Taking A Deep Breath

It’s the beginning of the second week of term 2, and it’s been a good day!
The first week back is always stressful (at least the first days…), but we tend to settle down when we start to understand what we’re doing for the term. It’s taken a bit longer this time.
Today started off badly, and could have gotten worse. I spent last week trying to finish a subject from my course, so spent less time with Littlest Bean and his work than he needed – a recipe for stress! Today, I decided that I could concentrate on his work, so we spent this morning snuggling, talking through the questions for the day (and some for the week), taking the stress out of the day. Usually he settles in to his work within the week and then works well with minimal supervision. This term’s been a bit different…
It was so lovely spending the time together today! Both my boys have been growing so fast, and we don’t spend so much one-on-one time. Today was like a breath of fresh air – a sweet time with my Sweet Bean โค

I’ve still had time to get some work done, but took some time to continue the “taking a breath” part of the day. Had a lovely soak in the bath this afternoon, with a scented candle and a good book. Here’s my book, warm socks and a snuggly dressing gown to keep warm ๐Ÿ™‚

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Breathe!
Life is good, when we slow down enough to see it…

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Published in: on April 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Stitch In Time…

So, most of my day yesterday was spent sewing…

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My camping chair is not too old (or too cheap) but that doesn’t seem to have saved it from splitting…
I felt like I was about to fall through the seat at any time… I didn’t really want to throw the chair away, though – such a waste! The frame is fine – it’s just that the fabric round the front part of the seat has been stretching, and finally tore. Time to sew on some patches!

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I thought it would only take an hour or so… it’s hard to manoeuvre round the frame. I had to take frequent breaks, because it was making me use muscles I haven’t had to use for a while. I kept sticking the needle into various fingers, as well – visibility was not always good. Time will tell whether it holds – there may be a weakened bit in the middle that needs patching.
My patching adventure didn’t really have much to do with my reading of this book –

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Didn’t hurt, though!
It’s not about skimping and saving, so much as changing the way you see the world, and reassessing your priorities. Interesting, and inspiring! ๐Ÿ™‚

Published in: on March 26, 2017 at 9:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Back To The Everyday

We’re back from holiday – actually, we’ve been back since last Wednesday, but various things have prevented me from posting…
School’s back, and we’re settling in to everyday life again.

We went to Caloundra for ten days – it’s quiet (and a lot cheaper) when the schools go back. We were quite close to the beach – here’s the view from our verandah –

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Here’s the view inside the unit –

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(The bedding is ours)
The place was nice – there were some little issues, but the view was gorgeous, the location was good, and we really enjoyed that sofa!
Every breakfast time was spent looking at the sea. There were some huge mugs to set the mood…

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…Biggest Boy colour coded his breakfast.

Healthwise I had some days where I couldn’t leave the unit, but by the time my birthday came around I was coping, and we went to Maleny for the day. By the time our ten days was nearly over I was able to go down and walk along the beach, and I’ve been feeling quite energetic since we got back!
I treated myself to a haircut for my birthday, so it’s quite short now. Takes some getting used to! I spent most evenings on the verandah, listening to music and the sea. I was also able to watch the sunrise on one of the mornings –

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So calming, and so easy to spend time in prayer.
We had time to recharge, but it was great to come home – ready for a fresh year…

I was given some roses at church yesterday, for my birthday – here they are!

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Published in: on February 13, 2017 at 10:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Lights Stay On

We had a sudden storm this afternoon, with horizontal rain and leaves and branches dropping everywhere. No hail, and it didn’t last long, but a bit of a mess after. The power went out a while after, though – a tree down somewhere. It stayed off for a couple of hours. This was our light inside for a bit (battery operated).

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It was still light outside, although the evening was drawing in. The boys were not able to do anything with the computers, so we had a bit of time just chatting with them in our room… littlest Bean was telling us jokes from a book. We eventually went down stairs and sat outside, each with our own book. There was more light and it was a lot cooler. Here’s our feet, with a mosquito coil in the middle (rain and heat bring out the mozzies…)

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I loved the fact that they still wanted to spend time with us. I’ve been feeling a bit sad lately, with them growing up, with different pastimes, often not including us… I’m happy they’re growing up, and enjoying seeing how they grow and change. I just get a bit nostalgic sometimes, especially remembering Christmases when they were little ๐Ÿ™‚
We had to light the mozzie coil this afternoon, but the power came on fairly soon afterwards, and we all drifted off into our various pursuits. It was a lovely, cozy, family afternoon while it lasted!

Published in: on December 18, 2016 at 8:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Coming To A Standstill

The school year is pretty much over – we’re just making sure the work is finished this week. We decided on the spur of the moment yesterday to go and see “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them”. I thought it was beautiful – from a well-lit and imagined 20’s New York to various fantastic beasts. The story was sweet as well (apart from the destructive parts…) I’m glad we decided to go as a family.
A little while back we went to the Japanese Gardens near us for some quiet stillness, and I filmed a short clip on the iPod. It’s not spectacular – just a fairly ordinary bit of running water, maybe a dragonfly or two… but isn’t that the way we mostly relax? With traffic noise, in a backyard type setting, dreaming because we can…
It’s apparently going to be hot this week. Have a listen to some water, insects and crows – some of the sounds of summer.
Dream on! ๐Ÿ™‚

Published in: on November 30, 2016 at 1:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Refreshing Interlude

Both today and yesterday! ๐Ÿ™‚
The year’s coming to an end, so it felt like a good time for something different. We went down to the Japanese Gardens in Queen’s Park to spend some time, individually, being still and quiet. It was lovely – running water, birds, lots of dragonflies… Not sure ย Littlest Bean understood the idea – he spent the time darting around, counting all the animals and insects he encountered. Even turtles!

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I sat outside the teahouse, listening and watching.

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There was a lone lotus flower on the other side of the lake.

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We went to the library afterwards. It was a refreshing break in our morning…
In other news, ourย thistle has probably reached the stage where it should be chopped down.

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It’s getting a bit wild.
The flowers are still beautiful, though.

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I chopped some branches off the mugwort today, and found a little ladybird.

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I put it in the grass so it could fly away when it was ready. ๐Ÿ™‚

So – what was my refreshment today? I didn’t know which to choose – a good old mystery, or a bit of nostalgic sci-fi. I decided to go for both – Blakes 7 – Mission To Destiny… Agatha Christie in Space!

Published in: on November 19, 2016 at 4:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Take A Break (…And Dance!)

Just spent the morning watching a lesson on geology with the boys – informative, interesting, but veeery long! We had a break in the middle by watching this –

I’ve blogged about this bloke before – it’s a bit chaotic in this world at the moment, isn’t it? It’s nice to be reminded that we can still just take time, and dance together. ๐Ÿ™‚

Published in: on November 8, 2016 at 12:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Very Aussie Morning Tea

Went out to Urban Pantry with Hubby โค for morning tea…
Coffee/tea, with a lamington (filled with hazelnut cream) and an iced vovo slice (gluten free!)

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The thistles received a visitor today ๐Ÿ™‚

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Why stick to one flower?

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Published in: on November 4, 2016 at 5:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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An Evening Out

Here’s where we were this evening – the Twilight Markets at the Railway Workshops. It was lovely just having a hot chocolate, listening to live music (even though there wasn’t much live music…)

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Even though I think it’s too early for Christmas decorations to come out, the twinkly lights were nice…

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The next one’s in December – it’ll be warmer and probably lighter then. ๐Ÿ™‚

Published in: on October 21, 2016 at 9:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Piece Of Cake

It’s been a funny old week…
We started off on Monday with a sick little Bean – temperature, “icky” tummy, headache. By Wednesday we had two… it’s been an easy week as school goes – neither one has been able to do anything while they’ve been sick. They didn’t even want to watch TV! They’re not sick often – they don’t tend to pick up viruses that much. They seem to have made up for it this time…
While I’ve checked on coughing, shivering beans from time to time throughout the week, I’ve also been able to spend a lot of time reading textbooks, as well as novels, with my coffee at my side.

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And, on occasion, a mango Tim Tam.
I also indulged myself with some Choc-chip ice-cream…

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Little Bean decided to buy some plain vanilla ice-cream for himself and his brother, so I got some, too ๐Ÿ™‚ I know… not the healthiest of treats… good for the boys this week, though – helped them feel a bit cooler, and good with scratchy throats. Thankfully, they have had some proper food as well, in the last couple of days.
(I always seem to be posting pictures of food. Not sorry…)

Where does the piece of cake come in? It was Hubby’s birthday today. A quiet day, mostly. The boys had recovered enough to do some breakfast in bed for him ๐Ÿ™‚ I took him out for a piece of cake (Maple fruit cake) and a cup of tea. I forgot to bring a candle to put on the cake, for which he was very relieved!

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Brought the decorative snapdragons back, to show the boys how they “snap”.
And then – we had a restful day. No stressing about unfinished work today. Reading. Even a little snooze.
Roll on the weekend!

Published in: on October 14, 2016 at 7:31 pm  Leave a Comment