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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Holiday Mode

Wooo Hoo... we have finally made it for our long awaited holidays.  We are staying in Airlie Beach in North Queensland Australia.  We are spending a week here (children free) to celebrate my 40th Birthday which is Friday 25th :)

I will just share the view from where I am sitting on the balcony of our holiday accomadation - I think it is simply stunning.


Airlie Beach itself is simply stunning...  (full stop) and I think I have added another destination to the we could retire easily here list.

You can not swim at the beaches here due to the stingers in the water - but they have created a man made lagoon.



Our plans for today are to go for a swim here.

So with that thought in mind I am heading to go get ready - wish you were here :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

BIRTHDAY GIFT CRAFTING

What do you do when you look at the calender and realise that 3 important birthdays are on the immediate horizion?  You get yourself motivated despite the humidity and hot weather and concentrate on getting some gifts done :)  I think I have been successful :)  These will be divided between 2 of the birthdays.  I will be getting it all in the mail tomorrow even though the birthdays have passed - they understand that I am a tad late.  That gives me 24 hours to complete the next gift so I mail 3 presents tomorrow :) 

A  scarf for my best friend Brooke....using this pattern





 I love the way this pattern worked out and how the colours blended.


 A "sunflower"cloth for my best friend Brooke.

 A "rose"cloth for my mother in law


A dishcloth for my mother in law

Some coasters for my mother in law


Another dishcloth for my mother in law
 I love the way this pattern works up :)

 These coasters are for the gift box - they won't be used as a part of the next gift as I have already gifted my mum a set of coasters.


Now I really have to get back to work on my mums gift :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

TUSAL

Just realised that the new moon has been and gone and I didn't update - so here is a very late photo of my TUSAL




Friday, February 4, 2011

Where to start?

Hi everyone...

Thankyou to everyone that has sent me an email to ask if I am ok re: floods and cyclones that have been devastating the state of Queensland Australia where I live. 

The events that have surrounded these last few weeks have been mind-numbingly devastating, and the emotions that surround how I feel about the whole thing are hard to come to terms with.  I have cried many tears for the residents of Toowoomba and the Locker Valley – as you know we moved here from Laidley and if we had of still lived there we would have been evacuated.  As it is, Biloela had no more than some flash flooding that went through our yard, but we have been surrounded by floodwaters and cut off from everything twice now.  

Our supermarket shelves are only just starting to recover...It has taught us a valuable lesson about consumerism and waste.  The people of this town are selfish and greedy.  I still can’t believe that they were fighting over things like bread and milk and over-purchasing because they thought that they would miss out.

Before all of this happened I had already started researching how to live more frugally especially in regards to our food consumption as we want to start saving money.

Anyway – when I look at it, it is kinda ironic that I had already started researching this and putting methods and things into place.  We purchased an upright freezer and we now freeze all leftover food, bread into portions to eliminate waste, I chop up the vegetables when they are purchased and freeze them into meal sized portions so all I have to do is pop them into the boiling water.  This not only saves me time in the evenings but it is saving us money on waste too.  The leftovers go into 2 types – meat from BBQ’s get reused into slow-cooker meals… and things like pasta or spag bol go into containers so Andre can just zap them in the microwave if I get called into work early and don’t get the chance to cook – thus eliminating costly take-aways.

All of these practices have meant that when everyone else was at the supermarket panic-purchasing… we had enough food in the house to last us AT LEAST 7 days…

It’s so hot and humid here tonight, Part and parcel of living in Queensland I guess…The air conditioning in our house is not working at the moment – hasn’t done since before Christmas and the real estate finally sent someone out to look at it last week but it’s still not fixed… sigh... they have to order parts and ?? Whom knows when it will be fixed.


Having no working air con has meant that it has been almost impossible to work on any type of craft :(  So nothing much to report from there...


Last week at work I re-injured an *old* injury and it has left me on crutches...  I have 2 tears in my peroneal tendon in my ankle - they have been there since May 2008 - so I am used to dealing with the associated pain and swelling... probably a little too much.  Last week at work we were virtually running for the whole 6.5 hours and at some stage I must have injured it – not that I noticed as it wasn’t overly sore (if that makes sense?)  I only know that I re-hurt it because when I took my boot off it went *puff*

I went to the doctors and he told me he could do nothing so he referred me to the hospital in Rockhampton which is 180km North of here… Andre pulled the kids out of school and off we went – they took a look at it – did an xray and send me home with crutches and a bandage ( It is supposed to be in plaster but I can’t have plaster as I have a past history of DVT (blood clots) ) – I have to go back over to Rockhampton on Monday to have an ultra sound and from there I will have to go see an orthopaedic sports medicine doctor and eventually I will have to have an operation to sew the tears together.  The health system here is pretty appalling so I do not hold my breath that this will be fixed any time soon.

Meantime being on crutches is driving me NUTS and I am impatient for the swelling to go down – as once it does I know that I will return to work – why?  We need the money,  as it is without me working we are now going to really struggle... and it also goes back to the original reason why we were trying to save in the first place but I think that is another tale for another day...