Yay, Friday, December 16 was such a very special day for both of us.
After breakfast husband Pieter took a shower and was getting ready for posting my parcel, that I'd sold...
I heard his phone ring so I answered and walked over to my husband.
The lady calling started talking about the Jingle In Your Pocket drawing and that Pieter had won the Grand Prize.
Not a good photo but this was in Saturday's local newspaper.
Yep, Pieter did win the Grand Prize of $ 1,000 and he is holding out the gift certificates of $ 100, $ 20, $ 15 and $ 10 each for promoting shopping at home.
That's what the entire event is all about, organized by the local Chamber of Commerce.
That was indeed a very lucky day for winning the $ 1,000 grand prize!
It sure did make me sing and dance better when we did perform for our Dublin Rotary Club where husband Pieter is a member too.
After a very tough year, we feel like this Grand Prize was a GIFT from HEAVEN!
The Dutch Government has not been treating us justly and only for POLITICAL REASONS...
It especially applies to ex patriates...
Since 2015, both of us can no longer have a fiscal partner; which results in a lot higher additional taxes over our Dutch pension.
Two examples of a single breadwinner (top) versus two breadwinners (bottom).
The figure in red is the taxes that need to be paid and in the bottom part it is simultaneously for two; which is a LOT less than for one.
So they no longer let us have a fiscal partner, meaning we both pay the HIGH WAY...
We hope that the March 15, 2017 elections will change that, mainly for the benefit of the Elderly and that they again learn how to take care of their own country!
Political Decisions like that, have hurt law abiding and deserving citizens.
The EU Elites and Establishment in Brussels never feel that pain...