Posted by: granny1947 | April 19, 2014

Granny takes strain


Hello All.
Day two of the long weekend and what did we do?
Well, Mex went to the bank and transferred the money for the new house.
Then we went and looked at showers.
For the second time.
I suspect we will be doing this on a regular basis.
Mex goes into everything with a fine toothcomb.
It drives me nuts.

I am beginning to wonder if our relationship of 27 years is going to survive the next three months.
He is very bitter about the money I put into this place.
He won’t go into eat.
It is very uncomfortable.
It has become clear that my dear mother got me here under false pretences.
If my Dad goes first (which is likely) she will change the will in the blink of an eye.
She has made that clear in a non obvious way.
But I suspected that all along.
I am taking strain as I find it very distasteful to fight over money.
It is just not in my nature.

We went to look at the plot today.
Lord, I can foresee months of dust and dirt while they are building more houses.
The huge pile of rubble at the far edge of our plot is the start of the “greenbelt”
I have no idea when they will start on that.
On the upside I can take Jasmine for walks as it is and I won’t have to pick up poop.

As we were leaving I told Mex we had to go to the far left gate.
He approached it at an angle and it did not open.
So he tried another gate.
That didn’t open either.
I told him we had to go to the far left so he reversed in a huff.
And hit a street light, knocking it flat.
He hardly touched it so I suspect someone had already hit it.
We returned to the gate I had indicated and it opened.
I swear I didn’t say “I told you so”.
But if you could have read my thoughts…….

Tomorrow we go to friends for a BBQ.
I would like to take Jasmine but last time she pooped all over their lawn.
Hmmmmmmm…decisions, decisions.

Posted by: granny1947 | April 18, 2014

Granny’s Good Friday


So, I missed a day.
Sue me.
I had a great time yesterday.
I arranged to meet an old blogger friend at one o’clock.
She is in PE to be with her Dad who is having surgery.
We agreed to meet at the hospital restaurant.
One problem.

I finished work at eleven and got there at 11:30.
Lots of time to kill so I got out my camera and took a few shots.
Then I bought a magazine and sat in my car and read it from cover to cover.
In no time at all.
I now remember why I stopped buying the “YOU” magazine.
It costs more than twenty rand and there is really very little to read in it.

Anyway, Puppycat arrived and we spent a lovely time talking the hind leg off a donkey.
I wonder where that saying comes from?
I am sure someone will tell me.
Cindy are you there?
I also met Pupppycat’s Dad’s partner who I took to right away.
All in all a good time.

Today, being a holiday, has been a lazy day.
I cleaned a bit.
Brushed Jasmine.
Played a game with her with a piece of rope.
Played a few games of scrabble.
Had a good nap.
Went out and bought pizzas for supper.
Read my book.
Only thing missing was some exercise.
MUST go for a walk tomorrow.
Damn, damn, damn…have no idea what is going on.
Have now tried four times to insert a photo and all I get is that writing.
Now I have published the photo is there.
They are messing with my mind.
Will retry the view from the back of the hospital


Posted by: granny1947 | April 16, 2014

Granny keeps it up!!!


Hello All.

I shouldn’t be posting tonight. It might bring rain. Three posts in three days. Rain could hold up our house. We read somewhere that Port Elizabeth has the fourth best weather in the WORLD. Who knew. The first winter we were here it rained for three ruddy months and this has been a dreadful hot summer. I think “they” need to review their stats. Having said that…today was marvellous. Maybe my mood has just improved.

What other news do I have? Oh yes…my younger daughter got married on Monday. I wasn’t invited but I didn’t expect an invitation. We haven’t spoken for four years. Why start now. Anyway I wish her happiness.

After tomorrow there is going to be no Oscar trial until the 7th of May. We are going to have major withdrawal symptoms.

We have a four day weekend this weekend and a four day week the following week. Then there is another long weekend at the end of the month. Life is hell.

Have a great evening you lot. Or a great day. Depending where you are.

Nite nite.


I have No idea why the photo is so small.
Too tired to find out.

Posted by: granny1947 | April 15, 2014

Granny and the return continues!!!


Hello All.

A quick post tonight. For some reason I am tired. Wait, I hardly slept last night so THAT is the reason.

I warned you about all the pics you will be getting and here is the start. I had to take my Stepdad to the optician this afternoon and, on the way, I thought I would take a couple of shots. I had forgotten my camera but used my phone. I think I must use the phone more often. I couldn’t get into the complex because we don’t have a remote yet but I took these from the gate.




We are going to have to buy a little bit of furniture but not too much. A couch and an armchair. A couple of mats and not much else. Maybe a few kitchen utensils…why oh why did I give away so much when we left Cape Town? Oh yes, curtains for the bedroom. And the kitchen. And a garden hose. Come to think of it…maybe we DO have to buy a fair bit.

I don’t know what I am looking forward to the most. Cooking a meal and then eating the leftovers for the next couple of nights. Starting a veggie garden. Being able to walk out of the lounge into another room. Just about everything.

Having friends around for a meal. That is going to be fun. My cousin and his wife life just around the corner from the new house. It will be so nice to see more of them. I love them to bits.

Oh yes, before I go….my clever little 9 year old granddaughter has made it to the Nationals of the life saving competition. She is in the Nippers section. The Nationals are being held here in Port Elizabeth from the 25th of April so I will be seeing her and her Mom. Something else to look forward to. The 25th is my birthday so that will be a great present for me.



Posted by: granny1947 | April 14, 2014

Granny is conflicted.


Hello All.

Yes, it really is me.
I haven’t checked to see when last I posted but I think it must be a good three months.
Or a bad three months.
Depending on how you feel.

Yes, I am feeling very conflicted.
Life here has become close to impossible.
No, that is not right…not impossible.
Just very unpleasant.

To cut a long story short Mex has bought a house.
Well, he has bought a piece of ground and they are starting to build the house.
Weather permitting we hope to move in at the end of July.
It is in a huge walled complex about a km from a massive shopping mall that is due for completion in 2015.
Mex will be in his element.
He loves shopping malls.
I don’t.

It will be a small two bedroom house with an enclosed garden.
However, it is more than twice the size of what we are in right now.
And it sounds like heaven.
You will be getting lots of pics.
From the empty plot to the finished product.
Brace yourselves.

As the crow flies the new place is about one kilometre from here.
Which means, in the case of emergency, I am nearby.
I am feeling conflicted because I know the old people need me.
But, I have no security here.
Mex is seeing a lawyer in the next few days and will be signing a userfruct giving me the use of the house until I kick the bucket.
Also, it means if I should die before Mex HE has somewhere to live.
I have also come to the conclusion that, if I stay here, I am going to get ill.
Probably mentally before physically!

In other news we are totally hooked on the Oscar Pistorious trial.
I am sure that by televising this trial the crime rate is going to drop.
Facing the prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, would be an absolute nightmare.

Well, my friends, I hope I have broken my blogging block.
Chat again soon.

Posted by: granny1947 | February 2, 2014

Granny’s Sunday sillies.




Hello All.

What do I have to talk about today?
Hmmmm…not much it seems.
I could talk about the weather but I think I have exhausted that subject.
It even bores me now.
No…I will say something…it is MUCH cooler today.
I am a happy Granny.
Except for the odd hot flush.
But I can’t blame that on the weather.

The above photo.
Mex and I went to a new restaurant on Friday evening.
This does not happen often.
Mex shies away from change.
However, I got quite a nice voucher off on a meal in a washing powder promotion.
So we went and I loved it.
The food was not bad but the view was fabulous.
You know me and the sea.
I could have sat there for hours.



The downside was it is quite a way from home.
So I was the designated driver.
I don’t drink and drive when we are in MY car.
If I am driving Mex’s car I might have a glass or two.

Mex is helping my brother put a cover on my Dad’s car.
I don’t know why they bother.
The car is almost as old as the old man.
But it makes him happy.

I have notched up another bad mark with my mother.
Every night Mex goes into the house and pours my mother a glass of wine and my Dad a whisky.
The other night the old man said he wouldn’t have anything.
When he refused the next night I asked why.
He said my mother did not think he should have a drink.
I said “rubbish”.
I told him one tot of whisky is medicinal.
So he is back to having one again.
And she is not happy about it.
For crying in a bloody bucket.
He is ninety years old….why don’t we just take away the few little pleasures he has.

Before I go into a rant about her let me end.
Some things are better left unsaid.


Posted by: granny1947 | January 29, 2014

Granny and fertility


Hello All.

I am writing this at work again.
This time I shall remember to mail the post home before I leave.
My mate left the air conditioner on all night so it is blissfully cool.
If we are still here next summer I think we shall have to invest in a small air conditioner.
I might have a job persuading Mex.
Last night was so hot I lay on the bed in my birthday suit (which needs ironing).
I think he enjoyed the spectacle.

I went for a bone density test yesterday.
The place was at the hospital where I took my Stepdad.
It is a huge place.
And my appointment letter didn’t say where in the complex it was situated.
I arrived five minutes early and asked a security person where to go.
She pointed at a nearby lift and said “second floor”.
I got out on the second floor and found myself in the maternity section!!!

I went back down and asked the same person again(I should have known better)
This time she told me to go to the other side of the hospital and take the lift to the second floor.
This time I found myself on a floor that seemed to be all Orthopedic guys.
So I went into the nearest office and asked if the receptionist if she knew where I had to go.
By now I was ten minutes late.
I hate being late.
While she was trying to phone them my cell went and the bone density people wanted to know where I was.
I said if you tell me where YOU are I’ll tell you where I am.
She said take the lift back down to the ground floor and turn left.
I did and the first sign I saw was Fertility clinic.
And I thought WTF?
The bone density place was in the same place.

I had to fill in a whole heap of forms and I felt like such an idiot.
There were so many  questions I couldn’t answer.
How tall are you…in cms…feet and inches I know…centimeters I haven’t a clue.
When did you have your last bone density test?
Three years ago, four year ago….maybe it was five…time flies when you are having fun.
Where did you have it done…Cape Town…can’t remember where…it is a big place.
When did you come off hormone replacement pills.
You have to be kidding me..haven’t got a cooking clue.
And so it went on.
I think all I could answer was my name and birthday.

Posted by: granny1947 | January 26, 2014

Granny has an exciting two weeks.


Hello All.

I did a nice long post last week, from work.
The words just bubbled out.
I forgot to send it on to home.
And left it open on my computer.
And my mate closed it without saving it.
Enough said!

It has been a hectic time.
I went back to work on the 13th and that night my friend had a bad breathing attack and was off for the rest of the week.
My boss also went off on the Friday to attend a wedding in the Cape.
It was hectic but I enjoyed it.
Even working a full day.

THEN last Sunday night my brother woke me up to say my Dad had had a fall.
He had a dizzy spell and fell onto a table gashing his leg.
My brother got him up and he went to the bathroom where he collapsed again.
I didn’t like the look of him.
And, usually, I quite like looking at him.
I called for an ambulance and the paramedics were just great. They took all his vitals which seemed fine but they were not allowed to attend to his leg.
So, they loaded him, complaining bitterly, into the ambulance and carted him off to hospital.
I followed hoping for flashing lights and driving through red lights but it was tame.
No traffic to talk about.

The hospital were also super.
Checked his vitals again.
Once more they were fine.
Stitched his leg and let us go.
I got to bed at three in the morning and was up at five thirty to go to work.

At a quarter to eleven Mex phoned to say there was something wrong with the old man.
I jumped in the car and raced home.
He had been in the kitchen making himself some toast when he had a funny episode and couldn’t talk.
He was a bit better by the time I got there but I was very worried.
He insisted he was ok so I gave him my Granny look.
Apparently, this works on 90 year olds as well as kids.
Told him we could do it the easy way or the hard way.
Either he got in my nice air conditioned car and we took a leisurely trip to the hospital or I called an ambulance.
He got in the car.

They did every conceivable test in the book.
And said he was incredible for his age.
They kept him in for the night to do more tests in the morning but I had to wait until eight that night to speak to the doctor.
I got home and fell into bed.

To cut a long story short they suspect a mini stroke.
He is on blood thinning medication and we are waiting for an appointment with a neurologist.
I took him to his GP on Thursday and he also says it was a mini stroke.
We just have to watch him very closely to make sure he doesn’t have a full blown one.

I dress his leg every day and that seems to be mending.

So…that is my excuse for not blogging for so long.

I have missed you guys

Posted by: granny1947 | January 8, 2014

Granny and the year so far


Hello All.

Well, it is a good thing I don’t do New Year resolutions.
I would probably have resolved to do a post a day.
And failed horribly.
The heat is partly to blame.
And I have been quite busy.

On Monday I took Step-Dad to the doctor for his annual check-up.
His blood pressure was far too high so we had to go for blood tests.
Well, HE had to have a blood test.
He is also suffering a bit from Vertigo.
Which I thought was a fear of heights.
But, apparently, I was wrong.
Not for the first time.

After the blood tests we had some breakfast in the hospital restaurant.
Where we met the beautiful guy above.
Who got very close and personal with me.
And was extremely interested in what I was eating.
We hear that people have been complaining about the birds on hospital grounds.
But these folk have no sense of humour.
I love them.
Especially when he ate a little green spider that was crawling on the table in front of me.

Then his family joined us.
They were also interested in titbits.
I tossed a bit of biscuit to the Mom and the baby darted in and got there first.
She took it very stoically (is that how you spell it?)


Today I had to take him back to the doctor to check his pressure again and get the blood results.
Blood pressure is much lower but still a little high.
Doctor said he is in excellent condition for a man of 90.
Also, today, for the first time since we have been here,  I got a maid in for the day.
I don’t know why I waited so long.
She was marvellous and the place is sparkling.
I think I shall get her in once a month.
I really don’t want to wash windows and scrub the shower floor.
I gave her a huge bag of clothes and shoes so she went off very happy.
And my cupboard looks a lot better.

Tomorrow is going to be hell.
I do hope it is going to be cool.
My mother needs some new bras.
For some reason(known only to her) she wants those contraptions that fasten between the legs.
An all in one sort of thing.
I can’t think of anything worse.
And we are going to battle to find something.
The fact that she can’t walk very far is not going to help.
I am dreading it.
Will tell you all about it tomorrow.

Posted by: granny1947 | January 3, 2014

Granny goes drip, drip, drip


Hello All.

Yes, I am sitting here dripping.
Sorry to harp on about weather but it is hard to think of anything else.
I can feel sweat running down between my breasts.
And down my back.
Well, I HOPE it is sweat trickling down my back.
And not some sort of creepy crawly.
Attracted by the salt.
Nah….any insect on my body right now would drown.

I have noticed a few new visitors to my blog.
Ones who have pressed the like button.
I can’t reciprocate as the link goes straight to their avatar.
Judy and Lisa Newman…if you are reading this please send me a link to your posts.

Spam mail seems to have taken a festive break too.
I have only received one in the last few days.

Tomorrow is my elder daughter’s birthday.
She is turning 46.
Where have all the years gone?
I don’t feel as if I have a kid who is nearing 50.
Good Lord what a thought.
Let’s not talk about the grandson who will be 22 in April.
Yes, let’s not talk about him.

In fact, I am not going to talk about anything now.
I am going to lie on the bed.
With the fan blowing on my fanny.

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