We’re Eight!

2007

My sweet love.

2008

My Glugster.

2009

My husband.

2010

My best friend.

2011

My mentor.

2012

My motivator.

2013

My butt kicker when I need one.

2014

My support.

2015

Eight years ago, I was a happily single, single mom to a teenage son, with 2 cats at home, a blog, and a job I was good at but didn’t really like. I had been single for 7 years and I had no intention of changing that.

Then I walked into a restaurant after a particularly shitty day, you stood up to greet me as I was shown to the table, and there was an ice cold Black Label waiting for me.
Eight hours later we realised that all the tables and chairs were stacked up around us, and all the wait staff were standing at the restaurant door, waiting for us to come back to earth.
Two weeks later I announced to my family and the internet that I got a boyfriend for Christmas.

Thank you for loving me. Thank you for indulging me. Thank you for being a father to my son.

I love you, my darling Glugster.

I am still on cloud nine.

A Whole Decade…

Yesterday marked my tenth anniversary in the blogosphere.

Ten years.

I couldn’t imagine it back when I started. When I did think about it I thought it would be exciting. A noteworthy event.

This blog has gotten awfully quiet since my son became a grown up…
I blogged a lot about being a single mom to a boy with ADHD, and about how much “fun” his school years were. But as he’s an adult and can be Googled, and he doesn’t want a lot of those stories shared with the world at large.
Maybe one day I’ll be able to make those blog posts visible again, but for now they will stay private.

And my blogging has changed in other ways. I have a separate blog entirely for my furry family, and that gets updated fairly frequently since my Glugs and I raise Guide Dog puppies now. And I have a separate blog for my baking adventures.
I don’t read as many blogs as I used to either… I miss that. I just don’t get to them anymore. And I am still incapable of reading a blog post without leaving a comment on it.
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I met my darling Glugster, my husband, through blogging and reading blogs.
I met some of my nearest and dearest friends through blogging and reading blogs.
I’ve attended some fabulous events and launches, and I’ve been given some awesome gifts and gadgets to test which has been fantastic, and I do hope that continues.

Thank you to my readers. Thank you to my commenters.

Happy bloggiversary to me.

Seven

Today marks the 7th anniversary of the night I met and fell in love with my Glugster. What was supposed to be a blogger meetup to put a real person to the online person I had become friends with, became a date very quickly.

Two weeks later, he met my daddy darling and my brother on Christmas Day, and I announced to the world that I got a boyfriend for Christmas.
I’d been single and a single mom for so long that my mom and my gran actually cried…

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Now he is my husband.
He’s my best friend, my lover, my sounding board, my cheerleader, my advisor, and my co-parent.
He’s my first call, my first thought, my next of kin.

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He listens to me and he loves me, even when I start a sentence in the middle of a thought and he has no idea what I’m talking about. He records TV shows he knows I’ll like, even if he’s not interested in seeing them.
He surprises me with little things that he knows I love, and if I asked him he wouldn’t hesitate to go and get me an ice cream in the middle of the night!

The night we met, when we came back down to earth, we had the wait staff standing at the door of the restaurant and all the chairs and tables stacked around us! We were completely oblivious to everything and everyone but each other and it was going on 2am!
It was amazing! I could hardly wait to see him again, and then I put the poor man through the wringer for a few months ‘coz I didn’t think I could handle parenting my son and a relationship, but he wouldn’t let me go.
And tonight, he’s taking me back to that restaurant!

I love you babe. With all my heart. Here’s to seven HUNDRED more!

The Long Easter Weekend…

I was both looking forward to and dreading this long Easter weekend. I mean, who doesn’t like a four day weekend with a valid excuse to indulge in loads of chocolate and sweet treats!

So why was I dreading it? Because Saturday April 19th was the second anniversary of my sweet nephew Nathan’s death. I cannot put into words how much I miss that little boy… How much it hurts to think that I will never again be able to speak to him or hug him…
We didn’t do a lot on Saturday for Nathan, but there were images of Nathan showing on the TV, and we spoke about him through the day, and da Bruvva and my mom tidied up his little remembrance garden.

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For Easter we joined da Bruvva and his family at my folks’ place, with our now nearly completely blind Riddick in tow. We had chocolate Easter eggs, iced Easter cookies and cold meat sandwiches on my Glugster’s fresh homemade bread. My sisters B and C and their families couldn’t make it – B was working and C and nephew L were sick as dogs, so it was a much smaller family Easter than is normal for us.
da Bruvva’s two little boys hunted their Easter eggs in the garden, and when the knucklehead arrived he had to go and find his too!
I’ll explain his late arrival shortly…
It was a peaceful, happy day.

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my knucklehead finding his hidden chocolate Easter bunny

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I made iced cookies for Easter

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my nephew E eating an iced cookie

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my daddy darling and my godson J eating iced cookies

One thing I really love about visiting at my parents’ house is being able to take my dogs with me.
My parents’ dog is a fox terrier cross and he and Riddick love playing together. He’s also very comical in that he will climb a tree to catch the “lights” – reflections from the sun catchers in the garden!

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sweet Riddick, worn out after a day of visiting and playing

So why did my knucklehead arrive at my mom’s house late? Because getting all three of us, Riddick the Lab, the cooler box full of food and drink and the Easter eggs to my folks’ house took two trips… In a Smart car!!
Why on earth are we driving a Smart? Its certainly not by choice… And we had family and friends alike in hysterics over this situation. With just my Glugster and I in the car its like a clown car!
We have been driving my parents’ old Merc for a while but its age and wear-and-tear were starting to make it really unreliable… So my Glugster traded it in for a Peugeot 407 which we were supposed to get last Thursday, and when it developed some issue that delayed its delivery they organised this Smart for us to use until the 407 is ready. Which will hopefully be by later today…

On Sunday afternoon my Glugster and I went to the movies! I can’t remember when last we indulged in Ster Kinekor’s lovenest seats for a big screen movie, but its been long enough that we were quite flabbergasted by the ticket prices! And while we were enjoying a bit of a date for the first time inabout a year, we found a photo booth! How cute is this strip I now have in my wallet!
I love this!
Its like the cheesiest, most old fashioned thing a couple can do!

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I also got to see my dear friends Sweets and Leeds this weekend, and seeing friends I care deeply for is always a bonus.

I hope you had a good Easter weekend too.

Eight Years Of Blogging…

Eight years of blogging…

Wow… I even baked a cake, and I got to share it with several other bloggers at a blogger event! How cool is that!

The traditional gifts for the eighth anniversary are made of bronze or pottery, and the modern gift for the same anniversary are made of linen or lace – feel free to send gifts of all kinds – I’m not at all fussy!

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There are 2,160 blog posts on this blog, many of them now hidden and just for me, and there have been countless posts never published.
There are  currently 15,676 comments!
Here is a link to some of my favourite blog posts, that I’ve written, if you want to read them.
I’ve tried my hand at fiction.
I’ve been sent goodies to review and I’ve been sent all over the country to check out new products!
I’ve won competitions and hosted a few myself.
I’ve met and befriended some incredible people.
I’ve thrown my toys out the cot and tried to help others.

Happy bloggiversary to me!

And here’s to the next eight!

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