|Age baby, a long time before any pension!|
Monday, 31 August 2020
Sunday, 30 August 2020
Thursday, 27 August 2020
Immediately my neck hurt and a headache came up and it took me a minute to get my full bearings again. The person from the car behind came forward with his European Damage Form, but I told him, we were in the middle of a very busy road and traffic was going fast: we needed to move. We then moved to a quieter road where we filled out the form (we don't just exchange names and numbers, we go official and it takes a lot of the sting out of it).
I had already phoned work to say I was going to be late due to an accident, so when I arrived 45 minutes late, it was not a problem. Somebody else had taken over my shift and I just needed to release him. After a few hours driving however, I thought it might be prudent to phone my gp and make an appointment to check I was okay.
Which meant that once I had finished work for the day, I headed to my gp to get checked. Well, no whiplash (they don't use that term anymore apparently), but listen to my body and rest for a week, after which I could start again. And for insurance reasons: get an x-ray.
Once there I was prodded by the doctor and in the end they told me that due to the symptoms I presented they weren't sure that a CT scan would be adding any new information, so they adviced me to take pain medication. I also should do things so my muscles wouldn't start to stiffen up and cause more trouble. So far the pain killers are doing their job, although hoovering, cleaning toilets or work are not going to happen just now.
Basically, the rear bumper may look okay, but it has been pushed forward causing trouble for the boot, the bumper itself, the light and who knows what else. Apparently the cost of repairing all of that goes way over the value of the car which means it will declared a total loss. Which in turn will most likely mean I will have to go on the look out for a new vehicle. I will find out soon, as it is now an insurance case.
But, everything else is fine. Just so you know.
Friday, 21 August 2020
Thursday, 20 August 2020
I do a fair bit of cooking. Last Sunday I made a complete dinner: starter, main and dessert. The starter was so easy and really good: tomato and basil soup. Done within half an hour with barely any fuss. Plus, as soups go, really tasty as well, even my Dad said so (he is not fond of tomato soup).
The main was crispy duck with Chinese pancakes, which were all done from scratch. A bit more work, but my golly, it was really good. Definitely a keeper for the books! And for dessert we had a dessert I had already made once, but was so good, I did it again.
After four days off, it was also back to work. Not that I am really overtaxing myself here: my shifts this week are between 5 and 8 hours. Yesterday I had a shift just short of 5 hours with a one hour paid break! Of course there will be weeks where I will work more (not next week though), but as I am only on 32 hours a week, it's fine.
I did start reading Harry Potter again (start number 5 soon), but I am also going back to the book club I joined a while ago: the next book to read is The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving. I read this when I was in my late teens, so it will be interesting to know what I remember (nothing most likely) and how I feel about it now, as I loved it then.
The head is keeping up as well. I keep a record now of when I do get a headache. The longest without was about a month, which was really good going. Recently it was about 10 days, which is still okay. My back was also starting to give me trouble, but I had to adjust my seat differently and problem gone! My knee is still a bit of a grrr, in that walking for longer distances will give me bother. Cycling is okay, but I only cycle to work on early/day shifts and only if the weather is good. During last week's heatwave, there was no way I was going to cycle to work.
And life continues...
Sunday, 16 August 2020
Saturday, 15 August 2020
|To remember my leaving to the Dutch Indies|
There was however one story which seemed to be different and at first I didn't in fact believe it. Especially as none in the family knew anything about it! After all, emigrating to Canada or the USA is one thing, dying in Indonesia is something completely different. Research was needed.
And what I found was extraordinary. A young man (1916) had to do his national service in the thirties. He did his basic training and was then allowed to go on grand leave (ie not having to return unless circumstances changed). But perhaps jobs were not to be had or he had enjoyed his time in the army, he decided to enlist properly. Enlist for the KNIL (Royal Dutch Indies Army). He was then sent out to what is now Indonesia to be a soldier there.
He had arrived before there was even a war in Europe, so probably felt quite safe in the far Dutch Indies. But in 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and soon after they invaded several countries in the Pacific area, one being the Dutch Indies. By early 1942 it was all over: the Dutch had surrendered and all military personnel had been captured and put in camps.
First Jan (that was his name) was put with his mates in a camp in the Dutch Indies, but was soon moved to Thailand by ship, which was a danger in itself. He survived the crossing however and was then put in a camp on the infamous railroad to Burma. Every so often the whole camp moved to keep up with the railroad.
|Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery|
Friday, 14 August 2020
In the end I decided to not write about all those maggots crawling out of the food bin, the regular bin and the plastic bin. After all, I emptied all bins, I squashed all maggots and eggs and told my parentals on their return not to throw any meat related stuff away in the kitchen as long as the heatwave lasts.
And enjoy I will as the weather has turned somewhat. Yes, temperatures are still high, but compared to what it was, it is lovely now. During the night we had a fierce thunderstorm with lots of rain, which meant I had to close the window in my room and sleep was even worse then. But, temperatures are on their way down and guess what: it's only 132 days until Christmas!
Wednesday, 12 August 2020
The summer so far had been good. Nice temperatures in which it was easy to work and play. But then the heat arrived. One day it was about 22 (72 F) degrees, the next day it had shot up to 32 (93 F)!
That in itself isn't so bad of course. As long as the airconditioning on the bus works and you can cool down once you're home, you are laughing. However, the first is meh at the moment due to having to open the doors all the time and it just being a bit much for the whole thing. The second is even worse: our inside temperature at the moment is over 30 degrees (87 F).
|During the fire and water show back in 1991.|
And yes, that's me!
From the weekend onwards rain and cooler weather is due to arrive. Yes please!!
Monday, 10 August 2020
Wednesday, 5 August 2020
|4 kilometers of cycling and this is the view|
|Spinach pancake with lime butter and a small green salad|
|Me back in 1992, around my ideal weight|