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Fun with the iPad….

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Michael is a constant supply of entertainment with his iPad and the apps he downloads for it. Observe…

First up, an app called Fattify. (So this is what I would look like if I was a bit plumper, lol. Maybe then people would stop accusing me of being skinny all the time).

Then there’s the other app he downloaded, which is slightly less facetious πŸ˜‰

A ‘sketch’ of a very young Beary and I (me with ultra short hair)…


Also, this photo taken a few weeks ago, of me and Beary and Teddy…

Fun, I tell ya ;-D


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April 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm

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Lovely long weekend.

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Despite Michael being in a fair amount of pain with his back, we really did have a great long weekend.

Unfortunately, we went to sleep really late every night since Thursday, and now my sleep cycle is good and wrecked again. It does slot so easily back into me being a total night-owl if given the slightest opportunity!

Now I want to go to sleep at 2am and get up at 10am, and this is not particularly productive, what with the rest of country being active from 6 or 7am onwards.

I must have been a hamster in a previous life πŸ™‚

Anyway, it is now 01:05 am and I am not even sleepy. The only thing I am tired of is trying to retrain my sleep patterns.

I’ve just finished (quietly) doing the dishes and tidying, ironing etc. whilst listening to my iPod. It has been a total experience,because I am wearing our Beats by dr.dre headphones. These retail for over R2000, but we got them for free with Michael’s new laptop. Remember, his old one got stolen and the insurance paid for him to get a new one? At the time, for a very limited period, that specific laptop came with these heavenly headphones. They are exquisite. I don’t think I have ever experienced music like this.

So no plans on going to sleep anytime soon. I’m still listening, as I type here πŸ™‚ Currenty playing is Every Step I Take by Puff Diddy.

Poor Michael. He went to sleep at around 11, as he has to go to work tomorrow. His back is still pretty sore; I wish he could stay at home.

One good thing, however, is that we finally seem to have found something that works for his asthma, thanks to his parents. They gave him something called an Accuhaler (Foxair) to try out, as it is helping his Dad so much, when he gets shortness of breath while exercising. Michael has used it for two consecutive days now, and I can’t believe the difference in his breathing. Michael has basically been wheezing since I met him, at one point in the day or another. He overuses his inhaler for acute attacks constantly, which is not good. This new, accuhaler, is preventative, and boy – is it working.

I haven’t heard him wheeze or use his normal inhaler in two days! And he hasn’t woken at night fighting to breathe, either. It is so exellent. I have been so worried about it for so long. I hope this is going to be the long-term solution we have been looking for!

Tomorrow, we are going to say a very heart-felt thank you to his parents. Isn’t it wonderful how one’s parents never stop helping out and caring for one whenever they can? Thanks Mom & Dad.

Last night, we watched Hoofmeisie. I do not recommend it as such, but I had a couple of good giggles. Michael, on the other hand, says I may never choose the movie we watch again, lol.

Today, my baby sis (with her own baby in tow) came to visit us from Joburg. We had a wonderful visit with them at my parents home. Sarah-Kate (my 4 year old niece, was enthralled with Michael’s iPad. She had such a good time playing games on it. When we left, she cried, and we mistakenly thought it was for us, until we realised she was actually heartbroken to see the iPad going. Hah!

After we got home, I took the dogs for a walk. Michael’s back is way too sore to do this, and Teddy has been getting more and more depressed as each day goes by without him going for a walk. I had to take them individually, as I can’t handle them both at once.

Here is a ‘shadow photo’ I took of Teddy and I…

I love shadow photo’s πŸ™‚


I guess I could ramble on indefinitely, but I’d better go to bed and try to get to sleep. I do have quite a lot of stuff to do tomorrow πŸ™‚

G’ night.





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April 30, 2012 at 1:37 am

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Pooch Potato

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April 21, 2012 at 10:22 pm

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Something nice happened to me yesterday…

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… I stepped in some dog sh*t.


But that wasn’t the best part.

No, the really good part was that five minutes earlier I had taken off my spiffy new takkies, and put on my old, skanky ones, to take the dogs for a walk. Frankly, the dog-poo very nearly improved their condition.

(I’m not really a ‘shoes’ kind of girl. I know, I must be the only one. But seriously, I hardly ever buy myself new ones.

So I was really taken with these…

A proper brand name and everything.

So when I stepped in the dog poo (you know how you immediately know what it is when you step in it?) my first thought was ‘Hah, Murphy! You didn’t get my new shoes! L-O-L!!’

Sometimes, it’s the small victories in life that make it worth living.

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April 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm

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Oh, to be this joyful…

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April 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm

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New lifestyle – Part1

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Michael and I have embarked on a new, healthierΒ  lifestyle.

The thing is, I need to look after my health, what with having MS and everything. Even though it is being very nicely managed by the medication (Gilenya) I am on, I can still do my best to remain otherwise healthy, right?

Prior to landing on the Gilenya trials in 2007, the only way I was managing my MS was by regular cortisone (prednisone) IV drips that made me feel very ill, and were not helping at all to delay the progression of my disease.But I used to at least watch what I ate, and try to follow a healthy diet.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve become somewhat complacent and have been eating a lot of things I shouldn’t be.

Thankfully, this hasn’t affected my health, and the MS in particular has been very quiet. In july, I will be celebrating 3 years of no relapses!!!

But I have been feeling uneasy lately, especially over the amount of sugar that I eat. Sometimes, after eating a lot of very sugary foods, like chocolate (which I was totally over-consuming) I’d hit a sleepy-pocket and feel tired like I wanted to go and lie down. This just can’t be a good sign).

But what has been even more worrying, is that Michael has been having some bizarre symptoms of his own, including dizziness/ vertigo, weird deja-vu type attacks, which leave him feeling disorientated, heartburn, blurred vision (and deterioration is his close-vision, necessitating reading glasses…

This past weekend, we went to visit my parents. My dad has bought himself a little blood-pressure measuring machine, and he is testing all our blood-pressures. Mine is low, as always, which is a neurological thing that I am used to. Michael’s, on the other hand, is on the high side.

He has a lot of stress at work sometimes, and I think, with his BP already being on the high side, when he has periods of stress it peaks, causing him the strange symptoms he has been having.

This has really made me sit up and take notice! As ‘home executive’ (I can never say that title with a straight face, even though it is such a true summing up of running a home) it is my responsibility to make sure that we are eating well.

I generally do cook us healthy meals, but we tend to eat a lot of rubbish in between. Lots of chocolate! pastries and cakes, and stodgy pies. We are also much too fond of getting take-outs which are pretty much without exception, oversalted and greasy.

We discussed all this, and Michael is 100% on board with the lifestyle changes, too. We are going to do it gradually, no 180 degree turns that will be difficult to sustain.

Firstly, we are cutting out the take-aways, cold turkey! Once or twice a month, we will go to a good quality restaurant as a treat, but no more Macdonalds, KFC, Machachos etc.

We are also cutting out the pies, chocolate and cakes/ pastries.

And Michael is cutting out carbonated soft drinks. (I don’t drink them, so it’s not a problem for me).

So far, it’s been two days. We’re not making too big a deal out of it. It’s just the way things are now.

We have both noticed an improvement in the way we feel, however. We haven’t had headaches or heartburn, which was becoming the norm, especially for Michael.

I’ve also started us on a vitamin regime:

A good Essential Fatty Acids supplement. Apparently Omega 3 oils in particular are important for cardiovascular health. We aren’t fish-lovers so don’t eat too much fish, which necessitates the need for supplementation of fish oils.

Vitamin C, also good for heart health.

Calcium/ Magnesium and Potassium (the potassium in particular is very good for high blood-pressure.

A good multi vit/ mineral.

Zinc & selenium


I am also going to start cooking with more garlic, as it is excellent for the blood πŸ™‚ And boosting the immune system.


Little by little, we are going to fine-tune our diet to get rid of all these niggly little syptoms and irritations which were becoming the norm!




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April 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

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Then again, maybe not…

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Okay, so maybe that wasn’t a real polar bear cub. It was kinda late when I posted it, but in the light of day, next morning,Β  it didn’t look that real. Something about the mouth. Still, very cute and realistic.

Of course, I still stand behind the rest of the post. The length of the endangered species list is really terrible. And the plight of the Polar bears is not something to be taken lightly by humanity.


On a lighter note (and this one appears to be real real, not like the Velvetine rabbit Polar Bear of my last post), meet Prince Harry, the pygmy Hippo, born at the Cango Wildlife Ranch in South Africa. Isn’t he just the cutest little chappy?

Go here to read his story.

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April 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm

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