Tricked

So far we have not had any news on our flights being cancelled and we have progressed our planning as if there has been no Omicron drama bubbling up. Norm has booked a shuttle to take us from Atlanta to Chattanooga. He has also booked our flu shot for next week so that we reduce …

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Memories and Triggers

I have mentioned before how we have so many challenges to deal with in South Africa that people in other 'First World' countries seldom experience. My village of Hout Bay was without water for over 4 days. Some areas were without water for about a week. Our house must be on a different reservoir or …

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Self-Care

We had hot and sunny weather all of last weekend and it extended into the week but it started raining midweek and has continued through the weekend so far. When Cape Town is good she is very, very good when she is bad it is windy AF. Load shedding has continued this week and meant …

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Release

The lockdown and isolation of the last year and a half has been so hard on many of us for a variety of reasons. My anxiety resulted in such feelings of doom that I was convinced that this was the end of life as we knew it and that feeling has proven to be true …

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Embracing Change

On Thursday Norm decided to go to one of the vaccination centres on the other side of Cape Town which has been vaccinating walk in patients as long as they are registered on the government portal. He did not have to wait long at all, they vaccinated him and he was back home in a …

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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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Slipping of the Mask

The biggest 'news' item this week was Oprah's interview with Meghan and Harry. Probably the two most discussed items from the interview were the claims that they were victims of racism by senior members of the royals and that Meghan had been suicidal during her pregnancy with Archie. The world appears to be strongly divided …

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Under Pressure

This has been such a tense week full of stress and anxiety. On Wednesday I woke to several messages from my cousins about my mom. Mom fell in her kitchen and injured herself. She had to drag herself across the room to the couch to get her phone which must have been unbelievably painful. The …

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Cowboy Hats, Caftans and the Bermuda Triangle

The week between Christmas and New Years is notoriously a bit of a black hole. The Bermuda Triangle of Annual Leave. What day is it? What have we been doing? Where have we been? This period of time can usually be tracked by the places we have gone, the people we have seen, entertained or …

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