Friday, August 31, 2007
I have a freezer as well as the fridge/freezer.
5 things in my freezer are:
Slica pads - never know when I am going to need them for a picnic.
Toast bread - always good to have a backup supply
Chicken stock - ready for soup
Croissants - a nice standby to have for a breakfast
Stewed rhubarb - for the boys breakfasts
In the fridge/freezer I have
Thursday, August 30, 2007
I love the smell of freesias because they remind me of Church Bay. We used to have a bach (holiday home) at a place called Church Bay. It was a little place beside the sea in a bay that had a safe swimming beach. We would spend all our summers there roaming free, enjoying the sea, sand & exploring. I loved the place & still do. Anyway along the paths at our bach there were freesias. I am not sure who planted them but I am assuming that it was my grandmother, I don't think they would have grown wild. Every spring they would flower & they had the most beautiful scent. Some of the freesias that you buy in the shops today have hardly any scent but the ones at Church Bay had a beautiful scent.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
That link shows you how to do it.
I didn't make this putiputi, Brent did. Brent's topic this term has been Maori & as well as learning a haka he got to make some putiputi. I went along on Friday afternoon to take a look at what the boys were learning to do. There was a fearsome haka & then the boys split into 2 groups & did a haka to each other. One group had also learnt how to do a poi dance so we got shown that. Then imagine my surprise when I got asked to go up & do a poi dance with Brent & the other group of boys. I have swung pois long ago but it really was a very long time ago. It was actually quite fun. I think the best thing though was turning up to watch & seeing Brent's surprised expression on his face. Unfortunately not many parents came to watch mainly because we got a notice home on Thursday night saying it was on the next day. Thursday night was a rush because of the music evening so it was a bit sad we didn't get more notice. The boys looked as though they had had a fun day though. Something nice & light after the late night the night before.
All the other houses followed on from the boy's house (Clyde) & as the show went on it was easy to see that Clyde had sung the hymn far better than any other house, but their song wasn't as good. So it was quite a surprise when at the end of the evening the ajudicator said that Clyde won. The boys were thrilled & for Brent it has been a threepeat. He has come to the conclusion that it is his singing that wins it, because before that Hamilton was always winning, LOL. You just have to love the egocentricity of little kids.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I went to the supermarket & saw a lovely display of jonquils & freesias so I bought some just to make the house look more cheerful. I love the yellowness of them & the scent of course.
Why is it that it is when visitors are due to stay that the kids decide to do whatever they can to make the workload more than the usual amount. It started off with Brent wetting his bed in the early hours of tuesday morning. That was a sheet, matress protector & pjs. Then this morning he puts all his weight on the towel rail that was screwed into the bathroom wall. He managed to get it pulled off the wall. Really I am at my wits end with his behaviour, but if I ask him to do anything or not do something he always retorts "I know, I know". He obviously doesn't because otherwise he wouldn't have pushed down on it. I was so cross that I just told him to sit in the car & then i turned my timer on for 15 minutes & did some laundry while trying to calm down.
Scott managed to get it screwed back into the wall tonight but we did charge Brent for the screws & the thingys that are needed to hold the screws in the wall since the holes are bigger than the thread. It only came to about 10 cents but I hope Brent has learnt a lesson.
I really don't like doing housework but it has to be done & really I need the majority of it done before tomorrow afternoon when my in laws arrive for the weekend. Hopefully today I can get their bed made up & the house vacuumed along with the 3 loads of laundry that always seem to need to be done a day.
I suppose I better jump to it.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
My last three emails were sent to my NZScrappers group.
The last three individuals I emailed were
1. Jennifer the owner of ScrapTown. I was sending her my input for the next newsletter.
2. A woman called Maritza to thank her for her kind comments on one of my layouts I posted on a yahoo group
3. A woman called Hetty for the same reason above.
Monday, August 20, 2007
I have a glass of Mizone because I have just got in from teh gym.
My Tonic guillatine is at my right hand side.
My diary is on the left hand side.
A Pringles container has been sawn in half & both halves are holding my pens, scissors & things.
A box full of memorabillia, that needs to be sorted through.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
It has been a nice relaxing weekend. In the end I didn't go clothes shopping on Friday because really it was cold & grey, not at all conducive to buying clothes to wear in the tropics.
Saturday morning I was able to sit with a cup of coffee & complete a whole Sudoku puzzle before having to head off to soccer. James' team only had 5 players this week & was up against a team of 6. All season we have had too many players & have been subbing our boys off & on so that both teams have even numbers. It would appear that when the shoe is on the other foot the other teams don't sub off & on. Maybe next season we can play all our games with 9 members in the team & too bad about the other teams. James team lost but only by 3-0.
Brent's team was playing a team that beat them 10-0 last round. This time they only got beaten 3-0. Brent got player of the day for saving two stinging attacks on goal despite not being in goal.
Today I decided that I would bring some daphne inside my craft room. I just love the scent of daphne. I did a bit of laundry & then spent some time tidying up my craft room & nearly finishing off a father's day project.
It's going to be a busy week coming up. Monday & Tuesday the boys need to be at school early to practice for their music evening. Thursday is the music evening & we have R & P coming up to stay with us & to watch the boys. Saturday Brent has a round robin soccer tournament & James has a party to go to. Sunday R & P head back home & Scott will be packing for his week long stay in Wellington.
I hope you all have a wonderful week.
Friday, August 17, 2007
I am 37 so I was only 7 when he died. I know of Elvis & I have watched one of his movies, he was a GI in Hawaii. I think that is the only movie of his I have seen. I did hear a lot of his music though because my mum loved Elvis' music. No I am not a big fan because when you are only 7 when he died & movies aren't a huge thing in the family it's just another celebrity. I do think though that he was hot when he was younger it is just so sad what he did to his body in his later life.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Today was rather cold but at least the sun was shining, it meant that I was in the mood for a run. It was nice to get out & enjoy the sun again. I even managed to run for 25 minutes non stop so I am getting fitter.
After a bit of housework I was able to sit down & finally knock together a layout. It should be in the post below this one. This page was the easy one, I think the next one with the pocket is going to be a bit more difficult.
Tomorrow is errand day & I am hoping to have coffee with Scott after going to the gym & then back home briefly before heading out to some fashion shops & see if the summer stuff has arrived. I am desparate for a couple of pairs of capris for the cruise as well as some smart casual skirts & maybe some sandals. Also want to see if I can find a nice dressy little black dress for those formal evenings on board the ship.
Yay tomorrow is Friday have a great weekend everyone!
I feel very relaxed after a good swim or a jog but I wouldn't do either of those things just to relax.
If I really want to relax there is nothing better than curling up in the sun with a good book to read. There won't be any noise in the house & definitely no children around, a cup of coffee at the same time is a good idea. If it is cold I'll have a blanket on as well, if it is hot I would be in a nice sheltered spot in the garden.
I haven't relaxed this way for a long time so it is very likely to happen on board that lovely Tahitian Princess. I really don't think Scott will mind because I understand that he could go & hit golf balls, or go swimming, or jogging or any number of other things if finds my relaxing too boring.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
In other news Scott & I paid for our cruise a while ago & got our cruise number. This morning we went into the website http://www.princess.com/ships/ta/ & reserved all our shore activities. Unfortunately the afternoon sunset lagoon cruise on 19 October was already booked out but we are on the waiting list. We will be in the Marquesas then so if we can't get on the cruise for my birthday dinner we will just have to have a nice meal on board ship, & my guess is that that will be quite easy to do. I will post an itinery of each day at a later time, but at this stage I can tell you that we are doing a dolphin encounter, a whale & dolphin watching trip, 2 snorkelling adventures, visiting a pearl farm, going to a private island with refreshments provided (on the 19th, I remember that one, funny that!), a glass botoom boat trip & of course general sight seeing at each port of call. I am getting very excited & Scott is so excited he has already had his first tanning clinic visit! I should probably pull finger & find out where is local that I can go & have some too.
PS: That princess website has bridge cam on the Tahitian Princess. Us Southern Hemisphere dwellers have to remember to look during our daylight hours (not at 7pm) to see what the camera is seeing. Yesterday she was in port at Papeete & right now she is on her way to Raro. How exciting it is less than 2 months now until we get on board!
The main sound I remember from my childhood would be music. The radio was always on & then when ever we travelled anywhere there would be music playing, either the radio on short trips or on longer trips there was country music cassettes.
Another sound would be the lapping of the waves against the beach & the ting ting of the rigging blowing in the nor west wind when we were at our bach at Church Bay. I loved that sound, especially the lapping waves as it would just lull me to sleep.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Hopefully tomorrow will be better, in fact I know it will be because I am going swimming tomorrow! I just love swimming. I am thinking of going over to QE2 & swimming in their 50 metre pool because Centenial closed off 3 of the 6 lanes last time for aquasize! Talk about a swimming traffic jam then.
I really don't like horror movies & have never watched a Hitchcock movie.
A movie that has had a profound affect on me was The Fly. OMG watching that man turn into a fly just was too yucky for words & ever since I have a real aversion to flies.
I seem to have a problem with nature in it's horrorific form because Jaws freaked me out of the water for quite sometime. Even now when I go swimming in the sea I have a huge mental obstacle to overcome. The problem is, it is not so unheard of for a great white to chomp at people surfing or diving off New Zealand's coast. There are great whites around our coastline, because of the seal populations especially, so it is always a possibility that there is one lurking in the water.
Monday, August 13, 2007
I have been expecting a delivery from them for the last week & today as I got in the shower I thought it's bound to happen today & Murphy's law would be it will come when I am in the shower. I placed my gym sweats at the door of the shower just in case. I got in the shower & then the bell goes. I wasn't going to let the delivery get delayed so I jumped out of the shower, put my wet body into my gym sweats & ran, breasts bouncing like basket balls, to open the door. She was just pulling closed her van door but I was able to get my delivery. I am now the happy owner of a 12 inch guillatine. It is amazing what tiny fine slithers it can cut, & it cuts through thick cardstock very easily.
The forecast for tomorrow isn't much better so I had better start getting used to freezing again.
Here are 7 things you didn't know about me.
1. My favourite Disney character is Winnie the Pooh
2. I had a teddy bear when I was a girl called Pooh & I would tell him stories
3. My dad would read me Winnie the Pooh stories sometimes, which are the stories that then got told to Pooh.
4. Pooh & I had great adventures, Pooh fell down the long drop at our bach.
5. I took him with me because I am afraid of possums & they would sit in the tree above the long drop.
6. After mum retrieved him the next morning & gave him a wash I felt very sad to see him swinging on the line by his ears.
7. That was the last time I saw him.
Here are another 7 (not so much a story this time).
1. I had a doll called Bridgit, she was as big as a new born baby & had beautiful blue eyes that closed when you lay her down.
2. My mum still has her.
3. I was going to name my daughter Kaitlyn. Part Katrina & part Lynette after my mother. It never came to be.
4. I do still wish that I had a daughter
5. I knew Brent was a boy all through my pregnancy so wasn't at all surprised when the doctors told me I had given birth to a big boy.
6. I had a dream the night before my 20 week ultrasound with James, where I was told in the dream that James was a boy. It was almost exactly the same thing that happened in real life except that in real life I didn't cry because I already knew.
7. I still have my wedding dress & I am not sure now what to do with it.
I'll tag Jenny, Raewyn & Paula.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
We had soccer today. James' team won again & James got player of the day. Brent had to play against the team that beat them 14-0 last time. this time they only got beaten 6-0 so that was a huge improvement in 7 weeks. Brent was playing as a defender & he is starting to get the hang of his field placement which is good. He also managed to save 2 goals which is even better.
After soccer it was back home for a bath, lunch & a rest for the boys. Scott filled the trailer up with a mixture of soil & compost & the boys put that down on my garden after rest time. I've watered it down so it doesn't blow away in the NW winds & hopefully tonight it will rain which should help soak it down as well. I just need to replant my strawberries & maybe buy some seed potatoes to start them sprouting & that will be it for the vege garden for a while.
Next I will weed the little garden off the porch & then it will be time to tackle the garden under the blue room window before those roses get too big.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Update your blog with something about animals could be a pet, something you saw at a zoo, a favorite, something you've never seen...
I've just been out in my vege garden digging it over in preparation for some new soil & then some compost. The interesting thing I saw out there were worms. Last time I was digging in a part of the garden where it has been dug over a lot & the soil was nice & loose. Today I was in the section where my rhubarb & strawberry plants have been. Because I don't lift my strawberry plants usually the area never really gets a good dig over. In the nice loose half I saw no worms & I was beginning to be a bit worried because really it is good to have worms in your garden. Down in the other section of the graden the dirt was quite clumped together & that is where I found all my earthworms. I am so pleased that I have at least a few of them in the garden. I thought that worms would live in the nice easy to burrow through soil but no, in my garden they are to be found in the big clods of earth that never really get turned over.
Now because you have heard me talk about that garden so much I had better show you the state of the vege garden at the moment.
It's pretty empty. That spot of green in the top left corner of the garden is the parsley plant. The black sticks that stick out are the watering system. There is a clump in the lower left corner & that is my huge rhubarb crown.Because you can't see it on the other photo along the left side heading towards the parsley is my garlic. I planted about 14 cloves around the shortest day & so far 11 have come up so I think that is pretty good odds. If they all mature that should last us most of the next year for cooking.
It is about Brent's first flight as an unaccompanied minor down to Invercargill last year.
It wasn't a completely tranquil feeling day because as usual it all comes undone when Brent gets to do homework. This time he complained about it & then sat down & did his maths. He then said "it was so easy I did it in 3 minutes". Yay for that! Then it was time to do his language which was finding as many antonyms as possible & then a bit of spelling. He kicked up a stink about doing that & then when he said he was done he said I was not to look at it. I asked how I would know that he had completed it & he said he had written the time against each thing so therefore he has done it. I then said that he has reading to do & he kicked up a stink about that. In the end I got Scott to hear his reading. After he had gone to bed Scott pulled out his homework & we took a look, no effort had gone into it at all, which is exactly why he didn't want me to see it. Do I push him? or should I just put my hands in the air & say "stuff it, you do it but if it is a poor effort that's your problem" I am really stuck not knowing what to do. He wants to get better marks in his effort card but he doesn't want to put the effort in.
What do I do? Do I push or should I let him face up to the fact that he has to put more effort in to get a better effort card? He gets all angry when he gets a poor effort card but the only thing I know to do to help him is to make him work harder, put the effort in. I am really coming to the end of my tether with this whole thing. That & his attitude. That needs a readjustment too!
The great news of the day was that James finally got his dictionary yesterday! Ever since he has started school there have been some basic words he has had to learn how to read. There are about 60 of them that the teacher thinks are the ones that are used most often & James has had to learn how to read them. They have been broken down into "steps". Step 1 had the easy words like a, is, and, the. It went up to step 6 & then once you have completed step 6 you get your dictionary. James finally got his yesterday so it was a red plate day for him!
Thursday, August 09, 2007
What a busy day it was. Scott's alarm went off at 5:30 to get him up & out of the house to catch his flight to Wellington. I never got back to sleep.
After dropping the boys off at school I went & had a facial & massage at the beautician. Came home had some lunch before picking the boys up. Brent had soccer practice from 4 until 5 & then it was back home for Brent to have a quick bath before dashing out again to Amy's party at 5:30 at Chopsticks. We were about 15 minutes late but that's not bad. Scott arrived later still as he was on a flight from Wellington that was delayed. We started out by feeding the children wontons so that kept them quiet for a bit. Amy was more interested in playing with her new presents than eating. It was a wonderful meal & having a private room meant that the boys (all 3 of them) actaully ate their meals rather than watvhing the comings & goings in the restaurant/take away area. Even on a Wednesday at 5:30 the place was hopping, it seems to be busy every time we go there. The food was delicious & the cake was "Divine".
I was so tired after the busy day that I plunked down in front of tv & promptly dozed off. At 10 Scott suggested that I go to bed. I was out like a light.
I am a bit late posting this because on Tuesday one of my scrapping buddies Raewyn http://whinneys-whims.blogspot.com pointed out to me that on her Firefox my music clip was covering some of my blog entries. I spent some time trying to get it smaller & I am hopeful that now everyone can read all of my blog entries. Thanks Raewyn for the heads up on this.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Thanks to http://jokes.comedycentral.com/joke_of_day.aspx for this joke.
Good Can of Corn
There were three couples, one elderly, one middle aged, and one newlywed, that wanted to join a church. So the minister tells them that in order to be members they must abstain from sex for two whole weeks.
After two weeks, the minister asks the elderly couple if they had abstained.
"Yes, no problem!" So the minister welcomes them to the church.
Then he asks the middle aged couple the same question
"Well, after one week, the husband had to sleep on the couch, but we made it!" So the minister welcomes them to the church.
Then the minister asks the newlywed couple if they had abstained from sex for two weeks.
"We were unable to abstain. On the third day, my wife dropped a can of corn and when she bent over to pick it up, LUST and PASSION overcame me!"
"I'm sorry," the minister says, "but you are both banned from this church!"
"That's okay," says the husband, "We were banned from the supermarket, too."
Monday, August 06, 2007
This time for you blog builder... talk about your favorite summer veggies and include pics if you have them (idea blatently stolen from Katrina's photography challenge)
It is winter here & the garden is bare, apart from some parsley, the rhubarb crown & some garlic stalks just coming up through the soil, so there won't be any recent photos of summer veges.
My favourite of all of them is the TOMATO, & yes I know that technically it is a fruit, but I just love them. I am able to buy them all year round now but to tell you the honest truth I think the best tomatoes are home grown picked off the vine on a sunny day. There is a totally different flavour to them, or maybe I should say there is a flavour to them, that is very much absent in store bought ones. I love a tomato sandwich with a little grind of salt & pepper in nice fresh bread. I've only just had breakfast but that thought just makes me hungry.
So given that a tomato is really a fruit I had better tell you about my next favourite vegetable. I am not sure you would really classify it as a summer vegetable though because it fist becomes available here, around my birthday, which is spring. It is one of the things I like to buy to celebrate my birthday. ASPARAGUS. Lovely long green stalks of crisp juciness, of course I am naughty & give it a bit of a drenching in butter, it also requires a twist of salt & pepper. Yumm! roll on October.
Now I really had better tell you about a vegetable that is a summer vege, new potatoes. You know those little round baby potatoes freshly dug up. We have them on Christmas Day for lunch. Of course I have to have butter on them but I like them with some garlic butter not just plain butter. New potatoes also have a flavour all of their own & I just could eat tons of them, just as well we don't grow them by the ton in my vege garden. The boys also scoff them down but I think part of the fun of them is the digging of them up out of the garden. It's like a game of hide & seek. Dig under the plant & see how many of these little potatoes you can find, then search through the soil again just in case you've missed one or two.
Well I'm off to buy my bag of spuds for planting out so that we can have new potatoes for Christmas day.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
I did some scrapping yesterday that I actually completed at the crop, which is a surprise.
I scanned in a whole lot more layouts than that though
So it has been a productive day but creativity wise the only thing I have created today was my little card.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
The ideal picnic for my family would have to be at a location that has at least a little bit of water. The boys just love playing in water, building dams, splashing. There would have to be some swimming costumes packed, the sunscreen, possibly insect repellant. The food would be some chicken drumsticks, bacon & egg pie, & bananas for fruit. If it was winter time we would also have a choice of tomato or chicken noodle soup.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
I'm just pleased that at least someone liked my meal besides myself. Sometimes you wonder why you bother cooking a meal when all the food is left on the plate, it just seems like such a waste. Luckily I didn't serve it all up so Scott & I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
Blog Prompt: Tell how the internet has made an impact on your life.
Well where do you start on this topic. I have to say I really can't imagine what my life would be like today without the www. My house might be cleaner, my hobby would be different, probably still cross stitch, my day to day activities would be different.
The internet has made a huge impact on my life about the time I really needed it. It was 1999 & I was at home pregnant with Brent when I first really discovered the internet. I had given up work & all my friends were still working & my family was in a different city, I felt alone. I decided to take the bull by the horns & log on to the internet. I was rather wary of it at first & still don't think I totally understand how it works, but it gave me a link to people outside my home.
I found a parenting & pregnancy message board based in the US (which doesn't exist anymore) & was able to talk to people on it as if they were in the same room as me. From that board I learnt about scrapbooking which has now become my stress relieving creative outlet. I have made so many online friends & some of them I have met in person, & some I WILL see one day, I'm determined to. The internet has also helped me keep family in touch with us through this blog.
It really has had a profound affect on my life & I am so grateful to whoever thought up the idea & managed to get it to work.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
I also remember the doctor saying my weight range for my height should be 60 - 69 kilos & never to go above 70. The only time in my adult life I have been in that range was when i was following the Atkins diet strictly & exercising about 2 hours a day, 7 days a week. I was young, single & was about to get married. The weight I got married at, the doctors would have been thrilled, but I think my body was taking a hammering. How the heck could exercising for 14 hours a week, for nothing but to loose weight be good for you. I would do it for an Olympic medal but you know I am not that good at any sports discipline to get one.
Of course married life led to more commitments & it is commitments to other people in your life that stops you exercising 14 hours a week. In reality it is unfeasable & I don't think I will ever get there again because I am just not that selfish any more.
So the scales went up & I agree with them on that point but I started arguing with them about 2 years ago. I was training for a duathlon & even after months of training the scales wouldn't budge but more clothes fitted better & I went down a dress size. The problem is of course, you end up wondering why the scales don't budge, you start getting depressed about it & then the food goes in. So of course the scales were right I did put on weight.
This year I have decided to measure myself & see what the measurements say as opposed to what the scales say just to see who is right.
I would like you all to know that this month I AM RIGHT! I have lost SOMETHING but it isn't kilos. I've lost inches. I've lost an inch from each arm, I've lost an inch from my chest & waist. I've lost 1.5 inches from my back & hips. My thighs are a bit strange, 1 thigh has lost 3 inches & the other has only lost .5 inch. But who cares I AM RIGHT, the scales are wrong. I am losing something from my body even if it is not kilograms.
This month I won! Hopefully next month the scales might admit defeat & move down & then I'll be a very happy girl. Still I'm not a bikini body yet, so don't get too excited Scott!
This photo hasn't been scrapped because in all honesty it has nothing to do with me or my immediate family. It does have to do with my SIL & she could well be cursing me now, but I promise I didn't take the photo, my husband did.
This is what a cycling mother's bike looks like after a race. Toilet paper on the handle bar & a potty beside the bike. It must take a lot of dedication to compete in cycle tours especially with a breast feeding infant & a toilet training toddler. I admire the tenacity that she has to keep training & competing despite the pulls of motherhood.