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My grandkids will have to be satisfied with "my gran bought this for me."
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As long as it's a gift for them they don't mind one way or the other! I was given this fabric and so I just thought I'd have a go ... I'm just useless with sewing I guess, but I'm determined not to let this beat me. Will hopefully finish it tomorrow.

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I take my hat off to you. But on the other hand I'm not too bad at sewing but I can't do it because of my neck. If I do sit at the machine and sew something, I suffer with neck pain for weeks afterwards, and it starts almost as soon as I start using the machine. I don't have to sew with a granddaughter (if that's was the baby is) her other grandmother fancies herself as a dressmaker, she'll be sewing up a storm.
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I use to do a lot of sewing yrs ago. But can't do it as much as I would love to now. I have problems with my back as it is.

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I haven't felt like ranting lately. The biggest rant I have is about fashion and how people imagine they look wonderful in totally ridiculous clothes.
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OK I have to rant about the news reports about people who can't afford child care. If you can't afford them, then don't have them. If you want them, then make sacrifices. If it is cheaper for you to stay home with the kids, then stay home. We did that. We organised for a nanny or a grandparent to stay with them. Why do people need to have three children anyway.

If you can't afford the accommodation that you have, then get cheaper accommodation.
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I agree ... and lots of people have many more than just three children. I assume these news reports were on Sky News or is the bleat here as well?

I'm ranting about red tape again.

This country needs to get jacked up regarding finger-printing methods, and also government departments so need to be run more efficiently, as they are in the UK, Australia, the USA etc. I know we aren't a first world country but if our banking system can be superior to those in at least one of the countries I mentioned, then why can't we get with it in other fields as well?

I mislaid my ID book and have spent the last couple of days frantically searching everywhere and turning the whole house upside down, and becoming extremely stressed in the process. Knowing that I need an ID book to vote next week (they won't accept any other form of identification such as passport or drivers license and yet in 1994 with the first democratic elections it was virtually possible to vote using a Pick 'n Pay till slip as identification) we decided to hit bureaucracy today, and apply for both a temporary ID, available immediately upon application apparently, and at the same time report the other one as lost and apply for a new permanent ID book.

First, photographs had to be taken. That in itself was depressing because I realise how old I've got and how ugly I look these days. Then off to the cop shop to advise them. We stood in a queue for over half an hour, and as my turn came to be served the policeman behind the counter waved me aside and called only for those people who wanted any documents certified. More waiting. Eventually another policeman asked if he could help, and then looked totally bewildered when I told him I'd been informed that I needed to report the ID as missing in case someone found it and stole my ID. He didn't know what to do about that at all, but eventually gave me a piece of paper on which I had to write all my details and then disappeared with it, going off into a back room somewhere. When he came back he told me I must wait for an IR report, whatever that might be. After another twenty minutes we decided to leave and not wait any longer, so I was given a card with the number of the police station on it and told to ring back this afternoon for an IR number.

We then drove down to Maritzburg to Home Affairs. The first part went fairly quickly, much to my surprise - had to fill in a form, and hand over the photos, and then was called to a desk for fingerprints to be taken on a little machine. That's when the frustration kicked in. My fingerprints are virtually non existent (have had previous issues with this in the USA as you may recall!) and so they wouldn't register on the computer. Eish. Sorry, can't give you a temporary ID without the fingerprints being accepted by the computer. And at that point, all the computers went off line anyway.
I was told meanwhile to go to a room further along the passage and have my prints taken the old fashioned way, with ink and a pad. The guy there made a note on my application form stating that my fingers had worn away! I asked what happens to people who have no arms or hands, and he said that they then accept an affidavit to that effect - but they wouldn't do it for me, oh no.
Back to wait for further advice, at which point my man demanded to see a Supervisor or somebody in authority. One was in a meeting, and the other was in Durban.
Down to the third floor to wait for the man to come out of the meeting, which he eventually did - and after hearing my story he said that they would have to send my inked prints through to Pretoria by fax, and wait for their answer - but that meant that I wouldn't get the temp ID today, maybe not even in time to vote next week, because Pretoria is very slow on these things (don't we know it!)
I told him that the ANC had just lost a vote because I won't be at the polling booth next week - and wow, did he spark into action! It was actually quite funny to see! (Not that I would ever vote for them anyway but he wasn't to know that - I said it to see what would happen and got the expected reaction!) Rushed me back upstairs and jabbered away to the woman on the computer that was offline, who told me to go to the cashier and pay, and then she would see what she could do.
Another long wait in line and R140 later for the new permanent book, back I went to see her again. The fingerprints had miraculously been registered but "very faint" - but I would have to wait because they were still offline. I refused to pay out another R140 for the temp until I was assured I would get it straight away ... and meanwhile, my fingerprints miraculously disappeared again. At that stage I threw my toys and decided to leave, minus the temp ID but bitter about losing my voting rights.
The man was muttering about iris identification instead of all these old-fashioned methods and he's quite right - high time it was introduced.
Four hours later and home we came, via a stop for a much needed snack lunch and something to drink - I was more determined than ever by then to search again for the missing book.
And guess what? Murphy's Law - I found the darned thing!! Huge relief - oh well, it will be useful to have two of them, and I can now vote on Wednesday, but red tape and government departments need a huge kick up the rear end, that's for sure!
Sorry for the long story but I had to get it off my chest - rant over!



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last time I asked

have you lost wieght ...???

the next question was

On purpose?

and the next led to learnign of what medical tests she was going through to try to help. Of course this is somoene who has been off and on my prayer lists for a couple years....


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