Friday, October 21, 2011

Gorgeous Gabriel

Is it possible that it's almost 2 years since this cherub was born? On the 27th Oct 2011 - we will be celebrating this gorgeous nephew of mine's 2nd birthday. I am so blessed to have spent time with him as he develops into a little man.

No longer a baby, this Dude rocks!

& here's a photo of the Dude with his Dad (my brother, Michael)

My wish for you Gabriel ....

Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is. Mary Anne Radmacher

Thanks to my new friend in the computer Fiona I feel the need to pick up and carry on in this space where I left off :-)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Quick catchup - actually just wanted to check I remembered how to sign in to dashboard ....

Spent a stunning day at Kirstenbosch yesterday, was reminded again how beautiful Cape Town is and how blessed we are to be here.

I am on leave at the moment, just arbing around at home - catching up with some chores that needed attention last year ... going to gym (working hard on my 20kg's/10km's for 2010) ... spending time with my nephew the most beautiful little boy in my world. Pictures speak for themselves, isn't he the best :-)

Last week I completed my 2nd Spar Ladies 10km, I can't run it (yet) but I did jog a few times and then walked a very fast pace, my time was 1h30m - Yey Me!

I also managed to surprise my hubby with a party at Cubana Green Point for his birthday and it was such a delight to see the surprise on his face, so worth it! *Heart* you lots!

I wish you a blessed week and enough of everything you need right now.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

All about me ... right now ... good space :-)

Can't remember where I saw this originally but thought it's been so long since I posted anything maybe a small step to get me going again, I can't keep up anymore :-)

1. Today I feel… blessed
2. This week… has been an emotional one, my dear uncle is in ICU in hospital - get well soon Uncle Nev
3. Last night…I took some photographs :)
4. Lately the song stuck in my head is… I’ve got a feeling- by Black eyed Peas
5. My New Years eve… awesome, I got to baby sit my 6 week old nephew, Gabrielle - what a blessing he is.
6. This year I’m looking forward to… learning new things, celebrating everything, spending time with my love, exploring, discovering, walking and shedding the kg's ...
7. What big lesson/s did you learn in 2009? That dreams can come true!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Baby Gabriel Vincent has arrived ... welcome sweet Angel

Born : 27th Oct 2009 at 09:06am
Parents : Michael & Sharon are still beaming ...
That makes me the Proud Aunt of this beautiful baby :-)

Well done brother, he is gorgeous!

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Outside my window... the stars are out.

I am thinking... How wonderful it was to share a meal with my SiL & BiL tonight, Keith made chicken & mushroom pie with the creamiest mash potato - I am so blessed to have a wonderful husband and fab-u-lous family.

I am thankful for... all that I have been blessed with thus far.

From the kitchen... the smell of the coffee machine brewing ...

I am wearing... black pj's bottoms and a white t - getting ready for bed now-now :-)

I am creating... a baby shower for my SiL - first grandchild on our side, I have so many ideas for the baby shower - just need to find a theme and go for it! Can't wait.

I am going... to love Keith and be a better wife - I seriously *heart* that man.

I am reading... Not yet but going to start a new Marion Keynes book shortly.

I am unwind, relax, and enjoy the next 3 days off from work.

I am hearing... Keith calling me asking for a cappuccino - what was that I said above that I was going to be a better wife and here I sit blogging whilst the poor soul calls out for cappuccino.

Around the house... love my home...

One of my favorite things... is my Nikon camera!

A few plans for the rest of the week... sleep would be good. and photo taking. and maybe some sleep?

A picture to share... My beautiful SiL the one I am planning the wonderful Baby Shower for, come on 02 November ... my nephew will be born.

Have a good week.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Haven't written for a while ...

(read this somewhere today and it totally sums up how I am feeling)

Slightly overwhelmed with my thoughts and life in general. Nothing serious, it happens now and then. I do hope you enjoy this photo though, it's all I have for now.
Hoping to be back soon with a little more to talk about. Don't forget about me, ok?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Another Tag thing

One word ...

USING ONLY ONE WORD! It's not as easy as you might think! Copy and change the answers to suit you and pass it on. It's really hard to only use one word answers. Be sure to tag 3 other bloggers (and let them know!).. remember only ONE WORD!

1. Where is your cell phone?


2. Your significant other?


3. Your hair?


4. Your mother?


5. Your father?


6. Your favorite?


7. Your dream last night?


8. Your favorite drink?


9. Your dream/goal?


10. What room you are in?


11. Your hobby?


12. Your fear?


13. Where do you want to be in 6 years?


14. Where were you last night?


15. Something that you are not?


16. Muffins?


17. Wish list item?


18. Where you grew up?


19. Last thing you did?


20. What are you wearing?


21. Your TV?


22. Your pets?


23. Friends?


24. Your life?


25. Your mood?


26. Missing some one?


27. Car?


28. Something you're not wearing?


29. Your favorite store?


30. Your favorite color?


33. When is the last time you laughed?


34. Last time you cried?


35. One place that I go to over and over?


36. One person who texts me regularly?


38. My favorite place to eat?


39. My favorite food?


40. What did you do today?


Okay, I tag:


Sunday, February 22, 2009

A-Z Meme

Found this Meme via this friend in the computer

  1. A - Age: 30 something ... 21st March is another birthday for me.
  2. B - Bed size: Double, I sleep on the left side
  3. C - Chore you hate: unraveling the vacuum cleaning, plugging it in - only to find that it is a fraction to short to reach the corner you most need it, then having to unplug it into a different socket and then packing it away afterwards, hate it!
  4. D - Dad’s Name: Leslie Charles, I got my second name from him, but mine is spelt Lesley
  5. E - Essential start your day item: Shower
  6. F - Favorite actor(s): Clive Owen & Jason Statham
  7. G - Gold or Silver: Bling it on!
  8. H - Height: 1,78m
  9. I - Instruments you play(ed): Had piano lessons at school - would love to learn the play the violin
  10. J - Job title: They don't have a title for what I do
  11. K - Kid(s): Nope - just an adorable dog & gorgeous husband!
  12. L - Living arrangements: Alive thanks!
  13. M - Mom’s name: Jean (also known as Jean-the-Queen) Miss you loads Mom.
  14. N - Nicknames: Kazza, K
  15. O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: spider bite (1 night), breast reduction (2 nights) - prefer to overnight in my own house thank you.
  16. P - Pet Peeve: People that are late - people that are negative and judgemental. Oh and queues
  17. Q - Quotes you like: All that we are is the result of what we have thought. Buddha
  18. R - Right or left handed: Right
  19. S - Siblings: Younger brother by 3 years
  20. T - Time you wake up: 06:45 weekdays - on weekends I don't have an alarm, I wake up when I want to
  21. U- Underwear: Yes
  22. V - Vegetable you dislike: I enjoy all vegetables.
  23. W - Ways you run late: I’m usually on time (rarely late, honestly)
  24. X - X-rays you’ve had: back and neck (falling down small flight of stairs at brother's house 2 years ago - was v. lucky) Do the x-rays at the dentist count?
  25. Y - Yummy food you like to prepare: Only thing I might be really good at is making divine salads and Keith would say I make the best egg & toast sandwiches
  26. Z - Zodiac- Aries, on the cusp 21st March

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

All about Brown

I came home tonight and was inspired to take pictures around the house that was Brown! That pretty much sums up my entire house as everything is neutral, choc, cappuccino and brown! Not sure what it means - maybe I'm ready to change the interior or maybe it's just that I'm feeling wholesome and connecting with the earth - deep ... no pun intended ;-)

Hope you like my collection of browns, in the 1st group of photo's :

Wall hanging on either side of the lounge suite
My dog, Tigger!
Circle of Friends with a candle ... I light this and each time I am reminded of the symbolism of friends standing around a campfire in deep communion and the circle of friendship indicating that friendship never ends. I brought this one all the way from Edinburgh Scotland. I heart it!

My curtain & tie back. Love the richness of the choc brown taffeta type curtains

In the 2nd group of photo's:
Our bed!
My new pebble mat at the front door. I just had to have it, drove to 3 different stores to find it, eventually found it at Tygervalley!
Art hanging on my wall, compliments of my very talented cousin Darren!

3rd Group of photo's
Another shot of the art hanging on my walls in the house.

You like? Me too!

says stability, reliability, and approachability. It is the color of our earth and is associated with all things natural or organic.

Effect of Brown

How the color brown effects us physically and mentally
  • a feeling of wholesomeness
  • stability
  • a connection with the earth
  • a sense orderliness

The Scent of Brown

Chocolate was the original scent of the brown colored Magic Scents Crayons from Binney & Smith Inc. introduced in 1994 with mostly food scents. There were numerous reports that children were eating the food-scented crayons, so the food scents were retired and replaced with non-food scents. The scent for the color brown became "dirt"

Nutmeg: A spicy scent, smells just like fresh ground Nutmeg. A great Holiday scent, very yummy. Aromatherapy benefits: Rejuvenating, uplifting, energizing.

Almond: Smells like Almond extract. A nutty almond, scent. Wonderful and light. Aromatherapy benefit. Anchoring, and strengthening

Songs with Brown in the Title

* "Another Brown World" [i] by Coil on Unnatural History II
* "Big, Bad Leroy Brown" by Jim Croce
* "Big Brown City" by Lynn Miles
* "Black, Brown and White" by Big Bill Broonzy
* "A Boat Like Gideon Brown" by Great Big Sea
* "Bobbie Brown Goes Down" by Frank Zappa on Sheik Yerbouti
* "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" by Queen on Sheer Heart Attack
* "Brown Eyed Girl" by Lagwagon
* "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison on Blowin' Your Mind!
* "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" by Chuck Berry
* "Brown Eyed Pickle Boy" by Tripping Daisy
* "Brown Hat/Tam Lin/The Night" by Einstein's Little Homunculus
* "Brown Sugar" by The Rolling Stones on Sticky Fingers

Culture of Brown: Brown represents wholesomeness and earthiness. While it might be considered a little on the dull side, it also represents steadfastness, simplicity, friendliness, dependability, and health. Although blue is the typical corporate color, UPS (United Parcel Service) has built their business around the dependability associated with brown.

Bye for now.

Monday, February 02, 2009

19 arb things you might not know about me...

1. I've never broken a bone - had to get stitches once in my left leg after a shaving accident.

2. I have always been a sucker for stray dogs! I can't just ride past a stray dog without feeling sorry for them. Since we got our Tigger, I can only imagine if he were alone on the street how it would be ... we did rescue him from the streets and now I believe he thinks he is in living doggy heaven with us :-)

3. With all the snow in the UK at the moment, I'd swop places with anyone in a heartbeat to be in Scotland right now! Anyone ... ?

4. The last holiday I had was in 2006 when I went to Scotland/London during March. I spent my birthday with my lovely family in Edinburgh. I vowed never to go on holiday again without Keith. I missed him too much ♥

5. I listen to a variety of music my favourite at the moment is Watershed (SA local band). Missed an opportunity to see Parletones this weekend, ah well next time.

6. I got chicken pox as I was doing my last final exam in Matric, I remember writing it alone in an office - just got one scar to prove it (Oh and a Matric certificate).

7. I ♥ taking photo's on my Nikon camera, new found hobby and I'm still learning, but I ♥ it! I keep my photos backed up in 2 different places in case I loose my photo's - You could probably say I'm a little paranoid.

8. I miss my Mom so much. She passed away on 02 Aug 1998 - I will never get over it, I just learn to live with it each day. She was an amazing lady. Jean-the-Queen!

9. One of my biggest pet peeves are when parents don't buckle their little kids in the car! Don't they even care?

10. Totally into White Chocolate Oreos & a glass of cold milk .... I ♥ it! Mmm.

11. I ♥ going to Blouberg Beach, walking in the sand, sitting on the rocks, just being in the moment. I have loved it since my Mom used to take us there as children ... and going back there is always as great as I remember it being back then with her.

12. I had my ears pierced when I was 9. I had l-o-n-g hair at the time and I remember my mom telling me that I could only have my ears pierced if I cut my hair .... she also taught me the art of bargaining!

13. Despite what everyone may think - especially those that know me well - I am really shy about meeting new people - I get nervous! My Myers Brigg profile confirms I am IFSP

14. But you won't believe I am nervous and when I tell people that I am actually shy, they find it hard to believe, so I'm an introvert by nature but forced to be extrovert at times. Not by preference. I have "met" some fab-u-lous people in the computer and ♥ to read their blogs (you know who you are)

15. I ♥ shoes - but would prefer to be barefoot. I also love having pedicures.

16. I ♥ shopping too! Lately been shopping for household items, waiting for the winter season to update the wardrobe.

17. I can be extremely random at times ... you can tell by reading this.

18. I have a younger brother, Michael, who is married to Sharon. They have just moved out of a flat into a house with a swimming pool and garden, they are happy. I ♥ them! I also have 2 other SiL's, Charnel & Tania, both amazing girls. I am blessed.

19. My dear aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2008, she has had her 6 sessions of chemotherapy, last one in Jan 09 and needs to go back in March for an assessment. Her courage and strength during this time has made me ♥ her even more than I already did. Through her struggle it has made us as a family remember that we are all in this together, we need to support each other - and sometimes just be there for each other and let each of us know that we are loved and we mean the world to each other. Thank you Mother T you've taught me a lesson (or two ...)

That's it for tonight got to get Keith a Nurofen he is suffering with a terrible headache, he get's cluster headaches and I wish there was something more I could do for him. It's terrible, go take a peep here to read just how hectic these headaches are.