Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Tuesday...

Outside my window... a beautiful sunny day, but because of the frost I have a headache from the cold, I think we'll just burn up more wood next time, has taken a long time for the house to get warm

I am thinking... it is such a shame I don't get time to talk about my big days out, it is just carry on as usual

I am thankful for... not having an accident when I slipped on the ice in the car going to the reunion. Next time I may drive in 4H

I am wearing... the usual, I am saving my new good clothes for my day out

I am remembering... that I saw two deer, beautiful big ones and a wallaby on the way to my "high school reunion"

I am going... to the dentists later this week, maybe I could food shop as well

I am reading... nothing, I wish I was

I am hoping... everything makes sense to me at the dentists appointment

On my mind... it is going to rain on my day out, at least no ice

Noticing that... it was 13°C yesterday. I walked to school, but the cold is still in pockets in the shade, strange isn't it?

Pondering these words...
2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

From the kitchen... Corn Chowder with Garlic Croutons

Around the house... a big bridal box for my daughter's deb dress storage, they are available with the drycleaning

One of my favourite things... daphne in winter, though I haven't grown one in years

From my picture journal... this picture is from the trip my husband and son took to pick up a cheap lawn mower. It is Leeton NSW.

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

Monday, July 26, 2010

Bushfire ~ A Place of Last Resort

Last Thursday I went to my hometown, and I forgot my camera. But yesterday I was there again so brought my camera this time. I had to show you these words.

Saturday, July 24, 2010


I have been busy on Facebook, uploading pictures of myself, some for the Tech reunion I am going to, thanks Renata for your best wishes about the reunion. Some photos of my Dad since he passed away two years ago.

What I have noticed is that a lot of the photos of me as a child involve horses. I am not sure if I am picking them out, or that Mum was so happy I had a horse she took photos of me with them, or that is just the way it is lol. This is a picture of me with my Dad's saddle near our orchard that my Great Grandma planted. That is my Grandma's house next door. My uncle played football so I am wearing the team colours. The horse is Minnie, my Mum got her. I later got Misty who was easier in temperament. I'd ride around weekends with some older girls, I was pretty proud we rode eight miles one day.

I have my Facebook friends only, but it gets confusing what to post where. I posted a photo of a farm activity we were doing in the 70s and got a comment about what we were doing. These days people are more sensitive, and rightly so perhaps. The girl was a friend from high school but one of the ones who lived in town. Our school had a lot of kids from each quarter and they had quite different lives.

My internet speed comes back tomorrow, sadly I won't be home to enjoy it lol. It has been the longest month, my daughter accidently started off a download and thought it was stopped but it wasn't, quite early on in the month.

It is very quiet here today, only my eight year old is home. The two other girls are at a survivor camp with church. It is funny, at any one time their friends from school on Facebook number 40. I was talking to the hairdresser about it the other day. Today there is not a peep out of them. The place where they are camping (there is a small chance of snow there, luckily it is very fine today) has no mobile/cell coverage lol. Do you think the organisers did that on purpose lol. At least then they will think about their theme, which is surviving life. They were to cook a survivor masterchef and the girls took some cubed meat and bought some skewers from our version of a $2 shop. The chemist supplied a little eski/cooler for free with cold pack. They are like a little 70s foam lunchbox.

My other son is getting in driving practise. They went to a place west of Wagga to pick up a lawnmower. I am not sure if I posted here, but I was so missing a running mower I was listening to mower fixing videos on youtube lol. With only 6 weeks until our investment property goes on the market, a mower is a good thing! They think the town they are visiting has lots more than a Victorian town the same size would have. We think the same thing about places like Mt. Gambier in SA.

I found out the song I mentioned in my last post Waka Waka was the theme for the soccer. I didn't know that! Silly me.

I was really impressed with my chiropractic appointment. I had to resubmit my details as I hadn't been there since we left our hometown, it is awful to be a stranger in your own town. After walking around and having a quick look in BigW, where I couldn't resist a country music album (yes when the speed comes back I will be imposing a video on you lol) I went to Albury.

So my hometown is where I am walking around looking intense lol. I suppose it is hard to enjoy somewhere two hours away, unless you intend to come home late. It was much warmer there, so very nice to be warm. So I didn't buy anything heavy to wear to the reunion.

If anyone is interested in the chickpea burgers. We have tried them before, but the recipe we had this week was very nice. Yum. Just need to grind the chickpeas with the egg and use Ayam curry powder.

Myer didn't have many clothes left, and it took awhile but I got a shawl collar jumper in a darkish limish green with new jeans and a pretty purple top to go under the jumper. It looks much better than my former good clothes. After having five kids I needed the length in the front, the other was cut up, but apart from that, overall looks much better.

The Coriander and Corn Omelette rolls were gorgeous too. Maybe the Taste site is getting better and better?

There is another possible reason for not being here much this past fortnight. My step-Dad nearly died, I think it was Tuesday week from a stroke. Through technology and a specialist in Melbourne they dissolved the clot, it was a new machine they were using only perhaps 6 months. He had no weakness in stomach or chest and it worked. He is home doing his best to forget about the whole thing. Mum and I are thinking of all things to do with cholesterol at the moment. I remember those cookbooks Joolz likes, must borrow some more. I'm sure they had normal Aussie recipes modified. I did borrow the Victor Chang cookbook, this is for my husband who has to talk to the doctor about his cholesterol.

I had a wait at the hairdressers and she said to come back on Friday I think it was. Had another similar wait, this time I stayed an hour and a half. I am happy with what she did, we like my daughter to have her hair curl up naturally in ringlets.

I hope I haven't talked too much, I'll have nothing to post about next week lol. And moral of the story today? Don't blog and nearly let your wood fire go out lol.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Wednesday...

Outside my window... it has been a beautiful day but now it is dark. I was very surprised it was only 8 degrees today, I didn't take my jacket to school

I am thinking... about a fun song called Waka Waka, of course I don't know many of the lyrics, often I change my mind later

I am thankful for... good friends from my teenage years, they are all so down to earth

I am wearing... my old windcheater, jeans etc.

I am remembering... that my husband and son saw two big eagles and an emu when they went wood chopping on Saturday, I did say to bring the camera, still struggling with the batteries, though the eagles were on a bad steep corner

hopefully I will remember to book the car in at the regional centre 1 1/2 hours away to get the LPG thing done (another $500)

I am going... to my High School Reunion with my best American accent, that the kids hate because I am hopeless at it. Actually it is a Tech School Reunion (it is the same you can get the same qualifications which I did). There were 370 kids in my year level when we started and we are still very close, having a blast on Facebook

I am reading... nothing yet

I am hoping... I have a nice day tomorrow, I haven't been out of town for a very long time as far as I know

On my mind... going to bed and getting up early

Noticing that... an excursion the school has planned should be a good experience for my daughter, they are going to Little India in Dandenong, Melbourne, which I didn't know existed

Pondering these words... well I hope to be pondering more words, I have decided to try to buy a large print King James Bible, I noticed Koorong has a big sale, but I will see how I go, my daughter wants me to buy a Bible for her too, she doesn't want her $5 paperback anymore, but something more special

From the kitchen... vegetarian bolognaise, we really enjoyed it

Around the house... my thirteen year old daughter has been wearing her new clothes she buys with her own money from working, they are fun, nicer than perhaps I thought

One of my favourite things... some photos my cousin posted on Facebook, it had six cousins, well we each had a sibling and four cousins, four weren't born yet, very special

From my picture journal... one of the photos my husband scanned recently of me

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

Monday, July 19, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather in my neck of the woods:

I opened the door to the parcel lady at about 11, brrrr.

Minimum Maximum Rainfall
Jul 19
1.5°C - 2.0mm
Jul 18
0.5°C 8.8°C 0.2mm
Jul 17
0.9°C 7.6°C 0.0mm
Jul 16
-0.1°C 9.0°C 0.2mm
Jul 15
1.0°C 12.0°C 14.6mm

Things that make me happy:
We got a lawn mower I found one day on the computer, and my son got one of the flats I found (he may have too, not sure) on the computer the same day. We will take our son home to his new flat soon, though I may stay home, may be in the way shifting

Book I am reading:
in between books, finished A Word To The End Time Church last week

What I am enjoying on TV:
Wife Swap USA, I had to watch it and sit by the heater to warm up

On the menu for dinner:
Chickpea Burgers with Raita

On my To Do list:
to work out if I can afford to go to family reunion, chiropractor, Leeton, and the kids to church camp, though I think I am committed now anyway lol, oh and to buy a new outfit perhaps, I have been putting it off

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Coriander & Corn Omelette Rolls

In the craft basket:
We have to hang some curtains, though I am trying not to alter them, an ebay purchase. I do have two curtains to split in half down a seam so they will sit either side of the window in our investment property

Looking forward to this week:
going to my hometown if I go, though I probably will, today I get to drive my car after not driving it for a week or so

Tips and tricks:
my son showed me that new suburbs have the maps on the home listings from plans from the government

My favourite blog post this week:
Has the green message become unnecessarily gendered?

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

No words needed: finally everyone is happy my son got his hair cut, not for my little girl and my husband

Lesson learned the past few days:
buying clothes (my daughter gives me the money from her work) on Supre online is easy I can use paypal to pay for the clothes

On my mind:
I am perfectly cheered up after my morning on the computer doing my shopping list, tagging photos on Facebook and listening to Josh Turner and NeedToBreathe

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:

2 Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." I was reading about it in the book I was given to review. Not sure if the scripture was quoted or not so I looked it up.

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Back To Basics Challenge

From Saturday July 3 onwards:

Sowing seed or Planting

No food planting.

Planning for The Future

Well I am getting there with making the jam melon pickles, though it still seems a long way off yet. At least I have all the ingredients now that we have vinegar.

We have been getting into the vegetarian recipes. Now we are looking into healthy heart recipes. Have had some lovely meals, even though they seem scary at first.

My husband bought some things at the hardware shop, and saw some aluminium clothesline wire, we didn't know where we were going to get it. So we are very happy. Now to join a 10m length. It is for the other house so the line can be used properly. It turned out though to be green, so we may save it for our green line. Never mind.

Working for the Future

I am a bit embarassed to show another heater picture, as there is obviously still damage from the water, which is what started the fixing of the chimney and the heater and the fireplace. We are going to try to paint the bricks again and tile the hearth, admittedly with recycled tiles that were holding the heater up. You can see my husband has done lots of nice work on the plinth to replace the stack of tiles it was sitting on previously.

I didn't get the Freecycle mower. Worst case senario is that we will be using our son's mower as he and my other son are moving into a new apartment. But in order not to wreck his mower, we are bidding on a cheap mower on ebay. This is our second, we chickened out on the first because of travel to pick it up. Still it would be a good buy.

Building Community

I have decided to go to a high school reunion.

Learn a new Skill

It really wasn't hard, but I went and made an appointment with the Accountant. We should be learning skills on how to do tax for investment properties, which is what our second home now is, which wasn't our original intention. Yes, we avoid those things like the plague. My husband found the papers missing last time I wrote a BTB post and lodged his return. He also spoke to the accountant, and I will be making up an activity statement. I have what I need but it will take a lot of time, which means I guess lots of activity! Any ideas how to do it? Word document or something else?

This meme comes from Belinda's blog.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

A Word to the End Time Church by Georgie Newman ~ Book Review

This book arrived in the mail a couple of days ago, it was fantastic, I was between books and novels were leaving me cold. I thought the publisher did a good job matching me with this book.

It is the type of book that is good to have on the shelves with your other essentials. For anyone who has done a study of this topic in the past, you will find it slightly different, perhaps more up to date, not in facts so much, but will be able to relate to what is being said.

It is even a good book to have if you have teenaged children. I have had lots of things on my mind, like the teaching of children science and how the world came to be for example. In the Bible there are scientific truths that were not know about when the Bible was written. There are lots of interesting facts like that in there, without having to wade through it. There is just enough detail to give reassurance.

I was particularly excited that I may have gone to church where the author fellowships once a very long time ago.

In the end I thought of those discussion questions you sometimes see in the back of Christian fiction to discuss the novel in book clubs I think.

In this case, the novel is like having a starting point to discuss things, that in my case I haven't visited for awhile. I brought up something to discuss with my husband last night, and learnt something new. He said that the KJV Bible is perhaps not used sometimes as it actually states at the start of the book who the antichrist is.

Heavy stuff? Yes, the title and the subject is heavy at the end, but mostly it is an easy read, and nice.

There was another argument for attending church regularly that I hadn't heard or thought of before. I think it was a valid point, though a similar effect is achieved by having a large family, so I will have to think about it further.

There was also an issue that sounded very much like the Building Community that you have heard mentioned on my blog before. This of course is not related to Christianity when I have typed it in before. It was a very interesting thought.

Recycle Poster

If you have ever wondered why people don't want to become Christians, or how to get direction with God's blessing, you will find this book useful.

The only criticism I have is that the author was discussing how mature Christians sometimes find themselves having a hard time. Then discussed possible harder times in the future. Perish the thought! So from one who is thinking their one avenue of difficulty from responsibilities that they think (perhaps erroneously) are self inflicted and having a hard day I was a little disturbed. However, the exercise was well worth it. I will be reading it again and soaking it in.

Never Alone Poster

I did think of another subject that Georgie could write about in the future, but can't think of it at the moment.

Apart from that it gave me encouragement about the fact that my daughter chooses a different church and Bible translation than I do, and generally just gives lots to think about. At the start I wasn't sure if the book and the title actually matched each other, I think the book offers more than the title suggests.

Faithbook Poster

I am not making statements with the pictures, just found them all, I apologise Georgie, but they do make the point that so much is different these days, so no one read anything into them please. I just found it interesting the kinds of artwork there is around, perhaps a bit over the top.

I found myself thinking of the video I posted by Josh Turner The Long Black Train as I was reading, what an uplifting song.

"But you know there's victory in the Lord, I say.
Victory in the Lord.
Cling to the Father and his Holy name,
And don't go ridin' on that long black train.

Well, I can hear the whistle from a mile away.
It sounds so good but I must stay away.
That train is a beauty makin' everybody stare,
But its only destination is the middle of nowhere."

The book is very well written and documented. It was introduced to me as:

"New author Georgie Newman has written A Word to the End Time Church(VMI Publishers, '09), and believe me, this isn't just another inspirational book. Newman's message is powerful and fearless. Her prayer for her readers is to be inspired and equipped with God's word again, to be totally immersed in the Spirit.

(For if we are to) run through the fire unscathed,..saturate yourself in water so there is not one combustible strand the fire can utilize. So too in our lives...We need to saturate ourselves with the Word and the Spirit so there is not one strand of weakness the enemy can use to bring us down."

It is a non-controversial book about a controversial topic. You won't find it like just another inspiritional book, that is correct. Georgie's writing style has a voice much like a blogging voice. There is much more in there that I have left out discussing. Page 22, had me a little teary, the chapter title "Your Lover". Hopefully I have described enough of the book. Will definitely read it again just in case.

A Word to the End Time Church by Georgie Newman VMI Publishers, '09
ISBN 1-935265-02-4
Available from Koorong AU$15.95 & Borders.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Tuesday...

Outside my window... I did have Christmas in July lights on, but my daughter requested they be turned off as she is sleeping near them on the couch that folds into a bed while her brother is home

I am thinking... how heavy the rain is outside, it is pouring

I am thankful for... the fact that my car doesn't seem to be as broken as once suspected. It has water in the sump, but doesn't seem to require much money to fix, compared to what we thought we faced

I am wearing... socks & shoes, jeans, old windcheater, black skivvy

I am remembering... to pay for some terylene curtains on ebay, they are for the bathroom at the other house, I have found buying curtains on ebay good most of the time

I am going... nowhere this week

I am reading... thankfully a book that came in the mail today when I needed it, a have some novels here from the library but they didn't interest me

I am hoping... we get better at doing tax for investment properties, otherwise we will have to wimp out and go live there, though that sounds very expensive with travelling costs

On my mind... looks like I have cracked the crown on my tooth

Noticing that... my son's haircut and shave has made him look dashing, maybe he has been changing while he had the disguising hair, and once it was gone it was a new person underneath? I think he looks like Kevin Jonas now lol

Pondering these words... from a book I was given to review A Word From The End Time Church

From the kitchen... Chow Mein. I had a green bean rice dish planned but the beans were going off, so we had a minor pay and actually bought some meat

Around the house... I have my microwave wheat bear in my bed ready

One of my favourite things... my spice collection

From my picture journal... more from Monday

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

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Simple Joys Saturday

This week Jan shared with us this scripture, I think it is beautiful.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 15:13."

I was lying in bed the night before last, thinking how again I was not organised for Thankful Thursday, and how I miss telling of all the nice things that happen to me, even though there are lots of challenges coming my way seemingly constantly, though I am very comfortable as well. Hard to explain isn't it?

So yesterday I saw the Simple Joys Saturday badge and thought I would try to remember them. The one that stuck out for me was some King Parrots flying over our house a few days ago. They are not a bird that is usually here. There are more birds you would see in Kinglake or Flowerdale near Melbourne. However, there is a King Parrot creek on the road to Holbrook which is very exciting for a person who used to live in Flowerdale.

Today Friday my car is going to the workshop, for the third time. I am so blessed, that yet again the car chose (well not really) to break down just before we did our tax return.

Even though we may not be able to secure them, I have found both a house to rent for my son, and a cheap lawnmower for my husband, it is always nice to think there are nice things to be had out there to solve a problem, quite hard problems in this case.

Today my daughter quietly was working away in the kitchen and then they presented me with two penguin shaped waffles. It was very welcome as I was quite cold this afternoon. Tonight will be a warm night so that will be nice, about 10° warmer than last night from memory.

I have been enjoying having my son home for his uni break. He got home just before tea and has been chattering away. He helped my husband with some heavy lifting which is fantastic.

We have a plan in place for our newer house, and I am very happy with it. We just have to work steadily towards it now. I will need to have my thinking cap on and use all the skills have have learnt from my tight budget, and the discipline to see it finished in time.

So I hoping for things to fall into place again, as I have been mostly all this year, all related to the same sorts of issues. I have had some wonderful things happen so far.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Skywatch Friday

This week I am posting photo of the sky throughout the day on Monday. There is one more photo in this series in an earlier post on this blog.










Jul 5
-0.4°C 6.1°C 0.4mm

Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday


The weather in my neck of the woods:

Minimum Maximum Rainfall
Jul 4
-0.3°C 5°C 0.2mm
Jul 3
-0.5°C 9.2°C 0.0mm
Jul 2
1.0°C 8.2°C 0.0mm
Jul 1
3.4°C 11.0°C 1.4mm
Jun 30
3.0°C 8.3°C 0.0mm

Today's fog would be yesterdays.

Things that make me happy:
I am grateful that the long blackout we had a few weeks ago has reset the time our hot water starts heating to a really nice time, that helps us survive this very cold winter

Book I am reading:
I have ordered more Barbara Delinsky, I am very choosy with her books

What I am enjoying on TV:
nothing really, watching the Disney a lot, I think Sonny With A Chance

On the menu for dinner:
Potato Gnocchi, homemade, but decided on a rice with eggs in it from an old magazine. I have been going through some my husband left for me, food magazines

On my To Do list:
working out more budgeting things

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Fragrant Egg Curry we enjoyed the egg curry and are going to try another one

In the craft basket:
My daughter has been drawing

Looking forward to this week:
taking one day at a time, any sunshine will be nice

Tips and tricks:
for decorating bedroom ideas check out the Capt Snooze website

My favourite blog post this week:
God can even use Hey Hey Its Saturday...
Homemade Rainbows winter posts
A frosty reception at I op therefore I am
Train related to Laura Ingalls novels And One More on the Way
Down the Back Today... about old washtroughs at Enchanted Moments

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
no new discoveries

No words needed: taken this morning at 11:45 am. I think the fog is yesterday's fog that didn't lift. Miss some really great pictures just before dark.

Lesson learned the past few days:
that you can buy Crabby Pattie gummy lollies from Woollies

On my mind:
my daughter going to the doctor this afternoon, she is recovering now

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
still about blooming where you are planted. I don't think I have ever listened to a sermon about it

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Sunday...

Outside my window... it is dark now

I am thinking... about a game my friend plays on Facebook

I am thankful for... nice smells coming from the kitchen

I am wearing... pink windcheater, jeans, brown socks, electric blue slippers

I am remembering... being 16, being 25

I am going... no where that I can think of

I am reading... nothing atm, a cookbook

I am hoping... I find something nice to read

On my mind... my teeth, in particular gums

Noticing that... it was very cold here today, 5° maximum

Pondering these words... well the novel I read I pondered and I cried a little at the end, it was An Accidental Woman

From the kitchen... an egg curry, actually that is very retro, with a modern twist, I had forgotten that

Around the house... drying doona covers and pillowcases

One of my favourite things... a ballet photo of my middle daughter when she was six

From my picture journal... my fish. One is called Monaro (another Cobra) and it suits it. I saw pictures but haven't been over there since the fish got its colours

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

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Back to Basics Challenge

From June 23 onwards:

Sowing seed or Planting

We have brought home a jam melon to make pickles, bought the onions, but that is as far as we have got. Still trying to find paperwork for our tax return.

Planning for The Future

I found a free mower on Freecycle that led me to watching lawnmower fixing videos on youtube. I liked them, I wonder if someone was doing this outside if in this weather I would actually go out to watch. Anyway what do you think? My husband says I am tragic. The channel is here.

Our old lawnmower, that may still be able to be saved, but unlikely, my husband got to run. He took it to the other house, tried to start it and it backfired and nearly hurt his hand with the pull cord. Then it did something like reset the timing which you can't alter on Victas.

Working for the Future

Well the heater top has been put on. The piece of metal across the chimney is now straight, the bricks on the side have been replaced. Mortar has been put in the base and it will bring the heater up higher without packing it with tiles which is what the last people did.

Building Community

I have a bag near the door that is slowly filling up with things. Since my youngest is 8 and has fairly large feet it was a bag of odd socks. I guess they could use some in the rag machine or something.

Learn a new Skill

Not sure.

This meme comes from Belinda's blog.