when a negative is a positive

Results of covid test yesterday = negative. Praise be. Result SMSed at 7.00am today. How efficient is that! (I had it done through a private company, not a government institution). AND also good news, my mother (at 84) has finally been given a time slot for her vaccination this week. Here’s our very own Tannie Evita** showing how things are actually getting done in the Western Cape.

My suburb has been without electricity since 10pm last night, it just came back on at 10.15am. It wasn’t useless old Eskom and loadshedding for a change, just scheduled maintenance by the City Council which, let’s face it, is great and what we pay such high rates for. But not when it runs four hours over schedule and PEOPLE NEED COFFEE. I knew some of my neighbours have gas (they’re campers – weird, I know, I’ll never get that, but it takes all sorts) so I resorted to staggering up and down my road when the sun came up in my fluffy gown and furry slippers, whimpering and bleating pathetically and clutching an empty thermos. Two of them came to the rescue and, once my caffeine levels had been restored, I was able to spend some time making a list of the things I ought to spend my Sunday doing. They may also have thought that my appearance lowered the tone of the neighbourhood, but that’s not my problem.

Now that the electricity is back on, and the sun is shining and the birds are singing, I had another look at the list and tore it up. It included ridiculous things like “continue tidying garage” and “weed garden” and “clean car”. None of those things can be done properly with one hand anyway, so I logged onto Facebook and immediately purchased a vintage wrap-over leopard-print jacket that I am convinced I can’t live without. I’m also going to put my walking shoes on and go for a brisk stroll in the park.

** Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout is South Africa’s Dame Edna (although funnier, in my opinion).

16 thoughts on “when a negative is a positive

  1. Going Batty in Wales

    Really glad you have 2 lots of good news – your test and your Mother’s vaccination. ‘Hang Spring Cleaning’ as Mole said and enjoy your walk

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Yes, that’s exactly what Mole said! I’d forgotten, thank you for reminding me. I didn’t get to do the walk after all, but pottered happily at home all day, in the garden and with my indoor plants and my beads and my podcasts. I did get out my yoga mat in case I felt a sudden burst of energy come on, but it never really did so I put it away again before I went to bed. I also got some admin work done, which is generally something I put off until the day before I need to submit my income tax forms, so that’s also a plus. Hope you had a good weekend :)

      1. Going Batty in Wales

        I did thanks – doing housework! I had neglected it for ages and just decided to get it done and things put away. Then rewarded myself by picking loads of flowers from the garden and hedgerows so now everywhere smells lovely!

  2. DawnGillDesigns

    It’s very good for us in the UK to follow people in other countries. You in SA and Meekas Mind in Oz, both of you have regular power outages; something we rarely have here, for which I’m far more grateful now!

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      To be fair, the City of Cape Town did notify residents of the suburbs/streets that would be affected, I just managed to miss it on Facebook and my local whatsapp groups. Eskom, however, and its power outages = different matter altogether. Horrendous mismanagement and political stupidity for the last 20-odd years have ensured that our national power supplier will continue to stunt overall economic growth. This isn’t just my view, I can back it up with references if anyone is interested (and I can’t imagine why they would be), but it affects us all and especially those who need it most.

  3. Rainbow Junkie

    Glad to see you’ve had some good news and have friendly neighbours. I’m with you on going for a walk rather than household tasks. For me it’s crochet and pattern writing.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      No household chores done whatsoever. It’s Father’s Day in South Africa. I spent a lot of time thinking about my dad and how much I still miss him. He was 46 when he died, I was 17. All subsequent deaths continue to bring it back.

  4. insearchofitall

    Politics are messing with everything. Being without power and coffee is serious. I don’t mind it in the winter months as much but when I lose AC in the summer, we have to go elsewhere because I cannot do heat. We are in a heat wave now and I avoid using any electricity other than AC to keep us cool. We’ve had power outages but usually because someone hit a power pole or the ice storm. We are extremely lucky here…so far. The ice storm had me looking for coffee too but we had to go to a hotel then because my daughter needed power to work. She paid for it.
    I’m glad you tested negative as I thought you would Good to hear your mother is getting vaccinated. Hope you can get yours soon. I just read that last comment of yours. It’s Father’s day here too. My daughter lost her father when she was 17 too. He was 42! It devastated her even though and probably because they had a tenuous relationship. That affects all relationships with men. I’m so sorry to hear that.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      I’m sorry to hear that about your daughter. It’s dreadful to lose a parent in one’s teens, although my relationship with my dad was a very solid one. I was lucky. He was always calm and I know he loved me, even though he was never able to articulate that. “Talking things through” didn’t exist in my family and we definitely weren’t huggy people. He was always on my side (and sides often needed to be taken!), he was the one who advised me on how to wear eye shadow and he did my hair for my matric dance. He told me I was a Swiss princess when I was 4 (he was Swiss) and I believed him. I can even remember where we were when he said that, we’d gone for a walk on the Blackpool promenade. When I was 15 and it became infinitely preferable to get out of the house on Sundays as much as possible, he used to take me out in his old mustard Fiat for “driving lessons”. The first thing he did was stop at the corner shop and buy cigarettes. He never taught me to drive but he did teach me, by example, about humility and self-composure and common decency. The stereotype of the German/Swiss sense of humour is that it’s non-existent, but my dad always used to say “I do have one but it’s not a laughing matter”.

      1. insearchofitall

        I’m glad you had a good relationship with your father. It’s so much more important than most realize for girls. My dad was an American GI and mom was German. If either had a sense of humor, they hid it well. The kids dad had a love of pranks at work but showed no humor at home. I find humor everywhere. My son got my sense of humor, my daughter, way too serious. Humor is essential to surviving life. I love your dads saying about it. I think he gave you some of the most valuable lessons in life.

      2. Nice Piece of Work Post author

        He taught me by example. I was lucky, it’s just the way he was. Completely unflappable and self-contained. He didn’t have an easy childhood and grew up poor (despite being in Switzerland where we tend to think everyone is super-rich and have views of Interlaken or Lake Geneva), due to WWII and his father’s German nationality. He wanted to be an architect and certainly had the talent and the intellectual capacity, but there was no money for tertiary education so he became a carpenter. If this ever aggrieved him, he never showed it.

  5. cedar51

    Indeed, agree – two great pieces of news – your test and your Mothers covid-vax. Watched the clip and yes I’ve had my first vax with the 2nd coming up mid July.

    I wax and wane on chores that aren’t part of regular weekly things…not having such a large pad anymore is a blessing as well.

  6. katechiconi

    I don’t mean to trivialise the more serious parts of your post and comments, but the imagery of you stumbling plaintively up and down the road in fluffy robe and slippers in desperate search of coffee is one I cannot go past without gales of laughter. As for the power failure: do as we have done in the face of frequent and sometimes long outages, and get a generator!


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