Events, Food & Drinks, Health

Lent & Valentine

Today is Ash Wednesday. It is also Valentine’s Day.

February’s Tournée Minérale is ongoing. I have even started that a week earlier, in January. As of today, I will also try to avoid meat on Wednesdays and Fridays for the entire lent season.

Cutting down on alcohol and meat is good for my health, the food budget, and the environment. Win, win and win!

Food & Drinks, Health

Kiwifruit Experiment

Recently, I have been introducing the kiwifruit into my daily diet. I want to know if the fruit will actually be able to improve my sleep. This is part of the process of current-me taking care of my future-self.

It has been more than a week since I started this kiwifruit-for-better-sleep experiment. I think I have been sleeping better, but cannot make any specific conclusions as of now. I am still at the early stage of this ‘food first’ solution.

We shall see in a few weeks from now.

Flashbacks, Health

Booster Effects?

Two years ago today, I got my first COVID-19 booster shot.

Yesterday, D and I went for our 2023 winter booster shot at a pharmacy. This morning, I woke up early due to a light headache and tightness in my chest. Right now, my body is aching all over.

Unpleasant side effects mean that the vaccine is effective, and that I am building up antibodies.

It is either that, or I caught the bug from the shopping malls crowds!

Health, Human Nature


Dementia is the general name for a decline in cognitive abilities that impacts a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. This typically involves problems with memory, thinking, and behaviour. Aside from memory impairment and a disruption in thought patterns, the most common symptoms include emotional problems, difficulties with language, and decreased motivation.

Source: Wikipedia

Health, Simplify

Monday Walk

Today after lunch, I took a walk to the library, the post office, and the grocery store.

First, I walked to the library to return a graphic novel. Then, I went to the post office to send off an envelope, participating in the population screening for colorectal cancer. Lastly, I stopped by the grocery store for a few items.

Getting things done and some light exercise at the same time.

Belgium, Health, Jibber Jabber, Travels

Last Day Of June

Today, I have a dental appointment at 2.25 in the afternoon. D suggested biking there, he will accompany me. My front tire was flat when I pushed the bike out of the shed. It was promptly fixed, and we were on our way to Kortrijk in no time.

We were only about a third of the journey when my tire started to loose air quickly. Damn, cycling with a half-deflated front tire was a struggle I never want to experience again. Fortunately, even though I was about ten minutes late to the check-up, I was asked to wait because the dentist was still occupied with the patient before me. That gave me some much needed time to cool down and sweat it out in the waiting area. 😛

While I was getting my teeth checked and cleaned, D was off to look for a pump, in which he found at a café a block away. When I walked out of the clinic, my bike tire was pumped but started to deflate again.

We went back to the café for the pump, but the tire was no longer fixable at this point. So, I pushed the bike to a park a few blocks away, and waited, while D biked home to get the car.

All is well in the end. But what a day this has been. The last day of the month, my teeth were cleaned and I have one flat bike tire.


Off The Charts

Grass pollen count has been at all time high these days. Today, it is off the charts!

The reason why I am not sneezing and blowing my nose like crazy right now, is because I have taken an allergy pill twelve hours ago…

I woke up at 2 o’clock in the morning with eyelids that were partially glued together by eye snot. I got up, splashed my eyes with water, noticed that they were swollen and bloodshot, and went back to bed. At three o’clock, I was woken up by a mosquito bite on my arm. Once again, my eye lids were partially glued together, my nose was annoying the heck out of me, and it was warm despite having three ice babies in bed. Argh!

I gave up. I chose the easy way out. I took an allergy pill. There goes my objective of not relying on allergy medicine this year. Well, at least I am not suffering now. Maybe I will pass out in the sofa this evening, maybe not. We shall see. Eyes are still swollen. Good grief!

Health, Jibber Jabber, Travels

Tuesday Walk Resumed

This afternoon, D and I left the house together. D cycled to his hair salon appointment, whereas I did my errand walk.

My first stop was to the ATM to withdraw cash. Then, I went to the pharmacy to enquire about evaporated COVID-19 self-test kit. I got a vial of test liquid for free.

My next stop was the library. I have not been here for a while, and I missed it. After a few minutes of browsing, I left the library with three graphic novels.

The final errand of this afternoon was to the grocery store, to take advantage of some promotions.

It is such a luxury to live within safe and comfortable walking distance to all the above mentioned places.

Food & Drinks, Health, Jibber Jabber, Numbers

Intermittent Fasting

This morning, D and I went to the container park (recycling park) to get rid of the styrofoam that came with the new television. We also got rid of an old water filter, a broken shaver, and a bag of garden trimmings. I almost ‘recycled away’ a new LED tube. Yikes!

We then went to a local butcher to load up on our carnivorous cravings. Meat for the weeks ahead. Right now, eighty percent of this purchase is already in the freezer.

Today’s lunch was a simple home-made pizza, put together using a dough I made and froze a month ago. I do think that the yeast would have woken up more, giving me a more bread-like pizza crust, if I would have left it out longer at room temperature. An experiment worth repeating.

Now that Lent is over, I will no longer be having meatless Wednesdays and Fridays. Instead, I am going to try out a milder and adjusted form of 16:8 intermittent fasting. I do not eat breakfasts anyway. So now, I just have to stop myself from snacking after half past eight in the evening. Good protein intake is essential when practising intermittent fasting at my age, hence the visit to the butcher was sort of a win-win step?

In life’s long journey, tedious or otherwise, one needs to do the occasional and necessary course corrections.