Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Fruits of my labour

Yesterday I baked, today I ate! Oops!

I also got the man round to fix the spa. It has been leaking, majorly! So, after a while of putting up with it I decided to call a man that can. He took the sides off and found the problem. Leaking from a couple of places. Drip, drip, drip drip. That fast. No wonder I am forever filling it up! Must also be costing a fortune in heating it too! So, he will be back next week with a man and they will sort it out. It will cost, but at least it won't cost as much as the water and power is going to if we don't get it done, or the damage it will do to the motor.

Now, my book awaits. I have signed in to library's SA, and through my local library's links I can get more books for my ereader on loan! More books more choice! Night all!

Monday, 25 February 2013

Just realised...

...I didn't write anything yesterday! *shock, horror*  please forgive me! Not sure if anyone reads this, but if you do I am sorry!

So yesterday after going to get our lotto win ($29), we took boy to his gang show rehearsal then went to Glenelg. It's a lovely sea side district in Adelaide, clean sandy beaches, beautiful people and nice place to go! We didn't go there just to be there, but we had tickets to a Fringe show. We went to see Afternoon Tea with Joyce Grenfell! Well, we were the youngest ones there! The performer, Liz Hurstle did a great job! She sang the Grenfell songs and did some monologues, did costume changes on stage and entertained us. In the interval a High Tea was served, dainty club sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and brownies, washed down with a cup of tea! All very civilised and lovely! This was all done with mum hubby sitting down on a sore backside.

You see, he went out on his bike in the morning, and came off it. Apparently it was one of those times you wish you had a camera on him. It was a slow slide, luckily narrowly missing being impaled on a star spike. But instead he bruised his bum, well, his hip, and bumped his shoulder. He got off luckily! However today the bruise is black and blue and he has dropped his pants so many times showing people I am expecting a sexual harassment case against him!

After such a good day yesterday I didn't get such a good morning today. A couple of the children in my class are causing me worry. So I got home and as per normal my therapy is in the kitchen. I bake! Today while dinner was bubbling in the slowpot (beef with veggies and potatoes), I put a banana loaf in the oven. I then made a spinach quiche and a Bakewell tart. To use up the pastry scraps I made some cheese and vegemite fingers. I now feel counselled and calm! My waist will not be happy!

Saturday, 23 February 2013

My day!

Decided to do some gardening today! Outside our bedroom window we have a patch of garden with an apple tree and a lemon tree. Underneath them was grass. That died. So we fed the soil and made a veggie plot. First crop was good, second feeble third non existent! We fed the soil and everything but nope. No more veggies. We tried to get the grass to grow there again, but no. So we covered it in weed suppressant cloth and we were going to put white stone chips on it, but the cloth started to disintegrate before we got it, so today I have been weeding. Some of the little blighters  had popped up again! Also the lemon tree was a bit sick, so I pruned it, fed it and watered it! Lets see if it perks up!

Then this evening we went to the movies. We went to see Save Haven. It was good, but not another notebook! It is the last of the movies we wanted to see for a while, we have had a run of must sees but we think that is it for now! However we may go and see Oz! Now we are sitting at home watching HungernGames. I have read the books and although they are not my normal genre I did enjoy them.

Tomorrow is another busy day! We are off to see a Fringe Show: High Tea with Joyce Grenfell! Looking forward to it!

Going to sign off now, the film is getting intense! Laters!

Thursday, 21 February 2013


Why do some people piss you off? Is it just in their nature or is it that you rub them up the wrong way or is it just me? Some people think they know best and what they say is gospel, but the don't get that people may have opinions that may differ from theirs. Perhaps it's the Aspergers in us all coming out, whatever it is, it really pisses me off! Enough of the rant, now on with the good stuff!

Today I had coffee with mum before we shopped, hubby's parents had another outing to go to today so they were not there. Anyhow, as we sat talking, mum made a comment about the hospital system here. She then asked what would happen if she fell over and broke her hip, she doesn't have hospital cover on her private health, what would happen to her. The look on her face was a worried look. I don't know if she thought she would be left at home or what. "Mum" I told her, "you have ambulance cover so you would be taken in an ambulance to the nearest hospital. It will be a general hospital, not a private one, but you would be looked after and cared for. You might not have the private room or the posh facilities but the care and service would be the same." I don't know how long she had been worrying about it, but the poor thing did look a bit relieved! She is worried enough as it is. You see she came to Australia to be with us, but her money will run out, and with it her independence. She will eventually move in with us. She knows it will happen, and we are happy about it, but she is an independent tough old bird. She loves her space and her independence and privacy. Don't we all. However, even though my brother is still in Blighty, she is here with me to look after her as a daughter would do. And will do. Not because it is my duty, but because I love her.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Today tonight!

On The Project tonight they did a feature on angry kids. Today I was told of an incident with one of my pupils at home where he had a rage. This ended with his mum calling the police. He came into school today tired. We wondered was school a sanctuary for him, or was it his choice. We couldn't ask him as we didn't want him to have another anger attack and harm himself or others. Then seeing the report on the angry kids tonight made me hope mum had managed to get help for the kid today. He needs it. On the whole he is not a bad kid. Maybe a bit loud, maybe a bit outspoken, but when he smiles his whole face lights up, when he laughs his eyes shine, but in an instant when he gets frustrated he is scarey. Did kids get that angry when we were young? Angry enough that mum needed to call the police?

That was just part of my day. Another part was going to have a look at a gym.  It was good, just what I needed. But hopefully I won't be using it! Daughter came home last night from the dance school and they are going to try adult tap classes! On a night I can go! Yes!!! Fitness with fun! Problem solved!

Another part of my day was finishing my jigsaw puzzle! Now what am I going to do? :-)

Monday, 18 February 2013


Today after work I was going to go for a walk. However the temps hit 39.8deg so the walking shoes stayed in the back of the air conditioned car. In fact they are still there now! Maybe they will be taken out tomorrow! I will be going to look at a gym tomorrow. Don't know why. I can't stand gyms! They are the devils home! However, due to the fact that I need to do something in the form of exercise I will go have a look at one, then go for a coffee and lunch maybe.....
On a lighter note I have started playing a couple of games on the iPad. Three actually! Candy crush, Hay Day and 4 pictures 1word! All very different! One is stratergy, one very silly, and one annoying. You can work it out what way round... Why am I playing them? I don't know! I think I need to study again or do something crafty again!
As the title says, today is Monday, and after being to work I am tired, so tonight's words are short and sweet, night all!

Sunday, 17 February 2013


I have had a lovely day today! Firstly we went to the beach, the four of us, for a lovely walk. Now I know I want to work on my fitness but with hubby who is now training every day it was a bit like a route march. 2k up the beach, walking in the surf ankle/mid calf and on soft then hard sand was a good workout. Then don't forget the need to go back down the beach to get back to the car. Route march. I enjoy a walk, I love a walk on the beach, I like to get the heart pumping, but I do it at my own pace. On the plus side we had a lovely coffee at the turnaround point!
It did make me think though, on joining a gym. I hate gyms. I love my Pilates class. But I hate gyms. But I can get a gym membership cheaper than a block of Pilates classes. So do I go to the gym and try and work on my fitness or not? I still need to do the Pilates to get my body strong, but the cardio needs attention!
Tomorrow is Monday, and as we didn't win the lotto last night, I have to go to work tomorrow. Deep joy. I do like my job. I do love my job. But....

Saturday, 16 February 2013


My little girl is home! She has been to Bali with some friends for twelve days. Bali. The place where you hear of bribery and corruption from the law enforcement, of people imprisoned for drug trafficking who plead their innocence, of Bali bum (think Dheli belly!) and people going on holiday and never coming back alive. However, I know people who love the place, one in fact has taken up residence for six months to a year there with her thirteen year old son. The boy is in a school there, called The Green School and apparently he loves it. But when your child says she is going to Bali with friends you do get a bit panicky. Then when her Internet stuffs up and her messages don't come through you worry. But today, we collected her from the airport....and breathed a sigh of relief! Apparently she had a wonderful time! She rode on an elephant, she went white water rafting, loved the villa they were in, and will go back! For us it was a long twelve days!
Her boyfriend spent the afternoon with us, had dinner with us, then took her to town so she could go dancing with some other friends! He was ok with it, he is working early tomorrow so would be leaving at the same time as she went out. They will see each other again tomorrow.
Meanwhile tonight hubby and I did something we have started doing occasionally. After dinner we went out for coffee! Well, I had hot chocolate due to the fact that if I have coffee after six I am awake most of the night. We don't go to the pub for the night, we like to sit home and watch tv. We do go to the movies, theatre and concerts or shows, but we have started going out for a coffee after dinner some times. It's nice. Just the two of us. And we talk. Something we all need to do, talk to our partners. Create time to be together. Ok when we win the lotto we may not want to be together all day, but in the meantime the odd coffee together is nice!

Friday, 15 February 2013

I don't like mushrooms.

Today has been a busy-ish day. After taking boychild to school I zipped off to my Pilates class. Yes, I am working on my six pack, it's just it is covered in a layer of insulation! It was a good class. One of the regulars is about to have a baby. No, I mean really about to have a baby! I didn't expect her to turn up today, but she came in and did her modified program to help her next week. If she hasn't popped by Wednesday, the baby will be here Thursday! Bit exciting! Anyhow, as she left we wished her luck and she promised to pop in with the baby!
After class I went to meet another friend for coffee. We met at a different Pilates studio and carried on the habit of coffee after class, and as my class is half an hour earlier than hers I go and meet her at the cafe. As per normal I paid for mine then sat to wait. And wait. And wait. I texted her. In the end I had my coffee, and left. I sent her another text just saying that I hoped she was ok. Just after I got home she replied. Major headache and a dead phone and an apology! As long as she is ok!
Hubby is still home, no energy but getting better. So after doing nothing all afternoon he took boy child to his diving thing and picked up dinner on the way home! Pizza and chips! But I don't like mushrooms. The pizza was covered in mushrooms. Ewwww! By the time I had taken them off I was left with the base, barbecue sauce and chicken. The cheese came off with the mushrooms. Hubby did appologise, but ewww! Mushrooms!
On a lighter note, my daughter comes back from Bali tomorrow. She has had a lovely time, apart from loosing her bank card yesterday. We were having Internet issues anyhow, but she was getting frantic to message me to cancel her card, in the end her boyfriend messaged me! Card canceled and she didn't need anymore money anyhow! So looking forward to her coming home, but I do think she will be going back!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Valentines Day, also today being Thursday!

Valentines day did not get off to a good start. You see I had planned to get a card for hubby this morning, then place it on the bed/where he puts his bag or somewhere when he got home. I hadn't planned for him being home ill. Bugger. When I got out of the shower this morning was a red envelope on the pillow. Whoops. 'My card for you is still in the shop....sorry!' Hmmm. Didn't look promising! I told him I hadn't banked on him leaving work early yesterday and being home today. 'So when I got up this morning to go to work there was to be no card waiting?' 'Ermmm....nope! Sorry!' I mean, we don't do prezzies or flowers as, well, as Megan Gale said last night on The Project, it means more if it is spontaneous. Hence the change of time for the card from me...ring the changes and all that. Luckily, he was too poorly to feel to put out! When I went shopping I brought him a lovely card, and a box or Roses to share this afternoon! I also got two red roses, courtesy of mums garden!

Today is also Thursday. It means it is my day for shopping and meeting the parents for coffee. My taking care of the elderly! We meet at Cibo in the Plaza, the Inlaws get there first normally as they have nothing to do and need conversation. Mum follows along after getting the bus (if she is ill or whatever I do pick her up but as she gets free bus rides she says its just as easy for her get the bus). So, I get there to meet his mum and dad, then himself walks in from going to the doctor, then mum walks up. Lots of Oooos and Ahhhhhs about his health and lots of 'you've got to get it checked out,' and 'so it's a virus, did they give you anything?' Nope, it's a virus. Can't give anything as when we were little the doctors handed out antibiotics like sweets and now they realise their mistake. However, it is now on his record and he has a sick note. We then proceed to hear the same story in triplicate, and stereo, while we have a lovely coffee. Hubby is lucky. He can make a quick exit due to the state of his health. I can't. I pick up my bag. Hint hint. Time to shop. Eventually we get to Woolworths and sort out the groceries!
Happy Valentines day people!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

I remember!

Just remembered what I wanted to tell you! With it being Ash Wednesday and as I work in a Catholic Church school we had a liturgy. Through the day the different classes or year groups went into the Chapel and followed the service, with the teachers making the sign of a cross in ash on everyone's forehead. Apparently a little Sudanese child got upset. The Principle asked what is wrong, the child replied that no-one could see his cross! Poor mite! The Principle will arrange for white ash for next year, and maybe a bit of chalk dust for today!

It's my weekend!

Today is Ash Wednesday, but it also signifies the start of my weekend! *does happy dance!* I only work Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday, not because I am lazy but I don't want to work any more than those three days! On a Thursday I endure coffee with my mum and hubby's parents before I shop with mum then take her home. Then on a Friday I have my day, I go to a Pilates class then coffee with my lovely friend Trish. So how can I work any more? I can't! Therefore I rest my case and only work the three days. Ok the money is crap but the mind is better!

So here I am at home. I don't have to wait for hubby to come home as he is already here. He is poorly. I made him a cup of tea when I got back from taking boy child to the doctors, but it sits there getting cold. 'Oh yes please, that would be nice he said!' He is now snoring his little head off.

Yes, today I had to take boychild to the doctors. He is part of the Scout movement, a Venturer. They are going diving on Friday. As he suffered from asthma when he was little and now has allergic rhinitis we ticke two boxes on the medical form. If you tick a box you need to have a doctors permission. So we saw the doctor. It interrupted my nap time but it had to be done. Turns out the doctor had seen boychild on stage in his dance concert. Not suffering from asthma there! All good, form signed and home 30 minutes after the appointment time! Result! Doctor was nice too. It's hard to find a doctor you can get on with, there are a couple at the practice I use that I am not keen to see, but there are also some I like!

Can I just say, there was something else I wanted to tell you, but I can't remember what it is! An age thing I presume!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

I was told to do this!

Today I was told I should write a blog as my Facebook statuses can be funny. I said I had tried before without much success, I gave up after the idea had been made to a blog. But this one, maybe, just maybe, might make it through!

So who am I? My name is Pat, I am a mum and a wife. I live in Australia after emigrating from England. I work in a school as a teaching assistant part time. The rest of my time is spent playing on my iPad and doing a jigsaw puzzle. Oh, I also do housework, read, shop, and help my mum, but that is not seen!

I like baking and cooking. I often make up recipes, so if I say that, for instance, today is pancake day so I did savoury pancakes with mince, cannelloni style....please don't ask for the recipe as I don't know it! A pinch of this, a splash of that, put in the oven and Bobs your uncle! There is dinner! You will be pleased to know that cakes are more to the printed word.....ish!

Yesterday I was so chuffed! I harvested 2.4lb of grapes from my vine! Not wine grapes but small eaters. I put a pic on my fb page and had 23 likes! Don't know why...they were only grapes that I managed to save from the birds! You see, I told the birds they couldn't have them this year, last year they cleaned the vine for me! I didn't show them where they were, but on Christmas Day mother in law did.  'Oh look,' she said, 'you have some lovely bunches in there' moving the leaves aside 'you better cover them in net to stop the birds!' Well, I believe that the birds can have some, they need them more than me, but I would like to try them too!