Thursday, January 31, 2013


Today I ventured to the gym again, I needed to swipe my card, a rather important task when you're trying to keep your gym membership active and then, stepping on the scale to see if I have made any progress in the weight loss department, since I last stepped on the scale.

Yes, doing the happy dance here.  I've lost about 2.5 kg's.  So happy!!  I am really trying to avoid the Diet industry and rather opting to make lifestyle changes.   I'm not feeling pressure - I like this.  I recall a time when I was stepping on a scale everyday and getting frustrated and angry.  Some days are better than others and I'm really happy.

Last weekend we went fishing again.  Our family group was much larger and keeps growing as other family members decide to join in the fun.

Not much fishing was done but my cousin, Gayle, did manage to catch one teeny weeny one which was released back.

The Family

The only catch for the day

My oldest and his cousin enjoy some time fishing.  They really had fun this time around.

Tomorrow I am off to watch a little bit of cricket.  Josh, my youngest has been chosen to play at a mini cricket festival taking place during lunch of the 1st Test between South Africa and Pakistan.  He is so excited.  I wonder if we will meet a cricketer or two.

I have so much more to tell you.  Homework wars, teachers and busy schedules...we're never bored here.   LOL

Sunday, January 20, 2013


With the boys back at school and extra-murals in full swing, I find that on weekends I just want to put my feet up and not think.  This does not bode well for a photography business.  As it is - nearly all our weekends are booked into early March and none of them with clients.  Sigh!!

Last Sunday found us exploring Modderfontein and Pop's Soda Fountain.  The gentleman who owns the store is quite an interesting guy.  I'll say this - his Cherry Coke, Apple Pie Milkshake and everything else is pretty much, very YUMMY!!  He makes all his own syrups.

The boys found the Juke Box fascinating and really had fun with the Pin Ball machine - went through a few coins there.  LOL

This weekend it has been overcast and raining on and off.  We've pretty much been home bodies, not venturing to far.  Hubby spent Saturday trying something else with the car - hopefully we have fixed it or fixed it close enough.  I'm ready to put a match to her - I LOVE my car, but hate the stress.  Bring on the Lotto.  It would help if we played it more regularly.  LOL

Today has been a bit of tidying up, cooking Koeksisters (pure evil) and not good at all for any diet.  Now it's time for the lasagne to cook and snuggle under a blanket.  Cannot believe we were in the middle of a heat wave a week or so ago.

Hope you had a fab weekend and a GREAT week ahead.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Back to school

It's day 2 of being back to school.

I've cried, I've laughed and I've wanted to SCREAM!!

The school part has actually been the easiest.  Josh is happy with his Gr 3 teacher - GOOD NEWS for me.  Hopefully less yelling at teachers and the school in general.  Brad is Gr 6 and so far things are looking good, we're just trying to track down his Academic Bar and Scroll for his blazer - he worked hard for them.

We're currently suffering from a bit of a heat wave here.  Not as bad as Australia's but bad enough that it has me uncomfortable and finding more reason to lose this weight.  We won't talk about the photo that was taken of me in Swaziland that has me wanting to run for the hills.

And the cherry of top of all that could go wrong.  My car is giving me grief again and yep, once again leaving my mechanic clueless and me stressing.  We need to get out of this hole.  

I'm also at a loss as to what direction my photography should go in and it is always a constant nag at the back of my brain.  I'm guessing the heat is not helping.

But right now the only solution  is to give the universe the finger and shout 'SCREW YOU'.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Welcoming 2013

The plan was to get an early night on the 31st but the neighborhood turned into a 'Fireworks' war zone as we neared midnight and until way after.  Needless to say but I lost my cool with a few neighbors and the transition into the New Year at midnight was not a happy one.  Our poor dogs were beside themselves.

We were up early on the 1st, as we had a picnic to pack for.  The plan - to take the boys fishing.  It was so much fun and the best part - relaxing.  Well, when I wasn't worrying about getting fishing hooks in ears, toes and fingers.  By the end of the day, I was even baiting hooks.

Josh, Matt (my nephew) and Brad keen to get fishing.

Ant (clueless dad when it comes to fishing) helping Josh.

My nephew

My niece - proving girls can do it too!!

The boys caught fish.

Brad caught a trout which we had to keep.  It cost us R30 (not too bad).  They cleaned it for us and Brad then cooked it on the braai (barbecue) the next evening.  Yummy!!

Josh caught a teeny lil' fish which was returned to the dam.

It was a beautiful day out.  It was cooking (we have had some really hot weather) and we were all quite grateful for the clouds that were about.  A storm threatened but gave the area a miss.

Our dessert.  I've discovered I love making Pavlova - so yummy!!  These were fist sized.

We got to sit under trees, chill, read books and spend time with the kids fishing.  My sister and I have decided we like the idea of fishing as well and we're keen to get some rods for ourselves.  I would love a fly fishing rod but got the feeling that they don't come cheap.  I shall be investigating.  

My sister trying her hand at this fishing thing.

It is so beautiful, this spot we found for fishing - Brookwood Trout Farm - that we have promised ourselves that we will try to go once a month.  I hope we can get it right.  I'd love to go early one morning to see what shots I can get with the camera.

It is back to school tomorrow.  The boys are enjoying the last day chilling at home.  I'm dreading the homework wars - OUCH!!  Hoping this year will be easier.