Thursday, 18 June 2020

Day 84 - Kaptein span die seile


 Lockdown Day 84 - Level 3 Day 18 - Now I am not a big Kurt Darren fan but when I went over to Cherie and Graham's home to drop off a package for their daughter Courtney, an Indian Myna flew up and hopped up to me. Cherie introduced Kaptein to me. She told me that Kaptein was rescued by her neighbour and hand reared.  Kaptein lives a dangerous life in a land full of cats yet he doesn't stray far from the area.

When I heard what his name was immediately the Kurt Darren song, Kaptein, sprang to mind. I bent over and stuck out my finger to which Kaptein jumped on. After introducing himself to me, he flew to Cherie's to check out her shinny earrings which caught his eye. Ahh my Kaptein, span die seile.


Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Day 83 - Watchful Eye


Lockdown Day 83 - Level 3 Day 17 - What else can I do? It is freezing outside, surely it is going to snow today. Nothing fell last night as the weatherman predicted but what do they know. Anyhoo what to do. I drag myself out of bed, jump into a steaming hot shower. Ahh I swear a hot shower was just what the doctor ordered. 

By 9am I found myself at my desk, joined by Paddy and his watchful green eyes. Now what can I do to move forward...

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Day 82 - Even Baboons Wear Masks


Lockdown Day 82 - Level 3 Day 16 - With a cutoff low, the weather has turned nasty with sleet falling this morning and snow forecast later today or tomorrow. Lynda and I went in to the local hardware shop to purchase a gas regulator so that Dael can use the larger 9kg gas bottle on our small gas heater instead of the 4.5kg that we had with the small heater. The 9kg bottles are easier to swap out compared with the 4.5kg you had to refill.

On our way to the hardware shop through horrible weather, we saw this statue of a baboon wearing a facial mask. So even baboon's know that it is wise to wear a mask in these trying times of CoViD-19.

Monday, 15 June 2020

Day 81 - Call the Plumber


Lockdown Day 81 - Level 3 Day 15 - Last night our tenant called me and showed me the newly developed problem of a blocked drain. It has been nearly 2 years since the drain was blocked last. I replaced a section of sewerage line 3 tenants ago so this came as a surprise. This morning Trio Plumbers arrived to unblock the drain. It wasn't long and it was running smoothly again.

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Day 80 - Crying into my Omelette


 Lockdown Day 80 - Level 3 Day 14 - I can cry if I want to as it is my birthday after all. Happy birthday to me. Thank you everyone for all the well wishes. It is good to know that we are not alone.

Matthew made me an awesome spinach, cheese, and ham omelette for breakfast which I enjoyed immensely in bed. Thank you Matt. And not to forget Lynda for my new jacket and tasty treats. Winter be join with you.

God has promised that "from now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you. They are created now, and not long ago; you have not heard of them before today." so that I can't say it was my idea but give God all the glory. He went on to say "I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go" Yes and out of this storm God will be glorified. Here is my heart Lord, speak what is true. Happy birthday.

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Day 79 - Shaved Ewok


Lockdown Day 79 - Level 3 Day 13 - Winter is truly here, and Lynda has been digging in the laundry cupboard searching for Jade's clothing that is too small for her. Here is one outfit that now fits Seun so nicely that he looks like an Ewok. Okay it is a long stretch but maybe a shaved Ewok? Okay that nose is certainly not from the Ewok genes. 

Winter we are ready for you!

Friday, 12 June 2020

Day 78 - How Not to Carry a Bike


Lockdown Day 78 - Level 3 Day 12 - I had to take a drive west and it was getting too cold for the bike which means that I am getting soft during this lockdown, ahhh shame. Anyhoo so here I was in my cage and saw this atrocity before me, a scooter being carried in such an undignified manner in the back of a hatchback on it's side. I could actually cry seeing this but anger had to be controlled. 

Well my mamma did teach me that I can't say a thing until I walk in their shoes, so I don't know what the circumstances are that lead to this horrible sight but this is not how you carry a bike on another vehicle. NO!

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Day 77 - Antibiotic Loading


 Lockdown Day 77 - Level 3 Day 11 - The fast food industry is opening up slowly since Level 3 started. Today I had to go in to the bank to get a form filled out and to do some queries. At the bank they took my temperature, it was 36.0°C and I had to fill out a register for CoViD-19. 

After I had finished up at the bank and was about to head back home to safety, I saw that Chicken Licken was open, so I thought it best to get my boost of antibiotics, as you should all know that chicken is good for when you sick because it is packed with antibiotics.

Before entering the fried chicken outlet, I had to beat the lady wearing a mask and armed with a thermometer and sanitiser spray bottle. Another 36.0°C, I had defeated the lady and now had to challenge the counter lady for my fiery chicken wings. It wasn't long before I was antibiotic Loading. Now to conquer the world.

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Day 76 - Seun the Pomeranian


Lockdown Day 76 - Level 3 Day 10 On Sunday evening another rescue was brought home, this time it as a Pomeranian called Snoopy but the kids are calling him Seun which is boy in Afrikaans. Strange even our tenant calls his pig dog Seun whereas his name is Murdock.

Today Seun was taken to the doggy parlour to be de-fleaed, de-wormed, and have his haircut before he can be integrated with our other animals. So here is Seun or is that still Snoopy?

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Day 75 - Trust and Obey


Lockdown Day 75 - Level 3 Day 9 - Well here I find myself at the Department of Labour as it opened to the public for the first time yesterday due to the Coronavirus and as expected my now ex-boss, owner of WebSense Internet Solutions and Therabreath South Africa, still has not sent in the correct documents needed. It is like he is purposely not doing right thing, well that is what it feels like to me. This time Nomvula, the lady from Labour helping me, phoned my ex-boss who said the she must email the request to his email address and he would forward it to his accountants. So Nomvula sent the email so now we wait and trust that he would do the right thing.

So now here I am, in the middle of the corona virus pandemic without a job and yet I find that God is my paddle. I will trust that He has my future close to His heart.

Monday, 8 June 2020

Day 74 - Another Monday


Lockdown Day 74 - Level 3 Day 8 - Another week, another Monday, good Lord, how long can I go on like this? And the Lord answered me to truly humble myself. I am foundering in this storm and in this storm God encouraged me with tenderness that I should have joy in all circumstances, including this perfect storm that we find ourselves in as we are blessed with health, food on the table, and a roof over our heads. So thank you Lord for another Monday.

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Day 73 - Soft Kitty


Lockdown Day 73 - Level 3 Day 7 - Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur! Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr purr purr!

Sunday afternoon naps, purrfect for little soft kitties such as Minky, fast asleep on our bed while the warm afternoon sun streams through the window. Surely this would make Sheldon's mom very proud.

Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur! Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr purr purr!

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Day 72 - Road Gang Strikes Again


Lockdown Day 72 - Level 3 Day 6 - Since the National Coronavirus Lockdown started 72 days ago the Johannesburg Roads Department have been operating on skeleton staff even though the other Johannesburg Municipality departments such as Water and Sanitation have been fully operational. As for the roads well here we are, our roads are full of potholes that the general public have to repair the roads themselves.

Today the Roodekrans Neighbourhood Watch got volunteers together and started repair the really serious potholes, the ones that were damaging cars. Thank you RNW for doing what you doing and showing the local government how to do their work.

Friday, 5 June 2020

Day 71 - Varkhond


Lockdown  Day 71 - Level 3 Day 5 - Next month we will be getting new tenants in our garden cottage which means we will be seeing the last of Murdock the Bull Terrier or a Varkhond in Afrikaans. No we not that sorry to be seeing the last of him as not only has he chewed up the electrical cables feeding the outside lights in the front of the property but also the irrigation system's pipes and sprinkler heads. As in Afrikaans it is called a Varkhond or directly translated a Pig Dog because of its pig like appearance and its looks like only a mother would love. Although it gets on with other dogs it tends to be a one dog family dog as it can be obstinate as they are independent and very, very stubborn.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Day 70 - Matt Minks


Lockdown Day 70 - Level 3 Day 4 - So life goes on. Lynda is back at work. The Corona virus is sure getting closer to home. Our suburb had only 3 cases until the end of May but now since Level 3 has jumped up 10 new cases, eish. We have many retirement villages, and one of them went into strict lockdown as it has 1 case in their high care ward, no one going in or out in that village. Lynda's 85 year old dad is in hospital in Cape Town. He is very frail but test results have come back negative. 

Minky and Matt are sure becoming best of friends as can be seen in today's photo.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Day 69 - Bird of Paradise


Lockdown Day 69 - Level 3 Day 3 - I need to get this garden in the front all cleaned up. Here are some of the Strelitzia flowers in full bloom in our garden. The are better known as the Bird of Paradise flower as you can clearly see. One of the people who came to view our garden cottage has signed the lease and is moving in at the end of the month. They are a young couple getting their first home together away from there parents. 

This is a new start for everyone as I am out looking for new opportunities to move forward.

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Day 68 - Not at Work


Lockdown Day 68 - Level 3 Day 2 - Sigh, I supposed to be at work, making a living but here I find myself at home still while many have gone back to work. All I know God is in control and I must have faith. I am good at what I do and I am starting to get responses to enquiries. Yesterday I helped a company set up their AdWords account. Today I went to the Labour Department only to be turned away because they are only opening up to new applications next week. Spoke to my lawyer about my CCMA application. Chatted with a potential client who was referred to me by a blues musician And by afternoon I found myself watching Dr John Campbell on the television. 

We enjoy John as he gives down to earth news and advice about what is happening in this sorry Corona virus world we live in. And no he is not frowning at my stinky feet as they are not stinky at all. Talking about the CoVid-19, it looks like that it is getting too close for comfort. Lynda's dad who is 85 and in a retirement village in Cape Town was taken to hospital today. He is very frail and is running a temperature. He has cancer as a comorbidity which makes his case a little worrying. Now we wait for the test results.

 

Monday, 1 June 2020

Day 67 - Monday Chaotic


Lockdown Day 67 - Oh dear must people start going back to work today as be enter Level 3, well most except hair dressers, hospitality staff, restaurants staff, and of course me, as I have become a victim of someone scuttling the boat to save himself.

Anyhoo! Today is chaotic as bottle stores open and I found that the queues for alcohol were way longer than the food queues. Go figure.

But for me and my family life goes on. Here is Matthew and Minky becoming best of friends. Minky has always been a peoples cat, always loving people but not other cats.

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Day 66 - Goodbye Ravi


Lockdown Day 66 - On Friday in Georgia there was the Ravi Zacharias Memorial, we decided to watch it on Sunday afternoon. It was a moving tribute to Ravi, one of the best Apologetic Christians there ever was that walk the earth. 

One of the poems read at the Memorial was by Richard Baxter. It was very inspirational and I am now thinking that maybe I should have it at my memorial as they are awesome words...

Lord, it belongs not to my care
Whether I die or live;
To love and serve Thee is my share,
And this Thy grace must give.

If life be long, I will be glad,
That I may long obey;
If short, yet why should I be sad
To welcome endless day?

Christ leads me through no darker rooms
Than He went through before;
He that unto God’s kingdom comes
Must enter by this door.

Come, Lord, when grace hath made me meet
Thy blessèd face to see;
For if Thy work on earth be sweet
What will Thy glory be!

Then I shall end my sad complaints
And weary sinful days,
And join with the triumphant saints
That sing my Savior’s praise.

My knowledge of that life is small,
The eye of faith is dim;
But ’tis enough that Christ knows all,
And I shall be with Him.



Saturday, 30 May 2020

Day 65 - How to Drink Water?


Lockdown Day 65 - So how does your cat drink water? I remember a bible story a long time ago when God told this person to gather up his men and go attack this enemy, but the army was way to big for what God had in mind so after sending more than half home, God ordered that the army go to this stream and drink. Some men drank with their mouths to the water, and others scooped up the water with their hands. God selected the one group, which I think was the one that scooped up water. With this smallest group God had the victory. Now don't go ask me to go find book, chapter, and verse because I don't even remember the names which goes to show how well I listened in Sunday School. 

Anyways Paddy, our beautiful cat has this peculiar way of drinking water. Firstly he loves glasses of water over bowls of water although most of our cats also love drinking running water straight out of the tap, not that they can turn the taps on or off which can be a pain to turn off after them. 

Does anyone else's cat do the same?


Friday, 29 May 2020

Day 64 - Cyclamen Tunnel


Lockdown Day 64 - I had to go to President Hyper to buy groceries for one of the council women from our local area who has not been outside since the Coronavirus had been declared a pandemic. It has not been easy doing shopping for someone else who you hardly even know. 

Anyhoo, I had to go through that disinfectant tunnel again, this time my temperature was a nice cool 31.9°C. On the otherside of the tunnel was these lovely bright coloured flowers, according to the price lollipop stand they were called Cyclamen.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Day 63 - Cry Bosasa


Lockdown Day 63 - Oh cry Bosasa, cry for all the blessings that have been squandered away by greed and so much more. When I first arrived at Bosasa many moons away I was blown away on how well the property was maintained. Beautiful lawns with wild animals grazing in between the office blocks. I used to spend many hours enjoying the gardens here.

And today I found myself out the gates of African Global which were once known as the mighty Bosasa. A lonely South Africa flag is still flying, security is still looking strong, but gone are all the signage of that links to Bosasa or African Global, gone. I wonder what happened to all the animals?

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Day 62 - Moonset


Lockdown Day 62 - Soon after sunset, the moon started to set too. It was the usual clear winter's evening. So many things have gone on in the last few months, I don't what to make of this world we live in anymore. 

Collin Khosa killed by our South African Army last month because they have the power with the Minister of Police making having alcohol illegal. To top it the Minister of Health banning cigarettes so that her Zuma family can benefit from illegal trade. not that I am a smoker but from my perspective their actions are seeming to make things worse. Then great Apologetic Ravi Zacharias' crossed over to his new life last week and now news of George Floyd being killed by police in the States 2 days ago. What is going on in this world? 

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Day 61 - Shammy Cupcakes


Lockdown Day 60 - We had to say goodbye to one of our cats, Shammy. He had been suffering for sometime now with the cold and after yesterday's cold snap, he said goodbye and this morning we had to bury him.

Rebekah was back to today, making us some yummy cupcakes to help us get over Shammy. No we didn't let on that Shammy has crossed over, and she was just happy to make us all cupcakes.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Day 60 - Cold Snap


Lockdown Day 60 - Winter is here as the first cold front hits us. Brrrrrr it is sure cold as all the cats try pick the best warm spots to get warm, ask Tiger shown above sitting in the sun in our bedroom. As for me, I don't want to get out of bed, not until it warms up a wee bit more. Reports of snow is coming in from all over.

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Day 59 - Normal Distractions


Lockdown Day 59 - I am starting to loathe the words "New Normal" as this simply can't be normal, never, not on my watch. Anyways it is Sunday which means online church while we still in bed, this time we have the grand children joining us but as you can see Koko is being distracted by the cat Minky, both who want to sit on Lynda's lap. Ahhh the new Sunday normal.

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Day 58 - Skipper


Lockdown Day 58 - Early this morning there was a buzz in the air, not an excitement feeling type of buzz but a buzzing noise. It started from afar but eventually got closer and closer forcing us out of a lovely sleepin.

The buzzing noise was from Skipper and his team from City Parks busy cutting a fire break along the properties a joining the green belt. 

Okay I give you that it is not so green, more of a brown colour. Winter is coming and along with the cold comes fire season when velt fires are a constant threat. By cutting a firebreak you firstly make a barrier of sorts and at the same time reduce the fuel load next to the properties.

Friday, 22 May 2020

Day 57 - Stick it to the World


Lockdown Day 57 - I know that scripture says that we are to forgive those who do us harm but I am struggling in this regard. I say to myself I forgive him for being so selfish, thinking only of himself while throwing everyone overboard when the storm hit. He has shown that he is not a very nice person and has a very ugly heart. How Lord, how can I forgive when I feel so much hurt?

Princess here says that karma is a bitch while she pulls a tongue to this cruel world, but I don't believe in karma, I believe in the Lord Almighty, and He says I must forgive, turn the other cheek, I must forgive and move on. But help me, take me by the hand and lead me through this rocky road as I am struggling.

I am searching for answers, far and wide.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Day 56 - Trip to the Vet


Lockdown Day 56 - Yesterday Paddy came home and refused to eat, something was wrong with his mouth. He kept pawing his mouth and although he tried to eat, he just couldn't so off to the vet we went first thing this morning. As you can see he was not very impressed with a trip in the car.

 Well the prognoses is that he had lost a tooth, cut his tongue and had a greenstick fracture of the lower jaw which had to be repaired.  Oh dear Paddy have you been in the wars with a genet?

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Day 55 - Warm Spot


Lockdown Day 55 - The warmest spot in the home in the morning is right here in the kitchen where of course you'll find the cats all lined up trying to get the best spot as you can see Shammy and Princess got there first.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Day 54 - Piglet in Water


Lockdown Day 54 -  Our tenant sometimes leaves his dog Murdock on our side so that he doesn't get bored being alone. Well on our side he has River Song to annoy and he is able to play in the water that sits on top of the pool cover which he simply loves, just like a pig in mud, or in this case a piglet in water.

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