Sunday, December 1, 2013
E and Z had braved the spiders, (possible) rodents, and other creepy crawlies in our outside storage area, and succeeded in locating the Christmas tree and decorations.
Apparently it was a terrifying experience.
I was just pleased that I wasn't the one having to find everything and decorate the tree single-handed.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I finished painting the master bedroom over a month ago, and I'm still not sold on it. I kind of miss our lush, bohemian retreat.
Perhaps I'll like it more in summer, when it's too hot to sleep with anything more than a sheet and the ceiling fan on. I imagine then I'll appreciate the cool whiteness of it all.
The biggest advantage of this new look, is that I can change the colour scheme any time I like now.
The previously pink walls tended to limit the possibilities with bed linen colours.
Today I've gone for a touch of spring green.
This kitty approves.
Bonus kitty shot just because he's pretty cute.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Not only has the sun shone brightly all day, it's also been one of those rare days when everything falls neatly and happily into place, as if the stars are aligned perfectly.
- I slept all night. That never happens.
- I made a new playlist for my IPod, without counting or timing the songs, and it lasted the duration of my 45 minute walk - the last song finishing just as I reached our front gate.
- Our council Green Waste collection began today. We completely forgot to do anything about this over the weekend, so this afternoon, J sawed up the branches and I bundled them and put them out on our nature strip. I swear, the council truck came along and picked them up within five minutes of us coming inside.
- Z decided to paint her chest-of-drawers and was about to go and buy paint when we found 3/4 of a tin of the exact paint she needed.
- I washed and hung out several loads of clothes, towels etc., on two clothes lines and two clothes horses and it all dried.
- I needed to move a fly screen from one window to another. I hate doing this because although they may come out easily, they are the devil to get back in. Of course, today the screen slipped right into position with the minimum of fuss.
- It's quite windy, but I haven't suffered from hay fever all day.
All of these are such simple, mundane things, but it is very satisfying when everything turns out just right.
Z had a bubble-blowing break from painting.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I knew I would want to read Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch", the moment I knew it was due to be published this year. However, it was going to be difficult to justify reading a nearly-800-page book for pleasure when I'm supposed to be reading as many new books as possible in order to have a wide range of recommendations at hand when consulted by our customers at work. Then, by a stroke of luck, "The Goldfinch" happened to be a featured title in our shop's Christmas catalogue. All staff are instructed to read as many titles as possible in our catalogue, so there you go. I could have a guilt-free read after all. And I did. And I loved every minute of it.
It's taken a while, but by yesterday I was down to the last 300 pages, so I did nothing all day but read. Such an engrossing, beautifully written book.
In other book news, more new babies to find a spot for. It's always a lovely surprise to find out new cloth-bounds have been released.
As usual around these parts, it is raining, and rather cold too. Hard to believe summer is just a few days away.
Today will be another lazy day. I woke up really early (for a Sunday) to watch the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary episode (so good, by the way), and now I'm feeling rather sleepy.
Monday, October 28, 2013
On Saturday, J, Z and I went to a birthday party for the sweetest little one-year-old. My kids don't get to see their little cousins very often, so this was a real treat. So many cute babies and small children!
Even Z, who is not a fan of children, was completely smitten with the adorable birthday girl.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
After almost twenty-two years of my kids attending primary and secondary school, today marks the end of an era. This is Z's last day of formal classes before exams. No more schoolkids here. They really are all adults now.
I just can't believe it.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
In the past eleven days, I've had one day off work, and today is my first day off after seven days straight. Admittedly, two of those days were only short shifts (three hours long), but even so, I'm feeling somewhat drained of energy today on this blessed day off.
I need to do some "home" work today. Part of my job as a book shop employee is that I must read as much as possible in order to recommend books to our customers. Not a hardship. My current reading pile includes several titles which will be appearing in our next catalogue. My only problem is deciding which one to read first. I think it might be the two children's books today. Too sleepy to contemplate anything more challenging.
The divine book below was a treat to myself after finishing work yesterday. So very, very gorgeous.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
I realised I hadn't ventured further than three kilometres from home in over a month, so a city outing was in order. Melbourne's lovely in the Spring.
Gorgeous old building.
Book shop browsing.
A visit to Hopetoun Tearooms is becoming a tradition.
My pear tart.
C's lemon meringue pie.