CFFC: Places People Live

Today, Cee is inviting us to post pics of places people live.

De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren is gorgeous. It’s a castle in the Belgian countryside in the small municipality of Geetsbets. The family who owns it still live in a section of the castle, the rest is a hotel and conference centre. I spent a week there in July on a course – there was no better place for that.

The back view of De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren by one of the imposing entrance gates
©2018 Regina Martins
De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren’s lake and rowboat. It would have sunk had anyone taken it out into the lake, as the wood at the bottom was rotting
©2018 Regina Martins
De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren abounded with sunflowers
©2018 Regina Martins
I didn’t have a wide enough lens to capture the whole facade of De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren – here is a part
©2018 Regina Martins

 

Disappointment

Today I felt disappointment deep and distressing.

Meaning: sadness or displeasure caused by the non-fulfilment of one’s hopes or expectations.

Feelings of being taken for granted, and not being valued.

Thesaurus gives a whole bunch of synonyms:

  • defeated
  • lost
  • failure
  • mistake
  • bitter pill
  • setback

I related to all of the above. I’m thinking I need to snap out of it and think of the antonyms:

  • achievement
  • attainment
  • blessing
  • triumph
  • delight
  • miracle

Beaton from Becoming the Muse posted these true words yesterday…

“The only way to break out of it is break out of it and really succeed you have to make a conscious choice to do so, be proactive, use what you have— believe in yourself, have a plan, and go get it.”

…they’re keeping me going, planning, being proactive and the most difficult, believing in myself. Yes, believing in myself is the difference that will make the difference.

 

Weekend Coffee Share: The Fitbit Edition

Hello to this week’s edition of the Weekend Coffee Share.

I’m quite pleased that I was able to blog most days this week. It’s the most I’ve done since April and WordPress even sent me a “3-day streak congratulations” message. The next day I didn’t blog so that was the end of that streak. Maybe WordPress jinxed it by sending me that message 😉

The weather has been warming up and it’s been hot for the last 3 or 4 days. All the windows and doors are open and it’s back to wearing slip slops again.

This week was client, client, home, home, home, braai with friends, shopping. I could talk about fibre being finally in the area in a month or so, and how I didn’t post anything on Instagram, and how Che and I are still watching 12 Monkeys.

Or I could talk about the casserole I’m going to make for dinner tonight (sweet potato and tuna cheesy casserole – gluten-free and low GI).

Or that the new strap for my Fitbit Charge HR arrived this week together with a face protector. It’s an old Fitbit, circa 2015 but it still works fine and I’m not on the page of spending good money on a new one. The strap of the HR had a known factory defect, namely the bubbling of the rubber encasing the strap. I only found out that it was a factory defect when I looked for a Youtube video explaining how to swop it. It’s a no-name brand strap but I don’t care – it fits and my Fitbit looks like a brand new one. And I also have a rubber protector for the face – double protection.

Which brings me to the state of my fitness – which is not where it should be. And there is not much to say about this because I don’t want to get into the ‘should’ or ‘could’ game.

So, that is it for this week. How was your week?

More Weekend Coffee Shares here.

Which Way Challenge: October 25, 2018

This challenge is about “capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, signs, etc. we move from one place to another on” and it’s hosted by sonofabeach96. So here is my offering of which ways for this week.

Which way do I go? So many ways…tropical pathway leading to lush gardens, the pool, and eventually the beach
©2018 Regina Martins
Bangkok alleyway on a rainy day lends mood to this busy street
©2018 Regina Martins
Bare feet on the warm marble walkways, part of the Wait Traimit temple in Bangkok
©2018 Regina Martins
The day was hot when we ventured on the Bridge over the River Kwai, this stretch of railway, quiet of trains in the middle of Kanchanaburi
©2018 Regina Martins

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Tongues and Tails

This week it’s about tongues and tails. Well, my offering this week doesn’t include cute cats or dogs. It’s a statue of Buddha in meditation pose sitting on a serpent. When Buddha began meditating, the wise serpent Mucalinda came out of the forest to protect Buddha from the elements after he attained enlightenment – the Buddhist Naga has the form of a great cobra and is depicted sometimes with many heads and other times with one head, commonly found in Burma, Laos, and Thailand.

Can you see the serpent’s tail curling around its body on which Buddha is sitting?
©2018 Regina Martins
This is the front past of the Buddhist Naga statue
©2018 Regina Martins

Cee Black and White Photo Challenge.