I am thankful for the seasons, it makes life interesting and colourful. No, really, I am! It’s just that I suffer in temperatures over 30. (degrees Celsius, that is) And around here it is very frequently close to 40. For months on end.
It is also Friday. Another thing to be thankful for. And not only because it is weekend, there is a much bigger reason I am excited about Friday this week – my youngest is leaving Ireland today for a 3 week holiday here in South Africa!! I haven’t seen him for a year, so how great is that! Next week is going to be a family week, and I’m going to do some baking this weekend, typically mom-style! Some rusks and a date loaf to take with to my eldest son’s place, where we will all be together. I’m chuffed as can be. 😀
I’ve planted some tomatoes earlier this week, now I cannot wait for it to start growing. I think I’ll also do some celery. And maybe a few carrots. And green peppers.
While waiting for the veggies to grow, I’ll try and neaten up the rest of the garden, and add a few decorating touches to make it prettier and more interesting. Typical Spring stuff. A home and a garden are never done, as far as I am concerned – there are always new ideas to try and changes to make by adding or taking away. Or am I the only one who feels that way?
Anyhoo…I wish you all a wonderful weekend! I have important things to do… 😀
While I still have this platform to write and voice my humble opinions on things (I don’t know what happens at the end of this month if I don’t renew my subscription), here goes!
We, and by this I mean the WHOLE world, have been living with this little pest, also known as Covid 19, for nearly two years now. We have gone through lockdown after lockdown, we have gone through a myriad of emotions on a daily basis, we haven’t seen our families for weeks, months or in my case, years, and still the end is not in sight. I is a tough, tough situation. Hopefully nobody alive on this earth will have to ever go through something like this again – if we can ever manage to get past this global hiccup, that is. I probably won’t see anything like this again in my lifetime.
We, as the human species, were divided on – where it came from, is it real, is it really as dangerous as they say, will you or won’t you wear your face mask, sanitize your hands, your house, your life, obey lockdown rules, etc.
Then, as if that was not enough, along comes the vaccine. Yay!!! Now we can all get vaccinated and life can continue as normal! Or not…
Nope. That was not to be, because the very existence of the vaccine, managed to divide people even more! Now friends and family argue and fight and threaten each other. They stop seeing each other because some are vaccinated, some are not. The most ridiculous thing I’ve heard up to now, was that someone (opposed to the vaccine) told vaccinated family that they should not come near her, because they (the vaccinated ones!) are a danger to her! I kid you not.
This is taking on bizarre and ridiculous measures, don’t you think? If ever I was to consider the fact that there is some sinister force at work, this might be the reason – that they meant to divide and then conquer the world, when it is at its most vulnerable.
I TOTALLY blame social media for all of this.
Yip, you heard me. Social media is to blame. It has become too easy to put disinformation out there for the whole world to see. The amount of crap, combined with the efforts from real science and scientists, is enough to make anybody and everybody’s head spin. Nobody has a clue anymore as to who or what to believe. You try and sieve out the truth from the nonsense, but how? There is just too much going on. And then you get those bloody idiots who find it amusing to deliberately post stupid pieces of nonsensical gibberish, and you will always find people that latch onto that and go – you see?
I do not see a solution to this problem, and I foresee even darker times ahead – call me a doomsday prophet if you want to. But this is a huge problem, families should stick together. Friends should support each other. If you do not have those structures anymore, what is left? Chaos.
It would be interesting to hear what you think about this, how you feel, but I’m not holding my breath for a response…
PS. This is of course my opinion, and mine alone, and I reserve the right to voice my opinion (which is something of a luxury these days) – and I stand by it.
But I’m probably going to keep saying it, because it boggles my mind: I CAN NOT BELIEVE HOW TIME FLIES. There, I’ve said it.
The last while I somehow just did not get around to blogging at all. My SO was here for two weeks, and we did do quite a bit of driving around doing stuff and seeing places, but that is not really an excuse for not doing a quick post here and there.
I hate saying this, but I’ve just not had the inclination. Once in a while it pops into my head that I haven’t posted for a while, but it just as quickly pops out of my head again.
I have no idea why. I actually enjoy posting, so I can’t explain it.
I have also received notification that the renewal of my subscription is due, but I’ve decided not to do it – I can’t really see why I should pay so much money if all I do is write a few posts and get a couple of likes. I initially did it because I thought that if I write regularly, and I get more and more followers, I can start making a bit of money off ads and so on, but it seems I was very naive about how these things work. I doubt I’ll ever have the amount of followers needed to make that dream come true. And apparently people download ad blockers anyway? So yes, I will not be renewing my subscription. Anyone with any thoughts about this?
We’ve had some snow just after my SO arrived down here. South Africans always get very excited when it snows, we are not as used to it as the countries in the northern hemisphere.
And then, of course, I’ve been keeping myself busy watching the Olympics! Or as much as I can of the items I love, considering the time difference. I mostly watch gymnastics, swimming and athletics and maybe a random shooting, rowing or diving final. I’ve enjoyed every single moment, except when the poor athletes get disqualified after a false start. I understand it is disrupting, but my goodness, they’ve worked for years to get there, and then they can’t even compete. My heart breaks for them every time.
It is amazing to see the sportsmanship between the athletes from different countries. It really warms my heart on a cold day. I am glad to see that that at least still exists, with so many of the old world manners and traditions being thrown to the wind these days.
Other than that, I am thankful that we are all still healthy, although we did have a huge scare recently when my SO’s mom got the dreaded virus. She is out of hospital and getting better all the time, so we are hugely grateful for that. I still go for regular walks with Daisy, and enjoy the scenery around here every single time!
It is especially cold today, so I’ll be here, in front of the heater, knitting and watching olympics if you’re looking for me!
Maybe everybody loves rainbows, I don’t know, but I always get excited when I see one. If it is a ‘full’ one, touching earth on both ends, so much better!
They make me believe that there could be magic out there, and that makes me feel better about life. I think we all need a bit of magic in our lives at the moment since reality is a bit difficult to handle right now.
I grew up bingeing on Enid Blyton books, and the idea of fairies and goblins was food to my active imagination. I have to add here, that I grew up as an only child, and I had more than enough time to let my imagination run wild. Also, my mom made sure that I knew they were fairytales, but I chose to believe that they could be real, if only we knew where to look…
What do fairytales and rainbows have to do with each other, you ask? Well, to me it is a weird question, because don’t fairytales and rainbows go together? You know, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, or when you run underneath a rainbow you can change from a boy to a girl or vice versa?
Maybe it is a result of my over-indulgence in the books of Enid Blyton, but I continue to believe that there is a kind of magic in rainbows. They make me happy for various reasons. They are so very gorgeous to look at, for a start. And wherever there’s a rainbow, it means that somebody close by was lucky enough to have been blessed with some rain, even if it was only a drop.
The one above nearly landed me in trouble, though. Or maybe it was my Daisy dog that nearly landed me in trouble. I was on my way to visit my kids when I saw this lovely sight ↑, and decided to stop and take a picture. Since I couldn’t see a car anywhere near me, I cruised to a stop just half off the tarmac, to take a quick snap and be on my way again. But the ever present Murphy reared his spiteful head, as usual. As I was lining up the shot Daisy decided that it was the perfect time to jump out and go and explore, and as I was scrambling to get her back in the car, of course! suddenly there were traffic from all sides, and those drivers were not happy with me!
Of course I know one shouldn’t stop like that – half on half off, but it was supposed to be quick, and honestly, there were no cars in sight when I stopped.
But once again, life has a way of teaching us lessons, even when you think you know it all.
Not Shakespeare’s play, or the book by Mark Helprin, not even the songs by Queen or David Essex, although both are definitely worth a listen.
Just my own little Sunday story.
It has been unseasonably warm the last week or so. I’m a believer that winter has to be properly cold, to kill off bugs and other nasties, and I love winter, so I was a bit peeved about the warmer weather.
But today is colder, and I am not going anywhere, so I am doing the ‘slow’ thing today. I woke up, fed the cat and dog, made myself some coffee, and took myself and the coffee back to bed. Not to sleep, no. But it was the warmest place to be, so I read in bed for an hour before getting up and getting dressed.
I had to do a quick stop at a shop, unfortunately, but I needed one or two ingredients to make my and my SO’s favourite date and nut loaf. It is baking as we speak, and smells delicious. I am sorry that he is not here to share it with me, but I did make him one before he left to go back north.
I can not deny that I am feeling a bit out of sorts today. I had a wonderful long chat with my son in Ireland last night, but today I am missing him and my Canadian children fiercely. And even though I saw my son in SA about 2 weeks ago, and my SO as well, when the missing starts, it encompasses them all. It is in fact causing a pain in my chest and a constriction in my throat. So I am trying to rise above that by keeping sort of busy, but it will probably get the better of me sometime during the day… I will definitely go for a long walk with Daisy later, to get some good physical exercise too.
So that is basically my winter Sunday story. Not a very chirpy one, I know, but weekends on my own often result in these emotions.
But let me try and end on a positive note. Although it is colder today, the sun is shining outside, the birds sound deliriously happy because they are chirping away like crazy, and the date loaf is nearly ready to come out of the oven! I will be having at least two slices with some tea within the next hour – yum! I had a good night’s sleep, and I am still hearty and hale!
So all you good folk and gentle people, have yourself a wonderful Sunday, and be kind to yourself.