My fingers are half frozen today, so excuse my typos if you find any…7 July , 2014
Seriously, bloody cold today (even more cold expected tomorrow!). I can tell that it was extra cold today and not just my imagination because usually when I get up Polka gets up too, this morning she just peeped at me over the blanket and made it clear she wasn’t having any of that if she could help it.
Now, about this picture above. Strike season is upon us, and this is a smattering of NUMSA people who danced past secrete place last week. My one new colleague was having a little rant about how they can’t see they’re sinking the economy, bla-bla so selfish, bla-bla…you get the idea. Well, I do get it. I’m not saying I think it’s the right way to apprach these things, but I do get it. For instance, on the very same day that people were dancing through town for more money the news bulletin on my radio station was going on about 20c/liter increase in petrol prices, 6 or 7% increase in electricity rates, and someone saying we should probably mentally start preparing for a repo rate of 10,5%. I know I am certainly feeling the pinch without these increases already! I have that handy Out of Milk app that tracks my last spend on grocery items, and a run that should have cost me R900 last week clocked in at R1400. Same shop, same goods (and I’m talking Checkers, not Woolies!). If I am feeling it, then I can well imagine people in lower pay brackets than myself must be feeling it even worse.
Where will it all end? Who knows. The cost of living keeps going up, but it still beats the alternative. 😉
Polka, a rare sighting without her winter jersey on…and CLEAN literally minutes after a thorough scrubbing. When she’s looking this neat I am probably hiding my hands, she doesn’t take kindly to my brush techniques and is always trying to chew off my fingers in retaliation.
A colleague/friend from secret place’s Dubai office brought me some yummy dates last week. They are stuffed with almonds. The only dates I’ve ever seen around here come in those sticky bricks, not nearly as nice as these are – just so you know (they’re not even on the same playing field). I don’t know how these compare in evil-ness compared to chocolate, but I feel like I should be wearing a sort of halo for treaing myself to these instead of my normal snacks. 😉
Monkey pajama party we attended on Saturday. Trust Marcia’s eye for details hey? How pretty is this table!
Littlies in pajamas, making cereal necklaces. Marcia had a somewhat different vision of how that would be done, but I think it came out very pretty – hahaha! 😉
Nicola, pinning a tail on a monkey.
Birthday girl, really enjoying her breakfast!
Nicola and I and the cereal necklace.
MrsFF and MissK. Nicola was extremely excited about seeing these two when she told my mom about the party, it’s like it’s just dawned on her that people might know each other apart from when we see them. She was very surprised!
Story book time! This was a BIG hit with all the children. How this Ouma managed to see the page is a little beyond me, cause they all wanted to get on her lap or as close as they possibly could to the book while she read.
Birthday cake time!
At my folks’ place later. Shh…we’re hunting avos. 😉
Have you ever seen avo flowers? No? Well, this is what they look like. And they are super sensitive fragile thingies. The poor tree’s barnches are almost on the ground with flowers, but with the hectic cold front coming I doubt next year’s crop will be much more than a handful.
What a pity…they are without a doubt the best avos I have ever tasted.
Nicola’s madusa impersonation on Sunday morning. Not really, but just look at that hair! 😉
We headed over to Milky Lane for a special treat on Sunday. Nicola tells me that THIS is the ice cream of her dreams, and for a change she actually ate every bite of it – so it must be true? She has actually been asking to go again for some time now…a little bit of delayed gratification never did nothing to hurt anyone. 😉
There is BIG excitement in the air at our place. For a very long time, Nicola has been telling me we need to enter one of the dogs in a dog show…and it goes with costumes obviously. First she wanted to dress poor Diablo up as a ladybird, but now Polka has been selected to be a beautiful butterfly.
Well, as luck would have it – secret place is doing a dog show this coming weekend and the money raised will go towards the SPCA. So Polka has been entered, hahaha! Nicola and Polka will be wearing matching costumes in pink, and we got more or less matching sets of wings for them yesterday to complete the picture.
You have no idea how excited we are about this! 🙂
(No…I am not going to wear pink to match)
Baking cookies with Ouma. If you want to be a chef when you grow up (as is currently the case), then you need to practise obviously. 😉
Tired, tired, tired…another fun filled weekend.