Birthdays and Renovations

Norm has never been big on birthdays, but every year I drag him out for a meal and buy him gifts and he is always grateful to receive them. I want to celebrate my birthday for a whole week and that kind of sums up the differences between us in a nutshell. His birthday was …

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False Idols and Pretenses

Like many other countries in the world South Africa is very divided over politics. The party which is in power on a National level is the ANC and they cannot even seem to reach a singular point of view among themselves. They have ruled since 1994 when Mandela was elected as our president. I mentioned …

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Museums, Monkeys & Margaritas

Everyone needs a break from their reality, especially at this time when most of us are isolating and staying at home in our bubbles. Norm and I loved our European weekends away when we lived in the UK. We would often book a last minute cheap flight and just take off on a whim. We …

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Burning History

Norman often tells me I am being paranoid and that I am imagining machinations where none exist. However most of the time I am proven to be right. (Aren't wives always right even when we aren't?) When the US capitol was attacked I said that day from the very beginning that it was coordinated and …

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The Angst of a Crone

Even while in the midst of a very publicised trial about the murder of George Floyd by cops, the murders of black men by police in America continues. This week we watched a young man be shot 'by mistake' by a policewoman. On April 11, 2021, Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot …

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Cowboys and Cherokees in the Wild

I often think about what life was like hundreds of years ago before we had luxuries such as many of us now have, running water and inside sanitation facilities, electricity, convenient grocery stores and other shops as well as things such as eyeglasses or medications for our ills. We just finished watching season 4 of …

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Second Chances

This is a 3 day weekend in South Africa as Sunday is Human Rights Day and we have Monday off of work. Human Rights Day in South Africa is historically linked with March 21st, 1960 and the events of Sharpeville. The apartheid regime forced black people to carry a 'Pass', a hated identification document, known …

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Peaks and Valley-entines

Last weekend was as full of highs and lows as a bipolar disorder riding a roller coaster. Even though I was prepared for the possibility that the majority of the Republicans would not have the balls to do what was right and vote to convict Trump, I was still devastated when the votes were in …

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Guilty Pleasures

These days there are so few opportunities for happiness that you need to grab it wherever you can. I mentioned in a recent blog that I had watched the Fran Lebowitz 'Pretend It's A City' series and one of the things she discusses is the term 'Guilty Pleasures'. I totally agree with my spirit animal …

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Land of the Free

This was a monumental week. As we are now 303 days into lockdown In South Africa with no vaccine in sight, we needed something positive to bolster our spirits and the US delivered. Wednesday the 20th was the day we were all released from the tyranny and destruction of tRump. I welcome our new US …

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