Die Sensasie Van Die Silicone Ring

Desember het ek ‘n ring gesoek. Goedkoop, klein en iets wat ek nie gaan jammer oor wees as dit verloor nie. Ek wil gering wees as ek in die tuin werk of by die see baljaar. Vir my is die simbool van daardie ring op die vinger kosbaar. Ek gaan heeldag skryf as ek julle moet vertel wat my trouring vir my beteken. Nou ja, toe maak ek kennis met die silicone ring. Almal dra dit. Dis gemaklik, dit kan nie vashak nie en dis goedkoop. Elke persoon wat een het rant en rave daaroor, die dames wat dit verkoop kan nie genoeg praat oor hoe wonderlik dit is nie. En al wat hierdie Haas dink is….dit lyk soos ‘n skaaprekkie. Dit lyk soos daardie rekkies wat my oupa om die lammers se sterte gesit het sodat dit moet doodgaan en afval. Ek staan die goed in die vertoonkas so en kyk en ek wonder, hoe het iemand hierdie juweliers winkel oortuig om tussen hulle duisende rande juwele hierdie cheap shit te verkoop?

Dis die beste racket sedert daardie balance bracelet. Jy betaal oor die R200 vir ‘n rekkie en jy noem dit ‘n ring. Vir my maak so “ring” sin as jou man met sy hande werk waar ‘n regte ring kan vashak en dus gevaarlik wees. Ek, as vrou, gaan egter nie afstand doen van my blink ring nie. Of dit klein en goedkoop is of groot en duur, dit moet darem nie lyk of jy die “seals” uit jou kar-enjin gesteel het nie. Jy sal my nie gereeld op die band wagon sien nie, die deuntjie wat hulle speel moet blêrried goed wees voor ek op klim en hierdie een is nie. Vir my persoonlik lyk dit kommin. Daar, ek het dit gesê, dis uit en ek is jammer ek voel so want ek het regtig probeer hou van die goed. Dis die 2019 mode gier wat my mal maak en ek hoop dit kry gou einde.

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Dit is nie biodegradable nie.

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Plants vs Bugs: Keeping Insect Out Of Your Home with Plants

 

It’s still summer in the Southern Hemisphere and by now most areas have gotten a good bit of rain. It seems that rain not only makes plants grow but bugs too and you might find a lot more insect in your home when night falls. So instead of going crazy and spraying harmful poisons like Doom or Mortein throughout your house…how about using plants?

  1. Marigolds. These flowers are colorful additions to landscaping, but they have a distinctive smell that repels mosquitoes and other garden pests, including squash bugs and tomato worms. Marigolds contain a natural compound used in many insect repellents.

Plant some marigolds in the garden among your squash, melons, and tomatoes or near open windows and doorways where mosquitoes might be tempted to enter.

  1. Lavender. About the only insects you see around lavender are bees. They love flowers, but other bugs stay away.

Lavender has a pleasant scent that comes from the essential oils in the leaves of the plant, but the bugs hate it. Hang some dried lavender in your closet and you won’t have to worry about moths eating your clothes.

The herb is a perennial and is drought resistant once it’s established, a bonus for areas that are watching their water consumption.

Beautiful lavender image

  1. Lemongrass. Lemongrass can grow up to 4 feet tall, but the best thing about this decorative grass is that it contains citronella, a common natural ingredient in many mosquito repellents.

You’ve probably heard of citronella candles and torches. The plant itself does even better at deterring mosquitoes because it has a stronger smell.

Lemongrass tolerates heat and drought but not frost. So in most areas, it’s best planted in a pot that can be moved indoors in winter.

Lemon grass is a natural mosquito repellent and grows quite tall. Plant it in large planters next to a patio to create privacy and repel mosquitoes.

  1. Garlic. This herb has long been regarded as a deterrent to blood-sucking vampires and werewolves, but it really deters buzzing blood-sucking mosquitoes.

Planting garlic around the garden also will ward off other insects and creepy crawlers. Garlic extract sprayed in your garden is harmless to plants, but bugs don’t like that garlic odor.

Garlic is SO easy to grow. All you need is a sunny spot and these important tips. You'll never have to buy garlic from the store again! #garlic #gardening #organicgardening #growyourown #ediblegarden #vegetablegarden #zone9 #urbangardening #foodnotlawns #fallgarden

  1. Rosemary. Though you’ll want to plant an herb garden for cooking, rosemary repels flies and mosquitoes.

It also has a pungent scent that drives away other bugs, including cabbage moths. It does well in hot dry weather and thrives in containers, so you can set it in various places around the garden.

Everything You Need to Know About Growing Rosemary — Herb Gardening 101 | The Kitchn

  1. Basil. This herb also tastes great in your favorite dishes but doubles as a bug repellent.

Basil’s strong smell keeps mosquitoes away. And if you put a potted basil plant near your picnic table, you won’t have to worry as much about flies either.

Growing basil indoors

  1. Catnip.Many cats love catnip, but mosquitoes won’t come near it.

In fact, some studies show that catnip is 10 times more effective than DEET, the chemical formally known as N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide and found in most commercial insect repellents.

Roll up a few catnip leaves and rub them on your skin. The bugs won’t bother you, but the neighbor’s cat might.

Catnip grows almost anywhere, and it will spread in your garden. So growing it in pots is best.

growing catnip all over your garden deters aphids and japanese beetles. Your kitty will thank you too.

  1. Petunias. These annuals add a bright splash of color to any landscape, but the funnel-shaped blossoms also have a licorice-like scent that repels many insect pests, including aphids, tomato hornworms, and squash bugs.

But do keep an eye on these flowers because other crawly garden pests are attracted to petunias, including slugs and caterpillars.

Purple petunias  I love purple petunias.  The main thing to watch is to not allow the soil to dry out bc once the petunias start to dry out its hard to get them back again.

  1. Mint. Who doesn’t like the taste of mint?

It’s a beautiful plant that smells and tastes great to people, but ants and mice absolutely hate it. It can spread quickly in the garden and is hard to remove, so you might want to keep it in a pot.

Put some containers of mint around your patio or in your garden, and it will ward off other insects, including mosquitoes.

Mint Plant Varieties for Gardens or Container Gardens, includes tips on care

These are just a few of the many plants that bugs find distasteful. Surrounding yourself and your patio with a few them will keep the bugs away from you, too.

Some of the plants are perennials, which will come back from year to year while others need to replanted annually. You can find all of these plants at most nurseries and garden centers.

Remember that a Daddy-long-legs is your friend so unless the web is empty, leave it be. They catch a lot of unwanted creepy crawly guests. Don’t spray the house with insect killers as you will drive away geckos as well. The really are great for sorting out ants. If you don’t want ants in the house, then you have to clean up after yourself immediately. If there is no food, the ants won’t come. Simple as that. Spiders, ants, geckos and all other little bugs will form their own little eco-system within your house no matter what you do. It’s Mother Nature and she always gets her way (as any other woman does) so you might as well work with her. I will, however, understand if you declare war on cockroaches. I hate few things in life as much as I hate those disgusting disease-carrying bastards. Garlic, catnip, bay leaf, and cucumbers are said to keep them away. You can also try peppermint oil.

https://www.hunker.com/12003369/plants-that-roaches-hate

The nice thing about these plants mentioned above is that most of them are yummy herbs that you can use in cooking. This year I’m planting an edible and bug friendly garden. I have a fig tree going and the pumpkins look really nice as ground coverage. I’ve planted a few new plants to attract bees. It’s nice to have a big lawn and all but you know what’s even better, walking back from the garden with arms full of food you didn’t have to pay for and you know is pesticide free. Plus, the birds and small animals will thank you for the fruit trees.

Cheers

Hasie

Bring The Outdoors Inside

I’m hoping you read the previous blog post and made some space for your houseplants. Now it’s time to choose a few but first, why should you have houseplants? It’s one more thing to take care of, one more thing that will need your attention so why do this then?

* Breathing Easier

When you breathe, your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This opposite pattern of gas use makes plants and people natural partners. Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels. At night, photosynthesis ceases, and plants typically respire like humans, absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. A few plants –orchids, succulents, and epiphytic bromeliads –do just the opposite, taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Place these plants in bedrooms to refresh air during the night.

Releasing Water

As part of the photosynthetic and respiratory processes, plants release moisture vapor, which increases the humidity of the air around them. Plants release roughly 97% of the water they take in. Place several plants together, and you can increase the humidity of a room, which helps keeps respiratory distresses at bay. Studies at the Agricultural University of Norway document that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats, and dry coughs.

Purifying Air

Plants remove toxins from the air –up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, according to NASA research. VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke, and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (both found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint). Benzene is commonly found in high concentrations in study settings, where books and printed papers abound.

Modern climate-controlled, air-tight buildings trap VOCs inside. The NASA research discovered that plants purify that trapped air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert VOCs into food for the plant.

Improving Health

Adding plants to hospital rooms speeds recovery rates of surgical patients, according to researchers at Kansas State University. Compared to patients in rooms without plants, patients in rooms with plants request less pain medication, have lower heart rates and blood pressure, experience less fatigue and anxiety, and are released from the hospital sooner.

The Dutch Product Board for Horticulture commissioned a workplace study that discovered that adding plants to office settings decreases fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats, and flu-like symptoms. In another study by the Agricultural University of Norway, sickness rates fell by more than 60 percent in offices with plants.

Sharpening Focus

A study at The Royal College of Agriculture in Cirencester, England, found that students demonstrate 70% greater attentiveness when they’re taught in rooms containing plants. In the same study, attendance was also higher for lectures given in classrooms with plants.

How Many Plants?

The recommendations vary based on your goals.
To improve health and reduce fatigue and stress, place one large plant (8-inch diameter pot or larger) every 129 square feet. In office or classroom settings, position plants so each person has greenery in view.
To purify air, use 15-18 plants in 6-8-inch diameter pots for a 1,800-square-foot house. That’s roughly one larger plant every 100 square feet. Achieve similar results with two smaller plants (4-5-inch pots).

Remember that for the best success with any houseplant, you need to match the right plant to the right growing conditions. Learn more in Tips for Healthy HouseplantsFor low light situations, choose a plant adapted to those conditions

https://www.bioadvanced.com/articles/5-benefits-houseplants

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We tend to forget how amazing plants are. I remember when one of my houseplants grew its first new leaf. I was so excited and proud. My little buddy was surviving AND growing. I tend to kill almost everything I grow but somehow these plants were doing good. Good for me right. Here are some plants you can start with:

  1. Mother in Law Tongue (Sansevieria)

Sansevieria is spread out across Africa, from West Africa to Madagascar, and some of the 70 varieties can be found in Southern Africa too. This trendy evergreen plant is also commonly known as the Snake Plant or Viper’s Bowstring Hemp.

Snake Plants are really easy houseplants! They are tolerant of low light levels and irregular watering, two of the many reasons that these shapely plants are so sought after by house plant lovers around the world.

It is a bold plant, with stiff dark green leaves, some banded in a light yellow-green and others sporting variegated speckles or bands of green. 

How to Plant Mothers in Law Tongue

2. Wild Banana (Strelitzia Nicolai)

This is an essential Urban Jungle plant! The Giant White Bird of Paradise comes from the evergreen coastal thickets and forests of eastern South Africa. The Strelitzia Nicolai grows slowly but can reach heights of 2 meters or more, which can make for an impressive display. With patience, it might produce stunning white blooms. Coming from sunny South Africa, the Wild Banana requires very bright light. It can even be placed in direct sunlight if the move is done gradually to allow to leaves to slowly adapt.

Colorful blooms of the Orange Bird of Paradise!

3. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)

The Zamioculcas is a tropical perennial plant native to south-eastern Africa, from southern Kenya to north eastern South Africa. The ZZ Plant is known by many names, including Zanzibar Gem, Zuzu Plant, Emerald Palm, and the Eternity Plant. Zami’s haven’t always been popular, commercial propagation of the species only began in 1996 by Dutch nurseries. Their efforts have ensured that the species has become a favorite indoor plant around the world.

This evergreen plant has air purifying qualities – it is able to remove volatile organic compounds from the air.

ZZ Plants can handle low light, has low water requirements and is very tolerant of occasional neglect – all of which makes for a great, easy-care indoor plant!

Zamioculcas zamiifolia - tolerates low light, low watering and low attention. Also known as Zanzibar Gem, ZZ Plant & Eternity Plant

4. String of Beads (Senecio Rowleyanus)

This creeping succulent vine is also known as String of Pearls and is native to the drier regions of south-western Africa. This quirky looking plant with its bright green ‘beads’ makes a striking addition to the home.

It looks fabulous when grown in a hanging planter with its ‘strings of pearls’ trailing out over the edges.

As with most succulents, the String of Beads requires little care and its water storing abilities allow it to be watered infrequently. Be careful not to overwater the String of Beads as that may increase the chance of root rot.

 String of pearls plant

5. Zebra Plant (Haworthia)

The Haworthia is a large genus of small succulents native to southern Africa. Their popularity is derived from the white zebra-like stripes that adorn their leaves and their easy-care character. The Haworthia goes by many names, including Zebra Plant, Zebra Cactus, Star Window Plant and Pearl Plant.

These South African indoor friendly plants look especially striking in unusual containers with interesting soil mixes and are great desktop plants.

The Zebra Plant likes plenty of sun or bright light, such as windowsills with bright sun exposure. But they will be equally happy in indirect bright light conditions.

Haworthia zebra plant

6. Aloe Vera

The Aloe family is found all over Africa with many species indigenous to South Africa. Most Aloes are drought tolerant, which makes them a great waterwise plant.

The Aloe Vera’s understated elegance and characteristic fleshy cool-green leaves are perfect if you are looking for a plant with muted colours and a subtle presence.

Aloes are low maintenance plants that require little care. Water the Aloe thoroughly in summer but allow them to dry very well between watering.

Aloe plants are native to tropical regions, but even if you live in a place with cold winters you can have a beautiful, healthy aloe plant that you keep indoors. Aloe plants should be potted in a soil mix made for succulents. They like to be dry and warm, not wet and cold, so water only when the soil is mostly dried out. Healthy aloe plants produce "babies" you can break off and pot for a friend.

All these plants are native to Africa. Keeping it home grown. There are so many plants that you can keep in your home. A constant reminder that we are not separate from nature but a part of it.

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Thank you for reading.

Hasie

 

Dis ‘n Grappie Julle

Hallo! Die Hasie is nie heeltemal rooi op die nek die jaar nie. Sy kan nog Afrikaans en vandag se blog is om te share en share en asseblief share met ALMAL op Facebook. Vandag praat ek reguit met julle Boere/Blankes/Afrikaners op social media. Mense, wanneer het julle ‘n sin vir humor en julle maniere verloor? Ek het in my lewe nog nie so baie vieslike, knorrige goed saam gesien soos my mense op Facebook. Hulle is gereeld aan die baklei, val iemand aan wat jy duidelik kan sien het ‘n grap gemaak, raak sommer persoonlik met mekaar…man dis soos om twee vrouens te sien baklei, dis net waglik.

Wat op aarde gaan aan Volk? Wat het geword van eer en opregtheid en veral ons sin vir humor. Daar is niemand wat so vinnig ‘n grap kan maak oor ‘n slegte ding soos ‘n Boer nie. Ons rule met funny memes wat eg Afrikaans is en so waar dat jy jouself raak lees. Is dinge in ons land en wêreld nou al so rof dat ons geen lig in die donker kan sien nie? Of is dit die tyd waarin ons lewe waar almal feelings en rights het en elke klein dingetjie piss iemand af? O nee, ek is oor dit hoor. Ek het nie tyd om negatief te wees nie. Daar is te veel om te doen en ek hou te veel van myself om so vol gal te wees. Dit vat natuurlik al my wilskrag om NIE vir iemand te sê hulle kop is te diep in hulle gat nie en dis hoekom ek vet is, want social media gebruik al die wilskrag op en dan kan ek nie nee sê vir sweeties later nie.

Dis tyd dat jy bietjie begin luister hoe praat jy en die om jou. Luister fyn na wat jy sê en dink. Jy hou nie hiervan nie en jy hou nie daarvan nie, Eskom is ‘n bogger op, ons word vermoor, petrol is duur ens. As iemand jou vra hoe dit gaan met jou, begin jy jou sin met ‘n glimlag of ‘n sug? As jy vandag ‘n nuwe kar wen, het jy ‘n nuwe kar gewen of het jy onkoste by gekry? Is jy moeg na jy met iemand gesels het, is dit makliker om by die huis te bly? Dis dalk tyd dat jy dinge verander dan en al hoe mens dit doen is deur jouself te verander. Be the change you want to see. 

Probeer 30 dae van dankbaarheid en lighten up julle knorrige ou donners.

Liefde

Hasie

Today We Clean

Let’s start this week by bringing the outdoors to us, in our homes. I’m talking about house plants. Those wonderful little things that grow and purify your home’s air without needing too much water or sunlight. Brilliant right?

But first, since it’s the beginning of a new year and you probably let a few things slide over the holidays…

 

Let’s clean house

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Well okay, that image might be a little dramatic. I’m not saying get a coven together and banish dead people, I’m saying it’s time to clean out your holiday clutter. Before you go hunting for the perfect specimen to move into your lounge or bathroom, first make space for it. Too much stuff can make sick. No, you are not a hoarder and no one is coming to condemn your house but half done projects or things lying around on the “I’ll get to it” heaps can make you stress and what good are your beautiful new friends then? And did I mention cleaning house burns calories? So here are a few tips on how to de-clutter your house (thank you Pinterest):

  1. One room at a time. Start with your living area first or the kitchen. The two places that get the most traffic and then ask yourself these 10 questions.

10 Questions to Help You Declutter. This will be a great resource when we get moved into the new house and start unpacking!

2. Use a schedule to keep track of your cleaning duties. This will help you from getting  paralyzed by the mess. It can be overwhelming when you don’t know where to start and worse if you only have a little time after work to so. Rise early, get hubby and the kids involved and try not to do it all in one day.

Heather says: Here’s a weekly chore schedule to help keep a clean house.  Home Ec 101 gets a lot of requests for help figuring out how to get and keep a house clean. There’s no big secret here, it’s just a matter of dividing the chores into manageable chunks.… Keep reading...

3. Since you will be cleaning, here are a few recipes for eco-friendly cleaners and how to go more green in one year. ..happy planet, happy life.

 Dreary hardwood floors, sticky vinyl, “unknown substance” in the kitchen? Use our DIY cleaning recipe survival guide for some green cleaning.  #DIY #Cleaning

From opting out of junk mail to using non-toxic cleaning products, here's how to go green in your apartment, one month at a time!

4. Once you’ve thrown everything out, you need to stop things coming back in again. If you want to buy something think about if you really REALLY need it. This year, I’m not buying a single piece of new clothing. It’s scary but I’m doing it. On holiday, I had three shirts and that’s all I wore. It was freeing and terrifying to think what other people might think of seeing me in the same shirts over and over. Turns out, not much. Here’s a great read on living minimally. I’ve done most of it and honestly, it’s the best thing next to a cocktail on the beach. It is freeing.

https://www.beahomeboss.com/blog/ultimate-beginners-guide-to-minimalism?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=370683828_11944960_257225

So as soon as your done with the cleaning, pop back in for the next post on which plants to get (right after your much deserved gin&tonic). It’s super easy to keep them alive if you have the right ones. I’ve managed not only not to kill mine but get them to grow new leaves! I’m taking that as a win for the new year so yah me! Don’t freak out about cleaning your house and going green too much. Life is hectic and there is never enough time in one day but small steps will get you there. Honestly, if I can just sneeze without farting and peeing myself a little in public…I’m calling 2019 a success.  So there’s that.

Cheers

Hasie

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Kicking Ass and Taking Names in 2019

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It’s a new year and time for a new look. Well, it’s a new calendar year but my new year only starts on the 1st of September with spring but that is a story for another day. I’ve been blogging for close to four years now and every year my blog changes just as I do. This year I want to write the stories I wish I read in magazines. I don’t want to glorify useless celebrities but instead, want to celebrate heroes like Marino Morikawa or Jadav Payeng. I want to give you tips and life hacks on how to live with less garbage and I want to awaken the warrior in you. We are fighting for Mother Nature and everything that is not human since we as humans seem to be set on destroying everything she creates. I also want to inspire you to not only do small (but great) things but to also be great even if you feel small. That’s the idea behind this blog for 2019.

This all came about while we were on holiday in Mozambique but first the back story. I live in Zimbabwe and I’m as Afrikaans as they come, a boeremeisie through and through. There are no Afrikaans magazines in Zimbabwe as you can well imagine so when I go down to South Africa to visit family, I make sure I load up on Sarie and Rooi Rose.  This has caused a few headaches at the airport with officials giving me the evil eye when my bag weighs in at 23kg (my bag has a weight problem okay, it’s called books). So while in Moz I was reading one glossy magazine after another and I noticed something. Not only were there no articles on waste management but there was none on charities or the heroes that run them. There were heaps of articles on how I can look younger, slimmer and be a better lover but none that would change the person I was. Nothing that would make my heart better.  Oh, and the biggest laugh I had was when they jumped on the feminist bandwagon and did an article about how feminism is still not raging in Africa and how I should be a strong woman, only to turn the page to a two-page “promotion” on how to clean my home with Domestos. Really? And the clothes, oh so beautiful but who the hell honestly pays R2000.00 for sunglasses. Who and can she adopt me, please?! Not to mention the boring interviews with “celebrities”. Dear Lord, can those people love themselves anymore? And yet they try to sound like “normal” people.

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When did I lose my love for this? I use to take my time with every magazine. Reading it page for page, savoring the moment like making sweet lazy love. Now I’m disgusted but the excess and the shallowness of it all. How to dress at 50 should be You made it to 50! Congratulations you magnificent beast! You didn’t kill your lazy husband and you still somewhat love your spoiled kids. Hooray for you!!! Okay, that’s a very long title but you get what I’m saying. Then we went to a beach on one of the Bazaruto Islands and I cried. No, I sobbed because as far as you could see, the beach was littered with plastic. Mostly bottle caps. You had to push pieces of plastic aside just to find seashells. Swimming in the ocean wasn’t much better and after I had to wash plastic shaving of my body, I just lost it. In me, anger rose that has her own name, The Fucking Crazy Bitch and she is sick and tired of the mess we made. Looking after the planet should be your religion and yet we treat nature as an unwanted pet. I decided then and there that I would write the stories I wish I could read, I would do so every day ritually and with a prayer hit enter hoping it will change someone’s heart or mind about how they are living.

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I spoke with a man who said: “You can’t teach a hungry man conservation.”  Sad and true as this is, I can teach you how not to be a slob and I can pressure my local supermarket into not giving that hungry man more plastic bags that would only end up in rivers and the ocean. I’m one person but I can do so much…and so can you.

This is Hasie Fantasties, the hippy bunny, saying hold on to your seat internet traveller… the shit is about to get real so come back soon.

Be the change you want to see

Hasie