Archive for April, 2010


Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2010 by Mandy

I have been a Facebook member for a few years now.  Initially I became a member because someone invited me and I really wanted to see what it was all about.  From the very start I found old friends and thought it to be wonderful, especially when it goes back to your school and college years.  Facebook is actually a big gossip column….everyone knows everything about what’s going on in certain peoples lives!!!!

Sometimes it makes you laugh about who wants to be your friend.   A couple of weeks ago I received an invite from someone that I have not spoken or heard about for years (naturally I never, ever hold grudges but years ago something happened that made me want to knock her over with my car!!) and am sure she felt the same way about me.  I looked at the invite and thought ……what on earth makes her think we can be friends again?  At the same time the saying about “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer” made me accept her invite.  (Up to now she is still behaving herself)   I now realize that there is a competition about who has the most friends on Facebook!

Over time I have become more cautious and made a rule that I won’t accept ANYONE I don’t know. You cannot trust the “so-called” social media out there…not when you receive faceless invites without reason!!  How important can it be about just how many friends you have on your list?  How many long lost friends have you met on Facebook?

Brain Teaser:-  Who were the Twitter founders?


Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2010 by Mandy


As the eyes are the window to your soul, so are the hands a definate testimonial of your life.  It tells a lot about who or what you are as a person. Most of everything we do, are done with our hands and the signs of what we do, will show.   Marks and little wounds will tell that you are working with your hands.  Long nails on one hand and short ones on the other, might be that you are a serious guitar player. Well manicured nails might mean you’re a perfectionist and perfect painted ones in just the right colour might be a little worldly and vein.  Hard calluses on hands are a sign of very hard work.  A woman with strong hands might be an excellent baker or cook in the kitchen…and what says it better than someone with dirty hands and broken nails….have they given up on life?

Hands can make or break….We write emails, blogs, text messages!  Documents all over the world are being signed (and can destroy lives) with our hands.  The book you read are being picked up with your hands, we care for ourselves with our hands….everything we give or take, goes through our hands.  Many times we communicate with our hands (I do.. all the time)  A warm, strong handshake immediately tells me a person might be trusted….and what is more personal and romantic than a kiss on your palm?

Hands have always fascinated me…..feet is another…..but I’ll leave that for another time:))))))

Enjoy your meal, Ma’m!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2010 by Mandy

Now you have to admit that few of us would complain having food at a restaurant.  You’re looking forward to something special and delicious.  The best part is that you don’t  have to prepare it yourself and on top of it all….no dishes!  How wonderful.  Now I have to warn you…don’t read further if you are going out for dinner tonight!

Recently I’ve listened to a program on the ABC radio where they interviewed people working in restaurants.  They did not have to use their own name for obvious reasons!  Waitresses will bring out your plate of food, even if some of the food landed on the floor…and so will chef’s too (as long as there is no damage done)  They also admitted that sometimes they  sneeze or cough (which happens quite often if they can’t turn away soon enough)  Some of them admitted that they don’t always use fresh produce, to cut cost and as long as no-one knows…..”Bob’s your uncle!!!”

The real shocker for me was just how easily they have forgotten about the very 1st lesson we were taught, even before we learned to read or write!  Wash your hands after you have been to the bathroom!  Most of them DON’T…. said there is not enough time (hardly time to have a widdle)  To me that also means that they obviously don’t wash their hands after a sneezing or coughing attack.  There has been the odd occasion where a client was grumpy and neurotic about something….some have admitted to spitting on their food and drinks!  My mind has been working overtime since as I do food critique locally and I might start to act a little bit neurotic myself visiting certain places in future. Maybe hygiene should be on the list of qualifications   All these facts make you think…..are you still enjoying eating in restaurants?

It’s just one of those days

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2010 by Mandy

Ok……… so when blog hits are low, it’s time to throw in a funny pic.  Everyone loves a good laugh:) 


Posted in Uncategorized on April 24, 2010 by Mandy

I have learned so much about my special friends over the years.  I have learned that a friend is someone I truly can trust to be by my side when I am at my weakest and totally exposed. These are the people who, no matter how hard it is at times,  willing to be with me when I am so vulnerable. If I can trust you with my deepest thoughts and heart,  and conversely, we are true friends.  It’s never been about whether you are trustworthy or receptive, it is the actual act of trust that forms the essence of friendship.  If I can trust you to be honest, you are a friend. If I have to be aware of what I say….then it is something other than friendship. Friendship is not a mindset, it is an act.  It is just something you do from the heart, not about how good or bad you are.  It is a trust that is returned.   My life would be empty without the love, understanding and acceptance of my true friends.

Thomas Jefferson summed it up so perfectly:-   But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.

Anzac Day

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2010 by Mandy

ANZAC Day (Sunday 25 April 2010)  goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915.  It is the day we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of ANZAC, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. On ANZAC day, ceremonies are held in towns and cities across the nation to acknowledge the service of our veterans.

This is the day I will also honour my own grandfather who served in World War 1 back in Africa.  I was only 6 years old when he passed away but still remember him so clearly.  I adored him and remember the day’s I sat on his knee, eating “Treacle”.  I have the medals he received for serving back then and it is one of my greatest treasures and hope it stays in the family forever.  To him and my Great Grandfather, who was tied to a tree, stoned by the Zulu’s in 1899 (Boer War)…and his ringfinger cut off to take his wedding ring……. I say…….Lest We Forget.  You will live on in history forever and I am proud to be your family.

Missing YOU

Posted in Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 by Mandy

I have been waking up again this morning at 5am, like so many other times,  with a mind full of thoughts and memories and no chance of switching off to get some more sleep like the rest of the house!    Always among these thoughts rushing through my over working brain, are  my wonderful children back in South Africa!   And I go about evaluating and calibrating these moments as only a person who overthinks everything will truly appreciate.  I try to construct these emotions but am not always doing as well as I would have liked! 

I have been living in Australia for 10 years now….”sure” you’ll should get better after such a long time.  I am sorry to say, these feelings of longing and emotions have been crippling me, I still experience a quiver in my chest and feeling a tear well in my eyes.  We talk on a regular basis and see each other often enough but I still feel like I have walked into a vacuum…..go into autopilot and feel empty and broken inside.  I don’t think I’ll ever recover from this.  Some days I feel it is all under control and all my waking moments will be totally functional and productive but whatever the trigger, I still experience the sadness enveloping my heart.

Will I ever get past this?  Probably not…thoughts, memories,  moments, love…some of them cannot be categorised.  Sometimes they just are and we just need to let them be…..I am a mother with sooooo much love in my heart for them.

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