Friday gratitude

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Good grief how long was this week?  We are sweltering in the heat and praying that we get rain which is forecasted for tonight.  This week has been long.  I had a sore throat, skipped gym and basically didn’t for a moment live out my OLW for 2018.  I’ve let rubbish get to me and I just cannot seem to let go. 

However, it is Friday and that means there is a link up that takes place with Lindsay Charlotte and Beth called What’s up weekend?  Bloggers share their gratitude lists and it is a great way to start the weekend.

I didn’t do one of these last Friday so I’m catching up and combining last week and this one.

  • My 35th birthday last week was fun!  We went to Langebaan for the day and had breakfast at Ginja Beanz.  Afterwards I went to a spa for some pampering – had a manicure and pedicure and felt wonderful.  We drove back and had pre-dinner drinks at La Belle.   I was super spoilt with gifts and on Saturday we drove to my parents and sister and they made a huge fuss of me – I felt like I celebrated for days!  My parents organised a delicious lunch and we had champagne, a pudding my sister had made and lots of laughs.
  • My Mom had the stent in her kidney out yesterday and is doing well.  Seeing her over the weekend was awesome – she still gets tired but she says she is feeling better with each day.  The whole weekend while we celebrated I kept thinking how lucky we are that my Mom made such a wonderful recovery and we still have her.  I cannot wait to visit again – still getting used to them being far away.
  • Clinique goodies.  Treated myself to some make up and a moisturiser and got a free gift with purchase.  I love their products and have been using it for over a decade.
  • Gin and tonic.  My Dad made me one over the weekend and it was so refreshing!
  • Feeling better after my sore throat on Tuesday
  • Cutting down on Facebook and realising I don’t miss it at all
  • Having a laugh with a friend on Whatsapp this morning.
  • Healthy lunch today.  Even when I was craving a feta and spinach pie.  Or 2.
  • Tea on long days.
  • Coming to the conclusion that 2 jealous people in my life (who I’ve spent decades being kind to while making excuses for their behaviour thinking it was me being oversensitive) will no longer be seeing me until they learn that respect works both ways.  What pains me is that everyone thinks I get on so well with them (which I did at some stage but it all just went horribly sour late last year).  I’m stunned by the rudeness – I don’t understand how after a healthscare a person can be more blunt, expect more and still dish out rudeness.  The call on my birthday was the FINAL straw.

This weekend is going to be a quiet one.  Need to go to the traffic dept and we are going out for breakfast tomorrow morning.  What are your plans for this weekend?  Whatever they are – I hope you enjoy!


18 Comments on “Friday gratitude

    • We are so proud of my Mom – we had moments last month where we were so scared for her health and I’m so happy that this last weekend was one we could all be together and celebrate. I kept thinking of all the ‘what if’s’ because last month was so hectic and each time my Mom calmly pointed out that she is okay and we need to remember that. We had breakfast on Sunday and it was amazing that she was out and about and able to eat and enjoy her meal. I look back on all the times I took my Mom for granted while I was growing up and I’m so ashamed 😦

      I’m so over toxic people and have had to put my foot down on the 2 referred to in this post. Life is too short. I will not be insulted on my birthday because I got treated on a special day. I’ve never met such jealous people.


  1. I’m glad to hear you had a good birthday and I’m glad to hear your mom is doing well! That is great news! It is so hard to let go of difficult people, I’ve done it and I won’t say it’s easy, but you will feel better in the long run I think. I hope you enjoy your nice quiet weekend! I need to get myself one of those, lol.


    • Thanks Beth, we are so happy with my Mom’s progress – she is doing so well and although tired – I guess that is to be expected after what she went through.

      The thing with some toxic people is that they think they can get away with it. I’m just really grateful that hubby has my back because the days of these 2 getting their way (and insulting us) is coming to an end. I would never put up with this rudeness from my relatives so certainly won’t be taking it from in-laws…..


  2. Happy Belated Birthday – I’m glad you were able to celebrate a lot! And that’s great to hear that your mom is doing well.

    As for those jealous people – definitely kick ’em to the curb! You deserve better.



    • Thanks Lauren – it was great celebrating over a few days 🙂 We are so happy with my Mom’s progress – last month was really a hectic one for our family.


  3. Awwww, man… That last one… it stings, because I’ve had to deal with that too, but you know what?! That’s not a true friend. Someone who respects you wouldn’t make you feel like that, on your birthday nonetheless when you’ve just had the scare of your life with your momma ❤ Ugh, I'm so sorry. But you know what–you'll be so much better off when you ditch that bad energy. For real!

    I'm so glad to hear that your mom is recovering and doing so much better ❤ Continue to keep us posted on her, and you must be so incredibly relieved!!

    Thank you for the reminder that I, too, need to cut back on Facebook. Seriously. XOXO and have a wonderful weekend!!


    • Thanks Charlotte – you are right it stings! What gets to me is that if I broach the topic it will be brushed off as a joke (who jokes repeatedly about something that isn’t funny??) and I’ll be made to feel like I’m being over-sensitive.

      This whole scare with my Mom has confirmed that life is too short and I’d rather spend it around people who don’t bring others down at every opportunity. We are so relieved and happy with my Mom and how well she is doing.

      I don’t miss FB (I do still check into the group of course!) but I don’t go through my timeline very often.

      Hope you are having a good week so far!


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  4. I am so happy to hear that you had a fantastic birthday and that your Mom is doing well! That must have been the biggest gift (next to all the birthday shenanigans!)

    Which Clinique products do you recommend?

    I am so glad you’re standing up to these two jealous people in your life. You really don’t have to take rude behavior and I am glad your thirties are teaching you that 😉


    • It was a great birthday and seeing my Mom and how much better she is was wonderful!

      I recommend both the Clinique skin care and make up range. I use the 7 day exfolioator, 3 step, then the Smart Custom-repair serum and Smart Custom-repair moisturiser. The serum is my absolute favourite. I love their foundations and eye make up. I’m a bit of a Clinique addict I realise as I type this 🙂

      I’m so done with jealous people – life is too short. My thirties have taught me alot!


  5. I’m so glad to hear that your mom is doing better. I’m also happy that you had a good birthday! I’ve been cutting back on social media lately and it is so nice. I don’t know why it took me so long to do it!


    • We are so glad too 🙂 Seeing a loved one so ill puts things into perspective. Having my Mom out the hospital and getting better with each day has been wonderful.

      It is so nice spending time off of social media – I’m enjoying it more and more. I haven’t posted anything on FB since October and doubt I will soon! Of course I enjoy catching up with the FB group of bloggers and still check in there regularly 🙂


  6. Hey girl,
    Sounds like you had a really nice, really relaxing birthday. The spa sounds like it was incredible, just the mellow vibes and beautiful smells at the spa make me swoon.
    That’s super great news about your mom. Sounds like the recovery is super slow but as long as she gets there, eventually, that’s all that matters. It’s so hard to see our loved ones when they’re not themselves and aren’t able to do the regular things they enjoy, you know?

    It’s hard to sometimes put boundaries in place and put up walls, but often it is necessary for our own wellbeing. It’s not easy, like Beth said, but it’s worthwhile in the long run.

    I’m sitting here thinking of you in your Air con…. Today is a mild day, nice and sunny with a high of -2 Celsius. You must’ve sent some good weather. 😉



    • I love visiting spas – I feel instantly pampered and relaxed 🙂 I don’t know why I sometimes feel like I must wait for a special occasion to visit one – going to change this in 2018!

      My Mom is doing well – she just has a very sore back which she is having seen to today (waiting for feedback). It is so hard seeing loved ones unwell – I felt so helpless last month not being able to do anything but sit and wait at the hospital.

      Putting boundaries in place can be so difficult but I’m determined now. I don’t have space in my life for toxic people who just take endlessly and then want more (while being rude at the same time). No thank you.

      You must be looking forward to summer – here we will be going to be going into autumn in the next month or so – this morning was a bit chilly but warmed up quickly. I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer!



  7. glad that your mom is making a great recovery. It’s so scary when our loved ones aren’t well.

    PS – your comment on my blog re: peri diagnosis…a blood test can determine if you’re entering that stage of life…FSH levels will be off (ie. lower). Mine came back ok but I’m CONVINCED that something is going on with my hormones….I’m very in tune with my body and I just know I’m in that stage regardless of what the results show.


    • That is great that you are so in tune with your body – I’ve been reading your posts and seen all the things you are doing.
      I know of a relative that went through this quite young but I wasn’t sure how it was tested (this was many decades ago). Thank you for confirming. It is so important to listen to our bodies.


  8. Belated birthday wishes! Glad your mum is recovering. Aren’t sore throats even more annoying in summer?! Oh and you don’t need jealous people in your life. Life’s too short to have to deal with toxic people! Hope you have a lovely week ahead!


    • Thank you! February just flew by so quickly!
      Totally agree – sore throats and feeling ill is so much worse in summer!
      Life is too short and I just need to remind myself this more often so I don’t put up with unnecessary rudeness.
      Have a great week 🙂


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