Where did the year go?

Yesterday was OH’s birthday – he has now been retired for a year, well semi-retired as he helps our DIL in her business three days a week leaving just two days a week for his home “To-Do List”. It feels like he has never been busier!

We celebrated his birthday yesterday with lunch at the Chapman’s Peak Hotel in Hout Bay. It was lovely sitting on the terrace looking out at the bay and enjoying a great meal. Afterwards we went for a walk along the beach but by then the South Easter was coming up and walking back to the car was a bit of a “sandblast”.


Last week Thursday we headed off to Canal Walk to try and do our Christmas shopping and after walking both levels of the centre twice we were done in more ways than one.Image


We enjoyed a quick pasta at Primi before heading home as there was no way I was going to cook that evening. This is probably the earliest we have ever done Christmas shopping and it’s great to know that it’s mostly done. Just a few small things to pick up and a couple of on-line purchases and we’re good to go.

ImageOH always says he’s just the Sherpa 


Two weeks ago we both had a check-up with a dermatologist and while OH passed with flying colours I had some areas that needed treatment. One was a large mole on my back that I suspected was dodgy because it has been itching for a while. The dermatologist said it had to be checked out immediately so she scraped it out under local anaesthetic.  I did not feel any pain for the first four days and then it started to get sore. OH took the dressing off and found that it was clearly infected so he started redressing it daily but it got worse. On Wednesday I had a routine check-up with my GP and I asked him to look at it and he agreed it was infected and recommended an anti-bacterial cream. But it got worse and I was very aware of it on last Thursday’s shopping expedition, by Friday evening I was in so much discomfort that I decided to go back to the doctor on Saturday morning. Saturday’s are a walk-in so after a wait of 90 minutes he agreed that it was much worse than on Wednesday and prescribed antibiotics and had the sister dress it with special impregnated gauze that we also got to take away with us to continue the treatment.  It’s getting better but I am still not completely pain free. OH is changing the dressing daily and wants to know where to send his bill?

Also, very uncharacteristically for me, I am suffering with frequent headaches, not sure if this is in any way related but I do feel a bit run-down. The sister checked my iron levels on Saturday morning and all was fine. The good news is that the mole was not a melanoma but I have been advised to use only Factor 50 sun protection in future.

The next four weeks are going to be hectic as we try to accomplish the impossible (as usual) before we head off to our holiday home for four weeks. Our partners have other holiday arrangements this year so we were more than happy to extend our stay, theoretically it was not even our turn at all this season. Friends and family will come and go over the four week period and Ozzy and Milo will be delighted to have a long stay at their favourite place.

I have about three different “To-Do Lists” on the go and feel the pressure mounting. Our home is not exactly a lock-up-and-go property so being away for four weeks especially over the summer needs some careful planning in respect of the pool, garden, post, security, etc.  So many homes in area have been broken into in the past six months but mostly it has been when the residents are home.

Just remembered something else to add to the To Do List …



13 thoughts on “Where did the year go?

  1. Maybe a bit early as time flies faster this time of the year and I do not want to miss out, but all that is beautiful for the festive season and spoil the hell out of the furry kids, the family can take care of themselves. Congrats to OH.

  2. Well, I haven’t been on your blog for a while and so much has happened. I hope all is well with your back now? Wow, Christmas shopping already. Well done. You can sit back and watch everyone else go crazy. And how are you furry friends?

    • Well once we go to our holiday home on 14 Dec we won’t be anywhere near shops for last minute shopping so its necessary to be organised and come Christmas we’ll be a lot more relaxed than most folk. Family will bring fresh produce when they join us just before Christmas and it is my aim not to put a foot in a shop for the month that we will be there. Ozzy and Milo are doing great and will be delighted to get back to their holiday home again. They love extra space, water and the fact that they know that once there Mom and Dad are with them all the time.

  3. I’m so glad the mole turned out to be nothing, bu I’m sorry to hear you’re going through so much with the infection. I hope it’s completely cleared up soon. I’m SO impressed that you’ve nearly got your Christmas shopping done – I used to be an early shopper, but this year has just been overly fraught with too many difficulties. I really don’t like that Christmas has turned into such a stressful time, it seems to have strayed too far from its true meaning. I, for one, would like to get back to a simpler Christmas season. Anyway, sounds like you’ll have a lovely time at your holiday home with friends and family dropping in!

    • I agree with you, Christmas has become very commercialised and if you are not spending it with small children it does feel like too much hype. Thankfully that mole was OK and is all healed now but being fair skinned I will have to take precautions this summer – lesson learnt, albeit a bit late in life 😉 How is Daisy doing?

  4. Well done on the Christmas shopping! I haven’t even thought about it yet, but with family being so far away, we mostly just send money. I hope the infection is zapped now, and you’re soon feeling better. Belated happy birthday to OH. It doesn’t seem a whole year since you blogged about his retirement. How time flies! Good luck with you ‘to do’ lists. When we leave our home for 6 months at a time, there’s such a lot to think about. Enjoy your holiday. 🙂

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