Thursday, November 26, 2009


I don't know if I believe in the Horoscopes that you read in the paper, but I do tend to believe in my astrological chart. Maybe it's because mine seems to be so spot on. Daily ones always seem to say different things, but the one that I tend to go to says this for me today:

Trust your instincts when it comes to money or love matters - even if you don't particularly consider yourself to be especially "psychic", your chart currently suggests you're actually quite likely to be blessed with flashes of intuition today and over the next few days. One of the ways that this newfound ability of yours have be extra useful is in terms of over-riding other peoples' fears. If you sense that everything's going to be alright, make sure you don't buy into anyone else's panic. Do what you can bolster their belief.

I do tend to have flashes of intuition. I don't call it "psychic". That all seems to hocus-pocus for me. But lately my intuition has been pretty spot on.

Over the last few days my life in the love and money areas has been going spastic, so I'm hoping that somewhere today I'll get some sort of answer with regards to the outcome. I am scared though that my intuition will not sense that everything's going to be okay. Then what do I do????

Deal with it one day at a time I guess.

K xx

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Time is a funny thing. We never have enough of it, and when we do have it, we don't know what to do with it. Well, that's true for me anyway.

A year can go by so quickly.
  • A year ago we were in Noosa with the Virgona's enjoying our annual holiday.
  • A year ago we were getting the shit scared out of us by interrupting someone breaking into the house while on our holiday. That was a very fast end to the 'relaxing' part of the holiday.
  • A year ago Sophie told me that my instincts were right and she was having a little girl.
  • A year ago I was thinking about what I had to do when I got home from Noosa to organise a visit from the in-laws, Ardyn's concert and her well as Christmas.
One year on..........
  • We have no jobs, so no Noosa.
  • Sophie's beautiful baby girl is learning to crawl.
  • I am thinking about what needs to be organised for a visit from the in-laws, Ardyn's concert and her well as Christmas :)
  • I am stressing about having to go back to work on Monday for the first time in over 5 years.
Stress doesn't sit with me very well at the best of times (Cal can attest to that), but right now it really seems to be plaguing me with anxiety and guilt. My logic is telling me that everything will be okay (it's only 2 days a week for crying out loud), but my heart is aching.

I usually embrace change, and am very flexible with it, but for some reason this isn't sitting well with me. Maybe it's the fact that I won't be the kids' primary care giver? Maybe I just love being a Stay At Home Mum? Maybe I just don't want to work (lazy bi-atch)? Maybe a bit of everything?????? And with Ardyn off to school in 2 months.......well time certainly has flown.

I am very thankful to my friends who have been available to lend an ear (and a shoulder at this time). I feel like I am taking them for granted, and being quite selfish, and for that I make a public apology. Sorry, and thank you.

I promise that I will update again soon with happier stuff. We have had some wonderful visitors recently, and I have been able to get a little bit scrappy, and I have many photos to share. SO I will try to post more about that tomorrow.

Love and hugs to all.
K xx

Sunday, November 8, 2009

After my brief interruption

I will get back to updating my blog momentarily. Momentarily may be a coupla days though.

Since the broadband has got back to speed, I have had trouble getting near the desktop to clear out my emails. I subscribe to so many newsletters and while the speed was slow they couldn't load up all their pretty pictures. So they are sitting in my Inbox waiting to be read. And I haven't' set up my email on the laptop, so this is the only computer that I can access them on.

Maybe that's what I can do on this rainy dreary Sunday - reorganise the computers like I've been meaning to.

I want to move the desktop into the family room so that we can see what the kids are doing on the computer. And we have two laptops, so I will set one up for me, and one for Cal. I just have to get my a into g and do it. Not that it's a hard task, I'm just lazy. Hehe.

But alas, in my current laziness I am still in my PJs, about to make myself another cuppa and contemplate a shower sometime in the next couple of hours. Maybe. :)

I just made a little treasure hunt for the kids, and they had fun for 5 minutes haring about the house to find the next clue. Now Arydn wants another one, and because I am refusing, she is taking it upon herself to make one herself. This should be interesting, but if she does it - good on her!!!!

Anyway, this was meant to be a quick update to say that I'll be back later. But I can't seem to stop typing. There's always something else to share. So I'll just force myself to stop.........

K xx

Monday, November 2, 2009

Don't you just hate......

when you exceed your monthly download limit before the month is out?

I exceeded mine last Wednesday, and my billing day isn't until this coming Wednesday. Luckily I don't lose access, it just gets slowed right down. So we are basically on dial up speed at the moment.

Two days to go.

So this update will be quick, and will be text only. Will post photos and stuff on Wednesday or Thursday.

It's Melbourne Cup day tomorrow, and for the first time EVER, I almost forgot about it.
Living in Sydney there is no Spring Carnival hype. No BBQs planned. No 'long' weekends away.

For the last few years we have headed away water skiing with friends over this weekend. Prior to that it was camping with the same friends. And prior to that (and that's now going back at least 12 years) there was always a BBQ to go to.

This year - nothing. Nada. Just another Tuesday.

But over this last weekend our good friend Lyndon ran the Noosa Triathlon for the first time, and we are VERY proud of him. He is happy with his result. He did a great job. Now he's trying to convince Cal that he needs to get involved in the Tri Series'. I'm sure that he would, except the entry fees and then the travel expenses are a bit high for a family with no income. Hehe.

One day maybe.
But it's a double edged sword. If he has a job and we can afford it, he's got no time to train properly.
Oops! I'm blabbering now. Sorry.

So I'll finish up with what I'm loving......Christmas magazines!!!!!

I love Real Living Mag at the best of times, but I truly madly deeply love their Christmas issue. And I never buy Better Homes & Garden Magazine, but of course I do for their Christmas issue. Who wouldn't???? Well, I'm sure that many people wouldn't, but I'm all over it!!!

After my cleaning today, I'm going to sit down with a well-earned cuppa and my Christmas mags and just disappear into a world of beautifully decorated homes, and gorgeous food, and inspiring gifts.

Enjoy your Monday.
K xx

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What a lovely surprise

This morning we headed out to swimming as per usual on a Wednesday, and when we came home, there was a big bag full of Barbies and Polly Pockets and their associated clothes and accessories sitting on our front door step.

When we came inside and checked the messages on the machine, we found out that our neighbours had been doing a clean out and their 11 year old daughter decided that she was too old them. So she happily passed them on to my girls.

I wish that I had taken a photo of the family room with dolls ALL OVER IT. The girls thought that all their Christmases had come at once.

But Ardyn (or course) still wants more. She was watching TV later in the afternoon and an ad came on for a doll of some description, and of course she comes out with "Can I have that for my birthday"? Oh dear, she has a birthday in 5 weeks, and then Christmas. I think that we may need a bigger box for the dollies.


The nights are getting warmer

Which is better than the days getting warmer as it means that summer might really be coming!!!!

K xx

Monday, October 26, 2009


Lisa bought a sewing machine, and today we bought fabric for her to use with the sewing machine.

If you don't know Lisa, that's okay, ignore me.
If you know her, you'd understand why I'm laughing.

Love you Miss L.

K xx

Sunday, October 25, 2009

What has he done to my little girl?!!?!?!?!

This is the scene at our kitchen bench most Saturday mornings these days.

Yes, that's my 4 year old daughter reading the form guide and choosing her tips for the day.
So sad.

Even sadder was last weekend when Cal was out of town, and she told me that they needed to have a TV at the Fairy and Pirate Picnic so that she could watch the horse races while there.
Should I just be happy that they are bonding over something?

K xx

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thank goodness I scrapbook!

I was getting ready to head out to Merv's wedding yesterday evening, and as I was putting my dress on, I realised exactly how low cut it was. My bra kept showing. So I changed bras, and that still wasn't working. I decided that I was going to have to go braless, but I wasn't real comfortable with the way that the dress sat on my boobs. I was so scared that one of them would pop out at any moment.

Down to the study, into the scrapbooking supplies and out with the double-sided tape!!! Ha!

Who needs to go out and buy Magic Tape when all the help you need is right there in your craft supplies!!
And all night I was comfortable knowing that my dress was staying put.

Hooray for scrapbooking!!!!!
K xx

Friday, October 23, 2009

I survived!!!

I had my first dance class last night. After 36 years of never being interested in learning to dance, I have no idea as to what possessed me to start taking lessons. Ha! I signed up for Beginner Jazz classes at one of the local dance schools, and we ended up doing a Modern Contemporary routine, but it was still good.

I nearly made myself sick doing spot turns. Hehe. It took a little while for the dizziness to wear off. Right now and am now a little stiff through the hamstrings more than anything else. I didn't think that my abs hurt until just now when I was playing with Ardyn on the floor. It's all good. It was a fun and different way to get a workout.

Tonight I am off to Merv's wedding. It will be nice to frock up. Haven't done it in so long. Cal is already in town catching up with "the boys" prior to the event. I can't get to the service at 4:40 though as I can't get rid of the girls until about 6pm. We had trouble getting a babysitter, and our dear friend Sarah has come to the rescue and is taking the girls for the night. I don't know how I'm going to be though. The first night without my babies in the house. I don't think that I'll get much sleep actually. I have to get them early in the morning anyway as Sarah has stuff on - maybe that's a good thing.

It will also get me up to go to Zumba. More dancing. Yay! I'm really enjoying it. I don't know what I'm going to do once the term is off and the summer break is here. Maybe back to the gym? Maybe get all of this sewing done that is piling up. :)

I just got a couple of yummy Moda charm packs delivered - "Aviary" and "Basket of Flowers" - to make some cute cot quilts. And I have some sun hats cut out in the lounge room that need to be sewed, and of course all of the other projects that I have been 'meaning to do' for MONTHS!!!!

But I have scrapped this week. Geez! This is a lot more than I have done this whole YEAR. This one is for the Monthly Sketch Challenge over at Forever Always. I haven't posted it there yet, but will do later.

Time to get things organised for tonight. Six o'clock will be here before I know it!

Have a good weekend.
K xx

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Yes, I know most of you think that about sums me up, but for the last few days I've been feeling a bit weird. Can't explain it. I've had a bit of a headache and a sore neck....I think that may be the culprit.......but I've been tired and sluggish, and really forgetful.

I was sitting on the couch last night reading a magazine and was trying to work out what it was that I have been doing on a Wednesday night, as I knew that I didn't sit on the couch, but for the life of me couldn't work out what it was. T about 9:30 I went to check my email and there was a message there from Forever Always as a reminder for the Wednesday night Recipe Scrap. What a duffer!!!

And by that time a was feeling REALLY tired and was looking forward to bed. Weird.
I will have to go to the forum and have a look anyway.

I may be just trying to catch up since the weekend. It was pretty full on. I was running around all weekend and getting a heap of stuff done (kind of reminiscent of when Cal was working) and then he came home and all of a sudden a I'm sluggish again (kind of reminiscent of when he first stopped working).

It's a strange feeling. I feel more on top of things and get more things done when he's not around. You'd think that by having an extra pair of hands it would make things easier. I think that it may make the big picture easier, but day to day it most certainly is not.

Anyway, just my musings for now. I had a few minutes to kill. Heh.
K xx

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Head over the the Forever Always Blog for the October Tutorial hosted by Ky.
A cool address book made using lots of beautiful Bella products.

Weekend ramblings

I forgot how much work the house and kids are when you have to do it by yourself!!! With Cal being off work for so long, it's been MONTHS since I've had to amuse both kids, while keeping the hose tidy and feeding us all. There is no time for yourself. With another body around it's a lot easier to get that 5 minutes to refresh. And given that the last time I had to deal with both of them myself on a daily basis, Bailey was barely 18 months old, and a lot less demanding. She's at that age where she's old enough to do stuff, but not old enough to do it by herself.

We'll get there.

All in all we are having a good weekend.
I forgot to mention WHY we are by ourselves. Cal is riding around Port Philip Bay today so he has been gone since Friday, and will be back tomorrow. For those of you who are not familiar with the Bay, that's where Melbourne is - hehe. He and a group of friends are riding 210kms around the Bay. And no, it's not just for the hell of it, it's an annual event organised by Bicycle Victoria. I think they're nuts myself, but good on them for having a goal and completing it. At least I assume that their going to complete it. They should be finishing soon-ish. Hope he gets through alright.

So I've been trying to get the kids out and keep them amused. After we dropped Cal at the airport on Friday morning, we went to Krispy Kreme at the airport and watched the planes take off and land while enjoying donuts and milkshakes - at least the kids did. I watched them enjoy them. Then over the the library and the park, and finally home again. We were all exhausted. Bailey went to bed, Ardyn crashed with her booty of books and I continued on with the domestic chores......ho hum.

Then yesterday the girls donned their fairy dresses and we headed over the the Glen Street Theatre for the Fairy and Pirate Picnic. I took my camera and was hoping to get some cool shots of the girls enjoying the fun, but in the first 10 minutes Bailey was scared by a pirate and wouldn't let go of me for AGES. I was carrying her for the first hour at least. Ardyn got all sooky when she was volunteered by a friendly fairy to be her helper during story time, and decided that she was going to hide behind my legs all day. So even though there were a heap of pirates and fairy friends everywhere, getting photos of them with the girls was impossible. They didn't even want their faces painted!!!! What the?? Then we came across a fairy hoola-hooping, and she had a TONNE of hoola hoops for the kids to enjoy. Well they lightened up a little then.

At 11:30 we headed over to the theatre for a Panto entitled "Fairy Princess's Surprise Party". It was pretty good, and they got really into it. Ardyn was screaming out instructions to the pixies and pirate and Bailey was dancing up a storm. There was even the obligatory "Behind You!!!!" being screamed by the adorable 4 year old next to me (Ardyn). No photos though due to Copyright restrictions, but they did have the performers pose for photos with the kids after the show. The girls actaully wanted a photo with them, but I wasn't waiting in line behind about 50 other kids for a photo when they were also complaining about being hungry. So....sooky 4 year old AGAIN.

For lunch we went and had a sausage sizzle, then got balloon flowers made and after that they decided that they wanted to have their faces painted. We did that, ran into a few friends, had a further treat (ice cream) and off we went home.

Bailey to bed, Ardyn chilled in front of the "idiot box" and I had a quick kip on the couch (and when I say quick, I mean about 15-20 minutes) before I got into the dishes and laundry again.

Never ending.
I had these grand plans to do a basket of ironing last night, but I ended up veging on the couch and watching "Sex and the City" and then read a bit of my book before I fell into a DEEP DEEP sleep.

Today I just took them to the Mall to get them out of the house (and get stuff for dinner). After lunch Bailey came to me with her sleep friends and asked to go to bed (!!?!?!? - not complaining), Ardyn is colouring and I am here. After I'm done here...back to the laundry and dishes - yippee (not)!!

I was hoping to be a little bit creative this weekend. Forever Always is having a CyberCrop this weekend, and I thought that I'd be able to get a bit of scraping done. It was a nice thought. If I even have a minute to attempt something creative, I have Ardyn at my heels wanting to scrapbook too. And I have to help her. So we have been creative for HER album. At least it's something I guess. Here's her creation.

I the other night (Thursday? Friday?) did manage to get my Recipe Scrap layout finished from Wednesday. It looks nothing like Amies, but hers was a good starting point for me. Here's what I came up with.

And just for the millionth time this weekend, Ardyn's just cracked the sads and stormed off to her room. This time because I wouldn't scrapbook with her RIGHT THIS SECOND. God forbid that I have 10 minutes to myself without her constantly in my ear!!! Whatever is it going to be like when they're teens if this is what I get at 2 and 4?

Bugger me!

And a quick plug for Lime Tart. I haven't been over there to look for a while, and I popped over to their gallery and Blog for a bit of inspiration and was quite excited about what I saw. Good job girls! They are also promoting their "Challenge Tuesdays". I will have to make sure that I remember to pop in on Tuesdays for a look-see. Why don't you?

I'll be back at some other stage with less about our 'doings', and more about stuff I've seen or like lately.
Thanks for visiting.
K xx

Pre-warning of a long post

I actually have a list of things here that I want to Blog about, but I just have to find the time to do it.
Later today.
K xx

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Keep forgetting

I think that it's time to spread a little bit of happiness.

Do you remember the film "Pay It Forward" starring Haley Joel Osment and Kevin Spacey? The basic plot is: a young boy decides that if he can do three good deeds for someone and they in turn can "pay it forward" and so forth, positive changes can occur.

Well I was blog-surfing a couple of weeks ago, and came across this Blinkie on Sonia's Blog.

I have heard of Pay It Forward exchanges in the blogging/crafting world, but never participated. How it works is that I will make and send a handmade gift to the first three people who comment on this post requesting to join the PIF exchange. In return, these three people have to do the same and make the same promise on their blog, or in their lives.

And if someone wants to participate but is not crafty, you can comment (and I'll send you some handmade goodness) and you can just go out and do some good in the world.
Just pay something forward. Use your skills in some way, and do some good.

Now, I can't say WHEN I will get your handmade gift to you, but you WILL get it.

(Now I only hope that three people actually read my blog - haha!!!)

Do some good today! Go on!
K xx

Monday, October 12, 2009

My today

....has been quite busy. I dropped the kids at kindy, picked up some groceries, saw my Naturopath (I'm healthy again!!!), put some shelves up in Bailey's room, rearranged Bailey's room, ordered new bedroom furniture to go into the newly arranged room, dusted and tidied the house, vacuumed the floors and cleaned one bathroom.

The other two bathrooms can wait until tomorrow.
I think that is enough for one day.

Other things.......

Bad Girls Project 52 starts today. I am very keen to participate, and I hope that I keep motivated enough to keep going with it. I have been having a bit of creative time lately, and I really like it. I feel good for it. This is just another way to challenge myself.

I have enrolled in dance classes......stop laughing. I am going to be starting Jazz/Modern classes next Thursday night and am really looking forward to them. I'll let you know how I go.

I seem to have found a new scrapping home. I have been hanging out over at Forever Always and chatting the ears (!!...fingers???....) off the girls over there. They have inspired me, and I can feel my creative juices starting to flow again. On Wednesday nights they have a 'Recipe Scrap' where you are given a list of supplies and then scrap a layout using written instructions (kind of like an online class, but without the photos). It's interesting to see what everyone ends up creating. This is my layout from last week's scrap.

The supplies needed for this Wednesday's scrap are:

1 Photo 6 x 8 landscape orientation
1 sheet of cardstock
1 Piece of patterned paper
Alphas for title
Journaling pen
3 different colours cupcake papers - Yes what you use for cooking cupcakes
1 button
1 heart
kindyglitz, paint or glimmermist...
1 or 2 chipboard numbers (the layout is going to be based on a birthday so it depends on the age)

It starts at 8:30 (Eastern Summer Time). Go over to the forum and register, and I'll see you on Wednesday. Maybe???

And I have FA's fearless leader Sonia to thank for my Christmas tree Countdown widget. I'm sorry if it scares anyone, but I must admit that it leaves me with the unpleasant taste of reality in my mouth. Christmas is closer than I would like.

Lastly, one of the greatest fabric stores, The Oz Material Girls, is celebrating their 5th birthday. They are having competitions and giveaways over at their blog. Today's giveaway is a Shabby Rose Lecien Fabric Gift Pack which is simply beautiful. If you are into sewing or fabric, head over and have a look, then do yourself a favour and pop over to their store for a look-see. You won't be disappointed.

I think that I've shared enough of my recent movements and doings. I hope that you and your family are travelling well, and that life is good for you all.
Love and hugs,
K xx

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Scrapbooking help needed!!!!

Okay, if anyone reading this is a scrapbooker, I need help.

Anyone who knows me as a scrapper knows that I do 1 page, generally single photos layouts. If I have more photos to scrap, I make a mini album.
Well I am challenging myself....

I have just printed out a heap or wallet-sized photos from Bailey's first birthday (yes, she turned 2 a couple of months ago!!!) and want to create a layout with them. I think that it will have to be a double page LO too!!! OMG!!!!!!

I nearly caved and made a mini album, but have decided to push through.

So I need some help with sketches/ideas. I am going through all of my CKs to check out Becky's sketches, but want more help.

I need you to email me any sketches or layouts that you think I may be able to get inspiration from. Lots of photos, double page.
Eeeek! I'm a bit scared.

Email to berga(at)netspace(dot)net(dot)au

K xx

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I want this studio/office

Isn't it just airy and bright??? Don't you just wish that you had windows like that to peer out of?
Many more "desks with a view" can be seen here.

Today I love.......

Today I love

Hope you do too.
K xx

Photos - Aug/Sept 09

Our lives the past couple of months captured in photos.......

Crappy crappy

Feeling crappy crappy. Not physically, mentally. Emotionally. And when I have stress in my life, I eat. I think that in the last 12 hours I may have undone the last 6 weeks of good.

Back on the wagon Kirst.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Kids usually get what they want.......

......even if it involves proving to mummy that she really isn't an artist.

The last few days have been painful for most Sydney parents. The rain has been persistent, and most kids have been stuck inside for a few days now.
Well late today I gave in to the pleas from my kids. They had been begging for me to do some face painting for them. I have no idea why we have face paints in the house anyway (probably a good idea one day in the past), and I have even less idea where they found them.

So late this afternoon I sat each girl on a kitchen stool and proceeded to create a vision on thier face. The vision and the reality were really mile apart.

Bailey had a yellow flower painted over the side of her face and one eye. It looked like a very scary character from A Clockwork Orange (with curls). Eek!!!!
Ardyn requested a butterfly on he whole face. Once I got some lines around her eyes, I realised that this was in no way going to look like a butterfly. It ended up looking more like a bad blue mardi-gras mask with glitter on it.

But they seemed happy. I was just plain embarassed.

No, there are no photos. Do you really think that I would even further embarass myself (or my kids) like that????

And this weather doesn't look like stopping any time soon. What are they going to request over the next week. Please let it be 'normal' painting, or cooking, or something that I can actaully DO. Please!!!!!

K xx

Saturday, October 3, 2009

What happened to spring????

Well we had the hottest September for ages or something, and now October comes and it's cold, wet and miserable. What a great start to the school holidays! YUK!!!!

Well I went to my first Zumba class today. It was held by one of the local dance teachers at a church hall, and was small and friendly. Just what you want. It was not intimidating and nonconfrontational. It wasn't over the top exhausting, but I still managed to work up a sweat and now that I'm cooling down a bit I can feel that I've worked my hips and abs. Good! Just what I wanted.

I have no idea what we are going to do this long weekend. The weather sucks, so no going ot the beach, the play centres will be chockers and Ardyn has been strangely sad and mopey this morning, so it may get worse.


I can hear Ardyn and Cal coming home from her Saturday morning soprt now. Best run. Will post some photos later.
K xx

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Family Trees

When my cousing was here alst week, we started talking about our families and where we have come from. I guess that's not unusual considering we haven't seen each other for over 20 years and she hasn't seen many family members in that time at all.

We are related through our dad's and she didn't know much about her mum's side (her mum died when she was quite young), so I started by looking into her mum's family. I was quite surprised at how quickly I started finding stuff. I have been so inspored that I have started looking into Cal's side of the family. There is no point doing mine, as my mum is well into that. There's no point doubling up. But I think that it's important that my kids know where they came from.

So I started tonight, and got a few details. I have contacted Cal's parents just to confirm some information before I go any further, just in case I am on the wrong track.

I'm very excited. I love this type of stuff.
Wish me luck!!

K xx

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Having another sook....

And we get NOTHING!!!!
Cal loses his job through no fault of his own, after being a loyal employee and taxpayer for 14 years, and we GET NOTHING. No assistance from teh Government whatsoever, and $82.2mil has gone overseas.

I have to stop reading the news. It gets me angry.

Seems so wrong

How is it that a man can lose his life defending this great country of ours, and that the government can't look after his widow and kids financially? People him (and all those who choose to work in our Armed Forces) and their families need to be rewarded for the sacrifices that they make to make this country what it is.

I'm not one to jump on a soapbox in favour of the USA, but I think that when it comes to looking after their troops' families after they have been killed in action, they seem to have it a bit more right.

I may be wrong, there may be more to it, but at this very time, I just feel that Sgt Brett Till's family has been very hard done by.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

I'm a shocker!!

I know that I said I was going to update regularly...I'm just plain hopeless. It's about time I just faced it. Should I accept it, or shoudl I actaully do something about it?

I vote for "do something about it".

I have been so slack that I haven't sorted out my photos for over a month either, and when I did it the other day I thought that I really should share some for the family and friends who check here (that is if anyone even does). But they are all on the other computer and will have to wait until antoher time. I will do a pure photo update in teh next couple of days.

Stop laughing!!! I WILL!!

So what's been happening?

Well we shot down to Melbourne about a month ago for a family funeral, and since we got back I have had trouble getting motivated. Well for some things but not others.

Firstly, I am under the care of a Naturopath at the moment to try to ge my body in order. I've been having trouble losing weight, and have been feeling sluggish for ages. She is sorting me out. I am popping all sorts of pills and potions (and some are really not so nice), but they seem to be working. My waist is decreasing, I'm feeling better, sleeping better and feel a lot happier.

I think that I'll keep popping the pills and drinking hte green yucky stuff.

I have been bitten my the spring bug. Cleaning, organising and decluttering. I am going through my wardrobe and being RUTHLESS. I plan on havin gin there only the clothes that I actaully wear, and hoping that I will then know what is actaully in there. Cal and I have a walk-in wardrobe each and mine is CHOCKERS. I have no idea what's in there and can't fit anything else in. How embarrassing!! But I will fix that. One thing at a time.

Bailey needs a bed, so that means changing her whole room around. The bookcase in there needs to come out, so that will go into the study. But of course to fit that in, I need to reorganise the study.

And then there's the wet bar that acts as the kids craft area. I want to be able to get a desktop computer on the bench for them, and also clean out all of the crap that keeps getting piled up on the bench and in the cupboards.

And lastly, the girls seem to be having growth spurts, so none of thier clothes are fitting them. For Ardyn that means just storing the too small stuff and getting new stuff (Size 7!! can you beleive it??!?), but for Bailey it means getting out the boxes of Size 3 clothes that are stored and working out what she needs, and what will fit. Then taking the too small stuff and sorting them into 'toss', 'donate' and 'sell'. THEN doing it.

All of this, plus all the usual everyday stuff that needs to be done makes for a busy life at the moment. I've been trying to make time for me, and haven't been doing too well. I really need ot make a schedule of things to do and stick to it. One step at a time.

Last weekend I had a good one. A little bit more me time. I went out to dinner with a couple of the girls, had some steak and some wines and generally a good night. The following night Cal and I were meeting our mate Dave for dinner. The plans lept sounding strange to me, Cal kept saying that we needed to book for one more than what Ithought we needed. It was all very cloak and dagger.

Dave turned up at dinner with my cousin (actually my dad's cousin) Susan, who I haven't seen for about 20 years. What a surprise!!! A few years ago Dave and I worked out that my long lost cousin Susan was one of his best friends, and he decided to drag her to Sydney to see me! Too cool!!! They stayed on Monday night and then again on Wednesday as thier flight was cancelled due to the horrific dust storms that we had in Sydney. What a chick! I think that we bonded. I love her. And I love Dave for bringing her. Thanks honey!! xx

So other than that, nothing else to report. Cal is still home with us until the financial markets stabilise, the girls are loving Kindy and their friends and I love having my family around me. There are of course some of my dearest friends who aren't with me in my day-to-day life who I miss every day. I hope they know who they are. I love you guys. You are a support to me even from a distance and I appreciate everything that you do.

Clean up days for the next couple. TIme to get rid of all of the dust that has invaded my house. There is meant to be more to come, but I have to clean what's here. It's yuck!

I'm going to leave it there. This has turned into a novel. Sorry if I bored you.
K xx

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Too nice a day.... sit at the computer and update my Blog (sorry Lis).
(I'm such a procrastinator).

And if you're reading this Eaton-girl...are we still on for Monday?

K xx

Friday, September 11, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I am in love with........

......................this Blog.

Hope your first day of spring was lovely.
K xx

Added: And of course I love to look here too. So much yumminess to drool at.

And of course all of you craft storage freaks will love to have a perv here.

Spring has Sprung!!!!

I hope that Spring brings with it a zest for life and love to you all.

K xx

Monday, August 31, 2009

Sad day leads to a roadtrip

Sadly, a close friend of the family passed away last night, so we are off to Melbourne later in the week for his funeral.
RIP Pete.
Love to Li, Mark and Luke.

Much love xx

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Time flies

But have I been having fun? Yes, pretty much. The last week and a bit have been busy, but all in all good.

Last week my parents and in-laws came to visit for a few days to celebrate Bailey's 2nd birthday. I can't believe that the kid is two!!!! I no longer have any babies in my house. Sad, but I am looking forward to all of the new happenings that will bring with it.

Other than that, not much going on. We've had some really nice weather of late, hitting the low to mid-20s most days. Which means that the kids have spent a lot of time playing outside together (and staying out of my hair), but which means sand being bought through the house. And anyone who knows me knows that I hate sand! But I'm surviving. Hehe.

Nothing much else to report. Bailey was spoilt rotten. Ardyn is loving Kindy. Cal still isn't working (nor am I). We are enjoying the time together as a family and making the most of it while we can.

You know I'm sure that during the week I had more things that I was going to write. I KNOW that I have said to myself "I should Blog about that", and then get distracted and don't. The story of my Blogging life. Oh well. Ha!

K xx

Edited to add: Oh I'm forgetful! I went to the Stitches and Craft Show last Sunday and got filled with creative inspiration!! This hasn't happened to me for a long time, so it was very exciting. I am determined to inject a bit of creativity in my everyday life.

As well as that I started reading a couple of design and Indie Artist Blogs, and Blog-hopped off them, and Blog-hopped off them (you know how it goes) and have a whole new area of creativity that I am now following. Just another thing to do, but it makes me happy. And if I'm happy, my family is happy.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Lazy Sunday

So it's Sunday and it's a BEAUTIFUL day!! And what am I doing?? I'm sitting at the kitchen bench, in my PJs, reading through art and design Blogs - and getting very inspired I don't mind telling you. And only a teensy bit guilty for not enjoying the sun.

There are some wonderful indie artists out there!! And right in our own backyard. I encourage you to go and check some out at Indie Art & Design.

If I could ask one thing today it would be to ask you to attempt to support handmade. I know that sometimes it's just not possible, but if you can, please try to.

Have a lovely Sunday.

K xx

Saturday, August 15, 2009

My new home

I want to Blog. I think that it's more of a need for me to keep some sort of record of our lives than putting it out there for all to see. But if anyone wants to see what we're up to (especially our family and friends who are far away), at least they can.

I decided to end my old Blog, and start fresh. No more "Serial Nagger". It's me. I am Kirst. Not mum, not 'dear', but Kirst. Me.

I think that I need to get my own identity back a little and look after me a lot. So I am making the commitment to myself to Blog/Journal, to be creative and to share my experiences.

If you would like to join me, welcome.
Kirst xx