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No Thanksgiving for us…

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Thanksgiving is one of the holidays in the year that I actually feel has merit.

Ironic, because in South Africa we do not have Thanksgiving – in fact, I think most of the people here won’t even know what it is, might not even have heard of it. I know, right?!

So why should I think that it is an important holiday? To start off with, compared to the fluff and money-making marketing of Valentine’s day (sorry/not sorry to all the lovers out there), and even Mother’s day and Father’s day, Thanksgiving has heart, and soul, and meaning, and we are not thankful enough in our daily lives. (Yes, mothers and fathers and lovers are important people, but shouldn’t you honour and love them every day of the year? Shouldn’t you show them throughout the year what they mean to you? To do so to the nth degree one day a year really is quite meaningless and shallow.)

I think we take too many things for granted. A roof over our heads, food on the table, health, family, holidays, etc. Only when we lose those things, do we suddenly realize how privileged and blessed we were.

Even though there is some controversy regarding the day, I think it is a wonderful idea to have a day of Thanksgiving once a year, to ‘force’ people to be thankful at least one day a year. (I’ve done a bit of research, and found that although the pilgrims had much to be thankful for, to the Native Americans or Indigenous People (whatever the politically correct term is nowadays), it was quite the opposite!)

Also picked up in my ‘intensive research’ 😉 , is the interesting fact that one of the very few countries other than USA that celebrate Thanksgiving, Liberia, does so because it was brought over from America when freed slaves were settled there. (Liberia = Free Country.) They celebrate on the 1st of November.

But back to being thankful. I would have loved to have Thanksgiving ! This year I would be thankful for –

  • my health throughout the whole pandemic saga
  • my life, after an altercation with a truck at the end of May!
  • definitely very thankful that all my loved ones have so far escaped the virus too.
  • food on the table despite the fact that we’ve had serious financial setbacks because of the darn pandemic!
  • abundant rain, after we’ve had many years of drought in the area (there are still places in SA that are suffering seriously because they have not had rain for so long that their livestock is dying and they don’t have any money anymore to buy food for them. 😦 )
  • whatsapp video calls, because without them I don’t know how I would have survived two of my children living abroad
  • people in my life that I love, and I know they love me too

Maybe I’ll start my own Thanksgiving tradition here in South Africa, who knows? 😀

Monday musings.

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Tree at sunrise.

I do love alliteration, don’t you? 😀

Mondays used to be a hated day in my books. Then there was a short while that I actually didn’t like weekends. I kid you not! That was during a period when we were at home weekend, after weekend, after weekend – not going anywhere, not seeing anybody, just home. All. The. Time.

But now, being older (just a bit), and wiser (a lot !), I want to ask you the following:

  • when your alarm goes off on a Monday, and you hit the snooze button, and then you snuggle into your comfortable bed for a few minutes more, are you thankful for that bed? Thankful for the fact that you’ve got a roof over your head and a bed?
  • when you get up and jump into the shower, are you at all aware of the fact that there are people who do not have that luxury?
  • When you sit down for breakfast, or grab a cup of coffee, do you ever think about the people who don’t have the same privileges you do?

See where I’m going with this? Because if you don’t, I’ve got a few more things to put on my list…

The important one that I need to get to, is this – I’m sure that the main reason you hate Mondays is because it means you have to go to work. Not so?

Well, I for one, do not feel sorry for you – YOU’VE GOT A JOB! You can look after your family. Pay your mortgage. Buy food. So many people are out there without jobs, and now with Covid, thousands more will be jobless. And they lie awake at night wondering how they are going to put food on the table, wishing that, in the morning, they can get up and go to work.

So, my dear blog friend, if you are in the privileged position to have a job that you can go to on a Monday morning, please do so with alacrity. If you absolutely, positively despise your job, I know it will be difficult to be thankful, but still, try to be, because you do get a pay check at the end of the week/month. And while you are earning money for the job you hate, start looking out for something else, start thinking about how you can change your situation. But all the time, be thankful. Please.

Until we chat again, be happy! 🙂

Friday. Friyay?

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The view from Chapman’s Peak Drive towards Hout Bay, yesterday, on one of the most beautiful days in a long time…

“Rest and be thankful.” ~ William Wadsworth

It is weekend, people!

To be honest, I’m not sure why I am so excited about it. My days are pretty much all the same these days. Which does not necessarily mean it is boring. It means I don’t have to go into the office every day for the whole day, I can go in for a couple of hours, or more. I can even go on a Saturday if I want to. Or not go in at all. My choice. And apart from that, I can sit in my PJ’s and blog until 10 in the morning if I want to (I’m not saying that is what I am doing now… 😉 ) My SO* and I can go to Cape Town on a Thursday for the whole day, should we want to. Which we did, yesterday. 🙂

I’m rambling. What I’m trying to say is, my life is pretty much my own at the moment, and weekends are not much different to me from the rest of the week. So I have no real reason to be excited about it being Friday. Yet, I am. Years of conditioning, I suppose.

I hope your week was not too rough, and I hope you have a wonderful couple of days, doing whatever it is you prefer doing on a weekend. Spend some time being thankful for health, family, time off, having food on the table, etc.

So, until next time, blog friends, rest and be happy! 🙂

Looking back towards the mountains and part of Chapman’s Peak Drive.

*SO – significant other

The reality of lockdown and birthdays.

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The view from the top of the Du Toit’s Kloof Pass towards Paarl and Cape Town.

Yesterday was my SO’s* birthday. Because of lockdown, and the fact that neither of us have had an income for 5 months, we couldn’t splash out and celebrate like we would have liked to.

Instead we had a slow day. We had a late-ish, big breakfast, and then left to go to one of our favourite antique shops – Die Handelshuis (The Trading Post) which is a huge industrial store -like building, with acres of space and always many interesting pieces to browse through.

Afterwards, we started the drive back towards home, but felt that we could at least do a late lunch, so we stopped of in Paarl, a beautiful historic town, and had lunch at Hussar’s Grill, one of our favourites.

Our route back takes us over the amazing Du Toit’s Kloof Pass. If you ever visit South Africa, do yourself a favour and instead of taking the quick (and boring) toll road through the tunnel, go over the pass – you will not be sorry! The mountains are breathtaking, and they put on a different face every single day, depending on the fickle weather. And the views from the top is something else!!! I take a picture/s every time we drive that way, I cannot help myself!

All in all, not a bad day, I think, and still a lot to be thankful for…

Until next time, blog friends, stay safe! 🙂

*SO – significant other.