Tuesday, November 28, 2006

10 things I like about me

So, according to Mr. Bing,
"You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between."

So, in an attempt to eliminate the negative, I bring you 10 things I like about me...

1. I the fact that i have many interests.
2. I like the fact that I am likable.
3. I can let loose and have fun.
4. I care about other people.
5. I am a good teacher
6. good mother.
7. A great friend.
8. I am honest but not brutal.
9. Confident
10. the way feel when I dance

PS started by Tater and Tot

Sunday, November 26, 2006

What Makes You Feel Attractive?

They are beautiful. They transform from an ugly cocoon and worm into a mazing beautiful creature?

I’m interested to know what makes you feel attractive. Is it getting attention from the opposite
sex? If yes, in what ways?

Do you feel attractive when you’re wearing a nice pair of shoes… matching, sexy underwear… beautiful clothes?

Do you feel attractive when you receive gifts, smiles, phone calls…?

Do you feel attractive when you just stepped out of the beauty parlour - with a new haircut, a massage, a facial…?

Do you feel attractive when your partner praises you? Or tells you you’re beautiful?

What is it really that makes you feel really attractive, sexy, desirable…?

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happiness vs Comfort

We try to put buffers between us and the world, and as a result we feel less: We want plenty of heat in winter so we don’t feel the cold, but people in Japan, for example, keep their homes quite cold in winter and as a result get sick less. We want air-conditioning in Summer so we don’t feel the heat, but people in Singapore have permanent colds because it is 65 degrees inside and 110 degrees outside…

I could go on, but you get the picture. Living in denial of LIFE. Sickness and death can strike at any moment and it doesn’t matter how comfortable we are. Comfort has no relation to happiness

Wednesday, November 22, 2006



Cuplets by Daniel Francis Eggink

I wake up every morning with my butterfly mind.

Awake to the wonder of butterfly time.

As I bless my pretty baby with a butterfly kiss

I know there's coming troubles my baby's sure to miss.

Welcome Monarch butterfly. Welcome to our sky.

As the sunrise brings the morning and your beauty fills our eye

Welcome Monarch butterfly. Welcome to my mind.

I hear your dreamy message and I know it is the time.

There's a song I keep on hearing as I'm' walking down the street.

It's the flower children dancing to the Butterfly Beat.

No matter what the season their singing makes me glad.

It's time we all be changing, not the time for being sad.

Welcome Monarch butterfly. Welcome to our sky.

As the sunrise brings the morning and your beauty fills our eye.

Welcome Monarch butterfly. Welcome to my mind.

I hear your dreamy message and I know it is the time.

There's a Butterfly cloud on a Mexican Mountain.

Rising up to heaven like a golden fountain.

Monarch wings fly a thousand mile course.

Then we watch them land from our white sand porch.

Welcome Monarch butterfly. Welcome to our sky.

As the sunrise brings the morning and your beauty fills our eye.

Welcome Monarch butterfly. Welcome to my mind.

I hear your dreamy message and I know it is the time.

California sunshine is a butterfly dream.

With their arms in the air, hear the flower children sing.

California sunshine gives the butterfly power.

Flower children ready for the butterfly hour.

Awake to the rhythm of the butterfly beat.

Dance with the children on Butterfly Street.

Old self drops as the weather turns to spring.

New self flies when the Flower Children sing.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Attitude Is Everything

Attitude Is Everything
by Jim Rohn

The process of human change begins within us. We all have tremendous potential. We all desire good results from our efforts. Most of us are willing to work hard and to pay the price that success and happiness demand.

Each of us has the ability to put our unique human potential into action and to acquire a desired result. But the one thing that determines the level of our potential, that produces the intensity of our activity, and predicts the quality of the result we receive is our attitude.

Attitude determines how much of the future we are allowed to see. It decides the size of our dreams and influences our determination when we are faced with new challenges. No other person on earth has dominion over our attitude. People can affect our attitude by teaching us poor thinking habits or unintentionally misinforming us or providing us with negative sources of influence, but no one can control our attitude unless we voluntarily surrender that control

No one else "makes us angry." We make ourselves angry when we surrender control of our attitude. What someone else may have done is irrelevant. We choose, not they. They merely put our attitude to a test. If we select a volatile attitude by becoming hostile, angry, jealous or suspicious, then we have failed the test. If we condemn ourselves by believing that we are unworthy, then again, we have failed the test.

If we care at all about ourselves, then we must accept full responsibility for our own feelings. We must learn to guard against those feelings that have the capacity to lead our attitude down the wrong path and to strengthen those feelings that can lead us confidently into a better future.

If we want to receive the rewards the future holds in trust for us, then we must exercise the most important choice given to us as members of the human race by maintaining total dominion over our attitude. Our attitude is an asset, a treasure of great value, which must be protected accordingly. Beware of the vandals and thieves among us who would injure our positive attitude or seek to steal it away.

Having the right attitude is one of the basics that success requires. The combination of a sound personal philosophy and a positive attitude about ourselves and the world around us gives us an inner strength and a firm resolve that influences all the other areas of our existence.

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn

Website: [ http://www.jimrohn.com ]

I wish for you a life of wealth, health and happiness; a life in which you give to yourself the gift of patience, the virtue of reason, the value of knowledge, and the influence of faith in your own ability to dream about and achieve worthy rewards. -- Jim Rohn

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Pamper "Tea"

WoW - I have been so busy.

Sunday, 12 November I invited some friends of for good company, a manicure, "tea"
and a chance to share some beauty tips.

Some of the tips included a honey mask,bathing in epsom salts and don't forget to
take your make up off before you sleep!

Well it turned out that quite a few of us were clueless about how to put make up and we had to experts in our presence - So guess what we will be doing next......

Friday, November 10, 2006

Coffee Swap Questionaire


1. Whole bean or ground?


2. Fully-loaded or decaf?

Fully loaded and strong

3. Regular or flavored?

either or both

4. How do you drink your coffee?

Filtered and sweet

5. Favorite coffee ever?

Hard to say - But loved drinking coffee when I was in America.
Especially with the Irish Cream Non-alcoholic Milk.

6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do?

Prefer strong blend

7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee?

mmmm..... biscuits, scones and various cakes.

10. Yarn/fiber you love?

Still to knew to knitting to know

12. What's on your needles?

Kiddies cushion

13. Favorite colors?

All shades of blue and pink

14. Allergies? Hayfever - guess that does not really count.

15. Anything you really love, really don't like, or just need to get off your chest?

New to knitting - most of my items have been for my daughter. I want o introduce
her to knitting.
Its been a great stress relief.

Music Recital


Item 1: Ode to Joy (including her dad)
Item 2: German Song with Chantal (Jeandre sang back-up – la la la)
Item 3: Twinkle Little Star (Chantal sang it in German)
Item 4: Sannie Het ‘n Lammetjie

Jeandre relaxed in her bedroom after the recital.

Jeandre’s photography - picture mom - the person behind the camera

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Makeover Guide

Do you ever feel like you need a pick me up? Can you
remember the last time you felt like a hot Mama?

My friends Alice and Mila have put together a neat
ebook filled with tips and ideas on how to treat yourself
to a spa at home, complete with manicure and pedicure.

Of course, we Moms are beautiful on the inside, but
it's a good thing when we feel good about our outsides too!
You can get your copy at no cost - Just click on the
Hot mama button on my blog.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Have you ever remembered a situation in your life that
was very intense and serious at the time? Now when reflect on
it you just burst into laughter.

I remember getting lost in the USA with two kids in my car seat.
Lucky they both fell asleep. I was so scared to ask for help.
When I finally plucked up the courage then I couldn't find anyone.
Eventually I found my way back home. When I told my host dad what
had happened he said that it was excellent that I got lost - now
I knew the place better. I thought he was crazy.
He was right
Now I find myself repeating his words to other people.

When I do get lost it brings a smile to my face - remembering my
host dad and his wise words.

"Good humor is tonic for the mind and body. It is the
best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business
asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human
burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and
--Grenville Kleiser

Monday, November 06, 2006

Strength and Courage

Strength and Courage

It takes strength to be certain,
It takes courage to have doubts.

It takes strength to fit in,
It takes courage to stand out.

It takes strength to share a friend's pain,
It takes courage to feel your own pain.

It takes strength to hide your own pain,
It takes courage to show it and deal with it.

It takes strength to stand guard,
It takes courage to let down your guard.

It takes strength to conquer,
It takes courage to surrender.

It takes strength to endure abuse,
It takes courage to stop it.

It takes strength to stand alone,
It takes courage to lean on a friend.

It takes strength to love,
It takes courage to be loved.

It takes strength to survive,
It takes courage to live.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Busy Sabbath

Sjoe what a day.

Did the Kindergarten Sabbath school this morning for the first time. It went well.

Jeandre' participate in the Children's Divine service. Pictures will follow soon.

The lady at who was going to talk to the Adventurers this afternoon got sick. I had to throw a quick program together. We had lots of fun. Told the story of the Wisemen's from the 3 camels point of view. Then we did camel rides - riding on each others backs.
Lots of fun but very tiring.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Living Life to the Fullest

A week ago I was chatting to a few learners about how to study etc....
While sharing my experience with them I suddenly realised that I had
accomplished quite a lot of the personal goals and dreams I set for myself.

A few examples:

As a little girl I told my friends I would marry a blue eyed boy that cooks.
I have (this one dream I did not pursue intently but it did come true)
I am a teacher in a church school.
I have worked in the mission field outside of South Africa
I have travelled overseas.
Every year I have tried at least one new thing like Bellydance, Orienteering etc.

I have been tempted to just begin another list of things to do. Which
is a lot of fun and has its place. In fact I have already starting making
a list of books and movies I want to watch. Weiers and I are working on a
wish list for our family.

What do I really want to accomplish? I have always said that i want to live life to the fullest.
Am I?
I feel i lost way a little for a while.

Now I am on the path again and I believe I will begin to experience my dram/goal - to live to the fullest.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Being Parents

Sjoe - Today Jeandre is driving us up the hall with her energy, sing and noise level.

I am trying to redirect her energy into practising for her two concerts this month.
I have just realised that I have lots of work to do to help her. Got to make or buy a mouse costume for the school concert. She wants to look like a ballerina for the music recital. She will be playing the recorder,piano and singing.