New Beginnings.

Since we moved, many friends and relatives have asked what we are going to do with our old living space; will we rent it out? will we demolish it?

I have an idea I have been toying with for a while but have not really gotten round to actually doing it. So H and I have decided we will use that space for it. I am good at procrastinating and have this fear of the unknown that makes me delay working on my ideas and getting started on projects.

So I will be blogging about this as a means of being accountable to myself. This is a dream I have had for years and I am excited to at least make one step towards realizing it. So here goes one step.

First, there are some repairs and changes to be done to some rooms, as well as paintwork. Cannot wait to see the ideas our artist/ painter comes up with. I am still in love with the murals he did in the kids rooms and the paintwork in the rest of the house is superb.

I also need licensing for my project and some new furniture, both indoor and outdoor. But one step at a time for this labour of love. I cannot wait to take before and after shots.

Here is to a new beginning!

 

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Mommy Drives #DSFL

It has been a while but I am back to share what I learnt during the Ford DSFL Course.

After sharing the post on child safety, I saw this post by a Mum on FB. Support is so important, and her children’s lives were saved as they were strapped in correctly at the time. This really needs to be taken seriously by Kenyan parents.

We finished the theory part of the course with a brief discussion on what one should always have in their vehicle at all times.

  1. First Aid Kit
  2. Fire Extinguisher- this is to be changed once a year. To be stored clamped under the passenger seat for easy retrieval- should not be put in the boot.
  3. Torch
  4. Tow rope, gloves
  5. Safety triangles
  6. Cables
  7. A bottle of water (2litre is good) Handy when the car overheats and can also quench your thirst
  8. Car phone charger, you would not want to be stranded somewhere with a phone out of charge.
  9. Loose change, for parking and tipping
  10. Umbrella
  11. Note pad and pen
  12. Tissue

There are so many other things drivers keep in the vehicle, some have a complete tool box. (I did not mention H here LOL), but it’s all about being safe on the road and prepared for any eventuality. As a Mummy driver, we keep everything from a kikoy or khanga, or even a picnic blanket, hand lotion, wet wipes, sunglasses, shopping bags and a small bag or bin for trash.

It sounds like a lot but just check what you have in the car with you, you will be amazed. Some of us even have a bag of ready to wear clothes for spontaneous trips. Hehehehe!

With the recent plastic bag ban, my boot now has a kiondo or two (those sisal baskets we’re are given on our wedding day by our grandmas) which is a big help when shopping.

kiondo
Image source: Google.

What else do you keep in your car as a Mommy driver?

Mommy Drives- Seatbelt Safety

Last week I attended a short Ford Driving Skills for Life course. I learnt a lot within a short time and decided to share the same with you.

Q: How many of us (mommy drivers) have gone for an advanced driving course?

I have not. But doing one preferably by Glen Edmunds is one of my goals. We were challenged by the trainer on how we make an effort to improve other aspects of our lives, but neglect improving on our driving. It was a challenge and be sure to sign up for one ladies. There are several types of advanced driving courses available, some are tailored for ladies, others defensive driving (to counter carjacking), and others on how to drive in difficult conditions (rough terrain and insecure places.)

There were many tips shared, and I will try to exhaust each. I have a disclaimer though; I am no driving expert or car guru, this is just to share what I learnt and keep learning as we need to keep ourselves and our families safe on the roads.

Tip 1: Safety belts.

This is a no brainer Ladies. Seat belts need to be used by ALL passengers ALL the time.

It is a legal requirement in Kenya too.

Why? They reduce chances of fatalities and/ or serious injuries.

Kenyan statistics are not easy to come by on seat belt usage, but it is a challenge. As you drive, make sure all your passengers are belted up too. You would not want them to become missiles in case of a crash now would you?

Here is an article on the same.http://www.machakos-orthopaedics.org/single-post/2016/02/17/Should-I-really-wear-my-seat-belt

I do not even want to get started on those who drive with their children in the front seat or between the driver’s legs. We can and should do better as parents. If I see you do this, I call you out there and then. It does not matter if I know you or not. What is the point in belting up as the driver and not ensuring all the passengers are belted up too? Safety measures apply to all in equal measure.

Below is a clip of an ad advocating use of safety belts that was shared in the class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8PBx7isoM

Also, as you belt up, ensure the belt is adjusted correctly, you do not want it to cut your jugular in case of impact, or slice your tummy either. Here is a great article on how to ensure you are wearing your belt correctly. https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-to-wear-your-seat-belt-properly-by-jason-unrau

This really hit close to home as I realized I was wearing my  seat belt wrong this whole time. You also need to adjust the belt every time you use it. H is much taller than I am so he adjusts differently and if I fail to do so when I drive well, let us not discuss the possible ‘‘headless” scenario.

Until the next tip, let us belt up and make it a rule that every passenger in your car belts up too.

Going the extra mile.

This was shared in one of the Whatsapp groups I am in:-

“Ezra and Thomas joined a company together a few months after their graduation from university.
After a few years of work, their Manager promoted Ezra to a position of Senior Sales Manager, but Thomas remained in his entry level Junior Sales Officer position.
Thomas developed a sense of jealousy and disgruntlement, but continued working anyway.
One day Thomas felt that he could not work with Ezra anymore.
He wrote his resignation letter, but before he submitted it to the Manager, he complained that Management did not value hard working staff, but only promoted the favoured!
The Manager knew that Ezra worked very hard for the years he had spent at the company; even harder than Thomas and therefore he deserved the promotion.
So in order to help Thomas to realize this, the Manager gave Thomas a task.
“Go and find out if anyone is selling water melons in town?”
Thomas returned and said, “yes there is someone!”
The Manager asked, “how much per kg?”
Thomas drove back to town to ask and then returned to inform the Manager; “they are 13.50 per kg!”
The Manager told Thomas, “I will give Ezra the same task that I gave you. Please pay close attention to his response!”
So the Manager said to Ezra, in the presence of Thomas;“Go and find out if anyone is selling water melons in town?”
Ezra went to find out and on his return he said: “Manager, there is only one person selling water melons in the whole town. The cost is 49.00 each water melon and 32.50 for a half melon. He sells them at 13.50 per kg when sliced. He has in his stock 93 melons, each one weighing about 7kg.
He has a farm and can supply us with melons for the next 4 months at a rate of 102 melons per day at 27.00 per melon; this includes delivery.
The melons appear fresh and red with good quality, and they taste better than the ones we sold last year.
He has his own slicing machine and is willing to slice for us free of charge.
We need to strike a deal with him before 10am tomorrow and we will be sure of beating last year’s profits in melons by 223 000.00.
This will contribute positively to our overall performance as it will add a minimum of 3.78% to our current overall sales target.
I have put this information down in writing and is available on spreadsheet.
Please let me know if you need it as I can send it to you in fifteen minutes.”
Thomas was very impressed and realized the difference between himself and Ezra.
He decided not to resign but to learn from Ezra.”

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As we begin this fresh year, let this story help us keep in mind the importance of going an extra mile in all our endeavors.

You won’t be rewarded for doing what you’re meant to do, you only get a salary for that!

You’re only rewarded for going an extra mile; performing beyond expectations.

To be successful in life you must be observant, proactive and willing to do more, think more, have a more holistic perspective and go beyond the call of duty.