Posted by: granny1947 | October 23, 2016

Granny gets a wake-up call.

dscf6480Hello All.

Meet Sky.
One of the new next door neighbours.
He is very curious and not at all shy.


dscf6482This is Shadow.
Very pretty but quite timid still.

Now, the wake-up call.
My next door neighbor phoned me at three this morning.
He has five young ladies visiting him from Johannesburg.
His sister and other family members.
Lovely girls.
They went out at midnight and, when they came home at three, found they had been burgled.
Ironic really.
They come down from the crime capital and get robbed here!
I think Mex might have disturbed them.
He went to the loo just before three and turned on the bathroom light.

The police came very quickly and took a statement.
They will be back at nine to look for finger prints.

But, the story does not end there.
These are burglars with an attitude.
At four o’clock the complex manager phoned me.
Her neighbours, two doors along from her, heard a noise and came outside.
Came outside and found two guys sitting in their car!
He chased them and they jumped on a dividing wall and jumped right over the electric fencing.
Hope the bastards broke their ankles.

They weren’t carrying anything so we will be scouring the complex today.
They stole a laptop from my friend next door.
Maybe we will still find it.

The complex manager phoned the police again.
However, they could not come.
They were attending to a shoot out.
Down the road from our complex.
It appears we are living in the Wild West!

I used this opportunity to tell Mex we REALLY need to get a dog.
He still won’t budge.

Posted by: granny1947 | October 20, 2016

Granny has a little gossip.

dscf6478 Hello All.

The above picture is another new visitor to our feeder.
Not sure what he is but I don’t know how he manages to fly with that tail.
I am finding it hard to WALK with mine.

So the bit of gossip.
When our next door neighbours moved in they had a small child.
Then they got the lovely pitbull.
Then they got a Jack Russell.
He is a little shit.
Has so much attitude I think he imagines he is a Great Dane.

The lady of the house is a school teacher.
Lovely person.
The other day I walked out and she was holding two beautiful kittens.
One of the kids in her class found them.
No sign of the Mom.

She had already been to the pet shop and bought them a litter box.
And tablets to de-flea them.
And special food.

Her husband is a policeman.
A great big softie.
I asked her what he thought about the new additions.
She said he would find out when he got home from work!

Yesterday, Mex heard her yelling.
Out, out, out.
And the kid came out into the garden.
She has her priorities right!

Maybe I should try her tactics.
Just come home with a dog.
Have a feeling we might both end up on the front lawn!

Posted by: granny1947 | October 14, 2016

Granny is gobsmacked.

2010_07070015Hello All.

I just do not know what to say about our president anymore.
Now, he has brought an interdict against the release of the public protectors report.
For my overseas friends, this was about the Gupta’s influence on the president.
The Gupta’s are a very wealthy Indian family.
Well, they have become very wealthy since moving here.
Zuma’s son works for them.
Apparently, there is proof that they knew about cabinet reshuffles before they happened.

I have to say that Zuma has a marvelous sense of timing.
The interdict came the day before the Public Protector’s term came to an end.
But, I still have confidence in our courts.
I have NO confidence in National Prosecuting authority.
The new head of the NPA is, obviously, a Zuma man.
I am surprised we ever see his face.
It is so far up certain arses.

He has brought a ridiculous charge against our Minister of finance.
He can’t possibly win.
But, certain people desperately want to get their hands on our National Treasury.
And, the ruling party do NOTHING.
Surely, there are a few honourable people there?

Anyway, enough of politics.
I must say they are never dull here.

What else is going on in my life?
Apparently, nothing much.

My next door neighbours acquired two tiny kittens, yesterday.
They already have the pitbull and the Jackie.
Life is going to be interesting for them.
I brought one of the kittens in to show Mex.
He said “pretty, now take it away”

After I have gone to Cape Town in April I shall work on him.
I really need another dog to love.
Walking with Mex is not the same.
He does not stop to smell every plant.

Posted by: granny1947 | October 11, 2016

Granny sits and sits and then sits some more.

2010_07070009Hello All.

Yes, today was a case of waiting and waiting.
I took my Stepdad to have the cancer cut out of his back.
We got to the hospital at seven thirty.
In the morning.
We were still sitting in admissions at nine thirty.
He eventually went into theatre at about one.
We got home at three this afternoon.
This Granny is a bit exhausted.

I put a couple of episodes of “Allo, Allo, onto my something.
For the life of me I can’t remember what you call the damn thing.
I MUST be tired.
Or it is my second glass of wine.
Anyway, it is his favourite show and helped to pass the time.
When you get to 93 patience is NOT one of your virtues.

Oh yes, it is official.
I am old.
When I drove out of the hospital the attendant at the gate said “Thank you Granny, have a nice day Granny”.
What can I say.

Breaking news.
Our minister of finance has been summonsed to court on corruption charges.
There goes our rand.
And our credit rating.
Our esteemed president thinks we are all fools.
He wants to get his hands on our treasury.
So he can make lots of money on Nuclear deals.
He thinks we are all fools.
We do not believe you Zuma.
You are going to have egg on your face.


Posted by: granny1947 | October 10, 2016

Granny takes a deep breath.



Hello All.

I have chosen a cloudy picture.
Because that is how I feel today.

When I first started blogging I talked a lot about politics.
Then I went the humorous route.

It made me happier.
But, today, I have to vent.

My overseas friends probably don’t know what is happening in this country.
Or maybe you do?

A few hundred students are protesting that they want free university education.
They want the universities closed until their demands are met.
To show their displeasure they have burnt down libraries, laboratories and residences.
They have caused MILLIONS of rands damage.

These few hundred “students” are holding thousands of genuine students to ransom.
They won’t let them attend lectures.
They won’t even let them protest peacefully.

I have no problem with free university.
Based on MERIT.
Not free education for people who have scraped through with 30%
Of course, if you are white, then you battle to get into varsity with five distinctions.
NOW you can all shout the racist card.
But, that is what is happening.

I know I shall get a lot of negative comments.
But, I no longer care.
This country is going to hell in a hand cart.
And, it starts from the top.
Our government is saying it is the mysterious third force, trying to unseat them.
This is always their cry when they don’t know what to do.

Get rid of our corrupt president.
Maybe, just maybe, we might have some confidence in you.
His silence, in the present circumstances, speaks volumes.

Posted by: granny1947 | October 9, 2016

Granny has a birds eye view.


Hello All.

Yes, you are quite right.
I have no idea what I am doing.
Did not mean to download all three pictures at once.
I know next to nothing about birds.
Think the ones in the first pic are egrets.
I could be wrong.
Feel free to correct me.




The next ones are the common sparrow.
And now I don’t know why everything is in blue and underlined!dscf6471

The last ones are new visitors.
They are Red Bishops.
I know because I looked them up.
They are all males and are only red during the mating season.
Which explains all the aggression going on.
Put a whole lot of randy males together and there WILL be trouble.

The bird feeder is a constant source of amusement for me.
Not because we have funny birds.
Mex fills the feeder with seed and then rushes in and out chasing away the doves.
I have pointed out that doves are also birds but he still insists on chasing them.
He is fighting a losing battle.
They simply sit on the wall next door until he goes in.
Then, back they come.
Still, it gives him some exercise.

Now I am off to watch the cricket.
Australia are 24 for three after eight overs.
Sorry Anthony!

Posted by: granny1947 | October 8, 2016

Granny is horrified.

100_0455Hello All.

Remember me?
I cannot believe I have not posted since June.
Time really flies when you are having fun.

The above picture is from 10 years ago.
When I walked every day.
And soaked up the all the beauty.
And Jasmine was alive.
And I saw my children.
And my grandkids.
And I loved my job.
Don’t worry, this is NOT going to be a pity post.
Though it sounds like it so far.

The old folks have been keeping me pretty busy.
I have to take my 93 year old stepdad to hospital on Tuesday.
He has to have more cancer cut out his back.
Poor old bugger.

I took him to the plastic surgeon a couple of weeks ago to take a biopsy.
On the way home I stopped to pick up some medication for him.
It took a while and when I got back he told me a prostitute had tried to pick him up.
Either she was desperate.
Or had bad eyesight.
Or he looks good for his considerable age.
In any event I had a good laugh.
He was a bit indignant!

Mother is starting Alzheimers.
Why doesn’t WP like the way I have spelled that?
The only time she initiates conversation it is to repeat something she has told you a hundred times.
Her eyesight has suddenly gone wonky and she can’t read anymore.
Spends most of her time staring into space.
She keeps putting articles of clothing into the warming drawer of the stove.
And then forgets about them.
I am constantly taking out red hot clothes.

She became convinced there was a sink hole under their bedroom.
Wanted Dad to get in an engineer.
She kept feeling a draft on her legs.
I think this is bad circulation because she never moves from her chair.
Eventually I told her there was no sink hole.
But if a sink hole DID swallow her up I would put “she was right” on her grave stone.
That was the end of the sink hole story.

Well, now that I have bored you all to tears,  I shall end.

Posted by: granny1947 | June 5, 2016

Granny has competition.

2010_08040008Hello All.

So, apparently, we are in fall and not winter.
Mex took a tumble yesterday.
In the lounge.
I heard nothing.
I was sitting at my PC with my earphones on.
He didn’t tell me until a bit later.
Think he was feeling a little sheepish.
He feel asleep in his chair.
Woke up and stood up.
Only his foot was still asleep.
And over he went.
Slightly twisting his ankle.
It is better today.
Some people just like to hog the limelight!

On my side all is looking good.
Bruises are going nicely.
Shoulder is much better.
Side is still a bit painful.
Am going bra-less again today.
The girls are hanging free.

My hand is MUCH better.
I can hold my wine glass with no discomfort at all.

AND I have a subject for tomorrow’s blog.
Have written it down in case it vanishes into the ether.

Have a super Sunday.
Or, whatever day it is where you live.

Posted by: granny1947 | June 4, 2016

Granny and a quick update.

2010_08040003Hello All.

Am just picking photos from my archives.
This one is of two people who are very special to me.
Mike and Simon.
And, of course, Jasmine.
With a special piece of seaweed.

There are upsides and downsides today.
Like most days.

Upside,  my right hand is much better.
Downside, my right shoulder and side are now VERY painful.

Downside, I won’t be able to do much in the way of housework.
No wait, that is an upside.

So, all in all not too bad.
A bit of advice to other senior citizens.
If you are going to fall,  do it gently.
In a ladylike manner.
Do NOT hit the ground so hard you scare all snakes in the area.

Posted by: granny1947 | June 3, 2016

Granny and some people never learn.

DSCF6462Hello All.

So, I made a few mistakes yesterday.
Rather painful ones.

Mistake number one was walking into the garden without combat gear.
Blade was so pleased to see me he greeted me with open arms.
Make that open nails.
That is the wound on the left.
He has done this to me before.
I should have taken more care.

I then asked his Mommy if I could take him for a walk.
But first I admired her new baby.
Dabbing  invainly with a piece of loo paper.
Is invainly a word?
If not, it should be.

Mistake number two was not listening to my blogger friends.
I should have tried him in the garden first.
But I didn’t.

Mistake number three was using a collar and lead.
I should have used Jasmine’s choke chain.
But I didn’t.

We made it around the first block in record time.
Much faster than I wanted to go.
The damn dog was so pleased to be out.

Then I am not sure WHAT happened.
I think he got the lead caught around a lamp post.
And I hit the ground.
VERY hard.
That is the wound on the right.
The one you can see.
I also have a sore right breast.(which I am not going to show you)
And I can’t do much with my right hand.
Actually, that is not true.
It appears I can type with no discomfort.
Picking up anything is a different story.
I will just have to suffer in silence when I pick up my wine glass tonight.

My face also hit the ground.
And buckled my glasses slightly.
I was still chewing sand even after I had brushed my teeth.
There don’t seem to be any bruises or marks on my face.
But time has done enough damage to that part of my anatomy.
I must have a closer look.
Maybe it has improved!

My boss was wonderful this morning.
He dressed my wounds and gave me some Arnica tablets for the bruising.
Then he straightened my glasses so I could see again.
He didn’t send me home but one can’t have everything.

Right now I have aches and pains all over.
I do not recommend falling in your 70th year.
I am going to take an anti-inflammatory and hit the bed for a while.
Curl up into the faetal position.
And whimper.



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