TGIF

Gratitude

This has been a week that won’t make the list of favourites. My Mom was back in hospital – everytime I think she is sorted, she has another health scare.  Thankfully she was able to leave yesterday and is back at home after a course of serious antibiotics.  She’s had 4 stays since December excluding times she’s gone in but was able to leave the same day.  So I’ve had a heavy heart this week and haven’t blogged much – just haven’t been in the right space.

However it is Friday and I’m linking up Lindsay http://theflynnigans.com/ Charlotte http://mypixieblog.com/ and Beth http://coffeeuntilcocktailsblog.com/ with my Friday gratitude list:

  • Going to Cape Point over the weekend.  Hadn’t been in so long and even though it was pouring with rain, it was awesome to visit.
  • Shopping day with a friend on Sunday.  Bought jim jams, slippers, a cardigan, thermal top and pumps.  Got some amazing discounts on the pj’s and cardigan.  We enjoyed lunch out in between the shopping which was fun.
  • Rain – every drop that goes into our dams is a blessing.
  • Sushi on Monday night.  Had dinner with a friend from work and her cousin who I hadn’t seen in ages.
  • Date night on Tuesday.
  • A clean home.
  • Ran 4km’s after work on Thursday.  Last thing I felt like was going to gym, but it felt so good afterwards.
  • Meal planning and enjoying healthier dinners Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Enjoying Goodreads – I love seeing what others are reading – please let me know if you are on there.
  • Started a new book this morning called “The break down” by B A Paris. Only 30 pages in and cannot put it down.

I love Beth’s  http://coffeeuntilcocktailsblog.com/ OLW for the year which is nourish and after this week I need to do a lot of this myself.  Just unplug and unwind.  So that is the theme for this weekend.  We are having lunch out tomorrow and hopefully we can play squash on Sunday. The weather is supposed to be cold and rainy so there will be no cycling.

It is pouring with rain at the moment and I’m going to go make a cup of tea before tackling the afternoon.  Got some things to do before hometime and then the weekend can begin!

What about you?  What is on your gratitude list right now?

xx

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If we met for coffee

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I always enjoy these sorts of posts which Lecy https://asimplergrace.blogspot.co.za/ does.  One writes about what they would discuss if they met a friend for coffee.  Any thoughts or concerns are shared and it is an enjoyable way to open up about what is on your mind.

If you and I met for coffee, I’d opt for hot chocolate – it warms me up instantly and I have quite a sweet tooth.  We’d talk about how cold it has been lately and I’d admit that in the past I used to dread winter and the cold temperatures.  Recently I’ve decided to embrace it and just enjoy the current season.  We so desperately need the rain and we’ve been fortunate that our dam levels are increasing while getting the much needed rainfall. We’d talk about the good things that are often overlooked in winter.  The way tea just tastes even better.  Putting on winter pajamas after a hot shower. Getting comfy in front of the tv while sitting under blankets.  The cosy feel of the kitchen when I bake on a cold rainy day.  Delicious curries and stews and soups.  We’d focus on the positives instead of complaining how difficult it is to get out of bed in the mornings!

As our drinks arrive, I’d tell you that I’ve gotten back into my creative writing recently.  I often do the NaNoWriMo in November (National Novel Writing Month) but yesterday I just started on something new.  With my blog, I haven’t spent much time doing any creative writing but last night I typed out a few pages and look forward to continuing.

We’d order something sweet to go with our warm drinks and I’d choose a lemon meringue.  As we wait for our treats, I’d tell you that I’m trying to get back into shape but exercising is difficult in winter.  It seems easier to find an excuse than look for my running shoes and get to gym.  Once I’m there, it is fine but the cold weather tires me out and makes skipping a workout seem like an easy option.

As we finish our cake, I’d tell you that I am still not finished with my new blog and I know I need to work on it soon. I know how I’d like it to look, now I just need to set aside time to get it ready.

We’d settle the bill and agree to meet soon.

xx

Friday gratitude

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We’ve had some amazing rain this week and it has filled me with gratitude when I see the dam levels increasing.  Winter has never been my favourite season yet this year I’m embracing the weather and just going with it.  I know spring will come again and until then I’m enjoying the cosy aspects of the cold weather like hot chocolate, butter chicken and delicious soups.  Winter jim jams and the comfort of my winter gown.  Burrowing under blankets while watching TV.  Sipping tea in front of the heater.  Snuggling in bed.

Today I’m linking up Lindsay http://theflynnigans.com/ Charlotte http://mypixieblog.com/ and Beth http://coffeeuntilcocktailsblog.com/ with my Friday gratitude list:

  • My Mom being up and about after weeks of bed rest.
  • I cycled 32 km’s on Sunday. Not my best distance but I tried a massively steep hill and didn’t do too badly.
  • Roast chicken and mayo on sesame seed rolls.
  • Quarter end is done and dusted
  • The list on the fridge.  I bought a shopping list which sticks to our fridge as a reminder of things we need when grocery shopping.  Instead Mark and I have turned it into a game of leaving hilarious messages for each other whenever we are in the kitchen.
  • Lunch with a work friend this week.  Had breakfast for lunch which I always enjoy.
  • Books that you cannot put down.  I enjoyed “The Store” by James Patterson this week.  Read it in days.
  • Date night on Wednesday. Ended work an hour early which was great and then in the evening we went out for dinner.
  • Lindt chocolate balls (the strawberry flavour is my current favourite)
  • Joining Goodreads! Oh my goodness why did I take so long? Shout if you are on there!  I’ve already friended some bloggers and it is so much fun seeing what everyone is reading.

Tonight we are having butter chicken for dinner and my mouth is already watering.  We need to go grocery shopping after work and pick up snacks as the FIFA World Cup starts tonight!  Tomorrow we are hoping to go for a cycle (weather is looking good at the moment) and then brunch afterwards in Langebaan.  No other plans other than to keep warm and unwind after the week.

What about you?  What is on your gratitude list at the moment?  Any exciting plans for the weekend?

xx

Midweek confessions

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I love these posts.  You can just do a massive mind dump of all the random things floating in your head and blog about it!

Here are my weekly confessions:

  • I’m spending ages on weather websites.  And then I go onto other websites and compare the rainfall.  Then hope the one that predicted the most is correct.   In short this drought has really made me aware of how badly we need rain and how desperately we need to conserve every drop.  I don’t know when last I went onto websites with fashion.  I’m too busy checking dam levels online and comparing them with last years levels.
  • I left my phone at home a few days ago and it was great.  I got so much done and didn’t miss FB at all.
  • I find ironing to be extremely relaxing.  I used to love helping out my Mom when I was growing up with the ironing and I remember practicing on simple things like towels when I was 10.  Then I moved onto t-shirts and eventually my Dad’s work shirts.  So many people say they cannot stand ironing but I love it.
  • I recently joined Goodreads and don’t what took me so long!  If you are on there – let me know!
  • I had breakfast for lunch today – I prefer it to a toasted sandwhich!  Met with a work friend and we had eggs, bacon, tomatoes and toast before making our way back to the office.
  • I’m leaving an hour early today – yippee!  Always feels good getting more out of the evening 🙂

What is on your mind today?

xx

Hello Friday

Hello Friday

What a week!  Do you ever feel like the days between Monday and Friday are waaaaaaay more than 5?  That was my week.  I’ve mentioned my Mom not being well and we’ve been waiting since last Tuesday for the results of her bone marrow biopsy.  Yesterday my Mom sent a message saying the tests were back and clear.  I let out a breath that I didn’t realise I’d been holding and a huge weight was lifted – we are SO relieved.  My Mom is waiting for one test which she says she is not worried about and she said should the test be positive she will need a course of tablets to sort it out.

Work wise this week has been very busy with quarter end and I’m happy that Friday is here and 4:00pm is in sight!

Today I’m linking up Lindsay http://theflynnigans.com/ Charlotte http://mypixieblog.com/ and Beth http://coffeeuntilcocktailsblog.com/ with my Friday gratitude list:

  • My Mom’s test results coming back clear. Feel like a massive worry has been lifted and we are so relieved and grateful!
  • The most delicious butter chicken last Friday night – what an amazing start to the weekend.
  • Relaxed Saturdays
  • Date night on Sunday – went to watch “Life of the Party” and thoroughly enjoyed it. Had a great dinner at Cattle Baron afterwards.
  • Butternut soup on cold winter days
  • Going to gym when I felt I didn’t have the energy, running 3.9km’s and enjoying it.
  • The warmer weather on Wednesday.  Said goodbye dry month and had some wine outside on the bench in the garden.
  • Dam levels are up!
  • Watching My Kitchen Rules South Africa and My Kitchen Rules Australia.
  • Trying new teas and enjoying them.

This weekend is going to be super relaxed which is much needed after this week.  Alot depends on the weather – whether we cycle and hubby gets to do some photography.  We are having another delicous curry for dinner tonight and I cannot wait!  Tomorrow is predicted to pour down and we have a chilled day planned – late breakfast, staying in our jim jams and catching up on all our favourite shows.  Sunday we are hoping to go for a long cycle and have dinner out planned for the evening.

What is on your gratitude list today?  What are your weekend plans?

xx

Sentence a day: May edition

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Lindsay  http://theflynnigans.com often shares a post like this and I love reading them.  You sum up a month with a sentence (sometimes more) per day.  It is like a snapshot of your month for everyone to see.  So here is my May:

Tuesday 1st May 2018: Public holiday!  Went to Langebaan for a long cycle – I rode 36 km’s – longest cycle ever.  Delicious brunch at Ginja Beanz afterwards.

Wednesday 2nd May 2018:  Sore throat (again).

Thursday 3rd May 2018:  Very long day – cannot wait for the weekend.

Friday 4th May 2018:  Sushi for dinner – great start to the weekend.

Saturday 5th May 2018:  Had breakfast with my Aunt.  We had a lovely time catching up. Then hubby and I went to Specialised and hubby got cycling shoes and I got new shorts and a jacket.

Sunday 6th May 2018: Relaxing day.  Went to Franschhoek for a drive and then later in the evening we had dinner at Cattle Baron.

Monday 7th May 2018:  Tried to find mountain biking shoes in my size after work – mission impossible!

Tuesday 8th May 2018:  Treated myself to Clinique goodies after work.

Wednesday 9th May 2018:  Sore throat. Stayed home and got lots of sleep.

Thursday 10th May 2018:  Same as the above.

Friday 11th May 2018:  Feeling better.  Finally found cycling shoes that don’t have to clip in.

Saturday 12th May 2018:  Amazing adventure to see the Quiver Trees in the Northern Cape.  Got up and was on the road by 2:00am and had a fantastic time.  Travelled 850 km’s – quite a day trip!

Sunday 13th May 2018:  Woke up exhausted!  Took it easy while hubby went for a cycle and then in the afternoon I managed a 4km run.

Monday 14th May 2018:  Skipped gym and had a chilled evening after work.

Tuesday 15th May 2018:  Went for a run at the gym, grocery shopping, laundry, dinner, Masterchef Australia and bed!

Wednesday 16th May 2018:  Weather was really pleasant and after work we sat in the garden enjoying a crisp drink.

Thursday 17th May 2018:  Is it Friday yet?  Just checking.

Friday 18th May 2018:  Sushi for dinner – hooray!

Saturday 19th May 2018:  Went to Langebaan, had brunch at Ginga Beanz and cycled for 40 km’s.  Speed was less than my last cycle but it was the longest distance I’ve done.

Sunday 20th May 2018:  Really feeling yesterdays cycle! Went for a drive in the afternoon and stopped for a milktart on the way home.

Monday 21st May 2018:  Very long day.  Went to get dinner after work and just chilled on the couch with “My Kitchen Rules Australia” and the leftover milktart for dessert!

Tuesday 22nd May 2018:  Spontaneous date night with my love at one of our favourite restaurants.  I love Cattle Baron.

Wednesday 23rd May 2018:  Did a massive clean after work, did laundry, caught up on blogs while the floors dried and had a healthy dinner.

Thursday 24th May 2018:  Ended an hour early and it was awesome.  Beat the traffic and came home, showered, got under blankets on the couch and watched a movie with hubby.  Bliss.

Friday 25th May 2018:  We celebrated Africa Day at work.  Before lunch we were treated to lots of dishes prepared by colleagues and it was delicious.

Saturday 26th May 2018:  We went back to photograph the Quiver Trees.  Weather was better which was great.  Drove back and had an early dinner at Cattle Baron.

Sunday 27th May 2018:  I blame lack of sleep for my very bad mood today!  Managed a 4km run though.

Monday 28th May 2018:  Such a sore stomach.  Stayed home and took it easy.

Tuesday 29th May 2018:  Feeling loads better and back at work.

Wednesday 30th May 2018:  Super long day.  Treated ourselves to dinner out.

Thursday 31st May 2018:  Rain and lots of it!  Came home, showered and warmed up before catching up on some serious TV time. Bliss.

xx

June goals

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My goals for May were:

  • Drive more often – Unfortunately not.  No excuses – I’m just happier as a passenger!
  • Declutter last 2 shelves of linen cupboard and organise bathroom cabinet  yes (at long last!)  I also organised our main wardrobe and tidied up the spare one in the study.
  • Plan dinners and eat more healthy lunches Yes and once I was in the habit it got easier.
  • Read either “The power of now” by Eckhart Tolle or “The life-changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo.  I read the “Power of now” and it was amazing!  I still plan on reading Marie Kondo’s book.

June Mantra:

“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than definding or hanging on” – Eckhart Tolle

This ties in perfectly with my OLW for 2018 which is release.

My June goals:

  • Drive more often
  • Read 3 books
  • Continue healthy meal planning
  • Make June a dry month
  • Be more mindful

What about you, what are your goals for the month?

xx

 

Friday gratitude

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I’m always happy when Friday rolls around but sometimes it seems to take extra long for this day to arrive!

Earlier this week my Mom went in for more tests.  She had to have a bone marrow biopsy and we are awaiting the results.  Waiting is the worst but I’m hoping and praying that the news is good.

We got some rain this side and last night the wind picked up and howled for hours. Woke up around 1:30am.  Again at 4:30am.  5:10am.  Today is a day where tea needs to move aside – I need coffee and lots of it!  We are exhausted to say the least but I feel we cannot complain when we get rain – the dams need it so badly.

My gratitude list for the week:

  • My Mom being open with us about her health issues.  Usually she likes to protect me from worrying and I only hear about things afterwards (or often only when she is in hospital).
  • Getting great weather for our day trip last Saturday to see the Quiver Trees.
  • Dinners at Cattle Baron. I love their burgers.
  • Running 4km on Sunday.
  • Being on top of laundry and housework.
  • Reading “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle and realising the importance of being mindful.
  • Rain this week.
  • Saying no and not feeling guilty.
  • Getting a box of Lindt chocolates as a gift.
  • My hubby and his patience.

This evening we need to go grocery shopping for the weekend and tonight we are making a curry for supper and I’m really looking forward to it.  This cold weather is perfect for it and I cannot wait to get home, showered and comfy.   We were hoping to go cycling but everything depends on the weather.  I’d like to see Melissa McCarthy’s new movie and we are planning a dinner at Cattle Baron so this weekend will be fun rain or shine!

What about you?  What is on your gratitude list and what are your plans for the weekend?

xx