Charlotte's Web

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Just Call Me Elizabeth

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Jane Austen wrote you. You are extremely aware of the power of a single word.
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Thanks Dewey for the pointer.

Well, I consider this a compliment, even though I think choosing “hot tea” over “bourbon whiskey” as my drink of the moment was the clue to being written by Jane Austen and not Hunter S. Thompson.

I received some kindly flak from my dear friend Lia for only thinking up five compliments in the 10 Best Compliments meme. I am so much better at being self-deprecating than self-promoting, but I think the clue (having read Courtney’s compliment meme this morning) is to see compliments as an indication that we are well-rounded people, more than just our jobs, our families and our appearances.

So here are five more compliments:

5. We have a lot of visitors, both family and friends, who come to stay. I take it as a huge compliment because it means that despite the relative chaos, people like being in our home. That makes me happy. I think we have evolved a style of catering to our visitors’ needs that makes them feel comfortable and at home with us. Most South Africans do not see Germany as an enticing holiday destination, so I feel thrilled that certain friends have made the effort to visit us here. When people come all the way to Germany, I know it’s because they are coming to see us, and not just using us as a convenient base from which to tour Baden-Wurttemburg. That means a lot. (Though if they did want to use us as a base from which to tour B-W, we’d be happy about that too.)

4. It’s a great compliment that after nearly 13 years of marriage, 15 years of togetherness, three babies, the gaining of some kilograms, the acquisition of some grey hairs and crow’s feet, my husband still finds me sexy.

3. I have never needed to hunt for work. The work I do now comes from both of my former employers and it is a testament to my relationships at both companies that the work still flows my way.

2. One of my daughters is very girly. She loves it when I make an effort to look nice – when I put on a dress, some make-up, heels. She looks up me as if I am a princess and breathes, “You look BEAUTIFUL, Mummy”. It’s worth the effort, just to hear that from my D.

1. You still there? I take that as a compliment. I’m thrilled that this blog has readers, that people take the time to read, to comment and to be so very encouraging. Without that, Charlotte’s Web might have turned to dust months ago. Thank you.


Now I Need to Read This Book

You’re Siddhartha!

by Hermann Hesse

You simply don’t know what to believe, but you’re willing to try
anything once. Western values, Eastern values, hedonism and minimalism, you’ve spent
some time in every camp. But you still don’t have any idea what camp you belong in.
This makes you an individualist of the highest order, but also really lonely. It’s
time to chill out under a tree. And realize that at least you believe in

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