Sunday, 23 October 2016

9 Weeks

Yes it is 9 weeks of crazy till Christmas Day, and already the trees and decorations are going up at a furious rate to start capturing the spending frenzy that tends to happen at this time.

To this day, I still don't know what a pine, fir, or a spruce tree has to do with what Christmas is all about as there never was any of those trees in Bethlehem.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Google Couch

Lynda's daughter, Robynne and her partner, Marco, has built Custom Couches as a family business from their single garage at home. They and their furniture company have grown in leaps and bounds in the few years. Operating from a mini factory in Johannesburg, custom orders are coming in from all over.

Since we were in the area looking at bathroom suppliers this morning we popped in afterwards to visit our granddaughter, Rebekah. And while there a saw this Chrome logo shaped couch which is part of an order from Google South Africa. Nice.

Friday, 21 October 2016


Ouch, a lot of things are in flux which brings a lot of uncertainty to our job security. Trust and integrity plays a big part in what I believe. Now nothing is clear and insecurity is norm. All I have is God to which I can lean into. I have to reaffirm my hierarchical order which top most is God, then family, and thirdly the company I work for. I believe I am a loyal person, well I hope I am, now the branches of my job security is being shaken and all I can rely on is that the roots into the God base on which I stand is deep and strong.

Farewell Kay, may you find peace in all this.

And as I crawl up into a little ball, pressing into the feet of God, I ache to hear His voice. "Have courage" I hear as a whisper in the quietness of the dark, "have courage".

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Lazy Apple

When I was young, I always thought that the Pear Tree formed when an Apple Tree got kind of lazy and gravity got hold of the apples which started to droop, hence the pear.

Oh well that’s just me and my wild imagination.

In today’s lunch was this huge pear, a juicy one at that. In middle of enjoying eating the pear, I thought that this would make a wonderful photograph.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Making a Beany

My mom is recovering from her major surgery at our home and she needs to keep her hands busy, you know what they say about idle hands. Well here is mom busy trying her hand at making a beany for someone. The main consolation of her being at our home during her recovery, is now the cats don’t have to be locked up during the day. I wonder if my Minky will enjoy a beany.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Rob the Builder

Just under 2 weeks left before we move into our new home and the stress is building up. My mom was discharged from hospital yesterday and has to report back to the surgeon in 2 weeks which means she is not able to travel back home in Sabie. This evening Anthony and his wife brought her over to my place to stay for a while. Yes our place is very small but not as tiny as Helene and Anthony’s home.

Earlier today Rob the Builder, a friend from my home cell met me at our new house to measure up converting the existing office on the property into a cottage which we want to rent out. So anyone looking for a 1 bedroom cottage in Roodepoort please make contact now. Above is Rob looking into all the different options and finally we selected the best way forward. Alterations won't take long and will start as soon as we move in.

There is a borehole on the property but the current owner is not sure where it is as he has never used it in the last 20 years that he has stayed there. With the drought and water restrictions I am keen to see if we can get the borehole up and running again but then there is the extra costs.

In just under 2 weeks, I can’t wait to move.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Samwise the Brave

Okay not quite Sam from Tolkein’s stories, but Sam from Bosasa. Whenever someone says that their name is Sam I think of Samwise Gamgee, and yes my hobbits, it is a quote about him from The Two Towers that bring me inspiration now in these dark days. "There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach."

And Sam bravely re-glues down the piece of carpet tile that has being a safety hazard in my office for a while now thereby bringing a glimmer of hope that everything will be alright in the end. Oh and did I mention we have a new Espresso coffee machine in our office. Watch me bounce off the walls now.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Revenge of the Potatoes

On Thursday was Rebekah’s 1st birthday and today was the party to celebrate her first year with family and friends. Robynne put a lot of effort into making sure that today turns out just right for her daughter even baking the birthday cake herself.

An inflatable jumping castle was blown up by Marco Rebekah's daddy, I hope that is the right word for inflating an inflatable jumping castle. The trampoline had to be moved to one side to allow this monster of a children’s inflatable to fit into the garden. Tables, chairs and couches were set up outside for the guests. Food and snacks were set out and the braai prepared. But as things happen, not all things can go according to plan as the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, things did go horribly wrong.

Last night it rained hard and this morning it was looking like it would continue but the weather predictions look favourable with 89% no rain for the day. Even though the rain threatened throughout the day, it turned out that it wasn’t the rain we should have been worried about, it was the potato salad.

Aah the story of the revenge of the potato salad, well where do I start?

After finishing up with decoration the birthday cake, Robynne, set out to complete her signature dish that her man, Marco, loves so very much, the potato salad. Once finished, she carried the huge glass dish filled potato salad out but somehow as she stepped out of the kitchen her foot caught an uneven paving and without a word she fell hard on top of the salad, CRASH potatoes and glass flying everywhere. Rushing to her side, Lynda and I pick her up from the potatoes and glass and discovered that the shattered glass had sliced a large gash in her forearm. So off to the emergency room, Marco and Kojak rushed Robynne.

An hour and 8 stitches later, Robynne returned and the party resumed with the last of the espetadas being placed on the braai, the Madeiran way. So along with the braaied chops, steak, wors, chicken and espetadas, was more potato salad which Shekinah made while Robynne was at the hospital.

It was little Rebekah’s 1st birthday party and it was a lovely get together of family and friends. Like most family functions some family members are well, you can only wonder why we keep inviting them but they are family none the less. But today it was all for Rebekah, even Robynne can now wear a scar with pride of how the potatoes tried to spoil her daughter’s day but she got the better of all those potatoes.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Happy Birthday Mom

Okay the day did end a little weird but it is my mom’s 69th birthday and sadly she had to spend it in hospital up in Pretoria. So off we went to spend the afternoon with her and make her day special.

Anthony and his wife Helene, joined us later and gave mother dearest a lovely birthday which ended in the weird part, Anthony dropping his pants to model the latest in men’s under garments. As you can see, you can choose your friends but when it comes to family well you can only love them.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Hello Vespa

Yay it is Friday and time to kick off our shoes, feet up and relax. Let all the week’s troubles just wash away. Here is Lynda dressed in sleep shirt sporting a Hello Kitty riding a Vespa, nice.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Future Sunsets

The end of the month can’t come quick enough as I am done for October, no, matter of fact I am done for the year as this has been one a horrible year.

I have been told by the previous owners that our new home has awesome sunsets which are viewed from the deck. So here is to the upcoming sundowners in the safety of our new home.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Happy Robynne

Why are there so many family related birthdays in October. Why, oh why?

First was my sister Theresa, a week ago, today is Robynne, tomorrow is her daughter Rebekah, Saturday is my moms, and finally is my brother George on Sunday.

Anyways for today happy birthday Robynne. May you have an awesome day.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Two and a Half Weeks

Yes only 2 and a half weeks to go until we are out of here, and the neighbour’s killer pack of Jack Russels attacked again.

There are no words to describe how you feel when you come home and find one of your pets decimated by a pack of dogs whose owners deny all responsibility with one word, sorry. Sorry won’t bring Little Boy back. Sorry won’t bring Ali back. Sorry won’t bring Patch back, and now Socks, sorry won’t bring her back too. Sorry doesn’t hold you accountable for your dog’s misbehaviour. Already your dogs have bitten Lynda, and another neighbour’s daughter yet you just shrug your shoulders and first try to deny it was your dogs but when proven all you say is sorry with a smile.

Just 2 and a half weeks to go. Couldn’t these pesky dogs just have waited?

I took today’s photo of the lovely flowers in the garden at my work, but the beauty soon faded from my eyes when I arrived home. Goodbye Socks. May you chase butterflies amongst the pretty flowers on the other side and be forever happy.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Black out the Sun

Eish, with the dismal performance of our national rugby team, the Springbucks, against the All Blacks, what more is there to say?

Anyways this Monday seems like I am in cruise mode, not that I have a lot of work, but after last week’s 14 hour days just to get my reports out in a week and a blog over the weekend, this week seems tame. And this week started off with springbucks grazing peacefully near the newly erected solar carport just outside my office while thick black smoke rises from the city, blacking out the sun, as students burn down the universities. Double eish!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Purple Haze

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne.
One Ring to rule them all. One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

Oh well, after a full day at Rage yesterday, and nearly an all nighter afterwards, not even the one ring that rules them all could not wake up Matthew fully this morning. The purple haze was still a fog in his sleepy head even after the scrubbing, his hair still had the purple tinge of yesterday's Tsuu Tsukiyama. Tomorrow is back to school so that purple just has to go.

Ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Shuu Tsukiyama

It is that time of year again, a few weeks before Halloween where the geeks go crazy and cosplay. Yip it is Rage time again, and this year Matthew decided to go as a ghoul called Shuu, Shuu Tsukiyama. Matthew has always swam against the flow of all the Marvel and other comic book superheroes when it comes to his heroes as he loves anime.

My word, walking with a purple Matthew attracted a lot of stares, which I am not used to from my normal introverted ways always trying to keep a low profile. Me introverted, well that may come as a shock to most of my friends, because introverted I am.

"I fight in order to survive" - Shuu Tsukiyama.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Kitten Princess

After work, I had to make the long trek over to the East Rand to fetch Matthew for the weekend. He is all excited because it is Rage weekend and he excitedly talked non-stop all the way home.

Arriving home, the dogs were also excited to see Matthew. After getting unpacked, Princess arrived through the window and when she heard Matthew call out “Kitten”, she perked all up and pranced over to where Matthew was. Ahhh Princess just loves her Matthew.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Ragnar Lothbrok

I have found Ragnar, the legendary Viking, alive and well, living in the backwater village of Randfontein and working as a computer technician. To help with his disguise he is going by the name of Gert of all the names he could have chosen, why that one, only he would know. Well I suppose with a name like Gert he can blend in easily into the West Rand.

Oh well, Gert is a good friend of mine, and like the Viking Lothbrok, you better not get on his wrong side. Anyways last weekend we dropped off Lynda’s laptop at his home to get fixed as one does with broken things. Gert worked his magic and voila, one working laptop to go today.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Smiling Klipspringer

As usual for the first week of the month, it is hectic. Unmoveable deadlines are looming like a giant tidal wave that is poised to break on my shores. The debris of my personal issues are mixed up in the water and if I am not careful I will get hurt badly. To avoid some of those debris, I had to rush from work across town to Benoni to get a copy of my settlement agreement that is in file because the lawyers wouldn’t accept the copy I gave them only to find the document in file is exactly the same as the one I gave the lawyers down to the court stamp. Only difference was the original on file had the judge’s scribal on it stating that it is Annexure C. Just keep swimming Jerome, just keep going.

Oh well at the end of hump day I shuffled my way to my pick-up, headachy, and a little concerned of all the work that I still have to do by Friday and saw this pair of Klipspringers in the garden. The nearest buck looked up at me and smiled. That is all I needed as things of this world just melted away. Everything will be alright. I now know my name!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Nubian Follicle

Along with "Fees Must Fall" which was hot on the heels of "Rhodes Must Fall" comes the "Going back to Natural" and the Kingdom of Nubia with a Pretoria school girl refusing to change her hairstyle in line with school rules last month. It escalated to nuclear ugly rather quickly with racial lines being drawn all across social and the press. This rebellion against education is relatively confusing to us older generation as I remember a time, way back when I was in school, that boy’s hair had to be short, back, and sides. The girls, well if their hair was long, it had to be tired up. The one rule which got to me was no shaved or dyed hair, ugh! And don’t forget we walked to school bare feet in the snow for miles with only cow pads to warm our toes, and don’t forget we had no cellphones back in those prehistoric days.

Okay that’s my ranting over, let’s get back to the Nubian Queen shown above. In solidarity of all those who want their own hairstyles such as me with my shaved head or my good friend Gail with her purple hair, we now have the Nubian Follicle, a hair piece brought to you by Paballo, seen here modelling her new hair style. You can contact Pabs if you want one. Now has anyone got a Hipster Beard product that I can wear?

Monday, 3 October 2016

The Upside Down Tree

For those readers who have followed my blog would know that the company that I work for, eKayaMedia is going through a transformation, gearing up for something big. The growing pains have not being easy. eKayaMedia is about to change its name, I can’t say what it is yet as that is still under wraps but it has to do with Creation, Africa, Baobabs, and Zebras. Now that is a big clue.

On our boardroom table proudly sits a wireframe of a baobab tree or as African legend calls the upside down tree. The legend goes something like this, a long time ago, when the Creator made all the plants and animals, a tree sprouted up alongside a lake. As this tree grew tall and strong, it saw all around it all the beautiful creatures that came down to the lake to drink but then the tree saw its own reflection in the water and was shocked. Its own flowers lacked colour, its bark was thick and wrinkly. The tree started to complain to everyone about the bad deal he got. Eventually the Creator got tired of hearing the whining, so in exasperation or maybe to preserve his sanity, he ripped the tree out of the ground, turned it over and replanted it upside down. Now the tree could not see its own reflection and complain. So since that fateful day, the upside down baobab tree had to live in silence, providing shelter for all the animals from the harsh sun.

Now has this legend something to do with the new eKayaMedia or is it that kings and elders use this tree to hold their meetings knowing that the now wiser tree would guide them in their decision making.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Joseph and Elaine

At BBC, Elaine saw us and proudly rushed over carrying her little bundle of joy Joseph. Wow the last time we saw Elaine, she announced to us that she just found out that she is pregnant. Look at her now, all gleaming with a 3 month young Joseph in her arms.

Well Joseph is the first Joseph featured in my blog. May he be blessed to be a blessing to you Elaine, and all those around him.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Peaches and Pears

Weekend is a time for relaxing with the family. After a week of 3 websites going live and a week ahead of me of reports and strategies, this weekend is defiantly in order.

Marco and Robynne invited us for a late lunch come dinner at Papachinos Clearwater, anything to spend time with granddaughter Rebekah. Soon Rebekah will be 1, and already she is fast becoming an independent little girl. Here she is enjoying her Peach and Pear cocktail while we savour our sundowners.

Friday, 30 September 2016

After 26 Years

So finally the day has come for us to say farewell to Andrew, who after 26 years of looking after this property where Mogale Business Park currently stands, is now going to spend the last of his days chilling with his family.

At first Andrew worked for Goldfields when they owned this piece of land, then Summerfields took over and Andrew stayed on. In 2005 when Bosasa bought the land and build the Mogale Business Park, Andrew became the Facilities Manager that is until today.

Well goodbye Andrew, may you continue to be blessed to be a blessing.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Sunworx Solar Carport

Not all carports are made equal. Because of the relentless sun and the sudden thunderstorms which case major hail damage during the African summers, carports at your business, shopping malls, and homes have become essential. Carports where made from shade cloth, IBR sheeting, or even chromadeck, that are mounted on steel frames. Now there the Sunworx Solar Carport.

Not all carports are equal. The elegant solar carport designed by Sunworx Solar is not only functional but beautiful at the same time. A carport made from timber, steel, and solar panels that can stand proudly in an art gallery.

This gorgeous solar carport is being installed at my office park by Sunwork Solar. Now imagine this at your home or office with your Tesla electric car parked underneath getting charged.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Work Shadow Project

As part of Matthew’s school’s Work Shadow Project, Matthew joined our Company Bosasa Group, to get experience in the world of work. Currently Matthew’s future vocation is leaning towards the IT side.

Matthew spent the first half of today at the Bosasa IT Workshop where he experienced the different aspects of an IT support environment. The afternoon was spent at the Bosasa IT Lab where they connect hardware to software such as bio-metrics, and the testing of all different kinds of hardware and software applications.

Tomorrow, Matthew will be joining the developers in the Intellovate Team.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Fashion Sandwiches

Interesting a friend of mine, Heather, wrote an article on her blog, 2 Summers, some time back that the fashion sandwich (shown above) is an South African phenomenon and from all her travels never came across the lowly sushi fashion sandwich other than here in South Africa. So here I was sitting at Tataki in Boksburg with Matthew enjoying some local sushi when on the conveyor comes this salmon fashion sandwich. My thoughts went straight to Heather’s article, A Good Sushi Restaurant in Joburg. Only in South Africa, uhmmm is this true I wondered as I never went to any other sushi restaurants outside of Johannesburg which means my culinary travels are rather sparse.

Like Heather, I too am not a fan of the fashion sandwich, I love the salmon California hand roll whereas Matthew loves salmon sashimi. Not all sushi restaurants are the same here in Jozi as I judge them on how they make a California hand roll. The old man that used to work here at Tataki was not there. Replaced by a youngster and I am sorry to say Tataki, that his hand rolls was not up to my standard as it was before with the old man.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Farewell Andrew

I am not sure when I will see Andrew again as he is about to be medically boarded. I met Andrew over 2 years ago when I first started working here at Bosasa. Andrew is a kind hearted man who is works as the Caretaker of the Mogale Business Park. Now he will be moving back to Limpopo to spend the rest of his days close to his family.

Farewell my friend, may God continue to bless you till the end of your days, and may there be many more good days to come to enjoy the rest of your life with.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

This is it boys, this is war!

The plague is getting worse, so much so that we are forced to respond to the lord of the flies' ultimatum with force. This is it boys, this is war, as 99 balloons go by. So off we set out to buy every conceivable weapon ever dreamed up to combat these pesky flies. As we drove out of our property, we were out flanked by the goats, who were determined in blocking our escape.

But this was war, we took no prisoners and arrived back home armed to the teeth. Lemon and cloves, industrial ultraviolet fly zapper, handheld electronic fly bat, electronic poison dispensers, fly sticky paper, and fly traps. This is it boys, this is war!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

To Granny and Granddad

Heritage Day 2016, we decided to have our last braai at our cottage with the family as in a month’s time if all goes well we should be moving into our new home in the mountains.

But nature had another plan, we woke up to a plague of flies. Staying in the farming area on the banks of the Jukskei River does not help as we are surrounded on all sides by horses, cows, goats, pigs, chickens, geese, turkeys, and crops. We had a plague of flies about 2 summers ago but nothing last summer. It was ghastly, do we cancel or do we go ahead with of planned family day?

We decided to go ahead and do our best to maintain our composure as we beat back the relentless flies. The braai was a success and we were rewarded with an invitation envelope with the inscription “To Granny and Granddad” from our granddaughter, Rebekah. Yay party time in 3 weeks as we celebrate Rebekah’s first birthday!

Friday, 23 September 2016

African Gypsy

Instead of the old Shaka Day, we now have Heritage Day on the 24 September, which is tomorrow but in the Spirit of Heritage Day, we all came to work wearing our tradition clothes. Well all expect little old me as I was slightly confused as to which culture I should dress up as because all 4 of my grandparents are from 4 different European subgroups, Scottish, Irish, German, and Dutch, ouch. You could say I am representative of the European Union.

 Anyways above is Zanele dressed all colourful Zulu garb and below is a video of Ilana who also comes from diverse European subgroups, dancing a little gypsy belly dance for me. Okay, okay, Ilana was dancing for my blog, not me.

Nou gaan ons braai!

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