Sunday thoughts

Lately, I got a pause from the workout routine and from the house chores, because I simply felt the need to do so. It’s only for this weekend, but I collapsed and lost all my energy. My entire body hurts and I got muscle soreness from all the training and house chores.

Plus, I started to feel like a cold is getting me again after the Friday grocery session. I got so used to being sick and to be honest, I am tired of trying to comfort myself, drinking tea, and stuffing myself with over the counter medicines. I just want to escape this cold that keeps reappearing over and over again.

Today, I rebelled. After my work schedule I opened a cold bottle of non-alcoholic raspberry beer, and enjoyed a nice spoon of vanilla-strawberry ice cream. And Dem, it was delicious! 😌

Then, I went in the balcony, looked and the blue sky, immersed in the sun rays. Opened out wide the windows and took a deep breath of the half polluted air. I heard the kids yelling with joy in the park, saw the still green trees, the people.

I took some time for myself after the work schedule, had a hot bath, enjoyed a good face mask, and simply relaxed. Closed my eyes and listened to piano music.

If I am not going to enjoy the things that I like now, when I am young, then when? I will probably hate being an old grumpy lady, blaming everything that she did not have the courage to do in the early years of life. I am not like that.

I am tired of running away from this cold, missing what I like. If it is to get me, then let it get me, I am not going to run away again. I am going to face it.

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A few words

At some point, everybody is getting tired of the quarantine, old people, young people. We are all advised to follow the regulations and stay at home, stay safe. But until when? It’s okay to get out, but in the limits of the regulations.

I used to judge the old people, the kids, thinking about why are they going out in the open space when all the rules advise them not to do it?

As an old person, in your last years of life, you may think this could be the last time. The last breath that you are going to take, the last time when you enjoy the sunburn, the last time when you can barely hear the noise.

As a younger person, you would like to get out, to play, to discover and explore. The tiny apartments with small colored walls can’t be the only universe you live within. You would like to go out and play in the wide-open, to enjoy the world.

I believe it’s better for all of us, to stop being judgmental. The reasons that might appear dumb to most of us might mean the world to other persons, even if they are not the wisest ones out there.

We need to learn from this experience and get the good things out of it. If we always keep our minds focused on the media, the ongoing news, always stressed out, and panicked it’s not going to do us any good. We are going to get ill, and not because of the pandemic, but because of our choices.

It’s important to be careful, pay attention to the rules, respect them as much as you can. But do take your own moment of rebellion and escape this „prison” once in a while. Love yourself and remember to smile, cherish life, with good and bad.

Food award 2020

Hello, dear readers and writers! I have been nominated by Daneelyunus for the Food Award 2020. Please visit Daneelyunus’s page; he has many fantastic posts that will keep you intrigued. This is my very first Food Award! 🙂

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Rules of the award:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you.
  2. Pingback to the creator, Daneelyunus.
  3. Use the same featured image as your nominator.
  4. Answer the five questions. Create five questions about food.

My answers:

What is your favorite food during lunch or dinner?

I adore chicken soup, or „bors” as we call it in Romania. I also enjoy spaghetti, schnitzel with mashed potatoes, salads, and barbecued salmon.

Do you like eggs?

I enjoy eggs, although I generally eat them in omelets, salads, mayonnaise, and other dishes. Eggs are high in vitamins and are regarded as one of the most nutritious foods.

However, it is essential to restrict egg intake in order to prevent rising cholesterol levels in the body and thereby reducing the chance of having a heart attack or developing cancer. With moderation, everything is OK. One egg each day should be plenty for our health.

Do you like vegetables?

I love carrots, broccoli, zucchini, radishes, and onions. Eating veggies keeps us healthy and aids in illness prevention.

Do you like any fruits?

Who doesn’t? I normally consume seasonal fruits, but I must agree that the finest time to eat fruits is during the summer when every good fruit is supplied directly from the garden. Strawberries, cherries, kiwi, apricots, oranges, and bananas are among my favorite fruits.

What you most like tea or coffee?

I must admit that I am a coffee junkie who cannot imagine her morning without coffee, but I also enjoy tea. After a hard day at work and a shower, a cup of hot linden and mint tea with a drop of lemon juice is excellent!

My nominees:

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/

https://viewfromtheback.com/

https://thethoughtsandlifeofme.com/

https://shegotwings.home.blog/

https://naloewe.wordpress.com/

My questions to them:

  1. Do you think people should eat to live, or live to eat?
  2. What is your favorite dish? Present a recipe.
  3. What were the most craziest recipes you tried during this quarantine?
  4. Is cooking one of your favorite activities?
  5. What was your first prepared dish?

In the end, I want to thank Daneelyunus for taking the time to nominate me for this award. In terms of my readers, if your name does not appear on the list of nominations, you may just consider yourself nominated and promote the Food Award 2020 via WordPress. I’m excited to read my nominee’s responses!

Have a great weekend, stay safe! ✌️😇

Friday check-up

Hello, dear readers! It’s been again, a few days since I haven’t posted anything. This week I had morning shifts, rough ones. To give you a sneak peek, this is how my week went through.

I started my days with waking up at 7 AM with a huge cup of coffee, worked until 5 PM and then took care of the house, cleaning, washing, dusting and cooking.

With this quarantine I become more self aware and started realizing that our apartment needs more cleaning. Maybe I am going a little bit over the board, I hope I am not becoming an obsessive cleaner. Only time will tell.

By 7 PM I was already too tired, but I thought it was necessary to exercise a bit, because I spent more than 8 hours in front of the screen. A bit turned into a lot truly and I exercised for almost 2 hours per day, starting with Sunday.

The days went by with the same routine, and here I was, finished on Thursday at 5 PM, without any powers, not having even the will to exercise, only to lay in bed and do nothing.

Today, on Friday, I was free from work so I went shopping for „Basic” needs. I am highlighting the word basic, because I skipped the elementary needs a lot, buying a large amount of things that I did not needed. But hey, it was my first going out to an actual shop after a month of staying in the house.

Shopping was relaxing and took my mind out of the things for a while, as I plugged my earphones and listened to music while picking stuff that I liked for us and the apartment. I was a little bit sad at the end because I know I worked a full month to get those money and lost half of them in a bit.

At the end of the day, going out today was relaxing and I got to see the sun rays, to enjoy the wind blowing through my hair and buying things that I like. I also managed to cook a lasagna and got to clean again.

How was your week so far?

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Quarantined with Fifi

Hello, my dearest ones, how is quarantine going?

I got to understand in this quarantine the importance of having a pet, a cat pet to be more precise. You never realize how important are these souls that surround you until something critical happens.

So, my day usually starts with Fifi waking me up and doing crazy things. Like scratching the chair or the door, eating the strands of the broom, biting my foot fingers, or just coming peacefully and starting purring on my chest.

When I am awake because of him, I want some coffee, of course. Fifi craves to sit on my lap, but it’s not so sure about it. Hence, he starts walking from an end of the couch to another, to my struggle, trying to keep the cup of coffee full and not spill it.

Then we end up, eventually, playing and he biting me until blood comes out and me yelling at him to stop.

Later I get to finally enjoy my cup of coffee and scroll on the phone, while he is sitting at the end of the couch and watches me.

He suddenly hears something on the stairs, and starts to act curious, listening very carefully and paying attention to every sound.

In a short time, he returns to me, meowing with curiosity, like asking me, what was that? And then he keeps looking at me for an answer while I stare baffled at him with a smile on my face.

Fifi usually spends the rest of his day sleeping, a large amount of time, I would say, but hey, he is a cat and that’s what cats do. Next he wakes up with an appetite for playing and for biting, especially when I am working. So, he starts scratching the chair for attention, and then I grab and place him in my lap.

He sits for a minute and purrs, and then starts to bite. Crunch, crunch, I disregard him for a moment but then I observe the pain, the blood and stop him again.

Sometimes, during the calls at work, while being busy with the customers and trying to pay attention to them, he looks intensely at me and starts to meow, as if he is talking to me.

The customer usually listens and does not say anything, until from his end I could hear a dog, curiously barking. Not very professional, but this is work at home and we need to deal with it 😅

At times, when we have guests (or used to have, before the quarantine) he was very thoughtful and payed attention to them, trying not to scratch or to hurt them in any way. While the kids were throwing a party, pulling him by the whiskers and yelling happily, he just stood like a nice cat and simply observed.

During the night he likes to take ownership over all the bed, and if possible, to bite us if we dare to disturb him.

In no time, when nobody pays attention he falls in a profound sleep.

I believe God loves me to have brought such a nice pet in my life. I realized a few weeks before that I was watching some nice cats, Ragdoll breed, before I even had him, years ago. I wished one so bad and God gifted him to me. 

“You cannot live with a paw in each world.”
― Erin Hunter, Into the Wild

Quarantine. Day N.

I don’t even know what day it is, nor do I remember the notion of time, if time could be measured in this quarantine. Moments only matter when I work, but I recently dared to ask for a few days off. I felt the need to disconnect.

I missed the blog for two and a half weeks now. Don’t ask me for an excuse, because I don’t know how to answer you. I also wondered why I distanced myself from the blog and myself, from my thoughts. I found answers but none seemed plausible enough.

I became comfortable with work from home and I got bored of repeating the same things over and over again, one after the other in a monotonous rhythm. Somewhere, in all this time, I lost hope and the desire to live a busy life, wanting to be connected from the world around me.

Blamed the many hours that I spend in front of the screen, and it seemed pathetic because I have been doing this for too long. Then the justification that I immersed in cleaning and cooking because Easter arrived but then passed again is not a good reason either.

Because nothing is good enough now. Nothing is normal. Nothing makes sense.

Easter 2020 in quarantine

I spent this Easter at home, in isolation, away from family and loved ones differently than I used to. But hey, we heard each other on the phone and we could feel the trembling in the voice, the frustration in the tone and the despair in the volume of the speech. If that makes any difference.

I went out the window and listened to the resurrection service through the speakers, saw the helpless glances of other neighbors from the side window, and then sank in silence.

I have watched the news in the media as the world makes a scandal because the rules should be respected according to the political ordinances. As evidence, police officers were attacked with stones and assaulted by people. Ignorance, indifference and lack of common sense appear to rule nowadays.

Then I rested, ate and watched TV series, like everyone else. Yesterday I decided to be strong and start exercising for two hours. Today I caught a cold again, symptoms of a cold (I hope it’s not Corona).

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Today, I decided, with the few remaining powers to start writing again on the blog. I do not have much energy from this cold that has returned to haunt me and I will ask you to be gentle.

How are you feeling? All is well?

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Full day in quarantine

Hello, my dear readers, how was your day?

I am happy to say that my day was so full that I do not even know when the time flew by. It’s an amazing thing to happen, because we are in full lockout due to the Coronavirus situation.

I am trying to stay inside so that I can protect myself and the other people out there, by not contacting the virus and spreading it. I am staying inside as I am told to, safe and protected.

A few days ago I was reading another blogger’s post with ideas on what you should do on a quarantine day. So, Saturday for me was my free day and I decided to fill it out with something, anything.

I did not had to look out much for ideas as I had to cleanup the house and more. So I started simple, with a coffee. Then I managed to clean the kitchen, the cabinets, throwing out the unnecessary things, spraying the windows, washing the curtain, wipe the dust and use the vacuum cleaner.

I made sure to wash clothes and blankets and to iron the clothes as well. Cleaned the carpets throughout the house, aired the rooms. Moreover, a thing that I tend to do often with the virus situation, clean the bathroom and appliances that may be a source of infection.

Took care of the bedroom and changed the sheets, the blanket, sprayed the window, added the freshly washed and ironed curtain and removed any strand of dust that was present.

After cleaning all the house, I felt hungry and needed to cook something, so I managed to cook pasta and to bake a simple cake, personal recipe. Fifi was on the list of active chores so I washed him and cut out his nails.

After two hours of exercising I took the time to enjoy a hot bath and to listen to piano relaxing music. Now, at the end of the day, I am writing a new post and drinking a hot cup of lemon tea.

Conclusions

I realized that in this quarantine situation the best things that you can do is take care of you, the house and your family. Seeing the family members happy and keeping them entertained is one thing, plus seeing the house sparkling of cleanliness is like a dream come true. A dream that most of us usually did not manage to accomplish due to long shifts at work and being involved in many projects.

Now is the time to do the things that you loved doing previously but give up because of the time management. Like for example I love blogging and make an appointment every day with WordPress, reading the posts of my fellow bloggers and writing posts. Also, I would love to go back to painting and start the activity again, trying some new projects on the home walls.

What I am saying is instead of crying out loud and wishing to go outside putting in danger you and the ones around you try to focus on what you enjoy doing, make a difference. It will be a good change for you and the world.

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A new day in quarantine

A new day has arrived, it’s Thursday. With this quarantine going on lately, I can barely feel the days passing, as I am living a feeling that every day is the same one and the time is lost in an hourglass, which keeps turning around moving the sand.

God allows me to wake up every day joyful though, filled with energy and happy to start another day. I move from the bed, freshen up, make a coffee, pet the cat and start working again.

I get to move the curtain, see the new light of the day, the risen sun but then when I throw my eyes on the street there is nobody, the path is empty. I don’t even see the stray cats or the gimp cute dog, Taz. All I can hear is silence, way too much silence.

I miss the view, the people, the atmosphere and mostly everything that made my day. It is funny how you can have it all and not be aware of it, treating it as it’s yours by the divine right, and then to simply lose it all in a moment.

Work routine

Every day is filled with new people and new challenges at work, new voices and new problems to be resolved on the line. Every day appears to be different, but every day cannot be felt truly.

Customers are scared of this Virus Situation and it can be felt through their lack of patience, their incapability of resolving situations that appear easy on a first look. The network speed is poor as there are many persons out there trying to escape the quarantine at home.

Last thoughts

To describe the situation in a few words, it’s a left-handed condition and at times I can feel like I had enough and that I want to give up. But then I remember why I started in the first place and have the hope that things will get better and we will overcome this storm that started against us.

That we are powerful and strong beings and that are capable of overcoming what challenges us at the moment, and that after this we will become more mature and able to face life and it’s ups and down’s with more courage and determination.

It’s being said that God only gives us what we can take, and never the things that are out of our power. Let’s remember that we are not alone in this life journey and always have God by our side. We are never alone.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to know that we, our loved ones and the people around us are healthy and safe. And if being apart for now from them is what makes them better than it’s the least we can do.

As Meghan Daum said: „Distance is not for the fearful, it’s for the bold. It’s for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It’s for those who know a good thing when they see it, even if they don’t see it nearly enough.”

Let’s try to distance ourselves from the people around us for the moment, and be bold, letting the fear vanish. We will be able to cherish more the future times spent together in health when the situation will calm down together with the loved ones and the people around us.

Take care, stay safe and stay protected!