Monday, 23 March 2015

I Can Actualyy See

where I have been and what I have achieved over the last few days!!! How good is that! Saturday saw me cooking for Karah's 11th birthday party that afternoon. I know I know I know - you do not get up in the morning and start cooking a birthday cake - most people don't anyway!
Well I did end up taking the icing with me and finishing it off at City Park!! here she is with her friends trying to get the candles lit in a brisk breeze!!
They were successful eventually!! The flames lasted a few seconds - I think.... she managed to be able to blow them all out together!! maybe the breeze helped!
I have never cooked a marble cake let alone a cake with the requested colours of purple, green and blue!! Nor di double a mixture very often. But there is the proof - I did it all on Saturday morning, as well as cupcakes, fruit platter, carrot/celery/cheese stick platter. I took along 2 loaves of bread, butter and 100s & 1000's (we couldn't keep the fairy bread up to them!!), drinks and we had the makings of a great party. City park has great climbing domes, flying foxes and a water area. Three hours later I waved off 15 happy friends and cousins and went home and collapsed!!! (not really, I did put my feet up and had a well earned cup of coffee and some more birthday cake!!)
Sunday saw a very different day for me. Mum  has been wanting a big garden bed out the front of her house where the lawn wouldn't grow properly. So Greg and I went in and marked it out, Greg sprayed it with round up then we laid thick cardboard on it.

On top of that we laid a thick layer of Lucerne, then soaked it for a couple of hours so it stays there!! This is the view towards the street from the from mum's house.

And this is the view from the street looking to the front of the house. My grandmother gave mum a pine tree 42 years ago to plant in the front garden - it won't grow very big she said - haha - yeah right. Just as well mum planted it right at the boundary near the driveway - it is huge - but a great shade tree in the summer. The bare bit in the bottom right corner is about 12 feet from the tree (nothing will grow there) so I have left enough room so that we can continue to park our cars there in the summer!!
Next to come are the rocks to border it with and then a load of beautiful red sandy loam from my sons farm, then a layer of rice straw. After that I can begin to plant it up. I have been gathering plants and cuttings and bulbs for a little while - I am going to fill all the beds at the front of the house as full as I can, put in a sprinkler system on each bed and hopefully mum will have some lovely colour and shapes to look at in the spring!!
Tomorrow Greg and I are off to Wagga for a pre-op clinic for his hip surgery which is at the beginning of May. We have to be over there at 8.30 which means a 60.30 departure at the latest. I am off to pack a few small sewing projects because I will be sitting filling in time waiting). And for the first time ever I just don't have the urge to go shopping - I must be getting old, am really tired or just simply don't need anything - such a change!!
Have a great week everyone!!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

A bit of This and That Amounting To Not Much!!!

Oh Dear!! It is 1 month since my last post. Time is just flying by this year - and just so busy with life that I am not getting done what I want - that is craft/sewing and yard work!! I have done some sewing or rather started a few things but haven't finished!!!
I have managed to keep up with my blog reading so I am up to date on what everyone is doing! So much going on in everyone's lives - I don't know how you all fit into your days what you do!!

Some photos of the projects I have started!! Teapot Cosies and Pot Holder -
 these were started for the Group handcraft judging for CWA - now they will be finished and ready for next year!!!

 Karah and I had some success in the Group CWA Land Cooking judging - Karah got a first with her Crunchy Topped Lemon Cake - I am a proud ma-ma. It is the first time she has made a cake from scratch (no packet mix) and she did it on her own. She has had a big grin for the last 2 days!!! And it is a delicious cake - we will be making it again for the morning teas!!!

I got 1st place with my Moroccan Tomato Relish and Microwave Kiwi Fruit Jam. The Relish is lovely but I will pass on the jam - just not my thing. Now we have to have them ready again in May to go to the State Judging!!

I have been working on my 2015 SAL blocks for March. Two more to go and I am finished - then I will start on the April blocks. I have prepared all the blocks for each month so I can just pick up the bag and take them with me to dancing and tag training.

 The local quilt group - 'Murrumbidgee Country Quilters' - had their biannual quilts show a couple of weeks ago. I popped in with a friend and Karah - some really beautiful work on display. I didn't take many photos but here are some of a few of the quilts!

This is one of Karah's favourites.

I liked this one because it was simple and was all plaids - something a little different.

Don't know why this one appealed to me - it just did!!
I loved this one best of all - I have been wanting to do a lap quilt like this for a long time - guess it is time to label a container 'YoYo Quilt Scraps' - otherwise I will forget about it!!
last week my Aunty came for a visit (she is 87). She is an aunty by marriage on my fathers side. The photo above is of Mum, myself, Aunty Daph and Charmaine (sister) in the front; and at the back is my cousin Nerida (Daph's daughter). They were here for a few days. Mum really enjoyed their visit and went out in the car with them each day.

I have had a couple of up close and personal visits with my dentist. Some of my front teeth had broken (well they were one third mine - the other two thirds were porcelain or whatever they make teeth from!!). I also had some other teeth that had broken. So after the initial consultation to see what I could have done I was back there yesterday for step 1 - removal of 2 whole teeth and 4 broken ones and some shrapnel. Not fun. My dentist really makes sure my mouth is numb (about 6 needles) and works very fast - but a couple of them didn't want to come out. So after all that I then went on to nearly fainting at the end of it all. Half an hour later after he and his assistant had fanned me, kept me flat on my back, checked my pulse every couple of minutes, I was gradually raised upright in the chair and allowed to wait in the waiting room for my sister to come and pick me up. Then I had to track down Greg so he could go back into town with my sister and drive my car home!! Feeling a bit better today, have eaten some soft food by putting it at the back of my mouth where I still have some top teeth!!! and keep telling myself that I now have 6 less teeth to worry about and only two more to come out. The next visit I will have someone drive me there and wait for me!!! Then I will have a plate with lovely straight even teeth with a beautiful smile!!! That is what I keep telling myself anyway - I have to talk myself into going back to the dentist somehow!!! I am the world's biggest SOOK - I wrote that on the top of my patient form on my first visit to my current dentist 20 years ago - he is the first medical type person who has my complete confidence and trust!!!
That is certainly enough for me this post!! 
Have a great week everyone!