Thursday, 21 March 2019

Holiday Bake Off

When stuck with baby sitting on a public holiday there is nothing better than to bake chocolate orange muffins. Yummy, here is Rebekah and granddad baking away. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Tiger Wiger

This afternoon was a write-off with rolling blackouts scheduled from 12pm to 4:30pm. Thank goodness tomorrow is a public holiday, Human Rights Day to be exact. So here I sit at home, feet up with Tiger Wiger up close wanting his human contact while nothing gets done at work due to the loadshedding.

I kind of going to enjoy this mid week break.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Cabbage Tree Flowers

After feeding the dogs this morning before heading out to work, I noticed this strange growth out from the cabbage tree. On closer inspection I saw that it must be the flowers of the cabbage tree. Never noticed them before, interesting.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Rolling Blackouts

We recently moved to new offices in Sandton, only to find out that they have no backup generators in case of rolling blackouts or as we politically call them loadshedding as to excuse the pun, my light of how serious it actually is.

South Africa needs about 46GW of power but are only producing about 28GW. With the recent cyclone hitting Mozambique last week, the powerlines carrying 700MW to South Africa were taken down by the storm. This 0.7GW does not count for our base power but needed now when we are at an all time low.

So here I sit, the battery of my laptop is finished and all I can do is put my head on my desk and start wondering how Eskom got us into. Here is another conspiracy theory for my readers to consider. What about the Russians? Yip you read that correctly. We are coming up to our elections and the Russians have been known to meddle in the digital space leading up to elections such as the USA elections a few years back that helped Trump get into power. And then there is money. Zuma signed a deal between Russia and South Africa to build nuclear power stations, but that was put on hold due to Zuma being kicked out. But a deal was a deal and surely the Russians won't give up without a fight.

And now the rolling blackouts, uhmmm makes you think.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Desk for Matthew

Towards the end of last year we were thinking about getting a desk for Matthew's room but as things go, our priorities changed. Last week a friend Taryn, posted on our Connect Group's WhatApp that she has a desk that she wants to give away. 

On the photo, that she posted, the size of the desk looked like it would be small enough to fit in Matthew's room. So after church, I went round to collect the desk from Shaun and Taryn which has been in their family for 3 generations. It was a perfect fit.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

One Child Too Many

Today is a year since the 3 year old boy Liyaqat went missing,friends and family held a vigil this evening. Kaylah, Liyaqat's mother, is still hopeful that the boy is still alive. Although no body has been found, the Police have charged the mother's boyfriend with murder and is still in custody awaiting trial. 

Friday, 15 March 2019

Getting Better

Every cloud has a sliver lining, and today is an awesome day. Not only is it a Friday, I started today with a breakfast picnic with Lynda and Rebekah as it was Grandparent's Day at Rebekah's school. Afterwards it was off to work but by midday, loadshedding had merged its ugly head. 

Not to get me down, I collected my Vespa from the bike mechanic, although half the money paid out went to pay for those ripoff prices Vespa charges for parts. Unbelievable but nothing was going to get me down, the Baroness was home.  

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Mood isn't Improving

My mood isn't improving. My bike is still at the shop which means I still sit in the traffic to work and back while my money runs low due to the unbudgeted fuel costs. The bike service man can not find alternative back brake pads and now I am forced to by from Vespa at their RIPOFF prices. Oh I forgot, they are made in Asia somewhere, shipped to Italy with a markup, before shipping to South Africa and another markup. What should cost only about R100 and not at Vespa's R500 for rear brake pads, really.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

On the Edge

The strongest tropical storm this year so far, Cyclone Idai, has hit the Mozambique coast about 900km away and on the edge, moisture is pushed south towards us. A lot of rain is falling in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. We can just stand and watch the threatening storm from the edge.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Metrobus 239

I believe in the Broken Window Policy introduced by Rudy Giuliani, a past mayor of New York City. The policy is to replace broken windows of abandoned buildings thereby uplifting the area and the reward was that crime dropped in those areas where the Broken Window Policy was introduced. 

And now I see this, a Joburg Metrobus carrying passengers during this morning rush hour. Oh my word doesn't Metrobus have any pride in what they do. Metrobus 239 should never have left the depot. Shame on you.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Sunworx's Bosasa Link

So while sitting in traffic as one does in rush hour, I noticed that the vehicle in front of me belonged to Sun Worx Holdings aka Sunworx Solar. This was strange because I was under the impression that they were a subsidiary of Bosasa. From all the press lately we know that Bosasa is under liquidation yet here was one of their vehicles, now I am unsure.

The reason for my thinking that Sunworx was a subsidiary of Bosasa was that the director of Sunworx Solar is Roth Watson, the son of Gavin Watson who is the CEO of African Global Operations previously known as Bosasa. And plus the fact that Papa Leshabane, Thandi Makoko, and Jackie Leyds who are all directors at Bosasa were also Sunworx's advisory board members, according to archive web records.  I remember earlier in the year that I was retrenched from Bosasa, I was tasked with cleaning up all the references of Bosasa and Sondolo IT off the Sunworx Solar website. Sondolo who was also a Bosasa subsidiary, helped Sunworx with the labour on all their big installations such on the top of the roof of Standard Bank CVOP and at PRASA's train workshop in Braamfontein.

Interesting that now all references to any links between Sunworx and Bosasa are gone from the interwebs, well not all. I found references on a site called Exon Consulting which is in itself strange and also on Sunworx's own website in archives. 

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Chocolate Milkshake

After church this morning, Lynda and I treated Robynne, Rebekah, and Dakotah to milkshakes at State 5 in Fourways. As you can see chocolate milkshake is Rebekah's favourite. 

Saturday, 9 March 2019

30 Years Difference

I had two birthday celebrations to go to, one in Pretoria and the other in Westonarea. Now my situation has not improved and I was hoping just to lay low and hopefully no one would miss me. The Pretoria one said that they would miss me when I gave my excuse. Now the Westonarea one, well did not take my excuses, so after putting the pool cover back on, I jumped into the shower, and grabbed a bottle of wine and headed for Westonarea.

Oh how we age? It is Velile's birthday, I won't give away his age other than that he is slightly older than me, indoda engcolile endala. Oh my isiZulu is not that good but I know I can't say that, I better leave out the engcolile part. Anyways here is Velile with a photo of himself 30 years ago. Can you see a difference other than much more wrinkles. 

Friday, 8 March 2019

Nearly Rained Out

This afternoon we had a power failure at work, as usual something to do with Eskom, what could be one of the most useless parastatals in South Africa, but it does help to complain. Still with no power, I left work just after 3pm, and to add to my woes it started hailing, luckily not large ones. Nothing was going to get me down today as this evening I was going to have coffee with Jon.

Halfway home the heavens opened up, not cats and dogs but it seemed like I would need to start building an ark if I was to get to that coffee with my bro. After an hour of torrential downpour, God must have shown some favour as it stopped. Yay I was soon on my way for coffee with Jon which turned out to be dinner.

It was good to break bread with Jon. As a child of God we can't walk this road alone, as I have been trying to do because my problems are huge, yet here I was.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Sad Kitty Cat

"What's going through that mind of yours, Princess?" I hope she is not reflecting off me, sad kitty cat.It hasn't been smooth sailing for me with the waves threatening to flood the small boat I'm in. Having faith in God, makes me sleep at night, but it has not been easy. 

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Sad Bear

What a day. Driving to work once again so early leaving home before the sunrise was putting a damper on my moral then came a phone call from a family member asking about money which I still owe him. I know it has been a tough time, with my Vespa in the workshop and finances rather tight, all I needed was this. He ended the call with, oh well I better cancel the car wash. Oh my word, here I was edging ever so close to crossing the line of no return, and the straw that breaks the camel's back is a car wash. 

While still sitting in the traffic, I thought about that if one does crossover, the ones left behind normally are left in shock as they never knew how close that person was to the line. Who would one talk to? For the sake of a car wash, I was broken. And with tears in my eyes, I wrote an email, just to talk to someone. Is there anybody out there?

This evening, this sad papa bear was feeling a little better.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Sunrise Jam

This can't go on like this, I am going crack anytime soon. These early morning sitting in rush hour traffic jam is no joke. Breathe in. Breathe out. There you go, enjoy the sunrise without the smell of surf. If only I was sitting on a tropical beach this very minute watch the sun peer over the horizon, if only.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Early Morning Goose

This is for the birds, a Monday early morning start sees only me and an Egyptian goose at work this early. I miss my Vespa, which is in the workshop for service and repairs. This is going to be a long week.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

A Haircut is Needed

Matthew came over to visit this weekend and I was hardly home due to me trying to burn the candle at both ends. Oh well here we are sitting opposite of each other and just connecting in the last few hours before I leave him at his Aunt and Uncle in Pretoria. And I had to say once again that Matthew needs a haircut. It is a parent thing to say, well that is what I think as I ask him about long hair and job interviews in the same sentence. And he answers exactly the same, "I will tire it up in a ponytail", as my eyes go wide with the thought of a man-bun Matthew. Oh well no matter how he wears his hair, baldy old me will still love him to bits.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Ahhhh the Mad Hatter, sorry Granny and Rebekah's Tea Party has begun, without Granddad. Oh no I'm late for a very important date. No time to say hello, goodbye. I'm late, I'm Late, I AM LATE!

Friday, 1 March 2019

BMW Miracle

My f*k, Marelize, a BMW miracle rose from the dead in front of me. While driving to work a BMW actually used it's indicators and changed lanes. Wow, even though the morning skies looked blue, surely today it is going to snow. 

This week South Africa has been awash with the raising of the dead to poor Marelize riding her bicycle into the only rugby pole on the field. The zombie apocalypse has turned into a South African challenge with some strange videos  now popping up everywhere. And now we have a zombie like Marelize who, well keeps falling down or as the viral video shows riding into things that are well easy to miss. At least it takes away from the seriousness of reality as the Bosasa saga fades a bit. 

Thank goodness for these Friday miracles, as we can now start the weekend on a positive note. Just think a BMW does have indicators. 

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Stuck in the Twilight Zone

This is defiantly not what the doctor has ordered, this traffic. Yesterday when I stopped for fuel on my Vespa, the Baroness decided today was the day to throw her toys out of the cot. She simply refused to start. So here I find myself, stuck in the twilight zone, in my pickup with the Vespa on the back.

Oh come on, just move already. These early starts also does not help.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Cozy View

Okay I have had way better views from my office windows than this view from my latest office. It is Day 2 and we are just about squeezed into our new cozy office in Sandton. This is not your main view of Sandton but the rear view towards the M1 highway. The main important thing is that I have control of the air conditions, ahhh power to make you sweat.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Moving Offices

One of my pet hates is moving, and today we are moving offices which is a bit okay as we hired a small moving company. Jacob, the owners brother arrived this morning with 2 pickups, a trailer, 3 labourers, and his wife or girlfriend carrying a baby.

Oh well keep it in the family and start training the young ones early.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Back to Blue

And this is the result of my loving attention that I gave the swimming pool on Saturday, a stunning blue pool. After the Hulk green tinge, it is wonderful to see a pool back to blue again, inviting. Sad though soon we have to cover up the pool and bed it down for the winter dry spell. 

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Woolworths' Levels

Woolworths is a retail store that built itself on good quality but in the last few years Woolworths have become a big corporate ogre plagiarising on small local businesses.  From Frankies soft drinks, Hummingbird prints, to Ubuntu Baba saga, what is next. Anyway I stopped at my local Woolies to buy some meat and coolies for a braai that we were invited to, and we found that the gingerbeer that I wanted to buy were at different levels. Surely this would have being picked up by Woolworths quality control. 

I had to forget about Woolies levels for now because I was looking forward to some awesome espetadas. 

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Paddy Waddy

Ahhh Saturday afternoon naps with daddy is just what the doctor ordered. This morning I had to go get some chlorine for the pool because the gardener forgot to inform me the the chlorine is finished and this whole week the pool got greener and greener. So after picking up a tub of chlorine and extra chemicals to shock the pool, I did worked on the swimming pool.

Soon the pool was turning blue again, still cloudy from all the chemicals I put in but blue non the less. Being out in the sun after all the rain for the last few weeks was good for me, especially the topping up of some vitamin D. 

It was late in the afternoon when I went for an afternoon nap to recharge my batteries. I woke up with Paddy keeping me company purring away and Tiger waiting for the bedroom door to open as he doesn't like going round. Ah Paddy Waddy just loves being in my company. 

Friday, 22 February 2019

Left Outside

"Hey you! Yes you inside, can't you see that there is a storm coming and I have been left outside." I just got home, just as black ominous clouds started building up towards the west. I was the last one to arrive home as I had to bypass and meet with Tom, my mentor. It was getting dark as I flopped down onto the couch in the lounge. Lynda was busy in the kitchen making flapjacks and all I needed to do was put my feet up and relax. And then I looked up, only to see River Song standing at the sliding door looking in.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Show me your Gems

Last winter and puppy River Song ravished our vegetable garden into a dust bowl. Fencing the dust bowl off and replanting, along with all the rain has turned the dust bowl into a jungle and this gem squash is the first fruit of Lynda's hard labour. I suppose this gem squash should help in balancing the savage act of our gardener pulling out Lynda's snap dragons which she planted as seeds because at this stage in their growth they looked like weeds. After sleeping in the dogbox for the last few days, this gem has brought the smile back to Lynda's face.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Taleesha's Cake

"It was my birthday and I baked my own cake, not for everyone, just a slice for myself." The chocolate cake in a yellow lunch box does look good but thankfully I am watching my waistline and it did not temped me, not one iota.  

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Enjoy Life

Enjoy Life, yes I have had so many flat tyres this year, too many for my liking, that it was a pleasure to ride to work on my Vespa again instead of carrying it on the back of my pickup. 

This evening was our monthly neighbourhood committee meeting, and on the bowl in front of me that was full of biscuits is written "... enjoy life!" Oh yes with God's blessings, I certainly plan to enjoy life.

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