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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but never more than a few likes, so either nine tenths of my followers are not on WordPress anymore, or they are no longer active.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!

Walking Daisy.

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Yesterday I took Daisy for a late afternoon walk.

Even on the days that I don’t feel like walking, it is always a pleasure watching Daisy on ‘our out of town’ walks, when I can unleash her. She goes crazy! Everything that moves gets chased – butterflies, dragonflies, mice, you name it.

Of course, this nearly daily exercise cannot be ignored when it comes to making me feel good as well, or at least feel better on the days that I feel bleh. I enjoy a bit of exertion, with the emphasis on ‘bit’, unfortunately! It makes me feel less guilty when I sit and knit or crochet, or watch TV. Or when I sneak in a few chocolates or some cake… 😉

So yesterday we were happily walking along, when I received a message that a booking had been made at the guesthouse. Which meant that I had to rush back to make sure everything was hunky dory. As I often do, I didn’t completely finish getting the room ready for guests earlier, because I didn’t have a booking then. I just won’t learn…

We were fortunately about halfway with our walk when we needed to head back, but Daisy being Daisy, decided going home is not a good idea – not right then, anyway. So she made a b-line for the lake, and went for a swim, her absolute favourite thing to do, even now when the temperatures have dropped significantly.

All ended well – Daisy loved her walk, as did I, and I had enough time to get everything ready for the guests before they arrived.

Done, and dusted.

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Ready for guests. Not quite where I want it yet, but soon… 🙂

At last.

Yes, it is done! I can at last say that the guesthouse is done. I’ve even had guests stay already! And a couple more bookings coming up. I am grateful and relieved. 🙂

I am also very, very broke after this little exercise, but hopefully that will be remedied by enough bookings pouring in over the next few months.🤞🏻 (From my mouth, to God’s ears…)

Of course, as with most reno’s, there are still things to be done, but those are minor compared to the big changes and building that is now done. I want to get/make some art for the walls, which are too bare for my liking. Some more/bigger area rugs to cozy the place up. And one or two practical things to add to make people’s stay here as comfortable as possible. And I definitely need to ‘prettify’ the space outside the second unit, which used to be a place where we put things that were in the way… But I need some money first, and for that I need bookings. We have cleaned it up and painted the walls, so at least it is tidy now. So please, hold thumbs for me, that the guests book both units regularly from now on.

I am still enjoying my SO’s company. He came down for a ‘quick’ two weeks to help with the building, and ended up staying quite a bit longer than planned. I am not complaining… 🙂

Winter is definitely on its way. I can feel it coming in the air – early mornings especially. Once again, I am not complaining. It is time. Our rainy season is about to start, so bring it on! Our dams are getting emptier by the day, so the cold and the rain can not come soon enough.

Can you see how empty this dam is? And this was taken about 3 weeks ago, so it is probably worse by now!

My last planting of tomatoes is not doing too well. Of course, they were planted a bit out of season, but I had hoped that I could get at least some tomatoes before the cold sets in. It seems like that is not going to happen. I am still hoping. I am going to enclose the plants in some thick plastic, and keep my fingers crossed that it will act like a hothouse.

I had a very quiet day today. It felt weird after the last while running up and down the whole time. I am just about ready to take Daisy for her walk, and then, that is that for the day.

So, Daisy was getting impatient, and I ended up taking her for her walk earlier than planned. Walk done and dusted. Now for an ice cold glass of wine, and feet up…

Sunrise on Sunday.

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Sunrise.

I saw the sun rise this morning.

That does not mean that I normally sleep late. I am always awake early, but I don’t rush outside to see the sunrise. Even if I did, I wouldn’t quite see it actually happen as my house is surrounded by a lot of tall trees.

This morning I took Daisy for an early walk out in the countryside with 2 other acquaintances, and I saw the sky lighten up until the sun peeked over the horizon. It was kind of magical. Food for the soul.

I think I should do it more often…