Tasks Divide & Conquer

D’s mother needed computer help, and I have some household basics which have been on the shopping list for quite some time.

Instead of postponing and spreading these tasks to next week, D and I decided to divide and conquer.

On his way to the parents’ home, D dropped me off at the grocery store. And hour later, we went home together having provided the necessary IT support and bags of household staples.

Belgium, Creative Business, Health

Third Option

Yesterday, I phoned the local hospital to make an appointment for a medical check-up. The call went first to a language option menu where I may choose Dutch, French or English! Ten years here and I suddenly have an option of using English to book my appointment.

Well the funny thing is that I chose Dutch in the end. It just felt more normal speaking Dutch to a Flemish receptionist. And I have practised the sentences so many times in my head before the call. Besides, I have had made similar calls in the past years without encountering any issues.

The English option offered by the hospital did surprise me. This may mean that the hospital is becoming more global – possessing experts who cater to a diversity of patients. A good thing then.

Food & Drinks

Endives Overload

For brunch today, I had two big helpings of endive soup, which I made yesterday. Damn, there is still so much left in the pot…

This morning, D and I harvested five plants which were starting to bolt. I cleaned these up and stored them in the refrigerator to stop any further growth. That being done, we still have more than 20 plants which will be ready for consumption by end of this week! Either we eat witloof till they flow out of our ears or we seriously have to find ways to give them away!

Belgium, Creative Business, Simplify

January Sales – Part One

Instead of piling everything on this coming Shopping Sunday, I have decided to do part of the Kortrijk city winter walk and January sales this afternoon. D and I were able to take our time and enjoy these activities at a slower and less stressful pace.

After Kortrijk, we went to Lokaal to do some grocery for the weekend. We met a few people whom we know and thus spent some time with them drinking, chatting and laughing.

In the evening when we got home, I quickly cook up a chicken curry and rice dinner.

Food & Drinks, Simplify

Pie Time

It is the second day of the new year and I am already actively not wasting food. First, I took the two apples that have been sitting in my fruit basket on the kitchen counter for a couple of weeks. Then, I went to get one more apple from the batch which I am storing in the garden shed. With some sugar, butter, eggs, and a store-bought puff pastry that will be expiring tomorrow, I made a simple apple pie by lunch time.

New year, new pie, less waste.

Food & Drinks


I got a whole pumpkin from the mother-in-law yesterday. That thing must weigh more than 5kg if not borderline 10kg.

As soon as I carve into this beautiful orange thing, it shall be pumpkin-everthing for weeks on end…

Creative Business, Jibber Jabber

Backup Plans

D and I have until next Monday to complete our New Year’s gifts purchases. But since neither of us like last minute shopping stress, we decided calmly what to buy and which store to go to this afternoon.

Before leaving the house, I casually did a search for alternative stores. Just in case. Well thank my lucky stars I did! One of the stores we needed to go to was close for Christmas holidays. Score one for backup plans.

Health, Simplify

A Healthy Pace

A lot of people experience the accomplishment complex during the end of the year. Most of us have sadly ended up procrastinating over the grand plans and wishes we have made in the beginning of the year, and now feeling extremely guilty for being an underachiever.

Not me man… I have learned from the flu of 2018. From now till New Year’s Day, I shall pace myself and not overdo anything. Life is too short to be running around like a headless chicken and jeopardizing my precious health. Saying no, delaying things and taking baby steps are the way to go…