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Quote of the week – 40

And finally they were still there. The nerves, de funk, the sleepless nights. For gosh, what if…If you read this, our journey really started. This morning we left with a full car. And that's just the beginning of the adventure. Now it's really starting. We will really have to do together. The two of us, in Spain. Sin family. And it will not be easy I know, This quote reminds me what we do all this. Let's hope that the "heavy’ just makes it worth!

Hotspot: Sneak Peek

Last month we took leave of the Randstad and we stayed in the middle of the country with my father. It seemed therefore appropriate to bring my father as a thank you for a lunch at Sneak Peek. Are you in the area? Go there especially look and enjoy this original hotspot in the land of Maas and Waal.

Sneak Peek is a restaurant where you can go for lunch, dinner and coffee with cake. It's no ordinary place, but one where much attention is paid to the experience. A total experience of flavors, color, textures and layout. I will be here all enthusiastic. We ordered lunch there experience. A complete lunch with soup, hot snack, sandwiches, meats, various special cheeses, dips in salads, garnish and more. And all presented in a special way on a scaffold. Including herbs you cut yourself from the plant, cream from a pipette for your soup etc..

In Short; a hot spot in a place where you least expect it. Moreover, we are working as much as possible with fresh and BIO products and you can taste it! If you are ever in the area, this is more than worth the detour.

Quote of the week – 39

Our last week in the Netherlands today starts. Next Monday, very early in the morning we start our road trip to Spain. Via Lyon and Barcelona to Denia and then by boat. The farewell is in full swing. With last weekend's farewell party for friends and next weekend the last dinner with the two families. Then Jurgen is my 'home'. We need to dig it together, Creating a new place that is our home. And tonight hit me the first real jitters and cold feet. We'll keep you informed how it goes!

DIY: Tuintent

Anyone who knows me, know I'm crazy DIY and creativity. And let me now allowed to do just super fun to work Piece of Make. Therefore, a guest blog monthly with fun DIY's this gay site that you really need to know. Piece of Make is a creative breeding ground for all things DIY, crafting to do. Meters webshop. Approachable and fun.

This month: of tuintent! A creative solution to a (shower)curtain and hoop. The hoop can really let your! In ja, you see the good! Of the women in the tent, I am one. Getting Started!


What do you need?

  • (Shower)curtain ring with holes
  • A hoop
  • Piece of cloth (different substances, or 1 color), max. 60 x 40 cm
  • Kartelschaar of fabric scissors

Self crafting a tent, how do you do that?

Cut the fabric strips 2 a 3 cm wide and 15 up to 20 cm spacing. Cut as many strips as there are dust rings in the curtain. If you want the hoop itself give a soft look, You can strips of fabric to wrap the hoop. Do this before you attach to it the shower curtain.

Button now each ring fixed to the hoop with a strip of fabric. Tie a double knot in for extra strength. Secure in this way all the rings in the hoop. To hang the tent securely to a tree, button you finally four long strips of fabric (of 4 pieces of rope) of at least 50 cm in length to the hoop (opposite to each other). Tie the four ends stuck in together 1 knot in the middle. Hang in the tree and enjoy summer evenings in your garden tent.

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TIP: Put evening an LED light in the tent, and you have an enchanting atmosphere maker.

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4 years ago

Today 'celebrate’ we life. Because today it is exactly four years ago that my dear husband, then friend, had an accident. The accident that changed our lives, eventually brought us even closer together and taught us to be happy with small things.

Sounds very dramatic and it was also. And still may. Because Jurgen is still often much misunderstanding on. People think he's now back at work. Or they do not understand what he has kept well actually about. Because let's be honest, you still see hardly anything?

That's right. Its appearance is hard to make him the night of 6 September frontal drove up against a tree. In addition, his face partially shattered and substantial injury ran. Still, he notes every day here the effects of. This blog post I want to use to tell our story and to create some clarity for people who do not always understand what brain.

Jurgen twee weken voor het ongeluk, de laatste foto van zijn gezicht zoals voorheen.

Jurgen two weeks before the accident, the last picture of his face as before.

The (on)happiness

On the night of 6 september 2010 my nightmare became reality. Police at the door. I knew right away that it was wrong again. Hastily I grabbed my stuff and I was brought to the university by the agents in an emergency gallery. Not knowing whether I would find Jurgen still alive. Although I always thought of experiencing total panic, showed the opposite. That night, more than 5 Surgeons operated on him. His forehead was repaired with a piece of bone from his hip and put together with titanium plates and screws. To 11 hour wait, 11 hellish hours to a week seemed to take, they were ready. Only a day later Jurgen woke. Panicking, shattered and assuming that tomorrow he would start working again. Heart of the matter, that he had. Still, that was not so simple. Eventually he was already after 11 days out of hospital (while 6 weeks and had predicted a rehabilitation clinic) and the real rehabilitation could begin.

All this time I was calm, I sat long hours at his bedside and I got bit by bit my old boyfriend back. But in a new guise, as he himself says so beautiful. Jurgen has had good luck. Meanwhile, this is 4 years ago. Jurgen has recovered far as possible with brain injury. And although he has improved tremendously, certain damage is permanent.


Almost a year later, together in Bruges

Brain injury

Since 2010 Jurgen can no longer work. This has to do with the sustained brain injury. Severe brain contusion, herschudding in 2 bleeding in the brains make him difficult stimuli can handle and barely can hold his concentration. Sounds, interviews, movements, images, worden langzamer weggezet in zijn hersenen en zorgen ervoor dat het spreekwoordelijke ’emmertje’ as soon overflows. And always already full. He is easily fatigued, irritable and can literally get sick with fatigue and overload. A dinner, birth date, visit to the supermarket, everything is much too soon. Furthermore, it takes of this recovering for Jurgen much longer than for healthy people. Also, the excessive plans and continuously ask for confirmation something that belongs to people who have suffered severe trauma. A birthday can, but is therefore planned to be so that he can recover thereof the rest of the week. Go beyond this kind of outings fact much better. The sound can go and Jurgen literally has the feeling of more space around. Moreover, he can get away, out of the situation, emptying and recharging his head. Jurgen addition, smells and tastes nothing since the accident. Although this seems terrible, He has to learn the latter very good to go.

Afgelopen vrijdag hebben wij de dag herdacht en de boom voorzien van een jasje voor de winter

Last Thursday, we commemorated the day and the tree includes a jacket for winter


The part that is affected by Jurgen, is the cognitive part left front in the brains. 'Concentration Disorder, memory problems, fatigue, less quick thinking, irritability. These are some examples of cognitive symptoms that patients may experience with brain injury. These consequences can sometimes months or years after a brain injury are clearly '. Friends and family will also confirm that he has changed enormously since then. Especially in terms of inner. Of course by about experiences, but in addition by the literal injury there. If you look where one can suffer from cognitive problems, then it is a miracle that Jurgen still as good, able to react quickly, not forgetful and just as intelligent as before. Yet he has changed very. Jurgen has become much more serious, sensitive and literally entered the battle with himself. And we together. Because although we have always remained strong together, was not always easy. All kinds of therapies together and only have us dragged through this period. Jurgen even two years of intensive treatment by Heliomare, the Centre for acquired brain injury. I would not know where we should start without them. We can now say that we have succeeded. A proposal, wedding and (almost) further emigration. Events that without this accident might not have even occurred. Jurgen said, after all, never want to get married, haha.

And now further

We can transform the negative into something positive. Our move to Ibiza. More outward, more sun and space for Jurgen (Moreover, for me, with my huge winter dips, no luxury). And that's where I'm so proud, that despite everything, just learned more from each other. Have drawn closer to each other and have a dream to turn this into reality.

I hope you have had some of these explanations. Do you have questions? Do not hesitate!

Following this story, this blog was also posted on the website of On this site you will find information about everything that has to do with acquired brain injury.


My favorite quote to cheer Jurgen as he struggled