Health, Quotes

Saturday Recharge

I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.
~Audrey Hepburn

I used to do the above when I lived and worked in Las Vegas. With the exception of Sunday church attendance, a stop at the gas station and maybe some grocery shopping afterwards.

Here in Belgium, I have learned to do speedy recharging. All I need is a few hours alone on an occasional Saturday.

Creative Business

Innovation Planning

The following paragraph is an excerpt from an Inc article entitled Don’t Look for a Great Idea. Look for a Good Problem:

In addition to strategic planning, or planning based on things we know or think we know, we need to start innovation planning, or planning based on things we need to learn to solve new and important problems. That’s how you quest. You don’t plan the journey as much as you prepare for it.

Reading this article made me think of the saying “Necessity is the mother of invention”.

Belgium, Events, Food & Drinks

Easter Abundance

Behold the Easter lunch at my in-laws!

Needless to say, the exaggerated quantity of food plus a family full of picky eaters, meant an abundance of leftovers. My well known reluctance to throw food and my ability of eating the same things over and over again has resulted in a fridge full of ‘Easter lunch takeaway’. I think I have at least eight boxes of food consisting of pasta salad, potato salad, cold meats, deviled eggs, and all sorts of greens. Well, I definitely know what I will be eating in the next two to three days.


Jibber Jabber

Burned Crackers

Argh… I got distracted, left the kitchen for a few minutes and ended up with a tray of burned crackers. For goodness sake, I have waited more than a week for this week-end project. The plan was to use up the leftover short crust pastry and some cumin seeds. My crackers are literally in smokes. Damn, damn, damn it!

Well, when silly accidents happened and crackers were burned, one can always seek comfort by nibbling on some good Danish cheeses. Now, isn’t that a lovely distraction?!


Butter Lettuce

I planted six young lettuces in the vegetable patch a week or two ago. One of them was immediately, but not entirely, munched on the first night out. So, near this sorry-looking young lettuce, I sprinkled a wee bit of slug poison. All of them are covered with a clear plastic container, creating individual mini-green-houses, thus protecting them from sun, rain, wind and hungry creatures.

I have given up planting lettuces since 2014. We shall see…

Food & Drinks

Ice Tea Promotion

D’s favourite non-beer beverage is on promotion! Therefore on this cold Tuesday morning before lunch, we went to the local grocery store with the car. It was a one-for-one free promotion, and the drinks will only expire in August, so we bought six. Heck, why not? Five of these 6-packs are now nicely tucked away in the utility room. I am rather pleased with the 50 percent savings, and knowing that D probably has enough bottled sparkling ice tea to last him the entire summer.


Men & Ants

It’s just men and ants. There’s the ants build their cities, live their lives, have wars, revolutions, until men want them out of the way, and then they go out of the way. That’s what we are now _ just ants.
~H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds

Food & Drinks, Simplify

Backyard Foraging

Today, I made an omelette for lunch.

This omelette was made with just one ‘humongous’ chicken egg which I got from my mother-in-law. D and I were making remarks regarding this giant egg. It must have been a torture for that particular hen. Eeek!

To this simple egg dish, I added some greens which I foraged from my own backyard. At this time of the year, I was able to snipped off some young arugula leaves, radish leaves from my growing radishes, one leaf from my lonesome red beet plant, some Chinese chives, garlic greens, some indoor basil, and a couple of broken off leaves from my newly planted lettuces.

Lunch was almost for free…