Sunday, January 31, 2010

Back To Basics Challenge

For the last two weeks.

Sowing seed or Planting

  • My daughter has a vege patch with tomatoes, cucumbers and capsicum. The tomatoes and capsicum are getting there, and she plans to enter her vegetables in the Agricultural Show in March.

Planning for The Future

  • I found a recipe that is perfect to add to our recipes for menu planning purposes. It is a Japanese pancake and uses pork mince. Here is the recipe. Something I have had trouble finding recipes for in the past. I don't want to buy double the quantity to make meatballs.

I am pretty sure my son ate one of these at a restaurant recently, and though I was interested, it was nothing compared to eating one. They are fantastic. My husband and I had three each, very filling, and we had one left over for my daughter's lunch. They are healthy as they have cabbage in them.

Is this it do you think? Okonomiyaki.

Working for the Future

  • More work has been done on glueing up the chairs and the wetstone I think was purchased.
  • Two weeks to the day and the door my husband found at the tip/dump has been mounted in its permanent home, in the kitchen of our second home. It seems longer ago than that, two weeks, wow.
  • The door that used to be in the kitchen is perfect for our bathroom/bedroom entrance. There is no door there, and the white doorknob is nice. Secondhand doors cost around $40 or $15 if they need work. Free is much better for us.

Building Community

  • My husband took the toy stove to the op-shop.
  • We caught and gave some of our pond fish to the school, two days before school starts.

Learn a new Skill

N/A. I want to buy the book by Andrew Winter to learn more about effectively selling houses.

This meme comes from Belinda's blog.

Friday, January 29, 2010

More Ournie Fire Pics

This is the fire I mentioned before. It took place on my usual food shopping day. Amazingly, I was safe at home because I had decided I had enough food from hampers that I didn't need to go shopping. It took place around the time, or possibly an hour after I would have arrived home.

I went shopping this week and saw this end of the fires, along the road I would have taken. It went right up to so many houses. After I got home, after seeing a sign on a tree saying Fire ring 000 or something like that, I am curious if my mobile phone would work in that area. I know it is quite possible it would not.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Interesting Blogs

6-Week, Blue and Cream Kittens with Lilac Tortoiseshell Mother, Playing in Sewing Basket

I have a list of fascinating blogs with good followings. I thought if I liked them they may be some you would like as well.

Throwback at Trapper Creek

Curlew Country


dear fii

Making a House a Home

Watery Wednesday

These are some more photos of Lake Benalla. Photos taken by my eldest daughters.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

That's My World Tuesday

These photos were taken by my daughters on their holiday last week. They are of Benalla in North East Victoria.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Saturday...

Outside my window... a bit hazy from smoke

I am thinking... how I would like to call our two new hermit crabs Krusty and Eugene, but they tell me that Krusty is a diner.

I am thankful for... my son's first lawnmower, from ebay, that works!

I am wearing... board shorts and sleeveless shirt, no I am not wearing it out in public

I am remembering... my childhood home, my daughter's took pictures of the garden and the creek and river (see below)

I am going... perhaps shopping next week, I haven't had to go for ages, but maybe one more time before we get back into the swing of things. My husband's car is in the workshop too.

I am reading... I have just finished Maggie Brendan's No Place For A Lady

I am hoping... I can get a pineapple for the tank

On my mind... getting things ready for uni and school

Noticing that... it is hot again today, it is supposed to be 35 oC outside, but it is 40 oC on our thermometer outside on the verandah

From the kitchen... Chow Mein, which in Australia is hamburger or beef mince, cabbage, green beans, celery, chicken noodle soup and curry powder

Around the house... we have moved a couch or sofa, and we are putting our middle daughter's bed back in her new room, we used it as a guest room during Christmas, then her brother was home, she went away, now getting things settled

One of my favourite things... talking to my little girl

From my picture journal... my daughter in my childhood swimming hole

Meme from: Simple Woman's Daybook

Friday, January 22, 2010

Nearly Back to School Time

Butterflies of the World Chart

Everyone goes back to school here on February 1, the first day of the last month of summer, traditionally the hottest month.

Even our uni boy starts on that date. My husband though has already been back at work at his leisure getting ready for a 27th start I think. He has been doing little bits of work late at night at home too.

The girls are coming home from their holiday as my eldest daughter is getting baptised.

They took my camera and have been taking lots of pictures, so hopefully I can make good use of some on the blog.

Our silver anniversary is in 4 days. We usually celebrate with a pavlova in honor of Australia Day as well.

Today there was a fire quite close to the town, 7 fire trucks later it was safe. Not a code red day here, but extreme. Hot with a strong wind blowing. And still blowing and hot at 10pm. Not a case of going somewhere for the day and coming back, but I'm not sure.

More pets at our house, the girls are bringing home hermit crabs, hopefully that is it for a very long time. One of my daughters has a gardening bug, and is bringing home some pot plants.

I got two nice paperbacks on ebay, so I am reading one now.

Our son got a place from UAC for uni despite the fact that we live in Victoria. He has accepted it, and he lives within 100 metres of the uni. However, his bike has a puncture, and he is unfamiliar with getting around that suburb, so we help him out a little each day, as there is only 9 days left. I have a map of the bike track but he hasn't been on it in that direction yet. It takes a little more than 100 metres with the layout of the streets.

It has turned out well as the Victorian uni had a ballot for rooms to stay in, and he missed out with that. We were able to say that he didn't need the room at the moment.

Still no names for the mango coloured canary or the dark lemon and white one. I thought of parfait, but decided her colour was mango not peach.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

An Update

Well I am bit short on photos, so I'll give you one of our dog drinking, how's that? LOL.

I was thinking of doing a Simple Woman post, or one like it, because I really thought I had done one for this week. Well the weekend must have come and gone without one. So here is an update.

We went past the place where my banner picture was taken, and the grass is really greenish looking now, not black. I didn't bring my camera, so I was sorry for that.

The girls have taken the camera on their holiday. On Monday I took them a third of the way to their Nana's house. Nana met us and shouted them lunch. As you know our son is staying at his brother's so for the first time in who knows when it is just the two of us.

It is probably just as well as my back went out, but it is not so bad that I can't put on clothes or sit, though it is a little uncomfortable.

I remember commenting on a Amanda's blog about her holiday with her husband. Amanda is celebrating her silver anniversary, as we are. Now I find myself alone with my husband as well. He is keeping himself busy, so in some ways it is like the kids are here. It is what I need though I think, the rest and peace and quiet. I don't usually say that.

I got a big fright about the fires. Apparently my uncle is worried too, and has been furiously watering. I am just thankful for this cool weather. Would you believe it was only 5 oC here this morning, which is 41 oF. No wood fires on in the heater, so I had to put on my jeans, t-shirt and polar fleece with socks.

Last night we had an Asian styled meal with a pumpkin soup base (here), and the colder weather made it very enjoyable. It was so quiet last night in bed, being in the country and cold, no heater fan, no teens outside, nothing.

We are in charge of all of our pets. My daughter got her trip to the regional centre, which is Albury/Wodonga. It was late night shopping in Albury but not Wodonga. We had it all worked out to go to Officeworks to buy a desk (pictured here), and Target to get a children's desk and butterfly chair that were in the catalogue. They were very cheap. I was saving money for a Pumpkin Patch order to come out of my credit card, and I was going to balance everything by buying the food last.

No desks were at the stores. I have a plan to get my son to buy them in the city and we pick them up when my son enrols in university. We have to turn up there with birth certificates and things after my husband starts work again after Australia Day ie 26th January.

We went to Pumpkin Patch to get pjamas for the holiday. My daughter wanted me to get the things in the order at the shop. I also didn't let my husband get light bulbs we can't buy here because of the tightness of the budget. As it turns out we have money left over because Pumpkin Patch had a big sale on, and when I rang about the order that hadn't arrived, they refunded the postage as I only had one item of the four. My daughter was right, so was husband. Oh well, try and try again.

Speaking of trying again, last summer it was very hot. My daughter missed out on travelling to Wodonga to get a bird for her birthday. So guess what, at around 4.45 in Albury, I remembered the closing times in Wodonga. Fortunately for us they were open to 5.30 at the pet shop, and she brought home a new cage, blue with two cute canaries, and some shell grit of a kind I haven't seen before and lots of things to the value that we usually give the kids for their presents.

They are still unnamed, and we have been keeping cat watch. We hung two chains so they are reasonably safe, but we still like to keep a watch on the cat. One is peach, but more like a mango colour, and the other one palish yellow with a black marking on the back of the head like a scarf.

I didn't realise how much time I must have spent with the canaries we had in our hometown. My uncle gave us ten and we had them in a budgie aviary.

Today the offers for university came out in our State. We knew in the back of our mind that they came a day earlier than the NSW ones. Today a parcel came in the mail from the university he applied for in Victoria. We quickly went online and found that he had a place there, which we are now working on deferring. You are able to defer on ground of other educational opportunities which is what we hope happens tomorrow.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Back to Basics Challenge

Post started on the 1st January. So maybe this is for the past month?

Sowing seed or Planting

  • I ate some strawberries from the new house. The girls love growing strawberries. My middle daughter planted a small vegie patch here at our usual house. It is roughtly fenced off from our largish dog. She harvested and we ate her first cucumber.

Planning for The Future

  • We plan on buying a sharpening stone for our knives. My husband went through the freezer and I did a menu plan from that. Only had to buy 1lb/500g of meat from memory for two weeks.
  • I'm thinking of taking down one of the girl's curtains as it has a piece that has come apart, and work out which one of my three space curtains would replace it, and work with my husband to get it sewn and rehung.

Working for the Future

  • My husband has started to glue up our two chairs that are just a bunch of spindles pointing upwards. It is nice for us to have the time to catch up on those jobs.
  • My husband has also been going through boxes, in case we ever want to move. Throwing things out, and he also found some work he did that will help him this year at work.
  • He got our son's computer ready for his sister to take over as he now has a laptop. Her laptop is not working. He also repaired our middle daughter's computer and she is now using it.
  • We found these doors today, at the tip, for free. I must tell you in advance, that for our other house, the investment come holiday house one, that I needed two doors. One with glass in it for the kitchen that is dark. The second a security for the front door that has rectangular glass in it, with brown windows beside it. It also needed a panel that wasn't mesh at the bottom to help with keeping out snakes, which is why I wanted the door, in case the kids leave the main door open.

This is what I got, just what I ordered. OK, they need work. The kitchen door fits really well. No tall order in an older house.

Yes, my house does not obviously have a defendable space, despite my earlier posts. I am getting there though, thinking and reading. But in my defence snow is forecast in some parts of the North East for Monday. Yes, really. Says me at 9.30 pm Saturday with a fan blowing on my back.

  • My husband took a whole trailer load of junk to the tip.

Building Community

  • We finally found the parts to a toy stove that were missing in readiness to take it to the op-shop. Later we look a fairly large number of clothes. An old doona bag full and another couple of bags.

Learn a new Skill

This meme comes from Belinda's blog.

Christmas Beetles

Why do you love Christmas beetles, those that know them?

"Depending on the species, Christmas beetles come in a range of colours including:
  • pale to dark brown
  • green
  • iridescent green."

From here.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Christmas Has Been & Gone...

and so it seems have the Christmas beetles. I backed the car out one day for the kids to skate (ripstick & powerwing) in the drive and thought the corellas had been back again. The things on the ground turned out to be dead beetles instead. I love Christmas beetles, have meant to get one to look at.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Our fire today

In our code red world. I don't know what to say, other than it was under control very quickly. No air things were around that I knew about. I first heard the fire siren, then found where it was via my son at work, who thankfully gave good information. My husband checked the wind direction, and we got out the map. It may have come here or come out further down the road. Thankfully we didn't find out, even though it was very hot and there was a strong wind.

It is this advice we are struggling with. I wanted to leave, but the areas we would travel in are forested. In NSW they give suggestions. I am disappointed that there is still risk tonight. (Edited to say my husband heard on Wednesday via the grapevine that the fire was a false alarm, which would explain why it was OK under those weather conditions.)

From ABC Local News here. Posted 11 hours and 26 minutes ago
Updated 6 hours and 18 minutes ago

Fire authorities say a cool change that is due to sweep across southern Australia later today is likely to increase the risk of bushfires.

The catastrophic code red fire rating applies to the north and north-east regions of Victoria as well as most of the New South Wales south west...

The cool change due to hit Melbourne early this afternoon is not expected to reach north-eastern Victoria until around 9.00pm.

CFA Chief Fire Officer Russell Rees says the change is likely to be volatile, and communities need to stay on alert even after the temperature drops.

"The advice from the Weather Bureau is that this change could move in and out," Mr Rees said.

"So we could be in a scenario where the change comes and it recedes and the hot weather comes back and then it moves again.

"This could happen more than once, more or less like a pulsing movement of a change."

Mr Rees says the bushfire threat will linger, even when the temperature drops tonight.

"What we're saying is be really aware, don't assume that [because] the change has come everything's alright and relax."

On standby

The predicted wind change could bring gusts of 50 to 60 kilometres an hour to the 'code red' declared regions.

Authorities says that would increase the fire risk, especially if the change is accompanied by lightning.

The Emergency Services Minister, Bob Cameron, says authorities are on standby and are prepared for the worst.

"That means they've got aircraft to dispatch very quickly," Mr Cameron said.

"Obviously you will see large volunteer forces out in the event of a fire and that's why the CFA and the DSE have to prepare for the worst. "

Mr Cameron says people in high-risk regions need to take fire warnings seriously.

"If there is a fire that gets away that fire will be uncontrollable," he said.

"If you're in a high-risk zone the best place to be is just not there."

Victoria's Emergency Services Commissioner, Bruce Esplin, says authorities are well-prepared for the conditions.

But he is urging people in high-risk areas not to rely solely on websites and official warnings.

Mr Esplin says people need to be engaged with their environment.

"There's great technology there, but I think it's still important that every now and again people step outside," he said.

"A lot of people would be inside on a day like today with the curtains drawn, the air conditioner and the television on.

"But every now and again step outside, feel the winds, feel the temperature, smell for smoke, and listen for noise."

Mr Esplin says it is not only people in areas declared 'Code Red' who should be on alert.

"It's understandable that there's a focus on Code Red," he said.

"But severe and extreme fire danger ratings on days when fires can be very aggressive can be unpredictable.

"There's no room for complacency."

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Sunday...

Outside my window... very tall rose bushes

I am thinking... it is quite peaceful so not much, except a little about my husband travelling back from the bus stop though he has stopped midway at our other house at the moment, it is a very hot day today

I am thankful for... asking my husband to look for a particular bulb I was given, he then said he found some gladioli bulbs that have to be planted by the end of December. They are shooting, so I think it is a good save. He has been working on a new garden bed, so will put them in there. Pretty hot work today though. Hopefully it won't take long.

I am wearing... bright pink boards shorts, sleeveless shirt

I am remembering... going through my youngest's baby photos as she has limited real photos that aren't digital and she felt a little left out

I am going... my daughter is still after that trip to the regional centre on food shopping day.

I am reading... Lori Wick, Cassidy.

I am hoping... my son has all he needs to manage, I think he has, though it is a new suburb he has to get used to now

On my mind... his food, he has lots though, in a box we left in his wardrobe, when my husband was there last

Noticing that... my hamper food must be nearly all finished, and I actually look forward to cooler weather and travelling to buy food, well this is sort of long term, I will enjoy it after the school holidays finish, and that is at the end of January near Australia Day, which is my 25th wedding anniversary

From the kitchen... something with Cornflake crumbs in it, a kransky dish, a topping on our tea/dinner. Earlier my husband packed him lunch with baked ham cut, with homegrown cucumber. Boy, did that smell nice. Like being in Mum's kitchen with cold meat and salad. Yum.

Around the house... my second son's bedroom doesn't look like it is his anymore and he was only here this morning. By the time he took his laptop, case and school bag, and part of his bedding, it looked like any other room. We plan to take out the remaining boxes of his stuff and tape them up ready for when my husband visits him when uni starts, in February. The offers of uni places come out in ten days.

One of my favourite things... today my speed has been slowed on the internet, so fast internet would be a favourite

From my picture journal... I think this was taken at China Town, Little Bourke Street, Melbourne. It was taken by my eldest son or his girlfriend. He thought he was in Asia. We had taken him there when he was younger. I plan to take the young girls there next spring if I can. It is a new plan I came up with.

Anyone interested in seeing Costco in my country click here.

Meme from: Simple Woman's Daybook

Saturday, January 9, 2010

It's hard being a Victorian right now

Ournie fire

It has been over 40oC today, and this past few days or so, including only about half an hour ago, I have heard three fire sirens. Luckily this time I know where the fire is. I found out about one of the other ones as well, but not the other one.

My banner photo is from the Ournie fire. On Tuesday I think, my husband said that this area has now shot grass. That is wonderful, it could turn and stay green.

All along the Murray River from Albury has had fires, that is where today's fire is as well.

I think it was last weekend there was a fire between Benalla and Wangaratta at Winton North or Lake Mokoan. I had been thinking about fires a lot, and I wanted to go "home". I had been thinking about why, in my whole 46 years I hadn't had to deal with the fires that my Great Grandma had to endure in 1928. The area I grew up in (not home, but 30 miles south) in the bush, much like here, was on fire a couple of years ago. I haven't seen what it looks like after those fires.

The area I live in now had a big fire in 2003, the town in particular in a recent post. The smoke made it all the way to my home for weeks and weeks.

Then the Kinglake fires, which is the area I lived in during the last weeks of that fire, our rental home was burnt on the gate posts during the Kinglake fire of 2009.

During the Ournie fire I was wondering why the fires have been more prevalent lately. There was a large amount of grass around, people don't seem to cut it, but that could be because, here grass grows back pretty quickly. The edges of the roads uneven as well. After the Ournie fire though the Victorian side seemed to be grass free and the bales of hay removed.

However, I got the newspaper a week later, and that fire was due to powerlines they think. I think I will stay away from the privatisation issue in this post.

The fire between Benalla and Wangaratta was on a wind free day. It was in the lake bed of Lake Mokoan. A drained lake, that was reported to have unsafe grass, and mentioned in parliament and nothing was done apparently. I think the cows weren't allowed to graze there anymore.

They said also that Benalla and Wangaratta were both at risk. So much for going home. (Bill Sykes) (A man ended up killed when their fire truck rolled on the way to the fire which was still burning for awhile.)

I also was talking to my husband today about taking a radio with him tomorrow as he travels. He said that our broken arial in the car prevents him from listening to the radio in the car. So more things for me to think about to keep safe.

During two episodes though either last year or this year the transmitter went out.

During the Ournie fire I wanted to travel 1 hour West, but my husband didn't want me to. Really there is bush all around us. It is cleared around the town which is good.

The fire today is fairly near our newer house, but it is the kids that concern me the most.

Upon talking to my husband he said that basically:

1. There was a website mistake and

"The Visit Walhalla website criticises a government department for issuing a 10-month-old fire alert for Walhalla on Christmas Day.

The president of the Walhalla and Mountain Rivers Tourism Association, Michael Leaney, says state-funded Destination Gippsland has reacted by cutting links to the Visit Walhalla website."

From here.

2. Our town doesn't have a refuge of last resort.

"Just last month there were only three towns across Victoria which had designated sites which are supposed to be places of last resort in case of a fire, called neighbourhood safer places.

The CEO of the Municipal Association of Victoria, Rob Spence says a lot of progress has been made since then but there are still some high risk towns with no safer place."

From here.

My son sent me this webpage about snakes, which I felt was relevant. Made me think. I is acceptable in one way about the snakes, Benalla has a snake catcher by the way. I have had a snake in one of my houses since I have been here. I left the farm when I was 14, I don't have skills in dealing with snakes. However, it made me think that some issues have been around ever before privatisation. But people have changed a lot possibly since then which is about 1992?ish.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Costco Melbourne

Recently my son and his girlfriend went to Costco in Melbourne. They went after Christmas. They stayed in Melbourne on their way to South Australia. They were really excited to be there. It all seems a long time ago now, but really it wasn't, only a week and a half.

I came across a very good blog post about Costco in Melbourne at Sesame Ellis. A note on that post: Anyone who wants to buy black beans in Australia try this shop in Canberra. For all the Aussie's who say we have black beans in Australia, that is true, but bloggers know from reading American blogs, that black beans to Americans are black turtle beans, not salted Asian black beans. I love them myself, my family are not as keen. I think feijoada or black bean soup is just delicious! Here is a picture of the ones I have. It is a shock that the soup is actually black. My kids do like one of the soup recipes I found, that is more like a stew.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Saturday...

Outside my window... victory today. We have a pumpkin pot that my husband said for probably ten years he couldn't get the plant out of it. Yay, it is empty.

I am thinking... my Aussie blogging friends must be very busy, I have been enjoying though the ones that have popped into blogland the past day or so

I am thankful for... the novels I found to reserve online to pick up one day at the library

I am wearing... brown sleeveless shirt and green capris

I am remembering... to go mow lawns at the other house, it is hard to keep track when we went there last. Don't want to stop cleaning up here.

I am going... maybe to test our our new headlight. We ordered it online and my husband fitted it. It wasn't sitting in properly, something the previous owner had rigged up that is not working anymore.

I am reading... still waiting for the library to open. Because it is in a council building and the council isn't open, well the library says it is, but it aint.

I am hoping... I catch up on my sleep, I haven't had much at all, tonight everyone seems to be going to sleep, maybe cooler weather and the trip to the skate park

On my mind... I didn't make it shopping for shoes etc. at the regional centre, but did find I have some cash over so may buy some sale clothes online for my daughter who has been very patient. I owe her a trip to the movies though, I wrote out an IOU, not sure of the details now, hence the IOU

Noticing that... my daughter bought an airfreshener for the toilet room, it has a movement sensor, at first I was scared on it, thought it would get me in the eyes lol

From the kitchen... awful batch of kabana from a hamper, at least we have finished it now

Around the house... some Christmas lights have been put away in working condition for next year.

One of my favourite things... my daughter's new ripstick, they seem to bring joy to people who watch and ride them

From my picture journal... this camera is not going to work again, there is a slight pink in the photo. I will have to start using the old camera my son lent my daughter. Feverfew.

Meme from: Simple Woman's Daybook

Friday, January 1, 2010

Update since last reading challenge

The last reading challenge I have been on was in June with the Spring Reading Challenge here. It was summer in the Northern Hemisphere and now it has just turned winter just before Christmas. So time for a six monthly update! I wonder what I have read in that time?

Touch of Grace by Lauraine Snelling
Secret Refuge by Lauraine Snelling
Rebecca's Reward by Lauraine Snelling
One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling
Cousin's Promise by Wanda Brunstetter
Grace in Thine Eyes by Liz Curtis Higgs
Seasons of the heart by Janette Oke
Deep in the Heart of Trouble by Deeanne Gist
If I Gained the World by Linda Nichols
Claim of Her Own by Stepanie Grace Whitson
Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray
Letter Perfect by Cathy Marie Hake
Heart of the Wilderness by Janette Oke
The Matchmakers by Janette Oke
The Bluebird and the Sparrow by Janette Oke
Tender Grace by Jackina Stark
Love in the Age of Drought by Fiona Higgins
New Mercies by Sandra Dallas
Wanted by Shelley Shepard Gray
The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
The Desires of her Heart by Lyn Cote
The Sweetgum Knit Lit Society by Beth Pattillo
The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber
Rachel's Secret by BJ Hoff

24 novels in 27 weeks?

Women Reading

By the way, I have since come across British, Australian and Canadian reading challenges. Haven't read much about them yet. Debbie's Idea has some Australian authors on it.

New Year Fun ~ 2009 Edition

I am joining in this meme I found at Sandra's blog Diary of a Stay at Home Mom, the author of Happy Homemaker Monday.

Here is what you do:

Post the first sentence of your first blog post of each month. You can also add a favorite picture from each month.

Happy New Year, and thank you to those who left New Year greetings.


I found this at Towards Sustainability.

My son's old flat that he moved into last January


Sowing seed or Planting
Not really planting weather I suppose.

Sometime in the year he lost his baby face


On Friday we wandered around the garden of our new house looking at the flowers.

Wild apples from the roadside


Lemon Tree... very pretty.

Bridge at Murray River


Look what greeted my husband and the kids on their way to school on Monday or Tuesday of last week.

My husband gardening, filling in the huge blank yard


FOR TODAY Tuesday...

Back to fog again


This week an interesting video of Backwoods Barbie by Dolly Parton.

The area that nearly lost it's buildings but for a windchange in the recent fires in December here.


FOR TODAY Saturday...

Eldest's graduation


Have you seen the new KFC ads?

Husband has to use the antique for awhile


13 Things I saw today:

Our eldest daughter in Kuala Lumpur on a scholarship


Thanks to the lovely Karen I found this blog carnival.



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.

Son's new fence in preparation for the new puppy