Thursday, 29 August 2013

This and That

Yesterday I went with my mother to have tea with one of her friends that I have not seen in years.  This lady is gradually downscaling her household goods to prepare for her move to a retirement village.  Lyn is an extremely talented self taught painter.  A few years ago I purchased a watercolour painting of hers.  She was sad to discover many of her watercolour paintings have developed light brown spots on them.  As a result of this she is unable to sell them.  Her solution was to give the paintings to friends and family.  My mother had gone to see her last week and chosen two paintings and yesterday I chose two for myself.  She also showed us her extensive collection of Clivias which she is going to sell.  A few years ago she discovered a new Clivia in her garden and it has been named Lyn's Parfait.  The cost that Clivia lovers pay for an interesting plant is crazy!!!

Today I went to the office to do the job costing, wasn't many invoices to enter.  I then popped into my local Superspar to get a few items.  The most important was the creamed cottage cheese and the condensed milk.  Hubby has been bugging me for cheesecake!! 

So I make the cheesecake and get the lemon pork chops ready for cooking.  Fetch the kids from school, change some items at Mr Price, help my folks move a TV and receive a BBM from hubby. "Working late tonight"  Went ahead and cooked the pork chops but didn't bother with any vegies.

As I sit here typing now I wait to hear his car.  Hope he is home soon.  Poor man is going to be starving!

I think I should look through some recipe books while I wait for him to come home.  I am taking part in #cookieswop3 so I need to decide what I am going to make. Should I make something that I have made before or try something new??  Can't wait to see what others make.  It's going to be fun.

Good night!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

The Ugly Stepsister


Us Durbanites are always moaning and complaining that we are always passed by.  Cape Town and Johannesburg get all the fabulous shops and we hardly ever get international stars in concert.

But lately things are changing.  New fabulous stores are gracing us with their presence and we have had a few international stars.

Opening this weekend at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping is Rain Africa - Created for Living.  Now, I cannot give any advise on their products as I have yet to experience them myself.

I have read up about their products on beauty blogs (they would know).  Two such beauty blogs are : Beauty Shout Box http://beautyshoutbox.blogspot.com/2013/08/rain-biologie-winter-therapy-bath-soak.html
and Lipgloss Kisses http://www.lipglosskisses.com/2013/08/review-giveaway-rain-africa-biologie.html - who happens to also have a giveaway of Rain Africa goodies at the moment.

Mmmmm i'm sure I have read up on Rain Africa products on other blogs too.  These are the two I can recall at the moment.

I intend to visit Rain Africa and experience for myself - to look, smell and try.

Durban is gradually making herself over and hopefully she will no longer be considered the ugly stepsister and will be able to compete on equal footing with Cape Town and Johannesburg.

At least we always win with the weather!!

Monday, 26 August 2013

Charity Shopping

I can't believe how quickly this year is going by.  The weekends come quickly and you blink and it's Monday again.

Today I did my usual which is drop kids at school and go to my favourite charity shop, the Kloof and Highway SPCA.  But today was also different as I also went with a new friend Christi - owner of Second Treasures Eco-Chic D├ęcor and Furniture (post coming soon) - to Durban charity shops.

The first shop we visited is called Granny's Attic which raises funds for TAFTA (The Association for the Aged).  It is situated at 80 Samora Machel (Aliwal) Street.  I must admit that I went with high hopes of finding an incredible bargain and having fun.  Well! No!  I love other peoples junk, but not junk junk. Granny's Attic was mostly junk junk and expensive junk at that.  Christi and I were disappointed but at least we know not to bother going there again. 

The second shop we visited was Saint Giles 4 Prince Street near UShaka Marine World.  This we loved!  Lovely shop filled with treasures and the best of all - everything half off!  We scratched through boxes, looked through rails of clothes and closely looked at shelves.  Christi knows my Corningware addiction well as she has sourced 3 items for me before.  Unfortunately no dishes but she did find a Corningware handle hidden on a shelf.  Then I found a 2nd one in a different design.  I also found a sleeping top for Laura, vintage earrings, hat pins, a glass jelly mould (bargain!) and buttons.  I spend R51.50 on my treasures - thrilled!  The PRO of Saint Giles, Colin was there to help in the shop and he told us they help the disabled find work and they supply them with work.  They currently employ over 100 to pack spices for Robertsons.  Lovely premises with security at the gate and we got parking right outside.  We will go back.

So enjoyed driving through the centre of Durban and looking at the beautiful old buildings.

Before dropping me back at home we stopped off at Jooma for a delicious cappuccino and a huge muffin.  It was relaxing sitting on the couch and discussing where to go to next.  We have decided that the next charity shop to visit will be the Animal Anti-Cruelty League in Hammersdale.  That probably wont be this week as we both have to do our work.

Oh well, tomorrow is my least favourite day of the week - Cleaning Day!  Saw the weather report earlier and it is set to be over 30C, great for the washing but not for me cleaning.

I hope to soon discover how to put in pictures so I can show you my purchases and I definitely need pictures when I do a post on Christi's shop.

Bye for now.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Hello

Hello!! My name is Nicola and I am a Mom to two kids. Caleb is 15 and Laura is 12.
I have been happily married for 19 years (and counting) to Neil.
We have 3 pets - 2 dogs and a very spoilt cat.
I am a home executive and I do the cleaning, washing and ironing myself (yuk). One morning a week I head into the office to do job costing.

I love crafting, sewing and I love a bargain.  Especially love to visit charity shops to find and buy items that have been chucked out. Thrilled when I discover Corningware (Blue Cornflower pattern).

As you can see this is my first post and I am trying to think of things to say and how to word it.
I have no idea how to properly lay out this blog -  probably will have to ask someone who knows.


Until next time!