Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook



FOR TODAY Tuesday...

Outside my window...
the fog has been very pretty when it lifts in the mornings, yesterday it was a soft blue and white behind a bare liquid ambar or gumball tree

I am thinking... about the words to Butterfly Fly Away, so encouraging to families with late teen children by Hannah Montana, over 10 years from our first family portrait to this one, so many things have changed

I am thankful for... I had something, but have forgotten again, blogging and memory, so entwined lol

I am wearing... old windcheater for now, will change it soon

I am remembering... to write things on the calendar still, my daughter has to RSVP for a party in the regional centre, very special, my other daughter has one with a homeschool family

I am going... to have my stitches checked and have to go to a surgeon about a growth on my jaw, still I will have two days out! Maybe the weather will be very nice!

I am reading... nothing yet

I am hoping... the surgeon says I have nothing to worry about

On my mind... my son and starting another semester at uni, he got his results back from winter semester, where he did one subject and got a CR

Noticing that... the plants are very advanced, when the sun does come out it will be hot, this winter has been very long

Pondering these words... only words from songs

From the kitchen... lots of pumpkin, sweet potato and cauliflower soups

Around the house... my daughter has found a fun site with fun clothes in the US, that includes all her favourite likes in fashion, she has a Cat In The Hat windcheater, I really love it

One of my favourite things... my new lilac pintuck t-shirt from MySize

From my picture journal... from August 20 I think, outside


Please visit Peggy and read some more daybooks. Happy spring tomorrow for those "down under".

Monday, August 30, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday



The weather in my neck of the woods:
Mon
Aug 30 0.1°C 15°C 0.0mm
Sun
Aug 29 -0.3°C 13.8°C 0.0mm
Sat
Aug 28 0.0°C 15.6°C 0.2mm
Fri
Aug 27 5.2°C 13.7°C 21.6mm
Thu
Aug 26 4.0°C 10.8°C 20.8mm

I put this up for Tania to compare lol.

Things that make me happy:
Butterfly Fly Away by Miley Cyrus

Book I am reading:
I hope to read another Linda Nicholls book, that apparently slightly makes fun of psychotheraphy. My husband was listening to an interesting radio program about a book written about this very subject, called All In The Mind _ 28 August

What I am enjoying on TV:
Hannah Montana movie I was very impressed actually read about it here

On the menu for dinner:
Something that doesn't involve vegetables as they are coming tomorrow. I didn't redo my menu and lists until quite late in the week after being in Melbourne on Monday and Tuesday and recovering from the shock of surgery, even though really it wasn't too bad. It turns out we had enough of a few things to have left-overs

On my To Do list:
Nothing much, just putting some things on the calendar

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Spicy Pumpkin Soup

In the craft basket:
Nothing.

Looking forward to this week:
Brushing my teeth again!!!

Tips and tricks:
Don't forget how to make homemade babyfood you may need that knowledge one day! BTW if you have had a few kids, having periodontal surgery is like some of the things you may have already experienced, so you can handle it. After having a baby you have to plod along for a few weeks until everything comes back to some sort of normal for your own body, same with surgery.

My favourite blog post this week:
I can't remember, maybe I will check it out later

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
Serendipity, Raindrops and Roses, again I found it at Tania's Out Back.

No words needed:



Lesson learned the past few days:
That Jay Jays have some lovely dresses like the one my daughter wore for the deb, the yellow dress, with matching shrugs, and grey cardigans. That Rivers have beautiful men's clothes, and lovely 70s yellow, blue and red jeans. That Valleygirl clothes don't look as nice in the store as online, but it is still worth looking in the window for the interest. That an old yellow shirt from the early 80s is high fashion, it is a pity it has paint stains on it. That My Size have funny scarves? that you are supposed to put on when you try on the clothes. Help please! That Supre online store annoys me, and then I figured out why. Do guys really look at the pics with their girlfriends? If not, why those looks? If your daughter is a slim shape though the clothes look quite decent on. BigW have some stunning coloured runners. My daughter and I were very excited, but sadly they didn't have her size.

On my mind:
As usually wondering why they have anonymous questionaires then get you to fill out your name on the back and provide a see through envelope, does anyone have brains these days. If the place is corrupt how would anyone find out, and why have questionaires in the first place and wonder why no one fills them in?

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
None this week.

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bushfire Wrap Up

Ournie Fire, January 2010



I read an interesting online article about the bushfire situation, called Victoria unveils reponse to Black Saturday report. If I don't believe the opposition's claims I should be very happy with more burning off and greater maintenance of the powerlines.

I was wondering why they did this. One reason may be the recent federal election, maybe not caring about future people dying is not a good look. I felt personally without such measures it would be just a matter of time, and who knows, there may not have been much of Victoria to manage, we could have all lost our lives. Given that there are only two million regional or country people in a country of thirty million, maybe you could understand how this could happen. I have heard that some think only riff raff live outside the city, well once. But having looked at the map of the bushland around Melbourne during the summer, it is very scary. Also you can't get a pen out on a map do a squiggle around the cities and hope the rest is reclaimed by the sea, someone has to live out here and manage things and do things. Where I live the vast expanse of land is sometimes scary, thousands of acres of it, nothing remotely urban in sight.

Another thing is that maybe someone pointed out that advertising to treechange and get some people out of the congested city isn't going to work with the firerisk. Australia is one of the fastest growing places (evidence here).

My husband just mentioned to me that he heard on the radio yesterday that Australia and Japan are the most urbanised countries in the world (evidence here) and that other countries are now copying us. If you say rubbish, that America is, then go there. My husband went there in 2000 and it isn't how you think. Victoria is very progressive, my hometown basically can nearly have it as it's motto. I even noticed recently that that town and Wodonga I think have more modern cars than the ones I saw on Dandenong Road in the city when there early this week.

I think the opposition is a bit cruel, because I personally would like to feel safe, you know? You can read how I felt last summer here. Hopefully it will come to pass soon to help some of us get through this coming summer season. I have been through a very cold winter, but at least it isn't summer. Though there have been chimney fires around here as well, lots of fire sirens.

At local council level, I have already seen an area lit along the side of the road to clean things up a bit, and lots of clearing of small native shrubs. In my hometown the creek area has been cleaned back to minimum trees. Perhaps the local councils and individuals weren't taking any chances and were feeling a bit nervous as well. I won't know I suppose.

At the site of the horrible sign, there are things that those places of last resort can offer, maybe the installation of the odd metal shutter or something perhaps?

Anyway that is my winge for today. And, unfortunately there are a lot of "fake" bush scenes, one I posted (here) that someone commented was natural and untouched, has man made forests just behind the ridge lines. Luckily where we live the bush is cleared well off the road, possibly because of snow or trees falling over the road. This picture above made me very frightened when I saw it the place irl, it was the road I was supposed to have travelled the day the bushfire was there.

I am also happy about the very little publicised (unless I didn't hear it) new instalations of mobile phone towers near us. I feel there are lots of people trying to make a difference or a difference wouldn't be happening, to those people, thank you. If you read the other link I posted about the bushfire meeting in Beechworth, it doesn't match up with this wonderful result. Maybe a lot more happened at these meetings than we realised.

I am proud to be Victorian, we have always had a good State Government and I am happy they have come through. We are all in this together, particular since most Victorians are tied together somehow, it is after all a very small State.

On another note, this picture shows the width of the road on the way to the supermarket I shop in usually, and how handy it is to have a 4x4 in case you are required to move aside, which happens.

Back to Basics Challenge




From August 21 onwards:

Sowing seed or Planting

Planning for The Future

I found a recipe in a BH&G magazine for using up Vietnamese mint, called Hue Pancakes. If anyone wants to buy Vietnamese mint there are heaps in the Richmond Ikea, at least there was last Tuesday.

Our real estate agent quite awhile ago advised us to get some cheap light fittings, still nice ones, but inexpensive from a particular shop. We had three light fittings to go, so I read the whole Ikea catalogue online awhile ago before our trip to Melbourne. I planned out how to find Ikea and we spent a whole $20. Three oyster lights and a three pack of matching globes, in the right colour warmth for darker houses. I still couldn't believe it when I read the docket. Here are the lights, they are easy to find in Ikea.

I have worked out a plan to get straw for the garden, but I hope I actually achieve it.

I have been reading Recipes+ magazine and have found variations on some of the recipes we like. Have removed the recipes from one magazine, have two to go. Read about it here. I made up my menu with soft food, the second menu, I had to ditch the first one. Maybe I can reuse it next time and save some time, at least most of it. We used up some stuffing mix in some Bacon & Cheese Burgers, I had left-overs. I just realised I haven't been putting my links in well on IE, hopefully my firefox will work again soon. I have no idea how anyone can blog in IE, so frustrating. Found a webpage called More taste, less waste to help with using up ingredients. They have a list of ingredients at the bottom.

Working for the Future

My husband recycled a chainsaw chain somehow and saved us some money when we needed it. He shortened one. It worked as they got lots of wood.

Building Community

I was happy to be able to visit Melbourne and know I can still get around there fairly easily. I was pleased the hoddle street hadn't changed or Victoria Parade where it joins Victoria Street, it was nice to refresh my memory. There is a lovely looking op-shop in High Street Preston, but I couldn't quite remember where, my husband offered to take me back to see it, but really we were quite late for lunch as it was at Mum's house. Living so far away means you have to be organised. I did stop at BigW and get a cheap purse as my leather one is worn on the inside and I had seen this purse, which is the same as far as pockets go, the last time I was there recently. I also had seen a t-shirt in My Size, in the catalogue, and I saw a store, walked in and tried it on as I was unsure which size to order, so that is my new t-shirt for the year most likely, to wear for good. Just remember I live a very long way from My Size stores. I was so excited to actually see one. I actually saw the front of another one as well in Camberwell.

Learn a new Skill

I learnt that quilting squares are joined in backstitch, but still confused about that.

This meme comes from Belinda's blog.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Skywatch Friday

These were taken last weekend while the girls and Dad were wood collecting.























Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook



FOR TODAY Tuesday...

Outside my window... it is dark now

I am thinking... how cold it is, we have just arrived home after being out for two days, heard on the way home it is going to snow down to 800m tomorrow

I am thankful for... having my tooth removed, though I am not sure what is going to happen next with it

I am also thankful for a child's safety in Big W. The child was following me around, I knew that no one was looking after them really, maybe they were but it didn't seem like that. He climbed up one of those really tall shop things and my daughter went and got him down. He could have died on the concrete floor. I am so glad she was willing to get involved. The staff asked if the child belonged to my husband and he said no, they were going to take him to the desk. He cried that the thing was wobbling and his Mum turned up.

I am wearing... my dressing gown over my clothes to keep in the heat from sitting in the car

I am remembering... to write down appointments

I am going... to lots of appointments but not this week or next week thankfully

I am reading... the same book still

I am hoping... not sure right now, maybe that I can find some soft things to eat, I have two lots of stitches

On my mind... just my teeth, I must be due for more panadol though I feel OK

Noticing that... there is lots of flooding in NE Victoria

Pondering these words... nothing atm

From the kitchen... canned soup, it is soft lol

Around the house... suitcases

One of my favourite things... the stack of magazines my Mum gave me to read

From my picture journal...


A cow the girls snapped a picture of.
Click on the picture to visit Peggy's blog.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday



The weather in my neck of the woods:
The same, not extremely cold, but I seem to feel cold even when the house is quite warm, I read with a scarf wrapped around my neck, even wearing a skivvy

Things that make me happy:
Daffodils

Book I am reading:
At the Scent of Water by Linda Nichols. It is a Christian book, more detail than the quick read ones, and the detail is nice, about plants, antique shops, retro things

What I am enjoying on TV:
I don't think I have watched TV this week, the last thing I remember watching was Sarah Beenie (Property Ladder) with my daughter

On the menu for dinner:
A Japanese pancake with BBQ chicken and prawns

On my To Do list:
Not thinking past the next few days and my surgery, which is minor really, but lots of travelling involved, and five people to organise

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
A homemade meat lovers pizza

In the craft basket:
Still have to take down curtains and split them and rehem the side that is split

Looking forward to this week:
being home again

Tips and tricks:
Again I thought of one but didn't write it down

My favourite blog post this week:
There was one of those too I think

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
I found a lovely Australian blog on Tania's blog, called Killiecrankiefarm.

No words needed: This picture shows the remains of the kids vege garden. I never did find out why the dog proof fence is still there. Maybe for next year? Taken on Friday?



Lesson learned the past few days:
I learnt that the national broadband requires the new laying of cables. When they were discussing putting powerlines underground for safety I thought they were being a bit ridiculous. However I wonder how much harder it would be to lay the cables for the power rather than the phone. I am hoping internet speed isn't more important than fire safety. However, my step-Dad is still here because of fast internet, a doctor in the city could see him and treat a clot because of the internet with another doctor in the same room as my step-Dad.

On my mind:
I have stopped thinking about the election, I listened to it last night on the radio. I can't afford to think about other things for large periods of time

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Ruth 4:15 "And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a noursiher of thine old age."

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Back to Basics Challenge


From August 9 onwards:

Sowing seed or Planting

My husband is growing garlic in a pot from some he was given. He is very happy about it. I didn't know it was on the front verandah.

Planning for The Future

I have a plan to get some lights at Ikea, the last three for the house. One is $5 and the other two $19. I will enjoy visiting there, there is only one shop now, in Richmond.

Working for the Future

While my husband was at the tip today he found some pine boards as long as could fit in the trailer. I think this is amazing. I have been wanting them for a long time. The skirting boards of our other house were ruined in places when renovating and I really want them put back. My husband and I have a bet that the new ones from the tip may or may not fit. These are for the dining room and around the bath, and near the new shower. Also the bathroom near the new cabinet. He wanted pine, and that is what was at the tip. Yes, he has a mental blank about skirting boards, and if they are OK, it will get us past this hump that I am worried about, especially since the house is going on the market very soon with any luck.

Previously the girls went to the tip, and they found a trampoline, nothing was wrong with it. They have been having fun playing outside which is something they don't usually do.



Building Community

Because I went to the effort of going to my high school reunion and bought an outfit for it, it has come in handy for going to other things and feeling my best. This seems to have had a positive effect. I have been to my hometown twice since the reunion for the dentist. So the last time I was able to take in the atmosphere and see people, well one or two that I am familiar with. I don't know a lot of people here. I did go to the bank this week, and one lady said they hadn't seen me for awhile and that made me happy.

I enjoyed reading the local paper this week. It said that we have restumping services available at the moment which is good as they have worked next door and I was upset we didn't get their name. Also that we are getting a chiropractor in the next few weeks, and a appliance service repairman. Usually these mostly end up at the tip. The regional centre is 1 1/2 hours away. The place we use is 2 1/4 hours away. Maybe we can get some help for our freezer. It needs constant defrosting.

Learn a new Skill

We have been borrowing quilting videos and books. Learnt how to make quesadillas, or rather my husband did.

This meme comes from Belinda's blog.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook


FOR TODAY Tuesday...

Outside my window... it is a beautiful day today. We did get that heavy frost, but the house warmed up well, after I opened the fire up a bit

I am thinking... trying not to worry about myself and my son starting uni

I am thankful for... the trampoline the kids and my husband found at the tip on the weekend, they have wanted one for ages, our tip can be good that way

I am wearing... my new jeans, skivvy, windcheater which I will change to my nice jumper to go to school

I am remembering... to drive my own car to school. I have been using my husband's as mine needs $500 and a trip to see the LPG specialist at the regional centre

I am going... to my hometown again for my daughter's teeth then maybe I will take her to Target to get a zu zu pet, in another town on the way home, she has everything except the guineapig

I am reading... I have a quilting book waiting at the library, my daughter has a quilting kit and we are trying to learn some skills. She is taking the kit to my Mum's while I am in Melbourne for my periodontal surgery next week, Mum said she is going to go through her Handmade magazines for small projects, maybe she can enter the Ag Show with something if she makes something

I am hoping... my daughter won't eventually need her teeth straightening because her baby teeth at the bottom didn't fall out by themselves

On my mind... my son's second day at uni, there was a late timetable change, and things we didn't quite think out before he went today

Noticing that... last night there was a pretty pink cloud sunset, not on the horizon, but clouds near our mountain

Pondering these words... a book about Year 12 subjects for next year, the ones that give an ENTER score for uni

From the kitchen... something to make sure the bean shoots are used up today, a Japanese pancake with bacon, yet another on my list to make this week, one has chicken

Around the house... a new book for my daughter from Koorong, the online Christian bookshop, it was inexpensive and helps her out a lot

One of my favourite things... I went through Yackandandah yesterday and loved the town's bulbs, beautiful!

From my picture journal... I think this is the greener match to my old banner?


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

Monday, August 16, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday



The weather in my neck of the woods: back to -3° tonight (sorry I lost my table when I uploaded picture on IE, it was there down low, now it is gone)


Minimum
Maximum
Rainfall

Mon
Aug 16
7.0°C
11°C
4.8mm

Sun
Aug 15
7.2°C
13.2°C
10.0mm

Sat
Aug 14
3.0°C
13.6°C
0.2mm

Fri
Aug 13
1.2°C
15.0°C
1.2mm

Thu
Aug 12
3.0°C
10.1°C
11.6mm


Things that make me happy:
These birds. I look at them around town, at the hairdressers, at the garage getting petrol once, and mostly at school while I wait

Book I am reading:
The last two I mentioned I ditched. Very frustrating. Will have to check if I like the other one.

What I am enjoying on TV:
I was going to ask if anyone listens to Bear Grylls. My girls watch it a lot, I like listening to it from a distance. Why? His voice is similar to the guy on The Nanny, who I watched as Shane on Days of Our Lives years ago when I had a break in the afternoon

While I was in the waiting room at the dentist this morning I saw the start of the Labour Party launch. Then I saw Pauline Hanson being interviewed saying Tony Abbott had something to do with her going to jail! All very interesting.

On the menu for dinner:
We had Greek Lentil Soup to use up spinach and dill

On my To Do list:
To ring a surgeon for an appointment.

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
A new Japanese pancake recipe

In the craft basket:
Need to take apart a seam in the middle of a pair of curtains, that is two seams lol

Looking forward to this week:
Getting my daughter's teeth seen to, trouble with her baby teeth not coming out

Tips and tricks:
I had one, but didn't write it down!

My favourite blog post this week:
this one is from the week of the 27th July, hopefully I haven't already posted it
Back to Basics Challenge - Week 1
Biblical Illiteracy is NOT the Problem

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
! A Growing Teenager Diary ! I can so relate as I have a son in first year uni, and a daughter who studies Indonesian and went to Malaysia to learn the language for a little while in an Indonesian school

No words needed: the birds I mentioned above



Lesson learned the past few days:
That where we live there are no political banners posted on trees or whatever along the road. I saw two on the way home, then they stopped! One advantage of being isolated I suppose.

On my mind:
A growth on my jaw that the xray for the periodontist showed, that my dentist found yesterday while checking my crown which was OK

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
None that I remember

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Royal Commission Reaction Meeting in Beechworth

I wonder why that horrible sign wasn't discussed?

Read about what was discussed here.

Treechange Ads in Melbourne ~ Seriously?

I came across this page about ads showing in metropolitan areas about treechanging to North East Victoria. I haven't seen them myself, obviously I already live in NE Victoria. I have lived here all my life except one year in Flowerdale and a few months in Eaglemont. While living in Flowerdale in a non-airconditioned car at the time, it appeared that driving home up the Freeway was a very hot and dry boring event. I feel the main barrier to people living in NE Victoria is the weather. No beach, which means frosts and no relief of "cool changes" in the summer. I feel the medium sized town of my birth never really changes in size, though many try it out I think, and then disappear again. However, same for the bad elements, they seem to be able to be run out, maybe the size is conducive to good policing. It has all the services and I love it. Will I move back there, not sure.

Here though 2 1/4 hours further up the road well I am still learning about the differences in the lifestyle. Often something interesting comes up but I don't feel I should write about it.

Anyway, here is a link to the guy who does the ads. Has anyone seen them?

Anyway, I thought treechanging was dead. That has been my thoughts lately. Why would anyone put themselves in that danger? We have been told that the planned burning off wasn't completed, which coincidently was after the smoke blew across Melbourne, or maybe I am being unfair. The school dentists are no where near the isolated areas, and seem very overworked. Anyway, when I remember my current thoughts I will let you know.

I wonder why the North East want more people to come?

It is interesting as to me, moving back to my hometown would mean going back to an urban life, but that was in town rather than a farmlet like the guy has. And it is in the 3 hours zone. My friends from school seem quite in a different world as evidenced by our high school reunion. However, the ones that live in Wodonga (four hour zone) seem to be able cope with people like us (5 1/2 hours). They have to deal with us in business etc. They are isolated themselves to some extent.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook


FOR TODAY Wednesday...

Outside my window... today wasn't worth looking out the window, fog and rain, apparently it made some people in town flat

I am thinking... about all the silly status updates on fb. My daughter must have been on it too long tonight

I am thankful for... my daughter's maths improving

I am wearing... my new jeans, and my best windcheater, skivvy, too cold without one, though I am quite warm now

I am remembering... to go to the library and pick up the books, plus a quilting instruction book for my little girl

I am going... I say it all the time, but to the dentist, in my hometown

I am reading... I am getting two novels from the library, At The Scent of Water by Linda Nichols and A Penny For Your Thoughts by Mindy Starns Clark

I am hoping... that we can get some stuff done at the other house on the weekend, gardening and fixing, and maybe I will get some $5 oyster lights at Ikea, yay I haven't been there for ages! Only three light fittings missing. One $19 one looks like it may match our overly fancy American styled fan we bought in Bunnings

On my mind... my other daughter's schoolwork, but help is at hand

Noticing that... I got what I had to do done today, like book a motel in Melbourne, order the fruit and vege, I didn't want to sit too long. I find that only the handbrake bothers me driving the car

Pondering these words... conflict is avoidable, a Mum suggested this to her son to help him write his essay on conflict, brings back memories of VCE last year with my son, not sure I think that, what a hard subject

From the kitchen... crusty bread for a change

Around the house... a keyboard in my daughter's room that she plays every couple of days

One of my favourite things... raindrops running down my tall bedroom window yesterday afternoon, nothing was pretty like that today

From my picture journal... taken Sunday



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

Monday, August 9, 2010

Back To Basics Challenge



From July 18 onwards

Sowing seed or Planting

Just tidying up, hoping to do something with the raspberries.

Planning for The Future

This room is getting ready to be styled for selling, however it won't be finished to a high standard, perhaps after the house goes on the market. It is a big improvement on what it was like before with broken glass, stained carpet, heater sitting on tiles with dirt under it. We will take the couch away and bring our nicer one. This is our TV, we were given a better functioning one recently when my son moved into a flat. We will pop our DVD player that has suffered most likely from a power surge into the cupboard. Wash the wall and find something to put on the mantelpiece. If I can I will buy the paint that matches those colours from the Taubmans spice range to cover the work my husband has done on the bricks, as good as it is. We have had the house three years this month. It was $85,000 when we bought it. If anyone is thinking of buying a house in that price range make sure you borrow $20,000 for repairs not the bank's suggested $15,000. 40s houses are a labour of love.


Taken Sunday 8th.

Working for the Future

Just bringing home stuff to tidy up for the sale. Taking catches off the cupboard that was built into the dining room that smelt like mice. The catches are very 60s. Those little round holes with airers in plastic from memory. Brought back the old bathroom cupboard which was OK, just I nearly fell in the bath when I opened the doors. It will be wrapped and stored here in the shed. Things like that.

We picked up the mower from ebay, it sold at the list price of $60. It works well.

Building Community

Facebook has turned out to be a big community builder. Saw people at the High School reunion that was as a result of FB. Am able to show people photos and catch up. However, if you do it yourself be prepared that some people may treat it like a wedding! Anyway, I was asked why I was there by one lady, why weren't my cousins there instead of me! Two people stood up for me. Later one lady who was sitting with her asked me lots of questions on fb that perhaps I should politely refuse to answer. It is not nice to rehash a lovely event later and perhaps have it spoilt for you. Family farm politics, some people may be able to relate.

Learn a new Skill

My daughter washed up her roll of fabric strips ready for quilting.

This meme comes from Belinda's blog.

Happy Homemaker Monday

hhm

The weather in my neck of the woods:
It has been cold. I have taken to wearing Explorer socks over my other socks inside

Things that make me happy:
Having my back working again. I can sit for periods of time, not long ones. I can lift, but I don't think I will do it again for awhile. I can drive. I do get sick of standing after awhile, depending. And I can dry my feet!

Book I am reading:
I just finished a novel by Connie Monk. It was put in the Christian fiction section that I searched for, but I don't think the author writes Christian novels, but I may be wrong. She is like an English less rude version of Barbara Delinsky. But if she is like Barbara Delinsky her novels may vary. I really an unconvinced that these "mild" novels are suitable for Christians, myself included to read. However the setting of Connie Monks novels is very nice. Perhaps it came up because one of the main characters names is Christian?

What I am enjoying on TV:
I watched CMC top 30 Faith songs, but I think they were more a send up perhaps. Didn't get right to the end though, how was LeAnn Rhimes orange pantsuit?

On the menu for dinner:
Tuna & Mixed Bean Salad I may change that to a casserole, not sure

On my To Do list:
to write a shopping list from my published menu plan, I want to still save money, but I have more meat on the list this time, mostly mince though

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Easy Chicken Chow Mein

In the craft basket:
Nothing I can think of

Looking forward to this week:
This week is pretty free. The dentist's appointment at the school dentist for my daughter was cancelled by the dentist this time. I am glad for me because I wasn't looking forward to driving with my 4x4 suspension and the windy roads and gear changes

Tips and tricks:
Check out the new metal edition Bibles if you have a teenager. My daughter chose hers and she loves it. It is from Koorong. The cover is metal and it has a clip which is actually magnetic. I think this is it

My favourite blog post this week:
haven't been reading more than a handful of Aussie blogs, can't sit long

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

No words needed: taken yesterday



Lesson learned the past few days:
that you can get 100% phone coverage on satellite from indigo telecom. Then my husband tells me that on our road to the regional centre they have been putting up towers lately. That would explain a couple of phone calls that worked when they shouldn't have. Usually you can get right into town before the phone call works

On my mind:
University books, bus timetables, though not as much as I should have it on my mind

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Nothing this week

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Skywatch Friday

These photos were taken on a trip my husband and son took to Leeton NSW via Henty NSW which is about four hours drive from here to pick up an ebay purchase. Yes, it was worth it lol. It was the weekend before last. I'm sorry they are not exactly in order, but more in groups.































My red neck is showing again

The other day I posted a song by Steve Forde called I Ain't That Guy and added a commentary about the things I could relate to in the song. I thought I'd follow it up with how I raised my sons' which is the exact opposite lol. I thought of my favourite song by Lee Kernaghan that shows how I feel about being Australian, but I am afraid my red neck is showing again lol.



Here are the lyrics to Steve's song and you'll see what I mean:

I ain't that guy

Take your drink with your umbrella in it
and shove it same place you can put your speed limit
while your at it take your suit tie and jacket
your Armini shoes and your cute sunglasses

I ain't that guy
I ain't that guy
I ain't no G-Q worry-fied sushi lovin mr right crying sensitive kind
I ain't that guy

Keep your fuel efficient rubber band engine foreign compact with the luxury of zero emissions
Your 45 minute vanity visits
the loofa's and lotions with the vitamans in it

I ain't that guy
I ain't that guy
I ain't no G-Q worry-fied sushi lovin mr right crying sensitive kind
I ain't that guy

If it's good for you that suits me fine
if you do it like me you'll know why

I ain't that guy
I ain't that guy
I ain't no G-Q worry-fied sushi loving mr right crying sensitive kind
I ain't no G-Q worry-fied sushi loving mr right crying all of the time
I ain't that guy


Maybe I will tell you about the other more rounded parts of my childhood in another post.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A tribute to Laura Ingalls Wilder

Simple Woman's Daybook


FOR TODAY Tuesday...

Outside my window... a lovely sunny day apparently, I have sort of been a shut in lately

I am thinking... that the Woman's Weekly may have some recipes I can use, which isn't always the case

I am thankful for... that I had a much better day with my back yesterday, it was a marked improvement, I was able to sit up to the table to have lunch

I am wearing... old windcheater, and my now old jeans, will wear the new ones when I don't smell like Tiger Balm, can perhaps stop using it now and have showers at my normal time again

I am remembering... what life was like before the reunion and my back played up and trying to get back to it! It was a very busy weekend. My family except the ones left at home, stayed up until 3am one morning to make sure they had everything done to hand in the key yesterday

I am going... I hope to take my daughter to the same dentists appointment that keeps getting cancelled next Monday, not sure how I will go, sometimes living this far away is difficult, being the school dentist it sort of defeats the purpose

I am reading... the August edition of the Australia Woman's Weekly. I think it is the first time I have bought one (thought my husband actually bought it for me) and haven't been mad at it after 20 minutes or so. The is an article on blogging and online things on page 89. If you haven't seen the top 100 blogs list before, it is here. Good to see Little Jenny Wren at number 41

I am hoping... my daughter is safe on her trip which I let her attend to see a different culture and to also build on her production experience as she had five years of ballet and other things, if I can relax it will help me have a rest to help get well from my sore back

On my mind... children's safety. My middle daughter climbed a monkey puzzle tree! Who would have thought a Victorian monkey puzzle tree would be in the middle of nowhere. A remnant of something, perhaps the old railway station that was there once. I feel a bit better about it today

Noticing that... my daughter's own Bible she wanted me to buy should be arriving in the mail today or tomorrow

Pondering these words... well nothing. But I do have to make sure my son can manage in his new flat next week while his brother goes on holiday and then he starts uni the week after, 2nd semester and has to learn the bus route, also the walking track to the shops

From the kitchen... either Beef & Vegetable Bolognaise or Taco Salad

Around the house... a new TV and set top box, my son's ex-girl gave to us which I thought was kind. I will use our TV which is starting to play up sometimes to stage our investment property, and the set top box will allow us to watch free to air TV if we want to as the network will be turned off in the not so distant future, we weren't going to buy one

One of my favourite things... seeing the My Size latest catalogue. I had been pondering the amount of ladies at our school reunion that had coloured shortish hair. In the MySize catalogue they had my hair, long and uncoloured or shaped. It is interesting that the catalogue flips these days and on the other side? Someone with coloured and shaped hair! At least my side was an option!

From my picture journal... the back of my boy's (and my other boy's) new flat



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

Monday, August 2, 2010

Steve Forde - I Aint That Guy - My latest country music pic

I heard this lately, and thought it was interesting. I am not going to offend my readers by saying I agree. You all know I love some Japanese foods for starters.



I thought later I'd add a bit of commentary to this video. Since coming to live in this small isolated town, it is videos and songs, country songs that keep me amused while living here. During the past months I have found Facebook and have been putting pictures there of myself and my life as a girl, as you may have read and noticed. My Dad taught me to ride horses, and he passed away, and my pictures have been about that.

Recently at the high school reunion I attended I was standing outside the hotel where it was held about the time of the start of the reunion. One of the organisers called me inside as the dining room doors were closed. He called me into the bar, which was empty I think except for the five or six of us who I knew from school. My husband said I think I was confident sitting at the bar. It was the first time, except for another, that I had been in one, except looking through the hole in the wall from the dining room. The other one was the country pub on the road here where you have to walk through it to get to the ladies toilets. One day I was desperate enough to do that lol. The toilets were right next the pool table (yuk, hope they have bad hearing etc).

Anyway, I was raised to drink, not sure why my parents did that. I have never been drunk. But imagine after all the things I did remember to add to it when listing my jobs on Facebook that I worked in a licenced grocery and carried slabs out to the car for people!

In 2000 when we moved into a new house, I was a bit wound up, and my husband suggested I drink something, and I didn't like that being the motivation for drinking so I didn't bother ever buying it again to drink, only to cook with lol.

Being nearly 6' tall and with the same tough kind of attitude as Steve Forde, for example I helped Dad break in a horse, though really it wasn't that big of a deal. I'll tell you, leave that attitude to the guys. Steve seems to have suffered no ill effects, but probably my back has lol.

I had a big laugh Steve when I saw that shot gun propped up against the wall.
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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Update

I finally worked out how to type while lying sideways, just put my fingers on the homekeys and type away. I have hurt my back for the second time this year, the third time in my life. I hope it is able to heal reasonably quickly so I can travel in the car to my commitments which have been put off again, but that may turn out better if it works out. I was only at the chiropractor just over a week ago. First time since 2003.

My husband and middle daughter are helping the boys to shift house in the city, they are at that annoying stage where lots of small items seem to be an overwhelming amount, just before there is nothing.

I am not cold, it has been raining, pouring then it stops again for awhile.

During the week I was talking to a Mum at school, just before my back went out I think, about her 4x4. The newer ones have whatever gear she drives in on the slippery roads, then she says when she slows down the gears automatically go back into two wheel drive. I wore my old jacket that day wishing I had bought one this year, maybe that is the last I have to wear it and I will be able to buy one next year.

That was the afternoon before my dentists appointment and sadly it had to be cancelled.

How did the reunion go? Well for my age group, I would recommend to anyone; really. I couldn't see the point, but it was a amazing experience. Anything that puts a perspective on things, especially when the memories are so old is worth it. I am not sure how many were at our school reunion of our year level, but it was a big long table or two and just the right number I thought. A little bit hard in that in those days the kids from the city and the kids from the country were a little separate, well the city girls are very pretty lol. They were all very inclusive on me and my husband said I looked very confident and smiley. I saw two people that I didn't know I was so close to until I saw them again. I really like their spirit and enjoyed their company very much. I came home two hours before everyone else, I guess I am not used to not thinking about the kids. Maybe I could work on that. I was there three and a half hours.

I like how you can look and hear what is going on and put your middle aged or whatever us 46-7 year olds call ourselves, wisdom to what people are saying. It is nice to be in the company of peers. I live in a small town and my husband is older than I am. There are probably some here my age that I could mix with I guess, it is hard to tell people's ages, especially if you don't know how you appear to others.

I have pics from my husband's trip to Leeton to share, and maybe some from the city later, this will have to do for now. I have so missed blogging!