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The Last Best Thing - Book Review

Book Review:                                   The Last Best Thing Author:                                              Kate Sebeny Personal Quality Rating:                  3            Reviewer:                                          Yvette van Niekerk (South Africa)
Summary:
This Novella is written using the setting of the farm in Iowa.  A short story not more than 84 pages starts off with a statement from Sam.  The characters in the story are all in the retired years, people that have come together due to circumstances.
Betty’s daughter Libby comes to live with her mother to help with her ageing father who suffers from Alzheimer’s and Betty’s friends Sam and Sarah and Joe.  The story takes a turn when one of the characters needs help in committing suicide.  This happens suddenly and to be honest I didn’t expect it from this person as they supposedly loved the other person. 
A lot of bantering takes place which makes the story enjoyable to read.  Then a twist in the story takes…

Rustic living – Antiek Sjiek

Well hello, I was fortunate to travel with my husband to work one day and he drives a lot.  We drove from Witbank to Ermelo but went through Hendrina.  Now believe me when I tell you they have a very quaint little Coffee Shop “Antiek Sjiek”.

My husband tells me that this is “The Coffee Shop” to visit when and if you are travelling through Hendrina.  So needless to say we stopped early on our way to Ermelo and took a break.  On entering the Old house we were greeted by a sweet young African woman.  She was friendly and showed us around.  Walking through the old house we saw many old antique artifacts.
I loved all the beautiful tea sets on display, which by the way are for sale.  We took a tour of the old house and then into the back yard we were greeted by a beautiful old car.  Walking around there were some old bicycles and then we went into another little shop full of the most interesting handcrafts.  My husband felt in necessary to buy some fudge which by the way was awesome.
Takin…

Rust Bucket Chronicles - Book Review

Book Review:                                 Rust Bucket Chronicles Author:                                            Ted Blasche Personal Quality Rating:                 4             Reviewer:                                        Yvette van Niekerk (South Africa)
Summary:
The story is about the Rusty Buckley, a young man who joined the army in NewArk another planet. Some writing about the army and the base and what they experience, if you are a guy I think you would enjoy that, and then a strange thing happens there is attempt to kill Queen Arrabella.
It’s clear that Rysty has always dream of joining the Third Rifles and now things are going his way.  A change of events bring him into a Garbassas where he needs to fight giant lizards.  Tee hee great fun, exciting and exhilarating.  
The story’s based around the army as many weapons and army tactics are used in the story.
Social / Historical Context:
A page turner and the science fiction are interesting I enjoyed the read.  Many …

Are you Craving God?

Matthew 6:33King James Version (KJV)33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. I have been thinking about this verse and to be honest I wonder how often I really was 'seeking the kingdom of God'?  My passion is obviously for the Lord.  It has been said that I cannot speak to people without bringing the Lord into the conversation.  With the result in that people steer clear of me and my conversations.  When we go somewhere I like to say grace before we have something to eat.  It stresses other people out. Now I am wondering by doing all that I do, am I truly 'seeking the kingdom of God'? The latest thing that is on my mind is to draw near to the Lord, but how?  I have now decided to do things differently, I am now praying that the Holy Spirit work through me, so that I do not offend other people. So I hope that you and I can be looking to the Lord, please guide me and help me in seeking You Lord.

Grobelarsdal Limpopo South Africa

Good morning, rise and shine today we are going to Grobelarsdal, a trip to an office to go and see to some computers.  I am so excited, I have prepared something for the road, coffee and sandwiches.  Just waiting in anticipation to leave the house with my husband.
Departing at 09:23 am
We are on our way to the beautiful country town Grobelarsdal.  It is a lovely warm cloudy day, so far the roads are quiet and not too much traffic.  My husband is taking a leisurely drive, not driving like a maniac since I have not seen this part of the country.  So his driving speed doesn’t exceed 100 km per hour which is lovely.
First Stop – Loskop Dam

We had to stop at “Die Voetpadkloof Resort” they are blasting up ahead, the roads are being made wider so more cars can travel through here.  It is now 10:35 and we are waiting at the stop and go.  While we are waiting I saw an opportunity to take some pictures. Back on the road .... We waited for approximately 10 minutes and are now on our way to the …

Survival kit

I must tell you what a cute and helpful ‘Survival Kit’ my children received from Sunday school.  I thought this was so sweet and really something all of us could use in our own lives.
Toothpick
This item is used to see whether you can see the good in other people and hold onto it with all you’re might.  Look past their mistakes and view them with new eyes.  We all have bad days and sometimes it is hard to move on.  Perhaps something happened and your best friend spoke to you and said something to hurt your feelings.  They may be struggling with something and never meant to say hurtful things to you but it slipped out.  Don’t let that spoil your friendship, look for what you know is good and hold onto it.  People in general are good.
Rubber band – Elastic
When you look at an elastic or rubber band notice that it can stretch, you can pull on it and twist it just as you please.  It is always flexible.  So let me ask you why don’t you start being flexible in your own life.  Yes we tend t…

“On the Road Again” One Direction

“On the Road Again” One Direction

Jean and Tamzin went to Lory Park with the Anabelle and Riley his nice and her son.  They returned later on Sunday afternoon to get ready to go to the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.  One Direction “On the Road again” tour was in town and Jean wanted to treat Tamzin to see the pop boy band. 
Imagine sitting in one of the suites alongside the stage waiting in anticipation for the Artists Boy Band all the way from England-Ireland to appear on the stage.  Naill Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson from One Direction make their appearance on the stage.  At that very moment the young girls start screaming which filled the whole stadium.  According to reports from my son Jean the pitch was ‘WOW’.
One Directions stage performance was excellent and my son said they sang songs for two hours non-stop. 
Being older my son said that it was plain to see that the target market group for the Boy Band was for young teenage girls.  As a man he thought t…

Mpumalanga - Witbank to Carolina (150 km apart)

Good morning! Today 30 March 2015 I am going on a road trip with my husband.  He is taking me along to enjoy the country with him.  He needs to go to Carolina which is 150 kilometers away from Witbank in Mpumalanga, South Africa.  Now believe it or not I have never been in Carolina so this is going to be an experience for me.
I made us some peanut butter and jam sandwiches and some coffee.  Its 08h00 am and we are just leaving the house.  My daughter is on the phone to me, I miss her.  We were chatting and then said good-bye.
The drive to Carolina is lovely, the sun is shining and it is nice and warm.  It’s is about a 2 hours’ drive and the country is lovely.  Wherever you look the fields are filled with Maze and if not maze there are beautiful Kosmos flowers along the roads.
While we were on our way we drove past a Donkey cart, the driver of this cart was laying sleeping under his cart while his two Donkeys were waiting for him to wake up.  It was a sight not to be forgotten.  I tri…