Coffee date

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I’m linking up with Lecy today from https://asimplergrace.blogspot.com/ for a coffee date post.

If you and I met for coffee, I’d choose a quiet coffee shop with delicious scones dripping with jam and fresh cream.

After we’ve placed our orders I’d tell you that I cannot believe how quickly this year is going and how winter is actually flying.  Years ago,  I’d complain about the cold and wish spring would arrive but this year I’ve embraced the cold and (with the help of my thermal spencers and a warm new jacket) I’m enjoying the season.  Plus we need the rain so badly.  When I think of the dam levels last year this time compared to now, I’m grateful (as always) for each downpour!

Our coffee would arrive and I’d ask how you’ve been, what you’ve been up to.  If you are also finding that your energy levels are less in winter and working out takes a bit more effort!  I’d tell you that I’m making my gym time a priority this week as I’ve been feeling stressed the last few days and a good sweat session often helps with my worrying or overthinking.  There is so much in life that one cannot control and right now I’ve got a big concern which I just have to pray about.  Handing over control and trusting that what is “meant to happen will happen” is not always easy but in this case I’m literally standing back and giving it over to God to guide the way.

We’d tuck into our scones (strawberry jam is my favourite) and we’d talk about weekend plans (even though it is only Monday).  Having something to look forward to can brighten a day instantly.

I’d tell you that I’ve got my reading groove back (it went missing in June but returned after a short break!)  Funny how we go through reading cycles.

We’d finish our coffee, settle the bill and make our way into the winter sunshine.  Next time you choose the place!

xx

 

 

Humpday confessions

Welcome to Wednesday humpday confessions.  The list this week includes:

  • When logging into various sites I’m SO over of having to confirm that I’m not a robot.  Very tired of clicking on pictures with cars/store fronts and traffic lights to prove I’m a person.
  • Last week the award for worst pms went to me.  I managed to get upset about every single thing I could fret about.  Made getting the last word a full time hobby.  Then got misty eyed at a song, an episode of the Village and a couple of very moving advertisements on television.
  • Don’t know why but tidying things up when feeling stressed is like my version of having a glass of wine.  Obviously less fun but much more acceptable in the daytime.  Plus things look organized afterwards – a definite win!
  • Trying to get an answer for an issue I’ve been complaining about for nearly 2 weeks and I received request to complete a survey on service received.  I was very mature and made a cup of tea instead of answering.  I’m going to give benefit of the doubt that my query will be resolved before the end of the week/month/year (not holding my breath).
  • I’ve mentioned my gift drawer (a kitchen drawer filled with goodies so that I spend less time running around finding last minute gifts, wrapping paper and tape).  Well I went in there and treated myself to some lovely hand lotion the other day.  Sometimes you need to just spoil yourself on an ordinary day.  There doesn’t always need to be an occasion.

Well those are this weeks confessions.  Not too scandalous 🙂

xx

Show us your books – July link up

Today, being the second Tuesday of the month I’m linking up with Steph  https://www.lifeaccordingtosteph.com/ and Jana http://janasays.com/ for Show Us Your Books.

Books

I had a lousy reading month in June – seriously how did that happen?  The winter weather was perfect for snuggling up with books and endless cups of tea.  Not sure what went wrong but I read one book in June.

One.  Book.

I love linking up with Steph and Jana but today I feel like a badly behaved book club member who arrives late, has little to contribute to the meeting and should just sit quietly in the corner with her glass of wine.

So June’s edition of show us your books (or book in my case) is going to be swift!

Me, You and Tiramisu by Charlotte Butterfield

Book

The plot:  

Jayne and Will have a happy and uncomplicated relationship.  Life is good and they enjoy living above Will’s deli along with Jayne’s twin sister Rachel.  Jayne is a teacher and Will is a chef who decides to start offering cooking classes in his deli after hours.  When he becomes a celebrity chef overnight he and Jayne are swept up into a new and chaotic whirlwind which puts their relationship to the test.  Are they both ready for the price of fame?

My thoughts: 

I found the whole ‘instant celebrity’ angle a bit far fetched. 

Jayne is a sweet character who works hard and is content to let others take the spotlight.  She has a difficult relationship with her mother and is always just trying to keep the peace and let things run smoothly. 

I wanted to like this book more but with each chapter I felt a little less interested.  The instant celebrity status that Will is catapulted to is overwhelming to Jayne and she bottles up her emotions a lot of the time while quietly resenting a lot about her now famous boyfriend’s life.

Not my favourite book for the month but sadly the only one I read. 

My Goodreads rating:  Two stars.

xx

Hello weekend

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Greetings from a very cold Cape Town!

Fridays mean happy vibes and gratitude lists.  As always, I enjoy linking up with Lindsay http://theflynnigans.com/ Charlotte http://mypixieblog.com/ and Beth http://coffeeuntilcocktailsblog.com/  with my list of things that made me smile during the week:

  • Going for a long drive on Saturday
  • Relaxing Sunday and having a date night in the evening
  • Finally finished sorting out the study cupboard.  Looks so tidy now!
  • Rain – so very much appreciated especially after the drought worries last year.
  • Homemade chocolate cupcakes
  • Heater in the office – what a difference it makes!
  • Learning new things at work.
  • Giving a slow moving book another chance and enjoying it more a few chapters in
  • Watching “The Village” – such a great series.
  • Healthy dinners in the week – amazing the difference meal planning makes.

Last night we went to do most of the grocery shopping for the weekend so that is one less thing to do this evening.  We’ve been craving a good pasta so that is what we are making tonight and I plan to do some baking while supper cooks.  I love baking in winter so much more than in summer.

More rain is predicted for tomorrow and I’m certainly not complaining!  Perfect weather for snuggling up with a book and some blankets on the couch.

Have a great weekend!

xx

June recap – what is new with you?

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Each month the lovely Kirsten from http://www.seeyouinaporridge.com/ hosts a link up where bloggers can share a recap from their previous month.

June went quickly and included a trip to Giants Castle, quite a bit of rain (very grateful as always),  day trips, a long weekend and 2 girls nights out with good friends.

We had a weekend in the Drakensberg which I did a post on https://my30somethingadventures.wordpress.com/2019/06/20/weekend-in-the-drakensberg/  and it is difficult to describe just how beautiful this place is.

It was the first time we saw a Bearded Vulture which was a breathtaking experience.

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The views from Giants Castle are magnificent and I cannot wait to go back.

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I cannot say how much I love my K-Way jacket and how warm it was in the very cold temperatures of the Drakensberg Mountains!

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We went to Langebaan for a day trip which is always enjoyable.  Had breakfast at a lovely restaurant called Ginja Beanz and I booked some pampering at Zest, my favourite spa at the Langebaan Country Estate.  I had a manicure and pedicure and floated out there.  I love a spa that makes you feel at home and Zest does this everytime.  Plus you get a cappuccino when you are finished with your treatments.

I didn’t get to do as much running as I would have liked to but I managed a few relaxing yoga sessions on weekends.

My braces came off – yay!  Gosh I won’t miss them!  Plus the appointments every 2 weeks – I feel like I spent so much time in that waiting room!  So glad to have every second Monday evening back for gym and fun stuff.

At home I decided to go shoe-free indoors.  It was very easy – we just leave our slippers at the front door (so when indoors we aren’t tramping in dirt and germs all over our home).  Maybe it is just me but I feel like the floors are cleaner and I read alot online – this seems to be popular overseas.  We changed our bedroom around and we prefer the new layout, it feels spacious and now we just need a new photo for the wall.  Hubby took a beautiful landscape photo recently which we are going to put up and it will finish the room off.

So that was my June in a nutshell.  How was yours?

xx

July goals and mantras

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How are we in July already?  Seriously?  I say it every month but this year is just flying.  I wish there was a pause button because 2019 is just whizzing by.

As today is the first Monday of the month it means linking up with Lindsay http://theflynnigans.com/ Charlotte http://mypixieblog.com/ and Beth http://coffeeuntilcocktailsblog.com/ with monthly goals and mantras.

Lets see how I did with June’s goals:

  • Get back into gym routine – Could have done better
  • Go to Yoga
  • Read 3 books – Read one book.  ONE!  How did that happen?!
  • Update blog 10 times and schedule posts where possible  Blogged 11 times 🙂
  • Re-organise kitchen cupboards
  • SPA PAMPERING
  • SORT STUDY CUPBOARD – almost finished.  Better than nothing!

July goals:

  • Send more guest blogger articles for CMIYC
  • Spend more time at gym and continue going to yoga
  • Read 3 books
  • Make time for creative writing
  • Make hubby’s birthday awesome
  • FINISH SORTING STUDY CUPBOARD

My mantra for July is being carried over from June  “When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy.  This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small.  My judgement called it disloyal.  Now I see it as self-loving.” – Kim McMillen

Here is to a great month!

xx

 

Happy Friday

Happy Friday everyone!

Fridays mean happy vibes and sharing what made me smile during the week.  I’m linking up with Lindsay http://theflynnigans.com/ Charlotte http://mypixieblog.com/ and Beth http://coffeeuntilcocktailsblog.com/  with my gratitude list:

  • Getting spoilt by CMIYC http://cmiyc.co.za/ the amazing women’s running community I’ve been doing guest blog posts for.  I love my beautiful t-shirt, 2 awesome headbands and cannot wait to read the Runner’s magazine!

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  • Rain last Friday and more yesterday.
  • Weekend breakfasts at Primi – great start to the day.
  • Rearranging furniture and the difference it instantly makes.
  • Hubby is feeling better this week – I must say we’ve had enough winter colds and flu to last the whole season!
  • Being able to work from home on Monday so I could go to the Orthodontist.
  • Braces are off and my teeth feel so good!  Hello popcorn – I’ve missed you!
  • Date night ❤
  • That first cup of tea in the morning.

We have a quiet weekend ahead and I’m thrilled.  The only plans I have are for making time for gym (wearing my CMIYC goodies of course), doing some yoga and having leisurely breakfasts which involve a cappuccino (or two) with good food.

What about you, what are your plans?  Whatever they are – enjoy!

xx