Saturday, December 20, 2014

I found it

My sister Caron, Lynn, Connor and I intended to go for a walk at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens on Tuesday 16 December - the Day of Reconciliation in South Africa.  I wanted to actually see the summer cuckoos that I hear calling all day in my suburb. 
 
But it was raining when we woke up so instead, we had breakfast at Lifestyle Garden Centre. 
 
Caron and I - LOVE this  lady!

Lynn and her son Connor 


We pottered around the shops.  And then I found it!  The walls of my bedroom have been bare since I moved in 2 and a half years ago.  I've been looking for a picture of a King Protea for my bedroom for ages.  I found this gorgeous painting in one of the shops at Lifestyle.  And it was on sale.  It looks fabulous in my bedroom!  The navy background of the painting has inspired me to add some navy blue to the colour scheme of my cream and pink bedroom next year.  I'm still on the lookout for another painting or two of proteas

 
 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Double page scrapbook layouts

Here are some of the layouts which I completed at our Christmas scrapbooking retreat...
 
I'm working on layouts about my 2013 holiday to Cape Town






Monday, December 15, 2014

Scrapbook retreat - Scrap Kits

As always, the Scrap Addicts design scrap kits for each other every quarter.  I am proud to be part of this group of talented scrapbookers!  Here are our December designs...
 
The Scrap Addicts 
 
Lynn 

Leonie 

Linda  

 
Lynette 


the paparazzi were also there


and someone with silly pixie ears

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Scrapbooking weekend

The Scrap Addicts spent last weekend at a Randburg guest house to enjoy our annual Christmas Scrapbooking retreat.  We save a set amount each month for the year, so that everything is paid for by December.   
 
Everyone arrived by around 4pm, and we filled the little conference room with our scrapping supplies for the weekend.  On Friday evening, we shared Christmas gifts, and then the lights went off.  Load shedding is big at the moment in South Africa - it is sooo frustrating!  Fortunately, our host had a generator, so we were able to power up a few desk lamps and carry on scrapping. 
 
 
Lynn

Lynette

Linda

Leonie

Linda had these cute T-shirts printed for us






cute mini father Christmas candles - this
could freak small children out because his head is on fire!

scrapbooking during loadshedding - we cannot be stopped!

 

I headed to bed by 11pm, and was back at my scrap table by 7am the next morning.  Breakfast was included in the price of the B&B, and we had our evening meals delivered by Bev, a caterer from Bryanston.  Lynn ordered a delicious Greek Coconut cake for us from The Tart.
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Moving on

After 5 years in my office, we're moving to a new office location in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg.  Moving is chaotic, especially when I have a ton of deadlines and deliverables to finish up before 31 December. 
 
I will miss my office overlooking a  green garden with birds and flowers, and with windows which open.  Our new office is very fancy but no garden, no windows that open.  For a greenie like me, that will be hard. 
 



my team, Annah (Training Co-ordinator), Marlene (Payroll & Benefits Manager) and I 



 
I'll be working from home during the next few weeks while the transition to the new office is completed.  Looking forward to no traffic for a few weeks, being able to walk more frequently because I'm not stuck in traffic, and having the time to cook dinner while I work.
 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend in Review

It was a gentle, rainy and wet weekend, perfect for how I was feeling. Lynn came over to scrap with me on Saturday.  We had lunch at Urban Angel CafĂ© in Boskruin, and then got a few things for our December scrapbooking weekend.
 


Urban Angel serves organic food, fresh juices, and is happy to offer Paleo or Banting meals.  Lynn had a pulled pork sandwich, and I had a grain-fed beef burger - delicious food with some interesting flavours.



I bought 2 salted caramel tarts for afternoon tea - totally yummy



Sunday was a very wet and cold day, so miss Ruby and I had 'book club in bed' until almost 11h00 (it felt very decadent, and I did feel sorry for parents with little children who can't indulge themselves with a 'lie in bed and read' treat like this!), and then I worked on my Week in the Life Album


 
It was a good day in Africa.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Around here

Reading Make Your Own Rules Diet by Tara Stiles and Paul by Walter Wangerin; I haven't been reading much lately, I miss it

Adjusting to life filled with hot flushes, night sweats, extreme tiredness and generally feeling ‘off’

Smiling at the silliness and adorableness (yes, that’s a word!) of my beloved Ruby child; she was quite ill recently and R6 000 later, she’s all better and out chasing lizards and the Cape Robin again

Getting excited about 2015 – a year of some lovely travel and events for me as I celebrate a big birthday; I even plan to do some regular birdwatching (a hobby of mine before my nieces were born) by undertaking a big birding year  for 365 days

Working on my week in the life album

Listening to Michael Buble’s Christmas album as I put up the Christmas tree – a beautiful African tree made of wire and beads by the Johannesburg street vendors; I’ve added just a few of my favourite ornaments (love this Siamese ornament from my sister in law which is in memory of my beloved Siamese Bella)
 

  

  


Exercising and eating as well as I can; doing some nice long walks at least once a week and getting better at more regular meal planning (thanks FlyLady!)

Thinking about my one little word for 2015 (I’m almost sure it’s going to be ‘fun’), and my goals and dreams and wish list for the new year – I love new beginnings

Preparing for our annual Christmas scrapbooking weekend in early December – 3 whole days of scrapbooking with the Scrap Addicts at a local guest house - yessss!

Wearing warm winter clothes!  It’s been freezing cold in Johannesburg for the last 10 days, even though it’s summer.  Can’t wait to get back into sandals and summer dresses

Loving this pattern for a striped crochet blanket from Lucy at Attic 24

Tolerating the traffic to my office in Sandton every day, and trying to be patient with the taxi’s and other idiot drivers on the road.  I’m so looking forward to working from home from mid-December onwards until the new year

Anticipating a family Christmas with easy casual food, 2 silly nieces who loooove presents, and spending some time with my mom