Sunday, September 14, 2014

The ugliest walking shoes

I confess - I've bought with world's ugliest walking shoes...
no - they were not on sale at half price
no - no-one was holding a gun to my head
no - I didn't lose a bet

I have a Morton's Neuroma (a type of callus on the nerve that runs between my toe bones) in my right foot so I need to wear extra wide walking shoes.  Unfortunately New Balance extra-wide walking shoes only come in one style - UGLY!!
They are admittedly very comfortable.  But red and yellow and bright blue.  Really?!  Even Ruby thinks they're awful.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We are family

Although we live in the same city, I don't often get to see my sister Caron or my cousin Beverly.  They both have school-going children and we all have very busy lives.  We managed to get together recently for brunch.  We really need to do this more often...
Melissa (Caron's daughter), Bev and her daughter Amy, Caron and I 

Caron and Amy 

My cousin and my sister - love these women!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Weekend in review

I spent most of the weekend doing a home blessing - washing curtains, wiping, washing, dusting, and cleaning out.  Oh my gosh - I'm totally exhausted!

I probably did about 18 loads of washing

and climbed up and down the step ladder 30 or 40 times
(it felt like a 100 times!)

re-hanging clean curtains
a box of recipe books and files to donate to the SPCA charity shop

in-between cleaning and watering the garden, princess Ruby and I enjoyed the warm weather by sitting outside on the patio; I did some crocheting and she slept


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Around here

*  Buying a few Christmas gifts each month, so that it's more affordable over time and not a mad rush at the end of the year

* Searching for a venue for my birthday celebration is finally over - I've found a beautiful boutique hotel who are happy to host a small gathering for my nearest and dearest in January.  Because my birthday falls in the summer wedding season, many venues refuse to host events for less than 100 people during January
* Planning 2 weekend getaways during the next few months - one to visit a friend in the Western Cape and one to attend a retreat in Dullstroom
* Learning to crochet in the round by making a little crochet basket
Making progress with my deep intention to be more active - I managed to walk 3 times last week
* Playing with paint in my art journal

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello Spring

Hello Spring.  My absolute favourite time of the year.  I love the changing seasons but Spring just makes me so happy.  Warmer days, rain, new growth everywhere.  Here's what's happening in my garden...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Top 5 regrets of the dying

I have been meaning to share this on my blog for a while.  In honour of a young man in our company who passed away earlier this week, here are the top regrets of the dying...

Top five regrets of the dying

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives.
Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. "When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently," she says, "common themes surfaced again and again."
Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as witnessed by Ware:
1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
"This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it."
2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
"This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence."
3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
"Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result."
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
"Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying."
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
"This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called 'comfort' of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again."

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New wheels

True story - I went to the Honda dealership last week to have the windscreen wiper blades on my car replaced, and walked out an hour later having bought a new car!
My Honda CRV was getting a bit long in the tooth and needed to be replaced by the end of the year.  I traded it in for his younger prettier brother on 20 August.  I felt very sad to leave my faithful old Honda at the dealership and drive off in the new model. The Credit lady said that she often has women crying in her office about 'abandoning' their old cars.  Probably not something that men can understand. 

the sales lady, Shurzell Louw

Old and new
Anyhow, after a few days and 2 long road trips, I'm loving the new wheels