Sunday, May 25, 2014

A nice start to the day.

G'day. A friend from work was telling me about the fruit smoothies she has been having for her breakfast and as I find it hard to have a good breakfast because of the early hour I get up, I decided to give these a go.  I have added rolled oats to mine. Just the plain old rolled oats, not the ones with fruit added, though I suppose it wouldn't make much difference. This one that I had this morning has a banana as well as some mixed berries, oats, some low fat yogurt, a cup of skinny ( low fat ) milk and a small amount of honey. This is a delicious and healthy start to the day. 

If it's a work day,  I have my breakfast at about 5.00am.  So I need something that is filling. This does the trick. I was surprised at how long I went today without feeling hungry. I have already made up the one for tomorrow morning. It is in the fridge waiting for me to enjoy. I didn't think hubby would appreciate hearing the sound of my stick mixer whirring away at that early hour. Plus I don't have time for fiddling around. 

Second photo is of the raggy bathmat I made last week. I have been meaning to make one for some time, but have been lazy and kept putting it off. Well, last Wednesday when I got home from work I started cutting out the squares and had the whole thing finished in 2 hours. It is only 4 rows long and was quick and simple to do. I just cut up an old towel for the backing. Must admit it looks good in my shabby chic bathroom and it will look even better when it's been washed a few times and frayed some more.  Even hubby liked it. 

All is well in my little corner of the world. Still go to the hospital on a regular basis. But other than that, all is just peachy. 

Take care.
Liz...

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Good things, sad things.

G'day. I am going to start with the good things. I felt like having a bit of fun with the sewing machine and using some of the fabric that I seem to have accumulated over the years. I decided to make some new placements for my lovely shabby chic table. This table is the one I have been working on for some time, it is now finished. It was to be my outdoor table, but it is just too pretty to have out there, so it  and the six chairs are now in my dining area and the one from there has now gone outside waiting for me to shabby chic that at some stage. 

I wanted placemats that were quirky, pretty and not perfect. I cut the fabric all different sizes, some are longer than others, some are more mug mat size. None are perfect, only one is truly square. Some are puckered from the heavy free motion quilting, some don't lie really flat, but all of that is just fine by me. It was just a bit of fun and they do look good on the pink table top. I am one short, that might get made in the next day or so and I may even make some small mug mats to go with them. 

Now for the sad.  One of my best friends and her family lost their best friend last Friday.  Their much loved and adored dog had to be put to sleep. Albert was 13 years old and really was the light of their lives. I know how much hubby and I love our little dog, but rarely have I seen such devotion like Albert enjoyed. He couldn't have asked to be more loved or cared for during his life. I know they are inconsolable. Albert was such a huge part of their lives, he will be greatly missed. 

Take care.
Liz...




Thursday, April 10, 2014

Just saying hello..

G'day. Well, we have had some much needed rain over the last two days. It has been just fabulous. Always great when I don't have to go out and water the garden. I am still travelling to the hospital for my treatments. Had a colonoscopy a couple of weeks back and that showed that I have an Adenoma, which is a tubular growth in the colon. It was benign, but may turn cancerous somewhere down the track. So, regular colonoscopies for me now. Other than that all is just peachy in my beautiful part of the the world.

I have the most gorgeous Hydrangea bush in the front garden. When I bought it a couple of years ago, the flowers were the most glorious blue. I never worried about trying to keep the colour or change the colour as you can do, by putting stuff in the soil around it. I just wanted to see how it would go if I left it.  When it flowered late last year, the flower heads were huge and some were blue, some were a mixture of pink and a bluey purple, some had a tinge of white. It was amazing. I haven't trimmed the flower heads off it yet as I quite like the look of them as they age and the colours that they turn. The red and green and russet look really good. I have 4 Hydrangea bushes now and they never cease to amaze me. Three are in very large pots and I just love them. 

They are an old fashioned plant. I can remember my grandmother growing them and my mother also had a few. I think they have made a bit of a resurgence over the last few years, though I guess they wouldn't suit every garden, or every gardener for that matter. They are also very easy to propagate from.  I had a friend visit last Sunday and I had not long picked the roses and the hydrangea blooms and when she saw them she asked me if the hydrangea's were fake. She had to touch them to be sure they were real ! 

Take care.
Liz...

Friday, April 4, 2014

It's been on hold for a while, but it's nearly finished.

G'day. My outdoor setting is nearly completed. I have really been dragging my feet on getting it done. As you can see, there is still one blue chair. I can't decide if I should leave it or paint it pink like the other end one. I am a pink girl and I had half a can of the paint left over from painting the large kitchen dresser that houses all my sewing stuff. But, I do like the colour of the blue and there are a few blue things in this undercover area. You can't see by this photo, but the table has been rubbed back in parts so that the white paint underneath shows through. It is very shabby chic now. It looks ok, but I am very undecided about that blue chair....to paint pink or not !!! I have left the legs of the end pink chair, white, so would do the same with the blue chair should it end up pink. What do you think?? 

I have even been thinking of painting one of my garden seats pink. That would really jazz up the garden, don't you think. !! I have seen it done and it can look fabulous. Oh decisions, decisions. 

Hubby had a tooth out last Wednesday and has been in terrible pain ever since. He even thought the dentist had taken out the wrong tooth. But,it seems he has what is called "dry socket" that is when a blood clot doesn't form, leaving the bone and nerves exposed. The pain has now gone all along the jawline ,up the back of his head and into the back of his neck. No pain killers seem to ease it. The dentist just said to wash the mouth out with warm salty water 4 or 5 times a day and take Panadol. He is the proverbial bear with a sore head. 

Take care. 
Liz...


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Love these pants.

G'day. We have a great clothing shop here in town called Accessories. It sells women's clothes, shoes, boots, bags and jewellery etc. None of it is cheap, I might add. But, the few things I have bought from there over the years, have been very well made. I went in there yesterday looking for a pair of dressy black pants. Got the black pants ok and also came out with these as well. That sales lady sure knows her business.

Once upon a time, I wouldn't even look at pants like this. Though I would have admired them on somebody else no doubt. I just happened to comment on the great colours as the sales lady was putting them back in the rack. As quick as a flash she said "try them on". Oh no, said I, they are not something I could get away with wearing. "Just try them on".  The rest they say is history. They are just fabulous and so comfortable. They look fantastic with my little fitted black jacket and also with a soft black roll neck jumper I have.  Even a lady that was in the shop browsing commented on how good they looked. So of course they came home with me. 

I was up early this morning as I have a 70th birthday lunch to go to today. Hubby has been away for the weekend on a car rally and won't be home till late this afternoon. I decided to make him some chocolate muffins to take to work through the week. These are gluten free and wheat free and are just yummy. Of course I had to try one and was tempted to have another, but was good and resisted. 

It's probably not a good day for me to be going out. I am having a colonoscopy tomorrow and have been up three times through the night, not to mention all the trips to the toilet this morning, due to the tablets I had to take before going to bed. The birthday lunch is a good 50 minutes from me,with no toilets in between. My breakfast by the way was mashed pumpkin, now that's different, isn't it. I am restricted to what I can eat. No cereal, no brown bread etc, etc. I will be having a light lunch with salad, then no more solid food. Lots of jelly and clear drinks for the rest of the day along with the 4 litres of special drink that I have sitting in the fridge. Oh well, I am sure it could be worse. 

I still go to hospital every 3 weeks for the cancer treatment. I have had a mammogram, but haven't been given the all clear. Though I am not worried about that. We will keep on keeping on. 

Have had some fantastic rain overnight, along with a thunderstorm. It is pouring down now as I type this. Saves me watering the garden. 

Take care.
Liz...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Another birthday come and gone.

G'day. I turned 62 last Tuesday and I wish someone would please tell me where the years have gone and why are they hurtling by so darn fast. Another few weeks and it will be Easter, then before we know it a half a year will be here, then we will be thinking about Christmas again. What's going on? That's what I want to know. Is it because we are getting older. That's one theory I keep hearing about, or our hectic lifestyle. I'm putting the brakes on, but it's not making the slightest difference.!! 

Anyway, I did have a good birthday, even though I was at work. The staff at the nursing home where I work ( and the way the time is going, will probably be in one day) gave me a lovely morning tea complete with a yummy sponge cake. Hubby took me out for tea that night, another yummy meal. Went to my daughters on Friday and we stayed the night and on Saturday, daughter and her fiancĂ© put on a lavish BBQ lunch. Daughter made the most delicious cheesecake and baked home made bread. More yum. 

Son and his partner arrived with my present which is so big we couldn't fit it in the car, simply because on the way to my daughters we picked up 2 white cane chairs I had bought on eBay, plus we also had loaded in the car, a gorgeous little coffee table, another eBay purchase that was close to where my daughter lives, so she kindly picked that up for me. My son and partner bought me a gnome, but not just any gnome. This lovely fella stands about 4' tall. I will have him home here next week and will post a picture of him. I don't know where he will go, but I will find somewhere special in the garden. My daughter bought me two beautiful lime green and pink cushions for my cane chairs. Hubby bought me a gorgeous ring. I did indeed have a most fabulous birthday. 

I took these photo's at around 7.30am yesterday morning at my daughters place, they have just had part of the outdoor area covered in and it looks amazing. I love this pool. As much as I dislike the hot weather, I always hope for a warm day when I visit my daughter so I can go for a swim. Unfortunately this weekend the weather was not ideal for swimming, it was a bit on the cool side. I did dip my foot in and decided against being brave and putting my whole self in. 

Take care.
Liz...




Monday, March 3, 2014

This is what happens when a kangaroo runs into your car.

G'day. At 6.30am yesterday morning, hubby was on his way to the farm where he does a bit of work, when a large kangaroo came hurtling up an embankment straight into hubby's car. The damage is very extensive. This photo only shows a bit of it. The bonnet is smashed in, the front left hand light set was totally destroyed. The windscreen is cracked where the poor roos'  head hit it. The whole side of the car is damaged from front to back. The side mirror was wiped clean off. Hubby only bought this vehicle a few months ago. It was a cheap used ute that was for sale in the street behind us. Hubby wanted it for work, so his good car wasn't getting wrecked. He has spent considerable time and money doing it up and it looked fabulous. We had been out for lunch on the Sunday and took this vehicle and we both said how good it was going. 

It is now classed as a write off. But, intrepid hubby doesn't give up that easily. It was insured, so that is good. But, hubby likes this vehicle and reckons he will get it back on the road. He, of course, will do all the work himself.

I should tell you that hubby wasn't hurt, just very badly shaken up. In all our years of owning a property and living in the country, neither of us have had a serious encounter with a roo. I came close some years ago, but was lucky that the animal veered off slightly at the last minute and I just felt it's massive tail hit my car. It put a decent dent in my little Toyota. Other than that, we have been very lucky.  When I questioned him about the roo, he said by the time he managed to get off the road where he wouldn't cause a problem for other traffic, the roo was no where to be seen. It would have been badly injured. It would be a miracle for it to survive. Hubby said he looked around for some time trying to see if it had collapsed in the bush nearby, but it wasn't there. I don't know what he would have done if he found it and it was still alive. A roo at the best of times is not to be trifled with, unless it's a tame one in an animal park. 

Oh well, it looks like hubby will have another project to keep him busy for some time !! 

Take care.
Liz...