Thursday, December 14, 2017

What is this thing called 'the cinema'?

Having not been to the cinema for 15? years, it seems like a new invention.  The last movie I saw was Pearl Harbour! (How sad is that ?!?)

So...last Saturday Marnie txt me and said "can we do something fun today?"  So we settled on the cinema, and as The Disaster Artist was on in Launceston, and I had seen a trailer and thought it might be good,  I chose it.  There's a trailer HERE if you haven't already seen one.

The downside was all the swearing, but I tried to overlook it, because the upside was...it was a good movie!
My sort of offbeat humour, but it could also be view at a deeper level and although it was kind of funny and quirky in parts there was also the pain and sadness of the lead character (Tommy). 
The conclusion?  He who perseveres wins!!
Not everyone's cup of tea perhaps? 
So...we've decided it will be a regular thing.  Hopefully more regular than every 15 years or I might not make the next one!  And Denver gets to pick next.  I'm thinking he will pick the new Star Wars movie, and I will be totally lost because I haven't seen any of the previous ones!



And following on from my last post and the retro blanket, I've started...
 

Not sure whether to leave the orange as the final round, or edge with white (actually it's cream).  Will decide when I've done a bit more.  Doing 4 of each colour combination (2 x cream centres, 3 x random colours, 1 x orange). 
 
Went for my walk early, early, as it's hot, hot, again, so the rest of the lawn mowing will need to wait. 
 
 Oh dear...guess I'll just have to sit and crochet!
 
Such is life.
 
xx

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A day in the life...

Finished the blue/green/white lap blanket.  It will probably be for my bedroom...unless I decide to give it away.  How many crocheted blankets does a person need?!?!



Reading The Barefoot Investor.  The barefoot bit was easy.  Still working on the investment bit...



After seeing this photo in a magazine (frankie) I thought I'd like to do a retro granny blanket next...



So bought some yarn when in Launceston yesterday...
May introduce some white too


I have a headache today (rain is coming).  I've been for my early morning walk/run and mowed half the lawns before it got too hot, but might make a start on my blanket now.  May need to put my sunglasses on to work on it though!



Here's your 'lightbulb' moment for today...
                                                          (this one's for Jefferson)




And what would life be without an introvert joke...


 
 
If life gets boring...just change your mind!
 
xx


Thursday, December 7, 2017

What a cutie!!



and the koala's not bad either :)
 
 
Daughter in law Hayley volunteers at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.  She works with the koalas.  She and Ben visited some of her 'babies' recently.  Thought you might like to see some of the photos she sent me...
 
The little koala above with Ben is Snow.  She is just over a year old and is being introduced to the photo shoots at the Sanctuary.
 
 this is Rogue...typical male :))


and this is Bunker and Jamie
 
 
A little taste of Australia!
 
xx
 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Putting pen to paper...

or finger to keypad...whichever you prefer...

I've just joined a penpal site.  Global Penfriends.  It's great!  And free!!

Check it out if you'd like to make new friends.  So far I've made penfriends in Australia (Victoria and Queensland) and Finland.  Some like to snail mail, some email.  Whichever way, it's nice to meet new people and learn about their life, interests and country.
 
And I am not being paid for this endorsement :))
 
xx

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The best time of day...

The birds woke me at 5am this morning with their chatter...


So I was on my way for my walk by 6.  And...there was fog!!!



Unfortunately by the time I was half way around the river track the fog had cleared :(...




I had company...


Thankfully they didn't say much...


Despite the company...it was still lovely and peaceful...





And I couldn't resist this one of the sunlight through the trees...
I won't bore you with the other 600 'sunlight through trees'  I took


And now the sun is shining and it's HOT!
 
So I'm inside for the day.
 
xx

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Addendum

Following on from my previous couple of posts...

My cold is much better (the olive leaf extract is working its magic) and no headache this morning (yay!!), so went for an early walk (6.30), picked up a few things at the supermarket on the way home (it opens at 7am), and after breakfast I mowed the lawns!  It's getting too hot outside now, and I've used up my quota of energy for today, so it will be 'inside activities' for the rest of the day.

When I was sorting through my knit/crochet yarn boxes, I came across 2 unfinished projects....


This one I will make a bit larger and send off as a cot blanket to KOGO...


And these 4 squares I had started I will make into a throw for my bedroom...


I had been looking to buy some yarn to make a throw that would go with my summer quilt, a gift from Jefferson when he visited Cambodia. 
(You can read about how Mekong Quilts is helping underprivileged women in Cambodia and Vietnam HERE), but couldn't find the right coloured yarn (I wanted an aqua)...and then I found I already had this in the 'unfinished box'...
 the colours are a bit paler than I was originally intending, but I think I now prefer the paler softness with the brighter quilt colours



And my back issues of Anabaptist Voice publication arrived!!  You can subscribe or read online HERE...
a feast of good reading



Marnie finally emailed me the photos she had taken on her phone from our Penguin trip last week, so here ya go...

 on the coast road between Penguin and Ulverstone


 the sea!


 the sea!!


 the sea!!!


(sigh)


 Penguin Uniting Church


 Cocoon...my fav shop in Penguin


 
the obligatory photo in front of the big penguin :)
 
 
We walked.  We ate.  We shopped.  We came home.
 
 
I wanna go back again!!!
 
xx

Sunday, November 26, 2017

So Lo Oh Me Oh

We had some much needed rain over night, so I went for an early morning walk.  It was so fresh and cool and grey...my kind of day!  I just made it back before the rain started up again...


My garden is loving the rain...as am I!


I stopped off at the newsagents on the way home to stock up on some reading material...


I'm not going to church today as I'm at the coughing stage of my cold/flu and I thought it best to keep my germs to myself.  I bought some olive leaf extract to dose up on to see if that will help...


And I thought you might like to see this photo of the rhododendron in my front yard...
pretty isn't it!


Going to make a cup of tea and watch Songs of Praise on TV, then sort through my knitting yarns and get them into order to see what exactly I've got...and what I need... 
 
I feel a crochet project coming on...
 
Must be this cooler weather :)
 
xx

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Woe is me

I have a cold :( 

Haven't had one all year, but if I do get one, it always seems to be around this time of year.  Not in winter, but late spring/early summer.  So I'm dosing up on hot lemon and honey drinks and lots of water...
 local honey and lemons from my tree


And on the way back from my walk this morning, I stopped in at the supermarket and bought a chicken to make chicken soup.  I was just going to buy some chicken wings, but decided a whole chicken was more economical.  So I've got the 2 x drumsticks/thighs ready to bake (and will get 2 meals out of that with roast vegies and greens), and 2 x breasts in the freezer (for stir fries), and the wings and carcass in the crockpot (along with garlic, ginger, onion, leek, celery, carrot, brown rice, barley, salt and pepper, and a bay leaf) for soup.  Will put some of the soup in containers in the freezer too.  So all up not a bad stock of meals from a $10 chicken!

 it's starting to smell good already



Last Tuesday Marnie and I had a trip to Penguin for a 'sea fix'.  Friend Vicki had planned to come too, but had to cancel.  Not my beloved Stanley, but still nice to see (and smell) the sea, enjoy some lunch at a beach front cafe and have a walk along the beachfront...



Also went to one of my favourite shops in Penguin Cocoon, and bought this print.  I have 3 others of Claire Hansen's and really love them.  Now to find a frame for this one...



Still working on my diagonal cot blanket squares, and starting to re-read the Jan Karon Mitford series...




Here's your Introvert image for the day...
and because I love the trees



And your dose of humour...
well...I thought it was funny!!!


Time for a lemon drink (cough...cough...cough...)
 
Oh...and Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating!
 
xx

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Take it easy Tuesday


It was cloudy this morning (yay!!) so I enjoyed my early walk, then home to mow the lawns before the sun came out and I came in...


I've used up my quota of energy for today, so will spend the afternoon doing inside stuff and perhaps go for a late afternoon walk if it cools down.


Had to make a trip to Launceston yesterday, and while there, I picked up a couple of books and a pot (to make another mini succulent garden) at one of the op shops...
 Philip Yancey is one of my favourite authors
 
 
 
Ecoyarns had a sale recently and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to buy some of this lovely organic wool from New Zealand.  I don't have a project in mind as yet, but will let you know when I decide..
 it even still smells 'sheepy' :)




Still working on my pastel cot blanket squares for charity...


And after reading about Sarah's New Book, I realised I had her previous book The Invisible Girls on my bookshelves, so started reading it, and it's really good...
she blogs HERE



Here ya go...your little bit of humour for the day...


 
Off to enjoy my own company :))
 
xx