30 Mar 2007

A bit of fun...

(Well, that post vanished.... I'll try again.)

to try and make me remember my interesting life, and showing off my world travels.




and Europe;
Who knows, I may leave Australia again one day....
To make your own maps, visit here




29 Mar 2007

Thrilling Thursday

Not so thrilling, actually, but that's typical.


Since my nephew has arrived, and been presented with his quilt, I can now share a photo of the finished piece;

I wish I was close enough to visit and cuddle this little boy. Instead, I'm feeling all jumbled up.
Annabelle decided to stop using nappies this week. The first day she did superbly, with no accidents until I told her father how she'd gone all day, then suddenly a flood. Since then, we've not done so well, but she seems determined. Fair enough, although we may go back into a nappy for tomorrow's 3 hour car trip.
We're off to the coast for the weekend, where we will enjoy the green, green grass of home. We'll also be attending the Relay for Life. I'm not walking (glad I decided not to since my iron related tiredness is still shocking), but I'll be there with my friends, remembering our friend Kim.

28 Mar 2007

Finally some knitting content...

I've been plugging away at my Clapotis, and are finally making some progress. In the middle section, stitches have to be dropped (on purpose!) to form the design. It's been nerve wracking, but I can do it now.


The second shot is purely to show how well the knitting matches my long stem pink roses. Before you conclude DH is being romantic, I won them from a Woolies Dove competition. I'm enjoying them, anyway.
In other news, my sister gave birth on Monday, and we have welcomed another baby boy into our family. Quite bizarre, having so many boys around. I have two sisters, each of us have 2 living children. There are 5 boys, and 1 girl.

26 Mar 2007

100 Books Meme

Original instructions: If you want to play along, simply take the list below, paste it into your own blog, put READ next to those you’ve read, WANT TO next to those you are interested in, AGAIN & AGAIN next to those you’ve read and can’t stop, and leave blank those you don’t care to read and “MEH” for stuff you read and weren’t impressed by.


1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) Read - Meh
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) Read
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) Read
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) Read
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien) Again and Again
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien) Again and Again
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien) Again and Again
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) AGAIN AND AGAIN
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) AGAIN AND AGAIN
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling) AGAIN and again
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) read - MEH.
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling) AGAIN and again
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) READ
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling) AGAIN and again
17. Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling) AGAIN
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) read
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien) again and again
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) AGAIN
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) READ
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) READ
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell) READ
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley) Read
.36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay) Read
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel) Again and Again
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. The Bible AGAIN AND AGAIN
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas).
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt) Read
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) Read
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald) Read
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling) AGAIN and again
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough) READ
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) Read
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolsoy) READ
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) Read
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding) READ
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell) Read
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. Tigana (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving) read
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) READ
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen) READ
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams) READ
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer) read
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding) READ
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum) READ
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton) READ
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford) read
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

I got it from rooruu.

While I've read quite a lot of these books, I think it's mainly the childrens books, or the trashier side of things. Maybe I'll have to resolve to read more quality writing, rather than the fantasy books I've been dipping into lately.

25 Mar 2007

"Am I Four yet, Mummy?"

"Yes, Lucas, you are."



"But Annabelle says I'm not 4 till I've blown out the candles."


Who can argue with that?

We celebrated the birthday thoroughly; We visited the National Museum in the morning, where Lucas was delighted to see a Diprotodon skeleton (well, it was a cast of bones, but that's close enough when you're 4) and an emu made of barbed wire. We then went into the city to meet DH for lunch, which we had at a pancakes restaurant. Home again, to make cupcakes, which we then decorated to look like spiders. My sister visited with her twins, and my SIL came around too with her kids (same ages as Lucas and Annabelle.) Then DH's parents came around for dinner, which was pizza assembled by the kids. After the kids were in bed we played cards.




We're also had a family barbeque for his birthday on Saturday.



Presents - we gave Lucas a bike, DH's parents gave him a helmet, Annabelle gave him a book, and he got craft activities from everyone else.



Here's the cake;
and the birthday boy himself.

Four years ago, we stayed in the hospital 10 days after Lucas was born, since he was 6 weeks early and had a few minor issues. During this time, I voted in a NSW state election, and Australia was forging ahead in the Cricket World Cup. Both of these things happened again this weekend.

There has been some crafting action here, photos maybe next time.

22 Mar 2007

what am I looking for...

in a blog?

I've been thinking about this, and I think I'm after nice pictures, details, and overall hope. That is, hope that a life with a balance of family, creativity and spirit is possible.

Serenity would also be nice.

I know my blog doesn't provide this, but then it's my diary. And I'm not convinced that my life (or mind) is balanced anyway.

20 Mar 2007

Busy Busy

It's been a busy day here.

I've re-registered with FlyLady, so spent a good portion of the day following emailed instructions to shine my sink, polish my mirrors, and all the rest of it.

The kids and I also spent an hour in the soon-to-be-study. I was sewing, and they were playing quietly with my Fisher Price School House.

We also made a trip to the shops - we'll be making Lucas a birthday cake tomorrow afternoon, so needed various lollies to decorate the cake.

My sister and her babies dropped by this afternoon, and Lucas suffered an ant attack while waving goodbye.

Tonight I cooked Nigella's Spicy Apple Chutney, and now have 2 bottles cooling on the sink.



My days have felt completely purpose-less lately, so all this activity was designed to help. On the weekend, I also wrote a list of projects to take up whenever I feel particularly lost.

Right now is one of those times.

17 Mar 2007

Wearing o' the green

Accidentally, I did wear green today. I've only just remembered that it's St Patrick's Day, though.

It's been a busy day. This morning Dh and I went and bought Lucas a bike for his upcoming birthday. It's not really a surprise, as his grandparents bought him a helmet this morning (with his assistance), but we've hidden it away in my wardrobe anyway.

This afternoon we went shopping at our local super-hardward store, Bunnings. We bought a worm farm, worms, a mushroom farm, and some sand for the sandpit. Everything's all set up, and the kids had to eat some carrots so they could feed the worms - very exciting.

DH and his Dad have also started discussing our chook house. It'll probably take a few months to happen, but we're on the way.

I'm happy we're starting on a greener lifestyle. St Patrick would probably be pleased, too.

14 Mar 2007

Autumn has arrrived

It's getting cooler in Canberra - the nights are chilling down, and we need doonas again. Lucas has been sleeping in winter pyjamas, but that's because he's not real good at keeping the covers on.


In preparation for the cooler weather, I'm evaluating the kids wardrobes. In the last year my browsing the shops has decreased incredibly - I've been trying to spend less, and of course the kids don't enjoy bargain hunting. This has implications however - I haven't bought any clothes for the next seasons. We'll be shopping in the next week or so - jeans, jumpers, long sleeve tops for both kids.


Also in preparation for the cooler weather, I'm knitting Clapotis, a scarf/wrap from Knitty. I'm enjoying knitting with my late grandmother's tortoiseshell needles.


11 Mar 2007

Bananas in the Park

We spent this afternoon watching the Bananas in Pyjamas perform live at the Canberra Birthday Celebrations. I also managed to hear a blast from my past - The Choirboys performing "Run to Paradise". This song was big in my time at University, and I would have loved to hear them then. Unfortunately, my Uni was deep in the country, and unlikely to attract any bands with a success behind them.


The kids had a great time seeing some of their favourite TV characters, and even danced along with some enthusiasm;

Lunar Jim and Angelina Ballerina also made brief appearances. (Lunar Jim often makes brief appearances at home on DS's underpants!)
I did very little else today, reserving my energy for this outing. I'm glad, as I'm now exhausted.
Tomorrow is a big day - we're going to playgroup. This is a big deal for me - I tend to be shy with groups of people. Fortunately (or otherwise) my sister-in-law is running the show.

10 Mar 2007

Life goes on

I have been back in hospital for a few days, after a few complications. Home now, and incredibly tired, which is apparently related to the iron levels in my blood. I had another blood test on Thursday (BIG bruise), and have an appointment on Monday to discuss these results with my doctor.

Yesterday we held the funeral for my sweet Nalani. Dh and I were the only mourners at the funeral. We have decided to plant a tree in Nalani's memory, and took it along to the funeral. The priest blessed the tree for us (which my mind thought was stupid and my heart loved.) It is a Wollemi pine, and the nursery gave a fossil showing the Wollemi pine leaves. Incredibly special, and I will try and photograph it in daylight.

My Mum has been staying with us for the last five days, and will be returning to England tomorrow. I have been crafting madly, so she can take my crafty gifts with her. I have completed the body of a cardigan for my 2 year old nephew. The sleeves still need to be knitted, but I will save heaps on postage, and best of all, Mum will sew the cardigan pieces together!

In the past 2 days Mum helped me sew a quilt for my impending niece/nephew (due in a few weeks time). It's a glorious explosion of colour, and here's a sneak peek (don't look Monica)

4 Mar 2007

RIP

Our little girl Nalani was born at 23 weeks gestation, and passed away a short time later.

We are mourning her.