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Last Week Of 2017

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We decided to visit the Mall of Africa in Midrand. After all, it was Maggie's wish to go there a year ago. I wanted to pop in at the iStore and look at the latest iMac.

After drooling over the computers in the iStore we went to the bank and spent a lot of time there which turned out to be a total waste of time. That was actually the previous week.

This week we returned to the Mall of Africa and decided to try Incredible Connection. I was still intent on getting that iMac. Looking at the Mac I tried out the new features and it looked really cool, but it was as if I had to convince myself to choose it. Most of my software is Windows driven. Changing to a Mac would be a huge adjustment.

Since I was in the store with all sorts of computers I decided to walk around and look at other makes to clear my head. That's when I discovered the gaming machines. I'm not a gamer but was intrigued by the hardware. That's when I saw the ASUS ROG G752VS I7 GAMING NOTEBOOK.

The ROG G752VS…

Stained Glass - Experience More

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Why consider stained glass creations?

I gave that some thought. I was pleasantly surprised at what I discovered. A stained glass creation can be a multi-coloured window or an alluring lampshade. What about door panels and cabinet panels?

Okay, you get the picture. A window is a two-dimensional object. Now add light to it and it becomes three dimensional. Close your eyes and picture the most exquisite stained glass window in a church that you visited once. What do you experience? Many more dimensions, hey. You start to hear organ music and a choir singing - heavenly music. Your memories take you back to a special time in your life. The colours in the design represent many different things like the red depicting a pleasant warmth of love. The blue represents the sky and heaven - a higher dimension. The green reminds you of growth and nature. White would be purity.

All these colours and emotions flood through your mind, spirit, and emotions putting you in a safe and secure place in your…

Blogging Because I Love It

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This evening I looked at how many blog posts I had written so far for the year. This is number 60. It looks like I really made progress during 2017. The topics covered very diverse subjects. Some articles had lovely photos. Some were about famous people. I managed to make a new friend in Seattle - I don't think she's sleepless.
My list of readers has grown - thank you. Usually, I am advised to pick a niche and blog like hell. That's what the experts say. Don't you hate it when people bombard you with their emails every day? So far I have steered away from that.
Well, I have listed a few of my blogs for the year below. If you missed something you can just scroll down and pick a topic and click on the link.
Thanks for checking in regularly.
The One That Got Away - Excerpt and Giveaway “Geez.” She brings the big sunglasses down to the bridge of her nose. “Could they possibly be any louder?”

“I know! And look at my mom. We’ve been in Rome for what—two seconds?—and she’s already f…

Chiropractor Dr. Felix Starker (Kempton Park)

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Thank you to all my friends and patients for a wonderful year. May you have a beautiful festive season and an exciting New Year.
We will be open for mornings only on Wednesday 27th; Thursday 28th; and Friday 29th December. Then we will open again on 2nd January 2018.
Visit the website.

The One That Got Away - Excerpt and Giveaway

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A LITTLE HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY
I know you are all super busy but I just wanted to give you the opportunity to enter a little holiday giveaway. Just click on this link and follow directions. Wish you all a wonderful time with your loved ones  Charlotte 
PS. Feel free to share!

*** A LITTLE EXCERPT***

A reader kindly asked if I had an excerpt from The One That Got Away... Sharing right now (note: Formatting gets lost on FB). Enjoy  <3

@ Hotel Ponte Sisto, Rome

Waitresses are busy setting up the breakfast tables in the open sunlit yard when we finally arrive. Even though I’m happy to be here among big happy palm trees bathed in the rays of the rising sun, I’m also tired, jet-lagged, and a little hungover, and I can’t decide whether I agree with the smell of morning sausages or not. I look up at Lori, sitting right across from me on her suitcase, still wearing her pink hat and sunglasses.

“Geez.” She brings the big sunglasses down to the bridge of her nose. “Could they possibly be any loude…

Hair Salon - New Updates - House of Hair Norkem Park

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The now-famous House of Hair Salon in Norkem, a suburb of Kempton Park on the East Rand, has an updated website. All for customer convenience.
This hair salon has been around for 16 years and specialises in hair styling making use of well-known brands such as Matrix, Elumen, Goldwell, Hannon and Strands of Love. It's been a year now since the owner, Cornel, agreed to a new mobile-friendly website and a stunningly effective Facebook page.
Here are 3 testimonials:

Leandra Stemmet Cornel is a colour genius! Never ever walked out there not feeling happy. She knows what she is doing and tells her clients exactly what they can expect, the best hairdresser by far.

Riana Macdougal Cornel is a colour genius and uses quality products! Come out looking and feeling like a million dollars! Fabulous salon with friendly staff! Thank you, House Of Hair!!

Yvonne Roux Cornel is fantastiese, ek was so gelukkig met haar dienste.... ek het gister my vriendin na haar geneem. Nou is Lucy ook nog n gelukki…

Calendars 2018 - Make Yours Unique

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Beautiful calendars for 2018 designed by Ron Ashworth. The calendar above was designed from a business card. The owner didn't have the original graphics or artwork. I just improvised and saw this as a challenge. I didn't even plan the design - it just flowed onto the page as I progressed. 
I have been designing calendars since 2004. Each calendar is a labour of love for my clients. When I take on a project for someone I like to individualize the design to suit the colours and logo. Sometimes the calendar is just for an individual, then there is no logo. But I still use my skills to make each calendar compliment the photo. That way every client can feel like the calendar is special to him or her. It's as if the calendar takes on the personality of each individual.
These calendars have been used as gifts for loved ones or for special clients of a company. What better way to be remembered all year round? Even with the advent of modern Internet connectivity, these calendars a…

Milestones 2017

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The year started with great promise. We were involved with a huge project that took up a lot of our time. After months of frustrating toil, it led to a big zero and loss. I learned a hard lesson about human nature. Some people are totally dishonest and literally turn on you when things don’t go their way. All you can do is learn from such experiences and not repeat them.

The Takeaway
Communication is important. Make sure that the other party understands what is involved. Also, get a good idea of what their expectations are. Sometimes they build up a false picture of what they are going to get and what they are paying for. It’s better to get a rejection because you have clearly placed all your cards on the table. That was a disastrous start to the year. Learn to become a better communicator. Ask questions to make sure that you understand what they want.

So, the year didn’t start well, and I had all my eggs in the wrong basket. Nevertheless, I celebrated 25 years in business for myself…