It isn't raining at the moment but it rained the better part of the night. We really do need this rain so am not going to whine about it. The air is finally clear and you can breath air not just the smoke from the back burning in the mountains. For the better part of 2 weeks we have been covered in a haze of smoke. It looks like smog all day long but you can smell the smoke and the dark ash settles on everything. My white car is currently streaky charcoal.
I have been trying to get stuck into some stitching. Every time I try I get interrupted or side tracked. Last night I planned a night of specialty stitches and then discovered Harry potter was on and the kids wanted to watch it so it was 10:30 before they were all in bed and I could think straight. I stitched till a little after 1 but was so tired I had to go to bed then I spotted my new library book and read till 2:30. So today I am tired and will probably want to hit the hay early :)
We had some mongrel kick our letter box to bits Friday night so yesterday went to bunnings and picked up a new one. I love bunnings.... We also got a stack of storage tubs for the shed. We want to get everything into tubs before the real wet weather comes. That shed leaks like a sieve and we figure this is the best form of protection. We are also moving Col's office out there from the low corner to the high corner. We have not done this before as it means not being able to get a car in there if we need to but we think we have measured it all out so we can just fit the car if needed.
I caved yesterday and let shannon get a mouse. She has named her Katie. I did not mind the mouse so much as the cost of the cage,bedding water bottle and food. We managed to get a cage at clints for $13 and the mouse and all its "stuff" came in under $35. Shan panicked late yesterday when she couldn't find her and thought she had escaped the cage. We searched everywhere and I found her asleep in her house in her cage. Shan forgot to look there! blonde moment or what.
Well Off to get the tribe ready we are off to the market this morning. We need some ink for the PC and blank dvd's I might even get to look at some stuff for me today!
A day home for me today. I have some recording to do. I am sure the new foxtel box is on the fritz so want to record to DVD everything I have on the hardrive before I call foxtel and they re set the box. I am not sure there are enough hours in today to get it all done but will have a go.
not much else happening... we did buy a mulcher on Friday and spent the weekend mulching :) Not much let in the garden but we have lots of compost... We wanted to have a good out door clean up before winter sets in. Everything here has been planted without much thought as to how it grows etc. It is looking a lot tidier but we still have a few things to do before i am happy.
Sunday Col checked the brakes on the merc and found the front had all but gone so i made some calls and found a set and by 3pm the van had new brakes. I am so lucky to have a man able to do these sorts of things himself.
The boys have the dentist tonight. Aj needs a tiny filling and Jakes seals need to be redone his teeth have come down since they were done last and they need touching up. None of it is huge but the appointment is right on tea time.
We tried to get into a place at Echuca for the weekend but have left our run too late and they are booked out :( we can get accommodation but we like this place. She has a vacancy late may so we may take that. I wanted to go this weekend. it would have been dads 76th birthday next Wednesday and I wanted to visit him. Not to worry a couple of weeks wont matter.
Best get moving I want to get some stitching done today. I have some tricky stitches to do and need to concentrate which I cant do with the family home :)
I know its my day off but it seems to be the only day I get here to post.
Not a lot to report this week. A quiet one which isn't bad I must say.
The new PC is fantastic. it is not only looks nice it actually functions! I am still looking for my office discs so i can put word and excel on but apart from that all is well. I must say I do not really like the keyboard I chose. I am sure I will get used to it but the keys feel HUGE.
I have been trying to stitch but keep getting side tracked or find myself not in the mood. I am working on a piece that requires concentration and at the moment I have very little of that :) I am hoping today I will get some time to do the fidley bits while I am home alone.
We were out on Saturday and found a sale at our local go lo store. Not really needing anything we wandered in for a look and I got a 3L slow cooker for $18. I got mum one as well she was thrilled. I have not used it yet but mum has and said it was great. I might make some soup in it today?
I have been asked to look at changing some of my shifts at work. I have been lucky and have all school hour shifts. Some of the new shifts are late starts and late finishes. It will mean the kids ar home for an hour on their own if Col isn't home ( which he usually is or at least isn't far off at that time) I am thinking about it. It would give me an hour and a half ish at home in the mornings after the kids go. I could do a lot in that time. I will chat to Col about it and see what happens.
Ok need to get ready I am meeting a fellow stitchy friend for coffee at 10 so should really get ready and perhaps chuck a load of laundry on before I go.
Ours was not playing nice so we decided it was time to update. We picked it up late this afternoon and have been installing all our software etc since.
Finally it is all mine for the next hour so I can update all mu bookmarks etc.
The only thing not new is the monitor. Ours is fine so I did not see the need to waste money on something still working. Besides we are still looking for a lounge suite so any spare cash needs to go there.
Had news today My much loved Uncle is heading west. He has taken a job driving a road train at one of the western Australian mines. His wife will stay here and he will commute between shifts. He is no spring chicken but has worked out if he can do this for 3 years they can both retire. Well worth it he thinks. only problem he hates the heat so sorry Michael not thinking you will last.
In other news... HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL! 18 today. I remember the day you were born very clearly. a couple of weeks of pre apprenticeship and it's there real world for you. Good luck on the driving test!
What else to tell.... Shannon has a friend coming for the weekend from Queensland. They met in kinder and Emily moved to Queensland a few years ago. this will be her second trip back and Shannon can not wait to see her. I do not think much sleep will be had.
Jake has his own tax file number. He is legally able to work but not many hire before they turn 15 which is only weeks away so he will have to wait. He desperately wants money to build a new bike. He knows he has to earn it so is keen to get a job. We will see how long that lasts hey.
AJ is AJ. he is doing well at school. He has started wanting to go to the library and get extra books to read. Last visit was a book on trains aussie bites book and a mad magazine. I do not care what he reads as long as he is happy to read. He has no interest in going outside to play he would rather hang at home and read or play games. He does like playing in the backyard with Shannon but thats about it.
Well enough from me I am tired and I have work tomorrow.
Today was my day off and I took my mum to the Dandenong Market. took her granny shopping jeep and had a ball. we filled it and I think we could have filled it over again if we had our way. I brought up on veggies I can freeze so spent the afternoon blanching and freezing. I now have enough frozen veg for 2 months.