Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Yay, Finally Another Coaster ...

Hello Friends,

I went to my painting class last night, and finally finished the 4th coaster of my set of six, that I have been doing for ages. I have been really slack, and not particularly interested in painting, so this one has taken time. It was meant to be a picture of my cat, Bambi, so I used this photo as a guide ...

Here is the coaster ...

Well, as you can see, my powers of duplication are not particularly good !!! Whilst it looks like a tabby, it doesn't really look like Bambi. Oh well, I tried ... I never said I was an expert !!! I like it anyway, and think it is the best one so far. I think I am getting better as I go.

Here are the four I have completed so far, with the first one being the top left, then top right, then bottom left, then bottom right ...

The next one will be a black cat, with white splodges on it's face, and white whiskers. Not sure of the eye shape or colour yet ... I will surprise myself !! Then to finish off the set, I might do a white Chinchilla type kitty ... who knows !!

I hope your week is going well so far. I have been having a nice time ... the weather has been glorious ... icy cold mornings, beautiful cool sunshiny days. Perfect (almost) Winter weather ... oh my goodness, Winter starts tomorrow !!

Just to finish off, here is a photo I took today of Bambi ... she is such a cutie !!

Enjoy your Wednesday (or Tuesday, if that is where you are still at !!)

Take care,


Tuesday, May 30, 2006

New Postcards ...

Don't know if you noticed at the end of Monday's post (update), I received 2 new postcards, and have posted them on my Postcard Blog ... click HERE, or visit via my sidebar link, to view them. Thanks.

See ya,


All About Me, Me, Me .....

I AM doing another Meme, as I still have "bloggers block" and really don't know what to write about.

I WANT to travel around Australia some more, and see all those wonderful places I have been dreaming about.

I WISH that we had a little bit more money, so that we could do the travelling that we want to do.

I MISS my grandparents very much.

I HEAR the television in the background ... Ellen is on at the moment.

I HATE offal ... eeew, just the thought of eating kidney, liver, brain, heart, or anything like that really irks me.

I WONDER if there will ever be peace ALL around the world.

I REGRET nothing, really. Everything I have done, whether good or bad, has made me the person I am today.

I DANCE with passion, but not with flair !!

I AM NOT ALWAYS right, as much as I like to think I am !!.

I MAKE WITH MY HANDS lots of different crafty things.

I WRITE lots of things ... letters, postcards, poetry, short stories, bloggin ... I love to write.

I CRY very easily, at books, TV programs, anything !!

I CONFUSE people when I try and teach them stuff, like how to do various things on the computer ... I am not a very good teacher !!

I NEED a haircut and some new colour in my hair.

I SHOULD go on a diet ... but that would mean giving up too many yummy things !

I START many different craft projects.

I FINISH not as many craft projects as I start ... there are a lot of unfinished projects in my house !!

I TAG anyone who might want to do this, who hasn't already.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Welcome To Monday ...

Hello Friends ...

It is a cool, overcast Monday morning here in Victoria, Australia. It rained most of yesterday, on and off, and still looks quite wet outside (although nothing is currently falling from the sky !). I hope that wherever you are, you are enjoying lovely sunshine and warmth.

My weekend was a nice one, fairly busy, and a lot of fun.

Saturday morning Chicky had her weekly netball game ... boy, this one was a ripper !! The two teams were fairly evenly matched, and it made for a great game. Chicky's team ended up winning 29 to 26 ... but it came close at the end !! It was so exciting, us parents were cheering like mad. The girls were so pleased that they had won, as the past couple of weeks had been losses, so their morale needed this win. It was wonderful.

Saturday evening I did a bit of baking ... nothing particularly exciting, just a cake or two. It was Hubby's birthday, but we were celebrating on Sunday, so Saturday had been a day of tidying up around the house, ready for visitors. We ended up having pizza for dinner ... as neither of us felt like cooking, and the pizza was home-delivered !!

Sunday was lovely, with Hubby's birthday visitors ... mainly family. It was a nice afternoon, with coffee, cake, drinks and nibblies. Lots of chatting, and lots of fun. He got some nice presents, which he is pleased about. My parents stayed somewhat later than everyone else (who had left by 6pm), as we watched our favourite TV show together.

I didn't do a lot of blogging over the weekend, just the odd visit here and there, so I intend visiting everyone throughout today. I know a lot of you are still on weekend time, as you have Monday off for Memorial Day. I hope you are making the most of the extended weekend, and filling it with lots of family time and fun.

I came across this lovely quote earlier, which I thought I might share with you ...

I have never come across anything in nature that is superfluous and does not fulfill a function. There seems to be no redundancy or unemployment in these natural worlds. Be it rock or plant, bird or tree, or even the bacteria within the soil, everything occupies a vital place in the dance of life.
--Michael Lindfield--

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Don't do anything I wouldn't do !!

Take care,


UPDATE ... I received a couple more postcards in today's mail. Check them out at my postcard blog
HERE, or via the link on my sidebar. I also added some music ... what do you think ???

Friday, May 26, 2006

Happy Friday ...

Hi There,

I hope everyone is having a great day. The sun is shining here, the birds are chirping, but it is still quite chilly. A beautiful (almost) Winter's day, really.

I have had a nice day, so far. I spent the morning over at my Aunt's place, giving her some computer tips. She invited me to stay for lunch. One of my cousins also dropped in, so it was a lovely visit. On the way home I dropped in briefly to visit a friend ... couldn't stay too long, though, as I had to get home (or thought I did !!). I had left home this morning at 8.30am, and left my cat snoozing on a kitchen chair. I didn't expect to be out for so long. Anyway, I was worried that she might want to go out (I do have a litter tray for her in the laundry, but she plays up, and climbs on the furniture, and does silly things when she is bored!!). Well, I was worried for nothing ... the good little kitty was still snoozing just where I left her, when I returned home around 2pm. So, here I am, blogging briefly before heading off to pick up Chicky from school.

All I really wanted to say was that I want to wish everyone a fabulous weekend. I hope the weather is amazing, and you get to spend some quality time with all those that are important to you (be that family, friends, whoever!).

Take care, friends.


Thursday, May 25, 2006

Postcard Exchange Blog ...

Yay, I've finally finished it !!

All the postcards I've received so far ... 28 of them, I think ... have been posted on a blog of their own ... Meow's Postcard Exchange. I have posted them under the dates that I originally posted them, so they are in the order that I received them. Obviously the most recent one will be shown first, and the first ones I received will be down the bottom.

This link is also on my sidebar, underneath my profile.

Please have a look, if you would like to.

A big thank you, once again, to all those people who have participated in my Postcard Exchange ... I love all your cards.

I will continue to post any there (and here) if I receive any more.

Have a great day / night ... wherever you are at right now.

Take care,


Hmmmmm ...

Hmmmmmm .... that's what's going through my head at the moment .... hmmmmm. One big blank, really. A bit of blogger burn-out, perhaps ?!?!?!

I have been really busy, doing this, that, and the other. I have been trying to fit in all sorts of stuff, and not really completing anything. I haven't been interested in my web design stuff, which I was so gung-ho about recently. Even my blogging has suffered.

I have, however, completed a newsletter for a friend (I help out on the committee of the Australian Multiple Births Association Victorian Branch - AMBA - and put together their newsletter each month. It's called Multiple Mirths.). I sort of volunteered to help out, after their regular Newsletter Editor resigned. I like doing this sort of stuff. I don't need to attend the meetings (I'm not the parent of multiples, so what is discussed at the meetings wouldn't really be relevant to my world, anyway.), and most of the stuff needed to be put in the newsletter is emailed to me. Everything else I source, and make up myself. Quite easy, really.

I had my parents over for dinner last night ... the meal was a disaster, don't know what went wrong (one thing had too much salt, the other not enough) ... the company was great, food was yuck !! Luckily we had dessert and biscuits ... that filled up the empty hole left by a dud meal !!

After doing the grocery shopping this morning, I went over to the local Retirement Village this afternoon, to do some (never ending!!) typing for an elderly friend, who is trying to complete a book to have it published. I feel like this has gone on for years (well, it has, actually!!), and we are going over, and over the same stuff. She keeps changing formats, potential publishers want things done differently, she adds bits, takes bits out ... I could just about repeat the whole book word for word, I have gone through it with her soooo many times. I think we are on the home stretch now, though.

Tomorrow morning I am going over to my Aunt's place, to give her some computer tips, and to check over the computer she has been given, to see if I can make it more user-friendly (perhaps). After that I may just come home and sit !!! A bit of mind-numbing television, perhaps ?!? Who knows.

Then it's the weekend ... yippee !! It is Hubby's birthday over the weekend, and we are having visitors on Sunday afternoon. Should be a great day. Need to make a couple of cakes, and organise drinks and nibblies, but that's not too hard.

Well, there you go. That's my not so very exciting post for today. My apologies for coming across somewhat flat. I'm sure I'll be back to my usual cheery self before long. Maybe it's just something to do with the weather, although the days have been lovely (but rather cold).

Take care everyone, and enjoy the remainder of your week.

Bye for now,


I'm Just Crooked !!!

Has anyone else noticed that every picture that I have scanned, then posted, is on a lean ?? All the photos that came from my digital camera are all OK, but all the others ... they all seem to be crooked. I try really, really hard to put them on the scanner straight, but for some reason they all come out like this !!! Just thought I'd mention it, in case you thought it was just your eyes !!

Or, maybe it is just my eyes .....

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Well, It's Wednesday ...

Hello Friends !!

Not much to say today, but I have a few things to share.

Firstly, I received another postcard. This one is from Tink, all the way from The Netherlands. The postcard shows various pictures from Ymuiden, which is a little city on the west coast of The Netherlands. Ships bound for Amsterdam pass through the locks and harbours of this city. Ymuiden started flourishing when the North Sea Canal was ready in 1879, but it also has Roman origins. Thank you, Tink, for the wonderful postcard. It looks like a glorious place to live.

Secondly, I just finished reading a great book, called Sunstroke. It is by Jesse Kellerman, who is the son of Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, another couple of my favourite authors. If you like Jonathan and Faye's work, you will equally like Jesse's. It is a thriller, and a very good one, at that. If you get a chance to read it, I'm sure you'll enjoy it ... I did !!

Thirdly, here is the cover of the book I shared a quote from last week ... just in case you are looking to get a copy. Steve Barclay, the author, has a web site which is worth a look at ...

Fourthly (is that a word ?), here is another quote from the same book.

Well, that's about it from me. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.

Take care,


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Perfect Campsite ...

I found this story in a back issue of a travel magazine. It was written by a gentleman … let’s call him Fred. I just had to share it with you ... when you read it, you'll see why !!

As I sat next to a smoky campfire listening to a fellow camper describing his ideal camp site, I was reminded of the time Wilma and I were looking for a place to camp way up in the Snowy Mountains.

It was getting late in the afternoon and we were getting desperate, then, just as we rounded a bend in the road, there it was, the perfect camp site. It was a lovely grassy area with shade provided by an enormous old black wattle and only metres from a small sandy beach leading to a beautiful rock pool on the very edge of the Snowy River. We couldn’t believe our luck. Wilma prepared dinner while I set up camp, and during dinner we watched the sun set over the hills and listened to a lonely deer calling from somewhere over the river.

Naturally, it was early to bed, but during the night we heard something going plop-plop on the roof of the tent. I didn’t expect rain but we were warm and cosy so we soon went back to sleep.

Next morning I am ashamed to say that the sun got up way before we did. But, as we lay on our backs in bed looking up at the roof of the tent, we could see that the shaded part of the roof was almost completely covered in rather large black spots. As I struggled out of my sleeping bag for a closer look a cold shiver ran down my back; the spots had legs. Yes, the roof was almost completely covered in huntsmen spiders … they had made the plop-plop noises we heard during the night as they dropped one by one on to our tent.

Next I discovered dozens of spiders hiding behind the front flap of the tent, and when I disturbed them why did they have to run into the tent ??? Well, that was it … I knew Wilma could move quickly but she got out of her sleeping bag, dressed and into the car in way less than 60 seconds !! And that is where she stayed, no matter what I said or did, she would not budge from the car.

So, I packed up camp on my own and, alas, that was the end of our perfect camp. I don’t think we will ever find another site quite like the Snowy River, and Wilma definitely recommends that if you find a site with a big black wattle, don’t even think of stopping !!

Now, wasn't that a fun read ? I can not imagine something so horrible. I usually don't mind spiders too much, but this just sounds like something out of a horror movie !! Eeeewwwww !!

Take care,


Monday, May 22, 2006

A Great Weekend & Lots of Postcards ...

Hello, and welcome to a new week !

I had a lovely weekend, with lots to do to keep me busy.

Firstly, on Saturday morning, we had Chicky's netball ... unfortunately they lost, but they are playing really well. Need to work on a few things, but they will get there.

Saturday afternoon, we had Chicky's birthday party (only a month after her actual birthday ... oh well). It was at an indoor playground, which is designed for older children. It can even be hired out for adult parties ... the equipment is amazing, it looks like heaps of fun. The party was a huge success ... 17 children, boys and girls, running around like crazy. It was wonderful on my part, as all the mess was left behind when we went home !!! All we had to do was bring a birthday cake (they could've provide one, but we decided to bring our own), and lolly bags for the kids to take home. We decided on a donut cake, from Donut King. They have moulds in the shape of all the numbers ... we chose the number 12 ... and they can fill the donuts with cream, jam, custard, whatever, and decorate it nicely. The kids love these cakes, and there is very rarely any left over. We also had a bunch of mini iced donuts, in case there wasn't quite enough. Only had a handful of minis left, which we took home and ate ourselves. Here's a photo of it ... unfortunately, most of the photos we took on the day were not particularly sharp ... strange lighting in there, I guess !!

We had an early night Saturday night, to prepare us for a day out on Sunday. We went to Caulfield Racecourse, to the Caravan and Camping Supershow, where we arrived at opening time (9.30am) and stayed for hours and hours, looking at caravans, campers, tents, accessories, collected brochures on all the places in Australia we want to visit at some stage (soon would be nice!!), and had a lovely time. We met up with some friends, and wandered around with them. Came home with overloaded showbags full of brochures, which we will now need to look at and decided where to go next !! I must admit, it is quite tiring, wandering around like that all day. My poor little feet needed a rest ... luckily there was some good TV on last night !!

I was really excited when I went to my letterbox today ... there were 5 postcards and an letter from blogging friends. Let me share them with you ...

The first one is from Marie, and shows a lovely view over Stockholm. It looks like a beautiful place. Marie says it is often called "The Venice Of The North". Apparently Stockholm is built on 14 islands, joined by 53 bridges, and dates back to the 1200's. The city is one third water, one third green space (there are 38 parks) and one third buildings. Sounds amazing. Thank you Marie for the beautiful postcard.

The second one is from Momyblogr, and shows a night time view of downtown Nashville, Music City USA. She says that things in Music City are really warming up - gearing up for Summer. It looks like another gorgeous place. From what I know of Nashville, it is the home of Country Music ... hope I'm right in saying that. Thank you, too Momyblogr, for the great card.

The next two are both from Angel Jr, and are of Florida. The first one show the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which he says is one of his favourite veiws of Florida. I can see why ... it looks amazing. What an enormous bridge ... a real feat of engineering, I would imagine. The card states that it is 15.1 miles long, and connects St. Petersburg with Bradenton.

The second one from Angel shows a stylised map of Florida. Looks like it would be a fun place to live. A lot of the places shown on the map are places I have seen on all those teen summer and spring break type movies. Thank you Angel for the cards. They are wonderful.

Next is one from Clare, showing a view over London. It shows the Tower Bridge, which was built in 1894, and is the gateway to the City of London. It crosses the River Thames. This bridge opens to allow shipping into The Pool Of London. I guess we Aussies have always had a connection to England, due to us both being part of the Commonwealth. I know it is another place I would love to visit (as are all the places I have received postcards from ... my travel bug is itching to get going !!). Thank you Clare, for the lovely card.

And finally, Kyahgirl sent me a map of Fort Saskatchewan, saying that she thought it would be better than a postcard, as I can look it over and learn a bit about where she lives. You know what, it is really cool. There is so much detail, and information, and photography on this map. It is really interesting. She has marked a few points of interest for me. Thank you, Kyahgirl, what a wonderful idea ... I will sit down later with Chicky, and we will study this map.

Well, this has been a very long post ... but I wanted to share all these gorgeous postcards with you. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and hope the upcoming week with be a good one for you.

Take care, all ....


Thursday, May 18, 2006

All Sorts Of Things ...

Hello Friends :-)

I have a few things to show you today ...

I picked up a book from a bargain table a few days ago. It is by Steve Barclay, and is called 101 Ways To Success, Motivational Choices For Personal And Business Development. It is a book of cartoons with motivational messages. Some of them are wonderful. Let me share one of them with you ...

I received another postcard today, along with a letter, from Aunt Josefina, in Oklahoma. It shows the State Tree - Redbud, the State Wildflower - Indian Paintbrush, and the State Bird - Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher. AJ says the Indian Paintbrush blooms alongside the highways ... must be a beautiful sight. Also, when the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher flies, it really does look like scissors. She also sent a lovely letter, showing some of her favorite things around the town she lives in. It looks like an amazing place to live. Thank you so much, AJ, for the gorgeous card and letter. I love them.

I saw this 20 Questions Meme over at Nicole's blog today, and thought it might be fun to do. If anyone else wants to be "tagged" to do this one also, please feel free to do so.

1. Choose one: Popcorn, Pizza, Pretzels, Peanuts, or Pasta.
2. Describe your personality in terms of a particular vehicle.
Family Sedan ... my family are important to me.
3. If you won a shopping spree, from which store would you want it to be?
Borders ... to buy all my favorite books, CDs and DVDs
4. Which television show re-runs do you enjoy watching?
Little House On The Prairie, Happy Days, Here's Lucy, Dr Quinn Medicine Woman .... I could go on, and on, and on ....
5. If you could look into the future, how far down the road would you like to see? 10 years? 100 years? A million?
Ten years ... to see where Chicky is at ... she would be 22
6. About how many times per day do you check your email?
I have a Mail Washer, which alerts me whenever there is an email, and when I am home the computer and interenet are always on .... so my answer would be "heaps" !!
7. If you had the money to collect something really valuable, what would it be?
Gold Nuggets !!!
8. If you could be on a game show, which one would you want it to be?
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire ?
9. Name 3 computer programs or web sites you would hate to be without.
Norman Anti Virus Software
All my blogfriends blogsites
10. Name one chore you don't really mind doing.
Cooking, so long as it is something interesting, and I know everyone will eat it !!
11. How many times have you moved homes in your life?
I have moved 3 times in my life ... 2 with my parents, and once (to our current home) with my hubby.
12. How old were you when you had your very first kiss?
I was in Year 7, so must have been 12 or 13.
13. What time of day do you usually feel your best?
I'm usually at my best before lunch ... mid to late morning.
14. Using three words or less, describe your current local weather.
Mild, overcast (smoggy??), Autumnal
15. Have you ever seen a ghost or an angel?
Only in my dreams, and on TV
16. What is your favorite board game?
Backgammon or Yahtzee
17. What was the last movie you saw that made you cry?
Any midday chick-flick I watch (I'm a big sook) !!!
18. What would you do if you had 3 months off from your job?
I don't technically have a job (other than mum, which is a job in itself), but if hubby had 3 months off, we would travel around Australia.
19. What kind of shoes are you wearing today?
Right now, none ... but when I went shopping earlier, New Balance runners
20. What is a word that your family uses that would not be considered common?
No particular words spring to mind, but we do throw in the odd German word into our vocabulary. "Cool" is a word that is used quite a bit, but really only by me and Chicky.

Well, that's all from me for today. It is Friday here in Australia, I guess it is still Thursday wherever you are. Take it from me, Friday is going to be a wonderful day (how can it not be, it is almost the weekend !!). I would like to share with you an amusing little sign I found in my travels for pictures on the internet ...

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Take care,


Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Pussycats & Postcards

Who controls the remote in your household ????

I have received another couple of postcrds, which I would like to share with you.

The first one is from Loni, from Michigan ... which seems to be a really amazing place, judging by the wonderful people I have met in Blogland who live there ... and it shows pictures of an Elk, a Whitetail and a Blackbear. Personally, I think I would be really scared living in an area where the Bears run around free. I guess, though, that they are only in really wild foresty areas, away from people, not in surburbia !! They are probably (hopefully) just as scared of humans, as we are of them.

The second one is from Nerdine, from Oslo, Norway, and shows a part of The Oseberg Ship, which is located in the Viking Ships Museum. It must be a really fascinating place. The Vikings have always been of great interest to me, so she picked the perfect card.

Thank you ladies, for your wonderful cards ... they are just gorgeous. I am still enjoying the Postcard Exchange, and the cards that keep arriving. It is lots of fun. I still need to get back onto posting all these amazing cards onto a special blog, just for the postcards. I have started it, but then got sidetracked !!!

I found this gorgeous photo ... I just had to share it !!

It is Wednesday midday-ish in my world, and I am about to head over to a friend's for a visit, before picking up Chicky from school. This friend of mine, I'll call her "J" (you know who you are !!), has been a great friend, for around 13 years. She is married to a work-mate of my husbands, and we just clicked when we first met. She is an amazing woman. She is the mother of 3, one 10 (or is it 11, sorry "J") year old boy, and 2 almost 8 year old girls. The girls were born very premature, and both have quite significant disabilities. But "J" lets nothing faze here, she is the most organised, caring, loving woman I have ever met. She is on numerous committees, is always volunteering her time to help others, and is always there for anyone. I think you are a star, "J' ... just wanted to tell you that. Everyone loves her, and she deserves nothing but the best. There should be more people like her in this world. We love ya, "J".

I had better get going now. I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

Take care,


Monday, May 15, 2006

Monday With Meow ...

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I just want to say a a big thank you to everyone who wished me a Happy Mothers Day. I hope all you mums out there, who also celebrated Mothers Day yesterday, had a wonderful day. I know I did.

Well, now my weekend's over,
It was a good one, too.
We did quite a few things,
But didn't go to the zoo !!

Saturday Chicky had netball,
They played their very best.
Unfortunately they didn't win the game,
But that's OK, they're still the greatest.

Saturday night was restful,
We watched a bit of TV.
We spent the evening as a family
And chatted away quite happily.

On Sunday it was Mothers Day,
Chicky gave me some nice stuff.
We had lunch with my mum & dad,
The day wasn't long enough.

I was great fun just hanging out
With my wonderful mum and dad.
They are just gorgous people,
To have them as my parents - I'm glad.

All in all it was a great weekend,
Although the weather was quite poor.
It was cold, and rained, on and off ...
But, that's OK, the love we shared kept us warm.

I don't have a lot planned this week, other than the normal stuff ... taking Chicky to and from school, taking Chicky to Dance class, taking Chicky to German class, shopping, housework, washing ... you know the drill.

It is my dad's birthday tomorrow, though, so that is something different in my week ...


We will be going over to my parent's house Tuesday evening, for the birthday celebrations with family and friends. Should be a lovely evening.

So, I hope everyone has a wonderful week. Look after you and yours.

Take care,


Friday, May 12, 2006

It's Friday Again ...

Hello Friends ...

It has been a looooong week in Meow's household, without Chicky there to amuse me and keep me out of mischief. I will be heading off to school in an hour, as the bus is due back about 3 - 3.30pm, and the Grade 6ers will be back from their week long camp. I can't wait to see her again. It feels like ages, longer than a week (well, really only 5 days) since I saw her last. I hope she had an amazing time, and has heaps of stories to tell us, and lots of photos to share.

I received a postcard today, from Jean-Luc Picard. It shows The International Convention Centre in Birmngham, England. It looks like a spectacular place. Thank you Jean-Luc for the wonderful postcard.

I also received a wonderful package from DaybyDay. She called it a S'Mores Kit, stating everyone needs to experience them once in a lifetime. It contains Graham Crackers, Marshmallows and Hershey Bars. Apparently I need to make a sort of sandwich with the crackers, marshmallow and chocolate, all melted together .... mmmmm, sounds delicious. I will try it out later with Chicky, when she comes home. I don't have a campfire at the moment, but the recipe on the marshmallow packet suggests using the microwave. That I do have !!! Thank you so much, DaybyDay, for the fun package ... it is very much appreciated. It seems DaybyDay noticed a comment I made somewhere (maybe on her blog, or mine ... I can't remember) that I didn't know what Graham Crackers were. I can see myself putting on a couple of pounds, just trying this interesting concoction ... oh well, it's all in the name of new experiences, isn't it !!

Well, it is Friday afternoon. The weekend is almost here, again. It is Mother's Day here on Sunday, and we are going over to my parent's place for a BBQ. Should be a wonderful day. I love Mother's Day ... where would we all be withough our Mum's ???

Anyway, friends, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and all you Mums, have a wonderful Mother's Day.

Take care,


Thursday, May 11, 2006

Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty.
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
-- Franz Kafka --

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

A Miraculous Rescue, A Postcard, & Other Stuff ...

It has been a very exciting morning ....

I don't know how much coverage there has been outside Australia, but 2 weeks ago, on the evening of the 25th April, there was an earthquake in the area of Beaconsfield in Tasmania. This caused a collapse in a gold mine, which trapped 3 people ... all the others managed to escape. One man was sadly found dead, crushed by falling rock. The other two, 5 days after the collapse, were found alive ... but unable to be reached safely. Thus began a huge effort by many, many people to rescue these two brave miners. They were fortunate that they were not crushed like their workmate, as they were in a metal cage, which was part of the mine machinery. This cage, approximately 1.2 x 2metres in size, protected them from the rock falling all around them. Various options for their rescue were discussed, with the safest one being the one that was used. They needed to drill a tunnel underneath where the trapped miners were, then dig upwards to rescue them (this is a simplified explanation) ... this proved to be more difficult than they thought it would be, as some of the rock was very much harder than they expected. In the end, they got through, and at a few minutes before 5am this morning (9th May 2006) they emerged from their nightmare home for the past 2 weeks. An hour of so later, after being examined by paramedics, and getting cleaned up, they arrived back on terra-firma to cheers and jubilation.

It was amazing to see the whole thing evolve ... the emotions that were going through the people waiting at the mine entrance for the men to arrive back up top were incredible. Once they came out of that mine shaft elevator, I don't imagine there was a dry eye around the place. I know I was crying, and I was only watching it on TV.

I'll share with you a news report I found on the internet ...

Sydney - Two Australian miners were freed Tuesday, sparking joyful celebrations as they emerged ebullient and in good health after being trapped a kilometre underground for two weeks.
The two men, who lost a co-worker in the rockfall and had been given up for dead, waved to well-wishers as they passed an honour guard of colleagues after more than 300 hours in a tiny cavern at the Beaconsfield mine in Tasmania.
Todd Russell, 34, and Brant Webb, 37, came out of the mine with their arms held high in triumph and their miners' lamps blazing, to be whisked off for a medical check they were expected to pass with ease.
Webb insisted on the doors of his ambulance being open as he was driven through Beaconsfield. 'You can't kill me, son,' he was heard shouting to a wellwisher.
'They are in very good physical shape and we believe they will only be here a minimal amount of time,' Launceston Hospital chief executive Stephen Ayre said.
The miners defied doctors' predictions that their muscles would be too wasted to walk after their time trapped in a 2-metre metal cage.
They were expected to be strong enough to attend the funeral of a colleague, 44-year-old Larry Knight, who was killed in the April 25 rockfall.
'It's a real emotional time and a time of mixed emotions for us and this community,' Beaconsfield mayor Barry Easther told national broadcaster ABC.
'We've got Larry's funeral later today and it's a sad day, and yet it's such an exciting time to have these two lads brought back to the surface. It's just a dream come true.'
Overnight, rescuers came within a metre of the pair after taking a barely credible 40 hours to crack through a 1.5-metre seam of quartz sandstone five times harder than concrete.
For fear of triggering another catastrophic rockfall, rescuers drilled a fresh tunnel from the main shaft rather than trying to get to the men through the rockfall that trapped them and crushed the life out of Knight.
To open up the last bit of the 16-metre tunnel, which emerged just below the miners, rescuers used hand tools to break through the crust and carve out a metre-wide escape hatch.
The two men dropped into the rescue tunnel and were dragged to the main shaft. They met their wives and showered before making their grand exit at the pithead.
Doctors had wanted the two men to be taken straight to hospital but Russell and Webb would have none of it.
'They are very keen to walk out, and we are very keen to help them achieve that,' said paramedic Wolfgang Rechberger.
When they were found five days after the rockfall, a small- diameter hole was drilled to their tiny chamber. Food, drinks, blankets, clothes, toothpaste, deodorant and even music players, keepsakes and letters from family were passed through to them.
They managed to sleep, eat hot meals, and guide colleagues burrowing towards them. The local heroes even helped in their own rescue by gluing up seams in the rock near their cage to guard against a further landslip when rescuers finally punched through.
Mine manager Matthew Gill, who led the rescue and bore complaints that it was taking far too long, became the hero of the hour.
'My knees are shaking and I haven't quite worked out where I am at the moment,' Gill said. 'The odds finally worked in favour of the rescuers in the dying hours of the rescue effort.'
Gill said he was amazed at their physical condition. 'They are absolutely incredible people,' he told reporters at the pithead. 'In fact we were a bit worried with the amount they were eating that we would have to make the hole a bit bigger.'
The two miners' resilience and cheeky humour had been an inspiration to the hundreds helping in the rescue and garnered international attention.
One of the first things Russell asked for was the previous week's local newspaper so he could look for a new job. The pair joked that they were in a two-star hotel and that they were the two stars.
When Webb's ambulance pulled out of the mine compound, he flung his boots out the doors.
In what was perhaps their most emotional moment, the two men returned their safety tags to their personal pegs on the in-out board at the pithead. They were finally home.

Recent reports on the TV news state that one of the men has been released from hospital, with the other one staying on briefly for a few more tests. What incredibly brave, strong men ... what an amazing story.

Ok, on to other stuff ...

I received another postcard yesterday. This one is from Chloe, and she sent it from Makrinitsa, where she recently spent her Easter. It is a beautiful card, showing 6 wonderful scenes from what looks like an amazing place. Thank you, Chloe, I love your card.

Well, I survived my first night without my Chicky. It felt very strange in the house last night, without her, and the cat seemed a bit confused. We won't be having any contact with the kids until they return on Friday, so I am guessing that she is having a wonderful time. I really don't want to hear from the teachers, anyway, as this could only be bad news, an accident, or something.

I had a phone call from a friend earlier, who has asked if I can work for him tomorrow and a half day next week. This sounds good, so I said yes. No sleep in for me tomorrow, after all. Oh well !! I will be working at a Boarding Cattery, the same place where I take my kitty when we go away, and the same place (although at a different location) that I worked at part time a few years ago. Should be fun, lots of kittys to cuddle, and feed, and clean up after. It is mainly office work for the day, as there is another girl working there doing the cleaning.

Anyway, enough from me for now. I hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday.

Take care,


Monday, May 08, 2006

My Baby Left Home Today ...

I'm feeling rather sad right now. I feel like I'm missing something. Let me explain .....

We have just come home, after waving goodbye to Chicky and her Year 6 classmates, who are off on a 5 day adventure camp. They won't be home until Friday afternoon. Four nights away from home. What am I gonna do ??? (For those of you who don't know, I am the mother of only one child ... so without her, I have no responsibilities ... other than my Hubby of course !!).

I was very good, I stayed happy and cheery and excited for her, so that she wouldn't get upset ... she is a very emotional child, and a real mummy's girl (and daddy's girl, too), and she was on the edge of tears a couple of times. She kept coming back numerous times, to give us more hugs and kisses, before boarding the bus. We stood near her window on the bus, waving and smiling, until the bus left ... I could see she was near tears, I controlled myself !! We walked back to our car, I started driving home .... and I started bawling !!! Couldn't help it, don't know where it came from ... thought I was OK by then !! Nope, I'm a sook, my eyes leaked all the way home !!

I'm feeling calm now. Although, the house already feels different (even though she would normally be at school now anyway !!). I think it's gonna be a looooong week. Can't wait to see her Friday afternoon. I know she is going to have a great time, and I am really happy and excited for her ... that doesn't mean I can't feel sad for me, does it ?!?!

Enough about that, I'm about to cry again !!!

Yesterday was a great day (cold ...well, kinda freezing, actually ... but good nonetheless!). Chicky and her team participated in a Netball Round Robin ... where they play numerous games throughout the day, ending in finals and an eventual winner. Well, they played 4 matches (they were shortened somewhat, but still good games), and won 3 of them, and the other was a draw. This put them on top of the ladder, so then they had the Semi-Final ... which they won convincingly. This then put them automatically through to the Grand Final. They played a great game, very exciting, lots of yelling and clapping (that was from us, the parent cheer-squad!) ... and they won. Yay, they were the Grand Finalists ... what stars !!! They played brilliantly, it was so much fun to watch. I'm glad I was there. Unfortunately, only half the parents from her team showed up ... it was a very long day started at 9am and went to 3pm ... and was very, very cold (the coldest day this year, so far !!) ... but we were good parents and stayed to support our kids. I am so glad I did. They were so excited ... they have never won a Grand Final before. The looks on their faces were magical.

Saturday was a reasonably busy day ... Chicky had Netball in the morning, then we had a 40th birthday party in the afternoon. Had a lazy evening at home, watching TV.

We are enjoying another beautiful Autumn's day today (we have had a few really cold, wet ones over the last few days) ... the sun is out, but it is still quite cold. I'm about to head out and do some shopping, then I'll be back to read all your blogs.

Have a great week, friends.

Take care,


Friday, May 05, 2006

A Postcard and A Poem

I received another postcard today ... only one this time !!

It's from another wonderful Aussie blogging friend ... Nicole ... who lives in Queensland. (Thank you Nicole ... it is a beautiful card.) The postcard shows some wonderful scenes depicting the contrasts of the blue Pacific to the Hinterland. There are some amazing beaches in Queensland, and these pictures show some along the Sunshine Coast. We went through most of these areas last year, on our big trip to Cape York. I can't wait to get up there again some time soon. My best friend, who I met when we were in high school together, lives near Caloundra ... I miss her so much. I wish we could see each other more often. It's amazing, though, as whenever we do see one another, it is like we have never been apart. That's true friendship, I think.

And now, for your amusement, here is another one of my little poems ...

It's raining,
It's pouring,
This weather is
Really boring !!

I can't go out,
I'll get soaking wet,
It's freezing cold
The sniffles I will get !!

It's only 5pm,
It's getting dark.
The cat is hiding,
The neighbours dog won't even bark !

I'm lucky, though,
It's warm inside.
I don't even want to go
Out in the car for a ride.

It's the last month of Autumn,
Winter's almost here.
The weather's changed dramatically,
It'll be a cold one, I fear.

It's Friday evening,
The weekend is here once more.
I hope you have a good one
Look after you and yours !!
Take care,


Thursday, May 04, 2006

From My Email ... NOAH'S ARK

The woodpecker might have to go!

Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah's Ark ...

One: Don't miss the boat.

Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat.

Three: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.

Four: Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

Five: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

Six: Build your future on high ground.

Seven: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

Eight: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

Nine: When you're stressed, float a while.

Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

Eleven: No matter the storm, there's always a rainbow waiting.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. It is nearly over (again) here in the land of Oz. It is 6.30ish Thursday night ... only one day left !! I'm about to go and sort out dinner, then have a night in front of the telly.

Take care, friends, and have a great day / night ...


Wednesday, May 03, 2006

And More Postcards ...

Hello again,

It is currently Wednesday night, and I just want to share with you the two postcards I received today.

The first one is from
Devil Mood, and is from Porto in Portugal. It is of the old part of Porto, showing the river and some boats. It looks like an amazing place. So picturesque.

The second one is from Jenn, and is of Niagara Falls. It show an aerial view of the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. What an amazing picture ... I've always dreamt about going to Niagara Falls. I remember movies when I was a kid, where people go over the falls in a barrel ... didn't Lucille Ball go over in one of her sitcoms ?? Jenn, with her amazing talent, also added some gorgeous kitty pictures that she drew on the written side ... they are too cute !!

I am really loving receiving all these postcards, it is so much fun. Thank you to Devil Mood and Jenn, for those I received today, and to everyone else whose cards I have already received.

I am thinking of starting another blog, just to post all these wonderful postcards in one place. I will put it's link in my side bar, under the others I have there near my profile, when I have completed it, so stay tuned ....

Have a great Wednesday or Thursday ... wherever you are at when you read this.

Take care, friends ...


Tuesday, May 02, 2006

More Postcards ...

Hello, my friends !!

Blogger is being evil today, and I have been trying for ages to post this, but it keeps telling me "There Are Errors" ... what does this mean, and why can't I figure out what the errors are. Is it me or Blogger ??? Hopefully I will be posting this in the next few hours ....

I received another 2 postcards yesterday, so here I am sharing them with you again !!

The first one is from Viamarie, from the Philippines. It is of the Mayon Volcano in Legaspi. It looks quite spectacular, with it's almost perfectly shaped cone. Apparently it is continuously blowing smoke ... must be pretty scary, I imagine, living nearby !!

The second one is from Chrixean, also from the Philippines. It shows a Philippine Jeepney, which is a form of public transport ... I guess like a mini bus. Apparently each Jeepney is individually "dressed" according to the creativity of the owners. This one has an abundance of headlights !!

Thank you, ladies, for the lovely cards. My collection is certainly growing. I am also still getting emails from friends (new and old) wishing to be part of the Postcard Exchange. It is all so much fun.

I had a quiet type day, yesterday, with not a lot on. I did some washing, and some stuff on the computer. Chicky had a dance class last night, and I sat in the car for an hour and a half, watching a movie on her portable DVD player. I could've gone home, but with the traffic at that time of night, it would've taken me 1/2 hour to get home, then I would've only had 1/2 at home, before needing to go back ... a waste of time, as far as I'm concerned. I usually take a book, or a movie, or occasionally my laptop, and sit and relax for the hour and a half. I don't mind ... it's a bit of time-out !!

I'd better close now, as I really need to do some dusting and vaccuuming (yuck !!) ... it seems dust doesn't go away on it's own, and it mutiplies !!!

I will leave you with a quote I found, which I really, really like ...

Today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.

Have a great day.

Take care,


Monday, May 01, 2006

Monday Again !?!?!

Well, it is Monday morning here in my world, and my weekend is over *sob,sob*. It was a really quiet weekend, as far as weekend's go. I didn't do much at all, but it was lovely. The weather was pretty average ... showery, cool ... typical Autumn weather, which made it easy to just potter around in the house, and do not alot !!

Ooooh, I just checked the date ....


Boy did that come around fast ... the First Of May 2006 ... the 5th month of the year. Where on earth is the year going ... wasn't it just Christmas a few weeks ago ??

I don't have a lot planned for this week, just a bit of typing, a bit of web design, painting class Tuesday night, and all of the other regular weekly things. Chicky goes on school camp next Monday (8th May), for the week, so I am going to be very lost next week (remember, I only have one child!!) ... what will I do with myself, without the morning and afternoon school runs, after school activities, etc. Hey, I can sleep in !!! Yeah, that sounds good !!

Anyway, what are your plans for this week ??

I was checking out Blogthings last night, and I thought this was nice ...

Your Theme Song is Beautiful Day by U2

"Sky falls, you feel like
It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away"

You see the beauty in life, especially in ordinary everyday moments.
And if you're feeling down, even that seems a little beautiful too.

So, I hope you all have a wonderful week. For those of you who go out and work, don't work too hard. For those of you who are stay at home mums, also don't work too hard. Make sure you give yourself some "you time" ... you all deserve it.

Take care, my friends.