Oh my, what a week

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.


69 thoughts on “Oh my, what a week

  1. Yup, that’s a week and a half just there!
    Hope all who are unwell feel better. I can imagine how hard that funeral must have been.
    Happy birthday to the littlies and hope they enjoyed their joint party!

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  2. So sorry abou the loss of your friend’s son. Such a tragedy, and I can definitely understand how it impacted your mood so strongly.

    As for the birthday parties and cakes, well, you simply amaze me with your talent and your love of cooking. I have NONE whatsoever in those areas, I’m afraid. Neither talent, nor love of doing it. But I definitely admire those who do. And the fact that you’ve gone beyond the art of creating delicious things to eat, and actually turned them into visual works of art, too, is simply the icing on the cake. (See what I did there? πŸ˜€ )

    Best wishes for your aunt’s speedy recovery!

    BTW, do you ever rest? Just wondering . . . πŸ˜€

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    1. I am still feeling Chris’ death very much Marcia. I am pleased you like the cake, such a fun idea. I was quite pleased with the result. I thought doing your hobbies was resting but that is a debatable point (according to my mom and hubby, although my mom is Mrs Pot to my Mrs Kettle).

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      1. Yep, the pot calling the kettle black is common here, too, so I got your reference right away. Perhaps that’s the same dynamic with me. My mother didn’t enjoy cooking, either, and never baked anything that wasn’t straight from a box. But for me, it’s also a matter of time. I’m already going in too many different directions at once, so it’s the microwave or crock pot for me. Luckily, my husband is somewhat indifferent as to food, as long as there’s enough of it. πŸ˜€ And his favorite dessert is a Klondike baqr. :p Works well for us. πŸ˜€

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  3. When the young ones go, that is so difficult.. God Bless you all. I can see that you are more then thriving in your environment, you are truly inspiring, Robbie. Immersing yourself into your talents with such enthusiasm and conviction, is poking at me to get myself hopping here. Cheers

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  4. I’m so sorry to hear of that young man’s passing. It only stresses how important it is to hold our loved ones close.
    Love the cake you made-so talented!
    Happy birthday to Emily and Michael (my youngest brother is a Michael, too :)) and I hope your aunt has a speedy recovery.
    Try and get some rest this week!

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    1. I finished editing my book, that is for myself. It is part of my plan to leave a legacy for my boys. Thanks for commenting, Steve. We are planning a holiday to Knysna in the Western Cape soon. It is so beautiful there, I am looking forward to it.

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  5. Robbie, you really had a week so mixed with deep grief and joy.
    It is so hard to lose the very young – hard to lose anyone you love.
    Then the birthday fun with one of your spectacular cakes.
    To top it you have been editing with the help of
    your mom and have the book ready for the editor.

    I think you need at least a day off.


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  6. Such a busy week and although I’ve been there and done that in the past, I am still in awe of how much you manage to accomplish. The cake is incredible! You have a wonderful, close family, which is precious.

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  7. Sorry about your friend’s teenage son Robbie. My thoughts are with her – so very hard to bear.

    Your week certainly sounds hectic! Hope this upcoming one is less so. What a lot of birthdays – and beautiful goodies to eat!

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  8. What a sad week, dear Robbie. I have noticed that this lunar year of dog has brought too many deaths. Everybody lost somebody. That’s incredible! What a wonderful philosophical cake you have made! Great! I wish all misfortunes to pass by as soon as it is possible for you and your family! πŸ™‚

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  9. OMG Robbie where to start, what a whirlwind you are! Again sorry about your friends son. But everything else is so positive and good. In fact you will in time find positives in the death of the lad bless him.
    I love the sound of those scones . πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  10. A sad start to the week and it is always so hard when someone is taken too soon…But also a lot of joy with baby and birthdays I sometimes miss the bustle of the busy family life and juggling so many balls …Those scones look very tasty :)x

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  11. A funeral is always sad, Robbie, but especially one of a young person. It’s a terrible reminder of how vulnerable we all are and how we must appreciate each other and each moment.
    The birthday celebration sounds fun, even if the ice cream cake melted. Maybe the boy slept too long. πŸ™‚ Have a great week.


  12. Robbie, what a week! I’m so sorry to read about the loss of the child … that always stays with you and is so sad. My son’s friend passed away seven years ago aged 11. He was diagnosed on the Monday with a brain tumour and passed away on the Friday. We were numb for ages. Lovely to read about the special birthday and I just LOVE your teenage boy cake, you nailed it! πŸ˜€ I’m so impressed you manger to squeeze some writing and book reviews in between, wow! May this week be a bit calmer for you, my friend! 🌺🌈

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    1. Thank you, Annika. Chris also passed from cancer (bone cancer). I think we all really thought he would recover as there were lots of medical options when he was diagnosed. Right up to before Christmas we were all hoping the new medication would work. So sad. Your son is very talented, Annika. I heard him playing his own creation on someone’s blog and it was really impressive. Glad you liked the cake.

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