Friday, 2 November 2018

And a Little Bit More of my Year

Sweet Mother it is hot today!!!! 37deg yesterday and 38 today - windy, dusty and hot!! There are supposed to be thunderstorms, rain, and hail this afternoon but the Riverina is so big that could be anywhere from here to the Sth Australia border, here to Wagga or here to the Victorian border!!! Oh well, had better get used to it - summer is coming and this is just a sample!!
Preserving has been happening on and off throughout the year.

Apricots for Apricot Butter

Mangos for Mango Chutney

Tomato Relish

Jam Melon Pickles

Jam Melon

Jam Melon as it came. 
I was given 3 of these and made melon & Pineapple Jam, Melon lemon & Ginger Jam and Melon Pickles - Jam Melon is like Choco - it takes on whatever flavour is put with it - an old time fruit not often seen today.

The melon creartions all ready to go on the CWA Trading Table.

March seen me busy with a new event for Griffith CWA - an 'Old Time Picnic'.
A lot of the activities only cost the kids/parents $2 and they could do as many of the activities that they wanted to.
Above the kids are potting up a succulent to take home.

Decorating Arrowroot Biscuits - I don't think many of these made it home.

As I said not many made it home!!!

The Griffith Shed For men provided a stand with free hammer, nail and paint activities. There was also Old fashined kids games - tunnel ball, tug'o'war etc and market stalls.It was so successful and emjoyed by so many that we have started planning next years - and peoplwe are already asking when we will be having it!!
Another finished piece of craft - a teapot cosy that only took 3 years to make!!!lol!1

Father, 3 sons and 1 grandson - I think this was a 13yr old Abbey's birthday!!

Can you guess it is Mulberry time!!! And some just loves them!!!
Abbey, Hope and Ollie at a kids Craft Day

Proud Dad with Abbey after she received an awrd at school for Rugby League - yes Rugby League or Rugby Union are her forte and most loved games to play - mixes it with the boys equally! And hits harder than most of them!!

Hard having to wait for everyone to sit and start eating. A little bit on a finger isn't eating is it??!!

Sunday, 28 October 2018

I'm Not Lost.....Just Busy......
I have finally taken a break and I see 2018 has nearly disappeared. There has been so much happening I don't know where to start - such a shock to see so many photos on my phone when I started sorting them this afternoon.

My little Hoep-aliscious turned 1 - pictured here with mum and dad and the birthday cake.

Ollie started preschool - so very pleased to be going to his 'big school'.

Ruben started Kindergarten - my oh my where have those years gone.

Isabella came into our worls in February.

Another 4 generation photo to add to my collection.
Mum with us on a day visit - she loves her grandies and great grandies.

11 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Mum turned 86 in March. Travelling well health wise but not so good with her memory.

Very proud of his Decorated Biscuits - a practice run for a CWA event.

Bella Boo with her Aunties big blue eyes - every time I see her I think of Naomi.

This and the next photo are my two favourite photos of 2018.

Ollie and Nan have always had a very special bond.

My new 'baby' - not so little anymore.

Yes I have managed to get in a little bit of crafting.

Love the C2C - second one started 

Bought the yarn on special - has made up nicely.

Bought this yarn on special from Spotlight many years ago - always thought it was Bamboo yarn but when I read the label after finishing this it is Soy Yarn - lovely and soft and snuggly.

I ran 'Go Green Shopping Bag Workshop' for our CWA branch - this bag is a simple tote bag made from rubber backed curtaining.

This one I drafted the pattern from a plastic shopping bag - it actually turned out really well right down to the corflute insert to strengthen the bottom!!

I got busy making crochet hats this year - was really happy with this pattern.
I have heaps more photos but I will leave it at that for tonight - I will do another sort for the next post.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Life Took Over

Well here I am six a bit months since my last post!!............. and I was all set to post regularly when LIFE took over and my time has not been mine. My life has been taken up with a very sick mother, nursing homes and selling our family home........ and in amongst that grandchildren have been a constant as have a lot of changes for me.

Through April and May it was becoming more obvious that mum was not looking after herself. My sister and I were taking it in turn spending most of each day with her to make sure she showered and ate - if we didn't she wouldn't. This worked for my sister but for me it didn't - I have Karah to run around after and by that time I had my 14yr old grandson coming for half of every week to stay with me as well.

Early June mum started going downhill even with the constant care we were giving her. I had dealt with and accepted that we were going to have to put her into full time care as I couldn't keep going with the way things were. By the end of June she was in hospital where she went close to dying twice. After a week in hospital with her being not much better the Drs decided she could go home - that was until I told them that she was on her home and family could not provide the medical care she needed. So the Nursing Home journey began.
Mum has been in the Nursing Home for 4 months now but doesn't want to be there. During this time her dementia worsened and she has forgotten how ill she was. There have been some funny comments from her like "it is conspract that I ended up in here - it's those girls fault!' and 'there was trickery at play to get me in here'.  I am pleased that she is getting 24 hour care, 3 meals a day and company all day every day. I know it is going to take quite a while for her to accept it fully but it has just made all our lives so much easier and no stress or worry about her wellbeing.
Then it was time to empty her house and sort all the belongings and get it ready for sale. That has been hard. 45 years of memories - my 4 boys hated coming in to help me because they seen nan everywhere and memories would assail them wherever they looked. It was hard and took me 7 weeks to do it all the sorting (and mum had gotten rid of a lot of stuff a few years ago. I packed a lot of it into boxes and brought home with me - it is stored in a shed until I can get to it to sort it.
The house has been sold one of my sons bought it for his family home which I am pleased about. Changes have been made to his and his wives liking and I think they are for the better. It is slowly becoming their home.

Mum in her youth.

Mum with Oliver

The great granchildren visiting Nan (Lachlan, Abbey and Karah)

Mum and William

Mum and Hope at our local show at the beginning of October.

We (including her grandchildren) pick her up several times a week and go to the plaza and have lunch or coffee - she sees more of her grandkids now than she did for many years!! And we all go and see her constantly.

So now I am getting used to getting my life back in order and having some time to myself. I did find myself resenting the time dealing with mum's house was taking from me but I have dealt with that now and happy with the outcome of it all.

My garden is a sea of weeds but going for a walk around each day is an adventure - flowers pop up overnite and greet me through the weeds each day! Here are a few:

Julias Rose - one of my favourites

3 years this has been in my garden and finally it was covered in flowers

So as life settles down I am thankful I can still share times with my mother, my grandies are my rocks - they calm me down and cuddle me through the tough times and myadventure finds keep me smiling and excited for good times ahead!!