Knock! Knock! Who’s there?

It’s your interruption: there is always one…

||: Ask(receive)
And then your
>>guaranteed :||

It seems to me that waiting is not really a passive action it’s more like playing in your sandbox until the red spade makes it’s appearance.

What is ’work‘ when it’s ’play’ for you because it comes naturally to you because it is your superpower? (What’s a superpower? it is that thing you do that feels like play to you but work to other people.)
How many ‘asks’ is enough for an answer? How many losts for a found? And a series of doors… people aren’t always home when you come knocking…

E.g. I can work hard at songwriting and the more I do it the easier it get’s until it is more play than work…#Autopilot… until one song interrupts my autopilot into awareness: and the sucker gets stuck in my head.

I can work at foot care and the more I do it the easier it gets until it is more play then work… #Autopilot… until one client interrupts my autopliot into awareness: and what they say gets stuck in my head.

Anything becomes easier the more you do it because you become familiar with the in’s and out’s of it. It’s like finding the backbone of a white wall: the only way to find your way around is knocking and listening for echo-answers. It’s hard work. It’s worn blister knuckles. It’s paying attention to detail until you see the bigger picture of what’s behind what seems to be real right in front of you.

When I was small we had a game of playing hot-or-cold: finding the secret hiding spot via clues because nobody in the game knows the answer except the game-master.

And asking is sometimes the most difficult thing: when you don’t know the answer but you would like to know. Asking for help when you wished you were strong enough on your own. But with being strong enough on your own – you loose your connectedness. And people don’t need each other, loose their purpose and become islands floating aimlessly around: following their cellphones around to their next destination- if it is one at all…
Almost like facebook or instagram fishing for likes instead of putting your phone down in return for a real 4D handshake, listening to stories-learning from each other‘s experiences and learning to be interrupted with wisdom you can’t buy from a book. It just says more: eye to eye when a grey head shows you the world through their eyes of years of watching and learning.

Man- I thrive on interruptions; I wait for them patiently as I knock, ask, seek because it saves me time and brings me closer to my humanity: having little time, less time to waste and much to learn to make the time I have, have a bigger impact.

That is my superpower: to figure out what I am here for and play from interruption to interruption knock-knock, seek-seek and ask-ask. The answers keep surprising me, the doors that open too: the stuff you find to be useful is amazing. Not at all what I expected. Not interruptions but rather eruptions of life pressing that turbo button on new insights, new purpose, new hope and new perspective on what before used to be an #Autopilot situation.
>>interrupt me please
all this knocking, asking, seeking going on is just me waiting for you to awaken me into the next level of LIFE.

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
083 767 2701
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>In the photo: the teapot that interrupted my day: it threw a tantrum because it has been seriously underused: almost like a ‘I quit’… so we’ll try again tomorrow #TinyConcertsFestival at my house 10:00. Whattsapp me and I’ll send you an address pin. Winston Siljeur and I are doing #FavoriteThongs #FavoriteMusic #Jazz #Covers #Afrikaans #Originals. R120pp(beverage included: Graham Beck MCC is throwing bubbles- so that is something to celebrate already! Besides the forest, the mountain and the newly tuned grand piano- thank you Alwyn!)
>Foot Care as usual: weekdays, school hours.
>SaveTheDate: 🎶13th March ’Gin & Jazz’ in Wellington’s Die Bôrdienghuis with Sincere Swing(Bram Potgieter’s band) New extended playlist I just love because it is both challenging and fun. Starts at 18:00.
🎶’Tiny Concerts Festival’ 10:00 at my house in Stellenbosch 13th March Stellenbosch.
🎶Toastmasters 26 March Somerset West
🎶Homecoming 27 March Drostdy Theatre with Hilton Mandela Andries
and you can still catch me at the Woordfees #OmmieTafelMetMarthie daily at the Plataankafee 13-14:00 until 16th March.
>The song was a hard one to pick: either ‘Knock!Knock’ (the link takes you deep into my Dropbox)
The song is about the skeleton who refuses to die and creates havoc in the living world(its actually about me knocking on my coffin door just wanting to sing one more song… or write one)
or ‘Die Woord’ song: ‘Ek wens ek was die wyn in jou glas’ (seeing that it is Woordfees)

A: Ek wens ek was die wyn in jou glas.
Wat bloos met die aanhoor van jou naam.
Ek wens ek was die handdoek in jou tas
Wat jou lyf omvou as jy drup van dou
Ek wens ek was ‘n woord
Wat aan jou lippe klou
O so naby jou
Ek wens ek was die wyn in jou glas.

B: Want daar is soveel dinge
Wat ons kan aanraak.
En soveel maniere.
Wat jy my kan mal maak.

C: Druiwe word ryp word gepars word geoes
Dis duisende korrels wat gis en ferment
Dit kan jou dronk maak
Water wat wyn raak

NO means ‘Not Overnight’.

It’s not easy hearing a NO. But if you turn it around it works like a button and reads ON. It is a switch and you just need to flick it again…
No means… no never, not now, not today, not this season, not this year or just ‘ask again later’…

We once had aMcDonalds play-toy I could never let go: The Magic Meatball. I loved it so much! The idea is you ask the meatball an important question to which the answer should be ‘yes’ or ‘no’. It had one button you could press resulting in random cheeky answers like
“The Meatball says ‘yes’”
“The Meatball says ‘no’”
“The Meatballs says ‘ask again later’”.

Can one learn something from a bright orange plastic meatball? Yes, absolutely!

You can learn that- although you did not get in for your favorite art festival- you can still go out and meet all the people who has journeyed with you- who has seen your hard work and believe in the Bigger Plan-which is not dependent on tickets sold or 50-100 words printed in black and white in a booklet. It is written in peoples hearts- how they remember you inspired them on a day when they looked at their own ‘NO’ as a permanent condition and in turn remind you to look at your own NO differently-a little less mmm permanent.

So today I bought myself an ice-cream(strawberry and chocolate with jellybeans and caramel sprinkles on top from Marcel’s) and nearly dropped it multitasking paying for it. Nearly melted it because I was talking too much to the next person explaining Tiny Concerts, why they matter(House Concerts) and how it became a Festival… All these various ON people made my NO glow ON because I get it now…
If you can create a legacy and be part of a community of people who move towards building a positive future: that IS the best “Yes!” You can ever get.

You’re Everyone’s Success… (YES)

…it is really not a ‘me’ thing. Its just a matter of waiting until you have been around enough to understand the difference and also give somebody else a chance to build their own legacies too in NO’s and YES’s.

So Cheers to many more NO’s!

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram

>#OmmieTafelMetMarthie -In the picture is me at the fabulous Roosboom winery: perfect relaxed backdrop to communicate what I will be up to the next week at the Woordfees in Stellenbosch: meeting old and new friends at the Plataan Cafe(Kruiskerk), (52 Reyneveld str, Stellenbosch is the closest route destination) 1-2 pm(I’ll buy you a coffee!)
>Tiny Concerts Festival is ON! 6 and 13 March 10-11:00 AM #FavoriteThings #FavoriteMusic #Jazz #Covers #Afrikaans #Originals R120 pp. With Winston Siljeur with his piano fingers and I am managing a couple of toys and drums myself as well as singing. Book below or just inbox me. Beverage included(my neighbor said she things Method Cape Classic should do it so I got Graham Beck on board! Whoop! whoop!) BOOK Below
>Footcare as usual: School-hours. I might be scarcer next week though… Placed 3 carers so far for Care First #PartOfTheFamily
>FAWM is over(February Album Writing Month) I did folky songs(and some cut to the bone ones too) for the Kimberley musical I am working on(history of diamonds) 47 zongs! I had to load most on bandcamp this time because I ran out of harddrive space and memory #LongStory. But the good news I have a new favorite!…drumrolllll
>’The Lost Child’s lyrics were written by Bill White from Peru and I put it to music. That is what is so exciting about music: it is alive and ever evolving!
You can find it here.

The Lost Child
Lyric by Bill White
Feb 27, 2020

Let me put you on a golden pony
And I will lead you up the trail
Through the clouds onto a plateau
Where you can see the sun again

You were lost down in the jungle
Swamp where crocodiles play
With a snake your only bracelet
And your crown a bird of prey

Oh why were you the one to see
Such a sad and frightening sight
A lost child scared and choking
On a piece of shattered light

Now you have stopped crying
The stars with sparkle on dried tears
And I’ll return to our father’s house
Until you need my help again

The Seven Year Plan Is Coming Together

It’s ok to blink. But blinking without having a plan- that’s a problem…
I was thinking: How can I sell you my newest offerings without making it look like my Office desk’s chaos? Well- it might look like chaos… but it’s planned chaos! It’s stuff I engineered more than seven years ago…

You see I had a dream of writing 50 songs for 50 artists and teach and help them to be successful in the music industry as independent artists. For that mission I had to figure it out myself(best person to practice on first is yourself my brother always says) And I literally went all the way to Nashville/TheMoon and back.

And now 7+ years later things are starting to move slowly but surely into focus. At Last! E.g. this week Hilton Mandela Andries came back from his year+ experience in Spain wanting to do a show featuring some of my songs I wrote for him and his amazing voice. We had a meeting on Thursday and ended up spending the day: I play piano, make tracks, play-video-video, record some studio stuff- we collaborate with more artists…) And right there is my dream come true: to have a special chaos day… #PlannedChaos.
Stuff I wrote on my vision board, made white envelopes for, moved it back and forth on clipboards(project status stuff), Dropbox folders, lyric sheets, photo’s, biographies, poster designs… for seven years.

A show? No- I don’t want to sell you a show. This is my life in 7D proving to prove that a baby born- prematurely -can dream big and invite you to become part of the next 7 year’s journey.

“Put down that knitting, the book and the broom- come hear the music play” #LifeIsACabaret #LouisArmstrong

The music is where the music is playing in March:
🎶Tiny concerts Festival starting next week Friday with Winston Siljeur @HouseConcertStellenbosch
🍷☕️#OmmieTafelMetMarthie @52RyneveldStr Talking and Socializing about the Woordfees
🎶Gin & Jazz with Sincere Swing(hey! I have an extended playlist now: Jazz 2) in Wellington @DieBôrdienghuis
🎶Toastmasters Somerset West @SomersetWestLibrary(‘Jazz you dare to dream’ with tracks)
🎶The Homecoming(Hilton Mandela Andries’) @Drostdy. Marthie will be playing piano. Looooove that place’s piano’s!

BOOKINGS? follow link below… it all lives in one crazy place called I told you…#focus)

Oh you might spot the advertisement Thursday in the local Eikestadnuus about footcare/first care home nursing placement- but thats all. BTW I did a talk and show to seniors turning 80+ today in Kylemore(I never refuse: these people still do tea-treats the ‘right’ way)

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram

>The picture is my poster design for our Tiny Concerts Series: I just love a poster with a piano in it- exactly like the one we’ll be playing at my house….
>Footcare as usual: school-hours. Home Care? Met some great ladies at our Orientation Day for Stellenbosch carers last week.
>#RADIOAIRPLAY I have good news: Radio Namakwaland has put my new single on their playlist so you can request it! “In Namakwaland Maak Ons So/ Kommagas Se Mense”
>This is the song (I wrote it for Danneline Ramsden)
Kommagas se mense -Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch-Woman On Fire
Kommagas se mense
V1. Maak my wakker met jou wakkerword brou
As die dou op die dag lê en wag
Dan klim ek nog ‘n bietjie dieper in
Terwyl ek op jou koppie liefde wag.

Pre-koor: Maak jou oorgawe met jou thè
Gooi ‘n bietjie liefde by
Met ekstra suiker en nog melk
Ek weet jy gee om vir my

Koor: In Namakwaland maak ons so
Kommagas se mense(is my mense)
In Namakwaland maak on so
Kommagas se mense(is my mense)

V2. Maak my wakker met jou opstaan brou
As die son net sy kop uitsteek
Dan sien ek kans vir die dag en vir die lewe wat wag
Stuur koppies liefde die wêreld in.

Pre-koor: Maak jou oorgawe met jou thè
Gooi ‘n bietjie liefde by.
Met ekstra suiker en nog melk
Ek weet jy gee om vir my.

Koor: In Namakwaland maak ons so
Kommagas se mense(is my mense)
In Namakwaland maak on so
Kommagas se mense(is my mense)

Brug: Ek loop die lang pad saam met jou
Hand aan hand om al die stories toe onthou.
Genade gemeng met rooi en swart tee
Jare in ‘n blik wil ek graag vir jou gee
Kommagas se mense

Koor: In Namakwaland maak ons so
Kommagas se mense(is my mense)
In Namakwaland maak on so
Kommagas se mense(is my mense)
Pre-koor: Maak jou oorgawe met jou thè
Gooi ‘n bietjie liefde by.
Met ekstra suiker en nog melk
Ek weet jy gee om vir my.

Koor: In Namakwaland maak ons so
Kommagas se mense(is my mense)
In Namakwaland maak on so
Kommagas se mense(is my mense)

When the lights go out but the sun still shines

You must be in South Africa because it is load-shedding. The benefits of load-shedding is you get to spend time with your cat. And plan your day better: computer on, computer off #Restart #ShutDown And everything works in pockets of 2,5 hours.

Just like the show for Valentines day at De Warenmark: 2,5-3 hours. With good music you don’t need lights. And the food will be ready- it always is at De Warenmark(my mom always phones and asks what I am up to when I am eating oysters and champagne there on a Friday night… and then I have to brace myself for the ‘don’t eat raw seafood’ speech…)

But this Friday it is going to be extra special: ✔️Valentine’s day ✔️Friday ✔️Sincere Swing will be creating the music canvas of the evening. Me? I’m the cherry. I hope the cherry remembers her words… 12 new songs- and let me tell you jazz music tend to knot your brain- and vocal chords- securely until you are not really sure in which key you are in, was or going to end up in… alas! Does it even matter..? All I can say that I have been known for creative wording, singing and it is mostly on a recognizable note of the music scale/keyboard. And if not …you just hold it- hold it- hold it until you grab it successfully! Thats all.

Hope to see you there!

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram

>The picture includes the fabulous menu for Friday’s show.
>Show info: Valentynsdag. Bring jou romantiese sy na vore en bederf jou geliefde op Valentynsdag. Vrydag 14 Februarie 2020 met ‘n verruklike driegangmaaltyd met wyn en Jazz deur Sincere Swing & Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch- bespreek nóú.R425 per persoon(sluit 3 gang maaltyd en wyn in) R70 “cover charge” per persoon. Bespreek 021 883 2274.
>Foot care as usual. Care First has their next orientation day for carers 17 Feb- you can email me and I can send you the details.
>You can follow my progress on February Album Writing Month in bandcamp(working on a musical about Kimberley and the diamond rush)
>The song of the week is by Cole Porter: (You’d be so)Easy to love…I recorded it with just voice and piano with Bram Potgieter because it doesn’t need much. It does cover quite a bit of many piano notes… link below.

Care First- staying independent longer

You don’t allow just anybody into your home: it is a place where love and trust are respected. That is why I started Care First Placement Agency. We find trained quality carers you can adopt into your home to keep you in control of your care and independent longer.
This is my press release.

“A project born to give Hope to seniors: Care First Placement Agency.
Stellenbosch has a growing population of seniors who would like to stay independent longer. There are frail care facilities available in the community but it is always a challenge when both partners are not ready for the move or just need minimal support. Sr Marthie Hauptfleisch, a specialist in nursing foot care has identified the opportunity to meet these needs.
“I have had too many people ask me about employing carers and cutting out the middleman whereby carers take the full fee paid by clients, home. Also carers looking for opportunities but not knowing where to start to find the right clients for their skills. This has its advantages and disadvantages: This means that greater care must be taken to place carers with suitable families because this becomes a long term relationship of trust and support. Clients need to feel safe and know that they will be well taken care of even in their most vulnerable life stages. Carers need to feel that they make a difference in the client’s life, giving them quality of life and independence when they need it most.
“We feel that each carer is adopted into a family and becomes part of the family. The disadvantages of a placement agency is that there is no backup carer when a carer takes sick leave and transport is part of the clients and carer’s responsibility to be sorted. The benefits are that the client takes control of who they want and selfmanages their care and companionship according to their needs.”
Clients are assessed for their challenges during an hour consultation with a professional nurse(Sr. Marthie Hauptfleisch) and placements are done by Care Placement Manager(Shaneene Theron). Nursing plans can be put together on request as well as in-service online training courses carers might need for specific client needs e.g. care of clients with Alzheimers, diabetes, stroke or post operative care. These courses will also be available to domestic workers who need to upskill to better meet the needs of the client they are already employed with. Fall prevention and help with assistive devices are also offered.
Carers are registered on an online database capturing their basic education, references and security clearance. This also includes a photo and short video of introduction to simplify the selection process for placement.
Feedback given by clients will help with future employment of carers. Service Placements offered are:
● Companionship
● Respite care(post surgery or holiday break away)
● Transport
● Frail Care
● Child Care
Contact Sr. Marthie Hauptfleisch for more information ​​ or 0837672701”

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram

>In the picture: First Orientation Day(Care First Placement Agency) 3 February 2020
From Left to right
Sandra Fish(carer), Sr. Marthie Hauptfleisch(Professional Nurse), Helena Bester(Auxiliary Nurse), Sheneene Theron(Care Placement Manager), Patricia Cloete(carer), Abigail Beukes(carer). Ek weet nie eintlik hoekom ek Engels skryf nie, want huille is almal Afrikaans. Welkom dames! #CareFirst #PartOfTheFamily
>Show 14 February at De Warenmark: it’s Jazz with Sincere Swing(Bram Potgieter)
>Foot-care as usual. Care First Assessments for care/companion placement may also be booked now. The link to sign up as a client or carer is below. I can’t wait to help you better serve your needs.
>Song of the week is: Kyk tog mooi na jouself my ma- I wrote it for my mother who was having surgery on Pretoria 1000 km’s away from me working in Cape Town at the time. She always worked too hard putting others needs first and I thought it was time to tell her to look after herself because she is much loved. (You can request #RADIOAIRPLAY for this song on your favourite radiostation)
🎶Kyk tog mooi na jouself ,my ma🎶

Vers 1: Ek kan nie jou lewe vir jou ly nie
Kan nie jou drome vir jou bou nie
Verstaan nie die paaie wat jy loop nie.
Tog wens ek jou lewe bly gespaar
al is dit dan net nog ‘n jaar,
Want jy bly die anker wat my hou
Tussenwerpsel: O leef deur my
En sien my kinders groot word
En kyk tog mooi na jouself.
Jy’s geleen aan die wêreld met ‘n rede
Die skaakbord se grootste pion.
Brug: Soms wens ek ek kan jou vashou en in my lewe hou
Maar dan weet ek jy sal wil wegbreek
Jou lewe weereens gee
Vir almal: jou lewe gee
Kyk tog mooi na jouself, my Ma
Vers 2: Ek kan nie sê links of regs is reg nie
Ek kan nie die heelpad saam kom loop nie
Want o hierdie langpad kom van ver
Maar ons het dit saamgeloop, my Ma
daars hierdie naelstring wat ons dra
Oor alles, deur wat ver is, liefde dra…
Nog ‘n tussenwerpsel! :My liefde dra jou hoog as jy soms twyfel aan die lig
My liefde dra jou hoog om jou te troos
Te troos as jy bang is.
Want o my liefde sal jou dra
Kyk tog mooi na jouself, my Ma

Fly on the wall

My dad always used to give the flies names- especially the ones who were frequent flyers(and landers) when we would visit Blenheim Farm on December Summer holiday visits to Stellenbosch. Since those days I have discovered inventive ways of keeping them away. You have to keep your finger on them if you know what I mean.

In the picture is my favorite fly in town- it sits on the bridge wall at Piet Retief str close to Paul Roos. You can help name it. Hey- I might even write a song about him seeing that February Album Writing Month is starting on Saturday: I will be focusing on writing music for a great book and love story I came across by Carien Punt ‘Liefdesverduistering’. With all my research on Jazz and the history of the composers and why they wrote the music, I realized more South African stories need to be told! So this one will be about the Diamond Dig in Kimberley. (If you want your own copy of the book I can pass on her details)
So this fly is going to see all kinds of wonderful things this year. I am busy working on Care First (a Care Placement Agency)- too many people are looking for: carers and somebody to care for. My hope is to connect people who will become like family and upgrade carers to their future purpose.
And it looks like I might have to add handymen, hairdressers and drivers license holders as well.
This gets me all excited and nervous at the same time because I want to let the office stay in the ‘sky’ and be paperless which is a bit of a challenge with technology not being everybody’s forte. We’ll get there- slowly works.

So in the meantime of doing research on filling in forms(and developing the forms) for carers and clients I discovered a nifty new way of scheduling appointments! Play with me… If you have an appointment for foot care you want to schedule in February please fill in the form(it’s fun I promise! Clickety-click stuff) and request a time. On my end I will make sure I bring all my tools to remove whatever toenails and foot-problems you might have. So far it looks like ingrown toenails(boyfriendtitis I call it) and overgrowth seems to be the top challenges.

Remind me next time to write about my visit to Canada over Christmas- it only snowed the last day in Vancouver… aaah.

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram
>Foot Care? Check the button below
>Show: 14 February 2020 Jazz @DeWarenmark, Stellenbosch. I will let you know next week how to book tickets.
>February Album Writing Month starts Saturday… check my YouTubeChannel.
>Song of the week is ‘Smeek vir Reën’- the fly on their wall will tell you they still need rain. But man is it interesting and inspiring to watch the farmer’s wives move in creating all things wonderful in merchandise to support their efforts in surviving. Their information is in the links ‘more’ section #SaveTheSheepSutherland #RadioAirplay will raise visibility- you know what to do- ask and they Radio Station play it(I’ll send the song if they don’t have it already)

Mag ek smeek vir reën o Heer
(Sutherland Anoniem)
Die son kom op, steeds op sy plek
Die maan ook, elke keer
Die voëltjies praat nog, weemoed gerek…
Die stiltes raak al meer…

‘n Steenbok langs die pad verwese
Sy veglus daarmee heen
Ons staar hom aan, deel in sy vrese
Wens ons kon druppels leen..

Koor: Mag ek smeek vir reën o Heer
Ekskuus dat ek weer vra
Wat ons kan offer raak min nou Heer
Dis net U wat ons kan dra
Ons hoop is al so dun geskuur
Ons soebat al so lank

Hoe lank gaan hierdie smart nog duur
Ons siele loop al mank
Van oraloor kom hulp o Heer

‘n Smeekroep weer gehoor
Ons moet U wil nog leer o Heer
Ons twyfel nog verloor

Koor: Mag ek smeek vir reën o Heer
Ekskuus dat ek weer vra
Wat ons kan offer raak min nou Heer
Dis net U wat ons kan dra

There’s always a mountain. Wire?

There is always a mountain… or a long passage way with an end you don’t know if it should be your destination.

Today I found out that that foreign territory is somebody else’s every day life and comfort zone. If you give it(or them) a chance there is always a good samaritan who will point you in the direction of the exit back to your own comfort zone destination. (I visited somebody in the biggest hospital in the world: Groote Schuur)

Then I want to ask myself: Is it a good thing? The comfort zone? This is the year of
🐣”Eggspectation: boil it or hatch it”🐣
(I always pick a theme for my year- it makes it much more fun) and a quote that has been catching my eye is “Live authentic”. Actually I got it off my handbag logo and I thought it is pretty neat: be true to yourself and don’t carry any excess luggage with you- maybe not even a handbag mmm…

How did my trip in Canada go? well I saw amazing old friends, made great new ones and even fitted in a couple of #HouseConcerts! But most of all I can say that people who live in Canada are the same as people who live next door: they smile, they hug, they care and they celebrate moments with you if you let them. The weather and daylight is the only difference. (Let’s not talk about jetlag, ok?)

We arrived in Vancouver and had wonderful sunny winter days-7:30 to 16:30, wet ones with pouring rain and Hollywood lights reflecting off the streets and the last day was the cherry on top with the first snow touching base creating a Winter Wonderland and luckily no shoveling needed.
Thank you for making our Canadian visit Unforgetable! Now let’s get back to sunshine and 38C living!

>In the picture is the Golden Ears Mountain: it was a bit like trying to take a picture of a rainbow- it kept moving further away and I just couldn’t find the perfect shot- so you will see it is ‘wired’!
>Foot Care as usual: Mon-Fri 8:00-16:00. Yes, the nurse is back!
>Upcoming events: working on ‘Katjiepiering en Anys’ with WInston Siljeur(It’s the story of my grandparents-who were married 67 years!) and “Hooglied Bokkie” with Bram Potgieter.(I just love love love this production: it makes me think of pop/classical/poetry/cabaret- definitely something that will stick in your head as a tune or as a theme), #OmmieTafelMetMarthie in March. Contemplating #JazzFridays/#HouseConcerts…
>Song of the week is “Watching over me”. This is a song that has had radio airplay and I hope you will enjoy it too: it is for the days when you need some help getting out of bed… 🙂
Watching over me

Why are you crying?
For you have a God in heaven
Why are you searching?
For His Spirit leads your way

I know it seems dark and cold
And the rain will fall
But there is a reason
For you to believe

Cause where there is chaos
He will bring peace
When life gets too noisy
He will bring calm ooh
When you’re just surviving
Let Him be the One
Oh won’t You show me?
My life has begun ooh

‘Cause You are the One who calls the shots
And You are the One who’s watching over me
Can’t you see?
And You have designed a life for me
That I just can’t wait to see!
To bring You glory, glory, glory
You are the One who’s watching over me.
You are the One who’s watching over me.

Hello Vancouver-Doing an autopsy on the year

What went right?
What went wrong?
What needs a second chance?(dream on…)

I really wanted to feel depressed and sorry for myself last week: ✔️how hard I work, ✔️how much stuff was still left to do and ✔️how I failed at what was important to me.
Then I started making a list starting from January and it did not take long before my suffer-list was overtaken by the grit-list? It was a wait-minute-watch-moment… bring the champagne…!

Me personally: I think to much focus is on what is yonder instead of taking the moment, catching up with your shadow and celebrating all the little things you have forgotten about while you were on your way to the other side of 2019.

Well, it is time to make the happy list, curl your toes and smile. You did it! You did it alone, you did it with other people, you did it in spite of other people. Make a list of you A+Team because you will be needing them in 2020 and tell them you value them- because it’s going to be a great year!

For 2020 I chose the theme of #Eggspectation: boil it or hatch it…🐣. I think it refers to starting from scratch and having potential. We’ll see how it develops.

And Merry Christmas! Eat the fruitcake and drink the Eggnog- I’ll see you in Vancouver this year. #Friends #Family

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram
>FOOT CARE continues in 2020, 13 Jan.
>THE PICTURE: my favorite fly on the local bridge at Paul Roos Gymnasium School. Somebody had to take a picture of the masterpiece. I wish I knew who created it!
>RADIO AIRPLAY: Smeek vir reën/ I’m dreaming of a Christmas in Saskatchewan(I’ll share the songs to your favorite radiostation if they are not playing it already. Let me know if they do please)
>KEEP THE DATE: I am still tweaking it a bit buy the vision is#JazzFridays shows in March. And a couple of #KatjiepieringEnAnys shows.(The story about my grandparents’ 67 year together: what an adventure!) #OmmieTafelMetMarthie(that’s when I buy you wine/coffee and visit)
>THE SONG: I wanted to create more Summer Christmas songs celebrating the Southern Hemisphere’s weather: this was the first song for the album #SomerKersfees. In Africa we do salads and fit-flops(remember your suntan-lotion!)
🎶Can you write me a Christmas song?
Chorus: Can you write me a Christmas song?
With no snow just sunshine in it?
Will you write me a Christmas song
with bright kites and beach umbrellas?

When you write me your Christmas song.
With sandcastles and clear blue skies.
Make sure when you write that song.
Make sure that you are in it.

Bridge: We can have a big tree bring friends, bring family.
Tell our stories around the BBQ about the year gone by.
Celebrating the long awaited summer day
With salty waters, suntan-lotion, share the good times again.

Coda: Do you hear the Christmas song?
Just a simple summer-salad song
Do you hear the Christmas song?
Just a silly simple summer-salad Christmas song…

The La-La-Nurse Is Back

December is when everything falls in place. My year planner is laid out with holidays, crazy days and work. And I know I only use a day-planner Jan-Feb-March but it makes me feel my ducks are aligning.

I decided to share my one song that stood out as a duck not to be missed: ‘Twee Tasse en n paspoort’. It is a song of belonging: because one is found daily by people around you. This Christmas I will be back in Canada to shake hands with the people who walked the miles with me for ten years. Super excited about seeing snow- hey! I might just offer to shovel someone’s driveway… I still remember the day the neighbor across the road started building an igloo with his frontyard ice bricks collected from a Saskatchewan snow dump harvest. #TheseCanadiansAreCrazy #ThatsWhyILikeThem

This year I am thankful for all the people’s feet I was able to wash. Nursing has opened so many doors for me. Created opportunities to sing, write songs and learn from others and their life experiences. Wow what a journey it has been! And the music has gone beyond to places like Australia, Spain, Italy, England, America, Canada, South Africa… even Katmandu, Everest!

Sometimes just to sit and touch somebody’s feet is everything because it connects you with the world- THEIR world and it is all energy: molecules vibrating.

And as you know it is not over until the last high note is sung(and all the music goes digital): tomorrow is Gin & Jazz day at Die Bôrdienghuis, Wellington. I will be joined by Bram Potgieter and his band. We will be looking for Summer and rainbows. After that it all goes digital🎶.

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram
>The Foot Care Nurse is on leave 20 Dec to 12 Jan. Back 13 Jan 2020.
>Gin and Jazz show at Wellington’s Die Bôrdienghuis 13 December. Book at
>Radio Airplay Suggestion for your local favorite radio station: (I can share it digitally with radio) 🎶‘I’m dreaming of a Christmas in Saskatchewan’ and 🎶‘Smeek vir reën’.
> If you feel like Christmas Music you can check out my album here Somer Kersfees ReMastered (I can’t promise you a White Christmas but at least you can listen at it at any temperature you like…)
> Twee tasse en ‘n paspoort –
The song I wrote when we were moving back to South Africa from Canada.
Vers1: Hier staan ek nou
Gebrei deur wind en weer en hande
Gereis oor seë en kontinente (instr)
Vers 3: Hier staan ek nou
Met twee tasse en ‘n paspoort
En ek wonder waar my hart hoort? (Instr)

Koor: Die mense wat aan my lyf klou
-Kom groei aan my vas
-Maak plek vir nog mense
-Voel of jy altyd hier was
Dan soek ek ‘n antwoord
-Is ek die –
verlore seun, verlore mens
Gevind deur jou?(Instr)

Vers 3: Hier staan ek nou
So gevorm deur my mense
Wat kom loop hier deur my lewe (instr)
Vers 4: Hier staan ek nou
Vetrek met taxis en `n vliegtuig
En dis vir jou wat ek vaarwel wuif (instr)
Brug: Nou bly jy in Duitsland
En Liezel in New Zealand
En ek bly in Kanada
en tussen ons is seë

Vers 5: Hier staan ek nou
So geanker deur my mense
Wat kom loop hier deur my lewe (instr)
Vers 6: Hier staan ek nou
Met twee tasse en ‘n paspoort
En ek wonder waar my hart hoort? (Instr)

Koor: Die mense wat aan my lyf klou
-Kom groei aan my vas
-Maak plek vir nog mense
-Voel of jy altyd hier was
Dan soek ek ‘n antwoord
-Is ek die –
verlore seun, verlore mens
Gevind deur jou?(Instr)

The day sheep learned to fly

This is exactly what happened last week when I needed a written press release fast and I have a (brilliant)grade 12 student in need of money because he is done with exams and on his way to Plett Rage… 20 minutes later… a masterpiece. I really hope this happens more often…

“When thinking about South Africa it is hard to ignore that with our amazing warm weather comes the opportunity for drought. We in the Western Cape are far too familiar with drought and how it can affect our communities after the Day Zero scare of 2018 but the people of Sutherland in the Northern Cape could only have hoped their drought only lasted a year. The track “Smeek vir Reën” aims to raise awareness about the drought that has plagued the sheep farmers of Sutherland for the past 7 years and ultimately forms a way for those affected to try and express the hardships they face on a day to day basis through the medium of music. The song’s origin stems from a farmer’s wife in Sutherland, who wishes to remain anonymous, who came forward with lyrics that I was asked to put to music for this awareness campaign. The track is a call for unity within the Western Cape and within the greater South Africa to stand by the people of Sutherland and to support them in any way they can through : raising awareness and letting them know that they are heard and not forgotten or through graciously making monetary contributions to provide relief to the farmers in need. All proceeds are used to fund feeding schemes carried out every 2-3 weeks for the sheep of Sutherland but without the help of donations these schemes cannot take place. For any inquiries regarding those wanting to make the track available to their local radio stations in order to raise awareness and show your support please contact Marthie at or 0837672701

If one wishes to make a contribution they can do so through the fund Save the Sheep NPC which has been set up for relief with details as follows:

Standard Bank
Account Number: 082956693
Branch Code:05008
Branch name : Beaufort-West
Cheque Account
SWIFT code : sbzazajj”

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram
>#SaveTheSheep is going places. Another stunning design by Marthinusss thank you! ‘Smeek vir Reën’ is available or my personal favourite: download the music(amongst other farm noises)as a ringtone here . Why I like bandcamp? You can donate your own amount and you skip all the steep international banking fees… It is a great Christmas Gift idea for people who live far away or if you want to travel light. Bram Potgieter did his magic with the musical arrangement and De Wet van der Spuy the mixing and mastering. I am always humbled by their genius. Thank you. REQUEST RADIO AIRPLAY PLEASE 🙂
>In photo: Wellington is getting hotter and jazzier: ‘Gin & Jazz’ at Die Bôrdienghuis, Wellington on 13th of December 18-21:00. Marthie & Bram(he is bringing his band to add more magic) Hope to see you there! Booking Button Below. They say you have to play with your gin before you drink it… mmm let’s see!
>’Let’s Talk Foot care’ is a series of two talks that will be offered by me in collaboration with Dr Ilse Joubert at her Stellenbosch Square. Tuesday 10&17 Dec 2019 8-9am. ‘Tis the season for cracked heals… Seniors and Diabetics also welcome. Limited seating. Bookings Button Below.
>The song of the week is the Liberace-song(he is the guy who flew across the stage with a fur coat) Ppl seem to like my version.
My Baby just cares for me…

Baby, my baby don’t care for shows
And he don’t even care for clothes
He cares for me
My baby don’t care
For cars and races
Baby don’t care for
He don’t care for high-tone places

Liz Taylor is not his style
And even Liberace’s smile
Is something he can’t see
Is something he can’t see
I wonder what’s wrong with baby
My baby just cares for
My baby just cares for
My baby just cares for me