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This is us.

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I thought I’d do something different today.

Instead of trying to help you, or teach you, or tell you off, or moan about the heat, I’m just going to post a few pictures. I don’t post a huge amount of personal photographs, but since it’s Friday, the start of the weekend, and I’m missing a lot of people, I’ll introduce you to some of them.

I’ll start off with this collage, introduce the people in the pics to you, and from there you’ll know who is who. 🙂

From top left: my mom and I; my daughter and her little family; my significant other and I, and at the bottom – my 2 sons, me, my daughter-in law (wife to my eldest son on the far L)

Like I said in my introduction on my homepage, I am the proud mother of three (now 5 with my children- in law!) and doting grandmother to one precious little girl. And my significant other is VERY significant in my life, even if we are apart a lot of the time…

I am on my own quite a lot, so blogging and my hobbies (mainly knitting/crocheting and gardening) keep me going and keep me sane!

Have a lovely weekend, and whatever you do, be safe. 😕🐞

Growth.

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Livingstone daisies.

Nature is amazing.

I’m talking plants and rivers and animals now, not human nature. Warning – I’m going to go all philosophical on you today…

Take a look at this picture.⬇️ Can you see how that little avo tree is going crazy? It is growing like nothing I’ve planted and pampered in my garden! I was running around yesterday to make sure the irrigation water we get once a week went to all the right places in the garden, and I discovered this little guy, next to the compost heap.

We must have thrown it out some time ago, because we haven’t had avo’s for a few months now. And there it rolled out of the compost heap, and started growing. And by the looks of things, it is thriving. It just went – “oh look, soil under me, sun above, and water every now and again, so let me do what I do best!” I mean – it is not even planted properly! 🙂🤷🏼‍♀️

How different from us humans. We will moan and complain about our lives or living conditions (even if it is good!) – I don’t like the view from the living room window, I wanted a bigger kitchen, I don’t like my neighbour, I wanted to live in another suburb, we need one more bedroom, we must have more money, etc.

We always have the option to ‘grow where we landed’, but no…let’s rather moan and groan about it. Myself included, of course. How sad. We could be a lot happier, if we allowed ourselves to be. Sometimes, why don’t we just make the best of what we’ve got, instead of making ourselves unhappy by dwelling on something we might not be able to change for months or even years.

Dig your roots in, turn your face to the sun, enjoy the water when it flows around you, even if it is not quite as much as you need. And flourish. Grow.

Life – a bumpy ride.

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I’m so upset…

My day started off very well. I did some ‘meditation’ with YouTube. Then I went for a walk, not a stroll, or just ambling along – a brisk walk, in other words some exercise. After that I did a quick bit of pruning and watering in the garden

And just as I was starting to feel good about getting so much done, so early in the morning, I received an SMS.

“If you want your patient records from deceased Dr. X, please contact us on ______ before the end of March.”

What? Shock, horror. Noooooooo…. 😦

I have mentioned to you once or twice about the altercation I had with a truck end of May 2020. I landed up in hospital with an arm quite badly fractured in two places and ligaments torn in my ankle. I needed an operation to put the bones back together again. Enter Dr. X, an orthopaedic surgeon.

Dr. X’s handiwork.

I saw him the morning before the operation when he came and explained to me what he needed to do and how he was going to do it. Then I saw him after the op, when he told me everything went well, and what I should expect in terms of pain and swelling. And the next day, and the next when he came to see if I am okay enough to go home. I went three weeks after the operation for a check-up, and twice more, after which he declared me fit to go.

That was it. The sum total of my relationship with him. So why on earth am I so very upset by his death? He was a nice man, a very good doctor, as far as I am concerned, and I could see he was well respected and loved by his staff. I loved how he took his time with me (and I’m sure with all his patients), and didn’t mind explaining things in detail when I had questions. He was soft spoken and kind. And had a sense of humour. And now he’s gone. Just like that. I’m old enough to know very well by now that life isn’t fair, but really, LIFE ISN’T FAIR!

On a slightly more positive note, I rescued a tiny little Cape White-Eye from Daisy dog this morning. It was probably trying to fly, landed on the lawn and Daisy was there like a flash. Fortunately I was too! I picked it up and put it in a hanging plant and up in a tree again. I do hope that it is going to be okay – I am trying to keep Daisy away from the garden for now.

Poor little baby… Can you see it?
Trying to be invisible.

Hope you all have a good day.

The trick is to stay calm…I think

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‘My mountains’, a place where you can feel nothing but calm and peaceful.

I cannot wait for winter!

That’s all I’m going to say about the intense heat we are experiencing at the moment…

You guys are really an unpredictable lot, do you know that? I just can’t crack you… But I will… 😉 If I’ve got one good attribute, it is staying power.

So today, I’m going to write without passion, without emotion. I’m going to be very ladylike, very contained, and super soft spoken. Maybe that is the ticket…

The tomatoes I’ve bragged about a few times, have come to the end of their lives. They are all ‘tomatoed out’, not that that is a real expression, but I’m sure you know what I mean. I think it was mainly my own fault. They started off so well, and I got such a great yield at first, that I didn’t even think about giving them some extra plant food to keep them going. Silly me.

I’ve started new seedlings, and this time around I will definitely try and remember to give them some nutrition to keep them going. Until they start bearing fruit, I have to buy tomatoes again, which is a bummer – they just don’t taste the same.

Tiny new tomato seedlings top L, chili plants top R, and some straggly Italian parsley at the bottom.

I can’t remember if I told you that I recently discovered YouTube? I think I did, but anyway – I’ve used YouTube for years, but mainly to listen to music, or to find songs of which I know part of the lyrics but can’t remember the name, etc. Then there were a few things that I wanted to learn how to do, like mosaic crochet for example, so I started using YT for that as well.

Now it is my go-to channel. Netflix I find boring, their range is not big enough for me. And whatever else we have available here just doesn’t cut it either.

But YT has it all. I’ve discovered that I have a HUGE interest in archeology and history (who would’ve guessed!), and I like throwing in a bit of gymnastics every now and then, with a quick switch to a cooking channel, or a song or two. It has everything.

So while I am knitting or crocheting away to keep myself happy and calm (my therapy), I watch YT, and I am all the happier and calmer for it. Yay…

Who are you? (oo-oo, oo-oo…)

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I’ve been thinking…

Why do us humans lately need to be told who we are? And by that I don’t mean the DNA kind of who are you. There are endless lists all over – magazines, social media – that can ‘tell you’ who, what where, why – if you answer the next 6/10/20 questions.

We can tell you your personality type!!! Are you a true introvert? What is your IQ/EQ? Are you a typical Leo? What is the status of your relationship? What kind of mom are you? – on and on and ON!!!!

Does nobody know who they are anymore? Do we really need our laptops to tell us? Why? Don’t we trust ourselves anymore?

The internet is invasive. It climbs into your head and buggers up your brain and self confidence.

How have people managed for thousands of years without the internet to tell them who they are? Has humankind been floating around in a state of limbo for eons, waiting for the internet to happen so we can all discover who we are?

RI.DI.CU.LOUS. !!!!! What utter BS…

Of course you know who you are. You know you don’t like lots of people around you. You know you don’t like talking to strangers. You know well enough whether you are brilliant, or average as far as intelligence goes. You know you need to loose weight, because if you look at yourself in the mirror, you can see it! You might choose to ignore it, but you know it. You know you are not good with Algebra, but you cook like an angel. You hate running, but you love dancing.

You get what I’m saying?

Why do we give even the slightest bit of attention to all these people making all these stupid little questionnaires, just to make us doubt ourselves? Stop doing that!!! Take back your confidence, your self-knowledge, your life, and let those little lists die in cyber space.

Trust yourself. If you are giving it your all being a mum, and your child/children are happy and healthy, why do you need someone else ( a faceless, nameless someone behind a computer screen) to tell you you are doing okay? If your life makes you happy, you don’t need someone to tell you you are doing it wrong. Go with your gut.

Be who you are without any excuses or apologies to anyone. Own it.

PS. Sorry about the heading, I couldn’t resist – I hope some of you get the connection….