Wednesday, March 25, 2009

boring update

Good grief, I can get in, how dreadful that I get surprised!

Anyway we are rolling on in a positive manner.

I went for an interview today, at a company that is 2 kms further than what I am travelling now, for an obscene amount of money! I will let you know.

It is past Eastgate shopping centre for those of you who know Jhb, towards the city centre, and right by the new Gautrain; a train set up that has had Gauteng in a bit of a building uproar for a while. The country’s next white elephant as no-one will be able to afford to use it if the rates I have heard come to the light of day.

We will see, I am not stressed, I am welcome to stay where I am currently at the rates I am doing currently. No panic!!

Coralie – fine
Sean – fine
Ian - fine

So all is well.

Monday, March 23, 2009

A bit miz

I am so miz, please don’t tell the immediate family…

Today has so far been pretty harsh, and it is only ten o’clock now!

Coralie has serious money problems caused by several things.

3 people owe she and Henk large amounts of money. (Typically this is Henk’s fault, he’s such a soft touch).

She has to have about R9000 for the obstetrician soon – like by Monday.

I am not allowed to tell Ian about this.

I told Sean, he knows 2 of the people, that I am getting involved, and if no money is given to C+H soon, I will be sending around folk who break fingers. Yup, I can get really fierce when needs be! And I know some people too.

I am working today (a Saturday and a public holiday) and when I get here the paperwork that should have been delivered to my desk is not here. My heart sinks. All I want is people to do their own job, so I can do mine. I will soldier on, and when I finish what I can do, I am out of here! Stupid buggers!

So, anything could turn me to tears - so don’t try me – okay?

Okay, feeling better now I have 'voiced'.

I did buy the cutest blanket for my sister’s new puppy in Aus – what a laugh – he is a Scottie and I found some tartan fleece! I think he will look quite splendid!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Coralie update

We went to the obstetrician on Monday. Apparently Coralie has lost 2 kgs, and Tim weighs about 2kgs. He sounds like hewill be a very large lad, as Coralie is only 32 weeks pregnant. I can see a caeserian coming up..... Also although she is pretty large, there is not much amniotic fluid. So, it is all baby!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

hey, look, I can get in!!!

Well, it is a long time since I can get into my blog dashboard alone!

I mist you all!!

Since we last communicated I have received a lovely package from Barbara of two patterns, one of her Leaf Falls - which I did not know was an original Barbara design, well done, Barbara!! And a pattern of Just Nan's Miss Kitty's Dragons. Something I hope to do whilst away on holiday the end of the month.

I have opened another blog to show off my bags, there are not many there as Blogger is being particularly otherwise and will NOT upload any more pictures for me. So, if you are interested see . So, this is the big launch, which Blogger is NOT invited to as I am a bit miffed with her or him!! Champagne anyone???

Back to Tim's quilt......


Monday, March 9, 2009

A bit of an update really.

I know I have not been around, but I have been a) a bit busy, and b) cannot access any of my Google accounts - bummer! Has anyone a clue how to resolve this issue?

So, if you have missed me, I have ‘mist’ you too.

There is so much that I would love to say, like how much I am enjoying having Coralie at home, although she is so tired and pale all the time. She is so much fun, she and Ian laugh all the time and that makes for such a happy atmosphere.

Yesterday she actually went into Sean’s room – brave girl –anyone who has boys will agree, and took out some overalls to be washed and put them through the washer for him. He was really touched. I saw him this morning and mentioned to him that it was her that had done the good deed. He said, “It’s because she loves me” – so smug!!!

Coralie is so large, I am sure that Tim will arrive much sooner than we think. Coralie has one more month of work left, and then onto maternity leave. Due date 10 May!!

I so admire anyone who works whilst they are pregnant, I did not have to, so I was lucky. She arrives home tired and usually showers very soon after arriving home as she knows she is not up to it later on.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Just Coping

I hear you chirp “How was the weekend?”

How does horrendous sound?

I am exhausted.

The plan went like this; Thursday I buy bigger boxes for Coralie – and drop them at her place. I did some moving of items, boxes that had been packed and need sealing, things that were not to be packed, but just moved to the spare room, boxes of paper and packing supplies, all together and in the right place. I took a few loads of rubbish to the refuse area, and generally just pottered around there. I was there less than an hour.

Friday the plan was to go to Coralie’s and finish off any packing that she had not yet managed to do. I more or less finished that by 14h00, and then sat waiting for the agent or Coralie, whoever was to arrive first, as then I would leave. Coralie gets held up at an awards ceremony and the agent tells me the chap who is to view the flat is running late. I finally leave there at 17h30. The viewee (is that a word) – never makes it. (A strange thing is the agent, who had a huge argument with Coralie in the last week is phoning me and acting like he doesn’t have Coralie’s phone number any more – most annoying)

Saturday – pick up Henk on the way to Coralie’s he is flying in from CT. First I hear things are not going well is when I phone to ask him how things are going. He is cursing and carrying on like a lunatic, the ATM has ‘eaten’ his bank card. I then park the car in the parkade, and find Henk, that took a whole 5 mins, what a waste of R10!! I then find out that he has written off the MG, he hit a brick in the road and rolled the MG on the way to the airport; he was thrown out and has a burn mark of some type on his arm. (Undoubtedly the MG is a write off this time).

So, the day starts well, yes?

But we realise as the day progresses Henk has very little in the way of coping skills. He moans he had no sleep, needs to sleep. We tell him he needs to resolve the bank card issue. He goes to the bank, and stops answering his phone. We eventually find out he gone to his mothers and is probably sleeping there. Sean tells him in a threatening manner to get back to the flat as we do not know where the removal people are and we cannot contact them as we do not have any contact details. Coralie speaks to Henk, tells him to take his effing bad attitude back to CT. She cries.

The agent arrives during the morning to show the flat to the chap. Ian then moved the furniture out of the main bedroom, sanded the bathroom door that was damaged, and re-paints it. He cleans the carpet – there is only one – and he even leaves the flat, as he has finished doing his bit.

Rachel arrives and takes the fish tank. Her sister has bought it.

Removals guys arrive. They cannot bring the pantechnicon into the complex, there is not enough room for it. The driver has to take the horse through to Pretoria to fetch a bakkie – a two-ton truck – and leaves the other guys to start the labeling and packing. That went quite well. Bakkie arrives back, and the furniture is loaded into the truck.

It now pours with rain, a huge tropical storm. We eventually leave, realising we have lost a set of keys. We make our way back home, Coralie and I in my car, Henk is Coralie’s car and Sean in his car. Coralie is saying that she will have to get another set of keys made in the morning and take them to the agent.

Henk goes missing again. He arrives at our house at about 21h00. Sean has left the house, he doesn’t want to face Henk again, or words will be said. Ian and I go to bed.

Sunday, the plan: Have a chill out day, have Coralie and Henk connect a bit and we make lunch a bit later on. Ian and I go shopping, we buy groceries and I bought some receiving blankets that can be used as sheets for the carry cot and some cot sheets hat were on sale – yay! Coralie and Henk are not at the house at 13h30, so we phone and tell them that the lunch is cancelled and we are going out for lunch. We see them briefly in the evening before they pack up and go to the airport. The cat is sedated for the trip, he is flying back with Henk.

Henk arrives in CT, his luggage is not in CT. He sees the cat being thrown out of the airplane, he and a puppy were handled like baggage. He freaks out and is nearly arrested in the airport.

Coralie is taking the day off to sort out insurance matters, and chat to SAA about lost luggage and thrown cats.

We are all exhausted. We need a holiday! Things will calm down soon. Stay hopeful!