Monday, 16 January 2017

Monday Monday ....

This morning (16 January 2017) I am supposed to be working from home but I am going to have to put in a day's leave as I am feeling totally shattered.

Yesterday I attended the Memorial Service for a very good friend of mine's son who tragically took his own life last week.  The emotions of seeing the effect if has had on my friend and his wife and seeing a whole lot of young men totally devastated by their friends death and really took it out of me!!!

Then this morning I dropped my car off for a service and I had not asked for a lift home as I thought my hubby could do that for me ... only to find out that he had booked his car in for a service as well ... so I walked the 3km's home (which is all UPHILL!!!).  When I called him to check if everything was OK and to let him know I was home safe he was very frustrated as when he got to the garage the lady he had spoken to had not booked his car in for today at all!!!

So instead of curling up into a little ball under the covers I decided to read my home e-mails and came across this blog post of Susannah Conway's and I took out a couple bits which resonated very loudly with me although for me it is now 16 days into 2017 and I am feeling the same way that she did when she wrote this blog post!!!!

     How are you feeling now we’re 12 days into 2017? I’m still chasing my tail a  little and while I’d like to report that I’m rested and ready to start this year filled with intention and purpose… I’m not there yet.

     I’m not immune to the harsh critique when I look in the mirror but rather than wishing I could be thinner what I’m truly wishing for is more ENERGY. I know the reason I’m still sick is because I let my overall health slide last year. It’s so easy to  prioritise work over everything else and as a result  I’m exhausted.

    I’m tired of being tired. I’m guessing some of you can probably relate to this :-)
    I turn 44 in a few weeks (I just turned 54 this week!!!!) and my birthday wish for myself is to reach 45 knowing what it’s like to wake up feeling energised and refreshed. I cannot remember the last time I felt that way and I want to do something  about it. In fact, strike that — I’m DOING something about it. This desire is not the same as some wishy washy “get fit” January resolution.
      If anything it’s more like a mid-life wake up call where you ask yourself: is this really how I want to feel in my body for the rest of my life? My answer? A thousand times NO.
      I’m not a natural-born exerciser. I had a period a few years back where I got my level of fitness up to a pretty high standard, 
     There are always excuses and reasons — usually very compelling ones! — but the simple truth is I just don’t MOVE enough. This morning I  heard a fitness expert say sitting is the new smoking in terms of how it's damaging our health. How sobering is that?
      I'm going to relearn how to move my body,  even when my to-do list is shouting from my desk.

It’s a start, yes? :-)

Although totally exhausted I got up and did ParkRun (walk) on Saturday morning ...
Victoria Lake parkrun results for event #25. Your time was 00:53:24.This was my 40th Park Run so I will have my 50th under my belt before the middle of 2017!!!!

Hope you are all having a truly magnificent Monday!!!! and that the week ahead treats you gently!!!

Sunday, 1 January 2017


This morning we met Alison at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens for our traditional New Year Walk and breakfast at Eagles Faire.  Ali had mentioned to her friend Gisi that we were walking and if she could she should join us.  I was so delighted to see her after quite a long time.

This morning dawned beautifully sunny and I was suprised when Connor and Steph were up and ready to leave at 7am ... they only got in around 5 from their evening out!!!  When I mentioned this to Connor his response was "But this is a tradition that we have been doing since I was in high school ... of course I want to do the walk!" 

We had a wonderful walk through the gardens which are beautifully lush and green after all the rain and the waterfall was magnificent!!!

The service at breakfast was a bit slow and when our french toast with mince arrived instead of chillies on the side there were chillies on top and although I tried to scoop most of them out there were quite a lot of seeds left behind and they blew my whole head open ... and I live to tell the story!!! LOL!!!!

The Sasol Bird Hide was gorgeous ... and I love this photo I took of a duck standing on a rock in the bond ... the reflection is awesome.

Ali, Gisi and Richard
 And I was waiting at the end of the path for them ... I love this entry way ... and Ali stood peeping at me!!!

 Along the next path there was a tree growing low across the path and of course Connor had the take the unconventional path "over" the tree where the rest of us went under ...

 And the "Please mind your head" sign was on the wrong side of the tree!!!!!

 Some of the gorgeous flowers on our way out of the gardens ...

 Another awesome start to a New Year ... Thanks Ali!!!!

Saturday, 31 December 2016


I wanted to finish out the year strong so this morning I went along and did my Parkrun even though I had some pain in my leg following a massive cramp in my right calf in the early hours of this morning.  I am rather impressed with my result  ...

Victoria Lake parkrun results for event #23. 
Your time was 00:52:25.
 Which was an improvement on last week's 55:37.

It was very impressive to see one of the park workers mowing the lawn in preparation for the visitors the park would most certainly get as the day dawned so beautiful after all the rain we have had in the past couple of weeks.

I popped home to fetch my Mom as she wanted to spend the day at the Casino and on my way home I went looking for an open carwash and found the one at the Biggarsberg Centre was operating so I phoned my hunny and asked him to meet me for breakfast (we unfortunately got very slow service at the coffee shop and my french toast was COLD!!!!) and then tonight we went to Col Cacchio's at Gold Reef City for dinner with Mom.

I can't see myself making it to pumpkin hour ... So I am going to say "Enjoy the party and go safely!!!"

Sunday, 25 December 2016


Richard and I are on our own today so we decided to go through to OR Tambo International Airport to have breakfast ~ As we all know an international airport never sleeps.

We chose Jacksons for breakfast and had a super special waiter, Prince, serve us.  Richard had an English Breakfast and I had French toast and two lattes ... Yummy. 

I was quite upset when I spoke to one of the waitresses who said that a table of people had left without paying ... if they did not come back to pay she would have to pay in the over R800 bill.  So sad!!!!

Jacksons have restaurants in a couple of places around the world so I had to take a photo of Richard with the map behind him and the marker for OR Tambo.

We walked around a bit and I had to take a photo of this beautiful Christmas tree in International Arrivals ...

Hope your Christmas Day has been super special!!!!

Saturday, 24 December 2016


As Connor is spending Christmas with Steph I thought it was a good idea for us to go out for dinner to celebrate and open gifts together tonight.  

There were some complications and Steph could not join us for dinner and Mom decided she was staying at home (I was rather heartsore but that is just par for the course where Christmas celebrations for me are concerned now-a-days!!!) .

My little family (Richard, Connor and me) went to Spur at The Glen and were fortunate enough to have Nomfundo serve us again ... she is awesome!!!!  We had a lovely dinner and while at dinner Steph and Connor arranged that we would fetch her after dinner.

"Oh my word!!! Look at that ... we have matching tattoos!!!!

When we got home we decided that we would open our gifts as I like to see the reaction to the gift that I give someone ...

Connor surprised Steph with a Polaroid Camera which she has been wanting for quite some time ...

 Connor got his Dad a book on Bob Dylan and two Vinyl Records ... which I am sure confused him no end!!!
 And then I handed him this big box .....

 Which housed a portable record player!!!

Steph's Mom had baked my hunny a HUGE bottle of rusks ... OMGoodness!!! they are soooooooo good!!!!!

 We included Mom in the gift giving as she will be out early tomorrow morning for breakfast at the Zeemans (which carries on late into the afternoon).
 We gave Steph a whole lot of sweeties, a mug with a cat's face and "You had me at meow!" written on it and a camera case so that her new camera will be safe as well as some extra film.
 Connor got a whole host of his favourite treats and two hardcover books that he was wanting ... unfortunately they were not a surprise!
From Connor and Steph I got a photo frame with my favourite photo of them in it, a beautiful scarf and slippers.  Mom gave Richie and I a gorgeous new duvet cover.  So all in all we were VERY spoiled.

I just had to take this photo of Steph reading the instruction sheet for her new camera ...


Linda Wood is home for the holidays so we decided that we would do ParkRun in Germiston today.

When I woke this morning it was pouring with rain but I decided that I would fetch Linda anyway and we could just don our raincoats and go out and walk ~ The course is 99% tar so at least the wet ground wouldn't affect us too much.

By the time we got to the venue it had stopped raining and we had a lovely walk with a pretty good time considering I have not walked for a number of weeks ...

Victoria Lake parkrun results for event #22. Your time was 00:55:37.

As we were walking towards the car it started to rain again!!!

We went over the road to The Harvard Cafe for breakfast ... they serve really great coffee however after receiving a toasted ham, cheese and tomato twice that was an absolute mess I decided that coffee would be my breakfast!!!  Will DEFINITELY not be going back there.

Linda and I then went and did a bit of shopping at The Glen where I got myself a ParkRun jacket at Mr Price ... just need to get the sleeves shortened and put some elastic in them.

All in all a wonderful morning ... Thanks Miss Wood!!!!  Let's do it again next Saturday!

Friday, 23 December 2016


23 December 2016:  A while ago I said that I would have a tattoo with Connor ... he didn't believe that I would go ahead with it so he booked an appointment for the two of us for today (this was the first appointment he could get when he booked in September!!!).

We started off the day with breakfast at Vovo Telo in Parkhurst ... Unfortunately the service was not great today but the coffee and french toast made up for that ...


I went first and was surprised that all I felt was a bit of discomfort ... of course this is related to where you have the tattoo and how much work the tattoo is.

This is Lauren PeachFish working on my tattoo ... she is awesome!!!!!

 Connor had three tattoos today ...

1st was a matching heart with mine
2nd - this flower which is the emblem for one of his favourite bands La Dispute
3rd is from Lemony Snicket A Series of Unfortunate Events
The third tattoo was the most painful ...
When we were finished we headed off to Rosebank Mall to do some shopping.

We had a wonderful Mother Son day together ~ I really love spending time with my son.