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Aaaaaaarrrrgh….

Today sucks big time.

I know, I know…yesterday I was all ‘tonight’s gonna be a good night’, and now suddenly I’m all ‘woe is me’!

I’m sorry, but I’ve got stuff to get out of my system today. Yesterday one of my best friends told me they are leaving the country at the end of April. A few hours ago I get a call from another best friend, telling me she is at the airport, on her way to the UK, permanently. (She is in the air as we speak.) I knew they were planning the move, but this caught me off guard – they had to move up their plans because of – you guessed it – Covid! I am really starting to HATE that word and the whole global situation caused by it.

My SO* is on the other side of the country, which is maybe a good thing for him, because who would want to be with me today?? Not me, that’s for sure!

On top of that, I am missing my children. Not just missing them – I am MISSING them, and I am upset because they are so far away and I cannot see them or hug them or have coffee with them. I cannot hug my granddaughter or read to her. I’m pissed off, to put it simply.

I know, I can hear you – ‘oh boohoohoo, get over it!’ ‘Do you think you’re the only one in that situation?’ ‘And whining is going to change what?’ Etc.

I. KNOW. I’m not stupid (not totally, anyway). But this situation is real to me, and it bugs me.

Okay, I’m done. I don’t feel better yet, but I’m done.

Have a good weekend y’all!!!

Feelings, February and Food.

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My mosaic blanket – The Queen CAL.

Have you ever had a feeling that something bad is about to happen?

That feeling that sticks in your gut? It is nearly like you’ve been to the doctor and you are waiting for your test results. And it tends to stick, at least for a day.

I get that quite often, and I’m not sure how to interpret it. Is it normal anxiousness? Is it my sixth sense warning me about something I’m too dense to see?

I should probably start writing down when it happens and for how long. Maybe I can then pinpoint what triggers it, and if it has any validity. Other than that it does ease a bit when I take deep breaths, so at least I get enough oxygen for that day! I don’t like it when that happens, but today is a glorious day, so I will not let it spoil the day for me.

It is already the last Friday of the month. Monday is not only the start of a new week, but also of a new month. Have you had a look at your calendar yet? February is a perfect month this year. A beautiful, exact 4 week month – Mon. to Sun., four times. 🙂

I have at last finished my mosaic crochet baby blanket, as you can see from the picture above. It is one of the most enjoyable items I’ve ever made, and even though thousands of people have made much prettier and larger versions of this same blanket, I am quite proud of how it turned out. I will most definitely crochet a much bigger one in future.

I feel like something yummy to go with my afternoon coffee today, so I’m thinking that I’ll make a different version of the loaf in this previous post – I’ve got oranges, so I’ll swop the lemons for oranges, maybe add some rosemary to the syrup for an extra touch. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

You guys must have an awesome weekend, stay safe, stay happy!!! I’ll play you out with one of my favourite songs! Enjoy! 😀

Al fresco writing.

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Is that glass full enough?

So, today’s post is coming to you from my garden.

Yes, you read that correctly. It was a 31° C day today – not quite a scorcher, but hot enough. I just came back from taking Daisy for her walk, and the lovely cool breeze blowing at the moment persuaded me to take a seat at the patio table, with my glass of wine and my laptop.

I encountered a bit of a moral dilemma today. This specific issue has come up before, and my SO* and I talked about it a bit, and then I let it go. I was also really not sure if this is the place to discuss it, but I thought – this is a global platform, and I’ll surely get a few opinions on the matter. So, here goes…

I’ve got this little guesthouse, as I’ve mentioned before. And I have come to realize that it is often used as a place for trysts. (Oh, and right there, I’ve shown you my very conservative side…) Nothing has been said to confirm it, except once, when the couple was leaving, the woman said to me – ‘we were never here.’ Clear enough. But I KNOW that other couples have used the place for the same ‘thing’.

Number one, I do not want to become known as ‘the place to go if you’re having an affair’!!!! NOOOO!!! Number two, if I turn a blind eye, which I’ve pretty much been doing up to now, I am condoning what they are doing, which I’m not. Number three, I know what they are doing actually has nothing to do with me, and their money is as good as anybody else’s money, (so just take it and shut up), but since it is happening under my nose, I know what is happening and that makes it my business.

You see my dilemma?

This is the whatsapp ‘conversation’ I had today:

Can I make a booking for tomorrow evening?
No, sorry, I'm fully booked for the weekend.
Ok, can you please keep me up to speed with your bookings for next month? (Huh? )
Which dates are you interested in?
I'm not sure yet, I'll get back to you.
OK.
Is the place very private?
Yes it is. (That's how I advertise it, because some people like privacy. Wait....ooooooohhhhh.... )
Thank you. I want to self cater.
It is a self catering guesthouse.
Great. Is the room in your house, or outside. (By this time, I should have blocked the guy, which I didn't. What can I say...)
Outside.
Where can I see what the place looks like? (What? how are you contacting me, if you haven't seen my FB page or one of my other listings?)
How do you know about my place?
Through a friend. (Lightbulbs going of all over!!!!)

You see what I mean?

So, do I continue turning a blind eye? If not, what do I do? My reputation is at stake here, as is that of my little itty bitty business… HELP!!!!!

Yesterday I was going on about food, and how I’m going to do new recipes, blah blah blah…

Well, I actually did! Nothing difficult or earth shattering, but different.

I made a honey garlic chicken with roast broccoli and rice, which came out very well. Will do it again. I made some changes to the recipe – I added more red wine vinegar because it was waaay to sweet, and I added ginger and chili. Dinner for one coming up…

Yum -OOOOo!!

Food, glorious food!

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Tonight’s dinner.

I looooove eating good food.

Also to be honest, I sometimes like eating stuff that might not be so good for me, but I do it anyway, like most people I know. (Like chips – or crisps as they are known outside of South Africa!)

I love a wide variety of food, and I also enjoy cooking and baking. Not to the point that I can compete in Masterchef, but I love making Italian food (who doesn’t!), or food with Eastern flavours, or Middle Eastern flavours. Curries! Yum…

Or plain, hearty ‘boerekos’ – which is a word that is somewhat difficult to translate, but let’s stick to ‘South African farm fare’ – roast chicken with potatoes, beans and pumpkin, or leg of lamb with roast potatoes, broccoli and gem squash. Not fond of Mexican food – am I the only one?

If I could, I would become a food critic, or a food journalist. I would love to have Andrew Zimmern’s job… But I do find that when I am on my own, I tend to not want to cook so often. I’ll eat more bread and junk food.

Maybe, to stop doing that, I should select a few new recipes to try, and if it is too much for me, freeze some for a next meal. I would love to develop my cooking skills as I cannot help but envy the ease with which the contestants on Masterchef make complicated dishes. And they are all so young!!!

I have to consider my general diet too – I don’t eat enough fruit and even vegetables. I fully intend to change that! Today I’ve got chicken, broccoli and cauliflower in the fridge – something different has to happen with it than the usual fry-it-in-a-pan chicken, and cauliflower with cheese. What to do, what to do??? Any suggestions?

Pinterest here I come!!!!

End of the day.

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Sunset on the farm, many moons ago…

I had a good day, for which I’m thankful.

It was warm, but not unbearably hot, and it has already cooled down a lot – I don’t even have to put on the fan, for which I’m grateful.

I’m hopeful, for positive outcomes for the work and time I put in over the last few days.

Night has descended now, and things are quietening down, which is a time of day I always love.

Sleep tight, and sweet dreams. 🙂

But still be thankful, always be thankful.