Days 88-94 #100happydays

Just when I think I am on top of it all! Wow, how did I get nearly 2 weeks behind posting again?
Oh well, better late than never…

A cup of tea and a good lie down.  Is there any better way to end the day?
A cup of tea and a good lie down. Is there any better way to end the day?

Day 88.  My sister put me onto this Chai blend from T2.  Absolutely beautiful, the scent is just divine as it steeps and the taste, ahh, every bit as good as you’d imagine.

re-purposed library suite of Mum n Dad's from the 70's, that we've morphed into a massive entertainment unit.  Featuring some beautiful embroidery salvaged from the Op Shop.
Re-purposed library suite of Mum n Dad’s from the 70’s, that we’ve morphed into a massive entertainment unit. Featuring some beautiful embroidery salvaged from the Op Shop.

Laugh, it was just the funniest thing when I suggested we take the old, daggy and very dated library suite from the old lounge room (now our bedroom), and re-purpose it for an entertainment unit.  Husband carried on like a petulant child – seriously he pouted and sulked “what, that shitty thing, it will look stupid, no way” etc etc.  I was determind and when we have a battle over something and I really, really, really want to get my own way, I call in the big-guns.  My Mum.

Needless to say, I got my own way (funny, trying to type ‘own’ and keep typing ‘won’…) and I am very chuffed with the result.  Unfortunately, we had to sacrifice the drinks buffet part of the unit – sooo retro, but just could not get the telly to fit and keep it.  Drats.  Massive thanks to my excellent Brother-In-Law, for ignoring his little brother’s hissy fit and for the outstanding carpentry in re-jigging all the bits.

And my love of all things embroidered, sigh, is there for all to see.  I cannot imagine how people can bear to part with all of these pretty things, but boy, am I glad they do, coz I love, love, love them.

Selfie with the birthday girl xxx Happy Birthday Kerri xx
Selfie with the birthday girl xxx Happy Birthday Kerri xx

Hmm, seems I had two Day 89’s.  A very rare, child-free night out with the Husband!  Super-duper thanks to the In-Laws for sitting the kids, what a treat, for them and us.  And a great night it was – loads of laughter and catching up with folks I don’t often see.

And yay, the kidlets slept in!

Sunday arvo Crop Inspection.  Edie at the wheel - quite the competent driver!
Sunday arvo Crop Inspection. Edie at the wheel – quite the competent driver!

What farm-kid doesn’t remember driving all over the place on their Dad’s knee?  Edie can even stay on the track and manoeuver through gates – heaven help us when her legs are long enough to reach the pedals!  Takes me back to being a kid and boring around the farm, showing my mates how to do hand-brakeys and wheelies, oh the joy…

Delving into my box of tricks, coming up with something clever (I hope...), for Reggie's first birthday cake.
Delving into my box of tricks, coming up with something clever (I hope…), for Reggie’s first birthday cake.

I seem to have gotten into a terrible habit….of making two cakes for each of the kids birthdays.  One to celebrate the actual day and another for when all the family get together on the following weekend to celebrate.  I am a bit of an over-acheiver in this regard, as I am not content to just slap a bit of icing over a cake and call it done, oh no siree, it’s an all-out affair, moulding, sculpting, painting, you name it, I have tried to make it in cake and icing.  And every time, I kick myself and promise myself I will not put myself through it for the next kids birthday – and yet, I found myself fretting over both cakes this week – I am an idiot ;-).

My entire world rests with these guys.  Happy is such an inadequate word, for how they make me feel.  Happy 1st Birthday Reggie, my love for you, knows no bounds xxx
My entire world rests with these guys. Happy is such an inadequate word, for how they make me feel. Happy 1st Birthday Reggie, my love for you, knows no bounds xxx

Day92.  My baby is one.  Yay, we survived each other!  Yet I am sad, my little guy is growing up, no more little baby, sigh.

The girls have enjoyed his birthday immensely – piles of gifts to rip into and toys to play with, cake to eat and adoring grand parents to entertain.  Not sure what Reggie made of the mayhem, but he went with the flow as usual.

I couldn’t wait to serve him some cake, it was his first cake experience!  Oh, the faces he pulled – excellent entertainment to say the least.  The new tastes and textures almost did him in, but like the trouper he is, I am happy to say I think he almost liked it…

One of the cool girls.
One of the cool girls.

And doesn’t she do it well?

Cleaning out the office today and came across these!  Took me back to 2008 and the start of something life-altering in the most amazing way.  Treasured memories shared with a bunch of genius folk xx.
Cleaning out the office today and came across these! Took me back to 2008 and the start of something life-altering in the most amazing way. Treasured memories shared with a bunch of genius folk xx.

I was fortunate enough to be a participant in the first Strengthening Eyre Peninsula course, beginning in 2008.  I still so vividly remember arriving at Mt. Ive Station, nervous, excited and determined to play it very, very cool.

And then our Facilitator began…and I was undone.  Completely.

Karynne Courts of Values Connection changed my world, opened up a whole new universe of hope and possibility and creativity and dammit, if it doesn’t still stay with me nearly every day, 8 years later.

It really was the most magical, beautiful 18 months and I will be eternally grateful for the experience.

Stay kind and generous to the world my friends, til next week,

Carmen

 

 

Days 80-86 #100happydays

I think I can, I think I can, said the little blue train. It’s kinda how I feel at the moment – so close to being up to date with posting my #100happydays photos… yippee!

Scrolling thru the 300+ photos Edie took today, mostly of her feet, the ceiling and the telly, and came across this gem of Reggie.
Scrolling thru the 300+ photos Edie took today, mostly of her feet, the ceiling and the telly, and came across this gem of Reggie.

Day 80.  It’s grainy, out of focus and beeeeautiful.  I love that Edie, bless her cotton picking socks, is snap happy with my phone.  I leave it lying about all the time and Edie picks it up, opens up the camera and away she goes – I am quite certain she holds her finger on the shutter button as she goes about her day.  Sometimes she will take over 500 images – and it makes me laugh.  If I don’t check my camera roll regularly, I don’t even know they are there – it’s a lovely surprise when I stumble across them.

A morning spent with Great Grandma xxx.
A morning spent with Great Grandma xxx.

Edie calls my Grandma ‘Great Big Grandma’, you know as in ‘it’s a great big truck/hill/etc – makes me giggle, as Grandma is anything but, she must be 5 foot if she’s lucky.  Max, when he was about Edie’s age, used to call her ‘Grandma Accident’, her surname is Atkinson, so close enough for a 4 year old ;-).  Grandma turned 89 earlier in the year and she is awesome, still smokes, drinks coffee, does all her own gardening and last month, got a new car!  Go Granny, love you senseless xxx.

I know my coffee addiction is out of control when Yap brings this baby home from a clearing sale.  The big clean and test run is on tomorrow, anyone for coffee?
I know my coffee addiction is out of control when Yap brings this baby home from a clearing sale. The big clean and test run is on tomorrow, anyone for coffee?

Day 82.  And guess what?  After a major clean, it makes awesome coffee – yay me!  I am a wee bit sorry to all the coffee drinkers that had coffee from this machine before it came to live with me – filthy (said with shrill voice, rising sharply at the end).

Talk about classy!  Yap hamming it up with the new coffee machine.  All systems are go, may not sleep for a week #wiredoncaffeine
Talk about classy! Yap hamming it up with the new coffee machine. All systems are go, may not sleep for a week #wiredoncaffeine

Day 83.   Oh, you must think we are the biggest bogans!  Style doesn’t rate very high with Yap – in his defence it was seriously wet, muddy and cold.  We are in the workshop and having a ball.  Best coffee shop around xxx.

 

I derive such pleasure from this treasured piece.  It is a joy to behold and I thank the Jolly's for it's presence in my home.
I derive such pleasure from this treasured piece. It is a joy to behold and I thank the Jolly’s for it’s presence in my home.

A few weeks ago (Day 63), I went to a Clearing Sale.  This tallboy followed me home.  I simply A.D.O.R.E. it.

Reggie cheering Max on for his outstanding slasher work.
Reggie cheering Max on for his outstanding slasher work.

Day 85.  It really was bitterly, bitterly cold.  I lit the fire very early in the lounge room and had the heating on in the rest of the house, Max though, he had a real job on a real machine.  No longer did he have to use the ride-on mower – major promotion to the slasher behind the Johnny.  To say he was chuffed is a major understatement.  I love this kid, he is the oldest 13 year old ever – he lives to operate big machinery and do meaningful work.  Freaky.

A day in the life of Edie - a little baking in the morning, a quick tizzy up for high tea in the afternoon and enjoying the fruits of her labour (bread and soup - in fine china of course) for dinner.

A day in the life of Edie – a little baking in the morning, a quick tizzy up for high tea in the afternoon and enjoying the fruits of her labour (bread and soup – in fine china of course) for dinner.

Day 86.  This kid can sense when I am about to make bread – it’s uncanny.  Once she has an inkling that bread-making is on the cards, she will not be persuaded other-wise, no siree.  I’m used to the gargantuan mess now – who knew just how far a whiff of flour could travel.  Oh well, she has a tonne of fun and the mess cleans up.

The lippy on the other hand, is an entirely different matter.  Thankfully, this time, it was just on her face.  You know that moment when you realise one of the kids has been far too quiet for far too long… and wonder what on earth they are up to?

Lately, with Edie, it has been doing ‘grown-up’ things, the other day, she was doing the washing for me – bless her, she had climbed up on a stool, onto the washing machine and opened the very high over-head cupboards and got the powder and fabric softener down.  And that was when the trouble began.  Crap everywhere!!!  Powder and softener over mountains of clothes and towels (alas they were previously clean and folded) and up and down the laundry and rooms either side.  I was speechless.  The size and scope of her endeavour rendered me mute.  I couldn’t react, I was spectacularly dumbfounded.  When I finally regained consciousness, we had one of those little talks and then I sent them outside to play while I cleaned up.

Today however, I found myself barricaded out of my bedroom – this did not bode well…  pushing stuff out of the way, I made it into my room, to find a very bashful Edie, unable to lift her head to look at me, hmm, I wonder why… at least she picked a pretty colour.

Conquered Crystal Mountain!
Conquered Crystal Mountain!

I love this photo – the exuberance is such joy to watch.

And that is all folks.  I am now up to date!! Yay.

See you next week for more #100happydays.

Carmen

Days 73-79 #100happydays

Really must get a wee bit more efficient and organised with the whole posting regularly caper. I am now 2 weeks behind posting the #100happydays photos.

Looking forward to #smoko tomorrow.  #sausagerolls and #homemadetomatosauce
Looking forward to #smoko tomorrow. #sausagerolls and #homemadetomatosauce

Day 73.  It’s no secret to Mother’s the world over – you can pack an enormous amount of vegies into sausage rolls.  The kidlets scarf these down, almost as quick as I can bake them.

Glorious day was had today, kids and I spent the arvo out in paddock 13/14.  Them playing, me making #barbedwireballs.  I love it when we renew fences!  A truly happy day, I am blessed xxx.
Glorious day was had today, kids and I spent the arvo out in paddock 13/14. Them playing, me making #barbedwireballs. I love it when we renew fences! A truly happy day, I am blessed xxx.

Day 74.  I started making barbed wire balls in 2008.  I was lucky enough to be participating in a leadership development course, Strengthening Eyre Peninsula, facilitated by the amazing Karynne Courts.  To say it was Life Changing does not begin to explain the enormity of what happened to me and the other genius participants.  It will forever remain in my mind and my heart as one of the most brilliant experiences of my life.

All kids asleep.  #longblackcoffee #homespunmagazine #merinoblanket.  Now it's all about me xx.
All kids asleep. #longblackcoffee #homespunmagazine #merinoblanket. Now it’s all about me xx.

Day 75.  Moments like these are all too rare.  I treasure my time alone, quiet house, sleeping kids, ahh the bliss.  I discovered Homespun Magazine a few months ago and have eagerly awaited it’s arrival ever since.  I spend hours with each issue at my computer, trawling through all the blog links, marvelling at the creative genius to be found.  The coffee – sigh, my other big love.  And now I have a new fave blanket –  this baby is so soft and big and beautiful, 100% Australian Merino from BedBathNTable.

Edie's been hankering for a Bandayoo (I know it's #bandaloom, but Edie's version is so much cuter), and today I succumbed.  To say I am having a blast is an understatement ;-)
Edie’s been hankering for a Bandayoo (I know it’s #bandaloom, but Edie’s version is so much cuter), and today I succumbed. To say I am having a blast is an understatement 😉

Day 76.  Thank the stars for 100 gig of data!  Spent waaaay too much time watching YouTube tutorials.  It will be a short-lived addiction though, the thought of the little bands scattered far and wide, does my head in… and seriously, how many wrist bands does a girl need?

And your time starts... Now.
And your time starts… Now.

Day 77.  Is it a crime to give an internal “Woohoo”, when the clock strikes 7pm and all the kids are in bed?  No, I don’t think so.

I love school holidays.  We get Max n Joe.  Can we keep them please? xx
I love school holidays. We get Max n Joe. Can we keep them please? xx

Day 78.  When I posted this to facebook, my dear friend Jo wrote “Love this pic, it’s so Enid Blyton!”.  Immediately ‘Julie, Dick and Ann, George and Timmy the Do-o-og’ started sing-songing through my mind and it makes me smile every time I think about it.  Many thanks Jo xxx.  And my sister sent me a text “Carmen, this is so cute.  You really do build them a wonderful chest of family memories.”  Do it get any better than that?  I don’t take photos for the response, but boy, it sure does make me feel good.

In a rare moment of sunshine today, these guys were brilliantly ablaze.
In a rare moment of sunshine today, these guys were brilliantly ablaze.

I adore the few short weeks every year, that these cacti are blooming.  It’s mid-winter and grey and gloomy is prodominant, then out they come, a blast of vivid red/orange.  It warms my colour-loving mind.

Thanks for visiting and have a very happy day.

Carmen

Day 66 – 72 #100happydays

I was going to apologise for the unhappy #100happyday pics, but you know what?  It’s my #100happydays and this is how I choose to celebrate it.  I am quietly pleased and suprised by the way I have managed to find a wee little bit of happy in nearly every one of the days of the last month.  I hope it has brought a wee little bit of happy to your days too.  We all deserve some happy. xxx

A few 'before' shots.  A week of major reno's in our house.  3 bedrooms, kitchen and hallway - bring it on!
A few ‘before’ shots. A week of major reno’s in our house. 3 bedrooms, kitchen and hallway – bring it on!

Day 66.  Oh what a glorious bombsite our house has become!  The kitchen is bare, the island bench resides in the dining room, the 3 kids are all sharing 1 bedroom (rapt with that – not.), and there is furniture and stuff, heaps and heaps of stuff, everywhere.  The few rooms that are not lucky enough to be receiving new floors, you cannot get into.  And if I need to find some not-often-used item in the next week…heaven help me. And how special is the old kitchen carpet?  The late 70’s, early 80’s sure has a lot to answer for.  Luckily tho, my mum was not a fan of the Mission Brown/Orange combo that was sooo popular.  Not sure which is more horrid, the old faded grotty bit or the pristine new bit under the island bench.  I would love to say “What was my mother thinking?”, but in all honesty I reckon someone will say that about some of my interior decorating choices in another 35 years ;-0

All growed up.  Edie turned 4 today.
All growed up. Edie turned 4 today.

4!  Bloody hell, where has the time gone?  I do love this kidlet absolutely silly, from top to bottom, sideways and inside out.  Love.

Unearthing treasures and putting them on display to enjoy everyday.  My Grandmother's #carnivalglass
Unearthing treasures and putting them on display to enjoy everyday. My Grandmother’s #carnivalglass

I’ve never been a fan of putting the good stuff away, safe from sticky little fingers, prone to dropping things willy nilly.  But I haven’t had any open shelving until now, so finally this and a few other precious bits have seen the light of day once more.  I can so remember this sitting on my Grandmother’s dining table and I used to sit there and admire it for ages, never touching it of course!  When Grandma passed away nearly 10 years ago, and her home was being packed up, Mum asked if I wanted it, of course, without hesitation, I said yes – I loved that thing!  When  it was handed to me, I couldn’t believe how small it was – in my child’s memory, it was huge – massive, covering a huge part of the table.  Oh I love my child-memories and the huge-ness of everything. Don’t save the good stuff for good.  Use it, love it, indulge in all your things shiny, bright and beautiful – that is what is was made for.

Flag at half mast, for a community mourning a loss so great that there are no words sad enough to describe it.  Roslyn (Bud) Woolford, I will remember you and cherish every memory and share them with your kids someday. xx
Flag at half mast, for a community mourning a loss so great that there are no words sad enough to describe it. Roslyn (Bud) Woolford, I will remember you and cherish every memory and share them with your kids someday. xx

Day 69.  Today was the Memorial Service for Bud.  I thought about what to shoot for today’s #100happydays post all week and decided this was the most appropriate image I could come up with. To borrow the words of my sister “We fare-welled one of my favourite people in the world.  I have never laughed so much on such and incredibly sad day.  So many awesome memories, shared with friends of this special, crazy lady.” You see, it was a Memorial, not a funeral, time to remember and share those memories.  And Bud was most definitely one of the funniest, craziest, most hilarious people on the planet.  Oh how I am going to miss her.

A spot of mud play, late in the day.  Girls ended up wet thru, so straight into a big warm bath.  Bloody hell it was cold.
A spot of mud play, late in the day. Girls ended up wet thru, so straight into a big warm bath. Bloody hell it was cold.

I love watching the kids play in the mud, the exhilaration, the wonder, the mess.  Inevitably they end up with mud absolutely everywhere – it takes days to dry out their wellies ready for the next expedition.  Today it was bitterly cold out and when I stripped them off, their little bodies were like ice, poor mites.  They loved every minute of it tho.

Off on some amazing adventure xx
Off on some amazing adventure xx

Day 71.  Bye Mumma!  And Connie is off to explore the world.  Her bag always comes back with treasure a-plenty; rocks, stones, bugs, leaves, rusty old bits of wire, bones, which then needs to be pored over with lots of oohs and aahs.  Then when all the stories have been told, she pops back outside and empties to lot with a “Look Mumma, plenty more room for another adventure”, (you will need to imagine your own impossibly cute 2yr old voice saying this…). I do so hope Connie always has plenty of room for another adventure.

It may not look like much, but after 5 years of the oven sitting in a ragged gaping hole, Yap has made the most wonderful surround - sweet as.  Now I've just gotta paint it and the rest of the cupboards - it will not take me 5 years, that is a promise xx
It may not look like much, but after 5 years of the oven sitting in a ragged gaping hole, Yap has made the most wonderful surround – sweet as. Now I’ve just gotta paint it and the rest of the cupboards – it will not take me 5 years, that is a promise xx

Still not painted – I still have 4 years and 51 weeks up my sleeve.  I have a feeling I am gonna need quite a few of them too.  I need to be kidlet-free for this caper and that just doesn’t happen, except when they are asleep, and then I’m over it.  Totally.  Feet up, coffee, mag, blog, sew, draw, whatever.  Painting kitchen cupboards, just does not rate. And that is the week that was – over a week ago;-) Carmen

Days 59 – 65 #100happydays

Slowly catching up to today. I am thinking if the days had been easier, less painful, then I wouldn’t have put off writing about them for so long. Here it is, the good, the bad and the ugly…

Edie's and Connie's art adorns my kitchen and I love it xx
Edie’s and Connie’s art adorns my kitchen and I love it xx

Day 59.  I just cannot get enough of my girl’s artwork.  I have drawers full of saved paintings, too precious to ever part with (that is until things start to look a little hoarder-ish – not sure what I will do then…).  My kitchen wall is almost at the point of total collage overload.

My dear friend was brought home to the Kimba Hospital by air ambulance today.  For palliative care.

Watching the hi jinks of Kaz is always a happy thing.
Watching the hi jinks of Kaz is always a happy thing.

Day 60.  Cats huh?  You love them or you hate them.  I happen to love them, tho the husband falls firmly in the other category, hence we have only one recently acquired moggy, Kaz.  Ostensibly she is Connie’s cat, tho the way she carts Kaz around in a semi-choke hold and has a tendency to lie flat-out on top of the poor thing, I don’t think Kaz returns Connie’s over zealous affections.

A wee spot of wrestling on the back lawn.  Should be quite the melee when Reg is a bit older ;-0 xx
A wee spot of wrestling on the back lawn. Should be quite the melee when Reg is a bit older ;-0 xx

I love that you can just see Edie laughing her head off whilst being rolled by Connie.  I so enjoy watching these two interact, they are just beginning to play imaginary games, spies, pirates and super heroes are the preferred characters at the moment.  Not a sparkly fairy or princess in sight.

My little posers xxx
My little posers xxx

Day 62.  Yep, it’s all about my kids at the moment.  They are the wagons with which I have circled myself.

Oh be still my beating heart.  The treasures that followed my home today are simply breath-taking.  Thanks to Bruce, Daryl, Trev, Skin and Bongy for your muscle and packing materials.  Am sure it will be another happy day when they finally get inside, can't wait to show you xx
Oh be still my beating heart. The treasures that followed me home today are simply breath-taking. Thanks to Bruce, Daryl, Trev, Skin and Bongy for your muscle and packing materials. Am sure it will be another happy day when they finally get inside, can’t wait to show you xx

I do love a clearing sale.  This one was beyond my wildest dreams.  The Gentleman’s Armoire (the taller of the pieces) simply stole my heart and I was grinning like a fool when the hammer fell and I was the proud new owner.  The second piece, a tall boy with mother of pearl inlay, I was convinced, would be beyond my financial reach.  When I placed what would be my final bid, and the auctioneer began the ‘for the last and final time, going, going…’ I gestured to him ‘me?’ and he indicated, yes, I think I stopped breathing. I did it, it was mine.  Oh the joy.  I know it is only stuff, but what beautiful stuff.  I have never purchased Forever -Heirloom furniture before, so forgive me my excitement.

#birthdaycake #smarties #myfavouritecolourisblue
#birthdaycake #smarties #myfavouritecolourisblue

Day 64.  Edie, our firstborn, celebrated her 4th birthday today.  I could bang on forever about how much I love her, how fantastic she is etc, but I won’t bore you.  If you have kids of your own, you will know what I am saying, if you don’t have kids, I hope that someday you will, it is a joy like no other.

And it really floats my boat to make birthday cakes.

I dedicate this to Bud and all the crazy dress-ups, mad moments and happy times.  Forever in my heart RIP.
I dedicate this to Bud and all the crazy dress-ups, mad moments and happy times. Forever in my heart RIP.

Day 65.  Bud was my touchstone, she really knew, the most vulnerable, private me.  She was one of my favourite people in the entire world.  And now she is gone.  She is survived by her partner Shaun, son Brock (5) and daughter Jada (3 months).  I cannot begin to articulate my grief.

Carmen