Thursday, November 29, 2007


YooHoo! Its my day off and have great news as well I was happy to oblige.BUT Im not telling yet 'cause the recipient has to wait for a while,officila stuff and all,probably not interesting to others but a great relief for me!!!!!

On the fun side!!!! I got Mandies Fibre Club No 1 issue and boy I cant wait to play after spinning a bit of merino silk for an urgent gift itll be all go!!!

I copied this meme from Mandie just for the fun of it!

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night.Just one? Hew and heaps others

2. What were you doing at 0800?Laughing

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? eating Breaky

4. What happened to you in 2006?I was awarded the 12 months relief for my current job,Ive got it now permanently...

5. What was the last thing you said out loud? PATRICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he was about to assault my new Christmas toy that sings Jingle Bells

6. How many beverages did you have today? 2 cups of Dilmah Tea in a pot of course

7. What colour is your hairbrush?Black

8. What was the last thing you paid for? Christmas Staff Dinner,lamb roast with vegies and a fruit basket,very nice....

9. Where were you last night?At the Bowling club for Dinner

10. What colour is your front door?Federation Green

11. Where do you keep your change?In my Knitting bag,the kids get poked so dont get much out of it,he he he...

12. What’s the weather like today?Warm but cooler than yesty,its about 25'

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavour?Choc chip and vanilla

14. What excites you?Payday,parcels and happy family

15. Do you want to cut your hair?No its very short now

16. Are you over the age of 25?I wish I dont have to say yes....

17. Do you talk a lot?Probably but I dont care....

18. Do you watch the O.C?Whats that! I watch House MD and Cold Case...

19. Do you know anyone named Steven? Yep

20. Do you make up your own words?Sometimes,LOL

21. Are you a jealous person?No envy yes,LOL

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’. No Can Do

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’. Kym my mate and Assistant ,

24. Who’s the first person on your received call list?Lee,Head Cleaner at school called me at 3.45 am yesty....

25. What does the last text message you received say?hmmm,"thats gd then lol havin fun" and thats after getting this "2 skimpyz n a hooka kool" ,interesting what teenager sons can send to their unsuspecting Mum.....I had texted him to find out if he was ok as we were at the Staff Dinner.

26. Do you chew on your straw? not much

.27. Do you have curly hair?I reckon my hair as a life of its own,goes where it wants but never curly as I would love!!

28. Where’s the next place you’re going to?The kitchen to get a cuppa

29. Who’s the rudest person in your life? Certain Cranky teachers who are wanting Holidays closer! It doesnt take much to say good Morning ,I get them though,they re the last on the list to get the light globes changed,maybe then they'll see Im am a valuable friend to have? No I dont think thats vindictive either,Im a trainey Teacher teacher LOL......

30. What was the last thing you ate? Ginger marmalade toast

31. Will you get married in the future? God no,6 males in my life will do me for a lifetime

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks? nope cant answer that the Video store is crap and Im too tired to bother anyhow

33. Is there anyone you like right now? Everyone,its still early in the day,Giggle....

34. When was the last time you did the dishes? Ive got a dishwasher,it will fit somehow!!!!

35. Are you currently depressed? Hell noIm pinning Mums Quilt today and its great day!!!!

36. Did you cry today? Nearly did when Sam threw flour and water mix into sink where it splattered everywhere......

37. Why did you answer and post this? 'cause Im felt like doing it,thanks Mandie for posting yours!!!!! By the way love that new colour of the tencel merino....................................

Saturday, November 24, 2007

A long time

I just couldnt bring myself to sit and "yarn" on here this week,the world just seems to be weighing heavy and my mind too preoccupied,
Mandies special Fibre Club Parcel will be here soon(really excited about that!!!) and although I have yet to "empty" the only wheel I want to play on, Im so looking forward to seeing what she s put in,I feel I may be a bit conservative so this 3 month club will hopefully allow me to experiment a bit!!!
Ive nearly finished the preset list of handcrafted gifts but I fear as Xmas approaches Im adding to the wish I had more time List as I really want to surprise a few more treasured friends,And I have only 2 weeks,YIKES... to finish that baby shawl.....

The weekend is spent catching up on the chores I cant get to because of work,the pools open so any spare time is spent watching the kids frolick. (And throw in an unexpected visitor or two to recieve some free tomato plants from Hubby,Ive spent my free craft time cleaning up after 6 little or big piggies,GRRRRRR)
Im not really a water person though I do jump in occasionally and if I can get a nice spot, its the ideal time to work on the dishcloths/washers Im doing as small gifts for various staff and teachers(I wonder how many choccies they'll get this year!!)
Im loving the baby shawl and am 20 rows short of starting the exciting bits of lace,I think there ll be around 790 sts in the lace part so im seriously doubting Ill get it done in the time I wanted,LOL But the recipient is letting me know where she going in Perth so Ill be able to send it on!!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

For Goodness Sake

As usual I checked the news this arvo before the other stuff and was amazed to see this story!
Is anything safe for this traditional time of the year!
Im not terribly religious(not all of my boys are even baptised,ooh I hope I dont offend anyone here) but this time of the year has become a time to get together if not in person but also by phone etc. Ive never been to Midnight Mass but Id like to drag the family along once before they get too old to boss,LOL. We are having candles by Candle Light at school this year and thats the only Christmassy things happening,no more Xmas Craft Day to be politically correct as well,the kids loved it,lots of fun and the excitement of the coming big Day.A sign of new times?
With the drought the lawns are suffering baddly and I beleive the excessive roo population and the chemical content of the scheme water is causing problems,dry spot,fungal outbreaks and the occasional Lawn Beetle infestation is not helping particularly when we havent had any decent rain to wash and cleanse.There definitely not as much nice lawn to sit on this year...
Onto Christmas...I look forward Colourful cards arriving (which I intend doing early this year) though in recent years that seems to be a fading custom too! I choose specially coloured ones and even match them to the people they are going to,even the messages inside are carefully worded.
None of my boys liked Santa photos but loved to watch from afar and the sound of Christmas Charols I love,especially "Hark the Angel Sing" and I can play quite a few on the electric organ.
On the subject of cards I bought a few bits to start off making our own but havent gotten around to getting the stamps,embossing tools and powders,hmm... oh and dimensional paint for added interest! I did see a sheep stamp that was very cute,wrapped in tinsel with Beware of sheep if I remember correctly...looking back theres heaps I havent got,oh well next year....
Im off to the Girls Night In on Saturday night in Kal with a bunch of other girls from work,a bus ride into town and one is making a letal(by the sounds of it) cocktail,should be fun,a quick trip to town this arvo saw yet another pair of shoes that were a bit more upmarket than the usual flatties! To be worn witha top that i bought last Chrissy for the Staff Do and havent had a chance to wear again and jeans 'cause everyone else is....Ill try to think to get Hubby to take a going out piccie on Saturday night,LOL
PS Dont look at the dog hair floor or the work boot spider veins,ugh!!!!

On the fibre news,Ive been busy with this....

These are Optim tops from Gods knows where,out of my stash anyhow.....soft and silky
cant wait to spin it...The below ones I think are Merino...done separately Ill pick an order and spin to that,spipey yarn will result,I decree...

Friday, November 09, 2007

Renovation delights

I dont think Ive put any piccies up of the nearly finished kitchen so thought Id do it today as I havent got any other knittery news,the only finished item is for the Ravelry Tea Cosy Swap and the recipient may pick up on its colour and that would ruin the fun!!!

The grey bits on the wall at the back are the cutch combed parts Hubbys done to help make the wall tiles stay fixed(Bloody mess he makes too ,bits everywhere and he leaves it for me to clean up when I get home from work)!!!

From the other end and of course B.. wanted to take a picture too :)

And a couple of the near completed back verandah and car port,Hubbys dashed off to Kal to get himself a pick and post hole shovel to dig the trench for the new water line hes putting inso he can attach the two garden taps(also so the new earth for house apparently )

Its a varitable mess but hopefully if I plan a BBQ for Christmas it may get cleaned up as the inside did today when Mr Bowler himself called in! Even the kids pitched in,what can I say,I do Not feel like house work after most days at School,LOL

Oh and the lawn is usually lovely and green but as Hubbys been home for some time I rarely get the chance to"sneak" some water onto it though the plumbagoes are thriving and everything needs a hair cut! Heres the car port,we hope to put an automatic gate so we can drive in without getting out of car though I would rather the old fashioned way,LOL

Im off to have a catnap as Hubby has nicked off with my car so I have an excuse not to go to the pool for a while (I have a new book to start....)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Nearly the end of the week

Daylight saving is killing me,I cant start later in the day 'cause there are too many jobs I have to do before people arrive at school .
Havent done any spinning and I was hoping this weekend looked great for that until Hubby said we had a special visitor early Saturday,hmmm well I told him he'd better get his skates on and clean up a bit as I have to do groceries Friday arvo after work,though thought I might knock off a wee bit earlier as Ive worked over nearly an hour this week for various reasons! I suppose Ill have to cook something for smoko too,choccy cake seems easy! BUT there goes my sleep in!!!
Ive nearly finished the tea cosy for the Ravelry Teacosy Swap,think Ive got the colurs just micky mouse too,absolutely love the pattern from Knitty and easy but effective,Ill be running one up for us later!
Have to post ISE5 parcel this week coming and hopefully the TC as well!
Sharon over at Ramblings Ravings and Rovings is a regular visitor but have to disappoint today as I havent done any photos of anything but hopefully this weekend?
Next week will be interesting but I cant reveil anything yet till its all over but I will say I havent done anything like this before,nerve racking and certainly an experience,probably not exciting for some but for me? hmm we ll see... for some the weekend spinning /finished UFOs etc will be more interesting,LOL
PS Anyone interested in this? I have one lovely person already(from last post)!!!
I commented on In a Spin and am passing on this, haven t seen the movie "Pay It Forward" but thought the idea is neat,Thanks Rosie!!! so will search out the film as well!
“I will send a handmade gift to the first three people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week… but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.”
Ive seen it on other blogs and thought Id put it on here! Sounds like fun and open to lots of little gift ideas so we ll see how it goes!!!Leave a comment if interested and Ill email you so we can organise addresses etc!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Another weekend...

Before I forget,I commented on In a Spin and am passing on this, haven t seen the movie but thought the idea is neat so will search out the film as well!

“I will send a handmade gift to the first three people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week… but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.”
Ive seen it on other blogs and thought Id put it on here! Sounds like fun and open to lots of little gift ideas so we ll see how it goes!!!
Leave a comment if interested and Ill email you so we can organise addresses etc!

It was my day off on Friday and you'd think I would be a bit more rested but I slept a good deal yesterday and I suspect if I had a couple more days off Id probably sleep them away too!
Enjoyed Friday though,went shopping and bought a couple pairs of jeans(one size up as Ive put a wee bit on,grrr) and a pair of 4/3 at Target for $29,pleased with them ,size 8 a great fit. I had a shopping buddy with me,a special friend needing a friend and a break for the day and we had a ball checking out each others butt (much better than breaking ones neck in trying to see everything in the mirror,) to make sure we didnt buy the wrong thing,LOL
After a mad dash to finish a bit of Xmas shopping I called in at Chez's to pick up some goodies for the ISE5 and some special yarn to dye for the Tea cosy swap on Ravelry!
I managed to get that dyed today and so far its the colour as requested,just hope the tone is right,Iwont show it here incase she wanders by....However I will show the other bit I worked on when its dry! Its different to the TCS,but just as yummy!!!
Im nearly finished the first washcloth,should have it done ages ago(read that as this week) but have so many on the go that each is growing so slowly.I ve also started the shawl for the J who is my sons Aide at school ,expecting in January,I hought an Heirloom Shawl might do the trick(meaning i wanted to do it and J gave me the excuse) Must find a separate special gift for her too,nealy 3 years shes worked with Son 4 and without her,he wouldnt be where he is now!The shawl is out of a book I bought of Ebay and is Patons Layettes and Shawls Book 1095,gorgeous simple patterns that Ill make good use of in the furture!
This wash cloth is Sugar n'Cream in a cinnamin with blue, green and dark pink destined for a male teacher but Im a bit concerned with the amount of pink thats come through and am hoping the Cinnamon Soap from Mandies will make it more masculine,he he he,see how it goes!
Im nearly at the end of it and then I want to do a mint one to go with the choc mint soap!
Unfortunately I havent made it to spin like I wanted to but maybe with the pool opening this Cool weekend I may get some done there!
I think I made it into the Socks That Rock Club and have been issued a number, have to post off a form airmailed this week to make sure!
Im also looking forward to trying out Mandies Fibre Club too,cant wait to see what she will surprise us with,limited spaces but I hope I can join when it opens!
Lokked at a new sewing machine too while in town and am very tempted but have to check out my budget first and having a nice little tax return helps,I could call it my Chrissy Present? A Janome Professioal Memory Craft 6000, on special until Xmas when Ill know if I can afford to pay it off!I was after a carder but after looking at this machine I felt it was worth looking at!!!! Im setting myself up for a time when I wont be working and Ill have all the good quality macines to last me! We dont know yet when we will move from here but when we do I have to start over with looking for a new job etc, it will be a bit tight for money but at least ill have all the goodies!!!!!