Saturday, July 30, 2011

In the garden

Today my veg patch has provided its last lunch to the local wild birds!
Because I have taken matters into my own hands!
By making a baby scare crow.
Sam helped with this, mostly by telling me how cute it looked rather than scary
But I’m hoping the birds will think it’s one of my kids playing in the yard & stay away.
Well here iám stance!
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Friday, July 29, 2011

On my mind

School lunches
This morning I could have lost my mind,
I cooked all day Wednesday things for the freezer including zucchini slice for Sam’s lunch box, when I offered her some for a try she refused!
O.k. you’re nearly 5 I get it...
I had in mind left over roast nice & warm in her thermos bowl for lunch today but last night I didn’t think to save any potatoes Grrrr
No bread...o.k. I got out the bread maker how do you work this thing I had to ask hubby!
Many hours later we had a brick Grrrr.
O.k I took out pasta sauce from the freezer for spaghetti bolognas that I left on the bench all night....
Only to wake up to a nice little container of hot tomato sauce smelling out my kitchen Grrrr.
So I just made her pickets for lunch! As there is a sugar rule at Sam’s school I couldn’t then add a piece of cake I so lovingly stocked my freezer with to her lunch box, so I stood at the pantry for a further 10 minutes racking my sleepy head for lunch box ideas.
So on my mind today is full proof lunch box ideas for my stock cupboard or freezer assuming I remember to defrost it properly!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Winter Wednesday

When the due is covering the ground
I know it’s going to be a good day, a day wearing jeans & a turtle neck jumper, sitting watching the due melt from across my kitchen table with a warm cup of tea in my hands.
But today,
On this winter Wednesday I have big plans of cooking all day
& I’ll be sporting the traditional footwear of winter,
 My pink Slippers! 

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Back to school

Back to school!
Well my whole family came down with Gastro yuck!
3 days of the washing machine & clothes dryer going none stop...
Today Sam is back to school somehow I managed to make her a pillow for rest time in between my last loads of washing so she is all set.
I have the whole day to scrap the house back into shape what fun!
Some kitchen fun.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

On my mind

On my Mind today is
My daughter is 5 next month
She lives like a 15 year old!
When she’s at school I re-set her home corner, make her bed & put everything into its rightful place.
But its school holiday’s.......
Oh were did I go wrong?




Little girl.....

Make so.......
Much mess?
                                            This is what I’m faced with today,
Wish me luck!
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011


“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy”
“I’m Grateful for baby monitors”
At 4:45am this morning
I heard my 13 month old
Gulp or so I thought!
When I went to see he was in fact
Chocking on his, own vomit!
After a few hours & only yellow boil coming up
I flew him to the Doctors.
So you see
I'm very grateful today for
Baby monitors
My son
Ricky sleeping on the floor next to me.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Winter Wednesday

Living in Perth we don’t get Snow during winter.
But we do get hot summers.....
I love to garden in winter
The crisp wether
The chances of what you’re planting will survive!
& gardening in the rain...
 A little drizzle reminds you its winter & you don’t have to water in the plant’s ;)
Grow little Peas
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New old

I just love new old,
(Something old that’s new to me)
I went op shopping for curtains only to spot this beauty,
My husband lost his key’s & wallet the other day running around like a man with his head ready to explode I took a woman’s look & found his keys in the pocket of the last pair of paint he was wearing!
So when I found this lovely little cabinet that was clearly meant for a kitchen,
I thought that will sort him out! Some were to put key’s & wallet.
Let’s just hope he uses it!
Underneath is the hooks we hang our bag’s on behind the door, it has occurred to me I haven’t done a tour in a while so I will do that of the lounge room this week.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Home is were the heart is.

I have a thousand thing’s to do today, still have to go to the butcher’s, make a library run before Sam run’s out of breath reminding me, & pay a bill this is what needs to be done out of the home & anyone who has had to get a baby in & out of a car 2 or 3 times knows the challenges that lay a head in such a simple task, if all goes well I want to get into the only op shop I missed yesterday I’m looking for thick curtains for my laundry yes, yes I know mildew anyone! But there is method in my madness I’m trying to save power in heating, the home losses most of its heat by the windows or in our case 2 big glass sliding doors on the same side of the house as our house is tiled it’s like walking on ice at times & together with an open laundry the centre of our home is cold my plan is to do one door at a time depending on budget.
I have the biggest ping-pong game ever to play when I return back home ping-pond as in walking back & forwards from one room to anther with an arm full of everyone’s crap that I have to re-distribute back to its rightful homes.
But even though the house is falling apart & I’ll be going nuts by the time I’m getting the boy back in the car for one last trip, I’m looking forward to my day. I walked around my back yard yesterday thinking up ideas for extra veg patches,
& planning idea’s in my head for things I found in the shed (extra shelf’s & such)
Because I have come to the realisation that this is our home not our forever home nor will the next house we pick possibly be but were ever we are were ever we return to at the end of a long tiering day is home, so by putting up a curtain here & a shelf there & digging in an extra veg patch is only going to make us feel more sucere in the knowledge that the old saying’s really are true “home is where the heart is”.
If I can offer that to my children the gift of holding their home in there hart no matter where it is than that’s a gift for life, as we don’t want our children to play the game of keeping up with the Jones going into hock for the latest & top modal of everything, we want them to work smart not harder than they have to, be self sufficient, think for them self’s & create a home that they want to be in that is welcoming no matter the price tag or location or who you live next to (yer Kristi ;)
But for all of this I must set that example as children learn from their parents.
So as you can see I have a thousand things to do today so I better get started,
Have a good day everyone.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

What the F#%!



Thursday, July 14, 2011

On my mind

Frugal Friday

On my mind today is meal planning in order to do the grocery shopping tomorrow without the children!
I’m sifting through the pantry to see what meals I already have, looking through cook books for ideas & making a list.
Shopping list
Milk x4
Olive oil
 I’m going to be making each dish work for two meals i.e.: Left over roast, shredded with salad in tortillas.
Or zucchini slice for dinner then lunch the next day.
You get the pitcher!
I did this last month & apart from a few runs to the fruit & veg market it worked well I spent $264 for the month which is $66 per week not bad for a family of 4 I think.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011


While we were away in June Sam spent her saved money on what I like to call over priced land fill!
A large plastic bag with strategically placed little toys from the movie tangled.
So to extend her play & make these little bits of crap stay in favour for a little longer before I’m fishing a piece out of her brothers mouth or finding them under the bed,
We decided to recycle daddy’s new work boot box into a tower for rapunzel to live in.

You see what i'm talking about little bits of crap!

Better than living under the bed i think.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Winter Wednesday

Winter Wednesday
On the school holidays
Is best spent
In your Flannelette pyjamas
  On the couch under a blanket
Watching a movie.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

At least for today.

  Well it’s been a long couple of days my baby had a bad flu which meant no sleep no time to do anything including the washing which I’m fighting my way through now,
Ricky slept till 9am today so I feel his on the other side of this thing so I’m making the most of the time.
I did sit down to re-do my budget thinking we can get this school bill sorted out with me working,  I rang work to get my hours that i would do after the school holidays only to find out there is just not enough work to give me set hours so unless there is a qualified sick or on leave I will not have work...OMG
But as the boy sleeped last night so did I & that has made me feel positive.
At least for today.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

On my mind

On my mind

On my mind today, all day I fear
Is the school holidays!
My daughter’s school was out on Tuesday
But I took on a position of carering for a special needs child at work till her new carer start’s next week.
So Sam has been coming to work with me lucky we are in the kindy room.
But I will not be working on the school holidays
(One of my many demands in going back to work)
So as of 3pm today when the kid’s & I walk out of work it’s school holidays & I can’t wait play date’s, gardening, cooking, hug’s & kiss’s throughout the day... for two weeks.
Enjoy your children while there little
I hear it’s over in just a flash!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Winter Wednesday

Winter Wednesday
 It’s a cold wintery morning,
The deep dark outside my kitchen window throws my reflection back at me,
Reminding me that winter is really here,
I just love it,
Because inside
The gentle, reassuring glow of the lamps,
Warm’s my sole!
On this winter Wednesday.
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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Strong sense

I have a strong sense of urgency to get things done.
A sense that things could have been done before now,
A sense that I have wasted time wallowing in my own self pity,
A sense that I’ve been wasteful of time with my family,
A sense that I’ve been wasteful of time just being in my home.

I feel overwhelmed with my responsibilities.
Overwhelmed with house work,
Overwhelmed with going back to work,
Overwhelmed with the lack of time I have in the day to get everything done.
Overwhelmed with the amount of gardening building up, this being winters only down fall is the amount of weed’s popping up.
Overwhelmed with trying to make everything work!

I’m Thankful for my family, my children, and my husband.
I’m thankful that I have time to be with my children.
I’m thankful that my husband will help with the house work.
I’m thankful that I’m reminded of my love for gardening.
I’m thankful that I’m not alone in trying to make it all work.
I’m thankful that I feel that I’m on the other side of wallowing in my own self pity.
I’m thankful I have the opportunity to go back to work when my family needs me to.
I’m thankful even more so that I don’t have to work permanently.
I’m thankful that even though the world is a mixing bowl of feelings that run around my head throughout the day & even the night this two will pass
& as we say in this house
“If it’s not one thing it’s your mother”!

Sorry mum!