..... and the lessons my Grandparents taught me!
My Oupa (grandfather) and Nanna (grandmother) lived in a big old rambling house when I was a little girl.
I spent most of my waking hours with my Nanna and a lot of time with my Oupa (who was semi-retired).
|Oupa and me in the garden|
Nanna was a true lady, and Oupa a real GENTLEman and from their example I learnt some valuable lessons:
|My grandparents in Johannesburg|
Always have self-respect:
Never disrespect yourself by being untidy, unruly, rude or improperly dressed!
|Me - in my school uniform|
Always treat others with respect:
No matter what their station in life!
Manners Maketh Man (or woman!)
There is absolutely no excuse for rudeness or discourtesy!
Anything worth doing is worth doing well!
|My Grandparents - At a Police Service Awards Ceremony|
Prepare Food with a Happy Heart:
Having food to prepare and eat is a blessing! Show your thankfulness for that blessing by preparing and eating your food with a happy heart.
I always have a good giggle when they speak of "cross-contamination of food" on Food Network - I always tell my children this means that you must never make food in a bad mood!!
Be grateful for every meal!
Eat your food mindfully - never shovel food into your mouth!
|Me - at breakfast time!|
Never put off till later what you can do now:
When you are done sleeping, make up your bed! When you are done bathing, clean the bathroom!
When you are finished using something, pack it away!
Tidy and clean the kitchen as you cook or bake!
Pack away your laundry as soon as it is done!
Wipe your shoes and allow them to air after wearing them (they last longer and NEVER smell!!)
Doing things this way actually gives you a lot of free time to do the things you love (Crocheting!!!!!!)
If you are fretting about something make yourself a cup of tea and drink it mindfully!!
Think before you speak or act:
Once the words have passed your lips or the actions have left your hands they can never be taken back!
Don't wait for life to happen to you:
Get out there and participate!!!
|On a "Big Walk" with Oupa to raise funds for charity|
Don't look for someone to blame:
Take responsibility for your own actions!
Sorry is just a word:
It means nothing if you do not atone and change your behaviour!
Lazy people look for excuses - industrious people find solutions!
Waste not - want not!
My grandparents grew up through the depression and lived through WW2. They knew what it was to go without.
My grandfather was taken prisoner by German Forces at TOBRUK IN EGYPT and spent many months in a Concentration Camp
|Oupa - During WW2|
They taught me to use my imagination to turn scraps (paper, wood, yarn..... almost anything) into fun and useful projects!
(There is a great little tutorial on You Tube if you have never used the MAGIC KNOT)
I never was (and still never am) bored - I just need to apply a little imagination to whatever is to hand and "magic" happens!!
Idle Hands are the Devil's Workshop
Keep your hands busy doing something constructive (knitting, crocheting, baking, cleaning, gardening, being helpful).
When you sit around doing nothing trouble comes looking for you!!
Don't let Evil Sully you!
No matter how evil or horrible the world around you maintain your own goodness!
Always be kind:
These blankets are a great side project to keep going and when winter comes you will have quite a few blankets to donate to your favourite cause!
The end result is a super snuggly, soft and warm blanket!
Each and every blanket is unique and you can use up your scraps as you go!!