Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Stupid weather...

Ha surprised you all and myself by popping in here and updating...
Isn't this cold weather just the pits.... I loathe being cold and when it is wet also like we have been having lately it just doesn't agree with me. I can never get warm and it doesn't help that our heating is still not working.. but that is life... we have to have winter and rain, I am just hoping now for an early warm spring..
I just love this picture. Nik was occupying herself in the car on a recent trip. She was yabbering away to herself and we were not really paying attention until she asked me if I thought poppy (her dog) would be scared of her when we got home... when I turned around this is what I saw.. she had sticky taped bits of material to her face to make herself into a pussy cat...lol she had me in fits of laughter.

Our house is still sitting waiting patiently for the moving men to return.... they do say we are high priority for getting this house moved but I sincerely doubt that. They are waiting on fine weather to remove the roof then load onto the trucks...... we had a fabulous week of glorious sunshine a fortnight ago and they never showed up.. to say I am a little peeved would be an understatement... the ground is so wet and waterlogged now that I doubt we will get it out until late Spring which is really disappointing for us but what can we do!
It is the second week of school holidays here now and I am really enjoying not having any routine to stick to, no netball or football training or games as they don't play (seniors and Juniors) on the middle weekend of these holidays, so I should have been having some quiet time at home... lol that doesn't happen in this household.
We have been slowly since April working our way through an overgrown frontage to our new property that due to the new Bushfire Assessments we have to clear all the undergrowth and weeds and the pile of cut trees the previous owner dumped there before we can be issued with a certificate to live in the house once it is moved.. wish we knew this before we bought it.. oh well we are now almost 100metres from the end and it is starting to look good. We currently have 6 or 7 huge bonfires on the property of scrub and weeds we have removed. We are leaving all the native plants and only removing what needs to be removed but it is so overgrown with shiny leaf and prickly bush that it is hard going.
We have enlisted the help of most of the kids, some are useful, some are not..lol
This is the first small heap we started, the rest of the bonfires are at least twice as big now. Will have to get new pics to show an update. We were going to have one of the bonfires this weekend to celebrate Josh's 21st but the weather has not been kind of late and it is too wet and cold so instead we are celebrating it elsewhere this weekend. To think it is 21 years since he first came into this world is quite scary. We have been looking back over old photos remembering him as he has grown from a tiny little baby into a wild little boy and now into a grown man who we are very proud of.
Apart from land clearing we have also had Netball training with the Victorian State Netballers, this is Tahlia posing with one of the girls.
Below is Zoe's quilt she made ( purple/green), notice almost all her squares meet up. I am not happy with the way the teacher taught them to quilt and sandwich but at least it is finished not languishing in a bag somewhere. The red,black and white blanket the girls made themselves one each and boy are they being used lots lately. The purple/white top is Lauren's quilt she started and I am finishing off....
The red knitted top is Nikayla's Acacia top, it just needs a ribbon and some blocking.. and she can wear it, very easy quick knit designed by my designer sister Tikki.
Stupid blogger won't let me put the pics where they should be so I will just have to write here about them and hope it turns out okay..
The pink and brown vest is another item I have finished along with the diagonal lace white blanket. The blanket took forever or so it seemed to finish but is nice and soft and warm. The half finished item is a diagonal lace baby jacket I am presently knitting during the school holidays, just have the front and sleeves to go. Finally the little green pants are dolls diapers I made and beneath them is 7 little kids black scarves made from polar fleece, very quick and easy and nice and snuggly warm
I also have some other items I have finished off but they are charity items so will blog about them on my other blog.
Until next time enjoy.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

OK Who pinched my life!!!

As the title says who pinched the last 12 months of my life... cos I have no idea where it has gone.
wow to think it is over 12 months since I updated is a tad embarrassing to say the least. I have been actively doing things in that time though. Farm, family and sporting commitments have kept me well and truly out of mischief I can assure you.
But one of the main things keeping me busy is this "little" project..
This is my in laws family homestead, circa 1900s, that we have been busily emptying of 100+ years of hoarding everything possible from school books to old clothing and jewellery plus all the furniture.. it is presently cut in 2 pieces down the middle with a big gaping hole in the roof where the chimney used to be and hopefully it will soon be on its journey to its new location... Yep we bit the bullet and are relocating this beautiful old home to another location that suits our lifestyle more, which will also see me doing a lot less than the current 1000kms a week I am presently doing in travel.. it has been a nerve wracking and stressful time, dealing with government departments etc. etc. it is definitely not something I would do again in a hurry..lol but hopefully it will be well worth all the sleepless nights..
We have been fortunate to have found some amazing personal items including my father in laws war medals and all his gear neatly packed away in the bottom of a cupboard along with photos from the war.
So that is what I have been busy with!!
I just recently got my sewing machine back from the machine doctors where it has been sitting, waiting patiently to be fixed for the last 9 months!! No that is not a misprint, it actually took me over 9 months to get my machine fixed and returned to me grrrrrrr.. I did have to contact their head office to get any action in the end which frustrated me no end.. but I now have it back and have been sewing... yaye..
First on the to-do list was a very long overdue swap for a very dear friend.. no hints until I post.. haha..just need to find the postal address..VBG
Then I finished off all the paid jobs I had waiting and now am enjoying sewing for myself, something I haven't done in a very long time..
Zoe has also spent time sewing together a quilt top for school and she has done a really great job of getting her points and corners all lined up. Would never think it was her first time sewing a quilt, so proud of her. I have been playing around with different things, I pieced together half a quilt top that Lauren was doing at school 2 years ago until she moved schools and it was never touched again. So I finally decided if she didn't want to finish it I would. We couldn't remember how the pattern went so I just winged it and put it together how I thought it should be.. guess what!! she likes it again now and would like it for her room now........ hmmmm. we will see..
I have also been busily knitting away as usual, with lots of different projects either on the go or finished, mostly all charity knitting but I have completed a couple for family and myself.
The last 12 months we have had an 18th birthday, confirmations, reconciliations, school graduations, a large family christmas plus many other family occassions. We have had many happy occassions along with some sad occassions, we have had family illness which continues to affect and sadden us. We have endured floods, nothing like those in the north of the state and the country got but nonetheless still floods. The kids have all continued to grow up, one in particular has taken a liking to moving home again and again..lol he is currently residing at home again whilst he waits for his and his girlfriend's new home to be built, so I am guessing he won't be moving home again in the future, here's hoping anyway..lol I do love him being home though.. another son has moved out of home and started his adult life in employment. Our oldest daughter along with our grand daughter have moved interstate to live, hopefully not for too long, they are returning home tomorrow for a fortnight visit which will be nice as we haven't seen them for a long time and miss them greatly.
Well that is about it, our last 12 months in a nutshell... I will not make any promises of updating in the near future as there is no guarantee what will happen next in our lives... thanks for staying tuned..lol