Monday, June 29, 2015

Half Term Report

It seems only a few weeks ago that we welcomed in a new year and yet in couple of days time we will hit the half way mark of 2015-quite a scary thought! It's also a good time to give some thought to purpose, goals, take stock and rethink the rest of the year! At the beginning of each year I look at the different sectors of my life and set goals in different areas. This ALWAYS includes travel plans and that links closely with my phototography goals. I usually set myself a culinary challenge and sometimes a goal to learn something new that will enhance my career.
So how am I doing......
 Travel wise my goal was to make the most of the situation I find myself in living 850 kilometers from my partner and that includes exploring the Wild Coast and this I am loving! We have already rendezvoused in Mazeppa Bay and explored Wave Crest and last week we explored Coffee Bay and Hole in the Wall. The Wild Coast in extraordinary beautiful a lot of it still unspoiled teeming with unpredictable cattle, goats, sheep and people that spill out into the roads - if you can call what you generally have to travel on - a road! This feeds my passion to capture my world through a camera lens and creates photo opportunities that ties in with my goal to get my photos published in any form! Port St Johns is next on the list for our Wild Coast experience.  My second travel goal was to visit Botswana  - When I decided this,  I didn't realise what an expensive place to visit it is and I can only afford to do this via Zimbabwe. So off I shall be going in July to stay for a few days in Zim with a excursion to Chobe. My stay includes breakfast and I shall be living on chicken noodle cup-a-soup for the rest of the holiday .....and probably for the rest of the month!
Singapore and Thailand were not on my list but when the opportunity arose i jumped at it and it was awesome - so glad that I 'seized the day' and so happy to spend precious time with Sean, Nadine and Katherine - I loved every minute!
My culinary goal this year is to make a quiche - yes I know - very boring! But I have a dread of baking pastry blind so that is what I want to perfect the perfect pastry case and to try to experiment with some different fillings.
That brings me to learning something new and I have decided that I have worked at the adult end of education and I would like to learn about early childhood development - I think this will be interesting so I am looking for a course to go on. I will probably extend my scope of assessment work too - Always challenging and a little frustrating to work with the SETAs so I will develop my pain threshold too! Learning to crochet - This has been on my list since forever and I master this skill and then forget again so I need to sit down for a few days with a crochet hook and a youtube tutorial and get it embedded in my brain - Will 2015 be the year that this happens?
Spending time with family is always high on my agenda and I am grateful for any time my adult kids spend with me - where you spend time and focus your efforts you will be successful and I like to think that we are still a close family regardless of our busy lives - it doesn't just happen you have to make it happen so I will be spending as much time as I can with the grandies and continue to be happy that to see my kids whenever they can spare the time.

Having fun is always on my To-Do list and this year is no exception. So far I have had pink and blue hair - to support a good cause and my JaJas make sure that when there is an opportunity to dress up then we are there! Our latest opportunity came last weekend as we dressed up in traditional wear for a little bit of Xhosa dancing and some great African Drumming.
I shall be trying my hand at the W&H Short Story competition again - three times now I have been a runner up - I think it's about time I won it lol.

So I think my half term report will read, "Susan is making good progress" I am sure that if I hadn't  reflected and set myself these challenges that I wouldn't have done half of the things that have made my life interesting and fulfilled. So far I am happy with my year and proud of myself and what I have achieved.  Lets see what the second half of the year brings. Whatever's in store - I am ready!!! ASK BELIEVE RECEIVE!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Mid Week Rant - I need to get something off my chest!

I know its youth day but I need to get something off my chest. A few years ago I was shopping  in China where there are some weird and wonderful products on sale. I bought the usual bag, watch (Lolex) DVD and a few Tshirts but quite frankly their fashions are weird and not so wonderful particularly in the lingerie department, where I was faced with wall-to-wall padded bras! Obviously our oriental sisters are lacking in that department. So this week I walk into the underwear section at Edgars and what do I see - wall to wall padded bras! Same story in most of the shops and good old Woollies who you could always trust to find decent underwear have also succumbed to the charms of cheap! Why? The majority of people her are of 'African proportions' - We do not need padding and if we do there should be a small selection of bolstered bras! The opposite is happening - PLEASE unpad our bras - make them pretty, lacy, racy and functional. In my youth the call to women was to burn their bras - if we all burned our bras today their would be a toxic cloud of chemical warfare proportions with the foam used!
My cup runneth over literally these days so I need your support here ladies lol - Leave them on the shelves and be true to your natural self. Mwah!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Peek at my Week

What have I been up to??? Well I have been back in PE since March and keeping myself busy. Busy I have to be because I was not designed to sit still or really to be on my own - I find both challenging. Browsing back through my journals one evening I came across an entry that had written a few years ago that said."I guess my biggest fear is loneliness - I need constant proof that I am alive and for me I am only alive when I interact with others." Little did I know then what my future held but as I remind myself daily -  I am here to learn lessons and this is my biggest lesson yet. Learning to be satisfied with my own company. Many of you will protest that you love being alone and I do too for a little while, but anyone who lives alone will tell you that it can be tough. What works for me is planning my day, my week and my month so I have things to do when I am not working.

Where I have been?
Out and about in PE catching up with friends and familiar places and some new ones

PE continues to amaze me with its talent - Delicious lunch and coffee at Vuvotelo (which is now all over SA but originated here), Divine berry crumpet stack at Life with Lemons, where the food and service always makes me smile. This time I wandered into the neighbouring stores and found a lovely shop called Fabulous - which is exactly that! I also had the pleasure of listening to Nicky Cloete Brasse at the Autism fundraising afternoon tea - wearing blue for autism from head to toe in support! Nicky is one of  PEs greatest talents and it's always a joy to be entertained by her. Then Mellars beckoned - a new Dim Sum and Noodle bar that did not disappoint and is now on my list of favourites. Problem is the list is getting longer - so much food so little time!
Who have I met?
Apart from reconnecting with friends I have worked a little and had a lovely group of people who came to a Customer Service Workshop. One had hitchhiked from Tsitsikamma to spend the day with us, So many people take their education and learning for granted and I often come across people so thirsty for knowledge that they make great sacrifices and that this young woman had hitched a lift just to learn something that may help her be more successful in her career, just blew me away and I made sure I gave my presentation my all so that she would go home happy (and that she got home safely - I took her half way there). Also spent a morning at the hairdresser who declared that I have self- highlighting hair - A nice way to say I am going grey! Not to worry I have a lovely blue wig!
What I have seen?
I have watched some Northern Humour - Peter Kay's Car Share - I think you have to be from the frozen north to understand northern humour - I just roll laughing - half the time at nothing! The action all takes place in a car as two supermarket employees are forced to lift share to work. Just love the street scenes and the northern faces. There are many walking talking Toby Jugs in the north!
I also saw a movie with Hugh Grant which was fine - Hugh is getting a bit a bit frayed around the edges - in looks and talent, but it was a sweet...predictable...safe....story! What has been far more dramatic are the orange, red, cerise and joyful skies each evening - Winter sunsets are just the best and I love the way the clouds get touched by pinks and apricots as the sun starts to fade - Sigh - I take this as further proof of Heaven as no human artist could create something so achingly lovely. So this week saw me racing for sunsets on the Schoenies road and jogging along the path as the sun sinks so quickly. I was doing just that when I noticed a couple on a bench obviously enjoying the view together on Sunday WHEN suddenly he went down on one knee - OMG I thought - I have stumbled across a proposal!!!! Till I saw him get his phone out and aim it at the horizon. I was a tad disappointed - I hope she wasn't.
What have I learned?
Well I am still learning to conquer solitude - I now tell myself I am not alone - I am facing my biggest fear - that makes me feel like a warrior! I must be braver than I think I am as I have booked a trip to Botswana and Zimbabwe in July.....alone! I have learned that gardening is hard work but it's the best feeling in the world to enjoy a quiet drink in the garden admiring an afternoon's handiwork. I have learned that absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder - it makes the heart ache! Missing you.......