Refurbishing Home and Life

Loving Life

*Breathless, again*

Life is good great!

The Harmony Household is soon to become unTVless.

In fact, the entire living room is getting revamped.

I recently came into a tidy sum of money. (Relatively speaking.)

Not enough for the 55″ HD LED Smart 3D TV I have my heart (or at the least, my visualization) set on, but enough to get my redecorating project off ground.

Before I get a new TV, I advised myself; I would need to install it on a freshly painted wall (still deliberating between brilliant white or dove grey). Then I realised I’d need to take down the brown curtains and bamboo blinds, and replace them with white (or silver) aluminum venetian blinds. My first choice was American Shutters on the lounge window, for both security and aesthetics; but the bonus I was awarded for my financial reporting wouldn’t cover such luxessity (luxurious necessity).

However after the painting and blinding, I’ll move all my black and white canvas print Marilyn blockmounts from the passage and arrange them on the lounge walls. The plan is to give the area an old Hollywood glamour look and it doesn’t cost anything to move my artwork around.

The life size Ms MM currently on the wall at the end of the passage will be replaced by my 55″ gold framed mirror, turned vertically; and will be placed on the left of the canvases, so that she’s “above” the side table and inline with the ‘chaise’

Methinks ‘before’ ‘during’ and ‘after’ picture are needed!

The current TV cabinet (a Gordon Fraser – if you’re interested, make me an offer) needs to go. The big screen needs to be erected on the wall, so the current coffee table in the middle of the lounge will be moved against the wall to place the BlueRay player and DVD player and front speakers on.

In place of the coffee table, I’m considering two faux leather mini cube (R150 for 2), with either an antique grey suitcase (my own) or an antique black and silver cine projector (also my own). I don’t want too much clutter in the centre so I’ll have to continue visualising what is the right combination.

Whilst ‘looking down’ at the new layout, I noticed the grubby carpets.

Argh. Disgustingly dirty and retaining germs and other nasties.

How I dream of laminate floors. The lightest greyish / white, adorning the floors of my cinema room and down the passage (which already sports a red carpet befitting the glam look.)

In the interim, a slice of my windfall can go towards a Turkish Carpet. Magnificent black and red thick piled design. 800 bucks from the fleamarket. Maybe, still deliberating.

The plan for the sturdy yet unsightly couches is to purchase throws. I want a black / white cotton throw on the sleeper couch that will be facing the movie screen to-be; with red and black suede-feel throws on the single-bed-sized make-shift chaise against the window (and the shutters – I wish).

I need to put a small coffee table in the corner between the couches, preferably with a lamp on it. Haven’t found either yet.

In the empty area between the lounge and kitchen, is going to be …

A coffee bar!

I’m going to paint my vintage side server red (with the same paint that I’m painting the inside of my front door), give it new handles, and then fill it will all my mugs (most of them are white / red / black so they’ll fit in well). My black kettle and coffee plunger will also have prominent position, and the cupboard section will perfectly store my stock piles of sugar – white and brown, Nescafe (for me), Ricoffy (for the kids), tea, Horlicks, Nesquik, and rusks! With Angel’s expanding baking ‘business’, I’m running out of kitchen space so this will be super convenient.

Other items to sneak into my budget are bar stools for the kitchen counter. I’m swaying between swing 50′s diner stools, or leather and steel backed gas lever something or other. I’d have to purchase them second-hand, and even then I’ll feel the pinch. But to have a seating area in the house will be the greatest blessing!

On that note, my final purchase would be an outdoor picnic table. To enjoy outdoor dinners on warm summer nights … Heavenly! And I’ve got fairy lights bought a year or two ago that I can hang on the patio. And wouldn’t (see that?) tou know, they sell them on various street corners in my hood. Sign says R500. Not bad. I think? Can’t say I’ve ever bought a picnic table. Nor any item from the pavement ala-William Nicol, to be honest.

Anyway, I’m super excited about all the projects on the way, am loving being online igniting my creativity with inspiring pictures; heightening my passion. I’m really going to enjoy my home whilst on leave in a month (20 working days to go).

And on top of all the refurbishment, it is my investiture ceremony this evening, whereafter I’ll be a uniformed assistant troop scouter. (I know, how did that happen???).

Before that is our office year end lunch; and on Sunday our family Christmas / farewell-to-baby-Boet-and-family-who-are-moving-to-Cape-Town do.

So quite the marvellously hectic weekend!

Ok, that’s it for now. Have a wicked weekend!

~ ♥ ~

The Good, The Bad & The Sad, and The Beautiful

Harmony dashes in breathlessly with long overdue news



The man of the house is now gainfully employed as a sports coach at the private school he used to attend. So not only is he outdoors all day but he gets all school holidays off. Lucky bugger. We drop Angel off at school in the mornings, and then I am deposited at my offices and thereafter Star drives himself off to work and I get a lift home from a colleague. He is on three month probation, and before the school closes he will find out if he’s position is made permanent. [crossing all digits].


Where to start with all of Madam’s latest accolades? Whilst many of her friends’ parents have taken their kids out of Scouts due to their school marks dropping, Angel’s marks went up by 5% on her latest report and she has been invited to participate in the National Junior Science Olympiads. So there is certainly no concern with her school work suffering due to Scouting activities. Oh and she was voted class captain! As for Scouting, she attended a sailing regatta recently at Harties and instead of rowing and sailing in her age group, the organisers put her with the under 15′s. And I should also mention that the under 15′s were mostly guys [only one other girl].


Mother Dearest has been diagnosed with Parkinsons, so on top of all her other ailments; she is really not faring well. She is already exhibiting uncontrollable shaking of her right arm and at times it seems as though she is pulling faces. We cannot establish whether her balance is effected, as she is still bed-ridden and any hope of her being rehabilitated to walk are now gone. She has also lost an incredible amounts of weight and from being quite a large strapping woman, she appears to have shrunk into the mattress into a frail little old lady.

More sad news is that Aaliyah’s father’s brother passed away a week ago. He was feeling unwell on Thursday morning and went with his mother to the doctor. Whilst in the consulting rooms he had a heart attack and died. Just like that, in the middle of a consultation with the doc. So it must’ve been massive cardiac failure that they weren’t able to revive him.


Would you believe me if I told you that mere days after posting my bucket list, two of the items listed came to fruition?  Three, if you count IndianGal’s enlightenment.  3/6 – not bad odds if I do say so my self!

To cut a long story short, I was asked by the Scout Leaders of Angel’s troop to join as a Scouter as there are currently only male leaders, and with the troop being mixed; they require the assistance of a female Scouter.  When I inquired as to why I was selected [I certainly don't look the camping / hiking / roping / sailing type], I was informed that I am the most involved mom, and if my passion and encouragement for my daughter is anything to go by, the other Scouts would benefit greatly.

Now who can say no to that!

So # 6 on my bucket list is ticked off! Whilst it’s not MSF or Gift of the Givers, two organisations I would still like to assist in my lifetime; I’d say that becoming a uniformed Scouter still counts:

Volunteer – yup, certainly not getting to paid to give up my Friday nights [19h00 to 22h00 and Sundays [all day]

Humanitarian – [concerned with or seeking to promote human welfare] check!

Organisation – check!

Part of my duties is training and teaching the Scouts in various aspects of Scouting; and since this is a Sea Scouting Troop that I have joined – I have to be able to teach them in the water activities in which they partake. And this includes …

… You guessed it …


Which means I have to learn to sail!

Whoop whoop – that’s # 2 on my bucket list!

I had my first lesson on Sunday at Harties, which was learning the terminology of the sail boat. Not that any of it sank in, I’m still clueless as where starboard is versus port; and who is jib and his halyards and sheets and stays are. What was even more intimidating was watching the kids rig the sailboats on their own and then taking it apart again once they had finishing sailing. It looks like they’ll be teaching me and not the other way around!

So if you’re looking for me on a Sunday, I’m either at Harties, the Vaal or Florida lake making my dreams come true.

Happy Diwali

Day Thirteen: Three Things That Turn Me On




Reciting Rumi poetry will soothingly caress my soul and send my spirit soaring.

3 Things Rumi


If you can master the act of offering witty yet sincere batter; balanced with sensual flirting; my heart will melt. A bit.

3 Things Flirting


Tanned and tatted. A picture speaks a thousand words. So here are six thousand ways to turn me on. *sigh* *drool*

3 Things Tattoos

Day Eight: Eight Ways to Win My Heart




1. Let’s be honest here

Above all else I value honesty, integrity and faithfulness. Don’t pretend to be who you think I want you to be, because you won’t be able to keep up the act for long, and false advertising is a dismissible offense. Lie to me and I will find out; woman’s intuition, sixth sense, whatever you want to call it – it’s just not worth the wrath that will be unleashed. Just be real, please!

 2. Searching for a Soul Mate

Whilst I am tolerant of all religions, we are not going to have a future if you’re expecting me to kneel on Sundays and say five Hail Mary’s, or sitting down for Shabat on Fridays. I follow the teachings of Buddha, the philosophies of Deepak Chopka and the poetry of Rumi. Don’t mock me when I check my daily horoscope or scoff when I’m doing an Angel Card reading or consulting my Tarot Deck.

 3. Lay on the romance

 I am a girly girl and quite old fashioned when it comes to courtship. It costs nothing to open a car door [or any other door] for me; I appreciate a protective arm around me and holding hands is just *sigh*. Oh and I am partial to long-stemmed deep-red roses interspersed with baby’s breath. And yes, flattery [if genuine] will get you everywhere!

 4. Flirt! Flirt! Flirt!

Use your wit and double entendres to stimulate my mind, and in turn my hormones. Don’t be shy to make use of all technology available to you – saucy messages on Facebook, innuendo’s on BBM and racy poetry via email will go a long way in keeping me on my toes. A well-timed wink or naughty smile across a crowded room wouldn’t go amiss either.

 5. Personal Grooming

I take immense care with my appearance and I expect you to do the same. This includes hair [if you possess any] styled neatly; well manicured [if you're lucky you'll receive one from me] nails. Don’t bath in cologne, rather a demure dabbling will have me leaning in closer for a better whiff. I’m partial to a stylish dresser. In short; think clean and neat.

 6. If Music Be the Food of Love, Play on

I literally listen to music 24/7 so it’s important that my potential partner shares a passion for music. Luckily I enjoy a range of genres and am always keen on learning more, so chances are I’ll like what you’re going to play for me. I’m also known to dance at home, in restaurants, in clubs, and on table-tops so if you won’t join me, keep walking son.

 7. News, views and how not to lose

Your intelligence and knowledge of current affairs will interest me; but if you’re a sports junkie I’ll be bored to tears. The only time I don sports gear is my Netherlands shirt during the Soccer World Cup, and thankfully that’s only every four years. I’m not televisions biggest fan either; preferring books, the internet and live shows. So it’s either me or the remote control.

 8. Holy Matrimony

Last, but not least; I don’t do one night stands, casual relationships or polygamy. Whilst I am certainly not expecting a proposal on the first date, if marriage isn’t on the cards for you, let’s not waste each others time. I value the traditional family, honouring commitment and stability. The good news is you won’t be waiting for the wedding night for nookie!

[borrowed from a previous challenge]