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Words of Wisdom

31 Mar

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Friendly little visitors in our neck of the woods

29 Mar

Since we have moved to what I call the farm, we have had quite a few friendly and not so friendly visitors, and I’m not talking about humans.
When we first arrived, the first animal to visit was a cute little white rabbit. At first it would sit near a tree at the back, later it figured a way to get into the front of the yard and relax in the shade provided by the trampoline. I’ve missed the visits but apparently a Jackal roams the fields and that may be the reason why we haven’t seen it or it could have been killed by a snake. At least there are a few other terribly cute bunnies hopping about but none of them venture over to our neck of the woods.
We also have a family of swallows that nest in our back courtyard and one of them managed to fly in (giving me the fright of my life) and then find its way out again. Scarier visitors include a Rhinkhals! Yes, one of the MOST venomous snakes in the countryside also known as a Ring-necked spitting cobra! Let’s see how you sleep at night knowing THAT. He politely decided that he would stay for an entire week in a tree stump also in the back courtyard. I swear I had nightmares for an entire week that I would “run” into it in the passage in the middle of the night. Sadly (not for me) his life ended when our gardener and my hubby killed it. I insisted they burn him but they refused.
Another not so welcomed creatures are the wasps. I’ve found and destroyed at least 3 nests but I’m always on the look out in our shed and around the house. I will admit to having had a very bad experience with a baby wasp that was warm and comfy in my bathroom towel until I finished my shower and unbeknown to me brought it to my bosom where it stung the day lights out if me. Imagine me running around screaming in agony and my hubby looking at me shocked – I couldn’t tell if it was shock or pure disbelief, either way, I don’t do wasps.
On two occasions, I’ve had friends over for lunch and a swarm of bees have raided my house and kitchen, but that wasn’t something my “Zapper” couldn’t remedy. Yes I know, I need to find other friendlier ways of getting rid of the bees.
In the last week however, a little brown mouse has been scurrying between my kitchen and lounge! At first, I didn’t believe my helper because my tray of vegetables were untouched but Then I saw it for myself and am absolutely horrified which is better than terrified.
Last night was the straw that broke the camels back! No I’m not talking about camels here but frogs! It was the reason that I had to blog about all the creatures that have found their way into our home. It’s small which is fine but I don’t know where on earth he disappeared to in my dining room and it just better not die in my house somewhere and stink up a blessed storm.
So don’t be surprised when you come over to visit, yes you know who you are!!!!

Pro-life or Pro-chioce?

19 Mar

It’s not a raging debate here in South Africa like it is in the United States of America but it certainly is one worth considering. What started this quest for information was when someone close to me recently told me that they needed to have an abortion. She is a young, single mother and she has very little support financially. My first response was that it was her decision if that’s what she wanted to do.

Can someone who professes to be a Christian be pro-choice? I read an article by a woman who was pro-life after three abortions! Quite contrary one would say, even hypocritical. In the article, you come to understand that it’s through the devastation of abortion, that being pro-life is her choice. It is that bad, that heartbreaking and that traumatic.

 I started to investigate what the terms pro-life and pro-choice actually meant. Pro-choice is not pro-abortion but it does give the woman the right to ultimately choose. The stigma attached to abortion is that “you were stupid to fall pregnant in a day with freely available contraception”, “you knew what you were doing by having sex” or “you’re just looking for the easy way out!” Then the “sense” of justice and judgment follows with “you made your bed so you should lie in it.” It’s so sad how people so easily forget that it takes two to tango. There was the Gosnell case recently in the USA that horrified and turned many pro-choicers into pro-lifers. The man standing trial showed how brutal the process of abortion can be and it is hectic.

What people fail to understand is that a life is irrevocably changed once a woman falls pregnant and that whatever choice is made about that pregnancy, that woman’s life will never be the same EVER. There is hardship ahead whether my friend keeps the baby or terminates the pregnancy. I can’t tell her to keep it and know that I will not be able to support her, how dare I? Being a mother makes me so much more compassionate because I understand how hard it is for two adults to take care of one little baby let alone a single mother. Woman should be given the right to choose with freedom from judgment or criticism. There are so many orphaned kids in our country as it is, why add to the stats.

It makes me think that educating our kids about sex is more than telling them to abstain or to condom-ise. We need to find people whose life stories illustrate the complexity and the responsibility that come with the choices we make. It wouldn’t take us long, considering the word we live in, to figure out that we know someone living with HIV, or who has had an abortion or even living with an STI. If we could get those family members or friends to share lovingly with our kids, maybe they would make different choices. Maybe somewhere in the back of their minds, they would think twice before being reckless with their sexuality or maybe, just maybe, they would have someone to turn to who would understand should they find themselves in any predicament.

Just my thoughts…

New Lay’s Popped

19 Mar

Lay’s has introduced a tasty new snack sensation with the launch of Lay’s Popped. Available in three mouth-watering flavour combinations, delightfully light and crunchy Lay’s Popped contains all the taste but with 50% less fat*.

These delicious air popped potato snacks provide the ideal nibble to satisfy your taste cravings during a busy work day.

You’ll be spoilt for choice between: Hot &Tangy Piquanté Pepper, a flavourful blend of spicy piquanté pepper with a mild rush of heat; White Cheddar & Spring Onion, a tasty combination of tangy and savoury and Peri Peri Prawn, a flame grilled prawn taste with a hint of lemon and a kick of peri peri.

So Look out for new Lay’s Popped at select stores in Gauteng from March 2014

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LOADS to be thankful for

3 Mar

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