Monday, August 27, 2012


 Hello nearly Spring, it's a gorgeous sunny day today but the wind is bitterly cold. The first blossoms are out ... and I'm hoping I can cut a few off the tree behind our place. There's a few branches hanging over the fence.

Hello curtains. When we moved in I picked all the blinds and curtains except the ones for the lounge room. I had choice overload so we put it off until I could have a think about what I really wanted in there. I finally went and picked and they arrived last Tuesday.


Hello unexpected change to my schedule. The plan today was to go into Mum and Dad's and pay there bills then swing by the library at uni to start research for two document papers. I was 10mins from home when my phone rang. It was the school. The Big Girl had vomited. Luckily I wasn't too far away, a quick u-turn, and I headed back to school and picked her up. She spent most of the day in bed, but she's not too bad. I did pop into mum and dad's in the afternoon but no library for me. Speaking of changed schedules ...

Hello Hubby. He was supposed to be on a plane to China yesterday morning but when he got up at 4:30am he had a text saying his Grandmother had died during the night. It was not unexpected, she turned 100 earlier this year, but the trip needed to be postponed for the second time (he was originally supposed to be away last week). The funeral will be later this week.

Hello music concert. The Little Girl missed last week's one but we expect to be at tomorrow night's. The funny thing is, that her best friend who also happens to be first violin as well went home sick this week so they may still not have the full compliment of violinists in their part.

Hello basketball finals, for the Big Girl that is, not me. She had her last match of the season on Saturday and they've finished fourth.

Hello clean study ... the deadline is Saturday.

Hello Monday. Inspired by Amy, originating here.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

This week's links ...

1. Great websites for kids.

2. Really beautiful DIY paper orchids.

3. I don't fold my sheets but just roll them up in a big bundle and put them on the top shelf of the wardrobe in the whichever room they belong. This would probably not work if I kept them in the linen cupboard as a whole shelf of messy bundles would be an eyesore, one per wardrobe is not too much in my opinion. I may, at one time, have pinned "how to fold a fitted sheet", but since then I've decided I just don't care enough to fold them. It seems I'm not the only one. In spite of my resolution not to care, I still found myself sympathetic to Doghouse Diaries take on folding fitted sheets.

4. These lollipop trees are really cute, would be fabulous for a kids party.

5. Planning a Vegetable Garden. I always intend to make and follow a plan but when it comes time I usually just push seeds in wherever I feel like at the time. Maybe this year will be different? The vegetable garden is in quite a prominent position in our new garden so I'll have to make a reasonable effort to get it looking good.

Monday, August 20, 2012

No one can keep going at a frantic pace forever ...


Hello Athletics after she spent Sunday in bed with a cold.

Hello Couch because she really wasn't well and flaked out as soon as she got home.

Hello Hoping she'll be OK for her music concert tomorrow. Thankfully she had her Tournament of the Minds presentation on the weekend so she can have her lunchtimes and Sunday afternoons back.

Hello Thermals pulled from the bag of ski clothes so I could make it through spectating at the athletics all day.

Hello Computer after our tech fast over the weekend.

Hello Books of the accounting variety, time to finish last year's financials.

Hello Lego Movies made by The Boy using Stop Motion Studio for iPad.

Hello Monday, inspired by Amy, originating here.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

This week's links ...

Just an ordinary day this week, we'd been for a haircut, picked up some chicken for dinner and were heading back to the car. The Boy was telling me story and his eyes lit up as he looked up with a smile on his face and I was hit in that moment with that joy that leaves you speechless ... goodness, beauty ... the feeling of rightness (is that a word?) ... it does that sometimes.

This year I committed to the 1000 Joy Dare and although there's been days and sometimes weeks where I forget to recognise the good and give thanks, I've kept going and am up to 511 good things ... there's more than that of course but these on the ones I've recorded.

The good, beauty, God ... which leads me to this week's first link ...

1. On the Praise of Beautiful Women

2. Gorgeous printable gift tags.

3. Love these party thank-yous

4. Site with heaps of free printables for kids.

5. Cursive fonts - I love using cursive fonts and there's some good ones here.

6. Hubby will be opening a foundry in Jinhua soon, so this story of one inspiring lady caught my eye, although it's tragic that she had to rescue those babies in the first place.

7. Raising successful children.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

This week's links ...

1. When you're feeling inadequate due to the fabulousness of other people's comings and goings, makings and doings on the internet you can go and look at my study again ... or go read The Thing About Pinterest. (Pinterest may be my go to when I'm looking to procrastinate so it partly explains the state of my study.)

2. Testing 10 Ways to Get Rid of Flies - they've done the hard work so you don't have to. Down at Pt Lonsdale my dad and brother use these really stinky fly traps. They smell disgusting and when they are full of dead flies and need emptying are gag enducing. They are so bad I don't think I would be able to empty them without vomiting. Luckily my brother has an outdoor toilet so the boys pop over there to empty them ... they really work though. So if you don't have some men to empty fly traps for you you may want to try some lavender candles.

3. Praying for Kids - with printable of virtues to pray for.