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Halloweeeeeeeen

Halloween seems to finally be catching on in SA, and our neighborhood was no exception! The homeowner’s association put on an organized walk-around, and told us there would be about 35 kids. I don’t know if they mis-counted, or we had some gate-crashers, or if it just seemed like 200 kids in the chaotic candy-grabbing, but we were overrun! I manned the door with our 3 bags of candy while John ransacked the pantry for anything remotely sweet (including a giant tray of fancy Ferrero Rocher chocolates, which made the trick-or-treaters QUITE happy).

Ghosts and witches and goblins, oh my!

Ghosts and witches and goblins, oh my!

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Ding Dong

Our odd 2-front-door setup meant that we were having an issue with people knocking on the street-level door and us not hearing them upstairs. The solution? A wireless doorbell! Who knew?

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Beware of Dog

You’ve been warned.

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House Tour #3

Welcome to our new house! The only item lost in the trade was the ocean view, but we’re still all of 2 minutes from the beach. We’re absolutely loving the new place, and hope to see you here soon!

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Pool Babes

My 2 ladies…

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Paddy O’Furniture

With the recent hot days and good porch-sittin’ evenings, we finally broke down and headed to Makro (SA’s version of Costco) for a cheapie set of outdoor furniture. Not much to look at, but it’s comfy as heck and the table holds up a beer quite nicely. What more do you need?!

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CHALKIE: Pig.

You know what they say: if you want something done right, do it yourself! Our first CHALKIE, Savor was awesome, but after it languished on the wall for more than 3 months, I was ready for something new. Since no other artists had been commissioned by my partner in this project (*cough*JohnHawthorne*cough*), I decided to take another turn.

Behold: Pig. If you know us at all, there’s not much explanation required. You’re talking to a girl who routinely slips bacon fat into cookies, so you know we’re big on the pig ’round here.

Weeee! Weeee! Weeee!

 

I'm loving the look of the canvas now that it has some old chalk washed across it, and that you can still see the ghost of Savor underneath.

 

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Decking our Halls

We traded up from the Christmas branch we had used for our first two SA Christmases, to an actual “tree” this year. In quotes, because I think it’s actually a branch from a larger tree (which means, at R130 / $20 per branch, that the Lion’s Club is racking up this year!) It’s a little bit Charlie Brown, but festive nonetheless.

In case you're wondering how a tree managed to stand up in a flower vase... it didn't. We've since embraced the concept of physics, and put it into a container with a wider footprint.

Stockings, hung with care. No chimney this year, but surely Santa will find a way over the electric fence and past the alarm, right?

 

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Durban House Tour

Finally, a full tour of our no-longer-so-new house! I started to put together a floor plan like I had done for the Cape Town house, but it’s such an odd layout that I really can’t get my head around it. Here’s a satellite view from Google maps:

 

The nubbin at top left houses the office (ground floor) and master bath (top floor); living / dining area (ground floor) and master bedroom (top floor) are in the middle square; kitchen (ground floor) and guest bedrooms (top floor) are in the longer rectangle piece.

 

A few thoughts on this house vs. our Cape Town setup:

  • Despite our jaw-dropping view in CT, we’re much better located here. We can not only see the ocean, we can hear and smell it! The beach is just a 2-minute walk across the street. There’s an entire retail center just a minute’s drive up the road, with 3 grocery stores, tons of restaurants, video stores, hardware stores, the phone company — we can basically run all errands with one stop.
  • Almost every exterior wall in our house in CT was glass, which meant that we didn’t need much stuff to hang on the walls. And while the lack of art / accessories in that house looked chic and minimalist, here it just looks a little stark. We’re working on it, but are meanwhile aware that we have an awful lot of blank wall space.
  • We traded a lot of the “cool” factor of the CT house for one with much better security (electric fencing, automatic gate, a garage, and neighbors closer than 50 meters away), and one that incidentally costs (literally) half as much. We loved our time in the CT house, but this place is just a better fit for us now.

Anyhoo, enough out of me. Enjoy the tour, and please come take it in person sometime soon!

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CHALKIE: Savor

My tease of a few weeks ago about the blank black thing over the tv either didn’t pique your interest at all, or else drove you so wild with wondering that you couldn’t even talk about it. I’m going to go with the latter.

So, behold: CHALKIE, the new rotating art exhibit in our living room. I painted a huge artists canvas with chalkboard paint, and we plan to change it out 1x/month or so to always have a fresh piece of art to admire.

We’ll take turns every other month — though the official CHALKIE Rules state that John is allowed to subcontract his work to an artist of his choosing. Who knows, maybe I will too sometimes! Regardless, new art every month.

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The first in the series is called Savor, by Liz Hawthorne. It is, of course, a nod to our love of food, but also a reminder to both of us to appreciate every moment of our time here. We got so bogged down there for a while with the whole loss of job, car, house, sense of security, circle of friends, and familiar surroudings … I just wanted to keep a subliminal reminder to relax and appreciate!

Savor (v.): to enjoy or appreciate something completely, especially by dwelling on it.

And it might sound crazy, but I think that it’s working.

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