Saturday, January 31, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Saturday...

Outside my window... people packing to go fishing

I am thinking... about the additive 211. I had an alergic reaction to cordial last night because of the hot weather. I don't usually drink it, just tea. I have already given up soft drink or soda, most of them because of 211. I have reactions just after I go to sleep. Luckily last night it wore off quickly. This additive is a benzoate.

I am thankful for... my son has his new washing machine, and the backlog is getting washed

From the kitchen... sardines on toast for lunch

I am wearing...
sleeveless shirt and baggy shorts

I am creating...
a menu plan

I am going...
it is a little hot to go anywhere, the cars haven't been their usual selves lately either, both have/had blockages in the radiator and things like that wrong with them

I am reading...
nothing at the moment

I am hoping... everyone stays safe as my daughter learns to fish in a river that is unfamiliar to us

I am hearing...
Sponge Bob, though I don't watch it

Around the house... my daughter has cut out some more squares to sew, and has started putting sequins on them

One of my favorite things... bella donna lilies

A few plans for the rest of the week:
school! Did I mention school?

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Tooma, January 2009

Friday, January 30, 2009

Does anyone listen to Little Big Town?

I caught some songs on CMC, with a member of Fleetwood Mac. The first video speaks of honeysuckle growing wild. I was lucky enough to stay in a place where it did that often.

Skywatch Friday

An end of an era, when my husband drove off my our son's first flat's driveway. Our son is now quite happily living in a bigger place. I quite liked where it was. It was a very small flat in Canberra.

1950s Budget Menu Pt. 2

My first post 1950s Budget Menu mentioned Little Jenny Wren's menu that she actually followed for the family meals, inspired by a series of posts from Like Merchant Ships.

Here is an update from my thoughts from last time.

Today we went through my husband's Grandma's book. It is very special. I won't go into all the details, but some of it is a scrapbook. It is hard to tell which decade each recipe is from. The most interesting discovery that relates to my blogging was some Ezy-sauce recipes. They are exactly the same as the ones I have in my scrapbook. However, hers are pre-metric and mine aren't. I found that interesting.

My recipe book arrived. It is a book that came with an Astor fridge, if you bought one in the 1950s. I had been saying that we didn't have many or perhaps more than one 1950s cookbook.

What I did find, looking through it quickly, was something my Nana made that gave me a lot of joy when she made them with me, that I didn't have a recipe for, that I could say they were definitely them. I did post one though maybe somewhere else, but I am sure this is her Sponge Lillies. By the way, when did metric come in. I did look it up once, perhaps '74. Since this is a 1950s recipe it is in Imperial, which I take to mean to use spoons for measurements, and teacups for the cups. Also to remember a pound has 16? ounces in it, which means a modern butter block (in Australian, we don't have what you call sticks) is 8oz roughly (they changed the exactly size of the butter blocks) which can be cut into ounces. In the US you could probably use this recipe the way it is, using white sugar, and self rising flour. We use a lot of SR flour in Australia and less raising agents.

Sponge Lillies

Three eggs, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup self-raising flour, jelly, cream, salt.

Separate the whites from the yolks of eggs. Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and beat until stiff. Gradually beat in the sugar. Add the egg yolks one at a time and beat well. Stir in the sifted flour. Drop the mixture in dessertspoons on to greased tray, leaving room to spread. Bake in a moderate oven, until a pale brown. (Do not allow to become crisp). Remove the cakes and twist into poke shapes. Fill with whipped cream and place pieces of very firm yellow jelly in each to form a tongue.

Ideas for meals? The fish recipes were all using fresh fish. Hubby says that is not a big deal. We jokingly (I think) said that maybe hubby and second son should run my car in by taking a trip to the beach to fish, and camping. It would be lovely to have fish in the freezer. How do we get it home, usually in an Eski with ice.

The meals were heavy on meat, which I am not sure if they are budget or not to be honest.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thankful Thursday ~ January 29

The theme for this week is security.

Thursday ~ No trees came down near our house, and the girls got safely back from the pool during a torrent of rain and wind that brought down some trees, mostly small ones and damaged someone's verandah and one powerline. I am thankful we went to the trouble of getting some gas put in the cylinder for our BBQ, because we had to cook our meal on it.

Friday ~ The water came back from under our house, into our newly dug drain. Our current house had a tidy up. The dust storm wasn't too bad.

Saturday ~ that I didn't see that enormous spider again since this morning. Huntsman are nice usually. A slightly cooler day. I was able to make tea (Aussie for dinner) without too much trouble. The girls were helpful.

Sunday~ Hubby and our second son were able to visit an Asian food store in the city. Last time we went to the city, they were at a university open day, and we went to the Asian food store with my eldest son, and they missed out. They really enjoyed it too. The store's goal is for everyone of all nationalities to enjoy it. It is lovely. It is called The Hub.

Monday ~ I think that was the day our second son saw a pretty colourful dragonfly.

Our son made this pavlova for our anniversary. It is unusual the way he made it.

Our son had a positive role model in his brother and that was such a blessing too. He said he wanted to achieve what his brother has achieved, or lived his kind of life. He is starting his high school year again and it helps to have a goal to work towards.

Tuesday ~ We had troubles with the recipes I had chosen, hubby adapted a pork and potato meatball recipe so there was less "mucking around" on a hot day and we all enjoyed it.

Pork Patties with Gerkin Dressing

My daughter had a talk to me, and she has such peer pressure. I am thankful that she was strong and was able to say no.

Wednesday ~ My son and I heard a beautiful bird noise outside.

Serenity Found by Marla Baggetta
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

New Midlife Crisis Series on Radio National

Mid Life Crisis by Chris Davis

Midlife Matters is a new series that started on Monday on Radio National. I listened from this page, and found it very good. My husband heard it on the radio this morning. Even if you don't live in this country you could listen when it is posted to the website.

You may also be interested in an article called Midlife Crisis Hoons.

It is too hot to articulate how I feel about midlife today, since it is quite hot here. The basics of the show are:

1. midlife transition 35-50
2. first half of life and second half of life
3. transition 7-10 years
4. first half outer world for how we should be and live, socialised
5. who we truly are
6. some chose not to chose to have a transition
7. conditioning corrected
8. things that have been repressed come up
9. we don't know what the future will be
10. the whole thing is normal
11. take a little time each day to think

They will be going into detail in the following weeks on Monday.

Here is another article I found earlier that suggests it is like a second adolescence. This is the second time I have read that article and I am getting more out of it each time.

"Believe me, many times what seems right turns out wrong and what seems wrong turns out right. That’s why you are having a crisis, as triggered by an instinctive call to re-evaluate."
Basically I got from it all, if you didn't really muck up during your teens, you will be tested again, and it would be a shame to muck it up the second time.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

That's My World Tuesday

These photos are from Queanbeyan, NSW. They are from the weekend, and the place looks lovely and green for mid summer. Queanbeyan is only minutes away from Canberra which is in another State, ACT.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Country Music Clips

I found this great place to view some country music clips. Here it is.


Homestead of my Dreams ~ Smoky Dawson

This song is about the place where I live. I vaguely remember Smoky Dawson from my childhood. I found this video clip by watching CMC. Clancy is Clancy of the Overflow by A B Paterson related to The Man From Snowy River. There are interviews on YouTube, you may need tissues, I think for the first one.

Happy Homemaker Monday

On my bedside table:
I tossed two books I found in a couple of old Woman's Weekly, and now I am trying Winter Is Past, Ruth Axtell Morren.

On my TV:
Our eldest swapped some games with the kids here.

On the menu for tonight:
Pavlova. It is for Australia Day and our anniversary, next year, silver.

On my To Do List:
To write a shopping list.

New Recipe I tried last week:
Indian Beef Curry

In the craft basket:
No craft.

Looking forward to:
Cooler weather, but I haven't thought too much about it yet.

Homemaking Tip for this week:
Keep food colouring bottles inside an empty clean honey tub with handle and lid. I love this picture of these bottles that you can't buy here.

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
What & Why - Facial Tissue at The Narrow Path. It gave me hope that I am greener than I think, even if it is sometimes by accident, or seems that way. Out of curiousity I have a poll about tissues v hankies (or fabric handkerchiefs).

Also Teen at Gillybean.

Favorite photo from last week:

Lesson learned the past few days:
It should be not to drink my tea too quickly. I think I had complained hubby leaves it lying around to stew too long, perhaps he took me at my word.

On my Prayer List:
My blogging friend Tilly has been having trouble with a chest infection. She is expecting a baby and has a little boy and an older girl. I hope you are feeling better each day Tilly.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Faith without works is dead. James 2:20 I was worried and nearly went off the deep end as this article suggests, as I hadn't heard it for awhile.

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Belinda's Back to Basics Challenge

I found an old Back to Basics Challenge post that I wasn't able to complete back on the 31st of December, if you want to read the bits and pieces we did go here. Basically I wrote this for Working for the Future:

I have been checking out the latest savings club catalogues with the Christmas Hamper clubs and was looking at the cutlery etc. for our second son to take to uni in 2010. At uni, cutlery goes missing sometimes, or gets taken away if you don't do your dishes in a timely manner. If you aren't there at 9am Monday to collect it, out it goes! I don't mind buying the cutlery but as you know it costs a lot. In the op-shop I found a six piece set of Wiltshire very heavy retro cutlery for $4.50! Son was pleased with it. If all else fails someone can use it for building up the muscles in their arms! Yes, it is that heavy.

We bought a UPS battery.

Here is this week's post:

Sowing seed or Planting

Because we have new straw, hubby mulched the raspberries and the loganberries, which I think are actually a cross.

I found a jam melon outside the garden bed, self-sown, I was assured there are others growing in the garden. My olive tree has filled out quite well, hubby says it has been watered well.

Planning for The Future - meal planning, the next seasons garden plan, working out storage plans or more long term goals and projects like plans for digging root cellars

A very impromptu plan was made for a path. We found yet another way that water was getting under our new-to-us house. Being solid brick and not raised above ground level this is good that we actually saw the water coming in. This must be the last or second last place. Last time in was evenly spaced holes that hubby mortared shut, before that it came in the airvents and other places. The house had been lived in since 1940s but several floor have been replaced, and I'm sure we wouldn't wish to do that again, since two are very nice tung oil stained original floor boards.

The path is going to start life as a trench, then after we shift some plants in the cooler weather it will be turned into a path. The trench is getting dug today so any remaining water can drain into it. We were soaking a tree that was dying. We are not on restrictions there.

It rained and the water that got in prior to this actually came back out into the trench, so we are pleased about that.

Pictured is the building materials, the plants that have to be moved, rocks that came up while digging plus the rocks from the garden edging, and dirt from under the house.

I put a watch on ebay for some board shorts to see if I can get more involved and begin taking the kids to the creek or river again.

Working for the Future - storing food, managing stores, preserving, building that home made cob or solar oven, adding house insulation, saving for manual grain mills etc

The new UPS battery works because we had a brown out a few days ago and I heard it beep.

Because hubby has been cleaning up, he found the missing training wheel for our daughter's bike. It hasn't been put on yet though. We find we have not kept up as much as we would like at this house while we are looking after the other house, but considering we are doing quite well.

During the week we moved the dishwasher that was working well and put it in place of the one that is hard to start. We put it in storage until we are going near the repair shop later in the year.

Hubby found a modern door at the tip. He wasn't able to retrieve it but was able to salvage the nice door knob. Since then I thought of a door we have at our renovation project, ie. our new house that we haven't moved into yet. It has holes for a door knob and part of a dead lock. We checked it out and by removing the part deadlock, moving the door stop up onto a higher place, the whole thing will look nice. We do need a metal base plate, but hubby thinks he has that covered. The door knob is brushed aluminium.

Building Community - volunteering, donations, joining an existing community group, forming your own community group, taking a cake to a friend having a hard time, calling someone you just let drift out of your life, etc

Although we had done it once before, my husband and I and the kids went through our old shoes boxes. By the time we were finished the shoe box we have now looks much more inviting. Basically hubby took away a large box of shoes to the op-shop.

Learn a new Skill

I learnt about the text option on the camera.

Belinda's Place

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Saturday...

Outside my window... it is probably dark

I am thinking... I have a few jobs before bed

I am thankful for... hubby and son getting to the city without the fan breaking off

From the kitchen... fish and mashed potatoes

I am wearing... baggy shorts and an ebay & My Size t-shirt

I am creating... cups of tea

I am going... not far, hubby starts work next week, maybe the new library again or grocery shopping

I am reading...
Lynn Austin's Proper Pursuit

I am hoping... I enjoy this year with school for the kids and their activities

I am hearing... Blue Water High, a marathon!!

Around the house... a lovely new fan by Altise

One of my favorite things... a basket I got, actually hubby did, for Christmas on the mantlepiece

A few plans for the rest of the week:
I hope we can pick up my car from the workshop

Here is picture thought I am sharing... the flower bed that middle daughter helped to mulch recently.

Everything is going to be alright

I thought this song is perfect for the times we are living in. It is a song by country music star Troy Cassar-Daley.

Reflection Saturday

It is interesting that I mentioned the other day about not being scared of spiders.

This morning I was standing at the sink and saw the biggest huntsman spider I have ever seen. I wasn't going to tell the girls at first. Usually my husband catches them and puts them outside. He isn't home today.

I asked my little girls if they were scared on spiders and they said no, so I told them. It was on a high wall.

My little girl came back and said she was scared of big spiders. My eldest screamed, but not a real scream.

Our guest has been trying to catch it, so now it is on the floor. I must say I don't remember seeing one in the car, but there may have been one in our van. I don't have the camera here, I wish I did.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

$4 Dinners

Ever wondered after visting the $5 Dinners site, how you could, and if it is possible to make $5 meals in Australia?

Super Food Ideas February Issue has $4 meals. I must get my hands on a copy and see what the recipes are like.

BTW: The silver coins have platypus and lyrebirds on them.

Book Reviews

I have read A Vow to Cherish by Deborah Raney and Endless Chain by Emilie Richards one after the other. They both have a theme that I have been thinking about for three years. I have mentioned it online briefly once or twice, but mostly keep it to myself.

In A Vow to Cherish a man who's wife has Alzeimers and is very unwell meets a woman. I can't remember how, but it is all innocent I think. Same in Endless Chain. The pastor meets a lady while he is engaged to someone else.

Both books explore how relationships can be started in very small ways (I wouldn't know), and not in the typical way that we may expect from reading books and watching movies, or what we think will happen. Both men in the books are Christian. Endless Chain is not a Christian book as such I don't think. But I cried reading that book.

If they were really fresh in my mind I would attempt to explain further.

I was very surprised to find that A Vow To Cherish has been made into a movie. The movie may have moved away from the simplicity of the book but you will get an idea from it what the book is like.

I am glad I read the book first.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thru My Eyes-2009 Thursday

This is a feeder my little girl made. Today we rescued it from the tree before the rain came. My middle daughter was at the pool. We had a storm. Both parents went to find the girls who arrived on my doorstep very wet. While we were outside getting the trailer off the car to rescue them, little daughter thought to close our windows. Only our pillows got a bit wet on the edge and the lace curtain which I hoped has dried during the afternoon.

Later on the girls came with tales of trees or branches down, and a house's verandah fallen in. Then spent a lot of time looking at things.

We had a black-out and hubby cooked tea/dinner on an old gas BBQ inside. The power came back on before it got dark as it is daylight savings. The blackout lasted quite awhile.

Please visit Gail at Doodles of Life to view more Thru My Eyes for this Thursday.

1950s Budget Menu

I have been reading about the 1950s budget menu here and here. I have been thinking about it since.

First I thought about what I would put down if I wished to do a menu and use it for the week. Off the top of my head I thought of Jam Roly Poly.

I had a look at the vintage cookbooks on ebay and saw one of my books by Jack Absolom about cooking in the Outback. That reminded me of my Mum's Jam Roly Poly. How expensive could that be? Not very I think.

Then I went looking for it and banged my ankle, and gave up.

Then I was searching again, and a book on ebay came up that wasn't on my original search. I did this search, because upon looking at our cookbooks, I only found one that was 50s! I was agast. My husband's flour recipe book that he loves. Then he mentioned again, about his Grandma's handmade scrapbook and again asked me if I would type out the recipes. So went the weather cools down I must do that, I'd say my life depended on it lol.

It is in storage to save it getting damaged.

I did find that Kraft cheese that is very popular in Australia started in the early 50s. Rindless they called it. Imagine a hot Australian day and the rind that could develop on normal cheese. I just had a thought maybe some people didn't have much in the way of refrigeration. I know you don't actually need to refridgerate that cheese and it is a good idea if you have moved into a flat and have no fridge for a few weeks.

So I bought this small cookbook and look forward to it arriving. We do have older ones, maybe I could use those for inspiration. One is called a Leader book. I noticed in the 1950s American styled recipes seemed popular.

I remember in the 1980s I was still using dripping and things like that, or suet?

Here is a recipe from my Leader Spare Corner book from the 1930s because I don't have my other books yet.

Baked Meat Rolls

Half cup good dripping or butter
Two cups S. R. flour
Saltspoon salt
Little water to mix to nice paste.

Roll out oblong shape. Spread with minced meat season to taste. Roll up. Put in pie dish. Pour over cup boiling water in which has been mixed one tablespoon dripping and one teaspoon flavoring.

Cookie and Cracker Canisters

50s or 60s?

Sincerely 'From Me to You

I haven't participated in this for awhile. Here are the guidelines. This is the second last one I did on my old blog.

"The purpose of Sincerely 'Fro Me to You (every Thursday) is to link up a post about something from your past. You can reach back all the way to your childhood and bravely post pictures of your 'fro or post something from last year and tell us about it. I'm not picky. We just want to read about something that will never see the inside of a scrapbook either because it's not worthy or because you can't find your fancy crinkle cut scissors."

This photo is from 2006 before we painted the house, or at least that section. It is an outfit we made from op-shop clothes I think, sewn onto a broken hoola hoop. We actually did paint the wall that month.

Thankful Thursday ~ January 22

I am grateful for the green hills we had before they went brown. I am grateful for my new lavender plants. A lovely new library to visit.

Friday: Op-shop finds. Trouble free run with the car. My daughter's new glasses, and my other daughter's nice hair cut. The cheap hoses hubby bought for the garden. The new choker chain for the dog, that actually fits.

Saturday: I was amazed how cool our air-conditioning was at our new house. Maybe I'll get to take advantage of that in the future.

I am grateful I saw my favourite bird, instead of just heard him/her.

I was really happy that my multi-head sunflower is at my new house, I thought we were sunflower free there this year which would have been sad. We have planted some late in the season. I saw my new salvia involucrata bethellii and buddliea are growing well and that my new herb has grown quite big. My new veronica got planted.

Sunday: I found a Christian movie I may buy sometime when there are less contraints on our budget.

I saw my Nana's house for sale on the internet, it hasn't been my Nana's house since a little before she died in 1984.

Monday: The cool night which makes the house pleasant on a warm to hot day.

Hubby found a funny old pot, like a stew pot with a handle so our dog/puppy can have water while he is on the chain. He goes there now while the washing dries. He loves "helping" with the washing. I am sure he knows when the washing has been hanging on the line too long. He can't have a bucket, he likes to chew plastic.

Our spider lilies flowered. Very nice, and would cheer anyone up.

Tuesday: The rain was nice, and it stopped it being a hot day I think. We haven't had rain for a long time. It came down all at once. We enjoyed a nice meal with crusty bread. My husband had a swollen leg and he got to see a doctor and it seems fine with rest and asprin.

Wednesday: I enjoyed our meal and we finally got to use up our sweet potatoes. We got some weeding done here at home. We went to our new house and got our new dishwasher as ours wasn't turning on. It looked lovely in our kitchen and is so quiet, so I was blessed by what was just sitting around somewhere else.

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Homeland II by Tandi Venter
Homeland II

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Thru My Eyes-2009 Wednesday

During Christmas I was disappointed I didn't see any Christmas beetles. Yesterday I walked to the shops with the two little girls and this was my reward. I saw three. They are all dead, which is quite often the case with Christmas beetles when you see them, and this one was undamaged.

Now I am happy.

Please visit Gail at Doodles of Life.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The White, Green, Black, and Herb of Tea

This is a revised post I did on my old blog. Originally part of a blog-a-thon at Gracious Hospitality.

This particular has been inspired by Catherine and her new blog, and excellent post on tea. We need to invite Catherine to Caroline's post on Wednesdays, as I noticed Catherine used the word temerity in her tea post!

January is hot tea month! Please visit Miss Janice to celebrate.

May 2, 2008

My favourite tea is from Dilmah. Because of the price I will also drink IGA Courtyard round bags or Madura Tea Estates... Dilmah has a website to visit here.

Tea is black tea to me. However, I do sometimes drink camomile with honey, with having so many children and extended breastfeeding, from memory I had to stop drinking it for awhile. I was amazed after buying chai tea, that I love the smell and it really made my cupboard smell nice for awhile. It even tainted some of the plastic cups, though lemon fizzy drink with the smell of chai tea behind it is lovely. The lemon drink had 211 in it, so I have only been buying natural lately, I think I am alergic. We have instant Dandelion tea in the house, and it is very nice, by Symingtons. The chai tea is missing hmmm. It must have got too much for them?

We buy the teabags that don't have the tag, they are more for teapots. I have mine in a mug white with two sugars. When I was little I had it black with two sugars, I think the same way my Dad had it. My memory is not good, but I think it is related to those teas I drank in the shearing shed when I was little. Still the best memory of drinking tea, in an enamel mug. My aunty made the tea, and had a giant teapot.

I remember recently after we bought our house that we are going to move into (I think lol) not wanting to discard the taps we found in that house. We had to in the end they were past their useby date, there were three types of turners, lots of things, but that seems like a long time ago. The bottom line was, the end of the tap reminded me of the same material that kettles and things are made of, coated brass. Already I have forgotten but the base is brass and the top a silver colour.

The preferred mugs in this house are white, with a picture on them and a certain size. Most were given to us. Recently I found one the same on ebay, and this time a picture of Raggedy Ann to celebrate 90 years. There is another one here. One broke the handle in the mail even though it was very strong, but fortunately my favourite one survived.

I buy my tea at IGA. I drive 50 minutes to get there every two weeks or a fortnight and drive on a dangerous but very scenic route.

January 2009

I ended up buying some more Chai Tea to make my cupboard above the bench smell nice when I open it. I couldn't buy it at my usual shop. I actually went to Safeway? in my regional centre in the spring, and bought some there. It is Nerada Organic.

My latest "acquisitions" are Pickwick Recharge, English Breakfast
Lipton Green Tea
Nazirs Chinese Green Tea
& Twinings Pure Peppermint.

After reading Catherine's post about the Irish love for tea, I found that Australia comes after the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and I think we come equal or after Japan.
Tea Moods by Heather Ramsey

Thru My Eyes Tuesday

Today has been an interesting battle with the weather.

My husband washed some clothes and hung them up this morning. From memory he had taken middle daughter and she lead the dog for a walk. He will be officially old enough in February to be taken for regular walks and he seems to have the hang of it now. Daughter could manage him well I suppose the choker chain helps because the dog is not too strong for my husband to walk.

The dog was on the chain, daughter said he looked hot. He had tipped out his water. I took the longer things off the line and left the socks which were not quite dry. We let him off the chain.

Then while I was blogging I heard rain and went outside to get the socks. It quickly after I came in became heavy with hail mixed in with it. It turned out after awhile to be largish but not too large.

I was picking in the washing in hot bright sunlight, but at one point it made such a difference to be under a cloud. After I came in from looking at the hail I found my computer place hot to sit in when previously it seemed fine. The dog was eating some.

It is starting to warm up outside now at 2pm, so I closed all the windows again. My daughter came home wet from the shops, she had fun splashing in the drain outside our house.

My picture from this month (I think middle daughter took it): We found out we are allowed to water the lawn after all, so we have been doing that. I think the dog is showing the eye that wasn't very good when we bought him, it turned out I think to be congenital, but it has been stitched almost good as new. I'm glad the camera is borrowed, I think the photos turn out a little red.

Here is the link for today's meme at Gail's blog Doodles of Life.

Happy Homemaker Monday

I found this new meme and I am trying it out, probably just to hang around Sandra's blog Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. If it fits in with the other things I do each week I will definitely do it again.

On my bedside table:
Nothing at the moment, but the library gets its books today.

On my TV:
Super Nanny USA

On the menu for tonight:
Tomato & Chipolata Hotpot

On my To Do List:
Ordering my Christmas hampers, I have been working on it, just need to finalise and call them to order. With the extra money needed to fix my car, I guess I don't want to spend money. We use the food hampers at Christmas time to cut down expenses. They are Chrisco, Castle and Hamper King.

New Recipe I tried last week:
Chili Con Carne with Vegetables it was lovely.

In the craft basket:
Nothing, but I did find the instructions I saved years ago to make hexagonal patchwork.

Looking forward to:
Having more of our new-to-us house finished, we are renovating it from the point of view that it has faults that need fixing. Gaps in walls, gaps around walls.

Homemaking Tip for this week:
I checked through all the plants in the display outside our grocery store in town that I only go to occasionally. Right at the bottom I found the lavender in the punnets. They are like flats? There were six in the punnet, rather than one in a pot. I suppose, don't suppose you know what is there until you look.

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
I think I liked Little Jenny Wren's post in relation to her link to the 1950s menu. I haven't read it all yet, but think it is great. Jenny plans to do something similar I think.

Favorite photo from last week:

Lesson learned the past few days:
I did something silly that really normally I would know not to do. I lay on a flat freezer cooler thingo and it burst. Am I getting like kids in the modern age? Or just tired or hassled?

On my Prayer List:
My step-brother's partner had a hard week, and my Mum's childhood friend's husband died.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
This morning I started to read a sermon based on 1 Peter 3:8-12 from a Presbyterian site.

10 Things I Love

I asked for a letter and I received The Letter B from Linda at At Home On The Rock. Linda says of the place she got it from:

"She had to list 10 things she loved that began with the letter "C" and instructions for anyone else who wanted to play to leave her a note and she'd give a letter."

1. Bandicoots

2. Billys (Billy Tea)

3. Babies if they are my own

4. Bread rolls

5. Blessings

6. Bacon

7. Barley

8. Barrel racing

9. Brandied Fruit Cake

10. Baked apples & custard

With the help of Wordthrill

Leave me a note and I will give you a letter. Please stay awhile at Linda's blog.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Thru My Eyes-2009

Thru My Eyes-2009 at Gail's blog.

I have my asthma script filled, the morning was cool and I have been able to think! However, it is quite warm now! This is what I was reading this morning.

Today's blog hopping:

Ever wondered about the Amish language and the language they teach the children? Here is a post that may be interesting to you.

Have people in your life you find difficult to manage?

I read all three posts, interesting.

Did you have any idea, that in America that Goodwill is literally that? Check it out.

If you read further on the blog you will learn how to flush your lurkers out, and lots of other interesting things.

A nice cotton knitting project here.

I nearly forgot today's picture. Thanks to Gail's post I remembered. I have changed it to one I took with the newfangled camera. (The other photo I will post on Thursday.) The photo is a swan plant that unfortunately is not big enough to support many butterfly catapillars.

I found one of my favourite birds!

I have three really, favourite birds, but I got up really close to one of them on Saturday. We both tried taking a picture and this is what we got.

The bird is native, found near the bush, tinier than a finch, with a very small head and small needle like beak. When it flies away it has the colour of a finch looking at it flying away from you.

It took me ages to locate it in the tree, I had to use sound more than eyes.

If anyone is looking for my Menu it is here.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Back To Basics Challenge

Here is another pic of those lovely baby ladybirds in our self-sown sunflower. The bed had been moved from last year and this one is on the edge, in the old and new part what little overlap there is especially where last year's plant was.

Sowing seed or Planting

Mustead Lavender from Oasis in three punnets, for $4+. Actually I think I bought two punnets of that one last week, and this week it was Oasis Lavender Lady. The first one was more grey. The other plant looks like a white veronica.

Planning for The Future - meal planning, the next seasons garden plan, working out storage plans or more long term goals and projects like plans for digging root cellars
A new op-shop find, at a regional centre Salvation Army Store. Italian Ingredients. I learnt some new names for things which should help things.

We found some local straw. One bale was for the dog for the colder nights which it was last night for some reason, and the rest were for the garden at our new to us house. Below was one of the plants that benefitted from it. It is Balm of Gilead, and has an unusual smell. I think I recognise it from a house that had lots of interesting plants that I visited as a child.

Working for the Future - storing food, managing stores, preserving, building that home made cob or solar oven, adding house insulation, saving for manual grain mills etc

We may not be adding insulation just yet, but have been working in the sub-floor stopping the condensation working its way up to the level where we live.

My middle daughter found that your can order things from the K-mart website. So she put down some things she wanted for school, pencil type things, and I ordered it. Then I got a phonecall from K-mart and I paid and it got delivered very quickly. I was very happy with the things.

Building Community - volunteering, donations, joining an existing community group, forming your own community group, taking a cake to a friend having a hard time, calling someone you just let drift out of your life, etc

I visited a library in the town where I get my food. I took the girls too so they would know where it is.

Learn a new Skill

I couldn't resist taking a picture of a garlic? flower. It is much more magnificent in real life. Very large.

I have been reading a book about running Milk Bars. It is a good book.

Back to Basics Challenge.