Secretary of the Complaints Committee

That was the title given to Mike today. If you follow my blog on a very regular basis, you may know that we have been under a regular cloud of dust where we live. I wrote about it two months ago here.

Since then there have been more emails, phone calls and meetings with the ‘powers that be’ to try and find a solution. Today someone called and told Mike they had phoned the neighbour and the neighbour told them to call Mike as he was the “Secretary of the Complaints Committee!” Talk about a title you really don’t want!

Anyway, it seems like our complaint is moving slowly through the  Cape Town bureaucracy and it hopefully will result in more measures being taken so that the dust settles…literally! 🙂

The other thing that is happening today is we are getting the security gates in my bedroom/office and in the cottage. As I speak, they are off-loading and getting on with the job…


This will make a difference to our lives. I’m constantly having to shut the balcony doors when I go downstairs (that was where a thief scaled up the vine and stole my laptop in October). Also, I work with my back to the doors which in summer are usually open. Sometimes I get very absorbed in what I am doing and if someone climbed up the balcony and entered while I was working, I may not even hear them until they were right behind me (shiver)!  This is for peace of mind.

#190 of my 1000 thanks is for security gates!

I’ve been feeling as if I’m coming down with something over the last 24 hours. It hasn’t got worse today, so hopefully I’ll shrug it off and be back to normal tomorrow. Fortunately, my life is quiet and calm and there is no longer a lot of running around and having to be places. I can sit quietly and work. No stress!

Life is pretty much like a roller coaster ride. Times of mountain top exhilaration with spectacular views and sheer joy – other times of deep valleys with disappointment, distress, fear and sadness. And everything in between. The plodding on of life at a steady pace with the ordinariness of everyday life. David experienced the same highs and lows.  His fluctuating emotions are captured in many of the psalms he wrote.

Psalm 30:5

“Sing to the Lord, you saints of His; Praise His holy Name. For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

There will come a time when sadness will be over forever.

Imagine that!

These are the days.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂

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