Time to say goodbye

Hopefully its not just me that gets emotional at funerals and memorial services, I like to think of myself as an old tough sod (nice description from Doug……..Thanks bro) but when it comes to family I find it hard to keep my emotions in check. Yesterday (Saturday) was Tania, Ryan’s and Nicole’s moms memorial service and while it was a celebration of her life, the tears still flowed. Tania’s letter to her dad in particular was very touching and I was unable to stay dry eyed. After the service we all went to Schoonies and dad scattered moms ashes in an area that was one of her favourites.

I suppose one good thing to come out of mom leaving us and that has been that we get to see Nicky, Doug and Amber for a week or so, Must say Amber is very cute and I have been speaking to her to tell her mom and dad that they need to move back to SA so we can see her more often, “hopefully that will work”. This occasion has also given Doug and I the opportunity to make the peace after a few months of not talking to each other. Why you ask, well if truth be told it was 80% my fault so we have buried the hatchet, “Surgery was a huge success and Doug should be out of intensive care in a month or so” and hopefully they wont stay to much longer on the Island before they decide to come back home.

This week was also Gabby’s Birthday and she turned 14, hard to believe that my little baby is now a young woman and a beautiful one at that. Friday night we went out to dinner and on Saturday we had a cake at Ryans house, as always gabby always blows out a single candle that reminds Gabby of her birth mom and Tania and I how lucky we are to have Gabriella in our lives……its always an emotional moment for me.

Next weekend Tania, Gabby and I are in Gauteng for my Nieces wedding, I cannot wait to see the family and celebrate this day with Christine and Craig. Will be taking lots of photos and from what I can gather be having a great time.

Talking about flying I flew to East London on Wednesday to do some lockout training (no that’s not when you cant get into the house after your wife has locked you out) at the harbour. Was a twin prop 30 seater plane that was about as comfortable as getting crammed into a mini and going on a long trip. Training was good and as always I enjoyed presenting the workshop.

A couple of weekends ago we went to a Penguin sanctuary at Cape Recife and saw how they look after penguins and seals that get injured or caught in oil slicks. They had a whole bunch of youngsters in and we saw how much chaos they can cause. What is not nice to hear is that they estimate within 5 years the penguin population in SA could be extinct due to weather pattern changes as well as over fishing of areas that penguins feed. Again man making his contribution to the world ……….NOT

The Boks did it against the POMS, what a change and while there is still much to do before the World Cup it was good to see there is still life In the Bok, Victor Matfield played most of the match with a broken rib. For once the refereeing was not bad and its always good to beat England at Twitenham. What made this win even sweeter is the fact that they had a Hensopper playing for them, one Hendre Fourie from Burgersdorp who said during the week “Blood will flow at Twikenham” he was right just it was the Poms and not South Africa’s. “Must feel like a real chop now hey Hendre” Must say it really makes a difference where you are watching the game , last week Ryan and I watched the Bok/Scotland game at the Supersport pub at the casino and I think there is more atmosphere on the moon, apart from some coloured dude that was shouting for the Scots and pissing me off it was like watching paint dry, those who know me will know that I can get pretty animated at a rugby match.

Ryan, Doug and I joined the Port Elizabeth toy run on Sunday and it was really great to experience this with them as well as be able to contribute a little too so many children who do not have the privilege of spending Xmas with family and friends or even a Xmas lunch. The Staff at NOSA raised R1400 to give to the Toy run with our Head Office contributing R1300 as well. A great effort I think

Sent into me by a friend

Did you know that, the words "race car" spelled backwards still spells "race
car"? And that "eat" is the only word that, if you take the first letter and move
it to the last, spells its own past tense, "ate"?

And if you rearrange the letters in "African National Congress," and add
just a few more letters, it spells: "Shut up you free-loading, progress-blocking, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, greedy and hypocritical idiots, and deal with the fact that you are wrecking the country with your corruption and nepotism and lack of accountability and that you cannot run a piss-up in a brewery never mind a country or even a municipality."

Now isn't that interesting?

Tania’s vegetable garden is doing great and her spinach in particular is growing fast and big, will soon look like Popeye with all the spinach I am eating

Well that’s it for this week only 26 shopping days left before Xmas and I have 13 more working days before Xmas holidays……….Yipee

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