Saturday, August 31, 2013

This week's links ...

1. I made this slow cooker lamb yesterday and it was a winner with everyone and very easy (win from me). I made the spicier version.

2. The first set of these PL freebies may come in handy for scrapping August.

3. I love these gorgeous pages documenting her kids rooms in a PL insert.

4. I also love this IKEA hack bedside table ... I'm seriously considering something like this for the spare room/study (currently the Little Girl's room because it's on the ground floor. The Exchange Student swapped rooms with her.)

5. And I pinned this Superhero wall art that I plan to print out for our PL to celebrate The Boy and the stellar job he has done looking after his sister since she got out of hospital (not to mention the gorgeous card he made for her). He's been fetching food and whatever she needs with a smile ... I've been very impressed.

Friday, August 30, 2013

2013 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt

So I decided to do Rinda's Scavenger Hunt, but don't expect that I'll finish ... although I make lists I rarely complete them ... and I'm fine with that because I do more than I would have if I didn't have the lists at all. I thought I'd give an update on how I'm going and hopefully find a couple more before the 21st September.

1.   Open air market

2.   Theater for performing arts (not a movie theater)

3.   City Hall, Capitol or other similar civic building

4.   Airplane


If you look carefully you can see the group of skydivers heading off ... something I will never be doing ... and I mean NEVER!

5.   A sunset

We had a series of gorgeous sunsets at our place in July, this was one of them.

6.   Someone or something taking a nap

7.   A sign that is intentionally or unintentionally funny


At Sovereign Hill I found these intentionally funny signs for sale.

8.   A tower

This is the tower of the Port of Queenscliff, nothing inside but some pretty good views of the surrounding area.

9.   A photo with someone or something that is clearly out of place or doesn't belong

We went and visited my sister-in-law and her llama was on the wrong side of the fence, in the neighbour's property so the first order of business was to encourage it back into it's own paddock.

10.  A bench that is outside

11.  An animal in a zoo, aquarium, nature preserve, etc.

I think this qualifies, it was in the nature preserve for the penguins. Unfortunately you're not allowed to photograph the penguins otherwise I would have done that.

12.  A cloud in the shape of something (please specify what you see)

13.  A fence

14.  A stained glass object or a mosaic

15.  A fire truck or police car

If you look in the distance behind The Boy you can see the lights from some of the five trucks that were called out to the fire about 8 doors down from us. We decided to keep our distance and let the firemen do their stuff.

16.  A windmill 

17.  Candle(s)

Candles on The Big Girl's birthday cake.

18.  Your local pub/bar, coffee house or tea shop

19.  A fisherman

This fisherman was on the pier at Cowes.

20. A dinosaur

21.  A photograph of you with an artistic tool or craft supply (you cannot substitute for this item)

Bonus/substitute items.  If you find any of the above items too difficult, feel free to substitute either (or both) of these items.  You can substitute up to two items, but you cannot substitute Item #21:
A person wearing an outfit (or item of clothing) that symbolizes your country
A sundial

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Time to count gifts ...

When you get the phone call from Mt Buller medical centre that your Little Girl is there with a suspected broken leg, can they have permission to administer morphine so they can take her boot off ...

You give thanks for helmets, for the 3 ski patrol members were passing on the lift above as she crashed and arrived within minutes, for the skill of the doctors in the medical centre who prepared her leg for travel with  a back slab to prevent any further problems of constriction in the muscles.

When just have to wait while your Little Girl makes the long 4 hour journey off the mountain and down to the RCH ... when everything inside you is crying that you should be with your Little Girl ...

You give thanks that your friend is riding the whole way with her and advocated on my Little Girl's behalf to go to RCH ... not Benalla or Wangaratta ... and the skill of the paramedics who kept my Little Girl comfortable.

When you're in emergency and you've just signed consent forms for GAMP, pins, plates and slits in the side of her leg in case of pressure build up ... when the Little Girl is crying off and on for 45mins after the doctor as seen her because she's finally realised how serious the injury is and just what it might mean for the next 3-6 months ... when you keep getting bumped from surgery until at 12am they finally call it a night and reschedule for the following afternoon ...

You give thanks (selfishly) that your Little Girl is not in as serious a condition as the children that bumped her ... that we live in an age when we have access to good pain medication ...

When you wait and wait until finally at 7:30pm she goes into theatre ...

You don't know whether to give thanks that she was on the emergency list which meant she was bumped for the more urgent cases but she still gets to go into surgery even though it's after 7pm.

And when the doctors are finished ...

You give thanks that they got away with just the GAMP. That she hasn't started growing yet, which gives her the best long term outlook.

And the next day when the plaster is too heavy to lift and we're working through how to get her home.

You give thanks for the hospital rental department that supplies us with wheelchair and all the other bits and pieces we'll be needing, plus the input of physio and OT to help with it all.

And when you have a Little Girl that has been so brave but has just about had enough ...

You give thanks for whoever bandaged up Bluey's left leg while they were both in theatre...


And a bright green plaster that can bring a smile to her face.


When you've slept two nights in the hospital and your Little Girl is totally dependent on others ...

You give thanks for family and friends who drop everything to lend a hand.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Enjoying ...


Spring Blossoms.
 Our last Magnolia flower that blew away in the wind yesterday.
 Lunch at Brunetti's in Carlton. Admiring the gorgeous fit out and leaving with some takeaway. 
Jobs done. Fruit trees espaliered (well as much as we could this first year.)

Saturday, August 17, 2013

This week's links ...

1. Another free download from CZ - Instagram Cards

2. Remove labels from glass bottles ... if I did this maybe my my glass jars of homemade BBQ sauce wouldn't have half peeled off strawberry jam labels on them.

3. In this PL post she has a good way to include some of those photos the kids snap that you might want to include but there's a lot of them.

4. Some lovely PL cards.

5. Homemade vanilla extract.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Our Month in Numbers: July

Brought to you by Julie, you can join in with your own numbers at her blog

So that's my page for our album. This was the first month that Julie gave us all something to count ... well two things ... the first I included on my page above (# of photos) ... the second was the number of things in your bag and my graphic design was never going to accommodate that, but I thought it would be a good opportunity to clear out my hand bag ...

4 reusable supermarket bags
5 bandaids
1 pen
1pkt tissues
1 letter to the kids orthodontist, which was supposed to be posted to them before the appointment in July ... no wonder they hadn't received it when we were there.
Details of my cousin to send flowers to after her mum died (did that).
A piece of paper with the account numbers of the four bank accounts I closed before the end of June.
The address I dropped The Exchange student off to before her social.
A ticket to the school music concert.
Lego foreman.
Loose change floating in the bottom of my bag: $7.85
A $10 voucher to Myers.
A postcard from Kiitos in Barwon Heads.
Confirmation of The Boy's Term 3 swimming lessons.
4 bank deposit confirmation slips.
2 kids church activity cards.
Information sheet for the swimming Club Sundays.
Ziploc bag of foreign coins that I was going to drop in to the unicef tin at the foreign exchange office in Camberwell but forgot (meanwhile Hubby has been overseas twice.)
2 church offering envelopes.
3 supermarket receipts.

My wallet which contains:
$5.80 in change.
1 giftcard for groceries and one for petrol.
8 store reward cards.
2 credit cards.
Medicare card.
Medibank card.
Ambulance membership card.
Qantas frequent flyer card.
4 library cards - one for the local library and 3 university libraries.
MIA patient card.
The Boy's soccer registration card.
Swimming Victoria membership card.
RACV membership card.
MYKI card.
Tennis Victoria membership card.
Entry card for the pool.
Tennis club access card.
27 receipts
$50 notes
Organ donor card

... and my bag is much lighter now.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Phillip Island

... we went there the last weekend of July. Mum suggested we take The Exchange Student to see the penguins and I realised that none of us had been either. We decided to do the trip when The Exchange Student's family were out here on holiday. The day started early with The Little Girl's swimming at 5:20am followed by The Boy's soccer match a 9am in Knox. The Exchange Student and family met us at our house and we all drove down to Phillip Island ... we had borrowed Hubby's sister's Discovery so we could all fit in since there were 11 of us. We arrived at Cowes at about 1pm for lunch then a walk on the foreshore.


Next stop was The Nobbies with a stop on the way to pick up our tickets for the penguins.


  No seals today. The blowhole was blowing but only just.


  Next we had a walk and some muffins baked that morning on Woolamai Surf Beach.


We headed back to the penguins by 5pm. We spent a bit extra for Penguins Plus tickets and I think it was definitely worth it ... less people and much closer viewing opportunities. We hung around to watch three large groups of penguins come in then spent a bit of time on the boardwalks watching and listening to them as they settled in to their nests. The boardwalks are situated within the colony.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

This week's links ...

1. We had sunflowers in summer thanks to The Boy and this winter we have pansies and violas. Here's a post on Adding Flowers to your Vegetable Garden.

2. I love Cathy Zielske's simple designs. Here's a free template on her blog.

3. The Herald Sun 100 Books to Read Before you Die ... although they included 50 Shades of Grey, which, due to the comments on the atrocious writing I'll be giving a miss.

4. An article on Decision Fatigue in the NYT. Another reason to get some good routines so that the number of decisions we have to make each day is reduced.

5. DIY Photo Ledge

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Hello August ...

This August we are looking forward to ...

1. Celebrating The Exchange Student's birthday.

2. I start back at uni this weekend.

3. The Little Girl's House Athletics Carnival.

4. School music concert - The Exchange Student plays in the concert band.

5. Melbourne Vic Centre Swimming Meet for The Little Girl.

6. Two Club Sunday swim meets for The Boy and The Little Girl.

7. The Exchange Student's school social.

8. The Little Girl's school music concert.

Moving forward on my list ...

9. Reserve Wolf Hall so I can borrow it again to finish it.

10. I'm falling a bit behind on my PL. This month I want to make sure I have the pages for each month planned and the regular weekly pages finished.

11. Get a handle on this semester's subject. I'm going to need to get started on my assessments early because we'll be away in the school holidays.

12. Finally catch up on my Roman's Project.

13. Make some bread from my pinterest board.

I also need to ...

14. Get new jeans and long sleeve T-shirts (still!!)

15. Finish cleaning the kitchen and also Ethan's room which we are part way through and hang Ethan's sword on his wall.

16. Attend to the vegetable garden.

17. Prune and tie back the fruit trees.

18. Go and buy the plants we need for the garden.