A Blessed Heart

As a reminder of God’s blessings to me, I found this stone on my walk today…


… while listening to this song.

May you be richly blessed!

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A Doctor Puppet Christmas


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Getting There…

On the home stretch to Christmas, and stuff to do before I can sit back and chill for a week… there’s been a lot of end of year deadlines to complete. Sweetest Bean has finished the school year, and done so well – I’m so proud of him! ❀ We went to the art gallery last Friday before the awards for school. This was Sweet Bean’s Lego creation (it ran well, too)


Here he is receiving his awards –


He’s off camping with friends at the moment, having a great time.


Miss him, but glad he’s having fun!

Hubby is working now (yayy!!), which is wonderful, although he’ll be working over Christmas. We have had blessings coming already. One of those is a prize I won, which just came in the mail today. It’s a sample pack of natural perfumes – this is how it came, and the goodies inside…




They are supposed to evoke certain qualities – I was both beautiful and intuitive today πŸ˜€

I am very tired right now, but quietly hopeful of getting it all sorted by Christmas.
Let the countdown begin!


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Catching Up…

…with assignments, with my spirit, with other things…

Isn’t it a beautiful day today? It’s grey and gloomy and cool, and I have been revisiting songs that I love. There’s still a lot to do, but I’ll get there.

I do like rainy days. They’re quieter. And softer. If you’re feeling a bit too gloomy, though, here’s some colour πŸ™‚


Yes, they’re real, although I don’t know how they got the colour in there – I would think it’s something to do with dye and split stems…

The end of the year is coming, and all the “have to” deadlines seem to be hammering on the door. I got some hours done last weekend for my course. It wasn’t as bad as I’d thought it might be, and I got to meet wonderful people – even had a cuppa together on the last day. One of the things I miss with online study is input and encouragement, given and received, in actual classrooms. I got some of that last weekend, and it was invigorating… hasn’t yet translated into actually finishing work (but there’s still time!) πŸ˜€
The Sunday was all about case-taking, which I felt I’d already done by the time I got in. I sat down on the train, which was mostly deserted, and inadvertently caught the eye of an old bloke sitting three seats away. He started talking and didn’t stop until we got to Roma Street. I could tell you his life story… He was on his way to Dreamworld last week, but seems to have had quite an interesting life. People are, on the whole, lovely. And quirky, surprising, and fun.

Yesterday I didn’t make it to church, but I watched some stuff on TV/DVD, and sat on the patio listening to God songs. Sometimes you just have to stop and breathe.
Went to the markets at church Saturday night. My regular chauffeur wasn’t available (he was in Brisbane with Sweet Bean for a seminar) so I took the bus – more walking than I’m used to, but fun. Got a stack of Christmas shopping done, and got to try gluten free doughnuts (yay!). Lovely, but why does gluten free often also mean extra sugar (and oil, in this case)? Glad I could try one, though – I had “Paris Time” flavour – lavender, pistachio and vanilla bean.

What else have I been up to? Went to a cafe a couple of weeks ago…


And it was in a book shop! What more could you want?

Went for a walk yesterday and came across a garage sale. There were two tables of freebies, and I got a stack of sale stuff for $5, including a body pillow and case. Took it home and put it through the wash, came out good as new.

Still grey outside. Here’s a sunny day flower…


…and a hopeful song.

Drawing In…

…the evening, at the moment. Also the event we went to today, near the Art Gallery. We went last year, where it was part of The Big Draw – not sure this was official, but the same concept.
We did some drawing – there were old-fashioned flip books for animation, so I did one of those. Sweet Bean was reluctant at first, but soon got into it. Biscuits (and a cup of coffee for me) certainly helped! It was good to give him the opportunity to try something different, and I can also add it to his school work for the year. Here’s his “Persian rug”, made with cut out paper “mosaic pieces” πŸ™‚ .


Despite the rain, we were glad we went. Looking forward to next year’s!

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A Bit Of Fun…

…to brighten your day! πŸ˜€

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‘Tis The Season…

…no – notΒ thatΒ season! It’s the season of renewal – flowers budding and new growth. And rain.
I’ve been sitting here today, either listening to the rain or enjoying the all-enveloping greyness of the weather. I’m even in my dressing gown!
I haven’t been able to go for my walk the last few days. The last time I went I took some photos of the flowers I saw – they were opening up with the sun, looking forward to the summer.



These lovely sweet smelling white flowers are just about to bloom en masse. Even my onion for lunch was showing me love. πŸ™‚


A couple of days ago was Hubby’s birthday. We had a low key day – went to Bunnings to pick up some herbal tea plants.


From top right – pineapple sage, chamomile, lemon balm and peppermint.
We got them planted out before the rain, which they have appeared to enjoy.


On our way home we stopped at the Japanese Gardens down the road, and sat by the teahouse for a while. Peaceful and dreamy – not a lot in the way of dragonflies and butterflies, but lots of new flowers.






My spring has long gone – I’m somewhere in the summer of my life. This was brought home to me again the other day when I watched a YouTube clip of a recent acoustic version of A-Ha’s “Take On Me”. That was not originally one of my favourite songs, but I felt a bit nostalgic, especially with the shots of middle-aged women singing along… I think it sounds good as an acoustic song. Probably the first time I’ve been able to understand the words. Here it is, for your enjoyment…

Enjoy the rain. Enjoy the flowers. And enjoy whatever season of life you find yourself in! πŸ™‚

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Back To Real Life…

The holidays are over, the last term of the year has begun…
It’s been so hot these last couple of weeks! We’ve felt lethargic a fair amount of the time, and haven’t really strayed far from home. I’ve managed to get some assessments nearly finished, though.
The rain has been welcome. Today and yesterday was lovely and cool. I went for a walk yesterday, before the rain came. The flowers were waiting, shining in the gloom…


These were powering down for the night – closing up before the rain.


I’ve enjoyed the steady rain, but I could still enjoy a bit of sun with the photo I see on my desktop when I switch on or off πŸ™‚


Not one of my photos… This comes from a site for free images called Pixabay.

Part of our routine in the holidays has been my boys coming in to chat after breakfast. We cover all sorts of interesting topics… Biggest boy shared a “heavy metal” version of “The Wheels on the Bus” with me.

I shared an Indian version of the Sherlock theme with him (I’ve finally got around to watching the 4th season!)

Not the official version – the hooping is extra…


Back to reality again… plenty of time for good things to happen! πŸ™‚

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Contemplations And Acquisitions


I’ve been walking more frequently lately, contemplating life and enjoying the warmer weather. This is a tiny flower I saw the other day, peeking out towards the sun.

It’s been the first week of holidays – gone fast! Sweet Bean is at camp at the moment, so we had the chance to go out after dropping him off yesterday afternoon. It started off sunny, with the river sparkling so much it was hard to see to take the photo…


It wasn’t long until dark clouds came barrelling over…IMG_1829

It didn’t actually rain, in the end. We enjoyed our time out – chai latte for me and a choc-mousse cake to share.



As for our acquisitions – if you’ve visited us in the past, you will have noticed that our futon sofa has not been in the best of repair, or comfortable, lately. Very lumpy, and bits of foam spilling out everywhere. I patched it, but there’s a point where that just doesn’t work anymore.
We had a look at Lifeline last week, and found a nice, sturdy sofa, bought it and arranged for delivery the next day. We received a phone call later that day – it had been damaged while being moved – did we want to have a look at it? The tone of the call made it seem like the whole side had been ripped off. We were offered a good discount when we got there, and a free bit of material to patch it up. It ended up just being a rip across one corner, which I sewed up when we got it in the house.
Behold – the new sofa!



What else have we acquired? A new laundry basket! How exciting!


The old one’s been disintegrating for quite a while now. Can’t wait to use the new one!

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It’s not that far off midnight, but I still have time to talk about the day…
Our anniversary today – twenty-three years today! ❀ We just had a quiet visit to the cafe, and snuggled on the “new” sofa watching a DVD this evening.


My hot chocolate – hearts! Yay!


We shared some cake – chocolate orange cake.


This is the one we brought home to have while watching “Bridget Jones’ Baby” – Rosewater and pistachio cake (gluten and dairy free).


A new mural on the wall in the parking lot behind the cafe.

…and some flowers near where we sat to eat.



Both were plants we had in the old house, and both smell sweet.

It’s been a good year.
Time to dive in to the next one.

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