Monday, August 31, 2009

Give Me Five Monday

Give Me Five places in the world you'd like to live for a year.

1. New Zealand's North Island
2. Ontario
3. Orkney
4. Texas
5. Cornwall.

I lived in Flowerdale for a year, and I thought it would never end, then I missed it.

Back to Basics Challenge 41 & 42

Sowing seed or Planting

We had been planting daisies so they get more light.

Planning for The Future

My husband has worked out majors and minors for a university course for our son. He took him to an open day as well.

I bought some Ego deet free mosquito spray as my daughter is alergic to mosquito repellent and she is going to Malaysia. So far so good. I also organised somewhere for her and her Dad to stay in Melbourne. Anyone tried to find a two bedroom place to stay lately? Anyway I was talking to them not long ago and she is thrilled with where she is staying and having a good time. They are there for the trip briefing.

Doing some more thinking about the clothes for the trip. As she wears school uniform, my Mum suggested her dress wouldn't suit as she would have to wash it out each day because it is so hot. Something to think about.

I bought a spice from Red Hill Spice Girls at Foodworks, beautiful. Worked out it is nice with muesli, and have planned to make an apple & walnut muffins with baharat which could be the name for another spice I didn't know where to get.

Working for the Future

We used up, admittedly not a lot, of our homegrown frozen raspberries by making Raspberry Buttermilk Muffins on Wednesday 19th.

I read an English book that our son was studying. Learnt you can get help books from Dymocks.

Building Community

I gave a teenager a lift home from town.

Learn a new Skill

My daughter helped her Dad with the muffins he mentioned today. Why, because I was saying what a great job she did using up the buttermilk making Jam Doughnut Muffins. She is 7 and made them herself except heating the oven and putting the muffins in and taking them out. She started off her baking skills lately making herself a 5 minute chocolate cake in a mug and microwaving it. They are very hot, but she has been managing and it has provided her with afternoon tea. Sometimes I even get half. She is very generous.

The muffins were gorgeous, we have some left over for tomorrow as we are a only 2/3 thirds of our family today. You have to click on the link and view the picture for the muffins!

We found a workaround for region one dvds.

This meme comes from Belinda's blog.

Thankful Thursday (not)

Warm Winter Blessing

This post I started on the 22nd of July for Thankful Thursday:

"Well, it is still winter here, last I heard there was still lots of snow, but today (Saturday) was warm everywhere, even though the fog here was still low at lunchtime. The house still gets cold, it took quite awhile to warm up this morning, but in the afternoon it got possibly too warm in the house but not for long really.

My husband got two pairs of work trousers from the op-shop. One turned out to be hardly worn or new, I haven't had a close look, pair of moleskins that you can get online for $88. Still in the current color. That is amazing. He had to look there and try them on, he had nothing to wear that was old and he was all packed ready to go woodcutting.

The wood was a blessing too. Our chainsaw was stolen, and in the meantime we had some wood at our other house. Our old chainsaw was serviced inexpensively. It hurt my husband's back last week a little when he found it needed the service. I am pleased he was able to manage despite the hard work of trying to start it and running out of energy. It is very heavy, an antique. I believe we will manage to get a replacement for the other one maybe in a few weeks."

Today is the last day of winter. It has been raining. Nowhere near as cold, but still yesterday was only something like 12 oC. Which in our hometown where I lived until aged 39 (nearly 7 years ago) that was a cold day, or 11 was.

The plums in the street, the prunus and nearly all the way out. We have had a few nice days. A bit stormy this week. We got some of the wind that places like Canada got, but less I imagine. Today I saw a vase of daffodils at the hospital, it seemed each daffodil was different to the next.

My blessings for today, the last day of winter, is that my son said to me he got Very High in a Specialist Maths SAC or coursework that counts towards his mark. I thought that was very special.

Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather in my neck of the woods:
It has been raining all day lightly

One of my simple pleasures:
Watching my daughter learning how to bake

On my bedside table:
Seasons of the Heart by Janette Oke

On my TV:
Wife Swap USA
Australian Idol
Supersize Vs Superskinny

On the menu for tonight:
Turkey & Cranberry Burgers

On my To Do list:
I still have to do the university accommodation applications
help my son make the turkey burgers

New Recipe I tried last week:
Lemon, Zucchini & Chicken Pasta

In the craft basket:
No craft

Looking forward to:
my husband being home again, he was this morning, and off on another trip

Homemaking Tip for this week:
Try not to take wet wood and bark to the woodbox in a light coloured windcheater

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
Tending The Marriage Gardens

Favorite photo from last week:

Lesson learned the past few days:
Having my husband away is not too dissimilar to when he is away for the day on the weekends, except when things like the heater fan stops working

On my Prayer List:
travelling mercies

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Solomon 4:12 - 5:1

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Our Weekend Memoirs

Our Weekend Memoirs

Well today the breeze felt like it came straight off the snow. My husband came back from his trip to Canberra with our son, and managed to get the heater fan fixed, with lots of, not drama, but it was very hot, so a bit tricky. There is something wrong with the bearing, so it will need proper fixing soon for next winter. I forgot that Idol was on at 6.30 so missed the start of it. My favourite was the guy with the Afro styled hair that sung tonight. I thought he did a better job of it than Wes did last year.

I sorted out the recipe for beef sausages. I really liked it. Whoever thought of it is a genius. It was French stick with hommus, lettuce, a yoghurt & lemon & mint concoction, yum. I haven't seen a French stick in a shop that I have noticed for years. My husband got it from 2 hours away on his way home.

My practical jumper got put aside for a warmer one, which of course is my new one, too cold without the heater fan. The clothes horse got filled again with clothes, and now the heater fan is working again, there is a chance they will dry.

The dog got two new toys this week, now to mow the grass.

I got my husband to try the Angus burger at McDonalds as well. I had one on Thursday. They are very filling, or I thought so.

This August and last August I got a cold. I don't get many. But both times I got asthma back after not having it for years. Today it was a bit better, so I am glad.

My daughter got her injections for her trip. It was during the time the Youth group left for a bonfire. My little girl and I drove her there and I was treated to a nice sunset. The kids were walking to the new progressive dinner spot and were all friendly to me, though it wasn't our town, of course they all go to school together. It was very pleasant. I even got asked if one teen could get a lift with us. It brings me back to my childhood when my cousins and others got lifts into town and back for work and other things.

I didn't get my coffee bean lollies, but we got a bag of things from the Asian store called The Hub. It is fantastic.

You are the vine we are the branches

I have been reading a study written At The Well this week. At first I could understand it with a little help from another article on the web. I had also just finished reading Liz Curtis Higgs novel Grace In Thine Eyes. At the Well is based on Solomon 4:12 - 5:1 and the web references I mentioned are Here, here & here.

However, after reading At The Well again, and checking the bible references one and two within, wow. You could study on it for a whole week.

When I went to church I loved the song You Are The Vine we are the branches. The ones one Youtube are not the one we sang at the Assembly of God. I wonder if anyone has the video of the one we sing here in Australia. It is a beautiful worship song.

It brought me to a video called Attending Church will not keep you from going cold.

It fits in perfectly with what was said last week At The Well in the post Danger Ahead. "Have you, like me, been totally appalled lately with what you see on TV? We watch an English serial called “The Bill.” Currently the Detective Inspector is having an affair with a very attractive Police Constable and the whole context is that the DI’s wife is prudish, frigid, inferior and the PC is anything but. The scriptwriters purposely make the cheating spouse attractive and the betrayed spouse unattractive! This is promoting adultery as an attractive past time. And denigrates marriage."

It makes you glad you are not a man in some ways. It does make you respect their job. Also it is humbling and makes me wonder about this relationship we are to cultivate with Jesus.

Saturday 9: The Waiting

1. Have you ever stayed online for a very long time waiting for someone?
No. Waiting for something, not for years. Always find something to do online these days.

2. How do you eat oreos?
There is an ad on Australian TV about Oreos at the moment. Does this really happen? Two boys in the playground, twist the Oreo, the loser has to marry some "ugly" girl in the playground. I got my first packet of Oreos in a Chrisco hamper about 7 years ago.

3. Are you cocky?
No I don't think so. I am wondering because I am tall, whether that has influenced this.

4. Did you have an imaginary friend as a kid?
No. It is something I have given thought to, my kids used to watch D.W. on Authur who had one.

5. What t.v. station do you watch the most?
Lifestyle channel, from now on it will be Southern Cross Ten.

6. Have you ever seen the ocean?
Yes, but I am an inlander. Most Australians live by the ocean.

7. Have you ever been hospitalized?
Yes, for tonsils, wisdom teeth, and five children.

8. What's your favorite brand of rootbeer?
I'm not even sure I know what it is. I have tasted real Gingerbeer, and we have some fake gingerbeer coming with my fruit order. Do they sell rootbeer in Australia. They would have to by now?

9. Could you live without a computer?
I have been most of this winter, though I still visited it at my other house, and at other places where I borrowed one. Then how would I order my fruit? I would have to spend more time at the grocery shop. May be a bit hard with shopping because of where we live. Still it would be possible.

The Ellie Bellie Meme

what are your most common nicknames?
Mum, dear, kickie, Lindy, not to be confused with Lindy Chamberlain.

what is today's weather?
It feels cold as my heater fan is broken, but cloudy. Yikes, it is only supposed to be 12 oC. I felt cold when I woke up too, thought I was imagining it, it was 4 oC. For a translation I have a F weather widget, though that is not right next to us, but there you go.

where did go on vacation this year?
I didn't go on vacation as such. I have been to Canberra last August and this August, the last time we didn't stay overnight, but got up very early. Not sure if I have been anywhere in the meantime.

what did you do there?
I had a look at Parliment House

where did you stay?
Last time a caravan park in a unit

what job do you do?
I think I do nothing, but I don't feel extra comfortable so I must do something lol

describe where you live.
In a place with hills so high they still amaze me. Places within ten miles with amazing views of the snow. I live on a hill, also a new experience and great for learning how to walk home without getting out of breath

what do you usually do on weekends?
This past two years just things related to our new house, either going there or waiting for my husband to come home from there, yes I am thinking it is no way to keep living. May as well be back at the factory?

what food hits your 'bliss spot'?
Real cream on stewed apple, you know, the runny sort

what drink really does it for you?
Just tea. If I still drank it, wine cooler is nice, and Conticream. Apparently, I didn't know it is made of rum not whiskey. I have a taste for Stones as well, but I haven't drank in years. No I don't have a problem, but after learning to have a taste for those kinds of drinks, it is a wonder lol. After reading other posts, chocolate milk.

describe the first friend that comes to your head.
Well the Stones brings to mind my childhood and teenage friend. I don't know if I have seen her drink it herself.

what was the last restaurant you went to?
I think I answered this last time as an Italian restaurant at the regional centre

where would you like to live if you had unlimited moneys and nothing stopping your dreams?

I don't think about those kinds of dreams, too black and white. I must be in the wrong or why would the Bible encourage people to store up treasures in heaven? I think I would like to go back to my place of childhood or perhaps my hometown, but I would have to give up the views, or some of the most exciting ones.

what is the likeliness of you achieving this dream home?

Depends if I ever work out which one I would rather.

what do you like to do in your spare time?

Read. It doesn't create mess.

what's your favorite genre for TV programs?


what's your favorite genre for music?

Country. Very much puts me into the box of my childhood, that is not really reflected in our lifestyle, only the car I drive and location.

what's your favorite song that's sad?

Diamantina Dream

what's your favorite soppy film?

Unfortunately I can't remember!

how about your favorite chick flick?

Love Comes Softly series.

what are you looking forward to at the moment?

Getting the house jobs ticked off. The garden growing.

what are you dreading at the moment?

Organising things, not wanting to fail.

how would you describe your personality?

Quite, reserved. Which is why I find being honest at blogging hard.

if you had a personality eraser, what part of yours might you erase?


you are given $5000 to spend in 1 day, what do you do with it? remember, no limitations!

Maybe buy my second son a car. This is AU dollars right?

what is your biggest fear?

Next fire season coming, a fire and not knowing where to go. If I really had the petrol to go far anyway.

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Sunday...

Outside my window... cloudy

I am thinking... about the fan that seems like it has died on our wood heater

I am thankful for... the weather being warmer while we repair the fan

From the kitchen... turkey mince, beef sausages or Italian sausages, the first two I don't have a recipe for yet, so will have to get some!

I am wearing... something more practical for bringing in wood with wet bark and hopefully not sap

I am creating... a list of things for my husband to do tomorrow to make the most of our opportunities, without going overboard.

I am going... taking the kids to school on Tuesday as well as the usual pick ups

I am reading... deciding what to read, I think I'll try Seasons of the Heart by Janette Oke

I am hoping... all goes smoothly with our plans, it is nice to check things off a list

I am hearing... a glass jar, my daughter is making something, I hear a spoon too

Around the house... the clothes horse is suspiciously empty, without the fan, maybe I should wash something earlier

One of my favorite things... my daughter's hair

A few plans for the rest of the week: Celebrating Father's Day here in Australia, hearing about my husband and son's trip on the weekend and similar things

Here is picture thought I am sharing... from McDonald's playground

This meme is from Peggy.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Just A Minute... In August

I have been thinking of writing my own words for a meme. Then I found this, perfect. I didn't want my own meme, just my own words. I know, clear as mud. I get to do this once a month with lots of other people on the 29th. It is hosted at August Street and has been going since January. Do you know I didn't know today was the 29th! Ahh.

Share with us all what you have been:
'Whatever'-ing... ! Any topic you like, it's all good blogging.

This is a challenge as I have just finished the one at Meet Me At Mikes, it was not for today necessarily.

Discussing... university majors and minors

Talking... about trains and the football tonight

Moving... the cat off my keyboard, kids

Listening... sunshine and lollypops

Watching... the overfull gutter in the street, flowing like a creek

Directing... my daughter away from my other daughter's game

Wondering... about Australian Idol tomorrow

Hearing... about my husbands trip to a real live Koorong book shop

Anticipating... my husband bringing home my Asian coffee bean lollies/candy

Answering... the phone to a survey person

Wearing... a windcheater with wet wood dust on it

Admiring... the bonbon my daughter made at a church craft activity

Looking... at the guineafowl feathers, natural and dyed, are they really real, also a craft item

Stumbling... over a bag because of my worn out slippers, perhaps they should go into the bin?

Here's Where I'm Up To... Today Saturday

I saw this on Joolz blog, who saw it at Pip's blog, and I found the original page yea! It is at a very popular Australian blog called Meet Me At Mikes! (No. 3 Women) The invitation is there on the site to join in too and play.

Eilean Donan Castle, West Coast, Scotland

Making :
the sheet has come loose from my bed, I will have to remake it

Cooking :
for the second night in a row I am cheating. We have a bag of chips, peas and a box of pies in the fridge and I'll heat those

Drinking : tea, I hate making it myself, but I finally did for lunch at 3pm!

I just finished Liz Curtis Higgs, Grace In Thine Eyes, absolutely wonderful. I even got an email from Liz once. She is a lovely lady. I am going to check out things about the book on her website. She loves Scotland and apparently has written more books than the four I have read.

Wanting: To know what my husband bought me at the shops today.

At the candles the girls lit when the house was really dark. We had a short blackout today, but there was heavy rain and it was dark inside which is why the candles

Playing: This game.

I have to waste not much more time as I have to fill the woodbox, make the bed and do the tea, run my daughters bath and put her to bed, and maybe eat some cake

Sewing: I have to put pins in two pair of trousers to send back to my Mum for alteration

Wishing: the kitchen was something other than was it is, maybe more functional

the chips my daughter had for lunch

for my husband to come home from the uni open day

the fire slowly burning in the heater

Wondering: about the discussion questions in Liz's novel

Steve Ford's song Guns & Guitars

Hoping: our efforts with the kids this weekend and start of next week are going to help them in some way

Marvelling: about Michael Jackson's birthday and his music again

perhaps more sleep I feel asleep then the girls talked to me

the cake the girls baked today

a pair of slippers that are worn and because of that making my feet sore, I'd say new slippers would help more than a new kitchen

Meet Me At Mikes for thoughts about blogging

the plot in the book, how the heroine managed to fall in love twice without speaking, the author says the heroine was mute as she was to be like Dinah in the bible

Knowing: that is was on purpose, well I think so

Thinking: about which novel I will read next, the library will be hounding me soon, will have a look later after I have done some jobs

like my cold is still affecting me, particularly my chest

Bookmarking: I don't bookmark, creates mess on my computer

Opening: I have only opened the door of a cabinet to get out a mug, and it reminds me I also have to stack the dishwasher

Giggling: that is a hard one

Feeling: washed out following a phone call, nothing new, I think half of my family speak a different language!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

My day in strange pictures

As you can see I took the long way home from the regional centre today. I left around 9am with my two youngest daughters, aged 7 and 12. My 12 year old daughter is our photographer for today!

My youngest had a school dentist appointment, what 140km away? Anyway it takes 1 1/2 hours. The dentist was very kind about it, and didn't find any holes and had some good advice.

Off to lunch at McDonalds. Tried a Angus burger. Hadn't heard of it, anyway I was game. Mine looked like the last two burgers on this page. I detected one leaf of rocket.

Tonight us country bumpkins had a discussion about that particular McDonalds. No angloCelts to be seen there, perhaps mostly Indians. Our hometown is 3/4 hour on the other side of the regional centre, we think things have perhaps changed in the nearly 7 years we have been gone.

Then off to a larger Coles than the one I went to last time I was down there, perhaps a month ago. Much bigger and much more meat, I always get excited about that. Bought so much, had to take the other road to drop it off at our freezer at the new house. There is nearly an hour of scenery that I think hasn't changed since 1950 something, except the road is nicely surfaced and lined, perhaps wider and flatter. It is the type of road where my poor concentration today had me worried, all the time mostly except the first bit near the "city" and after our "new" house.

The highlight of the drive was the colors of the sky, grass and rocks and the lovely amount of water in the lake and in the river. For those downstream, sorry, they are not letting much out yet. The lake was shiney. My tiredness overriden some of the time, if not most by listening to Adam Brand's Good Friends album and Taylor Swift as my daughter asked to play it. Good Friends and You Are To Me are just beautiful.

It was very cold when we left, fog still coming off the paddocks. Made mistake again, and got overhot and thirsty.

What kind of meat did I buy. Turkey mince (not sure I have ever had it), lots of nice sausages as usual and other kinds of mince or hamburger and cheap chops! Can't stand the amount of packaging on the meat, I don't know how you guys in the civilised world (ie anywhere but here) can stand looking at it all the time. You know, 6 chops is not overly much to me.

That brings me to a story. My family owned a butcher shop when I was little. I loved the string and butcher paper etc. but that is unrelated.

What else. Checked out Target again for my eldest daughter who is going overseas. Noticed the city dressing section. My eldest's girlfriend wore a cute business skirt to his graduation this month in grey, hard to describe but I loved it, and those clothes were in Target so I was impressed, both with Target and ds' girlfriend.

Did this while killing time as I was early. It pays to be early as they didn't take eftpos at the dentist and I had to walk to the main building and pay before the appointment. Not much time to spare and lots of reasonably fast walking.

Didn't overspend at the supermarket, very tired, and a girl/lady sang Taylor Swift on Idol tonight. No I didn't have turkey for tea.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The trouble with memes

Well, it is as I thought. IRL I keep things pretty much to myself. I have been talking about issues albeit in a Christian setting, and doing memes like Linda ... and as a consequence got this rating. What if my daughter reads it?

OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets

You can find out your blog rating here. It tells you the reason for the rating. Mine?

This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:

  • sexy (2x)
  • murder (1x)

Anyway, there you go lol.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

In Leiu of Happy Homemaker Monday

For some reason we had a language problem. Sandra, the hostess of Happy Homemaker Monday said she would be back what I thought was Monday week, and so I didn't finish my post for Monday. I had a couple of items on it, and foolishly deleted.

Sandra recently watched some movies. One of them was Love Takes Wing. It is the 7th movie in the Love Comes Softly series based on the novels by Janette Oke. Janette Oke is the logical next book for any that read Little House On The Prairie when they were kids. At least I found it so, at the age of nearly 39. I didn't know about movies 7 & 8, so was happy Sandra mentioned it.

I bought movie 7, a treat for myself from Koorong. Had a little bit of trouble with the region on the DVD, but got to watch it without waiting too many days. Here is a lovely idea of what it is about. If you haven't watched the others, like Sandra, I don't think it would matter too much. You will be surprised with the actors on this film. I have started watching no. 8 on Youtube. My internet speed came back up last night. Yea!

I was very interested in the actor who plays Lee the blacksmith. He has my shoulders and a lot of the same genetics as perhaps my brother. The next movie has a lot of the same actors and it is called Love Finds A Home.

At the well

Gathering At the Well

Danger Ahead

The discussion questions are:

How important do you feel sheltering your children is?

What sort of things do you do to put protections in place for your children to shield them from the worldly influences around them?

Do you feel we have become to accepting of the world's behaviors and have accepted things as "normal" even for Christians?

I am very big on sheltering children. I don't hit the roof but I am quite strict in my own quiet way.

However, lately since Facebook and ipods etc. I am finding it more challenging. Perhaps I will have to get more involved myself? Any suggestions?

It seems they can put any music on their ipod, and I think the weak link is that my kids go to their Dad and he does it for them. I have started to be left out of the loop. I have lightly spoken to my husband about this, will have to try again.

Having said that, the kids went to a meeting called Youth Alive that had a band. So they have been listening to Christian music I think. New Empire. I am not sure of the lyrics for "If he hurts you, why are you in love," that bothers me a little. They are always asking me to play it in the car. I noticed on Idol there was a song played last night, possibly two that may have been Christian.

My daughter doesn't watch Neighbours and things like that. I did wonder if I should watch Australian Idol this year. They have already started on the Sex Sells message. The person they said it too probably needed to hear it though. He is stuck in a boring rut, and I suppose if he is not as boring he will be more sexy. Innocent when put like that. But it is an adult theme for people that are ready to hear it. The person won't see themselves in the same way after being away from their normal job for awhile anyway, let's hope.

The other thing is novels. There have been lots of discussions about fantasy novels with people sticking up for them, the witchcraft in particular, and others not. I think when kids know they are being looked after and understood they seem more open. It will be interesting after having such great experiences as a Christian lately if my daughter starts getting interested in other reading material. I wonder what that would be?

My big thing, and I waver on this is Queen. My husband plays lots of 60s music in the car. I suppose there are worse things around now with quite strong words. I was interested in listening to guitar hero and a particular song that my daughter sings. I only hear the singing which sounds OK. But when you see it on guitar hero you realise how bad it is. If anyone is interested there is also a Christian version of Guitar hero.

We don't watch the news, haven't watched it since my 21 year old son was little. We stopped watching lots of things then. It took me awhile to stop watching daytime soap, it was also upsetting the kids.

My children live in a conservative place. It is not where they were born, and blogging about it is a worry as one day someone from the community may read it. But we have, I in particular, have trouble with the attitudes of other kids who go to school with my teenagers. One boy one day sat near my eldest daughter and showed her, and also lots of awful things are said in her presence. One day the girls went to a toilet block in the bush, 1/2 hour from our home. It was night and they were on a long trip. There are deer and kangaroos and other nice things at this toilet block. Apparently there was an open magazine with shocking stuff in it, even for them. I suppose it is better for mothers to travel with their daughters, and living in a place that requires travel is hard for me to be with them as much as I should.

I have mentioned a photo that was done in another post, shocking. At least we don't have muck up days here, or schoolies, although I think some people get involved.

That brings us to the word prudish and today's post At The Well.

I don't buy magazines like AWW, New Idea or Woman's Day anymore. That is very prudish isn't it? I don't get upset much, but have been known to get quite aggitated after buying something like that. They used to be magazines you could read with your family.

What I find really bad are ads for TV shows. The ads are in a normal time slot.

I was very lucky in some ways. My eldest set the tone for our house. He knew just what to say to get past my guard. One of the more positive things perhaps was a game cube and games like Animal Crossing. We were able to avoid a playstation for many years.

As for the Mall (or what we call a shopping centre), my daughter and I went there a few weeks ago. I lose track of who has been to the Mall and who hasn't, as other the family is split in two for these activities because of our location. However on the whole we don't go there very often as it is 1 1/2 hours to get there.

The girls gave up dancing because we thought we were moving at the time, but I watched a practise night in one dance and it was very unladylike. I have been appreciating the things like that my Mum taught me, especially after reading The Modesty Survey, I think it was. I am hoping my daughter's trip to Malaysia will help her to think about clothes a little more. I know she was influenced by her friend and her outback style of clothing, she has changed to a different style now, but hopefully Malaysia will give another perspective and then she can make up her own mind. I expect in Malaysia there will be lots of modest clothes.

The Strand Mall, Sydney, Australia
Shopping mall in Sydney, Australia, AllPosters

Monday, August 24, 2009

What does Google know about me?

I saw this on the Little Limerence blog who saw this on Daisy's blog who got it from Boufmom who got it from Courtney who got it from Katie.

Type in "[your name] needs" in the Google search
Linda Needs Mental Help
Off to a great start lol

"[your name] looks like"
hey Linda, looks like I'm stalking you now

"[your name] wants"
Linda Wants To Be Alone

"[your name] does"
Linda Does My horoscope

"[your name] hates"
Linda Hates to See You Go Weekend Special

"[your name] asks"
Linda asks for your support

"[your name] likes"
Linda likes to paint native animals and plants

"[your name] eats"
Linda eats popeye's for the first time

"[your name] wears"
Linda wears Prada at 43

"[your name] was arrested for"
Linda was arrested for her murder

"[your name] loves"
Linda loves life!
Hang on a second.

Kangaroo Jumping

Sunday Stealing


"Jodi's Meme: My Life According to Adam Brand"

INSTRUCTIONS: Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a song title. It's a lot harder than you think!

-Are you a male or female?

She's Country

-Describe yourself
Thats who we are

-How do you feel right now?
Yesterday Was Beautiful

-If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
Down Home

-Your favorite form of transportation
Big Old Car

-Describe Your Morning Routine
Food Water Shelter Love

-Your best friend is
Simple Man

-What's the weather like
Waiting On Sunshine

-Pet Peeve?
Old Hands

-If your life was a TV show, what would it be called
My Mind's Made Up

-Your relationship
Settle Down

-Your Fear
What We Do To Ourselves

-What is the best advice you have to give?
Letting Go

-If you could change your name, you would change it to
The Lucky One

-What do you say when you are frustrated?
I Did What?

-Thought for the day
Never Live Without You

-How you would like to die
Last Man Standing

-Your soul's present condition
Here And There

-Your motto
Drive It Till The Wheels Fall Off

Adam Brand's site.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

A bit of local architecture

I was visiting Joyce in the last day, and saw a photo she took of Pt. Reyes in California. Here is a photo of a similar building I took today. It used to be a bank, then another bank, now a private home.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Saturday...

Outside my window... it is dark

I am thinking... I am winding down for the night

I am thankful for... the nice doctor my daughter and I went to this week

From the kitchen... Fusili, Broccoli & Pumpkin Bake

I am wearing... I am still wearing a skivvy under my windcheater. I did take it off for a little while, I was sitting outside on the step. It was quite warm, then by late afternoon it suddenly turned bitterly cold, yes and raining again. We have been getting lots of rain, yesterday it was constant, and I think it rained the day before as well. Yesterday it was an effort to keep dry while I was doing jobs for the girls up the street.

I am creating... a parcel to send to my Mum

I am going... to take my daughter to the school dentist, which is quite a drive and I get to grocery shop in a larger supermarket

I am reading... A Claim of Her Own by Stephanie Grace Whitson

I am hoping... we get all our little jobs done

I am hearing... a movie our eldest daughter is watching

Around the house... I think the last of the roses were pruned. Does anyone know how hard to cut back a spray cecile brunner?

One of my favorite things... the smell of one of our osmanthus, a dwarf one by the front door

A few plans for the rest of the week: I have lost track of where we are up to.

Here is picture thought I am sharing... the beginnings of a new sewerage system

Simple Woman's Daybook is hosted by Peggy.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Give Me Five Monday

Give Me Five memorable things you have done before.

I have put this post off for days now. I couldn't think of anything to say, and I did put some thought into it. I guess too, I have been a little sick, so that didn't help. Still looking around for more inspiration and came across a quiz where you say what you have done.

I took the 43 Things Personality Quiz and found out I'm an
Organized Self-Knowing Romantic

One of the questions was about motorbikes. I have tried to learn how to ride one by myself with mixed success.

Are the things in the list memorable, I suppose not all of them.

Learning to swim was memorable. I taught myself to dog paddle in my aunty's pool. The memorable part was that she didn't like people leaning on the sides. I did what my parents and my aunty and uncle lived close to us, so I did what they asked as well. I was near the sides, and she thought I was leaning on it. I wasn't good at handling that sort of thing. Like getting yard duty at school for doing something I didn't do, or doing my homework again, hours and hours of it because the teacher said I hadn't done it.

So I have (and continuing on in that theme):

1. I learnt to swim
2. I "learnt" to ride a motorbike for a minute or two or three, don't ask me to do anything fancy
3. I learnt to play piano
4. I learnt to play guitar
5. I learnt to rake hay! Yes, with a tractor.

There were lots of memorable moments in those. I loved listening to the students before me in piano lessons, being in a different house than just the homes of my Mum's friends, though they were very interesting as well.

Guitar was either in another school to mine, or the RSL hall which was interesting too. And hay, I enjoyed that a lot.

A Hay Field with Bales Sitting under a Cloud-Filled Sky

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Simply Kind Tuesdays

I don't go out a lot. Perhaps I do, when you take into account the fact that I have five kids and they are involved in quite a lot of activities. So in the last year I have been to ballet eisteddfods, gym concerts, things like that.

The last two times I have been out, I noticed something curious. It could be a coincidence, could be a sign of the times, location? ...Very few people, sometimes nearly none at all, clap. Let me be more specific. Not many if at all clapped at the circus, though it was a daytime performance. Not many at all clapped at my son's university graduation.

At the circus, after awhile, they were using words to introduce the acts like "please welcome" and no one noticed the hint. Some, one in particular didn't notice the "no cameras" sign. After a few acts it was the clown's turn. I thought he was trying to engage the crowd. A modern thing, or different social skills in the group I was in?

Here are a couple of interesting links I found in relation to clapping:

If you are happy and you know it pdf

Kindness and respect:
Clap for great answers, ideas and opinions

I found an interesting comment in a blog called Dont be sad blog (comment below). It seemed to imply that people take notice when others are clapping, like the thing is worth listening too if other clap. I noticed in the graduation ceremony that the non clappers, clapped very loudly for the person who was awarded their ph d I think it was, for something to do with nursing. All the graduants in the normal degrees where all equal, so I thought they all deserved a clap. What if you were graduating and no one clapped at all, or two or three people that had come to watch you? It could be my lack of sophisication, I don't think my husband was clapping to start with, will have to ask him. But this was Parliament House for goodness sake, a very important day by their own admission.

Comment here as followsby Atabek:

...One of my friends was on a business trip once (I can’t recall which country at this time), and there was a little girl, maybe 11 or 12 years old, standing on a street corner trying to play some kind of instrument on the street ( I can’t remember what he said, maybe flute.). And, she had a little box on the ground near her. She wasn’t very good so no one paid attention to her. But, she was very cute and sincere he said. : ) She seemed really desperate and nervous, but no one really gave her any attention… Obviously, she had a reason to be doing this. He asked her why she was doing that as she is so young, and she said her mother was in the hospital so she wanted to take her some money, as they were very poor. So being the kind-hearted man he is, he told her to keep playing and began clapping like crazy every time she finished a song. He continued this, and every song or so he would put some money in her box. And he would clap a lot and cheer for her, and this gained a lot of attention, so after about 15 or 20 minutes there was a couple people watching her and putting some money in her box, then as time passed the numbers of people grew and grew. Mashallah. And, he stood by her for 2 or so hours. And, at the end she collected her money which became a couple hundred dollars value he said, from the few dollars he put himself, and they both went to visit her mother in the hospital. They took flowers and the money. When her mother heard what she was doing, she began crying.. thankful for such a beautiful daughter and also saddened due to their situation… I’ll stop there. But, may Allah make the situation of that little girl and her mother better in this life and the next, Ameen.

My friend deserves this recognition, though he doesn’t know that I am posting this..."

Buskers in Front of Bath Abbey, Bath, Avon, England, United Kingdom

I also found a song called "All the trees of the field will clap their hands" by Sufjan Stevens. If anyone knows what this song or the scripture below means please comment.

"For you will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands." Isaiah 55:12

On A Limb with Claudia
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Monday, August 17, 2009

At the well

Gathering At the Well

How can we lay a welcome mat of love for our husbands after a long day of hard work?
How can we make our homes inviting places where Daddy longs to be at the end of a long day?
How can we involve our children in this process and teach them to show reverence to their Daddy?

I found two things a help to my resolve to make things better for my family. One was reading the Duggar character grid and reading about the things that our responsibility. However, today (Saturday) I felt very tired. I could hardly talk. So a goal for me would be to look after myself better and then remember on the good days to go ahead with the jobs I have planned, like that last bit of decluttering on top of my wardrobe, which is nearly there. It was interesting to watch Wife Swap USA and get a good strong opinion about clutter in the episode about the lady with four kids with the shower full of toilet paper. It must be in season 1 as I can't find it in the website. No, I don't have lots of nick knacks, I was interested in the views of the lady with the nice house.

She was very critical of the disorganisation, basically too much stuff. She took it all to the storage place. However, she felt very distressed about her way of life which was working, although I don't think the family said anything to her.

Welcome to The Cabin

I have found this study very good. I had already done study on the scripture of Titus 2 about how the love in that was more like like. I had been wondering about the love word for ? col 3:19
agapao love

Guess what? They are not the same. Husbands have to love their wives in a different way that wives love their husbands. Both totally different words to 1Cor13. I have found it the answer to what I have been feeling lately if I let it soak in.

Both times my husband got out his Young concordance. I didn't realise you had to have a knowledge of the Greek alphabet to use it, you know, to know what is alphabetical in Greek.

I found the stuff below here.

Colossians 3:18 (NASB) Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

I don't want to pick on the wives again, but let me ask you a question: "Do you see any conditions in this command to the wives?" It does not say, "Wives submit to your husband as long as he is loving you." In a moment we'll look at the command to the husbands to love their wives, and we'll see that there aren't any conditions to that command either. It doesn't say, "Husbands love your wife as long as she is submitting to you." Wives are commanded to submit, and husbands are commanded to love regardless of what the spouse does. Your submitting and your loving are to be unto the Lord.

Last week when I was on vacation, I was talking to a Christian woman who was having problems with her husband, and I told her that her biblical responsibility was to submit to him out of a love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Another woman who was there said, "Her husband is not loving her, so she does not need to submit to him." Is that biblical? NO! Is there a Biblical exception to submission? Yes! One:

Colossians 3:19 (NASB) Husbands, love your wives, and do not be embittered against them.

Wives, let's be sure that we understand that this verse is not addressed to you! It does not say, "Wives make sure your husband loves you, remind him every day." This command is to the husbands. Men, this is your responsibility regarding your marriage.

Young's Concordance agapao, or the love my husband has to have for me:

"love" of persons, to welcome, entertain,...generally to love, feel regard for, generally to love, feel satisfaction in

The love that wives have to have, this is what I wrote before: My husband looked it up in the Lexicon for me and the word is used like "I am fond of country living" or "I am fond of travel". Like these days when someone asks how do you like you new job, and they might reply "I love it". (I wouldn't use that phrase, always hard for me to think in those terms about something like a job or a place of living, I usually mumble a yes, and then wonder if I really do love it.)

There is: fond of blood, fond of wailing, fond of watching the contest, fond of being in the contest, fond of flowers, fond of your sister or your brother. Yes, they are all in the Lexicon.

It is so modern isn't it? You can imagine people categorised by these fondness for things good or bad. So we have to be categorised as being fond of our husband and children.

Sunday Stealing

Yikes, I have had two visits from Sunday Stealing participants, so I had better finish my post. Thanks so much for visiting guys, I mean girls.

The Blame Tara Meme

Question 1: Who do you think is the hottest movie star?
I haven't ever found the so called hot stars interesting. I do like the character Willie in the Love Comes Softly series. My daughter's were shocked I even mentioned it, which is fair enough. And it real life I probably wouldn't look twice at him, but I thought he was interesting on the movie.

Question 2: Apart from your house and your car, what is the most expensive thing you have ever bought?
These questions I answer dorkily lol. I think I'd better visit some more blogs on how to answer that one properly. Well, I have visited some. I don't have a boat, a flash camera (though I can now see it is a good idea), a large TV (same story there). I used to like to buy furniture during tax time, but we don't have refunds like that now. What refunds we have had, lately has gone on car repairs, I guess because we were too silly to get rid of the car before it needed it, which was probably always the case, still I love it. I'm lucky the question said the word "ever" otherwise this would be rambling. I don't know, I sent my son to China does that count? I think now, that may have been the reason he went to the University he went to, which turned out to be excellent.

Question 3: What is your most treasured memory?
These are not my style of question. Maybe I am too jaded? I think memory fades. I liked the way my husband looked at me on my wedding day. But now I can't remember it as I did, too long ago. I just remember that it happened and I liked it. Maybe my memory will come back when I am less stressed or tired? I like things I remember about my childhood, not as precise as they used to be.

Question 4: What is the best gift you’ve ever received as a child?
Perhaps a typewriter. My Mum once took me to a shop that had jewellery when we went on a holiday. I got lots of perhaps inexpensive pieces of this and that.

Question 5: What is the biggest mistake you’ve ever made?
Same kind of question I don't like to think about. Too black and white. Maybe I don't like to admit I make mistakes lol.

Question 6: Give four words to describe yourself.
Another hard question. Shy. Stoic perhaps. Meek. Patient. I used the chart in a previous post.

Question 7: What was your highlight or lowlight of 2008?
I think it was January, my son found a snake in our new house.

Question 8: What was your most embarrassing moment?
Something that happened while waterskiing. Luckily it turned out OK.

Question 9: Tell something not generally known about yourself.
I do dislike green things.

Question 10: If you were a comic strip/cartoon character, who would you be? OK, I am going to cheat and do a quiz. "You are Calvin!!!!!! You are a kid, and you act like one!!!!! You hate anything green, and you love your stuffed animals!!!!!!! I love little kids!!!!! Anything sugary makes you happy!!!!!! Have a great time being a kid!!!!!!!!"

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Weekend Memoirs

Our Weekend Memoirs

Here are the rules.

Our Weekend Memoirs (OWM) is a weekly meme where everyone shares their activities, trips, and interesting memories during the week.


Anyone who has a blog can join Our Weekend Memoirs (OWM). The most important thing is that we have fun and share our memories.

I want to tell you about our trip to the circus. It was pouring with rain. Not all the time, but still. Freezing cold. After the day before it was a little discouraging. But we packed our lunch, or the makings of a lunch, our raincoats. I asked earlier who would like to come, and I had two takers. I decided to go to the circus as our littlest hadn't been to one before. It would be easy to forget, I always made sure the others had experiences I wanted them to have. Last year I look littlest to the zoo. It was another experience the others had had and she hadn't.

She doesn't look very excited though. This photo was taken at the end, we have been deciding if she is blowing the fan or chewing it! I think though she had a good time. She said she liked the food? and the showbag, I think. I asked her this morning. Oh, and I think the elephants. The elephant looked like he was smiling when I was there. I have no idea if they were the same ones we used to visit in our hometown or if these are the replacements. Everytime we are near these or whichever two elephants we pay them a visit and take a photo. The last time was near our current house in about 2006 or thereabouts. Our little girl didn't get to go then, a cash flow problem. Our other daughter went and sat near her friends, a little embarrassing to admit.

The elephant looks like he? flaps his ears with my daughters jacket.

We were a little early, we had had our lunch, were the first there. I had to look for the best place to park as I didn't want to get bogged. It was so cold at our new house before we went there we were breathing fog. So we took a blanket and umbrella to the circus.

Later on my husband said when I mentioned getting bogged, did I drive it in 4x4. Duh! Something I will have to work on. I haven't lived in river flat country for years, not much mud happens here on the hillside on non clay soil, I'm getting spoilt.

Also we have gotten out of the way of having work boots and gumboots for the kids. In the end I felt silly, but not anymore. I had them for years and years, then went for fashion. Great, just don't expect to go to the circus in the mud! My middle daughter was disappointed I didn't take a photo of the camels.

Back home to the new house, to have a cup of tea, sit by the fire and dry out my socks.

Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather in my neck of the woods:
Today is it supposed to be 5 oC - 12 o C (54 oF). Not a warm day, but it is warm in the house already, which is the main thing.

One of my simple pleasures:
Hearing my family's voices. I have been noticing how nice it is after not hearing them if I go somewhere, can't remember the exact details

On my bedside table:
Lots and lots of books. I managed to take three back, and in the middle of one.

On my TV:
Australian Idol, I missed half last night, my daughter watched Little Mermaid III, some of Idol was a bit much

On the menu for tonight:
That is a good question. Waiting on the fruit delivery. I think it will be something with mince, or hamburger. I'd say chilli.

On my To Do list:
Apply for university accommodation for my son for next year in case he gets a course in those places, and to finalise plans for a trip to Melbourne for my daughter, we are going to a briefing about her trip

New Recipe I tried last week:
Not sure if it was last week or the week before: Warm Sausage Potato Salad

In the craft basket:
I need to try on some pants, well my daughter does. Mum wants to take them in and up, two pairs. Her wardrobe for her trip to Malaysia, I'm not as confident about as I was before, I may need to buy her some new shorts? Will know more later I guess.

Looking forward to:
Having loose ends tied up, like tax getting done, jobs like that

Homemaking Tip for this week:
I picked out what I thought was a very pretty towel from the linen press. It turned out to be one of those colorful nappies, than hadn't been overly used. Anyone wondering if they should stick to plain, if they are still going to be in good condition (ie not used by 1 1/2 babies continuously) they turn out to be more useful for repurposing later. It is a gorgeous lemon colour.

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
The Kitchen and Dining Room of Graceland (in honor of anniversary of Elvis' Death August 16), which in turn gave me the idea for the post I did about Elvis
What do you get... from Daily Pleasures
What are your character qualities? at Green Thumb Mama

Favorite photo from last week:

Lesson learned the past few days:
Don't expect a plover to not run out on the road during breeding season.

On my Prayer List:
probably myself

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:

I particularly liked the four types of love in this sermon below, and also what the speaker said about bad manners quoting Adam Clark's strong statement. Verse 5. The meaning of boorish here.
Agape Love
comments about unseemliness
Love is not rude

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

A little reflection

Gathering At the Well

How do you spend moments with Jesus?
Do you have a set quiet time?
If you have children, how has your time changed from when you didn't or over the years as they have grown?

I was going to skip this topic, but found I had some things to contribute to it. I have been studying scriptures more since blogging. My eldest is 21 and to go back that far, I wouldn't really remember how things had changed from those early years. I know I had a better understanding of what "quiet time" meant then I am sure spending so much time as I did in church when I was a teenager.

I was reading a blog (Green Thumb Mama), and came across the link to the Duggar site, and their character quality grid, I've given the link as pdf as it is easier to read. I felt that some of my qualities had gone down in the last year or so. I need to refocus, for sure. I challenge you to read a few squares and see what I mean.

Country Music Pic

I showed my daughters this video.

Daily List

Writing assignment from A thousand words... and then some is:

Write a list of a dozen things you do every single day of your life...

* * *

A kettle of water comes to a boil over a smoky campfire

1. Put wood on the fire

2. Open the blinds

3. Have a shower

4. Drink probably 4-5 cups of tea

5. Drive someone somewhere

6. Check my menu to work out what we are having for tea (dinner) and make sure the recipe is available

7. Supervise the kids

8. Wipe the table for lunch, or clean up the afternoon plates etc. one or the other usually

9. Check that the dog has had his second meal for the day

10. Check the bathroom door and toilet door is shut, over and over

11. Check the sky, something that has become habit from skywatch friday

12. Check email.

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Saturday...

Outside my window... there is a lot of fog. It is after midday. It is not around the buildings, but there is no view, it is very low. It is supposed to be a very warm day, like I am assuming others are having

I am thinking... of that awful picture the kids decided to do for school. I am in a position where I can't complain, but that was awful, and the school people who organised it possibly should rethink the idea. If my daughter does one I will be mortified. At least my son was being normal. This blog is about treechange, and there are lots of downsides of treechange besides a supposed lack of employment that would drive people back to the city. That wasn't the fault of the school though. I can't describe it accurately

Also birds here are hard to avoid with cars, they have no fear. I had a plover try to protect a chick that ran out onto the road. Plovers here are different to ones in the Northern Hemisphere from a quick look on google. I would have missed the chick, but the plover ran out, then flew straight up as they do into the front of my car. I had legs or something peeking out, a largish bird stuck on the front, and a wing, and feathers coming off as I was driving. I am sure who I told before may have thought I was telling stories. But, it was so unusual. I had blood on the windscreen and feathers stuck to it that we still have to wash off. They have unusual faces, and chicken like feet. The first time I had seen one up close was only a week or so ago when one drank from the rainwater running down the curb. I grew up with plovers. They lived in the paddock between my Grandma's and Uncle's. I stayed away from them because they have poison on them somewhere and I was scared. I took away the bird background on my blog because the feet reminded me of the plover!

I am thankful for... the talk of one of my daughter's being baptised

From the kitchen... I have all the ingredients for my raspberry tray bake, but forgot the butter. Actually I went too fast past the dairy aisle

I am wearing... My usual good clothes, no socks and it is a bit chilly

I am creating... maybe something with raspberries. A smoothy and a slice

I am going... to the circus

I am reading... The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister. I got to the first few pages one night and hit on a word that I thought was something else and nearly took it back. It turns out it is a very interesting book so far.

I am hoping... I have done the thinking for the University applications for my son right

I am hearing... the washing machine filling up, Austar (satellite TV). Last week I went to watch real TV for the start of Idol (Kyle was being an angel, I enjoyed watching him. I heard he was axed for the live shows, I assume that is right.

Around the house... my daughter asked for sister questions about the iron. I went to check on her settings as the iron sounded hot, and she had already ironed up a storm. Some people just have lots of get up and go.

One of my favorite things... the tiny Pikachu that my son made from a post it note. He must have very nimble hands.

A few plans for the rest of the week: getting through the novels my library gave to me. I had no books on my list, put some on, and hit the jackpot

Here is picture thought I am sharing... this is an illustration why I should try to learn how to use the camera my son leant me for my daughter's trip. I would get more detail on the birds, which are galahs. They were on the lawn eating until I turned up

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Skywatch Friday

These photos were taken last weekend.