Tuesday, November 30, 2004


4 Words

Rental inspection on Friday


See ya after then

Monday, November 29, 2004




It's Through

Mercedes second tooth is through.
All that stuff from the other day must have been a cold as now Erin has very similar symptoms.
I would write more but i have to chase a wasp outside.

Saturday, November 27, 2004


Teething Troubles Update

No teeth this morning. The temperature, sore red ears, red tender gums are all gone. I am sure I can see the teeth just sitting there though.
The only thing that is different about her today is that she is very sedate but happy. I think she is still tired from last night since she didn't sleep till 12.30am and then was up at 6am, then back up at 9am till 3pm. She doesn't even show any sign of wanting to go to bed right now either. (It is 8pm) She had possibly 1 hour of sleep at 3pm also.
She is happier and that is a blessing.
Due to her not wanting to sleep last night I was able to fit in a movie (Dodgeball) and do some painting for an upcoming birthday present.
Dodgeball was hilarious and it was good to have a laugh at despite the late night it caused (1.15am bed time).

In other news

Miranda is still doing basketball despite being conked in the face with the ball. She sometimes seems to have a co-ordination problem. I am going to blame it on the strange way she was born (footling posterior breech with one foot up behind her head). She also only has one night left of girls brigade this year before a two month break. We hope to take video of it as it is her awards night and the night she gets moved up to the next level (from cadets to juniors)

Jadeen looks so tiny when viewed from afar. She still fits into size 4 clothes even if they are on the tight side but her average size is 5. She is a very busy little girl who is always on the go and throws sulks if things don't happen how she wants them to happen. She will be 6 very shortly (day after Christmas). She has also learnt to write her name, mostly by teaching herself. I was surprised at how quickly she picked it up. I am glad we waited that extra 6 months to start her schooling. She start next year and can't wait to be like her big sister (who has already done three years).

Erin is currently stuck between being a little girl and being a 'big' girl. Her toileting has improved dramatically though when she is overtired, sick or needs attention she will still wet her pants. Her language is still coming along and we are starting to understand more. What I find cute about her is that we can put size 2 pants/skirts on her and they end up being hipsters or falling off. She is such a tiny little girl weighing in at 13kgs. She is also at her happiest when mummy spends time cuddling and doing things with her.

Mercedes, well you have already read about her but she is a cute gorgeous little bundle of warm dough which is almost ready to crawl properly (she did that for about 2 'steps' the other day while hubby was up north).

Hubby? Well you can catch up with him on his site.

Friday, November 26, 2004


Teething Troubles

Mercedes is teething again
Not too long ago, her first tooth came through, now she has three coming through at once or at least that is what it looks like.
All day she has had a temperature which only has come down when she was in the bath or shower. She is generally miserable despite her happy demeanour. Her nose is running, she has watery eyes, her left ear was red and warm most of today, now it is her right. She won't let me touch her gums and won't put anything hard into her mouth (though she has enjoyed a few cherry tomatoes). I can't wait till it is over.
Last time she was teething we had a night when I couldn't get more then two hours sleep at a time. So far we haven't been that lucky. She is still up as she doesn't want to be put down. I have just given her some more medecine so hopefully that will kick in and give us all some rest.

Thursday, November 25, 2004



Today the car was packed full. There was me (the adult) and 6 kids (9 months - 8 years). I took some friends' kids to basketball with us this afternoon. I know the girl had fun and the boy had fun but i think he wore out about halfway through.
It was good fun and I will do it again.


Things I Have Learnt From Being A Parent

  • biscuits don't flush that well but favourite toys do
  • how to type one handed
  • that if you homeschool, work from home and look after a house then it is near impossible to write 50,000 words without loosing sleep.
  • baby cuddles are the best after sleepless nights
  • when babies reach a certain stage they will eat the smallest thing they can pick up off the floor that is not food
  • floor mats under the highchair only catch a small amount of food dropped, thrown, spit up, etc
  • dogs make wonderful floor cleaners and is cheaper then buying dog food
  • kids will do almost anything for a lolly
  • never give a child a room with a locking door unless you have a key for it
  • regardless of how cold it is or what company you have, toddlers will always prefer to be undressed
  • some toys are fixable, some toys are binable.
  • the more expensive the toy the more fixable it is
  • pedestal fans provide hours of fun
  • kids love to help cook as long as they get to lick the bowl afterwards
  • extracurricular activities are usually after school hours and on weekends
  • when a baby smiles it will make you smile regardless of how lousy your day is
  • fresh, plain coloured skirts or shirts make excellant tissues for baby's runny nose. It adds interest to an otherwise boring outfit!

there are plenty more but I am typing one handed while trying to make a toddler smile (who just woke up) while feeding a baby and getting pins and needles in my foot.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 24, 2004



I have started a new blog page for crafty things the kids and I do.
I will aim to update it weekly.
It is still in the process of being built also (just like this page).


Christmas Piccy


Graduation Pic




Craft : Heart Christmas Hangers

You Need :
  • coloured card
  • gold/silver card
  • scissors
  • glue
  • ribbon
  • laminate/clear contact (optional)
  • hole punch
  1. Cut heart shapes from coloured card (no more then 2 inches wide), and cut small heart from silver/gold card. The silver/gold hearts need to be small so that you can use a few at a time on the coloured card. Alternatively you could use a heart shaped card punch to create the smaller hearts.
  2. Glue small hearts onto the large heart in design of your choice.
  3. Once glue is dry, laminate the decorations.
  4. Trim away plastic and punch a hole in the top.
  5. Tie ribbon through the hole so they can be hung from the Christmas tree.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004



From the car (going 100km/hr - 60 mph) on the way to the airport.


Mercedes Is Growing So Fast

My dear little Mercedes is growing so fast. She used to be so tiny.
Now she can crawl, sortof, get up onto her hands and knees and wave an arm around.
She is currently sitting in a box waiting for her sister to get back though! If only the camera batteries weren't charging.

On another note.

We got a delivery today and in this delivery was a box of waffles (have not had these for years) and Jadeen wanted to know what waffles were. She now knows what they are and thinks they are great.

We also had great naps today and didn't get half of my to-do list done like I was supposed to.
Tomorrow Jadeen graduates from pre-school and they are even wearing the gowns and caps. I will aim to get photos of that.

Monday, November 22, 2004


The Early Bird Catches The Worm

Yeah right!
I will be an early bird tomorrow since hubby is departing for 4 days.
I don't mind getting up so much, provided the kids go back to bed when we get home.
We leave home at 4.45am and I won't get home till 6am, then I have to get up at 8am to leave home at 9am and run a days worth of errands and schooling. Then it is off to girls brigade for a breakup party (messy night) and shopping with 3 little kids.
This will all go well provided bubs decides to go to sleep sometime soon. She is wide awake and playing happily behind me on the floor. (with a foot stool)
All the other kids went to bed early and well but not this little black duck.
Okay okay enough griping from me.
Have yourself a good day and catch a catnap or two for me.

Update - The day started at 3.30am!



I am so far behind in this
I guess this is what I get for starting a week or so late
I am up to 14,500 words so far but I do think it may be a little difficult to get the 5,000 per day done in the next week, if I am to finish it by the end of the month.
I am going to keep going, I have to finish this in more then two sentances. Maybe it will be a christmas present for next year!


The Things You See When.....

you homeschool and the kids play together

The two elder were playing horses, which were married, and were mating!
Jade was sitting on Miranda's back, well lying on it.


On a different note, Jade has become quite good at writing her name, even if it is a mixture of capitals and small letters.

Sunday, November 21, 2004


She Crawls

She is to the stage of cammando crawling.
Mercedes also gets to her hands and knees but isn't co-ordinated enough to crawl that way yet. She is getting there quickly though and is picking up speed.
The next thing that comes is climbing!


Spring Cleaning

I guess it was time I did this, even though spring is almost over. I have cleaned out, rearranged and sorted through the walk-in-pantry, linen cupboard, and electrical goods cupboard in the kitchen. They were big jobs and I could have used that time to be writing, but hey, I need a break now and then.
I don't have any plans to do any more cupboards just yet but I know a few places which need doing - the container cupboard (we have too many lids and not enough bases), Miranda's room, the freezer, the nursery(currently the spare room), and possibly the bathroom cupboards and our bedside drawers.
Ok, I shall leave you to your more exciting stuff now as I try to make up some stencils for curtains I want to make.

Friday, November 19, 2004


Vanilla Peach Jam

250 grams dried peaches
2 cups sugar
4 cups water
1 tablespoon vanilla

sterilized jars

  1. Soak dried peaches overnight in the water. (I would suggest chopping the peaches prior to soaking but is not necessary)
  2. Place peaches and water in a large saucepan and bring to the boil, allowing to boil for 15 minutes or until fruit is soft.
  3. Add sugar and vanilla.
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the constancy desired.
  5. Bottle and store in the fridge.
Can be enjoyed with toast, plain yogurt, ice cream or as a dessert topping.


Quick Quiche

Quick is not really a good name for this as the cooking part is not all that quick.
Here it is.

4 eggs
4 rashers bacon, sliced into thin strips
1 cup of grated cheese
1 onion, finely diced
1.25 cup of self raising flour (for that extra lift)
2 cups of milk
125 grams melted butter

  1. Pre-heat oven to a moderately slow temperature (160 degrees Celsius)
  2. Beat eggs and milk together
  3. Add in flour and butter to egg mix. Mix well to combine.
  4. Add in remaining ingredients and mix well
  5. Pour into a greased pie dish, or cake tin.
  6. Cook for 1 hour or until set and browned on top.

Thursday, November 18, 2004


More Word Counts!

and we now have two characters, a mystery and fear
lets see what the next chapter will hold!


Amber thought about what he had said to her. She knew that he had been tortured by this memory, and possibly others, these past 50 years. She looked to him, reading the expression on his face. She had many other questions to ask but knew the answers would come with time if she asked them or not.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004



I went grocery shopping with the kids!
Alone, no other adult help what so ever!
It wasn't too bad as I took to rewarding them for good behaviour, plus there are no corners at the shops.
Tomorrow I pick up their reward, provided I remember of course. They got a pre-reward reward though. Santa gave them a gingerbread man each, for free. I am all for free stuff especially when it benefits us.
Last month and the month before, they (the shopping centre) were giving away free re-usable shopping bags. I think I managed to get about 6 bags in total and will start using them next year possibly. We use the normal plastic bags for the garbage, as it saves us from buying rubbish bags.
Well, back to the topic.
This month, they are giving away free photos with Santa if you produce a docket proving you spent over $20 somewhere in the centre. We don't actively encourage Santa but he is everywhere so I thought, what the hey, I get a free professionally taken photo of the 3 older girls with a guy in a big red suit (who oughta be sweating rivers in this weather). Merc missed out since she was perched on my back in the back pack and I momentarily forgot she was there.
Did I mention that she was a good bubs? No? Well she is.
Ok, time to get off my arse and get this lot ready for dinner.


Today's Word Count

Starting at just over 9000 words, with 2 kids in the paddling pool, 1 asleep and 1 doing her maths. I wonder how many I will get done today? I hope to break the 10,000 mark.

I passed the 10,000 word mark just before lunch. I think Amber is about to become a tad more enjoyable now that I am introducing another character. That will make two characters now!
I want to try and get another 1,000 words done before I head out, or maybe tonight. I need to do at least 3,000 words a day in order to get close to finishing on time.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004


Junk Mail

We just got our mail from the box and in there was an interesting peice of mail. I live in Australia, and this letter was from New Zealand. It was trying to sell me diet pills. I don't tend to get junk mail in australia but now I have gotten it from across the sea.

Monday, November 15, 2004



Little miss Mercedes is crawling, well sorta. It is sorta like a drag commando crawl. She will get there eventually and there is no real rush yet. When she can crawl properly she will learn to climb and that will mean she will be able to get out of the lounge area. Eek!
Her drag commando crawl is - pushes with her feet a little bit and pulls with her forearms. It is great to watch, and exciting.
Now it is time to get back to your regular viewing so I can enjoy my apple, peach, nectarine smoothie.


Word Count

8030 and it is now lunch time, chore time and possibly art and craft time.

Sunday, November 14, 2004


Big Coight



A few things of note have happened so far today.
  • I awoke suddenly at 12.30am thinking the bubs needed me when all she was doing was rolling over in her cot to go back to sleep
  • I woke up again when hubby got home from his LAN and decided to wash his feet (!?)
  • This morning all went well and for once hubby was the last one ready to go to church
  • Mercedes gets up to her elbows and knees now
  • She also pushes with her feet to go forwards as she hasn't quite worked out the arms bit
  • Miranda asked me if she could have a boyfriend! I had to say no and explained she could have boys as friends but not a boyfriend. She is only 8yrs old.
  • I also told her that she had to be friends with a boy before she could be his girlfriend.
  • Hubby said an outright 'no'
  • Bubs now takes food off a spoon from me and spits half of it out in my direction
  • I am making a bolognaise sauce for dinner but I think I put it on too late so it won't get a long slow simmer.
  • I need to get off this thing because Erin (3) is overtired, hungry and grumpy; and I can't reason with her (she wants lollies and I say no)

Saturday, November 13, 2004



Okay, I am majorly behind in this novel writing thing but I am still doing it. Yesterday I didn't get any done as we went to the farm (pics to come but they have to wait till my oc gets home from the LAN) and then I managed a snooze in the arvo (afternoon) followed by some child free time trying to stay awake wiht hubby.
Merc did sleep better last night, not waking till 4am so I managed to get some good rest in.
I have been feeling fine today but am aware of how sleepy pc's can make you feel. I have felt great up until the time i sat down and decided to do some more work on my novel. I cleaned out and reorganised the linen cupboard, folded a weeks worth of laundry, even cleaned the filter in the air conditioning. I have fed bubs multiple times and even had an ice cream for lunch (followed by an apple).
It is a hot sticky day with very little breeze so my attempts at keeping the house cool are diminishing, though the day is 3 hours away from cooling down so I think we will survive. I just hope the kids want to go out for a walk later.
Ok, time to stop rambling and start writing again.
Have a great weekend.

Friday, November 12, 2004


What We Did Yesterday

Since I don't like Erin (3) playing out in our street without adult supervision, and the fact that she will try to follow her sisters anywhere, I headed outside with paint and brush. I touched up the number on the curve so it was readable and then the girls did handprints on the road. I am not sure how long they will last since they are only acrylic (water based) and it is storm season.
Enough said, here is Jade, Erin and Merc.



She has finally cut a tooth. I discovered it today while we were at our school excursion. It has just broken the surface and would explain why she was so restless last night.

Thursday, November 11, 2004



Sometimes it is embarrassing to watch Miranda's lack of co-ordination. She doesn't seem to notice and nor do the other kids, or at least they don't let on. We have signed her onto 'junior jammers' at basketball. They teach skills, co-ordination and team work. I have seen a difference in Miranda and she has only been two days (1 day per week).
Am I also the only mother there who brings all her kids? It seems like it.
Oh well, next week we may have our own ball, unless I send hubby to take her all on his lonesome. That could be a good thing.
Tonight, an early night is in order, I hope.


Word Count Plus Tidbit

Thursday 11 November

11am - 1 minute of reflections as it is rememberance day and at 11am on the 11/11 there is traditionally 1 minute silence to remember those who fell in times of war.

11.01am - starting writing for the day - 5352

11.14am - 5573 - a nappy change, sms and played with bubs during this time

11.53am - 6222 - lunch time - during that time i had multiple distractions from helping Miranda with schoolwork, Mercedes trying to restart my pc and more sms's

I will try to get some more done later but that will only happen if I get my day in control and plan it out a bit better.


Amber came to the brook as the rising sun was still making its way across the land, its golden rays peeking through the giant fern fronds to make the water look like shining gems. Little fish darted about in the pools of water, chasing the odd water beetle for its breakfast. A frog croaked quietly within its cool home. It was relaxing, where she was standing, you could not see the caves from here, and you could almost forget about them. For that instant she did not wish to go farther, seeking out the people she once knew. She wished to stay in this paradise, listening to the croak of the frogs, call of the birds and rhythmic splashing of the brook as it passed over the rocky path.


Therepy Session

Doc : Good morning, what seems to be the problem?
Mother : My kids. See, last night I repeatedly told them that Thursday was pre-school day, I even told them that this morning. I also told them that I wanted to leave early so that I could some grocery shopping in before the hired help arrived.
Doc : Hired help?
Mother : The husband doesn't want me to do the housework and, well, I am not that capable or so I have been told.
Doc : !?
Mother : So, this morning I get up extra early, wake up all the kids extra early, including the baby, and promise them a drive-thru breakfast, just to make things quicker. It didn't make things quicker, we didn't leave till 10 minutes after I wanted to, there was a delay in the drive-thru and then when we get to pre-school, the eldest of the two just wouldn't get out of the car. I resorted to bribery, that worked for getting her inside but not for her staying there.
Doc : Are they at pre-school now?
Mother : Yes, but it was difficult. She cried, so did the other. The other turned happy though as long as the older stayed with her. She even sat down and finished her breakfast. She was really well behaved compared to normal. The older one through sulks, tears and clung. She has always done this but normally it is easy to leave. Today she wouldn't even respond to anything and eventually a teacher had to stay with her. She knew I had to do other things, I was in a rush. She also knows that we won't be going candle shopping tonight now.
Doc : Did you get to go shopping?
Mother : Do you think I did? Why am I sitting here if things got out of hand and I didn't do what I wanted to do?
Doc : I don't know, why don't you tell me?
Mother : *you can smell the smoke* No, I did not. I do not know when I will get the chance now since my day is so busy. Tomorrow is out, we have an excursion, Saturday is out as it Sunday. I will just have to go and rush this afternoon. I really didn't want to have to do that.
Doc : Well that concludes our session today. That will be $XX.
Mother : *whacks doc over the head for charging so much and not doing a single thing.*

Wednesday, November 10, 2004


Grandma Update

Grandma is awake. She has had the breathing tube taken out, talked a little and asking for food.


Word Count

November 10
12.55pm start - 4734
1.09pm - 5095
1.15pm - 5223
1.20pm - 5352 - this is where it stopped, the kids needed my help on something and the temporary distraction I gave them ended. Now I need to get back to school, bubs and other bits and peices.


Warning - Gruesome Goblins

The goblins had come out of nowhere, or so it seemed, upon the backs of foxes and wolves. Even though they were tiny, about 2 feet in height, they were still deadly with amazing precision. Their skin was as tough as leather, only softening in the joints and about the neck. Their eyes gleamed with a yellow hatred, only seen in those underground nightmares, and their features, all different but yet all the same. Their skin was a bronzy green, perfect for hiding among the elves habitat, and covered in warts. Some had hook noses, some had chunks taken from their ears, others were just too ugly to describe. There was one thing for sure; you could never mistake a goblin for anything else other then a goblin.
The goblins rode into the well established village of the wood elves, their sharp but crude swords slashing at anything alive. They would even kill their own if they got in the way, without so much as a regret. They were purely there to kill, and it did not matter what or who it was. The elves had little chance to react to the onslaught but fight they did.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004


Word Count

November 9
7.40 pm - 4170
7.50 pm - 4309 - i turned on music and got a little distracted by that as well as watching the girls try to capture a large cricket without actually touching it.
8pm - 4484 - break time, girls need me

November 10
11.25am - 4509
let's see how much I can get done today, with distractions of course.
11.33am - 4657 - first distraction of a stuck baby and Miranda not wanting to do her school work
11.37am - 4730 - 2nd distraction - Erin getting scared by a low flying plane thinking it was thunder. Did I mention we had a black out last night during a storm? The kids don't like storms at the best of times. - Also end of official first chapter but third chapter so far.

Ok, I am quite a way behind and if I continue at this pace then I won't get it done by the end of the month but I want to continue it anyhow, see if I can actually finish it. Today I want to try and put pencil to paper and draw one of the characters mentioned so far. Maybe a goblin, maybe Amber, maybe Drust. Oohhh, that is right, you haven't met them yet, well apart from Amber. Maybe I will introduce you to one of them next.



The weather today was a bit of surprise. I knew we were expecting thunderstorms, but not hail storms.
When I headed out this morning it was sunshine and a few clouds in the sky. I knew it wouldn't last. The fine weather lasted up until lunch time when some soft rain fell. This stopped shortly after and then we headed to a bookshop. While there the rain began to pelt down followed by hail the size of peas. I would say this lasted about 10 minutes before we decided to go. I didn't think I would see anymore of the hail. I was wrong.
I dropped PG and her kids off at her house then headed to pick up the girls from pre-school. It started to hail on the way there, I could see the hail bouncing on the road before us. Not much hit the car fortunately. The hail continued all the way to preschool and majority of the time I was there.
While there I agreed to help out by taking some photos for them. I hope they turn out alright.
I also strongly dislike rain that come in almost horizontal, making it difficult to keep the car dry while you struggle with child seatbelts. My clothes are still damp and I have been home half an hour now. They will dry soon, only to get wet again when we head out to girls brigade.
Hope you all had a great day, I had a good one, spending it with PG and kids.

Monday, November 08, 2004


Word Count Plus Tidbit



She placed the berries into her mouth, slowly chewing on them as she continued to survey her world. She stopped her gaze upon an old tree, more trunk then it was leaves. She knew that inside it was hollow; it had been her home when she was a child. She had lived there with her parents and 2 brothers. She began to reminisce.
The doorway to her home had been located about halfway up, so as to not invite animals into it. It had just looked like an old owl hole to a human, if any had ever passed through the woods. Even they were gone now.


Word Count

3213 words and the story is just starting.
400 words in 20 minutes
having a rough draft/notes/scribbles really helps when it comes time to write


Mummy Fixit!

I pulled out the phillips head screw drivers today and set to work on a toy and clock. The clock didn't make it, it wasn't working to start with. It is the 3 year olds clock that she got yesterday and drowned with hair detangling spray this morning. Maybe it will work when it dries out, maybe.
The toy was a 'buzz lightyear'. It had had the same batteries in it for about 4 years so i decided to replace them today and attempt to fix the broken wing. I fished out the broken peices but the spring loaded wings are beyond my fixing skills but the kids don't mind as it has been that way for a while.
Now I am wondering if it was such a good idea to replace the batteries, as it is very loud....Oh well, I guess they will wear down before too long.


Word Count

I gotta reorganize my time a bit better so I do more then a 30 minute stint at a time. (especially when there isn't 'Sinbad' blaring in my ears)



Merc is such a funny baby to watch. I blew up a heap of balloons today for the girls to play with and she has one and she is rolling around with it flat out. She was even pushing up to her knees but I think that was because she is trying to sit up. I do not think it will be too long before she is up on those hands and knees, working out how to move forwards/backwards.
She just loves the balloons and for quite a while she was happy just sucking on one end of it. I can't take photos of it as the batteries are in the charger and I know it will all be over by the time i got them out and into the camera and dealt with all that stuff.

I think I will just enjoy this moment by myself!

Sunday, November 07, 2004


Word Count

2626 (approx. 800 done in 40 minutes)
I am finally writing on something I know about, especially considering I have role played this for around 8 years. So I should have a few stories up my sleeves.

Saturday, November 06, 2004



"Dark eyes fluttered open, blinking against the light of a new day. They closed again momentarily as the lithe body of the wood elf stretched. Her tousled golden hair released its grip on the few leaves it had collected through the night as she moved within her treetop home. Pushing herself up on one hand she ran the other through her messed hair and down across her tattooed face. Across her face were dark markings, those of her tribe, the one which she had belonged to before the forest war.
Rolling to her knees, she pushed herself up to her feet, taking in scenery around her.
She was nested in the tallest tree of the forest and from the branch upon which she had slept, and now stood; she could survey the tops of the other trees, lush and green. The leaves from various other trees waved with the breeze, increasing the feel of loneliness within her world. This world was dead, her people gone, the treetops which had once housed many, now were bare, only stirred by the occasional bird or squirrel, or breeze. The forest seemed to cover acres of land, dipping where the earth dipped, parting where brooks forced their way through. It was a beautiful sight to the untrained eye, but a devastating one to hers."

1839 words so far

Friday, November 05, 2004



Merc is trying to sit up. She is trying to push herself up so she can sit. There is so much more she can do when she can sit up. She is also starting to wave. She waved back at grandma (my mum) yesterday and tried to do it again today.
My little baby is growing up!
She should be crawling by Christmas (I hope).

Thursday, November 04, 2004


I Gotta....

I gotta get a new blog design. Mine is old (a few months old) and simple. It needs sprucing up.
I wonder what hubby can pull out of his bag of tricks?



There is a serious problem in our world. I can safely say that a high percentage of babies are addicted. They are addicted to breastmilk or formula.
When they don't get enough they become grouchy and complain. They will try to suck things close to their faces but if it doesn't give what they are wanting, then it is discarded.
Just watch a hungry baby as you go to feed it. It is like they must have it or they will die (which they might do if they didn't get it)

But I wouldn't have it any other way!


Shepherds Pie

  • 750 grams (1lb 9oz) potatoes, peeled
  • 500 grams mince/ground beef
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 dessert spoons flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • olive oil
  1. Peel, chop and boil potatoes until cooked, then drain.
  2. Mash potatoes with butter and a little milk. Add milk until desired consistency is achieved. I made mine firm enough to have shape but soft enough to spread.
  3. While potatoes are cooking, finely dice both carrot and onion.
  4. In a saucepan, add a little oil.
  5. Add onions and carrots, saute for a minute.
  6. Add meat, soy sauce, tomato sauce and chicken stock.
  7. Cook until meat is cook through.
  8. Add flour a little at a time, stirring well after each addition, to thicken the liquid.
  9. Pour into an oven proof bowl, top with mashed potatoes and bake in an moderate oven for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
Note : You can change the recipe to suit yourself, adding more vegetables to the dish. If you are to add more vegetables then add them to the meat mix just prior to putting it in the oven proof dish.


Grandma Update

I just got off the phone with mum and putting together a shepherds pie (recipe to come).
Apparently they (hospital) have been able to reduce her sedation and pain medication. They did not have to use the last resort which was a course of antibiotics which cost $25,000 for a single course. That is a lot of money regardless of which country you come from.
When my mum went and saw grandma last night, as she spoke to her she (g'ma) opened an eye and was able to look at her. She couldn't speak due to a tube down her throat. G'ma is also able to breath more on her own and doesn't rely quite so much on the machine.
My plan was to take all 4 kids in tomorrow to see grandad and take them some food. I am not sure what is happening yet as he is moving into my mum's place because the accommodation at the hospital is $90 per night.
I also found out that i am possibly babysitting 2 kids Friday and Saturday night. Will have to find out more on that one also.
Sometime I have to find time to write a novel, cook more meals to help support the large number of people suddenly at mum's house, draft up a calendar for clients, produce artwork for the calendar, school, work, keep house, fold laundry (this is a totally separate thing from housework), sleep, and various other things that involve sports, kids, husband, and something else I am probably forgetting.
Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, November 03, 2004



I have lost the plot!
Of my novel writing that is.
1752 words and I can't bring myself to write any more.
I find it difficult to think of story lines, plots and other novel related thoughts while i feed bubsy (which is usually my computer time)
The rest of the time is spent on other things unless I have a day when I just feel blah and don't do much apart from what needs doing.
Ok, I have lost the plot, I need my sleep and something else that slips my mind at the moment.

Nighty night,
sleep tight,
see you in the morning light.


Craft : Christmas Hanger Butterflies

  • coloured card
  • glue
  • glitter
  • ribbon
  • stapler
  • scissors
  • butterfly shape
  1. Using the butterfly shape, trace around it on the coloured card. We used pink, blue and green card. Do one butterfly per peice of coloured card per person.
  2. Cut out butterfly shapes
  3. This is the messy part so best done over tiles. Place glue on the wings and sprinkle with glitter. (You can decorate however you want though)
  4. Take the butterfly destined for the middle and staple a looped peice of ribbon onto it.
  5. Take front and back butterflies and staple together. Be sure to staple length way along the body.
  6. Gently bend front and back wings away from the middle butterfly.
  7. They are now ready to hang.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004


Ball Of Dough

Mercedes is a soft warm ball of dough, or at least that is what she reminds me of


Freedom With Wings

I finally managed to get a photo of the painting hubby and I did.

Monday, November 01, 2004


Craft : Penguin Christmas Decorations

  • 1 large polystyrene ball
  • 1 small polystyrene ball
  • toothpick
  • 1 stocking
  • black paint
  • white paint
  • yellow paint
  • red paint
  • ribbon
  1. Place toothpick halfway into large ball. Place smaller ball atop the toothpick, so as to create a rough penguin shape
  2. Place penguin in stocking, small ball first, until it nestles in the toe.
  3. Pull stocking firmly so as to create the shape of the penguin.
  4. Tie off stocking and trim loose ends.
  5. Paint penguin black, leaving some space to paint a white belly and face. Paint belly and face.
  6. Paint detail on face and wings.
  7. Tie on ribbon to create a bow or scarf type look.
You can hang these by putting some string/thread around the neck or attaching it to the head.


Grandma Update

She is being transported to the city near me. I am still unsure if I want to go visit or not. She won't know I am there as she is still unconscious and in the ICU.



That is sure to get some interesting hits apart from the food ones I usually get.
Miranda (8) called to Jade (5) today, saying she had something to show her. When she appeared in the kitchen we all had a good laugh. She had suddenly grown two 'boobies' and was proudly showing them off.
Eventually after much coaxing she revealed that her new 'boobies' were indeed a couple of small balls. She is now wearing a 'bralet' to support them.

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