Sunday, November 30, 2008
And it only took about 2 hours!
Last year I had put the lights into snap lock bags so they were easy to do, the decorations are on & the wreath is on the door & other favourite items are placed around the house.
It looks decidedly christmassy around here!
Chris even got out the ladder & put up some outdoor lights (some didn't work so I had to return them which was disappointing & annoying)
I can't wait til dark now to try them out. It will never compete with the Griswalds but it will nice for us this year.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I've cleared a space in the lounge room for the tree & tomorrow Erin & I will dust off the deco's & have some fun.
Note to self - it IS fun untangling metres of lights
Chris & I got some more presents sorted today & after yesterday I feel like it will all come together, I just have to find a new hiding spot as the previous ones are blown!
I'm trying a new white Christmas recipe I saw on The Cook & the Chef, I had the craisins,figs,white chocolate, glucose syrup & pistachios but no rice bubbles! so I'll finish it tomorrow.
Step 1 today, see the finished product tomorrow
Friday, November 28, 2008
Met with big sis & little sis at the Olive Grove in Ballarat for lunch (Yum!) & a catch up. We were able to nut out the KK & get some ideas for the kids. On the drive home I had some brainwaves & tried to keep them in my head until I could write them down!
The Olive Grove is a small but popular deli style cafe with nice food & lots of gourmet treats to tempt you, I wanted the star shaped Christmas cake & the very cute mini puddings but settled for some choc coated coffee beans to take home. (One year a friend had some of those under her tree & their little dog thought they would be good to eat & then ran around in circles manic for the whole day!)
I have a few 'wants' this Christmas - perfume, jewellery, a jacket for motorbike riding,maybe the Big Shot thing I saw in Lincraft, I've been good, I deserve all these things don't I? What I would really like is .....a surprise (attention Chris - no dustbusters thanks!)
Thought I'd leave you with the view from our front door the other night, very pretty.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
the red & greens
Some of the christmas cards I have made this year, the first year I'll be sending hand made cards. I've done about 40 and hope to write in them this weekend ready to post.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sweet Erin has been learning origami at school & made this Christmas box for me from some older papers I had in my stash, will make a nice teachers gift don't you think?
I had a really hectic Tuesday & I wanted to finish a presentation I am giving tomorrow afternoon to the ward staff. I barely had time to have a drink all day & ate lunch on the run! So I hope I can pull it together in the morning or it might be a very short inservice!
Monday, November 24, 2008
This LO is one I put together last night. I've been thinking about Mum & all the clothes she made in her lifetime & how as a child I did not appreciate it at the time. Mum made all of ours & her own clothes & knitted up a storm & she was a stickler for matched patterns & straight hems. Hayley has started making some clothes for herself, starting with simple skirts with a zip. I am no use to her as I never had the patience to learn how to sew much more than a straight line!
This little gold number is her latest creation, don't look closely at the seams but she has worked it all out by herself & done a great job.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
The bonus was it was perfect weather to stay indoors & finish off a couple of layouts I started at Louises yesterday.
This photo is only 11 years old!! but I like this shot of Mum with the kids taken at Erin's christening.
These photos of Chris are even older, taken just before I met him. He was only 19 when he 'passed out' of the army & he is holding his neice, Jenna.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
It would be nice if I could manage that every day, do tuna patties count???
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I think I'll watch Project Runway & go to bed early.
PS Louise, if you don't leave me a message I'm not coming on Fri!!!LOL
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
A new program is being implemented in the Nursing Home of our local hospital where I work, I don't work in aged care but I feel that parts of this program have benefits for us all.
The underlying message from the 'Spark of Life' program is about igniting or reigniting the human spirit by encouraging everyones potential with deep insight into emotional needs & skills to achieve excellence.
I liked that line "igniting the human spirit", it seems to be an inspired way to treat the elderly. If nursing homes can adopt this philosophy then maybe these places need not be 'god's waiting rooms'.
I feel that this is a powerful message & wonder how I could incorporate this into my life (and my scrapbook pages), my work & my family.
Nursing is about caring for people but you don't have to work in a hospital to do so. Its nice to have a reminder now & then that everyone benefits from feeling valued, included & loved.
On a sightly less reflective & serious note, I love these pics of Chris with each of our newborns, who came into our lives in 1988, 1991 & 1997. Each baby has added something different to our lives & now that they are longer babes they continue to challenge (and enrich) us as parents.
Boy I did waffle on didn't I?! Thanks for looking, Jo
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I made these mini rosewater pavlovas today to use up some eggs that Jenny had passed on from her chooks. Don't they look delicious!
I have almost finished another LO using 3 photos of Chris with our newborns, it will be very sweet when its done. I often find I will 3/4 finish the page & if I leave it for a little while it will come to me if it needs something else.
I also bought the latest Family Circle magazine & have been poring over it. It is packed with Christmas recipes, most of which appeal to me to try. I have a dedicated Christmas recipe book which has my true favourites added to it. A good recipe will make it to the book for future use, and now the book is over flowing! Its one of the things I love about Christmas - yummy treats just for Christmas (most often made with a child helper) .I will probably buy 2 or 3 more mags to check out their Christmas recipes as well, I can't help myself!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I liked the look of the clouds this morning so I had to snap this shot.
That's what I love about my digital camera, you can take random photos, anything that takes your fancy, you can take 100 shots of the same thing & delete the ones that didn't turn out, you just have to remember where you've stored them on the computer & hope you have a computer whiz handy to help you find them when you 'lose' them! (luckily I have a couple on hand)
Hayley is devastated that Polaroid film is no longer being made, her Polaroid camera was a bargain find at an op shop & she has had fun playing with this format & done some very arty shots with it.
Still no rain out of that promising cloud.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Chris & I rode over to Mt Macedon Memorial Cross today to join about 250 Ulyssians in a Remembrance Ride. This was our first 'big' ride with the club, and quite an experience. Once we got up to the cross they had a short service to honour the members who had 'ridden on' in the past 12 months, ie died. There were quite a few names from around the country, most of them had succumbed to cancer, heart disease or old age ( you have to be over 40 to join as a 'junior member')
Riding in a large group like that is quite slow, the 200+ bikes of all makes & models would have been quite a sight as we roared up the mountain & took over the carpark.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Erica & I 'volunteered' to hand out lollipops, information packs & act as character minders in the big parade with ugly green T-shirts & hats. There were hundreds(?maybe thousands? it seemed like a lot) of people lining the route to see local schools, CFA, hot rod cars, marching girls, pipers a piping etc, in the parade. I think there were about 45 participants with around 30 of those on 'floats'. It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be.
Our unit manager Mandy was dressed as Sid the Seagull & was a good sport about the whole thing & our CEO dressed up as monkey & really played the part!
I just wonder what the onlookers who got our goody bag will think, hopefully some people who need our service will get the message.
Friday, November 7, 2008
I came home to the ravages of a dust storm that had hit big time.
I rounded up the outdoor setting chairs & cushions that were migrating down the road, salvaged a snapped pear tree, collected other peoples rubbish that had landed & cleaned up an inch of dust that had crept in under the doors & windows YUK! Everything is gritty... Grrrr. And we hadn't even had any rain (I'm beginning to take this personally!)
Nessa rang & invited me to a Postie party so I popped out with her for a nice catch up & giggle with the girls. Sometimes when things happen impromptu it's nicer than a planned event. Anyway it finally rained while we were out (I just checked the gauge) - 6mls!!! That should wash away some of the dust.
( I think I'll have to get a side career at the weather bureau to justify this tragic relationship I'm having with my rain gauge).
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Back to the regular world tomorrow.
Monday, November 3, 2008
This layout is a day in the life of Erin, an ordinary day, a typical day, on a lazy sunday.
I've been trying to finish this layout for ages & finally its done. I've done 2 layouts today after my lovely sleep in. It feels like another lazy sunday so I was surprised when the postie zoomed past. Erin & I baked today (cheesecake & chocolate spiders) & she painted a masterpiece.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
My clever husband is fixing our laptop. He had to order a small part from the US & fiddle with soldering tiny bits today so we can charge up the battery. He has been out in his shed working away at his workbench pulling the whole thing apart to get to the circuit board. He is amazing.
He has fixed cars, washing machines, dishwashers, the central heating unit, airconditioner, an amplifier and saved us hundreds of dollars in repair bills. He has built pergolas, fences, dollhouses & furniture. He hasn't had any formal training in any of these things he just picks things up easily & (mostly) enjoys doing it. At least if he fixes lots of different things it justifies all the tools he has, that's his story any way.
He just looks goofy when he's doing it!