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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. Th

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 plac

Blogging Because I Love It

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I was looking at my software online where I can design different things and came across a Facebook image that I could change so I gave it a try. Maybe you are interested in blogs or something to read or explore. Thanks for arriving here. Below is a post from last year. 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

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. “Cou

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

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

Chiropractor Kempton Park

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If you are looking for a good chiropractor in Kempton park then read this. Dr. Felix Starker is a chiropractic healthcare professional situated in Kempton Park, East Rand, Gauteng. His hands-on approach to health care includes patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment, using joint and spinal manipulation with his broad range of chiropractic experience. I was introduced to him recently to design a website for his practice by a friend who regularly visits him. I found him to be very knowledgeable and professional. It was my opportunity to learn more about his field of expertise. Last year I was plagued with severe back pain and desperately sought relief. A visit to a GP didn't help and a friend suggested that I try her chiropractor who had helped her husband. Because my condition was so severe that I could barely walk a few steps and sitting was almost impossible, I decided to book an appointment for treatment. Needless to say, I ended up feeling worse. I cou

Stained Glass By Tiny Dot Studio

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Stained glass door panels created by Petro of Tiny Dot Studio in Birchleigh, Kempton Park. Stained glass looks magnificent in any window or door. It is considered an art form which reached its height in the Middle Ages and became a graphic form which was used to depict stories from the Bible - many people were illiterate back then. To get a better idea of the history of stained glass you can visit Wikipedia where you will find lots of references and beautiful pictures relating to this noble form of art. Stained glass is still popular today but often referred to as art glass. It is prevalent in luxury homes, commercial buildings, and places of worship. Artists and companies are contracted to create beautiful art glass ranging from domes, windows, backsplashes, etc. (source - Wikipedia).  No doubt, when you stand inside a building and view a beautiful stained glass window lit by the sun, you stop and admire what you see just as you would a special painting. So i

Charlotte Roth GIVEAWAY

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Charlotte Roth - GIVEAWAY #1 AMAZON GIFT CARD and free eBook Greetings from Seattle and welcome to the party. This is my favourite time of year not so much because of Halloween but because of the amazing autumn colours, cosy sweaters, candlelights, and hot cocoa (with a pile of whipped cream  ;) ). Let’s kick off this party with a little giveaway for everyone--as a thank you for hanging out. I'm running a promo right now so please do grab your free copy here:  http://amzn.to/2iu4py6 Also, for a chance to win a 5$ Amazon gift card, I want to hear all your best Halloween costumes ideas for you/your kids. What are you going to be? I have a hard time deciding. We do have a beer fest coming up, so I might just do a Gretchen costume? Please comment below. If you have a picture, even better  😊 Here is a picture of me and my kids from last year   ;-) ) Speaking of fun... Let the fun begin… I’ll announce the winner later. Good luck! Thank you, Charlotte Roth -

Dr. Felix Starker Chiropractor (Kempton Park)

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Dr. Felix Starker is a chiropractic healthcare professional situated in Kempton Park, East Rand, Gauteng. His hands-on approach to health care includes patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment, using joint and spinal manipulation with his broad range of chiropractic experience. I was introduced to him recently to design a website for his practice by a friend who regularly visits him. I found him to be very knowledgeable and professional. It was my opportunity to learn more about his field of expertise. Last year I was plagued with severe back pain and desperately sought relief. A visit to a GP didn't help and a friend suggested that I try her chiropractor who had helped her husband. Because my condition was so severe that I could barely walk a few steps and sitting was almost impossible, I decided to book an appointment for treatment. Needless to say, I ended up feeling worse. I couldn't understand why I couldn't get rid of the back pain. Because of that ex

The People From Brakpan

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The people from Brakpan are quite often ridiculed. How this came about is a mystery to me. I suppose someone started with a joke and others added to his comments and it grew from there. We live in a world where we put people into boxes with labels. Most often it is cruel and incorrect. Fortunately, someone's story comes along that changes our perspective. Yesterday I accompanied my wife to her uncle's birthday party in Brakpan. The Maps app on my iPhone gave me conflicting information so I had to use intuition to home in on the venue. Luckily my decision was correct and then the voice on my wife's smartphone announced that we were at the right place. Nice! all this technology that we carry with us. Well, we pulled into the parking area and went to meet the people. First up were some folks standing outside by the braai fires - I was glad that we wouldn't have to wait too long before we could get our meat on. Her family was very glad to see my wife Maggie since w

Charlenè Brouwer | Living Her Dream

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This is my testimony of years and years of hard work. So for the last two years, I have dedicated myself to something else I dreamed about since 6 years old. I never as a child wanted to be anything else than an actress. I lived and breathed that dream (kind of) into reality. I was raised in a small town called Sannieshof and I always wanted to move to a big city. I never dreamed of Hollywood but I wanted to be an actress telling South African stories. As a 19-year-old, I gave up my studies in Potchefstroom and moved to Italy (my second flight in my life ever and my first flight was alone to America). I began working as a model. It was lonely and I was not happy and decided to come back to South Africa. I packed up my things moved to Johannesburg and met a woman that truly changed my life Hilary Pace. She taught me what it is to be a strong woman in this industry. How to run a business and not take a lot of bullying in this industry. I met a kind man called Bobby Heany who open

Firearms Specialists - Glock Firearms

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The best firearm specialist and distributor, Firearm Trust Services, now has a range of the famous GLOCK 19 & 17 GEN5 firearms in stock. Their brands include Armalite tactical firearms, McMillan, Surgeon (well known for their sniper rifles), Newcon, Uzkon & AWC. Surgeon Rifles manufacture high-end precision bolt-action rifles, actions, and other accessories. These sniper rifles are regularly used in competitive contests. Surgeon Rifles products are available for Military, Law Enforcement, and individual consumers. Firearm Trust Services specialises in the importation and distribution of Surgeon Rifles in South Africa. They are situated in Kempton Park, Gauteng. They are also involved in collections, safekeeping, transfers of ownership, de-activation of firearms, destruction of firearms, de-registration of firearms, imports and exports of firearms. Firearm Trust Services handle certain legal aspects related to firearms such as estates as well as professional advice

The One That Got Away - Charlotte Roth (Free Today)

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A little love from me to you... We can all need a little extra love and laughs--especially now with the cold and the rain moving in (well, at least in my neck of the woods). So please do grab a free copy of my eBook, The One That Got Away--a fun, warm-hearted, and compelling story about a lot of what if’s, how we often take love for granted, and how life doesn’t always have to be picture perfect! Just click on the cover below and it'll take you right to your freebie. Thank you and happy reading. Charlotte <3 PS. I love to hear from my readers. I answer all emails personally and can't wait for yours. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you suddenly looked into the eyes of your handsome ex-boyfriend, at a romantic wedding in Rome ... far away from your husband? Helen is almost forty and her boobs are starting to go south. She’s also happily married to Mark. But why, then, can’t she stop staring at ex-fiancée Rob’s big blue eyes from the

Gliding - The Purest Form Of Flying

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Back in 1978, we were living in Tsumeb in Namibia where I was working for the mine. This was where I discovered the purest form of flying. It was by accident, but I didn't know it at the time. Our house was situated two blocks from the local airfield that belonged to the mine. Every so often a roaring could be heard when the company plane approached for landing or prepared for take-off. I always loved planes and the noise never bothered me. I usually went outside to watch. I'm not sure how it happened but I decided to visit the airfield and discovered that there was a model radio control flying club right next to the main runway. One of the members suggested that I order a kit from Cape Town if I wanted to join. I decided to leave things in his hands and a few weeks later my first radio controlled glider arrived. It took me quite a while to build the glider and it turned out looking fine. My new friend provided the radio control equipment and the day arrived when we m