What I Did On My Summer Vacation

So..the family went away. The kids & Grandma flew to Invercargill on the Sunday, then (as regular readers will know) Si & I went the following Wednesday.

I’ve tried to select some different shots from what I posted on IG, and they should have captions. If you want to know more about a place/time, let me know in the comments.

Enjoy!

On New Year’s Day, Si & I then drove the Toy Car back up, along the West Coast, catching the ferry at Picton, spending time in Wellington then back home.

You Can Quote Me

YCQM is a semi – regular post based on my One Little Word for 2015, Serenity.

This week I’m trying to reintroduce my planner as our schedules change up and I don’t instinctively know where and what I’m supposed to be doing, let alone the kids.

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I’m also writing down the book recommends and who made mention, and the post – it will go into the planner on the day I start reading. These are from Warehouse Stationery but I’ve seen cute ones at Typo too.

What’s your top tip on keeping sane during a period of change?  

Project Life catch up

I’m so far behind that it’s not even funny. So yesterday I alloted myself the luxury of a half day to spend some time on what was a fab little hobby.

All in all I printed over 80 photos and slotted then into rough chronological order. There’s not much embellishment (I’m not one for fuss here, & anyway with three boys I can’t see much point other than some washi) but nearly all the journalling is done too.

I’m now only 16 weeks behind!

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Oh, I wish it was still NaBloPoMo!

the subtitle could be: Hard evidence that I haven’t planned any blogging!

Blog. Posting has slowed down a bit. I’m looking forward to Myfanwy’s prompts for January, but I wish she would publish them now so I can write them down and feel like I’ve planned a bit! Hint hint! I think however I will plan a third theme day into every week; I’m sure you would love to know what I’m reading/watching. Right?

I’m under more than a little pressure. Christmas dinner won’t be at mine this year, which means I have to transport numerous cooked and chilled items plus kids plus presents. Presents are actually no excuse; let’s face it, I can take them up to the SIL’s as soon as they are wrapped. Kids? I have to take them with me anyway, it’s the law. Food? This is where I need to sit down and plan carefully with the others. Let’s hope for good weather so we can eat outdoors!

Work is messy – I am putting off about 30 minutes of ick by writing this post. However I’ve told myself that once done, I can go to Kings Plant Barn & get my secret Santa present. Carrots again. Points if I don’t come home without something for me! Only 66 store emails when I peeped at that inbox earlier today. Ugh.

Craft. In the light of day 100 stitches seems nothing! But over the course of the year this is one area where I have done better than planned (in some areas – I didn’t complete 12 TW smalls, just three, although Stretch was one of them) and I didn’t touch Tapestry Cat (which I do want to see finished and I’m glad I didn’t pass onto a FB “friend” to do, as she turned out to be a complete liar) but my TUSAL jar is nearly chockablock (photo on the 31st!) and will stuff an ornament easily. Stitchers reading this will know about TUSAL and smile. FYI I set myself up with the large Moconna jar so was quite ambitious. I also didn’t keep up with all the surface embroidery techniques but I am happy I went to the class & want to do some more next year. Maybe start a little simply and chain/satin over an existing print to personalise cushion covers?

Pintrest. I’m itching to do a few things but these will have to wait for my leave in late January. Me and the sewing machine have a date, and by the end of the week I’ll have an amazing outdoor table plus covered seat. I love Pintrest; it’s a huge time waster but oh so gorgeous. Lots of funny things too. Amazing recipes, beautiful things. House envy sometimes!

I suppose I can share that there is a reason why I have the blahs. The Screaming Teen (who can be known as The Only Teen for another 15 months) did something incredibly stupid. And illegal. And has shocked the sh*t out of me, to say the least. I find it really, really hard to even hold a conversation with him, I’m that angry at his blasé /victim attitude. I’ll get over it, I have to; but he really took the shine out of his school award and behaviour. At home he now has all the chores that Z would do on top of his own and is grounded for the summer, with no access to anything electronic, including FB and his phone. Yes, I know it’s now the end of the world as he knows it, but he doesn’t seem to care! And to think everyone told me girls were awful as teenagers…they lied. Praying that Tough Love works as I don’t know what else. Boarding School?

Prompts Part V

All going to plan, I am currently buried in my own bed, having landed around midnight. But that’s my plan – in actuality I am probably stumbling around in a coffee fog trying to get three kids ready for school with only a few hours sleep. Wish me luck!

Today’s words are: GUM WIND PLUG HAM KID HATCH FORM

GUM we’ve been advised to allow B to chew gum during school – studies showed the physical activity of chewing helps concussion victims to focus. Must be working as his grades are awesome. Better than what they were before!

WIND not a fan unless I’m sailing. A reason why I would never live in Wellington.

PLUG or advertise. We spend a lot of time in advertising or marketing meetings. The odd weather patterns this year aren’t helping retail.

HAM looking forward already to Christmas dinner. I have had the cob in the freezer for months already.

KID I have a few of these!

HATCH plans. Craft plans, house plans, gardening plans – everything except where I would hide a body. Watching Bones has turned me off that big time.

FORM these are gone! I still have to translate “year” to “standard” or “form” for the oldies, much like a baby’s weight from pounds and ounces.

And that’s all, folks! Hope you enjoyed playing along.

Prompts Part IV

Today’s plan is Gosford and anything historic that we missed by going the other road, and then back to Sydney to fly home. Blah to Auckland weather, yay to seeing the kids again.

Today’s words are: MAROON VOLUME EXPRESS REFUSE NOTE FLAG

MAROON State of Origin! Not that I am an Aussie by any stretch of the imagination but we are Queenslanders for three nights a year.

VOLUME my hair has none whatsoever. My children don’t decrease theirs either.

EXPRESS I used to snigger at the Ritchies idea of an express bus from town – save a whole ten minutes if I was lucky!

REFUSE no-one in my house likes dealing with the rubbish. And something I find hard to do when I’m asked to add another chore/task on my already busy day.

NOTE I write a lot of Notes To Self. How else am I supposed to remember everything?

FLAG totally over John Key’s desire to change our flag. So what if it looks like the Aussie one? More accurately, theirs looks like ours as we have the older! It reflects our colonial heritage with the Union Jack of Great Britain and the Southern Cross stars that the early Maoris followed, sailing down from Hawaiaki. Plus my grandfathers fought under this flag. I won’t be voting to change it, but pessimistically I think it’s a personal agenda item for the PM.

Prompts Part III

Today we’re heading up to Port Macquarie & thru a bit of the Hunter Valley. Hopefully dinner out on the waterfront.

Today’s words are: HAIL JAM CURRY GRAIN SEASON DOUGH

HAIL saying hello far too loudly?

JAM I made jam once! Need to go berry picking so I have the ingredients but I make a mean marmalade.

CURRY I can’t stand the smell as I’m always ill when I eat Indian curries. My tongue swells up and B is the same, which is awkward given one of his besties is part Indian. Quite like green curry tho.

GRAIN the lines in a piece of timber. Quite beautiful.

SEASON I love summer the best. Plenty of daylight when I get home from work. Flowers, bees, butterflies, walks, beach, PLAY.

DOUGH show me the money! Or what I can’t make well in winter now, as we don’t have a hot water cylinder.