Share your World 26 June 2017

Here are my answers to this week’s share your world questions

What goal are you working on now? Your goal can be something fun or extremely serious.  Have fun with this question.

Ah goals!   Since I can remember I’ve always had goals – or dreams – or lists of things to do before I die.   And I’m proud to say that I have achieved most of them. It started with:- get an education, find a career, get married,  raise a family.  Then the goals changed to – get fit, lose weight, give yourself me-time, be more organised, get promoted, spend more time with kids, pay attention to your husband, get kids through school, sort out the junk in house, see the world etc. etc.


I worked hard to achieve and do what I should have done to reach those goals. I’m happy with the old person I have become. I’m neither too fat or too thin, I’m reasonably fit and I enjoy good health. So now I spend time with my nearest and dearest and go on wonderful vacations.    Life is good.


What is one thing you’re glad you tried but would never do again?

The thing I tried only once and would have loved to do again but didn’t and never will was snow skiing.  That’s because we have a shortage of ski slopes in South Africa and getting to Switzerland is a bit tricky!  I can get to ski slopes now but I’m too old for skiing.


Did you choose your profession or did it choose you?

Well according to an aptitude test I did in high school, Teaching was what I was born to.  So I chose it and it chose me too.  I can’t imagine entering any other profession. They say it’s a calling and I usually heard the call through a telephone line when a principal phoned to see if I could fill a position.  If after we die we are reincarnated I’m pretty sure I’ll find myself back in the teaching profession!


Have you ever gotten lost?

Oh please!  Plenty of times.  I have absolutely no sense of direction whatsoever.  I have to set the GPS to Home after driving to the local supermarket!


Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

At the moment I am going through a sad time. My Australian aunt is dying and I am so grateful for the many beautiful times we’ve had together, for the love she’s poured into our family and the fabulous memories we will always have of her. I am grateful to her sons for the wonderful care they are giving her in her last days and for them keeping my siblings and me informed.   I am just so sad that it’s been impossible for us to go over to say goodbye but grateful for modern technology that enables us to send daily messages.


My aunt right with my mom, her sister taken in Australia



Share Your World 19 June 2017

Here are my answers to This week’s share your world from Cee

I have not responded to the usual challenges this week as I am dealing with some personal stuff but I can’t neglect Share Your World!

What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?

There are lots of things I don’t get but Computer Games are the biggest mystery to me. How anybody of any age can get addicted to those ridiculous, mindless, noisy and mostly violent games is beyond me.   My two almost grown-up grandsons along with most of their friends are mad about gaming.  I am a digi-gran and the boys have tried to interest me in their passion.  I love living in the future but gaming just doesn’t do it for me. Give me a crossword puzzle or sudoku and I’m in – but computer gaming – absolutely not!

Go Play Outside - it's so real, you kids will almost smell the virtual fresh air!


What quirky things do people do where you are from?

A lot actually.   I’m from South Africa.

Only in South Africa

  • will you be able to shop at a traffic light or robot as we call them

shop at traffic light.jpg

  • Do babies teeth on biltong


  • Do people cook just about everything over hot coals called a braai


  • Does the word shame only mean you are feeling ashamed. It can mean anything from cute to an expression of sympathy. Nobody understands shame quite like South Africans.

There are many more weird South Africanism but come over and visit to find out more.

What are some things you wish you could unlearn? 

I just can’t think of anything.   I’m South African.  I’m weird.

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?

I have moved away from my home town so don’t see all my friends too often but they are still part of my life.  Thanks to modern technology, keeping up is easy.

I miss those who are no longer with us – my grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who left too soon.  I often think – oh I’ll just talk this over with Mom and then have to remind myself that I can’t do that anymore.  But I have such good memories of all who have gone before.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

The Western Cape desperately needs rain and we’ve had a fair amount this past week for which I am grateful.  Of course it has been accompanied by very low temperatures and I am grateful for my warm clothes and gas heater!   My grandsons spent a few days with us and that was great.

Nothing planned for the next week.


Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge 18 June 2017

Here is my contribution to this week’s Odd Ball challenge

Warthogs are odd at the best of times.  Some say they’re ugly having a face that only a mother could love – but I think they’re cute and adorable.  Really- is there anything sweeter than these two courting piglets?

041 Warthog in love

Look at that sublime expression