Saturday, April 23, 2022

10 Things to know about Hacking Life

 ...or other tips that you never needed.

1.Never click on a headline that says " X things to know about...."

2. Even well written articles by journalists in news sites of note these days have surreptitiously inserted shout-outs to some product link or the other. It is mandated by the advertisers who paid for their product to be promoted, and is likely paying about half the monthly salary of said journalist.

3.Be careful of what you search for on any search engine, even the ones that say they will keep your searches private. There is no such thing as privacy on the internet, and any search for even innocuous stuff like "Home remedies for colds" is likely to result in annoying ads for pharmaceuticals and paid ads that ask anxiously "You have the sniffles, but could it be cancer? Click on the link to find out more".

4.Don't stress out about masking or not. Do as you wish (masked or unmasked), live, eat, breathe, talk. You can do it!

Remember that we were doing all that without any problems not just two years ago. Covid is present, just like the flu, but by now you will either have had it, or been vaccinated against it. Trust your body and immune system to fend off whatever strain is circulating (probably too recent to be covered by the booster shots). 

5.Exercise every day, and get out for walks in the sunshine, even if the weather is too cold or too hot. Nothing like a spot of activity to freshen the body and mind.

6.Eat well, mostly fresh or freshly cooked foods,  and savor every bite of whatever it is that you are eating. 

7. Never let laundry pile up, or leave regular chores undone or unfinished. It might sound like your mother's advice, for all I know, it might very well be the exact same words that she uttered the last time you visited, frequent or not.

8.  Rediscover the art of reading, especially old books (i.e. not written in the last 5-10 years, much of which is forgettable dreck, unfortunately). Rediscover hobbies that require you to work with your hands, as well. There is nothing like using your fingers for activities other than typing on a keyboard or composing texts on a phone.

9.Value truth over kindness. Kindness is about not hurting someone's feelings, but truth is an absolute. It might be possible to be kind while speaking the truth, but the truth isn't always kind, and in that case, truth will always win as a reflection of reality.

10. See 1. again.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

The Big Move

 After over 20 years in the same house, we finally started the Big Move to a newer sparklier home in the outer suburbs. It was a bittersweet decision, but we were looking for a lower maintenance and new home which would take us easily into the sunset years.

Well, literally, the sunsets started, as we have a gorgeous view of the western skies from our high-perched new castle.

No large trees nearby to block our view, just a smattering of trees that pass for 'wooded backyard'. The trees are tall and thin, and the birds that inhabit them are visible as a flash of blue or brown. I will miss the close-ups that I used to get from the birdbath that was visible from our living room. Maybe, some day, a new birdbath on a yet unbuilt deck.... I can dream, but who knows if it will come to fruition.

The old house is devoid of the furniture, but the closets are still filled, slowly being emptied out. I have taken to opening closets and dumping everything that matters to me into those boxes, painstakingly moving each to my car and schlepping it to the new place. Everything must find its space in the new place, those that don't will be either placed in the 'To Donate' box (which I can't say is filling up that rapidly) or tossed into a trash bag.