Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Are You A Housewife?

I found this delightful poem over at The Sparrow's Nest - a wonderful blog from Mrs Wilt, that I have been lurking at lately :) If you are a lover of all things homely and civilised, you must go and have a look.


The Housewife
My days are days of small affairs,
Of trifling worries, little cares--
A lunch to pack, a bed to make,
A room to sweep, a pie to bake,
A hurt to kiss, a tear to dry,
A head to brush, a bow to tie,
A face to wash, a rent to mend,
A meal to plan, a fuss to end.
A hungry husband to be fed--
A sleepy child to put to bed.
I, who had hoped some day to gain
Success--perhaps a bit of fame,
Must give my life to small affairs,
Of trifling worries, little cares.
But should tomorrow bring a change,
My little house grow still and strange--
Should all the cares I know today
Be swept, quite suddenly, away,
Where now a hundred duties press
Be but an ache of loneliness;
No child's gay ribbon to be tied,
No wayward little feet to guide.
To Heaven then would rise my prayers:
"Oh God, give back my little cares!"

-Tramp Star

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A Lesson.

You would think, wouldn't you, that I would know better. Better than to leave accommodation issues until less than two weeks before we go away. Especially when I know there are going to be hundreds of netballers (and their families) from all over the state converging on one little town.
Slim pickings, friends. Very slim indeed. Unless I am prepared to pay upwards of $200 a night. Which I'm not. Although, a little luxury may be just what I need right now *smile*
If I didn't have to go away the next weekend as well, I would go all out in some 5 star hotel!
Ah well, I'd best get back to the hunt...

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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

All Finished!



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Tuesday Mornings are Good For...

...Cleaning kitchen cupboards!
And that is what I am currently taking a tea-break from - as seen by the pictures below.
Al that remains is to place everything on the bench (and the dining table) neatly back into their rightful homes.

Apart from that little whirlwind of activity, everything here is very quiet...



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Monday, May 29, 2006

Music I'm Loving...


Right now, I'm listening to Live - Songs from Black Mountain
What a great album! Click on the link to read about the songs and what Ed Kowalczyk, the lead singer, has to say about what inspired the writing of them. I find it to be quite a spiritual take on the usual rock album, and I'm loving it! You may have heard the single "The River" - the song that inspired me to buy the album. My favourite track is "Love Shines (A Song for My Daughters About God)".

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Birthday Girls.

We had a lovely night last night - out for a combined birthday dinner with very good friends and family.
Much merriment was enjoyed by all and the two gorgeous girls themselves were spoiled rotten! As they both deserve to be :)
After two glasses of wine (it doesn't take much), my photography skills weren't much chop, but I managed to get two beautiful pics. The first is of Miss Gabbie and Miss Brooklyn before we left the house, and the second is of Miss Sarah and Miss Brooklyn when the cake came out.
Aren't they all too beautiful?



Today was netballing again, and Miss Brooklyn had a bit of a crisis - she wasn't playing with her usual team, but the Regional team, and thought she just wasn't good enough. She was tired and unwell, which contributed towards her meltdown. Consequently, she didn't play her best, but started to come right towards the end of the day, when her coach that she has had for years, turned up and helped her to feel better about it all.
She will be fine, and I'm proud of her no matter what!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend in blogging land - I will catch up with you all in the next day or so.

Talk soon...

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Friday, May 26, 2006

Laundry and Birthday Pressies.

Today, I hobbled around and did lots of laundry :) Miss Brooklyn very kindly hiked down to the clothes line to hang it out for me.
I also made this for Miss Sarah, whose birthday was on Wednesday (14 going on 30), and whom we are going out with on Saturday night for a combined celebration.
It's scented "stones" inscribed with letters to spell out her name. Excuse the photo, but it was the best I could do. I also have the stone made for Brooklyn's name, but will finish it next week.
Tonight, I make a card for Sarah and finish the photo booklet for Brooklyn. Then it's wrapping gifts :)

Tomorrow it's netball (of course), and then a quick trip to the shops to pick up the cakes for The Party. I promise to take the camera and will post pics on Sunday.

Talk soon...

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Ouch!

CAUTION: UGLY FEET PHOTOS IN THIS POST!
If you are offended by feet, do not read on.

Well, I guess this is what happens when you are on the go constantly. You are forced to slow down...

Last night, while playing netball in the freezing cold, I landed on someone elses foot and rolled my ankle (for the gazillionth time). This is the result this morning:




On the upside, I can't go anywhere, so I get to stay at home all day - although I should go to the physiotherapist. However, I may need to keep a kid or two at home to do things like go to the clothesline for me, as it's a perilous journey when I have two good legs!
As much as I would like to stay in bed and play possum all day, the best thing is to keep it moving - as evidenced by how SORE it was when I got out of bed this morning.

I have lots of crafty things and housework to keep me busy all day, and I'm so happy that I can stay in and get it all done :)

Talk soon...

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

It's Not Fair!

This whole online shop thing is starting to get very frustrating. After not hearing from the mob I'm going through for a month, I managed to remember to write to them last night, only to get a reply that "sassyrose.com" isn't available as a domain name. Hmmph!

So now I have to come up with something else - simple and easy to remember.

On the home front, today I have to go out and organise a birthday cake for Miss Brooklyn, and pick up her birthday present. Now normally, I would make a cake (of course), but we are going out for dinner and celebrating a double birthday on Saturday (my girlfriend's daughter). The cake of choice is a cheesecake - and it has gone from being a dozen people to 25 people! I'm not making a cake for 25 people, I'm sorry - especially not a cheesecake. LOL
I am however making presents, so I will post pics when they are done. I have also decided to allow Brooke a mobile (cell) phone - only because she is at netball training so much, and if I forget about her (no, it hasn't happened - yet), she can call me :) Miss Gabbie has her nose out of joint a little, as she didn't get her phone until her 13th birthday, and Brooke is only going to be 12 - how awful! Oh, and she wants a NEW phone, thank you very much. Well, she can just wait until November for her special day.

The house has gone to rack and ruin this week, I'm afraid. I hate when I'm this busy and don't have time to putter and fuss around the cottage - next week for sure, I will be staying a home and not poking my nose out the door! I need to recharge before next month when I have to be away for a fair bit with netball.

I hope you are all having a lovely week :)
Talk soon...

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Inspiration.

I found this on the net and I love it. Something to aspire to...


WHAT MAKES A WOMAN UNFORGETTABLE?

"I did but see her passing by,
And yet I love her till I die"

No one is sure to whom these haunting words were addressed. But one thing is certain: since the beginning of time there have been women like that, women who seem to have been born with a grace and charm that makes them live on forever in the hearts of those who know them.
What makes them unforgettable? Why does one woman have this magic while others, though they are kind and attractive, pass and are gone? There is no easy answer. Yet if you query men (who should know) certain characteristics are mentioned again and again.

Sex appeal, of course, most unforgettable women have; yet by itself it is not enough. Many of the memorable women of history retained their captivating charm in old age and kept the devoted attention of the men who had loved them in their youth. Beauty, certainly, does no harm, but some of the most intriguing women have not been beautiful.

Perhaps the most universal answer is that the unforgettable woman is warm and responsive. In my own informal poll three out of four men thought that responsiveness was what indeared a woman to them most of all. "There are people," said the brilliant French essayist, Raoul de Roussey de Sales, "who transmit to others their particular emotional atmosphere; who show you how to love, to suffer, to be happy, to laugh at the humorous things in life."

The unforgettable woman is like that. You know that she is aware of you. Her mind is hospitable to your ideas, her heart to your joys and sorrows. She is not an onlooker of life. On the contrary, she is in the middle of it. She cares; things happen to her; she happens to them.

Everything a man does with such a woman becomes a memory. Because she was delighted, intrigued, curious...he remembers the morning he took her to the Fisherman's Market for breakfast; because she made it fun to walk in the rain the night the car broke down, he remembers her every time it the reain falls. She can eat happily in a rowboat or in the most exclusive restaurant. "She belongs to the moment she is in," said a stockbroker. "She gives herself to the thing she is doing." Almost all greatly loved women have had this quality of joy in the moment.

Since she is responsive, the unforgettable woman has a genius for discovering what is worthwhile in another person. This one is witty, but his shyness prevents people from knowing it. She sparks that wit and sets if flowing. Under a hard-boiled exterior, this other one is a dreaming idealist. The responsive woman comes quietly on this hidden bloom and rejoices in it.
Paradoxically, the unforgettable woman has a deep core of "aloneness." She is a person in her own right. She is not lost in the crowd, and this is not to say that she stands out as the life of the party. It is rather that she has a sense of serenity and personal security, that some of her joys are inward, that she has a satisfying existence in her own mind and imagination. This integrity and inward richness keeps such a woman from any slavish desire to please. It gives her a wonderful simplicity and protects her from fussiness and pettiness.

The unforgettable woman is also feminine, but she is not necessarily assertive about it. Recently a young dance instructor, who sees hundreds of women a year, make a remark that struck me as illuminating. "The woman who keeps pushing her femininity isn't really feminine at all," he said. "The really feminine woman isn't proving anything. She isn't always getting into the conversation. She doesn't try to make you notice her and her clothes. It's just that when you are with her you feel like a man."

Other men agree. This feeling, they say, is induced by the fact that the very womanly woman has a tenderness for a man. She never thinks of herself as engaged in a hand-to-hand struggle to get what is coming to her. She likes men, respects and admires what they are trying to achieve, hopes to make them happy. It is not sexual prowess or a fawning helplessness or the ability to wear clothes that makes a woman feminine, but tenderness and concern and the willingness to sacrifice for others.

Must the unforgettable woman be intelligent? "Yes," say an astonishing number of men. Intelligence can flower into a rich and mellow wisdom, a magic something that helps us get the most our of the world we live in; or it can be a weapon with which to destroy. If a woman's intelligence is the whetstone on which she hones the little barbs that destroy a man, she'll be unforgettable all right-but not in a way that can give her much joy. But if her intelligence is an adjunct to the subtler understanding of the heart; if it helps her to build a bridge between a man's thought and hers; if, when he talks to her, he finds himself thinking more brilliantly and profoundly that is his wont, then he will remember her with warmth and delight.

What else? Victorian though it may sound, a woman is unforgettable because she is good. To be sure, some very unvirtuous ladies, both free with their favours and stingy with their love, have lodged themselves in men's minds. But, to an astonishing degree, the women who have lived in history as unforgettable have been "good" women not always conventional, perhaps, but honourable, loving, courageous and generous.

Indeed, the woman who lacks these qualities has a short tenure on charm, for goodness is more imperishably beautiful than anything else. Pettiness and hatred, meanness and greed take very little time to inscribe their unlovely handiwork on a woman's face.

Finally, the unforgettable woman makes other people feel larger than life. She gives a man the sense of being more than he thought he was, leads him further than he thought he could go. "When you're with a woman you really know and trust," said a thoughtful acquaintance, "you say and do things you've always wanted but somehow couldn't bring yourself to say and do with your everyday friends. In the end, the most unforgettable woman is the one who leads the spirit out of its hiding place."

Not many women can blaze through the pages of their time bright in the memory of thousands of people. But every woman could be unforgettable to the man who loved and chose her. For the woman a man remembers in the end is the woman he needs, the one who comforts, the one who can give him security and fruitful experience. And the more a woman seeks to live naturally by the best of herself, the more she loves, the more gentle she is in her life, the warmer her responsiveness, the more she will be the woman needed and, therefore, the woman unforgettable.

~Ardis Whitman

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Taadaa!!! Here she is - Miss Gabbie with the perfect teeth!

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Today is the Day...

...That Miss Gabbie gets her braces off and her tooth fixed!

She is very excited, as you can imagine. After 20 months, and a fair bit of pain, she is going to be able to show her beautiful self off to the world.

It will be a long day for both of us (and another day out of the house for me *sigh*), but it will be more than worth it. I will post a photo of my gorgeous eldest daughter tomorrow :)

Talk soon...

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Creating

Miss Gabbie and I stayed up a bit late last night. You see, we got into our scrapping stuff and came up with these...


This is my very first page ever (many more to come, I'm sure)


And this is Gabbie's creation (with a teensy bit of help)

We are feeling very proud of our efforts, and it's so nice to have a hobby we can share together :) I expect Miss Brooklyn will be into this too!

We had netball this morning, but the rest of the weekend is all ours - bliss! Brookie and Harry Bear are at their Dad's, so it is quiet here, in a nice way. Except for the footy that Sweetie is watching on the TV.

Sunday is going to be for puttering - I'm in the "lab" soapmaking, Miss Gabbie has illustrations for a school assignment to do, and Sweeitie is going to start sheeting the walls (hopefully!). In the afternoon, we are off to see my (VERY) pregnant sister, who will be having her babba any day now. It's a boy, and they are calling him Cooper. The nursery is all done and I want to go and have a look :)

Oh and because y'all asked soooo nicely, here is the link to the recipe I use for my laundry powder. You can find it at Snowdrift Farm - have a look around, they have a lovely site :)

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Friday, May 19, 2006

More Scrumptiousness



I am feeling utterly blissful tonight, and it's all because of the delightful Miss Dolly. In a moment of sheer unselfishness, she asked me did I want anything from the Kidston shop in London - would I! After umming and aahing over which lovely thing I REALLY wanted, I settled on these divine, vintage-inspired cake tins...and they have arrived! Thank you a million times Doll - they are so, so wonderful, and I shall treasure them (and you) forever :)

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Friday Fling

Today, I have to take Sweetie's car in for a service (as he never has time to do it).
As I will be stuck in town most of the day, I am taking the opportunity to have a nice day out - much as I would rather be at home doing something constructive.

So I will head to the $2 shop and pick up some bits and bobs for Christmas - yes, that's right, I started my Christmas shopping in February. This year I am doing up gift baskets for everyone, full of handmade goodies and little things I have picked up throughout the year. This way, it's not so hard on the purse in November and December...

I have also organised to meet two good friends for lunch, so that will be a lovely treat.

I am also going to hit the thrift stores to see what delights they hold for me this week!

Yesterday, after the trip to the orthodontist, Miss Gabbie and I went to
Lincraft and came out with a whole bunch of scrapbooking supplies - a new hobby for us, but one that we are looking forward to playing with! I am going to do up a brag book for Miss brooklyn's birthday, and I want to have a go at altered CD's - inspired by the lovely Dawn.

LOL Just what I need - another hobby (or obsession , if you will)!

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Sky Is Falling!

It's just after 6am this morning, and I was all enthused for a day of soapmaking.

Don't you love when your plans go awry?

I just woke Miss Gabbie, to find that an emergency trip to the orthodontist is in order.
Let me explain...

About 4 years ago, while larking about in the pool, she chipped off half of her front tooth. It was capped immediately, and the school dentist did a wonderful job, you couldn't even see it - even the ortho only knew because of x-rays!
Somehow, last night while she was asleep, the cap has broken off. I think maybe having the braces on weakened it, as they sit right across the joint.

She gets her braces off Tuesday, but I sure hope they don't make her wait until then to fix this - you know what teenagers are like about their looks!

So I shall ring them this morning and hopefully it will all be better by this afternoon - I'll let you know.

UPDATE: Bad news, they won't fix the tooth until the braces are off, so poor Gabbie has to go around like a toothless hillbilly for four more days! She is so not impressed, as you can imagine!!
So on Tuesday we go to the orthodontist, have the braces taken off, then to the dentist to get the cap replaced, then back to the ortho to get her retainers fitted.
Thank goodness she doesn't have to wait another year!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Simply Scrumptious!

I am giddy with delight!

Today, I got my order of
Brambleberry soap scents that I ordered.
With heady names like Sleeping Angels and Heather and Hyacinth. My favourite though, is White Tea and Ginger - the most divine scent ever!

I am going to have the most gorgeously scented laundry in the whole world!!

So guess what I'm doing tomorrow? That's right, making soap! And possibly drinking lots of wine...

For I also took delivery of my very first lot of wines from the
Wine Club I recently joined.
Yes, I will be a sweet-smelling lush in no time LOL.

It has been a good day so far - seven loads of washing done, my book finished (The Red Hat Club - fabulous!), house relatively cleanish.

I'm off to embroider those hand towels now...

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Where Does the Time Go?

Hello my lovely friends.
It seems like I don't get to come visit with you all nearly as much as I'd like to these days. That is my own fault - I'll let you in on a secret...

I am disorganised. Yes I am, especially with my time.
I'm one of those people that thinks of something and I'll decide NOW is a good time to start making this, cleaning that or visiting her.

The only problem is, this week especially, there has been no making and very little cleaning going on. All sorts of other "pressing" things have taken up my time. Things like shopping for pyjamas for the children, or shopping for a birthday present for Miss Brooklyn (less than two weeks to go and I still haven't found anything suitable), or shopping for anything really.
I have even shopped on the internet for soap-making supplies I had run out of (I will need more laundry powder soon, so really, I NEEDED to do that).

Today, however, I am staying put, right here in my cottage, and I am going to at least try and catch up on the dirty laundry that is taking over the house. It's getting to the stage where if I don't, I will need to go shopping for new underwear!!


I also want to take some time to write my very first missive for Mimi's Scrumptious Scribblings, and embroider a couple of hand towels for a friend. I'm also going to go blogging and catch up with what everyone has been doing for the last week or so.

I'm not setting myself a list a hundred miles long, as I never get through it and I only feel bad. So that is enough for today I think :)

One day soon, I am going to get super-organised, and actually stay that way. I usually last about a week, before slipping back into my old slothful and procrastinating ways. Maybe I need some help...

Anyone want to come and give me a swift kick in the you-know-what?

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Friday, May 12, 2006

What's in Store this Weekend

Hmmmph! I'm a bit cranky about Mother's Day. Guess what I'm doing?

That's right - taking the girls to a carnival. No sleep in for me - up at 5am, probably a drive-through breakfast from Maccas, and a day of sheer frustration watching Brooklyn's coach put her everywhere but in the position she plays.

Do you want to hear the story? Well too bad cos I'm going to tell you anyway! LOL
You may remember me telling you a while back about the child on the team that had the BAD attitude. Well, she is the coaches daughter. When the girls trialled for the team, they were picked at certain positions, and Brooke was picked as a shooter (because she is freakishly accurate). The problem is, this other girl insists that she play there, and the mother caves every time. Personally, I think that at this level, the coach shouldn't have a child in the team, for precisely that reason - it should be fair for all the players.

Anyway, on Tuesday, this other child also trialled for the regional team, but didn't get picked - and the mother was whinging about it. And even after watching Brooke shoot (she hasn't seen it before!) thinks that it should have been her daughter - at this point I should tell you that Brookes percentage is approx 90% - that is around the same as the Australian shooters!

So on Sunday, I am taking my little notebook, and writing down all statistics for Brooke's games, and will present them to the rep coordinator next week to state my case. Because to have any chance at State, Brooke needs to be playing in position at the next few carnivals, to get used to the harder defense players. So Mum is coming out all guns blazing on this one! LOL

That's my rant for the week. And I did warn you that winter becomes all about netball...LOL I wasn't kidding!

I'm going to get some retail therapy today, just to reduce my stress levels :)

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Well Done!

I am one proud Mama this afternoon. Miss Brooklyn made the Regional netball team today - next stop: State Trials!
And what does this mean you may ask? Well, for Brooke it means training down on the Gold Coast once a week for the next 5 weeks. For me, it means a LOT of money, a LOT of driving, and taking her to Toowoomba next month for 4 days for the trials. She will miss rep training over this time, but to be honest, she will get a better level of coaching with this team, so I'm not concerned at all.

I am going to get a job so I can pay for these girls of mine - I have found one with Netball Queensland, that requires teaching and developing netball at junior level in schools. I can do that! I figure I already spend so much time involved in netball, I may as well get paid for it LOL. I'm ringing them tomorrow, so wish me luck...

Talk soon xx

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Random Thoughts for Tuesday...

  • Bedsocks irritate the hootinannies out of me and make my feet itch terribly.
  • I hope Brooklyn does well at Regional Trials today.
  • Must moisturise more - dry weather. Bad for skin.
  • I think I'll paint the front door Crimson.
  • I'm so happy the Beaconsfield miners are finally out - it was a fantastic way to start the day.
  • A trip to the library is in order.
  • I want a horse.

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Monday, May 08, 2006

AfternoonTea...

I've been baking today. If you are in the mood, why not try these recipes...

Energy Biscuits.

125g butter 1 egg
1/2 cup sugar 1 and 3/4 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup Milo
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract/essence

Cream butter, sugars and vanilla. Beat in egg. Fold in sifted flour and Milo (makes a fairly dry mix). Roll mixture into balls and place on a greased cookie tray. Flatten with fork and bake for 12-15 minutes at 180 degrees celsius.




Spicy Apple and Oat Slice.

1 and 1/2 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats 185g butter, melted
1 cup sugar 400g can pie apple
1/2 cup dessicated coconut extra teaspoon cinnamon

Topping

1 cup flour 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder 185g butter

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Brush a shallow 30cm x 20cm tin with butter and line base and sides with baking paper.
Place flour, oats, coconut, sugar and cinnamon into a bowl and stir to combine. Make a well in the centre and pour in melted butter. Mix until all ingredienst are most. Firmly press into tin and place apple on top. Smooth with a fork and sprinkle extra cinnamon on top of apple.
Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl and stir in brown sugar. Rub in butter to a fine crumble mixture. Place on top of apple and press down.
Bake for 30 - 35 minutes until golden. Cool and cut into fingers or squares.




Apart from that, I have cleaned the house (bathrooms and floor etc), rearranged the dining room and done six loads of washing. Can you tell I'm feeling motivated today? I may even get some sewing done as well, but I'm not promising anything LOL. And lookie at what Sweetie did on the weekend!


Eventually, the handrailing will go all the way around the verandah - I can't wait to get rid of the ugly green lattice. It still needs some painting, but I think it looks fab!

Talk soon...

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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Colour Me Pink.

Pink symbolizes: love, beauty

Pink is the color of universal love. Pink is a quiet color. Lovers of beauty favor pink. A pink carnation means "I will never forget you".

Pink Energy
Pink is a combination of red and white. The quality of energy in pink is determined by how much red is present. White is the potential for fullness, while red helps you to achieve that potential. Pink combines these energies. Shades of deep pink, such as magenta, are effective in neutralizing disorder and violence. Some prisons use limited deep pink tones to diffuse aggressive behaviour.
Pink provides feelings of caring, tenderness, self-worth and love, acceptance.


Put some pink in your life when you want:
calm feelings
to neutralize disorder
relaxation
acceptance, contentment

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Look At What I Got!

Yum!!
Lots and lots of fabric to feed my addiction...
Do you see a theme happening here?





By the way, does anyone know of a good place to get labels online?

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Carless...

What a day yesterday! And not in a good way... seemed like everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Culminating in a dead car.

All was going well in the afternoon. I picked the kids up from school and drove Miss Brooklyn to netball training, which is about 20 kilometres from home (and remember we live semi-rural).
At 5 pm, when it was time to go home, we jumped in the car, I turned the key and...nothing. Not a noise. Zip. Dead car.

Thank goodness, after a year of being without a mobile phone, I bought a new one two weeks ago, so I was able to ring Yog to come and get us. He thinks it's the battery, I think it's the alternator.
Hopefully, I can get a mechanic out there today to figure it out.
Hopefully the car is still in one piece.
Hopefully, it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to fix.
Wish me luck...

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Turns out the battery in my car was well and truly past it's prime! "Collapsed" I believe is the word.
Anyway, it's replaced now and the car starts fine - which is just as well, as the computer apparently needs time to readjust itself and learn how to idle all over again! Every time I stop, the car conks out - most inconvenient I have to say. However, it only takes a day or so, I've been told. In the mean time, it makes for interesting driving on my part!

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

How Was Your Weekend?

Mine was good...exhausting, but good. The girls unfortunately were just pipped out of finals by one point. Gabbie is very, very tired and covered in bruises! Her poor legs are black and blue from being kneed all weekend, as well as being shoved in the back and taking a few balls to the face. So she is glad the weekend is over, as you can imagine. Whoever tells you netball is a non-contact sport hasn't watched it lately! They have changed the classification to semi-contact, but that still doesn't really describe it accurately...

The wedding was lovely. We had a lot of fun and I drank a little too much wine and suffered for it on Sunday (serves me right!).

Now we are back to a normal routine around here, and I have to catch up on all the things that didn't get done over the weekend - the usual Everest of laundry, some baking needs to be done and general cleaning and tidying - I also need to do the tax, due last Friday...oops! So it's a busy day for me today.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend, I look forward to catching up with everyone :)



Top photo - that was a goal! And above, the girls psyching themselves up with a Lleyton Hewitt "c'mon!" before one of their games.

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