Friday, 11 April 2014

Things I Know

Today is Friday which means it's time to link in with Ann from Help I'm Stuck for  Things I Know which is the easiest linky going because we all know something - even if it isn't very exciting - we at least know it !!!!

I know that I am going to miss this child of mine when she leaves mid-August.  She has decided to accept an au pair position with a family in Chicago for 12 months with the option to extend to 18 or 24 months depending on how things are going.

I know that we probably need to have the ride on looked at or at least try to find out exactly what they are supposed to and not supposed to do when they are on it.  After helping a little girl from up the street on Sunday get her dog home, I was walking back down the street while A was cutting the front verge.  I didn't understand what was going on and why I couldn't see him - there was just this thick billowing cloud of smoke.  By the time I got to our driveway I was laughing so much I had to stop and cross my legs to make sure I didn't pee my pants !!!  Clearly it wasn't just what A was doing when he was on because a similar thing happened to K when she was on it !

I know that after taking Alfie to the vet last night to get the latest injury to his ear (caused by Rosie) and $130 later, this picture of Rosie (I think) shows her trying to find where she can get out of the yard again.  She truly is a Houdini artist !!!  They have been very happy in the yard since the first weekend when they escaped after she had found the teeniest, tiniest hole in the fence.  Until last night.  We took Alfie to the vet at about 7pm and got home at about 8.45pm.  We put him outside with Rosie and drove to friends about 10 mins away to drop something off.  We had been there about 5 mins when we got a call from a neighbour a few doors up from us to say she had both Rosie and Alfie.

Well they certainly are a great way to meet the neighbours !!!!!  We drove home and walked up to get them and the neighbours were hoping they didn't have tags and could keep them - they just loved them both.  We stood around chatting to them for a while and they seemed really nice - so that was a good thing to come out of the whole 'dogs getting out' thing !!  It's just annoying because we know that they are happy where they are - Rosie just loves to escape and explore.  The neighbours were surprised to hear that (a) Rosie was younger than Alfie and (b) that she is the instigator of 'dogs go exploring' out of the two of them saying that Alfie looks like the cheeky one who would be trying to escape.  How deceiving looks can be !!!!!

I know we are on leave for 2 weeks from today - 10 days at home waiting for contractors to come around and give us advice and quotes, building cupboards, putting up shelves, unpacking boxes and generally trying to finish off moving plus working in the garden and trying to get it to the point where we are happy with what we have got.  I know that it won't all happen in the 10 days we are home but hopefully we will be able to make a huge dent in what needs to be done.  And then we have 4 days in Melbourne - can't wait to go to the MCG and, while I will enjoy the Suns game, I think the atmosphere at the Cats/Hawks game will be much better.

Have the best weekend EVER !!!!

What do you know ?
Have you joined in with Ann ?  
What are you waiting for ?

TFTD :  You are the only person responsible for your success.

Thursday, 10 April 2014


This week I have so much to be thankful for - and happy about.  Since starting #100happydays on 1st April, I have found so many things that make me happy during the day - even on the cr*p days.  This challenge has shown me that there is definitely happiness to be found during the day every day of the week - no matter how bad things seem to be.

These are my #100happyday photos from the past week :

Day 3 - tickets to John Edward 
(I love this man and his ability)

Day 4  -sunrise in the loungeroom

Day 5 - a winning scoreline at 3/4 time
that grew by the end of the game

Day 6 - seeing someone use a quilt I made
as the evenings get a little chilly

Day 7 - after a few really bad nights of sleep,
my bed never looked this good !

Day 8 - not having to cook - YAY !!!

Day 9 - sitting on the swing chair on the deck
watching K on the ride on

Linking up with Rhianna for Thankful Thursday and so glad that my work is almost done as I go on leave for two works tomorrow.

Have the best Thursday EVER !!!

What are you thankful for this week 
what has made you happy ?

TFTD :  When it comes to choices and change, always do a gut check.  What do YOU want to do ?  What would make YOU feel joy, passion, healthy or on the right path ?  Do that.  No other opinions are needed.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Things I Know #Whatever

TIK has moved !

Across to Ann at Help, I'm Stuck.

Why not pop in and join up ????

I know that today we have been in our new home for 3 weeks.

3 weeks of waking up to views like this.

Except on days when it was all misty and then we woke to this.

I know that the cost of the roof to cover this deck is going to be ridiculously more expensive than I had anticipated - thinking about it now I probably should have got a quote for the roof before hand - not that it would have stopped us buying the property but it just would have prepared me for when we got a proper quote to get it done !  It's a big deck so I knew it was going to be expensive, I just didn't realise exactly how expensive.

I know that I am hanging out for the end of today.

I know that there have only been 5 days in this work week but it feels like there have been a gazillion, or at least 8 days, since last weekend.

I know that I will just blink my eyes and Monday will be here again.

I know that I feel sorry for A having to work again this weekend.

I know that he is frustrated at not being able to get stuck into what needs to be done around the house and garden.

I know that I am hanging out for next Friday even more than I am hanging out for this Friday to finish - and that is because, from next Friday we are on leave for 2 weeks !   YAY

I know that I am looking forward to 4 days in Melbourne.

I know that I am looking forward to 2 games at MCG.

Have the BEST weekend !

What do you know this week ?
Have you joined in with Ann ?

What are you waiting for ?

TFTD :  I will accept everything I am, and everything I am not.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Thankful Thursday

It's been a while since I joined in with Rhianna forThankful Thursday, not because I haven't been thankful but because I haven't really had the time.  Who knew moving would be so exhausting and take so long ?  Who knew that we would have to get rid of some of the stuff that we moved because there is just not enough room for everything - especially 'stuff' we don't use and are keeping for 'just in case'.  And for this I am thankful, truly, because we have been able to get rid of stuff based on space available so things we were keeping 'just because' have had to be culled.  This is a good thing !

Anyway, this week I am thankful that K was accepted into the Au Pair program that she applied to and has already had one family make contact as they are interested in hiring her to look after their children.

While I will miss her dreadfully when she is gone, I am thankful for the great opportunities this will expose her to and the different cultures she will learn about.   I am thankful that she will get to experience a completely different way of life (I just hope she will be happy to come home to our little humble abode given the house she will be living in if this family decides they would like her to look after their children - a mansion is a bit of an understatement !!!)

I am thankful that she has grown up into a mature young lady who is ready to move overseas and stand on her own two feet (to a certain extent) and take responsibility for two children (or one child and one teenager to be more specific).

I am thankful for telephones and computers and skype which will allow us to stay in contact with her.

I am thankful that we will be in a position to go over and visit her while she is there because, while we can stay in contact by phone and skype, nothing compares to a really big, really squishy, really tight hug.

What are you thankful for today ?
Have you joined in with Rhianna ?
What are you waiting for ?

My day 2 #100happydays photo is 

How could knitting needles with this smiley face
not make you happy ?

Have a terrific Thursday !

TFTD :  You are not what you have done, but what you have overcome

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Happy for 100 Days ?

I must be honest, when I saw this I didn't think I could be happy for 100 days but when I read the website, I realised that I didn't have to be happy 24/7 for 100 days - it's about finding a moment in each day that makes you happy.  And you know what, I can find at least one thing to be happy about every. single. day !

I have signed up to start today (A new month, a new beginning).  Please feel free to follow me on Twitter with the hashtag #100happydays and also to ask me what is going on if you don't see any photos being posted by me !!!

This little man makes me happy 
and is my first #100happydays photo !
(I hope he lands up with a very shiny belly
as clients rub his tummy)

And I hope that this entrance (minus the weeds 
when we can get to them) will make clients to 
The Body and Feet Retreat happy !  There will
be candles in the lanterns as soon as I can find
glass holders that will fit in there.

How about you ?  
Can you find one thing to be happy about every day ?  
I'd love to follow you if you decide to join in so please let me know.

Have a fantastic week !

TFTD : Letting go doesn't mean you don't care about someone anymore. It's just realising that the only person you really have control over is yourself.

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