Friday, September 30, 2005


Newsy Stuff

  • The kids and I watched 'Survivor' tonight and the kids declared that they wanted to play 'Survivor' tomorrow. They want the face paints, the feathers and the games. Jade even grabbed a long sleeved shirt of her own and tied it around herself as a scarf and then did the same with a pair of tracksuit pants to Erin. I just hope they calm down soon and sleep. I promised the girls that I would make them 'Survivor' scarfs if they went to bed well tonight. I hope it works.
  • Miranda found a 4 leaf clover in our garden today. I let the clover grow in our garden as the dragons like to eat it, and when she was collecting clover, she found it. Unfortunately, I couldn't take a pic of it as our camera is broken, and hubby's phone was with him at a client. (I only have a plain, simple mobile phone with a torch on it instead of a camera) We have carefully flattened it and wrapped it in a paper towel and put it away for safe keeping.
  • Miranda made the kids dinner tonight. She made pizza and the only help I gave was to cut up the ham and cut up the pizza at the end. Oh, and the instructions on how to assemble it.

Thursday, September 29, 2005


Sad News

Our one and only digital camera was dropped today. Well, from what I was told, it was bumped off my desk during a downloading of photos and now makes a grinding/crunching sounds when it is tried to be turned on.
We never even got a chance to down load today's beautiful sunset pictures.
I think I will look at it later..right now it is bath time for the grumpy baby who only wants 'Mah-nee' and is yelling quite loudly and consistently for me.


New Car

Since he isn't posting about it, I will.
Here is the new beast!


Sunset Of Yesterday

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Merc Update

Day 6
Well she is completely better and I am glad that she didn't have to take any antibiotics for it.
She decided she was hungry last night during our grocery shopping trip but was not satisfied with what I offered her and wanted something she couldn't have. So half of the shopping trip she could be heard to say "Naaa" or "Mine!".
She also decided she was hungry last night by wanting feeds every half hour, for a few hours. This is hard to do because you just fall to sleep and you wake up again.
This morning she had a little bit of breakfast and is now quite happy to play by herself and winge cause her sisters are annoying her.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Around The Garden


Looking At The Good In The Bad

This is not always an easy thing to do, especially today.

Bad - a hole was put in the wall
Good - I have the know how and materials to fix it

Bad - no one will own up to making the hole in the wall (the culprit owned up)
Good - I won't have to find something to do while they are at girls brigade tonight if they don't own up. If they don't own up, we stay home. (We get to go to girls brigade and I get to go shopping)

Bad - Merc is still sick
Good - She is improving, I can see that

Bad - The rubbish bin was knocked over
Good - This was after the rubbish was collected, so there was no mess to clean up

Bad - It is threatening to rain and hubby had a dream about it raining, he was driving our current car and he had an accident.
Good - It hasn't come true yet and we pick up our new car tomorrow

Bad - There are mice in the house
Good - We have caught 10 of the little blighters over the last few weeks

Bad - There were maggots on the dining room floor this morning, they came out of the vaccum cleaner
Good - We cleaned them up and the vaccum cleaner

Bad - I only got one load of laundry done today
Good - I got one load of laundry done today and got the previous load in before it rained

Bad - I am tired
Good - We have vanilla coke!

Mercedes is still asleep (lunch time nap) so I better get to work and catch up on what I haven't been able to do. I hope it rains today, and I don't really care if it rains on my laundry or not!


Naughty Naughty

No one will own up to who did this.
It is about the size of a 20cent peice.
It is actually worse then it looks also!


In Other News

We have been allowed (finance) to buy a new car, provided we don't keep our Kia Carnival.
Our new car is a Ford Territory.


Merc Update

Day 5
The temps are still there but they seem to be further apart and for a less amount of time. She has even nibbled at a cracker and drank some juice. She still doesn't look well but she is acting better and is more content to play away from mum. This is especially good as I am behind in the housework, schoolwork and anything else that requires my time.
We did give her a dose of the antibiotics this morning and I am dreading giving her a second dose around lunch time.


Respect In Marriage

I had to promote this. Go over and support Kristal.
I love what she wrote in here.

I’m not sure I even want to go here, but I will anyway.

Filed Under: Day In And Day Out

I feel a need to clarify my position on the post that caused such an uproar. First of all, the baby shower thing was an issue only because of the kids. I was planning on going alone, no problems. It became difficult when they ‘insisted’ that Mike and two of the seven kids go as well. That just isn’t reasonable. Where are the other five kids supposed to go? As far as the issue of men and women, I think it was cool and fun for them to include the guys [although only one of the dozen that were invited actually showed up]. What wasn’t cool was picking and choosing which kids could go. I totally understand if they wanted something low key without a lot of kids. Like I told Justin on the phone, in this situation it was all or none. I know that the reason he asked for Mica and Mikal only was because his mom was going. But I didn’t want to turn the baby shower into an excuse for her to have to see them. She hasn’t called them in almost a month and hasn’t seen them since the beginning of the summer. If she wanted to see them, I know that Mike would bend over backwards to make it happen. But why bring that issue into the baby shower when the focus should be on Justin and Michele and their baby? It was obvious that they didn’t want me to go without Mike, again because she would be there and she hates me.

Now… the comments did bring up a lot of interesting questions that deserve an answer. Mieke, this is for you although I doubt you will agree with me.

You said: “It is a fascinating topic to me because it suggests that these experiences are being sexualized.”

The obvious answer is yes. Men and woman are different. Behaving as if they are not is ridiculous. Men and woman are sexual beings. Behaving as if they are not is ridiculous. That doesn’t mean that I don’t trust my husband or that he doesn’t trust me. It means that when I married him, I pledged my whole life to him. It means that I won’t look outside of my marriage for sexual gratification, but it also means that I won’t look outside of my marriage for emotional gratification.

No one knows what goes on behind closed doors. It is always easier to talk to someone outside of the situation. They only hear your side of the story. They sympathize. They comfort. They laugh. It is easy and it feels good. Having that kind of friendship with your spouse, day in and day out, is hard work. When you let yourself become emotionally intimate with someone, it becomes easier to take it further.

Do I think it is possible for men and women to be friends? Yes. But it is also easy to cross that line. What is the divorce rate today? What about adultry? Do you have any idea how many times I have heard ‘we were just friends’? I know from experience. When I was married to my first husband, we both had friends of the opposite sex. It wasn’t unusual for me to hang out with other guys when he was at work. I can tell you that the great majority of them ended up hitting on me at one time or another. In fact, I can’t think of a single one that didn’t. There was always a litle tension there. And it was fun. Eventually, I ended up cheating on my husband. It was too easy and I regret it.

My dad always told me that it wasn’t enough to do the right thing. One should also avoid the appearance of wrongdoing. If a man and a woman start spending time with each other, people talk. People assume things. And temptation does happen. It is only natural.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t think men and women should ever be alone together. It means that I am not going to go out of my way to spend time with other men alone. Would I want Butterfly to hang out with Mia’s husband while she borrowed her dryer? No. My dryer has been broken for months and I haven’t gone to my sister’s house once to use hers. Mainly because she isn’t always home and I wouldn’t feel comfortable going over there with just my brother-in-law.

What is wrong with treating men and women differently? I want my sons to treat women with respect, open doors for them, watch their language etc. I want my daughters to demand that kind of respect from their husbands. Mike and I do things without each other, but not often. We have an extremely close family and do just about everything together. I don’t see anything wrong with that.

And regarding children and nudity, same thing. Of course it bothers me because it sexualizes the children. I don’t look at them that way, but I know that some people do. If Mia is wearing something that is too tight, or too short I make her change. Not because I think she is going to have sex, but because I know that there are men out there that will be looking at her in a sexual way, even though she is only 14. That is just common sense. I wouldn’t let her walk around the neighborhood in a skimpy outfit just because you see them in magazines.

This is coming out all jumbled, but I don’t have time to work it out in my head. I may edit this later when I have more time. I realize that I haven’t explained it well. I’ll tell you the same thing I tell the kids: just because!

posted by kristyk on 09.27.05 @ 4:01 am

Monday, September 26, 2005


Merc Update

Day 4 - Part 2
Well, things did get better for a while and when we arrived at the doctors her temp was right down, to normal.
Then after her lunch time nap it was right up again, so I put her and me in a warm bath and let the water run over her until she changed back to a normal colour. We haven't given her any ibuprofen or paracetamol all day but I did give in and get her the script that was given by the doc.
I also bought her some natural pain and fever lollipops. They seemed a bit more friendly then the syringe, which we will have to use again once we start the antibiotics. Ugh!
It's almost all over!


Merc Update

Day 4
Her temp is still the same so I booked her into our family doctor but we can't get in till midday.
I am tired of giving her medecine. She now knows how to use the syringe to get the medecine and how to cry with her teeth and lips closed tightly.

Sunday, September 25, 2005


Merc Update

Day 3
She seems better but today we have kept ontop of the high temperatures and she has seemed like her normal self, almost. She also slept really well last night and hopefully she will tonight also. She is still weak but has eaten a little today and drunk a bit, which is good. Hopefully it won't last much longer.
Hubby mentioned that he wants her to cut back on the paracetamol and ibuprofen, but I guess we shall see how things go. I plan on giving her a dose of ibuprofen at bed time so that it gets her through most of the night.
I am still catching up on all the extra feeds that she has been having and lack of sleep that I have had.
Tomorrow will be better!



Strawberry sauce - it goes really well with pork.

Choc hazelnut cream - you could eat the whole bowlfull by yourself, almost.




Miranda Took These



Where is the only place that Merc will sleep?
On my lap, in my office chair, at me desk.

Saturday, September 24, 2005


Merc Update

It is Day 2 of the high temperatures and that was joined with a doctor visit.
The doc couldn't find anything wrong with her but did mention that he had seen a few kids like this and it took 5-7 days to go away. I hope it ends sooner then that, I don't really like giving her ibuprofen and paracetamol for too long.
Apart from the whimpering, wanting only mum and high temps, she did have one good moment, well 2 good moments today.
The first was when she got to colour in a picture for a comp and got given a free goldfish. She held onto that bag the whole way home with a great big grin on her face. She was so happy and excited. Even when she was dozing on the way home she would not let anyone else take the fish from her.
The second moment was when she was in the shower a few moments ago and was happily playing with the toys there. She loved shower time tonight. It probably made her feel better.
Now it is a waiting game and a dosing game.



That is the time that Merc got ne up wanting a feed. She wouldn't settle and her temp was starting to rise again so it was another dose of medecine for her (just as well she likes it) and then having to wait till her temp dropped before trying her back in bed. Nope, didn't work.
I tried taking her to bed with me. Nope.
I tried offering her a comfy spot on some folded duvets. Nope. She just picked up my dressing gown ad gave it to me, wanting me up.
I put her om her cot, she grumbled. Half of the grumbling was because she couldn't get Buzz Lightyear into her cot (he was stuck between the bars)
Now at 6am, I am trying to feed her to sleep with the hope I will get some more sleep before I have to get up at 8am.
Note: I didn'y get to bed till almost midnight, and I can't sleep in cause we have to go out and I need to look after 4 kids while waiting to sign papers. There is a McD's next to the place we are going to, so that might work.

Friday, September 23, 2005



Mercedes is sick. She had a temperature of 40.2 degrees celsius (104.36 f) before (just over an hour ago), and then when i just tested her now she was down to 38.4 degrees celsius(101.12). Thank goodness for nurofen. She is now eating (half a strawberry) and drinking again so this is a good sign, and my hands are free and she is awake.
The kids were good earlier, when her temperature reached it's high. They turned on the fan, aimed it at her and then fanned her, themselves, with a paper plate and a book.
I may put her mattress beside our bed tonight, just to keep an eye on her throughout the night, but then, I guess, that will decide on how she goes now.
Right now it is time to put the kids to bed and clean up after dinner.
Ugh, loud bangs from kids room....

Update : She is now running around laughing and the flushed look to her has gone. She isn't a beetroot anymore.



Hazelnut meringues with choc hazelnut cream!
(recipe to come soon)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005




Slipin' An' Slidin'



Monday, September 19, 2005


Ctenophorus nuchalis (Central Netted Dragons) Sexing

Well I have finally done it, worked out the males from the females. All thanks to a bearded dragon website. There is surprisingly little information about the central netted dragon on the internet so I am winging it as I go. Most information I am taking from what I have been told and those bearded dragon sites out there. If there is anyone out there who has any useful information about central netteds, then please let me know.
Anyhow, my dragons are - 2 boys and 2 girls. The 2 boys being the bigger ones while the girls are the smaller. I doubt they will breed this season as the girls are still too small. Maybe next year they will breed. Probably just as well since I am still working out these interesting little dragons.
Now what I need to do is work out how to get their food to breed and live happily in their enclosures, so I don't need to buy anymore live food for a long time.

Sunday, September 18, 2005


Erin's Birthday


Happy 4th Birthday Erin

Almost 4 years ago my little Erin was born. She was a week early and my biggest baby. (7lbs)
She was born by ceaserean 5 hours after my waters had broken and the nurses had discovered she was breach (by tickling her toes!).
We are celebrating her birthday a day early this year. She was born on the 19th.

Happy birthday Erin!

Saturday, September 17, 2005


Sunset Of Yesterday

Friday, September 16, 2005


War Of The Worlds

Hubby and I watched that movie (War of the Worlds) the other night.

I am writing about it because, this afternoon during a blackout, the clouds near our place reminded me of the clouds in the begining of the movie. They were dark grey and circular(not swirling though), the wind was blowing and right in the centre was a patch of light. Unfortunately by the time I ran back to get the camera, the clouds had changed and lost their War of the Worlds look.
On the subject of War of the Worlds, the movie. It was a good movie, though I think it focused more on how to people reacted then what was actually happening. Sure, the tripods were there and in sight but the reactions of the people was what, I thought, was mostly focused on.

- When Tom Cruise and his two kids are at the end of the journey in the car, surrounded by an angry mob wanting to take the car. When they eventually get out and away from the car, the person who took the car is shot dead and the car is then taken from him.
- In the basement of a broken down house just after Tom let his son go so that he could save his daughter, and the scene that went on down there with the other guy in there. Then after Tom 'sacrificed' the life of the other man in order to keep the peace and save his daughter from the aliens, how the tripods still took his daughter and his reactions to it all.

Of course I haven't read the book yet but hubby does have it here. I should probably add it to my list to read and then compare the two.
But I suppose, there is a certain amount of creative freedom that comes when changing written words into movie form. You can't film everything and then you have to choose what appeals most to the audience.

Thursday, September 15, 2005


On My Knees

That is Mercedes main purpose this afternoon. To keep me on my knees. The little cute cuddly bubs has constantly tipped out her chips after I pick them up for her (a treat) and then grins cheekily at me. I have since stopped picking up the chips and she is currently ignoring them while playing with her sister's horses.
She has demanded, though in a quiet voice and cheeky grins, my attention ever since she woke up. Just as well I had finished the cutting out of some kids clothes.
I am making some pj pants for Erin for her birthday. Birthday jammies. And I hope to make her a dress also. This production of clothes all depends on me being able to buy the right coloured threads.
Well, time to stop here as the bubs is now getting into her sisters purse and playing with her money!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005



I stand at the kitchen window, watching the sky grow gradually darker. My hands are wrinkled from being submersed in hot water and scrubbing long over due pots.
I look up, the sky there is darker then the rest, my view obscured by the awnings of the house, but still I can see enough to know that dusk is here, and night shall soon be upon us.
I ponder picking up the camera to take a shot, but once again the sky is cloudless, and the camera batteries need recharging. This one shall slip by without a shot. The thought of taking this picture reminds me of the other beautiful sunsets that I have taken in the past, when the clouds have been low, and fat, bringing colour to the darkening sky.
My thoughts once again return to the scene in front of me, watching the pale orange hues on the horizon deepen in colour, blending with the pale blue which is just above this orange line, and as it finally melds into the dark, deep, rich blue above us.
I cannot see the spot where the sun now sets but I can see it in my mind's eye, the golden light that frames the hills and the trees which jut out at odd angles, creating interest to a seemingly familiar scene of a cloudless dusk.
I look now, through a crack in the curtains, the sky growing darker, the pale blue deepening as the orange has almost faded from view. The trees are black against their darkening background, painting the horizon.
Once again the night starts with the beauty of a sunset.

Now if only I could be up early enough, and in the right place to see the sunrise. Then again, maybe not!


You Know The World Has Changed When...

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


4 Princesses


At The Park

Monday, September 12, 2005



Lately there has been news about an australian born, swimwear and lingeree model who was caught in Bali possessing 2 ectasy tablets, while at a dance party. First her claim was that they weren't hers, then she admitted to them being hers, though now I am not sure what the story is (if she claims them or not).
The next interesting fact that came out was that she is muslim and has been for the last 4 years. This just does not seem to go with the fact that she once modelled nothing more then body paint and sleeps with her boyfriend (not husband but boyfriend).
If she is convicted then she will spend the next 15 years in jail there, but if, somehow, she manages to convince the judges that she was wrong and 'allah' has forgiven her, etc etc then she may get off on a lighter sentance.


My Favourite Superhero

A friend of mine (whom I have known for years but never met or talked to apart from over the internet) wrote some songs, produced them with a friend of his and put them up on the internet to share with all.
My kids quite like one song - My Favourite Superhero - and whenever they hear that song they ask for it to be repeated. It seems to come up quite a bit lately when I play a CD in the car with 200+ songs on it, on random.
The bands name is SuperCyde and you can check out all their info (a little bit of info) on this page.
You can listen to their songs by going to their page and down the right side of the page you will find the songs, able to be played.


Sunday, September 11, 2005


Showers & Sunburn

Today was not our normal day. We didn't rise late to rush around and head to church. Hubby wasn't home (he got home about 8am from a wedding the night before), the kids had colds and we felt like sharing. So the kids and myself, packed up the car and headed to the markets to partake of their inexpensive wares.
I paid out my $1.40 for 12 vegetable and herb seedlings (2 x thyme, 2 x yellow peppers, 2 x apple cucumber, 3 x seedless watermelon, 4 x iceberg lettuce).
Yes that there equals 13 and not 12 but I only paid for 12 and the extra watermelon must have just gotten caught up in the picking. I am not complaining.
After this it was a wander past the birds and fish with a stop by 'fill a bag for $2' for second grade strawberries. I am sure we ended up with about 2-3 kg (the weight of a 6lb newborn) and I only had to discard a handful when we got home. (I let the kids pick most of them)
After this it was a short trip through the nursery section for the kids to 'ooh' and 'aah' over the cute baby animals, then off to a pet supply place to stock up on wood roaches and crickets.
Home saw a change of plans. We weren't going to just stay home and do little else but housework, relax and plant the seedlings. We were off to the beach, thanks to the influence of The Blue Sloth. (It was about 9.30am by this stage)
Hubby wanted to build himself a sandcastle.
At the beach there were seagulls, pelicans, and a solitary hawk. There were soldier crabs and the odd oyster and small clam. The day was mild, not to bright, the water was clear and cool. The perfect day, and we all forgot our sunscreen. So now, we all have a lovely pink hue gracing our shoulders and cheeks (and we can't find the after sun gel. Just as well I have that aloe vera planted in the back garden)
We were home by 3pm, hubby snoozed on the bed, the kids helped me plant the seedlings while Mercedes ate the white (slightly pink) strawberries straight from the garden.
Later, I was allowed to sit back and relax, I think, while hubby dealt with dinner, then as we waited for a friend to turn up, it started to rain. Right now it is thundering and lightening and lightly raining.
This is great as we haven't had much of this wet stuff in quite a while. Each time it rains I am tempted to blog it, especially since we are in the worst drought that we have been in for quite some time. Each drop of rain is precious and the only way the grass will be watered is by using the grey water from the washing machine.
Next month the local councils are looking to ban ALL sprinklers with a level 2 water restrictions put into place.
But, it is still raining!!!!! Yippee!!!


Your Comments Answered

Wishing you a big second wind...

and are those real boots with flowers in them?
Philip | Homepage | 09.09.05 - 11:53 am | #

Yes, those boots are real, and they are at my mother-in-laws house (in New Zealand). She loves to garden, as does my father-in-law.
We did end up finding some more energy that day, especially since the bubs allowed me to have a rest and we also did make our caramel slice. It is very yummy and I hope to get another peice before hubby eats it all.


Absolutely fantastic work! I must pick your brain sometime for some tips!
djuggler | Homepage | 09.08.05 - 2:50 pm | #

Thanks Doug. It wasn't too hard especially since we got some great software when we purchased our tablet. I used nik color efex pro 2.0. I think the software is a bit old and that is why it was included with the tablet, but I still like what it can do. Using the pen with the tablet made it a lot easier to get the fine detail just right.
I particularly like the last picture, of the flower bud on grey leaves.


This is absolutely a fantastic list!!! You go girl!
Hula Doula | Homepage | 09.05.05 - 12:42 am | #

Thanks. It was your post that inspired it. We now have tiaras for each of the three bigger girls. My mum gave us a 'family discount' when i bought them from her bridal shop. Now what I need to do is practice what I preach!


Thank you for the beautiful sunset pix! Breath - taking!
g-man | Homepage | 08.30.05 - 12:07 am | #


Hey, thanks for stopping by. I am glad you like the sunset pictures, I absolutely love them, They are always different and so vibrant and difficult to capture at the right moment. The sun goes down so quickly here that you do not really have time to think if you want to get that good shot in before it become too dark.


There have bee other comments also but I am terrible at replying and they were ages ago. Sorry to those who never received a reply but know that I appreciate every comment you have given me.


Saturday, September 10, 2005



Friday, September 09, 2005


Exercise Is For The Birds

I am worn out. After a night of little or disturbed sleep, the walk to the shops and back, I am worn out.
Normally I would not be so tired after a walk to the shops but today I am, because I wanted to sleep in and not have to take hubby to the train station at 7am this morning. Mercedes kept me up till 2am because she just wouldn't sleep, then I got 4 hours of deep sleep (still with a mummy ear on the hear out if the kids need me, as per normal) before I was woken up to the sound of duel alarms going, to ensure hubby got up on time. Then it was 6.45am when the sleep was once again disturbed and I told hubby that he could take the car since I wanted to sleep and all the kids were still asleep.
Probably 5 minutes after he left, Jade was up so I sent her to her pc so I could try to get some more sleep. 5 minutes later she was back stating she was having problems so out I came, half asleep and trying to work out what the problem was. I was not up to thinking too much about it so we restarted the pc and I did what I normally don't do, and put her in front of morning cartoons so I could get some more rest. It is now 7.25am.
8am I finally get up for the morning because I couldn't sleep any longer due to the baby calling out for "Mah-nee" from her cot. And when that didn't work, she called "Dah-ee". I discovered by this time that all the kids were up and moving, at least up and watching early morning cartoons, so I rounded them up, made them have breakfast (half of which is still on the table) and realised that I did not have the pram and it would be a long walk to the shops this morning.
When it came time for the walk I hunted high and low for the baby back pack and it's clip on satchel. It was right under the fish tanks, in plain view.
By this stage we had already had one bike accident with Jade falling off her bike on a neighbouring property. There was a slight scrape but that was enough for her to not want to ride her bike now. Miranda still wanted to ride though.
Miranda's bike tyres were flat also so we had to pump them up. When I say flat, I mean flat as in no air what so ever in them with an awfully difficult to get to air valve which had to be attached somehow to a manual bike pump that took a lot of tries to get right and work. Once that was done, I was done.
But we still went on with our planned walk.
Mercedes in the back pack, Erin and Jade walking, and Miranda on her bike, we headed off. We had only just got around the corner and there was another incident. Miranda accidently rode into Erin, who was running along the pathway!
The posty was in between myself and the kids so she waited for me to catch up before heading back onto her rounds.
Erin was such a brave girl, she only cried a little bit. It took about 5 minutes before all of her scraps and cuts showed up and yet she didn't want to be carried to the shops (a good thing). So she walked, blood trickling down her leg, angry red scraps showing up on both of her knees, legs, her left shoulder (and back of her arm) and possibly on the back of her head (she complained about hitting that also). She was such a brave girl and even though we were only around the corner from home, she didn't want to go back home.
The rest of the trip there was surprisingly uneventful, medication was bought at the chemist (for hubby), bandaids bought as well as a reward for the hard walkers and injured one.
The trip home was longer then the trip there as I had Mercedes in the back pack, with it's satchel on, and Erin on the front. She is a light weight ( lbs) but I couldn't carry her easily due to the back pack so it was a long walk home with only a few small bursts of wanting to walk from Erin.
So now we are home, the lack of sufficient sleep is catching up on me and all rewards have been consumed so I am trying to work out ways I can just sit here today and not do a lot. Unfortunately I still have the laundry to do, dishes to do and I promised the girls we would make caramel slice today.

Thursday, September 08, 2005


Help Wanted

I am putting together the 'Princess Lesson' manual for my kids and I was wondering if there was anyone out there who could give any handy hints or tips.
I don't want fashion tips that are going to be outdated within a week or a season, but practical ideas on what I should put in it.
What do you think would be proper table manners for when you have guests, or even not having guests over?
How should a child talk to a grown up, use their appropriate title or call them by their first name, or ask which they would prefer?
There is heaps to consider, but I figured I should put it into manual form. It would be easier to follow then.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


I Don't Get A Lot Of Time To Do This

Monday, September 05, 2005


Livingstone Daisies


Gardens : Part 7

Our garden is going quite well.
The strawberries are producing heaps of fruit, though it is usually eaten before it gets in the house. We have pulled out the snow peas, since they weren't producing that well due to the close proximity to each other and the mass of snow pea plants were just causing a huge tangled mess. These have either been dug into the ground (for their nitrogen containing properties) or put into the compost heap.
The beans are still producing but are a little slow, and getting old so they will probably go soon to make way for different vegetables. I have however, planted some pea seeds in another part of the garden with a row of lettuce seeds. I hope these take as I haven't had much luck with our mini green houses.
I am thinking of planting some wheat in the bare patches of the garden, just to provide some green and then, when they are big enough, produce a natural mulch. We will have to see how that goes.
Our cucumbers are going great and you can watch the baby cucumbers growing bigger all the time. It is interesting how spikey they are to start with and how they soon start producing smooth areas as it grows bigger.
The herbs are all huge, and the corriander and basil are both flowering. I can imagine there will be baby herb plants popping up all around there soon.
Our flowers are magnificant, especially the daisies as there seem to be more and more open each day.


Something I Just Whipped Up

She wanted togs, I wasn't confident enough to try making bikini bottoms and I had to make a few adjustments as I went.


Ctenophorus nuchalis (Central Netted Dragons)

Small Boss (the largest) is now shedding for a second time
Pretty Girl has started her first shedding.
I still am not sure which are boys and which are girls, though Big Boy looks totally different from the other three. His head shape seems to be wider and he just seems like he his bigger boned then the others and still has a long way to go in the growing stakes.

Thursday, September 01, 2005


How To

Bathe 3 out of 4 kids
Announce that you are taking a shower and want to do it alone.


The Things They Say (Out Loud)

In an elevator, when it is quiet

Said by Erin - 'That's daddy's boyfriend' said about some asian man who stepped into the elevator with us. She then went on to correct herself by saying 'That's Jadeen's boyfriend'.

What reminded me of this was Jadeen (6) mentioned how Bleu was her boyfriend, a friend who was a boy.

Bleu is one of Kristal's children and has conversed, via snail mail, with Jadeen and Miranda. Jade is busy drawing pictures to send to him.

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