Monthly Archives: March 2012

“Niece Times.”

Yesterday, I had the privilege of spending the whole of the afternoon with my 18 month old niece. When I arrived she was standing at the lounge table, playing with play-dough, something she had never seen. I watched her for a bit. Her look was of absolute fascination. She kept pressing and squishing it and then looking at me, wanting a reaction.We made a few shapes together and then that she was suddenly off…

Running to her bedroom. I found her eating a wet-wipe…well more like chewing on it. Poor kid is teething…again!

So, it was just me and her. Chilling out. Spending some Real quality time together. Something I haven’t done with her in a while.

The best moment was when this gorgeously cute child, was lying on me. I cannot explain the sudden feeling that came over me, there she was, my little niece lying on me, quietly and happily looking at her favourite “Teddy-Rabbit”. Then suddenly she did something she’s never done before:

She turned her head, looked me in the eye and gave me the biggest smile I have ever seen. She then proceeded to top it off with a huge kiss on my cheek. At that moment I wanted time to stop so I could fully take in the incredible moment that had literally made my day.

So, you must be wondering “Ag, why did I have the need to share this story?”

Well, all too often, we don’t appreciate the beauty of the quiet moments in life. We get way too caught up in our busy lifestyle, our work, university, social networking (don’t think of me as a hypocrite here!) and we don’t take the time to really look at the little mercies we are blessed with. These little things, like a smile, a hug or a friendly conversation can really change the way we look at our world and the things that take place in it.

So fellow friends and Bloggers, take a moment, look around you and appreciate the things you take for granted because in the end, it’s these little moments that make life worth living.

“The Story of a Southern African Farm(er)…”

ImageI heard a great story today. I must say, I could not stop laughing. It represents the true spirit of the typical Southern African living on the “Plaasie” (farm). It also reminded me of the Henry Charles Bosman story we learnt about in first year English – “The Withaak’s Shade.”

My brother was carefully driving, on his way to Vereniging, when a very interesting sight caught his eye.

He was stuck in a bit a traffic, so he decided to take a look. Low and behold there was a man, the typical, Afrikaans farmer, with the “beer-boep” and the sun-hat, off loading an entire herd of sheep into a make-shift pen on the side of the road. A few minutes later, there was a large sign made out of cardboard that read:

“Sheep for sale, Perfect for Labolla.”

The sign was written in THREE different languages: English, Afrikaans and Zulu.

So if you’re on your way to Vereniging tomorrow, don’t forget to give our friendly sheep farmer a hearty, South African wave.

“Sweet about Me…”

Just a little Bit about ME…

I’m just you’re average “Jo-Anne” who is a happy, go lucky, ex-teen.

Budding Writer – both in a Creative sense and in a journalistic fashion.

Culinary Skills Abound (in the baking line of things).

Music Lover and Guitar-Hero Wannabe. (Uhh, Literally!). Coldplay, The Darkness, Foo-Fighters, Rihanna… There’s a special place in my heart for Score Music (Right Now, you must be thinking, “Oh brother…”, If you are – Sorry…) – Thomas Newman, James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer.

Favourite Actors/Actresses: Tom Hanks, Robert Downey Jr, Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet. (If only I could have them for one of my scripts…)

*Monty Python Freek.* – If I could, I would create International Monty Python Day. Michael Palin and John Cleese: The Kings of Comedy.

Israel Lover and Advocate. – The Holy Land – Enough said…

Random and Excitable. – Also, Literally, I find the most random things funny and get excited over things that are completely random…!

Motto: “A laugh a day, keeps the Doctor Away. Never mind apples…”

Blue Pancakes for Breakfast.

The whole idea of a blog has been playing on my mind since the moment I decided I wanted to become a writer, a journalist and a creative fundi.

What worried me, or what made me procrastinate about this idea was – how would the world react to my viewpoints and idea’s? Even more so, can I keep something like this up? Update? Write? Save? Choice? Life?

It all just seems so complicated. However after a lovely breakfast (more like lunch) consisting of Blue Pancakes and a cup of Decaff Ricoffy, I decided to move past my “commitment phobic” fear and begin the “arduous” task of writing a blog.

So in other words, I would like to say: “Hello World! I’m  ready to write all about life, love, truth, celebrities and above all the most random idea’s that come to mind.”