Just average parents

Just Average Parents

Listening to my 55 year old work colleague talk about her activities over the past weekend made my jaw drop. Not because she had a fantastic weekend with so much relaxation.  This woman worked herself to a standstill.  She had a jam packed weekend with endless tasks.  After numerous failed pleas of asking her husband to paint the lounge, she decided to tackle it herself.  This was besides running errands, cooking, cleaning, taking the dogs to the parlour, attending fundraising committee meetings at her grandson’s creche, baby sitting her grandson the Saturday evening and still serving on the ladies committee at her church the Sunday.

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My Sunday Photo – Hout Bay

This weekend we headed off to Hout Bay.  If you have never been to Hout Bay, and this is not directed at Capetonians, it is a seaside town near Cape Town.  However, if you live in Cape Town and don’t know where it is situated or have never been to there – shame on you.  Hout Bay is nestled between mountains and sea, which creates a valley feel to this town.

If the weather is good, it gets quite busy in Hout Bay.  Locals and tourists flock to this seaside town and stand in long queues to enjoy fish and chips from Mariner’s Warf, Fish on the Rocks and Snoekies.  But we’ve discovered a gem in Muriel’s Muchies – fresh grilled or fried fish and calamari.  And their ice creams are the best.

But it’s the view that captures my attention whenever I visit Hout Bay.  Walking out onto the harbour and taking in the sight of the blue sea and majestic mountains – it is something remarkable.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

The lookout from the harbour onto the start of Chapman’s Peak Drive.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

There are charter boats that will take you for a cruise to Seal Island, Duiker Island and Chapman’s Peak.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

This picture captures a seal in the water. In Hout Bay seals come into the harbour. The local fisherman will feed them pilchards and they will launch out of the water to grab it.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

Captured in the picture above is a fleet of fishing boats docking in the harbour. The Hout Bay fishing industry is known for its tuna, crayfish and snoek. Walking out onto the harbour, you notice that the life of a fisherman is not easy. The lines on their faces and their rough hands paint a picture in your mind – that this life is not for the faint of heart.  For them it is the only way of survival, an income to put bread on the table.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

The picture above captures an older fishing boat that sank in the harbour.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

As you walk to the other side of the harbour, you will find Hout Bay Yacht Club.  Boasting a fleet of yachts that are docked in the harbour. You immediately pick up the distinct contrast of life of two very different classifications of living.

Besides walking on the harbour and boat trips, Hout Bay is also known for it’s beautiful white sandy beach, bird watching, art and craft markets, horse riding and kayaking. If you are thinking of visiting Cape Town, please make sure you head to Hout Bay – you won’t be disappointed.

Photalife

 


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Wearing Track Pants

Wearing Track Pants

Styling the track pants or joggers takes a little bit of effort. Often associated with gym or a sporty occasion, wearing track pants has an athletic connection. Somehow track pants has also earned the reputation of looking sloppy. But wearing track pants doesn’t have to be sloppy, it is all about creating a casual look with a bit of style.

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Dear Tooth Fairy!

My almost 11 year old daughter’s tooth fell out on Wednesday.  She is now at that age where she knows Santa Claus is not real. This she figured it out 2 years ago and knows we put the presents under the Christmas tree.  I suspect that she knows the Tooth Fairy is not real. But is still taking advantage to milk her poor parents for monetary gain.  Her 7 year old sister then takes it upon herself to write a letter to the Tooth Fairy.  Starting off with Dear Tooth Fairy ….

Oh and looking at the letter below, the tooth fairy had to sign it as well.

Dear Tooth Fairy

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Blogger Recognition Award!

Blogger Recognition Award

Nearly 5 months into blogging and I am honored and humbled to receive this award.  A huge thank you to Yeshira Sewdayal over at Brown Girl Journal for nominating Miller In The City for the Blogger Recognition Award. Brown Girl Journal is a travel and food blog, showcasing Yeshira’s passion for travel and the good food that goes with it. (more…)


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Sneezing Season [Treating Seasonal Allergies]

Sneezing Season [Treating Seasonal Allergies]

Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons. It is a time when everything is in full bloom. But Spring is also dubbed the sneezing season. It is the season where pollen counts are high and when blown all over; those who suffer with allergies experience sneezing, runny noses, puffy eyes, itchy eyes and throats.

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Fat Thighs, Flabby Arms {Hormones influencing weight gain beyond 40}

fat thighs, flabby arms {hormones influencing weight gain beyond 40}

Perusing through old photographs brought back memories of when I was skinny. Those were the good old days. The reality is I will never look like that again. As a child, I was super skinny with no fat thighs or flabby arms and certainly no hormones that had an influencing effect on my weight.  I was never weight conscious and I could eat what I wanted without gaining any wait.  Very active in playing netball and could easily clock in a good 8 – 10 hours of sleep.

Remembering that my weight annoyed the dressmaker who made my matric ball dress.  My waist size would be smaller every time I went for a fitting. Resulting in the dressmaker having to make the necessary adjustments. As a shy and very naive teenager, I would just smile and accept the criticism of my skinny shape. It didn’t bother me at all. Life was then carefree and my weight was certainly not an issue.

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Unproductive Day

unproductive day

Today, I called in a sickie.  Yes, I did feel a bit under the weather but most of all I think I just needed a break. The past couple of weeks have just been so busy and when your body gives you signs, you need to listen to it.  Today, I wanted to be lazy and have a very unproductive day.

I didn’t wake up to do my girls’ hair for school, or see them off by the door. They came into the bedroom to kiss me good bye. I opted not to fetch them from school either.

Guess what, I got out of bed at 09h00. Think it has been 12 years since I allowed my body to sleep so late.

But everything about sleeping in just felt so good. No housework or extra little chores that I tend to dig out when I’m at home. I chose not to work on any future blog posts. The car stayed parked in the garage as I had no intention of going anywhere. This day was not about going out and pampering myself or doing retail therapy.

Today, I just didn’t want to get it together. Instead, I browsed social media sites, slouched on the couch and watched television. I snacked and drank so much coffee.

It was such a beautiful day that I sat in the backyard a little and spoke to the dogs.  Call me insane but dogs give you all their attention and they are really good listeners.  They didn’t nag, tattle tale, backchat or give instructions – they just sat there listening and wagged their tails.

Then I caught up on some reading and the best thing ever – I took an afternoon nap. When last did I do that?

…and you know what, I am not feeling guilty about it not one bit.

Today was about me, not about taking care of anyone else, not about deadlines, writing reports or research articles. No thoughts about work or what still need to be done. In fact, I had no productive thoughts. These few hours spent alone were about me, myself and I and it felt so good. It was a time to reconnect with myself. Something I haven’t done in years.

Having this unproductive day did wonders for my mind, body and soul.  Now I’m ready to tackle tomorrow and slave away at things I didn’t today.  I will post probably regret it tomorrow as I’ve just stared at the pile of washing and ironing.

I guess, another unproductive day will be scheduled in the near future.  Try it, it does wonders.


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