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  1. Thank you my darling! Did a mini-day-roadtrip which was great fun 😀
  2. Take your time, darling! But so glad everything is getting better now *snugglewubbles*
  3. Or hot chocolate. Lurrrve hot chocolate.
  4. Welcome to DM! I can never remember: which nr is The Shadow Rising? Do you have any favourite characters or groups so far?
  5. the sea my cats DMers Reading road-tripping flying exploring new places and things
  6. Elgee, Momsicle. We're having a very wet winter, which is an absolute blessing after the terrible drought of the past few years! Huh ... 2020 was actually good for something ! Who'd have thunk 😵
  7. The one that comes to mind is Citronella oil, to ward off mosquitoes. I've tried lavender oil for calming, but it tends to make my chest close up. I have weird reactions to things ... lol! The one thing that does work for me is peppermint extract or oil for a bloaty stomach.
  8. Thank you very much, my darlings! Those eats look truly delicious 🥰
  9. Give that one a Cookie. Man, I miss the Cookie Mines! *Snugglebites* Aaaanyhooo ... this isn't actually Spam cos I'm the Amyrlin and I can do what I wa.... erm. I'm here on official business *noddity* ... Welcome and all!! I like to hang out in the ceiling of the classrooms. Carry on.
  10. Welcome to DM! Min is also one of my favourite characters. She seems so down to earth.
  11. My one sister had a siamese cat which was called Bast (after the Egyptian cat god), but we all resorted to calling it Poephol. That's Afrikaans for A-hole 😛 It morphed into Polletjies after the Dominee came to do house visit one day. Dominee being the Preacher.
  12. So we've been living off just my salary, as my sister was retrenched due to the Lockdown (tourism industry). She is getting about a third of her normal salary as a government grant, for 3 months. That means we're earning about 1/2 of our normal income. It's tight times. End of the month no-topping crackers time. Today I get notified by SARS (like the US's IRS) that they've done my 2019-20 tax assessment, and I owe them R2500. Like ... funny. I have R400 for all expenses for the rest of this month, and from next month if my sister gets no more government grant, I'll have nothing after rent, water, electricity, medical aid & pension fund. Funny. And the best thing is, that money goes straight into the corrupt ANC government officials' pockets.
  13. As it says on the label. We're on stage 2 loadshedding (ie no power for 2h30m twice a day) and stage 3 lockdown. Or the other way round. Who the flaming buttered onions knows anymore? It means most days I can't even get on here. Be here when I can. Don't break too many novices. Algai are fair game.
  14. Elgee, Mommy Dearest. Snow Pudding with thin Custard. (Make the snow pud from the egg whites, and the custard from the yolks.)
  15. This looks so cozy! I spoiled myself today by kicking off my slippers, hanging out at DM for a few minutes, and joining this thread! LoL ... but now I have a craving for some Argentinian Malbec With some biltong and droewors (thousand times better than jerky dried meat, and dried farmer's sausage).
  16. Elgee, Ma. I have so many issues on my mind that I feel like a chameleon on an MnM box. Mostly my focus is on the tenants (I work for a Rental Agency), and how they're coping and what I can do to help. Amazingly, my experience as Amyrlin has come in incredibly handy! I started to think of the tenants and owner as my "children", who I need to guide and help. I therefore spoke with one of the largest companies in the industry and worked with them on an idea to help people who can't pay their rent. They took it to their legal staff, and eventually came up with the documents needed for that and a few other ideas, which have been distributed to almost all the agents in the country. Had to push the boss a bit, but we're doing well in this regard. We have way above the average in rental collection stats in the country. That being said, it's also heart-breaking. In order to help people, they have to complete application forms and send through supporting documents, like bank statements. One woman sticks in my mind, and keeps me awake at night. I could see on her bank statements that she was buying R20 electricity and under R300 groceries a week. That's about $1.50 and $17. To feed herself and 3 children. We go through that amount of electricity in a day - how is she coping with it for a whole week? Can they even cook? It's winter - do they have the geyser on for hot water to bath? Luckily I was able to persuade the owner to give her a massive discount on her rent for 2 months. That meant that from the end of April she at least had a few thousand Rand more to spend - enough for food and electricity etc. The situation still haunts me, though. The other stress is of course that we're living on just my salary (which just covers the rent a few other things), as my sister has been retrenched due to Covid19. She's getting a small government grant but her May one only came through today. I cope by watching mindless things like Flip or Flop on TV.
  17. Awesome to have you back, Rhea! And I love this monthly thread of yours.
  18. Sorry, loves - life is insane at the moment.
  19. Nope haven't tried that. Have eaten duck, goose & ostrich egg though.
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