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make our bedroom beautiful (read all 3 entries…)
A work in progress

We’ve been working on our bedroom for the past few months now. We bought cheap pine furniture and painted/stained it. We also attached new handles to the drawers.

We also made our own headboard. We cut plain pine planks to the desired length, sanded and stained them – the whole project cost less than R300. I’m very happy with the way it turned out :)

keep track of the books I read in 2014 (read all 14 entries…)

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

The ideas in this book have followed me around for the past three weeks (yes it took that long to finish it because I didn’t want to end!) and I sincerely hope that it will influence our food choices in future.

My poor husband is a bit flabbergasted by my sudden interest in growing our own produce, making cheese and keeping chickens. He sat me down like a little kid and explained how it would my responsibility to feed the chickens, clean up after them etc. I had to remind him that I grew up on a farm, had my own chickens all through childhood – and that I’m actually 35 now and have managed to keep all of us fed and clean all these years! He’s still not quite there yet, but I’m working on him :)

This was funny and informative. I see some reviewers found it a bit preachy, but it must be read in context. Not all of the ideas espoused in this book are practical or palatable (I certainly wouldn’t want to slaughter my hypothetical chickens! I’ve already picked out names for them – Snoopy and Prickly Pete!), but it certainly made me think about where our food comes from.

I enjoyed this immensely. Highly recommended.

plant our little orchard
We did this

about two weeks ago. We planted a lime, lemon, black and green fig, yellow cling peach, a pecan and a pomegranate :)

Unfortunately the birds have already helped themselves to my single black fig. I felt a bit bereft – I’d pampered the little tree every day and monitored the fig’s ripening progress – but at least the bird enjoyed it. And besides, if it has to feed something in our garden I’d rather it fed a feathered friend rather than an insect.

run three times a week (read all 10 entries…)

This was a good week. I upped my distance and managed to run most of the way. Otto unfortunately pulled a muscle during our Monday run, so I benched him for my other run. It’s no fun running without him though… He looks much better, so this week we’ll aim for three runs.

run three times a week (read all 10 entries…)

I started running again this week. It was tough getting back into it, but this week should be better.

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More doggies!

This first link is for wren and dragonfly35.

Black Dogs Project

And this second one is just for fun :)

German Photographer Gets Up Close And Personal To Capture Dogs’ Expressions

keep track of the books I read in 2014 (read all 14 entries…)

Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

The was an interesting read. I never knew about the molasses flood, and this was very well researched. Almost too well – the story sometimes gets bogged down in all the facts.

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This just

made my day :D

Basset Hounds Keep Magically Appearing From This Tiny Dog House

So many Bassets!! Sooooo cute :D

keep track of the books I read in 2014 (read all 14 entries…)

Panama Fever: The Epic Story of the Building of the Panama Canal

It took me some time to get into this, but once I did I couldn’t put it down. Fascinating.

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Watching complete strangers kiss for the first time is really beautiful

The premise of the video, called First Kiss and directed by Tatia Pilieva, was to get 20 strangers and have them kiss each other for the first time. It gets electric.

run three times a week (read all 10 entries…)

Last week I managed 2/3 runs. Then, around Saturday, it started raining. And raining. It only stopped on Thursday and I fit in a run that morning. But I’ve got to do better. Much better.

It feels like I’m in a bit of a rut… MUST FOCUS!

buy a new car (read all 2 entries…)

In the end we went with a 2011 Hyundai IX35. It arrived on Tuesday afternoon and we couldn’t be happier :) Now there’s enough space for everyone!

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Saw this

earlier today and thought I’d share it with you good people.

See The Photos Of What Death Row Inmates Requested As Their Last Meals

My husband and I were talking about this very same subject earlier this week. He said his last meal would be a burger, fries and a chocolate milkshake (so he can dip the fries in the milkshake… WTF?!).

Mine would be a bowl of my own home-cooked chicken soup, with a side of freshly baked sourdough bread and a nice slice of cheese… Heaven :)

keep track of the books I read in 2014 (read all 14 entries…)

Trial by Ice: The True Story of Murder and Survival on the 1871 Polaris Expedition

I see that other people also complained about the typos in the Kindle edition – something that would, under normal circumstances, see me abandon a book out of frustration. However, this was such a thrilling read that I simply couldn’t stop.

run three times a week (read all 10 entries…)

And not because I didn’t want to run. I simply couldn’t. My left heel is so sore now that I can barely walk. (My right heel feels much better.) My husband says I should rest, so I’ll take it easy this weekend and see how it goes on Monday.

make curtains for the bathrooms (read all 2 entries…)
One bathroom done

Made the curtain for the guest bathroom this weekend. I should have made the handkerchiefs/napkins overlap but my mom said not to. I think it would have looked better had they overlapped… Will follow my instincts with the next one. Still, it looks pretty good :)

make quilts for the guest room

And the mattresses for the guest room arrived yesterday. Just in time for MIL’s visit today :)

keep track of the books I read in 2014 (read all 14 entries…)

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination

An honest and powerful memoir about an unimaginable situation – the stillbirth of the author’s first child. Very moving.

run three times a week (read all 10 entries…)

This was a good week. I ran on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and again this morning. My right heel is still very sensitive and this morning my left heel also started acting up. I’ve consulted Doctor Google and this seems to be a common complaint among runners. I’m not too worried about it at the moment, but I hope it doesn’t get any worse.

keep track of the books I read in 2014 (read all 14 entries…)

The Year of Magical Thinking

I wish this book had already been written back when my dad passed away. I think it would have been a great help to my mom. A powerful read.

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