Saturday, May 31, 2014

This week on the web....

If you feel like you have issues with wheat it might not be what you think it is.

Love this scrapbooking board on Pinterest.

And while we're at it this pin.

My new favourite scrapbooker Caroline Davis.

#100 Happy Days

The June CY365 Photo list.

If you are a Perth Local that likes Lego and has nothing to do for the long weekend.

I love Helen Dardik... and this print in her Etsy shop is at the top of my favourites list right now.

Talking about Etsy...Knitted Window is owned by a Perth Local who makes cool resin jewellery.

Summer Tomato's Strawberry Rhubarb Sesame Crumble looks delicious!

And finally I'd rather love to be kicking out in these Pippi Garter leggings from Carousel Ink sometime soon....

Single Photo Saturday

Friday, May 30, 2014

Flora on Friday

Dr Suess- landscrape

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I want to run.

You just read that twice right?

 Me too. In fact I've been sitting on this information for over a week. But it's still there gnawing away at me. It started at Hockey practice Tuesday last week. I love Tuesday Practice- it's almost 2 hours of sitting in a car that is as peaceful (or not) as I want it to be. Reading whatever I want without interruption except to sip or snack.

But last week I didn't want to read I wanted to run. I had a vision of myself (a much skinnier version) out running circuits and doing the beep test up and down the court for fun while the guys practiced. 

Did you see that? I just said 'for fun'- running for fun.

Um what? Where's the real me. The one that made getting out of the cross country, medicine ball run and various other forms of high school PE torture look like a frickin art form with me as one of the old masters- kicking arse at slacking!

I don't even like running. I don't think it's healthy- it's bad on your joints and stresses the cardio vascular system to the point of heart attack in completely healthy people. Not to mention it makes things wobble and bounce and rub- ouch. I would go so far as saying running is against my personal religion.

But I want to run. Like I really want to run. It's a joke really because I can't even run. I mean if a sabre tooth tiger happened to be approaching my computer chair or Tama was about to venture out on a busy road then for sure my adrenaline would kick in and I'd be able to up the mileage- but it'd need to be a bloody short run because not much effort at all and I'd collapse in a heap.

It doesn't help that the picture in my head is totally unrealistic at this point... and it would take a crap load of running for that picture to be anything like accurate... I'd literally need to halve myself to look as hot as I do in my imagination.

I have no idea where to go with this one... I guess I should just run with it, right?


Don't read my blog today... check out this Ted talk instead- 15 minutes and a happy ending.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mid week Wonderful~ 28/5/14

I'm grateful for a night on my own. Les is in Karratha  for work.

I'm thankful to be inspired by my brain.

I'm savouring Berry flavoured lollies.

I'm loving some clothes I've been looking at on Etsy.
Hello!: These tights.
with this Skirt.
I'm not sure if it would really suit me but I want it anyway.

I'm looking forward to my new dress arriving. :-)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Re-finding my voice

One of my favourite things to do on this blog has always been to write. In the start I pretty much only shared it with the few people I could really trust in the world: Jim, and Kieley They were my people the ones I could trust with my whole heart. (You're probably thinking, what about Les right? He's too involved, too soft, and will too often not truly hear what I have said- it's too much of a risk to hurt him, and what hurts him hurts us.) So because I knew that I could trust my audience I wrote what I wanted for the most part.

Then my audience expanded. It was ok at first.

I tempered what I wrote a little.

Then Kieley and I 'broke-up' and I was petrified. Worried that I might write something that inadvertently somehow hurt her more than I already, albeit unwittingly, had or that she could use to hurt me more too.

I wrote less.

Then we had some issues on the home front and we looked to people we loved and trusted for support and received judgement and blame.

I wrote less.

Then things got really hard.

I pretty much stopped writing. Certainly stopped writing from my heart and stopped writing honestly.

I was shielding myself from judgement.

But it's wholly unsatisfying and it shows a distinct lack of integrity. To make our life look like rose and kittens- or rather pink gallahs and pretty gum trees is not why I have this space.

I have it because it's a home for my brain and my heart, somewhere to share my thoughts and somewhere to be myself.

I've always made my real home my castle- refusing entry to those who might try and bring usme down- who threaten to expose or exploit our vulnerabilities either intentionally or unintentionally. But I've let those people into my internet home and allowed my beliefs about the threat they pose to limit me, to censor my voice lest I provide them with ammunition.

But to be honest I'm stronger than that, I may not feel it right now. But I do know it. And I working my way back up to full-me. And one of the ways to do that is to put my voice here again, honestly and with integrity.

So that's what you'll see here from here on, my voice. Not everyday but more often than in recent times. You'll see we're having good times. You'll see that we've been struggling more often than not lately. You'll see that we are blessed. You'll see that things aren't always what they seem. And that sometimes they are. Maybe you won't like what you see. And if so please keep it to yourself it's your issue not mine. This is my space, a place for my voice.

What I've been looking at lately....

How to Change Your Beliefs and Stick to Your Goals for Good from James Clear.

2014 Integrity Report also James Clear- I like these questions as a way of framing what's happening in my life.

Becoming an Umpire... inexplicably this is something I really want to do.

'Healthy' Honey Crackles recipe. Yum.

The PollyScrap Blog I've become friends with Ruth from Polly- she totally has her heart in the right place and puts together awesome and great value scrapbook kits!

This blog about Tapping.... these seems kind of hokey to me... but also interesting.

Teacher Tom he's my teaching HERO!

Summer Tomato... we are moving towards getting our family off most sugar Summer Tomato has some great articles and recipes.

As does I quit sugar.

5 reasons Toddlers won't follow our instructions; The kids are driving me nuts I need all the help I can get.

Creative Live... I tried to tune into two classes this week (Lain Ehman's (scrapbooking) and Darya Rose from Summer Tomato) but the US based hours make it a little tricky I did enjoy watching some of the replays.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Presently- 25-5-14


~ looking at articles on the internet.
~ listening to the sound of the boys playing Hungry Hippos.
~ relieved we got the skip bin filled.
~ hoping to go watch the women and the '1's' play Hockey tonight.
~ seeing rain, rain and more rain.
~ wondering if we might get  just one day to dry washing this week.
~ dreaming of peace.
~ loving Summer Tomato.
~ thankful for Miss Robertson, my teacher in primary school.
~ inspired by new scrapping goodness from Polly Scrap Kits.
~ savouring lollies while I still can. 
~ reading Daring Greatly, again.
~ swooning over some cool new woodgrain washi tapes on my table.
~ going nowhere- it's an at home day.  
~enjoying the new series of Offspring SO MUCH!
~ feeling good about keeping up with LOAD for 24 days straight.
~ tasting some bread our lovely neighbour gave us yesterday.
~ ever grateful for the community we have in Hockey.
~ trusting myself a little more each day.
~ wishing for courage.
~ anticipating honesty.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mid week Wonderful~ 21/5/14

I'm grateful for our super cool Kinesiologist.

I'm thankful to be inspired by good old music.

I'm savouring some strawberry chocolate I got yesterday.

I'm loving Puberty Blues (the TV series) I'm finally watching the finale it's so good!

I'm looking forward to the rental inspection being behind us, the wall and path being done and the green waste skip being filled.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Presently- 18-5-14


~ looking at Summer Tomato.
~ listening to the Go Betweens.
~ relieved the grass is growing.
~ hoping for some sort of miracle.
~ seeing lots of emails that I inspired, which is good.
~ wondering if the effort can be sustained.
~ dreaming of a year from now.
~ loving fantasies.
~ thankful I'm keeping up with the LOAD Challenges.
~ inspired by Jennifer Wilson and a local lady's weight-loss journey.
~ savouring Lollies. 
~ reading The Whole Brain Child
~ going to watch Will swimming this week.
~ feeling nervous for tow visitors coming this week- one good and one not as fun.
~ counting my pennies.
~ tasting cheesecake .... hmmmm yum.
~ wishing for more confidants.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mid week Wonderful~ 14/5/14

I'm grateful for my chiropractor.

I'm thankful to be inspired by op shopping.

I'm savouring fruit bread.

I'm loving time alone.

I'm looking forward to pay day- it's been a shit of a month.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014



~ looking at pictures of River Phoenix and Post Secret.
~ listening to the Paper Clipping Round Table.
~ relieved that most everyone is gone.
~ hoping they stay gone a while.
~ seeing red.
~ wondering what I can do.
~ dreaming of people giving a fuck.
~ loving thinking about childhood memories.
~ inspired by new-to-me clothes.
~ savouring chocolate brownie, nacho corn chips and the smell of bacon cooking.
~ reading the whole brained child.
~ swooning over the capabilities of the new hard-drive recorder.
~ going slightly insane.
~enjoying sugar far too much.
~ feeling miserable.
~ wishing for so much better than this.
~ anticipating nothing changing.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mid week Wonderful~ 7/5/14

I'm grateful for... my chiropractor.

I'm thankful to be inspired by... old scrapbook supplies

I'm savouring....the green in the neighbourhood, it's amazing what a week of rain can do.

I'm loving... LOAD- daily scrapbooking is awesome.

I'm looking forward to.... tomorrow's LOAD challenge.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Movie Monday: Who's That?

Mindfully Monday

Source: State Government of WA via It's Designed Designed by 303 Group (Perth)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Presently- 4-5-14


~ looking at images for the vision board I need to make for a One Little Word Assignment.
~ listening to the paper clipping round table.
~ relieved to have sorted out some stuff today that's been bugging me.
~ hoping the LCD in the TV that Tama threw a rock at doesn't deteriorate any further.
~ seeing some progress happening around home.
~ wondering what the point is really.
~ dreaming of change.
~ loving LOAD.
~ inspired by LOAD.
~ reading parenting books.... yawn.
~ swooning over these shoes  on ebay.
~ going a bit crazy.
~ feeling angry, mostly.
~ ever grateful for pretty paper.
~ trusting nothing.
~ wishing a lot.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Single Photo Saturday

Photo Credit: Cory McIvor

Friday, May 2, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Round-up~ April 2014

On our bookshelf this month....
G= Accidentally Over Weight and Rushing Womens Syndrome by Libby Weaver, Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stofford. 
K= Game of Thrones
W= Star Wars Pick-a-path book
T= Anything Construction especially Roadworks and A Hole in the Road.
Loving on the box....
The Goodwife, Survivor, Love Child, Puberty Blues, Peppa Pig. Biggest Loser, Game of Thrones. Merenia and her friend watched all 3 Legally Blonde Movies.
For you...For me?
I sent home some small stuff for Ehren and Vienna when Kieran went to NZ. Birthday presents for Lyric, Lujca and Noah.We did little Easter Baskets for end of term for the teachers. Oh and Easter stuff for us of course. A blanket and a pillow for Merenia from Ikea and a lamp for Tama.

Germs and bugs and botherations....
We all pretty much ended up with a Cold/flu thing- Tama first and then everyone else followed. I had a migraine and some serious Caffiene withdrawal symptoms. 
Today was good today was fun, tomorrow is another one...

Tama did some painting. Merenia spent some time in Will's class helping make Easter Bonnets.
Merenia went to Wesley College for the DaVinci Challenge. Easter Hat Parade. Mrs Elphicks final assembly. K, W and I went to and LOVED the Lego Movie. Les took Tama to the Armadale Reptile Park. Kieran went to New Zealand for 10 days. Merenia went to Lujca's Birthday sleepover. Will went to Lyric indoor playground party. Playing with Robert at his place and Josh and MItch at theirs.

Yum, yum, yum....

Mirror Mud Cake. Vegemite cheesy's, Cinnamon Oysters, Red Velvet Lammingtons.

'It was on sale'....

Scrapbooking stuff via Facebook Garage Sale. Lego Mini figures. LOAD 514. Soil and Sand for the back yard.


Kieran's team lost their first 3 games of Hockey.


We got a new sliding door totally awesome because the old door didn't even close properly let alone lock up! Both big kids got glowing reports at Parent-Teacher Interviews. All the Retic was finally fixed. Les did the first part of the paving. We got free paving for the pathway. We started getting the back lawn sorted. We finally got our stump seats under the tree. I had an Epiphany. Got a bit of scrapbooking done.


Les did an instructors course. Started the month with a Teachers Strike. Will spent a lot of time playing and talking about Minecraft. Will and Merenia started going to the Kinesiologist. I went to the Chiropractor. We went and saw the Peppa Pig Show at Armadale Mall... not fun. I went to the Hypnotherapist- twice, because it didn't really work the first time. We had our first and last burn of leave and tree trimings. Haircuts for both boys. School Holidays,

You know who's good idea this was? Katie The Scrapbook Lady. Go check out her list of tasks to do at the end of each month as well.