David’s Moving Day

Monday

Today was the day…

David moved into his unit at the new house. This ground floor, where David now is, started like this…

Ground floor lounge area before…

After…

Kitchen before…

After…

And of course his guitar is close by…

Meanwhile, back on our floor, this evening, this happened…

This is the earliest we have ever put up the Christmas tree!

Today I had quite a busy morning, fitted in a haircut, a visit to Valerie and a quick shop.

Tomorrow is a big orthodontic day as I get my implant sorted.

Right now it’s time for bed.

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –730 new cases over the last 24 hours.

Covid 19 stats – South Africa –

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771
  • Mon 23 Nov – 2080 new cases – 65 deaths (711195 recoveries/ 37956 active)
  • Tues 24 Nov – 2493 new cases – 115 deaths (716444 recoveries/34725 active)
  • Wed 25 Nov – 3250 new cases – 118 deaths (716444 recoveries/ 37857 active)
  • Thur 26 Nov – 3069 new cases – 88 deaths (716444 recoveries/40838 active)
  • Frid 27 Nov – 3370 new cases – 89 deaths (722876 recoveries/37687 active)
  • Sat 28 Nov – 3198 new cases – 61 deaths (723347 recoveries/40353 active)
  • Sun 29 Nov – 2563 new cases – 38 deaths (730633 recoveries/35592 active)

Total cases: 787702  Total deaths: 21477

Exodus 15:2

The Lord is my strength and son, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father’s God and I will exalt Him.

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

Braces:

2 years and 17 days – 10 days to go.

 

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Beach Day

Sunday

Today was the day…

The sun shone and the sky was blue. There was a little wind but a lot less than last night.  We had breakfast and then walked to the end of the beach and back. Fish Hoek Beach from the Cat Walk…

Kayaks on the beach…

Trek fishermen pulling in their boat (photo cred: Mike)

The Trek fishermen have been around for generations. I found this photo online…

It’s interesting to read the history here.

We came home and I rested, while Mike couldn’t resist getting into his swimming costume and walking back to the beach for a swim. He said it was wonderful. I enjoyed sitting outside, reading and drinking tea. In the afternoon, I had a little snooze, did some more reading and then sat with Mike on the side balcony, in the sunshine and out of the wind and drank more tea.

A beautiful Sunday.

I will have to join Mike on walking to the beach for a swim. That’s next time. With Mike ‘on leave’ and now embracing retirement, even if it is for a few weeks (or days – whichever he chooses), I see many walks to the beach in the days ahead. He is already beginning to unwind.

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –864 new cases over the last 24 hours.

Covid 19 stats – South Africa –

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771
  • Sun 22 Nov – 2270 new cases – 58 deaths (710099 recoveries/36677 active)
  • Mon 23 Nov – 2080 new cases – 65 deaths (711195 recoveries/ 37956 active)
  • Tues 24 Nov – 2493 new cases – 115 deaths (716444 recoveries/34725 active)
  • Wed 25 Nov – 3250 new cases – 118 deaths (716444 recoveries/ 37857 active)
  • Thur 26 Nov – 3069 new cases – 88 deaths (716444 recoveries/40838 active)
  • Frid 27 Nov – 3370 new cases – 89 deaths (722876 recoveries/37687 active)
  • Sat 28 Nov – 3198 new cases – 61 deaths (723347 recoveries/40353 active)

Total cases: 785139  Total deaths: 21439

Isaiah 41:10

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

Braces:

2 years and 16 days

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Valerie Moves In

Saturday

Today was the day…

Mike and I cleaned up the garage at our old house and Valerie moved in. I stopped by this afternoon to take her some thyme, wishing her a good time in our house! It was so lovely seeing her bringing back to life the house that has been emptying over the last 6 weeks.

After cleaning the garage, Mike and I took his tools and three plastic tubs of stuff home. We lugged it up the 80 stairs and then collapsed in a heap and took the rest of the afternoon off.

We have just come in from dinner. David is teaching Mike guitar which is fun. Mike was David’s first teacher when he was about 13, but he very soon needed more formal training and when he studied music in high school moved on to a qualified teacher.

So Saturday ends and Mike’s latest deadline is over. December is the month he will take a lot of time off and recover from all the hard work over the last year.

The other thing that happened today which made me so happy was I walked into Pick n Pay and saw this. I bought it immediately! How often would a supermarket like PnP stock this…Grapevine!

I’m so excited about my grapevine!

This evening we were at Harbour Bay and there was a private function on. Dozens of people milling around with no social distancing and no masks. That was unexpected.

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –723 new cases over the last 24 hours.

Covid 19 stats – South Africa –

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771
  • Sat 21 Nov – 2646 new cases – 86 deaths (707784 recoveries/36780 active)
  • Sun 22 Nov – 2270 new cases – 58 deaths (710099 recoveries/36677 active)
  • Mon 23 Nov – 2080 new cases – 65 deaths (711195 recoveries/ 37956 active)
  • Tues 24 Nov – 2493 new cases – 115 deaths (716444 recoveries/34725 active)
  • Wed 25 Nov – 3250 new cases – 118 deaths (716444 recoveries/ 37857 active)
  • Thur 26 Nov – 3069 new cases – 88 deaths (716444 recoveries/40838 active)
  • Frid 27 Nov – 3370 new cases – 89 deaths (722876 recoveries/37687 active)

Total cases: 781941  Total deaths: 21378

Psalm 138:3

In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.

God listens.

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

Braces: 2 year and 15 days.

 

 

 

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Goodbye to the Builder

Friday

Today was the day…

We said goodbye to Werner. This afternoon he flew to Spain for a couple of months. He came round to say goodbye. The final few things were done and our last payment has been made. Quite remarkable that we can employ a builder to build such a big house – take on such a large project and not have a contract with him, but that’s what we did. We did not sign anything. He told us what it would cost and discussed with us when more was going to be needed – like for the concrete floor between the top two floors and then he got on with it. The end result is a happy builder and a happy client.

Today I was up really early finishing a writing job I picked up the other day. So glad to get that done.

Mike and Courage worked hard at the old house to finish wiring some lights. They discovered two days ago that the wiring for the lights was really old and needed to be replaced. That really put them behind a day or two, but they got on track for Valerie-Gail who has picked up the keys and moves in tomorrow . Mike will go back tomorrow to sort out the garage.

One of the other things that happened today is that my friend Jo bought round a housewarming gift. I love it! She is famous for crocheting and she made us a blanket. It really adds a beautiful pop of colour.

Such a blessing!

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –1106 new cases over the last 24 hours. Going up.

Covid 19 stats – South Africa –

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771
  • Fri 20 Nov – 3105 new cases – 88 deaths (707040 recoveries/34964 active)
  • Sat 21 Nov – 2646 new cases – 86 deaths (707784 recoveries/36780 active)
  • Sun 22 Nov – 2270 new cases – 58 deaths (710099 recoveries/36677 active)
  • Mon 23 Nov – 2080 new cases – 65 deaths (711195 recoveries/ 37956 active)
  • Tues 24 Nov – 2493 new cases – 115 deaths (716444 recoveries/34725 active)
  • Wed 25 Nov – 3250 new cases – 118 deaths (716444 recoveries/ 37857 active)
  • Thur 26 Nov – 3069 new cases – 88 deaths (716444 recoveries/40838 active)

Total cases: 778571  Total deaths: 21289

Psalm 18:31-32

But who is God but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? The God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless.

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

Braces:

2 years and  14 days.

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Pulling Strings

Thursday

Today was the day…

The dentist who is taking care of the crown for my  implant pulled some strings! I got an email from him early this morning after I’d written to say my impressions at the orthodontist would be done on 10th December and the braces off 23rd December. He wrote back saying he would work within their time frame but he could get me a temporary crown sooner.

Next thing I know, he was in contact with my orthodontist and I was in contact with the surgeon who needs to open the implant up. Messages buzzed hither and thither and eventually this is what got diarised:

Tuesday 1st December:  I go first to the dentist and he whips off the wire around my implant. Then I zip into town and the surgeon exposes the implant. Back to the dentist who puts on a temporary crown (or puts the wire back with the little false tooth).

Thursday 3rd December: I go to the orthodontist to have the impressions done for my retainer.

Thursday 10th December: BRACES OFF!

Yeah! I loved that the orthodontist’s receptionist office phoned and said Dr said 23rd December is too far away and I must have them off earlier.

It was the dentist that pulled some strings that’s for sure!

Two weeks from this moment in time, God willing, the braces will be off – relegated to wherever old brackets, wires and dental springs go after hanging out in a mouth for 2 years and 27 days.

14 sleeps.

This morning, I walked to the beach on my own. Mike had a busy day lined up so he chose to sleep a little longer. I walked 5km. I have had a lot of work so been pretty busy all day. Also got some linen washed and managed to nip out and buy some groceries. Julian will be down in a few minutes and we’ll walk towards Simon’s Town, so time to wrap up.

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –1041 new cases over the last 24 hours. Wow!

Covid 19 stats – South Africa –

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771
  • Thur 19 Nov – 2514 new cases – 115 deaths (702544 recoveries/36443 active)
  • Fri 20 Nov – 3105 new cases – 88 deaths (707040 recoveries/34964 active)
  • Sat 21 Nov – 2646 new cases – 86 deaths (707784 recoveries/36780 active)
  • Sun 22 Nov – 2270 new cases – 58 deaths (710099 recoveries/36677 active)
  • Mon 23 Nov – 2080 new cases – 65 deaths (711195 recoveries/ 37956 active)
  • Tues 24 Nov – 2493 new cases – 115 deaths (716444 recoveries/34725 active)
  • Wed 25 Nov – The Western Cape spike is pushing the country’s number up – 3250 new cases – 118 deaths (716444 recoveries/ 37857 active)

Total cases: 775502  Total deaths: 21201

Romans 12:18

As far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

Braces:

2 years and 13 days. Yup 14 sleeps.

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The Birds

Wednesday

Today was the day…

We seemed to get the routine right. We were up really early and walked to the beach between 5.30am and 6.30am.

Cappuccino was next. Shower, Bible reading, Breakfast, Work.

One of the joys of living right next to the coast are the prolific number of birds. The swarms of cormorants particularly, have fascinated me. There are flocks of them, but then they come in what looks like swarms. Massive swathes of them flying in formation and doing S shapes across the sky.  It’s breeding time here for the Cape Cormorant so they are prolific.  What I’ve seen is them flying by the thousands high in the sky, dipping and turning in unison. I’ve also seen hundreds at sea level, synchronized flying just above the surface of the water. I wonder if one pack is communicating with the other – directing their attention to where the best fish can be found. I am sure studies have been made. Just so interesting to watch. Photo by Wiki.

Sea gulls dip and swirl between the rocks, close to the water, always on the look out for fish.

Closer to us there are rock pigeons that coo and brr, landing on our balustrade, looking curious and innocent.

But the birds that have been most fervently in our line of sight are a pair of starlings. They have nested under the eaves of the neighbouring house. At first, I thought the piteous cry of their young was a dog whining. I soon began to realise eggs had hatched and the starling chicks were calling for food. The babies are most vocal as their parents arrive. Their whine has become a clear chirp and the parental unit are kept busy throughout the day feeding, protecting and nurturing their young. Personally, I’m not fond of starlings but as these are not my guests, I’ve enjoyed watching them. Photo by wiki..

The other thing I’ve noticed today as I’ve spent most of the day at my desk is the variety of water traffic. This morning over coffee, I remarked to Mike how, with the sea so flat, the little informal fishing boat reminded me of Egypt. Two fishermen in a simple boat with a small outboard motor putt-putted by. Later a large tourist kind of boat passed by. It had something about Tuna on the side. Plenty of Kayaks went to and from Simon’s Town. They come and go all day long. And right now a yacht, Day Dream, is gliding by enjoying the late afternoon sun in a breeze that is trying to figure out if it is blowing to the  north or from the south. It looks like it’s changing.

And so are the sights from my office. Who needs TV when you have this to watch?!

Off to arrange dinner.

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –993 new cases over the last 24 hours. Wow!

Covid 19 stats – South Africa –

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771 recoveries/169 882 active)
  • Wed 18 Nov – 2888 new cases – 124 deaths (701534 recoveries/35054 active)
  • Thur 19 Nov – 2514 new cases – 115 deaths (702544 recoveries/36443 active)
  • Fri 20 Nov – 3105 new cases – 88 deaths (707040 recoveries/34964 active)
  • Sat 21 Nov – 2646 new cases – 86 deaths (707784 recoveries/36780 active)
  • Sun 22 Nov – 2270 new cases – 58 deaths (710099 recoveries/36677 active)
  • Mon 23 Nov – 2080 new cases – 65 deaths (711195 recoveries/ 37956 active)
  • Tues 24 Nov – 2493 new cases – 115 deaths (716444 recoveries/34725 active)

Total cases: 772252  Total deaths: 21083

Colossians 1:11

May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

Braces:

2 years and 12 days. 28 days to go.

 

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The Mince Pie Metal

Tuesday

Today was the day…

I got a response regarding the piece of metal in the mince pie. My email finally got to the right person and the latest news is a courier will arrive tomorrow morning and collect the offending fragment. At least their supplier can try figure out where it came from.

Today it rained. Mike and I did not walk to the beach, but I lay in bed and watched the north wind blow puffy clouds across the sky…

Later, between showers, we took a brisk walk to the end of Echo Rd and back. This is the magnificent view of Simon’s Town from the end of Echo.

I remember coming to this spot many years ago with Granny. I would take her for a drive and drive to the end of Echo Rd. She would sit in the car and admire the view. “Beautiful” is what she would say. I know that she would be in awe of where we are living now. Both  Mike’s parents would shake their head in wonderment. They would also be bewildered that they need to climb 80 steps to get to our front door!

There have been workmen here today. They have finished the woodwork for the balustrade on the stairwell. They also have almost finished David’s unit below ours. There are just a couple of things that need to be done there, like a skirting board needs painting and a cupboard door handle needs putting on (they got the wrong size). The toilet roll holder and towel ring and rail need to go up in the bathroom and one more piece of metal needs to go in the shower. Then Mike just needs to do final covers for the kitchen plugs and it will be finished. Werner leaves for Spain on Friday so he only has two days to complete the work. I will always be grateful to him for taking on this mammoth project and seeing it to its end and pretty much on budget. There are few that could have done what he has done. God bless Werner!

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –654 new cases over the last 24 hours

Covid 19 stats – South Africa –

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771 recoveries/169 882 active)
  • Tue 17 Nov – 1987 new cases – 118 deaths (696820 recoveries/37004 active)
  • Wed 18 Nov – 2888 new cases – 124 deaths (701534 recoveries/35054 active)
  • Thur 19 Nov – 2514 new cases – 115 deaths (702544 recoveries/36443 active)
  • Fri 20 Nov – 3105 new cases – 88 deaths (707040 recoveries/34964 active)
  • Sat 21 Nov – 2646 new cases – 86 deaths (707784 recoveries/36780 active)
  • Sun 22 Nov – 2270 new cases – 58 deaths (710099 recoveries/36677 active)
  • Mon 23 Nov – 2080 new cases – 65 deaths (711195 recoveries/ 37956 active)

Total cases: 769759  Total deaths: 20968

Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song.

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

Braces:

2 years and 11 days (29 sleeps!)

 

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Countdown Begins

Monday

Today is the day…

I learned the date my braces will come off! Nothing is as easy as it looks and it always takes longer. The orthodontist’s receptionist called me and said that it has to be two appointments. The first is for the cast to be done for the retainer and the second is for the braces to be taken off. The first available day for the cast is 10th December. The first available day for the braces to come off is the 23rd December – one month today.

30 sleeps.

I let the dentist who is doing my implant know. Maybe he can pull some strings. If not, my orthodontic journey will end after 2 years and 40 days.

This morning we were up early and walked to Fish Hoek beach and back. There were some lovely sights…

I had a good morning of work. In the afternoon, I nipped across to the old house to check on how it was getting along and drop off a drill. Courage has made good progress.

After more afternoon work, Mike and I walked into Fish Hoek to pick up dishwasher salt! It’s a 3km round trip.

This evening I really should be doing some work. I was contacted by a guy I wrote articles for some years ago. He contacted me to re-write some website information. I’ve done about half.  I think I’ll try do some more this evening.

Tomorrow Julian arrives 😀

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –453 new cases over the last 24 hours

Covid 19 stats – South Africa –

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771 recoveries/169 882 active)
  • Mon 16 Nov – 1245 new cases – 73 deaths (695496 recoveries/36459 active)
  • Tue 17 Nov – 1987 new cases – 118 deaths (696820 recoveries/37004 active)
  • Wed 18 Nov – 2888 new cases – 124 deaths (701534 recoveries/35054 active)
  • Thur 19 Nov – 2514 new cases – 115 deaths (702544 recoveries/36443 active)
  • Fri 20 Nov – 3105 new cases – 88 deaths (707040 recoveries/34964 active)
  • Sat 21 Nov – 2646 new cases – 86 deaths (707784 recoveries/36780 active)
  • Sun 22 Nov – 2270 new cases – 58 deaths (710099 recoveries/36677 active)

Total cases: 767679  Total deaths: 20903

Psalm 18:2

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

in His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

Braces:

2 years and 10 days

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The Mountain Plot

Sunday

Today was the day…

We got up early and walked to the beach. On getting home we had coffee and rested. I shopped, cooked and David came for lunch. In the late afternoon we went up the mountain behind us to see how Rob was coming along with clearing his land. Getting any form of structure up there is going to be a mission, but that’s what we said of our house. Where there’s a will there’s a way. He has cleared a space which is flattish. It is next to a grove of trees which is very pretty.

The view from up there is pretty spectacular…

It’s going to be interesting to see it go up, if it does.

I also got some work done and now I am powering down for a quiet evening.

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –620 new cases over the last 24 hours

Covid 19 stats – South Africa –

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771 recoveries/169 882 active)
  • Sun 15 Nov – 1842 new cases – 35 deaths (693467 recoveries/37316 active)
  • Mon 16 Nov – 1245 new cases – 73 deaths (695496 recoveries/36459 active)
  • Tue 17 Nov – 1987 new cases – 118 deaths (696820 recoveries/37004 active)
  • Wed 18 Nov – 2888 new cases – 124 deaths (701534 recoveries/35054 active)
  • Thur 19 Nov – 2514 new cases – 115 deaths (702544 recoveries/36443 active)
  • Fri 20 Nov – 3105 new cases – 88 deaths (707040 recoveries/34964 active)
  • Sat 21 Nov – 2646 new cases – 86 deaths (707784 recoveries/36780 active)

Total cases: 765409  Total deaths: 20845

Psalm 59:17

To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; for God is my defense, my God of mercy.

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

Braces:

2 years and 9 days

 

 

 

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Day Trip!

Saturday

Today was the day…

We went to Swellendam for the day! It’s such a good idea to get out of town. We left early (4:40am) and took a leisurely drive. On the way there were a couple of sights to be seen. On the Main rd through St James an old blue bakkie had hit a wall head on and was still there. Then on the N2 just before High Rising (which is between Grabouw and Houw Hoek), we rounded a bend to find an articulated truck and trailer had lost its load of bricks. It must have happened minutes before because there were no emergency vehicles on site and the driver was busy trying to get the bricks out of the way of the traffic. The trailer had flipped over and was completely obstructing the road, so traffic coming towards us had to inch past within the yellow line on that side, while we had to slowly drive over the bricks on the left side. I asked the guy who was kicking the bricks out the way if anyone was injured and he said no, so we drove on, flashing our lights at oncoming vehicles, the first two that passed was a tow-truck (naturally) and a police car.

We had a leisurely coffee at Caledon after which we encountered three stop and go points between Caledon and Riviersonderend. They’ll get to the end of those road works eventually.

We had a wonderful day with the family. Elsie is so ridiculously cute. She is 2 and a half today. She is so flexible and was lying on her back touching her face with her feet so I asked her if she was doing Pilates. She couldn’t say the Pilates but she did try something like Milates! I lay on the floor and she got down next to me. I said, “put both legs flat” so she did. I said, “lift one leg up” so she did. “Bend your knee” so she did. “Put both hands behind your knee” so she did!!! I was so impressed. That’s quite an advanced set of instructions for her to follow.

One of the funniest things for me to record is her use of the word ‘technique’. Elsie would be climbing off the couch and to do so would roll onto her stomach and go down face first. Stacey called it her nose technique. Sometimes, she would get off by sliding off on her backside and it would be the ‘sitting technique’. After Adrian badly injured his Achilles tendon, he was going down stairs on his backside. Elsie exclaimed “Papa sitting technique!” To hear such a big word from such a little person is so amusing. Love her to bits. Happy half birthday Elsie!

We drove home in the afternoon stopping for about 15 minutes at one of the roadworks. An uneventful trip except look who appeared to keep us company at the stop & go – 200+ sheep. Mike said, ‘you’re counting sheep, you’ll fall asleep!’

We got home safe and sound, had dinner on the balcony and washed some windows.

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –668 new cases over the last 24 hours

Covid 19 stats – South Africa –

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771 recoveries/169 882 active)
  • Sat 14 Nov- 2237 new cases – 53 deaths (693261 recoveries/ 35715 active)
  • Sun 15 Nov – 1842 new cases – 35 deaths (693467 recoveries/37316 active)
  • Mon 16 Nov – 1245 new cases – 73 deaths (695496 recoveries/36459 active)
  • Tue 17 Nov – 1987 new cases – 118 deaths (696820 recoveries/37004 active)
  • Wed 18 Nov – 2888 new cases – 124 deaths (701534 recoveries/35054 active)
  • Thur 19 Nov – 2514 new cases – 115 deaths (702544 recoveries/36443 active)
  • Fri 20 Nov – 3105 new cases – 88 deaths (707040 recoveries/34964 active)

Total cases: 762763  Total deaths: 20759

1 Chronicles 29:11

Yours, O Lord is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and  You are exalted over all.

Amen!

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

Braces:

2 years and 8 days

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Noises in the Night

Friday

Today was the day…

We had an unexpected visitor! Last night, Mike had fallen asleep and I was still awake when I started hearing strange sounds. Our new house is very quiet. If a door or window is open, you can hear the wind, but generally it’s very still and silent, so the odd knock or clatter can be heard. So that was what I was hearing. I got out of bed and walked into the kitchen and turned the light on and then I listened. I couldn’t hear anything, so I went back to bed, but again started hearing strange noises.

I decided I was going to go outside to look. I was nervous someone was trying to scale up the house. I told sleeping Mike I was going outside because I was hearing things. He was sleeping, but managed “ok”. That’s not the right answer.  I went to the front door and went upstairs to Julian’s unit. Everything was quiet up there. I came back down and shone my cell phone torch out my balcony door scanning below to see if I could see anything.

Then I woke Mike up properly saying I was too scared to go outside on my own!  He got up and together we went out the front door and shone a torch up the back to see if anything had been disturbed. It hadn’t.  The house has a light steel frame so as the temperature drops, sometimes there is a creak or a knock and that’s probably what I had heard. That was the conclusion. But we’ve been in the house for 5 weeks and I hadn’t heard noises like this before.  Reassured by Mike, we both fell fast asleep. We were up about 5:30 and decided to walk to the beach as the wind had indeed dropped a little. We left just after 6am and after locking the front door, looked round the back to see if anything had been disturbed. It hadn’t. We were walking down the stairs with Mike commenting that he had been more afraid of creepy crawlies (ie scorpions) coming into the house. As we got opposite the ground floor, we heard rocks moving. I looked right, under the house…in this section…

And on the far side, there was a woman! It looked as if she had got up to try to get away and had slipped down the rocks. I asked her what she was doing there and where she had come from. She said her boyfriend works here and he’s coming. She came out and bolted down the stairs. We left right after that but she had disappeared. My mind and my ears were not playing tricks on me.  It would have been very tricky in the night navigating under the house.  She looked pretty harmless, but it’s wrong that she was there in the first place. Not sure where she came from or where she went.

Today was the day I saw the dentist who will do the crown for my implant. He has said the next step is to get my braces OFF! Then it’s to the surgeon who did the implant, to open it up and then back to today’s Dr for him to give me a temporary crown.

This afternoon Irmgard and Sandy came for tea. Darn, I forgot to take a photo of them. I really need to remember to do this.  It was great to see them again. Good memories of working along side these two during CCFm days.

And the builder was about today, finishing off. He is hoping to be on a plane to Spain in the next week, so we will be tying a bow around the build sooner than we know.

It’s been a beautiful day with very little wind. Our doors have been thrown wide open sucking up the beauty…

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –652 new cases over the last 24 hours

Covid 19 stats – South Africa –

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771 recoveries/169 882 active)
  • Fri 13 Nov – 2213 new cases – 77 deaths (692177 recoveries/34615 active)
  • Sat 14 Nov- 2237 new cases – 53 deaths (693261 recoveries/ 35715 active)
  • Sun 15 Nov – 1842 new cases – 35 deaths (693467 recoveries/37316 active)
  • Mon 16 Nov – 1245 new cases – 73 deaths (695496 recoveries/36459 active)
  • Tue 17 Nov – 1987 new cases – 118 deaths (696820 recoveries/37004 active)
  • Wed 18 Nov – 2888 new cases – 124 deaths (701534 recoveries/35054 active)
  • Thur 19 Nov – 2514 new cases – 115 deaths (702544 recoveries/36443 active)

Total cases: 759658  Total deaths: 20671

Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory.

Amen.

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

Braces:

2 years and 1 week

 

 

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Home Alone

Thursday

Today was the day…

We were home alone. There were no workers on site! It was very quiet. Even Courage wasn’t here, because he went straight to the old house to continue the work that needs to be done there.

The wind has been howling, but look at this…it’s going to have dropped by tomorrow morning and then we will be in for some super days…

Because the wind was blowing so hard, I decided my workout would be on the steps, so I walked down to the patio and up again (54 steps from the patio) and did that 7 times. It pushed my heart rate up nice and high. Then I came inside and pulled up an excellent online Pilates class and did most of that. Mike had ventured out on a walk, but came home before too long because he had forgotten his mask. While it wasn’t a full hour, my exercise routine did enough to warrant a shower and make me feel I’d done some work.  Tomorrow, with little wind, to the beach we shall go.

Apart from work and shopping, today I went to the nursery and bought small bags of potting soil. When I have to do the carrying up the stairs, I am definitely considering bag size and weight. Armed with  manageable loads, I came home and repotted my Checkers seedlings, most of which (surprisingly) survived. Two didn’t.

They have joined the other couple of plants by the windows…

Our list of building work to be done has rapidly reduced and now there are literally only one handful of things to do. David’s unit should be done by the weekend so he can move in very soon. The few things left to be done on our floor will also be done within a week. It will certainly be a red letter day when we pay Werner the final outstanding amount and get to call the building finished. Wow!

The other thing I did today was reduce the internet package at the old house to R399/month and reduce our DSTV package to a cheaper one.

Dinner is almost done, so let me go serve up.

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –684 new cases over the last 24 hours – it’s crazy that it’s going up. I’ll have to see where all the cases are.

Covid 19 stats – South Africa –

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771 recoveries/169 882 active)
  • Thur 12 Nov – 2338 new cases – 65 deaths (690903 recoveries/33753 active)
  • Fri 13 Nov – 2213 new cases – 77 deaths (692177 recoveries/34615 active)
  • Sat 14 Nov- 2237 new cases – 53 deaths (693261 recoveries/ 35715 active)
  • Sun 15 Nov – 1842 new cases – 35 deaths (693467 recoveries/37316 active)
  • Mon 16 Nov – 1245 new cases – 73 deaths (695496 recoveries/36459 active)
  • Tue 17 Nov – 1987 new cases – 118 deaths (696820 recoveries/37004 active)
  • Wed 18 Nov – 2888 new cases – 124 deaths (701534 recoveries/35054 active)

Total cases: 757144  Total deaths: 20556

Jeremiah 32:17

Ah, Lord God! It is You who have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for You.

Amen!

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

Braces:

2 years and 6 days.

 

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The Gym Decision

Wednesday

Today was the day…

I think I made a decision to cancel my gym membership!  Since we moved form that side to Fish Hoek, it’s harder to go to gym because it’s further away. I’ve got to try get back into an exercise routine, so this morning, bright and early (around 6:30am), with the wind blowing, Mike and I set off for the beach. We walked to the lighthouse, looped around to Fish Hoek Main Rd, back to the beach and then along Simon’s Town rd to the lookout before turning for home again. It was 1 hour and 10 minutes of exercise with my heart rate going up to 151 max. That’s all I need. So now I need to do it again tomorrow morning. Got to get into an exercise routine to cancel my gym membership.

After showering, Mike and I had breakfast on the balcony. We watched Rob’s men walk up the 100 steps a few doors down, then across the mountain path behind us, before climbing the hill to his plot to do more clearing. No easy task that’s going on up there.

While I was behind close doors working, Mike did a few chores. He took tiles back to CTM. Because they were older than 6 months, CTM didn’t want to pay us out, but how can that be with Covid and all? Eventually they were persuaded and took them back. It means the garage at Echo is finally almost clear enough to park a car.

Meanwhile this evening, our headboard is going up. We only got it back from the old house this afternoon! Here it is just waiting…

And up! It’s looking a little grubby amidst all the new-ness, but Mike says he’ll give the frame a coat of white paint and it will look good as new.  We also need a picture above it.

We still need bedside tables and a desk for me. Mike is going to make those so they will take a bit of time, but will be worth it because they will be perfect for our needs.

Today my sister Anne had chemo 4 and it went off without a hitch. Her blood tests were fine. 4 down, 8 to go. One third through!

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –499 (ouch!!) new cases over the last 24 hours.

Covid 19 stats – South Africa –

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771 recoveries/169 882 active)
  • Wed 11 Nov – 2140 new cases – 60 deaths (686458 recoveries/35925 active)
  • Thur 12 Nov – 2338 new cases – 65 deaths (690903 recoveries/33753 active)
  • Fri 13 Nov – 2213 new cases – 77 deaths (692177 recoveries/34615 active)
  • Sat 14 Nov- 2237 new cases – 53 deaths (693261 recoveries/ 35715 active)
  • Sun 15 Nov – 1842 new cases – 35 deaths (693467 recoveries/37316 active)
  • Mon 16 Nov – 1245 new cases – 73 deaths (695496 recoveries/36459 active)
  • Tue 17 Nov – 1987 new cases – 118 deaths (696820 recoveries/37004 active)

Total cases: 754256  Total deaths: 20432

Psalm 73:26

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

Braces:

2 years and 5 days

 

 

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Side Balcony!

Tuesday

Today was the day…

Of another 7 hour work day.

The workers came and to our joy, they have just about finished the side balcony. It needs another coat of paint but that’s about all.

Before…

15th February 2020…

And finally…

We will enjoy sitting out there. It’s protected from the sout-easter.

With no TV yet, we have been reading more and I’ve just finished a delightful book.

The author writes about many of his adventures in Cape Town. He walked extensively and describes in detail a long walk to Simon’s Town. And a horse ride to “Blettenberg Bay”. What obstacles they faced. The round trip took at least a month. Rivers to cross and mountains to clamber over. Wild life to avoid and worn out horses to feed. It made for entertaining reading, especially as they went through “Zwellendam”. What is amazing is that the names of so many places we know today had the same names back in 1805. Lion Head, Rogge Bay, Devil’s Hill,  Roben Island (his spelling), Hottentot Holland, Salt River and the Carroo (Karoo!) all make an appearance. On his penultimate page, he writes, “One word more. To an admirer of the sublime in Nature, few spots on the surface of the globe present such scenes as the Cape of Good Hope.”

I heartily agree! If these mountains that surround us could speak, they would have stories to tell.

Social media was all abuzz last night and today after a small earthquake occurred off the West Coast. It was a 3.5 magnitude tremor off Saldanha Bay but was felt in many areas across Cape Town. Apparently it lasted 10 seconds. I felt nothing.

Tomorrow Anne has chemo #4.

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –213 new cases over the last 24 hours.

Covid 19 stats – South Africa –

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771 recoveries/169 882 active)
  • Tue 10th Nov – 1729 new cases – 106 deaths (683194 recoveries/37109 active)
  • Wed 11 Nov – 2140 new cases – 60 deaths (686458 recoveries/35925 active)
  • Thur 12 Nov – 2338 new cases – 65 deaths (690903 recoveries/33753 active)
  • Fri 13 Nov – 2213 new cases – 77 deaths (692177 recoveries/34615 active)
  • Sat 14 Nov- 2237 new cases – 53 deaths (693261 recoveries/ 35715 active)
  • Sun 15 Nov – 1842 new cases – 35 deaths (693467 recoveries/37316 active)
  • Mon 16 Nov – 1245 new cases – 73 deaths (695496 recoveries/36459 active)

Total cases: 752269  Total deaths: 20314

1 Chronicles 16:27

Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and gladness are in His place.

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

Braces:

2 years and 4 days.

 

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Metal in a Mince Pie

Monday

Today was the day…

That was very busy. I worked for 7 hours.

But also on my to-do list was to contact Pick n Pay as yesterday as I enjoyed a dessert of Christmas Mince pie and ice cream, I suddenly felt something really hard in my mouth. I maneuvered it out and it was a small irregular shaped piece of metal. Initially, we thought it could be a filling, but all mine were in place. I’ve no idea of what it was. I just know it shouldn’t have been there.  This was one side of it…

And this is the other…

Quite gross hey! Anyway, we’ll see if I get a response from the email I wrote.

In between work, I managed to get back to the old house to see the bed and washing machine being taken away…

The house is now looking so empty.

Meanwhile, at our new home, we are finally getting our side balustrade…

Edging towards the end of the workers being here.

Today we have been in our new house for one month!

Covid numbers in the Western Cape –306  new cases over the last 24 hours.

Covid 19 stats – South Africa –

  • Friday 24th July – 13944 new cases (maximum we had in a day)– 250 deaths (245 771 recoveries/169 882 active)
  • Mon 9th Nov – 1247 new cases – 36 deaths (680726 recoveries/37954 active)
  • Tue 10th Nov – 1729 new cases – 106 deaths (683194 recoveries/37109 active)
  • Wed 11 Nov – 2140 new cases – 60 deaths (686458 recoveries/35925 active)
  • Thur 12 Nov – 2338 new cases – 65 deaths (690903 recoveries/33753 active)
  • Fri 13 Nov – 2213 new cases – 77 deaths (692177 recoveries/34615 active)
  • Sat 14 Nov- 2237 new cases – 53 deaths (693261 recoveries/ 35715 active)
  • Sun 15 Nov – 1842 new cases – 35 deaths (693467 recoveries/37316 active)

Total cases: 751024  Total deaths: 20241

Daniel 2:23

I thank and praise You, God of my ancestors, for You have given me wisdom and strength.

The best is yet to come.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

Braces:

2 year and 3 days

 

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