I Have An Incredible Mom

And today its her birthday.


As my folks are moving house soon my mommy darling gave me a box full of letters and cards that I have given them over the years and it was so much fun going through them. What follows is a collection of the verses and wishes from some of the cards I have given my mom over the years for Mothers Day and birthdays, ‘coz they’re still appropriate.

You’ve shown what love is all about–
through special ways you’ve shared,
with wise advice you’ve offered,
and in tender ways you’ve cared…

You’re always there when needed,
always willing to help out.

It means so much having a wonderful mom…
a mom I can trust and confide in.

A mom I can count on and feel very close to,
as well as respect and take pride in…

The special example you’ve set through the years
inspires me in all that I do.

It means so much having a wonderful mom…
And I’m hoping I take after you.

Happy birthday to a great mom
who patiently guided me from childhood,
through adolescence,
to adulthood…
Sometimes all in the same day!

Mommy darling, I am truly blessed to have you in my life.


No matter how much you have on your plate you always have time for me. How do I put into words what you mean to me…
I’ve put you through more, and asked you for more than most moms should have to deal with in a lifetime and you never let me down.
My life is full of happy memories and I wouldn’t have that without you.

Happy birthday mommy darling.

I love you more every day.

Songs from My Childhood

I grew up with music playing all the time.

Thanks to my darling parents the soundtrack to my childhood included Uriah Heep, Jethro Tull, The Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Cliff Richard, The Beatles, The Who, Steppenwolf, The Small Faces, The Monkees, Janis Joplin, The Carpenters, Boston, Neil Diamond, Jesus Christ Superstar… My mommy darling also loved Motown so my musical education was vast and diverse.
The list of artists I grew up listening to is a long one, as was my mom and dad’s vinyl collection and we played it to death.

My grandad also played several instruments including the mouth organ, so family occasions often turned into sing-a-longs with Christmas hymns, big band classics like I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo, Chattanooga Choo Choo, and wartime songs like Wish Me Luck, Begin the Beguine and You Are My Sunshine.

And then there is a collection of children’s songs my mom sang to us, that I sang to my son as he was growing up. Here are a few of my favourites (I can’t find the versions I grew up with, but these are close)…

Did you grow up with music?

Do you sing to your children?

My Sweetheart Loves Me

He knows me so well…

In December he bought me a 120m roll of baking paper which makes my life so much easier, and he buys me 2kg bottles of Dill pickles to snack on even though he doesn’t like them!


And this week he put a door on our en-suite bathroom!

Clever Riddick…

I had such a giggle now!

I’m busy baking so I went to put the dogs outside after their nap and Riddick was FIRST out the door, heading straight to the front lawn.
He’s NEVER first out the door so I headed for the lounge windows to see what was so exciting about the lawn… and there he was chilling on the grass… with my treat pouch!!!


I immediately headed outside before he had a chance to rip it to shreds. He was a little hesitant to part with it- which is understandable since it has biltong & yogurt drops in- but his training paid off and he dropped it when I got to him.
Its a little dirty & gobby but its undamaged.