Weekend Coffee Share: Plumbing Woes and a Dear Friend’s Visit

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I had a relaxing vacation, at home, this past week before starting my new job on Monday. I got a lot of mundane chores done but didn’t wash the curtains as I told everyone I’d do. Even “mundanity” has its limits.

Is “mundanity” a word? “Mundane” is, not too sure about “mundanity”, but I think you understand what I mean.

If we were having coffee I’d proudly tell you that I completed the A to Z Challenge, survived more like it. I posted on most days; there were a few where I prioritised other things above it, like time with family. During these times I played catch up – the biggest catch up I had to do was 4 days worth of posts.

If you want to catch up on all my posts just click on the link and you’ll get them all neatly in one place (Lessons from Behind the Lectern). It was so much fun blogging about public speaking. I got some wonderful feedback. What I covered was only the tip of the iceberg, there is so much more about it, that I’ll probably take some topics and elaborate on them some more – for later posts.

Right now I’ve entered NaBloPoMo’s May event, and the theme is right up my street – PHOTO.

The first one was all about selfies and this post received a lot of comments – a lot for my blog :-), which I love. Thank you to all who’ve commented, and please keep on commenting.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I spent yesterday with my friend T, who came over from the USA to be with family. She had a 12 hour layover in Johannesburg, so we maximised the time together, starting with a spa treatment.

We then had a big, fat Portuguese lunch at my cousin’s house (prawns, wine and creme caramel – yum). You see, T is part of the family. We’ve been friends for 25 years. She is South African by birth who met and married an American boy who was working for Habitat for Humanity in South Africa in the early 1990’s.  They returned to the USA in 2000 where they are raising three sons.

I spent two weeks with them in 2011 and I’ve been wanting to go back every since. Perhaps next year. In the meantime, the time spent together yesterday was great! It was a whirlwind day and so satisfying. At this moment she’s probably still in transit in London (another 9 hour layover).

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that finally the leak under the paving got fixed. It was quite an odyssey! I called a plumber at the beginning of the week who’d fix it but who doesn’t dig.

We got someone else to dig and expose the pipe but in his enthusiasm ended up cutting through the pipe close to the municipal tap, still on our property. What was before a small-medium leak now became a major one! It had to be fixed urgently and Che was helped by our neighbour. We don’t need the plumber anymore so I’ve saved a substantial amount of money. I think I’ll put it towards to USA trip…

I’m not a DIY person, I prefer to pay someone to do things around the house. Che, on the other hand prefers going the DIY route.

So now Che, all enthused about the victory this morning is installing the new mixer in the bathroom…

If we were having coffee I’d wish you a great week ahead. Let’s meet again, same time next week.

This post is part of a weekend link up hosted by Part Time Monster.


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