Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Lazy Apple

And on my boss man's desk is this lazy apple or better known as a pear. So why do I call the pear a lazy apple. Well when I was younger I thought that some apples on the apple tree were very lazy and started drooping, hence the pear shape. Well the pear certainly did not fall far from the apple tree.

Happy Bosses' Day, oh is that a day now?

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Purple Wave

This is the 2nd time this month that God has blessed us with an awesome purple sunset. I arrived home after work, got the supper on the go and then stepped out onto my patio to enjoy the beautiful sunset on this warm evening. I can just sit here all evening and enjoy but sadly I had to pull myself as I had an Neighbourhood Watch Committee meeting to attend to. 

Monday, 15 October 2018

Just takes One

Yay it is Monday. The rain has gone and left a trail of broken traffic lights throughout Johannesburg. I mean Joburg Power can't even get jut one thing right. Yes I have seen cities in flood across the world and I stare in awe of a traffic light still working in a flood whereas Joburg well just a hint of rain and the robots go on strike. 


Did you say robots going on strike?

Okay what ever reason that even I can't fathom why, we South Africans call traffic lights well robots. And after it rains most of the robots well they don't like to work anymore causing endless traffic jams.

Oh well thank goodness I am on a Vespa and it is a breeze getting to work and back especially on days like these, clear blue skies and not a cloud in, oh okay just one lonely cloud had to spoil this. It just takes one to mess it all up for the others. 

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Rainy Days

We are all partied out. The rain has set in. For rainy days like these well we just cuddle up and go back to sleep. 

Oh and wake me up when Monday comes.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Two Little Witches

Na these aren't 2 weird sisters but granny Lynda and granddaughter Rebekah on her 3rd Pink Witches birthday party. Oh dear little Rebekah is getting some first hand training on how to be a good little witch from grand mother dear. 

Happy birthday Rebekah!

Friday, 12 October 2018

Pool Covered

And finally I get my pool covered, after so much water has evapourated during the winter dry months and the summer rains are about to fall. We sold our white elephant, the outside walk-in fridge, about a month ago and we always wanted the pool covered so why not.

The winds come howling down the valley and the evapouration from our pool is horrendous. To slow down evpouration I had to turn off the pool heaters so we could not even use our pool in winter. Now things are different.  

Thursday, 11 October 2018

No Connection

You would think this is a new dance move, the forecourt attendants running around, jumping up on top of the rubbish bins, with their hands in the air. Whoooa ah Thriller! But no this is us trying connect with the Banks with their extremely high rates just a few litres of fuel at a murderous price.

I think we have lost the connection. This can't be the life that we want, or need. There must be more to this.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

The Witch is Back

Imagine my shock when Lynda walked in wearing a Witch's hat. Even Minky was unsure about Lynda's new look. So there I was relaxing watching Star Trek reruns while supper was on the go after a long day at work, when the witch arrives home. 

This coming Saturday is Rebekah's 3rd Birthday an she wants a Pink Witches Party, well I better dig out a Wizard's robe.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Made in the RSA

So here I am, waking up early on a Tuesday morning, still tired as I don't think that I am sleeping well and through my half closed eyes I see the label of the new shirt that Lynda bought me. And my eyes are now wide open... Made in South Africa. Oh now that is a rare sight as most clothing manufacturers  have gone under due to the scrupulous business practices of the Chinese clothing industry. You start to wonder if all Chinese businesses are like this. Oh well I will wear this shirt with pride as that song from the Boss comes to my lips although I changed the USA to RSA, Born in the RSA, I was.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Through a Green Lens

Monday Blues no more, I have decided to look at the world a little differently from now on. No more letting life get the better of me, I must see it through a different more positive lens. Ha my green water bottle on my desk at work sure helps.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Rose Tattoo

As I stood behind a father and his son in church this morning, I felt a connection as they put there arms around each other during the the song Who you say I am. Yes the know I am nothing but I know the I AM and He knows who I am. Like this father who put his arm around his son, the I AM calls me His son and puts His arms around me.

Among the son's tattoos was a dove and further down a rose tattoo. And that song Rose Tattoo came to my lips, ..."some may be from showing up, others are from growing up, sometimes I was so messed up and didn't have a clue" BUT what I do know is the the I AM is standing by my side, always.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Death Note L

It is that time of year again when Matthew dresses up as his favourite anime character, this time it is L from the anime series Death Note. L is a tall slim character with messes black hair. Not dissimilar to Sherlock Homes, L sets out to catch the mass murderer Kira and is suspicious that Light is Kira. You see Matthew I do pay attention to what you like. Now I better go listen to Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Power Stance

Okay I did not take this photo but I am there in the crowd doing my power stance during the briefing of the Joint Visibility Operation in Mogale City this evening. There just off centre to the left wearing a blue shirt with an open luminous reflector jacket.

Lynda and I joined the few from Roodekrans Neighbourhood Watch  to represent the RNW at the Joint Visibility Operation along with Mogale CPF Sectors 3, 4 and 5; Muldersdrift Sector 3; Randburg CPF; Security companies APCAN and EPR; Intellidrive; Netcare 911; Mogale City Community Safety, Disaster Management and the West Rand Fire Department along with the South African Police services. Yip there was a large number of groups represented, although I wonder what happened to Sector 7, Sector 8 and the other Security companies.

Well that's my Friday over.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Petrol Increase

With petrol nearly doubling in the past 10 years it is a pleasure riding my Vespa past all the cars stuck in traffic. Thank goodness it costs me below R100 to fill my tank which lasts 2 days riding to work and back.Yesterday our fuel in South Africa catastrophically increased by R1 per litre to break the R17 per litre record mark, eish. Just today I have seen an drastically increase in bikers on the road, well that is till the summer rains come, then it is back to cars. The question is will petrol reach the R20 per litre by December 2018?

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Purple Clouds

My Vespa came out of service yesterday and it was a pleasure riding to work and back. Goodbye traffic woes, goodbye. 

I arrived home stress free only for the electricity to trip in the entire neighbourhood. No problem, just go outside and sit on the deck and enjoy the last light of the day. Prince forget dancing in the purple rain, we have purple clouds to amaze us. What a end to the day, awesome.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Yesterday was Nuts

So as I munch on my mixed nuts and fruit, I was contemplating on the manic traffic yesterday. I mean today I left the same time as yesterday yet today it took me one and a half hours compared to yesterday's two and a half terrible hours sitting in the rush hour traffic.

Yummy, these nuts and fruit are awesome. 

Monday, 1 October 2018

Monday Madness

Eish what madness has this Monday been. My day started off by sitting for 2 and a half hours in grid locked traffic to work in what normally takes 1 hour, madness. I had to use the pickup because my Vespa is in need of some loving care and sitting in a cage for hours in traffic is not my cup of tea.

After work I dropped my Vespa off for a service then it was me time but that is what I thought, little did I know that the Monday's manic madness would not stop here. I had just climbed out of the shower and was getting ready for bed when the call went out for volunteers. 

On Sunday there was a concert which was held at the Botanical Gardens, the Jozi Tese Festival, which did not comply to the contractual agreement and made so much noise late into the night that I even heard it loud and clear at my house 2km away. I believe the police were called in as backup to try stop the event. The Bot Gardens' security even cut the power but that did not stop the concert as they had backup generators. The wildlife in the gardens just fled and one duiker found itself in the Roodekrans neighbourhood streets. For the whole of Monday the duiker was petrified, it fled from house to house avoiding the dogs and people. By the evening a call went out from the Roodekrans Neighbourhood Watch to launch a rescue attempt to get the duiker back to the Botanical Gardens. 

About 30 Roodekrans neighbours answered to call for help. We managed to corner the duiker in a cul-de-sac. Luckily it next to the green belt so we cut open the fence to make a way for it to escape to safety. But we had lost the frightened buck because it had forced it's way to the rear of someone's home. When looking for where it was hiding, it got spooked and caught itself in the same gate it used to get in. The whole neighbourhood must have been woken up by traumatic squeals as the poor creature cried out for help. We safely managed to get it loose from its entanglements without anyone or the buck getting injured and released it back into the veld. 

Hopefully this will be the end of this Manic Monday.

Okay but still I have some unanswered questions:
  1. I know that the Botanical Gardens need to raise funds but why are such loud concerts allowed to be held in a nature area?
  2. Will the organisers of the Josi Tese Festival be held responsible?
  3. Why was the rescue attempt only held late on Monday evening? The buck was 1st reported in the Kruin Community Voluntary Association WhatsApp group when it was first seen early Monday morning. Why did the KCVA do something about it then? 

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Dad's Pheromones

I shower every day yet my cats simple love my armpits, I mean the pheromones are so intoxicating that my cats get so high. Many times they bury their heads in my under arm region that I am starting to worry that something is not right. I have gotten other humans to do the smell test and I am okay so it must be some undetected pheromone that our human noses can't smell yet my underarm is like catnip to my cats.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Home Dakotah

I haven't seen Dakotah since she left the birthing clinic 3 weeks ago. Her parents Robynne and Marco have been sick with flu , followed by Lynda, so we stayed away thereby making sure that little Dakotah does not get any germs. 

Friday, 28 September 2018

Yellow Rubber Gloves

There is supposed to be the first of the summer storms this afternoon which means I have to take the pickup and not the bike to work. Going to work in a cage means I need to leave a little extra early, hence not dawdling in bed. Opening the blinds in the scullery, half awake, I got a little fright by seeing  this pair of yellow rubber gloves hanging on the security bars. Uhmm I think I shall go back to bed.

Thursday, 27 September 2018


When I was in the Netherlands many moons ago, I used to walk the streets of Papendrecht to the market or to the confluence of the Noord and Beneden Merwede rivers, old people used to peep out of the rijtjeshuise. 

Very inquisitive were these older people. Well I had to go see an older person today and I was surprised to see a sign stating "Thursday" in the window. Well today is Thursday so whatever or whoever the sign is meant for, I was on time visiting this older person. Although she was very happy to see me and very talkative, at least she wasn't peering through the red framed windows. No Netherlands but she is French, I better learn how to pronounce her surname correctly.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Fever Weaver

It is that time of year again, the Black Eagle has fledged, the swallows have returned and nest building is in frantic mode. This Masked Weaver is building his nest in the Fever Tree just as he did last year and perhaps the year before. 

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

No Trust Discovery Insure

When I arrived home back from work this evening, the house felt empty without Matthew around as he is back at Res. His Sky Watcher telescope was still out and not put away as it should be. Oh well perfect opportunity to take a photo for the insurance, not that I need to but I don't trust my insurance company Discovery Insure anymore, well not after my pickup debacle which still remains unresolved.

On Thursday the 1st of February 2018, my pickup caught fire, yes it is a Ford, but due to quick thinking on my part I managed to stop the fire by disconnecting the battery. Discovery Insure sent a tow truck to fetch my pickup and it was taken away to their yard to await on one of Discovery's assessors. An assessor phoned me the next day and asked for a copy of the receipt that the tow company left me when they took my pickup. The following week, every day other people from Discovery Insure's appointed assessor company phoned me looking for my pickup. Yes they had lost my pickup and they only found it a week later on  Friday 9 February. An assessor then phoned me and asked if my pickup battery was flat, my answer was no. 

Then the following week the claim was approved and my pickup moved to a Discovery Insure appointed panel beater, Nu Wagon. On the 5 March my pickup was returned but that is when I discovered my alarm was not working. I took it straight back to Nu Wagon the next day but they told me that there never was an alarm system. WHAT! Then why do I have a remote, why is there alarm wires, an anti-hijack button, and an alarm siren still on my pickup? Someone stole my alarm system while it was lost for a week.

And to this day Discovery Insure has not come to the party and replace the alarm that was stolen while on their watch. No one at Discovery Insure wants to take ownership and just hopes that I would go away. And then today, 237 days later (33 weeks and 6 days or 7 months and 25 days), is the first time a Discovery Insure employee phoned me. I nearly fell off my chair. Oh no wait he was just informing me of the person who will be looking into my matter. Nothing has been resolved yet.

Nothing, so you can read, you can not trust Discovery Insure.

Monday, 24 September 2018

All Braai'd Out

Sjoie, I must be all braai'd out by now if a person can ever have too many braais. Well I am not that perfect, give me a salad now I tell you. Anyways it is the last day of Matthew's holidays and I took him back the his residence then dropped him off at his cousins place, where as you can guess since today is National Braai Day, they were having a braai. So with the moto "Nou Gaan Ons Braai", I did what any South African would do, I did some kuier'ing and some more braaing. 

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Sundowner Braai

The day before National Braai Day, the weather was perfect for a sundowner braai on my deck. Even though tomorrow is Braai Day, any excuse for a braai is the order of the day. So with meat on the grill, Lynda, Matthew, Bradley, and myself relaxed on the deck while the sun slowly sank below the horizon. 

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Black Eagle Mountain Run

A 166 runners turned up this morning for the 1st Black Eagle Mountain Run all in aid of supporting the resident Black Eagles whose juvenile fledged last Wednesday. The organisers are aiming that this race to be the toughest trail run in Gauteng, and from the looks of the runners as they returned, it sure must be one tough run up and down the Sugarbush Ridge. 

Friday, 21 September 2018

Nearly 100

Wow, petrol is expensive in South Africa; it is the first time that it took nearly R100 to fill the tank of my Vespa. And to make matters worse it is going up again next week. Well the reason is all the tax and levies that is being added to the cost of the fuel. We export fuel to Botswana, Swaziland, and Lesotho yet their fuel is sold at nearly half our price per litre.

Oh well I better tighten my belt with all this commuting on my Vespa lately.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Red Tiger

Oh well, the good traffic did not last, back to normal rush hour traffic sitting in a cage while bikers wizz past. Finally I got home to a sick Lynda in bed and 2 hungry boys. Thankfully I was prepared, and threw into the oven a Woolies lasagne and put my feet up.

Next to my feet lay a Tiger on the red covered ottoman. The pheromones from my feet is just what a cat needs to sleep.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Queen of All

גוט יום־טובֿ, to all my Jewish readers out there, have a good Yom Kippur. Going in to an office now days means traveling in rush hour traffic. Normally going by Vespa has made me immune to its affects but lately I been using my pickup because my tenant's bike has broken down and he needs a lift, hence I am using my pickup and being sitting in rush hour traffic, but today it was somehow beautifully clear, wow there must be a lot of practicing Jews that sit in traffic and are on holiday today. All I can say it was pleasant.

Arriving back home after an easy drive home, I found my cat Minky being queen of all she surveys. Oh well l'shanah tovah.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Finger Condom

Yes, you read the title of this blog correctly, this is called a finger condom. Lynda during her cleaning spells, while pushing some plastic into the recycling managed to cut her fingers on some tins. So off to the ER with fingers dangling, okay not quite but I am trying some empathy here people. 

Monday, 17 September 2018

Cat on High

Arriving home from work, I went straight into the kitchen to start the supper, when I felt someone watching me. Looking around I didn't see anyone, and continued preparing the evening meal. While I was well into the preparations, something caught my eye and I looked up. There was Bebe perched up on high, on top of the kitchen cupboards. Uhmmm sneaky cat.

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