Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Stupid is as Stupid does


Stupidity is not just a surface thing, stupidity is a matter of deeds, not looks, hence the saying stupid is as stupid does and parking in a parking bay reserved for the disabled when you are not disabled just goes to show that you are a stupid eejit.


Now at our local supermarket, someone put up this sign by the disabled parking just for those eejits that think stupidity is a disability.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Chronological Life Application


On Christmas day when we were handing out presents, Marco, when receiving ours, he said that he hopes it was a bible as he always wanted one. Sadly it wasn't but we never forgot his words and when his birthday came round, which is today, a group of us clubbed together and presented him with the Chronological Life Application Study Bible. Marco loves history and is always intrigued about how things fit into life, now this bible has a lot of behind the scenes history and explanations building up to the passages, hence why we chose this bible for him.

Oh and why Robynne is wearing bunny ears, well I will let her explain that.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Night Adder Rescue


After waking up on this rather chilly morning, while I did my rounds in the garden filling up the bird feeders, I noticed a baby Night Adder only 20cm long in our pool. These snakes come out at night to feed on the frogs and toads, and I am not sure how long this little one was in the pool but she must be so cold. Using the pool net, I rescued the poor thing and released it back into the veldt.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Tired Angry Birds


Custom Couches have a stand at the Rand Show this year, and the grandparents were called in to help look after baby Rebekah. It was a long day and by the end we were all finished, lucky for Angry Birds dressed Rebekah, she could fit into a Woolies shopping cart and sleep while we carried on shopping.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Devil in the Clouds


Good Friday, the day the Messiah was crucified over 2000 years ago and because the next day was the Sabbath, the King of the Jews’ body had to be taken down before sunset. A rich man offered up his tomb to lay Yahushua down.

It is the end of the day, as I sat on my patio, contemplating what was good about today, and as I cast my mind back to that fateful day that changed the course of man, storm clouds had built up and the last rays of the sun struggled to get some light through, I'm sure I saw what seemed to be an evil looking face with a cross between its eyes in those ominous clouds. See for yourself if you don’t believe me. The devil must have danced a jig of joy when the Son of God breathed His last breath, that day, while the angels not knowing God’s ultimate plan must have hid their faces in shock and fear.

That day when darkness descended and Friday came to a sorrowful end, oh amazing love how can it be that you, my King would die for me. Amazing love I know it’s true and it’s my joy to honour you.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Beet Webworm


Eish for the name, webworm, this little fella was found on our bathroom ceiling. The Beet Webworm or Spoladea recurvalis is a small moth, about 2cm wide, so much so that I had to zoom in with my cellphone camera just to get a near decent photo.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Autoboys


Last year I got a stone chip in my windscreen of my pickup. My insurance at the time got PG Glass to replaced it but I had to pay a huge excess higher than the cost of the actual glass. Since I didn’t use the pickup often it was parked in the garage and the next time I used it I noticed another crack this time in a place that a stone could not simply hit. I took it back to PG Glass but they said that a stone caused it and would not replace it at their cost. To cut a long story short, I was angry and changed insurance company just because of the access and PG Glass’ attitude.

The new insurance arranged the Autoboys to come and see to my new windscreen. Here is Andries and Joseph finishing off on the installation. I asked them for their expert advice about the crack in the windscreen which looked like a stone chip but without any marks on the surface on both sides. After inspecting the old windscreen, they showed me the point on the edge of the glass where the glass first got damaged. This was in the ceramic portion under the rubber; no way could a stone have done that. I feel vindicated, that it wasn’t my fault but the PG Glass’ installers.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Two Cats up a Tree


Although these 2 cats, Paddington and Minky, are about 4 years apart in age, they seem to be inseparable, playing together or crashing together. In the video below, both appeared out of nowhere while I was taking a break in the garden in the only break in the weather. These two ran up the cabbage tree where I was standing looking out over the veldt that sloped downwards towards the cliffs of the gorge.

 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Spinach and Cauliflower


Our vegetable and herb garden is booming with basil, beans, carrots, chillies, gooseberries, granadilla, lemons, lettuce, lime, mint, parsley, peppers, pumpkin, spinach, spring onions, strawberries, theme, tomatoes, and others that slipped my mind. Our cauliflower were battling much like the spinach were until I moved them to the side so now we planted some more cauliflower next to the thriving spinach.

Who would have guessed that we could get this right but winter is coming and that will be the test.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Farewell Brunch


The Rootman family have to leave for home today so that they can start packing for their move from the Lowveld to the Highveld at the end of this month. Before the long drive back Lynda and I had a brunch with them at the Silverbirch Restaurant at Lifestyle. From left to right are Theresa, Jaen-Jurie, Hans, and Lynda.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Who’s Taller


Cousins Matthew and Jaen-Jurie are a few months apart and about the same height at first glance. Judging from shoulders Matthew pips his cousin just.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Rootman


My sister and her family, the Rootmans are planning to relocate up from Nelspruit to Pretoria in a month’s time and this weekend they came up to look at rental property in the Pretoria North area.

It is a big decision for them to sell their family home and relocate but their son is starting college next month up here and it made financial sense to move closer. Here is a group photo of Hans, Jaen-Jurie, Matthew, and my Theresa.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Thingy my jig


Last night the cats were scarce due to all the visitors that came round for Lynda’s birthday dinner. This morning they came out of their hiding places and discovered a cat climbing thingy my jig that was left behind.

Paddington and Princess wasted no time in exploring this new object that was given to Lynda as a birthday gift for her and the cats, oh and I sprinkled in liberal amounts cat nip just to attract the feline drug users.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Happy Birthday Lynda


It is that time of year again when Lynda gets a year old, just like that. My day started with getting up with the owls, and preparing a scrumptious breakfast in bed for Lynda, then making her a lunch and packing a tiramisu gateau to take with her to work.


While at work, she received these orchids from mah while I was preparing a roast for dinner as the family was coming over. All in a day’s work making the day special for the birthday lady.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Wanna be Owl

Lying in bed this morning at around 4am drinking some coffee to slowly wake me up, I heard an owl hoo whooing which made me jump out of bed to get all the cats inside. While out in the garden in the my underwear, I could not see how big the owl was, if it imposed any danger to our cats and Italian Greyhounds as it was too dark in the dusk light but I identified 2 owl calls, a large one just above me in the tree and a smaller one coming from the owl box in the corner of our property. Oh please let them be nesting in our garden.


Once it got lighter and I was more suitably dressed I went back out into the garden hoping to see the owls in question and gauge if they would pose a threat to our pets, especially if Eagle Owls grow big enough to take a cat or even an Italian Greyhound sized dog. I could not find any owls, I must have scared them off just from the sight of me in my underwear as surely that would scare just about anyone. But I did find an imposter up in the owl box, a dove who wants to be an owl.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Broken Monday


Oh what a Monday!

My day started with the drain being blocked outside the kitchen, so called the plumber to come out today. I then had the mobile windscreen fitters, Autoboys, coming through at 11:30 but needed to slip out quickly to get Lynda’s licence disk of her car renewed before the plumber or the Autoboys arrive.

Coming home from the local municipality offices, my pickup just lost power in the middle of a busy road. It seems to be either a fuel or electrical problem even though it had a full service last week so my only option was to call roadside assistance and get the pickup taken back to the mechanic.

My insurance company sent out Help 24 Towing to assist me and they arrived about an hour later. By that time I was frantic but luckily both the plumber and Autoboys were running late. Help 24 Towing took me and my pickup to the mechanic shop which was not far down the road. Sadly there were no drivers to drop me off at home because it was lunch time so I asked the towing company if they could assist and the driver said he needed authorisation first so he contacted his call centre which flatly denied my request. I wasn’t going to get my insurance involved but I was very upset as I was left with only options, either walk or ulber. Since I only lived about 4km away, I decided to walk in the hottest part of the African day without a hat.

I arrived home in an hour, angry, sweaty, and sunburnt. It was then that I saw the plumber had messaged me to let me know that he can only come round tomorrow and no news from the windscreen fitters, the Autoboys. I phoned them and was told that they are still waiting for stock. That was the last straw, I phoned my insurance company, Discovery Insure and let rip. Sorry but I had lost my cool by then. Not long afterwards, a lady from Autoboys phoned and apologised. It seems that before coming out to me, they discovered a problem with my new windscreen when loading it to come out to me. They had to order a new one and can they re-schedule for tomorrow.

Recalling my day of woes to Lynda this evening, she put a new spin on it for me. She said that it is a blessing that I didn’t take my pickup to Benoni on Saturday like I wanted to, to pick up Matthew and get him to drive back as he now has his Learners Licence and needs to practice driving. Yes I thank God that my pickup broke down close by to the mechanic and not somewhere on the other side of the city. I am still upset with Help 24 Towing though. The walk did me good but my bald head is sun burnt.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Evil Cat


I don’t get to take many photos of this evil cat called Shammy as he is a very timid cat but one that loves marking his territory on electronic goods such as toasters, microwaves, televisions, decoders, computers, plugs and sockets. So evil that I would love to see the back of him but the kind heart of me would stop me from swooping down to his malicious level.

Shammy is starting to get used to me, such as today allowed me to get up close and personal by allowing me to stroke him. A not so purrfect cat but a cat non the less and is part of our home.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Matric Dance


Last night Matthew had his Matric Dance, sort of like the Prom Ball. Although I didn’t get to see him last night nor his date, Matthew did get dressed up for me in his tails and bow tie this morning when I picked him up for the weekend.


Oh wow my little boy is grown up into a great man, taller than me and much handsomer.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Mary Jane Possible


I am getting near the end of my tether with Maxy and the growth in his inner ear. I have tried nearly all the medicines available including the alternative ones which can’t be mentioned. I ear seems much cleaner but he is still in pain and I can’t keep giving him pain killers. He is still a happy chap, bouncing like a tigger except when he barks, howls, or eats, and then he cries out in pain.

Today the news is all in the rage over Zuma, our president not, plunging our country into financial chaos just to get his sheep into position to sign a nuclear deal with Russia which will allow his family to gain billions in the process. And then having dagga which is what marijuana is called here in your private home has been de-criminalised, maybe to null the effect of Zuma’s rape of our beloved country. Okay not quite legal yet but not being a criminal offense is on the right path to getting medical marijuana, oh Mary Jane.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

2 Months to Go


"Let it be the 14th of June, let it be" wishes I, then maybe, okay a small maybe that Noma and Richard's new baby will be named after me since it will be born on my birthday. "How did I know?" queried an expecting Noma as I asked her if it will be the 14 June after she said 2 months to go. Well it is more like I wish. As you can see both Noma and Pabi are all excited about the coming birth, as women tend to be in these matters.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Disabilities


Standing in the queue at my local bank, I noticed this sign asking you to allow customers with disabilities or mobility impairments to jump the queue every so nicely. Why not, as we are South Africans.

Hey you, standing in the aisles with itchy feet and fading smiles, can you feel me? Hey you, out there in the cold.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Frank’s Chicken


What the heck, Frank, is this large with wooden rooster doing at your shop? It doesn’t look anything like a Portuguese chicken as per the Nando’s logo which most South Africans are familiar with. Has the rooster come home to roost? Frank tells me that this fine specimen was in the garden of his old house which has been now sold and he has to move his stuff out, hence the rooster needed a new home.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Sleeeeeeeeep Kitty


It is Monday and the weekend is over but someone forgot to tell Paddington. Here I am working at my desk and Paddy decides to sleep between me and the keyboard on top of my diary which at the bottom of the page has a quote “Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old” – Ralph Emerson. Oh well both Paddy and Minky are always playing nearly nonstop then crashing not too far from me, their big protector. They seem to have a trust that when I am near nothing will come to harm them, and they came sleep deep.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Leave Sleeping Cats Lie


Sunday afternoon cat nap is what the doctor ordered for little Paddington who at only 5 months old is growing fast and is full of beans. Up terrorising the other cats, though out the night before, Paddy was found past out on our bed this afternoon. Well the other cats want me to leave the sleeping cat alone so that they can get some peace.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Back in the Bike Shop


I was on my way to the Canon Roadshow on Scarlet my Vespa GTS 300 Super, when I felt the distinct wobble of a flat back tyre. Oh no, I was nearly there, only 2 kilometres to go, it goes to show that I wasn’t meant to be there.

So there I was stuck on the side of the road in Midrand, far from support and the tyre was rather thread bare so I could not use my puncture kit. Dael was off today, and he was kind enough to spring into action and arrived within 45mins to pick me and Scarlet up. He took us across to Mark at ME Motorcycles where we dropped Scarlet off. Eish this will teach me to skimp with money knowing the my tyre needed replacing and I needed a service as well.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Supermodel Minky


Yip I am sure this cat of ours, Minky, thinks she is a supermodel as she loves to pose. Plus she is a daddy’s girl which makes her never too far from me. In the office she is on the couch and when I go for walks in the garden she follows along with her shadow Paddington.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Let there be Light


What a downer of a day. I had work to do today on the computer but at 6am on the dot the power went off. We forgot that the City of Joburg sent out a tweet that power is going to be switched off between 6am and 12pm.

But the City of Joburg lied, yes the power was only switched back on at 3:45pm, that is just about the whole day and I don’t have a generator to create my own nor do I have a fully solar powered home. Grrrrrrrr! Hence the downer of a day.

Oh well when finally the power came on my cell phone battery so pap that I had to wait a while to recharge before looking for a photo to take for the day. It was then that one of our cats, Princess, thought it is a perfect time to hop onto the bathroom counter and have a drink of water.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Cats in the meeting


Working from home has its advantages and disadvantages, having cats sit in on a meeting is not okay if the client is allergic to cats and Minky or paddy wants to jump onto their laps, such as the other day with Velile who cats love but his eyes swell up.

Anyway today's visiting client, Edmund, is fond of cats especially those who don’t claw you to death. Edmund came round to discuss Digital Marketing for his family’s business and who else can he go to but the Digital Marketing Specialist himself, mah.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Ngomfi Human Rights

Yip, that time of year again when South Africans take a day off a think about Human Rights or if you like me, spend time with family. Is Human Rights Day a one sided thing where majority of us dwell on the pass sacrifices that brought us our Constitution? It seems like, with news of some groups of the South African people being excluded from the remembrances.

But is it all that cracked up to be when there is still a lot to do to bring no discrimination and equality for all in this country of ours. Nelson Mandela told us that he had discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, "one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended."


We spent some of the day with family and I didn’t take many photos. Don’t ask me why, just didn’t. As I was leaving Robynne and Marko’s home, I saw the wire sculpture of a Hoopoe bird that was bought on Saturday and I quickly took a photo with my cellphone.

The African Hoopoe or as it is called locally the Ngomfi, is a symbol of friendship and South Africa needs to bring back the joy and love for each other. The ngomfi is a harbinger that you will have a visitor or a friend is coming to visit. It is the colour of beer which is why it is associated with celebration, drinking, and eating. We South Africans need to bring back the joy of breaking bread and sharing the umqombothi with even those to whom we discriminate against as we have many more hills to climb together.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Water Restrictions


The water restrictions imposed upon us by the City of Joburg, due to the drought has been partially lifted in our area last week even though the Department of Water and Sanitations have officially lifted theirs. I suppose it is good to be cautious but it was about time as it was not easy watering our vegetable garden by watering can when there was a perfectly good irrigation system built into our garden and what a pleasure in turning the sprinklers on and watch our herbs and vegetables breathe a sigh of relief.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Ingress vs Pokémon


Last week I got a call that today was going to be an Ingress Missions Day, now we haven’t played Ingress for a very long time as Pokémon has taken over and for me even that is not played that often.


Anyways Lynda, Robynne, Rebekah and I joined the diehard Ingress players for some Ingress missions. So both augmented reality games are made by Google Niantic but which one is the better. Ingress is geekier leaning with team battles but Pokémon is more a children’s game and easier to play. We had to relearn Ingress as it has been a long time but half way through the day after following a couple of missions, Ingress went out of the window and Pokémon took over.

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