We teach our children not to run immediately opening the door whenever somebody rings the bell, but always ask first who is standing at the door.

At one occasion:

Our son (10): ‘Who is it?’

My husband: ‘Papa.’

Son: ‘Papa who?’

Rules are rules.


So I’ve recently started growing plants, you might remember.
I don’t exactly have a long record of plants growing – it’s a recurring family story that I used to have a cactus as a teenager – till it dried out in my room…. you know that stuff.
But then I had this inspiring thought 2 weeks ago: I hear Nature calling me – and so I will be a farmer!!
One of my first clients you see on the photos: before/after.
‘Senecio cephaloporus’ was written on the pot, which – according to my husband – must be the Latin name for ‘unconditional surrender’.
Family support – why not..

Results coming soon

Our son (10): ‘Mama, you know I like you.

I like Lili, too.

At this time I cannot for sure tell if I like you or Lili more, since I have already had the opportunity to talk to you a lot more than to Lili – her personality I don’t yet know so much. But I will watch her and return with the final results in a few days.’

Lili is our water turtle.


My daughter (14) preparing for school start tomorrow, in an upset tone:

‘Mama, just imagine: on Day 1 we must return all the tests we did the previous year.
What is beyond me, once they knew they would need those tests, why did they give them back to us? If the school believes I need a whole summer to lose these things they are seriously underestimating me, because I can get it done within as short as 2 days..’

Kind reminder

Breakfast with the family.

Suddenly grandma starts to heavily cough.

When it’s more or less over, she whispers with tears in her eyes:

“I just wanted to quickly tell something to the children..”

My husband (in a helpful tone):

‘Most probably that “Children, don’t talk while you are eating or else you will heavily cough”..’

Vin Diesel

Me: ‘Let’s go into the city centre to buy some present to 2 of Walter’s classmates, 2 girls, for their birthday party tomorrow.’

My husband (with a worried look): ‘Ohno, no way, not to the centre! Lots of people, difficult to move, I hate it! Let’s buy something outside the city centre e.g. on our way now, there is a shop over there!!’

Me: ‘Darling, that’s a fuel station.’

He: ‘I know! How great! We can buy them fuel vouchers!’

Me: ‘They are 10 years old.’

He: ‘Yes, but you cannot imagine how fast they are growing!! They have birthdays even now, they will soon drive a car!’


In a restaurant. We have just finished. I step to the cash desk.

WAITER: ‘Would you like to pay?’

Me: ‘Not really, but currently I am not exactly dressed to run away..’

He: ‘Indeed, it could be difficult on high heels. Well – next time maybe..’

Me: ‘Thank you for your sympathy. Bye.’

He: ‘Bye.’

Take it with a grain of salt

Me, to my 10-yr old son this morning, passionately:

‘Walter, I love you as much as people love salt!!’

Walter: ‘Salt? Well, I don’t know. As for me, rather basil.. maybe rosemary..’

Me: ‘Walter, this is an expression from a tale. It’s not my ambition to launch a cooking program.’

Walter: ‘Oh I see.. pardon.’


Me (towards my 10-yr-old son after having arrived from whole day camp):

‘OMG, Walter, what kind of food is there on your t-shirt??’

He (seriously thinking before giving an answer): ‘May I formulate my reply via excluding those food which are surely not there?’
Ok, having and objective view on ourselves is always an asset.

All science

Me (to my daughter): ‘Noëmi, what are you doing?’

She (14): ‘Measuring my weight.’
Me: ‘Ok, but shouldn’t you put those things down first from your hands?’
She: ‘No, because I measure myself every day and I know myself that I always carry the laptop/ gsm/ charger wherever I go, so I must have had them in my hand yesterday, too, when I checked my weight. And so if I measured myself without these things now, I would get inaccurate results..’
If it is scientifically underpinned then it’s all fine.

Breaking news

Program for today: visiting the local Garden Centre in order to purchase some plants on the open shelves (that we bought 2 days ago).
Just returned from the Mission!
I have full support from my family:
1.) I have already managed to employ some moderately enthusiastic labour (see photo)
2.) My husband suggests to keep the stickers with the plant names on the pots – so that we know what to write on their graves.


My TikTok account has just been deactivated- they claim I am too young to be a user.

What in fact happened was that when giving my birth date I must have clicked on the wrong year, according to which I was born last year.

I have contacted TikTok informing them I am presumably older than their Client Service colleagues altogether.

In the meanwhile my husband has quickly offered to happily witness to any company or individual that I am indeed awfully old, from which he voluntarily deleted the ‘happily’ part by the end of our conversation.

Best mom ever

Me (in panic to my 10-yr old son): ‘OMG, I completely forgot to subscribe you to the tennis camp starting next week!!! How could I not remember when you wanted to go so much??’
He (10): ‘It is very simple – it just shows how much you love me, your little son: deep inside you wanted to have me around, to spend more time with me. Other mamas who want to get rid of their sons probably subscribed their children already in January. But you did not. I am so happy you are my mom.’


On our vacation we’ve just found a military basis. 

Our son (10) has a plan: he is throwing stones in order to fill in the sea, so that he can occupy the basis on land. Momentarily, he is not dressed to naval invasion, he says.
The rest of the family has already accepted Fate when we join in via live broadcast.

Safety as priority

In Belgium during these Covid times we have special measures introduced, just like most other countries.

One of the new rules is that when visiting a cafe, restaurant etc, we need to leave our name and phone number – in case later there is an illness reported, it helps traceability, so we, clients, can be properly warned/informed.

I visited an ice cream salon during the weekend. Not to stay & eat it there of course, just pick up and leave quick.

So I am approaching the salon carefully in a mouth mask… ordering the ice cream in 10 seconds.. pay contactless.. then I move to the last step to give my contact details.

This particular ice cream salon chose to collect data in an open list.

Now you might wonder – once I work in the data protection business – if I made a remark on the fact that I can see all clients’ personal data before me so it’s not completely following requirements of GDPR… but it was the least of my concern this time.

How come?

In the spirit of client health & safety, all customers indeed need to register their personal data — using the same pen.

Thursdays? No, thanks.

I didn’t catch my usual train this morning since I was halfway to the station when it struck me it could be a good idea to also bring my laptop to work.
Then at the station I decided to take a window selfie. Result attached.
We should just cancel the whole day today, let’s not force this whole thing called Thursday, ok? 

Advice for free

Me to my 10-yr old son: How was tennis camp today?

He: I had a little problematic opponent this time. He was continuously complaining that I hit the ball too hard from both sides. 
So I told him:
‘Look, you don’t like my forehand, you don’t like my backhand…. but hey, there’s a solution here: ever thought of taking up some other racket-and-ball sports? You might love golf, for example..’