Kitty sitter

Hello World! Soon, very soon, we’ll have a new year with new opportunities, and new possibilities! It’s wonderful, isn’t it?

Me, for example, am now being kitty sitter for a couple of weeks. My youngest daughter and her family will spend some time in Spain, and there celebrate the new year with her parents in Law.

She’s adorable! The kitty I mean. (As well as my Daughter.) Her name is Hopi and she is a Devon Rex. Quite petite, and not quite typical for a Devon Rex cat. (And still a bit overweight.)

She has never been here in my flat before, and it was quite a funny sight when she crawled out of her traveling-box and held a reeeeally low profile – and soon found my bed under where she found a safe place for the time being.

Though soon enough she was lured out of that dark corner and started to investigate my flat. It was quite fun to see her, elegantly tripping around with her big eyes, ears pointing upwards and the tip of the straight-up tail gently moving back and forth. And she was inspecting everything, everywhere!

DaughterL stayed the night to make her feel comfortable, left today after breakfast, and now it seems that Hopi finds herself quite like at home. And hopefully, tonight she will spend the night on the sofa instead of under the bed.

Just the day before Christmas

And everyone is rushing around in stores, buying… buying… and buying…

… except me. 😀

Well! I did buy eggs, fruit and veggies in a smaller facility. That went well. But, on my way home, I passed a large food + other stuff store and it was more or less chaos on the parking place and the streets passing it.

That is – for sure – not my cup o’ tea. Or coffee…

Been working…

At least the sofa is in one piece now, not twelve! It took me some time to assemble it, but I’m quite proud of doing it all by myself.

Some time after I had begun doing this, I realized I probably had bought a way too big sofa. Talk about being limited in where to place it! After all, my flat is a small one. Though it is a fairly big small flat. (If you didn’t get this at once, don’t bother to figure it out. It isn’t that important.)

Now there is a lot of plastic and cardboard wrapping all around here, which I have to carry to the garbage room. But not now. Now, I’m really tired and it’s already dark outside. The shortest and darkest day of the year. Tomorrow, I read somewhere, there will be a full moon. (Everywhere around the globe?)

Though I guess it will still be cloudy tomorrow… anyway…

Actually! The walls in my flat aren’t yellow at all. But due to the oncoming dusk, the photo-walls became a bit yellowish. But instead of trying to make them look whiter, I enhanced the yellow with a lens-flair filter and added a bit of glitter as well. After all! In only a couple of days, Christmas Eve is here.

Not long ago…

I was thinking that nothing ever happens in my life! Nothing but the most ordinary. I must be the dullest person imaginable. How on earth will I be able to blog! What do I have to write about?

THEN! SUDDENLY!

Nothing spectacular. I’m not traveling, other than to the neighborly city with my grandson. To and fro. Most weekdays. That’s nice! I like that! He’s a wonderful young man!

Drove my eldest daughter to the same city. To the hospital for a gallbladder operation. That was Tuesday morning, and I drove her home Wednesday afternoon. And I had no trouble with her ongoing self-pity… I couldn’t care less, actually, she’s always like that. Dwelling in negativity. Emotionally manipulating. And I don’t respond to such behavior any longer. Thank goodness!

Mixing all this driving hither and dither like a… a… taxi driver? (But with no income connected to it. Though I can use the car meanwhile…)
Well! The whole thing is kind of cool!

I haven’t written any novel nor even a short story. Not been taking photos – well, almost not – nor coloring anything. Not lately…
Haven’t suddenly become famous for something, nor have won any lottery. Just done very ordinary…  very common… just… things!  All the time.

BUT! I’ve begun to read again! Chose “The Vampire Lestat” by Anne Rice. She’s one of my favorite authors and I enjoy the reading very much.
And I began to go to the Gym again today, haven’t been there for like 6 weeks or so. That felt really good. Then biked to Ikea and bought curtains to the two remaining windows.
Felt really good to bike.

I love my flat, my life, my “not-doing anything-particular”
Yet I do something…
Every day… almost.

Just nothing spectacular…
But – I don’t mind!


And today came the sofa and the coffee table. IKEA. Typically. Do It Yourself.
Doing this myself – that’s spectacular!

Twelve pieces for the sofa, one for the table…

So far I’ve assembled the coffee table. Always something…
Now I’m blogging and soon I’ll be eating some kind of omelet.
I thought I would go vegan…

I didn’t think it would be this big…

And I’ve promised myself not to bother about the past any longer. Not even talk, write or think about the move… I’m here now.

And I really do love it!

Freedom

Soooo… I’ve quoted myself here.
And there is – I guess – nothing more to say!

For the moment… 😉

Finally a green day

There is a piece of paper here somewhere, which upon I wrote a list of things to do. I can’t find it. But there are things I remember to do anyway, with no need for a list. At least I thought so. Like shopping…

Yesterday evening, the dullest fridge ever…

An old, lonely carrot, two small potatoes, two sad parsnips, half an eggplant, some fried leftover falafels, a pack of dates… Not much more.

Had two bananas as well, but I never put bananas in the fridge.

 

Today after breakfast and some shopping for necessities…

Much better, isn’t it? And yet I forgot a whole bunch of greens. Like potatoes, squash, sweet potato, maybe cauliflower?… some other fruit?

Added to that, this store is really good. Lots of fresh greens every day, and at a reasonable cost. They have some soy products, but not soy cream, nor the kind of oat milk or soy milk I prefer.

So I guess I’ll have to go elsewhere to do some more shopping soon. And then. don’t forget the remaining groceries I also need.

Today’s lunch then, was a couple of eggs mixed and fried with sliced mushrooms, onion and a clove of garlic. Added also three spoonfuls of polenta, to something more or less like an omelet-pancake. Eaten with hastily hot-pan fried broccoli, plum tomatoes and slices of sweet red pepper.

Oh, it tasted really good with a proper meal again. But at that time of day, I was so hungry I forgot about the fresh mixed salad greens I also had bought.

Goodness gracious me!

I did it! And survived!

Not literally in any real danger though! Oh no! But if the move didn’t take a lot of strength on me, so did the cleaning afterward. Can only say I’m grateful I did what I did before the actual move this Friday. I was really tired that afternoon and evening. But also very happy and satisfied.

Bye, bye the old!

Saturday I walked back to the old apartment to fetch my bike. There ware also some smaller items, besides the cleaning utilities, that I packed on the bike. Amazing how much that was after all! Not to burden my bike with my weight as well, I walked home with the bike. Not far at all. Only 1,3 kilometers in each direction.

The rest of the day I spent in bed on a warming pad. Well not the entire day, later in the afternoon I did unpack some of the boxes. But on the whole, Saturday was a very restful and sleepy day. And I ached all over.

Sunday was the second day. Every time I do more of some physical activity than I’m used to, the second day is the worst. Muscle pain, stiffness… I guess you know about that.

Monday, Tuesday and today I’ve been cleaning. And all of this has really been an achievement. Doing this with a fibromyalgia diagnosis IS an achievement, and I’m proud of myself finishing it off!  Some cleaning, though, I did during the two weeks before the move, did little by little what I could do in beforehand. Then the remaining “curse”  during these three last days. (It was quite an awful task, actually… wanted to just leave and don’t bother.)
I think the hands are the most pain-ridden part of me now, even though the lower back and below, really needed the warming pad when I finally got home. Also needed a long nap.

Temporary “curtains” in the bed-compartment behind the book-shelf

Now, Wednesday evening, I feel very relieved and relaxed! This whole thing is almost, entirely over! Friday morning at 10 AM there will be the inspection of the old flat, and I’ll hand over the keys to the next renter. Then I’ll probably never even think of that flat again. Well, maybe. But never deeply.

I really do prefer the British word “flat” instead of “apartment”. It’s shorter…
But I guess Grammarly will protest! Though… I couldn’t care less about that.

Now then! What happens next?
Well! Next Thursday, in a week, my new sofa and coffee-table will be delivered. Tomorrow I’m supposed to have the car all day, so I’ll take the opportunity to get to Ikea by car, to buy some curtains and curtain rails. Now when the old flat is fixed and gone, I can spend time making this flat a wonderful place of my own.

Oh! Of course! It is already wonderful! I love it and feel very comfortable! here! Even before sofa, coffee-table and curtains.

Hello, the New!

Oooops! Grammarly didn’t mind “flat” after all, and did not complain about commas, neither missing nor at the wrong place… hm… 😉

The secret of Life