Health, Simplify, Travels

Biking Around The Lake

Today is warm and sunny. It is the perfect weather for a bike ride and a picnic lunch at the lake. So, D and I packed up some sandwiches and drinks, biked to the lake and enjoyed our lunch sitting on a bench under the trees. After lunch, we biked around the lake just for fun. It was lovely. I am still amaze and grateful that I get to experience all these wonderful things for free.

Belgium, Events

Openwervendag 2018

Today’s Sunday afternoon was spent visiting interesting building sites. At most sites, we were offered free drinks after each visitation. One site even offered free sandwiches. We ended the day by visiting the brewery Vanderghinste and had two free beers each. Yep, Free drinks, free food, a 5-stories vertical ride by a crane, and beautiful weather. Just a typical sunny spring Sunday in Flanders.

Food & Drinks, Health

Veggie Goodness

I feel much better today. So it is no surprise that I am once again busy in my kitchen, brewing up one of my witchy concoctions.

I made a vegetable dump soup. This uses up the rest of a cabbage, one potato, two onions, and a limp parsley stalk. A few bowls of this warm and nutritious vegetable soup will work wonders.


The Black Hole Of Illness

Damn, it is Monday already. I have not turned on my computer since Thursday and my latest blog-post was last Wednesday! Instead of back-blogging, and despite this sickly haze I am still in, I will try to recollect and jot down what happened during this gap:

Tuesday – Walked to the pharmacy to pick up my prescriptions. Coughing man in front of me was purchasing a serious batch of medication. Pharmacist was coughing too.
Wednesday – Found myself coughing (lightly) while chatting with my mom. I was not able to sleep well that evening due to sudden and persistent coughing fits.
Thursday – Coughing, sneezing, runny nose, dizzy, sharp pain at upper left skull, no appetite. Spend most of today sitting and staring into space.
Friday – Dizzy spell worsened, tired, uncontrollable runny nose, do not enjoy food. I managed to prepare dinner, but today’s dishes remain in the sink (this has not happened since my Vegas days).
Saturday – No longer dizzy but terribly tired, sneezing, using up lots of handkerchiefs, and coughing up phlegm. Food taste like salted cardboard. Despite the lack of energy, I have somehow managed to complete most of my Saturday chores.
Sunday – Felt a bit better but still coughing up nasties. Occasional bouts of sickly feeling while eating. Sharp sudden left skull pain is back in the evening. And what the hell, sore and scratchy throat too.

I hate sick days.

Jibber Jabber

Want Beer!

This Monday afternoon, D mowed the lawn while I removed dandelions and unsightly plants which do not belong. After D had loaded the car with a very full bag of yard clippings and an empty beer crate, we first stopped by the library so that I may borrow a book which has finally became available. Next was the pharmacy where I did my thing while D stayed in the car. From there, it was to the recycling park to toss our yard clippings. We then made a quick stop at a budget grocery store because asparagus is fifty percent off! Our last stop before heading home was a drink centre where we stocked up on beers and tonic water.

It was supposed to be 10°C cooler today, but it sure does not feel like it?! Damn, I really want a beer now, but it is no-alcohol Mondays. Bleh…

Human Nature, Jibber Jabber

Radio Silence

D and I both grew up in homes where radios and music filled our days. Every morning, it is a ritual and habit that I turn on the radio in our home. To have the radio playing on for almost an entire day, is simply normal.

This Saturday morning, I decided to run an experiment. Today, at least for the first part of the day, we shall have radio silence. I want to know if D and I can benefit from this period of silence. To use it to get in touch with our inner selves maybe? How comfortable are we without the constant feed of our daily background noise? Can we deal with just the sound of our own thoughts, and each other’s occasional voices?

Different people operate on different frequencies. Identifying our own unique wavelength will probably help improve our communication with other people.

Health, Simplify, Travels

Spring Day Picnic

Today is one of those sunny breezy spring days. So after some light gardening, I suggested to D that we bike to the Gavers for lunch. I prepared and packed up some sandwiches, took some cold drinks out of the fridge, and put these into D’s bag. Although I was prepared to carry these, we ended up dividing the tasks. We biked leisurely to the lake, parked our bikes near a cafe, and then walked to our favourite bench to enjoy our simple lunch. After lunch, D took some photos of the lake and its surrounding. While biking home, we made a quick stop in the forest and took some photos of wild hyacinths.

D and I are truly fortunate to live so close to a lake. We need not travel far to get in touch with nature, to see beautiful things, and to have a picnic lunch outside our home.

Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Elephant Paths

Not too long ago, I read a Dutch article explaining how modern society can benefit from the reduction of car usage. We are all encouraged to create ‘elephant paths’ – unpaved trails created by foot steps or bike tires.

This morning, I made my way to the grocery store via a paved and familiar elephant path. This is a path I have known since moving here. Destinations may vary from the bus stop, the train station, the pharmacy, banks, the post office, the city hall, the grocery store, or my beloved library, but the path remains the same.

At the individual level, I do what I can to leave behind a smaller carbon footprint. I try to eat less meat, walk more, not use harsh chemicals, reduce, recycle, reuse, repair, have fruit trees, a flower bed and a vegetable patch. In some small ways, D is also affected and have gradually become greener. One person may not be able to do much in this big wide world. I believe that there are like-minded individuals doing whatever they can at their own individual levels. Add us all up and maybe we are making some kind of impact.