Monday, June 28, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather in my neck of the woods: recent days, it has taken a distinct dive, my husband has been feeding the fire this morning

Jun 28
-5°C - 0.0mm
Jun 27
-2.8°C 9°C 0.4mm
Jun 26
7.0°C 12.1°C 9.4mm
Jun 25
3.0°C 13.0°C 0.2mm
Jun 24
1.0°C 15.9°C 0.0mm

Things that make me happy:
Hey, what is it with Blogger's musical signatures? Do you think I should try one? OK, I'll do it. Not responsible for what happens. Actually it is pretty radical, yuk.

Book I am reading:
Accidental Woman by Barbara Delinsky

What I am enjoying on TV:
Wife Swap (UK) and I gave up on the US one, the UK one was mild the US one no so mild, usually it is the other way around, must be new series

On the menu for dinner:
Curried Green Pea Soup from the McKenzies site. It is so simple it seems dull, but McKenzies usually know their soups

On my To Do list:
to figure out what we will be spending our money on this week to get the most done and also things with the highest priority

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Nothing exciting. How about Egg & Vegetable Curry

In the craft basket:
my daughter's quilting still

Looking forward to this week:
getting things cleaner and tidied up, though we probably have lots of things to do only some will get done

Tips and tricks:
with uni it pays to do the timetable as soon as possible

My favourite blog post this week:
Compare Yourself to the Duggars (I have done this once, I started having kids around the same time they did.)
Sloppy Joes
The Top 50 TV Dramas of All Time
This really made me think. I have been beating myself up for watching an hour of daytime soap years ago (I didn't watch much at night) and for all the TV shows I watched as a child. But reading this list, I can see I don't watch much TV at all.

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
I found this one and it is similar to those I visit and ones others visit.
Our Wee Farm

No words needed: osmanthus birkwoodi at nearly 10am

Lesson learned the past few days:
That a guy on a channel I subscribe to on youtube will have his book published about self-sufficiency. The channel is called Theproducegarden.

On my mind:
the weather, we have been spoilt lately, lucky I have lots of books

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Psalm 92:12-13 Blooming where you are planted.

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY... Sunday

Outside my window... lovely late afternoon sun that will last another 10 minutes

I am thinking... about the kids reports and the subjects my middle daughter may choose. Pretty much on agreement, so different to the other kids in the family, still thinking about CFA classes, hoping she gets to do sewing sometime, she says she is bad at sewing, but that is why you do classes!

I am thankful for... my son's uni timetable being able to be worked out, we have been working on it all day, now my husband is working outside taking advantage of the sun, he has been out there 30 minutes

I am wearing... old jeans, good windcheater, wool socks and slip ons, skivvy

I am remembering... to tell you that: My daughter didn't end up working three weeks straight which is good as she needs the rest. Because of the black out, the bank had no $20 notes for a very long time, very inconvenient.

Also we don't get many new things where we live because we don't ever change our vote.

I am going... possibly to the chiropractor, haven't decided yet

I am reading... Accidental Woman by Barbara Delinsky, can't vouch for it yet

I am hoping... we can get all the small items we want to buy and do, like drycleaning, scripts, lots of things

On my mind... to tell you I was walking my daughter to the car after taking her to the doctor and buying her something to eat, and saw my other daughter walking with her class, smiling away, and I got a quick cuddle

Noticing that... the jonquils are out up the street, I think they are white

Pondering these words... we got a lovely letter about the kids behaviour in Melbourne on a Year 11 trip. They apparently were squashed into a peak hour tram and played eye spy and Chinese whispers to the enjoyment of the other passengers. Also they were respectful at the Holocaust museum (I wonder why others aren't as, generally)

From the kitchen... Black-eyed Bean, Mushroom & Silverbeet Balti. What is balti? I have no idea, something like a stew I think. I got the recipe back that I had lost, the link was dead. The owners of the site got it back from the web for me.

Around the house... we have to wash some fabric strips for my daughter to start quilting

One of my favourite things... watching the kids fly their kites on the last day of school (Friday) school holidays here for 2 weeks

From my picture journal... the neighbours lemon

Meme from: Simple Woman's Daybook, please visit Peggy and the other daybookers.

Spiritual Sundays

I didn't know if I should post this, but it is encouraging, so here it is. It is better to be encouraged by something like this so you can be gracious and not give up, even if it is perhaps extreme, depending on your point of view.

I was looking for the top 10 gospel songs, but really these are not the type I am looking for. I'll find something else to search. The other good one I found is:

Said You’d never leave me
Said You’d never leave me, leave me

Said You won’t forsake me
Said You won’t forsake me, ‘sake me

Even now I’m older
Never have I seen the righteous forsaken

Even what You told me
You would always hold me
Safe in the palm of Your hand

Even though I go through the valley of the shadow
I’m not forgotten

Never let a day go by
My, my
Gonna shout it from the mountain

I just wanna say
I’m not afraid
I know that You are with me


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Lunar Eclipse

This is a post I did last Saturday, modified for Skywatch. The photos were taken outside in the backyard by my husband. He had just learnt how to take photos of the moon a few days before. We haven't had the camera a long time. He was leaning on the hoist clothes line. They were added from the bottom upwards.

In about 10 minutes the Eastern states will be able to see a lunar eclipse. This is a before photo.

At 8.25 ish I could see black on the moon at about 7 o'clock on the moon.

You can read about it here.

Julia Gillard's Acceptance Speech ~ The poor housewives

I finally got to watch two of the four videos of the new Prime Minister's speech today. Do you know, I was disappointed in one way. Lots of groups of people were mentioned, but possibly not the homemakers. Ouch.

Pieces by Red

As you will see from tomorrow's post I have been trying to find some music. If I don't find any it doesn't matter, if I have the money when I go to the regional centre I will get Guy Sebastians' album Like It Like That. My daughter has three songs from it on my computer and I liked all of them.

My other daughter, the eldest has been looking for music and found Red she said. I liked this song, I thought it was a love song, and it is in one way. I am showing you the beautiful scenery, my favourite is the spider web. The music is pretty as well.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Australia has a female Prime Minister!

I was waiting so long for this page to load I forgot what I was going to say! (My speed comes back tomorrow.)

Julia Gillard is our new Prime Minister! I saw her sworn in on an ABC coverage before my lunch at 1pm. Imagine, a female Prime Minister, a female Governor General and a Queen. I was a little teary. Not sure why, I am not particularly feminist, but I think it is because I like her.

Julia Gillard I heard was born in Wales, her father was interviewed and had an accent and I loved what he had to say.

I have not been following Mr Rudd's career very well. I think I was following on up until that point, the last two years the least I have ever followed politics. I always liked anything I have heard Julia say on anything though.

I was on Facebook and I heard it there. I had to plug in things that the kids had unplugged or perhaps even my husband this morning to get them ready for school, there was a games controller on the floor and the game was still ready to play. Got it all sorted out, and the Austar signal for the ABC was out. It has been coming and going, so I only got to see some bits.

The internet told me to watch at 12.30 but apart from that there was no news at all that we had a new Prime Minister that I could find.

I have found two blog responses from blogs I follow Belinda and Miss Eagle. Miss Eagle had a different slant on things.

On Facebook before this happened friends from school years ago were saying they preferred Mr. Abbott, today they are happy about having a female Prime Minister. The guy in the mix was wondering if the knives would come out later. I can't imagine it.

I was all confused because what I did find on the internet before their meeting this morning, was that Julia was the one who didn't want the emissions thing to go through, Mr. Rudd didn't do what everyone wanted him to do, so will they force Julia to do it. On TV one person who was interviewed didn't think so. They also thought the opposition leader may find it difficult dealing with a woman. Also I saw some ad (perhaps it was for the election) of a lemon with Mr Rudd's face on it. At least we won't have to look at those.

The images of Canberra made me tear up too a little because my son's live there. I am Victorian, so when they were born I didn't think they would end up in a glamorous place like that. I suppose I can't believe they are that close to the action.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Back To Basics Challenge

From May 29 onwards: (I started this post on 14th, sorry.)

Sowing seed or Planting

We are working on making jam from our raspberry harvest.

Planning for The Future

On Tuesday night I very begrudgingly gave my husband the recipe for Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts from a site called Eating Well. I was scared! What do you think it turned out like? Beautiful. Better than a ordinary fettucine carbonara, nearly as good as a fantastic fettucine carbonara. In other words delicious, without bacon! So there you go.

What I noticed from this was my dry sherry bottle for cooking has the word "dry" on it, but not "sherry", it just says "dry", lol.

I am always looking for brussels sprouts recipes, why have ingredients if you can't use them? There are so many sites big commercial sites. I wonder if they are really serious about people using their food. Why? The sites don't load easily, and lack of recipes to use those ingredients.

Most brussels sprouts recipes are side dishes. I will try to post my husband's treaks to this recipe in which we used parmesan instead of Asiago for starters.

My husband has been having a lovely time on the My Lawnmower site researching the price that mowers sell for. Hopefully we will be able to purchase a mower before spring.

Apart from the odd meat purchase in the two days from a minor pay day to the main one to tide us over, if anyone has been following my menus, I have been eating vegetarian for a very long time to save money. The girls are getting concerned about my lack of formal grocery shopping and not eating meat. Curious about the meat comments. A couple of days ago we had pumpkin cannelloni, my eldest kept asking for more and more and then asked that we make another batch. We have had pumpkin fritters, pumpkin cannelloni and pumpkin fajitas and pumpkin pasta. I am annoyed some recipes don't have dairy or some kind of legumes, but that has only happened this week, and only a couple of times. The first pantry challenge seemed to have started at the beginning of March. Yes, there are still some things left in that pantry of mine. The cannelloni tubes for example had been there since before my challenge started. Menus here.

So maybe three months I have been doing this for. Reason, usually my clothing budget is very small. We have had to buy some things. Also the building and renovating budget has been larger than the usual 0 as well.

Working for the Future

My husband worked on the heater last weekend. He is taking the tile stash that the heater stands on, and I may use them for tiling the hearth. It is 70s concrete at the moment. He had some help with the new piece of metal for the top, he didn't have to use his iron box from the shed, there was some metal that had no use in a workshop and they used that.

Building Community

I didn't get to go to the play my girls were involved in. It was Oliver Twist, they are going to watch a movie of themselves later this week. My husband helped out at the show one night, and so did my eldest daughter making proper coffee.

Learn a new Skill

My daughter received a quilting kit (yes it has a roller cutter thingo in it!) from her Grandma and a fabric roll. Yes, we have no idea how to use them.

This meme comes from Belinda's blog.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Skywatch Friday

My Skywatch post for Friday, posted today so you can see what happened today at our house.

My husband came home from work on Monday and dashed inside to grab the camera. First we saw a platypus, a crocodile, a T-Rex then a seahorse. The smoke is pretty interesting too in the foreground.

The same photo opportunity produced this practise of photographing the moon, and a plane. At sunset on the shortest day of the year here.

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Monday...

Outside my window... see below, this was about 1/4 hour ago

I am thinking... I need to get lots of sugar to make raspberry jam on the school holidays

I am thankful for... my daughter has three straight weeks of work instead of one week on, one week off, she has been looking at clothes online to buy, she found the Valleygirl site

I am wearing... the usual red windcheater, black roll down skivvy, jeans, long socks, and electric blue slippers

I am remembering... to tell you my pot plants have not been frosted at the other house, the tree seems to be working well

I am going... maybe I will get to go to the other house soon

I am reading... Touble in Paradise by Robin Lee Hatcher

I am hoping... I get to see all the changes at the other house

On my mind... the deb photos. They were very nice. I have to sort out which I have to send to the Grandparents. I thought we looked tired in the family photo but it wasn't too bad

Noticing that... I won't have to be on the lookout for a drier on ebay for my son anymore. A friend had to get rid of one and he got it for a really good price. Both my boys need it to dry their clothes as they have limited heating

Pondering these words... someone called me random on Facebook

From the kitchen... vegetarian cannelloni Pumpkin & Spinach, the tubes have been in the cupboard since Christmas

Around the house... the giant jar of anchovies have arrived

One of my favourite things... anchovies!!!

From my picture journal... Virgin airlines?

This meme from The Simple Woman's Daybook

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather in my neck of the woods: Much warmer, already it has been warm after what we had before, it is still 9° outside at 10pm

Summary Sun
Jun 20
Jun 21
Jun 22
Jun 23
Jun 24
Jun 25
Jun 26
possible shower
Possible shower
fog then sunny
Fog then sunny
frost then sunny
Frost then sunny
frost then sunny
Frost then sunny
frost then sunny
Frost then sunny
Maximum 12°C 13°C 14°C 15°C 15°C 14°C 12°C
Minimum 3°C 1°C -1°C -1°C 2°C 3°C 3°C

Things that make me happy:
My daughter's new green shoes and her checked furry lined hooded jacket she got from the Vic Market. She needed both those things someone gave her extra spending money for her trip, very blessed we both are

Book I am reading:
I finished Race for the Roses by Lauraine Snelling, Three Times Blessed by Lori Copeland

What I am enjoying on TV:
Super Nanny USA

On the menu for dinner:
Not sure. One of my menu items dissappeared off the web, that does happen, but it has never happened before I even tried the recipe before

On my To Do list:
Ring the council

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Nothing that stands out as exciting

In the craft basket:
My little girl is getting a patchwork parcel from her Grandma

Looking forward to this week:
Choosing subject for Year 9 for my middle daughter and mid semester exam for my son at uni, looking forward to it, not sure, but it is not dull

Tips and tricks:
My son bought a lawnmower successfully on ebay. I found this site with all the ebay listings of mowers, but it is an interesting site anyway. It is called My Lawnmower. Yes, we need a new mower. Any thoughts on self-propelled mowers? That is all our local shop has secondhand at the moment. Our son lives too far away to borrow his.

My favourite blog post this week:

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
I have been enjoying A Firefighter's Wife

No words needed:

Lesson learned the past few days:
Don't bank on having top up food like milk on a certain day. We had a 3 1/2 power out and the shops shut up, and the milk at the takeaway was all gone. Luckily we had a little powdered milk left. We buy between 10 and 20 litres at a time, of UHT, and had little left, when the power went out

On my mind:
I am listening to Friday Paycheck by Josh Turner, I don't know the words really well

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
I think it was Proverbs 31:31

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Tuesday...

Outside my window... there is only a faint bit of light in the west, it is not even 5, the shortest day will be on Monday

I am thinking... who is coconut head?

I am thankful for... fireproof cement my husband found in the shed, also a metal box he is going to recycle to use to repair the wood heater, all we have to buy is mortar

I am wearing... a jacket inside, apparently 11°C today, but I only saw 9 the times I checked

I am remembering... that my husband said he didn't have time to check the pot plants, but they are under a heavy tree, what else can you do?

I am going... I haven't been anywhere really for a month, unless I am forgetting something

I am reading... I have lots to choose from, not sure which yet. I had books at the library that arrived a week ago!

I am hoping... I choose a book I really enjoy

On my mind... just focusing on the comings and goings of gym, which there are a few, my husband and I are sharing a car today

Noticing that... today wasn't really that difficult, my daughter's hair is cut in case someone posts a picture of her trip on Facebook lol. My middle daughter may have got her first migraine which is sad, she was pale, rested for an hour or two, then pottered around making sushi

Pondering these words... lots of words to ponder in Winter Birds, the novel

From the kitchen... left over lentil soup, enough for a whole meal which is great because it is gymnastics today

Around the house... things ready to pack for my eldest daughter's trip. She is learning to make coffee at William Angliss, well she already knows how to make coffee, but you get what I mean

One of my favourite things... playing loud music on a very cold day, what else can you do?

From my picture journal... our jam drops that our little girl and Dad made yesterday, just enough for today's afternoon tea

Please go to The Simple Woman's Daybook to learn more about this meme.

Monday, June 14, 2010

A bit nippy overnight

Jun 14
-5.7°C 11°C 0.2mm
Jun 13
-4.8°C 12.0°C 0.0mm
Jun 12
-0.5°C 13.0°C 0.0mm
Jun 11
5.7°C 12.8°C 0.2mm
Jun 10
2.2°C 12.2°C 2.2mm

Last night it was -6°C. At the moment at 9pm it is 1°C. My weather widget on the side in Wagga is in the 40s, but here it must be in the 30s to be 1 degree C. My boys have been very cold today at their house which seems to be the same temp as us.

How was your night last night? We haven't had a year like this for a few years. My hometown is cold, it was often -5 the years before we left. I know some people have horrible overnights like this often.

However last time I found it hard, it seemed to frost in the carport. I know grape vines were affected, but I think that was in the spring. We have moved our pot plants under a very dense tree, but it is open, I wonder how they are going. My husband perhaps would have noticed as he was there yesterday. The house wasn't dripping, but I understand now why it was colder inside as it is a solid brick house. Can't wait until the heater is fixed there. I think it will be quite cosy.

The heater has a seam in the metal and with water on it it sprang apart. Such a thin sheet of metal.

Happy Homemaker Monday


It is hard to remember it is Monday. I know tomorrow will be a shock, with a minor payday and all systems go. My son will be starting a whole new and complicated timetable for the short winter semester and will be needing a lab manual.

The weather in my neck of the woods:
It is sunny and quite pleasant outside, though my eldest son rang from where they both live and said it is very cold in their house in Canberra today. Coles has a sale on oil/electric heaters apparently

Things that make me happy:
the tap set I got at the op-shop has been installed and it looks better than what was there. Also the picture of a dog in the pound a few hours from here who looks like our dog who died about two years ago and it seems like he has the same nature, would be lovely if we could adopt him, but I don't think we will

Book I am reading:
Winter Birds, great if you like hearing about 70s TV shows, Shakespeare and pondering life and life's basics

What I am enjoying on TV:
I am not sure I have watched any this week, or even for two weeks. I feel incredibly lazy, but I know I don't fill my time in on TV

On the menu for dinner:
Greek Lentil Soup to use up some dill, we have adapted the recipe to include wombuk instead of spinach so will use that up as well

On my To Do list:
I have a two week menu from which I have to make up a shopping list. The menu includes things I already have in the cupboard with minimal things to buy. I hear the odd complaint about no golden syrup (didn't even know my daughter ate it) but everyone is getting very inventive

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
These lentil burgers (following), not sure why they appeal so much, not long ago we made another lentil burger recipe and I was very impressed Low-GI Lentil Patties with Roast Tomato Sauce

In the craft basket:
My daughter has a beautiful picture of a Yoshi costume online that someone made and she wants to copy it in keeping with the tradition her brother started when he make his Leafeon costume last year? I have bought the material at Spotlight and his Nana made the suit part from a penguin pattern I found there

Looking forward to this week:
Getting the deb photos back

Tips and tricks:
I have been eating horseradish cream on bread and butter for afternoon tea. It is a throwback to the time we made a sauce with boiled eggs and horseradish to eat with of all things, ox tongue I think, which is a very cheap meat these days

My favourite blog post this week:
Here is the American take on Sausage Rolls (ours are rectangle) from Mennonite Girls Can Cook
I could drool over spinning wheels and crochet and day, this time spinning at Gillybean
American Jays, ours are large and black with tiny bits of white, when it gets cold they have a lovely time

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
Nothing I can think of.

No words needed: some long weekend travellers and locals taking advantage of a train that happens once a month I think. My daughter usually goes, but this time stayed home. My husband took my son there to that town to catch the bus home to the city yesterday. Just think my echidna friend lives in those bushes somewhere!

Lesson learned the past few days:
It would be nice if I didn't share all that was on my mind sometimes

On my mind:
Sorting our my husband's birthday pinata by Saturday. My middle daughter describes the local offering as a "box"

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
In the novel Winter Birds it says that Revelation changes tack at chapter 21. Maybe one day that information will be of use to me

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Simple Joys Saturday

I had a big smile on my face yesterday. It was a face splitting smile. Not common I must say. Just when I thought I was hard of heart lol.

My son got a text message from his university with his scores for first semester (first year). He was doing three subjects and is doing the fourth in winter semester. He got CR for biology, CR for chemistry and HD for maths!!

The joy is probably because of the struggles and negativity we have endured perhaps. Please pray for his continued success. For any mothers out there, just keep on truckin'.

Yesterday I heard that a friend of my husband's is getting us a jar of anchovies. For years joy to me is a jar of anchovies. I used to try to buy some in a shopping mall years ago, but mostly I didn't manage it. We just have to pay him when they come.

Also yesterday two boxes arrived on my doorstep. My Mum had collected sheets and doona covers from the op-shop, and had bought some homemade soap from a door to door person. These were large boxes, mostly all washed and ironed, and everyone is happy with them. Plus two handmade scarves for school, with a promise of one more to come.

I am always amazed by the reading material that comes my way. Always something to think about. Winter Birds has some horrible bits, done well but I skipped one bit just in case, but I love how the whole story comes out of an old lady's thoughts, and I can relate so it is funny.

At the moment the lady looks forward each day to the simple delivery of her dessert. How wonderful that the lady who owns the house makes this dessert for her and it brings such joy and something to look forward to.

I can hear birds again, they are here early for spring as they were last year. So pretty to listen to. That is also a theme in the book, the birds that visit each day.

I have been enjoying my Josh Turner music, Long Black Train and I'll Be There. I didn't realise how much I enjoy gospel music, or anything with the perhaps southern sound? There has been lots of clapping here.

In the meantime before I started reading this book, I read True Devotion by Marta Perry, it is more my usual style of book.

Isn't blogging such a blessing? On Facebook you have to fit in perhaps, but on a blog you can be yourself.

Spiritual Sundays

My husband showed me some songs last night from Josh Turner, for some reason I remembered this one. I think I was figuring out which album I would like to buy once. It was nice to listen to, very uplifting. This is from the Haywire album.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Tuesday...

Outside my window... it seems very quiet

I am thinking... about winter semester next week, have all the paperwork, I keep a copy to read about our son's course, he is going to be disecting kidneys, my part is to organise his lab manual for Tuesday

I am thankful for... all the lovely vegetarian recipes and how lovely they have turned out so we can keep our money in check, I keep a record of them here

I am wearing... I have shoes and socks on, windcheater, skivvy, jeans

I am remembering... that I read this morning that TARDIS is not a name but stands for Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space,

I am going... to pick up two novels from the library, maybe more if they have unpacked any for me. Dwelling Places by Vinita Hampton Wright and Winter Birds by Jamie L Turner. Have no idea if I will like them or not

I am reading... about transferable skills from being a parent and carer at home to the workplace here. If you are looking for a confidence boost visit this site. And also to work out if you are ready to go back to work here.

I am hoping... I get my own mouthwash, that the kids don't help themselves too, then deny it, this morning it was all frothy, but this time the story came forth

On my mind... not much but I have been reading about Adrianna's death, she was on TV and very popular, only 54?

Noticing that... I you don't like other people's deodorant wafting around the house, makes you feel awful, buy them Australias Vanilla Dream, it is lovely

Pondering these words... no quotes, have been pondering who my son's new girlfriend is, very confusing, sometimes Facebook is clear as mud. I have a suggestion, don't befriend an Italian with the same name and age as your friend, it could be his or her cousin! Send them a message!

From the kitchen... Spaghettini with Smashed Buttery Peas, but really I think it is a version of salted zucchini fried in butter over pasta with heaps of parmesan, one of my favourite things to eat, I think this one forgets about salting them down, but has grated ones instead

Around the house... a cat lazing on the bed with my son home from uni with his laptop, he won't get another holiday after winter semester

One of my favourite things... a warm shower, which I had this morning, but I had to wait a couple of hours, our meter is locked but it is on its own time, something reset it

From my picture journal... running out of pictures. This week is one of the busiest of the year for my husband, report writing week, I can use the camera now, but it needs constant recharging, and I haven't learnt to upload. This one is from the second last week collecting. Apparently the chain saw now needs some work done to it, we were lucky to get the wood we did. The mower is in a worst state, maybe we can save it from the scrapheap. They were mowing near dark and saw flames! It was wet outside, but it obviously has been overworked as it was secondhand to start with. Need to mow one lawn, it won't grow much after that. Too bad we hadn't done it already, but I'd say that is a stretch.

This meme from The Simple Woman's Daybook blog.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather in my neck of the woods:
Last night -3.6°C

Things that make me happy:
balancing the books, the fact that our school reunion is on the day of Christmas in July

Book I am reading:
I'm hoping the library delivers book 2 of Lori Copeland's series, I thought they didn't have book 2 so it is a nice surprise, Belles of Timber Creek

What I am enjoying on TV:
Everyone in our family (except me) has been watching Deltora Quest, they are also reading the corresponding book, sounds very lucky

On the menu for dinner:
We had an egg & potato salad

On my To Do list:
To go to the library

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Pumpkin & Capsicum Fajitas

In the craft basket:

Looking forward to this week:
Seeing if I have better luck with the lukewarm shower I had this morning, I suppose I won't be looking forward to anything then

Tips and tricks:
Putting cilantro/coriander on heavy barley soups makes them more palatable

My favourite blog post this week:
Can I Ask You Something? a very popular blog talks about blogging, and the readers respond about what they like

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
I don't know if I have made any discoveries this week

No words needed: from a week or so ago, you can see more mortar is needed yet (other house)

Lesson learned the past few days:
That my husband has a cyst on his wrist, not a bump as we first thought from injury

On my mind:
Why on earth you can forget something so important of a few months back, like how often to use mouthwash, apparently I was supposed to use it one week in four, I hope

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Not sure

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Tuesday... that has turned into Sunday

Outside my window... the fog lifted today around 12, well there was a patch of blue then, the whole day yesterday was fog, so it was yesterday's fog. I think it must have been a special day that only comes along once in awhile, though about two years ago when it was 8oC I remember people walking around at school to pick up their kids in an eery gloom. I think it was only 7oC yesterday. Today, now, the sun is shining at 3.30pm

I am thinking... (Tuesday 10:41pm) it is hard with husband doing schoolwork, son on the wii online on the fold up bed daughter is supposed to be sleeping on, she is in her room supposedly doing homework online, when is everyone going to bed? So I am repeating Alvin Stardust I love Rock N Roll for want of something to do

I am thankful for (continuing for Sunday)... on Tuesday my daughter wanted radio headphones, she was looking on ebay, I think $200? Anyway, at the op-shop on Wednesday my husband got some for $3. I usually don't take much notice of technology, but I felt it was really nice having NeedToBreathe on those headphones for a little while, it was like no one else existed and it is nice to hear the sound coming from different sides. You can walk around the house with them.

I am wearing... the usual, no socks, which is naughty

I am remembering... the things I used to eat as a child. On Monday's our school had half an hour to spare before the buses came as a teenager, I have been thinking about how fun it was, then talking to a friend about tuckshops, then what I ate on Friday nights when my family came into town. I have come to the conclusion that I was spoilt! I have always felt blessed about my childhood

I am going... I am hoping to take two of my kids to get a haircut and one to visit the dentist, but hopes are diminishing lol. Maybe the most haircut will get done

I am reading... trying to read the second Barbara Delinsky novel in a series, not so embarassing to mention, this particular series

I am hoping... I can go to a 35th reunion for my year level at school

On my mind... fruit salad, can't remember exact details to help my son make it, my Mum makes great fruit salad, I should have got her to text him

Noticing that... it is only three weeks or so until July, and my silly idea to turn on the lights for Christmas in July, I want to put up pumpkin lights to cheer up the lounge now, perhaps when our son goes back to uni and no one is sleeping in the lounge, dark must be best at the moment

Pondering these words... " A man who does not think for himself does not think at all." ~ Oscar Wilde: From Ganeida's Knots comment page

From the kitchen... tonight we'll try Polenta & Corn Bake with fake buttermilk

Around the house... I have put a doona cover that Mum got at the op-shop on my bed. It is funny, I have had this favourite elephant doona cover, a very expensive black one for years, nearly had it, have the sheet on though, and the new doona cover is blue, exact match for my room, with elephants on the end. Silly though, it brings home the fact my room's paint is dated, though I still enjoy it

One of my favourite things... I would say my red liquid ambar (sweet gum) but this year it is orange!

From my picture journal... a week or so old now, the last week collecting day, though they went yesterday as well

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