Going out today for some shopping.
First i went to the Gimsel. I was curious about an alternative for cleaning my ears and for non plastic waste bags. Someone was filling the rows in the health and skin care area, i asked her about it. She showed me a liquid ear cleaner and an ear candle. Both were really not to my liking. I did get compostable waste bags. Small ones. Since i have not that much litter anymore, i can do with this small bag for a week or two, three. My plastic goes in the plastic container, paper in the paper one, glass in the glass one, and vegetable and catty litter stuff goes in the compost heap. Such a great difference with a year ago!
I went to the Albert Heijn next. Full milk for my oatmeal porridge, old cheese with a bonus, eco toilet paper and six tins of cat food.
I’m gonna make me a rye sandwich with some cheese with mustard next. Yum!
Published on February 9, 2017 at 6:00 by Ellen
Market day. I went to my Turkish kebab place and told Beker (I hope i’m writing this correct!) about my diabetes and that i shouldn’t eat a sandwich kebab anymore. He gave me a cup of red lentil soup. Yum!
I felt different while i walked to the market. A bit like a blanket was wrapped all around me. A bit fuzzy. I did smile to people whose looks i caught. But that was it. It is cold. Wet. Grey.
I am reading the I Ching book. The middle part, not the hexagrams itself. Information about the structure of the book, the connection with the world. It is very far from our scientific world with its mathematics and chemistry. Some thoughts in the I Ching are so far gone. Forgotten. We don’t get water from a well anymore. We simply open the tab and it comes out. Clean and clear.
This is it for today. A muddled day. A befuddled day.
Published on February 8, 2017 at 6:00 by Ellen
I felt so tired today. I didn’t go out and do some shopping. I slept on the couch. I watched tv. I read a bit.
Yesterday i felt tired as well. But i did need to go out for appointments with the doctor and the dietician. The past three weeks i have been minimizing my carbohydrates. And that works! My glucose i measure each evening is going down. So i’m keeping my carbs down. It does feel a bit painful. I like cookies. I like sweet things. And that is a no go area for me. Terrible. I will try to loose a bit of weight as well. That should help keeping my diabetes in check. So yes, on the whole i’m happy with this result. Even though i will miss the cookies. 🙁
I did get some ideas for new posts, i’m happy to say. About books. Like the I Ching. And the book about Gödel, Escher and Bach i bought in 1985. And the book from Walter J. Ong, Orality and Literacy. I love that book. I borrowed it from the library a couple of times in the 90s. And finally i bought it. I might even go into Wittgenstein, Levinas, Heidegger. Will be a long time though. I do need to read the books first, and those books are difficult.
I also have a new assignment starting halfway next week. I’m happy with that. It is a design job, working on a print book. Good one. Truly happy with that.
So. I hope you will have a good weekend. Enjoy yourself. Watch some movies. Listen to some music. Have dinner with friends. Or on your own. Make a walk. Or two walks. Smile. Be happy.
Published on February 3, 2017 at 6:00 by Ellen
The past few days i’ve been tired. I also noticed a bit of a sore throat in the morning. Today it is a bit worse. I still have a sore throat. And yes, i’m still tired. A bit light headed.
I did do a bit of work. But i need more time before i can publish it. So i’m giving myself the day of.
Hopefully i’ll feel better soon!
It is the next morning now. This morning i woke up with hardly a voice. It is better now, and i do feel a bit better, but still a bit slower than usual.
I am thinking. Not any philosophical thinking, but yes, the simple questions.
How is it that we all come into being on this earth and make this story continue, all together. We are all born by chance. We grab onto life, well most of us anyway. We love our love. Well most of us anyway.
Published on January 24, 2017 at 6:00 by Ellen
Yep, i’m working. It is taking up most of my time. I did go to the market today, during lunchtime. Talked to an old lady for a bit. Bought some vegetables, some ramen and tofu.
Tomorrow i am going to my mum.
So thinking about making a post over the past few days is taking a downturn. I am making a bit of money now though, that is a good thing. Good until the end of the year at least.
For today, i’m keeping it with this simple post.
Enjoy your day!
Published on November 16, 2016 at 6:00 by Ellen
A lazy day today.
I did make pancakes this morning. Pannenkoeken. With this recipe: Pannenkoeken zoals het hoort (Dutch only).
- 2 cups flour / 220 gram – i used spelt flour
- 2 cups / 500 ml buttermilk
- 2 -3 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons molted butter
I did put the flour and the milk together yesterday and let is soak for more than twelve hours. This morning i added the eggs, salt and butter. I baked the pancakes next. Not as thick as American pancakes, but with the buttermilk a bit thicker than usual for Dutch pancakes. And this evening i baked some more! With apple and bacon and maple syrup. Great!
I also went into town this afternoon. I was a bit dreamy. I did go to Lush to get a soap. I checked at home and saw that that was the next thing i would need. First i did go through the shop and looked at all these things. It was busy. The smell was a bit overwhelming. Finally i did ask someone to help me with picking a soap. Lots of oil, not too heavy a smell. She suggested two soaps, one from the Christmas collection and one called Sultana of Soap. I bought 98 grams of this soap. It does feel very fatty. Good.
I do feel tired. Gonna lie on my couch, watch the Great British Menu and the Great British Bake Off, one after the other. Yay 🙂
56. Lü / The Wanderer
The mountain, Kên, stands still; above it fire, Li, flames up and does not tarry. Therefore the two trigrams do not stay together. Strange lands and separation are the wanderer’s lot. When a man is a wanderer and stranger, he should not be gruff nor overbearing. He has no large circle of acquaintances, therefore he should not give himself airs. He must be cautious and reserved; in this way he protects himself from evil. If he is obliging toward others, he wins success.
The Wanderer. Success through smallness.
Perseverence brings good fortune
To the wanderer.
A wanderer has no fixed abode; his home is the road. Therefore he must take care to remain upright and steadfast, so that he sojourns only in the proper places, associating only with good people. Then he has good fortune and can go his way unmolested.
Fire on the mountain:
The image of THE WANDERER.
Thus the superior man
Is clear-minded and cautious
In imposing penalties,
And protracts no lawsuits.
When grass on a mountain takes fire, there is bright light. However, the fire does not linger in one place, but travels on to new fuel. It is a phenomenon of short duration. This is what penalties and lawsuits should be like. They should be a quickly passing matter, and must not be dragged out indefinitely. Prisons ought to be places where people are lodged only temporarily, as guests are. They must not become dwelling places.
I had this sign many times before. And even though i haven’t moved places, at all, i have only lived in three houses in my entire life, i still feel connected with this sign.
I am working on a Scritti song. But the video is taking a bit longer than i anticipated. I do expect this video to be online somewhere next week.
Enjoy your weekend. I wish you peace and quiet.
Published on October 14, 2016 at 6:00 by Ellen
Yesterday was a busy day. Apart from writing the Scritti Politti post i also had some family affair going on. Not something i want to talk about here.
I feel really tired now. My mind is turning in tiny circles. So yes, i give myself a day off.
Published on October 12, 2016 at 6:00 by Ellen