Showing posts from April, 2017

so grateful for the simple things in life

This past Sunday was the warmest day of the year so far in London. Temperatures reached up to 23 degrees Celsius in my part. Being a weekend day, most people made the most of it. I always say that 18 degrees feels warmer in Spring than it does in Autumn. It's a relativity thing.
Having just moved away from the very urban inner-city into serenity, I spent the day taking a break from renovations and connecting with my inner pensioner afew decades early :)

Good Lord! There are some simple life pleasures you miss out on while living caged up in those city boxes. Many of these come from having your own private garden. Simple things like airing your laundry on a clothes line outside in the sun. Simple things like a nice cup of tea in the warm breeze while watching robins, squirrels and the neighbours cat take turns landing on your freshly cut grass.
On Sunday I was very grateful for these simple things.

this never used to happen

It happened on a flight from London, England to the Canary Island of Lanzarote. I didn't notice the behaviour on takeoff. Perhaps I was too distracted. On the way down in Lanzarote I noticed people didn't only not turn off their devices, the guy next to me didn't go on airplane mode either. There was the generic 'turn off your electronics' announcement, but the flight attendant that came around to ensure we had our seatbelts on didn't seem too bothered by the fact that this guy appeared to be on Facebook!
Then I looked out the window, and there it was; another airplane! Right there! Almost next to us. It was a little disturbing, but I trusted the pilots knew what they were doing. I hoped rather. 
It goes without saying that nothing catastrophic happened - quite the opposite actually.  A smoother than normal landing, yes, with people listening to music, checking Facebook and so on.
I'm not sure when it happened, but someone flipped a switch and suddenly all…

letting go of the past

I've had to let go of a lot of things lately. While renovating my place this spring, I took a long look at many items I'd be hoarding for years and decided to break the emotional link with them. It has been hard, but very liberating. Finally I have the room for that creative working space I've been dreaming about for ages.
For some reason, I'd also been holding on to a few things that didn't make any sense. I had been paying for Internet access in multiple ways. Like many people nowadays I love and rely on the Internet. I, however, have been on the Internet for a long, long time, since before it was a thing. Back then, you had to take special measures to get fast, reliable connections from home. I found that I had been holding on to some of these old ways of thinking about the Internet and technology in general. I had accumulated a lot of obsolete technology that though still worked, were now either unnecessary or inefficient. Those had to go.
Another good example…