Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 In Review

Happy New Year, Children with Umbrellas

Tonight here at our house, about an hour or so ago (it is nearly 10pm) there was a storm, like a tropical rainstorm far from the tropics. Sometimes it does rain on New Year's Eve where we live. It was nearly dark, and seemed like a hot day, but I think it was just humid. It is usually a dry heat here. The girls took the dog for a walk around the block so they would not have to cross roads. They only just made it home before the second torrent came.

Earlier in the day my daughter bought a spa from the op-shop. It is one you put in your existing bath. I cooled down in there, hadn't had a spa since the late 80s I think. Yes, it is true.

I have been inspired by Our Red House: 2009 in Review where Kate asks: "How has your life changed in 2009?"

The beauty of my memory is that now that it is nearly 2010 (wow) I am already starting to forget 2009.
I suppose some good things happened at the end that make me look forward to positive changes that will be occuring as things start to get moving again after the New Year.

At the end of this year my second son went to stay at his brother and his brother's girlfriend's flat in the city, and they offered for him to come and live with them this coming year and onwards. This means I have less pressure to sell one of our houses.

In April I decided to live six months this year at our house we bought on August 31, 2007. I wanted to see if I liked it there. I think I stayed one night. I even have photos of the big day when we moved in. You wouldn't believe all the things that went wrong after that that prevented us from moving in.

It has been a busy year at work for my husband, and only a few weeks ago we finally got the tyres for the trailer, and we still have sewing to do on my doona that fell to bits in the wash after the mouse episode.

The other big pressure off it that the whole two years of VCE, Year 12 are over and my son got a good score, and in all likelyhood he will be going to a prestigious university next year.

During the busy time though we wanted to apply for a new job, but it didn't happen. The job that we wanted keeps getting readvertised. I don't like to talk about it, it is between you, me and the gatepost. But it would be worth having a go at applying for it.

Living remotely we decided in our case could be a little irresponsible possibly. Even today we were reminded of the difficulties when my daughter tried having her hair cut. She couldn't get it cut before Christmas, this was probably due to the $400 we spend on fuel. Yes, the bills were put off, and thankfully I paid them all yesterday. Luckily I still have some hamper food left, so today my husband did another small food shop.

How do you apply for a job 3 hours away while still owning two houses. It will keep me busy thinking won't it?

Failing all that, I could just spend the year enjoying the scenery, and trusting God to keep us, as he has over and over again this year and the end of last year. Even on Christmas Day the car I was driving could have sprung its leak, but waited until I got home from my 3 hour drive.

We are in the middle of rearranging the children's rooms. Our son probably will be with us for another two weeks. He has been back and forth and I think is looking forward to going back to his home in the city. Rain has fell on their gardening there, they had dug up their vegie patch and my husband helped tidy up, so maybe it will look more like home on their return. They rented a house after they decided he was living with them so they all have enough space and they decided to get a new pet and will pick it up after their holiday. Apparently Ikea has pet stuff and they have bought something I imagine is cute for him.

The first post I ever did about my son setting up house was here. This year we celebrated his graduation from uni in August.

The saddest part of this year was the girls giving up their dancing classes. I couldn't see how we could move and be in town every night of the week for classes, gym or Youth Group. I think now it was a blessing, as our son needed lots of support during his VCE year. As it turned out our daughter who danced had trouble with her toe and it would have been very painful to dance.

Also her older sister went to Malaysia at the end of the year, the kids who went had a reunion very recently, but due to the driving/petrol and time thing she was unable to go. However the teacher was very kind and sent a DVD with photos and a video of a concert they did while at school there for us to take to family to watch on Christmas Day.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Monday...

Outside my window... it's dark, but there is a blow-up pool

I am thinking... I may go to bed soon

I am thankful for... nice novels and authors

I am wearing... still the same, tomorrow I will wear a sleeve-less shirt

I am remembering... to buy my little girl some Clark's sandals, I still haven't done that, requires a trip

I am going... maybe to take the girls to the movies because we got a ticket for free, why they give out tickets for 1 1/2 hours away, I have no idea

I am reading... just finished The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber, more recently university prerequisites and courses and what units to choose first

I am hoping... nothing atm

On my mind... that we had two things break today, after all our effort to get things ship-shape. The car radiator cap at the bottom has let go after $700 on fixing it up, will require taking out the motor, and our eldest laptop's harddrive isn't working, both age related

Noticing that... I have a nice novel to pick up from the library

From the kitchen... the recipe didn't exactly turn out as planned, but was OK

Around the house... one of the girls is undoing our organisation and we put it back, twice

One of my favourite things... the flower that came up in my garden (pictured)

From my picture journal...

Meme from: Simple Woman's Daybook

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Saturday 9

1. What did you think of 2009?
I really enjoyed the winter, and it seemed to last for ages, and then it was Christmas.

2. What do you think was the news story of the year?
The bushfires in Kinglake & Flowerdale.

3. What happened this year that you never want to hear another word about?
Today, being Boxing Day, I suppose it is relaxing and nothing like that comes up. Things have turned out nice, those things may fade away.

4. What was your favorite song of 2009?
South Carolina Low Country ~ Josh Turner

5. What did you accomplish this year?
Making it to the end of the year! That is dramatic, but we had a lot on.

6. Did you learn anything new this year?
How much God can love us, when he looks after us. Or said the other way when he looks out for us, I didn't realise how it can feel like love. For example, I could have been driving home as usual about that time, when that fire in my banner came. It was 40oC and windy.

7. What are you looking forward to in the new year?
New things, things moving forward. That is not to say I don't want things to stay the same as well.

8. What are your plans for New Year's Eve?
I like being home on New Year's Eve.

9. What's the best thing you ever did on a New Year's Eve?
I think staying up all night. Not sure if that was when I watched the sun come up over layers of mountains.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

More local birdlife


This is a video my middle daughter took at her eldest brother's place that he just moved into. I like the video because of the bird noises, including a crow, the Aussie street scene (a bit like the TV show Neighbours possibly?), and my husband's Aussie accent. My daughter's commentary is that they left the baby behind!

You can have front row seats to the moving that took place last weekend, as least what went on out in the street in a quiet moment. Apparently my husband didn't know she was recording.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Monday...

Outside my window... my dog as I was closing the blinds he was giving me puppy dog eyes.

I am thinking... it is nice to have my family home, one has been away for two weeks, two others 2-3 days

I am thankful for... my husband recovering quickly from his long trip

I am wearing... brown capris, white t-shirt, brown slip ons

I am remembering... more of what I have to plan for

I am going... to see my Mum

I am reading... just finished a novel Rachel's Secret by BJ Hoff,

I am hoping... hope to read book two of the series

On my mind... one more day to wave the Christmas wand

Noticing that... my kids are enjoying each other's company

From the kitchen... pumpkin frittata

Around the house... a lovely fish tank with a bubbler, we haven't had one before

One of my favourite things... my blue and silver Christmas tree, thanks to my midde daughter

From my picture journal... on the way home from their trip, this road has been closed recently because of the fires.

Please visit Peggy's blog The Simple Woman's Daybook if you want to see lots of lots of more daybooks.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Back to Basics Challenge

Sowing seed or Planting
  • I got some Fothergills Okra, so that is good, I will have a better idea when to plant them. I am very confused about that. Want to try some recipes that are from India, or Indian styled.
  • My daughter has been eating some loganberry cross berries.

Planning for The Future
  • I have ordered my Hamper King for next year, need to order Chrisco as they are taking a small amount of money out.
  • I am working on getting some loquats. Even if I don't get to make jelly, I will at least be reminded of the fruit and what it is like.

Working for the Future
  • Sorted through and measured curtains and put stickers on them for my son's new house he is renting. It needed three lace/sheer curtains for the bedrooms. My Mum reminded me I had them. There are three each in two designs. I will have a set let over. I was concerned I had overbought on ebay, so happy someone can use them.
  • The girls moved around their rooms, though they probably shouldn't have as their brother may be with us through January, they did ask, but still. They will bunk together, but their rooms are looking nice. I bought a new laundry hamper and rubbish bin for middle daughter and a waste paper basket for our son's new room in the city. I hardly ever buy stuff new like that, but the hamper looks nice.
  • We went through some of our son's stuff to take to him and found he can help sort through the clothes that it looks like he doesn't want anymore.
  • My husband has been to Bunnings to look at how to attach Coolaroo shades to my son's house using the fixing that are there on the house already.
  • My husband brought home a Chinese cookbook from the 70s perhaps. It had a lot of recipes with basic ingredients and some where you could make things yourself like dim sim wrappers.
  • My husband wired the lights on his trailer, they were not working, and we bought a replacement headlight for my car online.

Building Community
  • I went to a kids End of Year concert.
  • Took the we found last week to the op-shop.
  • Talking to people I don't usually get to see on Facebook.

Learn a new Skill
  • Well we are going through the fire motions, relearning what we learnt last year with listening to the radio, checking the weather forecast, checking the internet. There was a fire siren this morning, so glad I live near it and can hear it. The weather conditions are favourable, again I learnt this helpful information from the NSW fire service site about the fire near us that is not out. They said these conditions do not endanger lives so I found that helpful.
  • My eight year old daughter has been doing a lot of baking.
  • Our second son took the bus from the city to their new rental house. He learnt the route and the platform?
  • I think my husband has been teaching my middle daughter (12) how to tie trailer ropes.

This meme comes from Belinda's blog. "Independence is being ready for whatever comes." ~ From The Chatelaine's Keys

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Must be a Christmas thing

Camera Critters

Last year my husband took the photo that is on my banner at the moment. It was taken Christmas Day when the shops were shut. The ibis had free run of the town. Yesterday either my daughter or my husband took these photos on our backyard at our other house. The area he/she is walking in is the site of my future orchard that I haven't managed to buy trees for. I wanted some that were not tiny and good quality. I hope I manage to get some this July to plant.

Then he wandered to the area of our future vegetable garden, that so far has berries at one end, and seperate to the marked out bed some Jerusalem artichokes not far from the gate that are getting taller all the time. Can't wait for the flowers.

Merry Christmas Mr. Ibis!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Fire Problems Already

I'm sorry I don't have a photo for you, one camera is taking pink photos and the other I got the batteries, but by then the wind had changed direction and our horrible looking sky changed back to normal.

What to say? It was a fairly warm day, not so warm in the house, probably because it was cool last night. Then a wind came that was hotter than the air outside. Very strong.

As I said on my other blog, I haven't gone on my usual grocery shop for three fortnights. I had decided not to go today either. Last night we finished up a "half-shop" based on left overs from my Christmas hampers, left over and ordered vegetables and bread, and my menu plan.

Since about lunchtime, or later when we heard about it, we were listening to the radio etc. because I needed to know if we were safe. We listened to our wind up radio. Two small towns were in danger, that has passed now. My daughter's friend's family came into our town to be safe, they have gone home again now. The fire is not contained, but the wind has changed.

Last I heard it was going near a lovely pub that I have photographed I think on this blog and perhaps into the bushland. Two houses were lost so our community will feel this, we don't know who's house yet possibly people we know.

It has been raining a little but apparently it won't rain as much in the fire area.

We had a fairly long black out today. I didn't feel hot for very long. My little girl's room was cooler than mine, but I didn't have to stay there long.

There was an issue with the governments warning thing, but I don't know a lot about it to comment. All I heard was that it needed power in some way.

My shopping route was where the fire was, I probably would have just been home, not sure.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Where have I been for three days?

Not on this blog by the looks of things. I'm sure I have been reading something though.

On Sunday I am not sure what I was doing. On Monday though at 7am was the time for the ENTER scores in Victoria where I live. They are scores for the kids who did their Year 12 or VCE. My son did his VCE, so my husband got up early to find out the score. We have been plotting and planning for over two years to work out how to get our son into university smoothly, so have only have over two months to go. So far so good.

I think the kids have done a better job of it than Mum & Dad. But with a group effort of lots of people, and a great sustained effort from our son, he got a good mark. He did all the hard subjects and if you look at his VCE papers there are marks there from years 2007, 2008 and 2009.

He is clearly in the university where he will be living, and has a good chance of going to a university that is acknowledged overseas. He is very unassuming, I hope it all gradually sinks in for him.

Here are the other good things that have been happening here.

~ Friday a bird visited our garden. I had heard it but never seen it. I know I say that a lot. This is a standard bird called a Rufous Whistler. My daughter got three hardly used gameboy games from the op-shop

~ Saturday the bird was back again. My husband got a cookbook and a frypan from the op-shop

~ our welder blew a fuse, luckily he was able to buy fusewire at that late time, and the computer was able to be restarted again. Also it prompted my husband to look at the UPS and see why it is not working

~ I looked on ebay for curtains for my son and found some curtains that I needed for the bathroom.

Random Dozen

1. Gingerbread: For or against? Discuss.

Not sure about the arguement, if there is one. I didn't really know it was for Christmas, not something my little Aussie self was aware of. I knew about houses for Christmas, yes, gingerbread men, no.

2. Is it important to you to always stay (live) close to family?

When I was younger and also with young children I would have said yes. There is something to be said for being independent, or your husband and yourself being independent. After all I guess we have to grow into our parents shoes.

3. Which holiday pretend character do you wish really existed?

You mean so I could ask Santa for a present?

4. Which holiday movie best represents how you feel about Christmas or life?

I can't say I have watched a lot of them. I watched The Road To Christmas, a bit of a shocker though, well it was not expected. I didn't watch the start at the start lol.

5. Is there a particular Christmas song that you're enjoying now? Any that you're tired of?

Actually I should switch CDs in the car. Good idea. It is Lee Kernaghan's album with Santa Claus Is Back In Town.

6. What is your favorite way to remember those less fortunate at Christmastime?

Well, reading Happy Hermit's blog has helped me think more about the issues.

7. Does it upset you to see "Xmas" instead of Christmas? How about "Happy Holidays" etc., instead of "Merry Christmas?"

Yes with the Xmas. No with the Happy Holidays it is not something that happens in Australia very much though I have noticed a little change, but not where I live.

8. How many Christmas programs are you attending this month?

I have a school concert to go to. That is probably it.

9. Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Any chance of that dream becoming a reality?

There was an icestorm in Canberra a couple of years ago, you never know. There was snow forecast only a few days ago, though it is warm this week.

10. Tell me about a Christmas present you received as a child. Pics are always nice.

I got a typewriter once, I guess you can't tell.

11. How many Christmas parties are you attending this month?

Too much on, think I will pass.

12. How do you keep yourself centered on the significance of Christmas?

I was just thinking how I still can go look at the Christmas lights, have the drive home on Christmas where I can see lights, still lots of nice things to go yet. Very much enjoying the Christmas shows by Nigella and Kirstie's Homemade. Much nicer than I expected. I haven't really been comfronted by the materialism, I went shopping two weeks ago. Today my daughter bought a big tub of matching ornaments and a long tinsel strand. Also she got two boxes of lights that change with the voltage, icicles hanging from the mantlepiece. My husband had to get them working, and it was well worth his investment of time. They are Christmas brand my daughter said.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Back to Basics Challenge

For the last two weeks:

Sowing seed or Planting

  • We have sprinkled around some flower seeds we were given, but only a few. Have more to put out.
  • Harvested chives again for a meal with frozen fish from the supermarket.
  • My husband thinned out the jam melon seedlings

Planning for The Future

  • Writing a list of things to bring my our older son's new house, tools etc to help out, and furniture for our other son and linen
  • Did my meal plan around a Chrisco delivery
  • Got ideas for next years Chrisco or Hamper King
  • Our second son visited Superbarn and found it had nice cheese and things

Working for the Future

  • My husband was able to pick up straw while in our hometown going to the dentist
  • Paid for the VicSwim classes
  • I got another item for my daughter's Christmas concert from ebay, my husband ironed the top and I had my daughter try the outfit on and take it to school
  • My husband went through the shoe box and found shoes that fit my youngest daughter
  • I bought the updated version of my capris as the normal ones I wear with start to look shabby soon
  • Got some sundresses on ebay for my little girl to replace some smaller ones
  • My husband welded up his trailer

Building Community

  • Got a kitchen rubbish bag full of shoes to go to the op-shop
  • Went to gymnastics awards night
  • Our eldest daughter served at a senior citizens dinner

Learn a new Skill

  • Watched an episode of River Cottage summer about sour dough making
  • Our second son tried out the interstate bus and everything worked smoothy and came home for a little while
  • My daughter cut out a small fabric handbag and had to work out how to put handles on it
  • The kids pushed themselves and wrapped their sister's birthday presents in the car so we could be ready for the party when we got home
  • The girls used philo pastry to make pizzas, they are very clever, they are nice to eat!
  • Our second son started making bottled sauce meals and a couple of days ago made something from scratch

This meme comes from Belinda's blog.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Do you like Gentle Read novels?

They are the ones that are not very confronting. For example one of my favourite gentle read authors is Jan Karon or Philip Gulley which is similar.

I was wondering if you like the equivalent in movies, though I am not sure what they are called. The movies I am comfortable with are things like The Sounds of Music, and the Love Comes Softly series which there are eight of now.

The other day I watched part of a movie called Ballet Shoes. It is set in the 1920s. It is interesting from a simple living point of view. The part I saw, the middle part was gentle. It was aired on Austar on Hallmark. If any of you have a similar taste in movies please let us know some other good movies.

I know I like the movie made about Laura Ingalls Wilder, will have to pop in the name later (Beyond ...?).

Here is the trailer for Ballet Shoes.

Ballet Shoes is screening on Hallmark on Austar on Monday night at 10:15pm.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Thursday: my daughters found some lovely things for my younger daughter's birthday party, it all went very well.

We live far from the shops, and our daughter asked for something in particular from the online catalogue. When we got there in the afternoon there was one left, which was fantastic.

I stopped on our trip for a toilet break, and just as I parked the car I got a nice phone call about my fruit delivery offering for it to be delivered early, on the day I used to get it.

~ I got some seeds Mum/Mom collected from my brother's garden

Friday: some kind of order was restored in the house

Saturday: the girls found a nice place they didn't know about for swimming and they really enjoyed it

~ our eight year old daughter did some sewing

~ got lots of mowing done

Sunday: our son had a hassle free trip on the bus

~ the girls made use of some left over philo pastry and make some pizza rounds, their idea

~ I wore my new capris and they are nicer than I thought, as good as the older ones

Monday: got word that my son was allowed to get a house, he is currently living in a flat. Looking at what was around and the position, it is fantastic. Sure there are some things that have to be got around, but it is tidy and handy too.

Tuesday: our daughter got a trophy for gymnastics. It is the first sporting trophy for someone in our family

~ my Mum/Mom got a new pet

Wednesday: Got the back lawn mown. I found I liked it out there, it has changed with the neighbours and our trees getting bigger. Had ideas how I could improve it.

~ got two of our trailer tyres bought at long last.

Being Grateful

Check out the blog of the hostess for December, Women Taking A Stand.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

5 Cup Cake Revisited

Today I was excited about finding by accident a variation to Bel's 5 Cup Cake, which lots of Australians know from what I can gather. What I like about Bel's and the one on Best Recipes below is the adaptions. Here is the first post (I think) I did on the 5-cup cake.

Best Recipes recipe (click):
5 Cup Fruit Loaf

The one I make is like Bel's but with sultanas and raw sugar, and the method like the one from Best Recipes. I like the sound of the one in the comments on this page.

Baking Bowls, Jug, Wooden Spoons, Whisk

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Sunday...

Outside my window... apparently there is an wattlebird's nest in a tree out the front

I am thinking... just keeping track of what the girls are doing

I am thankful for... my husband's trip to the bus stop is easier this time with our second child, we bought a house half way, and they had their lunch there, we bought the house two years ago, and had the bus stop in mind, I had forgotten in some ways, interesting we are now making use of it

I am wearing... brown capris from BigW. I had bought some a couple of years ago, and the are basically the same only stretchier. If you are thinking of buying some, buy a size up from what you normally buy (these are larger sized capris not normal sized)

I am remembering... lots of bits and pieces, last Christmas, as above, but only little bits

I am going... to an end of year award night I think

I am reading... River Cottage Everyday, you need to sit up properly to read it, so big

I am hoping... my son gets a casual job with something like the CSIRO, sounds like a lot of fun

On my mind... nothing now, everything is winding down for the night

Noticing that... we made good choices with the older girls clothes, I like all that we bought. We got a pair of shorts and an Aussie t-shirt for the eldest, and a penguin, Jacksons and another t-shirt for my middle daughter (Target), they look nice with simple grey shorts

From the kitchen... a dish made from salami and cream, we got that but still have some items to finish buying on our shopping list

Around the house... my daughter asked her sister to help her find a stick, they got a nice one and she painted it silver, put some leaf lights from Target? on them and stuck on a card, it is a card tree.

One of my favourite things... having Chrisco food around at this time of year. I gave my son some pancake shake and some frozen cheese to take home, plus some pasta sauce to make his tea/dinner and breakfast until he has time to shop, when I say home, his brother's place. However he is practising to cook for himself, he may have to still go into uni accommodation depending on his marks

From my picture journal... the nest:

This meme from Peggy.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Life As I See It

I think I'll continue on from my last Life As I See It post. We get paid every fortnight, in my last post we had just been on a shopping trip on the Thursday. A fortnight later and I was back on a big shopping trip on yet another Thursday, two days ago. It is interesting reading it back to find my daughter and husband saw an echidna that day, as I saw one eight days later just ambling across a very green lawn near the interstate, see post.

My son and his girlfriend must have enjoyed our second son's stay with them. They are hoping he gets to go to uni in their city. We are getting ready for a return visit. The ENTER scores come out on the 14th.

I have had a few of these gigantic feeling shopping trips. I think perhaps I have nearly finished, my daughter needs some shoes for her Christmas outfit. Will work on that. Maybe I can measure her foot and get the matching shoes from Pumpkin Patch.

I have been very remiss on my photo taking. I was pressing buttons all over the place taking photos of the echnidna without my glasses on, and I don't think it has been working well. I did take a photo of a ghost tour bus. Then I realised there was a person in the car so couldn't post it. I'm not going to read that site too deeply, I'm not really into that sort of thing, but thought the car was interesting. You don't see those things here, but we do have "The Van From Snowy River". Mind you I love the old hospital site in Beechworth. My GGGrandparents were married in Beechworth. We took pictures of a Spongebob playdough, with Mr Potatohead like eyes (too scarey) but the flash didn't work, so work to be done on the camera.

It was my daughter's eighth birthday on the day of this shopping trip. One of the biggest disappointments with living here, is going out on a big day like that, 2 1/4 hours there and back, everything timed so as to not waste time, and not having time to debrief when I get home. Life goes on, tea/dinner is made, kids go to bed. Albeit that our daughter went to bed a little later that night as she was playing with her new toys. Her brother chose some, he reckons he picked the best presents.

The high school graduation came and went. I should have taken a picture for that too. There were two events happening at a time at our household that night. I had to stand in our little girl for her big sister so was working out what she could wear. The above mentioned shoes would have been handy. There was a mix up with the dates, so she had to be somewhere else. Today they are at youth group having a lovely swim and a BBQ. It is still cool here, at least inside.

I finished my Sandra Dallas book about the Depression. All I have with me now is a River Cottage book called Everyday. It is very nice though, not what I expected. It is practical and there is lots there if you like a good read. I actually liked the breakfast section, and then lunch and the fish.

Christmas Downunder post

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thankful Thursday

This week's Thankful Thursday is at Women Taking a Stand.

I am happy I have been doing 30 Days of Thanksgiving at Karla's blog, I wanted to practise to get back into Thankful Thursday, back into the habit. It worked because after the 30 Days were over on Monday, I found I wanted to record things when I thought of them, well Wednesday's in particular.

Wednesday ~ a lovely lady waiting for my daughter to walk into a place where they were catering. My daughter had helped set up the tables, came home, and when she went back there were cars and people everywhere. She had a nice time serving.

For my thankful things from Thursday to Monday you can view them here.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Random Dozen

1. Which Wizard of Oz character are you most like?

Do I lack a brain, a heart or courage? I can be heartless at times, see coming question.

2. When you're deciding what you're going to wear each morning, which item do you select first? Why?

Probably the bottom half depending on the weather?

3. What kind of animal do you think the world could live without?

I am tempted to say snakes.

4. How many Christmas trees are in your home?

Two at the moment.

5. Would you prefer to be emotionless if it mean you didn't have to feel a heartbreak?

I am a little reckless, but also don't get carried away either. How to explain? Put it this way, there is usually a reason why someone is being very nice to me, though some people seem genuine so that is OK.

6. Do you ever experience holiday let-down or depression?

This is the same as the last question, I don't set myself up for a fall. Actually that is not true entirely. I could see that I could have some wonderful days and I guess I will get my chance when I am a little older. Australians I don't think put as much store on perfectness and those type of occasions, that is my obvseration. We do try for the middle class ideal, but perhaps not as much.

7. Do you like Michael Jackson's music?

After he died the girls and I watched a music channel with all Michael Jackson for about a week. I enjoyed it. A little bit rude in places, which is a shame. I think now I would enjoy the movie then I would find out more about the concert he was going to sing in.

8. Why is it that we never judge people who have their teeth fixed for cosmetic reasons, but every other cosmetic procedure has a stigma?

I think if you live a bit further out of mainstream you start to doubt the teeth thing too a little. That could be one of my left over 60s ideas.

9. Enjoy horseback riding?

Yes, I would love to have the chance to put on some bluntstones and get on one.

10. Shoes--practical or stylish?

Well I haven't worn bluntstones in years. Same story as the teeth perhaps?

11. What was the name of your first pet? Feel free to post a pic.

The first pet I chose was a girl German shorthaired pointer. I think my husband already had one at the time for hunting.

12. What percentage of your Christmas shopping is done?

95% if I am lucky.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

That's My World Tuesday

On Friday I went out to the interstate highway, (it is freeway most of the way) and stopped at the conveniences as I try to arrive early. The toilets were being cleaned so I drank the drink I had brought from home in the Eski/cooler. I spotted an echidna walking across the lawn from the creek. This lawn actually joins onto the highway at the end of it. He went to the side fence where the elm tree was, it is a bit sandy there.

He only curled up into a ball twice and quickly uncurled. I had put my bag down and I thought he was going to walk over it. A lady at a shop jokingly said he may have hopped in!

What a lovely quiet echidna!