Health, Jibber Jabber

Fat Pants

Hell, I think I am gaining weight from consuming all the pies, cakes and sweet things I made with the overload of apples, pears, figs and walnuts.

And they say fruits and nuts are good for you. Dang it… I am wearing my fat pants and they are not loose! Argh!


Simple Sunday

After watching the UCI Road World Championships – Men’s road race, D and I went to an event held at the local brewery.

Even though it was quite late when we arrived, we still see quite a number of people at the venue. While the adults drink, most children were either running around or jumping on the many inflatable castles (springkastelen).

D and I drank a beer each while enjoying the good weather and being amongst people. A simple Sunday…

Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Autumn Window Cleaning

The late afternoon sun in autumn tends to review much.

So today, I made my simple window cleaning concoction, picked up a soft sponge, some rags, the window vacuum, and cleaned the windows.

A few years back, I have learned to ignore the many windows in this house, making window cleaning a low priority chore. I am not ashamed of the not-so-clean windows nor am I afraid to say that I only clean the windows once a month or only when I feel like it. There is no way in the world that I can be pressured into becoming one of those weekly-window-cleaning people.

So once a month (or longer if there is a drought), cobwebs will be swept away, bird poops washed off, and all my windows blink till the next rain fall. And oh, the right shoulder will hurt for days especially in the evenings because old age sucks…

Food & Drinks, Simplify


As summer ends, there was a sudden inflow of ripe tomatoes. D and I simply cannot consume these fast enough. Not wanting to toss anything and having no more room in the freezer, I decided to make spicy ketchup according to a recipe I found online.

The end product tasted like ketchup, but has the consistency of soup. Maybe the tomatoes I used were too watery? Maybe I should have left the pot uncovered when cooking? Next time (I am pretty sure there will be a next time), I shall strain the tomatoes first and then add a teaspoon of corn flour to thicken the concoction.

Jibber Jabber, Movies, Books & TV Shows


The pile of unread magazines have grown quietly and steadily in the past weeks. It is getting on my nerves…

This means that it is time for the remedies. There will be no library visits in the near future, an hour every morning dedicated to reading at least one magazine, and very limited computer time. Maybe I can even throw in an hour of reading time in the evening.

Belgium, Events

City Fair

Yesterday evening, D and I went to witness the fireworks which was part of this year’s city fair.

This Sunday afternoon, we biked there again to join the festivities. Thanks to the good weather, the turn out was incredible. Crowds of people were gathered around the multiple locations or stands providing food, drinks and entertainment such as music, fun fair games and rides.

D and I walked around enjoying the sight and sounds. Drank a few beers, bought some dried sausages, ate a local pastry, and then biked back home to a simple grilled steak dinner. 

Food & Drinks

Grape Pie

Today, I made a grape custard pie from scratch by following a recipe D got from an on-line acquaintance.

The pie turned out to be quite tasty. But if I am to make it again, I shall reduce the butter and sugar required. I will also add a tablespoon of corn starch to firm up the custard mix.

Cooking is experimenting and learning. I love it!