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Best Friday in a while… :D

Travel time – not for me, but my youngest is just about on his way home for a visit! Photo by Alex Azabache on Pexels.com

Summer is here. Sigh….

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… 😀

About Spring and other things.

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Flowers and Spring go together like peanut butter and jam.

Aaaaand here I am again!

For now. 🙂

Since I did a post last, I’ve done all the normal life things – taken Daisy for regular walks, had significant birthday, spent time with my SO, my mom, my eldest son and my daughter-in-law, baked rusks, knitted a cocoon and a couple of newborn beanies for a special baby, had a fabulous bike ride with my SO, missed my kids overseas, and so on and so forth.

My SO has been down from the north for a couple of weeks so he could be here for my birthday. (Yay! ) He brought my mom with, and she is spending a month or so down here in the Western Cape with me.

My youngest is coming over from Ireland this coming weekend (Yay!) and we’ll be spending time together next week (my two boys with their SO’s, my mom and myself.) I am beyond excited, as it is a year, nearly to the day, that he left for greener pastures. It is going to be a good week. 😀

It seems that the world is *very slowly returning to a semblance of normality* (whispered). I am sooooooo hoping that that is the case – I’m over all the restrictions and do’s (a few) and don’ts (a lot). I will be ecstatic the day I can buy a plane ticket to fly somewhere – preferably Canada or Ireland.

Spring is also very slowly making her presence known – she peeks out, and then ducks back into her winter hiding place again, and then she braves it outside her den, and ducks back inside again. But soon, very soon, she’ll stay outside and it will be Winter who will have to go into hiding.

I know that I’ve said over and over that winter is my favourite season, and it really is – I’m sad to see it go, but there is something about early Spring days that does make a person feel happy and energized. And the budding of trees and flowers is something special – no argument there.

The one Spring thing ( 😂 ) I’m looking forward to, is planting some tomatoes again. I loved the huge amount of tomatoes I could pick last year, so I am ready to get planting again. I will also plant a few other veggies – not sure what yet. I was disappointed with the radishes, so I’ll give those a skip. Spinach is always a success, although I’m not so crazy about it that I want loads of it in my garden. I’ll have to think about it…

Hope you are all still going strong and have escaped the virus’ clutches!

Conquer, or divide?

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HELP!!!!

This has become more and more of an issue.

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.

Maybe the end of the road for me?

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(On this site, that is.) Maybe, maybe not…

I don’t know exactly how these things work, but as I mentioned in a previous post, my subscription is nearing its end, and I am not going to renew it. I don’t need a .com if I cannot make some money off the ads. Sounds mercenary? Well, a person has to make a living, and since so many people are doing it off blogs, I thought I’d give it a try. But it is not working out, so I am not going to pay a lot of money (from a South African point of view, with the state of our economy and the value of our ZAR) just to have .com after my name.

I supposedly have more than 300 followers, but never more than a few likes, so either nine tenths of my followers are not on WordPress anymore, or they are no longer active. So it is like fighting a losing battle.

I do like the forum though, so I’ll probably continue peeking in from time to time.

I am very content at the moment. The area I live in is turning into the most beautiful place in the country right now. We’ve had good rain this season, and the countryside is exploding with wild flowers and greenery – it is a sight to behold! I continue to enjoy my walks with my rambunctious border collie x Daisy, and the air is fresh and clean. It is a joy to get some exercise out in the open air.

I hope you enjoy these pictures taken in the last week. (Please click on the pictures, to enjoy their full value.)

Olympics and stuff.

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Walking with Daisy. Can you see her trying to sniff out a field mouse?

I know I’ve said it twenty times already.

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!