Posted by: granny1947 | May 25, 2016

Granny comes back


Hello All.

Remember me?
I cannot believe it has been six months.
Time flies when you are having fun.

I have no real excuse except that I have been very stressed.
I have become poop obsessed.
My darling Jasmine has aged rapidly.
Has taken to pooping in her sleep.
Everyone says do the dirty.
But I cry when I just think about it.

She is still eating.
She still wants to go for her walks.
Albeit slowly.

For the last week she has had NO accidents.
However, this is because I wake her up at three in the morning and sit outside shivering until she does what is required.
It takes a lot of coercing to get her to go outside.
She looks at me as if to say WTF?
I was sound asleep.

Unfortunately, I am also waking up at eleven and one and two.
Not getting much sleep.
As I am now in my 70th year I guess my internal clock has gone a bit haywire too.
Jasmine is thirteen and a half so I can only imagine how SHE feels.

I am NOT enjoying going to work at six in the morning.
It is pitch dark.
The white lines have not been painted since Noah set sail.
One has to drive by memory.
Today it was raining which made it even more fun.
Add to that busses that sail through red traffic lights.
Because they are bigger and they can.
And let us not talk about the black taxies.
They also go through red lights.
They stop to offload passengers in the traffic lane.
They reckon if they have their hazard lights on they can do as they like.
And they do.
I breathe a sigh of relief every time I get to work safely.
Where is that damn lottery win?

To add to my woes my precious Stepdad got cancer back in his nose.
He had to have two ops in two days.
It really took it out of him.
And me.
The one day I spent eleven hours at the hospital and was finished.
Fortunately they appear to have caught it all.
Though he does not look quite as handsome as before.

Mother is definitely going into dementia.
Repeats herself all the time.
It is driving the old man crazy.
I need to find someone to come and help her and to cook for them.
They should be in a retirement home but won’t hear of it.
I spend a lot of my time visiting them and taking him to various doctors and specialists.
maybe that could be excuse number two.

Anyway, enough for now.


Posted by: granny1947 | November 16, 2015

Granny gets bitten.


Hello All.

Relax, it wasn’t a snake.
I have no idea WHAT it was.
Probably a sneaky spider.
I suddenly got an itchy lump on my stomach.
Which made me think.
How did it GET to my tummy.
It had to have crawled past some of my intimate spots.


Our baby Plovers are doing well.
Do you know how hard it is to get a picture of a baby plover?
As soon as you point your camera the parents go ballistic.
And the baby runs.
And you get a picture of grass.

I loaded these photos via Windows at work.
Which is why they are so small.
Another lesson learned.


You might think the above pic is a bunch of weeds and grass.
But there IS a tortoise in there.
Since we moved here, Jasmine has seen three new things in her long life.
The first was the puffadder.
Which I wouldn’t let her examine.
The second was a cow.
She wasn’t too happy about them.
Too big for her liking.
The third was the tortoise.
She was intrigued.
She keeps looking for it when we go for our daily walk.

And, now I have to go and cook supper.
Hmmm, come to think of it, I am quite hungry.

Posted by: granny1947 | October 25, 2015

Granny confesses


Hello All.

Two posts in two days.
Maybe I AM back.

Before I go any further let me explain the above pic.
You might not be able to make it out.
Those are doggy noses.
There are three of them but the third one would not oblige.
It cracks me up when they all try to bark at us from their confined space.
I don’t know why there are so many pitbulls in the complex.
Not my favourite pooches.

So, onto my confession.
I treated myself to an early Christmas present.
I bought the latest Terry Pratchett book.
I adore Terry Pratchett.
Have nearly ALL his books.

It is a hard cover so cost a small fortune.
And I tried to read it slowly to make it last.
That didn’t work.
And he killed off one of my favourite characters.
After he wrote the book HE died.
This is his LAST book.
And I shed a tear.
I don’t know if it was the death of my favourite character.
Or his death.
Or the fact that there won’t be anymore wonderful books.

On the upside one can read his books over and over.

Posted by: granny1947 | October 24, 2015

Granny is back….I think.

2015_1003potholes0018Hello All.

Yes, it really is me.
I was horrified to see I have not posted for three months.
I really don’t know why.
A lot of the time because I was just so busy.
But, that is no excuse.
When I was in Cape Town I worked full day.
And I posted every single day.
OK…I have been very involved with the old people.
But still…not really an excuse.

The above pic is of two Plover eggs(now three).
Hopefully, soon to be new residents.
I love the Plovers.
Such ferocious little birds and SO protective.

Oh for crying in a bucket.
Why can’t I get my writing UNDER the pic?

It is taking ages to download photos.
I wonder if this is because I have now got Windows10?

I am not sure Windows10 was a good idea.
My Google Chrome kept freezing.
So I had to take it off and am now using Edge.
Hmmm…anyone else find the photos are taking ages?
Maybe it is just my computer.
Slowing down like me.

Back to the picture.
Came across this guy crossing the road two days ago.
I took two photos but I was shaking so much the first one was a blur.
I believe there are plenty of them around now that the weather is warming up.
My eyeballs are getting plenty of exercise, swivelling from side to side.

Someone along the road found a huge puffadder in his back garden this week.
I now  inspect the garden before letting Jasmine out.
The guy who plants the grass in the complex was telling me that Puffadders can get in low windows.
Stupidly, I told Mex.
We now have NO windows open at night!!!

It is a pity I was shaking so much.
But the time I got to taking the second shot a large portion of the snake was in the grass.
I would have loved to have shown you the whole thing.
Much as I love you all I was not about to go into the grass to get a better shot.

Well, I do hope I have broken the ice and got over my lurgy.

See you all soon.



Posted by: granny1947 | July 21, 2015

Granny is in the dog box…again


Hello All.

I have picked a photo taken on a nice warm day.
Hoping it would make me feel warmer.
It hasn’t.

Jasmine started bouncing around at her normal walking time.
I had to take her to the door and show her it was raining.
Now she is sulking on her bed.
I can’t wait to get into MY bed.

I am not enjoying my trip to work in the mornings.
Pitch dark and raining.
And, we have rain forecast right through to Sunday.
The trip down the highway is bad enough but the road to my office is the pits.
Most of the street lights are not working.
There are buses and trucks and taxies.
Whoever designed the traffic lanes was either drunk or squint.
The lanes wander all over the place.
There are a couple of nasty potholes.
They have not painted the white lines since Pa fell off the bus.
You often have to drive by memory.
On the upside I am wide awake by the time I have navigated the three or so kilometres.

I am taking my Mom to the doctor on Thursday.
She is starting to lose the plot.
She repeats herself all the time.
She has always been an intelligent person but now she is getting things all wrong.
I fear that she has the onset of dementia.
My poor Stepdad.
He is also very worried about her.
Today I discovered that she has been buying sleeping tablets every week.
I have had to phone the chemist and ask him not to supply her anymore for the next three months.

Mex and I went up the new shopping mall this afternoon.
We bought two packets of candied dry fruit.
I have eaten almost a whole packet.
What can I say, it is cold.
I like them.
A good thing I have stocked up on toilet paper.
I have a feeling I am going to need it.

Posted by: granny1947 | July 20, 2015

Granny at her best


Hello All.

Damn that photo looked much better when I opened it.

Let’s try another one.


Ah that is better.
His name is Storm and he used to live next door to us.
Now he has moved around the corner.
He is beautiful.
He is also the cat who bit a big chunk out of my arm.
But, I don’t hold a grudge.

Yesterday, I did what I do best.
And that is pretty much nothing.
I didn’t put on any make-up and my hair was standing straight up.
Mental note…change my hairdresser.
Storm’s Mom had said she would pop around for a visit.
As we are friends I didn’t really care too much what I looked like.

There was a knock on the door and it was our young neighbour from two doors up.
He came to warn us that we are going to be without water for 24 hours from eight on Wednesday morning to eight on Thursday morning.
As if power outages aren’t enough!
He came in to chat and there was a knock on the door.
My mate from work and her grandson.
If I had been having a good hair day and had put on some make-up, nobody would have called.

When my friend arrived Storm followed her.
And bellowed outside the window for her whole visit.
I am pretty sure he was doing a bit of swearing.
Jasmine was dying for him to come in.
She likes cats.
We are a strange family.
But, Mex would not hear of it.


He can be such a spoilsport.

Posted by: granny1947 | July 19, 2015

Granny and so it goes on.


Hello All.

Bloody Eskom.
Our power provider.
We are on stage two load shedding today.
We go off from one until three.
AND, again from seven to nine.
Guess who will be having a very early night tonight?
All because they are incompetent.
At least they are not awarding themselves huge performance bonuses this year.
Unlike last year when their performance was equally dismal.
The only thing they know how to do is to ask for more money.
End of rant.

On the upside the sun is shining.
It is not very warm but  the sun gives the illusion of warmth.
Mex and I have just come back from taking Jasmine for a nice long walk.
To make up for the one she didn’t have yesterday.
I had my eyes peeled for snakes basking in the sun.
Fortunately, there weren’t any.
But, I am sure loads of beady eyes were watching us.
It would have been nice to get a photo of one.
Using the zoom!

We made two huge pizzas last night so we will be having it again for supper.
I will happily eat the same thing two nights running if I don’t have to cook.
Come to think of it, I could probably eat the same thing all week.

Posted by: granny1947 | July 18, 2015

Granny and water, water everywhere.


Hello All.

The picture says it all.
Cold, wet and miserable.
Let’s not talk about the wet dog poop on the lawn.
Yes, let’s NOT talk about it.

Somewhere I read that our city has the second best climate in the world.
I think the universe shifted when we made the (wrong) decision to move here.
Our first winter it rained for three solid months.
Well, it FELT like three solid months.
Roads were washed away.
Traffic was horrendous because of all the closed routes.

I think the second winter was ok but last summer we had the ceiling fan going all night.
For a temperate climate we had some real weather extremes.
We are not geared up for cold like this.
We have tiled floors in the lounge and kitchen.
Mex will not invest in rugs until Jasmine is no more.
He cannot bear the thought of all her hair.
And, she DOES shed.
But, she can’t help it.

She wanted to go out this morning.
I opened the door and it was pouring.
She stuck her nose out and nearly got whiplash pulling it back in.
She has not agitated to go for a walk.
She is an intelligent dog.

Mex has prepared pizzas for supper.
I just have to pop them in the oven.
I am starving.
Cold weather does that to me.

Hopefully, the sun is going to shine tomorrow.
And it will dry up the poop we are not going to talk about.

Posted by: granny1947 | July 17, 2015

Granny is shivering


Hello All.

Damn, I miss my beach.

A short post tonight.
My tummy is full.
I am freezing.
I want a nice hot shower.
I want my bed.

I shall get up before dawn tomorrow.
Feed Jasmine.
And, then, I am going back to bed.
For once I want a lie in.
There is rain and cold forecast.
I don’t need a better excuse to sleep in.

To get back to my dentist visit.
I am, obviously, a bit obsessed.
He commented that I had a lot of saliva.
Before I could get offended he informed me this is a very good thing.
He told me if your saliva dries up your teeth stick to your cheeks and tongue.
And you get ulcers.
So, the next time you drool on your pillow, and you know who you are, be glad.
It is a good sign.

My younger daughter messaged me today with a pic of her new dog.
They now have seven cats and five dogs.
And a whole lot of other pets.
I replied and asked her if there was room for me when I move in with them.
There was a deathly silence for a while.
Until I told her I was just kidding.
Then she replied and said minus two was not a good temperature for old people.
Personally, I don’t think minus two is a good temp for ANYBODY.
Certainly not for me.
She is safe.

Posted by: granny1947 | July 15, 2015

Granny was brave(or stupid)

2014_1003housenew0006Hello All.

Yes, I went to the dentist again.
Thank God that is over for another year.
He informed me I had three holes to be filled.
Then offered to do them without an injection.
I agreed.
What can I say.
It was a senior moment.
He hit a nerve a couple of times but it was not the end of the world.
I have has ten pound babies.
Pain I can handle.
Having said that, I might have been lying flat on my back but I was also on the edge of my seat.
Waiting for him to hit a nerve.

Cleaning my teeth was another story altogether.
I will never wait so long to go and see him again.
It was hell.
And I thought it would never end.
He really had to work for his money.
So, I am set to go.
I can give big beaming smiles.
This is the time for me to win the lottery.
The Cheshire cat will have nothing on me.

Darn, just as I was getting into the swing of having a chat with you, Mex wants supper.
Guess I will have to go and cook.

Catch you all tomorrow.


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