Share Your World (#SYW) ~ July 19.

This entry is part 1 of the series Share Your World

What is your favorite cheese? That is the first question in this week’s Share Your World Challenge, run by Cee Neuner.

SYW: What is your favorite cheese?

My reply: Gouda Cheese. I love it on biscuits with butter and pickles. Yummy!

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SYW: Are you left or right handed?

My reply: Very right handed. My left hand is purely there for backup!

SYW: Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?

My reply: My mind. I love mental challenges and learning things, and I do it all the time. I do take a good walk at least once a day, but I don’t exercise physically as much as I should. I’m too busy exercising my mind. 🙂

SYW: Complete this sentence: Hot days are …

My reply: the main topic of my dreams right now as we are currently surrounded by snow on the mountain peaks. However, when the hot days return, I will be hoping for a low humidity. Here in Port Elizabeth on the coast line of South Africa we get extreme humidity along with the heat and that is so draining.

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

My reply: Last Saturday I was very grateful for a roof over my head to keep out the beautiful soaking rain that fell, strong walls to keep the howling gales at bay, and warm clothes to protect me from the icy temperatures blowing off the snow-covered mountains. So many in our country lack all three of these.

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I am looking forward to receiving a whole bunch of unbranded cutting dies from China this week. I’ve finally plucked up courage to notify sellers of a number of dies that are overdue. So I see it as inevitable that they will now arrive in my post box!

How about you?

What was the best thing that happened for you last week? I’d love to hear from you. Please add your comment below.

Share Your World ~ June 5

This entry is part 2 of the series Share Your World

Here are my answers to this week’s questions on the Share Your World (SYW) blogging challenge:

SYW: What’s your strongest sense?

My family would say my strongest sense is my sense of smell. I could walk into the house after a day on duty and stop in the doorway and say, “Who struck a match?” This was in the day when the boys tried to push their luck with cigarettes. They had no chance with me around, much to their frustration. (I think they’re grateful today.)

I will be sitting at my computer at the end of my cottage and call through to my husband who is IN THE KITCHEN, “What’s burning?” Traditional answer is, “Nothing . . . Oh.” My heart sinks. Most of his senses are sharp, but he has about a 2% sense of smell. read more

Share Your World ~ May 29

This entry is part 3 of the series Share Your World

Here are my answers to this week’s questions on the Share Your World (SYW) blogging challenge:

SYW: What is the most famous landmark or building you have ever seen?

The Voortrekker Monument outside of Tswane (renamed from Pretoria) in S.Africa was built as man’s side of a covenant with God.

In 1838, in order to escape British rule as well as endless wars with the native Xhosas, the Afrikaans-speaking Boers (literally “farmers”) left the Cape Colony. They loaded their possessions into ox wagons and rounded up their cattle. Then they set out on their north-easterly trek, going where no white man had ever been.

Before long, the Voortrekkers (pioneers) encountered the mighty Zulu nation. Leader Piet Retief and 69 of his men were unexpectedly butchered to death by the Zulu king, Dingaan, and his impi (group of armed men.) In subsequent attacks, hundreds of men, women and children lost their lives. So an army of about 470 Voortrekker men set out to avenge Retief’s death.

On the 15th December, the pioneers camped along the banks of the Ncome River. Scouts warned them of an approaching Zulu Impi of over 12,000 warriors.

The Voortrekkers drew their wagons into a D-shaped lager (a circle of wagons secured together, with their animals corralled in the center). As they prepared to defend themselves, they prayed for God’s intervention. Their leader, Andries Pretorius, led the Voortrekkers in a vow to God. If He protected them against the attacking Zulus, the country would always commemorate that day as a Sabbath. They would also build a church to honor God’s name.

That night a heavy mist prevented the Zulus from attacking. Two hours before dawn, the Voortrekkers once again recited the covenant.

The dreaded attack

The attack came at dawn. The Zulus fought with shields and assegais, while the Voortrekkers had muzzle loaders, muskets and cannons. By midday, on 16th December, over 3,000 Zulu corpses littered the ground. The river had turned red with blood, and to this day the battle is known as The Battle of Blood River. Only three Voortrekkers were injured and none killed. The pioneers held a sober thanksgiving service, the first annual memorial service.

Several churches and monuments were built to commemorate this famous war. The best known is the Voortrekker Monument, outside the city of Tshwane.

This spectacular building has a small hole in the top of the roof. At exactly midday on 16th December, a ray of sunlight shines through the hole onto a cenotaph on the lower level of the monument. It falls upon the words, “Ons vir jou, Suid-Afrika” (Afrikaans for “We for Thee, South Africa.”) This phrase is part of the country’s national anthem. The light symbolizes God’s blessing on the life and work of the Voortrekkers.

Today, December 16th is still celebrated as a public holiday, although it is now called “The Day of Reconciliation” for political reasons.

SYW: Do you like long vacation or lots of mini-vacations?

Definitely a long vacation, although it is many years since I was able to enjoy one. I find it takes me 3 or 4 days to start to relax, so the mini-vacation is at an end before I start to enjoy it.

SYW: What is your favorite National or State Park?

The Kruger National Park. This is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, covering an area of 19,485 square kilometers (7,523 square miles.) It is situated in the northeastern part of South Africa.

All five of the Big Game animals are found here, i.e. lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and the rhinoceros. In addition, the park boasts a large population of wild-life from the graceful giraffe to the ugly crocodiles, dangerous snakes and a vast array of bird-life.  

What is your fantasy vacation?

All my life I have longed to visit Switzerland and surrounding areas. Today that dream also includes the opportunity to spend time with my daughter and son-in-law who are currently based in Monte Negro.

Optional Bonus question:

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

I think the highlight of last week was the opportunity to watch The King and I once again, this time with a group of friends from the retirement village where we live.

As I write this (but after you read it!) I am looking forward to attending the live show, Annie Get Your Gun in the theater, this time with a group of about 18 fellow members of the Happy Echo choir. We are blessed by some great theater groups and stage performances here in Port Elizabeth, and we often are able to attend with groups such as this.

SYW: What is the highlight of your week?

I’d love you to share in a comment below.

SYW: How about joining Share Your World?

This is a blogging challenge headed up by Cee Neuner.

Cee posts a few questions each week, and all participants need do is answer them. It’s a cool way to get to know one another. The idea is to answer the questions without overthinking them and just have fun. If you are interested in joining this blogging challenge—just copy/paste the above questions into a new post and answer them. Then put the link for your post here: Cee’s Challenge.

Share Your World – May 8th

This entry is part 4 of the series Share Your World

A change of habits.

I am changing my blogging habits for a while.

There’s nothing as good as a change of routine, right?

I’ve signed up to participate in a blogging challenge with a difference. I came across it on Deb’s World, and it sounds fun. It’s called Share Your World and is headed up by Cee Neuner. She posts a few questions each week, and all participants need do is answer them. It’s a cool way to get to know one another. The idea is to answer the questions without overthinking them and just have fun.  I’m looking forward to it. Feel free to join in by copying the questions and then write your answers in a new post linking back to Cee’s original post.

I presume we then visit some of our fellow participants in the blogging challenge. That way we will get to know one another.

So here we go.

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Share Your World May 15th

This entry is part 5 of the series Share Your World

My Favorite Way to Start the Day!

Here are my answers to the questions posed for the Share Your World blogging challenge:

How many languages do you speak?

I speak two languages: English, my primary tongue and Afrikaans.

What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating?

  • I am currently reading The Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer.
  • My husband and I are watching a series of DVDs called “The Mentalist”.
  • I’m listening to podcasts by Joanna Penn on different aspects of writing on my mp3 player.
  • I’ve just finished eating breakfast—muesli with added oat bran, nuts and raisins, Bulgarian yoghurt and low fat milk.

What was the last photo you took with your phone?

“Spring Flowers” (see below).  We have a spectacular display of spring flowers—wherever there is a patch of vacant land. The only problem with this photo is it’s May and we’re just heading into winter!

What is your favorite time of day? 

Sitting up in bed when I first awake, cradling my coffee mug brought by my wonderful husband, and thinking of all the wonderful things I’m going to achieve during the next 12 to 14 hours. (Not that I ever achieve them all, but it’s nice to imagine!)

Optional Bonus question:

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

I was extremely grateful for two very different things last week.

  • I was so thrilled to see outbreaks of Spring Flowers bursting into bloom on deserted patches of vacant land. Especially as we’re moving from summer into winter! The little flowers are as confused with the weather as we are, but it’s as if they’re saying, “Don’t worry! We’re here now and we’ll be back on Spring Day (1st September)!” (I hope they remember!)

 

  • I’m cheating and including Sunday as last week. I had a wonderful Mother’s Day (here in S.Africa) scrolling through a wealth of unbranded dies on eBay that come from China! No shipping costs!I ordered 10 dies or die-sets for the price I anticipated paying for one here! And before you write to warn me, I know a number of people who have already got some from this source and I’m assured they are top quality and cut well. So here goes . . .  It’s difficult to choose my favorite, but here are my two top choices:
Spanish Galleon, ideal for boy’s or men’s cards.

 

Card-sized die with center separate.
Such potential.

 

And I’m looking forward to . . .

On Saturday 20th we have a “Cardies” get-together. About 15-20 of us get together once a month and one of the leaders demonstrates a new card technique. This week we’re learning how to make these cards:

 

Bargello Card

Waterfall card

 

That’s all for this week. What piece of information have I shared about “My World” that you didn’t know about before? I’d love you to let me know in a comment below. I love reading about other writers or bloggers and their lives.

Share Your World

This is a blogging challenge headed up by Cee Neuner.

Cee posts a few questions each week, and all participants need do is answer them. It’s a cool way to get to know one another. The idea is to answer the questions without overthinking them and just have fun. If you are interested in joining this blogging challenge—just copy/paste the above questions into a new post and answer them. Then put the link for your post here: Cee’s Challenge.

Also read: Share Your World – May 8th

 

 

Share Your World ~May 22

This entry is part 6 of the series Share Your World

Here are my answers to this week’s questions on the Share Your World (SYW) blogging challenge:

SYW: What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? 

Both my husband and I have had a marriage-long dream (that is 50 years come August!) to travel up to see the Spring Flowers in the neighboring country of Namibia. People travel from all across the world to see them, yet we have never been there.

SYW: How often do you get a haircut?

Once every 6-8 weeks. My hair would prefer every 6 weeks, but if I don’t have any special function I stretch it to 8 weeks to save money. Any longer that that and it becomes impossible. My curls all go in their own direction. Not a pretty sight.

SYW: In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search or numeric puzzles?

I enjoy an occasional jigsaw when we’re on holiday (vacation), and the same with crosswords. I very occasionally do a word search and enjoy the occasional Sudoku. So that’s really clear isn’t it? What’s my choice? More or less all equal. 🙂

SYW: In how many cities have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.

The short answer is, I think, eleven actual cities/towns.

More than you want to know:

Looking at residences, I’ve lived in twenty different homes. And no, I wasn’t a foster kid, nor were we gypsies.

  • Born in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland.
  • Childhood from 4 years-old spent in Gwelo, Rhodesia (six different residences).
  • Lived in Mowbray, then Rondebosch, then Claremont, all suburbs of Cape Town, during my student nurse days.
  • Got married and lived in Hillbrow, Johannesburg then moved to Florida another suburb but 45 minutes in the train away from the city.  Had our first baby.
  • Lived in Cape Town central prior to moving to Lansdowne, Cape Town, then Sybrand Park, Cape Town. Had our second baby.
  • Moved on to Beaconsfield, Kimberley, the city of Big Hole fame for a further 3 years. Had our third baby and decided we needed to stop moving so much!
  • Emigrated to Rhodesia (before it was renamed Zimbabwe) and lived in Hatfield, suburb of Salisbury (now Harare).
  • Four years later, immigrated back to South Africa, and lived in Cambridge, East London for 6 years.
  • Off to Krugersdorp, outside of Johannesburg. There we gained a son-in-law, two grandchildren and two prospective daughters-in-law.
  • Thirteen years passed before we moved to Elgin in the Cape Overberg and the two daughters-in-law became Corders. Gained another two grandbabies.
  • After 4 years, retired to Port Elizabeth where we live in the beach suburb of Summerstrand. Gained a further two grandchildren.

Whew!

SYW: Optional Bonus question:  

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

Last week was of course the wonderful discovery of unbranded cutting dies on eBay. I cheated and used that last week! Happy Echoes, the senior choir which we both belong to, put on a successful concert to a very responsive audience at a Retirement Club. Rob is one of two comperes, and I am the deputy director of the choir, so it’s always great to know we’ve brought joy to some of the seniors we entertain.

This week:

On Friday evening, we have another concert—this time at an elite retirement village. We have been invited to buy “Vetkoek” for supper while we are there. This is a traditional South African dish, where dough is fried in deep fat. The result is similar to a doughnut only without the hole.

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It is usually filled with curried mince and topped with cheese. Alternatively, it is filled with jam (American jelly) and cheese. These are very yummy, so we definitely plan on having supper there, hopefully after we sing. If supper is before, we’ll have to “take a doggy bag.”

Hmm.

How do you say that in American English? I’m not sure. Please tell me in the comment section. It’s when you take home what you haven’t eaten in a polystyrene or cardboard container.

For some obscure reason, when they are served with curried mince, they are often referred to as Curried Bunnies. If you’re ever in South Africa and you’re offered a curried bunny, do accept. They’re delicious—and have nothing to do with fluffy little animals!

To end with a chuckle.

The word vetkoek literally means “fat cake” as it is made of dough and cooked in boiling fat. One of our choir members is Dutch and she wanted to tell us all about the vetkoek that would be on sale. She translated the word “vetkoek” literally and announced on Whatsapp: “If you want to buy them, there will be fat cooks for sale!”

Anyone wanting a fat cook to help them in the kitchen?

I’d love you to leave a comment, and perhaps you could also tell me how you refer to “doggy bags” (remaining food you can take home) in your country. 

Share Your World is a blogging challenge headed up by Cee Neuner.

Cee posts a few questions each week, and all participants need do is answer them. It’s a cool way to get to know one another. The idea is to answer the questions without overthinking them and just have fun. If you are interested in joining this blogging challenge—just copy/paste the above questions into a new post and answer them. Then put the link for your post here: Cee’s Challenge.

Share Your World ~ June 12

This entry is part 7 of the series Share Your World

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Here are my answers to this week’s questions on the Share Your World (SYW) blogging challenge:

SYW: What do you do when you’re not working? If you are retired, what do you that is not part of your regular daytime routine?

When I’m not working (writing) I make cards. For my birthday last year, my family gave me a new toy, the Cuttlebug.

Recently I discovered an amazing treasure trove of Unbranded Cutting Dies on eBay that are so cheap. They come with free shipping but take about 6-8 weeks to arrive. Puts a new meaning to the slow boat to (from) China! read more

Share Your World (SYW) – June 26

This entry is part 8 of the series Share Your World

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

I’m working on writing an eBook which is taking way too long because I over-committed my time. I’m writing a series of eBooks which I intend converting to print after the current one is over. They are based on Bible women who are “hidden in the shadow” of someone or something else. read more

Share Your World #SYW ~ July 3

This entry is part 9 of the series Share Your World

SYW: For your main meal do you prefer sweet and sour, hot and spicy, spicy and sweet, bitter, salty, bland or other?

It depends on the mood I’m in, but generally I prefer salty. I also enjoy a mild curry and rice, but it must be mild! I definitely don’t go for sweet when it comes to my main meal.

SYW: Where do you hide junk when people come over?

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Share Your World (#SYW) ~ July 10

This entry is part 10 of the series Share Your World

How do you like to spend a rainy day? That is the first question in this week’s Share Your World Challenge, run by Cee Neuner.

SYW asks: How do you like to spend a rainy day?

I would just love to have this problem! I live in the drought-ravished Nelson Mandela Bay in the Western Cape province of South Africa. We were recently declared a disaster area, and no—it had nothing to do with politics.

When we do have a rainy day (I live by faith!) I will probably spend it following my usual program of writing on my computer, but with regular thrilled looks out the window to enjoy the sight of my long-suffering garden receiving a long-needed drink of clean water! (At the moment the plants have to exist on irregular drinks of soapy water collected in buckets from the occasional washing machine load.) We cannot use the machine often, as we have a limit of 60 liters of water a day per person. That doesn’t even allow for a daily shower!

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