Posted in Crafts, My New Business, Ordinarylife, Sewing

Christmas in the Home this weekend

Wish me luck – it is the Christmas in the Home market this weekend and I am both nervous and excited.

I have been so worried about not having enough stuff to sell that I did not even contemplate the thought that my stuff might not sell at all.  Yikes – what happens nothing sells??? 

This year the market is being held at the Moffat on Main Shopping Centre.  Friday 29th October 9:00 – 19:00 and Saturday 30 October 9:00 – 16:00.  See you there!  Remember that the “entry fee” is a non-perishable food item.

Posted in Baby OL, Cats, Family, Ordinarylife, Pets, Port Elizabeth

Just a few things…

I found this on Jess Giggles and as I have hit a bit of writers block today I thought this might be fun. 

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?

The water bill on a house that I rent out. 

I feel it should be the tenant’s responsibility to pay it.  Every month when I pay that bill it really grates! Especially as we have water restrictions and they have done nothing to lower their consumption.  I am very water conscious at home and here I have to pay for people that don’t seem to care.  I moved to a different rental agency about 3 years ago and they always include it in the rent so that there are no “fights” to try and get the water municipality’s payment.  Makes sense but still grates!!!

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?

Fushin Sushi on Thursday night (see post below)

3. What do you really want to be doing right now?

Counting my lotto winnings…… 🙂

4. How many schools did you attend?

3 in total.  2 primary and 1 senior.

5. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?

It has long sleeves and I was cold.  I should have put a jacket on too though.

6. What are your thoughts on petrol prices?

Surely with the strong Rand they should be lower?

7. First thought when you woke up this morning?

I am going to kill that cat!

8. Last thought before going to sleep last night?

If those cats wake the baby again tomorrow morning I am going to kill them! (Anybody want two cats – house trained and make really good alarm clocks)

Going cheap - already gift wrapped...

9. Do you miss being a child?

Not at all!!!

10. What errand/chore do you despise?

I would despise ironing if I did it, but I don’t.  Why?  Well because I told Mr OL before we got engaged that I NEVER EVER, EVER iron and if he wants anything ironed he either needs to do it himself or get a domestic worker.  Guess what happened?

11. Get up early or sleep in?

Get up early

12. Have you found real love yet?


13. Favorite lunch meat?

I don’t like lunch meat.

14. What do you get most times you go into a grocery store?


15. Beach or lake?

I have to say beach because I LOVE the sea, but I am not a fan of sand.

16. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?

Yes.  I have a lot of friends that feel their husbands gave up trying as soon as they got married.

17. Sopranos or Desperate Housewives?

I have never watched Sopranos so I guess it is Desperate Housewives

18. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?

I have a schoolgirl crush on Zac Efron – although I don’t think dinner is what I would be thinking about.  And yes, I do realise he is 15 years younger than me…..

Zac Efron


Photo from HERE

19. Have you ever crashed your vehicle?

Yes, although it was not my fault, some #$%$^$@$#%#@% arse crashed head-on into my brand new car.  We were lucky to be alive!

20. Ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?

Yes, see above. 

21. Ring tone?

Normal telephone ringing?  Not sure what it is called.

22. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?

Well, my teeth are always in my mouth and I don’t really consider that to be strange……

23. Somewhere in South Africa you’ve never been and would like to go?

Natal Midlands

Natal Midlands

Photo from HERE

24. Do you go to church?


25. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?

Career – I am happily married. 

Our wedding

26. How old are you?

15 years older than Zac Efron…

27. Do you have a go-to person?

Yes, 2.  My sister and my mom.

28. Are you where you want to be in life?

No, but I am happy.

29. Growing up, what were your favourite cartoons?

I did not really have any. We did not watch TV much when we were growing up.  But I had a Noddy doll that I loved.

30. What about you do you think has changed the most?

I used to be a drunken party animal – and now I am a sensible, sporty, if somewhat boring mom.

Ironman Finish 2009

31. Looking back at high school were they the best years of your life?

Nope, I would rate them my worst.

32. Are there times you still feel like a kid?

Yes, I get pretty excited about stuff and start to jump up and down.

33. Do you have a pager?

Nope, never have.

34. Where was the hang out spot when you were a teenager?

At one of my friend’s parent’s houses.

35. Were you the type of kid you would want your children to hang out with?


36. Who do you think impacted your life the most?

I would say my parents.

37. Was there a teacher or authority figure that stood out for you?

The headmaster of our school, Mr Bernard Simpson and the art teacher Mrs Carol Vogel.  I remember them both very fondly.

38. Do you tell stories that start with “when I was your age”?

Not really

39. What was the first new car you purchased?

Out the box new car – a Renault Clio – which was written off after 4 months (see above).  Thankfully the insurance company replaced it.  My very first car was a Ford Escort that I bought from my parents.  I had that for about 9 years until it fell apart from the rust.

40. What is the scariest thing that has happened to you as an adult?

I became a parent

19 Feb 2010

41. What advice would you give to someone about to get married?


Ok, do but don’t expect it always to be easy. Or that there won’t be days when you want to throttle the other person. Talk about it and move on.

42. What’s your favourite room in your home and why?

I don’t really have one favourite room.  It depends on the time of the day. Sometimes the sun is in the lounge in the late afternoon and it is nice to sit there and warm up.  Other times it might be the kitchen, or lately in my baby’s nursery while I give her, her last feed of the day before she goes to bed.  She is quiet and just lies looking up at me, sometimes falling asleep in my arms.  I love that.

Baby OL's Nursery

43. What advice would you give someone starting their first job?

Don’t do what I did.

44. If you could go back and change one thing you did, what would it be?

I suppose I would have to say nothing, because everything I have done has led to this place.

45. If you could go back and change one thing someone else did, what would it be?

I would change my parents’ rule of “children should be seen and not heard”.  They were VERY strict about it and I was never given the opportunity to speak to adults.  For a very long time I battled speaking to people older than me, even if only by a few year.  I really battled at work because I was so intimidated and lacked the confidence to voice my opinions.

Posted in Food, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, Restuarants

Insert happy smiley face here :-)

Date night was awesome.  It involved lots and lots and lots of sushi and a little bit of wine….. YUM.

We went to Fushin Sushi, in Stanley Street Richmond Hill and sat at the counter.  It was great to see them making the sushi, right from filleting a whole salmon to putting it on the plate.  We had a platter after platter and Mr OL very diplomatically hid the bill from me.  It was his treat. 

I got well and truly spoilt and loved every second of it.

Posted in Baby OL, Food, Ordinarylife, Parenting

Date night!

Mr OL is taking me out tonight – woo hoo! Sushi here we come.  I can’t wait.  I might even have a glass of wine…..

I have organized a baby sitter (thanks sister) and am really excited.  It will be only the 2nd time that we have gone out for dinner on a date night, since Baby OL was born.  I think we need to make it a monthly thing.

So, in light of that I went next door and asked our neighbors if any of their older daughters babysit.  They have 5 daughters ranging in age from 20 to 5 so figured at least one of them must baby sit.  The two eldest do – so that is great.  Hopefully now Mr OL and I can then spend a bit more quality time together.

Posted in Ordinarylife

I want to be a whale!!!!

without the getting harpponed bit.

I got this on email earlier today and thought it brilliant!

“Recently, in a large city in France, a poster featuring a young, thin
and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym. It said, “This summer,
do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”

A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match
those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question
posed by the gym.

To Whom It May Concern,

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious
humans.) They have an active sex life, get pregnant and have adorable
baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins stuffing
themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing
wonderful places like Patagonia , the Bering Sea and the coral reefs
of Polynesia . Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded
CDs. They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators
other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost
everyone in the world.

Mermaids don’t exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up
outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity
crisis. Fish or human?

They don’t have a sex life because they kill men who get close to
them, not to mention how could they have sex? Just look at them …
where is IT?

Therefore, they don’t have kids either. Not to mention, who wants to
get close to a girl who smells like a fish store?

The choice is perfectly clear to me: I want to be a whale.

P..S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that
only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream
with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver, and a
piece of chocolate with my friends. With time, we gain weight because
we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when
there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies.
So we aren’t heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.
Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think,
¨Good grief, look how smart I am!¨”

Posted in Baby OL, Books, Family, Food, Gardening, Ordinarylife, Parenting, Restuarants, Running, Sewing, Training, Training

I miss…..

There are a few things that I miss since I have had a baby.  And they are not the things I expected… I do not miss nights out or parties, I did not do that much anyway.  I am missing the hectic training I was doing but not as much as I thought.  I also miss going out to restaurants and just sitting down for a good meal, but I know that will come shortly.

So what am I missing?  Well, oddly enough I miss working in my garden!  I miss pottering around, planting seedlings, and just doing stuff!  I also miss cooking – just for fun.  Not puréed baby food.  Normally I would get home from work and cook dinner – not all the time as Mr OL and I would take turns.  But I enjoyed it.  Now Mr OL does all the cooking while I bath and put Baby OL to bed. 

So when exactly did I get this old? 

Truthfully though I think it is more the creative aspect that I miss.  I like designing my garden, I like concocting new dishes.  The only creative outlet I have at the moment is sewing Whachumacallits, and although each one is unique and hand drawn I miss variety.  I am very excited about the market on the 29th but will be quite pleased when it over.  Then I might have more time to do other stuff.

I suppose that Mr OL might be right, he says that I do too much.  But I guess I like it that way.  I like to be doing stuff – and different stuff. 

Here is list of things that I want to do but just don’t have the time at the moment.

  • Sew Baby OL some summer dresses – I am in front of my sewing machine  a lot at the moment but it is all for the market.
  • Plant some veggies and herbs – and have the time to look after them.
  • Learn to bake.  We have recently bought a Kenwood Major, but I have not even used.  I can’t wait to give it a test run and make something.
  • Make Mr OL a nice romantic meal and sit and eat it at the dining room table, possibly with a bottle of wine (actually maybe scrap the wine – last time I had any 17 months ago Baby OL was the outcome)
  • Spend an evening just sitting, relaxing!
  • Finish one of the four unfinished books next to my bed.  Normally I finish a book within a couple of nights but at the moment it taking me forever.  I will read a couple of pages each night before I go to sleep, but at the moment it is never more than a couple of pages. The one I am currently reading is “The Great Run” by Braam Malherbe.  It is about his run along the entire distance of the Great Wall of China.  So far so good, but I have only read about his first day…
  • Read up on and practice using my camera properly.  I am sure it has functions that I just don’t know how to use.

So if you had more time what would you like to do

Posted in Baby OL, Cycling, Family, Ordinarylife

Weekend round up! The good and the bad.

And who would have thought that the ride would be the good????

But first the bad.  On Friday evening when I got home from work Baby OL’s nanny said that when she picked her up to take her away from a house plant she started to cry and she could not get her to stop. The nanny thought she was upset because she had been taken away from what she was playing with.  However she cried off and on for the rest of the evening and in her bath.  It is very unusual for her to cry at all so I thought she must be tired or about to teeth or something but I did not really notice anything else amiss.  I gave her, her bottle and she went down like normal.  However on Saturday morning as soon as I picked her up she started crying again.  I also noticed that she was not really moving her right arm.  She was moving her fingers and would grasp a bit but did not like it if I touched it and did not reach for anything or put any weight on it.  I was slightly (read LOTS) concerned.  So I phoned the Pediatrician on call, he told me to come right in.  He checked her out and said that although he did not think anything was broken he would like to send her for x-rays, so that is where we spent the rest of Saturday.  Poor little thing, I felt so bad as I had to hold her still and her arm in funny positions so they could get the right x-rays.  They wanted of her elbows, clavicle and arms.  Thankfully nothing was broken.  I was pretty sure there would not be anything broken as she has not fallen or anything like that.  The doc said it was nothing viral or any kind of infection as she did not have a fever or any other signs.  It was not red and there were no bruises.  He said he thinks it is what is called Pseudoparalysis, which can have many causes but in this case she has hurt her arm somehow and not does not want to move it because it is sore.  He said if it still like that towards the middle of the week I must take her to our Pediatrician and have it checked up on. Well, thankfully that won’t be necessary. By that evening all seemed well again and by Sunday she was back to normal. And even crawled for the first time!  Yay for her.  So the bad ended good.

Then also on Sunday I did the Mountain Bike race.  Mr OL put it rather diplomatically and said I got value for money!  Let’s just put it this way, although I did not come in totally last it was pretty close!  The main thing is that I LOVED it.  I had so much fun.  The scenery was stunning the course was well marked and I had loads of fun.  I did not die and although I really struggled on the up hills and pushed the bike on the downs as I was too scared to ride down them I would do it again in a heartbeat.  I think I must be fitter than I thought.  I did not even fall off – well technically I did not fall OFF – I was already off.  I was pushing the bike and fell over….. I am sure that does not count does it.

Posted in Cycling, Ordinarylife, Training

I’ve gone and done it again!

And NO I am NOT pregnant! 

BUT what the HECK was I thinking!!!  Or at least I think that is what I will be writing on Monday.

Never one to back away from a challenge I have entered a corporate mountain bike race on Sunday.  I thought others from our company would be doing it too, but it turns out – not so much.  Our CEO is doing it and then we have “adopted” two cyclist to do the longer legs.  Turns out they are taking this a bit seriously… YIKES.  The time is taking for all 4 participants and then worked out based on that.  I might be letting the side down a bit.

Did I mention that I don’t even own a mountain bike…..

I am going to borrow my sisters for the day.  I have not ridden a mountain bike in over 4 years, and even then it was only once and also on a borrowed bike.  I have not even sat on my road or tri bike in over 18 months! What the HECK was I thinking agreeing to this……..  Oh well, how hard can 20km be exactly?

Posted in Baby OL, Cats, Family, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, weather

Ok, explain this….

So explain this to me, Baby OL sometimes wakes at the slightest noise in the house. We have wooden floors and if you walk down them too loud it wakes her up.  If the birds start tweeting outside her bedroom at 5am she wakes.  If the cats scratch in my bedroom, which they do every morning, then she wakes.  If there is the biggest loudest most amazing thunderstorm directly over our house she sleeps…… Like a baby!!!!

I was awake, Mr OL was awake, the cats were awake, the dogs awake. Baby OL – sound asleep!  In fact she had the best night she has had all week and only woke at 6:15. 

The storm continued for hours, it was awesome.  There was thunder, lightning, hail and lots and lots of rain, which we desperately need.  Let’s hope it hit our catchment areas.