Friday, 11 April 2014

Things I Know

Today is Friday which means it's time to link in with Ann from Help I'm Stuck for  Things I Know which is the easiest linky going because we all know something - even if it isn't very exciting - we at least know it !!!!

I know that I am going to miss this child of mine when she leaves mid-August.  She has decided to accept an au pair position with a family in Chicago for 12 months with the option to extend to 18 or 24 months depending on how things are going.

I know that we probably need to have the ride on looked at or at least try to find out exactly what they are supposed to and not supposed to do when they are on it.  After helping a little girl from up the street on Sunday get her dog home, I was walking back down the street while A was cutting the front verge.  I didn't understand what was going on and why I couldn't see him - there was just this thick billowing cloud of smoke.  By the time I got to our driveway I was laughing so much I had to stop and cross my legs to make sure I didn't pee my pants !!!  Clearly it wasn't just what A was doing when he was on because a similar thing happened to K when she was on it !

I know that after taking Alfie to the vet last night to get the latest injury to his ear (caused by Rosie) and $130 later, this picture of Rosie (I think) shows her trying to find where she can get out of the yard again.  She truly is a Houdini artist !!!  They have been very happy in the yard since the first weekend when they escaped after she had found the teeniest, tiniest hole in the fence.  Until last night.  We took Alfie to the vet at about 7pm and got home at about 8.45pm.  We put him outside with Rosie and drove to friends about 10 mins away to drop something off.  We had been there about 5 mins when we got a call from a neighbour a few doors up from us to say she had both Rosie and Alfie.

Well they certainly are a great way to meet the neighbours !!!!!  We drove home and walked up to get them and the neighbours were hoping they didn't have tags and could keep them - they just loved them both.  We stood around chatting to them for a while and they seemed really nice - so that was a good thing to come out of the whole 'dogs getting out' thing !!  It's just annoying because we know that they are happy where they are - Rosie just loves to escape and explore.  The neighbours were surprised to hear that (a) Rosie was younger than Alfie and (b) that she is the instigator of 'dogs go exploring' out of the two of them saying that Alfie looks like the cheeky one who would be trying to escape.  How deceiving looks can be !!!!!

I know we are on leave for 2 weeks from today - 10 days at home waiting for contractors to come around and give us advice and quotes, building cupboards, putting up shelves, unpacking boxes and generally trying to finish off moving plus working in the garden and trying to get it to the point where we are happy with what we have got.  I know that it won't all happen in the 10 days we are home but hopefully we will be able to make a huge dent in what needs to be done.  And then we have 4 days in Melbourne - can't wait to go to the MCG and, while I will enjoy the Suns game, I think the atmosphere at the Cats/Hawks game will be much better.

Have the best weekend EVER !!!!

What do you know ?
Have you joined in with Ann ?  
What are you waiting for ?

TFTD :  You are the only person responsible for your success.

Thursday, 10 April 2014


This week I have so much to be thankful for - and happy about.  Since starting #100happydays on 1st April, I have found so many things that make me happy during the day - even on the cr*p days.  This challenge has shown me that there is definitely happiness to be found during the day every day of the week - no matter how bad things seem to be.

These are my #100happyday photos from the past week :

Day 3 - tickets to John Edward 
(I love this man and his ability)

Day 4  -sunrise in the loungeroom

Day 5 - a winning scoreline at 3/4 time
that grew by the end of the game

Day 6 - seeing someone use a quilt I made
as the evenings get a little chilly

Day 7 - after a few really bad nights of sleep,
my bed never looked this good !

Day 8 - not having to cook - YAY !!!

Day 9 - sitting on the swing chair on the deck
watching K on the ride on

Linking up with Rhianna for Thankful Thursday and so glad that my work is almost done as I go on leave for two works tomorrow.

Have the best Thursday EVER !!!

What are you thankful for this week 
what has made you happy ?

TFTD :  When it comes to choices and change, always do a gut check.  What do YOU want to do ?  What would make YOU feel joy, passion, healthy or on the right path ?  Do that.  No other opinions are needed.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Things I Know #Whatever

TIK has moved !

Across to Ann at Help, I'm Stuck.

Why not pop in and join up ????

I know that today we have been in our new home for 3 weeks.

3 weeks of waking up to views like this.

Except on days when it was all misty and then we woke to this.

I know that the cost of the roof to cover this deck is going to be ridiculously more expensive than I had anticipated - thinking about it now I probably should have got a quote for the roof before hand - not that it would have stopped us buying the property but it just would have prepared me for when we got a proper quote to get it done !  It's a big deck so I knew it was going to be expensive, I just didn't realise exactly how expensive.

I know that I am hanging out for the end of today.

I know that there have only been 5 days in this work week but it feels like there have been a gazillion, or at least 8 days, since last weekend.

I know that I will just blink my eyes and Monday will be here again.

I know that I feel sorry for A having to work again this weekend.

I know that he is frustrated at not being able to get stuck into what needs to be done around the house and garden.

I know that I am hanging out for next Friday even more than I am hanging out for this Friday to finish - and that is because, from next Friday we are on leave for 2 weeks !   YAY

I know that I am looking forward to 4 days in Melbourne.

I know that I am looking forward to 2 games at MCG.

Have the BEST weekend !

What do you know this week ?
Have you joined in with Ann ?

What are you waiting for ?

TFTD :  I will accept everything I am, and everything I am not.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Thankful Thursday

It's been a while since I joined in with Rhianna forThankful Thursday, not because I haven't been thankful but because I haven't really had the time.  Who knew moving would be so exhausting and take so long ?  Who knew that we would have to get rid of some of the stuff that we moved because there is just not enough room for everything - especially 'stuff' we don't use and are keeping for 'just in case'.  And for this I am thankful, truly, because we have been able to get rid of stuff based on space available so things we were keeping 'just because' have had to be culled.  This is a good thing !

Anyway, this week I am thankful that K was accepted into the Au Pair program that she applied to and has already had one family make contact as they are interested in hiring her to look after their children.

While I will miss her dreadfully when she is gone, I am thankful for the great opportunities this will expose her to and the different cultures she will learn about.   I am thankful that she will get to experience a completely different way of life (I just hope she will be happy to come home to our little humble abode given the house she will be living in if this family decides they would like her to look after their children - a mansion is a bit of an understatement !!!)

I am thankful that she has grown up into a mature young lady who is ready to move overseas and stand on her own two feet (to a certain extent) and take responsibility for two children (or one child and one teenager to be more specific).

I am thankful for telephones and computers and skype which will allow us to stay in contact with her.

I am thankful that we will be in a position to go over and visit her while she is there because, while we can stay in contact by phone and skype, nothing compares to a really big, really squishy, really tight hug.

What are you thankful for today ?
Have you joined in with Rhianna ?
What are you waiting for ?

My day 2 #100happydays photo is 

How could knitting needles with this smiley face
not make you happy ?

Have a terrific Thursday !

TFTD :  You are not what you have done, but what you have overcome

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Happy for 100 Days ?

I must be honest, when I saw this I didn't think I could be happy for 100 days but when I read the website, I realised that I didn't have to be happy 24/7 for 100 days - it's about finding a moment in each day that makes you happy.  And you know what, I can find at least one thing to be happy about every. single. day !

I have signed up to start today (A new month, a new beginning).  Please feel free to follow me on Twitter with the hashtag #100happydays and also to ask me what is going on if you don't see any photos being posted by me !!!

This little man makes me happy 
and is my first #100happydays photo !
(I hope he lands up with a very shiny belly
as clients rub his tummy)

And I hope that this entrance (minus the weeds 
when we can get to them) will make clients to 
The Body and Feet Retreat happy !  There will
be candles in the lanterns as soon as I can find
glass holders that will fit in there.

How about you ?  
Can you find one thing to be happy about every day ?  
I'd love to follow you if you decide to join in so please let me know.

Have a fantastic week !

TFTD : Letting go doesn't mean you don't care about someone anymore. It's just realising that the only person you really have control over is yourself.

Friday, 28 March 2014

I Have Decided

that even though there is so much that still needs to be done around the house, I'm going to take some time off this weekend from moving boxes and unpacking and finding space for stuff that we don't really need but want to keep for whatever reason and spend some time on me.

I am tired.

In fact, I am totally exhausted.

We went to our last Auslan (sign language) lesson last night and I realised that, although we had already signed up before we knew we were selling our home, maybe I should have asked if I could defer until the second semester as I really don't feel like I have been able to give it the attention that it deserved.  I thoroughly enjoyed the course but feel that I am not nearly as fluent as I would like to be.  It all comes down to practice and I haven't done enough of that.

This Saturday afternoon I have booked myself in for a massage and I am hoping that will go a long way towards making me feel better.  I also plan on doing some reading and maybe even some more knitting.  My baby blankets have taken a bit of a back seat lately and this is the time that they are really needed.

The rain is a welcome respite for our gardens.  It's just a pity we haven't been able to get the 4 water tanks connected to collect the water from the roof.

Over the weekend I will take some photos of the new hall table we bought along with the outside lanterns and the Blessing Buddha that I bought who will greet clients when they arrive for their treatment.  He is extremely heavy and I am thankful that A was able to go past and collect it because we tried to bring him home on Tuesday night and, after it took A I don't know how long to get him out of his crate, we found that part of his robe had broken off - so he landed up going back on Wednesday to get one that wasn't broken.  He had him outside the door waiting for final instructions for placement from me when I got home from work.

Have the best Friday and an even better weekend !

TFTD :  Relationships don't create happiness, they reflect it.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Our New Home

OK - all I can do right now is get some (very bad) photos (from my phone) posted - the story will follow but at least you will have some idea of what I am talking about and what our new home looks like (apart from being a mess !!!)
Here goes :

View from the lounge room with A's shed in the middle.
The veggie gardens are in the middle of the pic.  A has
used the whipper snipper around them so that you 
can at least see that they are supposed to be veggie
gardens.  The trailer is A's work trailer which has been
a life saver getting all his 'stuff' moved from storage
back to his shed.

Our property goes to the road at the bottom - it isn't
a very steep slope but it certainly isn't flat either !

More of the view from the uncovered deck.  First project is 
getting a roof on this deck.  The hammock was
part of the cr*p they left behind.  As much as I have always 
wanted a hammock - I'm not sure this is the one for me.
There was a lot of mist around this morning - it was just beautiful.

View from our bedroom

Self explanatory

View of the loo from the passage.
There is no door to the ensuite !!  While we are a pretty
open kind of family, this is just a tad too
open for me - especially when you forget there is no door and 
A brings the Austar techies through the garage and
down the passage into the house !!!

The "much bigger than we had at Wewak extremely 
badly designed" ensuite (which we did know 
when we bought it - one of the priorities on
 the ever growing To Do List)

View from the loo - a long way to stretch if you forget to
close the bedroom door and some stranger, cue Austar 
techies, arrive and walk through from the garage !

Smallest bathroom vanity I've seen in a bathroom
this big !

Entrance to ensuite and WIR - that is the size of the WIR.
All hanging space (too short for maxi dresses) and one shelf
that hanging rail is screwed into.

These are only boxes of books and my chaise lounge
- another long story !

Looking towards what will, eventually, be my reading
nook complete with bin from the bathroom because
K just dumped it there after taking it out to empty it.
We have to get used to a new bin day !!!!!!

The entrance hall complete with TV cabinet (right),
computer cabinet (left), box of swimming towels on
computer cabinet that won't fit in the laundry.  On the floor
next to the computer cabinet is another cabinet that goes
on the wall and a pottery water filter - all of which we
will be advertising to sell when I find my camera and can
take decent photos to load onto ebay or gumtree.
Am considering cutting the TV cabinet down so that the
bottom section can be used in the TV lounge to hold
DVDs and videos (yes, we still own videos and a video
machine !!!)

Dining room complete with two kists and boxes still to
be sorted and packed away

Kitchen with bin and recycle bin in the loungeroom
because there is no room in the kitchen without
having to move them every time you want to open
a cupboard.  They are motion sensor bins and drive me
scatty when I walk past and they keep opening !!!!

As K's boyfriend said on Saturday night when he was there
"I see you are still rocking the double lounge suites" - yes, 
until the roof goes on the deck and the cane lounge suite moves
outside, we will be 'rocking the double lounge suites' 
inside !! 

View from part of the loungeroom out to the small vernadah.
The first door on the left is the laundry door.  The next
little window is the toilet, then the bathroom, then the study.
The orange bit next to the little pub fridge is the dogs' bed. 
On the project list is getting rid of the lattice work - I can't 
stand it !

The TV lounge with the yellowwood coffee table I brought home
from work (where we had been storing it) yesterday.  It won't
be staying there.  Am considering putting the kist my grandfather
made in so that whoever is unlucky enough to sit in the middle
of the couch will have somewhere to put their feet !!!!

And so now you have some photos from some of the rooms in our home.  The study and spare room are still full of boxes although I did start to make some headway in the study over the weekend before other things became more important !!!  My therapy room was all done and looking amazing and then K got her new bed and so her old headboard and foot of the bed and mattress are now in there along with the new pillows I bought - some of which she snaffled for her new doona set - only to give back two nights later saying she didn't need 4 pillows (I think she realised it's more of a pain picking them up and arranging them every morning and that 2 would be sufficient !!!).  The passage has the frame of her bed in it.  The laundry is full of boxes as there is no storage space other than a wee cupboard and two little shelves.

But, other than the above, (OK and lots of other issues not covered in this post) we are in and loving it.  The dogs are ecstatic with the extra space - even though I never imagined Rosie would even worry about the extra space.  I have never seen her run so much or drink as much water as she has in the past 10 days - it's just beautiful.  She has also pulled her Houdini tricks and got out (and led Alfie astray) on more than one occasion.  The fence has been fixed and, as long as we remember to close the gates (A left one down the side of the house open on Saturday after they brought the BBQs and outdoor furniture back from storage), they seem pretty happy to stay in the yard.  When we got home from one of a few trips to IKEA on Friday night at about 10.45pm, I saw that the skin above her nose was torn and bleeding quite badly, and we realised that she had obviously been 'fighting' with the fence trying to find where she had escaped previously.  We cleaned her nose up and since then she hasn't tried again, so that is a good thing.

Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will get to post more photos and show the progress we are making (or not !!!) - on Saturday afternoon, after K and I got home from shopping and looking and trying to find all sorts of things, I was using the blower on the driveway to get rid of all the little bloody stones that are so sore on my feet if I walk outside without shoes on, and I started to pull weeds from the 'bed' (for want of a better word) alongside the driveway - 1/2 a wheelie bin of weeds later, I thought A would be thrilled when he got home and saw what I had done - he didn't notice much difference even after I showed him all the weeds in the bin !!!!

Have the best day and I hope to be able to pop by and catch up on some blog reading soon.

TFTD : It doesn't really matter if your glass is half empty or half full.  Be thankful that you have a glass and that there's something in it.

This is so appropriate for me at the moment - 
I hope it resonates for you too.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

What Do I Know This Week ?

First up, I know that this is the 1st March and this year is flying by faster than you can say Jack Flash !!

I know that I am sick of packing and having my house look like a tornado has passed through it.

I know that I am sick of having a second lounge that is full of packed boxes and empty boxes with bubblewrap coming out of them.

I know I am sick of having packing tape lying on the diningroom table where I am doing the packing.

I know I am sick of having a back that aches.

I know that I can't wait to move on 14th March BUT I also know that we got a phone call at about 5.30pm yesterday asking us if we would extent settlement date by a week as the seller won't be able to finish everything that needs to be done by the 14th.  Really ????  He has known he is selling his house since whenever he put it on the  market.  He has known he has a buyer for his house since we signed a contract on 23rd December.  He has known we were going to be moving in on 14th March since we signed a contract on our house on 6th February.  He has known since 24th January the issues that were picked up in the building inspection that needed to be rectified.  Now, two weeks before we are due to move in he says he needs more time.  And, in order for him to stay there another week, we have to move our furniture into storage, stay in a motel for a week and then move our furniture out of storage - sorry mate, I don't think so.  We are still waiting to hear what it is that he hasn't done that he needs another week to finish, so I am figuring that it probably isn't that much and he is just looking for more time because it's easier to procrastinate over doing something than actually doing it.

I know that we have driven past the house on numerous occasions since we signed the contract looking to see whether he has made a start on what needs to be done outside and, up until earlier this week, no start had been made.

I know that I am happy that all the loan documents have been signed and are being processed by the bank.

I know that, while I said I was going to die in this house, that has changed and, given the size of the house and property we are moving to, I have to think that there will come a point in time when we will downsize to something smaller - I sure hope that will be our last move - I'm not cut out for all of this.

I know that Optus don't offer a service to our new address and I know that I have handed the whole telephone change-over to A to deal with - it's waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay beyond my capability !!

I know that I managed to get our electricity changed over.

I know that I am more than a little annoyed that we lose our 44c government subsidy on the electricity buy back - and, not only do we lose the 44c that we currently get, but when we move and it changes to 8c, we lose that from 1 July meaning that there really is very little financial incentive for anyone to install solar.

I know that I am a day late linking this in with Miss Cinders at The Miss Cinders but, better late than never !!

Have the best weekend !

Do you have any packing tips I could use ?
What do you know this week ?

TFTD : When nothing goes right .............................. go left

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful that I have a husband who understands how telephone lines and internet connections work.  I tried to move our home phone and internet online this morning but, sad to say, Optus advised that, due to network constraints they are unable to provide a service to that address.  My mind immediately said we would have to change to Telstra and all that would entail as far as a new family e-mail address etc etc etc.  And, because I don't pay attention when A talks about these things, I called him and told him the bad news and he didn't seem too phased by it and said we could do xyz to get around it and then we could do abc to get that done and then efg to do something else - so I very nicely said that, while I had been happy to move the service over, I felt that it was way beyond my understanding of what we needed and could I please put him in charge of getting the phone and internet moved and he said yes - woohooo thanks A !!!

Now tomorrow I just need to see if I can get onto Origin again as I managed to get myself locked out of the account today by trying, incorrectly, three times to access our account online.  I may have to resort to a telephone call to get this done EXCEPT that the bill is in A's name and I bet they will want to talk to him about it even thought he would have told them a gazillion times that I deal with anything accounts or paperwork related.

So, today I am thankful that (a) I have a telephone line and electricity that I can transfer and (b) that my husband is happy to handle the stuff that he knows is beyond my comprehension !!

Have the best Thursday e-v-e-r !!!

What are you thankful for today ?  
Have you joined in with Rhianna from A Parenting Life ?

TFTD : When we stop resisting what we don't want to feel and embrace the state that we are in, we move through the difficulty and confusion must faster and find out way back to truth and clarity.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Packing and packing and packing

Who would have thought it would take so long to pack up a kitchen ?  I know it's a big kitchen and the kitchen we are moving to is a lot smaller - but that's OK because I have come to realise that the more space you have, the more 'stuff' you have as well.  Lifeline, Red Cross and AWL or whoever else my parent's are dropping our stuff off with, will be smiling from ear to ear because I am being ruthless.  Most of the time.  Except for the vases I had flowers in when I was a child.  Those are staying.

I have to say that it is really cathartic getting rid of stuff - especially because I know that someone else needs it and will actually use it.  While I am excited about having a big pantry, at the rate I'm going, there will be nothing to put in there.

I have left out a couple of pots, the wok and a couple of casserole dishes because we do still need to eat.  What I haven't left out are any cooking utensils - oops !  I have left out the knife set but no spoons or spatulas or egg lifters - oops !  Maybe I should just pack up everything in the kitchen and we live on whatever we can buy in until we move !!!!!

K got home just after lunch on Saturday from baby sitting and helped me heaps - getting stuff from the low cupboards and the high shelves which was great because my back has decided that it doesn't really want to play along anymore.  She had another baby sitting gig at 6.30 and A and I went to the movies to see Last Vegas - what a great movie !  If you want a laugh - this is definitely the movie to see.

Sunday saw me lying with a wheat pack on my back popping panafen plus the whole day BUT I am pleased to report that A has made great in-roads into his shed.  He even threw some stuff away which I am MOST grateful for.  He still has a long way to go but I figure, getting started is definitely a step in the right direction.

After watching the Suns snatch the game from Essendon last Monday night, we decided to book a mini break to Melbourne over Easter to watch them play the Demons on 20th April and then go to the Cats v Hawks game on 21st - now if I could just buy tickets for the game, I would be really happy - as would my in-laws as they have changed their holiday in Melbourne to coincide with us being there and we will go to the games together.  Well my SIL is coming to the Suns game to experience the MCG but she won't be coming to the game the next day - she has no interest in AFL.

This break will be the thing that will get me through the next three weeks because this time, in three weeks, we will already have had 4 sleeps in our new home !!!

Have the best day !

TFTD : Today, surround yourself with people who lift you higher - those who see the great potential in you, even when you don't see it in yourself.

Friday, 21 February 2014

To Thermomix or Not

Clearly I live with my head nowhere near anyone else because up until last year sometime (I think it was then but I know for sure it wasn't many years ago) I had never heard of a thermomix.  I was invited to a demonstration and there I saw the lady make a whole heap of stuff that, for the most part, I wouldn't consider making for my family and so it was a no-brainer that I didn't buy one.  While I was impressed, there was no way I could justify spending that amount of money on another kitchen appliance which may (or may not I suppose) land up in the drawer where appliances that are no longer used live.

Now the real question is - is there anyone who reads this blog who has bought one and doesn't use it much ?  I am looking for something that will help me make healthy and nutritious meals for the 2 or 3 of us but won't expect me to spend hours putting it altogether.  I know a couple of people who have them - one uses it to make treats for her childrens' lunchboxes (definitely not required by me) and someone else says that she does use it but not nearly as much as she thought she would.  One friend said that you had to have lots of ingredients on hand because you make everything from scratch but that is is a case of 'buying yourself time' because once it's all together, you can leave it to cook by itself without having to do anything to it.

If you have a thermomix, do you use it ?
Have you found that it is value for money ?
Knowing what you know now, would you buy it again ?
Do they have healthy nutritious dinners in a recipe book ?

Please, if you don't normally comment but have a thermomix, I would love to hear your thoughts on whether it is worth the money and the pros and cons of owning one.  And of course, if you do normally comment and have a thermomix, I would still love to hear from you too - LOL !!!

Have the best day !

TFTD : If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

I'm Still Here

I cannot believe how quickly time is going.  I used to think that it was because I was getting older but even some younger people that I have spoken to have said how quickly time is passing.  I wonder if maybe 1 second is no longer taking 1 second to pass - maybe it's really only 1/2 second and so what we previously knew as 1 minute is actually only 1/2 minute ?  Oh, I may just bring my mind back from wherever it was going with this train of thought.

The paperwork is all signed.  Today the contract on our place goes unconditional.  And, three weeks on Friday we move - eeeeeeeek - that is just around the corner.  Having said that I am quite glad we have a reasonably quick settlement as it means we can get on with the adventure in our new home and all that building entails !!

If only I didn't have so many things on at the moment I could get heaps more packing done.  Monday night we went to the Suns v Essendon NAB challenge game.  While we were very scrappy in the first two quarters, they seemed to pull their fingers out in the second half and, in the dying seconds of the game kicked a behind to win by 1 point.  A real nail biter for the first game of the year but I think it would have done their confidence the world of good - being able to come back like that after the start that they had, shows their commitment to winning.  In some ways I feel a bit like that - we seem to have struggled for a while with the whole house thing and now we are so close to the end and being able to pull it all off - we just need to get through the next couple of weeks before things can settle down again.

I am trying to get around to read blogs but haven't been as successful as I would have liked.  Please don't think I have forgotten about you, I haven't, I'm just running short on time.  I am trying to get ahead of my work so that the time I take off when we move, isn't made more stressful by knowing that I left work undone in the office.  We had already planned on going away in April and we have canned that trip - it was just getting too hard trying to tie it in with the move and finances.  We are hoping to get down to Melbourne for a weekend while we are off in April but will wait and see if that happens or not.

Have the best day that you can !

Do you have any tips to share about moving ?
Especially if you have lived somewhere
over 13 years and are married to a hoarder.

TFTD : Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that's the one that is going to help you grow.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Deep Breaths

While our contract for the house we are buying only goes unconditional on settlement of the sale of our home, the contract on our current home goes unconditional next Thursday.  As far as we can tell, it looks like it's all a go as there was nothing major in the building and pest inspection and it appears that they have finance sorted - the bank valuer was around yesterday and, as he was only there about 8 mins, I figure he is either going to pull the plug on the deal or it was a no brainer they would get it - I'm going with, it was a no brainer they are going to get it.

Poor A is so busy with work, I think there are times when he doesn't even know what my name is never mind where he lives - in fact, I don't think he gives a rat's butt where he lives - so long as wherever it is he has a comfy bed to come home to, he will be happy.

This may prove to be a little more than a little challenging for us over the next 4 weeks - settlement is 4 weeks from today which means that all his cr*p in the shed, in the garage, around the yard and down the side and back of the house - HAS TO BE MOVED.  This will be no small feat.  And, given he is working tomorrow, that is one Saturday that nothing will be done.  Factor in we received a pile of docs (probably about one trees worth of paper) in the mail yesterday that we have to read, understand, sign and send back to the solicitors asap - which means we probably won't get much done on Sunday which will be spent going through said pile of documents - which in turn means there are 3 weekends left before we move.

Oh yes, on top of this we have one truss in the roof which needs to be fixed and one shower which needs to be re-grouted / sealed / something done to - hopefully there is nothing else in the building report that entails us having to do anything other than pack !!

I am astounded about the truss in the roof - apparently it looks like it was cut by the guy putting the air-conditioning into the lounge room.  Wouldn't you think that if they needed to cut something like a truss to get the aircon installed, they would at least have said "Hey mate, we cut a truss to get this thing installed." so that we could get it fixed ?  Well clearly I think they should have but maybe I am wrong about this !!!

Anyone who has been reading my blog will know that A is a hoarder - in fact, he is a hoarder of note. During the week when I was packing up the sideboard, I put in a pile some old table cloths that we no longer use as well as a three candle holder - a wrought iron one that I think we may have brought from South Africa with us.  It is not a pretty candle holder.  It is not even a candle holder that we have used in forever.  This is the conversation that ensued :

A : What are you doing with this stuff ?
Me : Giving it to Lifeline.  No actually Mom said she would take it to somewhere else as if you drop it at Lifeline, people go through it before it gets collected and just pinch it so I told her I didn't care where it went so long as it went.
A : What about this runner ?
Me : That's on the pile - it's going too.
A : Why don't you use it on the side-board ?
Me : Because it doesn't make anything in the diningroom and we don't need a dust collector.
A : What about the candle holder ?
Me : That's also on the pile - it's going to.
A : Why ?
Me : Because we haven't  used it in forever and we don't need another candle holder that we don't use - IT'S JUST STUFF and we are getting rid of it.

I thought I made myself pretty clear in the above conversation.  Clearly I didn't.  A little while later I see the candle holder and a few other things by his keys on the kitchen bench.  I didn't say anything because I thought he may be taking them to work to see if someone there wants them.  Why they would I don't know but hey, so long as we don't have it anymore I don't care.

Last night I went into the garage - and what do I find ?  The candle holder !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I don't know if maybe he is channeling his feminine side and going to put candles up in his shed when he is working there - or maybe the electricity isn't sorted yet and so he needs light - I don't know.  What I DO KNOW is that that bloody candle holder is not coming inside again !!

On that note I had better go and see how many decent packing boxes I can find.  Luckily I work close to a pool supplies wholesaler and they have some really good packing boxes they are happy to save for me - I just need to keep carting them down and trying to fit them into the car.

Have the best weekend !  And, if you live on the Gold Coast and have a free hour and want a laugh - pop in and watch me sorting through cr*p  and trying to decide whether A will remember we had a particular item before taking my life into my own hands and tossing it into the 'give it away' pile !

What are your plans for the weekend ?
Are they as much fun as mine ?

TFTD :   I have discovered the patience of miracles and how, when you wait for them, they will show up, often in disguise but there nonetheless.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Auslan Is Fun

I think I mentioned before that K and I had signed up for an Auslan course.  Well last week was our first lesson and, to say I drove home feeling more than a little over whelmed would be a total understatement !  I wondered how I would manage to remember anything she had signed.

That night we had an interpreter which was great - he was fantastic (I know, it's his job, he should be good at it) but it was amazing to watch the interaction between the two of them as they were signing and he was telling us what Diana was signing.  It was quite a technical night in terms of explaining how signing came about, Diana's story (she was born deaf, her parent's are both deaf and her siblings are all deaf but none of her grandparents were deaf), sentence structure (or lack of) and where we can go online for help during the week if we need it / get stuck.  And then he told us that he was only there for one night and there was a massive "What ?" from everyone.  "How are we going to manage ?" - and he just laughed and said we would be fine.

Well, last night was the second lesson, and the first lesson with no interpreter, and it was amazing.  It was so much fun and there was so much laughing - not at people because they got things wrong - but because of what the sign actually meant when they made the wrong sign !!!  We had been shown 'light' and then a little later she asked us what we thought 'photocopier' was - we all had some funny action with a camera and a light - but no, it was paper with the light underneath it.  Later on during the class we were going over all the words written on the white board and she got to 'photocopier' except, we couldn't quite remember it, and if you have the light the wrong way i.e. facing up instead of down, that's the sign for 'fart'.  There were huge shrieks of laughter as she told us what some of us had been signing.

On our way home I said to K that we are definitely going to have to put aside time every day to practise because, like any language, you can't expect to be proficient in it if you don't practise.

I am joining in with Rhianna over at The Parenting Life for Thankful Thursday because I am very thankful that I have this opportunity to learn another language which may open doors for a future career move for me (apparently interpreters are highly sought after and there is a very limited supply to meet the need).

Have the best Thursday !

What are you thankful for today ?

TFTD : When people undermine your dreams, predict your doom or criticise you, remember, they're telling you their story, not yours.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Woohooo !!


While our home hasn't been on the market for months and months, or heaven forbid, years, it has been a rather stressful time for me since we put it on the market on Christmas Eve.  But, today, we finally agreed on a price with a prospective buyer and have a contract on it.  Now it's just for the bank to find value in it and the building and pest inspection. Then we are good to go !!!

Well - sort of - there have been a few hiccups with the place we are buying BUT, I had another win this morning when A agreed that even if the purchase of the place we want falls through, we will rent and be a cash buyer and just look for something else - win, win all around !

If you had told me years ago that I would be the one who was positive about a tree change and happy to let my home become someone else's home, I would have laughed at you.  I would have said that you 'were smoking your socks' (as we say in our family).  I can see just how much I have grown and changed my attitude about how I deal with issues that come up.  I have, finally, realised that there is no point in worrying about the things that I have no control over.  I have realised that worrying about the things that I cannot change is a waste of my energy.

Today I am thankful for the contract that we have on our home but more importantly, I am thankful for how I have grown and how my attitude has changed to allow me to enjoy life more fully instead of spending so much time worrying about the things I have no control over.

Have the best day !

Have you joined in with Rhianna from The Parenting Life for Thankful Thursday ?  
What are you thankful for today ?

TFTD :  It's better to look back on life and say "I can't believe I did that," than to look back and say "I wish I did that."

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