Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Here is some food for thought....!!

Top 5 insects you should be eating

2014-07-08 14:50

Cape Town – Scientists have long argued the virtues of eating insects as an alternative source of nutrition. Not only are insects cheap, they are filled with proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals.

There are close to 2000 different edible insects in the world according to a report on IFL science.

Here is a list of the top 5 insects we should eat.


These insects are filled with protein. 77% of its entire body is entirely made up of protein.

Known as chapulines in Latin America, they mainly eat beans, corn and other legumes.

Grasshoppers in Mexico are usually eaten with tortillas and avocado.


Palm grubs

Know as natural energy bars, palm bugs are weevils and are eaten in South Asia and the Americas, specifically in Paraguay.

These bugs are filled with unsaturated fatty acids. The body consists of 69% pure fat.

They can be cooked in their own fat or eaten raw.

Mopane worms

Mopane worms are a great source of iron. They have between 31 to 77mg of iron per 100g.

Found predominantly in Southern Africa, these insects are very good for increasing iron levels for people who have vitamin deficiencies.


Meal worms

Nutritionally meal worms could be compared to beef. In European countries, companies have started growing meal worms in order to be used as bird food.

But they are just as good for humans.

In the Netherlands companies are now rearing meal worms for human consumption.

Meal worms

Black soldier flies maggots

A Black soldier fly contains 42% protein and 35% fat.

These insects are mostly used in animal feed. They are particularly used in the poultry, trout and swine industry.

In China they are especially delicious when deep fried or dried.

Black soldier fly

- News24

Thursday, May 22, 2014

AAADD - know the symptoms!

Thank goodness there's a name for this disorder.

Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.
As I turn on the hose in the driveway,

I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage,

I notice mail on the porch table that
I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table,

Put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table,
And notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back

On the table and take out the garbage first...

But then I think,

Since I'm going to be near the mailbox
When I take out the garbage anyway,
I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table,

And see that there is only one check left.
My extra checks are in my desk in the study,

So I go inside the house to my desk where
I find the can of Pepsi I'd been drinking. 

I'm going to look for my checks,
But first I need to push the Pepsi aside
So that I don't accidentally knock it over.

The Pepsi is getting warm,
And I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi,
A vase of flowers on the counter
Catches my eye--they need water.

I put the Pepsi on the counter and
Discover my reading glasses that
I've been searching for all morning.
I decide I better put them back on my desk,
But first I'm going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter ,

Fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV,

I'll be looking for the remote,
But I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table,
So I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
But first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers,

But quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I set the remote back on the table,

Get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to

Remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

The car isn't washed,
The bills aren't paid,
There is a warm can of
Pepsi sitting on the counter,
The flowers don't have enough water,
There is still only 1 check in my check book,
I can't find the remote,
I can't find my glasses,
And I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,

I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day,
And I'm really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem,

And I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail....

Do me a favor.

Forward this message to everyone you know,
Because I don't remember who I've sent it to.

Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!
P.S. I don't remember who sent it to me, so if it was you, I'm sorry

Monday, March 17, 2014

"It is finished"

Scene :

JHN19.28. After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
29.Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
30.When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Jesus did not say, "I am finished" This would have sounded like words of resignation. Rather he said "it is finished" which are words of proclamation. He has received in His mighty heart the sins of the whole world. Now was the moment to announce as loudly as His crucified state would allow the triumphant news that He had finished the work His Father had given Him to do.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Best Writing Tips....

These writing tips cover the basics and the most important aspects of writing.

  1. Do it. Write.
  2. Read as much and as often as you can. Remember, every writer is a reader first.
  3. Keep a journal or notebook handy at all times so you can jot down all of your brilliant ideas.
  4. Make sure you have a dictionary and thesaurus available whenever you are writing.
  5. Be observant. The people and activities that surround you will provide you with great inspiration for characters, plots, and themes.
  6. Invest in a few valuable resources starting with The Chicago Manual of Style, and The Elements of Style.
  7. Grammar: learn the rules and then learn how to break them effectively.
  8. Stop procrastinating. Turn off the TV, tune out the rest of the world, sit down, and write.
  9. Read works by highly successful authors to learn what pleases publishers and earns a pretty penny.
  10. Read works by the canonical authors so you can understand what constitutes a respectable literary achievement.
  11. Join a writers’ group so you can gain support from the writing community and enjoy comradery in your craft.
  12. Create a space in your home especially for writing.
  13. Proofread everything at least three times before submitting your work for publication.
  14. Write every single day.
  15. Start a blog. Use it to talk about your own writing process, to share your ideas and experiences, or to publish your work to a reading audience.
  16. Subscribe to the top writing blogs on the Internet. Read them, participate, and enjoy!
  17. Use writing exercises to improve your skills, increase your talent, and explore different genres, styles, and techniques.
  18. Let go of your inner editor. When you sit down to write a draft, refrain from proofreading until that draft is complete.
  19. Allow yourself to write poorly, to write a weak, uninteresting story or a boring, grammatically incorrect poem. You’ll never succeed if you don’t allow yourself a few failures along the way.
  20. Make it your business to understand grammar and language. Do you know a noun from a verb, a predicate from a preposition? Do you understand tense and verb agreement? You should.
  21. You are a writer so own up and say it out loud: “I am a writer.” Whether it’s a hobby or your profession, you have the right to this title.
  22. Write, write, write, and then write some more. Forget everything else and just write.

Friday, October 4, 2013

My thoughts on the Kruger Park.....

I recently spent one week in the Kruger Park. We were a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children). I camped in Skukuza and although the amount of game we viewed during this time was impressive, there were other things that concerned me.

1.  Prior to arrival in the park, I paid for the campsite for 2 adults in full. I was told to produce my booking details on arrival and I would then have to pay the balance (for the 3 children) - no problem. Upon arrival at the Skukuza office I produced the paperwork and my credit card, in anticipation for paying the balance. The agent told me it was not necessary to pay for the three children. When I quizzed her, it seemed that it was too much trouble to put the payment through, and I was sent on my way. When I questioned the many other campers in the campsite, they experienced the same thing.
NOW DON'T GET ME WRONG HERE - this was obviously a bargain BUT I was happy to pay the balance. I have heard that the park is struggling to make ends meet and if this kind of inferior billing is taking place, it is no wonder they are struggling!

2. Upon arrival we were told that there are 200 campsites in Skukuza. There were 220 bookings made for that day. The result - no campsites available and people had to SQUEEZE in and share campsites resulting in a noisy, overpopulated campsite which was extremely unpleasant!

3. Skukuza advertise 2 swimming pools in the campers area. The one was locked up during the duration of our stay, while the second pool was operating. Needless to say, there is no grass or shade around the pool making the time spent around the pool most uninviting! Come on Parks board - get your act together and improve the pool facilities!

4. As you walk around the Skukuza camp and chalet areas, you often catch a smell of failing sewerage systems - most unpleasant! This is due to the overbooking of course, and the the general lack of maintenance.

5. People behaviour - the quality (or lack of quality) of people's driving in the park is pathetic. People have to be the first to get to the game view. Drivers break the speed limit, push in front of you while you are viewing an animal, and basically couldn't care a damn about park etiquette!

6. Litter - As you drive around you will notice South Africa's national flower - the plastic bag. These, with other items of litter are thrown out of car windows and are seen from time to time all around Skukuza. Very sad. Also - I spotted more cigerette stompies in Kruger than I did impala. Hundreds and hundreds of stompies at bird hides, in the campsite, at restuarants and viewing spots. Smoking should be banned in the park.

Otherwise - not a bad destination if you are ok to put up with points 1-6. I however, will not be camping in Skukuza again.

-The end-

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Driving in SA

Driving a vehicle in South Africa...............

 There seems to be more and more cars, taxis, busses and trucks on our roads, and the numbers are increasing! What is not improving is the quality of our roads. Due to the high traffic volumes aggravated by the plentiful rains this season, potholes seem to be popping up everywhere. Maybe the slight increase in 4X4 sales is the reason for this! Although the roadworks are necessary, it has impacted on the long queues of vehicles in traffic jams, many hours of wasted time on the road, an increase in driver frustration levels which often leads to road rage, and most importantly, INCONSIDERATION of drivers towards other road users!
I drive mostly in the Pretoria East suburban areas, and every day I see incidents of road rage, total inconsideration of drivers toward their fellow drivers, breaking the law, and clearly ignoring robots and roadsigns just so that they can get to the front of the queue and rea...ch their destination first!
I would like to know whether the driver's and learners licence syllabus has changed. In my day of getting a learner's and drivers licence, the robot lights were described as follows :
AMBER : upon approaching an amber robot, slow down to a stop so that you are stationary by the time the robot is red.
GREEN : Go, pull away from the robot intersection.

Nowadays, some drivers interpret the robot colours as the following :
RED : Go like hell to make sure you don't get stuck in the intersection!
AMBER : Do not slow down, but speed up to see if you can quickly make it through the intersection before the robot turns red.
Green : Stop - because you have to now wait for the people who hopped the AMBER and RED robots who are stuck in the intersection.
Is it no wonder that people are becoming more aggressive and more incidents of road rage are occurring!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Driving and Cell Phones!

Eish! Still too many drivers driving around busy on cell phones! Talking and texting while they drive, often with kids in the car! MADNESS!