1. When paracetemol/ panado doesn't bring down your temperature, try Ponstan.
2. When you have a temperature of 98 for 3-4 days you're not thinking straight. No one should quote you.
3. When you body gets sick, its because it needs your mind to STOP, so stop working.
4. It's OK to take a week off work when you can't get out of bed.
5. Not eating for a week doesn't result in losing weight because you're doing no excercise (there really is
6. It can take over 2 weeks to get your appetite back after flu, but you really can force yourself.
7. It can take longer to get your head back and think straight. be kind to yourself.
8. Coughs take forever to clear up.
9. My kids got along fine with me at half mast.
10. Doctors wives/ partners seem to get REALLY sick to teach them more about what their patients need.
The best thing about being better is well being better!
My little twin stars (Lala and Kiki) LOVE Mu and Me. When they get enough stars on their chart we go to the shop and choose a Mu and Me something. Little card houses, decals, cards. Sometimes instead of a story, we go online to the Mu and Me website together. http://www.muandme.net/ and read about the characters. The genius creator at Mu and Me puts so much delicious detail into her website. Each greeting card has a story. e.g.
'Amelia found Olive in a small box on her doorstep early one morning in April. She cant be sure who left her this unexpected gift, but has a theory it was Oliver, the boy who lives next door. So she decided to name her "Olive". Not only because of the colour of her eyes, but as a secret message to Oliver to say "I like you too"...
Lala's favourite character is Amelia (then Thandi) and Kiki's Favourite is Debsy (then Ana).
Lala's favourite animal is Olive, then Tet. Kiki's favourite animal is Ping, then Coco (who usually hang with Mala).
So the girls spoted the teeenyest tinyest error on the website and we wrote in to tell the folks at Mu and Me land. Well if they aren't the NICEST people. They brought round 2 gifts to say "well spotted" girls!
The new icons on the wrapping paper (of the gifts) are so beautiful that the girls asked me to open them. Imagine how gourgeous they need to be to not have little girls rip them open!
And inside there were new notebooks! Lala got pink Debsy (and Ping) dressed up like a Ballerina!
And Kiki got yellow Amelia (and Olive) dressed up like a Native American Indian Lady.
And stickers inside! With a thoughtful pocket for your pen.
But Lala's favourite colour is yellow and she LOVES Amelia and Kiki's Favourite colour is pink and she LOVES Debsy. So they swapped.
Thank-you Mu and Me for our special gift. Amazing of you to give our Favourite favourites.
This piece my husband had made for me for our first wedding. It is a garnet made to match the garnets in his wedding ring. It was made by Amulet in Kloofnek Road and I love it.
This is made by Marietjie Beeslaar from Skermunkil (bought from Beatnik Bazaar in Kalk Bay inside the Mythology store).
My red feather bird brooch is from from Heartworks and is made by a Durban designer. (My silver birdy is also a Skermunkil) and these 3 make up my bird collection, but excluding my amazing Dannali Wilson bird earings (another post).
And this is my Amy Allum piece - the closet thing I have to a locket.
This is my other grandmother, Hilda with her dog Ponky when she was roughly in her 40s. Her people were from Lithuania, but they ended up in Paarl. She had a wonderful sense of creativity and a fantastic "Josephine Baker" ishy HUSKY voice. My dad has it too - like he ate gravel and razor blades for breakfsat and my 3 year old has it as well. And one of my cousins. Sadly I didn't inherit "the voice" but I like to think I have some of the whimsy.
I simply adored her. I think she was adored by all her children, all her grandchildren and all who met her. I will a post with lots and lots more pictures of her and her house with snow drop flowers outside. I have snow drops in my own garden to remember her.
She adored butterfly brooches and had the most extraordinary collection. My cousin suggested I ask my aunt to photograph some of them. I have one exquisite one my aunt pinned on my wedding dress on the day so my gran was "with me". So dear to me.
These are her fantastic art decko chairs which my dad inherited from her.
And theses were her ceramics and a tea-towl very typical of her folksy, Frida-Khalo-ish style:
Speaking of Frida, I have no less than 6 pictures of her in my office, and one black and white one of Frida and Diego outside the blue house. I once had a house which the doc painted blue in homage to the Khalo-Riviera house. But now the picture serves as a reminder.
Long live the spirit of fabulous creative women. Let it live on in us all.