Posted in Baby OL, Children, Family, hiking, Hiking Trails, Ironman, Medal Displays, Medal Hangers, My New Business, Ordinarylife, Parenting, Running, SA Medal Hangers, South Africa, Trail Running

Hitting the trails


(I love this picture – all lined up to wave goodbye as Mr OL leaves for work)


I have started running regularly again and I am happy girl.

This past weekend I did the Sunshine Coast Trail Run and it was awesome. I even managed to be sensible about the whole thing and restrict myself to the 8km option. There was a 20km but I figured that was pushing it a bit and one sure fire way to get injured again, so sanity prevailed. I did this race last year as well, and although I thought I was way fitter last year I found this year easier. Maybe I went slower. I think I walked pretty much the same amount.

However, sanity can only prevail for so long though and I have entered the 20km Rhino Run to be held on the 22 September…… To those of you that have not heard of the Rhino Run, you should look into it. They are held all around the country at the same time in aid off – yip Rhinos. There are even 3 options in the Eastern Cape, one at Crossways, and one at Kenton and one at East London, so no excuses (if you like trail running). There are 6km, 12km and 20km options. (You can enter the PE one HERE)
Then the Fairview Dryland is getting closer and closer! I am getting more and more excited and nervous! But I figure I will be walking most of those hills no matter how fit I am so I may as well look at it as a bit of hike and less of a run…….
Next weekend it is also the Urban Run. That is my all-time favourite fun event. I LOVE it. I am so glad that I will be able to do it as I was getting rather nervous that my foot would be ok. Looks like it will be fine.
OK, enough updates for now.
Wait – one more.     I have been getting customer photos for SA Medal Hangers and it has been so much fun to see everybody’s medals. Can I just say I am loving this!  I have put the photos upon Facebook – go have a look.  Such awesome achievements. I get excited for them.  Look at all those Ironman SA medals

SA Medal Hangers
SA Medal Hangers
Posted in 30 Days of Gratitude, Art, Baby OL, Baking, Children, Family, Ironman, Ironman 70.3, Medal Displays, Medal Hangers, My Art Work, My New Business, Ordinarylife, Paintings, Parenting, Running, Sketches, Trail Running, Training

Happy 5 year Blog Anniversary!

I have had this blog for 5 years – wow time has flown.  Before I started here I had an iBlog account for a short while as well.

Over the years my blog has changed quite bit.  It has gone from being mostly about Ironman training to a real mix up of stuff, Ordinary Life stuff!  I have had a baby, I have started baking and icing cookies, I have shown you all some of my paintings and sketches, I have started a new business – SA Medal Hangers.  And very importantly I have made some great friends!

Thank you all so much for joining me on this journey, I am thoroughly enjoying it!

Here is the link to my first post – published on the 1st September 2008

Posted in My New Business, Ordinarylife

A bit of an update

Wow, my poor blog is getting neglected.  Unfortunately blogging is (almost) the last thing on my mind at the moment.

Front and foremost is SA Medal Hangers.  I am so excited about this project and have been absolutely blown away by the feedback and response I am getting to it.

So here are a few updates:

Firstly – my logo!  What do you think? I absolutely love it.  Thanks to Simon Says

LogoThen some of our hangers…… Just photos I took so not the best

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These medal hangers are all 65cm long with either a single or triple bar to hang your medals from.  The most popular at the moment is the one that says “SWIM, BIKE, RUN, PLAY!”

I am working on designs and wording l the time and I keep getting suggestions about sports and activities where people receive medals…. Did you know you received medals for Dragon Boating?  I love it!

If you have not already I would really appreciate it if you would “LIKE” my Facebook page it is or click HERE – SA MEDAL HANGERS

Thank you.

Posted in My New Business, Ordinarylife

A sneak peak!

Those of you who are friend of mine on Facebook will already have seen these, but here is a sneak peak at the new business venture I have been working on.

Medal hangers!



Some of the options available!


and a few more


I have  few more and will be taking more photos shortly.

If you want to know more please visit our FB page its  or email me on pamela at   My company’s name is SA Medal Hangers.

(PS:  Please go like and share my page…. please )

Posted in Art, Baby OL, Family, My New Business, Ordinarylife, Parenting, Running, Sketches, Tenants, Trail Running, Training, Training, Women

A quick catch up

My poor blog – so neglected…..

I start a post in my mind and then stop.  Too much information, too boring, said already or whatever the reason the thought gets ditched.

So, I am writing this one, one not thought out ahead of time.  I have nothing much to say but so what…. Here is a basic update of what is happening in my Ordinary Life.

  • I am still doing the Art Techniques course through and loving it.  I don’t feel that I always have enough time to do the art project but you only are required to do 2 to pass and I have already done two, so am not too concerned if I miss a week here or there.  I am just completing all the theory quizzes and that will be enough.  Here is a picture I drew (the London taxi) for one of the assignments, the topic was “Mail Art”

Mail Art

  • I am driving Mr OL batty with thoughts of trying to start (another) business.  I constantly have ideas in my head but generally they don’t get much further than the planning stages
  • I bought another property – think I already mentioned this – and have since found out that the tenants that I was led to believe were “good” have not paid rent in 5 months.  I am hoping that the current owner gets rid of them before I take over.  I am sure that it is a breach of contract or something if he said that they were paying when I signed for it but they were not???  Any ideas?
  • My foot is …. I am actually not sure.  All I do know is that I still can’t run.  I am going to take 6 weeks off and then hope for the best.  We do know that there is no muscle damage, no tendonitis, no ligament damage and nothing else that can be seen in x-rays or an ultra-sound.  These however do not rule out a stress fracture.  In the meantime I am going to go for Gait Analysis because something I am doing has caused this.  I am also going for massages (yay) and to the chiropractor who is doing dry needling as my muscles in my legs are in knots.  I am hoping that this all makes me stronger. I am also trying to stretch in.  I really need to get in the pool and on my bicycle…..
  • I am having a serious case of “mommy guilt” at the moment.  Next weekend I was due to go to the Knysna Oyster Festival to run the HoutKapper Trail… Mr and Little OL were going to stay behind in PE.  Now obviously the running is out – however I have already sorted out my accommodation….. So…….  A weekend away sans husband and kiddy????  I am going to go but why do I feel so guilty about going away by myself for the weekend?  My mom, brother, sister and a multitude of my friends are all going, Mr OL does not want to go….urgh!  Would you feel guilty?

Wow, for a post that I did not think about I sure had a lot to write.

Oh, yes – MR OL surprised me with an Asus Transformer – well, he actually surprised me by asking if I would like an iPad Mini – I said no.  After he got over the initial shock I explained why.  So he helped me get the Transformer instead.  I LOVE IT!

Posted in Crafts, My New Business

Washi Tape

Finally some exciting news (for me at least)….

I have started to sell Washi Tape.  Here are a couple of photos of the rolls that I have in stock at present.  If you are interested in placing an order just leave me a comment and I will get back to you.

It is R25.00 per roll (excluding postage) . Each roll is 15mm wide and 10m long.  If you would like any other info please feel free to contact me.

Washi Tape – R25 per roll excluding postage.
Black and White Washi Tape – R25 per roll excluding postage.
Blue Washi Tape – R25 per roll excluding postage.
Green Washi Tape
Christmas Washi Tape – R25 per roll excluding postage.


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 Charity, Crafts, My New Business, Ordinarylife, Port Elizabeth, Sewing, Whachumacallit

Sew much to do!

So I am sewing feverishly at the moment but I don’t feel like I am getting anywhere.  I luckily got accepted to sell my Whachumacallit toys at the “Christmas in the Home” market at the end of October, but now I need stock. Who knew it would take this long to make a couple of toys.

I am getting a bit faster at it, but not nearly fast enough.  Also (and don’t get me wrong I am not complaining about this part) people keep on buying them…… J  I have  about 30 ready for the market now, but was hoping to have closer to 100.  I have nearly a month left to sew but am only averaging 1 a day at the moment.

I think what I am going to have to do is get business cards printed and have pictures of ones I have made previously around and then take orders.  I am really excited about the market.  I am curious to see how my toys will go down and if they will sell or not??? 

The Christmas in the Home Market is taking place on the 29/30 October at Moffett on Main in the underground parking lot.  Click HERE for a link to their Facebook page

Posted in Family, My New Business, Ordinarylife, Sewing, Whachumacallit

I better start saving!

Why is it that before sewing was what you did if you could not afford to buy your clothes?  It worked out cheaper.  Now you need to have money to sew.  Seems like it has gone from something you did out of necessity to something you do for a expensive hobby. 

Before you even begin to look at material, which is not cheap, you need to buy a sewing machine – holy crap!  You can buy a lap top cheaper – in fact my first car was cheaper! And I was not even looking at the top of the range, more like middle to bottom. 

I have been lucky enough to use my mom’s old sewing machine but figured if I am going to be sewing this much I really should get my own.  So today when I took it in for a service I asked for quotes.  Lets put it this way – my mom is not going to be getting her machine back for a quite a while. 

What I have decided I am going to try and do is put the money I get from selling my Whachumacallits into a “Sewing Machine Fund”  it was supposed to be my “I’m going ½ day Fund” but looks like that is going to have to wait.

Posted in Baby OL, Crafts, Family, My New Business, Ordinarylife, Parenting, Port Elizabeth, Sewing, Soccer World Cup 2010, Stadium

4 Months and what did I do?

So, as I said yesterday I am back at work.  I can NOT believe that it has been over 4 months!  Wow, time really did fly. 

So what did I do over the past 4 months, well besides have a baby (quite a major thingI know) not much.  I had intended to do a whole lot.  But no… babies, especially newborns actually take up quite a bit of time. 

Ok, this one passes quality control.

I must just say – and I am sure that all moms say this – but I have the best baby in the world!!!  The first 4 months have been a lot easier and a lot harder than I thought it would be.  I guess I was not really sure what to expect, but I was scared and worried.  I had never even held a newborn before, never mind had to care for one.  But everyone said it would come naturally and guess what? Despite all my skepticism they were right!  I did not drop her or break her, she seems to be happy, putting on weight and sleeping well.  My excel spreadsheets were however thrown out the window.  She found her own routine and seemed to settle down pretty well – I was lucky. Initially she wanted fed every 3 hours and slept pretty much the rest of the time.  The part I found hard was that it is constant!  Every three hours is not from the end of one feed.  It is from the start, and considering it took her over an hour to feed that meant every two hours.  Luckily she sped up her drinking and now gulps it down.  

She also started sleeping through the night from 9 weeks.  7pm till 7 am! What heaven.  I am not sure what has happened lately though, she has started waking up once or twice again, although I am not complaining, that is still pretty good.  We had her in her own room from the first night and I think that helped.  She also goes down awake and is able to put herself to sleep.  I am battling to get the nanny to understand that concept though, so maybe that is why is waking again???  I have heard from 4 months it all goes downhill again so I am not going to count my chickens just yet.  I might only do that when she is 21.

The one great thing about being off was that I was able to walk and later run during the day.  When she was about 2 weeks old I would put her in her pram and go for a long walk –that would be her morning nap.  She was not so keen the first couple of times but after that she started to love it.  Now the minute we start moving she falls asleep.  After she was 12 weeks old I started to run.  We even won 1st Parent and Pram in a 5km race.  I have put the medal up in her room.  We are not doing 10km regularly.  Not sure how I am going to fit it in now that I am back at work though.  I WANT TO BE A STAY AT HOME MOMMY (with a full time nanny – not asking too much is it?)  I have started playing the lottery again…..

I also did a lot of sewing while I was off.  I made some curtains and cushion covers.  I also started making some toys.   I think they are really cute.  You can visit that blog or facebook page to see them.  I have managed to find a shop in Port Elizabeth that is going to sell them for me. Woop, woop!!!  I am hoping that they take off and that I could possibly go half day here and do that from home in the afternoons???? 


I also managed to find nanny that I am really happy with.  It was a bit of a battle and we had a few on trial.  I also got my nanny that was leaving to meet and interview them too.  We both liked this lady straight away. She has been with me for 2 months now and I am happy.  Kaylin likes her too, which is the most important. 

I also managed to get to one of the football games (England/Slovenia).  What an awesome atmosphere! 

I have also decided that I dislike my wardrobe immensely – and I don’t mean the actual thing with doors, I mean the clothes inside.  I need to do something dramatic about it.   

Ok, so that is about it for now.  Yay!  So excited to be able to post again.