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Sunday vibes.

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Morning coffee

I know, it is only Tuesday.

So what is this about ‘Sunday vibes’ then? Well, once again, I had the best of intentions to come home on Sunday and write about my day. I didn’t. And now I’m going to. Simple. 😉

Actually, I am not going to write a lot, I’m posting a few pictures about my day, because it was an especially beautiful one, starting with coffee on the patio, with views. ↑

Autumn vines

What do you think? Am I right, or am I right? Everything about the day had me smiling – the blue skies, the fresh air, the views as I drove home, but most of all, the company of the people around me and the fun, jokes and the delicious meal we shared. ♥

Mental well-being.

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False Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.

Be positive. Be positive. Be positive…

Easier said than done. I can pretend I am positive all the time, while I’m screaming inside. What good will that do? Maybe if I pretend hard enough, I’ll actually become positive? Maybe. I doubt it though.

I’ve written before about how I do all these little ‘things’ to stay busy and positive and happy. It’s not working for me anymore.

Let me tell you why. (You might not be interested to know about my woes, but I’ll tell you anyway…)

I AM happy about the fact that we (my loved ones) are all still healthy, have food to eat, and roofs over our heads. I AM happy that we are comparatively free to live our lives and go about our business (the ones here in South Africa anyway. The loved ones in Ireland and Canada, are much less free.)

But the fact that all of us cannot see the end of these limitations that have been placed on us regarding travel, the fact that a lot of things related to Covid and vaccines are still unclear and uncertain, is really, REALLY getting my goat now!!! And I know I’m not the only one. And it is also not only for the sake of traveling. Thousands, maybe millions of people have loved ones living in other countries – children, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters – and we are forbidden to see them. What does that do to family relationships? How does that impact on people’s mental health? I can tell you – very negatively.

My shoulders and neck are sore and stiff all the time. I don’t sleep well. I’m irritated. I have difficulty breathing properly. And I cry at the drop of a hat.

Maybe that’s just me. Maybe I’m just a sugar lump, that melts at the first few drops of rain. But I’m thinking there must be others out there who feel the same way.

Greetings, friends!

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Photo by Tom Swinnen on Pexels.com

My goodness, it’s been a while!

I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks. You have to know it was busy if I didn’t have time to write a few words here.

We’ve been building and changing the guesthouse, and it took longer than planned, which had my nerves frayed by the end of it. I don’t want to write about that today, since I do not have the energy to recall and regale you with all the ‘fun’ we had and to download the pictures, but I will do that some time next week, as promised. Suffice it to say – the guests could come and stay as booked and planned, which was a relief.

With the way the different governments are handling the ‘pandemic’ (I’m way past believing that we still have a pandemic, if indeed we ever truly had one), I’m beginning to think that I will never see my children in Canada and Ireland again, and to my granddaughter I’ll forever be a face on a cell phone screen. When our travel restrictions are lifted, theirs aren’t, and vice versa. South Africa still has a few ridiculous rules, like suddenly restricting the sale and transport of alcohol for the Easter weekend, but generally we are quite free to move around.

We can travel anywhere inside our country, we can eat in restaurants and go to pubs, we can meet friends and family, we are just not allowed to have big gatherings of people, and we have to wear masks in public. I think it is time for the world to move on now, and for governments to stop using the excuse of the pandemic to further their own hidden agendas.

We spent a lovely few hours with my eldest son today (I’m going to stop saying ‘eldest son’ from now on, as he is the only son/child I can spend time with without having to get on a plane and fly somewhere). We met up with him at a market that was started in an old railway shed in the middle of the main apple growing area of South Africa, which was turned into a delightful place to meet with friends and family. There is live music, (which I could listen to all day – it was my kind of music, and the guy could actually sing), and a variety of food and drinks to choose from. We caught up a bit on what was happening in our lives, and of course – we sorted out the world’s problems!

The drive there and back is beautiful. It is one of my favourite routes, through mountains and valleys and apple orchards, so that added to the joy of the day.

Now I’m home, and I feel like it was a day well spent.

I hope you all had a good day. If not, I hope tomorrow will be so much better. 🙂

The Cat and other stories.

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Throw back to New Year’s day, started the year off on the right foot.

Sunday afternoon.

Daisy the border collie x and I just came back from a nice, long walk. It is a cool, rainy day, but I nevertheless managed to build up a bit of a ‘glow’.

The Cat was waiting for me, and demanded food, but I was not so easily swayed. He is getting better and better everyday (thanks for asking), i.e. he is getting around more easily. (Please see a few of my previous posts on why you are getting an update on The Cat’s health.) What he still doesn’t do well enough to my liking, is to eat. He is a bag of bones. I give him wet food twice a day, and he has a permanent bowl of dry food at his disposal. He used to gobble up his wet food, now he licks it. Literally. He gives it a few licks and walks off. He does eat some dry food, but also not nearly enough to start picking up weight. So when I walked in the door and he was meowing at me, I shoved his left-over breakfast under his nose again (which was basically all the food I gave him this morning). Once again, he gave it a few licks, and he was done.

He is really a cantankerous old grump at the moment, and I doubt that will change. Except when he wants to have a little nap on my lap, then he can suddenly start making eyes at me! Typical male…

The Cat in better days.

I heard only a few hours ago, that my SO’s nephew had an accident with a motorbike, and he is in hospital. His guardian angel must have just looked away for a second, but could still react in time to save his butt. He had a serious crash, which could have ended so much worse – thankfully it didn’t. He will be okay, after a lot of stitches to his head (!), an operation to his hand(s) and a very bruised and battered body.

Please be careful out there if you are a bike rider, these accidents happen so quickly! Always wear your protective gear, and be super cautious if you are on a road you don’t know. If you are not a biker, please be on the look out for bikers, and give them some leeway, they are very vulnerable out there. Don’t be one of the spiteful drivers to cut them off or drive in such a way that they cannot pass you – that is just mean spirited.

I spent a very quiet weekend mostly at home, enjoying the cool and rainy weather, and although I want this week to pass quickly, I’m not sure I’m quite ready for Monday yet…

Enjoy your Sunday evening or what ever is left of your day, and best of luck for the week ahead! 🙂

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. 😕🐞