Catchy Cosy Records

The music section of this blog has been online for quite a while, but only recently I made a first post in it. Today, I’m adding one more to let you know what I’ll be posting here in the future and to give you a first example of records I want to talk about for a bit. You may note I also put this post in the burnout blues section of the website, as records have also helped me a lot in slowing down in life. Next to my professional life, also my private life had always been too packed until a few years ago.

The younger ones (and heck, also the older ones I reckon) among you, are probably using Spotify or other streaming resources for your musical entertainment. While I’m really fond of how accessible a wealth of music is available through these, I can’t help but love it more to have physical records in my hand. The size, the sleeve and artwork, it feels good to hold and look at. It looks beautiful when it’s on the turntable, as you can see on the left. The imperfections because of dust, minor scratches or surface noise, it all adds to the experience. You’re holding history when you’re holding records, they’re more dynamic than one would assume. So you wonder why I’m not on Spotify if I’m into music that much? My Spotify is my record collection that today holds over 750 records, all collected during the past 2 years. That’s about 1 new record each day. That’s so much to discover, so much to listen to again and again.

Record collection updated / Record available for sale/exchange

My record collection page got an upgrade and is now fully up-to-date. As my collection is expanding, there’s also quite a few doubles and records I don’t want to keep in my collection. These are available for sale or to exchange for other records. Should you be interested in exchanging or buying, don’t hesitate to contact me about it!

How psychotherapy got me back on track

I’ve described before how burnout hit me pretty bad and how it brought me to the darkest place in my life. Luckily, I received a lot of support from friends, family and colleagues, but for some aspects their help simply wouldn’t be sufficient. Despite everyone’s good intentions, their view will always be biased, as they usually look at the situation from a very similar perspective as your own. For an outsider perspective, I had to rely on professional help, something that was totally new for me…

How things all came to be…

It’s been a while since I posted something in this category, and as I mentioned before, here I plan to post experiences, thought, reflections and so on, if and when I feel like doing so. While I’ve “declared” the burn-out as more or less under control about a 100 days ago, obviously it’s by far not all behind me. I’m not even sure if it will ever be, or if I’d even want it to ever be. That might seem weird at first, but I’ve learned so much from going through a burnout, about myself, about how to take better care of myself, about things in life which are important and which are much less…

Habanero Season 2022

I just realised now that I haven’t mentioned one word about the ongoing Habanero Season, shame on me! The season in fact started in early march here, and we’re approaching the 100 days mark since seeding.

This season, I truly wanted to have a proper Habanero season, so I ordered 5 different types of Habanero, and Habanada for the fun of it. The latter is the non-spicy version of Habanero, which has all the flavour but none of the burning. Bonsai bell peppers if you wish!