Thursday, June 30, 2011

One down, one to go!

On Tuesday I had to go for my Defensive Driver's Evaluation - the company I work for insists that all employees who do any kind of driving on business (even though for me that would only be driving to conferences and training venues), has to complete a Defensive Driving Course. I've been putting it out for the past 3 months but eventually had to go for my final evaluation! First there was the trauma of getting to the venue as they had moved offices and my poor little GPS could not locate the road name - so much for relying on technology! And then of course the trauma of having my driving skills assessed by someone else - not that hubby doesn't have a lot to say about my driving skills but that doen't really count does it :-)
The worry was for naught though as I passed my evaluation with flying colours!

Now to worry about the Financial Management exam I have to write tomorrow!

Wish me Luck!

Take care x x

Monday, June 27, 2011

As expected...

The weekend was certainly a busy one! Along with temperatures dropping to minus 2 degrees celcius, it's certainly made it a chilly one too!
The boys were very brave on Saturday morning - we played in zero degrees and with a wind that wouldn't let up! Even though they were obviously freezing (a few of the boys in the opposing team came crying off the field as they were getting cold :-) which made us Balfour parents so proud of our little tykes who never complained), they kept pushing and pushing their opponents and managed to draw against them. I know I'm taking a little brag now as this team is touted as the top of the league and our little one's are somewhere at the bottom :-P so it was fantastic to see our boys play them so hard!

I also took my little soccer star to have his first haircut at a barber. Up until now his Dad normally just gave him a quick cut with the hair cutters - a kind of military buzz cut with no shape or style. So he's always been a bit wary of going to the barber - I have no idea what he thought would happen there :-) But he was so cute and he just looks so gorgeous now!

Before .....
Stichy-wise, as expected there was very little that I did this weekend. I managed a few extra stitches on the "Lions" but that was a bout it!

Driving to work this morning I couldn't resist stopping and taking this pic.

Jozi (pronounced Joe-zee) as locals call Johannesburg, has the most amazing winters. We're a summer rainfall area, so winters are dry and bitterly cold. But for the most part the skies are cloudless, bright blue with the sun making it's appearance every day. Normally the wind would not often come out to play in winter, but this has become less and less common. I have to admit though, that for the most part, I do prefer winter's here than in my birth town, Cape Town, where winters are not only cold, but wet, windy and dark too!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Hugs and stitches!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Busy times ahead!

Well it's Friday at last, so here's hoping you're going to get to "let your hair loose" and "put your feet up" and have some relax time!
The kids are on holiday from today - almost 3 whole weeks of no school! I suppose it's a good thing that my MIL and SIL will be visiting to keep them occupied.
My brother arrives for 2 days tomorrow - the little ones always enjoy it when he comes to visit! He's your typical "insane" uncle :-) The nutty zany guy at your family get togethers!
My eldest will be leaving for Cape Town on the 2nd of July with the Johannesburg Mini Council (a local group that operates in Primary and High Schools and does charity work). She is so excited about it - I must admit to being a bit worried as this will be the first time that she's flown anywhere without me! But she can't wait as not only is it a wonderful exciting experience, my Mom and Dad and all her cousins are in Cape Town so she'll get to see them too, even if for a short bit.

This weekend I'm hoping to make further headway with the lions, but have learned that making advance plans always seems to attract calamities that interfere with my stitching time. And since Saturday morning will be spent at the soccer field, afternoon at a briefing for the parents of those children going to Cape Town, and the evening at a special prayer meeting for my Uncle who passed away last week, I think that as usual I will have to fight to get some time to stitch!  Oh I suppose I will still have from 10pm in the evenings to do some :-)

Have yourselves an absolutely lovely weekend! Be safe and have fun!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Birthday ...

Love and Laughter,
Friends and Family,
Joy and Happiness,
All this and more I wish for you,
If I could sweep your path clear of troubles,
I would.
If I could stop you making mistakes,
I would.
If I could always protect you from the burdens of life,
I would.
I will always love you.
I will always be proud of you.
I will always be here for you.
Now and forever
I love you my monkey girl.
Happy Birthday.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Another week past . . .

I can't believe that it's been another week that's past! Where does the time go??!!!

I'm afraid that this has yet again been a rather lazy week - stitching-wise that is! I've made a few cards (non stitched)

I've also finished the bookmark that I was working on

I quite like this - my eldest bug will be 12 on Tuesday and loves reading so she'll be getting this one.
I stitched a second (different) bookmark for the OM Bookmark exchange.I'm really quite pleased with how it came out but can't post a pic of it yet - my partner has not yet received it. 

I've done some more stitching on "Enchantress" and started Dad's lions. Silly me forgot to take pics during the day so will have to show them later :-) I'm going to be concentrating on the lions for the next few weeks to get it done in time for Dad's birthday on the 18th August. Considering what a slow stitcher I am, I'm hoping that I will have enough time to get it done!

And speaking of Dads, I do hope all Dad's out there had a lovely Father's Day!

Happy stitching!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday ... at last!!!

Well this has been one week that I am pleased is over! I've felt like a drunk [which for me is amazing as I don't drink :-) ] reeling from one calamity to the next!
Let's see, hubby is off in Germany this week, which by itself is not all that much of a calamity. It's just meant that life had to be pretty organised to make sure everyone got to their appointed spots in the mornings, and since afternoon pick ups had been arranged with friends, I thought we had the week pretty well sorted! That was until Monday morning dawned and little bug had a fever. So no nursery for her. Tuesday dawns, and at about 10am I get a call from middle bug's school to say that he is running a fever and complaining of a bad headache, so off I run out of the course that I was supposed to be attending this week, to pick him up at school and drop him off at home. So now, it's 2 little bugs with snotty noses and fever.
Wednesday dawns, and I felt as though a herd of elephants had been let loose all over me! Every bone ached. Every muscle that I thought had deserted me 10 years ago now came back to haunt me! My head pounded like bongo drums gone wild! And I had a course to attend....
Needless to say I lasted until 10 am at the course and then had to drag my achey body home to dope myself with every cold and flu medication that I could find, then crawled into bed and passed out until 5. Feeding the kids was a blur and after making sure that they were given their own medicines and were popped into their beds, I headed back to my own bed and slept (or tried to!). Funnily enough the only one to escape the onslaught of the flu has been my eldest bug!
And to compound it all, we've been hit with a cold front this week which has meant that it's been rather chilly!

Well needless to say there has been very little stitching or any kind of crafting taking place in this household! I had so hoped to finish my bookmark for my exhange on OM, but I guess I'll only be able to complete it in the week now.

Well the kiddies are all recovered and have returned to school today, and I had felt moderately human enough to attend the last lectures of my course this morning. So tomorrow morning I'll be dragging my unwilling body to the soccer fields to cheer along the U6 boys when, to be perfectly honest, this weekend I'd rather just snuggle under the blankets. Ah the things we mother's do for love :-)

Whatever you're going to be up to, enjoy!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Too good not to share!

The Bathing Suit (by a middle-age woman unknown)

When I was a child, the bathing suit for the mature figure was-boned, trussed and reinforced, not so much sewn as engineered. They were built to hold back and uplift, and they did a good job.
Today's stretch fabrics are designed for the prepubescent girl with a figure carved from a potato chip.
The mature woman has a choice ˜ she can either go up front to the maternity department and try on a floral suit with a skirt, coming away looking like a hippopotamus that escaped from Disney's Fantasia, or she can wander around every run-of-the-mill department store trying to make a sensible choice from what amounts to a designer range of fluorescent rubber bands.
What choice did I have? I wandered around, made my sensible choice and entered the chamber of horrors known as the fitting room. The first thing I noticed was the extraordinary tensile strength of the stretch material. The Lycra used in bathing costumes was developed, I believe, by NASA to launch small rockets from a slingshot, which gives the added bonus that if you manage to actually lever yourself into one, you would be protected from shark attacks ˜ any shark taking a swipe at your passing midriff would immediately suffer whiplash.
I fought my way into the bathing suit, but as I twanged the shoulder strap in place I gasped in horror: my boobs had disappeared! Eventually, I found one boob cowering under my left armpit. It took a while to find the other. At last I located it flattened beside my seventh rib.
The problem is that modern bathing suits have no bra cups. The mature woman is meant to wear her boobs spread across her chest like a speed bump. I realigned my speed bump and lurched toward the mirror to take a full view assessment.
The bathing suit fitted all right, but unfortunately it only fitted those bits of me willing to stay inside it. The rest of me oozed out rebelliously from top, bottom and sides. I looked like a lump of Playdoh wearing undersized cling wrap.
As I tried to work out where all those extra bits had come from, the prepubescent sales girl popped her head through the curtain, 'Oh, there you are,' she said, admiring the bathing suit.
I replied that I wasn't so sure and asked what else she had to show me. I tried on a cream crinkled one that made me look like a lump of masking tape, and a floral two-piece that gave the appearance of an oversized napkin in a serving ring. I struggled into a pair of leopard-skin bathers with ragged frills and came out looking like Tarzan's Jane, pregnant with triplets and having a rough day. I tried on a black number with a midriff and looked like a jellyfish in mourning. I tried on a bright pink pair with such a high cut leg I thought I would have to wax my eyebrows to wear them.
Finally, I found a suit that fitted ...a two-piece affair with a shorts-style bottom and a loose blouse-type top. It was cheap, comfortable, and bulge-friendly, so I bought it. My ridiculous search had a successful outcome, I figured.
When I got it home, I found a label that read: 'Material might become transparent in water'.
So, if you happen to be on the beach or near any other body of water this year and I'm there too, I'll be the one in cut-off jeans and a T-shirt!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A little update . . .

I must admit that I have been rather lazy the past few days. There has been very little stitching or reading taking place.Temperatures have been dropping to below zero (celcius) for a few evenings and this has made me loathe to stitch. As always, whenever winter starts knocking on our door, I start feeling the need to whip out my wool and start knitting. I'll have to put that thought on hold though as I need to make a start on some lions if I plan on having it done in time for dad's birthday.

Speaking of birthdays, on Sunday we had baby bug's party! What a lovely day! As predicted by the weather bureau, we had bright clear skies with a slight chilly breeze - not that the kids minded! The cake was a huge success and fun was had by all!

A perfect place for a party!
The kids all loved the pony ride!

A party ain't a party without a jumping castle

Hello Kitty cake!

Now I need to start preparing for middle bug's party....

Have a lovely day everyone :-)