30 April, 2015

Thursday Thanks

  • Settling at school which I didn't expect.
  • Being able to go the shops & buy what ever I like...  something we take for granted so much.
  • My home which hasn't fallen down & keeps us sheltered.
  • My family all around the world, safe & sound.  
  • Great memories still a great topic of conversation from the boys after our holiday.  It's amazing what little details they remember.
  • A job that I enjoy & am good at.  


26 April, 2015


A portrait of my boys once a week for a year.

BJ - snuggling up all week with his Lion from the zoo in his bed.  Trying not to smile too...
DJ - being a starfish...  

linking with the 52 project.

25 April, 2015

Taking Stock - April

Making :  DJ's blanket  - long progress, now he is in his big bed he had better have it.
Cooking :  green tomato chutney/relish/sauce.  Whatever it turns out to be...  lol
Drinking :  too much coffee.  Must drink Green Tea I've been told.
Reading:  In Falling Snow...  still...  taking an age...
Wanting:  school holidays to last longer.
Looking:  for a knitting pattern that I really want to make.  
Playing:  Candy crush & getting rather annoyed...  
Deciding: what to do today beside washing, folding & ironing!
Wishing:  the washing fairy would come by.
Enjoying:  the warm day
Waiting:  for the footy to start to watch the ANZAC opening...  it's usually quite touching.
Loving:  the beaut day it turned out to be 
Pondering: The life of our ANZACS in the war...
Considering: what I can throw out next from my house!
Buying:  milk later on!
Watching: the local ANZAC service.
Hoping: my boys never need to be called to serve their country in a war.
Marvelling:  at the crowds that are attending ANZAC services.  
Needing:  to find someone that wants vintage sheets for making...
Smelling:  the freshness after a lovely rainy day
Wearing: scarves & cowls.
Noticing:  the cold is creeping in...
Knowing: how important ANZAC day has become so we educate our own little guys on it's importance.  
Thinking: of all these young men that took themselves off overseas for an "adventure" never to return...  
Admiring: the little girl at the ANZAC service that recited her poem without reading it...  
Sorting: boys stuff to sell, pass on, or donate.
Getting:  new shoes.  
Opening:  parcels in the mail.
Giggling:  at the little friend climbing & hugging BJ...
Feeling:  bloated.
Snacking:  Cadbury "Breakaway" hazelnut biscuits... new & soooooo good.  
Helping:  DJ write letters.
Hearing:  the Last Post...

23 April, 2015

Thursday Thanks

  • Safe Travels home again.
  • Time to unwind before the normal work & school routine begins again.
  • A smooth transition from holidays to school.  
  • Lots of good holiday memories that the boys are coming out with.  (interesting to hear what left impressions on them.)
  • Birthday parties.

19 April, 2015


A portrait of my boys once a week for a year.

BJ - face to face with a fish.  What a wonderful moment!  
DJ - trying hard to keep still long enough for the birds to come & eat the seed in his hand.  

Linking up with the 52 project.

16 April, 2015

Thursday Thanks

  • Safe travels.
  • A huge week of exploring.
  • Lots of exciting new experiences for the boys.
  • DJ learning to adjust to a big bed without choice!  hehehehe
  • Family that take time off to hang out with us & take us places.

12 April, 2015


A portrait of my boys once a week for a year.

BJ - The Butterfly house at the Melbourne Zoo.  BJ just wanted a butterfly on him...  He got his wish.
DJ - Overwhelmed by so much & a busy day at the zoo, hanging onto his new pet Gorilla...  

09 April, 2015

Thursday Thanks

  • Easter celebrations.
  • Appointments for the day you call!
  • Family from overseas & the mainland to visit.
  • Autumn time water fights.

07 April, 2015

Crochet is Back!

Only a little bit of crochet mind you.  

& not even good crochet!

This is another square from our group.  It's called Fall Blossom.  I wasn't really in the mood I think.  I did the flower over a week ago.  Thought I had better finish it off over Easter.  I did to a certain degree.  Didn't really like working the back bit.  Didn't do it accurately.  Just made the stitches fit.  So don't count stitches.  It looks right as I did do what the pattern said as far as what it looks like.  But honestly I could not be bothered with making it right.  So near enough has to be good enough for now.  It was too fiddly for my mind right now.  

05 April, 2015


A portrait of my boys once a week for a year.

BJ - eating the giant Kinder egg.  The only one you have eaten so far.
DJ - eating the egg hunt egg.  Yours are all nearly gone.  

Happy Easter!  

Linking up with the 52 project.  

03 April, 2015

Noro Socks

If you aren't familiar with Noro yarns, you should get to know it.  It's amazing stuff.  Made in Japan it comes in the most amazing colour combinations & blends.

The only thing is, the colours aren't consistent.  There is no order to the colours on a ball of Noro yarn.  This is going to bother some people.  But for me, I like it.  I have used Noro yarns a few times.  I usually like them.  I love the vibrant colours.  I love the randomness that comes from a ball.

So here are my new socks.

Matching?  No.  Not even close.

But all from one ball of yarn.  See what I mean about the colour order thing?
Mismatched socks like this would really bother some people.  It doesn't bother me fortunately.

This is a blend of wool, cotton, silk & nylon this Taiyo sock yarn.  I don't know if I would use it again for socks as it doesn't seem to have any elasticity in the band compared to other sock yarns.  I think they will sag really fast.  (you can see in the picture how the bottom sock has a stretched band already & that was only from trying them on!!!)  

Also the yarn breaks!  Arghhh... It broke when grafting both heels.  Then a cuff broke a thread & so I had to mend it before it was even worn!  Not happy as this yarn is expensive. (I think it was probably about $27!   I don't mind paying good money for a ball of wool but I expect it to be a better quality.) So these socks are a bit disappointing.  But they will be warm I guess & make good house slippers.  lol

Oh, another thing is it made my nose really itchy!  I think that must be the silk bit.  How annoying!  Fortunately I am wearing them on my feet away from my nose.  lol

02 April, 2015

Thursday Thanks

  • Survived first term of school.
  • Donation to the op shop of all sorts of stuff!
  • Family - near & far.
  • Being able to help a friend in a small way.
  • Feedback from friend that the small gesture was big in many ways for her & her family.  
  • Glad I trusted my inner feelings to do that one little thing without hesitation.