If truth be told, I was raised by a mother who would have spit in my father's face if she had ever received such a gift. She always made it very clear that anything useful or necessary should be bought immediately (budget permitting) and not fobbed off like some sort of gift. She would use examples like vacuum cleaners or mixers or any other sort of appliance as the straw that would break the camel's back.
And yet I am very well aware that in those days (and even now sometimes), there were commercials that showed things like this as though they were the ideal gift for one's spouse/domestic worker.
Of course a stepladder is fun for the whole family.
Post by bixaorellana on Sept 22, 2020 19:09:25 GMT
Are you men forgetting that her dear and thoughtful husband also managed to locate those coveted elephants?
Happy double milestones, dearest Cheery! Never mind the other 42+ years, the fact that you all made it through this last very stressful six months is testament to your very successful marriage ~ congratulations! And all birthdays are worth celebrating. The fact that you had to stay in for this one means next year's celebration will be twice as nice.
(pee ess ~ just happily used my little stepladder yet again this morning.)
Post by cheerypeabrain on Sept 22, 2020 20:03:42 GMT
In defence of my beloved I had been dropping huge hints about the stepladder. Last year I got a gold bangle. Altho we've been married for 43 years he doesnt really 'do' gifts I have to tell him what I like and tell him where to get it. I bought him a hurdy-gurdy construction kit.
I disabused him of any notion that domestic appliances or household bits and bobs could ever be considered present material UNLESS I specifically request said object.
Congratulations from the Anyport family in South Africa Cheery! I see your birthday was fun and I wish you many more. We passed the 43rd milestone in 2013 so this year is the big 50 for us. I know you are looking forward to celebrating that one in 2028!
Post by cheerypeabrain on Oct 2, 2020 12:49:22 GMT
Th salon is quite well prepared. Staff have started rotating their hours so that there are less people in the salon, which is quite a large space. There were only 2 other clients there besides me. All staff were wearing face masks, shields and gloves, all clients are expected to wear face covering too. I was met at the door by my stylist who led me to a storage area with disposable gowns and disposable towels. I hung up my own coat and put on my gown, plus a towel around my shoulders. In the normal course of events one of the apprentices would wash my hair but my stylist did it all, she washed my hair and led me to my seat. Only a few 'styling stations' are in use to allow for social distancing and each is equipt with hand sanitiser as well as disinfectant spray and disposable wipes allowing the area to be cleaned thoroughly between clients. Liz (my stylist) cut my hair, dried and primped it, she also had to sweep up (another job done by the apprentices usually)...I put my disposable gown and towel in a bin and paid before leaving.
Sounds like they are trying very hard. Our protocols require the chair to be free of the previous client and sanitised, including the shelf and mirror facing you. But before we even get there we are met at the door by the hairdresser and she takes your temperature with that "ray-gun" thingy. Shows it to you and then you are required to fill in the record sheet with your details and temp. recorded. Now she will administer sanitiser to your hands and you are free to follow her into the door…..sorry, meant to say all this takes place externally on a patio section. I guess in many cases it would be done on the sidewalk.
There is nobody with 2m distance sitting alongside you and when led through to the wash basins each chair is screened off by a perspex-type divider. ( Your mask has been kept on since arriving in the carpark) She washes or the shampooist washes your hair all with face masks and disposable aprons, BUT the towels are from the tumble dyer - This has got me thinking….there is paper towel in the toilet as cloth towels are forbidden. Mmmmmm……I must mention this. Then your hair is styled - all brushes and combs are sanitised before being put down on the 'trolley'.of equipment.
Well that was my thinking months ago when the "Hairdryer trick" was all over the internet. Soon it was shot down in flames as a bogus claim and that heat does not affect Covid. So I stopped inhaling the hot air. Maybe that crazy guy was right after all. One thing I re-remembered was Covid is AIRBORNE. Keep a mask on at all times and for goodness sake wash your mask at the end of each day.
Something not only good, but bloody magnificent happened today! The slimy crooked bastards we call our government saw their arses today when after years of investigation the crime investigators swooped and rounded up several crooked (officials) in the ANC Government. How the opposition parties must me popping open the champers tonight! Our hard earned tax-payers money is going to be retrieved by the capture of assets belonging to the crooks. Bentley's, a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, Ferrari's, and I'm sure a host of properties. The state is looking for R230Mil. The amount overpaid for a project only costing R20mil. Oh how we watched the kingpin squirm under interrogation by a commission of inquiry that has been active for years now with no action taken by police.. At last - the old saying. The wheels of justice turn slowly but the long arm of the law is always there.
This a.m. my neighbor's housesitter for the long term it seems, had his lovely girlfriend return a Le Creuset casserole dish that T had given them when he made black bean chilli at the onset of the cooler weather last weekend. Inside of it were a slew of beautiful persimmons that she had got from a friends tree. We love having them for breakfast with Creole cream cheese that I serendipitously had purchased a carton of at the Farmer's market earlier in the week.
"Learn silence. With the quiet serenity of a meditative mind, listen, absorb, transcribe, and transform" - Pythagoras
LaGatta, it's one of those farmer/fresh type cheeses. As far as I know, it was never known outside of Louisiana. I just looked it up and see that it had almost become extinct there @1999, which I find shocking. The good news is that there are quite a few recipes for making it at home. culturecheesemag.com/cheese-talk/revival-creole-cream-cheese
Mrs M has been sent her ticket to fly out to Bosnia. This was the last thing that happens when changing countries and treated as a confirmation that the job/move will take place. It also means the complicated bureaucracy can begin regarding visas etc etc etc. She will fly out in a bit less than a month, fly back to Germany for Christmas and we'll together drive there in the new year - I'll be staying in Germany until then.
I'm looking forward to the drive and the plan is we'll fly to Spain for Easter but sometime around June I'll drive from Sarajevo to southern Spain for the summer, driving back maybe September (with Mrs M probably). There are two routes to go, overland round the coast or a ferry to Italy then a ferry to Barcelona. We'll see, maybe one way there and one way back. Long time in the future though.
Good heavens Mark! I can appreciate it is a basic scenario. Sounds just so wonderful I can hardly take it all in, for first read through. I do appreciate though that you guys are still earning a living like Romany Gypseys (Oh, on a much higher level!) But for me and the Mr.Tod, we have no alternative but to stay where we are and try and send as much legal tender abroad, and then there's the annual holiday , if we can still afford it. My son is desperate for us and his boys to take a trip to Singapore all together. That will take planning but I can already see this happening next year - of course Covid must be non-negotiable.
I admire people who can plan so far ahead, especially when the plague is in progress.
We are cautious optimists in this respect. I feel it is highly doubtful borders will be closed to the extent they were originally. Even so, transiting through has usually been possible for the right reasons. It may though happen that say, Bosnia reaches a certain level and Spain wouldn't let us in unless I/we quarantine for two weeks or so. Not a factor that would put us off. By next summer the organisation of responses will be better and maybe even a standard response throughout Europe. Even if restrictions are placed on entry if you've been just to a certain area of a country, like with the red zones in France, we'll find away round I hope. Even then, you could still transit through. The main problem will if going through multiple countries, getting the paperwork right or covid test recent enough.
All that is happening is a simple journey became more complicated and now less so but it may become complicated again. We will and do take as many health precautions and protections as we can, that goes without saying - so I said it anyway, but apart from physically not being allowed to enter a country (which may change a week later), we will still plan. It'll be finding a 'sweet spot' to have as less hassle as possible and managing the risk to us and others. I'm just as likely to get infected in a supermarket here as I am in Carrefour in Spain. Or on a plane, at an airport rather than in my own car.........
Tod, one might say we are lucky, and/or foolish or not, nevertheless, going out to Bosnia is a must. Swanning off back to Spain isn't for sure, but I've been managing risk for years with safaris, alone many times in the desert, tribal lands in Pakistan and so on - but if do feel the risk is too great, I have no problem in changing plans or backing out.