Spirits and our Ancestors

Last weekend seems like it was a lifetime ago. A lot has happened. On Tuesday we were sitting in our office when we heard a series of explosions outside, it was so loud the building felt like it shook! We are on the 4th floor and we all raced to the window to see if we could see what was happening but we could see nothing from our offices. I went onto Twitter to see if I could discover what was happening and I read that it was the police firing tear gas and stun grenades at the MyCiTi bus strikers. The illegal strike continues and the bus company says they will replace those who continue to strike.

That night it was so hot I could not bear the thought of a hot meal and so Norm popped down to K1 in Hout Bay to collect some for sushi for me.

I had Prawn roses, Salmon roses, Prawn tempura, and Cucumber roses prawn. It was R123.

The temperatures this week have been shockingly high resulting in me being unable to sleep. Usually in Cape Town it is cool in the morning and evening and only intense during the day when the sun is up, but this week it is 30*C when we wake and still hot when we go to bed. It was so hot that our smoke detector was triggered and refused to be silent until I removed the battery. Norm had gone out to get our dinner and when it triggered Navajo started howling loudly like a baying wolf. I had to deal with his howling and the strident alarm while climbing onto a chair and wielding the extension of the vacuum hose thing which was the first thing I saw when running around looking for something suitable to reach the ceiling.

There was also a Full Moon on Wednesday night and the energy from a full moon strongly affects me and this one seemed to contribute to my emotional mental state. It was a Hunters Moon in the Northern hemisphere. I was so emotional, sad and weepy. This could be due to the combination of all of my stresses, compounded by the heat and the full moon energy.

I had drum practice on Thursday night after work as we needed to rehearse and show Grandmother Robin the songs we are performing at the upcoming Dance to Heal the Earth and agree on the order of them. We all arrived just after 7 and it was 9.30 when Norm came to collect me so between the physical exertion of the drumming and singing as well as the intense heat, you can add on the fact it was a school night and it exhausted me. It was wonderful to meet Grandmother Robin finally so it was worth the tiredness. She radiates such a powerful energy it could almost feel a bit overpowering it at times. I feel so strongly connected to Robin and as we are both part Cherokee maybe it is the soul connection memory of a sister from my tribe.

As it started quite early after work Norm and I just popped in to Mugg and Bean quickly to get a bite to eat on our way to Constantia. I had their delicious lemonade with buttermilk chicken and chips.

Norm had a burger. Mine was yummy but his burger seemed quite greasy but he said it was some sort of sauce. Whatever it was I found it unappetizing but I am very fussy about burgers and may be judging it too harshly.

Friday morning I had to go to the American consulate to get the documents notarised that I need to send to my Mom regarding her house sale. It meant I got into work quite late so I had to stay later than I usually do on a Friday. I was so tired.

On Friday evening I attended a Pipe Ceremony with Grandmother Robin. The event was described as “a sacred Native American ritual for connecting physical and spiritual worlds. The Sacred Pipe is one of the most sacred items and rituals of indigenous North America. Different nations have different stories, but most agree that at a time of suffering a spirit being came into our world in physical form and delivered the first Sacred Pipe. From that time on the Sacred Pipe has always been a bridge between our worlds to carry prayers and bring healing.”

Again due to time constraints we popped in to Constantia to grab some food. We went to Tashas.

I ordered the fried chicken burger for R112:
crispy buttermilk chicken breast, pretzel bun, roasted garlic mayo, iceberg lettuce, white cabbage slaw, coriander, gherkin, tomato & fries.

Norm had the Panko Hake for R128:
crumbed hake, homemade tartare sauce, fries, peas, lemon & parsley.

We did not hang about, we headed over to the ceremony as soon as we finished. Norm dropped me and headed over to the northern suburbs. Lily and Josh were down staying at their friend Mike as Josh and Mike had a race the next morning. Lily had bought a crinoline for my Halloween costume and I wanted to try it on so Norm headed over to meet them when he dropped me.

Robin brought her stunning hand carved sacred pipe for the ceremony. She passed it round and held it to our lips, we all had gone around the room first and stated our intentions, why we were in ceremony and what we hoped to get help with or to achieve and then we all had a toke on the pipe. Then Robin spoke to us about her path and how she had become a shaman or teacher of the red road. She was fascinating to listen to. I felt an even stronger bond to her when she talked about her family hiding their Native ancestry as it was a thing of shame in the previous generations rather than a thing of pride like it is now. Then we went around the room again and did our closing words of what we felt we gained or what resonated with us from the other people who shared or from Robin’s words. There were approximately 20 people attending, all were women except 1 man named Peter who is a Traditional Healer, or what is sometimes called a Sangoma in South Africa. Peter held the masculine space and balanced out the male to female energy in the circle. I met some new ladies and saw some of the ladies I know and really enjoy spending time with. It was such a wonderful evening full of love.

I snagged Grandmother Robin for a selfie!

When we finished I saw I had a message from Lily asking when Norm was coming and I  rang her to tell her he had left hours ago and I was in a panic something had happened to him. Eventually I got hold of him and he was a in a state, he arrived shortly after and explained that he could not find them and his phone had died so he spent 2 hours frustratingly driving around the northern suburbs. He had turned his phone on for a second and I rang at that very moment and his phone died completely after we spoke. He gave up looking for them and came to collect me and it was 10.30 by the time we got home and even later by the time we got to bed. Saturday morning Norm tried again and succeeded in meeting Lily and getting my crinoline which was perfect for my outfit.  He came to collect me and we headed out for brunch to Allegria Cafe and Life. I had a ham and cheese omelette with carmelised onions on the side.

Then we went to Pep to finish buying the bits and pieces we needed to complete our  Operation Shoeboxes of Love which will be the gifts from Santa for two little babies. I drew a baby boy and a baby girl. I put them into plastic boxes rather than cardboard shoe boxes as the mother of the baby can use the boxes to store things for the baby afterwards.

This initiative makes me so happy to think that a stranger will have a smile for Christmas thanks to my little boxes of love.

It was another very hot day and we came home to relax a bit after we ran our errands. We had to be at Spiro’s for 7pm for our Halloween party. As Norm is on antibiotics for his tooth he was not drinking so he drove us down. We snapped some pics with the kids before the guests arrived or we sweated off our makeup or messed up our costumes.

My daughter Caitlin was Carrie from the Stephen King film, Lily was Tiffany from Bride of Chucky and I was Jack the Ripper’s victim.

Norm was Dr Cannibal Lester, an invention of his own.

Our friends Karen and Scott were a Cereal / serial killer and her victim.

Caitlin’s beau Wesley was Wolverine and he was perfect for that costume.

My colleagues Joe and Debora from UCT looked fab as vampires.

My friend Kimi was the creepy girl from The Ring.

Her hubby Robert was the guy from Scream.

They looked brilliant together and they danced all night long!

We had a lot of laughs.

Caitlin’s friends all looked fabulous.

I did not get pics of all of the guests, once the party kicks off I seldom think to take pics.

We had such a fun evening, we booked a DJ who was brilliant and we ordered platters of delicious party nibbles for each of the tables and after we ate we all got up and danced. The dance floor stayed busy most of the night, a sign of a good DJ! My knees are now knackered however after a night of jumping about.

However as always happens with events in Cape Town people drop out at the last minute. Some people never even respond to the event, some people respond to confirm and then just never show, some confirm but then message with some lame excuse and some just never message at all. Even someone I had thought was one of my best friends just did not show or bother to send her apologies. It has really opened my eyes to who is my friend and who is just a vague acquaintance on the periphery of our lives. Some people you only seem to hear from when they need something. Users. I have removed several people as friends on Facebook and unfollowed even more, they have proven they are not friends as they care nothing about my feelings. It is hurtful, but sometimes we need these culls to regenerate positive energy in our lives. I won’t brood about it. Once I make up my mind someone is out of my life, that is it. They do not merit a thought.

Lily and Josh left in the morning as they had a long drive home. Before she left she dressed Pixie in her tutu and it was so cute.

Tomorrow a colleague and I start a new project at UCT and it will keep us busy for at least the next 4 weeks or so and I am looking forward to that. I am trying to arrange to go down to the Dance to Heal the Earth Dance next week but as Norm’s car has died and is in the garage I do not want to leave him home with no transport so it depends on a few factors.

Today would have been my Dad’s 83rd birthday. As he died at 49 it is hard to even imagine him as an old man. I so wish he was here to meet his wonderful grandchildren as he would be so proud of them.

Wish me luck on my new project. The heat is supposed to break tomorrow and we are due to some very welcome rain.

I hope you have a lovely week, until next time, Kisses from the Kitten. x0x0x0x0

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Road Rage & Root Canals 

This Sunday has been so much fun but oh so busy! And very different than my lazy day last weekend. Last Sunday I ended up cooking a roast chicken, red cabbage, a spinach and avocado salad and lovely little sausages. For a last minute throw together from Spar it was delicious. It also meant I had left over chicken that week for work lunches.

I was glad to have the food for lunch on Monday when I spent 12 hours away from home, I left at 7am and returned home at 7pm. I was exhausted. But being prepared with chicken, salad and red cabbage meant I could stay low carb.

We made a plan on Tuesday to go again to view the ceasarstone and quartz slabs for our new countertops for the kitchen renovation project. Norm collected me from work early and off we went to Northgate. We finally decided on the colour Java from the Cafe Quartz line.

This is it in the warehouse.

And this is the close up view from their website.


We then went off to see the company that is doing the paint effects on the cupboards. This is the effect I want below (but not the colour), where another base colour shows through the top coats to look aged. Ours will be a pale creamy yellow with the brown base coat to match the counter tops.


We got home so late that night that we decided on takeaways from Posticino in Hout Bay. I had planned on cooking but it was too late, instead I decided to make the sauce for cottage pie to sort out dinner for the following night.

The only problem is that I was so tired that I fell asleep and burned the meat sauce. Oops. I salvaged most.

The next evening I made the rescued meat into a caulimash Cottage pie. It was nice and did not taste burned luckily.


The local news has been full of the ongoing #FeesMustFall Protests and the estimated tally of the cost of the protests is R600million damage.


If the president and his cronies were not wasting and embezzling or misappropriating so much money there would be plenty of government funding for university fees.

I had one of my top 10 most terrible days on Thursday. It started when the door which we lock between upstairs and down wouldn’t open when I tried to leave for work at 6.45am. There are two bolts and one was jammed, so the key would not go in at all. I woke Norm to assist and I was just starting to panic when Norm managed to get it open.

Then once I got to work I had a very stressful day. On my way home I was driving along a 2 lane road when a large truck drifted into my lane, so I gave a quick hoot to make sure the driver knew I was there. Next thing I see the driver swerves  left and tries to ram me! I stopped and he then stopped in front of me, blocking both lanes and he exited his truck. He heads back towards me and I quickly raise my window and he starts punching my car. I just said “Dude, you are crazy. Get back in your truck. You are such a big man to attack a woman.” This last sentence was like a red flag to an under-endowed bull and he took down his zipper of his shorts, removed his penis and thrust it against my car.

That will show me, right? What a psycho. I am glad the police do not use this approach as a traffic control measure.

I felt all panicky but I got away from him. I had taken antibiotics for the dentist to zap any bacteria the dental work might release and I am so phobic and then this guy attacking me had my heart racing. I started to wonder had I been given some antibiotics I was allergic to or was that just adrenaline? Which in turn made me panic further!

When I turned into my suburb I looked up and saw the psycho had followed me! I rang Norm via my bluetooth and took a wrong turn so he wouldn’t know where I live. I then carried onto the dentist, feeling stressed. I had a cleaning done and the dentist saw me after. He said the root in my tooth had to go and he ended up doing a root canal. He was so gentle and patient with me – and I tried to get my body to stop the adrenaline flow.

What a horrendous bloody awful day.

The good news was that Norm had shopped and cooked my fave meal of fillet steaks.

The bad news was that my teeth hurt and steak is not an easy journey to travel.


I took forever to eat it but it was delicious. The steak was cooked perfectly, he made brussel sprouts, asparagus and mushrooms in a cream sauce to go with it. It was so divine.

I’m a lucky kitten.

I work with a guy who has a birthday the day after mine and get this, he had a bad tooth and had it pulled the same day I had my dental work! Like it was National Virgo messed up tooth day.

Friday I came home and chilled in the sun on my new lounger and the Poms fought to share it with me.


It was such a stunning day so I moved outside on the balcony and played my Covet Fashion game.


My Friday night was full of my favourite things. Norm picked up a take away curry, we watched X factor, I finished off with some Amarula on ice and was in my happy place.


My best of the XFactor that night was Sada Vidoo, the Living Doll.

Absolutely bizarre and fabulous.

Saturday Pixie and I had to be up and away early to go to the Chiro in Noordhoek.

Afterwards Norm, Caitlin & I went off to Earthworx Garden World and spent a small fortune. I’m trying to get the garden looking nice for summer. We then dropped off the plants for Mzudumo and Norm.


Then Caitlin and I went for lunch and to do some shopping for Operation Shoebox. We each had a little girl and a little boy to buy for. 

This is what I got for my two. The boy likes orange so he gets an orange shirt,  truck and transformer/robot boy thing. The little girl likes purple and almost everything is purple. She got a dolly, jump rope and Princess dress up goodies. They each get a shorts and top outfit, a set of pajamas which can be worn as play clothes too, socks, underpants, sandals, toothbrush and toothpaste, soap and facecloth,, crayons, coloured pencils, a coloring book with stickers, popcorn, sweets and a box of juice. 


We were starving so had lunch at Woolies Cafe. It took forever.


I had the corn fritters with bacon, avo and a poached egg.


Cait had the chicken burger without the bun or chips.


While we were out the men planted my new flowers as a screen by the pool.


We chose wild iris or ‘Dietes bicolor’ as its properly called. They have thrived on the other side of the pool so hopefully will also like it here too. They are a bit sparse now but hopefully will multiply.

At the back in the large pots we planted proteas. I hope they get enough sun.


We also got a few bits for dinner. I pureed Caulimash and gem squash with creamed cheese. I fried peppers with chorizo & mixed it all together and topped with cheddar cheese and served it with crisp fresh green salad with lots of avocado and a bit of crispy pork belly.

It was divine.

For weeks I have been looking forward to Foxcroft opening in Constantia. I booked online weeks ago when they published the pre-booking link. So easy!

It was full of people and a great buzz outside as it was a sunny stunning day.


The inside did fill up. It’s beautifully done.


There were huge koi in the fountain.


We settled in.


We ordered Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc. We both had the squid starter which was divine!


I had the beef ribeye. It was R 220 and came with Duck fat chips, cep sauce, carrot puree, baby carrots, & brussels.

I asked for pink, not bloody and it was perfect.


Norm had the Slow-cooked Lamb’s Leg with white bean hummus, smoked garlic, black olive, minted potatoes at R195.


For dessert I had the Elderflower Doughnuts with Litchi milk ice, raspberries. It was so yummy! It was R65.


Norm had Compressed Strawberries with Toasted croissant at R70.


He loved it.

The service was amazing, the food was faultless and our day was pretty spectacular.

We finished with a coffee and came home to relax a bit then Norm took the dogs for a walk then we went off to Retha’s for a braai. We took along the bottle of Sauvignon Blanc I had won recently and finished that off.

klein-constantia

It was a fun evening but I am rather tired today! It’s hard work having fun 🙂 I hope your weekend was fabulous. xx

Pixie’s Adventure

It seems Summer may properly be on the way, or that Spring has properly sprung? Whatever is happening I’m loving the warmth & sunshine! 

  
All of the greenery has flourished, the roadsides and gardens blooming. It’s been fabulous to go to work in bright light and come home with a few hours of sunlight remaining.  I had been waking in the dark and rushing home before complete darkness hit each night. 

Caitlin and I were keeping us all meat free early this week, we made fresh veggie burgers from chickpeas, coriander, sweet corn, an egg and cumin. We floured and fried them in coconut oil until crispy and brown. We bought fresh rolls from our local Oakhurst Kwikspar which has an amazing wee bakery, we have their savory and their sweet pies often. We did the shopping for our entire dinner from there! 

Caitlin made a tzaziki from the Greek yogurt and cucumber we picked up and I made fresh salsa from a yellow pepper, tomato, red onion and fresh cilantro. I made crispy fried potatoes, pepper and onions and we topped the burgers with slabs of fresh avocado and cheese, a creamy Camembert for Norm and the girls and a sharp pungent cheddar for me. 

 
Caitlin went for the no bread option. 
  
Norman had also picked up Malva pudding and custard so we had that for afters and we watched a movie, the last in the series of Night at the Museum films, it is sad to see Robin Williams making us all laugh and now knowing with hindsight just how broken he was. I think of his poor children left to live with that burden. It’s so heartbreaking. 

I can’t discuss the movie itself as I mostly snoozed. As usual. 

I never follow recipes, I just wing it. Hence I’m crap at instructions and used 2 tins chickpeas instead of one, and a whole tin of corn instead of half so we had a lot of mixture left so the next night we went Mediterranean! 

Again, that Spar sorted me with the extras I needed. I picked up some small auberines (eggplants to you Yanks 😉). I also got pita bread and a few other bits and pieces to feed us for a few breakfasts and lunches. 

I cut the aubergines in half and baked them for a bit then topped with crumbled feta and popped them back in the oven to melt the cheese.

 
Caitlin rolled up the chickpea mixture and we covered the balls in flour and deep fried them. We toasted the pitas and filled them with tzaziki, salsa, onion and feta. It was so yummy! 

Wednesday I hadn’t prepared for dinner and got home late so I chucked in the free arriabita sauce I received in one of my Girl Geek Dinner event goody bags and chucked in some crispy grilled bacon and served with pasta. It was edible and it was cheap! Sometime a girl just has to go for function, without the frills. One can’t always live the caviar lifestyle. (Any local Hout Bay readers will get the tongue in cheek jab I’ve made.) What a load of bollocks exists on the Internet. 

Thursday afternoon I had a meeting in the northern suburbs which finished after 430pm. The only benefit of sitting in traffic in Cape Town is the views. You are driving parallel to Table Mountain.

  
As I only got back to Hout Bay at 6.30 we decided to get take aways. Lily and Norm had cassarechio ravioli and Caitlin and I had pizza from Mimmi To Go. I opted for a half and half. I got half Salame – tomato, mozzarella, salame, mushrooms, olives and half Manuel – olive oil, mozzarella, cooked Parma ham, avocado, basil. 

As always it was divine, I so love their tomato sauce, you so seldom taste it on a South African pizza but it is a thick base for the slabs of proper creamy mozzarella on a Massimo pizza. 

  
Luckily after 2 hours in traffic munching that pizza and vegging out with my dogs and family saved my day. And possibly me from death row if anyone crossed me. 

  
I finally remembered to email the doggy Chiropractor David Black that I had Read about on a random blog. I was delighted when he rang me on my way home and we made an appointment for the next day to take Pixie to see him. 

Friday evening I finished about 4ish and headed home. Caitlin was out and Norm and I fancied a curry. We are so blessed to finally have a decent take away since Indian Oven opened in the bay. We got our usual, a portion of saag aloo with soft potato cooked in creamy spinach and a buttery garlic naan bread to share, I had prawn curry and Norm the chicken korma. It is so divine.

As Lily only eats mine or her mom in law’s curry she asked for a chicken chow mein from K1 sushi. Norm came home ready to scream as they were so disorganized it took 3 attempts to pay. Luckily their food is so good you forgive their idiocy. But they will drown in season if only 1 dude can work the bloody card machine. FFS.

Saturday Lily and I got up and had a lazy morning and then scooped up Pixie to head around the mountain to Noordhoek. The house is in San Michel and love this area and if I didn’t have to trundle into the city every day would love to live here.  Such stunning views.

 

We were taken in promptly at 12 and Pixie looked so anxious. She kept giving me the side eye on the drive there.

  

But  she wasn’t stressed once she saw David was only going to rub gel on her with an ultrasound device she relaxed and enjoyed the attention. He thinks a few treatments will help with the spasms. Bless her. She struggles lifting her lower body and falls over at the slightest touch since her accident.
We brought her home and headed to The Riverway Cafe for lunch as we were starving. We grabbed a table outside and ordered their delicious lemonade.
   
 
How cute are those bottles? For lunch we each had the special and we shared a portion of their homemade chips. It was fresh prawns wrapped in bacon and grilled and served with warm bread and salad.

  
We thought the riverbank looked lovely.  All the wildflowers are blooming.

  
We finished up and headed to Pep Stores to shop for Operation Shoebox the charity we support every year. We bought almost all of it at the one stop! This year we chose a 3 month old girl and a 6 year old girl. 

  
We got lots of goodies and some clothes, a soft, soft stuffed animal for the baby and 2 Polly pocket sets for the 6 year old as they fit easily in the confines of a shoebox. I love that we make a child happy who might otherwise have nothing for the holidays.

We were so efficient we decided to go and hit the spar again just as the rugby was starting so there were no crowds. We got a filet, potatoes, mushrooms, a bag of spinach and an avo.

We settled in and watched the South Africa and Wales game and then Lily and I made hassle back potatoes, mushrooms fried in garlic and butter, a spinach salad and a yummy sauce. We had blue cheese dressing which was perfect. The steak melted in your mouth and the potatoes were nice and crispy.

  
We had brought home a lemon meringue pie from spar. It was so creamy and tart. Perfect for a warm evening. We rented the new Jurrassic Park but of course I fell asleep. 

Tonight I’m going to roast the other fillet half in the oven but I’m enjoying having nowhere to rush off to. I’m off now to see what Norm is up to, I saw him wandering off with a paintbrush.

Enjoy your weekend all.