Unexpected

August 9, 2018 at 11:52 (Move, Uncategorized)

When I stopped working full time in the later half of July, my diet changed without me realising it. Getting up later meant I drank less coffee in the morning and leaving work earlier meant less coke and snacks in the afternoon, and because I was mooching at home I didn’t feel the need for energy to get through the afternoon. This meant my caffeine, sugar and processed food intake dropped by more than half in the space of a weekend.

At first I couldn’t figure out why I felt like shit – headaches, muscle pain and lethargy, and a general feeling of argh. One early morning when the muscle pain had woken me yet again, I did a Google search of my symptoms and I had Death. Completely unhelpful so I thought about my life and tried again with life style changes instead of physical changes. After reading about crash diets and withdrawal symptoms, I took some steps to up the crap in my diet so I could slowly cut it out and not feel awful everyday.

While I now feel physical better and my usual self, I find my mental state a little adrift. The position I held had many aspects – daily and weekly tasks, ongoing tasks, maintaining tasks and general monitoring and ensuring smooth running of the campus as well as dealing with students. I have none of that now. And while it was difficult to let it go while I was trying my replacement and I don’t miss it now, I do on occasion find myself  looking for task to do at home. Or thinking I should check the progress of something. But on the other hand, I also find myself staying up later watching another episode because I don’t have to get up for work. It’s a strange place to be, and until I find a happy balance that’s how I’ll be 🙂

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Changing tack

July 23, 2018 at 10:46 (Move, Uncategorized)

One thing I’m finding a little difficult about leaving and training my replacement, is to not getting involved or stepping in to quickly sort something out. Obviously, I have my system and she will develop her own system but I have to make conscious efforts to allow her to do so. After managing the front desk for so long, it feels a little strange to step away. But in another way, it also feels really nice to step away.

Now I just need my house to sell so I can spend my days mooching around.

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Plans…

June 28, 2018 at 17:33 (Move, Uncategorized)

…have changed.

As much as I am taken with my original plan, I’ve been readjusting it with more reality in mind. I’m physically limited since my car collision and I’m seriously accustomed to certain conveniences. It’s less than a five minute walk to the Spar where I can buy anything to eat when I don’t want to make efforts to cook (put things together and warm them up), and while there are no traffic issues in JBay, I don’t want to drive eight or so kms to the nearest shop.

I also want to make another attempt at a home industry. I’ll have to scout around and see what avenues I can pursue but I’m thinking about sewy crafty things or cakey pastry things, preserves from the garden maybe.

I have many plans and ideas but no decisions will be made till I’ve got there and mooched around for a bit. I may even think of something I haven’t thought of now 🙂

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Convenience

April 27, 2018 at 16:24 (Move, Uncategorized)

My downscale and simplify lifestyle plan has certain requirements that are not negotiable. There were a number of things that were in mind while scouting potential areas to move to, such as wifi, certain shops and things like vets and bank branches.

The wish to simplify isn’t to become a hermit grubbing in the ground making soap out of worms (but if people want to do that, go ahead and grub). Reducing the stresses of commuting, city life and working life is the goal. There will be stresses in the new place, of course, there is no utopia. But here is a chance to do so.

In a way, I’m returning to living ways of my youth. We always lived along the coast in smaller towns, little shops and local crazies. I’m just adding wifi and convenience to the mix.

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Basic Cake

April 21, 2018 at 14:12 (Bake, Move, Uncategorized)

In efforts to simplify my life, I’ve decided to reduce my blogs and add categories to my main blog. Bake, Make, Move and Travel have been added. Move is for the move to Jeffery’s Bay while the others are pretty self explanatory.

First Bake post 🙂

Even my most exotic looking cakes start with plain cake of either vanilla or chocolate. Over the years I’ve refined a recipe that always works for me and always tastes good.

1.5 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup milk

100g butter/full fat marg

2 large eggs

3 tablespoons dark cocoa powder OR 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract/essence

Cream the butter/full fat marg and sugar until smooth and creamy, add eggs and milk [and vanilla extract/essence for vanilla cake] and mix with a whisk.  Add shifted flour and baking powder [and dark cocoa power for chocolate cake].  Do not over mix the batter.  I usually fold in the flour with a spatula. Bake at 180C – the baking time will depend of the size of the tin used.  A shallow tin will cook faster than a deep tin but usually it bakes for 30 – 45 minutes.

Ice as desired, or not.

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Plans!

April 18, 2018 at 15:23 (Move, Uncategorized)

I’m selling my city house, moving to Jeffery’s Bay (or there abouts) and starting an organic garden.

Ah, what a life changing decision. Those who know me will know that I don’t do stuff outside. And yet, here I am moving any from the concrete and tar to soil and spiders.

But why? A chance to start a much simpler life, more conscious of the environment and our impact on it, being more in touch with the community. Less city living stresses and pollution, etc.

The plan – one of many, in fact. All based on not actually seeing the properties in person nor experiencing the environment.

I’m also inspired by 李子柒 making a swing bench and cat shaped cob oven.  Her methods are traditional and her tastes are little rough for me but what I like about her is she has an idea and makes it. She doesn’t get bogged down with the ‘correct’ method and over analysing. I want to trying living a simpler way.

Of course, there is also the option that I find a lovely town house and buy that instead. Who knows.

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