A friend in need

Finish this sentence: “My closest friend is…”

Everyone who knows me and loves me understand that there is only one answer to this question:

mom

My mom!

My mother is so much more than just a mom.  She is my best friend and closest ally.  She is soft and cuddly and fun (as described by Luke) and (according to him) I should really try to be less uptight about everything and be more like her.

She has lived enough life for three lifetimes, yet she still has the spirit of an 18 year old!  She has gone paragliding and quad-racing, she is planning to go bungee-jumping some time before the end of the year and her list of “to do” items are never ending.  Her passion for life is insatiable!

Together we have laughed and cried and cried and laughed.  We have baked and cooked and sewed and ran.  My mom have taught me about life and love and and cats and God and I love this woman to bits.

God sure knew what He was doing when He picked my mom out of the bunch!

Here are some more true friends:

  1. Friendship | Sithiram
  2. Daily Prompt: A Friend in Need | Artsy Susie
  3. My Closest Friend is…Dying | Kami’s Beautiful Morning
  4. Friendship Said and Unsaid: Squeak and Mary Agnes | Love Mekanism
  5. Daily Prompt: My Closest Friend Is… | Quando Porci Volare
  6. Daily Prompt: A Friend in Need | 4 The Sensitive
  7. Is Your Conscience Your Best Friend? | Joseph Rathjen – Freelance Writing Services and Blog
  8. Daily Prompt: A Friend in Need | An Angel Placed in My Life | Jazrylle Lel
  9. She is not my Best Friend | Moupinion

 

There’s no place like home

Catching up on some Daily Prompts.  I am waaaaay behind, I know, but it’s been hectic!  So here goes:

If you had the opportunity to live a nomadic life, traveling from place to place, would you do it? Do you need a home base? What makes a place “home” to you?

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I’m certain we have covered this one before?  Yes, definitely we have, my response to the prompt can be read here.

Since writing that piece, I must admit that I would be nice to have a “home-base” to return to between travels.

I’ll settle for Spain, thank you kindly!

Here is what other bloggers had to say:

  1. Daily Prompt: There’s No Place Like Home | The Bluebird of Happiness 幸福
  2. Daily Prompt: There’s no place like home | con-Stella-rations
  3. Home of the Nomads | toopietheturtle
  4. Daily Prompt: There’s No Place Like Home. « Meanwyle…
  5. Questions for a Nomadic Snail | E & E
  6. pencil pilot
  7. Daily Prompt: Moving | sukies original
  8. daily post challenge/There is no place like home | Carmela Snelbaker
  9. Daily Prompt: There’s No Place Like Home | Chicomallorca’s Blog
  10. Daily Prompt: There’s No Place Like Home | Let There be Peace on Earth
  11. Home | Hekau: Words of Power
  12. Why This Is Not A Travel Blog | Breathing Space
  13. Home | aNadventures
  14. Nomadic Retirement: The American Way | Resident Alien — Being Dutch in America
  15. So. I went to Michigan | Adventures in the Underground

Dream House

You win a contest to build your dream home. Draft the plans.

Good day, Mr Architect, are you ready?  I hope you brought your thinking cap, this is going to blow your mind!

house

Location, location, location!

Even though I love South Africa with all my heart, for this one we are going to have to look at Adra, Spain.  Location is of the utmost importance and I need to be somewhere where I can see and feel the sun 365 days of year.  Further, the chosen property would need to be on a low hill-top, overlooking the ocean.  I need to be able to see mountains and sea.  I require a foot path set in pebbles, which does not disturb the natural growth too much, running down to the beach front.  Got it, good, we can move on.

Perimeter and outside

I want the perimeter to be marked with a picket fence.  Outside I want trees: old, huge trees, and lots of them.  One would need to have a hammock and another would need to have a tire-swing.  Not too far from the house, I need a windmill with an actual, working water reservoir.  I will see to the set up and maintenance of the vegetable patch and flower gardens myself.  Running along the outside of the house, around all four sides, I need a wide porch.

Overall feel outside

I want to property to “melt into” the surroundings.  I want natural material used as far as possible and solar panels to be fitted.  In the building process and thereafter, I want there to be very little intrusion on the natural habitat.

Overall feel inside

Once inside, I need it to be airy with lots of light so lots of big windows are important.  All windows to have old-world wooden shutters which I can close when I feel like it.

Downstairs

Family Room and dining area – open plan, yet slightly separated – perhaps have an arch or the like there.

Kitchen – I want to use gas, not electricity, where ever possible in the kitchen.  I want Cherry wood counter tops and cupboards in the kitchen.  The oven should be situated in the middle of the kitchen, almost hidden in the work area with a marble counter top.  Above I want space for hanging pots and pans .

The pantry should lead down to the wine cellar.  I will need provision for white and red wine with separate areas designed for optimal storage of wines.

Guest toilet with the normal trimmings.

Reading room – in here I want nothing but a fireplace, soft plushy couches and bookshelves – loads of them.  The reading room need to overlook the ocean.

Upstairs

Bed- and bathrooms – I would like to have 3 bedrooms with the main en-suite.  Both the en-suite bathroom and the other bathroom need to have a shower as well as a bath.  The showers need to be able to easily accommodate  two people so large shower heads are necessary.  The bath tubs need to be large and Edwardian – there will be no negotiation on this point!

Loft

This will be my private sanctuary.  Again I have to stress the importance of a lot of windows as well as very wide window sills, big enough for me to crawl up on.  Bookshelves are also required.

That’s it, not so hard was it!  Now, get building Mister!  I can’t wait to move in.

 

Here are some more Dream Homes:
  1. The Uninvited State | The Magic Black Book
  2. » Daily Prompt: Dream Home | George and Nigel
  3. 16th July Daily Prompt: Dream Home | family photos food & craft
  4. Daily Prompt: Dream Home | flow of my soul
  5. Daily Prompt: DREAMS | Jordan Craig Video & Photo
  6. The kitchen must be explosion-proof | Daily Prompt: Dream Home | likereadingontrains
  7. Dream Home | The Rider
  8. Daily Prompt: Dream Home | Under the Monkey Tree

The Road Less Traveled

Pinpoint a moment in your past where you had to make a big decision. Write about that other alternate life that could have unfolded.

road

I have written on The Road Less Traveled before, although from a different perspective.

There have been quite a few “points of no return” in my life and I am really struggling to find one to pinpoint for this prompt.

I guess you could say it was a momentous day when I had the choice at 13 whether I want to go live with my mom or my dad.  My brother was already out the house, my sister opted to go live with my dad and I chose to stay with my mom.

Also you could say that it was a turning point when, at 18 halfway through my matric year, I decided to move to Johannesburg – on my own.

Another big one was in 2011 when I realized that I have died on the inside and, despite the fact that we really do love each other, our marriage can not be saved.  That is a big decision right there; 12 years of marriage is not something to snort at, but sometimes you have to do what is right for you.

A lot happened in my life.  Not all good, but more importantly, not all bad.  I like to think that everything that happened, happened for a reason.  All of those event shaped me into the person I am today.  Through it all I had God’s love and grace over me, and that is what has given me the strength to carry on.

I am not one to sit and ponder about “what could have been”.  Thus the reason why I can’t pinpoint a specific situation for this prompt.

Yesterday is gone, never to be seen again.  Tomorrow is not guaranteed.  The only thing you are certain of is right now.  Live your life in a way that would make right now the most important, the best moment of your life.  Learn from the past, but don’t hold on to it.  Don’t worry about what could have been, you could never really know the outcome.

You are where you are now, right at this moment, as a result of a lot of circumstance and choices you have made.  Contemplating about what could have been is just torture.  You can not go back and make something “un-happen”.  Regardless of how much you would like to, you can not go back and retract those words or actions.

If you make today count, yesterday and tomorrow loses its power and simply does not matter.

I am alive now, I have this day and for that I am grateful.