Generosity

Generosity

by Annemarie le Roux October 30, 2018 1 Comment

Generosity -  a word well known to all of us yet it seems that it has lost its meaning in a world chasing the "me first" attitude in most aspects of life.

I came across an article that listed a few generous deeds by ordinary folk, like you and me, to complete strangers. That made me realize that, as the good book says, "there is more happiness in Giving than in Receiving". I would like to share one of these generous acts with you. 

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Your next pet - a Miniature Horse

Your next pet - a Miniature Horse

by Annemarie le Roux October 22, 2018 1 Comment

I just love horses. There is just something so gentle and lovable that draws me to them. There are over 350 breeds of ponies and horses in the world today which fall into four major groups. 

  • Light Horses - Horses with small bones and thin legs which weigh less than 1300 pounds. 
  • Heavy Horses – Draft or large horses weighing up to 2000 pounds. 
  • Ponies – Ponies are not usually larger than 58 inches tall ( 14.2 hands and under) which makes them smaller than a horse.
  • Feral Horses – Horses which are wild or semi-wild.

When reading about the different kinds of horses I came across the Falabella Miniature Horse. (I thought there were only small ponies, not small horses)

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Value of True Friends

Value of True Friends

by Annemarie le Roux October 18, 2018 1 Comment

In today's age folks so easily use the term "friends" when referring to those online or social media contacts as "friends". So what do we tell the next generation about true friends? I am sure we would like to list qualities like ...

  • trustworthy
  • honest with others
  • dependable
  • caring
  • trust
  • empathetic
  • non-judgmental
  • good listener

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The purse is older than you think

The purse is older than you think

by Annemarie le Roux October 16, 2018 1 Comment

We have quite a few purses on our website and I have a few in my cupboard too. I am certain you can say the same. And you might even have an old purse you inherited as a family heirloom. I was curious to know what the oldest purse was, ever discovered. What an exciting journey that was. What do you think?

1. How old is the oldest preserved purse? 
2. And how far back can purses be traced in history?

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"Beating" a Cyber Bully

by Annemarie le Roux October 12, 2018

I am sure you looked twice at the heading of today's topic. Seems like I suggest you fight fire with fire. lol Let me put your mind at rest. I hate any form of violence. In this little write-up I would like to share some positive steps we all can take to successfully deal with cyber bullies. 

Using the Internet, a mobile phone or a camera to hurt or embarrass someone is considered cyber bullying. It can be shared widely with a lot of people quickly, which is why it is so dangerous and hurtful. 

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Do men and woman see the same colors?

Do men and woman see the same colors?

by Annemarie le Roux October 08, 2018

Some time ago Sybrand and I decided on new curtains for 2 rooms in our house. He could choose the colors for the study and I could choose the colors for the master bedroom. I was very happy to choose a rustic brown color and Sybrand choose "light blue". I suggested "sapphire blue" but he stuck to "light blue". (I am sure it was sapphire blue though). In the end we were very happy with each others color choices and there was no (further) argument. lol

However that got me thinking about the different way men and woman see colors. It seems that I am definitely not the only one with this question - Do men and woman see the same colors? 

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Emotional Support Animals vs Service Animals

Emotional Support Animals vs Service Animals

by Annemarie le Roux October 02, 2018 1 Comment

When we talk about "mans best friend" we all agree we refer to a domestic dog. Dogs have been extensively trained as service animals to perform tasks as guide dogs, herding dogs, search and rescue dogs, tracking and hunting dogs etc. And do not forget your "best friend" at home. Which brings me to the topic of Emotional Support Animals. 

An emotional support animal is a dog, or cat, or other pet that helps alleviate symptoms of an emotional or mental disability through companionship and affection. The animal doesn’t need specific working abilities to become an emotional support animal.

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My 10 reasons for using Chalk Paint

My 10 reasons for using Chalk Paint

by Annemarie le Roux September 28, 2018 2 Comments

You might wonder "what does chalk paint" have to do with embroidery? Let me just give you the shortened version. lol. Machine embroidery started off as a hobby and slowly became my full time occupation. So painting furniture became one of my popular hobbies. This time of year I do some spring cleaning. I rediscovered my favorite embroidery magazines and Sybrands' Woodwork magazines in a cupboard and I decided that I need a magazine organizer. I told Sybrand what I wanted and he promised to build it for me. Below you can find my photos of the lovely magazine organizer. 

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Time Management

Time Management

by Annemarie le Roux September 26, 2018 1 Comment

How often do we use these words or phrases?
- Can you believe how time flies? 
- I wish I had a 25 hour day.
- Father time...
- The sands of time...

And they all indicate the same thing. No matter who, how rich or important we are, we all have the same amount of time in a day.  “If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I would spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham LincolnSo we are all faced with the same dilemma - how to use our time wisely.

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What do women think of men who can cook?

What do women think of men who can cook?

by Annemarie le Roux September 23, 2018 1 Comment

Now this contribution is going to start a debate. What do women think of men who can cook? Both Sybrand and I love to cook. I love my recipes and making those trusted dishes that I feel comfortable with. Sybrand cooks "by the seat of his pants" (nothing wrong with his pants though) and the results can be surprising in many ways. lol However, when he hands me a glass of wine and tells me to "keep him company" I know he is in the mood for cooking. So I sit down and .... enjoy my wine.

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True value of having a family meal together

True value of having a family meal together

by Annemarie le Roux September 21, 2018 2 Comments

I can remember growing up in a home where mom cooked wonderful food, some I really loved and some... well not so much. But today I still fondly remember the pleasant times we spent having just a regular meal, as a family. And those trips to the farm where grandma cooked our favorite meals were the best. Her specialty was Cinnamon Dumplings. Oh my, those memories make my mouth water right now. Click the link to a traditional South African recipe. Yet when I think about it, there had to be a lot more than just the food to make family meals part of my food memories.

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Surprising Health Benefits of Sleep

Surprising Health Benefits of Sleep

by Annemarie le Roux September 19, 2018

I am sure that sometimes you wake up and feel you can change the world. lol Or you simply cannot face another day. And that largely has been influenced how you sleep. Then I read an article about all the surprising health benefits of having a good nights rest. Have a look at the following advantages.

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