Archive for the ‘Lifestyle’ Category

Growing Intentions

17/04/2020

Tending to some the herbs from in the garden… all were gifted by friends. I am so glad they havent died on me! That is because they came with instructions on the care needed, and I have worked to ensure they are followed…

Reminds me of Colossians 2:6,7 “As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built and built up in Him, established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding with thanksgiving”

Yes we need to be intentional to continue growing well.

Paint and Ponder

09/04/2020

Climbing up and down the ladder to get to all the nooks and crannies.

The ceiling in my house is high. Higher than most houses. I had to purchase a taller than usual ladder to reach the ceiling fans. Imagine having to paint those walls! And the ceilings! Just as well I didnt have bouts of vertigo! So glad that I was fit enough to do this! And most of all, that I enjoyed it despite the aches after.

With such thankfulness, as I reached up to paint the top of the walls, It crossed my mind  – Why am I not using the right tools? Shouldn’t I put an extension on my paint brush or roller instead? I realised that the post-painting session pains in my shoulder could have be lessened had I taken the extra steps to be more prepared. Instead of thinking beforehand, preparing in advance, and thereby using the right methods which could possibly ended up with a quicker and with a more comfortable conclusion, I rushed headlong and just did it… In this case, lesson learned – shortcuts don’t work without having some fore-planning. Just do it – put some though to it!

Painting Preps and Flaky Friends

01/04/2020

As with any project, there should be some preparatory work. Ground work is needed. Planning ensures smoothing out of potential bumps.

It is no different for our painting project. Old flaky paint needs to be removed.Sometimes I think that flaky relationships ought to be removed from our lives too… Just saying! Haha!

Lockdown Menu – Homemade Goodies

21/03/2020

Fourteen days of food to have to think about. For some it is just too daunting. They would rather have instant noodles daily… until the ingestion of this menu ends in hospitalisation!Whilst I love noodles, I still prefer variety.

I also enjoy simple meals. One simple one is a slice of home-made bread. I make this weekly. Packed with the goodies I like, like chia seeds, sunflower seeds, orange peel… Healthy stuff!

Then add some home-made mulberry jam… low sugar, perfect consistency, no additives. Always satisfying!

What about you? Any suggestions for menu during lockdown?

Soapy Solutions

20/03/2020

When you are living under government controlled movement order, working from home can require major adjustments.

Thankful for Hubby who is a whizz at experimenting and doing new things.

Here he is, making soap! Such an apt activity at this time. Each batch takes a month to cure, but already this one already looks good! Most are fragrance-free because our son prefers that. Three have my preferred and experimental scents added in. I’m already looking forward to the end of the month when I can try them out!

 

So how are YOU spending your time these days?

 

In All Circumstances

19/03/2020

Integrity When No One Sees

18/03/2020

The virus has come to my nation, spreading itself speedily. To try and slow down the spread, a fortnight of restricted movement has begun. At the start of these two weeks, I am reminded to live (walk) in the midst of our abodes (within my house) with simplicity, uprightness, integrity, and from the inside out. That our conduct shown in our emotions, passions, is that of courage and boldness (perfect heart)

Start as we mean to continue, and number our days well.

BOLDness in Uncertain Times

15/03/2020

Panic buying. Empty shelves. Rise in racism. Heightened fears. Selfishness and selflessness being displayed. True colours being exhibited. Our hearts are so deceitful, we can fool ourselves.

More bad news than good news… but nothing new about that!

These are the times we live in right now. No place will be spared. It will get worse before it gets better.But it is not all doom and gloom. We have been warned of these increasing and impending calamities, disasters.

Hence this facebook post contains a timely message of hope. But more than that, it realigns perspective. For more, check this site and take courage, be wise, be emboldened.

Strategy for Stiff Shoulders

10/03/2020

When Hubby stood with his back to the wall (literally) he couldn’t raise his arms up. In fact he couldn’t even lift them past 45 degrees. After years of being hunched over a desk, his shoulders and back were THAT tight and stiff.

We started going to a fitness centre a few years ago. This centre, Avakas Fitness is known for strength and conditioning. “Avakas”, in the local language means strength. Their trained coaches will put you through tailor-made, low impact, full body yet targeted workouts. For a minimal fee, each session lasts an hour. The strategic, guided exercises and movements are rarely repeated. Their knowledge of the human body’s anatomy is amazing!

Coach will watch to ensure that you don’t do the exercise wrongly – a straight leg versus a bent knee while working the arms means that a different part of the body is being worked. Often, despite having up to 10 different people working out doing 10 different activities, Coach’s eagle eyes can spot when you are taking a little longer than you should… so we don’t try to cheat (ourselves)!

Oh what improvement we have seen! I have not only grown stronger – I am more flexible. And just take a look at Hubby! He can raise his elbows to shoulder level! 
P.S. It isn’t that bad! He was already done with his workout and doing some stretching when Coach decided to give him a hand.
We look forward to our next session soon…

Plant Pineapples to Get Pineapples

05/03/2020

With a big garden, we have ample space for good planting. The  fertile soil yields much – this is the latest fruit. Sweet, juicy. Can  be eaten as is or cooked. Yum!

Reminds me of a talk I heard recently. The speaker said the obvious – If I plant mango seeds, I will have mango fruits. If I plant pineapple, I will reap pineapple fruits. Galatians 6:7 A man reaps what he sows….”