Sunday, 16 September 2018

Battle of the Vowels


Not to name or shame the brand, but I enjoy seeing mistakes like this. Yes we all human especially me who is dyslectic and swapping of the vowels is a common occurrence. So now in the battle to spell correctly we have a Lemon Mirengue as in a sour Ferengi not a Lemon Meringue as per the Rules of Acquisition.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Father and Son


It is good to have Matthew home for the holidays. No more exams for a little while, until the finals in a few month's time but for now he can relax at home. 

Friday, 14 September 2018

Nailed It


Arriving at work this morning, I noticed that I had nailed it, well not quite. I saw that my rear tyre of my Vespa had an 2 inch nail through the side wall. Eish, really!

By lunch time the tyre was still inflated, so I decided to slip out and see if I can get it repaired. The first place I found was a tyre place and just one look they turned me away stating that because it was through the side wall, they can't fix it. I finally ended up at a bike shop, and priced their tyres. Okay reasonable so I gave the go ahead.

The repair technician, came up and simply pulled the nail out and the tyre did not deflate. He said that the nail didn't go through the tyre and is safe the still use.

Well that saved me some money but I still have to take it easy riding home just to be sure.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Tony's Wild Olive


What a rush today has been. The boss man is flying out tomorrow and I had to get the rest of the week's workload to bedded down. This morning I remembered that I had to be at Tony's Memorial Tree Planting but due to my head spinning with all the work, I arrived home, totally oblivious that I had to be elsewhere. Halfway through cooking supper, I got the message reminding us that we planting a tree in the next half an hour. Oh (&@9. Drop everything...

Tony was a long time Neighbourhood Watch Patroller, who pasted away a few days ago, and we decided that planting a Wild Olive tree in the park just down the road where he lived would be a good way of remembering him. So that is what we did. 

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Shaved Dog


Matthew is home for the holidays and first things first, we had to pick up a shaved Podge from the vet. Thank goodness, it wasn't as bad as it looked. All the bites missed all the vital organs. Podge is one lucky dog. Just hope that he has learnt his lesson and not go running around the neighbourhood, as I can't afford his vet bills.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Big Dog Attack


Ouch, this is not good. For the last 5 years we have been looking after my brothers dog Orion, a cross Jack Russel and a Pug. Temporary became permanent and we changed his name to Podge as he was  obese from living the good life with my brother. After a balanced diet, Podge was soon back to an healthy weight but remained naughty.

Lately Podge has been climbing over our fence, and whatever I did never seemed to work as Podge just found a new way out. Once when arriving home, we found him 2 blocks away and when he saw us, he simply just turned and ran all the way home. 

This evening when we were about to go out for a neighborhood patrol after arriving home, I saw Podge by the front gate looking all sorry for himself. He is supposed to be at the back, and must have escaped again. I was going to chase him back when I saw that Podge wasn't himself. Upon investigating I saw that he had bite marks all over him, so instead of the patrol we rushed Podge to the vet. 

Monday, 10 September 2018

Feed me Human


Monday morning and I woke up to this... "Feed me human!" Oh my word that look that Rosy is giving me while I sit in bed doing my Quiet Time. I better just give her what she wants, or I will never hear the end of it plus it is very un-nerving having this cat just looking at me in this way. 

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Masked Screaming Babies


This morning I went to the African Bird Fair for a meeting about the Sugarbush Ridge Coalition. It was here in the crowds of all the birdies, that I was introduced to this pair of screaming hungry baby African Masked Weaver chicks. They were rescued when the tree that they were nested in was cut down.


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Strawberry Smoothie


Yesterday Lynda brought 2 punnets of strawberries for me to enjoy. So I was so eager to get stuck into the strawberries this morning that I was salivating by the time I started making my strawberry smoothie with yogurt. 

Friday, 7 September 2018

First Rains


Finally the first rains of the season have finally arrived with a thunderstorm in the early hours of the morning. It wasn't supposed to rain during the day but someone forgot to tell the weathermen that. So now I sit a work while it gently rains outside on my Vespa. 

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Taleesha's Glasses


"Oh my Taleesha, what big glasses you have"? "All the better to see you with" answered the wolf. Taleesha must have new glasses as she wanted to show me them on her face. Okay, I have seen them now let's get back to work.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Dakotah


Welcome baby Dakotah into the world yesterday afternoon. Here is granny Lynda with her latest granddaughter Dakotah. She is Lynda's 2nd grandchild and my 7th one. Oh dear there goes me giving away my age. Both mommy Robynne and Dakotah are doing well.


Tuesday, 4 September 2018

All the Ladies


All the ladies in the house lets PARTY!!!

Okay lets backtrack a bit. Last Saturday, Robynne was due to have her second daughter but baby was on her own time. This morning Robynne's waters broke and she went through to the birthing clinic. It was here that they noticed that she was only 1cm dilated and baby seemed to be stressed. So she was rushed to have an emergency caesarean.

This afternoon we are proud to announce the birth of baby Dakotah into the world. So now Lynda has to spend the night at Robynne and Marko's house and babysit Rebekah. So that gives me time to do anything I want.

Yay, so ladies, I decided to go to Connect group. With Lance chaperoning, Monique, Kerry, and Jesse joined us for some deep decisions of what was preached on Sunday about Moses before the burning bush and when God asked Moses what was in his hand. So when Lynda's away, this is how I party, by catching up with my Connect family. 

Oh and both mother and baby are all fine.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Taleesha Challenge


This is my view past the partiton to the desk next door. Taleesha at her desk watching In my Feelings song by Drake. I am trying to get her to do the Kiki Challenge and she is about half way there, she just has to learn the moves of the Do the Shiggy Dance as she watches some videos of how. I will post a video if and when she dances Kiki do you love me.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Bone Crusher


So now I have a new nickname - Jerome the Bone Crusher, just because I gave Lynda a small bear hug last Monday and broke a rib. Sniff, now she is on pain meds and is suffering while we wait for the baby sitting duty. Robynne is still waiting for baby to come and I imagine it must be like "MARKO, you put this baby in me, NOW GET IT OUT!"

Anyways Lynda and I went out to try the new Sticky Waffles that everyone is raving about, uhmmm not much to write home about but it was worth the taste, Mr Bone Crusher.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Hurry Up and Wait


This has turned out to be a lazy Saturday. Yip we had to hurry up and get all ready for Robynne second daughter who is due to be born today. We are on short notice for baby sitting duty and now we wait for that phone call or message.

And we wait...

I see the cat Princess has the right idea, sit in the sun and chillax. 

Friday, 31 August 2018

Prof and the Baroness


The Prof, aka Richard is a professor at the Wits Medical School and the current owner of Anastasiya the famous black Vespa that conquered Sani Pass in the middle of winter and who took on the took on the Baviaanskloof and won. No the Prof is not here for the Baroness but for papers that I had of Anastasiya. 

It's Friday, we have no electricity at work for some obscure reason that is just a waste of  what would be a productive day. Oh well let the weekend begin.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Handle with Care




I arrived home this evening only to find that we still have no water, instant stress headache! The valley has water and we are getting conflicting reports. This morning all the reservoirs were full yet by this evening, ours was still empty.

To add to the unwashed bodies, the hungry stomachs, Lynda was in pain. Monday morning I gave Lynda a big bear hug and I think she might have broken a rib, as she is in lots of pain. And by today it is adding to the no cooking and to the fresh smells of the unkempt.

It is time to put this headache behind me by ordering some pizza and not to forget to handle Lynda with care as she is fragile or as they say breekbaar, hanteer versigtig.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Saddlewoods




On Monday our water supply was sabotaged by what is looking more and more like political terrorism as today the refuse depot was set alight too. Yip with elections coming up next year, it looks like some group is trying to destabilise the party that is currently running City of Joburg, by hook or by crook.

With no water in our taps, I decided that it would be a perfect time for a date night, and since the place I had in mind Saddlewoods Steak Ranch had its own borehole water, it just made perfect sense.

I always wanted to try out this restaurant that was tucked away near Featherbrook, but when we arrived we saw that the l and e letters of Saddlewood was just about falling off, or maybe it was designed to look that way. Not a great first impression. When we arrived the steak ranch was not that full yet there were reserved signs on majority of the tables. Uhmmm looks like a lot of people are going to be eating out tonight.

The review, what can I say, the service was not up to scratch, maybe they weren’t expecting the amount of people on a Wednesday night. When our food finally arrived, the plating skills were lacking but wow, did it taste good. Rough and ready is all I can say, other that good tasty food, even by Lynda’s standards as you can see by her plate which she just about licked it clean.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

This is Just to Say


This is just to say, no one has yet claimed responsibility for this act of terrorism against the residents of the City of Johannesburg, as we queue up at the Cresswells for our shower. We have just received a press statement from Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, and in it, he states that the fire that damaged the substation that feeds Johannesburg’s main water pumps yesterday afternoon was an act of sabotage.

Sabotage? This is just to say that this is way more serious. This is an act of terrorism, as the US Code of Federal Regulations defines terrorism as "the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives".

The fire originated outside the transformer and it was not caused by an electrical fault. Furthermore the transformer was maliciously damaged so that it would leak oil onto the fire. This transformer supplied a large area electricity and powered the pump station that feeds approximately 40% of Johannesburg with water, as well as Rustenburg.

One word Mr Mayor - "Terrorism!"

So now we queue for our showers while Lance aka Duff shown above shares with us the 84 year old poem that Jesse just had in her exam, "This is just to say" by William Carlos Williams...

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

This is just to say, that someone ate our plums, and while I take a minute to think about it, those plums in the icebox where meant for all to share.


Monday, 27 August 2018

Cold View


It is a cold start to the week, and this morning I found myself outside on the balcony as the accountants were busy in the open plan office, hence the step outside moment. So here I found myself in the cold watching the Angus Buchan press conference for It's Time that will be held in 2 months time. All the while a view of a cold Sandton was ignored. Uncle Angus this is HOT news on such a chilly morn.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

1st Braai of the Season


The weather has been good leading up to this weekend, so we decided to have our first braai of the season. A braai to my readers who are not South African is a barbeque. Not too soon as tomorrow I believe a cold front is going hit. So I cleaned up the gas braai, and prepared the patio.

Soon after the family members arrived, I would not wait any longer, and got the ribs, wors, and rib-eyes on the grill.

It was a great braai, and an awesome start to the summer season. In the next week or two, Lynda’s daughter Robynne is going to give birth. Here she is sitting on the patio with her daughter Rebekah. 

Saturday, 25 August 2018

White Elephant




Since we moved into this home, there has been a white elephant in the garden. I have never posted about it as it has been an eyesore. The previous owner had a catering business, the kitchen and office we converted into a cottage but the 2m by 4m walk in fridge in the garden was the problem child, the white elephant. We wanted it gone but it was easier said than done, a smaller 2m by 3m reconditioned fridge was going for about 20k but we could not find anyone willing to take this elle off our property.

After a lot of prayer, research, we dropped the price to take into account that the new owner needs to break down and rebuild the walk in fridge, and positioned our marketing to big game hunters, butcheries, and township pubs. As soon as our lure was in the water we had a bite, then another, and another.

So today came the white elephant’s final day, as Kobus the new owner came with his team to move it away and give it new life.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Birthday Boy


Yesterday it was Graham’s birthday but I was so busy trying to finish up a lawyers website that I didn’t get to take a photo of Graham for my blog. Thankfully Lucky the cat came to the rescue for the photo nor did I get the opportunity to sing not that I am a soprano. Today another opportunity arrived for a birthday photo as a cake arrived from Graham’s daughter, ooooh this time I had more time and more cake. Happy birthday Graham. 

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Lady Luck


For the last 3 days I have been busy after work and this evening is my first free time this week. I arrived home early while it was still light, so I took a long expected walk in the garden. In the front, our tenant’s dog Lady and their cat Lucky came to greet me.

Wow, Lucky has these awesome green eyes that hold a universe in them. I could stare into those big green eyes all day but just my luck, I have to get supper on the go or else I would have drowned in those green eyes.


Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Green Fingers


Being behind a desk now, I don’t get around much, so after work I pop into Tom and Glenda’s home to catch up on things.

Now I don’t know if it is Tom, Glenda, or their gardener that has the green fingers but these orchids in Tom and Glenda’s garden are beautiful and there are so many of them, oh how I just love orchids. The light was dying and I had to be on my way home, so I just had enough light to snap this photo of this sexy flower. 

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Printer on the Blink


Last Friday our printer went on the blink and today Eliazar arrived with the new fusion drive that had to be ordered in. Oh it looks like a messy job, lining up the warp coils, but on good authority, that is Chief Engineer Eliazar, that we will be firing on all cylinders shortly. 

Monday, 20 August 2018

What a Dump!


Riding home after work, my route took me along Okavango Road, and then I saw this! What a dump. This builder's rubble was not here yesterday but sometime today did it appear. It is this dumping along the road that makes this suburb a target for any other would be illegal dumpers. This is not going to help the broken window theory.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Worship Differently


So why was worship different today at Centre Church than it normally is? It felt very different today, so much so that I quite can't put a finger on it. Was the Spirit moving more today than at other worship or was it just me?

The worship team that leads us in worship at Centre Church, did something different this morning. Instead of facing us the worshipers, they stood with us, among us with their instruments and mics, and lead worship together with us.



Saturday, 18 August 2018

Another Busy Day


Another busy weekend. Today started early, down the valley to fetch a trailer and 2 labourers and then off to Pretoria to pick up Matthew from the university's residence before heading to Benoni.

Matthew's old townhouse is getting prepared for rental and his stuff needs removing. One trailer load later it is was all safely pack into the storeroom at home. Now let the weekend begin, oh is that the sun setting already?

Friday, 17 August 2018

Eliazar


"I dannae is she can take any more, Captain, the fusion drive is rusted!" Yes the printer part in Eliazar's hands is the fusion drive. From the looks of the rust in the cogs, this worn out part is the cause of all the paper jams. Well that puts the printer out of commission for a while until a new fusion drive can be sourced. Anyway a fusion drive sounds like we have a nuclear printer on our hands that can go at warp speeds.

That's it folks weekend is here. Let's all enjoy. Beam me up Eliazar!

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