Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Whilst I was having my hair cut today I was reminded of something my mother always used to say when she saw a new haircut.
"The back looks really nice"
The sensitive part of me always took that to mean the back view was better than the front!
The hairdresser today also told me that she thought the back looked really good, & now that Cal has taken a photo of the rear view I want to run down the shops & get another hair dye!
I had a lovely day off today, the sun was shining & the weather was mild. I was able to throw open the windows & get lots of little jobs done. The beautiful day has really boosted my mood & I feel very organised for the week ahead.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
After our lovely bike ride today I took the girls down to the 'Pick your own' strawberry farm to get some lovely fresh strawberries. At $8 per kilogram I was worried our tally would come to about $20! but we managed to restrain ourselves & come away with some really fresh delicious berries.
The strawberry farm is located at the end of the Avenue of Honour in Bacchus Marsh & seems to be a thriving business. The sweet aroma on a warm, sunny day was heavenly.
Erin brought her new friend Laura along with us. Laura is new to her school & now sits next to her in the same grade & happens to have moved in right next door! I am lucky to have Erin's two closest friends very close by (Tayla lives across the street!) It will feel like good luck as long as they are all getting along, girls are pretty fickle & this friends utopia may not be permanent. The other down side is the constant questioning for sleepovers, which I have put off until the holidays. I find if Erin has a sleepover on a weekend she doesn't get the refreshment she needs to face another week at school.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I hope that it helped, it wasn't a big ask, pretty easy actually.
Some people may say turning off the lights for an hour won't do anything but I did anyway.
I saw this on another blog today, originally credited to Mother Theresa, it resonated with me, the go for it attitude.
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will forget tomorrow;Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis,it is between you and God;It never was between you and them anyway.
So choose to be happy! Choose to ignore the negative, the doubters. Go for it!!!!
Friday, March 27, 2009
I raced home to add a few finishing touches & photograph the layouts & upload. I am quite happy with my results, so here they are...
One for Erin, of her recent sports day & all her efforts in the running races.
One for Hayley, from a night in 2000 when she, Lucy & David dressed up & performed.
Another for Erin, from our Grampians holiday when we visited the wildlife park & got to hand feed the animals.
And lastly one for me, a blast from the past. In 1979 my sisters & I had portrait shots done as a Christmas present for our parents.
There is a definite trend here, an obsession for flowers!
Hayley was quite upset last night because her besty Lucy was in a car accident, thankfully she wasn't hurt but her car is a wreck. It has shaken Hayley, it could have been much worse & she doesn't want to think about that!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
A funky tree, a couple of fabric yo-yos & some felt mixed up with Kathleen's inspiration makes for quite a cute layout I think.
Otherwise just spinning my wheels doing the weekly routine of work/school/meals/laundry/dishes/blah blah blah.
Hope your week is smooth sailing,
Monday, March 23, 2009
I have a weeny crush on Ewan McGregor.
I think he is really handsome & rugged, & whilst I don't always think all of his movies are fabulous, I enjoy him regardless. I particularly liked his motorbike adventures with Charley Boorman through Russia & Africa. (Have you seen him in Miss Potter?)
So when I saw that he is endorsing Davidoff's new fragrance aptly called 'Adventure' I thought I had to try it.
I caught a whiff of Adventure on the weekend & it smells divine - on a man. I bought some today, when I was in the big city for a forum, for my Ewan/Chris.
Chris can dab some on & I can lie back & think of England oh..er..um..of ?Scotland & an adventurer named Ewan.
PS I have this ad inside my locker so I can have a little dose of, sigh, Ewan everyday.
What fragrance on a man does it for you?????
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I think the house is currently inhabited, what was that saying...Don't judge a book by its cover, its probably is magnificent inside, I didn't want to linger too long out the front.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Our children are growing up & becoming independant, & it feels quite strange.
Erin went to a friends house to play this afternoon & then rang to ask if she could stay for dinner.
Hayley has gone down to the pub with a girlfriend & Cal is going out to a friends house.
Each child goes out the door with a similiar but unique set of parental instructions...have fun, use your manners, be safe, be careful, don't drink too much, don't do drugs, be careful, don't get into any trouble, ring me if you need a lift home, be careful.
So I'm sitting here wondering how I got to this point. It's a good (inevitable) thing that they are growing up & I'll keep telling myself that until I believe it.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
They even won first prize in the scarecrow building contest at the recent local Harvest Festival.
Erin bought home this carrot from the last crop
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Either way I loved Barbie when I was a little girl & longed for clothes for her from the shop, not appreciating the handmade clothes our Mother painstakingly made in the days before velcro.
My daughters both loved playing Barbie & Erin still likes to even though some very slutty Bratz dolls have tried to encrouch on Barb's territory, some tough Action Men have tried to muscle in too.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar also celebrated a 40th anniversary, that's a lot of munching through colourful pages. Its a delightful book & you can learn more aboutEric Carle here.
My older sister & her husband celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary also.
Bridesmaid fashion is timeless isn't it.....ISN'T IT!!!???!!!
Monday, March 16, 2009
I would like to say I whipped these layouts up in no time...but that would be a lie.
Sometimes my crafty thing is agony. It should be a pleasurable pastime but sometimes when the creative juices aren't flowing I need to walk away for a little while. I usually end up happy with the end result but it feels wrong to want to fast forward the process.
These are not particularly complex but I can make things quite complicated, dragging out the choices of paper, photo placement, which embellishments to use, whether or not to use some stamps....blah blah blah.
So here they are, I'm going with the less is more theory.
I won't even go into the 4th layout, it may never see the light of day in its current form, I dislike it even more now that I am home from Louises & am going to pull it apart.
Maybe if a certain sister would scrap with me instead of sewing (!) the results would improve!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
In the 800 metre event Erin started off strong
Then she walked for a bit
Then she ran a bit more
800 metres is a long way.
Then she ran a 200m & a 100m dash. Athletics aren't her thing but she had a go & earned a few points for her house.
In the end Hilton came out on top & I got a little sunburned watching all the action!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Ever had a giggle that you share your name with a professor or a published author or a whale saving greenie?
Well next time google 'unfortunately Jo' but insert your name & have a giggle at the result.
Fortunately Pip suggested this meme as a bit of fun.
Here what is unfortunate for Jo...
Unfortunately, Jo has been left with a lot of medical expenses she will be struggling to cover
Unfortunately, (Liu) Jo does not have an online shop.
Unfortunately, Jo has has completed Supernanny in the UK
Unfortunately for Jo, his owners moved him to the side of a road because they were unable to keep him in their house anymore
Unfortunately Jo very rarely responds directly to people's posts
Unfortunately Jo no longer models
Unfortunately, Jo now suffers from an undiagnosed illness that stops her from working
Unfortunately, (Mary) Jo doesn't dig for any dirt
I'm all good
Monday, March 9, 2009
I should have painted my door
No-one was picking their own strawberries
Seems to be a golden arches every few kilometres
On the Westgate freeway approaching the city, I'm glad I don't have to commute into the city each day for work
I saw some pretty homes
and some old ones
and some ugly flats
We ended up in Williamstown with what seemed like the entire population of Melbourne.
I liked this view of the Westgate bridge with all the masts in between
A latte, a stretch of the legs & off home again
Not a great pic but that is supposed to be the wire 'sculpture' that hangs near the Westgate freeway. This also marks the spot where you have to hold your nose because the pong is unbelievable!
Grrr Australia Post truck...I'm still cross about my non-delivered parcel but I suppose it is a public holiday today & that driver is working
This is actually the back wall of home units that have been built right up against the Westgate Freeway
Back on the highway with a full tank
Winding through Anthony's Cutting
Back past the market gardens with their rows of cauliflower. I don't know what they grow in those rows but it always looks like cauli
Back past the fruit stalls in the Avenue of Honour