Thursday, 23 February 2017

Humble Ubuntu


We have a saying here in isiZulu that goes like this, umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu. Directly translated it means that a person is a person through other people, and one needs to stay humble.

Today Velile and I, interviewed some of the staff at Metal Cross Vehicle Makeover Clinic because next week Friday they turn 10 years old, and we were blown away about how this very saying rings so true in the staff, the managers, and the owners of this scratch and dent repair centre that is tucked away between Randburg and Fourways. Both Velile and I spoke afterwards how we noticed the difference between the god-worship of the supreme leader at our old company compared to the genuine humble words coming from these staff members about ubuntu, their family called Metal Cross with their father Frank and mother Liz.

Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu.

So I will leave you with this truth and remember don’t shine so others can see you, shine so that through you others can see God.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Peek a Boo


I spent the morning at the Vodacom Commercial Park in Midrand and I knew I had to meet an afternoon meeting with a potential client based in Randfontein but no time was set until I got a message at 11am that the potential client can meet me at 12pm, oops that was 1 hour to wrap it up here and race across Gauteng. Randfontein was a good hour’s drive away. I told them that I can finish up in half an hour then leave.

I rushed towards Randfontein from Midrand and by Krugersdorp I saw a message on my phone that a brief was taken for me and can they meet me at my place to debrief and prepare pricing for a quote. So I headed home.

After the home meeting, I was exhausted with all this rushing, but I started going through all the things that needed to be done and heard some rustling and turned and saw Paddington playing inside an empty packet that I left on the couch in my office. Peek a boo, ahhh the simple things in life, slow down, life is not the rush it used to be, enjoy life, even the simple things.

Chill down Jerome, God is in control, as my scripture that I am holding dear onto says "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you." - Psalm 32:8

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Custom Couches Showroom Upgrade


Custom Couches have been going for 3 years now and they have come a long way from their humble beginnings out of the single family garage. The demand for quality couches at affordable prices grew as people came, and came, and came. By the end of their first year the couch manufacturing had spilled out into the yard and soon up the driveway.


In Custom Couches' 2nd year they had to take a leap of faith and move into a mini factory and now by the end of their 3rd year even this factory has become too small. Happy birthday Custom Couches. Thank you for making great furniture at better prices.

First impressions count, so now Custom Couches have decided to expand and revamp their showroom into something that will wow potential buyers even more than the prices. With Custom Couches quality doesn’t have to be expensive.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Cat Selfie


Yip, Monday morning blues. A cold front has moved in and the warm wet air that last week’s cyclone brought inland is pushed up by the wedge of cold air and now it rains, and rains some lot more.

This week is going to be a wet week, perfect time to bury into the couch. Princess, thought it was perfect time to snuggle up to daddy and get this cat selfie.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Cabbage Tree View


Our garden consists of mostly indigenous plants, living long side a nature reserve has its price, nature overflows into our garden. Beautiful plants welcoming beautiful creatures who visit. In the veldt there are a proteas, cabbage trees, and wild peach trees.

This cabbage tree is in our property, the cats love climbing up its soft trunk, and the from the tree the dogs have a nice vantage point into the veldt. Here are my 2 Italian Greyhounds, Maxy and Jade doing what they do second best, gazing into the distance, hoping catch a glimpse of some guinea fowl or a rabbit or two. Second best as the best is all in the chase, baby!

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Fire in the Sky


With the cyclone passing over us with not much hoo-ha other than gusty winds and an increase in rainfall but the clouds during the sunset was fiery spectacular. A short post for a change as I enjoy this sundowner moment.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Unknown Rare Aloe


In the corner of my garden is this aloe growing, and while chatting to my neighbour on this side of the garden about security co-operation, he saw the aloe and asked me if I knew that that aloe is very rare. According to my neighbour it only grows in this gorge that runs along my property all the way to the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens below. But for the life of the neighbour, he couldn’t remember the name. I tried to do some internet research on this unknown aloe as one does now days but had no joy on a rare aloe growing in this eco sub-system.

So if any one might know, please comment below.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Oh so Pretty


I feel pretty, oh so pretty. How in the world can I work in these conditions? I am sure these cats are conspiring for my attention. Don’t let me cough up a hairball but I have to do my work, Minky. Breathe in, Jerome, breathe out. Now stroke the pretty, oh so pretty kitty cat. Ahhh there you go, soon the cats will take over the world.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Acraea Horta


The other day I saw a small caterpillar on our front gate pillar. At the time I didn’t have my cellphone with me to take a photo. Today I saw the caterpillar still there but on closer inspection, I saw it was a pupa. Ohhh I had to take a photo.

In the photo you can see the silken mat that was spun onto the wall and the pupa uses this to attach himself to the wall. Soon a garden acraea butterfly will emerge and flutter around my garden. I haven’t identified a Kiggelaria Africana tree or Wild Peach tree on which these caterpillars feed on in my garden but there must be one nearby.

Ahhh it is quite nice having a established garden that attracts all kinds of birds, butterflies, and bees.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Rooster Valentine


In our hectic busy lives, it is important to stop every now and again and reflect what is important. Today is Valentine’s Day or Single Awareness Day depending what side of the bridge you on. At the end of a hectic busy Tuesday, I had booked a table at Lucios Pizzeria in Northcliff which in my humble opinion one of the best Italian restaurants in Johannesburg.

Arriving at Lucios we found the place packed and their seems to be a train smash in the kitchen as they were flooded with take away orders as well as being full to the brim. Knowing that there would be a long wait for our food, I ordered a focaccia with our drinks. The drinks arrived, then an hour and a half later our main course, somehow our starters got forgotten or never put through. The table next to us also never got their starters. I am not sure what happened but it seems that the kitchen battled to recover from the train smash with many customers waiting nearly 2 hours for their food. I know of one table walking out without getting their food and another, a take away customer telling the front of house staff to give their food to the car guards outside once the kitchen decides to make what they already paid for. Shame this might hurt Lucios.

Still an awesome restaurant in my opinion even if it looks like Lucios failed Valentine’s Day by taking on the flood of takeaways at the same time. For their sake let’s hope they learnt their lesson as I really do want to go back and try again, this time on a quieter more romantic evening.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Queendom


Why is it that when I work at my desk, both Minky, shown above, and Paddington both love to sleep as close to me as possible. Sometimes they choose a spot virtually right on top of me and it is a battle to actually do any serious work, especially when Paddington gets distracted by the mouse cursor on the screen and he has to catch it. A couple of times I have looked up and seen Paddy fast asleep entangled in all the wires and cable behind the PC. Today Minky has chosen the printer as her cat perch, close enough to me and high enough to survey her queendom.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

How do you wash a Toaster?


Eish, Dael walked into the scullery and found his mom, Lynda, washing the toaster. So how do you wash a toaster? Lynda would answer this question with; easy, just put it in the sink and wash.

Okay a bit of back story is needed explain why and what the heck.

One of Lynda’s cats, Shammy has this nasty habit of spraying on every electronic item he can find, so much so that I would love to get rid of him but Lynda loves him and well, I could never do that to an animal. Anyways, Shammy has wrecked my large screen TV, my computer screen, an external hard drive full of my work and photographs, lots of plugs, and now the toaster. I would have, like the cat simple dumped it but Lynda decided to wash the toaster. Now can we wash the cat too?

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Nora 91


Last Thursday, Nora fell while getting out of bed and broke her hip; it was a bad break according to the emergency doctor. Two days later, today Nora turned 91 years old and her family and friends gathered at her hospital bedside and wished her a happy birthday and a speedy recovery.

Yes, a tough Nora may only be 91 years young but she is an active and positive woman, still looking after her two daughters, Marilyn and Desiree. Now sporting some titanium parts in her hip, bionic Nora can’t wait to get out and back on her feet. Well I think she should take this time and rest, she deserves to be pampered.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Silver Medal


I had to go all the way south to see a potential client in Germiston, and thought that since I was halfway to Matthew, I might as well meet him after school for some lunch.

I was waiting before 1:30, the set time I was told that he finishes school, but today the school went over to Germiston for an Inter-school athletics meeting. And the busses only got back to Benoni at 2:45. Sigh. Why am I waiting?

Anyway Matthew ran for his school’s relay team and they won silver by coming second. Yay silver, it is a rather heavy silver medal, I doubt there's no silver in it but it is heavy whatever it is made from. Well done Matthew, I am proud of you.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

2 Be Breakfast


Yesterday morning, I got a call from Andy, one of the elders at my church to meet him for breakfast this morning at a small café called 2 Be in Epson Downs. Oh dear what have I done wrong was the first thought that raced through my mind. Later I thought, what the heck, trouble I am always in, just the depth varies mainly because I always have my foot in my mouth or it could be just a catch up breakfast to see how I am doing, now that I have been retrenched. More likely I hoped is that I could use it as a networking moment. Wow that last sentence is long and fast paced just as my mind was racing though many possibilities.

So we met for a lovely breakfast, and just caught up what is happening in my life and a bit of guidance as expected from an elder of the church. My future is in God’s hands, yes I am scared as I don’t see the bigger picture but all I have is that God is in control.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Texan Steak


Yesterday and now today, I had clients over late in the afternoon and by the time they left, well there was not much time to prepare a wonderful supper. Yesterday I just threw together a pasta and chicken and today I was lost.

I quickly popped into the supermarket down the road, no not the one advertising a steal, and bought a Texan steak, ready prepared roast vegetables, and baby potatoes. The potatoes went straight into a pot to make some rough and ready mash, with their shins giving the roughage. The vegetables went straight into the oven for a good roasting, and Texan steak onto the grill. All set to a slow cook while pour myself a glass of red wine and put my feet up.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Granny Nora


This ninety year old woman continues to amaze me with her never say die attitude. After visiting two of my clients this morning, I popped into Art & Décor to talk to Marilyn about a project that I would like work on with her. Nora, Marilyn’s mom was there at the shop as usual, offering me a cup of tea or coffee. When things look gloomy financially for her family, Nora is always positive; she is a strong woman who inspires me.

Did I mention that Granny Nora is turning 91 this Saturday?

Monday, 6 February 2017

Dog House Deluxe


A few years ago we commissioned a dog and cat house to be build that had two parts; the bottom part housed the dogs who exited the house through the bottom stable door; the top stable door was used to feed the cats and they used the window to get in and out. Both dogs and cats loved their house. In winter we even put in a blanket doorway at the bottom stable door and window to make it nice and cosy plus we also put in a panel heater for those cold nights. The animals loved it in winter so much so that it was a struggle to get them outside during the day.

When we moved to our new home, the dog and cat house could not be moved to the back unless breaking the whole house apart, so it was left in the front unused, that was until today.

Today we broke apart the dog and cat house and re-assembled it in the back. This time we converted it solely for the dogs by building a ramp to the top floor, so now the dogs have a deluxe double storey home for themselves.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Rebekah Jade


Robynne and Rebekah came round this afternoon to visit and to see Lynda’s vegetable and herb garden which is growing very well. Jade our Italian Greyhound and Rebekah got on very well, I should say Rebekah was more Jade’s size in terms of humans should be.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Tenderised Steal


Hello, hello, hello, what do we have here? The Pick ‘n Pay super market chain is offering bulk tenderised steals at R74 per kg. Uhmmm I never had a steal before, as I have never thought of paying for something that was at a steal. Oh maybe they meant to say tenderised steak instead of tenderised steal. Someone at PnP Hyper in Roodepoort should learn to spell. Anyways R74 per kg for tenderised steak is not a steal.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Dragonfly’s Last Breath


We often have dragonflies coming into the garden but never did we find one dying on our patio. At first we thought that a cat had caught it but we concluded that it was at the end of its short life of a few months. We have plenty of birds and cats who could have made a meal out of this dragonfly but it was in one piece when we found it this morning taking his last breath. Most dragonflies don’t live to old age as they are caught by predators, but this one made it as it was a big one.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Lynda, Lynda, Quite Contrary


With Lynda’s vegetable and herb garden doing very well, that question everyone is asking is, Lynda, Lynda, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? Well I would like to answer with silver bells, cockle shells, lettuces and peppers all in a row.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Snip Snip


Oh no, daddy put me in this plastic box and we went on a drive along with granny cat, Kitty. He left both of us cats at the vets. I found out that Kitty is here to get her teeth done whereas no one wants to tell me what’s going on. The female vets just smile this sadistic smile and say that this won’t hurt at all. I woke up well and... how can I say this without crying... I woke up all drowsy and in pain down there where my tom cat parts used to be. MEOW meow!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Weather Clearing


After a raining month, the weather looks like it is starting to clear as this beautiful sunset shows compared to yesterday morning’s photograph of mist and rain. At least there will be a break so that we can get some washing done and hung out to dry in the coming sunny days.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Misty Monday Rainy Monday


Monday, Monday, Monday! Sigh!

This morning we woke to soft rain with our home up in the clouds. The gardener arrived but what can one do with rain coming in waves. So not to disappoint him and send him home, I decided that he could do maintenance chores around the home and I had two tasks that I have been putting off for quite some time now, one was to put up the extra fencing to keep the dogs from going into the nature reserve, and the other was dismantle the dog house and rebuild it at the back.

The rain held out while the fencing went up much to the disappointment of the dogs. It was while I was helping the gardener with the fencing, that I noticed a rather large snake skin just outside our wall. It looks like it could be a puff adder or night adder skin but more the reason keep our dogs out.

Halfway through the dismantling of the dog house, the rain said bugger that, and started bucketing down. My well laid out plans had to change; it is now a dismantled dog’s house under the car port and a soaked me in the shower.

Monday, Monday, Monday! Sigh!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Peace and Serenity


After all those big bangs last night, I am slightly deaf, but Sunday marks the beginning of a new week and last night the beginning of the New Year. And what better way to celebrate new things than being in the quiet and peaceful garden of our home.

While Lynda pottered around in the vegetable and herb garden, while I rested myself on the lawn while our cats and dogs looked on in amusement all the while birds sang softly and brought back serenity to my traumatised ears.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Cock a doodle doo


As most people know last year, the Year of the Monkey was simple a bad year but now, cock a doodle doo, a New Year starts and a new dawn as we celebrate the Year of the Rooster in Old Chinatown.



Now before you get on your high horse, we also don’t enjoy fireworks for our animals’ sake but in a controlled environment like down town Johannesburg with the only animals close enough other than the humans are the rats and pigeons, (no one knows what happens to the cats and dogs in Chinatown). Anyways Lynda, Matthew, and I went down to Chinatown this evening, with the old year behind us for good, we let the rooster herald a new beginning.

 

Friday, 27 January 2017

Matthew’s Weekend


It feels like ages since Matthew was last home for the weekend but in reality it has only been 3 weeks. I had to fetch him from school and I was proud to see him walk tall out to my pickup lugging all his school books. Those colours on his blazer under the school badge are for chess and drama. It is his last year at High School, then next year it is University although we are not sure what he is going to study. Something in the medical field or maybe something in computer science, we will have to wait and see won’t we.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Cat Stripes


Wow, this cat Paddington sure finds the strangest places to sleep. It is like he is on the go one minute and the next he has crashed right where he was. It looks like he needs his beauty sleep on top of the striped couch.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Is FNB Safe?


The saying as safe as houses, has got a new meaning as First National Bank or FNB was hit by a spate of Safety Deposit Boxes robberies. FNB’s house of cards is starting to tumble as you can imagine most of these boxes are not insured and who really knows what were in them. Of course FNB neglectently forgot to inform the users to get insurance and there is reported that one of the safes was left open.

The question arises is FNB safe? From what is being reported, it doesn’t look like they are safe at all. Anyways, taking about keeping ones belongings safe, I had to go to the locksmith to get some duplicate keys cut for the new tenant who is arriving this weekend. And at the locksmith were these safes which look like they have been rather misuses and like FNB could not keep anything safe.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Chilli Veg


Wow the vegetable garden outside our kitchen is alive with beautiful vegetables, herbs, and chillies. This evening when Lynda came home, she went out into the garden to get some fresh produce to add to her supper of bangers and mash which I had prepared.

A few weeks back I picked some chillies to add into the dish I was preparing. Now not one for chillies, my knowledge is rather slim so I phoned a friend. I described the chillies to Craig over the phone and he said from what I described that they don’t sound that hot but that I should bite one and taste, mind you just the tip he said, so that is what I did. Yummy the big one that I bit into, similar to the big one in the above photo tasted nice and sweet, must be a pepper so I went with that one for the dish. I cut up the pepper nice and finely. Just as I was going to add it to the dish, I thought that I better do one more taste test, so I took a small slither and popped it into my mouth expecting a sweet tasting pepper and not hot chilli. WOW HOT! my tongue instantly swelled up from the heat of the capsaicin. HOT! I phoned Craig back and said a barely audible thanks over the phone, just what friends are for.

Lynda came back from the vegetable garden with these freshly picked lettuces, herbs, beans, and of course some chillies. Having already burnt myself with these chillies I took a wide berth around them when adding the fresh greens to my supper. I know I must somehow add these red devils to my cooking but for now I’ll take a chill pill.

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