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.

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Health, Movies, Books & TV Shows

Repotting & Reading

For the past two weeks, I have been experiencing mild lower back pain. The culprit is known – my science fiction e-books! To read, I have to sit. And to read long intense stories of space adventures means sitting down way too long.

So this morning, I made the decision to not read even if I have the chance to do so. Instead, I occupied myself with some light household chores. I also took on a task of transplanting and repotting some of my house plants. I planted the sad looking pansies into the flower bed under the bird house, knowing that it will probably die anyway. The potted Chrysanthemums I got for free were planted next to the hibiscus. These stand the chance of surviving spring and summer. I moved my young avocado plant into a bigger pot. Also did the same for the tough little Christmas plant.

Time to reward myself now. Time to finish up the first book of a Chinese science fiction trilogy: The Three-Body Problem.

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Health

Ability To See

The following paragraph is taken from a WIRED article entitled What Are Screens Doing to Our Eyes—and Our Ability to See?:

But of course now so many of us read all day long. And I opt to flood my field of vision with the merry play of pixels and emoji rather than the less scintillating, brown-gray “real world.” This means wearing the reading glasses, even on the street, and affecting blindness to everything but my phone.

I only needed reading glasses when I was in my mid-forties – to read the fine prints and food labels. Despite all the books I have read and the ridiculous amount of screen time I have logged-in, I am rather fortunate to still have normal and relatively healthy eyesight. I have stopped myself from reading in the dark in a laying down position, but I do need to gaze out once a while to stop or even reverse this modern day disease of deteriorating eyesight.

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Health, Simplify

Need Less

Not long ago, I came across an article discussing the subject of fasting. On the specific topic of Alcohol Free February, the person interviewed said that he goes alcohol free right after the year-end holidays. His fast will go on for several months, only to be lightly lifted on a specified summer day where he enjoys a good glass of rosé. Now, that is just so simple and smart.

The general picture is: when you need less, you spend less, and in the long run cause less damage to yourself and the environment.

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Health, Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Sunny Wednesday

Today the weather took a turn. On this beautiful sunny Wednesday, I buried my kitchen scraps. It pleases me tremendously whenever I do this. I am also surprised every time when I do not come across previous digs. Mother nature works fast.

After composting the kitchen scraps, I roamed about the back yard tidying up fallen leaves. I also went about trimming off dead leaves and twigs. How wonderful it is to be able to be outside doing some garden work, enjoying the sunshine and not too chilly breeze.

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Health, Human Nature, Simplify

Slow Thought

Read an essay entitled Slow Thought: a manifesto. The following excerpt did a good job in summing up the essence of this movement:

The only thing for certain is that everything changes. The rate of change increases. If you want to hang on, you better speed up. That is the message of today. It could however be useful to remind everyone that our basic needs never change. The need to be seen and appreciated! It is the need to belong. The need for nearness and care, and for a little love! This is given only through slowness in human relations. In order to master changes, we have to recover slowness, reflection and togetherness. There we will find real renewal.

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Health, Jibber Jabber

No Desktop

I did not switch on my desktop during the weekend. That is two days of not checking my emails. Forty eight hours of not reading any social media news, tweets and feeds.

Instead, I spent my time reading an interesting history book in Dutch. It contains words which made me reached for my dictionary several times. When I got tired, I took a nap on the sofa. A weekend of not clicking away mindlessly in front of my computer – I did not miss a thing!

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Health, Human Nature, Simplify

Structure

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.

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