Garden update (89)

I’m having coffee and am joined by the Man and Daughter inside, and some tits and a tortle dove outside. Due to the warmer weather, the past two weeks have been courting season in our garden. Especially two wood pigeons have been displaying their new love for each other in our garden. They even appeared to be creating a nest in our garden. Let’s see if they proceed with this, now that the winter we never had sets in. A cold wind is blowing today and over the next few days temperatures will drop below zero during the night. An event we haven’t seen all winter.

The water birds are preparing for spring as well. Coots are courting and trying to claim this piece of water bordering our house all for themselves. The one pair of ducks paddling here as well don’t let them scare off, resulting in some distant rows every now and then paired with the usual spring and summer bird sounds I’ve gotten used to.

I haven’t seen the mouse for a long time. I suspect it fell prey to either a cat or a magpie (who frequent our garden to feast on the bird’s peanut butter).

While sipping my coffee more birds join me outside. Despite our clock adjustment during the night our coffee time is still in sync with the birds’. I find it comforting to watch the birds just doing what they always do. They must have noticed different behaviour from humans over the past few weeks. I wonder what their gossip about humans is. Or whether they couldn’t care less. All I know is that the birds visting my garden are thankful for the new food we ordered. It will keep them fed in a very convenient way during the cold week to come.

Door |2020-03-29T11:35:36+02:0029 maart 2020|366, deze dag|0 Reacties

Old Lego set found (87)

Daughter found an old Lego set in the closet. Two actually. One was a tree house and the other a collection of bits and pieces with bricks in colours Daughter was instantly font of. The tree house was quickly reassembled. Most of it was still intact and the books with building instructions was stored in the same box as the bricks. The other set however lacked its building instructions and I couldn’t remember what it was supposed to look like. Therefore I made my own version so that Daughter was able to play with it. But the not knowing part kept bugging me so I went through all the historic sets listed on this website. As I had no idea what year it was from it took me a lot of scrolling, but I found it. It’s the Cloud Cuckoo Palace from the Lego Movie, year of release 2014. I still have no idea why I bought this set at the time, but in hindsight I must have known to grow a little creature in the near future that would love to play with this set.

Door |2020-03-27T13:36:42+02:0027 maart 2020|366, deze dag|0 Reacties

Boring (86)

Some days are more boring than others. As today is my regular stay at home day with Daughter, I do the regular things. That includes vacuuming, cleaning, doing laundry. Some irregular things like cleaning the kitchen cabinets and removing cat poo from cat number two’s tail are also in the mix. All in all just another boring Thursday.

When I searched for boring on the never ending web, I came across a tutorial that supposedly is the most boring video ever made. I didn’t watch past a few minutes, because I have less boring things to do right now. Such as delivering a letter for Daughter’s caretakers at daycare. But enjoy watching if you want to get bored.

Door |2020-03-26T14:43:09+02:0026 maart 2020|366|0 Reacties

Connecting (85)

Last Saturday I scheduled online reading time with two of my new friends and their kids. We met several years ago during singing classes for toddlers. Our kids are about the same age and over time our friendship grew. Since Daughter has little to no interaction with kids her age, I suggested to read stories to our kids. Our first meeting was last Saturday using Facetime. It was lovely to hang out with each other for a while and see our kids enjoy listening to new stories. We repeated this today. Earlier this week I decided to get a subscription to Zoom so I could host the meeting. Watching each other on a computer screen beats small iPhone screens.

Now that I have a Zoom subscription I will host a family coffee meet up next Saturday. I’m wondering what else I could do. Long distance podcasting is an option, but am not sure what the topic should be. How do people work in isolation? Fictional stories? I’m curious what kind of stories you would love to hear.

Door |2020-03-25T14:20:23+02:0025 maart 2020|366, flow|1 Reactie

Watching TV feels strangely odd (84)

I’ve noticed how quickly one can adapt to a new situation. As we’re repeatedly being told to keep 1,5 meters distance from others, I now look at TV series and movies with new eyes. Normal human behaviour already seems completely odd. People shaking hands, people hugging, people in restaurants, people gathering in droves. I know we will return to that normality in the future, but for now, I guess I prefer to read books. It’s less confronting what we’ll be missing for a while and it is possible to project the new normality on the written word.

Door |2020-03-24T13:23:40+02:0024 maart 2020|366, flow|2 Reacties
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