Space at arm lenght – literally!

My today’s token on S-P-A-C-E is very personal.

There are three highlight when I do house & dog sitting for friends:
– a hot bath on a cold and stormy Saturday evening (I don’t have a bath tub at home)
– lying in front of a blazing fire after the hot bath, with a good book and a good glass of red wine (don’t own a fire place either) and
– the daily walks with the dogs.

Truly creating my own comfortable S-P-A-C-E in somebody else’ home.

10 days ago everything was organized to enjoy my Saturday evening after I’d walked the dogs.
Suddenly a big cat appeared and changed my plans!

Jack Russell chasing the cat – cat unable to escape twice (fence too narrow & wall too high) – jumping on Jack Russell’s head and fighting for its life!
The cat was as big as the Jack Russell. I feared that the cat would kill the dog — and this was not even my own one!

Without further thoughts I wanted to pull the dog on his harness from underneath the cat.
The distressed cat obviously perceived my arm as another threat, let go of the dog and attacked me, biting viciously deep into my arm. When I lifted my arm, screaming, the cat still hung on it.

There is another wound close to my right knuckle.

A few hours at Vergelegen Medi Clinic, 7 stitches, a “shopping bag” of medication and everything seemed fine.
Gone were the plans for a relaxing evening. Gone with the cat……

It only seemed fine!

On Monday morning my arm looked like this:

Back to Vergelegen, another “add-on” of pills to the “shopping bag”, growing curiosity whether the medication works this time without having to undergo surgery, a good night sleep and the positive results showed the next morning already.

Today I am – nearly! – back in my own comfort space. The wounds have healed quite well. Business carries on.

Boer maak a plan — German’s sometime make their own — and the world goes topsy-turvy! 🙂

Will I walk the dogs again? Of course I will!

THANKS to all my friends who came to my aid — from driving me to the Clinic to feeding me to wiping away my tears. THANKS for being my friends!

S-P-A-C-E looked at from different angles

S-P-A-C-E as a noun:

  • An empty area
  • Outside Earth Atmosphere
  • A period of time
  • In writing / printing
  • Freedom
  • Where things exist / move

S-P-A-C-E as idioms:

  • Gaze into space
  • Evenly spaced plants

S-P-A-C-E as a phrase:

  • Spaced out

And then there is “spacious”, “spaciously” & “spaciousness”:
“White walls can give a feeling of spaciousness.”

My knack for playing around with words conjured up the following:
It is fun to make S-P-A-C-E within a wide open S-P-A-C-E — I’m not referring to “outer S-P-A-C-E”  — within a S-P-A-C-E of a few minutes.
Gazing at certain S-P-A-C-E-S where things are moving and focusing on what bothers you most, solutions just jump into my mind.
Sometimes they are already in your mind and I only facilitate their “emergence”!

ONE difference between South Africa and Germany

There are many differences between South Africa & Germany – THANKS the Lord, most of them are positive for SA!
As far as the correlation between population and land mass is concerned the difference is enormous! About 82 million people are living on 357 000 square km in Germany
whereas “only” 51million South Africans occupy nearly 4 times the size of Germany — we – YES in my heart I’m a South African! – live on 1.2 million square km.

That’s the reason why Germany is forced to use and utilize vertical S-P-A-C-E in the most efficient ways.

One positive aspect of the economic downturn is that South African business owners are becoming more and more aware of the costs per square meter in their offices, manufacturing plants, production areas and so forth.
With every horizontal square metre comes the same amount of vertical space – which is for free! Far too often this space is under utilized. Just imagine the S-P-A-C-E between your worktop and the ceiling…………….

Please be patient and bear with me with my “Germ-isch”! 10 years ago I hardly spoke English. THANKS