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Belated happy mother's day to you! (even if you don't particularly celebrate it).

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On 5/12/2020 at 11:05 PM, Elastigirl said:

Next time you'll have to take a picture of the sunrise for me, since I'm never up in time.😀

At the moment this is my battle. Getting up early. It does help that Rocco wants to do bible study with me early morning, and he wakes (scares) me up. These last two mornings I was too late as well.

On 5/14/2020 at 2:30 AM, Xena said:

Belated happy mother's day to you! (even if you don't particularly celebrate it).

Thank you, very much. I do appreciate when someone tells me. *hugs*

 

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This week flew by. Adam commented on the days meshing into one another in such a way that none of us (except maybe Brandt) kept track of which day was which. We did what we had to do. Then played games or whatever. Now it's already Friday and I'm really, really tired. My biggest problem is sleep. Not getting enough. Last night I went to bed early. Was in it by 21h00. But the boys only went to bed by 21h30, and was finally settled by 22h00, and no matter how quiet (in their opinion) they are, I wake up almost every time. Then my dear husband, and I do love him dearly, but sometimes I feel I can strangle him too, woke me up around 12h30-01h00, because he had been racing online, and his one friend told him that the ban on buying anything online had been lifted and he could now buy the new racing steering wheel he wanted. He didn't have an account to the online shop he wanted to buy it from, but I do. Long story short, I got up, we bought the steering wheel, and only went to bed after 2h00.

Then Rocco woke me up around 5h15 because he thought it was time for bible study and I'd overslept. What actually caught me about the last two times being woken up, was both Brandt and Rocco stood dead still next to the bed, staring at me, and I suddenly woke up, saw them and got the fright of my life! Both said, they hadn't whispered, they hadn't touched me, I was sound asleep and the next moment I was wide awake looking at them, staring at me! That of course got my heart racing --> adrenaline pumping --> tired in the morning, feeling like you hadn't really slept at all. And when I'm tired, I feel down and lousy.

 

I cut school work short today. We did what we had to do, and only that. I had to fetch/buy pets' food at the vet yesterday, then also stopped at Clicks for specialised shampoo, prebiotics, etc. Today I have to buy only the necessary groceries (fruit, veg, milk, eggs, spices, etc.).

 

Our country is really in a bad situation w.r.t. this lockdown and police/military action. People and children! are being arrested. In some places police shot with rubber bullets into queues of people standing in line to buy groceries. Some of the other political parties and action groups acting on behalf of minorities and people whose civil rights are being trampled, are now acting and writing and communicating with the UN and IMF (International Monetary Fund). There are really bad situations which our government has started/caused/called for, which I don't want to go into here, because... but imagine: our president and some of his ministers are attending meetings in military clothes, because they say "it is a military situation". But of course, as is always the case, some places are worse off than others. The police and traffic police are bad at times in our town/city, but I'm very lucky that I haven't been pulled off, or cornered. I try to stick to the law as much as possible (always wear a mask outside our property, even while driving; keep strict distance rules). Don't attract attention, do what I have to do and get home; I don't stand in a queue if it is going to take more than 10-15min. to get in. That's also when police comes by and starts acting out. Our town's people hasn't been as badly affected as other places around and close by. Or other provinces.

A very sincere "Thank you Lord!" at this point.

 

Bible study this morning: the pastor appologised for 'interrupting' his own bible study series because he had to say what the Lord put on his mind. It was the fact that some people are wanting to go, or were on their way to "The Promised Land". But at the moment they are finding themselves in the desert. He said the message from God was that your stay in the desert will depend on how you act. Stay close to God, make the right choices. Do not turn off the path, and your time in the dessert will be very short. But if you act like the people did, built statues and started listening to wrong advice, your stay will be longer. He also said that for those who this doesn't apply to, they should pray for strength, courage, and hope for those it does apply to. I couldn't help but think of our efforts to get to NZ. I gathered some courage to mention this to Brandt (he doesn't like discussing these things, and has had very harsh reactions in years past). His comment was that the whole Corona lock down everywhere can be seen as the dessert and hardship phase before reaching The Promised Land, or better times. He didn't think it was meant for us.

 

Anyway... tired... frustrated... but going on.

WEEK 1 - Challenge Goals so far (Friday)

Pray/Bible study: Yes. Been doing it every morning with Rocco.

Weight: Next Monday again. That time of the month but again, pants and underwear are not as tight as usual. I really have to measure this coming week.

Sleep: Thursday at 21h00, the rest a lot later.

Cleaning: Was done. Good enough.

Shooting: Done.

Chosen BW: Done.

Space BW: Did it. Got 5 wide full pushups! FULL pushups. The narrow (triceps) are getting better I think. My shoulder feels ok.

Garden/DIY: Still to do. I'm not sure I'll work in the garden this afternoon. I'm really tired.

 

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Woot! congrats on the wide pushups. Progress! yes?

 

as far as the whole messed up political situation; yeah, this virus has made everything worse.  and i find brant's logic about this being your time in the desert very logical.  surely covid is an obstacle towards getting to a better place--

and maybe a reminder that if your Not in a good place...

 

you really really need to devote full efforts to finding a better one.

 

 

 

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Praying for you guys and your country:

 

Thought on what the pastor said; For starters, I'm really not a fan of this kind of loose interpretation of scriptures, his application that we are in the dessert and if we obey it will be short, and if we don't then it will be long.Yes, we  need to look at the example and realize that God calls us to obedience. But he has not promised us that if we obey, everything will go our way. Sometimes people obey (like Peter and Paul) and their reward is to be put in jail . The problem with this is, what do you do then if you feel like you ae obeying God and He has not yet answered and blessed you with immigration? Instead, I believe that you should obey God, and trust Him that He is working a good plan in your life, no matter His answer. I do hope it is soon though😃

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21 hours ago, TGP said:

Woot! congrats on the wide pushups. Progress! yes?

Yes, definitely progress, and I'm not doing that much, which is why I'm surprised.

22 hours ago, TGP said:

you really really need to devote full efforts to finding a better one.

Not much we can do for the foreseeable future, sadly. Countries are locked down. No flights even if you could get a job somewhere else.

18 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Thought on what the pastor said; For starters, I'm really not a fan of this kind of loose interpretation of scriptures, his application that we are in the dessert and if we obey it will be short, and if we don't then it will be long.Yes, we  need to look at the example and realize that God calls us to obedience. But he has not promised us that if we obey, everything will go our way. Sometimes people obey (like Peter and Paul) and their reward is to be put in jail . The problem with this is, what do you do then if you feel like you ae obeying God and He has not yet answered and blessed you with immigration? Instead, I believe that you should obey God, and trust Him that He is working a good plan in your life, no matter His answer. I do hope it is soon though😃

I have to admit that I struggled to translate what he said from Afrikaans to English, so I probably didn't give you the whole picture of his words, but I hear what you say, and I don't usually grasp at straws of someone's interpretation. It interests me what others would think of the same words, or the interpretation. I agree with you, and especially on the part of "what do you do then if you are obeying God and He has not yet answered and blessed you with..." because that is how I felt before this Corona situation, with others seemingly going over easy, their plans falling in place like that *finger snap*, and here we are... a year+ later.

 

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Went to town yesterday, well, I got two blocks away from home, realised it was hectic busy, and made a U-turn. Went to a little garage (petrol station) shop, bought milk and baked goods to eat, went home. Tried again this morning just after 8am. The shop and streets were quiet enough. Got in, got out, went to donate blood. Went home. Blood pressure is normal, heart rate was a little high, but I was a bit anxious about town, streets, police... She understood, nothing to it, and all else was fine. They got a new coffee machine! I got such nice espresso (actually just filter coffee, but it was good), and the usual two biscuits. Took the latter home for the boys, as usual. I'm not a biscuit fan.

 

Heard a great rendition of a "Corona" song on the tune of Islands in the Stream. I couldn't find the YouTube video, so just posted it to my Fb page. It is by a man singing in his garage, cowboy hat and all.

 

Went to bed late. Really late. Played games to distract me, and ended up enjoying it a bunch (Dawn of Man - civilization simulator). Was woken up by Adam around 6h30am, to ask permission to buy something on Steam. Brandt was awake and there. He sent him to me. This time I lost my cool and asked no one in particular what was wrong with the men in this house that they think I don't need sleep. That they can't buy things on their own and have to wake me up every single time! It was a bit petulant. Brandt just gave me this huge chesshire cat grin, said something in the line of "yeah, we are being hard on you", but Adam looked really crestfallen. He said he'd wait, and I could go back to bed to sleep some more. But I was up and awake, so I helped him to buy what he wanted, made myself coffee and got back in bed. I couldn't fall asleep again so just lay there for another hour, decided to rather get up and get to the shops early, early. Which paid off. So all's good.

 

I didn't work in the garden on Friday, and I am not planning on working in the garden today. I am doing the laundry and I am going to play more games, read some books, and then probably take a nap. Seeing as it is past lunch already, I probably won't get the nap in, but will go to bed early. Or try at least.

 

*grouse* *grouse* *mumble* *grumble* *slurp the coffee and try not to eat chocolates*

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Those menfolk in your house need to let you sleep!!!

 

Congrats on your pushups 🙂

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On 5/18/2020 at 1:40 AM, Xena said:

Those menfolk in your house need to let you sleep!!!

 

Congrats on your pushups 🙂

I got some good hours of sleep in Saturday night, and slept late Sunday morning :) NO ONE bothered me (well I got up earlier to feed the pets, but then got back in bed, and slept 'like a baby'.

Thanks.

On 5/18/2020 at 2:42 AM, Kestrel Grey said:

This popped up and I thought of you. 😊 I don't know where you actually live and I'm hoping some pockets of good are growing there!  https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/rival-cape-town-gangs-agree-to-truce-so-they-can-bring-food-to-the-poor/

I live in Pietermaritzburg, in KZN province. The Western Cape Province, especially Cape Town area, as well as old Cape Flats area, is rife with gangs and drug problems. It's great that they could work something out, and would be amazing if they can keep it up. I read about some other upliftment plans they implemented last year, which helped especially with regards to violence against women and children. And the huge drug and sex problems.

 

Brandt and I think it is usually much worse there than here, but according to stats we saw this weekend, our town/city is the most violent in the country! His one colleague's husband (police captain for this area) told Brandt sometime in January/February that Pietermaritzburg has the highest crime rate in the country, but most of it happens in certain neighbourhoods. As bad as we think it is, it is much worse in those. But it spills over into all the surrounding areas, as is usual too. Seeing as it is close to us, we can understand why it frequently spills over this way.

 

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Had to buy a new microwave yesterday. Luckily our Makro (like Walmart) has (almost) fully opened up after the ban on online goods. There is a big feeling of "tough luck" to the government on these ridiculous bans on things like no appliances may be sold, no diy and hardware sold to ordinary citizens, but people in building, plumbing etc. industries can buy things, no sales of open toed shoes, or short sleeve shirts/t-shirts. They just opened up everything. Well, the shelf with rollerblades for kids were still cordoned off. Brandt will have a look there sometime this week, to get some diy stuff.

But back to the microwave. I've had it for +-7years, and it has been making funny noises for the last month+. There'd be a sort of bang, and then it would whine, and the power level had drastically dropped. As I'm trying to use the oven and it's grill less (save on electricity), I've been using the microwave more over the last years, and I think this Defy just couldn't handle it. Brandt read up on noises and causes, and has been pushing me since Thursday last week to buy a new machine. Said we can have this one looked at, at a later stage. So I told him that the machine I would like is very expensive, but it would be able to handle all the grilling and cooking, which I've had to go back to the oven for. So it will cut on electricity (and I think you get the gist of the conversation). He had no problem with that. I looked up a lot of stuff, and even looked at convection-grill-microwaves, but that is just too expensive for my taste. So I settled on an LG Neochef (because that is my favourite, most trusted brand), with new inverter tech and of course the handy grill. My previous LG (before the Defy) lasted me 10+years, before it went with a poof! and some farewell magic smoke. :(

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This one plays nice tunes when it finishes :D That makes me giggle every time. And it is definitely much stronger than the Defy. We only realise now how bad the Defy has gone down this last month or two.

 

WEEK 2 - Challenge Goals so far (Tuesday morning)

Pray/Bible study: Yes. Been doing it every morning with Rocco.

Weight: Constant at 92.4kg. Took measurements (but only after exercise) and it was the same as previously.

Sleep: Sunday a little late (just after 22h00), but Monday just after 21h30.

Cleaning: Was done! Floors, vacuumed, washed, dusted the whole house, refuse done this morning, bathrooms too, and laundry.

Shooting: Done last night. Grip has definitely improved, and changing mags too.

Chosen BW: Did one set Monday morning because I was hyped, but it's on schedule for today.

Space BW: To do on Thursday.

Garden/DIY: Adam pulled some weeds yesterday for extra pocket money. My share to come later this week.

 

EDIT - ADD: Forgot to mention that I can still do 35kg deadlift! Had to help Rocco when he tried to lift the bar (we warned him about lifting stuff too heavy, but he wants to prove something to Brandt I think). Second time I had to lift it to move it so I could clean the floors. It was heavy, and difficult, but doable!

 

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If you want to see an upset man, take away his coffee machine. Or have a relatively new one (we bought it sometime last year) break when you are really wanting some coffee! I'm using the plunger and B is... not happy. I'm so glad my taste buds don't care. But I've been sent out to look for a filter coffee machine tomorrow. Wish me luck! I have very specific criteria to look for. I asked him whether he didn't want to rather do it, seeing as he knows what he wants, and I don't really care. I won't tell you his answer. Anyway...

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I think its awesome that you can still do the deadlift! Woot!

 

this is proof that its easier to maintain than to build; and a nice little confirmation that you have been maintaining your strength and keeping fit.

 

to B.  ha! in a humorous kind of way- you should tell him to not be silly; "man up" to (temporary) lack of coffee and show some emotional strength.  we all have trials, no? ha!

sometimes, though, its little rituals in life that mean SO much!  oh yes I know that.

 

I wish you luck!

 

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On 5/19/2020 at 8:35 PM, TGP said:

this is proof that its easier to maintain than to build; and a nice little confirmation that you have been maintaining your strength and keeping fit.

True! I'm continually amazed by things I can still do. I'm nearly down on the diamond/tricep pushups too!

On 5/19/2020 at 8:35 PM, TGP said:

"man up" to (temporary) lack of coffee and show some emotional strength.  we all have trials, no? ha!

sometimes, though, its little rituals in life that mean SO much!  oh yes I know that.

 

I wish you luck!

He hasn't even gone without coffee, it just needs to be made in a plunger and not in a filter machine. He says he can taste the difference, but that's how we've been drinking it. We are drinking a lot less coffee :) The shop he wanted to buy from (send me to) had closed down totally. Not operating in our town anymore. He'll go to another shop tomorrow, when he doesn't have to work. He really has to do it himself, because he knows what he wants.

On 5/20/2020 at 3:59 AM, Elastigirl said:

woot for the deadlift! The microwave looks great!

Thanks! :D It is great. See below.

On 5/21/2020 at 1:43 AM, Xena said:

Enjoy the microwave. Sounds like it will be fun to try out the new functions.

I made grilled chicken pieces one night and it came out delicious! Nicely grilled, and cooked to the bone, without the meat being dry. Then last night I made crumbed fish, which wasn't such a success. There isn't a specific setting for it, so I'm having to wing it; work on a setting that seems approximate, and adapt. First attempt was dry and hard edges. Second attempt was a little better, but not right. I haven't tried out the "chocolate melting" setting yet, but did make the boys some smores. And I still smile whenever I hear the mw tune instead of the usual "Beep!"

 

WEEK 2 - Challenge Goals so far (Friday afternoon)

Sunday: Cleaning was done on Monday. I listened to a short bible message. Went to bed late.

Monday: Weighed in (stable on 92.4kg), measured (stable). Bible study done. All the cleaning in the house. Dry fire practice done. One set of Chosen BW. Went to bed on time.

Tuesday: Bible study done. Dusted some other areas, and wiped the kitchen appliances (again - because muddy cat prints). All three sets of Chosen BW done. Went to bed before 22h00.

Wednesday: Bible study done. Laundry done. Went to bed very early due to a sinus headache.

Thursday: Bible study done. Folded all the laundry. All three sets of Space BW done. Went to bed around 22h00 again.

Friday: Bible study done. Frustrated so I played games during the afternoon. Not yet bedtime (only 16h50). Did NOT work in the garden (Adam).

 

Adam wanted to work for extra pocket money. He pulled out blackjacks and other weeds from two specific problematic areas. The weed killer I sprayed last weekend has not worked. I don't know why. I probably didn't make it strong enough. Adam cleaned his pants from as much blackjacks sticking to it as he could, but it took me a good half hour extra to sit and pull off the last ones.
 

I wasn't in the mood to cook, so ordered pizza to be delivered.

I've noticed that there is a military helicopter that flies over every Friday. You hear that doof-doof of the rotors.

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Frustrations were HIGH but has sort of settled down. Until this morning, when the new coffee machine blew with a "pop!" Brandt's taken it back to the shop just now, seeing as we've only used it twice. It blew directly after making the second pot of coffee. Our house's electricity even tripped.

 

Brandt will see whether he can get wood varnish for the doors (front and back), and maybe steel anti-rust paint, but he isn't hopeful. We are still not allowed to buy from the other diy/hardware stores, and Makro doesn't stock what we/he wants. So some of this might have to wait until Eric can come back to work, and the shops open fully. Brandt just mentioned in passing that it won't help if the boys and I do so much of the work that when Eric comes back, he has nothing to do. So that is just acerbating my laziness to get out and do things in the garden.

 

Brandt also received an email from a recruitment agency in NZ which stated that if he were to be in NZ with a valid work visa, he could immediately choose from three positions they have available (clients who advertise through them), but unfortunately because we are outside the country, he isn't eligible. They are going to keep his profile/records on file so that if any positions are allowed to be filled from outside, they have his contact information to contact him immediately. But the PM of NZ hasn't lifted the block on the specific kind of visa we will need to apply for, so we will only be eligible to get a work visa from end of September, except if there are proof that his work will fall under the "essential services" of Covid19, or the block is lifted.

 

I want to print out a new workbook for the science/physics stuff, but our printer keeps getting a paper jam, when there isn't one. I came to the conclusion that it is the poor quality toner cartridge which is messing so much toner powder, all over all the sensors. I literally have to clean it every other page it prints. There are also no printing shops open. I'll try to buy a new toner cartridge online.

 

Made pork chops with cheesy garlic bread, and gem squash for the boys, Hawaiian mixed veg for us (from frozen veg bag). Pork chops and cheesy garlic bread came out *mmwwa!* in the MW. So at least we had a very nice meal yesterday.

 

WEEK 2 - Challenge Goals Summary (Sunday morning)

Sunday: Cleaning was done on Monday. I listened to a short bible message. Went to bed late.

Monday: Weighed in (stable on 92.4kg), measured (stable). Bible study done. All the cleaning in the house. Dry fire practice done. One set of Chosen BW. Went to bed on time.

Tuesday: Bible study done. Dusted some other areas, and wiped the kitchen appliances (again - because muddy cat prints). All three sets of Chosen BW done. Went to bed before 22h00.

Wednesday: Bible study done. Laundry done. Went to bed very early due to a sinus headache.

Thursday: Bible study done. Folded all the laundry. All three sets of Space BW done. Went to bed around 22h00 again.

Friday: Bible study done. Frustrated so I played games during the afternoon. Did NOT work in the garden (Adam did for extra pocket money). Went to bed on time.

Saturday: No Bible study, we all slept in till just after 7am. Did very little gardening and yes! the herbicide is actually working. Took two weeks to kill the weeds, but finally started showing results/death of plants. I'll wait until there is absolutely no sign of life, to make sure that no roots can grow if I can't get the whole plant out. Went to bed on time.

 

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Please share (if you want to - no prize to win):

  1. What kind of washing machine do you have? (Top loader, twin tub, front loader).
  2. Make/Brand and size.
  3. Pro's and Con's you have found for you/your family.
  4. Is there a tumble dryer you can recommend?

Thanks!

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I have a front loader (pretty small frigidaire). It came with the house and works fine. Maybe for a family you would want something bigger. I like that it's small, so I feel less guilty washing an extra load mid-week so I can have clean running tights. What I would really like is a stackable washer/dryer, preferably in a fun color. Part of my dream plan for the house includes re-doing the tile and cabinets in the guest bathroom (where the washer/dryer is) and getting a stackable unit.

 

The main annoying thing about a front loader is that if you aren't careful to dry out the seal, it can start to smell.

 

Hope you got the coffee machine situation sorted out!!!

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I hated having printer problems when I was home schooling. We have horrible luck with printers it seems.Maybe it is more to do with the ink than the printer.And your coffee machine broke. Ack. I'm upstairs right now, I can't remember what the brand of my washer is. Our dryer we've had for 20 years. It's a Kenmore brand, very basic, and  just keeps running

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On 5/25/2020 at 1:44 AM, Xena said:

I have a front loader (pretty small frigidaire). It came with the house and works fine. Maybe for a family you would want something bigger. I like that it's small, so I feel less guilty washing an extra load mid-week so I can have clean running tights. What I would really like is a stackable washer/dryer, preferably in a fun color. Part of my dream plan for the house includes re-doing the tile and cabinets in the guest bathroom (where the washer/dryer is) and getting a stackable unit.

 

The main annoying thing about a front loader is that if you aren't careful to dry out the seal, it can start to smell.

My Speedqueen is so old, and even with the repairs they did last year, I can't put big loads (+-8kg) in anymore. I've been doing 5kg loads (if I have to guess at weight). Now it sprung a leak. Not bad, but annoying. The company that fixed it before will come and have a look today.

 

I've been looking at the new front loaders, and read about that smell problem. I'm so out of touch with machines available! Some of these new machines look like things aliens brought in. Well, if you look at their functions, anyway. There are some models that blow in air after the washing has been removed to dry out the seals, specifically to stop that smell and mold to form on the rubber.

I still have to measure how high the door sits on a front loader, because my machine is in a tight corner between the basin and bath. Brandt and I both would prefer to switch to front loaders because from everything I've read they use less water and electricity? The machine functions just look so complicated!

 

Did you see that you now get machines that have a tumble dryer built in? Or rather the washing machine can also do drying? Proper drying, not just spinning to get water out.

On 5/25/2020 at 1:44 AM, Xena said:

Hope you got the coffee machine situation sorted out!!!

Yes, thank goodness! Brandt took the machine back. They didn't even quibble. Gave him a brand new machine, and it is working 100% so far.

Unfortunately they didn't have the specific paint we want (wood sealer, and anti-rust paints), and they told him that those hardware shops that sell it, are still only allowed to sell to 'fixing' businesses (as I now call them).

On 5/25/2020 at 3:33 AM, Elastigirl said:

I hated having printer problems when I was home schooling. We have horrible luck with printers it seems.Maybe it is more to do with the ink than the printer.And your coffee machine broke. Ack. I'm upstairs right now, I can't remember what the brand of my washer is. Our dryer we've had for 20 years. It's a Kenmore brand, very basic, and  just keeps running

My first printer was an HP laser (colour, and bought it with my pension when I resigned). It was lovely! Worked like a dream, no problems ever! Then lightning struck down the road 😭 The next one was another HP but with ink, and that was a disaster. It was summer and because we don't have an aircon in the house, the inks dried up, and clogged all the nozzles. I spent more time and ink trying to clean it up, than ever printing. Then I bought this Lexmark laser (plain mono), and with the original toner that came with it, I thought wow! this works fine. Now with the replacement toner, which is Lexmark approved, it is a huge mess! The toner powder is everywhere. I literally had to 'unjam' it every second page it tried to print. There were never any paper stuck, but the powder messes all over the sensors. The boys laughed at me, because I looked like a chimney sweep by the time I got everything printed and continually wiped and cleaned the black powder out. I tried to find a place that sells the toner cartridges, but it is only in very big cities, and they'll have to courier. I didn't get around to that yesterday. But at least between un-jamming the machine, I got to read the pages, and I'm now sort of caught up on gr.5-8 physics terminology again.

 

We don't seem to have your brands here. Sometimes they sell them under a different brand name, and I was hoping to look it up that way. I've spoken to so many people who used to own the original Speed Queens like I do, but when they bought the new ones, they were sorely disappointed, so I would prefer to skip that whole thing. Over and above the fact that they are about twice the price of other top brand machines. A new SQ 8kg, is R14 000 here, while a new LG, Bosch, or Samsung 7kg, sells for R5 500-R6 000. (divide by 18 then you get the US$ amount, roughly).

 

We'll see what the guys say today, when they have to fix it. Last time they said they can't get under the drum, and spares for those parts are very, very pricey. Which is what Brandt thinks needs replacing. Why he told me to start looking for a new machine.

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Brandt had a good laugh at me again yesterday, and this time, granted, it was with reason. I couldn't remember how you pronounce Copernicus' name! This name that I typed right here. I pronounced it like copper, with focus on the 'ni' part, instead of on the 'per'. (I'm struggling so much remembering English terms, I don't know why).

 

WEEK 3 - Challenge Goals (Tuesday morning)

Sunday: Some dusting, nothing else, and went to bed late. Got some inspiration on how to do something specific with the physics, after getting into bed, so I jumped up and got to it. So only finally went to bed very late.

Monday: Weighed (92.2kg), did not measure. Bible study NOT done - overslept. All the cleaning in the house done. Totally forgot about shooting. Walked 10x up and down our driveway at a fast pace. Went to bed on time.

Tuesday: Bible study done.

Wednesday:

Thursday:

Friday:

Saturday:

 

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I had no idea that there were washers that could also dry!

 

The smell problem with the front loaders is honestly completely avoidable (even with an old machine). I'm just a little lazy. From everything I've read, you will have no problem dealing with it 🙂

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I have a stacked front load washer and dryer from Whirlpool. The washer is a water saving model, which is all lovely in theory except that it takes well over an hour to wash a load on any setting except delicate.

 

It has worked well with no issues since we moved in 7 years ago and we have never noticed a smell.  We habitually leave the door cracked open to dry between uses.

 

Hardware supply stores were listed as essential here and didn't shut down at any point. I think that is reasonable, most people handle basic and emergency household repairs themselves. Hopefully yours open up to non-businesses soon.

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On 5/27/2020 at 12:22 AM, Xena said:

I had no idea that there were washers that could also dry!

 

The smell problem with the front loaders is honestly completely avoidable (even with an old machine). I'm just a little lazy. From everything I've read, you will have no problem dealing with it 🙂

:) I leave my top loader's lid open after the last wash anyway, so I'll probably adapt easily enough.

On 5/27/2020 at 2:40 AM, Bouncer_the_Lovable said:

May a great quality appliance come forward and be perfect for you!

Thank you!

The guys came to look, said we need new bearings and seals under the drum. As Brandt suspected. It would be at least a 5hr job, but they haven't phoned with a quote for parts yet. They won't do anything until I've agreed to the quote, and they will have to remove the machine. Brandt is hoping that we'll be able to work something out with the repair shop, like they take in the old machine (can use it for spare parts, or something), and we buy a new machine through them, at a little bit of a discount. They mentioned something like this last year, when they quoted on repairs for the washing machine and tumble dryer.

13 hours ago, Kestrel Grey said:

I have a stacked front load washer and dryer from Whirlpool. The washer is a water saving model, which is all lovely in theory except that it takes well over an hour to wash a load on any setting except delicate.

Yikes, that is long! As I mentioned to Xena, I leave my top loader's lid open for a bit after the last wash anyway, so I'll probably quickly adapt to this. If the cat doesn't climb into the top loader, I doubt he'll climb into a front loader. Not after an initial inspection anyway.

13 hours ago, Kestrel Grey said:

Hardware supply stores were listed as essential here and didn't shut down at any point. I think that is reasonable, most people handle basic and emergency household repairs themselves. Hopefully yours open up to non-businesses soon.

Apparently our country is going down to level 3 from 1 June! That would mean that most shops will be open, but still have to adhere to distancing rules. We have had so much trouble with people being falsely arrested, and other political parties, and people's rights organisations jumping in to stop government from total control, that I don't think government has had much choice. We'll then be able to buy paints, etc. and with our gardener being able to work again, as soon as he has the garden under control, he and I can start on some of the maintenance work. I have to watch him with this anyway, as he doesn't have much experience, and I'm teaching him as we go along.

 

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Tuesday hit me like a bag of potatoes against the head. School ramblings:

Spoiler

I took the day off from schooling, but managed to update and redo the boys' Home School Portfolio files. I also cut, glued and put up our own Periodic Table. A reorganisation of alphabet and letter sound cards, maps, etc. against the walls were therefore also necessary. I sneezed like crazy because of dust, because you know... maps, papers on walls, and the wind that came with the very nasty cold front. Brandt inspected the Periodic Table, and was disappointed with how few notebook element pieces were stuck on it. I told him that is probably what is studied until grade 8 (that is what Easy Peasy said). He insisted that there should be more. I insisted that I'll make my own little lapbook pieces which we'll add to those on the P.T. as we encounter it in the lessons and learn about those elements. In the meantime the boys threw an eye over the board and pointed out a couple of elements which they already have learned or read up about. That pacified him somewhat. We've also decided that "we'll" systematically switch over to an all American curricula as we finish our work. I spent a lot of hours these last couple days (since the weekend - and in hind sight I now know why I'm so tired) to double check what they've done, compared to the different levels of Easy Peasy, to make sure that I don't skip something. For instance, the boys have done Biology (animal studies) up to gr.8 the last two years (along with the SA history), but there are a couple points that was not covered, according to your US levels. So they'll quickly work through the course and we'll pick up on those things not covered, so that they can move on (later years) to high school Zoology.

 

One thing I haven't figured out yet, but granted I haven't really read up about it specifically, is when you choose your elective subjects. Here kids have to choose end of gr.9, going on to gr.10. Then gr.10-12 are the last three years (or school leavers prep years). @Sloth the Enduring or well anyone, because you've all been to school... How does your system work there?

 

WEEK 3 - Challenge Goals (Thursday morning)

Sunday: Some dusting, nothing else, and went to bed late. Got some inspiration on how to do something specific with the physics, after getting into bed, so I jumped up and got to it. So only finally went to bed very late.

Monday: Weighed (92.2kg), did not measure. Bible study NOT done - overslept. All the cleaning in the house done. Totally forgot about shooting. Walked 10x up and down our driveway at a fast pace. Went to bed on time.

Tuesday: Bible study done. And some other things, but otherwise NOTHING exercise or such, except chores (cooking, cleaning). Was in bed before 22h00, but after 21h45.

Wednesday: Bible study done. Again nothing challenge goals-wise. In bed on time. Stress headache from Tuesday midday. Bought fish takeaways, which was delivered. It was delicious.

Thursday: Bible study done.

Friday:

Saturday:

 

Apparently our country is going down to level 3 Lock down from 1 June. There were announcements that the government will 'create' groups (from unemployed people between the ages of 18 and 35yrs) who will be like a 'police force' at schools. They will get two weeks' 'training' and if they find any child, or teacher (but it is more aimed at children) who has Covid symptoms, they will apparently send them straight to a quarantine camp, and the parents will have no say! There was a huge uproar about this. No one in government even considered that this was breaking human rights conventions and laws, not to mention our constitution. They are in charge and that's that. Well, they had to react after the uproar. We haven't heard anything on this since, but thousands of parents are now trying to register or work something out to have their kids home schooled, or enrolled in some form of cottage school.

So again... watch this space.

 

And m.i.l. is angry with me because I don't want to take over her Samsung top loader washing machine, which she bought around 7 years ago. It is well looked after, etc. but there are so many issues around this subject. Brandt never even considered it. He told me last year when she offered the machine, "no way", told her "we'll see". I now said "thanks, it's a great offer, but no. If we buy we'll look for something here." She was ... upset. Told her that if we buy new we have at least a 10yr warranty on the motor, which is what we would prefer. She was still upset. *shrug*

 

Now we're starting with school work. I'll try to catch up on threads soon.

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Long promised sunrise photo for @Elastigirl. Unfortunately I had to zoom in so much with my cellphone, it's really blurry, and you can't really see the colours. From bottom to top there was red, orange, yellow, then a very faint, light green, and lastly blue, and of course grey. It was beautiful

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And...

 

I'm changing my exercise routine. Brandt finally made me those two tires and the boys and I will start with a new routine next week. We'll do our workout on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, twice (one set before, and one set after school work). These are normal 14" tires (talking under correction), and they weigh 7.7kg (~17lb) each.

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I have strong nylon rope which I'll thread through those rings screwed through the tires. Then I'll try to connect the thick rope onto the nylon rope, so that we can pull the tires up our driveway for one of the exercises. I want it at least 20m (20yards) long. A 20m pull in a high squat position. Ouch! We are working on how we can fasten weights on the tires.

 

My workout:

  • Jumping Rope (30x single jump) - warm up
  • Bear Crawls 2x 12m - warm up ( :loyal: @Elastigirl)
  • Rope pull - carry tire down - put down, jog back up with rope, pull tire up --> repeat 10x [I'll be using double tires, the boys only one tire each]
  • Pushup-Walk hands up/down tire 10x [It's like a plank2 pushup in reverse]
  • Tire flip - broad jump over - turn around --> repeat 10x
  • Russian Sit up Twist w. tire 10x each side
  • Tricep/Shoulder stretches
  • Chest stretches
  • Toe touch stretches

The boys will do some variations on the above: they won't do a pushup-walk hands up/down, but instead a plank around the world (plank on the tire, and move sideways around the tire); instead of the Russian sit up with twist, they'll do a rotary twist where they twist sideways, give the other one standing behind him (back to back) the tire, twist to the other side, etc. And they'll do an overhead push, with the tire on their shoulders around their neck, and push up overhead. They can easily handle the weight of a single tire.

 

Some video links to tire exercises:

  1. Swedish bush exercises;
  2. Ukranian functional fitness;
  3. Bootcamp

Have a good weekend!

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