Human Nature, Quotes, Simplify

Their Opinions

It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own. If a god appeared to us—or a wise human being, even—and prohibited us from concealing our thoughts or imagining anything without immediately shouting it out, we wouldn’t make it through a single day. That’s how much we value other people’s opinions—instead of our own.

~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 12.4

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Simplify, Travels

Train To Brussels And Back

Today, I need to pick up my parents from Brussels to come stay with me. D and I decided not to stress it, so we took the train like we did yesterday. The only thing we did differently was to drive and park our car at the train station. Off to Brussels we went in this bizarre tropical heat in May!

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Purple Beans

After lunch, I moved and planted three young purple bean plants out in the vegetable garden next to the peas. I also sowed three extra seeds to make up for the ones which did not germinate indoors. Now is the time to pray that the temperature will not dip too much in the next few days.

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Food & Drinks, Simplify

Hippie Omelette

In the process of harvesting some radishes, I have also snipped off a handful of young arugula leaves, some radish leaves, and a few edible arugula blooms. The radishes were eaten by D with much delight. I tossed the greens into a 2-egg mixture and made myself a hippie omelette. This, I ate happily at lunch with some fresh white bread. Simply wonderful…

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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…

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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…

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