Day 119 29 April – hipster hippies

My husband and I were invited to his work mates wife’s 40th birthday party. The theme: 70’s and yes it’s a dress-up.

I don’t mind dressing up. It is the preparations that I don’t often have time for that bothers me. I certainly didn’t want to unnecessarily spend money on buying our outfits as these dress-up kits can easily cost $20 plus per outfit. I decided to instead purchase 2 white t-shirts from The Warehouse and 1 packet of tie-dye and create do-it-yourself tie-dye shirts. The dye cost me $4 and the shirts were $5 each.

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I had some time to spare during dinner the previous night to quickly tie-dye the shirts. I strategically tied elastic bands around selected sections of the shirts. The dye powder was dissolved in 3.75L of steaming hot water, the shirts inserted and stirred for a short while before leaving it to soak for approximately 45 minutes. Afterwards I rinsed them thoroughly with cold water and put them in the washing machine on a rinse only cycle. I removed the elastic bands and hanged the shirts to dry overnight. We were pleasantly surprised with the outcome and would most likely be wearing the shirts on a casual basis.

The night itself was pleasant. We didn’t really know anyone there but we made the most of our time. My husband even went into a photo booth with me and we have 4 fun and funky photos to show for it!

Peace, love and prosperity to you all.

Day 114 24 April – youthfulness

It’s the second week of the school holidays and my son is the unfortunate one to have to be at the shop with me ALL DAY LONG. It is terribly boring, and I can only imagine torturous, for a 10 year old boy.

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Things he did today to keep himself occupied:

  1. Go into PaperPlus to see if the magnetic putty is still there
  2. Play on his IPod for 10 minutes before hunger sets in
  3. Eats a yogurt and chips
  4. Makes his first visit to the entertaining ‘Bubble Man’
  5. Takes a run around the shopping centre
  6. Plays on the desktop for approximately an hour, with additional sound effects
  7. Realises it is lunch time so I heat up the macaroni & cheese with chicken nibbles
  8. Returns to the desktop
  9. Second visit to the ‘Bubble Man’ to which he gets his toe stepped on and rips his nail
  10. Sits still for a short time as his toe is too sore for him to walk on. I clean it off and place something cold on it too sooth the pain
  11. Returns to the desktop
  12. Goes for visit number three to the ‘Bubble Man’ who must wonder where this child’s parents are?!
  13. Takes another run (sore toe and all) around the centre
  14. Tummy grumbling again so eats biltong and has a juice for afternoon tea
  15. Give him $ to buy us each an ice cream
  16. Plays on the desktop until I close up at 5:30pm
  17. Walk to the toilets with him and on my return find him playing in the toddler section of a make-shift playground.
  18. Go home!!

Day 113 23 April – all that sparkles

Rhythmic gymnastics has turned into a stunning sport showcasing flexibility, handling and co-ordination with apparatus in hand. The leotards are sparkling, bright and beautiful and the masteries the gymnasts perform leaves you wondering “How did they do that?” Here is a vibrant and beautiful routine from Russian gymnast Dina Averina.

Today we fetched my daughter’s ball leotard and we are very pleased with the end result. It is simplistic yet elegant. I can’t wait to see her perform her new routine.

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We all need a bit of bling in our lives.

 

Day 111 21 April – flying solo

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I love airport, there’s always so much excitement filled with a hint of anxiety.

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My daughter has been looking forward to this day for the past few weeks! We have arranged for her to visit friends in Tauranga for a few days. She flew out today and what makes this challenging and an adventure is that she flew out by herself. I must admit I was very nervous leading up to her boarding but after seeing how efficient the process is for an unaccompanied minor any fears I had was put to rest. At the check-in they go through thorough security checking, they hand her a security bracelet which gets scanned at each point of her travel and I receive a text message. When the passengers are called to board she is taken separately and escorted by one of the crew members who makes sure she boards the plane.

Luckily the flight is only 40 minutes long which makes it a great start for any future solo flying.

 

Day 110 20 April – chasing rainbows

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Today my daughter and I saw the most beautiful rainbow right above our house and we couldn’t help but think of loved ones who are not longer with us.

I remember my uncle Harry who drowned in the rough seas of Kwazulu-Natal on 23 December 2000. My oupa who passed away in May 2005 from deteriorating health conditions. My ouma who passed away in 2010 from a heart disease. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend her funeral as we didn’t have the finances for me to fly back to South Africa. I was heart broken and felt terribly guilty. I remember my uncle Dawie who committed suicide in May 2013 and left behind a wife and two sons. And we remember Erin, my daughter’s one rhythmic gymnastics coach who passed away February of last year from cancer.

Rainbows evoke memories but also represents rejuvenation of all things broken.

Chasing rainbows

Rejuvenate the soul

Fill our hearts with desire

Embracing hopeful adventures.