THREE RANDOM REFLECTIONS ON TIME AND GRATITUDE

Three random reflections on the concepts of time and gratitude … But first, because those in the know advise that nobody reads a blog without photographs, here is a picture of my cat:   Reflections on the lost years I am a recovering alcoholic. It did not happen overnight, but the progression from ‘normal’ consumption…

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OF SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS; AN UPDATE

I thought I’d better post something before WordPress deletes my blog due to inactivity, and to let my friends know that I am alive and well. Sometimes we only see how life balances out when we look back on it. It’s been six months since I lost my brother and – within a fortnight of…

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STEPMOTHERS AND SILVER CURTAINS

Friday night and I was missing her, so I sent my daughter a BBM to tell her so. I asked what she was doing and she replied “Watching a movie with Dad and xxx.” A viper slithered across my heart. She has a knickname for this new woman already? While my kettle boiled for a…

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GRATITUDE IN BOX-FULLS AND A CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION

16 days to go before I move. I am surrounded by boxes that I began packing so long ago that I have quite forgotten what is in them. When I unpack it will be like a feast of rediscovery of all my precious things. In my mind I obsessively fantasize about my new flat and…

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COMPETITION

You can’t find a hair-net in Johannesburg for love or money, all the stores are sold out. It’s the start-up weekend of the 2011 Ballet Eisteddfod, which will continue into mid-October, and mothers everywhere are sitting in halls across the country, doing hair into buns, sewing ribbons and skirt hems and waiting for hours while…

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THE WIND BENEATH MY WINGS

    On August 4 in 1983 Dave Winfield, a N.Y. Yankee outfielder accidentally killed a seagull with an errant throw in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He was arrested, charged with cruelty to animals and had to post a $500 bond. The charges were dropped the following day. (foodreference.com) Shame, poor seagull….

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46, 47, 48 …

I had to ask Old Spouse how old I am. It’s a bit distressing to find I’ve spent all of this year thinking I am only 46, when I am – in fact – 47. The reason I wanted to know is because it would have been my parents’ 48th wedding anniversary today. Yes, I…

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FOG BRAINED MONDAY

 Did you know … “Sprinkle with pepper and serve” is the last step in a recipe for diced pork and apples from the world’s oldest surviving cookbook, De Re Coquinaria (“On Cookery”), attributed to the 1st century Roman,  Apicius. – foodreference.com Tomaraisins have been getting a lot of good press lately. Curious, I procured some…

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TURKEY SCHMURKEY

I stand 5ft2inches in my stockinged feet. Knee-high to a grasshopper, my granddad said. Bumps her arse when she steps off the sidewalk, my dad said. The bird must have been about half my height. And he was weighty with it. Almost 4kgs; more than my daughter’s birth-weight. My husband suggested, this past weekend, I do…

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MY GRANDPA, REPOST

My grandfather may well, now that I look back on things, have been a bit of a tyrant, he once slapped my mother’s hand with a carving knife when she reached for a morsel of the chicken he was carving. I’ve written before of my suspicions that he was, quite possibly, gay. When I think…

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ADEGA A-GO-GO

My husband was happy to have both his daughters home on his birthday, a rare occurrence because my step-daughter has shuttled between Canada and South Africa for the past twelve years and was only with us during the Canadian school holidays. We have a democratic household; and he decided we’d celebrate his birthday at a…

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SIDE VIEW’s WEEKEND THEME : INNOCENCE

When Sir Noel Coward was asked by a five year old girl what two mating dogs were doing, he replied: “The doggie in front has suddenly gone blind, and the other one has very kindly offered to push him all the way to St Dunstan’s”. An eleven-year-old friend took it upon herself some time back…

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