JusJoJan 24/20 Change

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Your prompt for JusJoJan January 24th, 2020, is “change.” Use the word “change” any way you’d like. Enjoy!


During my lifetime I’ve made some changes which changed my whole life.

The first change was when I got married and I had to move to a new city. Next change came after my husband passed away. I had to adjust to a new life without him. 

The biggest change came in 2009 when I moved to New Zealand. After ten years here I’m proud to say that the change was worth it. I’m happy to be here living near my only son and his family.

JusJoJan: 5 January 2020: Intention

Linda says: Your prompt for JusJoJan January 5th, 2020, is “intention.” Use the word “intention” any way you’d like. Enjoy!


The word intention has two sides a good and/or bad intention.

I meant to write about the intentions today but the thoughts keep on turning around and around in my head. Over and over. There were two so-called friends who I thought at first meant well to help me but their intention was not really good at the end. 

At the start of the friendship, everything went smoothly. My intentions were sincere and honest. In the end, I discovered that the two didn’t mean well at all.  They both wanted to use me to enrich or please themselves. I easily believe that people mean well. It upset me to cut both out of my circle of friends. They didn’t like it and tried to overwhelm me with some bad intentions. Today, I regret that I meant well to help them out of their misery. It almost broke me because I am easily attracted to people with bad intentions.

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Last day of the year 2019

The last day of 2019 is done and dusted. Everybody is waiting for the big bang of midnight.

I’ve taken some photos of my surroundings this afternoon. It was a hot day and the sheep and cows came up early to the gate to be fed.

The valley below.

Sheep in the paddock.

Trompie sniffing around.

I completed my jig saw puzzle today, put some pen on paper and some scrap booking which I want to finish off tomorrow.

Happy New Year to all! Enjoy your last moments of 2019.

"SoCS": Year Prompt Dec 28/19


What a year it had been!

Lots of problems with unruly children at school. Some just take every inch of meat out of you. Before school is usually without problems. Just when a certain family enters the room and everything is turned upside down.

I had two housesitting this year. One was at a place I had been before. The weather was horrible and the sheep kept on breaking out of their paddock. At the moment I’m sitting quietly and relax watching a movie. This year ends as I love it to end. No noises only nature, my dog, now and again a bleeting sheep. Early morning when I look out of the front window I see wild rabbits hopping and running around on the lawn. When I open the front door the rabbits run away as fast as they can. There are bigger young ones and tiny nearly newborn ones all running away at high speed.

I had a lovely lunch with my friend and her family on Christmas day. I made me relax and feel thankful to have such a good friend. She had a nasty fall the day before which wasn’t a good way to end the year. The past year did not start well with me having a fall on January 4. Lucky me I drank a garlick capsule during winter and never fell ill the past winter. I usually get a bad cold and flu every winter. 

This year flew by. Can’t believe it’s the end of 2019. My granddaughter turned three on December 29. Just wonderful


Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Christmas presents with love.

The end of the year always brings happiness and joy. Children at school look forward going on holiday. They also love to hand out little gifts to their teachers and to us, as carers.

I appreciate every thank you, little card or present. This year I got a special cup.

Another present is bowl with marzipan strawberries.

And a handful of Christmas cards.

NaNoWriMo: Day 21 and 40 000+ words

National Novel Writing Month

Update since day thirteen

Day 14 November

Work and teaching:

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First teaching job Brakpan + Hennops River 1513 words

Total 26 911 words

Day 15 November

Teaching Potgietersrus 1758

Total 28 666 words

Day 16 November

Teaching Secunda 1525

Total 30 191 words

Day 17 November

Teaching Potgietersrus 1818

Total 32 009 words

Day 18 November

Teaching Hebron Model School 1845

Total 33 854 words

Day 19 November

Hostel adventures Potgietersrus 1945

Total 35 799 words

Day 20 November

Operations, accidents

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Depression Back operation 2o46

Total 37 845 words

Day 21 November

Hospital experiences 2622

Total 40 467 words

NaNoWriMo: Halfway 25 395 words, yeah!

National Novel Writing Month

Day eleven:

November 11; 2017 words

Still on people I met and befriended in Potgietersrus.

Day twelve:

November 12: 1706 words

Changes in South Africa after democratic elections.

Newspaper clippings

Day thirteen:

November 13: 1876 words

Concerts during my teaching career.

Working in libraries as librarians.

Total word count for thirteen days:

I DID IT: 25 395 words HALF WAY of 50 000.

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NaNoWriMo: Nov 6 Europe and South American holidays

November 6 : 4611 words

Total words for 6 days: 13325

I enjoyed writing about my holidays in South America (1971/72)

Europe holiday also had lots of excitement when we were caught and held up in Athens during the “war”between Greece / Turkey and Cyprus.

 On 15 July 1974, a coup d’état was staged by Greek Cypriot nationalists[20][21] and elements of the Greek military junta[22] in an attempt at enosis, the incorporation of Cyprus into Greece. This action precipitated the Turkish invasion of Cyprus on 20 July,[23] which led to the capture of the present-day territory of Northern Cyprus in the following month, after a ceasefire collapsed, and the displacement of over 150,000 Greek Cypriots[24][25] and 50,000 Turkish Cypriots.[26] A separate Turkish Cypriot state in the north was established by unilateral declaration in 1983; the move was widely condemned by the international community, with Turkey alone recognizing the new state