Wednesday, 1 October 2014

My Daybook: October 1st, 2014

Outside my window... 
The sun is shining, Spring is certainly here:)  Always happy to wave Winter goodbye, how do people cope with gloomy winters? I couldn't.

Photo Credit: Judi Dyer
I am thankful...
for family.  We've had a whole lot of family time recently, first my brother's wedding, then family time on Sunday with an interstate brother and his family, followed by a visit for a couple of days:):):)
Tonight our College boy arrives home for a few days!!!!! and PC's mother:) Then we'll be seeing PC's entire family at his nephew's wedding this weekend:):):)

I am thinking...
about the blessings of family.  I'm one of eight, PC one of seven, that equals a whole lot of family!:)

Learning all the time...
It's holiday's here, our energies are focused on painting bathrooms, weeding the veggie garden and building a cubby house:)

Celebrating the liturgical year......
We celebrated The Feast of St Michael this week with a Devil's Food Cake, today we're planning on celebrating the Feast of St Therese with a Red Velvet Cake
We also celebrated Jem's birthday last week, and Princess' 13th is next week.

From the kitchen...
well cakes obviously.  Mostly though I'm tossing around planning ideas for our new kitchen space.

I am creating...
beautiful bathrooms; the white walls with the white wall tiles was the perfect choice:) Reveal to be soon.

I am working on...
clothing preparations for the Wedding and travel plans

I am going...
to our nephew's wedding:)  Can't wait!!

I am hoping...
for a productive last Term this year regards lessons

I am praying...
  • for my children
  • for babies; my brother's, PC's nephew's
  • for our six family members; brothers/nephews/nieces and their new spouses/fiancee's!!! Tis 'the year of love'! 

I am pondering....
the focus for Einstein's last Term with us. Only a few more months and he 'graduates':(

I am reading...
re-reading girl fiction, Little Men (LM Alcott) and Miss Pym Disposes (Josephine Tey)

I am listening to......
nothing at present

I am hearing...
children playing; Bass on the computer, older children in the pool.

I am struggling...
shifting mindsets from all the many major activities we have enjoyed/survived within the last month, to planning lessons for our new Term next week

Clicking around...
just keeping up with my feedly reader

Around the house...
cleaning house, getting ready for my boy arriving home:)

One of my favorite things...
having all our children home together:):)

A few plans for this week...
  • Attending our nephew's Wedding:) Family time!!!
  • Starting lessons back, Einstein's last term of study with us:(
  • Belated 21st lunch for Anna Maria with a couple of friends
  • Princess' 13th!!
A little peek at my day...
Packing and cleaning, taking deep breaths

Friday, 26 September 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol 206)

My brother proposed to his girlfriend this week and she said...."Yes!" Congratulations to Dominic and Laura:) who incidentally are my most faithful blog readers within the family! (aside from PC and my children that is) So a huge Congrats shout out to the newly engaged couple:) "Love is in the air.."

Taking advantage of the school holidays I've spent time this week updating my book website. Aussie Book Threads now sports a new look, receiving a colour facelift, and a more synchronized layout, my favourite new feature is the drop down menu, it looks so professional!  I'd love some feedback, I'm aware the Home page is rather bland, open to any ideas??  And what would you like to see on the book pages? Would an attached document to print and take to the library be helpful?

When trying to 'figure out' 'how to' in regards to websites, blogs and photo editing, my experience is the most effective way of learning is to google, 'how to....'  Blog posts and youtubes are far easier to understand than the pages of manuals.

PC is enjoying our new solar panels and has been a 'boy with a new toy' this week. He daily checks our solar usage, tracking just how much we can be using at said time and how much we are saving.  I knew he's be like this, he makes me smile:):)

I'm currently undertaking an online photography course with Please Don't Say Cheese. thanks to Chareen's recommendation. I'm so enjoying it and will have far more to share about it all when I've completed the course.  For now I'm implementing tips, learning just what my camera can do and 'taking risks'. I love it! It's really interesting how I'm 'seeing' photo opportunities where I never did before.  Mostly though it's all about 'practice, practice, practice!'

Daily walks have become part of my routine now and I actually look forward to my walk each afternoon, shh don't tell PC, he has been 'encouraging' me to exercise for a looong time now, and I haven't been receptive.  Generally I take a walk around our property (150 acres) before dinner, the track takes me about 50 minutes, sometimes I go on my own, sometimes a child or three join me and sometimes PC arrives home in time to meet me on the homeward stretch.

Last night we were watching Belles on Their Toes, the sequel to Cheaper By the Dozen (1950s) and there was a scene in which PC and I soo related. Sam Harper, family friend is eneavouring to find a moment alone with Dr Lillian Gilbreth, wishing to propose.  The four oldest children and their friends are in and out of the house on their way to a dance, dramas ensue and Mama Gilbreth sets off to the dance to 'right' a misunderstanding, Sam tags along.  Sam finally stops trying to find a moment alone, as the mamma of many doesn't have many such moments. We found the drama so relate-able, some days when PC and I are trying to have an uninterrupted conversation, a moment alone we give up, it can become farcical.  Though we did find time to go out on a dinner date this week, even without the baby:):)

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Awarded Twice!

This morning I was delighted to receive the Liebster Award from Renee. The Liebster award is a high five in recognising and supporting the work of fellow bloggers.  Renee is a talented writer; articulate, thought provoking and engaging, I am surprised and humbled to receive this award from Renee.

1. If you could star in a movie, which one would it be?
Struggling to answer this about Cheaper By The Dozen (the old version) I'm nearly living that;) Obviously I'll be the mother, warm and efficient. Mmm maybe I need to keep working on the efficient part.

2. Tell me something you are good at.
Talking, definitely talking;) I hope I'm good at listening too.

3. Tell me something you are bad at.
Colour selections, I suspect I might have a slight case of colour blindness, I can't seem to 'see' shades. I rely on PC to select colours and he is good at it:)

4. If you could live in any part of the world, where would you live?
Right here, the North Coast is a beautiful place to live.  There is a reason why it's a popular holiday destination. The beach, mountains, rainforest, national parks, a slower pace of life.  Life's good.

5. Morning or night person?
I can 'burn the candles' at both ends. But my preference is morning.  I love to arise before any other family members, though lately our three youngest boys are waking earlier and earlier:(

6. What is your most embarrassing moment?
Just one! I've often embarrassed myself. Actually I'm now of little shame, comfortable with my quirkiness.

7. If you won the Lotto, what would you do with the money?
Oh we've talked about this a lot. We'd invest the money so it could continue to generate income, this way we could donate monies to causes dear to our hearts and PC could retire and be home full time, enjoying life with us.

8. How did you meet your other half?
We meet 'in The Rocks'. Country folks from the North Coast and we had to go all the way to the City to meet.  We belonged to an organisation called Rural Youth (Junior Farmers) and had traveled to Sydney with our respective clubs to attend the Royal Easter Show.  All our clubs went to dinner and we sat next to each other:):)

9. What is your dream career?
I'm living it. Seriously I'm very contented and fulfilled at home full time with my children. Sometimes I wonder about 'one day' when the children are all grown.  I'd love to own a used bookstore, combining my love of books, retail selling and people but I can't see it being a financial success.

10. What is your favourite 'me time' activity?
Reading and spending uninterrupted time with my Prince Charming:)

Awarding the Liebster Award to:
Mary at Better Than Eden
Therese at Ordinary Lovely
Angela at Three Plus Two
Jessica at Housewifespice
Olivia at The Magic and The Mundane
Ainsley at From The Verandah
Mel at Coal Valley View
Jo at Country Life Experiment
Laura at String of Pearls
Irish Mum at AirSkull

The second award - I was awarded the Sunshine Award from my daughter Rose Red, 10. (Read her answers, most delightful, and she'd love some comment love too:) Rose Red is a fledgling writer and I'm enjoying these glimpses into her thoughts.

Rose Red's questions for me:

1. What is your favourite food?
Freshly baked bread, however I suspect it makes me sick, I'm on a journey to find alternatives. Fortunately I've discovered sourdough bread and not only do I love it but it loves me:)

2. What is your favourite cake?
Not a huge fan of cake, none of my family are, but if I had to chose always chocolate mud cake, then moist carrot or banana cakes.

3. What is your favourite thing to do?
Snuggling up reading with my children. Spending uninterrupted time with my husband, golly can we even remember such an event!

4. What is your favourite flower? 
Waratahs, actually I love all Australian flowers.

5. What is your favourite holiday? eg. Christmas, Birthday.
Easter and Christmas.
Renewed by the immersion in the religious ceremonies leading up to Easter and then the joy of the Resurrection!
Love the awe and wonder of the Birth of Our Lord, the excitement of the children.

I'm awarding the Sunshine Award to some local ladies:
Helena at Life Across the River
Karen at Pieces of Contentment
Marijke at Amongst Gum Trees
Rachel at Red Cat Inn

Combining my questions for both awards and posing the following to both nominated groups:

Questions for Both Awards:
1. How do you express yourself creatively?
2. What is your favourite genre of books?
3. What is a favourite childhood book?
4. If you had a whole day to 'yourself' what would you choose to do?
5. Would you consider yourself an introvert, extrovert or somewhere in the middle?
6. What is your preferred method of exercise?
7. Share a quote that has 'spoken' to you
8. What is your favourite genre of movies?
9. Share one blog you 'must read' regularly?
10. How many bloggers and whom have you met irl?

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Jem Turns Six!!

Happy 6th Birthday to our Darling Jem
Our bright, humorous, wild boy
Many happy, happy birthday wishes:):)
Lots of love{{}}

Friday, 19 September 2014

Sun Power

Our solar panels were installed today.  It was astonishing the speed in which it all occurred.

The solar company and the electricians arrived and 3 hours later we were taking full advantage of the power generated by the sun.

Our plan now is to become smart solar users, changing habits to ensure electrical appliances run during the daylight hours. Thus maximising solar power and reducing the electrical bill.