This is the month when we’re tightening our belts, usually financially; but also at the other end of the spectrum we’re slackening our belts ,and wondering why did we eat yet another slice of Christmas cake? Because its delicious, that’s why! But of course, those extra kgs come to roost, generally around our mid-sections.
So I offer a few thrifty tips, none of them exercise or gym related.
On the topic of food, there’s the idea of Meatless Mondays, don’t explain, apologise, or introduce it to the family, just do it. When they moan, ask if they would like Christmas gifts in December 2020 ? because this is the first step toward that target.
Obviously fast food deliveries to your door is a no-no. And a blanket ban on fast food at any location, for that matter. Its expensive, and unhealthy, as we all know, don’t we? Not to mention soggy and lukewarm. Yuck.
Lastly here’s the cracker: Do not go to the January sales. Unless you have a specific object in mind, and have been saving up all year for that big purchase e.g. a new fridge or a TV. Sale buys are often disappointing or rash, once reviewed soberly at home, away from the frantic grab and run of sales. And you will have spent more money you don’t actually possess. See the agitated smoke rising from your credit card? I rest my case.
When I leave King Shaka airport, there’s no question that I’ve arrived In Kwa-Zulu Natal. I’m still trying to get my head around the combo of Zulu dolls next to reindeer, but ’tis the Season of Goodwill, so this is no time to niggle.
As is normal in December, the Summerveld area is either shrouded in mist, chilly and drizzly or else blazingly, tropically hot. I can’t say I enjoy the Mist Belt climate. Sunny, windy Cape Town suits me better!
The family wear silly Christmas hats, festive cheer abounds, and a good time is had by all.
The cherry on top of my Christmas visit was having the resident cat cosily curled on my pillow. Such a relaxing pic!
I hope your Christmas was equally relaxing and /or wildly festive, whichever is your preference.
And now its almost time to say: HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2020 be a peaceful and happy year.
Filed under CATS, HUMOUR, TRAVEL
YYou may have noticed the absence of November’s Cape Town Round-up. Blame it on year-end fatigue. It’s been a difficult year in Cape Town and I’m not up for more reporting on our catalogue of on-going woes.
Long ago in Rhodesia, the farmers (who were never happy with the weather, the crops and the Government) used to sigh and say: Next year will be better. I sincerely hope so!
‘Tis the season to be jolly , proclaims the old song, so in that spirit, let me wish all my readers a warm and happy Christmas with family and friends, followed by a peaceful and healthy New Year.
*JAP: SLOW BLOGGING
Today I discovered a new literary blog on WordPress – dolcebellezza thanks to the industrious blogger on bookertalk.wordpress.com who is a marvellous source of info on literary topics. Anyway, when I was reading the About section on dolcebellezza, she made an interesting remark on the topic of Slow Blogging, saying that having reached her 10th Blogging Anniversary (I’m impressed) she’s come to realise the satisfaction of Slow Blogging. The capitalisation is mine, not hers. In essence it’s about no longer being driven, or feeling you have to blog daily – or weekly – or instantly – whatever crazy targets you have set for yourself. Instead you blog whenever you have the inclination and take time to enjoy the process. Kind of like the Slow Food movement I suppose? Things that take a long time to cook, whether prose or pumpkin, generally taste much nicer when you get to savour that deep flavour.
Theoretically I have a target of one blog per week, for each of my two blogs * but it doesn’t always turn out that way. Does it matter? Hell no. I blog because I enjoy it, so less of the whip and treadmill technique can only be good news.
*(Just a Paragraph: when I’m short of time and/or inspiration, I keep my blog ticking over with ‘just a paragraph’: random thoughts, reflections, comments, ideas … little snippets)
Filed under HUMOUR, WRITING
Tip #1 – sit outside in the sun whenever and wherever possible. Following the example of my fat feline guest. Tip #2 – turn off all sources of media – radio and electronic. Tip #3 – refuse to listen to news bulletins. Tip #4 – take advantage of the glorious weather and go on an outing – fresh air and sunshine are a restorative combo. Tip #5 – once the sun sets, make cocoa. Enjoy!
*JAP = just a paragraph to keep my blog ticking over, whilst I’m busy with longer posts.