Currently: May

Where has this month gone to?  It seems every month goes quicker than the last and this year is zooming by far too quickly.

So this is where I am currently:

Grateful:  for an amazing mini-break in Stanford earlier this month with Mark

Loving:  my husband and the way he always knows what to say when I’m feeling stressed

Remembering:  my Ouma who spent her first mother’s day in heaven this month

Drinking:  tea with honey

Pondering:  a huge decision I need to make regarding studying further

Hopeful:  for rain.  The dam levels in Cape Town are extremely low and we desperately need lots of rain very soon

Wishing:  that it was Friday evening

Excited:  to try out my new Clinique make up

Feeling:  headachey after a very long meeting.  Want to curl up with tea and a book!

How has your May been?

xx

 

 

Happy Friday

What a week!  I am in desperate need of a weekend and am SO glad that Friday is here at long last.  Lots of people agreed this week dragged by and I cannot wait for 4:00pm to arrive 🙂

My gratitude list for this week:

  • An amazing stay in Stanford.  Mark and I had such a relaxing time and look forward to going back soon.
  • Mark’s 20 year anniversary at his work on Monday.  Such an awesome achievement and I’m so proud of all his hard work and dedication.
  • Dinner with my father-in-law and mother-in-law on Monday evening.
  • Lunch with a work friend on Tuesday
  • Tea with honey
  • Crisp wine after a super long day earlier this week – tea can only do so much!
  • Treating myself to goodies from Clinique and getting a gift with it in a cute make up bag
  • Being creative with the organiser I bought from Typo
  • Having a relatively healthy eating week.  Drinking more water and cutting down on carbs.
  • Driving more and getting a little more confident with each trip.

What is on your gratitude list?

xx

Hermanus getaway

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This past weekend was wonderful.  Hubby and I planned a stay in Hermanus and the weather was amazing with Saturday being really hot and wind-free.  We went to have brunch at Oskars and then walked around a bit before having drinks and watching rugby at Tapas.  I love this restaurant and couldn’t resist a fun pic 🙂

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I thought the sign inside the restaurant was brilliant!

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The Hi-Tec Walker Bay Xtreme was taking place all weekend and Hermanus was super busy with lots of people competing in various sporting events.

Saturday evening we had a braai and watched rugby.  We woke to much cooler weather on Sunday morning but took a drive to Stanford.  Hubby had bought a new camera lens and was keen to try it out.  We spotted a Giant Kingfisher and he was glad to get some pics even though it was overcast.

Later in the afternoon we drove to Gansbaai and Danger Point and stopped at a quiet spot where we watched Kelp Gulls dropping periwinkle snails on the ground before eating them.  Nature never ceases to amaze me!

This is the part where I tell you that I accidentally deleted some of my photos on Tuesday (selected an album instead of one photo) so I have none of the clever Gulls.  I’m lucky to have some pics of the weekend thanks to hubby taking them on his phone 🙂  Some were in my WhatsApp chats – hooray for technology!

Back in Hermanus we took a walk and spotted this little Dassie happily munching away.

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We had another delicious braai that evening and Monday morning went back to Stanford where hubby got some more photos (he is very pleased with his lens) and glad he bought it.

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After a tasty breakfast, we packed up and drove back to Cape Town.

That evening we had a date night and celebrated 10 years of being in our home.  I still remember moving in like it was yesterday!  Over the decade we have painted, tiled, made changes to the garden and hubby built a braai.  However we remembered the first few days of moving in, and because our home was new we had to buy (and install) curtain rails, security bars, gates, a letterbox and not forgetting toilet roll holders.

What a journey the last 10 years have been.  I’m excited for the next decade with the love of my life.

xx

 

 

Happy Friday

This week has been a short one as yesterday was a public holiday for us.  Hubby and I drove through to West Coast National Park and even though it was cloudy when we arrived, the clouds lifted and it warmed up mid-morning.  We enjoyed breakfast in Langebaan at a restaurant called Ginga Beanz and then went back to the park afterwards.

I’d have liked to take today off and add it to a long weekend but I have too much to do at the moment.  I’ll be glad when today is sorted, deadline ticked off and I’m at home with hubby preparing for the weekend.

My highlights for the week include:

  • Using a gift voucher I received for my birthday last weekend.  Had a pedicure and chose a bright orange which brightens up every outfit in seconds.
  • Watching old episodes of “Friends”.  Even though I know how it ends, I’m enjoying it all over again.
  • Going back to gym this week.
  • Reading with a cup of tea
  • Tin roof ice-cream
  • Public holidays
  • Saying no to something and realising the world doesn’t end.
  • Rain this week
  • Clean and tidy home.  Just makes me feel more organised.
  • Fun in Langebaan yesterday.  Daytrips with my hubby always put a smile on my face.

Have a great weekend everyone.

xx

 

 

Friday gratitude

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Hooray it is Friday!  I know it has been a 4 day week but I’m always happy when Friday rolls around and the weekend is a few hours away 🙂

This weeks gratitude list includes the following:

  • A wonderful Easter weekend.  We drove up on Friday to Wilderness which is one of my favourite places to visit.  Had a relaxing afternoon in a restaurant called Cocomos and a delicious dinner at Pomodoro.  When we got back to Cape Town we went to Franschhoek and Chapman’s Peak in between eating too much and chilling out.  4 Day weekends are the best!
  • My husband and the two date nights we had this week.  Tuesday was a long day and we went out for dinner and last night as I got into the car he suggested we do the same 🙂  Made a reservation on the way home and enjoyed dinner at Cattle Baron.  I love their food and relaxing with a glass of wine was the perfect start to the evening.
  • Books.  I love reading and find it is a great way to de-stress.  I try start most days with some reading and a cup of tea.  Bliss.
  • My boss.  I’ve worked for over 10 years for the most wonderful boss ever and I’m grateful that I can voice any concerns or worries I have to him.
  • Managing to drink 6 glasses of water most days.  I know it could be more but it is a start.
  • Sorbet hand cream.  I keep this on my desk and my favourite is the hydrating one.
  • Having a laugh with a friend on e-mail about an article she wrote.
  • Tea with honey
  • Smarties
  • Standing up for oneself.  Realising the world won’t end just because you show assertiveness.

What are you grateful for this week?

xx

 

Currently: April

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How is that we are more than half way through April?  This year is flying by so quickly!

In a nutshell this is me at the moment:

Loving:  My hubby and how he just gets me 🙂  I had a really long day yesterday and he took me out to dinner.  A wonderful evening, lots of laughs and delicious food just puts things into perspective.

Missing:  My Gran.  We lost Ouma last November and I’m missing her so so so much – cannot even put it into words.

Reading:  Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Watching:  “The Catch” and “Pure Genius”.

Enjoying:   This amazing blog group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ThePeacefulPosse/

Grateful for:  A stay in Langebaan earlier in the month – the pic above is from the West Coast National Park.  This past weekend we visited Wilderness which was very relaxing.

Looking forward to:  A four day week next week and another long weekend

Regretting:  Letting a phone call on Sunday get to me.  I need to be less sensitive but it isn’t easy!  And I always think up loads of brilliant retorts 10 minutes later.  Why???

Needing to:  Go back to gym.  Been very lazy this month so far!

Have an awesome Wednesday everyone!

xx

 

Hello Friday!

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I thought that Friday would never arrive.  Everybody seems to agree this week has been far too long!

I’ve joined a wonderful group of bloggers on FB called the Peaceful Posse and the link is below.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ThePeacefulPosse/

Each Friday we list things we are grateful for and so here are the 10 things currently making me smile:

  • Rain!  We so desperately need rain in Cape Town and this weather is much appreciated.
  • Hubby’s training this week went well.  His took part in a 3 day course organised by his work and says he enjoyed it.
  • Lunch with a work friend on Tuesday.  There is a restaurant just over the road from the office and we always enjoy their food.
  • Discovering new blogs
  • Books.  I love starting the day with a bit of reading.
  • Getting lifts with a friend from the office for the 3 afternoons so I didn’t have to worry about driving to work.  She had me around for tea the one evening and we had a lovely catch up.
  • Date night last night
  • Tea with honey.
  • New nail polish
  • The weekend is a few hours away!

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

xx

Happy Friday

Friday morning and the weekend is hours away.  It has been a busy but good week so far – we had a public holiday on Tuesday and it was great.  Had a sore throat yesterday (not fun) but feeling better this morning.

My gratitude list today includes:

  • A wonderful Tuesday.  Slept late and had hot cross buns while watching “The Catch”.  Caught up on housework and tackled the washing.  Fitted in a gym workout (yes in the heat!)  Went to Fraiche Ayres for a delicious lunch.  Relaxed outside with a glass of wine at home that evening.
  • Being disciplined with working out.  Trying to exercise more often these days.
  • Joining the FB group called the Peaceful Posse – an amazing group for bloggers
  • Feeling better – throat is less sore this morning
  • A big box of marshmallow Easter eggs from hubby last night.  Great get-well surprise!
  • Rain yesterday
  • Watching “Big little lies” What an amazing cast!
  • Clean home and empty laundry basket
  • Tea with honey
  • Going to see the Gannets in Lamberts Bay tomorrow

Wishing everyone a wonderful Friday and a great weekend.

xx

Why I’m swapping New Year resolutions for one little word

Lately I’ve seen a few people blogging about their OLW for 2017. An OLW stands for One Little Word. I found a link on a blog I regularly follow which took me to Ali Edwards website (http://aliedwards.com/). Ali Edwards is a designer, blogger and workshop instructor. She is also an author of four books about memory keeping. I totally agree with her that “a single word can be a powerful thing”.

Whilst I haven’t signed up for the workshop myself, I decided to select a word which I will carry throughout the year. Ali states on her website “There’s no right or wrong – your word might find you or you might select it based on what you hope to bring into your life in 2017”.

So this year I decided to forego the usual list of resolutions which I merrily write out before the year ends (and then promptly forget within a few weeks into the new one). I chose a word and that will be used as a guideline for the next 12 months.

Content.

Instead of my usual list consisting of “go to gym more often, eat healthily, learn to say no, learn to say no without guilt, stop over-thinking, step outside my comfort zone more, declutter, stress less and laugh more” I’m just using one word to remind me to do all of the above and more.

We live in a society that urges us constantly to achieve/accumulate/spend/see and quite honestly be more. More has become the norm. From more time spent on social media to more money spent on things we don’t need, it is exhausting keeping up with the endless cycle of ‘extra’ we are supposed to be adding each day.

So here is where my OLW comes in. Content is what I aim to feel in most situations. My goal is to climb into bed each evening feeling content with what I’ve achieved during the day. It doesn’t have to be huge and profound. It can be knowing I went to gym and ran an extra 10 minutes when I didn’t feel like it at the time. Or it can be the knowledge that I chose a healthy treat at the supermarket instead of a family sized bar of chocolate. Or I skipped the glass of wine and instead focused on drinking the recommended amount of water that day. That I put down the pair of shoes I didn’t need and bought a book that I can spend hours enjoying. It could be that I helped someone in the best way I could. Or I walked away from an unpleasant situation. Staying true to yourself is more important than getting the last word.

I aim to feel content in my decisions going forward. The mental gymnastics of “did I do or say the right thing?” is exhausting and robs one of happiness. Content ties in with a goal of mine which is to live in the moment. How many of us are constantly fretting over the past or worrying over the future and letting the present slip by silently? Yes it is easier said than done but I need to start somewhere and right now seems like a good place!

I would like to end the day knowing I’ve done something that added to my marriage, relationships and friendships. That I gave 100% at work. That I made healthy choices. That I learnt something new and look forward to putting it into practice. A day filled with positive things and few regrets. And that is what will make me content. Everyday won’t be perfect but instead of mulling over what doesn’t go right, I need to focus on what does and move on with a heart filled with content.

Goodbye Ouma

Haven’t blogged in ages as 2016 ended off on a very sad note for my family.  We lost my Grandmother in November after she had a huge stroke 8 weeks before.  It has been incredibly hard for me to accept that my Ouma is gone and I still find myself in a state of shock when I think about that fact.  I have never felt so heartbroken and the sadness is like a gigantic wave that arrives without warning and leaves me feeling drowned with loss.  That is the only way I can describe the grief I’m feeling at the moment.

The first of everything has not been easy.  The first month without her.  The first Christmas.  The first New Year.  I wish I could turn the clock back for just one more moment with her while she was healthy.  There was so much I still had to say.  I loved hearing about her stories from when she was growing up and how she met my grandfather and their early days together.  And it rips out my heart everytime I realise that we will never sit together drinking tea again.

I am so scared of forgetting something.  I have so many wonderful memories of her and I’m worried they will fade or I’ll forget some of them.  I miss her so much.

So many people have been wonderful during this difficult time.  My husband has supported me through this sad time with endless love and I am appreciative of everything he has done.  The day he received the phonecall that Ouma had passed away, he was at my office in minutes and we drove to the frail care facility to say a final farewell to my Gran.  He spent the whole day with my family doing whatever he could. I cannot thank him enough.

I’ve received so many kind words, support and love from friends.  The cards filled with supportive messages,  the Whatsapps, the e-mails and the hugs. Again I cannot thank all of them enough.  One morning a friend at work messaged me something that I really needed to hear at that exact moment and it tied in with one of my Gran’s favourite Bible verses.

My Gran lived to 90 and I know we are extremely lucky to have had her in our lives for so many years.  I know she isn’t in any pain or suffering anymore.  I know she is in a better place and reunited with my Grandfather.  I know all these things.  The rational part of me knows that she is at peace and happy and healthy.  And yet….. I still desperately wish that I could just have one more moment with her.  Just one more afternoon drinking tea together.  Just one more chance to say thank you.  One more time to laugh together at something random but special to the two of us.  Just one more opportunity to tell her how much she meant to me.

xx