Double the Trouble

This week flew by. The slow downhill ride from December to mid-January rolls past at triple time it seems. Our trip to the US seemed so far ahead when we booked it but it is so close now. We received a confirmation email about our flight this week which reassures me. My Mom has already …

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Soul Art

This week we have had some severe weather in SA. Last night it hailed, we even had thunder and lightening. We have had some torrential rain and even flooding down the coast where Lily lives. We lit a fire today as soon as we were out of bed as it is crazy cold. However, the …

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Flights of Fancy

In typical Cape Town fashion the weather turned last Sunday and the sun made an appearance after days of rain and wind. We took advantage of this and Norm set up a workstation for me by the new succulent garden. https://www.instagram.com/p/CO7151XJ_n5/ We planted the large planter the kids gave me for Mother's day. https://www.instagram.com/p/CO71bZUp_uh/ As …

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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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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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Leaving it Alone

All of my Facebook memories coming up from this time of year are of Norm and I with my Mom so it is a bit odd to be celebrating the holidays at home on our own. It was lovely having Lily here for a few days and Caitlin here for a few hours last weekend. …

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Hillbilly Brogue

Every Christmas I create two or three children's Christmas boxes for charity but due to Covid the usual gift programs did not run this year. I understand why but it made me so sad to not be giving the gift of happiness to any little children. Then I spotted that my friend Letishia from Queen …

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No Turkey, No Cupcakes

Wednesday marked the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), an international campaign that runs annually, from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (World Human Rights’ Day). Every year I try to feel positive and hopeful that something will change and every year …

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Halloween Blues

Today is Halloween, one of my favourite holidays. We normally have a party but we stopped the tradition last year and this year we would not even consider it. The venue we always used has closed down and we are not keen on having lots of people in our home. We are doing a family …

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Buddhas and Beaches

Last weekend I had a bit of cabin fever so Norm offered to take me out for a bite of lunch on Saturday. That meant getting out of my jimjams and putting on make-up for a change. https://www.instagram.com/p/CGKYZgFJoGY/ We had intended to go to one of our fave spots, Hout Bay Manor, but the wind …

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