30 Jul. 2006

Hooley Dooley!

Well, I've been flat out like a lizard drinking!
I got the backyard bug this week and have spent the last 4 days out back "renovating".
First there was the "lets put those sheets of iron on top of the shade house" bug which was done with some trembling at being so high above the ground and the fear of the timber collapsing underneath me or me plummeting through the shade cloth. I managed not to hit my thumb with the hammer for a change, which means I'll have my fingernails intact for a while yet... yippee! Getting down the ladder was a problem, trying to tell a 6yo how to hold the ladder so it wouldn't wobble and topple, that was hard enough, but the next day trying to get a 4yo to do the same was impossible, and that's nothing compared to trying to discourage a 2yo from climbing up the ladder while you're 8 foot off the ground, without getting a high-pitched sound to your voice!
The corrugated iron was up at last, well, as much as I was going to attempt without Pops further input - he's a chippy and will probably freak at what I've done now... ;) oops!
Next I got the "lets pull out the dog-ugly ground cover from the shade house" bug,
then "lets prune the camellia back" bug and "it's about time I dug up the persistent and poisonous Elephant-ears plant, before ZW tries to ingest some like SL did" bug!
Hmm, now it was time to make the covered area I had made habitable for my lawnmower and fire wood. I had a few sheets of iron left and contemplated putting them on the ground to put the firewood on, but decided that was too rough and ready. I eventually came up with the idea of laying a heap of decorative "diamond" besser blocks down - like pavers, and filling the gaps with either cement or gravel.
I braved the labyrinth with riggers and heavy boots and hat... if I had access to a hard hat I would have worn it! And lit it up with a portable flouro light - you don't think I would've gone into that deep dark SPIDER and mouse and who-knows-what-other-scary-creepy-crawly infested cave with just a feeble torch do you?!!
Yes, well the reason I braved the labyrinth was to get all the besser blocks out, where they had been stashed since before I bought the place. I got them all out and thanked God for making sure I wasn't freaked by any scary spiders jumping out at me, or trying to crawl on me!
I found I had 50 of them under there, the number that worked out perfectly for what I had in mind, and with the other materials I had. I laid them all out, careful to leave a space between them and the neighbours fence for proper drainage. Along the otherside of the "pavers" I had some normal besser blocks placed as an edging which I have planted some garlic chives, and some seeds for normal chives.
I spread the crusher dust (fine gravel) over the pavers and in the gap between the fence, and filled all the holes up. I then boxed up the end with some concrete, to stop the papers from shifting and to created a barrier between them and the dirt. I mixed up some left over rapid set concrete for the job, and topped up with a bit from a new bag. WOW I had done my first bit of concreting... not the best in the world but it will do for now :)
I then backfilled (today) the dirt and laid back down on all the bare dirt I had dug up around the pavers, pieces of Babies-tears ground cover (not the dog-ugly stuff) that I had put aside from when I prepared the paved area. It laid back out just like lawn turf! It looks cool now! I haven't swept the excess gravel off the pavers yet, as it is currently "pissing" down with rain, and I'm also waiting for it to "settle" a bit. I will take a piccie later when I've finished it properly.
And I tell you what I praise God that it he provided it all... the materials I needed to do it all, without a huge expense! The whole job has cost me only $6.95 for a bag of rapid set! Cool, eh!

27 Jul. 2006

Songs to sing!

Well I listen daily to the local christian radio station, gaining wonderful insights via programs like "focus on the family"http://www.family.org/, "insight for living"http://www.insight.org/, "family life today"http://www.familylife.org.au/, and there are many others too...
But I often are moved by the lyrics of the many songs that are played over the airways...
When I first returned to following Jesus, september 2002, I listened to the radio whenever i was able, as I wasnt able to attend church. There was a song that must've been in the top of the charts at the time, that really got me hooked, it was called - "HE REIGNS" by the NewsBoyshttp://newsboys.com/default.asp.
I could just visualise people all over the world singing out the anthem... and it was cool!!! Nevermind the "DOOF DOOF DOOF" noise eminating from cool cars doing mainies... I had my radio cranked everytime it came on! Even my boys liked the song :)
Here I thought Id share the lyrics with you...

He Reigns
It’s the song of the redeemed
Rising from the African plain
It’s the song of the forgiven
Drowning out the Amazon rain
The song of Asian believers
Filled with God’s holy fire
It’s every tribe, every tongue, every nation
A love song born of a grateful choir
It’s all God’s children singing
Glory, glory, hallelujah He reigns, He reigns
It’s all God’s children singing
Glory, glory, hallelujah He reigns, He reigns
Let it rise about the four winds
Caught up in the heavenly sound
Let praises echo from the towers of cathedrals
To the faithful gathered underground
Of all the songs sung from the dawn of creation
Some were meant to persist
Of all the bells rung from a thousand steeples
None rings truer than this
And all the powers of darkness
Tremble at what they’ve just heard
‘Cause all the powers of darkness
Can’t drown out a single word
When all God’s children sing out
Glory, glory, hallelujah He reigns, He reigns
All God’s people singing
Glory, glory, hallelujah He reigns, He reigns

Infact the whole album is brilliant!

Here's the second song on the album Adoration...

You Are My King (Amazing Love)
I’m forgiven because You were forsaken
I’m accepted, You were condemned
I’m alive and well, Your Spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again
Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love, I know it’s true
It’s my joy to honor You In all I do, to honor
You You are my King
You are my King
Jesus, You are my King
You are my King

I just found the lyrics (and music) inspirational and anted to share it with u :)

Night, Night, sleep tight, dont let the bed bugs bite!

23 Jul. 2006

Sunday... Happy Sunday :)

Well howdy Doo!
Did I have fun last night, playing around with the html on this blog... Yeah I know doesnt look very exciting I know, but wow - I actually customised my Blog with HTML! I still have not much idea whatsoever as to what all the gibberish means, but it got my thinking juices happening and my frustration levels were escalated... ;)
I am certain that you need a degree for that stuff now... Like my Lil'Bro Pal... to think it can take 4 years to learn to decipher and create/write all the gibberish that makes this fantastic peice of technology get happenin... you know - the Net! and this wonderful bloggie thing :)

Hmmm well i also found some cool sites... like this one... http://www.christianwomenonline.net/index2.htm
and there are quite a few blogs floating around where people are blogging their way through the book I am reading atm - Captivating (you can find it here: http://orders.koorong.com.au/search/details.jhtml?code=0785276211)
There are allsorts of reactions to this book, positive and negative, because of course it cant speak to everywomans heart like it is mine, as there is not one "Daughter of Eve" the same! And Praise God he Made us all different!!!
All I can say is that it is a book worth reading... so buy or borrow a copy and sit down and begin reading... I hope it speaks to your heart like it is mine....

Today has been a good day, I went church this morning, the pastor spoke breifly about what's happening in Lebanon before he gave the sermon. He spoke about Israel and it's place in the endtimes, etc. It was extremely interesting.
Read Zachariah chapters 12 thru 14 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Zech%2012-14

Mmmmmm Hot potato Hot potato... :) I had a delicious lunch with some friends, just like what you get down at the spud train... it tasted just as good!
It was a jacket potato done in the micro, then topped with fried onion, bacon, cheese, parsley and sour cream! Yum, I havnt thought about cooking it at home, the kids and I will have to cook it up for tea sometime... I could even pour baked beans over the top with cheese! YuMmY.

now... thought it was about time i posted a pic of me... urk! so here it is...

I dont think it looks anything like me - as in - you cant see the "I need sleep" rings under my eyes, my hair isnt sticking out at odd angles and and Im not yelling ARGH!!!


22 Jul. 2006

Icy Air and a warm heart ;)

FAR OUT is it cold!
Lazy Saturday arvo, and I am avoiding my garage painting, clothes folding, floor mopping and the rest....
Sitting here infront of the heater checking out a blog or two....
My Little Lads are at their dads.

I have the Garage walls 2/3rds painted with 4 diff colours...
(it doesnt look too bad really)
and 1/5th of the ceiling is now white... ran out of paint, I bought more today...

We all camped at Pop's last night on the floor in the end room....
RB and SL eventually slept, but Lil' ZW was a total rascal... He was still sitting up when I went to bed at 10:30!!!! I'd been in there half a doz times to put him back in his bed!! or was it more?
I couldnt believe it! He's usually asleep b4 the others at 6:30 or 7 @ night
ahhh welll..... today is a new day!

I'd like to quote now from a lovely lady's (Sarah @ myspace) blog I just read.... (I hope she doesnt mind) as I totally agree....

"I would rather live my life as if there is a GOD, and die to find out there isn't,
than live my life as if there isn't a GOD, and die to find out there is."

Acts 4:12 For there is no other name by which man can be saved, there is no other name under heaven!

I am willing to take the risk
the risk to have faith
to have faith to believe
to believe in the Hope
of Jesus!

I hope that you are willing to do the same!

18 Jul. 2006

Sorry couldnt help myself.... some emails to pass on :)

Thought you might appreciate these ones

Why God Made Mums

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mum just the same like he made me. He just used bigger

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you Your mother & not some other mum?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's mums like me.

What kind of little girl was your mum?
1. My mum has always been my mum and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mum need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get
drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mum marry your dad?
My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mum eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mum didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mum doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mum. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mum is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between mums & dads?
1. Mums work at work and work at home & dads just go to work at work.
2.Mums know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but mums have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Mums have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mum do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mum perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your Mum, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my Mum smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

WHEN You STOP LAUGHING - SEND IT ON TO OTHER MOTHERS, AUNTS, GRANDMOTHERS and anyone else who has anything to do with kids or just needs a good laugh!!

To the kids who survived the 30's 40's 50's 60's and 70's:
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing and didn't get tested for diabetesThen after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from thisWe ate cupcakes, bread and butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have PlayStations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, and no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no internet or internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS
and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live in us forever.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!
Little league had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.
Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
And YOU are one of them!
Please pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

Rain Free Day At Last!!

Twas the morning of Tuesday,
And there, not even a fog,
The Children stirr'd early
an then all was awake...
The bellies a' rumblin'
A champin for food
til breaky was 'ad
and it all was good.
The children were anxious
and ready to go
they needed some air
so with helmets on heads
and bikes to boot
off to the school
to do laps in the square
round they all went
SL did it so well,
Peddling the best
his legs ever did
ZW wanted to slide
but it was a puddle
so disappointment
was shown
RB saw his teacher
from when he went there
Then one last lap
of the square was done
we said goodbye
and headed home.
That is all of this day
that I wish to tell
Might c u 2morrow
might cu next week
truth b known
I just need a good
nights sleep!!

17 Jul. 2006

Creak! Groan!... there goes my Bones!!!

Ahh man, well you know how I decided to clean out the garage yesterday... Well, today I decided to paint it! uhuh I know Im compulsive... but not all the time, Really! Truly!
There is under my house what i call the Labrynth, A bit like a rabbit warren, in which is a lovely little area full of STUFF... mostly useful of course. Anyway when we moved in there were many part used cans of paint... and well, im using them up on the walls of my garage!
It sounds scary I know, but isnt really, they are all almost white shades of pink, blue, green, cream.... and the walls as they are prior to paint pretty disgusting... Over the years there has been much chopping of wood in there and the stone walls are all chipped from flying bits of wood, theyre stained with dirt, mud and who knows what else... so Any paint job no matter what combination of colours has got to be better than b4!!!
So now, I have only painted 1/2 the length of one wall and I am exhausted!!!! Because of the chips etc, ive had to do it with a brush, painstakingly, as a roller would miss all the holes!
The kids Love it as they know they'll be able to play down there more often, now that it is becoming more habitable! And i'll love it as I can send them there to play when they get too noisy on a rainy day, and I'll be able to hear myself think for a minute or two ;)
So I know I will definately sleep well tonight.
night Night!

16 Jul. 2006


Does it ever End??????

But Praise God that we r getting it, where others never get a drop!

Ahhh had a lovely day out with a friend who took my boys and I for a drive in her new car... It was red, but I didnt ask how fast it goes....
We went bushwalking along the upper cliffs of a big ole river... in the rain of course, it was great, we saw no wild life, except for a bird flying across the water below us. But we did see much evidence of wildlife... like plenty of Dung!!! Emu Dungs are Huge and very obviously the result of a high fibre diet. Wambat dung are more the size of walnuts, but in a rounded cube-ish kinda shape. Rabbit poo is well the same size as sheep poo, pretty much a world wide occurrence tho - rabbits and sheep.

After walking wround all that poo (which of course was soggy due to the large precipitation it was exposed to) we had worked up an appetite, and sought out the usual fish and chip fare 20k down the road by the sea. Having supped then, while watching seagulls struggle against the wind comming off the sea, we went home in the rain.

At home I achieved a major feat of cleaning my garage, it took me 1 1/2 hours but it looks wonderful!!!! Best I've seen it since the day we moved in, before I made it cluttered....
Ahhh now it must be time to sit... rest... sleep
Goodnight ;)

15 Jul. 2006

It's raining again...

Good morning this dull and soggy winters morn.... been raining all night and I dont think the lawn'll get mowed today!
Saturday, smack bang in the middle of the school holidays... and I had all these plans, nevermind. There should be a rule about no rain allowed during school holidays, so that cabin fever doesnt set in and mum's and kids arent permanently scarred by the experience!
We havnt had a lot of rain of late, now I know why... the sky was saving it up for the whole two weeks of the hols!
We've had lots of cold mornings tho, as u do in winter, and some seriously thick fogs. We had a fog the other week and I took my young lads up to potter's point (doesnt every town have one!) to look at it over the city, well you couldnt even see the city, couldnt see past the tree on the edge of the road. It was like a huge thick blanket! Awesome.
Anyway I went back home and grabbed the camera to take some pics. By the time I got back it had lifted a bit, but the Valley Lake area was like a bowl of fog. The fog was drifting in and out of it from the town. Anyway it was the best experience of veiws Ive had there since Ive been here. Unfortunately tho the batteries ran out on my camera after I'd only got a couple of shots in... Here's my favourite one of them...

14 Jul. 2006

Friday 14 July....

Well Here it is :) I've done what I thought I'd never do... created my very own spot for blogs....
Who by the way came up with the droll name of BLOG?
Im sitting here on a lazy and chilly Friday arvo, typing away, listening to Radio Rhema, eating French onion flavoured shapes, while my bg little lads are out back riding bikes and playing with pavement chalk. Littlest one is supposed to be asleep in his room.
I could be doing lots like ... Housework, Gardening.... or knitting my socks.....
Yes socks! Thanks to a lovely friend of mine, who got me unhooked from the crochet bug, and pinned by the knitting sock bug.... nothing like warm toesies....
I have knitted 3 pairs of socks to date, the first two were using 8ply mohair and wool blend, using 3.25 mm dpns... they looked more like slipper or bed socks. But toastie warm when I tried them on... sent them to my mum for mum's day. They were my first effort and I was proud as punch :D
The 3rd pair I knitted was using 2.25mm dpns and patons 4ply pure wool variegated. The pattern was for opal yarn and for adults but I could tell they were'nt about to fit over my foot, so I adjusted the length to fit my son Rob. He was stoked, he wore them to school, and it wasnt after I realised that he wore them 2 days running "coz they're really warm Mum!" that I managed to pry them off his feet to wash them.... The piccies of these I will post shortly.
My Current project is Socks for ME! I cant wait to wear them! Gotta knit them first tho!
Im using a pattern called Jaywalker, which is a great pattern. you can find it here...
http://magknits.com/Sept05/patterns/jaywalker.htm Ive unpulled it 4 times , as I wasnt interpretting the pattern quite right, and my tention was a bit too tight.
I changed needles to 3mm dpns instead of 2.25 mm that I started with. The yarn I am using is opal prisma (4ply sock yarn) It is self striping and is coming out in a great zigzag pattern... like I said I cant wait to wear them.
Any way... I must stop typing now, stop avoiding my chores and go do them :)
C U Rnd Like a fruit loop...