Friday, July 31, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
To be honest, next time we want to visit the Scratch Patch I will head out to Simon's Town, I found this one a bit small and cramped. But the kids had a good time anyway.
The lights are lit, the water worked and the super-silent sound of swishing was music to my ears!
Actually, it is quite nice to wash dishes in winter, I didn't begrudge the broken appliance too much! There's nothing like warm water to warm you up, but had it been summer - different story!!
I am however VERY glad to have it back.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Ready for a ride!
Not bad after 5 days of quarantine!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
(No pictures I'm afraid - Taryn, if you've got some can we share?!!).
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Recently she has had 4 turtles, 2 dinosaurs, a "dog", a cat.... actually the list is almost endless. Sometimes she wants them to have clothes. This is quite a tall order and usually one I weasel out of in some way or another. My mom, on the other hand, has once made a hat for a duck measuring 1cm!
One of this weeks favourite tiny toys is a "dog". I actually think it's a teddy, but she says it's a dog and who am I to argue? So, a dog it is.
The other day, Monday I think, she wanted a jacket for the "dog". I tried to weasel but it didn't work! So I fashioned a pink Shrek-like tunic for the little fellow and slipped it on.
Grant has not been well this week, with a bad chest, dizziness and temperature. As a result I was sent on a mission to the library to "find him something to read"! Grants taste in books is very different to mine. I know what he likes but it's hard to find and almost impossible with a "spirited" little girl to watch after, so this visit to the library was going to be a childless one!
When I came back I found both girls sitting on the bed next to Grant who had, needles, pins and bits of cotton draped all around him. It seems my creation was not quite up to scratch and needed daddy to finish it off, buttons and all!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
(Notice how Grant has a box just for his medicines!)
and a lot more space on the counter for other things.
I was so pleased with myself shortly after I'd finished that task, Abigail came to ask me for a piece of cotton wool, and instead of rushing around looking for it and in the end not finding it I was able to say (while nonchalantly opening the cupboard door) "yes, here you are" and ever so swiftly take it out of the box!!! Aaah, that's what makes it all worthwhile!
On Friday we baked some crunchies
there are, let me see.... none left!
Today we went to a Princess party for Niaves friend Grace who turns 4 on Monday.
(The birthday girl is on the right)
Check out this cake: It was beautiful, it's a vanilla cake with lemon curd, iced in meringue!! I didn't dare have a piece, too rich for me, but it sure looked yummy!
We came home via my parents to see cousins Willow and Marley, had some supper and then home to to bed - Niave was exhausted!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
This holiday I vowed to get some "law and order" in this house with regard to the mess!
There is "stuff" everywhere!
I was also inspired by coincidentally (or not) switching on the TV twice to find an Oprah show (series) about decluttering called "The Clean Up Your Messy House Tour" where this guy travels around America barging into peoples houses and reorganising them! It's at times like that that I wish we had a show like that here and he would come knocking on my door! Because
a) he makes it look so easy and
b) I wouldn't have to do it myself!
However, we do not have a show like that here and he is not going to knock on my door, so I have to do it myself!
My goal was to do at least 1 drawer, shelf, toy box or surface a day - lets face it I am on holiday so I don't want to spend it all on sorting out cupboards but there's no time during the term.
So, on Monday morning I tackled the cupboard that has been causing me the most annoyance (due to items falling on my head!), it is also probably the smallest cupboard in the kitchen - Ah, there is method in my madness!!! It took all of about 15 minutes and I felt satisfied that I could relax for the rest of the day - on the decluttering front anyway.
On Tuesday and Wednesday I spent more time decluttering my inbox than any cupboards but today I tackled the spice/baking cupboard and I must say that it is addictive - the sense of order and tidiness.
I also had to find 30 library books that had to be returned ( I have a school card that allows me to take 20 at a time as well as the family cards). I located 24 with ease but we were missing 6 so it forced me to sort out the bookshelves - a little bit anyway, there is still some sorting to be done. But we found the books and took them all back: now that has to be a Debbie Hutton first - ALL the outstanding books taken back to the library in 1 go! Amazing, can't say it's ever happened before!!!
Baking cupboard - before.
The Oprah show guy had this to say to 1 person: you either have too much stuff or too little space, and I'd have to say that we probably fit into both categories: we DEFINITELY have too much stuff, but also not enough space i.e. cupboard and shelf space.
So, I will soldier on, I am intending to be ruthless in the donation/throw away department but I have to admit that I do find that hard, I am a bit of a hoarder (it runs in the family!) so it's going to be tough. I will be sure to let you know how the process is going...or not!