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Thank You , Winston.
Sunday, May 06, 2012      6 comments

One of my sons , knowing how very English I am ( LOL) and how much I love history , bought me a book about Winston Churchill. It was a real eye opener, as instead of the usual praise for the war hero he is known as , it shows him to be anything... Read more
The Blame Game.
Friday, April 20, 2012      9 comments

I've never been a believer in all this phsyco babble stuff. Let's delve into our childhoods and see who we can blame for the fact that we are miserable , or bad tempered , or fat. Even if we could without a doubt find the cause of our problems a... Read more
A Little Perspective.
Thursday, April 19, 2012      4 comments

Where I live , South of Johannesburg on a ten acre smallholding, I find myself in an odd cross section of small pockets of wealth , moderate amounts of middle income households , and disturbingly large numbers of very poor households. As our ho... Read more
Monday, April 16, 2012      10 comments

I've come to realise in the last year what a huge effect accountability has on people in so many ways. In business , being accountable for your actions saves so much time and a great deal of money. In personal relationships, owning up is always ... Read more
Lessons From A Dog
Thursday, April 12, 2012      9 comments

Being a mother means that I am often cut down to size by my far more intelligent children ( it doesn't help that all four are boys - that of course makes them even more intelligent !) and so find that the phrase " I had to eat my words " become... Read more
Quality Versus Quantity
Thursday, March 08, 2012      8 comments

Such a familiar phrase. When buying clothes on a tight budget , we comfort ourselves when we realise that we can't buy the entire shop by saying that we will buy that one classic item which will last forever - quality above quantity ! Likewis... Read more
Being Accountable.
Monday, February 27, 2012      9 comments

I've brought my four sons up to understand and believe in the principle of being accountable.Standing back and watching them , I can see that they don't always truly believe that for every one of their actions there will be a reaction , and th... Read more
Eating Out Of Love
Thursday, February 16, 2012      6 comments

This is something I know many women struggle with , and there is no easy way to handle it. When someone who loves you cooks a meal for you which is going to blow your diet right out of the water , what do you do? My answer is always to find out... Read more
Balancing Act
Monday, February 06, 2012      6 comments

That's what it's all about I think. certainly for me right now. Trying to be all things to everybody : Being a good wife , a loving mother , a conscientious employee , an on track dieter ! Perhaps most of all trying to parcel it all up and make ... Read more
Keep Our Eyes On the Prize !
Tuesday, January 31, 2012      7 comments

No that's not my own phrase but is fact a Bible Scripture : let's keep our eyes on the prize , but in this case , for all of us here at SparkPeople that prize is meeting our goals , whatever they may have been. Let us not flag , or waver , yes ... Read more
Moving On
Wednesday, January 25, 2012      4 comments

I'm trying to take this one step at a time,but I'm a naturally enthusiastic person and started SparkPeople by flinging myself at the first stage , reading all the suggestions in one go. So today I've moved to stage 2 and have reined myself in , ... Read more
Using Suggestions.
Monday, January 23, 2012      5 comments

Why do so many people ask for suggestions or help with a problem or an issue of some sort and then simply do what they had intended to do anyway? Last week I asked for some advice on dealing with what I termed " weekend munchies" and got some go... Read more
A First Time For Everything.
Friday, January 20, 2012      2 comments

That is true , and this is my first blog , of any sort anywhere , ever. It is celebration of sorts : firstly to celebrate having found , quite by chance , SparkPeople , and secondly , to celebrate my renewed committment to losing the rather lar... Read more