Friday, August 30, 2013

Some fun stuff

Recently I decided that I am a collector rather than a user of my craft supplies.  So some were culled.  Then like the compulsive idiot I can be, I bought more.  It was almost like a Dr Who episode with a bad metallic voice repeating, "Resistance is useless."  This time I determined to start using the cute things.  Why do we hide things away thinking they are too good to use?  Pointless and a waste and I am going to fight the buying and not using habit.

I had taken my son to the local shopping centre.  He had lost his banking card and did not know what to do.  I shot him in the bank and introduced him to the help desk and disappeared to K Mart.  While I was there, these silly little things jumped into my hands.  They made me smile so I spent a few dollars.  Oh dear.  These cute  and totally useless items make me happy.

First  are some teeny tiny envelopes just like the blue aerogrammes I used to buy.  So very small and ideal for tiny little notes to the kidlets etc.  Next to them are some basic stickers that I intend to use on envelopes.  I am going to succumb to the decorated envelope craze.  I love it. Although I rather suspect the postal workers have other ideas.  

These are some bigger square envelopes and matching cards.  I may use these to start off my Christmas ideas.  However they are not standard sizing and bitter experience has taught me this means extra charges.  They seem to be very sturdy and would be ideal send a compact disc etc.

Now back to everyday realities.  My middle girl has secured a place to attend university in England in January.  She received her letter today and now it is time to go through logistics.  She has been to Switzerland and France. She knows how to deal with something other than our semi tropical climate.  Excited is now her middle name.

My youngest is doing well at her college.  She far prefers the environment to school and has stunned me by having assignments handed in prior to the due date.  Such a positive change.

My sealed tin currently weighs over two kilos.  I was thinking of using the money for a special holiday for me.  Every day I stuff in my change and about once a week I regret not having small coins for bus fares etc.

Enjoy your weekend every one.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A much busier week for me.

This week has been the "Ekka".  For those not in the know this is the Royal National Agricultural show in Brisbane.  I went for six whole uninterrupted hours.  Pip and I enjoyed some excerpts from the Nutcracker.  It was a great effort as the performers had no props or scenery and I was enthralled.  We also saw the usual animal displays, fruit and vegetable displays, avoided the rides but some how was snowballed by a very poor shot.  I never expected that in my home city.  I was able to look at the needle crafts.  I would have loved more time there as there was some knitting that must have been done on 1mm needles and it looked exquisite.  How I wish I had pictures to gloat over.

I have also had one meal cooked by more eldest daughter and it was yum.  Such a treat to not cook.

Dad has kept me busy.  Miss Bethany has written a blog post about her impressions of life with Alzheimer's.  You can read it here....

I keep filling my coin pot and hoping that it will be put to use for a trip to England in the new year.  With this thought in mind this subtropical person had better finish her socks!   Hand craft has taken a back seat to reading this week.  Kitten snuggling and adoration has filled my days too.

Take care and God bless you.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Filling the money box

Each day I am putting the left overs in my little tin.  It is now heavy with change and weighs well over a kilo.  I am too tired to bother with the scales tonight.

If this interests you visit Saving For Travel's blog and join in the fun.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Pip's computer is purchased.

It has kept her occupied all afternoon.  In other words she is one happy girl.  Since she is slight we thought a Macbook Air would be best for her to carry around.  The search began.  We checked many sources including refurbed macs and came across a special.  Hence the computer was bought a little soon than anticipated.

All this technology stuff tempts me so.  I would dearly love to have the most up to date phone etc.  However as long as the device does the job it is supposed to do I will use it until it dies.  My computer is 8 months old.  It was replaced after someone else introduced it to a cup of tea.  I do not suggest you try this ever.

Enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

This is my Philippa and today she received a scholarship from the local Lions Club.  She has come a long way over the last few months and I am pleased for her.  Well done darling.

Monday, August 5, 2013

The last week has flown.

It has been a quietly busy week.  The days have slid by and every evening I have found some time to knit or crochet.  The last few nights I have reluctantly set down my hook and gone to bed wishing I had more stamina to stay awake to watch the cricket.  My larkspur blanket has kept me company and is slowly growing each day.

My money tin has had daily deposits and now weighs just over 800g.  Some nights dad puts the coins in.  It saddens me while giving him a great deal of pleasure and much to talk about.  When he was quite young he contracted polio.  He spent a lot of time in hospitals and on one extended visit a nun gave him a tin with some coins.  This started an almost life long collecting habit.  On his good days he will talk about some of the things he found over the years.

Both girls have settled into university and college for the last semester of the year.  It is great to see them engrossed in their chosen studies.

Basically that is how my weeks go by.  Domesticity, driving and family stuff.