Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Wear It Once A Year

I find shopping, especially clothes shopping, rather tiresome. Despite my self-imposed boundary in this worldly activity, I still find myself possessing too many clothing items! My non-minimalist wardrobe is the result of free second-hand clothing pieces and necessary pieces I bought at a bargain.

To justify keeping all these items which are hanging or folded in my wardrobe, I try to wear everything at least once a year. Pieces that I have not worn for five years or more go to the mother-in-law’s rommelmarkt pile. Some of these items I collect in a luggage bag intended for the local charity store or to be taken along with me the next time I go back to Malaysia.

So once a year, I will be wearing some weird and colourful blouses, t-shirts that are either too big or too small, and goofy pieces I dug up from the back of my wardrobe.

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One Hour Errand Run

This afternoon, D and I went to the recycling center to recycle some glass bottles and to get rid of our yard clippings. When we were leaving, we saw the mayor and waved to him from the car.

Next up, we did a quick round of grocery shopping for a few household necessities. That done, we returned home to refill our pantry, fridge and freezer with our purchases.

Life does not need to be crazy eventful all the time.

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Food & Drinks, Simplify

Peach Sorbet

This morning, I used about ten medium sized peaches to make approximately a liter of sorbet. I did not use the same sorbet recipe which I have used on my summer plums. It is a simpler and less sugary version, with water added. We shall see… in a few hours time.

Next up, I will make fruit syrups to be used on ice creams, pancakes, as marinade, or salad dressings. I may also use these fruit syrups as sugar replacement for sweet teas and cocktails.

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Flashbacks, Health, Human Nature, Simplify

To Not Be…

What do you want to be when you grow up?

That is a question that I have been asked countless times in my life. When I was a child, my answers had been a medical doctor, then a dentist, and later a veterinarian, because I loved all my pet dogs, cats, fishes, a turtle and a monkey. When I get to understand matters such as finances and rights, I realised and accepted what the world has in store for me and have thus carved my paths accordingly. I went off to business school and half a decade later, to design school.

When one has matured into a semi-stable personality, the real challenge is to distance oneself from the sort of people that can possibly mould you into the person you do not want to become.

What do you not want to be when you grow older?

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Heat Dried Tomatoes

I have just sliced up a few ripe tomatoes, placed these outdoors, to make my second batch of sun-dried tomatoes this summer. If I have to suffer through the third heat wave this year, I might as well make the best out of the situation.

Also, let’s not forget the litres of plum sorbet I have in the freezer. Maybe this afternoon will be a good time to have some of the ice cold treat…

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Apples & Tomatoes

I spent most of this morning ridding myself of the over-abundance of apples and tomatoes. Five apples were used to bake a simple apple pie. Note to self; less sugar, less butter but more corn starch next time. This apple-heavy pie might be good as pie filling. I think I have done that once last year, in combination with a ready-made pie shell. I shall repeat the experiment and document it.

Meanwhile, I have used six very ripe tomatoes to cook a batch of tomato soup. The simple but awesome recipe is from a French bistro cookbook.

Both recipes required a minimum of ingredients. Which is just the way I like it…

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Last Plums

I really need to get rid (not throw away) of the last batch of plums that I stored in the fridge two weeks ago. There are too little of them to make a decent amount of jam, and they are a bit too old to eat fresh. Freezing would be the ideal solution, but I have no space in the freezer! Argh!

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Plum Chutney

Even after I have made some plum jam (skin on this time) yesterday evening, there are still about 3 kilograms of fresh plums left in the fridge.

In my search and attempt to use up as many fresh plums as I possibly can, I came across some interesting recipes for plum chutneys. This shall be my next culinary challenge. Spiced plum chutney is suppose to go well with cold meats. I might even be able to use some of my bird’s eye chilli.

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Caterpillars

I have been tossing out the overripe plums, which I can find no use for, under the plum tree. With the hot weather, I thought that the fruit will dry up pretty soon, and in the mean time provide food for the few black birds which visit the back yard almost everyday. Instead, the pile of rotting plums is attracting butterflies, bees, wasps, and flies! I need to clear this pile off soon. Related or not, caterpillars were found on a young dill plant, two metres away from my insect-food-buffet.

Well, if humans cannot consume my over-abundance of plums, I am sharing it with the critters. Now with the insects and birds, and later with the microbes when I dig and compost.

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Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Summer Laptop

Earlier this morning, I turned on my desktop to do some necessary online banking and accounting. The time I spent on my upstairs computer was brief. I do not want the desktop nor myself to get overheated on day two of this end-July heat wave.

To avoid the warmer upper level of the house, I have moved my laptop downstairs. This way, I may still use a computer without having to turn on the fan, or run the risk of passing out.

Currently, the temperature has reached today’s predicted maximum of 35°C. It is likely that the temperature will climb a degree or two before the afternoon is over. Tomorrow’s maximum is predicted to hit a record-breaking 40°C! That is what I call hair-curling heat!

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