Posted in 30 Days of Gratitude, Baby OL, Family, Ironman, Ironman 70.3, Ordinarylife

30 Days of Gratitude Day 27 to Day 29

Day 27 – Today I am VERY grateful that Home Affairs has moved.  The new building is so much better and you don’t get harassed as you enter. They have secure parking – and the queues even moved pretty quickly.  I finally changed my ID and Passport into my married name.  It was not as traumatic as I was expecting.

Day 28 – I am grateful for the help and support I am getting to make changes in my life.  Hopefully this has a long term positive effect on life in general as well as my marriage.  I suppose I should really be grateful besides my friends and family who listen to me that I can afford to hire somebody that is helping me do this.

Day 29 – Today I am in a totally soppy mood and just feel like writing a whole list of things I am grateful for. There is not one specific thing that stands out more than the others.

  • For my friend and training partner that also does not take this whole Ironman thing too seriously.  But takes it seriously enough to drive to my place at 5 am.  We went for a run this morning, but after 2 km’s decided to walk instead. Such a beautiful morning, we just kept walking and talking.  In the end we probably walked about 5 km.
  • To Mr OL, just because. (what can I say – I am feeling soppy)
  • To my neighbours – for having 5 daughters, and that the oldest 3 are able to baby sit.  Very useful.
  • I am grateful for one of my work colleagues – who is much more of a friend that a colleague.
  • I am grateful that we have made a decision on Little OL’s school and after parent night last night we are even happier with that decision.
  • I am grateful that nobody laughed out loud last night at the restaurant that Mr OL decided to have dinner at after parent night.  We forgot that we had on very large name tags Little OL’s name on them.  Yike – blind.
  • I am grateful that sometimes Mr OL totally ignores my opinion and does what he wants.  Like replace the floors in our house.  They are gorgeous – and I fought him tooth and nail.  Yes, you were right – sorry.  Now all I need to do is paint the walls and buy new curtains.  Happy girl.
  • I am grateful to my 2 year old for being so totally absolutely adorable!!!

Ok, I could actually go on – as I said I am in a totally soppy mood right now.  I guess what I am trying to say is I am in a happy place right now.

Posted in 30 Days of Gratitude, Cycling, Family, Ironman 70.3, Ordinarylife, Training, Training, Triathlon

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 24 to Day 26

Day 24 – I am grateful, that even though I had a bad run this morning, I was still able to run.

Day 25 – I am grateful to Mr OL for watching Little OL for the whole morning.

Day 26 – I am grateful I am a morning person – however, I am battling a bit this afternoon. 3:30 am is a bit early even for me….. It was stunning though and well worth it.  We had a fantastic ride – I am also grateful that it is light at 4:30 when we hit the road.

Posted in 30 Days of Gratitude, Hobie Beach, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, Running, Shark Rock Pier, Training

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 21 – Day 23

Day 21 – I am grateful that FINALLY I have the keys to my property. The tenant has moved out and no damage has been done – except for dent in my pocket the size of a couple of month’s rent.

Day 22 – I am just grateful in general.  I am not sure if I am a lucky person, or just choose not to focus on the negative but generally stuff is good and I am grateful for that.

Day 23 – today I am just grateful it is Friday!

Here is another picture of Port Elizabeth, Hobie Beach.  It was taken from the balcony of our running club on Tuesday night after the run.  Seriously can the view get any better?  I don’t think so!  Body Concept must have one of the best views and locations of any running club in the world!

Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth
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30 Days of Gratitude – Day 20

Day 20 – Today I am grateful to my friend and training partner. Who not only puts up with unexpected cancellations and working around Little OL but also drives all the way across town at 4:30 am to cycle with me, whether it is indoors on our trainers or like today when we finally actually got on the road!

Ironman 70.3 South Africa is only two months away and this morning was the first morning that I did a training ride on the road! And boy was it awesome.  It is already just getting light at 4:30, the weather was perfect and the ride went better than expected.  I also did a triathlon on Sunday and was quite surprised by how well it went, seeing as the only riding I have been doing has been indoors.  I have been running quite a bit so am stronger there than I normally am.

I am loving training again, I have a good schedule that works for Little OL and I and she now gets to see her Granny at least once a week.  Happiness all round!

Posted in Books, My sketchbook, Ordinarylife

A support group!

Ah, the relief – I am not the only one.  In fact I think I have found a site that makes me look like a bit of a slacker in the “I love notebooks” department.  Look at this blog –

How amazing are some of these books.  I want, I want, I want!!!!

And in totally related news I am not allowed to visit Cape Town or Jo’burg in the near future as I might blow my upcoming Christmas bonus (if I get one)at Typo!  Can you please all STOP blogging about this shop.  It is making me sick with jealousy.

Posted in 30 Days of Gratitude, Art, Baby OL, Children, Cookies, Family, Food, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, Triathlon, weather

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 15 to Day 19

Day 15 – I am grateful for the ladies at my art classes I go to. I have been going for over 11 years and it is more about the social aspect that actually getting any painting done.

Day 16 – I am grateful that it is Friday!

Day 17 – I am grateful that I get to spend the day with Little OL.  She is getting cuter and cuter each day.

Day 18 – I am grateful to Mr OL for watching and entertaining Little OL so I could do a triathlon in the morning and finish decorating over 100 Christmas cookies that a friend ordered.

Christmas Tree Cookies iced and ready for wrapping.

Day 19 – I am grateful that it feels like summer is well and truly here!  I woke up this morning and it just had that summer feeling about it. When I was out in my car at lunch time the temperature said 30 degrees (which made me grateful for air-con). But I love summer!!!!!

Wrapped Christmas Tree Cookie



Posted in 30 Days of Gratitude, Hobie Beach, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, Running, South Africa, Training

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 12 & Day 13

Day 12 – I am grateful for the view from the premises where our running club has it club house.  Who would not be inspired to run here!  And to top it all of it was as stunning evening!

Hobie Beach – Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth – from Shark Rock Pier, Hobie Beach


Day 13 – for the opportunities that modern technology bring, making it possible to meet and connect with people that you would have never met in real life.

Posted in 30 Days of Gratitude, Family, Ordinarylife

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 10, 11 & 12

30 Days of Gratitude – Day 10, 11 & 12

Day 10 – I am grateful for my mom!  She does not judge or think her way is the best.  She does not make you wonder about your decisions and stands by you no matter what you decide.  She might give an opinion but it will not be a criticism.  I love her lots!!!

Day 11 – I am grateful that we have had our 2nd in a row “summer is finally here” day.  Flip, it has taken its time coming this year!  Little OL and I headed down to the beach for our first dunk in the ocean of the season.  It was devine.

Day 12 – I am grateful that I have a roof over my head.  I was lying in bed last night listening to the wind howling and thinking of all those people that have houses in St Francis.  The wind was hectic and I could just imagine how it was fuelling that fire.

I am also very grateful for understanding friends.

Posted in Baby OL, Busy Bags, Family, Ordinarylife, Parenting

Busy Bags No. 1 Using a Pool Noodle.

When Little OL was even littler I stumbled upon the idea of “busy bags”.  I can’t remember where I got all my ideas from and it was before I started using Pinterest but there are loads of sites out there, just Google “Busy Bag ideas”.  Basically I wanted them to be easy and cheap to make, easy to store and keep her occupied

Once I made them I kept them all in a large plastic container and would pull them out randomly so she would not get bored with one.  I also find that they are great in the car and if we are going on a road trip I just put the container within my reach in the car.

This morning Little OL found them again and started playing with this one – It was actually the first one I made and was really easy.

You will need:

1 x pool noodle – make sure it is the type with the hole that runs through the center.

2 x stiff rope – about 50cm

Sissors to cut the rope and a knife (bread knife worked best) to cut the noodle.

Zip lock type bag to keep it all in.

Lighter or sticky tape to seal the rope ends.

The pool noodle I used was scalloped shaped and when you cut it into pieces they looked like flowers.  You will only need about 30 cm of the noodle – I used the rest to make some bags for all my friends with kids the same age.  Cut the noodle into sections of about 2 – 3 cms.  Tie a knot at one end of the rope and seal or sticky tape the other end so it does not fray.  And Viola – 1 busy bag made and ready for playing with!  (if sealing the rope make sure that it has cooled down before giving to the toddler – those things stay hot for a while).

Completed and ready to use.



Little OL concentrating (yes, her hair is wet)



She is getting a little old for some of the ones I made initially so I will need to start looking for other ideas.