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The NEWS says that we:
• never get rid of COVID-19 and related mutants again
• are hardly able to change the climate in a positive way
• will never be able to easily meet each other over long distances again
• must continue to limit our physical contacts for a long time
The close EXPERIENCES teach us that:
• indescribably cruel diseases strike in the immediate vicinity
• many saw their future lost due to the financial consequences of COVID-19 and related mutants
• relationships are put to the test due to a lack of opportunities for contact
• the flowers remain growing as usual
Inner HOPE says that we:
• must keep courage
• must use our smartphones and computers to keep in touch
• may learn from past generations which survived many disasters
• may hope for LIGHT getting in again
Do you remember your first use of a computer?
The computer arose from the need to solve a number of calculation problems. By 1880, it took in the US more than seven years to prepare election results, so a faster way was needed to get this job done. In the elections in 2020, the job was done in a few days, with the help of computers.
The first computer took up an entire room. Today we have smartphones with more computing power than the early computers. Your smartphone from 2021 contains more computing power than a computer from the year 2000.
I remember when I first used a computer, one of Apple's first machines with a floppy drive, to create schedules for teachers and students. There was no "cloud" yet. Consequently: a move of all equipment (heavy appliance + screen + keyboard) from / to home. Was there already the use of a "mouse"? Many "floppies" were present because the storage space was very limited.
Nowadays: Is there a life without a computer / laptop imaginable? How many days have you not used your laptop / smartphone in the past week? Are you addicted to the computing power of your smartphone? That's difficult, isn't it ?!
" Where you go there you are " (GB).
Man considers and decides. Every day we make a decision about the next steps in life. As long as you think you are independent, and not hindered by physical setbacks and / or negative socio-economic circumstances, it is wonderful to be able to make big and small decisions.
If, for whatever reason, things go against the grain, then “a few people living by the road mean more to the right direction than a compass” (Bauer).
Have you met those people living along your road ?
Is it spring already? A week ago we were able to skate at -5C still … but now it suddenly seems like spring at + 16C ! We already saw traffic jams from cars in the direction of the Zeeland beaches! Ho ho, do these visitors have respect for "our" Cherry Beach *?
But we are not over the corona period yet. Is the worst yet to come ? Will we continue to respect curfew restrictions ? Don't we all want to be able to meet our loved ones and friends in a normal way again? There are still hundreds of people in the ICU units of our hospitals, and some patients are still cared for in a friendly neighboring country. There are so many people in need, so many people who buried their loved ones. There are so may people living in between hope and fear dor other reasons. It suits us to continue to be careful, right?
But still, we long for a spring in our life, for unbridled enjoyment, for free travel, for a life as it was intended. This will certainly succeed with due and continued caution! Us against the world !
* Cherry Beach = beach at Brouwersdam where long ago we ate one kilo of cherries
Our dad's car is unconditionally bound to Route 66 … Why ? … From October 1992 on ( 66th birthday of dad ) our dad every of his birthdays has been provided with music on cassette tapes to be used while driving his majestic car. He preferred a.o. the Kelly Family / Paganini / Bruce Springsteen / Vivaldi … so we did … till October 17th 1997 … route 71 …
I barely had recovered from leaving my first courtship to a place far away in the north of the country… there was a holiday job in Apeldoorn… I there met "big cousin with a solid dating"… these more experienced teenagers already had LPs! … I saw and heard Simon & Garfunkel… the Sound of Silence…
Yes, my father provided me with a pickup installation… why? … To bring me more into the world? He was a great fan of many kinds of music, about which more in any of the following blogs.
All guilders were raked together… and at Te Linde / Aalten (or was it Obbink, or maybe Rhebergen?) I got my first own LP… The Animals… House of the Rising Sun, of which 'For Miss Caulker' was the winner… fantastic… and we played many of the songs from this LP in a school band, maybe it was awful : =)
Wonderful memories, certainly!
To whom it concerns. Sometimes words come through WhatsApp without the real intention, and therefore not understood or even misunderstood. A cheerful shipment of crisps with apples and bananas are telling. The evening menu is not that difficult to come up with now. Thank you !
King Winter ruled the Netherlands and that was the perfect time for ice skating enthusiasts. These skating enthusiasts in Ouddorp must have thought that too !
Despite the large amounts of snow in the streets, in the past week we have managed to create a mutual expression of Valentine's thought. Certainly in this special time, which is dominated by COVID-19 and related mutations, it is a particularly beautiful gesture with which attention for each other can be expressed. As if you can't do that every day, yet the opportunity was seized.
Valentine's Day coincides with the feast day of two Christian martyrs by the name of Valentinus. However, the customs associated with the day have nothing to do with the lives of these saints. Read more about the transition from the phrase "anonymous love" to "love" and its commercial exploitation here.
And yes, then there are some questions: "How many glasses of Chardonnay did this all cost?" and “do we still have money for Chardonnay, in summer? Can we still buy a kilo of cherries for our visit to Cherry Beach (Brouwersdam), in summer? “ No worries ! We are sparingly so that we can continue to taste the Chardonnay in next summers. And the motto “Never buy one kilo of cherries!” remains.
И сло́вно ма́ленькое чу́до,
Возни́кла ты в мое́й судьбе́.
С тобо́й себя́ я позабу́ду
И все, что есть, отда́м тебе́!
Do you remember the waiting for the postman handing over your love’s letter ? Do you remember the time that personal news came to you by a telegram ? Do you remember those occasionally short maritime messages from your husband by a UK coastal radio station ? Do you remember using French francs in a call box along the road in order to update your relatives upon your holidays by an Interrail Card ?
Could it have been more real than all the contact via WhatsApp and the like ?
The covid-19 train rumbles on ... near and far, the strongest people eventually pass away when hit by this virus ...
In the meantime we have had to deal with a little snow. It provided fantastic pictures. It made us think how beautiful the nature around us is. But also: how fragile are we ?!
Being trapped because of covid-19, the demise of the people who matter, and a load of snow also meant that you were thrown back on yourself even more than before. Reflection. Who are your true friends? Who cared about you? Who have you supported yourself? “Spiegel im Spiegel” ...
Now we move on. The snow will disappear. The birds can continue without giving them extra food. Can you continue ?
Is it a bit cold in the Netherlands? Are we suddenly caught by some snow?
Everything is relative. Certainly when compared to other real suffering around us.
More text in a few days.
But still, take courage in all your decisions! Make a tasty stew of everything in your house, and experience satisfaction.
For a moment the corona troubles have faded into the background because the country is in turmoil, awaiting a load of snow and a little frost. Do we have enough food at home? Which trains and buses are still running? But in the meantime the sleds and snow shovels are also being prepared. And we look forward to beautiful snow-covered landscapes.
The thoughts go back to really cold and long winters, such as in the Netherlands in 1979. Were we prepared? Didn't we have newspapers under our clothes as insulation? Or extra - knitted - undergarments? In eastern Europe, the fur coat is still fully accepted because it is a necessity.
Meanwhile this week brave person was cycling home through the rain, with bad news only.
You have to be very brave to be above average in these times, especially in a country where being moderate is still the norm. "Just act normal, then you are crazy enough already".
About ten years ago, a prime minister said that we must leave the mentality of being moderate behind us and that we must once again get real toppers in education and in the economic sectors. But where are they? How else can the fumbling around the Dutch approach to the corona crisis be explained ? Where are the "great" initiatives?
The crocuses have guts, they are already showing their tops above ground level. With a frost period to come, that is quite brave.
You don't have to be a psychologist to be able to judge for yourself how you can organize your life. From education and experience you know for sure what is good for you and for your loved ones. Nevertheless, it is useful to check the principles of Labkovskiy from time to time. He wrote down six rules for a happier and healthier life:
On one of our many long walks through Moscow we visited a homey cafe based on a concept we had not seen before in western Europe. You pay for the time you spend in this establishment.
Upon entering, there are dozens of numbered old alarm clocks on a buffet. You write the number of the alarm clock you have chosen and the time of entry into the guestbook. And then you can spend your time as you want, and you make your own coffee or tea, or you heat up a meal. There are always tasty cookies available. You pay a small amount per hour, up to 4 hours even if you spend the whole day there.
We have already experienced this soothingly. Complete silence in the middle of a city that is moving 24/24, traffic included. The young people present almost always speak English, and a conversation about interesting things is then easy to start. We had a pleasant chat with the manager, and with a friendly young man from Turkey too.
At the moment - February 2, 2021 - it is unthinkable in the Netherlands to visit a cafe or a restaurant as a result of the COVID-19 measures. But oh oh, how nice it would be to be able to go to Ziferblat in Moscow or St. Petersburg again !
Christmas is long over. But there are still many Christmas trees covered by snow. Trees with surprises. These surprises will soon appear when the temperature (Moscow) goes from -20C to + 5C.
Do these surprises foreshadow the ultimate victory of a proven condition? Yes, you can count yourself lucky when you find yourself in the situation where you are apparently healthy. That is not the case for many.
In the meantime we keep courage.
2021-01-19 picture by ID / 2021-01-19 16:45 Moscow time
We will wait for it ...
There is an enormous hectic around us ... -20C around the house in Russia ... a little snow and tulips that want to go outside around the house in the Netherlands ... a far too slow start of the anti-covid vaccinations ... a slippery road towards the water sales point in Russia ... too many people together in a supermarket in Brielle ... a center of democracy that has turned into a fortress ... an ultra-modern metro with too many commuters packed together ...
Yesterday we were crazy about happiness. And today ? Yesterday we just got on a plane to and from Moscow. And today ? Yesterday we could make a future. And today ? Yesterday we were able to mingle with the visitors of a service in Sretenski. And today ? Yesterday only cancer was life-threatening. And today ? Yesterday there in hospital was still an opportunity for being scheduled for a relatively simple procedure. And now ? Yesterday we were still busy with work. And today ? Yesterday the tulips knew nothing about the present time. And today ?
We will wait for it … there is no any other option ..
I was there regularly ... even during heavy storms .. it was sometimes haunted ... In my imagination I saw the raging sea on the left side of this dike, I saw the farmers strengthen their joint dike with the limited resources available. I saw their grain drown in the salt water.
There is now no question of any threat from the side of the sea. The polder is protected by a sturdy sea dike all around and by the Haringvlietdam and Grevelingendam respectively. It is a dike mainly used by farmers. And by a lonely cyclist.
The trees are waiting patiently now, they are waiting for the coming higher temperatures. The green leaf automatically reappears in the spring, the leaves that consume our excess CO2, and return O2 to the environment in return.
Rows of trees on dikes are not only useful elements of the environment, they are - in my opinion - also beautiful designers of the cultural landscape. They determine my flat landscape. And when the time is right, they also yield wood. Wood for furniture, clogs, warmth. The value of trees.
It was nice to be here on 01 02 2021. The regularity of nature, the ever-present trees, it gives peace.
Stellendam NL / 2021 01 14
A retarded youngster received a free portion of fries with mayonnaise at a french-fries shop in Tholen ...
Also in the Russian winter, "company guard dogs" were fed every day at a company in Moscow ...
Was fresh pea soup distributed in Hellevoetsluis ...
Was a microwave oven moved to a person in need in South Holland …
Was there a powerful @ from the province of Groningen ...
In the village I live in, a tired nurse went on the night shift again on behalf of covid patients ...
In the village I saw a young miller in loneliness turning the mill around in order not to miss out on the subsidy for the building ...
I was pleasantly surprised with beautiful music from Oosterland ...
My eyes saw encouraging new creations from a tiny house in Brielle ...
I received a stunningly beautiful video from an 80+ lady from Tver ...
Was there a bag with groceries in front of someone who needs it ...
There were in a distant country many brave people who defended their democracy ...
I read encouraging messages from Germany ...
I again was invited for a brisk joint walk ...
There during the night was again a nice selection of breathtaking music from Sint-Philipsland ...
I saw all these people doing nice things…
All moments once are a past. But all moments have a memory.
The best moments have a date, the worst memories also have a date.
Today we commemorate Victor from Tallinn / Estonia. In our memory a fantastic father, uncle and brother. The memory includes the hard fight against an approaching end, but also the night train journey to his city.
Today a little bit of the new Light could be seen above the Oosterschelde. The first anniversary a new life elsewhere.
Oosterschelde / NL 2021-01-06
The numbers are terrifying. The suffering caused by COVID-19 cannot be described.
Are we going to hate fellow human beings who do not want to conform to the imposed measures ? Yes ! The impact in our own environment is undeniably great.
Are we going to accept that there are people who deny COVID-19 and its mutations ? No! We are going to make them responsible !
Are we going to accept the ignorance ? No! In 2021 there is fast internet, in 2021 stagecoaches and walking messengers are no longer present !
Promise… yes, there has been a promise for 2000+ years… the Light is coming back…
Or a new Flood after all ?
Haringvliet / NL 2021-01-03
Who can say where the road goes
Where the day flows, only time
And who can say if your love grows
As your heart chose, only time.
Who can say when the roads meet
That love might be in your heart,
Oude Dijk / Stellendam 2021-01-02
The clock is ticking mercilessly. There is no more time for disputes and misunderstandings. Many people have a fear of what is to come, or of what is going to fail.
Are we all going to get an anti-covid-vaccination in the short term? Will we travel again in the coming year to Moscow / Normandy / Nieuwenhoorn / Paris / Sint-Philipsland / Tver / Oosterland / Kolomna / Schildwolde…? Are we going to stay healthy?
What is hidden for you in the balls in the Christmas tree? …. Time will tell ! "Only time" ...
We prefer the positive approach ... nothing is impossible !