Friday, November 28, 2008

Yay its the weekend

Oh wonderful weekend - please don't fly by. Sleeping in on Saturday & Sunday is such a wonderful treat these days.
We have 5 more school days with children & then only 4 without the following week. Then its the lazy summer days of the Christmas holidays - actually not - its the "do everything you never get time to do " but still its holidays!!!
I have been inspired by the busy New Zealanders & all their Christmas planning & organisation so will try & put this into practise this weekend, starting with Christmas tins filled with condensed milk biscuits.
Have a great weekend everyone & God bless.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Christmas Creeping Up

Christmas is definately creeping up on us & unlike Penny or Jenny( domestic goddesses) I am not even contemplating such wonderful "homemade goodies." Time is not my friend at the moment but I do intend finishing some homemade cards & hopefully some gifts. Although your ideas are fabulous and are inspiring so maybe I will find time to create some magic.

My nephew Antony & his wife Deena & thre very special children leave SA on Thursday for New Zealand & while I am very happy for them I am also very sad for the families left behind. We wish them lots of love & joy in New Zealand and will be seeing them next year God willing.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Birthday Dinner

Ever since Kylie has been back from her UK experience she has been wanting to go to Moyo's a wonderful African themed restaurant - with the most unique decor and face painting and wonderful food. So as it was her birthday yesterday off we went Kylie, Steven & I as hubby is still not able to be up & about & Mark had a last years article clerk dinner.

The 3 of us had a blast, Kylie loved it from the moment we walked in - its on the Ushaka pier at the beachfront so the setting is wonderful. I am posting a few photos but the lighting is quite different so the photos are not wonderfully clear but you can at least see the nights events.

Yay its Friday & Alan,Kylie & I are off to Fordoun a spa in the Natal Midlands to relax, hubby will have a change of scenery & Kylie & I are relaxing & scrapping ! What a wonderful thought.
See ya.

Birthday Dinner

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Huge Storm clears the air

Whew on Friday afternoon we had a huge storm that came out of nowhere ! The rain & hail was unbelievable, it did a lot of damage in the 30 minutes that it raged & of course straight afterwards the sun shone brightly as if nothing had happened. Hillcrest & Molweni had lots of damage & 6 people were killed by houses falling down - the communities have rallied after this tragedy and there is a spirit of hope and renewed life.

This Friday my hubby had an operation on his foot due to damage done years ago as a teenager, this has left him in bed for a week, its been 3 days & he has cabin fever already & is driving us all batty. We have tried to entertain him, feed him, help him - oh my gosh he doesn't like being dependent on anyone. So it was with considerable relief I went to church yesterday & off to school this morning. We are going away this Friday for Kylie's (our daughter & eldest child) birthday to Fordoun in the Natal Midlands. Obviously I will be driving there & he will hopefully relax & be able to enjoy his different surroundings.

As a mother of young adults ( always my children to me !) 26 turning 27, 24 & 22 - we always have a house full of other young adults this weekend I had a mattress in my home office with a young friend who spent 4 days with us. Whilst we love it & encourage the friends - just sometimes I find it difficult to accomodate all these youngsters especially when the kitchen looks like a bomb has hit it & the towels in the laundry hamper are overflowing from swimming & showering....... My office however is "my space" where I craft, work & generally just relax, so being confined this weekend was quite difficult, it made me definately think that we need that bigger house as soon as we can. Come January we are house hunting !!!

To everyone have a great week & God Bless.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Arts & Crafts

Good morning world. Its a beautiful hot sunny day here in Durban, blue skies & everything is green from our last rains - just stunning. I am inside working - I think there's something basically flawed with that but thats life.

We go to our local church every last Tuesday of the month for arts & crafts & fellowship. We get all kinds of classes & while its great fun for us all it swells the church coffers at the same time. Since its drawing closer to Christmas (yes very scary the year is almost over!) we made African style tea lights which I loved with beads & safety pins !! I thought they were really nice & easy to do.

The next one is of our Christmas card class which is always such fun & I think really special too.Its just so nice getting a group of friends together to get some creativity flowing and lots of laughter and stress relief.

So to all friends & family take some time out to relax & enjoy our lives. They are short & precious & wonderful. Have a good week.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


I am feeling very heartsore at the moment, with families being split apart its very hard to still try and keep that close knit feeling.

Our own family is spread far and wide, as well as good friends. This we all take into our stride with the help of email,skype,gmail,blogs etc etc. But when it comes to one of your family members being ill or hurt or just upset over something - this causes great concern for all. There's just nothing like a big hug when you are down or a cup of coffee, glass of wine with a person not a "cyber" person. As is the case of my SIL's father, we wish we could be there to just give the hug or take the family a meal or fetch and carry - just do what families do !!!

So friends and family members always keep in touch with one another even if it is a cyber hug or words of love and encouragement.

To my family members (all over the world) we all love and miss you and big bear hugs to all the little members.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Lazy days of Summer.

Budget's over & done with now we can go forward with the rest of the year.

We had a wonderful lazy weekend getting up after 9 on Saturday and Alan & I went for breakfast to help us get the energy to get some Christmas shopping done ! Well we had a stroll in Gateway shopping center and ended up leaving it to all the scurrying people. The sun was shining, the sky was blue it was just such an outdoor day - result no shopping.

Our pool is already warming up and our garden is gorgeous as a result of all the rain lately so it won hands down.
Sunday was much the same of just being out in the sun and then after all that effort a sunday snooze, we did make church - just.
I think after all the hectic weeks we have had lately it was just such a pleasant relief to soak up the summer sun and be lazy.

We did however come to a decision about selling our house which we have outgrown with 3 adult children still living at home and think it was time to maybe move on out to Durban North or Musgrave Road. Still its just an idea at this stage because Alan is extremely attached to his house and suburb and is not very good with change - it has to creep up on him slowly.

To everyone have a wonderful week and God bless.