October is Cancer month around these parts... If you drive along the little roads that lead off the city roads towards the school you will see all the trees lining these little roads wrapped in pink.
It has been all the buzz around town, and for those who do not go to our little school, they have caught up with the happenings by reading the Maritzburg Sun (our free town newspaper) Where brightly coloured photos are splashed beautifully over the pages.
Have a little peek ~> (HERE) to have a look 'n see a few of the beautifully decorated trees.
This morning I opened the paper to find our Joshua smiling back at us (can you spot him?) Just lovely - Vic, Karen and Lukie have been part of our lives for such a long time. I would say its safe to say that our Josh and Luke are "besties"!
"Merchiston have embraced supporting Cancer month, not only by wrapping the trees in Bulwer Street in pink, but by inviting one of their own parents Karen Stander to the event. A moving morning! The Grade 7S class at Merchiston Preparatory School, decorated a tree in pink and dedicated it to Mrs Karen Stander, who is fighting cancer. Her son, Luke, is a member of this class. Karen Stander was invited by the boys, where she was given their messages of encouragement, love and support." ~ Maritzburg Sun page 19.
In other news.. that is the yarning news.... Knubbelchen is coming along... nicely, yet slowly. I have been a little preoccupied this week with Garren's first swimming gala... precious moments! Tristan's final year-end exams that started this week, our Joshua's 14th birthday AND the preparations for our Halloween Under The Lapa shin-ding with special family and friends this weekend. The little ones are so super excited! I am also fighting off a sudden bout of "change-of-seasons" flu bug that has hit parts of the body that are really needed to keep this mum going through the day!
I couldn't agree more with Ginny over at the beautiful Small Things ...
Knitting and reading, although not done at the same time, are two of my favourite things too!
I have so enjoyed joining in the last few times on her Yarn Along Wednesday Link-Up, that I have now decided to dedicate a day in the week just for that and join in with the fun too.
Share what I'm reading and update on whats happening between the knitting needles.
The link Up is such fun - I have met a wonderful new group of like minded crafty crafters and I am enjoying whats going on all over their blogs - I may just dedicate the same day to share a new blog friend too!
I have also started on the cutest little Knubblechen, OK so I didn't wait until I could get to the Wool 'n Habby Shop to get the right type of wool used in the "recipe"! But, hey, I REALLY couldn't wait - I just have to see how it turns out!
I have this beautiful pink in DK that I was keeping to make up a little something for a very special little baby girl for Christmas.. I don't see why it would make any difference If little Knubblechen was a little bigger and chunkier than supposed to be. So hold them fingers and toes for me ~ please?
This month I also ordered 3 E-reader books to keep me company on those long dark lonely nights when the boys are all snugly tucked in, fast asleep and while Rob is out Patrolling for the Safe Community Watch. I love me a good ol' fashioned book.. The one with pages to turn and when you hold your nose to the pages you can almost smell the story come alive. But...... I am running out of space! Our home is really not big enough for all the books I want to buy and keep. So I have promised to do my little green thing for our Mother Earth and start (very slowly!) buying eBooks!
It is wonderful!!! It was published In 1917 and the layout and wording is simple and gorgeously refreshing. Something a little different to how things are published today. It has an array of pickling recipes, and although I thought I would have to do some kind of conversions with the measurements, they are all in easy spoon and cup measurements. He has also popped a blurb after each section about the Doc himself and his home remedies and tonics, and about family life.
We are almost at the end of the year and the end of Tristan's school career! This is the part were I'm supposed to tell you how old I feel... But, Ive decided bugger it! I'm as young as I'm meant to be and I wouldn't want it any other way.
So, I presume you wondering what bought all this on? Me reminiscing about my last year of school 18 years ago.... And now walking the path with Tristan who is now 18 years old and living his last year of his school career. *sigh*... You see what I mean? How time has flown..
There has been much excitement in the air over the last couple of months. Tristan turned 18 years old , he had his Matric Ball, I am still waiting for the photos to arrive. (mr kurtley krog... if you are reading this.. get your little white butt into gear!)
Friday all the final year boys at Maritzburg College got to carry on the traditions passed on from year to year by totally running amok the last day of the teaching school year. I wont go into too much detail but what I did want to share with you is the signing of school shirts! I missed out on mine, so as you can imagine I was so super excited to read all of Tristan's messages!
Memories.... that is... for Tristan.
Now to swotting for final exams.... To my dearest eldest son, (as they say around these parts) GIVE IT HORNS !!
Sometimes a blessing comes into your life when you least expect it. And sometimes as quickly as that blessing comes your way it is just as swiftly taken away.
I for one am still reeling in thought as to why the powers that be would send us such happiness and then before we blink take it away.
Thunderous Thor arrived on a Friday evening as the waxing crescent moon had moved into Libra…
The Waxing crescent… a time for bringing things to you. Libra for balance and cooperation. Did I will him our way? I don’t think I did, knowingly…
He had travelled many hours to get to our little home from a backyard of a family friend in the Gauteng Province.
He was the tiniest thing ever.. And as he was placed in my arms and he raised his somewhat unfocused eyes to meet mine there was an instant little spark!
This little bundle of skin and bones and I were going to be the best of friends.
That evening after much inspection… Like a new born being lovingly inspected by his new parents. We bundled him up in his new blanket and placed him in bed between Rob and I and a very inquisitive Blair for the night.
It was, without a doubt, concluded that the following morning as the sun rose and the wild birds sang the world awake he would be rushed off to our loving Dr.Vet.
This new child of ours was so malnourished…. (little did we know … amongst other things!)
Dr Vet was not impressed… With his brow in constant frown – the beginning was not looking hopeful. But this is not what we came to you for Dr Vet… We came to you to help us fix him!
100’s of rands later with strict instructions on measurements for food and calcium powders to be added to meals twice a day and a hopeful heart we left for home.
And such a hungry lazy puppy he was. Only wondering the backyard if I was there.. The only one to wake and keep me company during Rob’s Safe Community grave-yard shifts. And up with the sparrows in the early hours of the morning as I went about my mummy kitchen duties…
Yapping in playful angst as I made him wait for the time for his morning breakfast. Those yappings were just so sweet. I chatted… he yapped. And so it went on.
Until a week ago. Just a few days before the next of immunisations, dewormers and weigh ins….
Sometimes what is meant to be are just written in the stars... twinkly stars that shine bright in the small window of time that you are blessed with.
Beautiful Thunderous Thor fought a battle that was doomed from the beginning. Never once did he give up... until his final hours of this dark and overcast morning.
Beautiful child of ours... may you now be able to chase butterflies and chew furiously on your squeaky toys!