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AlienGreenPea

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Posted: 5/5/2014 1:12:30 AM
Hi everyone

Once again better late than never. All these holidays have really been wonderful but disruptive too. Hope you all had a good break and are well rested. Mauritius was fabulous as usual and today is Joseph's birthday. We had the party on Saturday. It went really well. He got an Xbox and tv for his birthday so the party was more low key than normal. Now I need to get back to real life and do some scrapping.

Will ChAt later. Need to get Alistair to school. Joe is only back Thursday.

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Posted: 5/5/2014 10:23:48 AM
Hi Cilla. Great to hear you had such a nice vacation, and happy birthday to your son. How old is he now?

I have been scrapping the last couple of days. I did pages about the afghan blanket my grandma made for me as a high school graduation gift, my daughter's first swimming lessons, and what I remember about the city I grew up in. I also made 2 Mother's Day cards for this coming weekend, for my own mom and my mother-in-law.

It is snowing here again. At this rate our seasons will line up....

Carmen.


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Posted: 5/5/2014 1:08:57 PM
Hi all
Thanks for the new thread Cilla - glad you had a good break ! My kids would be so jealous to hear of your son's presents !
Jen - yes - best we use the boards while we still can, although it would be really sad to loose 2peas
As for scrapping - what is that ? Have not touched paper for weeks !


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Posted: 5/9/2014 2:10:57 AM
Hi. Been quiet her lately. Well just to update you. The school got back to me about the twins assessment - seems like Aulesia may be ready but not Aurelia. The head of the Foundation Phase was so nice about it and suggested they go to playschool for the rest of this year and she can re-assess later in the year. So I spoke to Cuan's tutor and she is keen to take them on in the mornings - twice a week for now as she has other commitments and increase the days as the year progresses. She has vast experience and has taught Grade R in private and public schools. And I have seen the difference in Cuan since he has been with her. So am a bit relieved now that they will have some work ethic. Hope all goes well. The girls know her so it will not be a strange environment for them.

I have done absolutely no scrapping for about two weeks. It was Cuan's birthday yesterday. And Cehaan has been writing tests - he has 23 pages of Afrikaans to learn by the 15th. Busy with that. So made space in my scrapping room (temporarily) for him and Andy to do their work while I am in my room. Both cannot work on their own. They are too easily distracted.

Otherwise all is good. My granny is doing much better. She has a wheelchair to move around now. She enjoys going outside to look at the garden and feed the birds.

Going to uShaka tomorrow if the weather is good.
Lots happening except scrapping. But priorities priorities!!!

Will chat again soon. Take care, my friends. Happy scrapping.


xoxo

Shan

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Posted: 5/9/2014 4:09:51 AM
Hi Shan - good to hear from you and the news about Granny and the girls ! Looks like you have it all sorted out getting the girls ready for school. Sounds like lots of Afrikaans homework - although I am Afrikaans speaking my kids have not really picked it up - they understand quite well, but the accents are quite entertaining when they speak !
I managed to finish 2 pages on Wednesday before I went to vote and then I promtly got the flu and have been voiceless since
Not even going to have a weekend to recover as we are camping again this weekend - going to the annual Landrover Festival - yes don't ask - DH is a 4x4 enthusiast !


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Posted: 5/9/2014 1:18:30 PM
Hi. I got back last night from my travels, and took this morning to sleep. This afternoon I am taking passport photos for a big group that is going to Mexico together, and then need to do some housecleaning. This weekend we have our niece's belated 8th birthday party and Mother's Day. I made a birthday card a few weeks ago, and now it is lost in the mess - hopefully I can find it today. DH's parents are coming for the weekend, after wintering in Texas with their RV (what is your term for those again?). So there won't be much crafty time. I should go finish getting ready for the day - we are meeting DH for lunch.

Carmen


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Posted: 5/10/2014 12:29:03 AM
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Carmen - I think we call them camper vans. Hope you find the card. Your pages sound very interesting. Have you uploaded them?

Shan - how old are your girls again? Sounds like there is no rush for school. That is a lot of Afrikaans! Hope you enjoy Ushuaia. We always love it.

Tilla - hope you get time to scrap soon. Aren't you glad all is back to normal now? The public holidays got a bit much for me.

I finally tidied up my scraproom and got my photos printed so I managed to scrap last night again. So good to be back in the groove again
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Posted: 5/10/2014 2:28:05 AM
Hi everyone!

Shan, I'm so glad your gran is doing better. Congrats on Cuan's birthday. I've got Kyle's 6th birthday party tomorrow (his actual birthday is on Tuesday). We are having it at a grand prix party place, so very little prep work for me and I get to relax a bit for Mother's Day too

Cilla - glad you enjoyed the Mauritius break. A tropical holiday is always fun.

I scraped a little in amongst all the chaos around work the last few weeks, so that's good. Also had a nice break away from everything in Gansbaai last week. Three books in 5 days - I did very little else but sit and read on the beach while the boys played.

Carmen, is it normal to still be getting snow? Here it is much cooler and rainy, so winter is on it's way.

Tilla, my boys also haven't picked up Afrikaans very easily. Sean even does the Malmesbury 'brei' when speaking Afrikaans, which is just hilarious. Sorry, Carmen, but there is just no English word for it. It's a speech impediment where people struggle to say the rolling 'r' and it becomes an almost guttural sound.

The oldest two start exams in 2 weeks, so I'm with you on all the prep work for that, Shan. Sean has a tablet instead of textbooks but the summary function doesn't work well, so I'm helping him summarise everything before then. Why do we have to do school over again at our age?





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Posted: 5/13/2014 2:45:29 PM
Just a quick "check in" from me.

Cilla - Ah, yes, camper vans! Thanks for the term. DH managed to find the card in a pile of papers, so all was well. I was exhausted yesterday, though -- I need my weekends for sleep and for getting the house in order, and ended up basically using Monday for those purposes. I am not making good progress on this magazine project, though. Still have all the writing/photo selection/layout to do.... I participated in another site's NSD challenges, so the pages got uploaded there. I can send you the link if you want.

Michelle - This winter has been unusually long; I'd say that normally, the snow is mostly melting by early May. That said, DH has said that the only month he can remember NOT seeing snow, ever, is July. There is still snow in patches around town, but most of the lawns are brown again. I expect yard work will be starting soon....

Still no movement on the house selling front. I want to get the house show-ready again, so that we can put our ad back up in good conscience. Hopefully by the weekend it will be ready for that.

Carmen.



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Posted: 5/14/2014 8:43:32 AM
Hi Carmen and all ! I feel for you - I also need weekends to recharge and generally catch up with what needs doing at home and admin - this weekend of camping in the dust has put me back by a week - still feeling shattered from the flu and not on top of school things or home stuff, hoping to catch up this coming weekend and also maybe tackle some scrapping


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Posted: 5/15/2014 1:19:56 AM
Another SA Pea just checking in. All of you 'Berg nuts- I am off a bit later to join my husband & our clients at the Drakensberg Sun. My section of the workshop is tomorrow 11am to 3pm, then we are staying at another nearby resort for a long weekend.

Hoping for some good photos to scrap! Has anyone taken the zipline canopy tour? Helicopter over the 'Berg? (love this kind of trip but the one in the pic looks like a large ex-military one so a bit put off...) any other recommendations for activities?

Apologies for the "grabby" late notice request without commenting on all of your news, will do better next time

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Posted: 5/15/2014 7:19:26 AM
Hi All

Jenn - I have done a canopy tour but in the Magaliesberg not the Drakensberg. It was great. Other than that we usually hike and play golf in the Berg

Carmen - I would love to see your layouts. Please send the link. I am really hoping the warmer weather bring tons of buyers for your house. We need you here now. August is getting close!

Tilla - I hear you on feeling behind in everything. Hoping things settle back into a 'normal' routine soon. How is your flu?

Michelle - hope all the studying is progressing smoothly. Are you still planning on selling the pharmacy?

Shan - let us know how you and all the kids are doing. And your Granny too.

AFM, Alistair had his squint correction operation yesterday. It went well but was very stressful for us. He is doing just fine now. I have been scrapping again. Nothing too artistic. Basically just getting the photos and stories down with basic embellishment


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Posted: 5/15/2014 9:00:22 AM
Hi everyone

Cilla - yes, I'm still trying to sell. The one deal was verbally agreed upon when suddenly everything went very quiet and last week they pulled out. Couldn't get their finances sorted. Luckily there are 2 other interested parties, just waiting for them to officially start negotiations. And Plan B, just closing down, is also sorted - I know where my patient history base is going if that happens. So still stressful. My attention is a bit split right now as the boys prepare for exams, but that is going well.

Jenn - oh, I've never been to the Drakensberg. It always looks so stunning. Not sure about a helicopter trip though. I get terribly motion-sickness




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Posted: 5/17/2014 1:22:29 PM
Hi

So much has happened - and again except for scrapbooking - but mostly good. Bad first my gran is back in hospital with pneumonia but is on a drip and is doing well. Saw her today - as sick as she is she still has a sense of humour. I love her wit. At 82 she's a laugh a minute.

The twins have been provisionally accepted at a school quite close to the boys - St Henry's Marist Brothers - and the best part is that they can start in July!!! They have an interview on June 10th. Am so relieved. Lots of time to prepare them and myself for the day my babies go off to school. I'm sure it'll be a day of mixed emotions but I'll get over it. Half a day all to myself!! Haven't had that in about 10 years. But I will find something to do to pass the time.

I have been doing very well at the gym, getting stronger every session.

My big boy is writing tests and so far doing quite well. The little one is such a confident reader and his maths is coming along nicely.

It seemed like a lot more in my head. But it's been quite busy.

The girls want to sleep. I think they conspire when they see me in my room. So will catch up soon.

Take care.

Happy scrapping.


xoxo

Shan

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Posted: 5/18/2014 11:55:30 AM
Hi Shan

sorry to hear about your Granny being ill again. Hope she can come home soon. My sisters's children were both at Marist Brothers before they move to Gillits and did fabulously there. It is a great school! I am sure your girls will love it there.

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Posted: 5/20/2014 3:59:30 PM
Hi there. Sorry I've been so quiet this last while. I am having an awful time trying to get going on the writing part of my work project. Last night I couldn't get to sleep until 3:30, maybe even 4:00 am. I have a bad sore throat as well, and a cough is starting. I am wondering if I picked up a bug from the waiting room at the clinic.... My ankle is still sore, but I have okay mobility with it. I just need to ice it more than I have been, I suspect. Yesterday was a day off for DH and Sara -- the third weekend in May is marked as Victoria Day (although the actual day is May 24), and it is the kick-off to summer. We finally have some green grass, followed quickly by the first dandelions. On Saturday I cleaned up the office part of my office/craft room, so I don't have that excuse any more for not working, and DH transferred and converted all my interview audio files from the iPad into MP3s. But I just feel like crap right now, physically... which makes it very hard to convince myself to work on my articles. I may just say, this is a prep day, and get an earlier start on the work tomorrow instead of errands/cleaning in the morning. Ugh... I just hate feeling lousy.

Anyhow -- Tilla, hope you are recovering well from the flu, and getting back into the daily groove. Cilla, I sent you the link as promised. Jen, hope your time in the Drakensberg went well. Michelle, good selling vibes to you. Shan, great news about the school acceptance for your girls.

Time to get going on stuff....

Carmen.


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Posted: 5/22/2014 1:36:14 PM
Hi. Thanks for the well wishes. Gran is doing a lot better than last week. Changed her medication and she's eating better. Just sad to see her wither away. She's a sweetheart!!

I'm scrapping - well trying to catch up on March OLW - not bad?? It's a vision board and I had 3 magazines on my desk and within 10 minutes I found all the pictures and words I was looking for. One picture even found me. I have always associated sunflowers with my sister and when my cousin passed away in an accident almost 3 years ago, we have always seen butterflies at her prayer times and when we talk about her. And there staring at me is a pretty blue butterfly on a beautiful sunflower. That's the spirituality part of my vision board. I believe in angels and for as long as my sister and cousin have been gone I ask for their guidance and protection. I know that they are with God and that they watch over us constantly. Which is why when I think of my gran passing on I am comforted by the thought that her 2 angels are waiting for her on the other side.

So hope all's been well in your lives. Will catch up soon.

Take care all.


xoxo

Shan

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Posted: 5/22/2014 6:29:28 PM
That's beautiful, Shan. I am so happy for you that you found that image to encourage and inspire you.

I am still a bit hobbled with a sore ankle and a cough, but better than I was. I am battling away at learning how to use Adobe InDesign, which I am using for the magazine project. Progress is being made, but slooooowwwwly!

Hoping to scrap this weekend - we shall see. The house is a mess again, and we have lunch company on Sunday.

Time to go pick up Sara.

Carmen.


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Posted: 5/22/2014 11:02:11 PM
Got our bedroom, the half bath and Sara's room (aside from the top of her dresser) all cleaned. Perhaps there is hope for scrapping this weekend after all....

Carmen.


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Posted: 5/23/2014 3:53:04 AM
Hi PZas
I have been following here but not saying much !
Everyone seems to be busy with everything else but scrapping !
Michelle - hope your sale gets sorted out soon - will you be a lady of leisure then ?
Carmen - I am sure better weather will improve chances of a sale for you too !
Shan - love what you wrote about your loved ones - thinking of you ! I sent you a mail re the flair this morning - was very big - will try post pics to my gallery too so you can let me know what you want ?
I have also made some DIY enamel dots as discussed here on 2ps, they came out well - I have 3000 beads to melt - so let me know if you want a package in the post ?
I even managed to scrap a page over the last 2 days - love my easy mornings with some time to scrap before work !


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Posted: 5/26/2014 4:34:41 AM
Hi there Peazas
Just a quick question - what is your favourite embellishment that you use ?
Trying to come up with some ideas to put into reality - making some fun embellishments - so any ideas would be welcome !
Some ideas:
Flair, wood veneer, cork and clear plastic shapes, raw chipboard, paperclips, buttons, bling, washi, ribbons, twine, stickers ?
Thanks


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Posted: 5/26/2014 6:37:00 AM
Hi Peazas- Tilla, going by frequency of use, plain unfashionable chipboard is still a go-to embellishment for me. I am a Vagabond & Die Nut, often cut a chipboard shape as a base for a cluster. Tags (3 sizes), flowers, swirls & such like work for me. Also the polaroid frame, but I only have a thin die in this shape. Some of the other bits like Washi then get layered on/ around the cluster. Hope that makes sense? Will we be seeing your flair, beads and stuff in the stores soon? Hope so- let us know how we can support you.

Shan- thanks for the update on your Gran, best of luck with the kids & school, WAY TO GO on the gym & trainer!

Cilla- How is Alistair after the op? Bet you wish you were in Mauritius now, as opposed to last month- nasty Gauteng weather has started to bite! Scrapped it (Mauritius) yet? I, like Tilla, had the early winter 'flu- hope that is the only dose I get, fingers crossed... which brings me to...

Michelle: all best thoughts for an outcome you will do a happy dance for on your Pharmacy sale: all that 'flu medicine walking out the door will help the numbers/ratios you need to set the price

Carmen- sounds like you are working well and still doing what you need to do on your "listed" house. Waiting is not easy- chin up!

Lastly- thanks for the input on the 'Berg- as it turned out I had a minor arm injury so did not haul my unfit self to the Canopy people. Peter & I had a lovely log fire, red wine and conversation type of weekend, followed by the helicopter flip on Monday morning when the weather cleared. I have done the helo round the CT peninsula and at Vic Falls. This was WAY beyond those put together. I am always apprehensive about flying, but will recommend this trip very highly- when he set us down right at the top and we walked to the edge, I just cried. OK, that is pretty standard behaviour for me, do it often, but this was just wonderful. If you ever get the chance, just do it.

Hope I didn't leave anyone out?

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Posted: 5/26/2014 7:02:58 AM
Another request.... I was one of the lucky winners on Tim's blog at the weekend - (Bella, if you see this, thanks again for the heads-up)- I will be receiving a pack of his latest fabrics & I still have most of a "Fat Eighth" of the first set. I am looking for a professional quilter to design and make something awesome for me- any contacts, ladies?

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Posted: 5/26/2014 10:04:23 AM
Lucky you Jen ! Thanks for the input - will definitely keep that in mind. As for quilters - I don't know anyone - but would think a good fabric shop such as Arthur Bales in Linden might have someone they can refer you to ? Or is there a quilters guild ?
Heli flip sounds amazing - I have climbed up the chain to the top of the Berg near Witsies Hoek and the views are amazing - flying sounds much easier !


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Posted: 5/26/2014 5:09:35 PM
Hello Peazas. It is a wet, cool and rather dreary day here - sad to see it after some lovely hot days over the weekend. I was saying on Friday that it is like Mother Nature decided she had screwed up spring for us, so now we are getting summer early. Even got a bit of a sunburn on my neck on Sunday, after lunching on our deck! Today it is not so nice, but perhaps it is good for the crews battling a couple of big forest fires an hour or so north of here. The community nearby (about 1,000 or so people) has been evacuated because the fire is affecting the only access road in and out of the community. Fire evacuations, the first visit from the Fersters fruit truck, and float planes landing on the lake - all signs of summer in the north....

No scrapping after all - we had supper company Saturday, lunch company Sunday, and then a house showing (not holding out much hope for that one) Sunday night, so cleaning, cooking and hosting took up much of the time. I did bake brownies for the first time, and they were well received.

Jen - the helicopter ride and chilling by the fire both sound wonderful. Hope you are healing from your injury.

Tilla - I use a lot of the embellishments mentioned, although buttons, ribbon and related items don't often show up on my projects. I actually cleared out my button stash last year and haven't missed them. I also don't make many embellishments of my own, so raw chipboard doesn't hold much appeal for me. Flair and wood veneer and plastic shapes and enamel dots - definitely yes. I think it would be awesome to have Africa related products on the market - all that I have seen is safari animals, and even those are normally in a zoo context. Southern Hemisphere Christmas stuff would be great too. Hope that helps.

Carmen.


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Posted: 5/27/2014 12:52:26 PM
Hi. I typed out a really nice, long post but have no idea where it disappeared to. Anyway here goes:-
Michelle, hope the sale of the pharmacy goes through soon and whatever the next chapter holds for you begins soon. How are the boys?

Tanya, we haven't met but I'm hoping to come to Cape Town for the Disney on Ice and maybe we can meet.

Tilla, great flair. They ought to be in shops or online at least. Will e-mail my order. Hope you are fully recovered and back to your scrapping.

Cilla, how's the Tim Noakes regimen going. Mauritius looked like it was a blast. It's on my to-do list. That place you stayed at looked amazing. And don't you owe me a visit to Durban? It is getting a bit chilly for uShaka but I'm sure there are lots of indoorsy places we can take the children and catch up. Let me know.

Carmen, still saying an extra prayer for the sale of your house to go through so you can come to sunny SA sooner. And I hope you too have recovered from the 'flu.

Jen, hope the bug has left you for the rest of the season. And what are you up to post-election? Coming to Durban any time soon? Please get in contact if you are, You can come and meet my merry band!!

My catch up- well Gran is out of hospital. She has refused any treatment or tests so there's no point to her staying in hospital. And she wasn't being given proper care anyway - she slipped in the toilet - with a nurse present!!! Luckily no damage done. And we have hired an oxygen tank to help with her breathing. She is more comfortable at home and that's what she wants.

I am no business person - don't have the heart for it. So I tried to sell some of my scrapbooking stuff but had no clue how much to price them for. If anyone can help please e-mail (shanantha@me.com) or pea-mail me and I'll tell you what I want to sell. I may get cold feet because at heart I am a hoarder!! But want to purge a little.

What else? Not doing so well on my diet or the gym with my hospital visits but hoping to go to the gym tomorrow. My mum doesn't help with my diet - she sent cupcakes yesterday and a milktart today and Andy and Cehaan made a peppermint cheesecake!! Must learn to say NO. Tomorrow, I promise.

Back to my trying to scrap now.
Chat soon. Take care all.



xoxo

Shan

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Posted: 6/3/2014 3:22:12 PM
Hi Peazas. It's been rather quiet on our thread -- I hope you are all doing well. I didn't see a June thread, so I figured I'd post here.

Shan, thanks for the update on your gran. I can't offer much help on pricing/selling supplies. I have noticed a site called Gumtree that might be an option for you. It looks similar to a North American site called Kijiji, with free classified ads. http://www.gumtree.co.za/ The local folks would be more helpful to you for pricing, I expect. Sweet baked goods are definitely my biggest weakness when it comes to dieting, so I can relate! My mom has always been an avid baker, though more cookies and breads than cakes. I made my first two batches of brownies recently -- one with coconut and pecans, and one with raspberry jam and cream cheese.

We have someone coming to look at the house this evening (likely), but the house is not exactly show-ready. I had a relaxing weekend, but DH was working insane hours -- I figure I saw him for an hour, tops, between Friday and Sunday. And then Monday morning I woke up to the worst headache I have EVER had, and it is still lurking, although much diminished. So between those two things, there was very little energy or time to get the house ship-shape.

We got another "when are you coming?!" email from one of the local staff at our mission office -- not the missionary staff, who understand better the challenges we face in terms of logistics -- and at the same time, DH is facing pressure from the new IT manager with the college to take a regular job there. Neither really understands that we want so badly to be on our way!! Right now it is beautiful weather -- well, mostly; we did have a brief but intense rain-and-hailstorm last night -- so we don't mind waiting until the end of summer, but we want to be able to set a date for our departure and be moving forward with purpose rather than waiting for the house to sell!

I am still working on the magazine project, and definitely feeling the crunch now, as it must be printed and delivered to my client before the National Association of Friendship Centres' annual general meeting, which is July 8-11. I think a deadline motivates me -- that's what I'm telling myself anyhow!! My goal is to have everything wrapped up on my end (information-gathering, writing, editing, and layout) by June 25. Sara's preschool graduation is on June 26, and our church's annual weekend camp-out is June 27-29. I will be working a lot of weekend and evening hours, and unfortunately missing some fun events here and there, but I am anxious now to get this project wrapped up. I am ready for summertime pleasures -- relaxing at the beach, kite flying, day trips to the city, barbecues on our deck, reading for hours (especially with Diana Gabaldon's newest Outlander book, "Written in My Own Heart's Blood", due out very soon).... Yep. Definitely have to get this magazine done SOON!!

Anyhow, that's the update from here. Cheers.

Carmen.


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Posted: 6/4/2014 4:57:01 AM
Hi all - some news here but before that - Carmen those brownies sounds to die for !
I am unfortunately having to cancel my trip to Cape Town for the convention - so sorry Cilla ! My husband has been booked onto a conference the week we were going to spend there with the kids - so between me and him being away or busy, it just did not seem worth the trip ! And then not really being able to spend our leave together does not make sense. So happy that Glenda agreed to accommodate me in Johannesburg the following week So sorry Cape Town Peazas - I won't be there - but as far as I can remember - none of you had booked ! Cilla - not sure if you would still be keen to go ? I have to cancel my timeshare but we will go somewhere closer in the August Holidays then.
There was also some teaser on FB for next year from the Scrapbook Convention - any ideas or speculation ?


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Posted: 6/4/2014 7:18:36 AM
Hi all. Thanks to Tilla's entry, found our thread on Pg 1!

I was feeling lots of (good) pressure to swop to Cape Town for this upcoming Convention, in the context of most of the Jo'burg Peas making the effort to travel. Not awfully convenient though, so will be watching the threads & making a final decision. At the very least, will see you in Jo'burg, Tilla, good to know. Aren't you doing an event soon at Helderfontein? Please let us know how it goes.

Regarding G's FB announcement/ teaser- all I know is that it is going to be HUGE and absolutely not to be missed!

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Posted: 6/5/2014 5:56:35 AM
Hi all

Sorry I have been MIA but just never seem to have time these days. My DH ran the Comrades this weekend and did brilliantly. Finished in 9h35. I am so proud of him.

Re ScrapBookEx, I have already booked flights etc so am committed to Cape Town but is there going to be another PeaZa there at all? Not so keen to be all alone.

Sorry I cant do personals now, need to feed Alistair but will try again later!

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Posted: 6/9/2014 4:51:04 AM
Hi everyone!

I've finally managed to sell my pharmacy to Clicks - not exactly what I had hoped, as we need to close and relocate, but at least the financial worries will be over. Tilla, I WISH I could be a lady or leisure! Haha, I'd probably go stir-crazy within a month though. No, I'm going to be working as responsible pharmacist at the new pharmacy, but with better hours and no admin.

As for the SA Convention, I wish I could commit already, but my personal finances will only be settled by the end of July. Cilla, I'll be there if at all possible. My birthday is at the end of August, so maybe I can twist the family's arm(s) and have them pay... will throw BIG hints. It's my 40th, so they can't really say no if it's something I really want, hey?

My boys finish exams tomorrow, then life will ease up a bit. Ruan has been diagnosed with ADD too but is reacting to the meds very well.

Shan - Your life seems to be very up-and-down right now. Hope everything settles down soon. That image of the butterfly and sunflower is just beautiful.





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Posted: 6/9/2014 5:09:53 AM
Congratulations, Michelle! Hope you will enjoy "your" new pharmacy. Keeping your eye in professionally while the chain does all the admin and part of the worrying- a great result.

Came over to alert you all: G is announcing something for 2015 on Wednesday at 10am; Facebook for sure (I do not follow that) and probably on the main site. A date has been announced for the ever-popular Christmas class- 22 November. No additional news on Aug/ Sept yet.


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Posted: 6/9/2014 3:11:37 PM
Hi Peazas.

Michelle, good news (?!) regarding the pharmacy sale. I hope the change helps restore some joy in the work you do.

Jen, I will certainly be keeping an eye out for the 2015 announcement. I don't think I'll be there in time for this year's convention (it's going to take a while for me not to think "summer" for August!), so I will look forward to the soon-to-be-announced event.

I am making some headway finally with the magazine project -- and now kicking myself for not having started sooner! Figures. DH is out of town tonight (he left yesterday evening), so I won't be able to work this evening, but Sara is at a "playdate" this afternoon as our regular sitter is taking some time off, and then she will be at "Grandma Elma's" (a family friend who takes care of her grandkids while their parents are working) for the rest of the week, so that's a nice change for her. I am aiming to have at least four more articles done by the end of this week, and take Sunday off for Father's Day. DH's Father's Day gift will be having our yard work done by someone other than him -- he hates mowing, so I have hired some guys to come and do both yards plus do weeding, pruning and dandelion spraying.

Ok, better get back to work on my interview transcribing....

Carmen.


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Posted: 6/10/2014 2:52:13 AM
Hi Everyone

Michelle - great news re the sale. As you say, it might not be the perfect sale but it does free you from so much responsibility that it has to be a good thing. Please oh please, try and come to the convention. I really dont want to be alone!

Tanya.... what about you? How is your daughter enjoying her au pairing?

Shan - hope all is well with you and the kiddos. Saw the pic of the girls birthday cake on FB. Too cute

Jen - eagerly anticipating the announcement...

Carmen - you are such a busy woman! you make me feel so lazy. I really hope you will be here long before Apil/May next year.

Tilla - will you do the JHB conference now?

AFM, have done a bit of scrapping lately. I am pleased with my latest pages. I finally started my Croatia album. Its so great reliving the memories! Joseph is battling with his reading at school so I am taking him for an Edublox assessment tomorrow night. Hopefully they can get to the root of the problem. Everyone agrees he is super intelligent so I am frustrated that he not achieving at school when I am paying so much for private schooling!

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Posted: 6/10/2014 4:27:06 AM
Hi all - lost my post from last night due to some server error !
Michelle - fantastic news on the sale - I like Clicks pharmacies and hope it all works out well for you ! i understand about going stir crazy - but sometimes a few weeks off would really be welcome !
Cilla - yes - luckily Glenda could accommodate me in Jozi, but will probably sit with no one I know again
Which is what I wanted to avoid from last year ! Anyway - nothing I can do about it now.
Hope you get some help with the reading issue, at least in a Pvt school there is a better chance that issues get picked up sooner ! Well - we have to justify our decisions somehow !
Carmen - well done on starting your magazine project - and getting it all done on time I hope !
Love the idea of DH father's day gift !
Been scrapping loads lately - winter weather is great for that.
Just very frustrated that I cannot find WRMK 12 x 12 page protectors anywhere - so I can't pack anything away ! Any one know where to get it in Jozi ?


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Posted: 6/10/2014 7:25:23 AM
Tilla - I usually get them from Scrap-a-doodles but I see they are also out of stock! The Chiswick ones are identical though. I have bought both WRMK and Chiswick albums and page protectors and cannot see the difference betqween them other than the stamped branding on the page protectors. I have found the Chiswick ones at P&A

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Posted: 6/10/2014 9:03:57 AM
Ah thanks Cilla ! I have been stalking Scrapadoodles since January and still no stock ! I will try the PNA tomorrow !
Time for a new thread ?


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Posted: 6/10/2014 11:45:44 AM
Hello again. Just got off the phone after doing an interview with one of the friendship centre directors. To clarify -- the friendship centres in Canada serve as an outreach to the Aboriginal (First Nations and Metis -- native is another term that's used) people living in urban areas, and offer services that help people connect with their Aboriginal culture, get help with practical needs (find housing, deal with the legal system, etc.), and find common ground. They are called "friendship" centres because they grew out of relationships between various groups of Aboriginal people who felt marginalized by the "mainstream" in the cities. My magazine project profiles each of the 11 friendship centres in Saskatchewan, plus their provincial association, which is headquartered in Saskatoon. (Try saying that fast -- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It's SAS-kah-tune, Ss-KA-ch-wn, if you're curious. Saskatoons are a local berry, similar in shape and colour to a blueberry, and Saskatchewan means "swiftly running water" in Cree, one of the local languages. Saskatoon is the biggest city in the province, with about 250,000 people.)

Anyhow, this was one of the main interviews I still had to do, so I have now talked to all of the centres' directors and many of their staff. I still have some youth workers to talk to, but we're getting there. Yesterday I transcribed all of the interviews from one centre, and part of the interviews from another centre. Today will be another transcribing day, and then I'm hoping to get 2, maybe even 3 profiles, written tomorrow. I have put this off for too long, so now it's crunch time.

Cilla -- yay on getting going on the Croatia album (I always struggle with doing vacation pages, so kudos to you on tackling that!). I hope you are able to get some answers for your son's reading difficulties. I hope we are able to get Sara into a good school for next year. We know what school we would like her to attend, but it's just about impossible to fill out the application form when we are not even in Joburg yet. Any advice on when we should try to apply for her, for the next school year? The school we are interested in is Modderfontein Montessori. www.modderfonteinmontessori.co.za

Tilla -- Oh, I wish I was scrapping lots right now!! I haven't done anything really since National Scrapbook Day, aside from a card for DH for Father's Day. I have some of the WRMK 12x12 page protectors, but personally I prefer the Becky Higgins ones. I find the WRMK have a bit of a blue tinge to them, and they are not as clear as the BH ones. I like the WRMK faux leather albums, though, so I have ended up with some of their page protectors, as they come with the albums. I recently reorganized my albums, with all of the 12x12 (non-Project Life-style) layouts housed in 6 WRMK albums. I have "All About Carmen and Bryan" (I apparently need to do a lot more pages about DH, and about us as a couple -- I was a bit embarrassed by the shortage of DH-focused pages!), "All About Sara", "People We Love", "Places We Love" (mostly about La Ronge/northern Saskatchewan), "How We Spend Our Time" (organized thematically, but again, very few in there...), and "Ways We Celebrate" (various holidays/special occasions -- birthdays, Easter, Halloween, Christmas, etc.). I hope you find someone to connect with at the convention in Jozi. How I wish I could be there with you!! Next year...

Time to get back to work. Have a great evening (if I am converting time zones correctly ).

Carmen.


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Posted: 6/10/2014 12:32:57 PM
Carmen - Our school year starts January so I would apply now if you are able. Many schools have very long waiting lists so the earlier you get on them the better.

Tilla - yes its time for a new thread. Will start one soon. I promnise

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Posted: 6/10/2014 2:10:03 PM
I have filled out (as much as I can, right now) an application form for the school, and sent a request for some information to our supervisor in South Africa. Thanks for the heads up on that. Hopefully it won't be too late!

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