Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What a week

This week has been crazy (I suppose like the rest of them!) Kids are on holiday (well only the boys) Ana is on holiday next week! So we have over 3 weeks of holidays. So no break from early drop off to school. (although Mom helps alot) I have been working on a project for a year now ... we are doing tourist maps of South Africa especially for the Soccer World Cup in 2010. We are hoping to launch on Friday - well pushing at least. Soon I will really need feedback from you...

The building of the coffee shop is taking longer than expected. We are getting the teams in for longer now so that we can push the times a bit better. At the end of the day its just pay pay pay. We better make money!!

No seizures - yay! The "flu" actually seems to be allergies. Being on a farm in spring is not helping the cause! I do enjoy having the space though. I am looking forward to rewarding myself with a shopping spree sometime soon! A woman's got to do what a woman's got to do! Have a good week - d:)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Smoky Car

Well yesterday - amongst the flurry of end of the month payments - my car smelt smoky. At first I thought there was an outside bush fire. I realised that it was actually my car! I thought it was the brakes were going to give in. I even had visions of my car exploding or us dying of smoke inhalation! So I took it to the service centre at Renault - in South African style waited 2 hours to find out what was wrong!

I took my anti-seizure medication early - I was worried that I might have a seizure as I hadn't eaten and was tired.

It turns out there was grass in my car and it was smouldering under the heat of the exhaust and engine! Between my bad mood, bill, frustration at waiting and them having to remove the bumper just to replace a fused light bulb on my front indicator - I called James to come fetch the car so that I could fetch the kids from Gran. Now what do I do - I have grass ALL OVER the farm. At least now I know the cause.

I think that if the car manufacturers want to test their vehicles - they should just drop a few off here - putting it in a controlled environment is not like real life at all!

I love the Toyota bakkie (pick up truck) story where they left it in the sea overnight and then drove it out the next day - now that is an African car!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A headache

Well I am on day 3 of a localised headache (meaning it is in the area where my tumour is) BAD BAD headache. I am not sure if it is due to my upset stomach or the sort. BUT I want it GONE. I can't pretend that it doesn't scare the hell out of me when I get one. I don't know what to do with myself. I am not tired enough to sleep and the headache doesn't really allow me to do anything but sleep.

Its amazing how a little thing like a headache suddenly has such a huge significance in my life! SUCKS

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A plump affair

Well being off chemo and the like has definitely been good for me - so good that my hips are the evidence. James loves to grab them and point them out - very VERY bad husband. I think that with being off medication, my body is taking a break. That or my love for cake / biscuits is showing. (in my cheeks - butt and face) The pendulum is swinging! NNNOOO....

I can't wait to go to gym, my body is crying for it. My family are a bit paranoid as I have had a cough and a runny nose for a 2 weeks and it doesn't want to let up. My mom wants to rush me off to the doctor - I have had enough of them for a lifetime and would rather stay at home. I feel better today at least.

We are still staying with Mom and Dad because "The Grove" is not ready yet. (it is progressing nicely though) I am not planning on going anywhere till they are done building. Living on a building site is terrible. Sorry for the folks --- "jy wil mos"

Monday, September 14, 2009

A church service

Yesterday, I spoke at my Gran's church to say thanks for all the prayers and words of encouragement I have received over the past year. I wanted to talk about how (I believe) powerful prayer has been in my life. I was a bit nervous chatting to all of them. I do get emotional sometimes when I speak so I have to take quite a few big breaths. Overall it felt good.

I had to remind everyone it was a joke when I said "An important thing for me is not to put my finger in my brain hole" The shock on some peoples faces was extremely amusing. The minister also joked with me before the sermon saying "your talk mustn't be better than mine" my retort - "if you want a good talk - get your own brain tumour"

I did have a seizure on Saturday - very irritating but definitely related to sleep. I have been quite bad lately. Isn't it funny how people with epilepsy are so blase about a seizure - "oh my dear, it was ever so inconvenient."

I printed out just the text of my blog and not including any comments or pre-website crash and there are 59 full A4 pages! My Mom and James are suggesting that I write a book - I may consider it...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A time to sow


Well we are ready to go at Green Valley Estate. Last week the first olive trees were planted. (75 of them) as a test of course. We plan on planting alot more in the next few months. It is strange to make an investment into something so obviously tangible and delicate. So far they have survived the rain, storms and cold weather we have had. We have to water them daily and they are supported because they are still quite soft. They are 65cm tall already. I refer to them as our babies. It is funny how similar human needs / behaviour is to nature.

The building of "The Grove" Tea & Coffee shop is progressing nicely although it is a bit behind. I am looking forward to it. It is scary starting a new venture, but hey, we only have one life. I have always believed that if you start off by dealing with "what's the worst thing that could happen if I do this" and prepare for it - then the rest will be manageable.
PS - How hot does my husband look?! Thx Mom for pic

Monday, September 7, 2009

I have my hair back




Well I finally have enough hair that I don't need to wear a wig. Obviously not as much as I would like, but some none-the-less. I could wear my wig longer (which would be easier) but this is my victory statement. Beaten a brain tumour! I will go blond again (give it a few weeks to rest out) It took a few days to get used to the cold again! But now I seem to have adjusted.


I have hardly been on the internet, let alone my blog for the past 2 weeks. We have moved house! What a job because the "new house" is still being built. So we are staying with my folks until we can get in. We are renting our old house for a few months - I am not quite ready to let it go just yet! This past year has been a financial strain with me not working, global crisis and medical costs! BUT it is over and I can start getting back into normal life. The kids are all in one room and I actually think they enjoy it. It is great for us because when Leo wakes up at night, he just turns to Anastasia and says "Put my blanket on" Which means we don't have to get up. Well what else could my royal son expect. His sister is not at all impressed.


My poor dog is missing his golf course and has become quite a celebrity. Three of my neighbours have offered to keep him. We just can't think of doing that unless completely necessary. He has to contend with a big doberman (who thinks he is a little white snack) at my Mom's place so he is kept indoors till the dogs can adjust.


On the first couple of nights staying with the folks, we had to get used to the farm noises. James & my father were both on alert. It was quite amusing (although not pretty) how they ended up wondering around at night in their underwear with rifle in tow. Such manly men!

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