It was cloudy this morning. And it will most probably rain later in the day. But heck, I do not care. If I planned to clean the windows, I clean the windows. Rain drops on cleaned windows do not make me flinch. Besides, the inside parts cannot be rained on. Yep!
Last week, I bought a beautiful head of savoy cabbage to make the vegetarian cabbage rolls I have been craving for since the beginning of the year. I first made these in 2014 and they have turned out to be really tasty, and healthy. This time, I added meatless tomato based pasta sauce to the rice and onion mix. They are simply delicious! This girl got her savoy cabbage fix…
I just read that one out of ten Belgians take anti-depressants. Holy crap, that is some rather disturbing statistics?!
But then again, I have crossed path with many unhappy and toxic people. What I noticed is that these negativities usually spawn from boredom, lack of structure and unhealthy lifestyles.
Having some sort of structure is important to me. Every night when I go to bed, I know that I will eagerly get up the next day because I have things to do. It is simple, you either plan and decide what to do with your time (your life), or end up being jostle around by unwarranted factors.
Came across an article entitled Keep Things Simple For A Healthy, Long Life. With such a title, how can I not read this?! The following are the five main takeaways:
- Get enough sleep.
- Move your body throughout the day.
- Eat well — a healthy assortment of foods. Mostly plants, and not too much.
- Interact socially. Isolation is not good for the body, soul or mind.
- Take some time to reflect on what you are grateful for.
There is a simple and very logic explanation as to why I cannot sleep well when I am ill. Being sick means I tire easily, and that in turn makes me rest a lot during the day. Sitting and napping are not things that encourages a good night sleep. I now realise that I need a significant dose of daily activities such as cleaning, cooking, gardening, etc. in order to put my body in low energy mode.
Since recovering from this flu two days ago, I have gradually return to being my squirrelly self. The moving about has at last allowed me to have my usual pass-out type of sleep. I slept well last night. Oh how I have missed my deep, glorious, dream-filled sleep!
D got really ill starting Saturday evening. By Sunday, he was down and out. He was not able to hold in any food, and was having sudden coughing fits which woke him from his naps throughout the day.
Although I was not feeling well myself, my household routines and restless character kept me going. After taking one long nap yesterday afternoon to make up for lost sleep, I just carried on with my weekend. I kept one eye on a sick and exhausted D, prepared food, and did my weekend chores. Most importantly, I made sure that I take care of myself so that I do not fall sick next.
It sucks to lose precious time because we are sick. No one wants to be weakened by illnesses and be reminded of our immortalities. But that is life. Once a while, we have to turn everything off and put life on pause. Rest and recovery.
I have errands planned out for this afternoon. D will drop off some jars and bottles at the glass collection point while I return library books and maybe borrow a few new ones. Then, we are to do our weekly grocery at the local supermarket, getting some items on promotion and also ingredients for tonight’s dinner. But then, the car will not start because it has been idle for a week and the battery died during the past two nights of freezing temperatures.
When it comes to errand runs like this, my own two feet would have been the most reliable. If only… my grocery list did not include a crate of beer.
D and I were unable to agree on how and when we are to remove our Christmas ornaments. His mother removes everything only after Three Kings Day, which is 6th January. Whereas in my household, I (the one putting up the decorations) had total freedom as to when things are to be removed. And this is usually when I got tired of them. That, or other ornaments for another feast day had to go up. I also do not like an absolute one-time-removal because it leaves behind these sad little empty spots. One does not want to be sad this time of the year…
Therefore, I have come up with a simple solution to this silly dilemma. I shall only remove one or two things everyday. This process will be called gradual removal. It can also become a game for D – to spot what was removed on a specific day. Ha!
D and I continued our New Year’s gifts purchase at another shopping mall this afternoon. At the same location, we also bought items we needed for our end of year dinner celebration. A simple and low-stress errand run. I am glad that our chores were all taken care of. It is now miserably rainy and windy.
D and I have invited his parents over for Christmas Eve dinner. And with only two more days to go, we decided that it would be best to do our grocery shopping today. The Christmas crowd is still tolerable and the shelves are fully stocked. Strategies, gotta have ’em in order to torpedo our way through life.