Some Winter Gardening

I just did some gardening! Ah, I feel wonderfully rejuvenated!

Gardening, I hear you ask? In what sort of tropical country do you live? Yes, you are right. It’s supposed to be winter in little Belgium. And according to common traditional beliefs, it’s supposed to be a cold one. (That is, the walnut trees are having exceptionally many walnuts. Apparently that means winter is gonna be extra wintery.) But not so far. Usually around this time of year you might just start hoping for a little bit of snow. We don’t always get snow. Sometimes it’s just a winter of sleet. But now it’s 10 degrees in the sun. I’m not complaining.

You see, I love winter. I’ve told you this before. But I miss being outside. I know some coldness shouldn’t stop me from exploring, but combined with a sore foot (went to a specialist today, still don’t really know what’s going on, but all the rest has been paying off, it’s slowly starting to get better), the wind and rain does tend to keep me inside.

But today it’s sunny! And I’m working from home. And the boyfriend is home as well. So while he was mowing the lawn, I trimmed this hedgethingy to make place for our Christmas tree. After the holidays, we want to plant it in the garden and hopefully dig it back up for next year. I love having a real tree in the house, the smell of it, the prickly branches, the wonderful colours. But it’s not the nicest decoration for the environment and I do like to do my part in living more ecological and environment friendly. And I think recycling your Christmas tree a few years in a row is definitely a step in the right direction.

But that’s not what I wanted to talk about. I got distracted again. I merely wanted to tell you about the wonderful feeling of sunshine you might still vaguely remember from last summer. (For the southerners amongst you: oh well.)

It’s insane how amazing you feel after a good dose of vitamin D. In winter even more than in summer, I’d dare say! The air is so wonderful fresh and with every breath you take you feel like you are being reborn into a happier version of yourself. Yes. I remember now. This is another one of the reasons why I like winter. The freshness.

Good Ol’ Snow, maybe hold off on visiting us a little bit longer? I am very much looking forward to seeing you again, don’t get me wrong, but for now I am happy with the sun, thank you very much!


The Perfect Break From Work: Digital Drawing

Working from home is the best! I have so much more energy, I spend less hours working but get so much more done. And in between work, I have time for fun stuff and I actually manage to enjoy myself! As I told you in my previous posts, this is all quite new to me. I’ve never been very good at working from home. I guess it also helps I have a few more immediate deadlines and some new goals that aren’t too far away.

But anyways, I just wanted to share with you something I managed to do in my spare time. You see, I used to love drawing and painting. Not just with pencil drawing up shapes, for me it’s the colours that do it. But I’m not particularly talented and mostly quite inspirationless. So I don’t want to spend all my expensive paint on just a weird idea. I have this old tablet that used to be my best friend while travelling and now sort of moved to the bottom of the cupboard, but it has this awesome Note application. With the little pen that came with it, you can pick different drawing styles (I always go for pencil because you can blend in the colours quite well, just like with the painting style I like using) and a huge variety of colours. And for someone as untalented ad me, the Eraser and Undo functions come in massively handy.

Since it is winter time, I got my inspiration of a Christmas card. Here’s the result! I’m quite proud of it really, I might just try it out with my paints!

But first I’ll do a little bit more work. I’m on fire today!

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Life With a Dodgy Foot

I have the most annoying thing going on! Something’s wrong with my foot! What, you ask? I don’t know, neither does the doctor! I’m scheduled in with a specialist next week, but until then I have to keep struggling on. It’s been like this for a week now and it’s driving me crazy.

My daily commute has gone from the struggle it already is to a painful disaster.

I can’t go anywhere because both walking and cycling hurt (and I don’t have a car).

But the worst part, I can’t go hiking, or running, or work out at the gym, or go kickboxing. (It’s not really kickboxing in the fighting sense, it’s more like an hour-long workout focusing both on muscles and cardio by means of kicking and hitting a bag, and it’s my favourite way of working out. But quite likely also the cause of the foot problem, since it started after my last session last week.)

Even though I haven’t been working out as much as I used to, one whole week without anything is just too long! So I think I might take my yoga back up. Only do exercises that leave the foot alone, there’s plenty of yoga to do while sitting or lying on the floor, right? Maybe I’ll mix it with some Pilates as well, get the muscles going. But it’s been a while; I don’t really remember the exercises, let alone a decent 1-hour routine. I guess I’ll be trying some YouTube stuff. Let me know if you know any good Yoga Sessions online! Or any other easy work outs from home that don’t need feet?