NOT the pink moon

Local, photography

With all the fantastic rain that we have had, I have missed the Pink Moon.

“Sigh”. I have looked forward to it for weeks.

But I did get a couple of near full moon photos from the night before.

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Little house

Local

The joy of seeing this little cake house first thing on a Monday morning, is brilliant.

This cake is made by a client, who really appreciated the lovely house she got through one of our agents.

It is so beautiful, our own Re/max house.

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Re/max House, Re/max, Re/max Toti, Re/max South Africa.

Rundown landmark

Opinion

It is with great disappointment that I write this post.
Deciding to try a different restaurent for change, my son and I chose Mimmos, Galleria Mall in Amanzimtoti. A bad choice to say the least.
The waitron greeting us at the entrance was very unfriendly, and promptly dropped us, was it something that I said or the way I look.
Taking a seat at a table, the table cloth is discustingly dirty and old plates is still lying here from the previous patrons. It still has not been taken away, even though new plates have been plonked down in front of us. The rather horrid condiments that is on the table, consists of dried up and what looks like damp parmesan cheese is in one container, with oily garlic and chillies in little bowls. Placing our order, they do not even have what we wanted to order and is then informed that their speedpoint is not working and we will need to pay cash.
Looking around the restaurent, it is in a state of disrepare, the walls have spots where the paint has chipped of and dirty. There is hardly any customers in therestaurent, eventhough it is a Lunchtime, Saturday afternoon at month end. Why then is there more staff than customers.
The staff is chatting and lying all over the counters
When our soda arrived, it was warm and watered down.
And though the pizza was nice and hot it was flavorless.
Needless to say, I will be eating at Mimmos again. It was very disappointing,

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I recently stumbled upon this lovely website, that has helped me a great deal, in dealing with issues. Here is an extract of one of her columns from her website. Link here

by Regina Brett, The Plain Dealer

May 28, 2006

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.

It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written. My odometer rolls over to 50 this week, so here’s an update:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift..

 

45 lessons life taught me

Life, Opinion

My Neighbor Totoro

Quilting

It was with great happiness that I just finished testing another pattern for Jessica at http://sewmuchmischief.blogspot.com/.

 

I had a tiny error on lining up the different sections before sewing them up, but I don’t think it looks bad. He is still cute. He is based on My Neighbor Totoro, a Japanese cartoon.

 

You can follow the link above to see this paper piecing pattern or some more wonderful patterns available, for all your quilt and sewing needs.

 

Here he is…

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Egypt Cub Scout Camp March 2014

Local, photography

Out cubs really enjoyed themselves on this wonderful camp, and learned lots of things about Egypt. The camp was based at the Hillcrest Scout Group campsite.

Scouts, Scouting, Amanzimtoti, Kwazulu Natal, KZN, South Africa, South African Scouts Association

 

Nature at Egypt Camp

Nature, photography

Egypt Camp  turned out to be a fantastic camp. Here is some nature photography from the weekend.

Scouts, Scouting, Amanzimtoti, Kwazulu Natal, Hillcrest, South Africa

 

More mushrooms

Local, Nature, photography

Wow, after all the rains we have had recently, there has been a load of mushrooms popping up everywhere. An excellent opportunity to practice my close up photography.

Amanzimtoti, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Mushroom.

 

 

Going Up March 2014

Local, Nature, photography

Two of our cubs went up to Scouts this last Friday.

As always, it feels like you are losing a part of your family.

They also practiced their trail signs.

1st Umbogintwini Scout Group, Kwazulu Natal Scout Movement, South African Scout Movement, World Scout Movement, Amanzimtoti, South Africa

 

Midmar Camp & Raft Races February 2014

Nature, photography, Travel

Another year has come and gone, and with it another Raft Race.

(Photo gallery below)

The raft races this year was spectacular, Scouts from all over KZN, camped together at Midmar Dam in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. It was reported that there was over 500 scouts with their parents in attendance.

Saturday night we all joined in the campfire, with some sing song and skits from various troops. The best skit being the shadow play, really fantastic scouts, I enjoyed that.

On Sunday morning after the parade and Scouts Own, we all started the raft races, and wow, there was some very creative rafts out there. The air scouts won hands down with the “flying” raft.

Here is some photo’s from the weekend.

All photo’s of kids, I have permission from parents to take photo’s.