The aim of this section is to add interest and value to the “Magic Roundabout”, by having guest contributors with varying skills and/or interesting careers. I trust that you will find these refreshing and informative.
Being rather technically challenged where IT is concerned (another shortcoming along with astronomy – planets, stars, galaxies etc., which are still a total enigma to me), I have a “behind the scenes” assistant who is presently still familiarising himself with WordPress. Therefore, I must admit that the blog is still “under construction”! I hope you will bear with me on this one!
I have lots of plans for keeping my blog one which should be interesting and, hopefully, appealing to many people who have varied interests and opinions. To prevent you from only hearing my voice, there will be a section for “Guest Contributors” and this will give an insight into the lives and passions of a variety of people from totally different backgrounds. I am not going to say too much about this section right now but you won’t have to wait too long for the first contribution.
Taking selfies is not something which appeals to me and I have never really enjoyed being photographed. I will, however, be replacing my unusual “About” photo once I find one which is more the real me – one which highlights just how much my looks have changed!
I realise that initially my posts tended to be too long, and the objective criticism I received in this regard has resulted in my splitting them into portions which should prove to be more easily digested. I do not want you to feel that you have to wade through my writing to get to the point.
Oh, by the way, I will also have a contact page on my blog in the not too distant future.
Well, that’s all for now and see you on the Magic Roundabout!
I do hope to be able to communicate my plans for my blog with you, the reader, using this section in the weeks and months to come. Sometimes I won’t be doing a full post, but will just jot down some thoughts and opinions right here which I trust will be meaningful and possibly thought provoking?
Just a few days ago we had the heart breaking decision to make to take our beloved 13 year old German Shepherd, Rudie, to our compassionate and trustworthy vet, for the last time. To take oneself out of the equation in order to do the right thing is never easy. The devotion and loyalty that Rudie has given us throughout his entire life meant that it would not have been fair to prolong his pain. He suffered from hip dysplasia which only came about a few years ago. Being on good medication which helped alleviate his discomfort meant that he was able to live an active and happy life until recently. However, he stopped wanting to eat and slept most of the time. I did give him some bacon that last morning which he devoured with relish- making me think of death row prisoners and their final meal.
Rudie came from a highly recommended breeder and his lineage was excellent. His mother had been trained and used to sniff out explosives in war regions and his father was chosen for his temperament and intelligence. We brought home the most gorgeous, fluffy 8 week old long haired pup who grew up into an amazing family dog. He was always wary of strangers – typical of this breed – and was protective to the very end. I do believe that if one is going to give a home to a potentially vicious breed of dog then it is critical to know as much as possible about the parents as well as the history of the pup. Even a young puppy who has been roughly treated from birth could potentially become a difficult dog to train and early training is so very important.
We miss him every minute of the day, but have some wonderful memories – not least of which is trying to get him to stop helping to water the garden. He constantly made holes in the hosepipe so the only solution was to give him a rubber chew toy to stop the destruction!
One day we will start the process once again of bringing home a fluffy baby, endure the puppy socialisation classes and give the new addition as much love as we gave to dear old Rudie.
RIP our trusted loyal boy. You will never be forgotten.
I read an article once, written by a celebrity who said that, whilst walking down a high street, she glanced at her reflection in the shop window and was shocked to see her mother! The reality hit home that she had aged and now had to face the fact that youth had passed her by! The way in which we choose to handle this inevitable fact of life is often dictated by one’s financial status.
This article is not meant to be sexist in any way, as it can apply to male readers as well as female. So, all you men out there, whether hetero, homo, or for that matter, bi or trans, one hopes you too will find it informative.
Most people know of someone who has decided to fight the ageing process by undergoing some form of cosmetic surgery. Many of these people never discuss what they have had done to improve their looks, but often the results speak for themselves – and not always in a positive way either! The cost of cosmetic surgery, or enhancement techniques, can often be extremely prohibitive and for the average person it’s often just a pipe dream. However, if one feels that there is a way to get help to lift the droopy breasts, firm the butt, remove sagging eye lids etc. it is critical that research is done regarding the professional one is going to trust to do the job.
Any kind of surgery carries a certain amount of risk but, by choosing a qualified practitioner who comes recommended by satisfied, bona fide patients, one is reducing the risk of disappointment as well as disfiguration. It has become apparent that, due to the high cost of many procedures, people search the internet for cheaper options. In order to save money, many people have opted to have treatments done in countries other than their own, and the results in some instances have been less than perfect. Standards of hygiene and the skills of those performing the techniques in foreign countries can be questionable.
It is a known fact that many foreigners come here to South Africa for cosmetic surgery, which, when one is paying in dollars or pounds, is much more affordable than in their own country. Plus, the standards for such procedures is known to be high. If you are thinking of having a procedure done purely for cosmetic reasons, then the advice is to check the credentials of the person in whose hands you are putting your trust. It is probably acceptable to ask for contact details of past, satisfied, patients, and also to see the qualifications of the professional you wish to have operate on you. Just having a sexy hunk of a man willing to improve your breasts, or lift that sagging bum may sway you into trusting him. Don’t let yourself be coerced by sales talk either. You are the person footing the bill. You need to know all the risks involved in the relevant procedure, and what the potential outcome will be for you. Like most things in life today – you get what you pay for. Cheaper often becomes costlier in the long run. However, more than that, you are entitled to get as much information regarding the procedure as you can.
Information is power! Take your time, ask the questions, and if you feel that you will be happier after the surgery and you trust your practitioner – go for it and never fear that looking glass again!!
That dear, familiar face I’ll see no more,
Nor hear the voice I loved so well.
You’ve gone from me now to that place far away
Where time will have no meaning,
And pain will be a stranger you once met.
Thank you for your love – and my life.
How can a Mother ever be repaid?
The joy you brought us all
Will stay in our hearts forever.
When the pain has eased and we laugh once more,
We’ll remember the pleasure we gained
From our times spent together.
Rest in peace Mother.
Judy Binns Nemeth – This poem was written several years ago for a friend whose mother had died suddenly whilst spending a holiday with him and his family.
Everyone has warned you
That the dreaded day will come
When you realise with horror
That your brain cells have gone numb
The flush of youth is over
The neck cream is a must
Exercise is critical
For the bum and for the bust
Your memory will fail you
Your energy will flag
Your children still exploit you
While your body starts to sag
But let me not discourage
There is hope out there as well
With strength and resignation
The future is not hell
You join a club of heroes…
Who arrived ahead of you
They tell you that the problems
Are a load of old baloo
Age is just a milestone
And a privilege to enjoy
Many never make it
So, keep happy and ….oh boy
It’s fun to have the knowledge
And experience as well
To know how to enjoy life
And have anecdotes to tell
You’ve reached the stage of life
Where eccentric is o.k.
If you want, you can be crazy
You can do it all your way
You grew up with the Beatles
The Sixties were your own
You’ve had the best of all worlds
And you really cannot moan
You strive to be holistic
In your attitude to life
You travel, read and study
And avoid excessive strife
You need to have some fun time
You’ve worked for years and years
Go relax now it’s your birthday
And wipe away the tears
Life is really fun you know
Your age is in your mind
So raise your glass, and drink a toast
Have a party…..just unwind!
Judy Binns Nemeth
Where has time gone? Has he left forever,
Never more to return?
Or, will he come back to me
In a rush, like a flood,
One day when I no longer need him?
When my days are numbered,
And my friends all gone,
Will time be my companion,
Sitting beside me like an unwanted guest,
Overstaying his welcome?
Not then, but now, I need him.
Judy Binns Nemeth (Published in, Over the Rainbow – an Anthology of African Verse, 1996)