Posted by: granny1947 | July 31, 2014

Granny is a Cheshire cat.


Hello All.
Yes, I am a happy Granny today.
I went to the house and couldn’t believe my eyes.
The built-in cupboards in the bedroom are in place.
The kitchen cupboards and counter and sink are IN.
The electricians were there putting in plugs and switches etc.
Two more coats of paint and the painting is done.
They are tiling the floors on Monday.
I reckon when they gave us the 29th as the date they were being conservative.
I think they will be finished in the next TWO weeks.

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.
It is good to be excited again.
Of course, there is still the garden wall to be put up.
But surely that can’t take too long.
And they have to plant grass.
But the garden is small.
Nope….I am going to stay positive.


I took my Stepdad out for coffee yesterday.
We went to a place right on the beach.
He loved it.
And we had a good talk.
Not that anything is going to change.
My Mom and I are never going to see eye to eye.
It was a stunning day.
Hot and not a breath of wind.
It was good.


Posted by: granny1947 | July 29, 2014

Granny’s troublesome Tuesday.


Hello All.
Not much to report on the house front.
Except that I spoke to the painter.
He has promised to do our place tomorrow.
As soon as he has finished, the electrician can finish.
The electrician, being the guy, who told me about the snakes.
Nice chap.

I took Jasmine for a nice long walk around the place.
We never saw a snake.
But I am sure some saw us.
I had a feeling I was being watched.
I must see if I can find a picture that shows just how big the complex is.

Things are really falling apart with my mother.
She has gone nuts spending money.
Is stockpiling food in her bedroom.
Most of which she will never use.
She has also bought an electric pressure cooker.
At four times the price of an ordinary one.
A griller.
A bookcase.
A chest deepfreezer(even though they have a huge upright one)
Bags of plastic containers.
I can’t bear it.
I feel so, so sorry for my Stepdad.

I am not going to be going in from Friday.
If I stick around I will say something I might regret.
Have realised that stress is no good at my age.
Who know which part of my body will explode or leak next.

Posted by: granny1947 | July 27, 2014

Granny and a bit of this and that.

Sunrise from the front of our office building.

Hello All.
A short post today.
Because I haven’t left the flat all weekend.
It has been cold ,raining and miserable.
Perfect weather to sit around in my jammies.
Playing scrabble.
And napping.

I made a huge pot of barley and vegetable soup yesterday.
I am all souped out.
But I have two containers to freeze.
Prepared meals for when we move.
I have a feeling I am not going to feel like cooking.
Then again, there are always pizzas.
And the bottle of really nice red wine I have to celebrate the move.

The news was full of a Zulu king and his marriage to his 6th wife.
Our esteemed president was there in his animal skins.
Between the two of them they have over fifty kids.
Is it only me, but I find this slightly obscene?
And the tax payer supports all this excess.
When you have that many kids how do you even remember their names?
Or do you number them?
I know it is a cultural thing but I just cannot relate.

Enough for now.
Just now a car will be calling to pick me up.
For disparaging our president.
But respect is earned.

Posted by: granny1947 | July 26, 2014

Granny is a wee bit anxious


Hello All.
First…progress on the house.
They have put on the first couple of coats of paint inside.
The outside is facebrick so no paint needed there.
Hopefully, they will finish the painting by Tuesday or Wednesday.
Then, I think, they come in and do the cupboards and the kitchen units.
And they still have to do the shower.
Floors etc.
I am still hopeful we will be able to move by mid August.
This is all good news.

Now for the bad news.
I believe the complex is full of snakes!!!!!!!
Especially puffadders.
Most snakes will move away when they hear you coming( I think).
Puffadders don’t.
They lie there and wait for you to step on them.
Then they get annoyed and bite you.
And they grow BIG.
And I am terrified of the things.
And MEX is worse.

ML’s son owns a snake park in Cape Town.
She says snakes are more afraid of you.
They only come indoors looking for water.
Yeah right.

Mex has visions of hearing a noise at the front door.
Opening the door and finding a snake there.
But I don’t think they knock.
I have visions of stepping on one when I go out to my car, in the dark, in the mornings.
Or one gets into my engine for warmth.
And, while I am on the highway, pops it’s head up and looks at me through the windscreen.
I WILL leave the road.
And my car.

Healthwise all is good.
No more nosebleeds.
My eye is almost back to normal.
Except for a slight blur to the one side where the membrane still appears to be little loose.
It is irritating but not a train smash.

Also on the upside the sun is starting to come up a little earlier in the mornings.
Hopefully, it won’t be too long and I will be going to work in the light.
There is rain forecast for tomorrow but all clear next week so they can carry on with the house.
Mind you, the only outside work left is the garden wall and planting of grass.
Enough for today.
You are all going to be so sick of hearing about the house.

Posted by: granny1947 | July 19, 2014

Granny has a couple of interesting nights.


Hello All.
I got to thinking the other day.
Sometimes I do that.
When we lived in Cape Town I blogged every day.
Even when I had nothing to say.
Must have bored you all to tears.
Now I am finding it so hard to put any words down.
Has my life become THAT empty?

First the news of the house.
For nearly four weeks nothing much happened.
Then they seemed to get their act into gear.
We now have a roof.
And a solar panel.
The inside walls have been plastered.
And, yesterday, the ceilings were completed.
The still have to put plaster on the ceilings(screed?)
They have to paint.
Do the cornices.
The tiles and the carpets.
The built-in cupboards.
Sigh…when I put it in writing it sounds like such a lot.
Still, I am optimistic.
I reckon another four weeks.
Weather permitting.
We have become obsessed with long term weather forecasts.
It is raining, cold and miserable today.
But it IS Saturday so that is ok.
No rain forecast for next week.

Now to my interesting couple of nights.
Get your minds out of the gutter.

I woke up at two o’clock the other morning and thought “why is my nose running?”
Sat up and, in the light from the security outside light, looked at my hands.
It was like something out of a horror movie.
Blood everywhere.
I have never had a nosebleed.
Didn’t know you could lose so much blood from the nose.
Mex was wonderful.
Stood next to me passing me toilet paper to mop up the constant stream.
And wiping my face with a wet cloth.
Actually, that was irritating, as he kept putting the cloth over my eyes and I could see a damn thing.

It eventually stopped and I went back to bed.
At two o’clock the next morning it happened again.
And I was a bit annoyed.
I don’t like leaking.
I went back to bed but I couldn’t sleep.
Which was just as well.
At four o’clock I spouted blood all over the place.
Eventually, even coughing out huge clots.
At which point I thought “oh dear”
No I didn’t but I am trying to be a lady.

At this point I thought a visit to the doctor was in order.
I went to work for a couple of hours and then went.
My friend at work is a cheerful soul…suggested it could be blood from the brain!!!
Who needs enemies when you have friends like that.

The doctor said it was just a nose bleed and suggested I see an ENT guy to have my nose cauterised.
I said no.
I know my body.
And my brain.
Suggest to me that someone is going to stick things up my nose AND charge me for the pleasure is a no no.
No more nose bleeds.
Anyway I believe nosebleeds that big are your body’s safety valve.
That is my theory and I am sticking to it.

Also, on the upside, my eyes are almost back to normal.

Posted by: granny1947 | June 21, 2014

Granny has bugs.


Hello All.
Yes, it has been quite a time.
Nothing too serious but a bit alarming.

Let me start with the house and then I will get back to the bugs.
The house has gone SO slowly.
Fortunately, now they seem to be going great guns.
They fired all the previous builders and, at last, we are seeing some progress.
The walls you can see in the picture went up in three days.
At this rate, if they keep it up, we might just get in by the end of July.
But I suspect it will be the middle of August.

Now to my bugs.
I, suddenly, started seeing a lot of floaters in my left eye.
Not just a lot….hundreds.
Felt like I had a swarm of bees constantly in my vision.
And flashing lights…my own private firework display.
Without the bangs.
I spoke to an Optometrist and they said straight to a specialist.
Said one of my retinas could be pulling loose.
I don’t know what happens if that occurs but I rather like all my parts to stay attached.
Anyway, I saw a specialist( I haven’t seen his bill yet) and he said it is an age thing.
When you get to my advanced age it is always an age thing.
Apparently the membrane that holds something or other in has broken.
And the floaters and the blurriness is the membrane moving around.
He says it should repair itself.
And, in time, I will probably get it in the other eye.
Something to look forward to.

He also said if I suddenly see black things dropping down in my eye that will be blood.
And if it looks like someone has poured a cup of coffee into my eye I must get to him asap.
This will mean the membrane HAS pulled the retina loose.
He has no idea just how fast I will get to him.
My son says he does not know why I was worried…I have another eye.
News flash…I LIKE having two eyes.

On the upside my vision is great.
My eye pressure is great.
The artificial lenses look great.

Hell, I am just great.
I hope you lot are also great

Posted by: granny1947 | April 27, 2014

Granny sort of does the Granny thing.


Hello All.
Yes, I did my best.
My DIL and my granddaughter are here for the nationals of the Nipper life saving competition.
I had an appointment with someone(more about that later) and then I went down to the beach.
I parked miles away from the beach.
Well, it felt like miles.
I then phoned DIL and discovered they were at the very far end of the beach.
I battled through hundreds of people on soft sand.
By the time I reached the end I felt as if I had taken part in a marathon.

I still couldn’t see them but I suddenly heard GRANNY and I was hugged and kissed by the little one.
Found my DIL and plonked myself down on the sand next to her.
There were rows of kids waiting to do the heats in the beach run.
The coached signalled to my DIL that HL was cold and needed her jacket.
DIL went off to fetch it and I gave HL my top to warm her up while she waited.
An hour later she would have had to fight me for the jacket.

I watched all the heats and HL made it through to the semi finals.
There was going to be quite a long break before the semi’s so I sent DIL off to get us a hamburger.
I was starving.
It was the nicest burger I have ever eaten.
It probably wasn’t but by that time I would have eaten anything that looked vaguely edible.
I sat in the team tent to eat while DIL went to give HL something to eat.
And the wind came up.
And it started to rain.
And it was freezing.
And I had sand in every crack.
So I did what any sensible Granny would do.
I phoned my DIL and said I was out of there!

My granddaughter came 8th in the finals and we are very proud of her.
Having said that….I am not going down to the beach today.
Yesterday was the beach run.
Today I think it will be swimming.
I’ll look at the photos.

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.

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