Wednesday, February 2, 2011


I have got a MAJOR problem at home with cockroaches. I hate them. I have tried everything to get rid of them - EVERYTHING. I have used a poison that I had to mix up and spray myself with a spray bottle wearing a mask & gloves. I have fogged. I have put out those little falt roach trap thingy's, I have used a long acting spray that you have to respray if you was or mop the area. But, no matter what I do they keep coming back. Every "treatment" only works for a few days and they are back. And everytine I do treat my house I have just about move out. It's such a mission!! I even poisoned myself by accident once! I inhaled a spray and it made me sick. Felt like there was something gritty stuck in the back of my throat. It made me cough and then throw up...

Last night I killed a whole bunch of them again, but I hate them so much that when I have to clean the bodies after a masacre of DOOM I wanna throw up. I gag something awful. The kids of course think it's really funny, but do they bother trying to kill and dispose of dead roaches? No way!

I don't know what to do - short of moving out which I would do tomorrow if I could find a place that I can afford - grrrrr, I am so sick of them. Any advice?


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Beautiful Dawn...

Dawn Blumberg-Levin March 1960 - January 2011

This is a very very special Lady. Dawn passed away very suddenly a couple of days ago. She touched my life in a very special and precious way. Even this morning I found a cooment on my blog from her that I hadn't moderated yet on my last post. She was also a stepmommy and was my sounding board, my voice of reason, a listener and some one who always had such sound and meaningful advice.
Beautiful Dawn - I have no words. I miss you so much! We shared much laughter and tears together - and I know I am a better person for knowing you. I just wish I could have met you for real - that would have been the best!
I will think of you everytime I hear the Rolling Stones or have a Flake choccie. My world will never be the same again.
I love you lots
(I have not fixed any spelling errors - cos I know she and I would have laughed at them afterwards!- My spelling errors are just for you pleasure Dawn.)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


I was tagged by Angel!! Woohoo. This was supposed to go up yesterday but I had to tell you all about my Donny's thoughts on what a virgin is. So - better late than never. Here it is:

Do you get regular massages? No. I cannot remember the last time I had anything that even resembles a massage.
Do you have an answering machine? No, I have got voicemail on my cell phone – but I don’t know if it’s working properly.
What cuss word do you use the most? There isn’t really one I use ALL the time. I try not to use any – but if I do it’s usually “Crap” or “Crap on a stick”
Are you underweight or overweight? Over – for now that is.
Can you see your veins? Yes, I can see them quite clearly.

Soap? Radox wheatgerm – I love the smell.
Fruit? Mangos, strawberries, banana’s, watermelon, kiwis – basically ALL fruits except
Pineapple - it makes my mouth sore.
Kind of red meat? I am not really partial to red meat a steak is not a treat for me. I prefer
white meats.
Fish? Yes please!!! Sole, Kingklip – and ANY sea food. I prefer sea fish to fresh water,
although trout and salmon are lovely if done right.
Candy bar? Nestle Milky Bar (no other white chocolate is quite the same), Tempo and Nougat

Have You Ever…
Eaten a whole bag of potato chips? Who hasn’t? Anyone who says they haven’t is lying!! My
favourite is Spar’s new bag of mixed sorts – I love those!!
Eaten lobster? No, not yet – but I would SO love to try it. I am sure it will be divine!!
Climbed a mountain? No – but I think I would like to do something like that when I am fitter.
Kilimanjaro – that could be awesome!!
Been skydiving? No, and I can’t decide if it’s something I want to do or not.
Been water skiing? Not yet – but I want to give it a shot for sure!

Do You…
Wish you could change something about your life? Oh many many things. When Mark was little I tucked him into bed one night and after about 10 minutes I went to check on him and he asked me if I would lie with him and I said no I was busy with other stuff – can’t even remember what I said. He never asked again and I never got the chance again, except once when he had a night mare and I lay with him. But There are many times in his childhood I wish I could go back and redo.
Like your nose? No. I don't like it very much.
Like salt and vinegar chips? Ja, sometimes they are lekka.
Eat salsa? No, can’t say I’m crazy about it.
Own a boat? Um no. Hang on – does a remote control boat count, cause if it does then yes.

What Is…
A small thing that people let slide but that actually has dire consequences? I have to agree
with Angel here and say good manners and etiquette. Something as simple as saying hello seems to have become a major effort for a lot of people.
Your most macho trait? I don’t think I have anymore of those. I used to be ‘one of the guys”
when I was much younger and could down pints of beer and tequilas better than any guy I
knew – and the guys loved that I could do that and had me show off all the time to new
friends etc. But that girl is very different today and not at all macho in any way. Even though
I live in a house full of men.
The longest relationship you’ve ever had? Well I have been married to my husband nearly 12
years now – so I reckon this is and will be my longest relationship.
Your most embarrassing thoughts? I imagine what people look like naked. It’s not a sexual
thing at all, but it is embarrassing. And I flinch every time I do it cause I feel like I am
invading their privacy. LOL!!!
Your most shameful moment? When I said too much to a friend about a family situation and it got back to my parents - and my family.

Bath/Shower? Shower – far more hygienic and quick.
Markers/ Crayons? Markers, no crayons, no markers – crap I don’t know!! Both.
Pens/ Pencils? Oh hell – another choice question – I hate having to choose. Both too.
Jelly/ Cream Cheese? Oo! Oo! That’s an easy one – cream cheese – all of them!!
Bagel/ Toast? Bagels – with cream cheese and ham. Toast is also good spread it with peanut
butter while its still hot hot hot – the crunchy type.

My greatest weakness is… the fact that I am human. Being human makes failing, screwing up
or making a mess of things inevitable.
I wish I was… a stay at home mom/home executive. I long to be at home.
Three things I wouldn’t do for a million dollars are… deny my faith, cheat on my husband,
Neglect or reject my children – in fact not for ANY amount of money in the world!!
The oddest thing I’ve ever put in my mouth is… No, nothing. After watching programs like
survivor and fear factor and the horrible things they had to eat I will never put anything
weird in my mouth. Although maybe for a million dollars…

Credit card you had? Was a Medical Aid card – but I didn’t know it was a credit card and got
so horribly into debt with it. I paid it all back and have not had one since.
Loan you got was for? I cannot remember…
Paycheck was for how much? Probably about R1000
Time you had stitches? In 7th grade when I road into a car with my friends bike because the
breaks didn’t work and I cut open my chin and smashed out my front teeth. I still have a
rather ugly scar on my chin.
Time you went to the hospital for something? I was in about the 4th grade and I was
hospitalised for almost 10 days with pneumonia. This is the time I can remember. I was actually hospitalised as a baby a few times because I had epilepsy.

List everything you ate in the last 24 hours? Chocolate cereal, toast, a hot dog, a glass of
Pepsi, 2 cups of coffee, a packet of Doritos.
Last thing you used a credit card for? Don’t have one
What was your job previous to the one you have now? About the same as I am doing now.
Last thing you celebrated? My youngest sons 10th birthday
Last time you were at a sports bar? Sheesh – years ago!

An I am not tagging anyone at this point.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


On Saturday afternoon SABC 3 was airing an Oprah show where she was being “interviewed” about her interviews she had had with Michael Jackson. At one point just before an add break she said “coming up I ask Michael “the” question. And then the cut to a teaser of the interview where she asks him: “Are you a virgin?” and then it went to an add break.

Donny, my 10 year old, was in the kitchen and heard the question and then said:
“I think he is.”
I asked: “What?”
He said: “A virgin”
I smiled and stifled a giggle and asked: “What is a virgin Donny?”
And he said: “Some one who believes in God.”

I couldn't laugh at him – as much as I wanted to. He is still so innocent and I decided he didn’t need to know the truth yet. I will let him think that until later in life when we will have “the talk”.

I can see how he made that deduction because Mary – Jesus’ mother was a virgin. That means she believed in God and that’s why she was chosen to be Jesus’ mother. It’s so sweet.

But what I like most about it is that if I think the way he does then that makes me a virgin too, doesn't it?

Monday, January 18, 2010


These are a few things that have been on my mind the last few weeks - they are too short for one past each so I will just put them all here as they come in no specific order.

I am so excited that my husband has started coming with me to church - it is something I have been praying for for almost 6 years now.

My youngest son has now turned 10 and that means there are no more people in my house in single digit age groups... and it also means I am getting older, and for the first time ever I am actually feeling it.

We may well have a famous football player budding in our family... watch this space...

I cannot remember what I wanted to say originally as one of my random thoughts...
OYES - I remebered. Two guests are moving into my house as of February - Gym & Diet. I am hoping they will be permanent residents and not pack up and leave early like they did last year. I am looking forward to their arrival.

2010 is going to be a busy year, but I am looking forward to it. 2 weddings. A holiday at the sea. And some other surprises that I am not at liberty to reveal just yet might happen too.

2010 is going to OUR year. Mine and Hubby's - I have great expectations for us this year.

Ja, and thats all for now.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Yesterday I came home from work to find my oldest son sleeping on my couch wearing nothing but his underwear. Now as a mother you know that it's natural that your children will grow up and become men and certain parts of their body's will grow too.
You know it, but you don't want to see it..
So there he is in his "tightey whiteys" sprawled on his back - leaving NOTHING to the imagination. I was horrified!! I woke him up and told him if he wants to sleep in his underwear or even in his birthday suite he is to please do so in his bedroom.
That night he told his father that he came home from school and slept all day - I said, "ja, but not before he stripped down to just about nothing". His dad also told him it was not the right thing to do and that it is OK to go without a shirt - but not to walk around in his undies like that.

You see, I put it down to vanity. He schemes he is just the best looking thing around. he spends HOURS in front of the mirror - even if he wakes up in the middle of the night to go pee he will go to the other bathroom to check his hair. Huh???
I have asked him to please put a shirt on if we have company or if one of my girlfriends come to visit too - it just shows good manners. he even reckons his teeth are more important than his eyes and refuses to wear glasses or even have his eyes checked - "but we must fix his teeth as they are important".
OMW!!! Can you be more vain than that? Can you be more in love with yourself? He won't play any sport at school because he plays soccer for an outside club and reckons the school begs him to do athletics every year... I think not.

He wouldn't go and get his school books when they were ready on the Saturday before school started because he had a zit on his chin - PALEEEEZ. I can't wait for him to "grow up" - but I have a feeling it will take a bit longer than I am hoping.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Today is my baby's birthday. He is 10 years old today, and for some reason this one made me feel a bit tearful... He has spent the day with his Granny because I have to work (one of the perks of being a working mom) but I know he has had a lovely day with my Mom.

My darling little Donny - soon I won't be able to call you that anymore..

You are such a precious gift to me. So full of love and cuddles and smiles an laughter. You have made being a mommy such a pleasure and I can almost not believe that you are 10 years old already - I just blinked and you got big.

I so wish I could have been with you today and celebrated your 10th Birthday, I have thought of you all day and missed you more than usual today.

You make me happy, you make me laugh and I don't know what I ever did to be blessed with such a wonderful, precious little boy.

Happy birthday my precious!!