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Pre Christmas Break in Cape Town

This week I am taking a quick, Pre-Christmas break and visiting the beautiful Cape Town. Every time I come here I stand in awe of how beautiful our country and especially Cape Town is. Yesterday I went shopping at Canal Walk - I love to shop till I drop and best of all this shopping, is that while I shop I can walk my 10 000 steps for the day in a safe cool environment without realizing it. After the great shopping, we visited the Grand West Casino and had a lot of fun (if you can call losing money fun Today we visited the Waterfront and my husband actually shopped more than me, which is starting to become a habit. On route back I purchased a magazine, The Big Issue. The Big Issue is a socially responsible non-profit organisation that enables willing unemployed and marginalised adults to take responsibility for their own lives through a developmental employment programme. I bought mine from Lindilwe Mtsi, who sells this magazine in Beach Road, Sea Point and you can read her story on …
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It's A Blessing To Be A Grandma

Today I realized again what a blessing it is to be a granny and to have the privilege of spending wonderful quality time with my grandchildren. Keagan the eldest has his Grade 7 farewell tonight and he looks so handsome, after he had me shopping for 3 days solid.
Chloe received a medal after passing her first ballet exam. Now I have to learn those same steps, but I can see she is on the brink of giving up on me -her excuse being, I am not trying hard enough and those “nobbles” (bunions) on my feet is the reason I can not do ballet.
After being diagnosed with diabetes, I changed my eating habits completely, so now when the family brings out snacks, Zanne, who is only 2 years old will jump up hide all the snacks (for her own gain) then she will turn around and say: “Ouma, you are not allowed to eat this, you will die.”
I realized being diagnosed with diabetes is not what I expected, but it is Gods way of showing me that I must change my lifestyle. After finding out that I am sick, I am…

This Granny Can Still Play Rugby

This weekend was an extremely busy weekend in Kimberley - it was the GWRU 130 year’s reunion. All the living GWRU players were here to enjoy the festivities. I think this festivity attracted even more people than the very popular Gariep Festival did in August.
Keagan had 2 friends over for the weekend and they wanted to play rugby but needed another player, so I volunteered. His friends thought I was joking and not one of them wanted to be on my side. They voted Matthew to be my partner but after 5 minutes they all wanted to be my partner :-) I could still run, tackle and drop kick and they just could not stop me.
After a broken nail and what felt like a cracked rib I left the field, but it felt great to see my 13 year old grandkid looking at me with love and pride and his friends thinking I am a really cool granny. We also came across a photo if Keagan, 9 years ago in stepping Stones pre-primary. I then just realised again how quickly they grow up and that I have to spend even more …

We Have Ghosts and Fairies in Kimberley

When you live in Kimberley you don't have as much to do and see as you have in the bigger cities, but I love Kimberley. It is a wonderful city to live in and for kids to grow up in.
Kimberley's history is amazing and we even have a Ghost Route, which Keagan went on with a friend, who is hosting an exchange student from Germany. They had so much fun and took videos of the ghosts, as apparently you can only capture them on video and not on photos.

On the N12 towards Cape Town, we have a fairy hideout. Chloe and Zanne was so amazed by all the fairies and gnomes staring back at them that they could hardly move.

Writing about fairies and gnomes makes me think back, years ago, to before I had any grandchildren. A very close friend of mines’ daughter use to often go on holidays with us.

She was about 4 years old when we visited the Tsitsikamma forests and the biggest tree along the Garden Route. I told her we must go look for fairies, because they are everywhere, but only children c…

Sometimes Old People Fart When They Exercise

I got up this morning with a major headache, thinking I will never get through the day, but I had an early show house, so I rushed to make a biltong platter. While at the show house, I remembered that I had another show house at 11am and needed another platter. I managed to make a delicious mini sandwich platter faster than Speedy Gonzales.
The tenant at my second show house is Heidi De Wee, a lovely lady that sells beautiful ball gowns and wedding dresses. I promised her that she could make my ball gown when I go to Las Vegas in April next year, for the Mannafest.
After my showhouses I took a buyer out to see two properties and only afterwards did I find out that he could actually only buy for half the price of what the properties I showed him was worth – aarrgghh
After all this I finally had a chance to go for lunch with my husband at Mugg & Bean.
Later this evening I arranged a workout session at our local trim park. Two of my grandkids joined me. Grandkids definitely give you…

Write Their Name Under Your Shoe

My 2 year old granddaughter, Zanne had her “Grandparents Concert and Tea” today, which we, as her very supportive grandparents supported of course. The event was very enjoyable and really well organized.
To my surprise, the principal at Zanne’s school reads my blog posts and asked me to stand up. She told the whole audience about my skipping challenge.
Sitting next to me was a beautiful, young granny. I asked her how on earth she could be a granny. She laughed and explained that she is in fact the step-grandmother and that the lady sitting next to the elderly gentleman, sitting next to her husband was the real granny and her husband’s first wife. The lady sitting next to my husband was her stepdaughter and it was her two kiddies that took part in the concert.
This young step-granny that was sitting next to me is a pilot who owns her own helicopter. She even showed me some photos.
Her story really fascinated me and I realized how many people get divorced and then spend all their energ…

A Dare To All Other Grannies

I got up early this morning and took my doggie, Lulu for a walk. 
When I logged into facebook, I got a wonderful surprise – my Presidential Director posted a congratulations note on my wall – I got the “award” of Mannatech Enroller of the Week – Wow!! It just goes to show that it always pays to put in just a little bit more effort. We then had a KLS (Kimberley Listings Services) meeting with all the principals of the different estate agencies in Kimberley and I must admit, it definitely wasn’t one of my favourite things that I did today.
After the meeting, I went to Mugg and Bean for a much needed savoury muffin and bottomless coffee. My husband had the green tea surprise. Back at my office I also got a tea surprise - the Manna Tea had arrived – yippee!! The Manna Tea is part of a 30 day fats challenge that I organised. Every participant uses Manna Tea for 30 days and the one who loses the most weight wins R2000. We are 19 participants and are having a ball via what's app.
I was …