Saturday, September 25, 2010

Doesn't he look swish and stylish

He is ready for all kinds of weather

Wearing royal purple

Smiling in a summer shirt

Ready for the dark in my yellow reflective safety coat

Dashing in denim

Hello World, I've decided to share my handsome dog with you. He's a real cutie and he likes wearing clothes. He has a very stylish wardrobe of fashion items given to him for birthdays and christmas over the last few years. He is a long legged, full tailed,long haired Jack Russell Terrier who hates mornings and doesn't get up for the day until about 9am. He copies everything we do here,if we sit - he sits, if we go into the yard so does he and when we come inside, you guessed it- so does he. When we sit at the table reading the paper or eating,he waits until one of us gets up for something and like a rocket he's onto the empty chair. If someone else gets up he changes to that chair.
I have to admit that we do this on purpose sometimes just to see him play musical chairs.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September 2010

Hello World, I'm catching up with some of the things that has happened lately.

My sister Gwen came for a 10 day visit and while she was here we had an afternoon tea to celebrate my grandson's and my brother-in-law's birthdays. We had unplanned cakes coming out of our ears. Everybody brought a cake, we sent cake home with them all and have stored Steve's uncut cake in the freezer to give back to him later.

Here's a couple of happy snaps my daughter-in-law took of us all.

We went to Bingo on the Monday and Merle won a leg of ham.

Mum had physio on Tuesday so I caught up on housework while Kevin drove her to her session.

Mum,Gwen and I played Skip-bo for the next three or four afternoon/evenings and had fun. It was good to see Mum playing a game with us.

We spent a lot of time relaxing and knitting. Mum is still knitting squares for charity and I'm making more hats,( Ifigure any hats not used as chrissie presents will be donated to charity). Gwen is knitting a table runner in white cotton thread, the pattern is lovely.

We talked a lot. About everything and anything.

Gwen cut and permed my daughter Sue's hair. It looked lovely, exactly how she wanted it to look.

Good job done!!

Gwen helped Mum choose a new pair of frames for her glasses.

It was Sunday and time for Gwen to leave before we knew it.

After Gwen went on Sunday my friend Annette rang and asked if I would like herself and her son and his family to call in and visit for a while. The family is on a visit from Hong Kong where they live. Of course I quickly said "yes please'. It was wonderful to see them and to meet their little daughter in person and not just as a photo. She is absolutely gorgeous. Their son has grown taller since we saw him last.(see top photo)
We went to Bingo on Monday and Mum won a leg of lamb. (Good on ya Mum)
My cousin Bev rang to let us know that her sister Lesley had had some scans done and they showed she'd had a heart attack, had blood clots in her lung and has pnumonia as well. Les is now in hospital and Bev is staying with their Mum (who'll be 100 in Feb 2011) and looking after her. My Mum is very concerned about them and how they will cope with this new health problem. Keep you posted.
My brother Mike has his pre-op tests today ready for his angiogram next week to find out what damage his recent heart attack has done to his heart.
We're all praying that God will help everyone through these worrying times.
Bye for now Barb

Saturday, September 18, 2010

My tree

Hello World, I'm trying to post tree photos.
This is my beautiful plum tree in it's stages from blossom to start of leaves to fully in leaf. The petals on the path remind me of the winter snows. We don't get snow where I live so I enjoy having 'petal snow' for a short time.
The spring weather is cold and lovely at the moment and we look for warm spots to sit in the sun.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lyla Mae

My beautiful greatgranddaughter Lyla Mae

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hello world, ---I love the fact that I can indulge my meglomaniacal streak and imagine that the world is waiting to read what I have to say. Blogging gives me an outlet for quirky and (hopefully) amusing comments on my life and the lives of those around me. PLUS it gives me something to do with the overload of pictures I've taken over the years of the things that take my fancy --- you know ,things like a nice baked dinner (click), new curtains (click),changing the throw covers on the lounge(click), Mum's new hair-do(click), flowers(click), my dog (click), my husband and grand children (click) ----------you get the idea I'm sure.

SOOOO, whoever you are out there in The Big Wide World Of Blog -------------I hope you enjoy my take on life.

I figure by now you understand why I have the word "babbling" in my title.

Sorry I didn't get back with photos on Sunday but I got sidetracked (something else that I do and you can imagine what babbling and sidetracking do to my days) and ran out of time. It was Monday and Bingo Day. No time for photos. I won 2 meat trays (make that 2 trays of meat) and a leg of ham at Bingo. Ham for our Kris Kringle. Good one!!!!!

Photos next time.

Bye for now, Barb

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Hello World,
We've had a busy week here, running backwards and forewards and I've been checking out
Christmas presents.

I've decided to run with hats as my handmade gifts this year. I've started crocheting my own designs because I find following a pattern quite difficult and I learned a long time ago that if I do my own thing there's no mistakes, only design features. I'm mixing colours and textures and having a lot of fun. My next big decision is how to actually give the hats to everyone. I don't know if I should wrap and put names on them, wrap them and put them in a lucky dip OR just put them all unwrapped in a big colourful pile and let everyone rummage and pick their own. Maybe I could hang them on the Christmas Tree ???? now thats an idea.

I have a granddaughter turning 9, a grandson turning 25 and a brother-in-law turning 52 all in this coming week. I've sent the granddaughters present down to the farm, and will have a BBQ for the guys. (it can be hard to find 'men presents' sometimes so I go with a meal---a bit un-imaginative I know-----but we have to eat and food is a good standby).

My sister from up north is coming to have some time with Mum and us. I don't know how long she'll be here for. It will be lovely to see her. We'll probably go and have lunch at our brothers places. I might have an extra-early Christmas Dinner while she is here - or not.
We'llhave to wait and see. There I go with the food thing again-- can't help myself.

Most of the males in my family are having Father's Day at the car races today.They'll all pretend the're 18 again and try and out- do each other telling their car stories. They'll come home tired,deaf and happy. What a good day.

My 20yo granddaughter is doing training in Animal Handling and is at an animal sanctury on the far north coast at the moment. She sent her mum
a message yesterday saying she'd been bitten by a crocodile. She went on to say it was only a young one that bit her but it's very painful and she needed medical treatment. (it was probably a hatchling and she put a band-aid on the bite. BUT -what a good story)

Mum started physio on her hands on Tuesday and has to do exercises every day to
strengthen them. They are also working on her balance. She'll go twice a week for a while .

I had invited friends for lunch on Wednesday so they could see our beautiful plum tree in full bloom. It was a lovely sunny spring day, we had a BBQ and salad and apple pie for dessert. It was perfect timing, because the next three days were windy and rainy and all the blossoms have either blown away or have turned brown. The rain has brought on the leaves and the tree is covered with soft greenery. Still beautiful!!

Kevin and I went into the city on Thursday and fixed up the paperwork for our passports.
I'm planning to go to France with Merle next year for a month long holiday.I've never been overseas before and I'm looking foreward to it. We thought we'd go in March, then we said April/May, now we're saying June is looking good. Our problem is - we want to take the least amount of clothes, we don't like the cold and we want to keep travel costs down so we have more money for the important things -like shopping and eating beautiful French Food.

Got to go now and hang out the washing. I will post some photos later today-------Barb