This is my list of five ways to enjoy strawberries:
Eat them straight up cold from the chiller.
Freeze them to become little icy popsicles.
Serve with a dash of whipped cream or ice cream.
Slice them thinly and immerse them in cold drinking water to make a refreshing infusion drink.
If you have one cooking pot of strawberries to make jam, wash and clean them of their stems. Slice thinly and grate them. Boil them and add sugar according to taste. If you have gelatin/ jelly making crystals, dissolve and stir several tablespoons in hot water and stir. Add this to the strawberry jam and bring to boil. Cool it and then refrigerate.
How I relax after a long day? I retreat into my inner sanctuary. I do something I like. It could be reading, blogging or creating art. A rhythmic activity that involves repetitive actions brings order to the mind, emotions and calms the inner chaos.
Here are some of my personal changes and how they help me. I’m sharing them because you may be inspired to change your life and tell us the aspects in which you have experienced life improvements.
Change in diet
I changed my diet into a near vegetarian one. I still eat fish and chicken, but only one of each and twice a week. I feel better and my weight has started to decrease naturally without making extra effort to go out to exercise daily. In pre-Covid days, I used to walk for 25 minutes every day. Now, I only have housework to burn calories. My other work are all sedentary.
Started a reading habit
I’m reading books and blogging reviews. Reading helps me write better as a blogger.
Started mixed media art
I started creating mixed media art. I got over my initial anxieties with “art block”. Now, I try to use available materials to make pretty art. I hand sewed simple costumes for my art figures. I had never done this before.
Significantly reduced time spent on Twitter
I reduced time spent on social media, specifically Twitter. Its entertainment and gratification but I didn’t gain much from it. This is helpful as I discovered I have more time to use fruitfully for my art and reading.