Archive for the ‘Bliss’ Category



19 June , 2019


I asked the barman to surprise me, and he surprised me with a pink gin of note! It looked a bit like a fish bowl and went straight to my head.

I’m such a big drinker it takes me about 4 months to work my way through a bottle of wine, but it was the big launch of the project I had worked my butt off on for the last few weeks and a pink drink was definitely in order.

I think it went very well (many things went sideways, but we dealt with them). Project members are still sending each other virtual back pats by email, and it’s been almost a week now. πŸ˜‰


Polka-rito. She really does sleep more than the average house cat and she is not a fan of winter.


Nicola bought a blue shrimp for her tank, meet Dave…he is actually very cute! Can’t wait for him to get a bit bigger so that I don’t have to spend so much time looking for him and wondering if one of the guppies got him as a snack.


First Father’s Day for my two December babies.

Let’s just say that these two have very different ideas about what Father’s Day means. Not worried though, they’ll find a middle ground.


Lots of loves…


My Brother-bear, Sister-in-law and Cuzzy-wuzzy…


My Dad and Mom…


And even I was there. πŸ˜‰

If it looks like my eyes are half closed, it’s not an optical illusion. I’ve managed to pick up a fluish thing and I feel horrendous. I am indeed squinting at the world through swollen itchy eyes.


Frozen toes and green things, and lasagna

11 June , 2019

Lucky me, I got an unexpected long weekend! Justin doesn’t let us work on his religious holidays, so I got a bonus day off Yesterday. We kicked off our weekend with some Challa, also from Justin, in the car on the way home.

It was yumm…still hot from the oven…and another great surprise. Nicola has informed us that other than my home made raisin bread, this is now her most favourite bread.


BIG Harry Potter fan here. Nicola has now finished reading all 7 of the books! She’s wrapping it up with Cursed Child. And she’s already eyeing the bookshelf to see what she can get into next.


On Saturday Andy and Nicola went to play golf with my brother and my dad at the Mashie course. I went along to take a few photos and to get my fill of green things.

Also, to be Nicola’s getaway driver when she inevitably got tired of walking. It worked out well. πŸ˜‰


It was a little bit chilly when we started.


Haha. my brother in this get up with the flag sort if reminded me of someone summitting Mount Everest or the likes.


The men.

It was very entertaining to me to see all the ritual that goes into this game. πŸ˜‰


I absolutely love this photo of Andy and Nicola walking together. So darned cute!


Saturday afternoon we went to visit Simma and her family. She asked me aaaages ago if we could come through and if I would make my lasagne for everyone if she made the pasta.

I haven’t made lasagna in about 10 or 11 years, haha! But I said yes, and Saturday was D-day or L-day however you wanted to look at it.

I made two huge pans and not a crumb was left over. Could have probably made double and it would still have all been eaten. Andy says I should start cooking dinner now, and why in a year has he never tasted the lasagna? I had to remind him that we don’t have an oven…


Kitchen table kuiers…


The girls decided to remodel a peach tree into a tree house. I’m actually sorry that I didn’t get a photo of that, it was a bit extreme!

How was your week?


This past week, and a story about a green budgie

4 June , 2019

Winter is here, sort of. Only in the mornings really. We’re still hitting 20’C plus during the day. I feel like maybe I’ve said this before, but in a few short weeks on the 21st it will be the longest night! Theoretically, after that it’s supposed to be downhill to spring.

Of course the cold usually only comes after that and doesn’t worry too much about when we think it should be spring.


Friday night we decided on a board games night with Nicola. She picked a name out of a hat and we went with it. Andy kicked our asses! I got held up in jail for the first three rounds and by the time I got out I was faaaaaaar behind in property acquisitions!

This might be the first time ever that Nicola has not cheated at Monopoly, hahaha!


Saturday was monthly grocery shopping day. I dread it each month.

Food in general has become insanely expensive, so we were delighted a month or so ago when Simone’told us about EconoFoods in Honeydew. Seriously, if you’re anywhere close to this go check it out, you’ll love it forever. Opposite them is Honeydew Fruit and Veg, and what EconoFoods is to meat and cheese, they are to fresh fruit and vegetables.

We filled up the entire boot for just over R1000, and having tried it last month as well I can say with certainty that the quality is good, it’s just packed for catering purposes.

The three little bags of PnP goods (toiletries, coffee etc) cost more than the rest of the boot, believe it or not.


My dad gave us some sampler cheese made by a colleague of his. He’s been punting yogurt for a couple of months now, which is divine so we were curious about the cheese. A real treat!


Now, about that budgie…

The budgie story started a couple of years ago, with my mom’s birthday. She didn’t want to say what she’d like for her birthday,Β  so I asked Nicola what she thought Ouma might want. She said a budgie!

My mom very definitely did not want a budgie…

So now, when my folks don’t want to say what they’d like I always threaten them with budgies, and sometimes I start sending them pics of budgies on whatsapp a couple of weeks in advance for extra measure.

This year, my dad got a green budgie for his birthday.

He’s retiring at the end of June from the company where he’s worked his entire life. Their rules, not his choice. And after experiencing how much healthier he feels on the CBD oil, which was originally intended to help my mom with her ears (which she has since stopped taking, and refuses to start again), he has now become an agent for the oil.

My dad is on a roll with this. Last year he babied a plant, harvested this year and is busy producing his own oil as well, and he’s already sold to a few health shops for the company where he works now.

So we decided to get him a few varieties of seeds to try his hand at. These are specifically high CBD content, and a few E-books on how to get the most out of your crop.

In a million years I would never have guessed that my dad would be growing his own cannabis and selling CBD oil, but here we are. And honestly, you can actually see how much better he’s doing now that he’s using the oil! He’s never in pain anymore, he sleeps and he’s more energetic than he’s been in probably 20 years.

I’m also trying the oil now. It’s less than a week into this, but I’ll let you know how it goes. Apparently it’s a bit like homeopathic meds though, you only start seeing the results after a month or two.

What I’m hoping to get out of this is to not feel tired all the time, and just generally to feel a bit more well. I’ve been hit by one after another mysterious illness lately, and I think I could just do with a proper reboot of my immune system. I am feeling a whole lot more chill and less anxious than last week this time.


Birthday boy with all his budgies…


Oh…and I found this stashed next to our front door at home. Eeeuw!

Do you think someone is trying to witch our house? There is no natural way that I’m aware of for a lizard to lose a foot with such a straight cut, have it burnt…and then if the lizard didn’t do it himself, why would someone go through the effort of maiming an animal like this to stash this foot next to our front door?

I don’t like it.

Anyhoo, it’s haunting the bin now. Yuck.


Words of wisdom – Home Affairs Edition

29 May , 2019

Yesterday, Spiggy and I got to spend some quality time at Home Affairs. I took a day’s leave to attend a friend’s funeral, and we decided to “pop” in while we had a bit of time to see if our marriage has been registered at last. There is A BOAT LOAD of paperwork that’s all in limbo waiting for this little thing to happen.

Happy days! It finally was registered! We got to stand in many many queues and shared laughs with many many people also enjoying the day out in the stuffy Births, Deaths and Marriages waiting line.

One very worked up lady was trying to get some sort of proof that she was now classified as a widow, 19 months after her husband passed away. Her pension payments are quite dependent on it. Anyhoo, once she realised that Andy was German she was delighted and rattled off quite a bit at a super fast pace. I can’t speak it (yet), but I can understand a fair amount (when people aren’t going at a mile a minute – then I only catch keywords here and there).

She was at some point talking about Germany and she said (I double checked this with Andy of course): Es gibt kein schlechtes wetter nur unangemessenes bekleidungsangebot, which means There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.

I like this. A lot.

I think it can be applied to many things other than the weather too. Words to live by really.


Wedding Photos and Videos

23 May , 2019

Well, we certainly have quite a few…

We received lots from our guests and I’ve shown you my favourites from the first batch already. We also received some from Tiaan taken with his drone, which is something different and very special – thanks Tiaan! (I haven’t shown you those yet)

And then we received the official wedding photos from our photographer. It’s a bit of a mixed bag.

Keeping in mind that we didn’t do the classic white lace and suits thing the shots he got are not bad. Some of them we really love actually, but the editing – oh my hat! Nicola described it as, “Why do we all look like we come from the Super Mario Bros game?” and she’s not wrong. Even so, we laughed and “oohed” and “aahed” when we got to see the photos he took under the willows.

He got a “teeny” bit enthusiastic with the colour filters on whatever he used for editing and on the red we practically become light bulbs.Β We’ve asked for the raw images and we’ll edit them ourselves. This is taking forever though, and I want to show you NOW! So I’ve taken the ones I like and just toned them down a bit to protect your retinas. When we’re done with our version of it I’ll show you again, maybe. πŸ˜‰ I have just about run out of free space on WordPress – can you believe it?! Okay, it did only take 12 or 13 years, but still. Guess I have to decide if I want to upgrade to a domain or open another free one with a new name? Or cull some history?

We also have a few video clips. The sound isn’t great but you can get a general idea of how it went, and you can more or less hear Alison who married us. πŸ˜€ She was hilarious! Turn up as loud as you can and maybe approach with head phones.

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Drone footage

Wedding ceremony video

I couldn’t get the video compressed to a size where I could upload anywhere. Here’s a google drive link. Be warned it’s about 20 minutes long – let me know if it works for you. πŸ˜‰

Our vows:

(Both) “I take you to be my partner in life, I promise above all else to live in truth with you and to communicate fully and fearlessly, I give you my hand and my heart as a sanctuary of warmth and peace and pledge my love, devotion, faith and honour as I join my life to yours.”

(Andy) “And I promise to unclog the tub, even though you are the only one of us with long hair.”

(Louisa) “And I promise to turn on the air conditioning when you are hot, even if I am totally freezing.”




There’s a hint of goodbye in every get together now

13 May , 2019

On Saturday we did an Emmarentia Ducky Day with the family. My mom’s foot is sore, so she opted out.

I so desperately needed this to be honest. I’ve been telling Andy for weeks now that I need some big trees to recharge. Just one weekend of no bloody shops. It’s not his fault either, just so you know. When you run out of bread or whatever, you kind of just need to go. And whereas I run around all week working my behind off, he’s more or less stranded without me there – so even though I might feel like curling into a ball and pretending to be dead, he’s itching to see other humans and get where he needs to go.

Anyhoo, we went. It was amazing! And the trees in their autumn finery was the perfect back drop for some beautiful photos!

On Sunday we did mother’s day at my folks. You can see that the clock is ticking on Riaan and Karen’s departure. She got quite emotional a couple of times during the day about it. Still many tears ahead I think, from everyone.

I got spoiled beyond belief from Nicola and Andy for mom’s day. I really didn’t expect it. The hugs and the kisses are really the spoils I’m after, and of course the homemade cards. I got all that and then some!


All of us…except my mom.img-20190511-wa0023146094761279504859.jpg

We raced twigs and leaves down this little stream.Β img-20190511-wa00185749524865007646835.jpg


Spiggy and I…


I don’t know who took the time to back this circle of logs, but it was just perfect for more photos!


Some trees don’t want to be hugged…




Riaan and Karen…


Someone also went to a lot of effort to pack this maze with seeds and straw…


Brother bear and me…


My dad and the two hooligans…


What even is this, and who made it? Very interesting…


These two…lots of love between these cousins…


Mother’s day with my mom…



The week in photos

10 May , 2019

One of our clients has an 18th floor. These are not the greatest photos…I don’t have a proper reason to go up there often, or play tourist out the window, but THIS week I had to receive an artwork and march a merry band of men up there to install it.

Behold the view! Whoohoo!

Voting day shenanigans…here is my thumb of course.

Here are the ridiculous ballot papers. I had to scan through three bloody times to find the one I was looking for. Waaaaay too busy!

You know, I didn’t want to hold up the line…so I didn’t really study these things in detail on the day…but is it just me or is there a picture of a braai on the bottom left hand corner of the national ballot?

Clever driveway entrepeneus sold coffee, boerewors rolls and bacon rolls…yumm!

We never have 3 minute queues at our voting station. For some reason they always stick us with one scanner or whatever. It is paaaaainful! Although we do always end up having a grand time chatting in line.

I think I may end up feeling a bit cheated out of my voting day experience if I ever encountered a 3 minute queue…

With my folks and Martha, and all the people in front and behind us.

Very democratic of us all….

Something just AWFUL has happened!

A rain spider has hatched an unknown number of babies in our driveway. I saw it while she was still busy. I don’t usually muck around with them if they’re outside. If they come inside though, they have to die.

This mama laid her eggs right above my laundry line, grrrr….now I’m too afraid to fetch the laundry after dark when I get home. I might actually die on the spot if they crawled all over my laundry and onto my arm or something!

Andy sends me this pic and asks me what I think of the cute baby spiders, he found one – hahaha!

They’re not cute.

I am very happy that he’s not as afraid of them as I am. He can take me to hospital if they bite me!

More 18th floor views – no idea why WordPress decided to Hansel and Gretel them throughout the post instead of putting them together like I intended.

There is a whiteboard words of wisdom prophet here at this client! I love it. πŸ˜€

Other than voting day and what felt like 4 Mondays is one week, my week has not been too bad. I finally caught up with the ironing! The stuff of dreams, I know…my life is charmed, what can I say? πŸ˜‰

Nicola has managed to displace her brand new bloody school tracksuit top. Very grumpy about this. I am not going to replace it. I replaced it already once before for the same reason, that’s why it’s brand new. The noodle will have to save up and go sort one out at the school secondhand clothes shop. Unassisted (if she can transact at the tuck shop unassisted, then the secondhand clothes shop should be no problem either).

I feel there is a lesson in here that is way overdue.

Also, I seem to have picked up some tummy bug thing. Low level 50 shades of green, but nothing too serious. Hopefully it will blow over soon.Β  (*Marcia, I am laughing now reading this, thinking of the whatsapp you sent me on my last post – no updates yet – presumed to be completely unrelated.)

How was your week?