Get Connected

Oh Bliss, we finally have a dedicated internet connection at home! 😀

It’s a cute little satellite dish bolted to the roof facing the mountain. And a cable as thick as my once-broken little finger plugs into my PC. But this is just the beginning. I want WiFi in our home.

Why not go the ADSL route? Because I don’t want to deal with Telkom at all. I’m probably still on their black list. All due to a misunderstanding between myself and the technician who answered my phone call. I asked him three times if our account is setup as a single call rate with unlimited time – he assured me ‘yes’ three times. Our conversation was recorded and following up my billing query a month later I could quote date ad time of our conversation. But no, *I* get punished for ringing up an enormous bill – which I refused to pay for. Bottom line, Telkom and I aren’t friends, so no ADSL line for us.

So eager beaver that I am I buy a router with a decent range. But with a house-trained banshee three year old (Terrible Two’s are nothing compared to the Torturous Three’s), and a 10 week bundle of sleep-drink-poop-sleep I didn’t get round to setting it up.

I should have known better than to let my husband touch it. Warning bells sounded when he actually opened the manual – albeit a both-sides-printed flyer, a manual none the less. He struggled. Oh how he struggled. He struggled so hard when he gave up and plugged the original finger thick cable back into my PC we didn’t have *any* connection. At all. Nada.

And so we slept. Or he did. I had pajama drill at 1am. Not that I was sleeping in the first place. I managed to get a copy of 50 Shades of Grey and was busy face-palming every other page for the first 4 chapters as I wanted to choke the main character for having no backbone nor self esteem and to stop Adonissing (my own word) this silly, controlling man Mr Grey. (which I later learned was quite ironic) – It echoed way WAY too much Twilight, and I’ve outgrown my sparkly pyre obsession a few years ago.

After sufficient caffeine consumption, with banshee Lili off to school and Roo in a milk induced stupor, I tackled our connectivity issues. Forgoing the manual leaflet I inspected the spaghetti behind my PC tower.  Mr Handy had the cables in the wrong slots in the router. *le sigh* If only that were the only problem. Fiddle fiddle fiddle some more I have our original direct connection working – huzzah! But for the life of me I can’t figure out why the Router won’t accept my settings. I consult the leaflet; the electronic manual; eventually phoning Digital Alliance (where I bought it). Some other oke answers, not the same guy who sold it to me. Apparently this router isn’t compatible with our ISP – his words, maybe paraphrased a little. They are getting new stock in tomorrow, so I can come exchange it for the correct router that he *guarantees* will work.

Something to look forward to 🙂 So ja, as far as getting connected goes… we’re getting there.

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Space saver – Easy blackboard on a door!

Something I’ve never gotten around to getting Lili is a blackboard – easel or otherwise. I like the portable ones, but that will lead to it being deployed  directly in my 2am kitchen path. I swear enough as it is, I don’t need more encouragement to add to my daughter’s vocabulary.

This same vocab that  I didn’t use when our contractor didn’t buy the 4-6 panel room doors that I had in my home-ideas-scrap-book; instead he got 2 panel doors. Which I’m grateful for now. I can paint the two panel’s of Lili’s room with blackboard/school board paint! I’ve had the tin for months just waiting for a project or two.

The *two* paneled door

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I got mail

I love receiving packages in the mail.
I get my monthly subscription of Baked and Delicious and whatever I ordered from Kalahari or Take a Lot. But every now and then my mom will send a package. And I still giggle like a high school girl when I carry the brown paper package to my car; yes, it’s even tied up with string.

My mom has been sending care boxes to me since I moved out. Even while travelling abroad she used to mail me rooibos and biltong 😉 Technicon days the parcels were bigger and filled with rusks, a variety of candy my dad found in Chinese shops, and the odd garment I forgot at my last visit.

The packages didn’t stop when I started working and married. We still get rusks, but Mr Handy got some goodies too…if remembered to share though. Today another parcel from Mom greeted me at the post office. No edible goodies, but still special. Some scarves for our char (she wears head scarves), wooden and string beads for Lili to thread and be all crafty with, and 2 mozaic hearts that she made for her two grandchildren.

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I think it’s time I put together a surprise care package for her.

Spice Banana Loaf – Recipe

Since the birth of little Roo I literally have no time to do things. Or rather, I HAVE the time, it’s just mostly spent sleeping and feeding. Because Roo was born premature I’ve done the whole baby wearing thing. There are a whole list of benefits to it, my favourite of which is that theoretically I have my hands free to craft, read, even cook( which means making a sandwich and drinking tepid coffee 😉 ).

But you’ve just contradicted yourself in that paragraph, Tracy. Jaaa, not really hey. I left out the part that if I’m not baby wearing, I can’t put Roo down for a nap because she is SO used to sleeping on my chest *sigh*. When I do manage to be completely free for a few minutes I have to squeeze in so many chores, not all of it gets done. But that’s nothing new to any mother of any number of children.

So I’ve had these bananas sitting in the fruit bowl for a week or so. Then they sat in th fridge for a week or so. I really needed to use them. Mr Handy and Lili weren’t eating them cause they were already a bit on the ripe side.  So when Lili was shipped to her Grandparents on the farm for school holidays, I had a break to make this loaf.It’s an easy, quick recipe that I changed a bit to make it my own. Now I can share it with you.

Note: Since I’m South African we use the metric system.

Ingredients:

  • 125ml (1/2 cup) butter
  • 250ml (1 cup) sugar
  • 5ml (1 teaspoon) vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 500ml (2 cups) cake flour
  • 10ml (2 teaspoons) baking powder
  • 2.5ml (1/2 teaspoon) salt
  •  5ml (1 teaspoon) ground cinnamon
  • 5ml (1 teaspoon) ground ginger
  • 2.5ml (1/2 teaspoon) nutmeg
  • 2.5ml (1/2 teaspoon) mixed spice
  • 4 to 6 ripe bananas

Method:

  • Pre-heat oven to 180C (350F). grease a small bread pan.
  • Beat butter and sugar until creamy, then add vanilla
  • Add eggs one by one and mix well after each addition
  • Sift dry ingredients than add to the egg mixture
  • Mush the bananas with a fork and add to the batter
  • Mix everything really well and pour into pan
  •  Bake for an hour or until a tester pin comes out clean
  • Let cool on wire rack

The real flavour of the loaf comes out when it’s been stored in a cake tin for a few days. Bast serve just spread with butter.

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Monthly Free Printable: Calendar Bookmark 2012 – July

 

July 2012

July 2012

I had these up for sale on etsy, but decided to rather share them for free. I’ve given them as Christmas gifts and they seem to be a hit!

I wanted to make bookmarks with  real African. flair, drawing inspiration from townships, villages, metropole, landscapes; places I’ve lived at, people I’ve met. And not a leopard pattern or safari theme in sight. So each month is different, some designs might reflect that month’s international or local theme: like Valentine’s Day or Women’s month.

July has a cameo look to it. But instead of a historical figurehead I used an afro. The background reinds me of lace doilies that my grannies used to crochet.

Every end of the month I’ll upload the following month’s bookmark calendar.

Click on the image for the full version, save and print.

Click here for previous months.

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