Wednesday 21 March 2018

Survival of the Fittest

I am sort of having a mental block at the moment.

Two reports due within the next 24 hours (actually one is overdue) and I am still not even half way done through my research.

Moments like this make me wish that I don't have to worry about food, bills, and whatever necessities so I can just lie around, relaxing and read fiction to fill up the time.

Not the kind of fiction people create to serve as in real life events but actual mind-blowing totally unreal fantasy fiction like Star Wars, Star Trek, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs kind of fiction.

I mean the first type of fiction is just lies made to seem real to attack others that some people actually fall for it while the second fiction is too unreal that everyone knows it is untrue without doing any kind of further research than the obvious.

I wonder whether it pays well to do the first kind of fiction since so many people are doing it.

In any case, TaoTao has been poorly and is currently on medication.

I am still slightly worried for him despite his excellent appetite because he may overeat and I am letting him do so because the vet told me to make sure he has a good appetite.

He has gained so much of his old weight back that I hope I won't be accused of letting a cat become obese.

The problem with TaoTao is, he just eats, sleeps and sits around all the time and hides under the table instead of being out there playing in the sun and hunting birds and mice like he used to.

The illness had affected his confidence so bad that he was startled and ran in fright when a gecko fell on him instead of pouncing on it like he would have had previously.

That's another thing to worry about, to restore the confidence of my kitty.

He used to be such an excellent hunter that he had often gifted me with mice, birds and lizards in the past then waited by his food bowl for his food hoping for his favorite "pouch" of mackerel that I normal treat him with when he is being a good kitty.

Now he doesn't saunter but sprints with his tail down when he moves from one hiding place to another for fear of being attacked or something.

I guess that's why nature is unforgiving for the weak and the term "survival of the fittest" was coined to reflect this.

To think that that is all I have to worry about is kind of empowering, I am glad I opted to being unemployed.  So I guess it's back to the reports and the research.

Thursday 15 March 2018

Whats up

It has been a while since my last posting here, more than two years actually.

I had a bit of a meltdown and needed to be away for a while to refocus on what is important to me and the beings that I cared for, so I decided to stay away for a while from blogging.

Over the past 2 years, nothing much has changed, but I have expanded my interest in other things and explored further my curiosity in subjects and topics that may have greater impact on our quality of life.

In the process, some things that I used to blog about have diminished in importance in my life so I have decided to change the focus of my blog to issues that have direct impact on our quality of life and our environment.

I hope to be able to share some of my thoughts and the resources that I have access to with people with similar interests in those issues.

My apologies to those who have been coming here for the political content in this blog but I hope to minimise politics in future postings.

So what happened in the past 2 years?

Well, nothing much.  We are still here, living a quiet life.

Alex will be sitting for his UPSR this year, so Yaya has been busy making sure that he gets all the additional tuition that he may need.

Seman had been adopted by a friend, while Sammy left the house one day and never came back, probably found someone who could give him more love than we could.

However, recently Alex and Dean came home with two stray kittens who were apparently abandoned by their mother, so we have new kittens now - KohKoh a red mackerel tabby shorthair and TaoTao a red tabby semi longhair.

We are still planting vegetables to supplement our store bought groceries, in addition to a thriving herb garden that we no longer need to buy galangal, tumeric, lemongrass, ginger root, daun kesum or spring onions anymore.

The banana grove at the back of the house is providing us with fresh bananas every six months, our herb garden is a source for an endless supply of ulam raja, pegaga, cekur, kacang kelisa, terung telunjuk, sabung nyawa and of course our kaffir lime tree has started fruiting so now we have leaves for cooking and fruits to wash fish with.

Our lemon and key lime trees are growing at the back too.  We are not sure whether the lemon tree would actually produce lemons, but we'll see.  It is currently still too small to tell.

The two roses upfront had grown so much that we had to aggressively prune them down to just a few strong branches but we had accidentally pruned out the bright pink roses to a point that it may just die because it may not be able to get sufficient nutrient to fight with the bigger pale pink rose bush.

My palms are thriving so much so that I had to keep transferring them out to bigger and bigger pots.  I only have 4 palm varieties as we don't have much space for decorative plants, but they gave me so much joy.

Okay, that's enough for now.  I guess it has been too long and I have so much to share.  I definitely need to start posting again.  Bye for now!