Thursday, May 27, 2010

Theme a day e-Journal Entry 13


Write in a circle. Start at the top, side, bottom, middle and write making a huge never-ending line making a circle! Fill up mostly the whole page writing about a favorite ritual or tradition.



Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging

ESFJs are warmly interested in others. They use their Sensing and Judging characteristics to gather specific, detailed information about others, and turn this information into supportive judgments. They want to like people, and tend to be skilled at bringing out the best in others. They strive to understand other points of view. The ESFJs' strong desire to be liked, and for everything to be pleasant, makes them highly supportive of others. People like to be around ESFJs, because ESFJs have a gift for making people feel good about themselves. All else being equal, ESFJs enjoy being in charge. They see problems clearly and delegate easily, work hard and play with zest.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010


You Belong in Fall

Intelligent, introspective, and quite expressive at times...

You appreciate the changes in color, climate, and mood that fall brings

Whether you're carving wacky pumpkins or taking long drives, autumn is a favorite time of year for you

Your Soul Is Connected to ...

Your Soul Is Connected to the Fall

You are a somewhat sensitive soul with a tough exterior. You are street smart and wise about the world.

You have the heart of a poet, but you're not too eager to let anyone else see it.

You are very creative and deeply talented. You are still looking for the perfect outlet for your expression.

You embrace change and think the cycles of life are beautiful. You don't shrink away from the darker elements of life.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Theme a day e-Journal Entry 12 Part 1


Current conditions (as of 22:00)Today's forecast
°F | °C
Not AvailableNot Available7°C

Feels like: 5°C

Barometer: 1015.5 mb rising
Humidity: 77%
Visibility: 7 miles
Rainfall in last hr: NA
Rainfall last 24 hrs: 0 cm
Wind: 7 mph NNW
Sunrise: 05:06
Sunset: 21:38
UV Index: 0 Low

Observed at Belfast / Aldergrove Airport.
All times shown are local to Banbridge.

TodayPartly Cloudy
High: 14°
Partly Cloudy

Monday, May 24, 2010

Theme a Day e-Journal Entry 11

Write in all capital letters today about your pet peeves.



Sunday, May 23, 2010

Theme a Day e-Journal Entry 10

List 5 things you have collected at any time in your life.

I am not really a collector.

1. I collect spoons of all the towns I visit and it to my mom. its been disappointing when I cannot find any souvenior spoons, seems their popularity is dying out in some places.

I have gotten her spoon from different towns in South Africa, USA, UK, France and Ireland.

2. I have collected coins with my daughter. We have done a few swaps but that did not last very long.

3. The year I Au-paired in the USA I collected pins for my Backpack.

4. I collected a few snoopy soft toys (represented different professions and went beyond the normaly 4 week promotion) from Mac Donald's when I was pregnant. I liked the idea that I was eating less by eating the Kiddies meal and got a soft toy for my child.

5. ........................................

High School

Denise is wearing the glasses and i have long curly hair with the black and white hair band.


  • What years were you in high school? 1987-1993

  • What kinda crowd did you hang out with?A small one that managed to manuver between the popular and not so popular kids. Pro-active about doing positive things like sports, environmental issues, Christian club and community service.

  • Who were your closest 5 friends?Adelaide, Claire, Denise, Miranda and Shannon. I never lost contact with Claire and Denise and I have just reconnected with Miranda through Facebook.

  • What subject did you love?History and Mathematics

  • What subject did you hate?Accountancy and Needlework - Thank goodness I could drop those as after two years at High School. Then I just did 6 subjects and Biology became my least liked subject. I managed to overcome my dislike for it in the last year of school and challenge myself to work on it - I ended up scoring my highest mark in Biology (A symbol).

  • What were your biggest worries? My parent's relationship

  • Did you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?Yes but I avoided dating anyone in my own school because there would just be too talk and interference. I did however have crushes on 3 guys in my school. By the time my High career was over i had kissed 2 of the 3 guys. I lost interest in the other one when I heard his voice- it just did not match his good looks. I dated one boy from class for one month - 3 weeks of that month was in the Winter Holidays. I broke up with him but continued to be friends. We are still friends on FB to this day.

  • What was your style?I tried to look nerdy at school, conservative at church and then transform when I went to parties/beach or swimming pool. Never wore name brand clothes for two reasons we could afford it and I was not interested.

  • What was your favorite food/drink?Beans Bunny, Macroni and Cheese - The bunny chow, a hollowed out half loaf of bread filled with curry, a typical Indian-South African dish

  • Did you have a job? Where?I worked for two summer holidays in Factory (Maloney and Co) that manufactured locally made beauty products. Mainly to get money to go to Camp. Could not work weekends because I kept the Sabbath. My mother got me the job. I didn't fill in any application forms or get an interview. I never contemplated leaving school early but working there even though it was interesting re-inforced that I wanted to get an education and do more.

  • Did you have good grades or barely pass?I got good grades. I loved school and loved achieving. I was always in the top of 3 out of 150 other learners.


  • Do you have a significant other?Yes. He is very different from the type of guys I dated in High School. Our school experiences were completely different except for the fact that he too was a High Achiever and always in the Top 2.

  • Do you have kids? Yes, we have one daughter. She loves school and I get the same feedback from teachers that my mom got of me.

  • What are your favorite foods/drink now?

  • Still macaroni and cheese - I love Beans Bunny but hardly ever get it because I no longer live in Durban. Coffee has become my favourite drink, something I hardly touched growing up but developed romantic ideas about.

  • Do you have a job? Where?Not at the moment, I am stay at home mom - surprise, surprise something I said I would never unless i was married to a rich and had a maid. Not married to a rich man and i don't have a maid. I am a qualified High school teacher and may go back to that profession as soon as i am registered to do so here in Northern Ireland.

  • What is your style now?mmmmm comfortable clothes, jeans, black trousers and tracksuits. Loose fitting tops.

  • What fads do look at and cringe?Bright neon colours of the 1980's and three quarter pants (trousers).

  • What are your biggest worries now? Balancing the family budget, using my time wisely.

  • Who are your top 5 friends now? Denise, my husband, Claudelle, Ruth and Claire.

  • What crowd do you hang out with now?People from our church circle - My husband is a minister.

  • What "subject" do you like now? (things you are REALLY interested in) Computer Application Technology (was not a subject I was at school but I have taught it). Mathematical Literacy. Local History of wherever I am living.

  • What is a "subject" you just do not get? Can't think of anything maybe meta-physics.


  • How do you think you will change in the next 10 years?Hopefully I will be fitter, look young, be very active in my community (I was in the past, now I am a visitor in the community I live only active in the church). Own my own home.

  • Do you think you will have a different job?Probably, i have been considering switching to Primary school teaching or only tutoring, or becoming a writer. Though I still view the possibility of writing as something I would as an extra not full-time.

  • Will you still be friends with the people you are with now? Definitely the friends I have mentioned live in other countries except my husband. We using letters, e-mail, Skype and FB to continue our friendship. I am not sure if I will ever physically see any of them again but all things going well we might get to spends a holiday or two together.

  • What are your goals for the next 10 years?Buy a house, Be fit, slim and healthy, travel more, look after my mom in her retirement. Guide my daughter through High School into whatever she chooses.

  • What do you think your biggest worries will be in 10 years?Probably still be money, my daughter dating, her education etc.

  • Do you think you will still be with your significant other in 10 years? YES - It will be 21 years then.

  • Will you have the same hobbies? Interests?I might pick up a few new ones along the way.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Theme A Day e-Journal Entry 9

There are many songs I like, that have great meaning to me. This song I have decided to share has been on my mind this week because my friend Robert Petersen died this past weekend and he sang this song for my 21st birthday. He performed it a few months ago and said it reminded him of me.

Somewhere Out There
James Ingram and Linda Ronstadt

Somewhere out there,
Beneath the pale blue night,
Someone's thinking of me,
And loving me tonight.
Somewhere out there,
Someone's saying a prayer,
Then we'll find one another,
In that big somewhere out there.

And even though I know how very far apart we are,
It helps to think we might be wishing
On the same bright star,
And when the night will start to sing
A lonesome lullaby,
It helps to think we're sleeping underneath the
Same big sky.

Somewhere out there,
If love can see us through,
Then, we'll be together,
Somewhere out there, out where dreams, come true.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Theme A Day e-Journal Entry 8

8) How much money did you spend today and what did you buy? From where?

I spent absolutely nothing today.

I drove to Armagh to attend a the Armagh Heritage Day it was from 10am till 4pm. he Mayor of Armagh sponsored coffee, scones and a finger lunch.
The tour at the Navan Centre was also free. Only had time to see one of the three things that they have to offer - will definetly be taking Jeandre there. So I guess I will spending money next time.

Thought of stopping by a shop to buy a few things but decided to cook with what i have in the kitchen.

People Watching

People Watching- when you're sitting/standing somewhere, and notice odd/funny people. For this swap take a notebook or make a mental note of people you see/overhear when you're out and about


2. Today an old man said after visiting Living History section of the Navan centre - "I asked the man how they cut they would and he would not answer me - i can see they used an electric saw, that's not Living History!"

3. In Belfast a man said to a reporter: "Now that the troubles are over life as a reporter must very boring."


5.Pastor's wife: Oh we had a lot of good craic, you really missed out.

(Craic means fun or enjoyment.)


8. "Are you tuning Me?"

10. "I've got the worst babbelas ever. I'm never drinking again."

11. "Lets go park off at your place tonight."

12. "Roll me another zol china."
(Make me a homemade cigarette my friend)





17. " Go in pieces" send at the end of a Church service held in a Pub.




Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Theme a A Day E-Journal Entry 7

7) Electricity is a recent discovery. Think of 12 things you can do when there is no electricity available.

1. Read by candle light or lantern or battery operated light.
2. Play board games
3. Cook over the fire (barbeque etc..)
4. Send letters instead of e-mails
5. Crafting eg. card making or knitting, hand sewing
6. Have a moonlit picnic
7. Gardening
8. Keep food warm in the Wonder Box (remember it as a child but find any info on it - it was a wooden box with to blue cushions)
9. Keep thing cold in the Ice-house (originally invented in Persia were buildings used to store ice throughout the year, prior to the invention of the refrigerator.)
10. Use a fireplace for heating
11. Probably bath less or try to live near natural hot springs
12. Wash clothes by hand

But if its just temporary outage I would probably being using a lot of battery operated things like a radio, laptop, ice box.
Candle light and gas lamps for lighting.
Gas cooker for coffee and cooking.
Gas fire place if its cold.
Go to bed early.

Monday, May 17, 2010

A Labor?

Theme of the day Journal Introduction

Theme of the Day Journal entry 6

I say ... and you think ... ?

  1. Labor :: Pains, Party
  2. Sweater :: T-Shirt
  3. Five minutes :: of exercise, of peace
  4. Treatment :: Beauty, Holistic
  5. Eyebrows :: Expressions
  6. Awake :: rise up
  7. Salmon :: fish, pink
  8. Red :: Herring (LOL - influenced by the previous prompt definitely)
  9. Hospital :: Templars, operation, sickness
  10. Midwife :: birth, my friend Denise
Hosted by Luna Nina:

Theme of the Day Journal Entry 6

6) List 10 things you can see from where you're sitting.

1. Computer Screen (obviously)
2. School Newsletter and Calendar on the wall.
3. Sicilian Citrus candle
4. Feather duster
5. Knitting craft box
6. Jeandre's pencil case
7. Hand and Nail cream
8. Husband's desk with laptop
9. Recipes for cheesecake and bread Pudding (need to put that into the file)
10. Ironing board (need to put that away)

Now you have a little picture of what my home office looks like.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Theme A Day e-Journal Entry 5

Used pictures from Internet above

These are photos I have taken

I took all the photos except for the top left and right (I am in those LOL)

5) Create either a really ugly page (images, draw bad, ugly stickers, etc) or a really pretty page (images you like, cute/pretty drawings, pretty stuff)

Theme A Day e-Journal Entry 4

4) Write about your hobbies. Feel free to include a sample or a photo

I thought it would be interesting to look up the definition what a hobby is. Its quite a common word that everyone takes for granted that they understand what it means. Then sometimes wonder about.

I discovered that there is a type of bird called a Hobby or Hobbies: Any of several small falcons of the genus Falco, formerly used for catching small birds or game.

Now back to this journal entry : Hobbies - activities or interests pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation.

Would you consider following certain TV series a hobby? This seems debatable.

My hobbies in no order of preference or importance:

at the moment I have been reading a lot of crime novels and for the first time I am actually taking note of the authors and getting my hands on everything they have written that is in the Library.
I am also reading through two books because they were chosen by the Bible study/Prayer groups I attend.
Went through a stage of reading self-help books and romance novels - guess that may come around again.

recent projects i have completed include two needle slippers, baby slippers and bellydance practice belt. I am coming close to completing my overthrow - I think of it a my Christmas knitted quilt. Prefer to do simple patterns that I can do while watching TV, movies, talking, driving in a car or listening to an audio book.

Guess there is no need to explain that LOL because this is a swap. I have recently switched to doing more electronic swaps because I am unemployed and cannot afford postage. That has also lend to asking why I do the swaps i do. I used to do quite a few postcard swaps but I am not really collecting postcards from all over the world so I had to ask myself - what is the point?
I am learning more about myself and other people and that is at the heart of why I enjoy swapping. An added bonus is learning new skills and trying out stuff at least once, like knitting a Bellydance Belt, learning to make pompoms, trying a recipe I received, improving my photography

I laugh when I think back to when I asked why do people take so much photos of scenery, aren't people more interesting. I would want more photos of me and the people I am on holiday with. LOL now I am that person taking more photos of scenery than people. Why? I want to remember what I saw , I want to share with family and friends, I don't think I look so great in photos at the moment (that might change - I hope) and I have become fascinated with taking photos at different angles, with different lighting etc. I realized that I can use my own photos in powerpoint presentations and children's stories.

This is a hobby that I have had an on off relationship with. But I do enjoy walking along the Beach on the tarred section, indoor walking with Leslie Sansone and in forests. In the Larne area we have targetted a few places we want to walk and we are making great progress of doing just that. Generally walk 1-3 miles. My aim is get up to 4-10 miles. Its just my feet at the moment is not co-operating with my mind.
Last we did some geocaching to make walking more interesting my daughter but after few disappoints we have given this up.
Looking forward to doing a 3hr walking tour of Belfast next week.

Being a Tourist
Why don't I say travelling? Well as a teenager I realised that I did not have the money to travel, books helped but I also like the idea of being a tourist. So decided i would become a tourist in the town that i lived in. So I would go to the tourist junction and plan my tours. Its been a skill that i developed that is still paying off. I now live in Northern Ireland the local people keep asking how do I find out about the stuff that they have no idea about happening in their own areas.
Years later and I am still a budget tourist (sigh and then smile).
I have visited all nine provinces in South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi (drove through Mozambique), USA (5 states), France, Ireland, UK (England, Scotland and Northern Ireland).


I list under hobbies because besides communicating with friends and family, I do play a few games on it as well. I have cut back on them.

I am not as intense into blogging as I used to be. I do a few memes. A number of blogger friends I have, have taken breaks from their blogs (keep up with them on Facebook now), a few memes have stopped. I have lost interest in reading blogs since that has happened but do scan a few every now and again especially those that e-mail me updates. Its a hobby I have not given up, I am not sure what will happen next.

I go through phases of listening to music - i am not that i would define it as a hobby.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Theme A Day e-Journal Entry 3

3) Who did you talk to today?
List everyone even if it was just a hello to someone.

My Husband

My daughter

The cashier at Tesco's

Cahier at Super Value

Cashier at Around the Pound

Cashier as Poundland

The male Liberian

My friend Christine on the telephone

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Theme A Day e-Journal Entry 2

Theme A Day e-Journal Entry 1: Write an introduction

2) Make a list of 10 things you need to do this week.


1. Get guest room ready
2. Washing & Ironing
3. Cleaning
4. Exercise
5. Food & craft shopping
6. Preparing for Children's Sabbath for 15 May 2010.
7. Planning for Saturday's picnic
8. Contacting people regarding the Women's emphasis Day on 12 June 2010.
9. Completing and rating Swaps
10. Knitting squares for overthrow.

11. helping Jeandre prepare for big multiplication and spelling test on Friday
12. Listening to Jeandre practice guitar for 15min.
13. Returning Library books and choosing new ones.
14. Picking up prescription from the chemist
15. Loading up more photos on Facebook

If I am not careful I will be making a list of 100 things LOL. if I break it down it, no, no Let me not get carried away .......

Your Life in Pictures

Went walking on Sunday afternoon at Whitehead- 1.75miles (2.8km).

Now onto today - Wednesday

The wonderful life of a stay at home mom. Never thought that would happen to me but here I am. Its not so bad but I really find it difficult to keep motivated and keep focuses. The same spot you cleared yesterday needs clearing tomorrow.
If it were not for reading, chats to friends, occasional outings, Internet (swap-bot, Facebook, blogging, Skype etc.) I wouldn't manage it at all.
I am really enjoying reading but have to watch that I don't get so absorbed that I neglect the house.
I must admit though sometimes it does not look like I am a stay at home mom - I get carried away with church projects, help my husband and friends with stuff - good excuse for not cleaning.
But next week I am expecting visitors to saty over - so no more excuses and the places I have been ignoring have to get done.

Normally have coffee round 9:30-10:00 after dropping my daughter off at school.

Did a lot of ironing and when I had a break I continued with my knitting project - an overthrow for my 2-seater couch.

Listen to an audio book from the Libray while cleaning up.

Empty ironing basket ready to go down.

This a swap requirements listed HERE.