Jibber Jabber

Falling Asleep

Unless I am deeply engrossed in a good book, or had consumed too much caffeine, I never had problem falling asleep. D said it is unbelievable how fast I can doze off to sleep, it is almost like a super power!

No tricks here… The only requirements are a day well lived, plus a clear conscience.

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Belgium, Business & Creativity, Jibber Jabber

Grocery Shopping Loophole

Last Friday, I mentioned that I might brave the local warehouse-style grocery store to stock up on necessities. Well, D and I did that a few hours ago this afternoon. According to the employee guarding the entrance, only one of us are allowed to go in. But we took an extra shopping cart and promised the TSA disinfectant-spraying person that we shall pay separately. “Loopholes…”, said D quietly and triumphantly to me.

Schools are partially reopened since yesterday. This coming Thursday is the Ascension of the Lord – a feast day here. No doubt there shall be lines at the grocery stores. Maybe it was our good timing or maybe it was just pure luck, but there was no line when we arrived, but a relatively long one when we left. Phew!

Our freezer, fridge and pantry are now filled up with necessities and goodies. On top of that, D and I did not have to line up to enter the grocery store. It has been a good day.

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Jibber Jabber

Sunflowers

Despite the dry spell in April, the sunflower seeds which I have sown three weeks ago have sprouted. I hope that these will survive the summer heat, the strong winds, and possible snail attacks. It would be nice to have a row of blooming flowers along the fence.

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Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Edible Spring Flowers

It was a darn good decision to leave the radish and borage plants to overwinter in the vegetable patch. For most of this month, I get to enjoy these beautiful spring flowers, with the knowledge that they are edible! Honey bees, coming out of their winter hibernation, simply love them.

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Wiggle Space

Yesterday was Earth Day. As I read some of the related articles online, I realised that I have been adhering to a rather green lifestyle all these years.

I have two simple reminders for myself to make my existence on this Earth a happy one. First, do not be too greedy. Second, always leave yourself some wiggle room. In our life’s journey, it is really okay to back down and step back once a while. Taking a break is not a sin, insatiable growth is…

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Fence Side Flowers

Yesterday, I started sowing summer flower seeds along the back yard fence. This will be one of my gardening experiments of the year.

Because it was sunny, dry and windy, I had to sneeze almost all the time and needed to pause once a while to blow my runny nose.

I will continue again later today, and finish up with the seed sowing. Damn… I already had a full blown sneezing episode this morning when I cleaned the windows. Now, I have to prep myself for another round of allergy attack.

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Belgium, Human Nature, Jibber Jabber

USS Donkey Selfie

Yesterday, D went for a bike ride to rid himself of cabin fever. He came home much more cheerful. With a smile, he showed me a funny selfie with a very friendly donkey. As part of an inside joke, this lovely creature will now be known as Donkey Irene. Ha!

As for me, I imagine myself a crew member on board of a star ship. Space is humongous, so I do not know when we shall reach a safe haven for our shore leave. The only available hologram program is called “the back yard”. The rest (summer barbecues, beer festivals, parties) are all contaminated for now. The science team is looking into it, it might take a while…

The food replicators are acting up, so we have to summon up a few 20th century skills like hunting, foraging, trading and cooking. Some of us are good at this, gifted even, but many just cannot follow these ancient instructions and failed miserably.

The majority of the crew are red shirts. The smarter ones are avoiding certain decks on this space craft. One can never be too careful, with all the hull damages and exploding consoles. The saying goes, “do not be that idiot.”.

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Health, Jibber Jabber

Difficult Sudoku

My brain is hurting, trying to solve a sudoku puzzle which was an extra insert in the magazines D subscribes to.

Those of us who still have brains are trying our best to stay indoors. Staying home, staying busy, so that we may avoid those nasty micro-zombies out there!

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Less

Employees at a chicken processing factory in Oklahoma had to pay their employer 10 cents a day to acquire face masks in order to protect themselves from the virus. Oh that just gets my blood boiling! The nerves!

How does one deal with things like this? My very first step will be turn on my boycott mode. Then, I shall gradually wean myself off the services and products of these evil businesses. Training myself to need less, thus consuming and depending less on those who built their empires of greed from the exploitations of others.

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