Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Happy Australia Day!

here's a peek at the cards I made this week. And a shot of Jack showing off his bucket that was needed for a great day at the Cotter Dam. All Day. aaaallll day. we swam and swam and swam - it was fantastic and so relaxing - haven't done the family outing thing for a year or so - Australia Day public holiday. But answer me this.. why did they make Russell Crowe (Russell Crowe for God's Sake) an ambassador for Sydney ???? - he's a new zealander.


Friday, January 25, 2008

Thank You

How do you make someone happy? You send them a parcel of ribbons from your shop!
Look what I got from mum this morning.... aren't they beautiful? So Beautiful. My head is buzzing with ideas...

must go make beautiful stuff.


Thursday, January 24, 2008


I survived my very first workshop as a StampinUp Demonstrator and it went really well. The ladies were so nice to me and being tupperware demonstrators themselves, knew about the nerves of a newbie, and treated me with kid gloves. Thanks so much for an awesome evening - I learnt heaps (ie. pack calculator!) and have loads of great ideas for the 4 workshops they booked with me! StampinUp have a sale on this month - buy $100 worth and receive a free stamp set - great month to start my workshops in!

Thanks to Katie, my upline, for getting me over the line (ie. lend apron!) - so very appreciated.

These are the cards I made for the workshop, very basic, but made a little splash so I'm happy.

And would you look at this butterfly - John and Jack had a moment together (while I was out) and they had a visit from this beautiful butterfly. It made me smile because I believe Charlie's spirit is a butterfly. And the orange and the blue were the same colours as the wrap Charlie was buried in.


PS. I wondered if writing about Charlie would make people feel too sad to visit again, but that is what happened to us and being open about it helps me to grieve and move on. I'm having trouble moving on but thanks to a great counsellor and a really great boss I will get better.

Saturday, January 19, 2008


Thought I'd let Professor Hawkins know that since receiving the DigestEasy, Jack has been going great - I give him 2.67ml every day, or I put a couple of drops into whatever I'm cooking. Seems to be working fine. Amazing. I made the mistake a giving it to him neat the very first time... I can hear you cringeing from here... couldn't believe I could be so stupid. It burns worse than a neat whiskey. But now he drinks it fine and it works great in the cooking - a bit of ginger in a stir fry is a good thing!

And my beloved husband bought me a starter kit for StampinUp for christmas this year. Awesome! I am teaching my first workshop on Tuesday night. They requested kids cards - I want it to be a really happy inspiring workshop so wish me luck. (Apparently some people I know think I'm angry and not fun to be around and not worth the trouble - well when you finally lose one of your children I might just repeat that back to you, you idiot.)

I'll leave you with this photo...


Thursday, January 10, 2008

a post for my SIL

hi Shelly and Ashabandha,

It was lovely having Bernard over for christmas. Everyone really appreciated his visit. We especially appreciated it when we brought the power lines down and we had our very own electrician to fix the huge, HUGE catastrophic problem of bringing the power lines down. We are now using travel hair dryers that suit the american wattage.

Christmas day was spent with Tracie, Barry, and the kids (Lochlin, Gareth, Alistair and Shayne), Shirley, Bruce, me, John and Jack. Heaps of fun, food and presents. Australian Monopoly arrived and Aunty Madge cleaned up, Lochlin found a hidey hole under the mat for his extra millions and Alistair learnt how to blackmail his uncle.

Boxing Day brought Anne, Noel and the two puppies from Adelaide (rookie and razoo) which pleased tipper no end (the farm dog).. and Paul and Bernard from Canberra. More presents, more food and the kitchen table extensions came out to seat all 15 of us. It took way too many visits to the supermarket for more food to feed us all for 2 weeks, 3 fridges, about 3 cases of wine and 2 of beer, endless loads of washing and we kept the slow combustion stove going (thank goodness for the colder weather) so that it would heat the gallons of hot water we needed.

Hives of activity all around the place; the cousins (Lochlin, Gareth, Alistair and Jack) spent the week building go karts from parts found in the truck shed, the big shed, the metal pile, the black plastic pile and under the pine tree; the sisters and SILs cooked up a storm - corned beef silverside, roasts, roast vegies, lasagne, pavlova, coleslaw, omelettes and porridge for brekky; the brothers and BILs cleaned out the wood shed, chopped wood and stacked it in the shed, cut down the big gum tree threatening the house, put the power lines back where they should be (!), carted hay and loads of other things that I don't know about; the MIL sat quietly in the sun room trying to keep the pain of shingles at bay - so painful to her; the FIL carted the round hay bales into the hayshed.

I was really thankful for Bernard's visit back home because John was really missing him (amongst others) and needed to spend time with him. I had a whole day with him when he was in Canberra, enroute to Townsville to see Justine... very interesting conversationalist! I was amazed by the similarities between B and John - physically. I was astounded to note that John is taller than B (its funny what you remember!) So many moments and memories made. B took a lot of photos, as did I, which I will try to post on here and I hope to finish an album to send to you soon. I hope you like the books that are on their way to you via Bernard's suitcase. They are the books that the family society wrote. So interesting and lots of info about life in Australia as a pioneer. Bernard had to prise them away from me - they were my beloved possessions - no seriously I hope you enjoy them as I do and I hope they give you a clearer understanding of the Australian wing of your family.

There's more to say but will send an email to you. This photo is for Ashabandha - Lochlin and Gareth on the 4 wheeler on the driveway outside the cabin.

talk to you soon,

Happy New Year

hello everyone,
hope you had a wonderful christmas and you enjoyed your time off work. We went to the farm for christmas with everyone, even the BIL who returned from Hawaii for the first time in 12 years. We had 15 around the table for nearly 2 weeks... exhausting and expensive! We chopped wood for the winter, made new go karts for the littlest cousin, mowed and pruned and weeded, carted hay and trimmed the big tree that was threatening the house.. a hive of activity!

the crackers I made this year - noodle boxes with labels.

the cousins who loved playing with Jack

the wood

the hay - thank god for the hay!

this is Jack with his new 'cousin inspired' go kart, dad's chainsaw helmet and just before the big race!

most of us just minutes before some of us departed for another year.
may it be a good one.