31 Oct 2006

My timezone is out

Daylight savings has started, and I'm taking it hard.

Probably because DH likes to leave for work at 7.10am. Which is actually 6.10am, and I do NOT wish to be alert and showered by that time every darn day.

I've also got the body aches and sore throat, so there might be a bit more to this tiredness than just the time change.

We spent the weekend in Canberra again, and I think this is adding to my tiredness. I hate looking at houses, and travelling 3 hours to get there does not enhance the experience.

In a first for this season, the cicadas have just started up.

I've also been spending some time over the last few days watching a new camera on Africam. So far I've seen some vervet monkeys, zebras, wildebeest and some baboons. Best of all, this camera has sound.

24 Oct 2006

Happy Mail Day

My order arrived from Posh Yarn today. I can't believe I resisted temptation for so long - the yarns are wonderful.

The pink is lace weight 50/50 cashmere silk, the pastel skein is sock weight 50/50 cashmere silk, and the two other skeins are 20/20/60 cashmere silk cotton sock yarn, one of which will be my Mum's Christmas present (unknitted).

We spent lunch time at a park near Hunter's Hill today, which was remarkably bush-like in feel. This feeling was helped by the barbeques supplied - ready to light a fire (not gas or electric.) Both children showed their barbequing genes, attempting to cook an apple and some cornflakes with great enthusiasm.

23 Oct 2006

Meme time - it's my first - be gentle

48 things you could care less about
1. First Name Leah
2. Were you named after anyone? Mym Mum says no, my Dad says Roy Orbison's song.
3. When did you last cry? Reading a birth story on the web last week.
4. Do you like your handwriting? Yes. It's neat and easy to read.
5. What is your favourite lunchmeat? Salami
6. If you were another person would you be friends with you? I don't know.
7. Do you have a journal? Yes, this is it.
8. Do you still have your tonsils? Yes.
9. Would you bungee jump? No.
10. What is your favourite cereal? Muesli. Preferably with lots of fruit and nuts and sesame seeds.
11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Yes.
12. Do you think you are strong? No
13. What is your favourite ice-cream flavour? Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Fortunately, I no longer see it for sale anywhere.
14. Shoe size? 9.
15. Red or pink? Pink
16. What is the least favourite thing about yourself? My body.
17. Who do you miss most? My sister who lives in England.
18. Do you want everyone to send this back to you? I'll just read it on your blogs.
19. What colour pants, shirt and shoes are you wearing? Jeans, khaki tshirt, purple cardigan, black shoes.
20. Last thing you ate? Muesli.
21. What are you listening to right now? My children playing in the lounge room
22. If you were a crayon what colour would you be? yellow
23. Favourite smell? My parent's springtime garden - freesias, jasmine and violets. Heaven.
24. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? A salesperson.
25. The first thing you notice about people you are attracted to? Their smile (or lack of).
26. Do you like who you stole this off? yes
27. Favourite drink? vanilla latte
28. Favourite sport? cricket
29. Eye colour? blue
30. Hat size? large
31. Do you wear contacts? nope, I couldn't be bothered. Glasses here.
32. Favourite food? Currently spicy pide.
33. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings
34. If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be? in a tourist camp in the Okavango Delta in Botswana
35. Summer or winter? I'm more a spring/autumn person.
36. Hugs or kisses? hugs.
37. Favourite dessert? Fresh sponge cake with whipped cream and passionfruit.
38. Who is most likely to respond? don't know
39. Least likely to respond? don't know
40. What books are you currently reading? a book about the Yellowstone Wolves, one of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series and The Wilderness Family by Kobie Kruger. (all are re-reads.)
41. What's on your mouse pad? Don't have one.
42. What did you watch on TV last night? The Real Sea Change
43. Favourite sounds? giggles
44. Rolling Stones or Beatles? Beatles
45. The furthest you have been from home? Probably Scotland.
46. What's your special talent? I can tapdance
47. Where were you born? West Gippsland, Australia.
48. Who sent this to you? I stole it from Meg whose blog I lurk at regularly

21 Oct 2006

Fun FUn FUN

I've been having such a good time tonight. I've been buying music for my iPod. Of course, I'm shocking at remembering songs I have liked, but I'm reading the Australian Music charts and then searching for my old favourites.

Fabulous music from my youth that's joined me tonight;

Especially for You by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan
Heaven is a place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle
Kokomo by the Beach Boys
Final Countdown by Europe
Back for Good by Take That
The Shoop Shoop song by Cher

and some others, but I'm getting a little embarassed.

Next, Rick Astley!

I'm seeing fireworks...

out of my study window. It's freezing cold (well, a top of 18 degrees seems freezing after our hot weeks), so I don't know how much of a crowd will be watching. Eastwood was celebrating the Granny Smith Festival today - this is the place where Mrs Smith bred the first of her apples. I'll be celebrating with an apple pie a bit later.

Fireworks have lost their excitement for me. At the opening of the Sydney Olympics, the firworks set off grass fires. And a couple of years ago, the New Year's Eve fireworks came in the middle of a terrible bushfire crisis. Add to that the enormous cost for such a small time, and I really can't approve.

We've made no decisions on the house hunting front, although I think we're getting closer.

Today, I've offered up my first items (magazines) on Freecycle, and am happy to say they will be picked up tomorrow. I've also sold some old quilting magazines on a quilting list.

And lastly a photo of the children getting ready for bed. DS has taken to saying "SMILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" which means he's too busy talking to smile :)

16 Oct 2006

Spring again

Well, it's Spring again today. Over the weekend, we definitely had Summer - 34 degrees C, hot winds, and over 200 bushfire burning.

It's a relief to have some cool. I think this might be a hot year.

We had a lovely visit with my parents - just hanging out together, and watching the kids swim in our blow up paddle pool. I also introduced them to Ikea - it's one of our favourite outings, and Mum and Dad were amazed. Mum instantly wanted to change every room in their house. We didn't actually buy anything, but did have to pay for parking for the first time, as we stayed a long time.

Saturday morning, my folks took our children to their home, and we drove to Canberra. We saw a lot of houses, and maybe even THE house. It's not perfect - single car garage instead of double, and the owners only bought it in January this year (which is a concern - we can ask why they're selling, but expect the agent would lie if it's something about the house.)

We then drove down the coast, to be in time for bath and bedtime with the kids. We'd driven around 600km that day, as well as viewing 21 houses, and were very tired indeed.

We're back home again now, reading the inspection reports for the house that might be ours, and I'm trying to decide if I really need to go out.... I'm thinking a home day might be nice.

10 Oct 2006

Random thoughts

We're taking things slow here at the puggle house at the moment. It's still school holidays, so our regular story time library visits are not happening. We're not going anywhere special, since school kids are everywhere. We also seem to be content to just stay at home.

Good news - my parents are coming for a visit! They'll be here Thursday morning, and I can't wait. Actually, thinking of their visit, I probably should check out my house, to make sure it's ready for a parental eye. It's much easier to pass this inspection nowadays, since the kids do a fine job of distraction. Not that it's that messy - the surfaces seem to be clearer nowadays. I'm an interested follower of FlyLady. I don't do everything she suggests, but the daily routines are habit now, so that's a win.

We'll also be looking for houses again this weekend. The house I was most interested in on our last trip is under offer, so that's off the possible list.

No pictures today - thanks to Blogger

9 Oct 2006

Socks!


In response to Quiddity's 'show us your socks', here are mine.

I know there's only two pairs, but I only learnt to knit this year, and I'm happy with them. I'm also about half way through my first Jaywalker sock, but have misplaced it, so there's no pic of that.

7 Oct 2006

Sunny Saturday

It was a beautiful day in Sydney today. Just gorgeous. I started the day with a sleep-in, which in this phase of my life means 8am. I then got up to see DH 'cleaning' my desk. Basically just dumping my stuff on the floor. Well, it took me a while to work myself back to happy after that. After I let him know my feelings, that is.

We went shopping at a local outlet centre, since DH was after some new casual clothes. The kids did pretty well, at what is really a fairly boring place for them. Lunch we had gozleme, after watching some Turkish women kneading, constructing and cooking it on the barbeque. Delicious. The shopping centre is built next to a marina, and the kids enjoyed looking at the yachts. They also had a great time chasing away the seagulls.

This afternoon we lounged around the house and backyard, before going to the park.

Tonight, I spent some time with my sewing machine (fanfare please.) I made a new glasses case for my sunglasses, to keep in the car. It's not particularly exciting or pretty, but I saw the need, made a pattern, and solved the problem. And did it all with materials already on hand.

6 Oct 2006

We're going bananas

And that's because we found bananas for only $5.98 a kilogram. Yummo. Australia's banana growing areas were pretty much wiped out by Cyclone Larry earlier in the year, and bananas have been around $13 /kg ever since.

This was just a clearance - I guess they were too ripe and perfect, and too many of them - not a regular price drop, but we're excited anyway.

In other news, my ex-pat sister has announced her pregnancy. Her babe is due to arrive in early April.

I've been plugging away at my knitting, but still haven't finished the baby cardigan. I'm beginning to think my Christmas list was overambitious.

3 Oct 2006

Useful links

Alyson at terribleknitknit has compiled a fabulous list of (mostly free) patterns for socks, lace and small amount of wool needed projects here.

On the topic of knitting, my weekend away involved a lot of knitting. I am really sick of double rib now - the whole baby jumper is double rib. It's actually a cardigan, with a crossover front, and is knit in one piece. I've done both one sleeve, the crossovers, and am moving towards the second sleeve. I'm keen to be finished, so I can start the next holiday project - Haiku , which is worked mainly in garter stitch. I'm also keen to start because the next project is to be knitted in a yarn made of wool and silk, which feels great. The current cardigan is a wool acrylic fuzzy blend.

2 Oct 2006

real estate....

We've returned from a weekend spent in our nation's capital, spent looking at houses. I hate real estate agents. I hate open houses. I hate spending the day driving 200km!!! between open houses and getting a sunburnt arm because the car was too hot with the window up.

On the bright side, we have successfully decided where we want to live. I mean, which suburbs would suit us, not that we've found THE house. Well, actually we did find THE house, perfect in every way except budgetary. And by this I mean it's priced at twice our budget.

On the even brighter side, I got to cuddle my twin nephews. They are growing fast - one is up to 4kg, and the other can roll. They're delicious reminders of why babies are so special. Lucas and Annabelle spent the day with the twins (and their parents and my mum) while we cruised around town. They had a great time. Annabelle gave the babies about 5 million kisses, and was incredibly gentle (she is usually more fearless than gentle.)