25 Nov. 2006

Check this out!


This is on my wanna see list :)

hip hip

Hooray I found it! it was on the top of the chest of drawers inside Zac's wardrobe! Now to boil kettle for Fresh Hot Cup! hmmm yummy yummy yum



have been searching for last 15 minutes for coffee cup, have no Idea where it is , as I have been completely rearranging Boys bedrooms, and ARGH! I need Coffee! I hope it isnt sitting under a pile of sheets or washing or something else... please no! I dont neeed to cleen coffee from carpet!

how Ironic, was only reading a ladies blog earlier and having a laugh.... serves me right I spose!

Well Im off again... coffee cup hunting!

24 Nov. 2006

The lemon, the orange and the tree...

It is finished, the lounge is painted... completed 1 week and 5 days ago. It was once blue and now it is yellowy-lemon
Citrus mix it is called.
I have put back the original orangy-brown curtains, and they dont look half as bad as they did when the walls were blue. My boys are doing the decorating, and you can see they like to pose :)

When all else fails get the woman to read the instructions! :)

Hmmm Note the internal workings of a toilet cistern:

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I am now officially well and truly aquainted with them!
I carefully and methodically pulled it apart, after assessing the offending parts which were causing multiple leaks. Informing males of my assessment upon their arrival, I told them I needed their opinion...
I proceeded to attempt (while male persons stood nearby talking bloke stuff) the removal of tap fitting to replace washer which was source of first leak problem. Finding my muscle power and tool equipment, ineffective, I asked for help. First male person (hired handyman) went to car to retreive tools, second male person (ex-husband) took tools and replaced washer. I turned water mains back on and then...
After getting two males to look at it, glance briefly at ressurected instructions found in the labrynth, get their hands mildy dirty, and fiddle a bit at it and tell me what to do... Go to hardware store, Act dumb and ask for fixit parts. They left, first male person receive $5 for his trouble, second male person received children for the weekend.
So... I did as informed, went to hardware store and told 'em I wanted "one of these" and "something to fix that". Paid $28.65 and left store.
After minor detour at friends house for refreshment and chat, I returned home to complete my initiation into all things toilet!
Took box out of bag containing second offending item's replacement- a float mechanism... cost $26.70, took third offending item's replacement - seal from bottom of button pressing mechanism that lets the water Go... cost $1.95, from the bag and immediately fitted seal to button pressy thingy base.
Next took float mechanism from box and fitted it according to instructions, and fitted button pressy thingy as well. Hey presto! with lid on tap turned on, and all fixed.
I then sat on loo and read intructions for maintenance of float thingy....
fiddle fiddle with the old float thingy and lookie there... off comes the top as it says and inside tiny bits of copper pipe grit caught where the top rubber seal was...
Hmmmm!!!!! indeed float is now AOK with grit removed...
Now I have a brand new float mechanism and a perfectly good used spare float mechanism for when the brand new one stops working.... which will be probably be when Im 90 and have moved to a retirement village!
So when funds are tightish, I go and spend $26.70 more than I have to, just because to grown men cant read instructions!
Note the instructions:
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By the way, I had always had a huge aversion to opening the top of a cistern... I really dont know why, it is not where all the yuck stuff goes, the water is clean, fresh from the mains supply, it only gets a bit of mildew or algae type stuff in it on the sides from constant contact with water.

Does anyone else find the opening of the lid as having a high cringe factor?
Are you scared that something GROSS is lurking there?

23 Nov. 2006

Thankfulness... pt 5

Blessings beyond belief, beyond imagination, beyond expectations, beyond what I can ever "earn", beyond what I deserve... beyond what I could even ask for!

God's amazing provision of my little "wishes", without me asking. He knew.

God's patience with me!

That God has placed me where I am right now, because it is where I can be refined, where I can learn the many lessons I need to learn, because it is where I will grow, and because He loves me and wants me to become more like Him... For His Glory

I thank God for the Fire he is placing within our hearts... which He is fanning with the mighty wind of His Holy Spirit! into a Flame that will not be extinguished! That he has placed the desire in my heart to pray for FIRE! Fire in our hearts, fire under our behinds! ... to glow brighter and stronger and longer and farther than the any tower could on our mountain... that all may see and know and believe!

I am thankful for this: Ephesians 3:17-19 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (NLT)
Alarm clocks and calendars... and organisers on mobile phones and fridge magnets... all so I can be where I am supposed to be when I am supposed to be ... providing I remember to look at them, or remember to note when where what , etc :D
My weekends Off.... time-out :)
Friends to share my weekend off with :)
Hot showers and cosy Jarmies :D

22 Nov. 2006

Christmas is on it's way...

Well the tree went up last night... a few days late for here. It usually gets put up when we get home from the chrissy parade, but we didnt go this year, the kids watched it on the box.
The boys had fun, it was good seeing all three do the deed. It was a first for Zac.
Not many lights this year... two sets decided to not work anymore... after only one Christmas season's use. Never mind, the electricity bill will be a smidge better because of it :)
After the boys went to bed I decided to have a play with the lights and my didgital camera...
My camera is an old one (my Grandpa bought it when they first came out, much to Grandma's disgust) passed on to me the weekend before Zac was born, but I have lots of fun taking pics with it.
I maxed out the exposure (only went to +2.0) and turned off the flash and the main light.
Then I had a play.
The chrissy tree is one of those "fibre-optic" ones which change colours and the other set of lights are the first set I ever bought (shows they made em better back then).
I got on to photo bucket who were nice enough to make a slide show of em...
tho I must tell you that my photography is extremely amateurish :) but it was all in the name of fun.

Q for you... When do you put your Tree up? Do you have a special family tradition regarding the tree?

Ps... notice my walls are now a light yellow instead of blue??? Lounge all done painting! YAHOO
and I've hung up my overalls and roller and brush for a while :) I need Chill time from the paint fumes - they were getting to me!

20 Nov. 2006


I think Im getting a cold...

I got a tickle in my nose that wont go away!

19 Nov. 2006

God gave me the Giggles today :D

First God spoke from the pulpit about forgiveness and made my eyes leak just a little and then He blessed me with a house full of friends for the arvo... and (from about 15 mins after sermon ended) with the giggles... including the inappropriate giggles... like when your son comes and tells you that his brother called him a "butt head" and your instant reaction was blurt out a giggle... when you wish you hadnt. But luckily son sees humour in it all and admits very loudly that he called his brother a ... (something very similar but which i cant remember). and there were many outbursts of the like... uncontrollable giggles and cackle outbursts all day.... to the point where it was suggested that I must have consumed the same "food additives" that had previously made my sons quite energetic to say the least :)
But all is well, and I hope I am forgiven for any giggles out of turn and maybe a little inappropriate smart remarks....
so was this what I was anticipating last night for today???

God is wonderful :D

Last night He opened the bible to Ezekiel 37... which was extremely coincidental as it was listed as the days reading in the One year bible reading... but I had decided to for go it at the time and just open up the bible next to my bed instead... and as I began to read the words I recognised the passage... looking at the chapter number and book, I had a laugh and said to God.. "well, I guess you really wanted me to read this one tonight then God" :)
Check it out.... Ezekiel 37

18 Nov. 2006

Thankfulness... pt 4

A lawn mower that starts! (after the 10th exhausting pull - reminding me to get on the "get fit" thing very soon! or get a new spark plug)

Boys that say Yes Mummy :)


God giving me the "give it a go" attitude - coz now the sprinkler system is fixed.

Questions that make you think... and think...

Saturday nights home

Feelings of anticipation of going to church tomorrow

HOT showers :)

Rose scented bubble bath

Lavender scented shampoo

feelings of achievement... a job done

A lounge room and computer room all painted...

amicable conversation with an ex

Suprise visits from a friend

Gardening advise

A clamp... reminding me of another job to have a go at...

tomato plants planted

a rooftop garden :)

YMCA - yesterdays muck cooked again - eating leftovers ;) and not having to cook again

chatter from Squawk the budgie

3 less mouths to feed... Goldfish gone to kid's dad's place ( and no fish tank to clean!!)

the off button on the telly

the on button on the radio

104.9 fm frequency...


yawns that remind that I should go to bed soon...


No smoking

I had this one emailed to me today... it got a grin...
then I thought...

Repent and receive Jesus, then dont sit on you behind (no parking) and be on fire for Him (no smoking) - smouldering for Jesus just isnt good enough!
Something to think about anyways :D

16 Nov. 2006

oops anzac recipe error...

Sorry I didnt do my conversions very well last night :)

125grams of Butter does not equate to 1/2 a pound at all.... Please adjust you set ;)
125 grams equals - 1/4 of a pound!

I cooked a quadruple batch today of 'em.
I did something a little different.

You can blame my american friend who challenged me to make them with wholemeal next time I made them... and so I did...
They didnt taste like dried up lumps of dead grass at all ;) actually they tasted just as good as the original recipe, I doubled the usual quantity of water though, so instead of putting 4 tablespoons in I put 8 tablespoons in for the 4xbatch.

The quadruple batch made

167 anzac biscuits! The most I'd ever made all at once... kept me busy tho :)
Then I attempted to make a lactose free wholemeal version of my favourite muffins....
Havnt tasted them yet to see whether they're ok, as Im all full up on anzacs!
If they're any good I'll post the recipe for that too ... maybe :)


15 Nov. 2006

A recipe in Memory of Grandma

For all you non-aussies out there that really need a taste of the Good Life ...
Here's the recipe for

Anzac Biscuits

1 cup of rolled oats (porridge oats)

1 cup of Plain flour (all purpose flour)

1 cup of Brown sugar (the fine stuff)

1/2 cup of descicated coconut (not shredded)

125 grams of Butter (1/2 pound)

2 tablespoons of Golden syrup (Cockey's Joy) (the more you put in the better - I put about 4 tablespoons in)

1 Tablespoon of water

1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

1. combine all dry ingredients in Big bowl.

2. combine butter, syrup and water in a medium saucepan, stir constantly over medium heat until butter melted. Stir in soda ( this will make the mixture grow & bubble)

3. quickly mix in saucepan mix into dry mix.

4. place walnut sized balls onto lightly greased oven trays, about 5cm (2 inches) apart (they will spread).

5. bake in Moderate oven (160 degrees Celsius or 325 fahrenheit) for 20 minutes or until golden brown and slightly firm.

6. Use spatula or egg flip to loosen biscuits on trays and cool on the trays.

7. this recipe usually makes about 2 dozen.

I usually double the batch because they get eaten quick :)

If you want you can press mix into slice pan and make Anzac Slice!

Yummy yum Yum

My Grandma used candied Honey instead of Golden syrup, but because of the drought Honey isnt so cheap anymore.

Grandmas Anzacs were Famous! :)

Samsons are we...

Just a thought... something I read today made me think of Samson...
then I got to thinking some more...

I have come to the conclusion that we are all like Samson, but our strength is not from our hair, and neither is our strength physical (though it can be manifested so at times). Rather our strength is from Jesus, He is where our spiritual strength comes from... AND if we cut Jesus out of our lives, our spiritual strength becomes impotent, just as when Samson had his hair cut off and lost all his physical strength.
Our spirit drives our whole being - break a mans spirit and you will break the man - it is the well from which we draw from our stamina for life, and if our spirit is dead so are we.
But if our spirit is alive (and this can only really be through faith and love for Jesus) Then we are alive indeed!

Thanks God for all the little tidbits that you stick in my path to make me think of you more!

14 Nov. 2006

Thankfulness... pt 3

I have decided not to number any more... because I hope to remember to be thankful infinitely! And that it doesnt matter if I repeat, for it just says that Im extra thankful for that! :)

Praise God... I am Thankful that I can Praise God!
I am thankful that I can now sing day and night to my God and not be afraid.
That I can leave 20 million bibles around the house (if I had that many) and not be made to feel guilty... and read them too!
That I can teach my boys about God Freely!
That I can Pray any time, in any room and as loud as I want and not worry that I might be heard.
That my little men can do all of the above in this home and feel just as much freedom.. to learn to read to sing to pray to live for Christ Jesus
That there is Joy and Peace and Love in this home... that is beyond the worlds definition of these.
That this House is the Lord's and everything in it... All the Home and all who live in it!

A helping hand from friends... to shift and help hang.
The Hug from a Gentleman
A shoulder from a friend
Free Hair cuts from home :)
Discounts at the supermarket for a ready made salad for tea
Chicken Breast fillets fried :)from a friend
The corrugated iron roof... so I can hear the rain
The rain that reminds me its not a drought yet...
The dryer for when the rain comes
The obedience of my middle boy that cheerfully says... Yes Mum :)and hops to it
Seeing my boy is growing up... so I am reminded to treasure this time now
Giggles over the phone
Coffee which lets me stay up a little longer and type this out :)
Remembering someones birthday... and remembering to tell them happy birthday!
Spontaneous cuddles from Sean
Spontaneous kisses from From Zac
Spontaneous thoughtfulness from Robbie
Laughter that goes on and on till your sides hurt
Funny emails from a friend.
D&M emails from a friend who thought before they clicked send...
For the delete button when someone didnt think before they clicked send...
For the clock which tics and tocs and tics and tocs... ;)
For the toilet that runs by itself... loud enough to remind me constantly to get it fixed... oneday... soon... a job for when Im bored... maybe LOL!
For knowing Im having coffee in the morning with a friend that I dont get to see very often :)
For the magnets that hold all the stuff on the fridge so I dont forget!
Whoever invented Microwave Ovens
The engaged signal... so I dont spend hours on the phone ;)
quirky messages on answering machines...
emoticons for when msn-ing
Msn-ing with my Mum
That I know the reason for the season ;)
My house is a santa free zone :)
Ahhh that I can stop writing now... and start again another day :)
and meanwhile get some sleep...zzzzz

11 Nov. 2006

Thankfulness... pt 2 ... grateful for these

46. Friends who remind me to stick to my guns!
47. Friends who understand when I cancel an appointment... delayed til next time
48. Friends who put up with my "silliness"
49. Friends who gladly pass on the recipe for the great meal they blessed you with :)
50. Friends who remember that "God hasn't finished with me yet" :D and are still my friends
51. Fresh air
52. telephones
53. friends who bring pie and coke for me for lunch :) yum yum
54. masking tape
54. lavender fields in my front yard ;)
55. Friends who dont mind my straight out honesty.... forgive my straight out honesty ;D
56. Friends who speak honestly with me
57. My dad
58. My mum
59. Shelle, Pal, Johnny, Annie, Adam
60. Mangoes :D yum yum
61. banana chips for when real bananas are $11.99 a kilogram
62. long handled paint rollers
63. water based paint ... dont have to wash up with turps and die of fumes
64. the amazing faithfulness of God... letting me find stain sealer for under $20 :D
65. Showers :)
66. Nestle Club classic CAPPUCCINO flavoured CHOCOLATE!!!
67. Dinner with family and friends... delivered and mmm mmm mmm :) good food and good company!
68. Squawk my budgie :)
69. thunderstorms :) luv em!
70. memories
71. Iced coffee
77. An invitation for coffee with a friend who I dont see very often
78. The music and songs of Third Day
79. My stereo with LOUD speakers
80. Irony of watching someone go "full-circle"
81. The Bible
82. Blogspot wherein I can expell thoughts, events and conversations from my head ;)
83. The valleys
85. God is my GPS :)
86. the church family that God has placed me in
87. Salt and vinegar chips
88. The rumble of a motorbike as it zrooms past my street
89. The magpie with the curly beak that has called our yard home'
90. spring
91. a pillow to lay my head
92. a spontaneous hug from my little man
93. finding a smile on someone's face
94. meeting eyes with someone special
95. my car which goes :)
96. that petrol is only $1.21 per litre
97. For my good mechanic friends
98. the sound of a child's voice
99. silence
100. salvation

9 Nov. 2006

Thankfullness... just a start...

Some gifts for which I am grateful..

1. For life which God has blessed me with.
2. For the lessons of life I am still learning
3. For Robbie
4. For Sean
5. For Zac
6. For Love that I know that I have from God
7. For Love that I can share with friends and family
8. For knowing that I am loved
9. For not being alone
10. for knowing where I have been and where I am going
11. That God has placed eternity in my heart
12. Rainbows to remind me of God's faithfulness
13. laughter... from the belly, with friends
14. tears shed... a dams broken
15. Hugs... cant get enough!
16. the gentle smile in a quiet moment
17. the ROFL times
18. the music in my heart and the music in my ears
19. A voice
20. A voice to Shout and to whisper
21. A voice to speak life, love and to speak of God
22. Ears that can hear the voices and noises and laughter and giggles and cries of my three little men
23. Ears to listen to the D and M moments with a someone who just needs an ear
24. My friends who remind me of what I need reminding
25. My friends who just are!
26. My friends who will ring and talk for hours...
27. Jesus who is my friend indeed... whom will listen and watch for hours... and speak and show and lead and love, and be.
28. For God who made me... and knows me well... knew me well before I was!
29. For the Holy Spirit who dwells in me...
30. For not knowing hunger... we are well provided for
31. For not knowing Thirst... we do not go without
32. For having a home to live in
33. For having a all that we have... knowing that in truth, we do not go without.
34. For the stars that twinkle
35. For the sun which warms the back of my neck
36. For the moon that is HUGE on the horizon
37. For the Clouds which show off the wonder of the sun setting
38. For rain
39. That we get rain... that it falls here and the grass is still green
40. For new friends
41. For old friends
42. For Radio Rhema
43. For the internet that has opened up ways to speak with those far away... who are dear
44. For emails to and from family and friends
45. For sleep