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Weekend of Braai My Life 25 JUN 2013

We enjoyed a nice weekend of family, friends and braai this weekend I must say, so feeling refreshed and raring to go, overjoyed too by the fact that now with school holidays in effect, my drive through to the office is a whole lot smoother as well!

The weekend was kicked off with a Friday visitation from Monty and Cheryl, and after Cheryl finished helping Chantelle with her baking work (you should see the awesome paintbrush cake these two whipped up!), we sat down to enjoy a delicious ostrich noodle dish for supper. Saturday, after my morning walk, Jessica and I joined Chantelle on her delivery to the always delightful Sacred Ground deli in the picturesque Franschhoek, and after a bit of a stroll around (and hugging the giant teddy, and stopping in for artisan chocolate), we enjoyed a light lunch outside the bakery.

Sadly, late afternoon saw Chantelle struck down by her first proper bout of morning sickness, which meant that Jessica and I was tasked with heading out for an extended shopping trip, eventually returning home to put on the fire for a pork and boerewors braai, followed by a delayed watching of the South Africa versus Samoa rugby game on SABC 2. Oh, and because Chantelle was out of sorts, I finished up the night by challenging Ryan to some FIFA (Sadly, it again didn’t go my way).

Sunday saw us start the day off (well, after my early morning walk – been good with those this week) with a cleaning whirlwind around the house, followed by a quick supply run to the shops, coming home just in time for the arrival of Mom and Dad, Evan, Natasha and little Evalynne, who joined us for a leisurely afternoon braai, made even more interesting by the fact that I was asked to prepare a smorgasbord of meats on the day! (Seriously, on the grid I had pork, boerewors, chicken, blesbok, turkey and rump steak!)

Entertainment for the day was seen to by the antics of Jessica and Evalynne (who eventually managed to play together in semi-harmony of sorts), as well as an enjoyable round of 30 Seconds in which Chantelle, Dad and myself narrowly beat out Evan, Natasha and Mom for the win! Oh, and Evan and I capped the evening off with a couple of excitable rounds of FIFA 13.

After all was said and done, Chantelle found ourselves looking at our house and deciding that there was just no way we had the energy to tackle the hurricane mess left by the day’s visitation that late in the evening, meaning Chantelle vegged out in front of the TV before slinking off to bed, while I again got a hiding at FIFA from Ryan. Sigh.

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So all in all, a pretty enjoyable weekend of family, friends and braai was had!

Goodbye Olympus My Life 07 FEB 2013

craig lotter with olympus the catLast night was pretty cool in that Retha and Miguel came over to visit, this being the first time that Miguel has set foot in South Africa after a long 2 year absence! The four of us took Jessie out for some sun-downer Spur, before heading home for coffee and some of Chantelle’s delicious baked cheesecake as dessert. However, this wasn’t the only reason that last night kind of stood out: for the first time in nearly 5 years, there was no familiar bundle of fur lying on the couch or waiting to greet us outside, no meowing as supper time approached, and no bowls of water and pellets littering the kitchen floor.

Yes, we are finally cat free – at long last Olympus has found a new home! :)

We first got Olympus as a kitten (together with Coco) way back in June 2008, and up until Jessica was born two and a bit years ago, he was a central part of our little family. Unfortunately though, as responsibilities piled up and both Chantelle and I got more and more busy, he started to become more of a nuisance than an asset and a while back we made the decision that should we run into any loving homes that would take our cats off of our hands, then we’d happily give them away.

Of course with Achilles having such a soft spot in Monty’s heart, it was no wonder that we managed to get rid of him pretty quickly, but it was a different story with Olympus. However, that all finally changed when one of the girls at the Sacred Ground Deli in Franschhoek learned that we were trying to give away our cat, and seeing as she lives alone, loves animals and really, really could do with some feline company, it just seemed like the perfect match.

So anyway, Chantelle made the kitty transfer on Wednesday afternoon and so far we haven’t gotten a call demanding to take him back, or to tell us that he’s run away, so all’s well that ends well then I guess.


Well, I’m sure Chantelle will get more feedback on how the kitty transfer is going during her next delivery to Franschhoek this week anyway (tomorrow funnily enough), but so far I must say that I am yet to miss the furry little critter. As it turns out, it doesn’t seem like Jess has spotted him missing either. Only Chantelle reckons she misses him a little, which just goes to show, I’m obviously not much of a pet person any more…

So yes, goodbye adorable Mr. Olympus, thank you for all the love you’ve shown us over the years and sorry that we couldn’t quite return it in the end. Nevertheless, I am sure you’ll enjoy all the love, care and attention that your new owner will provide – which she’d better do unless she likes the prospect of having dead “presents” delivered to her bedroom door!