Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Country Music Pic

This is one I still enjoy by Adam Brand "You Are To Me".

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Tuesday...

Outside my window... it is dark. We had a nice sunset, we saw it as we were driving home. Earlier on in the day I saw my tulips, there are a few out

I am thinking... six days after my last Simple Woman post and our days are not in some sort of rhythm yet. We are still working on bringing back the wood from the work site. We have to have it finished by the day they want to spray the ground under them for weeds. We also have a real estate agent coming in a couple of days... no pressure

I am thankful for... my new fan. It works, actually has a tag, and cleaned up really well. It is a modern design

I am wearing... still windcheater, but t-shirt not skivvy. It is going to be cold tomorrow. The snow on the mountain is melting, but there is more forecast

I am remembering... that it is my daughter's 17th birthday on the weekend. An amazing age to have a child reach. Her boyfriend's parents have taken her driving

I am going... to our other house for the meeting with the real estate agent, I went there today as well to check things out

I am reading... Every Secret Thing by Ann Tatlock. The start is really good. I am guessing when the book was written the heroine was about my age, but not sure. It is a good novel for ladies in their mid to late 40s. I know I have said it before, but good in the days of Facebook reunions, or at least relating to the way the main character's memory works

I am hoping... they find what is wrong with my car and that everything is sorted out, and that it last me awhile, in the meantime maybe I should think about getting a newer one if the opportunity ever comes up

On my mind... gardening, I have given up styling the house for the moment, it requires too much shifting furniture and time that has run out probably

Noticing that... for all the talk about clocks that our Prime Minister said in her speech and love of people who work hard, it was quite surprising that the speakers swap days to do things like go to a child's first day of school. Does she realise some hard workers wouldn't be able to do that?

Pondering these words... I have been watching The Waltons and in a couple of episodes found some lovely quotes along the lines of "people need mountains" by John Boy, and "if you keep your kids young and innocent they won't have the joy you have had" John Walton

From the kitchen... we haven't been shopping so it is Japanese Vegetarian Pancakes, they only need potatoes, carrots and cabbage

Around the house... my really old jeans that I slob around in are too big now. So I tried on a pair of too small jeans in the wardrobe. Quess what? They are still too small. Go figure? Anyway, they are in the op-shop bag

One of my favourite things... a beautiful surprise bulb I found in my garden today, now to remember what it is. It is white and large, will have to post a picture

From my picture journal...

Our new guineapigs, the brown one is called Kevin. She is a girl, but apparently it is a TV joke. They are lovely guineapigs, which means buying from a good quality pet shop is worth it. They have been enjoying the accessories we bought there too!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Back To Basics Challenge

From August 29 onwards:

Sowing seed or Planting

We got three bales of straw from the town on the highway when our son came home last weekend

Planning for The Future

I learnt that French-styled lentils, the small black ones, are probably called beluga lentils in the US and Canada, so have been able to find two new recipes so far, it was difficult last time I had a bag of those lentils from Coles.

We have been out to the regional centre and our hometown a lot, which is 3/4 hour past the regional centre. Yesterday I found a shop that sold engineering tools and my husband bought a punch for $20 to punch out a part on our wood heater handle at the other house. (Pictured my little girl and I after eating lunch on Tuesday.)

I thought ahead and got them to buy some ingredients I thought I would have trouble buying here, like prosciutto.

If anyone has spinach to use up, try this bolognaise, even without feta it would be gorgeous. We had it on Thursday night. Thankfully we have grocery shopped since then. The feta and spinach were what we had on hand hence the recipe find.

I may research something to make with quandong jam, but I think we will just eat it how it is.

Working for the Future

Wednesday we set up a bed and mattress etc. that we bought at the op-shop here for $20. It is a 70s chrome one. Really if you ignore the strong base, when it has the doonas on it is quite cute. Any surface marks on the chrome came off with a clean. My other daughter put the extra bed back on top of hers for a bunk, so when our son comes home for a mid semester break our eldest daughter won't have to sleep on the fold out bed in the lounge. It makes it a bit hard when she has to go to school the next day. Really though I bought it to style the other house to show the dimensions of the single room. Her new desk from Target has silver legs it will also style the room, she got it last summer.

Building Community

I went to my favourite op-shop on the way back from picking up my car. On the way down I got a good look at the swan's nest. The other went to the dentist and continued on, and I drove my car home. It is not fixed yet though. It is going to the local workshop on Monday. I got two $2 pictures that are modern shabby chic, crackled glaze, cream with pretty flowers on a muted pink background with moulded corners. A blue plate, some splades and a $5 fan for the summer as our pedestal fan in our room stopped working a few days before the end of the heat last summer. It is not as good, but I assume works.

Learn a new Skill

I have been been learning about health issues on a blog called Fanatic Cook. Here is an article about heart attacks and another about dental issues and osteoporosis drugs. Very interesting reading. If you take ibuprofen you may want to read the first one.

This meme comes from Belinda's blog.

Skywatch Friday ~ Balls to Moons

These photos were taken on Tuesday. It was a lovely fine day, we went to take my car's LPG (liquid petroleum gas) (which doesn't mean it is gas sometimes called petrol that is a liquid) to be fixed. My middle daughter took these photos on the way home, and includes lunch at the Albury Botanic Gardens. My husband took the blossom photo.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Wednesday...

Outside my window... it is dark now, but earlier my ornamental pears were a pretty white

I am thinking... how lovely it is that my son had a good day at uni, and having a go at Meatball Stroganoff for himself, while older son is having a go at Steak and Kidney Casserole by Gabriel Gate

I am thankful for... safety on Tuesday, we were both subject to driving behind a slow driver for 25 minutes then he sped up and wouldn't let us pass putting us in danger, first me and then my husband in the other car

I am wearing... today a t-shirt and jeans, now I have put on my socks and a windcheater and we have lit the fire, we were down to our last wood, but close to home my husband and our neighbour had a job of cutting up some felled trees for a building project. This is good as I realised I had read in the paper it is unsafe to walk around paddocks (where we usually go for instance) as trees have been falling because all the rain

I am remembering... that I briefly saw a swan's nest on Tuesday, and that I went to a Freedom furniture store I hadn't been to before, and that with the sale my husband got a mortar and pestle for $15, something we have been wanting for years, and would actually use these days because we crush cardamon pods and fennel seeds

I am going... to pick up car if it is ready, which is another long drive

I am reading... Every Secret Thing by Ann Tatlock and The Path to Her Heart by Linda Ford

I am hoping... next week gets into some kind of rhythm, and we get some jobs done at the other house. We bought undercoat and the stuff to clean the chimney etc.

On my mind... the damage in Newfoundland and what is going on there

Noticing that... today my daughter who is 16 finally got her L plates (or rather learner's permit) and an adult bank account which she will need if she gets a part time job, it would save running around at the last minute. We had all the documents out, so just went for it!

Pondering these words... from a phone call of a cousin on my paternal Grandfather's side, it was nice to hear her voice, she actually lives within two hours of me and reminds me of my Grandparents when she speaks, so that was nice, nicer than just email

From the kitchen... Spiced Beans with Roast Pumpkin Wedges

Around the house... a china hen and chickens my husband got from the op-shop to match my china rooster. The girls have got out two bags of marbles and they are playing with them. Finally I have a zu zu pet, a pink one for my daughter who already has a run for it

One of my favourite things... my Freedom furniture catalogue, my new snack and sandwich maker by Breville

From my picture journal... a photo we stopped to take on Tuesday, showing the water level in Lake Hume which isn't too bad

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Weekend in Review

Today I was reading the newspaper and found an ad quite out of character with a cute logo about a new shop that opened yesterday. It was of particular interest to me as I had been to the shop before it had closed. I had also seen the business for sale, and it was particularly interesting.

So I went out there with two of the girls, late Sunday afternoon, but they were still open and it was still sunny and warm.

The upshot of it was that I bought some quandong jam, and I wanted to tell Tania! I also bought mustard and the jam was less than the usual price I pay for it.

They have cookbooks and good coffee, maybe I can go back again. I was particularly interested in the herbs, the hyssop.

Quandong was surprising, the taste. Yet it was very multi-generational Australian. It suits our palate. I thought the quandong had a gingery flavour or maybe like something else I have had before? Maybe our cooking has been influenced by quandongs in the past?

On the way home I crested a rise and had the most glorious view. This is our town, I can see where our house is when I see the town laid out. It is hard for me to understand fully how we are situated.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather in my neck of the woods:
Thursday was cold as usual. The pink blossoms are on the plum trees in the street prunus, and pretty on sunny days

Things that make me happy:
This was a question posed in this month's (September) magazines. It must be a very individual thing, they had pics of a favourite painting, toy etc. etc. What doesn't make me happy is seeing Julie Goodwin on everything, sorry but it is good I don't have to see things like that where I live

Book I am reading:
I bought a Notebook magazine. I was reading it at the dentist and bought one. They had a minimum eftpos so I got a AWW as well. More about that later. Notebook was lovely and had a page on gratefulness, you can even email your own things you are grateful for

What I am enjoying on TV:
I am slowly watching little bits and pieces of Bear Gryllis, the girls watch it everyday, somehow I expect big burly blokes to do those things, loved how he jumped on the pig. On Friday night I watched a show by Jamie Oliver I hadn't seen before that included whole body scans, and fitness tests, and basically talking about hidden fats and salts, and also the Waltons about The Calf.

On the menu for dinner:
An interesting point as my husband will be home late taking my son to the interstate bus, he will have to have an early tea Monday

On my To Do list:
To get the LPG on the car fixed, which is booked in, we will have to leave the car there and possibly pick it up a couple of days later on the way through to yet more dentists appointments as I promised myself I would make the kids appointments on the school holidays, we are in our first of two weeks

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Gourmet Sausage (link) Burritos from the recipes+ magazine which is a nice mag too

In the craft basket:
Will definitely have to take down the curtains in the other house that meet in the middle and split them to go either side of the windows, there are two windows like that

Looking forward to this week:
Driving my car on distances, and even around town without having to drive it on petrol/gas but LPG/gas, in other words I have a duel fuel car which is cheaper (when it works) LPG is much smoother, you don't have to rev much

Tips and tricks:
You can use industrial strength cleaner and high pressure to clean chimney bricks, and a super strength sealer for around hardiplank that is fixed onto bricks etc. it is very cheap, all at the Haymes supplier, lots of great advice, well hopefully they are all just as good, we go there to get a good undercoat

My favourite blog post this week:
I haven't been home much this week, and on slow internet, I did like the coffee on Foodie Wanderings

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
You may like a blog that Foodie Wanderings visits called The Leftover Queen there are lots of canning pictures over there

No words needed: the unfinished cake, though she didn't really stick any mini marshmallows around the bottom in the end

Lesson learned the past few days:
The Woman's Weekly can't help itself. I really enjoyed the August issue, but September was like a completely different magazine, back to its "annoying to me" self

On my mind:
Why the AWWs story on sexual discrimination made me feel weak, the whole mag was not edifying, I was interested however in reading about Mark Holden and what he has been doing, and about Princess Mary of Denmark. Not impressed with the two articles on divorce theories, which no one knows about unless they experience it from all sides, though some bits were fairly accurate, but sad.

Interesting that Debra Hutton is not much older than me, I didn't know that. One article interestingly has a good point about middle age, probably worth buying the magazine to read it, once you get past the other stuff, yes I get wound up for hours sometimes days, and I am not usually wound up for that long. I decided it was good in that my daughter made the cocopop cake with the pink rolled out icing

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Nothing, it would be good if I had something inspirational to read, I have found a couple of novels to put in my reading list at the library. On Saturday I thought of Isaiah 9:6 "and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Wondering about the councselor in particular, an interesting thought.

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Thursday...

Outside my window... my canaries, I just filled up their seed containers. I haven't ever done it much, I felt not very mechanically minded lol

I am thinking... about how much small town shops can get away with, and how sad it is to be 17 and not at home (not my kids). Despite my negative mood, that I intend to fix by getting warm and reading, I have recovered from my crying jag last week, it was only the once but seemed to take a bit to get over from nerves about money. What do you guys think about those ads on the back of the toilet doors? I had no idea what the anxiety one was saying...

I am thankful for... my daughter's visit to the Orthodontist meant that nothing needs to be done straight away

I am wearing... a long sleeved purple top, inside I have put a windcheater over it, it is reasonably warm outside, but I think we have Albury's wind from yesterday

I am remembering... that maybe I should start tea myself as my husband is working quite late tonight

I am going... I hope nowhere. I have been out for the past two days, it was quite tiring lol

I am reading... I have just finished The Language of the Sycamores by Lisa Wingate. If you haven't read this author before you should check her out. Both my recent Lisa Wingate reads were from series, but it didn't really matter I don't think. They are out of print but there are some on ebay. My library can't buy them in other words to put the set back together but they are reasonably priced on ebay if I want to get some more sometime

I am hoping... I make the right decision about an implant where my missing tooth is

On my mind... why does my old background still come up just before the new one?

Noticing that... the really cold days as kind of behind us, though it is not really warm where I am sitting now, maybe I should put my skivvy back on

Pondering these words... "When you're afraid to start a new day, you gotta reach inside you all the way. It ain't hard, when you know who you are. You're no ordinary Joe. You're a star..." p240 The Language of the Sycamores by Lisa Wingate

From the kitchen... Pumpkin Pasta Bake

Around the house... the kangaroo costume I found in the op-shop once, the kids were to dress up in Australiana and we made up a printed mask, hopefully she will wear it but she isn't keen

One of my favourite things... Pumpkin Patch brochures. I haven't been getting mine for years, and the shop assistant said my town field was wrong in their system, so I look forward to receiving them in the future. My daughter tried on two dresses to get the sizing right and I will order the one that fits nicely online

From my picture journal... if I could have managed it I should have taken my camera on my days out, not many places to stop. It is very green, and the lake is up, even saw two black swans. This one is from last Sunday

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Friday...

Outside my window... it is dark, but still was a grey day, and fairly dark

I am thinking... about the question raised during the speech of our new prime minister about city people subsidising the country people with internet and an article in The Age yesterday putting that theory to rest with an interesting cartoon

I am thankful for... being able to blog in Firefox again. No more div html! Also that the surgeon said I had a tooth that never came up, not a growth, but will check again in 2 years

I am wearing... new jeans, but I have gone and bought a size smaller, and will have to alter these ones

I am remembering... to do my bills and counting money which I have finished, and now to start a new menu

I am going... to the dentist and the orthodontist with my daughter

I am reading... I have finished a lovely book called Lone Star Cafe by Lisa Wingate. It is a great simplicity story, or more accurately a good seachange story, about how old-fashioned towns can sometimes be good for people. It is Christian I think, but not obviously at all

I am hoping... I don't feel like I did yesterday for awhile, teary, haven't done that before

On my mind... not much, on purpose

Noticing that... Coles was a really pleasant experience on Wednesday. Apart from the fact that I didn't have lunch before I went there, had to go there early and it is near the bank, had to go there. I found buying the things for my menu easy, it was like they were made for each other. Loved the Elderflower Cordial there, like Koolaid for those in the States

Pondering these words... "Neglect not the gift that is in thee" 1 Timothy 4:14, and comment on blogging at Martha-wannabe

From the kitchen... we were to have lentil lasagne but as it is Friday and the girls busy etc. our daughter made her boyfriend some bolognaise and there was enough for the three of us that were left

Around the house... the girls have a sheet pegged on curtains in one of their rooms to act as a projector screen

One of my favourite things... my daughter's pjs that I got at Pumpkin Patch, not sure where all the pjs we found at the start of the season have gone, but she ended up wearing mismatched tops and bottoms, which has now been fixed! They have three designs left in light material that were in the winter range

From my picture journal... more of the girls photos before the big rain that nearly became as big as the floods of '93. My usual picture of the snow on my banner, is floodwater these days irl and it would be great if I can get a photo to show. Speaking of snow, I haven't been out of town much, or if I did I didn't see any snow. On Wednesday I saw my first snow of the season, and it is spring now! These bushes osmanthus birkwoodi have just started flowering, though the photo is before they started flowering.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather in my neck of the woods:
Grey, everything is grey. Too much rain to go out and collect wood. We are buying some later on in the week.

Things that make me happy:
Warmth and food!

Book I am reading:
I just finished Linda Nichols first novel Handyman. What an amazing book. Lots of insights into people's behaviour. It is a contemporary novel that is suitable for people who usually read historical novels

What I am enjoying on TV:
Nothing that I can remember

On the menu for dinner:
Thai Sweet Potato Soup or left-overs

On my To Do list:
I don't feel like doing anything. I have been very worried about my son's accommodation. I had some good news today, just have to follow it through now

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Vegetable Macaroni Cheese

In the craft basket:
Maybe put a tuck in my jeans. I am disappointed I didn't buy smaller ones. I think I was put off by the size, it sounded too small!

Looking forward to this week:
I was looking forward to going to my hometown but there is flood water all around it. My husband thought it wasn't worth the risks. It is just as well as my budget after surgery wasn't as clearly thought out as I thought it was

Tips and tricks:
If you are considering having one of your children become a paperboy/girl I thought of something that may help a few weeks ago. Out of my five children, the two who did/do a paper run read the paper!

My favourite blog post this week:
Loving Me Lounge a great pic of those lovely old pictures and frames your Grandma may have had
A post about Christian divorce rates and some encouragement

Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers):
If you haven't visited The Network pop over there

No words needed: it doesn't show all the rain we have had, but recent photo

Lesson learned the past few days:
Check and double check budgets

On my mind:
Organising money and stretching and not forgetting things, again!

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
I want to watch a video Joyce posted

This meme is from Sandra's blog.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Spiritual Sunday

I have really begun to appreciate Billy Ray Cyrus' work. He apparently has done some Christian music, which I am trying to learn about.

Friday, September 3, 2010

For a time of Facebook reunions

this one is a tear jerker. My country music pic this week. Billy Ray was born in '61.