Events, Food & Drinks

Easter Barbecue 2022

The family is gathering at the parents for a barbecue to celebrate Easter.

As usual, there were too much food. And as usual, I ended up packing away the leftovers which I will consume in the next few days.

Since the parents did not bother to put up the umbrella this year, both D and I got sun-burned. The pandemic has made me a bit stupid. I should have known better than to have sit in the sun like that…

Business & Creativity, Events, Numbers


An invasion of a sovereign nation started today.

Despite my outrage and sadness in this matter, I have cool-headedly moved some funds around as strategic precaution.

I cannot foresee how this conflict is going to affect and disrupt the global banking system. Better safe than sorry!

Business & Creativity, Events

Valentine’s Day

Roses are lovely flowers. On Valentine’s Day, they become ridiculously overpriced and overrated. Besides, I really do prefer them alive, still attached to their mother plants and enjoying the sun. 😉

Now that I mentioned the sun, my buy order of a German solar-park shares just got fulfilled this morning. Research shows that renewable energies will be good long term investments. Let’s hope so.

Events, Numbers


A year older today.

The chilly but sunny day is an ideal moment for a peaceful walk. First, I went to the baker to buy a loaf bread, and then to the grocery store to exchange some of my loyalty points for a free mango.

Yesterday, I bought some Belgian shares as a birthday gift to myself. 🙂


Celebrating 2022

Yesterday, on the first of January, D and I showed up at the parents, all dressed up and bearing gifts for the family gathering on New Year’s Day. We were met at the door by parents who were still in their pyjamas. What the heck?! We were then told that the family gathering had been moved to the 2nd. Duh, I was never informed. So, D and I stayed for a celebratory drink, and then ended up having a simple (free) lunch with the parents. It was New Year’s Day after all. 😛

So today, we repeat. Not bothering myself with trying on another possible outfit, I just wore the same thing. Gifts were already under the tree 24 hours ago, so we went empty handed. As with most family gatherings, it was a busy event with too much food, plenty of drinks and noisy chitter chatters.

This year’s only exception was that we had a family photo taken at the back yard. When the others left, D and I stayed back for an hour or two, helping with some of the cleaning up and then drinking a beer peacefully with the parents.

We went home with gifts we got from our Secret Santas, and leftovers that will take me a couple of days to deal with.

Happy healthy 2022!

Events, Flashbacks

Farewell 2021!

By now, everyone I know has been vaccinated. The occasional social gatherings took place. Harelbeke city festival was a success. There is a self-dug pond (with plants and fishes) in our backyard, with the surprise presence of froggy during the summer months. We also have a family of house sparrows that eat out of our never-empty bird feeders. There were overall improvements in our lives. Despite the pandemic and my postponed travels, 2021 has been a fairly good year.

Bye bye 2021. Let us make 2022 an even better year!

Events, Food & Drinks

Christmas Eve 2021

D’s parents came over to our house to celebrate Christmas Eve 2021 with us. The restaurant takeaway dishes only needed to be heated up and plated accordingly. The photo shown here is the impressive and delicious second course. Christmas Eve meal was wonderful!