This past week has been very hectic for me and my family.
On Monday I attended the funeral of a teenage boy, the son of a close friend. It was very traumatic and I kept thinking about how few years were between his birth and death dates. He has been in my mind the whole week and it resulted in me letting my own boys get away with murder which came back to bite me this weekend. I ended up banning both of them from their electronic devices last night due to bad behaviour.
My aunt also went into hospital for a hip replacement on Monday. She has been in hospital the whole week. She ended up staying the weekend because her sodium levels in her blood were to low. Mom and I went to visit her yesterday and she did seem to be doing much better. She will be released from hospital tomorrow and come to stay with us for a couple of days until she is more mobile.
It was my sister, Catherine’s, birthday on Friday. She came to visit us with little Coco. Coco is the cutest baby ever and it was so lovely to see my boys and their two male cousins, Ryan and Ben, gathered around Coco on her play station, admiring her. They are Coco’s fan club.
It was my niece Emily’s birthday today and it is Michael’s on Wednesday. Em turned 10 and Mike turns 13. We decided to have a join family tea for both birthdays today. It was loads of fun but I did spend quite a few hours baking and icing this weekend. I made Mike a teenage boy in bed cake.
Laura made Em an ice-cream cake. I was hot in the cake, however, so it ended up being more of an ice-cream pudding but everyone enjoyed it anyway.
I made the most delicious olive and cheese scones. You can find the recipe here: https://bakeandwrite.co.za/baking-olive-and-cheese-scones/
On the writing front, I spend a few hours with my mom editing Through the Nethergate. My mom is a big reader and her insights are most useful and helpful. The manuscript is now ready for the editor.
I stated a short story and am 4 000 words in. It is about a South African ghosts whose family died in a concentration camp during the 2nd Boer War. I am having to do a lot of research but it is so interesting.
I also wrote up three book reviews and scheduled them.
I hope you have had a good week. Let me know if the comments.