Sunday, 14 September 2008

Scrapping up a Storm!!

I have been doing quite a bit of scrapping lately and finished off these two layouts recently. This is of Grant's birthday in January 2008 where we had a fish braai and of course a really yummy chocolate cake to finish off with. This is a design from Doing Life which was tweaked when I did it in Leanne's album and got tweaked again for Grant's album!This next layout is also from Doing Life, which was also tweaked to suit my size photos and is of Lauren's birthday in February 2008, when she turned 18:

I am almost finished one of the kids goofing around at Christmas time and will post it as soon as it is done.

I went to see Mamma Mia today. Girls this is the best movie I have seen in a loooong while. If you haven't seen it, please do yourself a favour and get there. It is one of those movies that brings back the girlie things you might have done together, funny, little bit sad, the feel good stuff and the best is that there were ABBA songs in it!!! I felt so good after I had watched it.

Needless to say I put on my Abba CD when I got home and happily scrapped!

Anyway, time now for bed to be fresh for a short week. Dereck and I are going to the Berg on Thursday - only 4 more sleeps!

Abbamaniac signing off ....

BOM Challenge #6 - Habits

This was difficult to try and find out what habits I have that maybe irritate or annoy people. Anyway Grant came up with the one about me falling asleep in front of the TV and Shelley reminded me of a couple of sayings that I have.

Here is my layout and below it is the wording:

I drink at least 8 glasses of water every day

I have a pedicure every month.

I have a great sense of humour and often see the funny side of things. My family think this is not so good as I do find others’ misfortunes hilarious!! But people will send me funny things saying that they knew I would appreciate it!

I don’t wait for things to get done, I get on and do them.

I always finish what I start.

I am reliable & helpful and give 100% effort.

I am loyal and won’t let someone down if I have undertaken to do something.

I have never smoked; not even taken a puff.

I have a good memory and can remember conversations. When doing walking races in particular, I would always take note and remember the roads and landmarks that I walked past and my friend Shelley would just look at me if I ever reminded her of where we had been!

I don’t drink much, but with the right friends, could go overboard. The last time that happened was a few years ago with my friend Shelley and I won’t elaborate!!
I have my hair cut every 6 weeks. If my hair looks good, I feel good.

I am game for a dare or challenge – did 1208km in walking races in a year and swam the midmar mile in 2000 (having not swam since 1979!)

I fall asleep while watching TV and then I wake myself because I am snoring and uncomfortable or because my family are really irritated with me and wake me up to tell me not to sleep.

I don’t delegate. I am a strong believer that if I am responsible for something, then I must do it.

If I need help with doing something and ask someone to help me, I expect them to help me then. If they don’t, I just leave them and get on with it.

I bite my lips if they are dry, although I am starting to use Lip-Ice more often.

When I am cross or upset, I tend to mull over things for a while – it is best to just leave me alone to get over it, hehe.

When chatting I sometimes interrupt the person as I have an answer to what they are talking about and don’t want to forget what I want to say.

I can be very stubborn.

I cannot leave a pimple alone – it just has to go!!!!

I pick my nose – I cannot stand when there is something there and it just has to go, but in private!!!

If something is nice, I have a saying from the Polyfilla advert that I use – “very, very nice Pieter, now go and fix the crack in the kitchen” with the accent too!!!

If I am cross with someone or something I say “Yus …” when telling the story.

"Fixing the crack" signing off ....


I have been tagged by Desire ...

I sing to music when no-one is listening - I don't think I sing very well!!

But the following is what makes me happy ..

* Being with my friends or family - I always have a great time

* Listening to music - anything lively that you can dance to

* Dancing - I love doing this and don't do it often enough

* Helping people - this makes me feel useful

* Giving to other people - makes me feel good seeing their expression when they receive something that they have been wanting or needed

* Watching monkeys - there is something about them that makes me laugh

* Completing a walking race or lately a good hard session at the gym

* Seeing other people happy, makes me happy.

I would like to tag the following people to find out what makes them happy:


Feeling happy signing off ....

Sunday, 07 September 2008

On a Winning Streak ....

Tracy came round to my office on Friday and delivered to me my "If" Challenge prize:

There was a sheets of chipboard swirls, thank you sticker sheet, pack of mini paper, 2 little tubs of glitter and 2 rolls of the most divine ribbon.

Then she also gave me the prize for coming out of the draw for leaving comments on her blog. This really was a positive thought that I left on her blog, and I came out a winner. Here is what I received:

A lovely covered chipboard "M"
6 co-ordinating patterned papers and 4 sheets of plain colour and a sheet of tags

A kit to do the layout titled "Defining Moments" which has the instructions, 2 patterned papers and to plain papers and all the embellishments to finish the layout off.

Thank you so much Tracy. I am going to have fun using all my goodies.
Also, it was great to meet you in person. I do remember seeing you at the SATC 2 day crop in May, but we didn't chat.

Prize winner signing off ...

Secretaries Day

This is a bit late, but it was Secretaries Day on Wednesday, 3 September 2008. Paula, Glynis and I at our office were presented with lovely big boquets of flowers. Here is what mine looks like:
Flower power signing off ....

Friday, 05 September 2008


It was "Casual Day" today in the working environment and Grant's work decided that their theme was a pyjama party. They all had to go to work dressed in their pyjamas. Last night while cooking supper, he came and asked me for my slippers that I was wearing and literally took them off my feet! He found Dereck's dressing gown, got his long sleep shorts and his knitted beanie and that is how he drove himself to work!!!
Well, this is the wording I received in an e-mail later this morning:
"Hey Mom, I won a prize… BED HEAD… the best dressed sleepy look"

Grant received a certificate as well as those eye patches you get on the plane with "Bed Head" printed on it. Can you believe it!!!

Slipperless signing off ....

Tuesday, 02 September 2008

BOM Challenge # 4 & 5 - My School Days

Ok, I have finally completed the last of this BOM challenge. Check out Tracy's blog for more details if you would like to join us on this rememberance journey.

This was fun and it is amazing how I have changed over the years. I had to scan the pictures, so they are not the best quality but it at least gives one an idea of how I looked!!

The journalling reads as follows:

"From 1966 – 1967 I attended Woodlands Nursery School. From 1968 – 1969 I attended Woodlands Infants Primary School and used to catch a bus there and back every day. During 1969 a school was being built in Yellow-wood Park, where I lived and from 1970 - 1974 I attended this school, which I used to walk to and from every day. I had to walk past the shopping centre and often stopped in to buy chips or an ice-cream to eat on the remainder of my way home – chips 5cents a packet, ice-cream (pop-a-2) 3 cents!! Can you believe it! The high school I attended was Mowat Park High, in Montclair and I was there from 1975 – 1979. I loved school, not for the learning, but for the social as I enjoyed being with my friends. I also enjoyed my sport and drama, so was always participating in something after school. In order to save on bus fare and have more pocket money, I often walked to and from school which was about 4 or 5 km each way. That probably stood me in good stead for my walking career later on in my life!! From school reports I was friendly, polite, well mannered, helpful and always willing to please. Some of the games we played at primary school were, marbles (I was really good at this!) elastics, rounders and kissing catches. At high school we would just meet up at lunch time and find a spot on the field and sit and chat. I was fairly popular amongst my friends and most of the teachers at the primary and high school knew of me".

Off to bed to get some well needed sleep as I only got to bed after 12pm last night!!

Schooled out signing off ....