Toortsie’s Bash! #SoCS

Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt is bash/abash/a bash. As an Afrikaans speaking person, I couldn’t think what the meaning of the word is at first. I asked Google and then I remembered!

I published a book with the word, ‘bash’ in the title! And it wasn’t someone else’s idea, it was my own idea! Toortsie’s Banting Bash!

The reason I chose that name, was that it is a recipe book suitable for Banting, but I wanted a name that was easy to say, nice in the mouth and on the ear. I looked for something that alliterates. ‘Toortsie’s Banting Bash!‘ was such a title. I liked it. I didn’t know the meaning of ‘bash’, but I liked the sound of it.

The translator told me that it was suitable because a bash can be a party, a social gathering, a celebration, a festivity. And yes, my book ís a party, a festivity, with wonderful food, very colourful, fun to make, with recipes that everyone that loves nice food, may eat. Not only Banters.

Best wishes


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Today’s daily prompt is Serendipity, brought by Jill. As an Afrikaans speaking person, I am not quite sure if I understand the word correctly. According to Google, the meaning of serendipity is, ‘the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.’ An example of serendipity is, according to Google, when someone accidently finds something good.

I’ll try my best. You may decide if my story qualifies as ‘serendipity’.

On Black Friday, 2017, I ordered two pairs from a company of shoes via the internet at a really good discount. They had such a huge demand for shoes on that day that their computers crashed.

At first, my shoes haven’t arrived in two days as was promised, but I heard that they had this big problem and that the computers sold inventory that they didn’t have. We had to wait a little bit so that they could sort things out.

In the meantime, we went on holiday and I decided to sort this out when we return.

While we were away, the shoes arrived. Every thing went well. I had my shoes and were really happy with them.

But, two weeks later, the shoes arrived again. Duplication!

I gave the second pairs of shoes to my daughter, who exchanged it for another pairs, but the shoes were marked down, she could even choose something else as well!

That day at the Mall we had quite a lot of surprises, at every shop we came, we received discount. Every time we came at the till, they told us that the articles were marked down and that it was not the price as marked on the article. 🙂 Strange!

Back at home, I phoned the company to tell them that they sent the order twice and that I wanted to pay them back. They didn’t know how to solve my problem! 🙂 They would phone me back, but never did. 🙂

Christmas box? Serendipity? God’s Grace? Pure good luck?


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I think the answer on all these question marks is: God’s grace. 🙂


Paris! What a city!

I had been so fortunate to visit Paris three times in my life. What a privelege. What a wonderful city. It is a city I really fell in love with.

Each time was a new experience, every time it was even better. The first time we did the city tour per boat on the chanels, the next time we took the red bus and the last time it was with a guide on foot. Each time was special on its own.

The first two times I visited Paris, was in summer. The first time we were there for only one night, definately too short. We walked the streets, from out hotel, then the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomph, and then all the way to the Eiffel Tower.

One cannot describe the feeling when you see the Eiffel the first time!

The last time we visited Paris, was in December 2017. We arrived there while it was still dark and when we first saw the Eiffel, it was halfway in the clouds. What an anti-climax!

But, after a warm bath and putting on warm clothes, Paris started to live and once again, we had a wonderful time and Paris didn’t disappoint us at all. Paris in winter is wonderful.

If I could visit Paris once more in my lifetime, I would definately go. There are still so much to see and do.





I had the privilege to choose our prompt for today in the JusJoJan challenge and I chose sunrise. When I think about it again, the better choice would be sunset because I am not a morning person and miss most sunrises.

But, for many years on the farm I was awake then and went to the shed for Morning Scripture and, mostly in winter, could appreciate the sunrise.

Sunrise is a wonderful part of the day. It annouces the beginning of a new day. A new beginning. It has a present in it: About 16 hours that we may fill as we thinks best. A new day that we can do our best, perhaps fix a few faults that we made, make even more faults! Sunrise gives me the chance to start new. Isn’t that wonderful?

What means sunrise to you? Write it in the comments, or even better, write it on your own blog and remember to tag this post.


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Separate Super Disappointed SoCS JusJoJan

Challenge: Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “sap/sep/sip/sop/sup.” Use one or all of these words or find a word that contains them, but most of all, have fun!

When you work hard on the relationship with your husband or wife, the chance is so much better that you won’t SEPerate, but have a SUPer marriage. Try it! You won’t be diSAPpointed. SO Please, love your spouse and show your love in every possible way.’