting in my living room minding my own business, I am bound to hear what's been said.

So, on a weekend, I suddenly got startled by this woman screaming and shouting and yelling profanities about a visitor from my next-door neighbor who lives on the first floor of the other apartment entrance. Apparently, she had come all the way up here to confront the man that was visiting to turn in his car keys and house keys while he was at it. The man himself didn't react at all, he stayed inside, but my neighbor opened his window and started yelling back. The police were involved, and from what I could hear, it was a lover's quarrel gone sour. She accused my neighbor of being a drug dealer, that she knew what was going on in the apartment and that she would cough up everything she knew to the police. It took the whole part of one hour before the police, and the woman were gone from the street. They couldn't get her to quiet down.

Ever since that conversation, I am a little apprehensive about that neighbor. I had my suspicion about him, but now I felt indeed that he had something to do with drugs. There were always people coming and going late in the night, and they were always arguing. Not a nice picture in a quiet neighborhood at all. I wished I never heard the woman in the first place. But, I am warned now to be cautious around that man.


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The sixteenth day of a smoke-free life!
January 15, 2021 at 12:21pm
January 15, 2021 at 12:21pm
#1002166
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]

Write about dreaming. Do they ever mean anything, or are they all meaningless? Why are they sometimes scary, emotional, silly, or prophetic? Have you had a memorable dream recently?


Dreams always mean something, but it's if you believe in dreams and dream interpretation whether you find meaning. Sometimes it's just a piece of steak that got in the way that resulted in a strange dream; sometimes, you find life lessons.

Last night I dreamt I was smoking again. It was for the first time ever I dreamt about me smoking. Being two weeks into quitting might have something to do with that.

In my University years, I was a follower of Freud concerning dream interpretation. A few years back, I bought a big book on 50,000 dreams. For 50 cents in the library. I still have to do the research.


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The fifteen-day of a smoke-free life!
January 14, 2021 at 1:43pm
January 14, 2021 at 1:43pm
#1002097
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]

If you could have an all-expenses paid trip to see any famous sight-seeing destination (monument, building, national park, etc), where would you choose to go?


I want to go to Ground Zero in New York City. Ever since that devastated 9/11, I wanted to pay my respects and mourn officially for the dead. I watched from 9:05 am that morning till weeks after 24/7 on CNN. I have seen almost every movie or documentary but have never been to New York City. That has to change.


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The fourteenth day of a smoke-free life!
January 13, 2021 at 1:40pm
January 13, 2021 at 1:40pm
#1002048
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]

What songs hit you with a wave of nostalgia every time you hear them?




Talking Heads, Burning down the house (1983)

In my early twenties, I was a huge fan of the Talking Heads. It was great music to dance to. It also was the tune of an era where I was growing up, living my life, and being very busy.

Whenever I hear this song, I think back to those years and reminisce.

Other bands of that period were The Police, U2, Fleetwood Mac, Sting, and many others. Great music!


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The thirteenth day of a smoke-free life!
January 12, 2021 at 3:12pm
January 12, 2021 at 3:12pm
#1001972
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]

What fashion trend makes you cringe or laugh every time you see it? Have you ever wanted to design your own clothing or accessory? What would you design and what features would it have?


White socks in sandals make me cringe, although I know that this is a western thing. Moroccan and African men like to wear those, I noticed.

I am not that interested in fashion; I have never been. I am usually wearing black or blue jeans, sweaters or shirts with a long vest. And boots. It must be comfortable and warm.

So designing fashion is not for me.

I am still under the weather, so I make it very short this time.

The lockdown in my country has been extended with three more weeks till February 8th. They are still researching an evening clock; hopefully, that is not going to happen.

Stay safe out there!


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The twelfth day of a smoke-free life!
January 11, 2021 at 4:33pm
January 11, 2021 at 4:33pm
#1001893
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]

Write about a recent movie, documentary, or TV show you watched that you did not expect to enjoy, but actually did. Give your readers some recommendations!


Normally it's just the other way around. I think I like a specific movie or series, and when I watch it, it turns out to be nothing, not enjoyable.

To write for this prompt, I tried to watch The Joker. I didn't watch that movie because there is a lot of violence in it and I thought I didn't like that. But I tried in order to say at the end that the movie was okay. But alas, the first half an hour into the movie is not very interesting, although the amount of violence is at a minimum those 30 minutes. But I was not too fond of it nonetheless and stopped watching. No recommendation here.

Now, I am watching MODUS, a Scandinavian thriller series featuring a forensic psychologist helping the police with the murders committed by a member of an anti-gay group.

Scandinavian thrillers are very popular in Europe. The casting is excellent, with no well-known actors, which is great in my opinion, a good story and plot and real suspense. Examples are The Millenium Trilogy, The Bridge, and others.

Because I have Prime from Amazon on my computer, I can watch many series and movies (only 3 bucks a month), and if I don't like what I see, I can switch. I like that.

I am a bit under the weather lately (no COVID), and I am exhausted; I sleep a lot during the day. Hopefully, that will pass. I think it may have something to do with the Nicotine band-aid on my arms 24/7 to help me stop smoking. I quit 12 days ago. Apart from wanting to sleep all the time, it's going well.


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The eleventh day of a smoke-free life!
January 10, 2021 at 5:19am
January 10, 2021 at 5:19am
#1001794
"30-Day Blogging Challenge [13+]

If you could have free, unlimited service for five years from an extremely good cook, chauffeur, housekeeper, masseuse, or personal secretary, which would you choose, and why?


I would choose the combination of an excellent cook/housekeeper. But, only Post-COVID since I am not comfortable now with having somebody in my house regularly. If things are back to the old normal, I would love to have this amazing person in my place.

I'm not particularly eager to clean, and somebody who would cook for me would be very nice as well.

But, if I really have to chose it would be an excellent cleaning lady. I had a cleaning lady for a few weeks when things were getting a bit out of hand. It was nice since she was okay. Although she used cleaning stuff that was so strong, it wiped out the inscription on my oven. I can only guess which button to use when I want to do an oven dish or anything. But apart from that, I loved having her a few hours every week.

It is too expensive for me at the moment, so a free housekeeper sounds wonderful.


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The tenth day of a smoke-free life!

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