Monday, December 22, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
and I've already used it.
1. I was having trouble shutting the door. (always a good reason to tidy something)
2. Every time I have visitors they always end up having to get a fresh towel or something out of there. (and if momma can't find it in there no one can)
3.I try to but my new linen etc. at the post Christmas sales. I had to see what I need.
(probably nothing really but have I told you I'm a sucker for linens, sometimes I would rather buy that than clothes. I don't need that much I tend to strip the beds wash it all and have it back on the beds same day. So really I only need two sets of anything. A linen fetish (is that a recognized disease)
4. Probably I should admit to you about now this is only a smidge of it. I have loads of those cheap stripey bags packed downstairs with linen.
5. Whoopee there is always benefits to every deep clean. Today I found material still in the spotlight bag I had bought last year & had forgot about. One brand new tags on table runner that I will use on the Christmas table. A set of curtains that I will hang in the lounge room and clean the ones that are hanging up now.
I know this cupboard will only stay looking like this for a few weeks for some reason it is the one that gets real messy real quick. So enjoy the photo it will give me something to look back and reminisce.
And if your real lucky and I am real brave I will take and post a photo of it after New Year!!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Wednesday's word is
Monday, December 15, 2008
Before our house was built in about '72' there was a very old house in it's place. There was also the old original well in the back yard it was actually quite dangerous as the previous owners had only lain corrugated iron over the top of it. Not quite good enough for my inquisitive children who found this before I did. Actually they found it within the first hour, they came running towards me saying "Mummy all this waters bubbling out of the ground like a volcano" Oh great not only have I bought a house off a drug addict complete with syringes left in the house & drugs buried in the garden. Looks like I have a house on a volcanic site!!
No joke. We laugh about it now but we didn't live in the house for three months till it was completely cleaned & restored.
Friday, December 12, 2008
I would pick a word out of the dictionary and they would have to tell me the meaning of the word. Later they would look it up in the dictionary hence increasing their skill here too.
So here we go- I thought I would post a word and without looking in a dictionary I thought readers could leave me what they think the meaning is in a comment. Remember no dictionary peeking.
SO THE WORD IS:-
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
The first most important thing I like to do is be ready for when my guests arrive rushing around when your visitors arrive will make them feel as if they are a hindrance to your families routine. On the day, get as many of the routine daily jobs done as early as possible this may include feeding pets, washing on/off line, garden watered - all the everday tasks.
Of course in the days leading up to their arrival I make sure I give the house a good clean and stock my fridge, freezer & pantry so I needn't be rushing out for any last minute items. Obviously before I go shopping I menu plan what meals we will be having during our guests stay. Now is also a good time to make any restaurant reservations if you intend to eat out.
Some of us are lucky enough to have a guest room that can easily be set up, many of us- specially the ones with children are not so fortunate. Regardless of where you decide to "put" your guests make sure the beds are comfortable. A good few years ago I bought a sofa bed for my visitors to use when they stayed. They were the in thing at the time so I thought "hey this is fabulous for me in my little house" One day I totally rearranged & spring cleaned my bedroom not getting finished that day I thought I would sleep on the sofa bed, well lets just say I have never let another guest sleep on it since. The moral of the story is sleep in your guest beds with the linen they will use and see that it is comfortable. Don't forget extra pillows and some magazines on the bedside table will probably be gratefully received.
I like to give my house guests a torch.
If your ever tried to find the loo in the middle of the night in a strange house without turning on every light (hey!! Where are the light switches anyway??) you'll understand what I am getting at!!!
When I stay at motels I never use the toiletries provided, instead try bringing them home and making up a basket for your guests to use. If your visitors have babies find out ahead what food they will need & either buy or prepare this. Disposable nappies are easier to use when you are travelling with babies however these are bulky things to pack so have a supply ready. You will need to child proof your house if you no longer have young ones. It is terribly stressful for the parents if they have to worry about their young charges damaging or breaking something. While you are doing that don't forget to remove poisons or medications that may be in reach.
Tourist information centres are not places local residents tend to visit. Try getting down to your local centre though and pick up some brochures of whats available in your local area. Most people don't even know what's in their own backyard (so to speak) Try it. We have done this and found many activities for ourselves. Lately we have found a lovely little B&B set in a nice garden setting. It has a fabulous cafe where we now sometimes go for lunch. A fantastic find.
Show early risers where they can find tea/coffee etc. the night before. Don't forget to tell them to help themselves and show them where the snacks are found. Restocking the fruit bowl with all our yummy stone fruits this time of year is lovely for everybody.
Try and be easy going during your guests stay don't panic over the house and keep meals fresh and simple. Enjoy yourself this will then flow through to everyone and lastly remember your guests have come to see you not your house of what you have.
So kick back open a good bottle of wine and give a toast to "GOOD FRIENDS"
Thursday, December 4, 2008
1. My star sign is cancer
2. I am the middle child and only girl
3. I was a widow at 25 with 3 children
4. I am passionate about the welfare of the elderly, children & animals
5. I love chocolate
6. I feel so lucky to be an Australian to make the choices that I want to make
and to live my life without fear.
7. Oh and did I say I really love chocolate
If you want to be tagged consider yourself it. Not naming anyone as I realize this is a busy time for most. If you have the time please join in.
Oh and for all the lurkers showing up on my map please don't be shy. I love getting comments. I would love to hear from you and maybe discover your blogs.
DD started her holidays with a very grown-up adventure. On Monday she flew from Brisbane Airport to Roma by herself she was so excited about flying out there alone. DD has gone to stay with friends for a week I rang her last night and she was so happy, talking at a millions miles an hour about what she has been up to. Today she is going to visit her dad's grave he died when she was only 6. DD is going to tidy it up a bit as we went there a few weeks ago when we went to Roma for the Roma Cup and it was looking very unloved. Hope she is okay as DD has never been there without me but our friends out there are wonderful people that have been by our sides through everything in fact C actually delivered DD (I have written about that in DD's Birthday post)Guess I'm just being a mother hen & worrying.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
DS had leave from the army to attend his friends wedding on the weekend. I was to pick him up from the station about 1/2 hr away. On the way home he rang me and told me not to worry about coming down to pick him up as one of his friends would be finishing work and would come by the station and pick him up.
About 7.00 I got the call my son had been in a car accident. The call no mother ever ever wants. They had decided to travel home along the back roads to avoid the highway. Good thinking in theory. Our stretch of highway has one of the highest fatalities rates in QLD. However the back road is very narrow & winds this way & that. Being a young driver and lacking judgement young T took the road to fast as it twists & turns down into a creek. T missed the curve went straight over the culvert and into the drink. Creek is running quite well at the moment with all the recent rains so the car begins to wash away and sink. T gets out of his side which is higher while DS has to crawl & swim out. Some of his army training has taught him to get out of helicopter cockpits blindfolded while under the water I am thankful for his training but not thankful for the glee in which he told me he got to put it into practice in a real life panic situation.(sick child!! telling mother that) My hair has gone so much greyer since DS finished high school.
Thank God, bless him, the boys are okay, the car is not & me well, I'm getting there it makes you reflect on how precious life is and you never ever know when you will get a life changing phone call. So many young people are killed on Australian roads they do not have the judgement of us more experienced drivers. T was not hooning, drinking or the like they were just travelling home from their jobs however he was going to fast on a bad stretch of road. T has learnt a valuable lesson. T rang DS the next day & said if looks could kill it was written all over your Mum's face. I didn't know it was so obvious but he said to DS, "At that moment I knew I could have killed us both" (lesson learnt)DS had to retrieve all of his belongings out of the car when it was salvaged his new laptop has had it along with his mobile & some important army papers. Friday night was spent trying to clean his now wet muddy clothes for the wedding. Nothing matters I got to hug & kiss my DS on Friday night, life is precious & I think maybe he hugged me just that little bit tighter too!! Oh and did I tell you my hair is greyer.
NOW THE WEDDING
It's funny when DS was in grade 7 he had the biggest childhood crush on this girl he has remained friends with her all through high school she met M when she was about 14, DS then befriended M and they used to Rodeo together. D & M got married on Saturday we all wish them every happiness they are so young yet so sensible and mature they work so hard for their future & have already bought themselves a home. The funny things you remember one day DS was at D & M 's place DS was mucking around, M is very sensible & mature, M gave DS a fat lip & told him to grow up I had been ranting at DS for ages over that but DS listened to M fat lip & all. Peer pressure can sometimes be a good thing.
Days like this make you sit up take notice and be active in your life & the life of loved ones. Don't forget to hug & kiss them & never let them walk out the door without telling them you love them.
Lastly thank you so much for all your kind comments while I have been sick.
I'm off to buy some much needed hair dye. Did I tell you my hair is greyer!!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Then it is off to the kitchen to make my brekkie taking my brekkie downstairs to the office I fire up the computer to check my emails.While I'm waiting for the computer to start, do it's virus update etc etc I load the washing machine which lucky for me, the laundry is right next door to the office.
Office work completed (and far to long reading blogs) I then get to escape to my garden for a little, not that I did anything much just meandered, pulled the odd weed checked some pots and watered the cuttings I had potted up on the weekend. Then it was off down the back. My darling dogs never go to the toilet in the house yard so every morning they get let down the paddock to do their thing. Absolutely fine by me but probably to much info for you. While we are down there we take the chooks the scraps from yesterday,& check their grain and fresh water. At the moment they are having their water with apple cider vinegar all my animals have 3Dy's a mth on this except my horses that have it daily.
Oh quick yet again I spent to much time down the back, oh well my old log seat really does beckon. It's even worse if I happen to go down there with a book. Back to the yard. Washing is finished, hung out. DD is up & getting ready she prefers to make her own lunch so mum checks it's O.K- yep got the last of the Brownies DS will not be pleased. yummy!! even if we did manage to burn the edge(got distracted in the garden again)
Got DS up he is having a treat of tuckshop today.DD leaves for school bus that travels to the next town.It's now 6.45 get what house work, cooking etc I can get done now as I have to work today only me & DS left now so we enjoy some quiet time together before all to soon we have to go & drop him at his school. That done back track all the way almost pass my house again only bypassing it by 50m and off in the other direction to work. Some mornings would love to take the 50m detour back to my house for the day and just potter around but I guess trillions of other working mums think that to.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
We had a marquee table in the guest area at the races which was very nice as we had all drinks & food supplied as well as access to our own Bookmakers, Bar, T.V's & the most important cleaner toilets without line-ups.LOL!!
We had a wonderful table of about 14 people all us friends ranging from the young, those that think we are young and should no better, right up to Pop whose near 80. Everyone had a fantastic time. Two of my fave friends reached the semi-finals of the Fashions of the fields which was good fun as they had only entered as it was a "Pink Ribbon Fundraiser" for Breast Cancer.
A really great week end was had by everbody, being able to catch up with everyone was fantastic we can't wait to do it all again soon, come christmas.
Hope your weekend was special too!!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
By the way these ARE breakfast dishes AND it is 5pm
Truly though these are the messies that are in my house and a lot of other busy mums homes at times, but when I sit down to blog I want to show you the nice things, I want things to be perfect just for that short time even if I know and you know in reality they are not.We also know that friends & family are more important than mopped floors & neatly made beds but I don't think it is necessarily a bad thing that we do not want others to see this, for the most part we are simply showing we have pride and self esteem in ourselves when our homes are clean, our families are happy and their is a nice meal on the table. It at least tells us we are somewhat getting there.
This garden bed has been sitting way to long & could be producing
more homegrown yummies right now!!
Well I suppose you can tell what is more important to me at this very moment can't you?? or I guess you wouldn't be reading this post. LOL!!
Until next time remember happiness is more important than perfection which is never achievable when you will just then rise the standard.
Anyway it's dinner time & I'm off to do breakfast dishes.
I wonder who else is up for the challange?????
Do all you Aussie bloggers remember this T.V show?? It was one of my favourites when I was younger. A real Australian classic I would love it to come on again so my children could see it then again they are probably to old for it now-but I would still watch it.LOL
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Between the crosses, row on row,
Monday, November 10, 2008
Anyway these are the five steps that take our family to slumber land each night. All the bedrooms are up these five steps totally separate from our living area, which can be a good thing when you have visitors at 4 in the Arvy and you still haven't made the bed yet. So far this post sounds totally exhilarating doesn't it, what with unmade beds & crunchies on the floor ho hum that's life (at our house) At the top of the stairs you can just see our cow hide mat.
So sometimes when there is a power blackout I really can believe I lived a hundred years ago as I pick up my candle complete in brass holder and say I'm going up stairs to bed!! Okay I'll rephrase that it sounds too romantic & old world. How about this - Kids if you don't get upstairs to bed now I'm going to..................
Thanks for visiting anyway I'm going up to bed- CAROLINE xxoo
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Thankyou to all you wonderful wonderful people that stop by my blog to read my posts each day.
A very special thankyou also to my dear followers. When I first started blogging I was so surprised that anyone would want to read my blog. Now I am enjoying seeing my world map fill up as I have visits from around the globe.
A very heartfelt thankyou goes out to my very first followers Mandy @ The Old Dairy, Linda @ Remote Treechanger, Daisymum & flmom. I feel very privileged to have all my followers but specially you lovely ladies as you inspired me to keep on blogging.
So keep dropping in I love having you all over to visit. There are no strangers on my blog just friends I haven't had the pleasure of meeting yet. Please leave me a comment & tell me your thoughts??
Friday, November 7, 2008
Look what darling daughter bought me she said as soon as she saw it that it was for me. It's really heavy so hope I never drop it on my foot it will be a broken toe for sure. I think it is cast iron so it will most likely rust which I don't mind -more character.
At the moment it is sitting on my sink with a cake of sunlight soap in it . In my house I do tend to move things around all the time so you will probably see it in the laundry next week or in the garden under a tap.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Oh and then there is the minority group consisting of me and really only me & maybe a few other odd bods. The simple fact is I really don't care because I picked my son up with his eyes sparkling with fun, to hyper to sit still in the backseat on the way home due to an overdose of sugar, telling me who did this & that, and how much fun it was to take your shoes off & slide around the old halls polished floors with just your socks on.