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Silent Sunday… Again

 

Good things happen in threes…

Well then it seems bad things happen in fours (or maybe it is just me)

Yesterday was an interesting day.

Woke up bright and early, got some early morning cuddles with baby (daddy was out of town)

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IMG_0150.JPG morning selfie with the little miss before getting ready for work

Got ready for work, was rushing to be able to get in good time since I had plans to leave work in good time… Wishful thinking man proposes God disposes…

Thing 1: press the remote to open the gate it didn’t work, no big deal I know how to override, get down on my knees , open gate motor, press override nothing, tweak a few buttons, still nothing. Push, shove, pull gate wouldn’t budge! Hmmm I call the office PA to tell her I would be late need to get the technician to come fix gate. While chatting to her I notice thing 2!

Thing 2: I have a flat tyre – weird how did that happen . I must have picked up something that punctured the tyre because it was completely flat. So I tell PA I will try get a taxi and head to work. PA says “my dear, that’s a sign stay home and get your work done” I shall let the boss know you are working from home. Good thing I have access to be able to work from home. Granted I can do an ok job of fixing the tyre I did learn at 15 because my dad made me, in his words if you can drive you have to be able to change a tyre .

Technician is running late, fault with his car!!!

What did I do

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I stayed home and got lots of work done. Though I had to use my data (not cheap) but I can’t eat my cake and have it. I was not ready to take a taxi. It was a busy work day and I blazed through it with minimal distraction ( food for thought, all those side office chit chats while good for human interaction means less efficiency )

And being home I got to see this child wake up from her nap and I think she was happy to see me too

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That was her attempt at smiling when she woke up. Isn’t she just too cute!!!

Thing 3: after work was all done I decided to take a walk, I was getting cabin fever. Pack baby up in stroller check, change into work out gear check, open pedestrian gate to get out check. Lock pedestrian gate, no check – twist and turn – key broke into the lock! Damn . Hubby is still not back . Call locksmith he can fix it but needs to be paid in cash. BTW I saved the locksmith’s name in my phone as Locksmith Expensive – ha I’m sure there was a reason for that. Call out R450 , lock R295 after lots of exclaiming he gave me a whole R45 discount ($1=R11.1) . It doesn’t sound a lot but who carries so much cash around. These artisans need to move with the times and get pocket pos so they can accept cards for payments.

So my little companion and I head out for a quick 5km (through and fro) to the ATM to draw cash – then thing 4 happened

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Thing 4 – ATM not working!!! Luckily there was another bank’s ATM (I don’t know about you but I hate drawing cash and I even hate it more drawing from another bank’s ATM). Get cash rush back home, mr expensive is there. He fixes the gate in a whooping 5 minutes or less . I shuddered when I handed over the cash but I felt safer knowing my gate was locked again and won’t be left opened overnight!!!

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Beautiful sunset while walking back from the ATM!

And that my friends was how I spent my Friday and how I concluded bad things must happen in fours 😆 😆

Hope you are having a nice weekend

Ps: technician only made it to fix the gate today!

Good Neighbours…

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Picture taken at sunset yesterday

Being a good neighbour means different things to different people but one thing I know is having a good neighbour is the best thing anyone can ask for. I find it sad that the common thread these days is for people not to know their neighbours.

We’ve lived in our current house for 9 years and it was only 2 years ago that I met one of my next door neighbours. The other neighbours I “know” in that we say hello when we see on the street but that’s about it.

This makes me sad because growing up life was different. It was an era of good neighborliness. Where as a child I was afraid to be bad because you knew the neighbours and knew they were watching.They were like our extended family. Actually they were extended family by default. I used to have lunch almost every other day at neighbours and many came to house for dinner. First time I can remember watching an Indian movie (and Bruce Lee) on a VCR was at neighbours. I miss those times and I’m sad that life is not like that any more.

We had a stream of unpaid baby sitters/care givers/chauffeurs in our neighbours when my parents would be away. The one neighbour used to take me to and pick me from school from grade 1 to 3 and look after me till my mom got back everyday. It was pure bliss in my little mind though one of the neighbours was even stricter than my mom! Many of my old neighbours growing up are some of my oldest -at least 30 years (yes I’m old I know) and closest friends till date

Do you know your neighbours? Are you close? Can you count on them ?and more importantly can they count on you? What was it like for you growing up? What does being a good neighbour mean to you?

Ps: I’m hitching to be a not so nice neighbour right now! The one neighbour has creeping plants that keeps over growing into our compound and triggering off the alarm and blocking the night light. Need to pay someone to cut it regularly. I keep thinking I should ask them to trim it but hubby can’t be bothered so I’m letting it slide but it’s driving me batty.

A Prayer for the Stressed…

 

Sunset in the capital City (Summer 2013)

Sunset in the capital City (Summer 2013)

 

Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. 

The courage to change the things I can. 

The wisdom to be careful of the toes I step on today, 

As they may be connected to the feet I have to kiss tomorrow. 

Help me give 100% at work –

 12% on Monday 

23% on Tuesday 

40% on Wednesday 

20% on Thursday 

and 5% on Friday 

Help me to remember, when I’m having a bad day, 

And it seems that people are trying to wind me up, 

It takes 42 muscles to frown, 

28 muscles to smile and only 4 to extend my hand….. 

And smack them in the mouth!

 – Author unknown

 

Don’t know about you but I love it 😆 😆

 Hope you have had a good week so far. This weekend I am looking forward to getting my hair done and a 5km women’s race and some R &R.

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

No, I don’t have the flu…

If I got a dollar every time I said these words, I think I would be a millionaire by now! Ok I’m exaggerating but you get the drift 😆

I know people around here like to call a common cold the flu, but I can never get used to it (and I refuse to get used to it). There’s a very very big difference between a cold or in my case sinusitis and hay fever/allergies.

So, no I don’t have the flu, I usually have a cold or a bad case of sinusitis 99% of the time 😆 :lol

Ps: you know I always always have to have a picture or two or more, so here are two, one from sunset today and the other from sunrise a week ago

Hope you are having a good week so far?

Sunset earlier today while taking Caesar on a walk

Sunset earlier today while taking Caesar on a walk

Sunrise last Wednesday

Sunrise last Wednesday

Another 8km …

…or MORE

The excuses I made for not doing 10km at the sun “not” rise monster were:

  • I did a 10km the weekend before
  • I will do 8km the day after

very very valid excuses (or not) 😉 😉

So bright and early last Sunday morning I made my way to the Zoo lake to take part in an 8km race walk in support of hospice (you all know by now I don’t run). What I liked everything from the view to the crowd and the cause, what I didn’t like about doing the 8km you do the same 4km route twice – not good for picture-taking if you ask me 😉 😉 – but I did it and of course got loads of pictures in the process

Everytime I am this venue, I take a picture of this view :-)

Everytime I am at this venue, I take a picture of this view 🙂

Same view as above from another angle

Same view as above from another angle

People setting up their artwork

People setting up their artwork. In Jacaranda season, the view at the top is dotted with purple

More people setting up for the Sunday market

More people setting up for the Sunday market

By the time I was done, the sun was just coming it's own. Good timing

By the time I was done, the sun was just making its way out to been hot. Good timing

I had to take this for comparison purposes. Last time I was here this tree was brown...

I had to take this for comparison purposes. Last time I was here this tree was brown…

Later in the day, I looked out my window and this was what I saw. Too good to stay indoors!

I am just in awe of sunsets

I am just in awe of sunsets

What do you do when the weather is beautiful, take the dogs walking. PS: I do put my dog on a leash until we get to this mini park where I release him if the park is empty

Take the dog walking.
PS: I do put my dog on a leash until we get to this mini park where I release him if the park is empty

More sunset

More sunset

And to end the day

Catch up on the Os.cars

Catch up on the Os.cars

 What a day! I would do it again in a flash though

Hope you are joining us for the Monthly Photo Challenge? The theme for this month is MOVEMENT

Have a nice weekend!

Last Weekend…

I had a very good 4 day weekend last weekend.

A friend, her hubby and 2 daughters spent 3 days with us. When she was pregnant with the first daughter, I used to sit next to her at work and feel the baby kick anytime she ate ice-cream….. And now the girls are almost 11 and almost 10 – according to them 🙂 😉

Last time I saw them was in 2008 (though we chat and email quite often).  I liked having them around because even though my hubby was officially meeting them for the first time properly, we all got along real good and chatted for hours on all the days they were with us. On the last night, after the husbands went to bed, my friend and I chatted  from 1am to 3.30am and it was just what I needed. Food for my soul. The down side was I had a race that was starting at 6.40 (or so I thought, because it apparently started at 6.30), so I was out of the house by 5.40am. Would I have gone to bed earlier rather than have our chat, NOPE!!!!!

On arrival, I asked the girls what they wanted to do while here, the almost 11 wanted to go shopping, the almost 10 wanted to do whatever daddy wanted to do…

…so we went sightseeing

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Then shopping

Taken in one of the dressing rooms during our shopping trip

One of the dressing rooms during our last shopping trip

Another dressing room in the shop above. The girls (and the adults) were in pink heaven

Another dressing room in the shop above. The girls (and the adults) were in pink paradise

The other side of the dressing room above

We baked muffins twice (sadly, no picture evidence, but they were yummy and fluffy vanilla muffins)

During this period, I went for 2 step classes and did my first 10km of the year.

Enroute to the 10KM starting line

Enroute to the 10KM starting line, don’t be deceived by the sun it was just after 6am 😉

10km Finito- with my medal :-)Interestingly, I did my best time ever in the race...

10km Finito- with my medal 🙂
Interestingly, I did my best time ever in the race…

I was sad to see them leave

Saying goodbye at the airportSob :-(  Sob :-(

Sob 😦 Sob 😦
PS: I don’t even know if one is allowed to take pictures here, but I used zoom I guess the guards could never figure out the pictures I was taking 😉

All in all I was happy to have been able to spend that time with them.
 
How was you week?  Any big weekend plans?
 
Have a nice and restful weekend xxx

Another day, Another SUNSET..

One of the few things (probably the only thing actually) I like about summer is the beautiful sunsets (I always somehow miss the sunrise, but I’m sure it must be beautiful too 🙂 ) and today’s did not disappoint

How was your Thursday and your week so far?

taken in the capital city today at 18.36am

taken in the capital city today at 18.36am

Beauty despite it all…

I refuse to think about all that is going on around now, there is only so much negative news one can deal with before becoming paranoid or going crazy,  instead I am making a conscious effort to focus on the beauty in small things around me. (I think I am in denial)

 

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A few minutes later….

 

19/02/2013 at 18:46. The sun had disappeared but it's presence could still be seen in the orange streaks

19/02/2013 at 18:46. The sun had disappeared but it’s presence could still be seen in the orange streaks

 

 

And a different side taken from the same spot

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Pictures taken at sunset yesterday.

 

Hope you have had a good week so far?  I have a 4 day weekend ahead of me, starting from tomorrow. Plus I have some friends coming over for 3 days (last time I saw them was December 2008) and I am doing my 1st 10k of 2012.

Long weekend + 10km race + time with good friends = A VERY HAPPY ME

 

 

Currently I am…

I can’t remember being this busy in a long time, but I am super busy. Last week I had 186 unread posts in GR and this week I am already up to 96. Grrrrrr, maybe it is time to clean out my reader, because reader or not there are some blogs I still read, just not commenting a lot these days (my phone doesn’t seem to like posts by blogger). Well moving right along…

Julia did this and I thought it was interesting and a way to find something to blog about after a busy week.

Here we go

Currently I am…

Reading: Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern. (She’s the author of PS, I love you). An interesting book with the tag line – Sometimes fate just can’t stop meddling…. and I can tell you, fate is seriously meddling with her two main characters’ lives. I stayed up for almost 2 hours past my bed time reading…

 Listening to: A collection of Christian songs that I put together. Best way to get through my 20 mins train ride in the morning and the first few hours of the morning (I even named the playlist “Train”)

Laughing at: Talking Tom. My friend sent me a talking tom video, very hilarious. Imagine a rat leaving a message on your phone, saying he’s being trying to reach you for the past two days, but he wanted to let you know that when he didn’t find any noodles to eat in your room (which was always there for eating in the past), he ate your school certificates, cheque book and some other documents. And to please call back when you get the message to discuss. Ended with a loving Bye!!!!

I had tears streaming down my face. My friend said she peed in her pant 🙂  ;-)Even typing this I am laughing

Swooning over:  hmmmm, nothing really. Nothing swoon-worthy at the moment

Planning: my busy weekend schedule

Eating lots of : Junk (not good for my weight loss target) and baby spinach

Feeling: A bit sick with blocked nose. I can feel a sinus headache forming (nothing new by the way in this season)

Discovering: That I am happy being busy and I buy too many books. I always promise not to buy any more, but in the last week, I bought more than 10 books  😉  😉   Hubby has asked me to get a reader, so I can stop filling up the house with more and more books

Looking at: My computer, since I am typing up this list (obviously). BUt on the way home last night, there was a gorgeous sunset …

Sunset

Sunset

Wearing: wearing a red t-shirt and lacy black skirt (I get loads of compliments when ever I wear said skirt). Ps: said skirt was a gift from my “tri-polar” MIL                    😉      😉

Lace patterns

Lace patterns

Cooking: I cook mostly on the weekends, I just pop stuff into the microwave on week days. Thanks to Julia, I have a new favourite salad, which I now eat at least once or twice every week, but if  you know me, I love to tweak recipes. This is this week’s take on the  salad here

There's no mushroom in the main recipe...

There’s no mushroom in the main recipe…

Wondering: When this day will end. I am tired already.

Trying out: Spinning and loving it. I actually normally “hate” any repetitive exercise like walking on a treadmill or spinning. But just before the holidays I decided to give spinning a try and I must confess, I am loving it. Only caveat though is it has to be at least 60 mins, my favourite is the 90 mins class

Best way to start the weekend ;-)

Best way to start the weekend 😉

Please share some current stuff  (if you feel up to it)