Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Tree oh Christmas Tree...

I love having the Christmas tree up.

I usually have a couple up around the house.

There is the main one, plus a couple of small ones scattered here and there.

I'm the tinsel person and I don't like letting anyone else do it.

I thank Prince Albert for introducing the custom to us.

Friday, November 25, 2011

On My Mind...

On my mind today is Goofy.

I aim to get as many photos taken with the fellow as I can on my trip.

It's very important for me, you see.

That was my nickname from my dad as a kid.

Dad has alzheimers and is in a nursing home and doesn't remember who I am.

I'm okay with that (most of the time) though, because I know it's not really 'him' there.

It's another man.

If that makes sense at all.

Anyway, Goofy (and my dad) is on my mind today.

Joining along with Rhonda at Down to Earth.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

No More Dreaming Of A White Christmas

We leave for Disneyland very soon.

The countdown has begun in earnest.

I'm so excited that I think I'm becoming unbearable to those who know me (and probably even those who don't!)

We will also go on a Disney cruise to Mexico where the weather will be not that different to what we're used to here.

And we will have a white Christmas, too.

Plus renew our vows in Vegas with Elvis.

There are lots of things that we have planned but we also have plenty of days where we have no accommodation or plans made so that we can see where the winds take us.

I'm an over-planner, I confess, so that part will be the hardest to deal with, but I'm sure I'll enjoy whatever we do and wherever we go.

I'm participating in a Fish Extender exchange on the cruise, too.  

It's like a Secret Santa in a way.

I drool over this lady's gifts...

I'm going to have a ball and can't wait to get back and show you lots of pictures of our trip.

Now, I've got to clean the house from top to bottom to prepare for cyclone season which starts very soon, pack away anything that could blow away in strong winds.

And pack suitcases and remember what things I can't do without and what I can buy over there should I forget something (and I will, I always do - remembering the disastrous camping trip of 2010 where I forgot eating utensils, plates, towels, The Groom's underwear...)

Can I squeal with excitement now?

Close your ears...


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Another beautiful soul lost to the world...

I have seen many stories about this man.

I wish there were more in our world like him.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Just for fun...

I love the Muppets and I love Bohemian Rhapsody.

What a great way to combine both!

I watch this weekly with the kids and we never fail to get a laugh.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A lazy Sunday morning...

I love Sunday mornings.

A trip to the markets, a drive by the beach, a walk through the park.

What a wonderful life we have here in the tropics!

Looking from the museum towards the city with Castle Hill in the background.

The Strand.  

A beautiful place for a walk, to eat, to swim (as long as you're inside the swimming enclosures during jellyfish season.

Then don't forget to stop by the Sunday markets in Flinders Street for crafts, fresh produce and lots of other goodies...

Listen to the wonderful music.

 I love this man's music and could listen to him all day.

I really ought to stop one day and buy one of his cd's.

Stop to get some sourdough loaves from the Three Loaves Bakery.  

It's a must!

When you are tired, stop for a drink.

Coffee for me.  Tea for The Princess.

Walk back to the car and detour via the Perfumed Gardens.


I love lazy Sunday mornings.

Friday, November 11, 2011

On My Mind...

Remembrance Day.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month.

We will remember.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Readying for next year's harvest

There were some things that I grew this year that didn't work out as I had hoped or I just didn't like.

There are things that have done really well and I'll continue to grow - like the zucchini and eggplant.  

But I will give the celery a miss - it's too water-hungry and I can't manage to keep the water up to it outside of the wet.

Next year I'll be planting these as well.

Hopefully they will go well.

I have to plant extra snow peas this year - the ones we grew didn't bear well and what it did bear I ate before I even got back to the house!

Tropic Tomatoes


golden nugget pumpkin

sugar snap peas

Snowpea "Yakumo"

Bush Bean "Cherokee Wax"

"Tommy Toe" tomatoes

spaghetti squash

I am growing sweet potato in a cage frame in the chicken yard at the moment and next year I will add potatoes to the crop.

The potatoes I grew last year were nice but I think I harvested too early - they were rather small.

The worst part of growing in the tropics is the long wet season that turns everything to mush.

And the bugs.

But, it's all about trial and error and I'll eventually get there.

Hopefully next year I can produce at least half our our vegetable needs.

Maybe I might even consider getting a rooster so we can have some baby chickens...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Are we there yet????

I'm trying to get the dogs into the holiday spirit!

It seems to me like a certain boy does not share my enthusiasm.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Cyclone Season

Earlier this year we were graced with the presence of Cyclone Yasi.

If I said I wasn't scared, I'd be a liar!

That season is now almost upon us and lessons have hopefully been learnt.

It is time to start getting our cyclone kit ready, readying our home and property and stocking up on supplies for inevitable floods and power outages.

I do like cyclones; I think the power of Mother Nature is something to be in awe of, but to go through another Yasi?  


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?

My orchids have been in flower for almost a week.

Surely we are bound to get some rain soon???

It's funny, though, earlier this year we were having days of 100mm falls and I was wishing the rain away!

We humans never seem to be happy with what nature gives us, are we?

Monday, October 31, 2011

It's not ALL for me!

I promise!

And they're not for Halloween, either.

They're for family and for gifts when we go to America.

That's what I told the lady at the checkout when I bought 12 multi packs today (I got a bit of a look like "gee, you must really like chocolate").

Now I've got to put them under lock and key so I don't eat them before we leave.

And I can't forget to leave without saying a big THANKYOU!!!! to Deb from A Clothesline Out the Back and her lovely family for their visit yesterday.

She knitted Little Man a beautiful beanie for his birthday and I've been eyeing it off since she left...

She is one very talented lady.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Close to bursting...

I'm going to Disneyland.

I'm so excited.

My whole existence lately has been focussed on Mickey and pals and I've been devouring Disney-related everything on the web.

It's ridiculous!

I'm having the dream holiday of my childhood.

I won't tell you when I'm going though, it's soon, but not too soon.

I'll surprise you with lots and lots of pictures when I get back.

It'll be like the cyber version of "slide night"!

Monday, October 17, 2011

On This Day...

Ten years ago, you came into our world.

You were yellow, but you were so beautiful.

You still are.

I love you more than you can ever know.

I wish nothing but the very best for you.

Even though we don't always see eye-to-eye, you will always be my Baby Boy.

Happy birthday, Little Man.

"Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)"
The Dixie Chicks

Dragon tales and the "water is wide"
Pirates sail and Lost Boys fly
Fish bite moonbeams every night
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Sweet dreams

The rocket racer's all tuckered out
Superman's in pajamas on the couch
Goodnight moon will find the mouse
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Sweet dreams

God bless mommy and match box cars
God bless dad and thanks for the stars
God hears "Amen," wherever we are
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Sweet dreams 

Friday, October 14, 2011

On My Mind...

I had always promised The Princess that when she was 12 we would travel to Paris together.

Just her and I.

It won't be happening anytime soon, but one day...


source - unknown (I copied it from a Picassa album but I forgot to save the addres - my sincerest apologies to the owner of the photo)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sometimes it's better to keep your mouth closed...

I talk for a living.

That's just the way it is.

Sometimes I get sick of the sound of my own voice.

And I'm sure my own children would say they get sick of me talking too - even when I'm not working!

The Princess is going through that dreaded "tween" stage (what a ridiculous notion made up by marketing 'experts' I reckon), and sometimes it proves to be a real challenge.

Especially in the age of Facebook, mobile phones, and constant pressure to have the latest of whatever gadget or thing is currently the 'cool' thing at school.

And moreso because she is one of the rare types at school who does not have Facebook, a mobile phone, isn't allowed free access to the family computer (and their accounts are heavily restricted time-wise and site-wise), they are given a set bedtime which is a lot earlier than many of their peers, they do not watch music video shows unless it's Rage and it's a retro edition and I'm watching it with them, they are not allowed free rein to watch much over a PG rating on tv or dvds, and being caught swearing means having to face the consequences, they do not have Ds's or X-boxes or whatever and the video game consoles they do have are only allowed to be brought out to play with on weekends or school holidays when there is nothing else to do and their games are G or PG rated.

Yes, they are sheltered from 'the outside world' as much as possible but we aren't blinded to the fact they will be exposed to stuff that we don't agree with.

But we'd rather The Princess and Little Man have the ability to be children for as long as possible and be protected from many of the evils in the world.  

We do discuss things with them, we do explain things to them, but we do it in a way that gives them enough information to educate them and hopefully protect them.

Hopefully they will grow up with a 'strong moral compass' and understand right from wrong.

And be proud of who they are and what they do.

But I wonder how many of her friends' parents would think to communicate without speaking?

Positive communication, that is?

This is one of my favourite ways of 'talking' with her, and him for that matter.

Through little notes like these - random notes in lunch boxes, folded in clean washing, under a pillow, tucked into a corner of her light switch.

That kind of thing.

I'm not a perfect mum, but I do my best.

And besides, I can never recall my own mum doing anything like this for us when I was a child.

Friday, October 7, 2011

On My Mind...

It will be nearly two years since my nana died.

I miss her so much.

After she died, I went through the house with some of my aunts and thought about some of the things I wanted to keep before the rest of the contents were donated to the Salvation Army.

I got a little glass eye bath, her beside travel clock, my old doll that used to sit on the spare bed (that is missing one eye and has scraggly hair and is really ugly, but I don't care) and whom all us grandchildren would play with when we came to visit, as well as some other bits and bobs that would mean nothing to anyone else.

This is one of the things I wanted to keep, along with some of her old Tupperware.

Nana never had a lot of money; she'd rather spend what little she did have on others.

So for her, to buy Tupperware would have been a real extravagance.

Interestingly, the hostess for the party  was my mum, and it was held a a couple of years after I was born as the catalogue was published November '73.

These are the containers I kept from nana's house.

I have this jug in the picture below.

I bought it from a garage sale for 50c but it didn't have a lid and I'm unable to buy a replacement one now.

It's so interesting looking back at old brochures like this.

So many of these containers are still around in the latest container, and I'm amazed at how many pieces of Tupperware I own that feature (perhaps in a different color or slightly different 'look') in this catalogue!

I even have the order form that she used. 

Nana bought a Small Wonderlier (set of 3) for $3.29 and a large salt and pepper set for $1.79.

If only prices were still that low!

Thanks, nana.

I love and miss you.