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visit my grandmum at least one a month


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MafalditaI have been following this goal faithfully...

(...although I have not been writing about the visits to my grandmum)

Now it is time to increase the frequence and visit my grandmum consequently every 3 weeks. I have written down the dates in my agenda untill the end of the year because that is the best way for me to do this: just plan it in already. In two weeks my grandmum will be ninety so I will have to start thinking about a gift… Ideas? 4 years ago

MafalditaSunday 7 March

I visisted my grandmum and when I was giving her a manicure my grandmum told me that she got a compliment on her nails from her pedicurist. When my grandmum told her this was done by her granddaughter – me! – she asked if I was a professional. This made my grandmum really proud :-) 4 years ago

MafalditaSaturday 13 February

I visited my grandmum and gave her a Valentine’s gift!!!
A corny coffee mug with all kinds of hearts saying “To My Valentine” I liked it a lot and she did as well. The mug was filled with candy and it all looked very festive! :-)
We had some laughs with a scene from the jurrasic park 3 movie that was on tv and then we sat down to talk ( I also showed her the valentine’s gift that I have bought for myself! An orange lamp) then I gave her a manicure. We talked and laughed a lot. It did me so good to be together, she really makes me happy. 4 years ago

MafalditaI just visited meme (17th of January)

we went to our favorite fish restaurant, just the two of us this time. She ordered plaice and I ate “tomate crevette”. I also gave her Tim’s gift : the angels and demons book. 4 years ago

MafalditaI visited meme on the 26th

I gave her the Da Vinci Code book and 2 subitos. She won 2,5 euro! I also did her nails – she really likes that. I just called her to wish her a happy new year and she told me she loved the book and could not stop reading. I hear there is a second book… :-) 4 years ago

MafalditaI wanted to go on the 20th...

But there was so much snow!!! I called her and I told her will come next Saturday. I have such nice gifts ready… 5 years ago

Mafalditaoh was it that long ago!

shame on me…can not happen again!
15th of November: I drove to the coast (heavy rain!). I gave my grandmum lots of hugs and the wild animal calender my boyfriend bought for her (he is such a sweet pie)
In the beginning she seemed slightly sad (maybe because it was such a long time ago)but I managed to cheer her up with my stories about pretty sweet boys in Jordan. :-) She loved that!
I also brought her the magazine that interviewed me about gender equality in the EU elections. She liked that, she looked interested and proud!
I also did her nails.
Next date is already in my agenda: 20 December, when I am back from my work in Nijmegen. 5 years ago

Mafaldita6th of September

We went to the seaside and had lunch in aux vieux port. It was fancy, we had a nice table at the window, but the sole is MUCH better in the non fancy place (that’ s a bit more expensive but no nonsens and goooood fish – not frozen bah)
I think we will stick to our old restauant, or maybe try something further from the seaside. I really hate it when fish is not fresh and has been frozen before. I taste the difference instantly.
I should call my grandmum soon because she forgot her jacket in my car… 5 years ago

Mafalditaout and about with meme

We went to the seaside and took a walk, then we started looking for a suitable restaurant, but we ended up in the same one as last time! My grandmum ordered a plaice and she was delighted. She said it was the best one she tasted in a long time (she used to run a mobile fish store together with my grandfather, so she sure knows a good plaice)

We have already chosen the restaurant for our next date. It is called “Au vieux port” and it was packed so we could not eat there this weekend.

When we left my grandmum at her house and kissed her goodbye my boyfriend called her “memeke” (like I call her) for the very first time (I asked him to do that, he was hesitant at first). It proved a great succes, she flushed deeply and chuckled :-) Supercute! 5 years ago


23 may: I visited my grandmum I gave her the Hollywood magnet I bought for her in LA for on her fridge! :-) 5 years ago

Mafalditasole & white wine

19th of April: Me & my boyfriend took my grandmum out for a Sunday lunch again! We ordered fishsoup first and then sole and fries. And a bottle of white wine. Afterwards my grandmum and my boyfriend took a walk on the pier. 5 years ago


March 28th: I went to my grandmum by train and bus (what a dedication!) I did her nails and mine, showed her the pictures from Senegal and…most importantly gave her the jam I made for her. (Apple and Bisap – a senegali kind of fruit that tastes a bit like rosehip)
It was the very first time I made jam. My grandmum used to make a lot of jam when she was younger. I ll call her later this week to ask her how she liked it. 5 years ago

Mafalditaaction needed!

last time I went there was the 31st of January! Time goes by so quickly… It is time I get my ** ass over there and take her out for lunch again! 5 years ago


21th of December: I went to my grandmum with the almond/chocolate sweets I brought from Barcelona. I also took my nailthings and did her nails. She likes that. She has beautifully formed nails, just like my mum. 6 years ago


15th november: after helping my friend to move out of her appartment in Oostende, I went to surprise-visit my grandmum. It was great fun being there. She told me things about her life. She told me she suffered from a post-natal depression after the birth of her first child. She also told me about her mum (my grandgrandmother) and how her mum had to identify her father (my grandgrandgrandfather) that had drowned in the sea when she was only seventeen. I was really honoured that she tells me such intimate things about her life. We are really getting closer to eachother. I told her that my cat got cancer and that I am afraid to lose her. We are both cat people. I told her I fancy my dentist and she really found that hilarious. She also liked my new killer heels :-) My grandmum is the best. 6 years ago

Mafalditasurfing on the net

25 october: I drove to Oostende, for the first time with a real driving licence. I brought my laptop to show my grandmum my India pictures and I gave her the plate with a camel on it I bought in India. She seemed really happy and found it beautiful. I also showed her what you could do on the internet and I showed her my 43 things site which has a picture from her and me on it. Then my uncle was there and maybe I left a bit too quickly because i felt a bit shy. I also forgot my grandmum s birthday, 2 weeks ago, so maybe I should take her out for dinner next time if she wants to…
Anyway she ’s always very happy to see me and that makes me so happy x. 6 years ago

Mafalditaunexpected visit :-)

5 october: we visited my grandmum after my boyfriends grandparents weekend in Holland. My uncle was also there and he fixed my grandmums heating luckily! My card from India arrived. It was good that we went! 6 years ago


17th august: me and my guy went to visit my grandmum after our boat trip. The sweety made a big cold dish for us which I did not like too much, but my guy did and ate the most of it! I also gave her my cristal gift from Prague and we hang it before the window. She liked it… Then I was so tired so we watched some television together. The trip home was long because we came by train, but it was definitely worth it! 6 years ago


20th of July: me and my guy went to my grandmum, she was very happy to see both of us, I gave her the little gift from slovenia. This is a very good goal it makes me happy. She also told me that my mum once brought home an italian guy and also a german guy. I love it when she tells me little memories… 6 years ago


14th June: I drove to my grandmum, she was happy to see me and I brought a gift she liked (a picture of the two of us). It does me so well to visit her. I also said that I really regret that I did not come so often for some time… I am happy I said it although I hid my tears for her…
Anyway, I really have the coolest grandmum… I can be very proud of her and I should take great care of her, like she did with me when I was a child and like my mum would do if she were still alive… 6 years ago

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