Sunday, September 7, 2014

They're back............. Filling in on Fridays....

I think I like these fill-ins because they appeal to the cloze freak in me...but maybe you have be a teacher to get it....

  1. If only cats could talk then it would save so much time trying to figure out what the "Yeeeooowll" means.......this time.
  2. Poppies in a vase reminds me of my Grandpa who used to grow them.
  3. I think of chocolate when I haven't got a single piece in the house.
  4. A sense of perspective is the most special thing life has given me.                             

Thursday, June 19, 2014


I think I've had my last birthday party, at least that's the plan.  This year I celebrated my birthday for so long that I almost didn't do anything on the day itself.  

It began with a weekend away with some of my dearest friends in the beautiful Yarra Valley.  Weeks ago we thought it might be a plan to celebrate the 230 years we "0" birthday people had amassed by this year......three of us wondering how it came to be our 60th, and the baby celebrating his 50th.  Jackie did what she does best and organised the bookings, the money, the rooms, the dinner, and probably the weather too.  Ev promised to wear different shoes and Ali threatened to decorate her mobility aids.....and in a flash our weekend arrived.

Here we are on the lawn in the middle of the afternoon, beginning the celebration.  I'm sure Greg had a wine glass too, but its hidden!

On the weekend of my birthday I filled the house with friends, truly a wonderful sight, and we talked and ate and drank the evening away.  There were my oldest friends, women from school with whom no explanations for anything are ever necessary and with whom I can have half conversations of unfinished sentences with perfect clarity.  There were friends from workplaces with whom I share so much that is ridiculously funny and politically incorrect and totally incomprehensible to anyone else.  There were my parents holding court in different rooms, my sister-in-law and niece and our resident big friendly South African weaving in and out with bottles of champagne and putting faces to names.  There were Si's mates who have become my friends too and who graciously agreed to come and collectively reduce the age-range by several years.  Jackson outdid himself and produced an enormous baklava which Kim turned into my birthday cake - without candles, since I hid them.  It was a great party, even if I say it myself.

On my actual birthday there were several anti-climaxes and in the end I opted for fish and chips out of paper, accompanied by good champagne.  Mmmm....scallops.....Good Grief, they're $2 each!

Simon would have been 27 this year and as always I had mixed emotions when visiting his grave.  Its a beautiful place where birds always sing and fly about above my head and land on the water nearby and splash about, and as usual the drizzling rain stopped and for a brief time it was sunny.  I like to believe this is Simon's way of telling me he knows I'm there.  I cleaned his stone, like generations of women have done in the past, and walked around the gardens to take in the changes each season brings.  When I came back to say goodbye, the tree above dripped a solitary raindrop onto his name and I joined in.  It is so hard to believe that he wont walk past, wont drive in, wont come sliding down the hall in his socks.

This is my final birthday present, a remarkable collection of origami hearts, each folded by someone on staff at my workplace, and arranged and framed by the irrepressible Bee who donated the book she hated most to be torn up and folded.  On the back is a key to whose heart is whose.  I cant wait to hang it in the best place in my studio.

Friday, May 2, 2014

It cant be this long...........

....but it is, since last I opened this blog and put pen to paper.  Except that its finger tips to keyboard, but old habits (and expressions) die hard.

Have absolutely no money left in the discretionary budget now after thinking I was so clever and replacing my leased laptop with a tablet.  That was the easy bit, and its a lovely new toy, albeit with a small screen, but what are spectacles for after all?  Barely an hour had gone by when it became clear that new little devices do not like clunky old printers....a new driver?  Forget it, a whole new GPS more like it, so back to the store and a new printer/scanner/alarm clock/oven purchased for less than the price of my old ink cartridge.  And I'm joking about the last two options...........but only just.

Settling in with my now wireless tablet, in front of the fire and wanting music in the background but ......dead amplifier.  This ancient piece of equipment is the last of a tower of technology purchased secondhand from a car dealership 30 years ago.  You'd have to ask Peter why he did that, but since he's not here to reply, I can suggest that the quirkiness of it probably appealed to him, and it would have been cheap.  Luckily no-one was videoing the song and dance it took to replace the old with the new; I merely say that I am now an expert in speaker wiring, torch juggling and squeezing myself into spaces only meant for cats.

I've missed musing here in the silence............  Note to self, remember to write instead of holding conversations with oneself.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Last of the lists.....Week 4 (and a bit)

22.  Today I saw.....
  • magpies in the garden scratching their beaks on the rose bush
  • bees under the clothes line
  • the kitchen bench for the first time in days
  • two red Mini Minors
  • umbrellas made from green leaves
23.  Things I wish I'd learned to do....
  • ride a bicycle
  • speak another language
  • play the piano
24.  Things I collect....
  • books about the alphabet
  • flower arranging frogs
  • postcards
  • decorative eggs
25.  Things I lost and wish I could replace
  • my wedding ring
  • my first camera
  • the photos in my wallet
26.  Books on my 'to read' list
  • Judging a book by its lover by Lauren Leto
  • The wonder box by Roman Krznaric
  • Saint maybe by Anne Tyler
  • Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks
  • The Opal Desert by Di Morrissey
27.  Today I'm wearing
  • Black jeans and t shirt
  • Black sandals
  • Red jacket
  • Black and white reading glasses
  • silver jewellery
28.  Guilty pleasures
  • chocolate
  • grilled haloumi
  • reading a book from start to finish without stopping 
29.  Lists I make
  • shopping
  • UFOs
  • things to pack
  • Birthday presents
  • Christmas presents
30.  Things I'd rather be doing
  • reading
  • eating
  • exploring 
...and if you go to my other blog you'll see what I did with this list as inspiration.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The list of week 3

15.  Shopping List items (from the perpetual one)
  • milk
  • meat for the cats
  • tea (lemon and ginger)
  • double sided tape
  • black cherry yoghurt
16. Dream jobs
  • genealogy librarian
  • hot air balloonist
  • reader of new books
  • wild life photographer
17. Songs that evoke memories
  • theme from Doctor Who - the music of my childhood
  • The Blues Brothers soundtrack - instant reminder of my son
  • Wonderful World - instant reminder of my husband
  • South Pacific soundtrack - instantly transports me to my parent's living room and everyone singing along
  • .......too many to list - its a list in itself!!
18. Things that make it Thanksgiving.....hmmm....we dont celebrate it in Australia, so a quintessential Day here is Melbourne Cup Day (which is NOTHING like Thanksgiving at all).....
  • sunshine
  • champagne
  • wonderful clothes
  • beautiful horses
  • roses
19. Recipes I want to try
  • overnight jam made with berries and chia seeds
  • individual chocolate puddings
  • Jamie Oliver's korma curry
  • something that uses verjuice
  • calamari
20. Places I'd love to visit (oh this is a list like music....and in no particular order)
  • Pompeii
  • Egypt
  • everywhere in Italy
  • everywhere in Turkey
  • Canada
  • Uluru
  • Bungle Bungle Ranges
  • Bungle Bungles
  • ........have to stop somewhere!
21. Things to do this Spring (because on this side of the world its not Autumn)
  • replace the lavender hedge
  • make the last 2 mosaic posts
  • make space for family coming to stay
  • go on holiday!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Lists.....Week 2

And now we're into the second week, and the list topics are even more interesting.

8.  In my bag.....
  • hand cream, nail file, lipstick, brush & comb
  • phone
  • money
  • notebook & pen
  • a collection of stickers
  • a handful of business cards from the market last weekend
9.  Favourite websites......(apart from my creative friends)
10.  On my wishlist...........
  • travel to Italy
  • keep bees
  • have a garden full of birds and butterflies
11.  My TO-DO list today.......
  • put resources on a USB for my student teacher
  • eat a healthy lunch
  • ring my cousin to make some plans for Christmas Day
12.  Daily Rituals
  • get up an hour later (its a non-teaching day)
  • make the bed before having a shower
  • check emails
  • complete the daily sudoku before the tea gets cold
  • water the pots on the front porch
13. DIYs I want to try
  • tile around the new bench
  • a log cabin quilt (which might just turn out to be a pin cushion instead)
14. Things I love about life
  • surprises lurk in unexpected places
  • every day is a new one
  • there's always a to-do list for tomorrow
  • it includes friends and food

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Lists....Week 1

Working from the top...........'cos that's the way I am.  Lists for week 1

1.  Things about myself .......
  • leave things til the last minute
  • forever multi-tasking
  • rather go out with friends than almost anything else
  • like to have all the facts
2.  Things I'm good at ..............
  • driving
  • talking
  • samauri sudoku
  • opening champagne
3.  Things I would like to get done this month.....
  • remember to complete the lists
  • make the Christmas puddings
  • empty the ironing basket
  • finish my Book Group book before the night we discuss it
 4.  Things I'm listening to.......
  • ABC Melbourne radio
  • my "stay focussed" playlist on Spotify
  • The Cat Empire
  • Fat Cat complaining that dinner hasn't arrived
5.  Weekend goals........
  • pull out the rest of the old lavender bed
  • plant the daphne
  • make the boxes for my bookmarks
  • make the bed
6.  Favourite words......
  • apoplectic
  • cromulent
  • precipitation
  • chocolate
7.  Blog goals.........
  • write more regularly
  • update the look
  • comment on the things I like because no-one sees a smile
  • decide if I really want to maintain them both 
....more next week.